This could contain spoilers... But, y'know... About kids films...
I'm of the age where cartoon films have always been a part of my life. This means that, even as an 'adult' I end up watching the kids films they put
on of a weekend, and will go to see new ones when they come out in the cinema. Frankly, chances are, I'd rather watch these than live action (with the
exception of the Night at the Museum films, coz they are just BRILLIANT), and the animation these days are absolutely brilliant as well.
When I was a kids, we had all the old classics Disney classics like Lion King (1 and 2, 3 wasn't particularly good), Bambi etc joined together with
the Scooby Doo cartoon films, Rugrats, etc. I was also pretty little when Toy Story came out and can remember going to see the first two in the
cinema, and actually we got so excited about the third coming out last year that we arranged our trip to see it in advance. It was brilliant. I
There are also things like Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron, which I adore, and had to recently purchase on DVD, because my VHS doesn't work any more,
so I have all of these films I loved sitting around with no one to watch them.
But there are two modern(ish) films that stick out for me, really. They both have multiple films to their names, and at releases of 2001 and 2002 it's
safe to say that I was young enough to safely enjoy the first films without my mother taking the mick out of me. Which she does on a regular basis.
Although she never turns the kids films off...
Lets start with Shrek. I absolutely love
Shrek. To the point that I must've seen the first 2 films on TV every time they've been on. I will not
pass up an opportunity to watch Shrek. It's funny for everyone, I think (well, my dad laughs, and my mam even cracks a smile!) and there's just
something about the fairy-tale characters that we all know and love from being a kid all being in one place and interacting with each other. Even the
third one, which everyone agrees wasn't that good, sort of is made up for with the fourth, which was absolutely brilliant (and is something else I
went to see at the cinema last year. 3D and everything. My childhood self would have been even more awestruck than I was. I think. Maybe not,
actually.) In fact, I watched the fourth again this morning (I'm ill) and had forgotten how good it actually was.
I love Donkey (anyone who listens to the shows may have picked up on the fact that I generally love donkey's as a given, so a talking one that makes
me laugh is like, brilliant) too, and that sense of humour, and, I dunno, there's something about silly little adventure 'I-need-to-save-someone'
storylines that you just can't go wrong with.
And Fiona is pretty cool as well, really, isn't she? I like how she's an ogre, but would rather be the ogre than the princess because she's in love
with Shrek, and true love is what matters and not looks. That's more of a message than a lot of live action kids films these days give out. And I like
that. We need better messages to kids. Or maybe I'm just looking too far into that.
I love Shrek, anyway.
But something I love, potentially even more (and not just because of the addition of dinosaurs and Simon Pegg in the third) is Ice Age.
Ice Age is full of cute animals being friends even though it's completely scientifically inaccurate (my mother loves pointing that out, because I do
on other films. Point is, it doesn't matter with cartoons), getting into fiasco and adventures. There isn't a character in there that you couldn't
love (although the storyline being broken up by Scratt all the time gets on my wick, the kids seem to love it, and I remember laughing my head off at
him when I was little), even the late entries of Ellie, Crash and Eddie (sad that I know all the names, right?) - and usually I don't like characters
that join in the later films.
Truth be told, when baby Ellie was walking through the snow on her own, I had to hold back the lump in my throat...
Anyway, yeah, the third film. I bought it yesterday, and watched it last night (Again, I'm ill. I reserve the right to sit down watching cartoons all
day) and it is fantastic
. The storyline is bizarre, Buck is insane (but I love him. I really do. I have an affinity for mental characters. It's
enhanced if they're Pegg), but it follows a rather ATS veiw of another world being beneath us, doesn't it? Maybe there are dinosaurs!
probably not, but whatever) It's completely not a let down, and not many films make 3 in a row that are very good, and once again it's filled with
kinda nice messages about friendship and overcoming problems with friendship, and strong female characters and sensitive male characters, pretty funny
lines for kids and adults, and some mild
innuendo, and generally gives the kind of message I'd like my imaginary kids to follow. Plus it has
dinosaurs. Come on. You can't knock it.
Finally, if you've actually followed the ramblings of this idiot his far: the music. The soundtrack for these things are usually fantastic and I own
quite a few of them. I'm cool. Film music is always very emotionally provoking, but nothing manages to touch me quite like that little tune where
Ellie welcomes Peaches to the ice age, y'know what I mean?
So they're cute, contain scenes of threat, mild comic violence and innuendo, but are suitable for all. And I love them.
What does ATS think?
What are your favourite cartoon films of all time, and why?
Thanks for reading if you did!
edit on 14/6/2011 by Ayana because: (no reason given)