I’m a big fan of animated movies, which probably doesn’t surprise you if you’ve read this blog for any amount of time. While I like a lot of the big stuff (things like Big Hero 6 and How To Train Your Dragon), there are a few animated movies that I’ve grown up loving and don’t understand why more people don’t ever talk about them. Therefore, I’d like to talk to you today about three animated movies I wish got more attention.
1. TMNT (2007)
TMNT, released in 2007 by Imagi Studios and starring Patrick Stewart, Chris Evans, James Arnold Taylor, Nolan North, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and a bunch more talented actors and actresses, is in my mind the definitive TMNT adaption. Sure, it has its flaws, but its depictions of the Turtles and their dynamics is unparalleled in my mind. The brothers here act like a real family, and they talk to each other like a bunch of teenage siblings would. The gorgeous animation is icing on the cake, especially a rainy nighttime fight scene that I will not spoil because NOBODY HAS SEEN THIS MOVIE. Seriously. The movie only grossed about 60 million at the box office, and despite a sequel being teased right after its release, nothing ever came. Here we are, another reboot later, and I just wish we could go back to this. If you watch any of the movies I talk about on this list, watch this one. Seriously. It’s that good. As of 10/21/2017, it is available for streaming on Netflix, SO YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE FOR NOT WATCHING THIS MOVIE.
2. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
The Adventures of Tintin, released in 2011 and directed by Steven Spielberg, stars Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, and many more talented actors and actresses. It’s an adaption of the comics series written by Belgian cartoonist Hergé, and employs a motion-capture animation a la The Polar Express, except this one turned out a whole lot less creepy in my opinion. I understand the problems some people have with the style, but I think it works for this story. This is a treasure-hunting, Indiana Jones-esque story at its truest, even with a fantastic John Williams score to back it up. This is another great one that I don’t ever hear anybody talk about. It did well enough, and a sequel was announced, but Lord knows what happened there. It’s a well-made film with some great action scenes and memorable performances. It’s not on Netflix, but it’s definitely worth a rental if you haven’t seen it.
3. Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
Kung Fu Panda 2, released in 2011 by DreamWorks Animation and starring Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan, and even more talented actors and actresses. In my mind, this is the best installment in the Kung Fu Panda franchise. It strikes the right balance of comedy and seriousness, and the action scenes in this movie are also spectacular, and it fills out the backstory of Po really well. The worst part of this movie is that its cliffhanger was followed up in a very meh fashion by Kung Fu Panda 3. Definitely watch this one. It’s not on Netflix for some reason, but it’s definitely worth a rental if you haven’t seen it.
Do you know of any great animated movies that flew under the radar? Tell me below!