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Re: Monday Movie Post: Debut Animation Films
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• Posted by: Clint Morgan   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, November 8, 2021, at 5:01 p.m.
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• In Response to: Monday Movie Post: Debut Animation Films (Steven P.)

> I'm not sure if there are a lot of fans of animated films around here, but I had this idea to rank the debut animated feature films of the major animation studios, and see how they stack up.

> Here's what I came up with:

> 1. Toy Story (Pixar)
> The start of not only one of the best animated series, but one the best film series in general.

I remember seeing this in the theater and getting really creeped out by the, shall we say, 'unloved' toys. *shivers*

> 2. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Disney)
> Got to give credit to the one that started in all, and set the template for Disney animated films. It actually still holds up pretty well too.

I was crazy for this movie as a very small kid. Watched it again on Disney+ recently and I agree that it still holds up. The queen/witch's transformation scene is STILL genuinely frightening.

> 3. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (Warner Animation)
> Not just a great animated film, but a great Batman film too.

Still haven't seen it... Never was much of a Batman fan.

> 4. Nausicca of the Valley of the Wind (Studio Ghibli)
> One of my favorites from the studio.

Such an underrated classic. Hisaishi's score is kinda all over the place (in context anyway); the concert suite presentation of the music is much better.

> 6. Coraline (Laika animation)
> Great stop motion work and a wonderful spooky animated film that works for all ages.

Both film and score are underrated.

> 7. The Secret of NIMH (Bluth animation)
> This money freaked me out as a kid, and haven't seen it in full as an adult. I like some Bluth animation films a lot more, but this was just ok.

Watching it now makes me appreciate just how effective Goldsmith's score is. 'The House Raising' especially gives me goosebumps.

> How would you rank the debut films of animation studios? Any studios that should be included?

As James mentioned, Chicken Run deserves a place on this list. smile

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