Top 10 Animated Movies Of 20128.01.13 # Top Ten # 5 Comments
2012 was a good year for animated movies. Not a great one. Just good. Pixar fumbled again while others continued to up their game. It was the year of spookiness, with three major entries playing off the horror genre. While another showed it’s actually possible to have a movie about videogames that’s critically and commercially successful. Here are Movie-Moron’s top 10 animated movies of 2012.
One of a seeming glut of supernatural-themed animations spewed up in the third quarter of the year, ParaNorman was something of a box office loser, but a critical victor, with its stop-motion tale of a lad able to commune with the unliving eliciting praise from most comers.
9. Beauty and the Beast 3D/Finding Nemo 3D/Monsters, Inc. 3D
The success of The Lion King 3D last year paved the way for more of the same in 2012. But were the above-named trio all examples of much-loved classics receiving a fresh lease of life?
Or sleeping cadavers being exhumed and ghoulishly reanimated, all in the unholy name of Mammon? The answer lies somewhere within the accountancy department of the Walt Disney Company…
8. Hotel Transylvania
Via the likes of Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack, Genndy Tartakovsky has established himself as a titan of modern animation.
Via the likes of Click and Jack and Jill, Adam Sandler has established himself as a performer for whom quality control is something that other people worry about.
Hotel Transylvania brought these two improbable bedfellows together, with Tartakovsky stepping in to direct Sandler as Dracula himself, the prince of the night here recast as mostly good-natured hotelier.
A Scots-set coming of age tale, with a bit of witchcraft thrown into the brew, Brave restored some of the critical lustre that Pixar lost by Cars 2, without ever threatening to recapture the rapture of Up and Toy Story 3. It all played a bit like a particularly sweetly-rendered version of How to Train Your Dragon. Just minus the dragons.
6. The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists
Known as ‘The Pirates! Band of Misfits’ in the U.S., this couldn’t decide which terrible title it preferred. It didn’t advertise much of a plot either but if you were prepared to sit back and enjoy a madcap plasticine Hugh Grant trying to prove himself as the greatest pirate by presenting his dodo to a science convention in London, then you were treated to something charmingly funny and beautifully crafted. Just be aware it takes half an hour to hit its stride and the villain is Queen Victoria which for a British film is probably illegal.
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