A few decades ago, most would have said animated films were strictly the realm of children.
But with Disney, Pixar, Miyazaki, and other powerhouse studios and directors on the scene, it’s become obvious that movies crafted out of drawings or computer animation can be entertaining to younger moviegoers as well as resonant and powerful to the adults accompanying them (or the adults who went by themselves, no longer an unheard-of phenomenon). From the heroic journey of Akira to Carl’s struggle to let go of his wife in “Up,” to Belle and the Beast's love story in "Beauty and the Beast," and Ari’s struggle with his loss of memory in “Waltz with Bashir,” quality animated films have arrived over the past years from all over the world and have struck a chord with many.
So which is the best of all time? We're leaving that question to you. We're asking Monitor readers to vote on Facebook for whichever film they believe is the finest animated movie ever created. Our staff selected 25 contenders total – now it’s your turn. Vote in our Facebook poll, which will close on Sept. 27. Shortly after that, we’ll announce how the movies ranked and which film came out on top.
Of our contenders, the oldest is Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” which arrived on the scene in 1937. The newest contestant is 2010's “Toy Story 3,” which was also the only sequel to make our cut.
It’s time to defend your favorite. Happy voting!