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Which, if any, of the many recent animated features do you feel are worth a look (on DVD or HDM)?

Some recent animated films:

The Ant Bully DVD/BD/HD-DVD
Arthur and the Invisibles HD-DVD
Barnyard: The Original Party Animals
Bee Movie HD-DVD
Bender's Big Score DVD
Beowulf 3-D cinema/BD:anticipation
Cars BD
Chicken Little BD
Christmas Time in South Park
The Corpse Bride BD
Doogal
Dragonlance: Dragons Of The Autumn Twilight (on DVD 1/15/08)
Dr. Strange
Everyone's Hero
Family Guy: Blue Harvest (on DVD 1/15/08)
Flushed Away DVD
Happily N'ever After BD
Happy Feet DVD/BD:banding/HD-DVD/HD-DVD: problems/HD-DVD:PQ
Hoodwinked
Ice Age: The Meltdown DVD/BD
Jimmy Neutron
Madagascar
Meet the Robinsons DVD/BD/BD:anticipation #1/BD:anticipation #2
Monster House BD/BD:cover art
Open Season DVD/BD:thread #1/BD:thread #2
Over the Hedge
Persepolis
Ratatouille DVD/DVD:forced trailers/BD:reviews/BD:anticipation/BD:banding
Rennaissance
Robots
A Scanner Darkly BD/HD-DVD:review/HD-DVD
Shark Tale General
Shrek the Third DVD/HD-DVD
The Simpsons Movie DVD:content/DVD:PQ/BD:anticipation/BD:encoding
The Snurks
Surf's Up DVD/BD
Superman: Doomsday DVD/more DVD reviews
TMNT theatrical/BD:bitrate/BD:PQ/HD-DVD/HD-DVD & BD:anticipation/HD-DVD:review
The Triplets of Belleville HD-DVD
We Are the Strange
Wallace & Gromit: Curse of Were-Rabbit HD-DVD
The Wild BD:PQ/BD:content

(List updated 1/12/08)

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I highly recommend
Hoodwinked and Wallace & Gromit: Curse of Were-Rabbit.

Thought Flushed Away was decent but not eveyone liked it. Beowulf wont know till I see it tomorrow but I am excited.


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I've seen, and would recommend:

Cars
Happy Feet
Monster House
Robots

I've seen, and would not recommend:

Ice Age: The Meltdown
Shark Tale
The Triplets of Belleville

Haven't seen the rest on your list...
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Triplets of Belleville is an absolute masterpiece. Not merely one of the best animated films I have ever seen, but one of the best films, period.
Over the Hedge, Wallace and Gromit, The Incredibles, Robots, Hoodwinked, and Cars are all very entertaining.
Not on your list but well worth seeing is A Glass Darkly.
Also, don't forget the many masterpieces by Miziyaki (Including Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and Howl's Moving Castle.)
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Tripletts is probably worth seeing, as it is definitely *different* especially from the modern mainstream of animation, but I for one didn't particularly enjoy it.
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i LOVED hoodwinked... greatly underrated movie...

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From your list, these are definitely worth a look:

Cars
Flushed Away
Hoodwinked
Ice Age: The Meltdown
Over the Hedge
Ratatouille
Robots
The Triplets of Belleville
Wallace & Gromit: Curse of Were-Rabbit


Some I have not yet seen, but intend to watch:

Bee Movie
Beowulf
Monster House
Shrek the Third
The Simpsons Movie (DVD 12/18)

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I would definitely recommend these:

Chicken Little
Flushed Away
Ratatouille
The Simpsons Movie
The Triplets of Belleville
Wallace & Gromit: Curse of Were-Rabbit



These are so-so:

Cars
Jimmy Neutron
Monster House



And these are not worth your time:

Happy Feet
Robots
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Not on your list but well worth seeing is A Glass Darkly.

Could you mean A Scanner Darkly?
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Also, don't forget the many masterpieces by Miyazaki (Including Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and Howl's Moving Castle.)

Good point. I'm way behind on anime as well. Just can't keep track of it all.

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Could you mean A Scanner Darkly?

Yes. (It is not unusual for me to misremember titles.)
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Good point. I'm way behind on anime as well. Just can't keep track of it all.

Miziyaki's movies are enough different from most Japanese animation that I would hesitate to call them "anime". They are really in a class by themselves.
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Another movie that probably fits into this category is the french film "Immortal." Check it out if you like movies about dystopian futures.
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A couple others that might also fit are Rennaissance ('06), and Final Fantasy VII (this could also be considered anime). Haven't seen the former yet. And only seen a handful of the others mentioned so far, the most recent being Ratatouille and Ant Bully.

Ratatouille wasn't too bad, and the animation looked pretty incredible in the theater. A bit on the longish side though, and some of the characters seemed a little derivative. Ant Bully retreads some of the Antz and Bug's Life turf, but it was reasonably entertaining, had a pretty good voice cast, and looked pretty decent in HD-DVD on my whimpy 34" XBR CRT. (It did not seem as "exciting" on DVD though.)

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Any Pixar movie is worth checking out, they're the gold standard IMO.
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PLEASE tell me you guys are watching these because of your kids !!!!

Can you say, "CARTOONS" ?
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Which, if any, of the many recent animated features do you feel are worth a look?

None.

I'm all CGI'd out.
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PLEASE tell me you guys are watching these because of your kids !!!!

Can you say, "CARTOONS" ?

Umm yeah because of my "kid" that's the ticket!

Hehe I have watched just about all of them, but only a few I thought where decent for me that I could sit and watch 3 times in a row. It's amazing how many times a child can watch the same dang thing over and over again. In one sitting.

It's not like I saw 300 seven times all at once


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PLEASE tell me you guys are watching these because of your kids !!!!

Can you say, "CARTOONS" ?

yea, because of the 49 and 44 year old "kids" in this house... only 2 people who live here...

i'm not much for anime, but i do like pixar films...

probably shouldn't admit that i've been known to sit and watch actual cartoons every now and then too...

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PLEASE tell me you guys are watching these because of your kids !!!!

Can you say, "CARTOONS" ?

You do realize kids don't write cartoons don't you? If you ever take the time to watch most of these animations and cartoons from the past (the only cartoons I'm familiar with), you'll see many of them are written with the adult in mind as much as the child, because adults can better understand the humor they are going after. Children get into the antics; adults get the antics and subtle and not so subtle humor. Ice Age was one of the funnies things I've ever seen. The squirrel had me thinking of the coyote in the Roadrunner cartoon, one of my favorites. Cartoons and animes are definitely not only for kids. Nooooo, no, no, no, no, no.
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Hoodwinked is trash. Dont believe these guys. Happy Feet is worse

Id look for
Meet The Robinsons
Cars
Over the Hedge
Ratatouille
Surfs Up(especially if you have kids)
Simpsons
Shark Tale
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I have watched just about all of them, but only a few I thought where decent for me that I could sit and watch 3 times in a row.

I'm sure I watched The Ant Bully at least that many. First time I've seen actual HD on my TV though, so I've got an excuse. Some of the jokes did slip past me on the first couple viewings however. Perhaps because I was distracted by all the pretty high-definition colors.

What's the scoop on Open Season btw? The detail in the BD edition looked pretty amazing on a 1080p display at CC. Was the story/humor just not very adult-friendly?

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Open Season is fine but not over all adult-friendly as it could have been. Child watched that all weekend, looks very decent at 1080I.

You will love what they do with rabbits but after one or 2 viewings..meh.


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This looks interesting. Persepolis trailer.


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You do realize kids don’t write cartoons don’t you?Cartoons and animes are definitely not only for kids. Nooooo, no, no, no, no, no.

The LAST cartoon I'd ever let a little kid watch is "Drawn Together".
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Since most of the others I would reccomend have already been seconded, I'll put in a vote for "OVer the Hedge". That movie was hillarious.

However, Madagascar and The Wild were crap. Robots was average, at best.


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yea, i'll second "over the hedge", that was very funny...

i still can't believe someone thought "hookwinked" was trash... both my wife and i thought it was excellent...

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yea, i'll second "over the hedge", that was very funny...

i still can't believe someone thought "hookwinked" was trash... both my wife and i thought it was excellent...

"Hoodwinked" is a film best appreciated as a radio play.
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The LAST cartoon I'd ever let a little kid watch is "Drawn Together".

I think that's why they call it "ADULT Swim".
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Forgot to suggest TMNT. The lastest one was decent reminded me of the first one.


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I think that's why they call it "ADULT Swim".

Different network.
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