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NOTE: here's the films I might add provided I've seen them first to make sure (or, in the case of the ones I've marked with an *, ones I've seen but I'm unsure about adding for various reasons):
RPG: Metanoia Approved for Adoption Tales of the Night Missing Link The Congress Ethel and Ernest Allegro Non Troppo Early Man A Scanner Darkly The Haunted World of El Superbeastro Penguin Highway Aachi and Sspiak Alois Nebel The Tune I Lost my Body My Dog Tulip Phantom Boy Tito and the Birds Loving Vincent Gandahar Angel's Egg Castle in the Sky Whisper of the Heart My Beautiful Girl, Mari Porco Rosso The Animatrix Kirikou and the Sorceress The Night is Short, Walk on Girl 5 Centimeters Per Second The Tale of The Princess Kaguya Wrinkles Millenium Actress The Prophet* The Fox and the Hound* Animal Farm* Isle of Dogs* Kiki's Delivery Service* Long Way North* Ratatouillie* Kung Fu Panda* Watership Down* The Little Prince*
I also want to mostly include shows that were good throughout their run rather than stuff that's super mega ultra dead like "The Simpsons" or "Spongebob"...but let's just see where this goes I guess.
To-watch list cause everyone recs them:
- All of the anime. The anime series I know are Kill la Kill, Modoka Magica, Aggretsuko, Panty and Stocking, Hamtaro, some Kimba and Pokemon. Not the best roster. Please feel free to recommend anything but have patience with me getting to these shows.
-Laura's Star -The Emperor's Nightingale -Old Czech Legends -A Midsummer Night's Dream -Toys in the Attic -Little From the Fish Shop -Phantom Boy -Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart -The Congress -Long Way North -Wrinkles -Renaissance -Early Man -Ethel and Ernest -Loving Vincent -Dougal and the Blue Cat -Moomins and the Comet Chase -Benny's Bathtub -Princess -Allegro Non Troppo -Samson and Sally -The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship -The Magic Mountain -Opera Imaginare -The Pinchecliff Grand Prix -Max and Co. -The Art of Happiness -Azur and Asmar -Tales of the Night -Kirikou and the Sorceress -Tehran Taboo -The Wild Swans -The Magic Pipes -Beloved Beauty -The Cat who learned to Walk by Herself -Go There, Don't Know Where -Laughter and Grief by the White Sea -The Scarlet Flower -The Twelve Months
- RPG Metonia
- Arjun: The Warrior Prince
- Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic
- Approved for Adoption
- Little Door Gods
- Lotus Lantern
- Flavors of Youth
- Seoul Station
- Aachi and Sspiak
- Yobi the Five-Tailed Fox
- Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya
- King of the Pigs
- The Fake
Anime: -lord give me strength
Simba: The King Lion (1995)
How does this not have ANY reviews
This was an absolute "joy" to come across a few years back and to this day it's one of the oddest shows I'll ever see. Much like Legend of the Titanic, a film by the same studio, this series is insane. It really does feel like a kid playing with his various Disney animal toys and this is the result. The episodes I watched featured lions getting blessed with magical powers, talking mice and seeing through time, and most hilarious of all was when the two child leads are on a drug trip.
The following series' are equally insane from what I've seen. I can't believe these shows exist let alone are this crazy.
Normally this breed of bad-insane animation would be right up my alley. Everything from it's rip-off set up to it's awful characters and insane story sound like a recipe for fun.
This series would be "so bad it's good" IF IT LEARNED TO GET TO THE POINT. Scenes go on far too long and usually with just mouth noises from the main characters. It's so badly paced that sitting through a whole episode becomes a chore even with all the bad stuff there to surprise you.
Extraordinary Tales (2013)
One of the Best Animated Horror films of all time
Of the animated horror movies I've been trying to hunt down in the last few years, this one takes the cake as my personal favorite and most pleasant surprise. I'd been saying for the longest time: "Why stretch out a whole Poe story to a feature-length snore or cheese-fest? The man wrote short stories! Make an anthology already!"
Low and behold, that's what they did. Beyond adapting these stories to perfection visually, the whole movie is a love-letter to Poe, what with all the background references and the voice talents being that of horror-elite, showing their respect for the man who helped invent their genres of choice.
There are only two gripes I have with the film and that's some of the animation in the Pit and the Pendulum bit (the rest of the movie stylizes it's budgeted animation so it looks good even with all the resources the creators have) and the introductory cards and credits for each sequence, which can take you out of the movie. Besides that it's a must see Poe-lovers and animated horror fans.
Live Freaky Die Freaky (2006)
I've seen worse, but I've also seen better
SPOILERS ALERT, M'KAY? The reviews for this movie are polarizing. I see people calling this the most offensive movie of all time, pure trash, etc, etc. I sat through Where the Dead Go to Die and Drawn Together: The Movie. I've pseudo-intellectual garbage at it's worst and shocking for the sake of shocking at it's most cringey. Seeing this film for the first time, I thought it would be along those lines. Then I sat down to watch the movie and, with the exception of one graphic sex scene and an over-the-top murder, it didn't make me sick to my stomach. The filmmakers are not pro Manson or anything, the film is so obviously a satire of the media and the legacy it's made out of Charles Manson. It's use of music, and the portrayal of the murder victims isn't done out of spite, but through the perspective of how the family would see the world. Still it's very offensive and I don't recommend for the squeamish and maybe the criminologists who take this stuff very seriously.
That being said, it's no masterpiece of schlock or satire. Personally, I think what would make the satire sharper and clearer for general audiences is if the Tate murders were treated with more dignity. That would be a great reality check - something to show you how awful a home invasion/murder really is - and it would make the schlock all the schlockier once you get cut back to it. You know? Give the audience mood whiplash by going from dark comedy, to full on tragidrama, and then back into comedy like nothing ever happened? For smart viewers "Live Freaky Die Freaky"'s message isn't going to be lost, but I can't see those same people giving it a glowing review.
Le magasin des suicides (2012)
Not Dangerous, but possibly insulting
First and foremost: This isn't a realistic look at suicide or depression - it's supposed to be exaggerated and over the top. It's got some really good satire at parts and even it's characters are kind of interesting. This isn't a 13 Reasons Why situation, where suicide is romanticized and could lead to people hurting themselves. I also don't see too many non-suicidal people watching this and truly thinking this is what people go through. Most people are smart enough to get that it's a comedy.
There are, however, a few major flaws with it's message and presentation of the story that, while they didn't make this movie despicable, were hard to swallow for me - so I can see how they'd be MORE than offensive and demeaning to family members and people who've attempted or contemplated suicide. Depending on the person, this movie can really miss it's mark: 1) Alan being happy comes off as that misunderstanding of depressed/suicidal people, and how they just need to "smile". 2) In the final musical number, the ghosts of the people who've died by way of the shop appear and sing about how they couldn't find happiness. This can be taken VEEEEEEERY badly depending on who you are.
Quality wise, the songs were forced and took you out of the comedy and plot rather than further it, which is the worst kind of musical. There's also a creeepy scene where Alan lets his friends was his sister strip and dance naked. In a more mature, more serious movie maybe it could be a very human look at child curiosity, but in this black comedy it's portrayed as charming and it's like...no. That's gross. Stahp. Really mixed on this one and I have a feeling a lot of other people will be too.
A Jewish Girl in Shanghai (2010)
Great Story, "meh" animation
-The sub I got was sketchy at places, but it at least helped me understand what characters were talking about-
The film itself is fine - in fact it's better than fine! It's no Grave of the Fireflies, but it has the punch a movie about WWII should have and is the only animated holocaust film I can name off the top of my hand. There's a happier ending than most films of it's kind, and it's oddly fitting for this movie. It's not a tearjerker or complete tragedy. It is however a drama that I think is best for kids and families who are just now being introduced to this part of history. Story wise there is only one major drawback to the film and that would be these animal sidekicks that follow our kids around. They're distracting and in everyone's way. One is enough but three is too much (also they talk by the end of film? I honestly couldn't tell because of the sub).
The thing that will make or break this movie is the animation. It's not horrendous and it's serviceable, even kinda pretty at parts. The film would be made if it had a higher budget of animation. With the quality it has I'm worried people pick this movie out of the blue and judge it by how it looks rather than stopping to see where it goes (to be fair though, animated films do kinda owe themselves to looking presentable at the very least). Oh well. Give it a chance, especially if you like all walks of animation and animated films like I do.
Blood Tea and Red String (2006)
An acquired taste
"Blood Tea and Red String" is the latest watch in my line of obscure animated films I wanted to see. I gotta say for all the talk of this thing being a horror movie, it really only delivers on that in the imagery. The story, while darker than most childhood fairy tales, doesn't revolve around the macabre. It is a Gothic, haunting movie but not really what I'd call horror.
As for the film itself, I liked it. Would watch again if I had the chance, though it's not necessarily a re-watchable kind of flick. It is an art-house film - through and through. While this is the kind of art-house stuff I can get behind (or at least, you know, is actually entertaining and thought provoking instead of pretentious or dull), art movies are something you have to be in the mood for.
The Romantic (2009)
Underrated Home-made Gem
I had been hearing about this one ever since I started searching for more and more animated horror movies. The summaries I could find of this film were often so vague I had no clue for what I was really in for. So here's a better summary:
"In a world ruled by the gods of Love, Time, and Hate, a young man seeks to kill the gods for making him do "a terrible thing". He is guided by a little man named Patience while being pursued by the tyrannical ruler of his former town - Big Daddy~"
Watching it for the first time I had a hard time keeping up and getting into the flick or it's lore. But after the film was over and especially after a second viewing I found myself liking it more and more. It's a busy plot but not an overly complicated one. The characters manage to be unique and likable enough and the lore is very well thought out. There were some audio problems in the version I saw though, so I feel like certain details I don't fully understand might make more sense if I could hear the characters better.
The animation is no Sita Sings the Blues as far as quality is concerned, but it's art and style is appealing and the film makers know how to set up a theatrical shot. I hope this film gets more attention. It deserves it.