Thursday is here. And today is Animated Movies week over at Wandering through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks.
Animated cinema has never been my thing. Even when I was a kid, I thought Animated Movies were for kids. I wanted to hang out with the grown-ups. Oh, you wanna watch The Lion King? Nah. Let's just go rent Pulp Fiction.
It's funny. I was talking to my wife yesterday about how when we hang out with our friends with kids, she turns into The Child Whisperer. They like flock to her. They never come around me unless they want something. I finally realized that I didn't want to be a kid, even when I was a kid.
But I do have a favorite animated movie from childhood...a Disney classic. I have loved pretty much every Pixar movie that is not Cars or A Bug's Life. And I mean like really loved them. And there's a certain American Auteur who made an Animated Movie that I just adore...it's of the stop-motion sort.
Here are my Thursday Movie Picks:
The Sword in the Stone (Wolfgang Reitherman, 1963)
I pretty much watched this Disney flick on repeat as a kid. In Medieval England, a young boy called Wart, an aspiring knight's squire, happens upon the old wizard, Merlin, and begins an adventure that will one day make him King Arthur. There is just enough of a blend of good old Arthurian Lore to keep the budding English major in me interested and enough fun kid stuff (Merlin enchanting young Wart's dishwashing duty) to keep what was left of the kid in me happy. I recently bought this on Blu-ray for my future children. It looks great.
Ratatouille (Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava, 2007)
If you haven't been over to A Fistful of Films for our conversation about the 2007 Oscar winers, then do so. I had a blast talking about this one as part of the Four Ways a Best Picture Blogger Roundtable. Brad Bird has yet to wrong for me. His movies are vibrant and action-packed and gorgeous. This one, especially. A French rat with a refined palate named Remy (Patton Oswalt) gets lost from his pack and ends up in Paris, where he lands a job of sorts in a failing, once-famed restaurant. Everything about this movie is pretty much perfect, and it has the best-looking animated food ever put on film.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson, 2009)
Even being a Wes Anderson junkie wasn't enough to get me to a theater for this one when it dropped back in 2009. What the cuss!? When I finally saw it on Blu-ray a couple years ago, I regretted that decision. This is a Wes Anderson movie, plain and simple. It has the humor, the soundtrack, the fun production design, the perfectly symmetrical shots we've come to love from such a genius. And it also features voice work from George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and Bill Murray, just to name a few. Such a fun animated movie, a labor of love from Wes and Co., adapted from the children's book by Roald Dahl.