Fantasy Mock Draft: 10 Animated Films Adults Love as Much as Kids
The Angry Birds Movie comes out this Friday, and with a stellar cast of voice actors, led by a few Saturday Night Live players, it’s sure to be a hit with adults, as well as kids. Think I’m joking? Here’s the voice lineup:
- Jason Sudeikis
- Josh Gad
- Danny McBride
- Maya Rudolph
- Kate McKinnon
- Tony Hale
- Keegan-Michael Key
- Bill Hader
- Peter Dinklage
- Tituss Burgess
- Ike Barinholtz
- Hannibal Burress
- Billy Eichner
- Jillian Bell
- Cristela Alonzo
Something animators figured out long ago is that adults love cartoons as much as kids do. It’s probably because it reminds us all of a simpler time, when cartoons ranked much higher on our priority list.
In reality, adults love cartoons as much as kids do because most of us are still children.
No, YOU ARE!
So we thought we’d do what adults do – and have a Fantasy mock draft! Let’s pick our favorite animated films over the past couple decades, regardless of what those kids want! We want to watch our animated films first!
Animated Films Adults Love More Fantasy Mock Draft!
Even if you don’t have kids, it’s OK if you have two or three of these lying on your DVD shelf. You know, in case your nieces and nephews come over!
1. Toy Story
Adults in the past 20 or 30 years remember having most of these toys, whereas I’m guessing a Slinky Dog is probably a severe health hazard that has been ripped off shelves because one klutzy toddler … never mind. Still, we didn’t grow up with apps and the Cartoon Network and Tide pods that look like candy. This movie is awesome – and incredibly nostalgic.
This movie marked the first time people actually said out loud, “Eddie Murphy is funny again!?!” Mike Meyers and Eddie Murphy team up, with Cameron Diaz as the love interest, and hilarity ensues. Many/most/all of the jokes are aimed at adults, as kids are just in for the cute animation.
3. Toy Story II
It’s crazy to think that Pixar initially wanted to just make this as a direct-to-video release, before realizing they had another gem on their hands! A greedy toy collector steals Woody (having a toy cowboy voiced by Tom Hanks is a big deal!), so Buzz and friends have to rescue him from Al McWhiggin, voiced by Wayne Knight – who we know as “Newman!”
4. The Incredibles
Call this one a sleeper, as I figure I’ll get a lot of flak for having this one in the top-five pick. But pound-for-pound or cartoon character for cartoon character, this movie is just awesome for adults. If you’re a superhero nerd like me, too, then it’s even better. Aging superheroes? A family that has to hide their superhero powers while living in the suburbs? It’s crazy to think it took 15 years for a sequel to finally be created – coming out in 2019.
5. The Emperor’s New Groove
This animated movie has the perfect mix of slapstick comedy for the kiddies, and fantastic lines for David Spade’s character, Kuzco, who plays a young Incan emperor that’s oblivious and narcissistic. John Goodman plays the peasant that is forced to work with the rude Kuzco, as the two are on a journey to get back to Kuzco’s kingdom. Kronk, voiced by Patrick Warburton, has to rank as one of the funniest Disney characters in a while – both in speech and action.
6. Toy Story III
If you’ve never seen it, then know that you need to, considering this was nominated for Best Motion Picture of the Year in 2010. But stop reading now. OK, now that they’re gone – could you imagine crying this much over a cartoon movie with Tim Allen and Don Rickles? I wanted to punch Ned Beatty and every purple teddy bear after this movie.
7. Monsters, Inc.
For many of us, we hear the celebrity voices behind the characters, and we often envision their real selves in the cartoon. Like, it’s impossible to watch “Monsters, Inc.” and not envision Billy Crystal and John Goodman hanging out together and trying to take care of this little girl.
Honestly, they should have put the first part of this movie into a separate short film, for people thinking they have too much joy in their lives. If you don’t cry after the old fella loses his wife (oh, ummm, spoiler alert), then you have a cold cat turd in your chest where a heart is supposed to live. It seems like kids would have a tough time relating to these ideas about aging and loss. And even with the dog, adults can completely get the comedy behind a dog having such a ridiculously short attention span. “Squirrel!”
9. Finding Nemo
What’s not funny about an animated film about an abducted son and the over-protective father that was apparently very right to be worried about his son!?!
With Finding Dory coming out this summer, I see a lot of people moving this movie up the list a few spots. But to be honest, anything without Dory in it was pretty good, but not great. It’s like when Giancarlo Stanton is hurt and you have to watch the Miami Marlins. (Hey! Fish joke!)
10. The LEGO Movie
While this one might grow on me, mostly because of Chris Pratt’s unfaltering happiness as Emmet, the main character’s voice. Hearing the “Everything is Awesome” song makes my life worth living! But it seems like the movie kinda derails after a while. Am I wrong?
While it should be very difficult for The Angry Birds Movie to crack this top 10 animated movies adults like more than kids, it looks like it’s still going to be a huge success.
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