2012 was a spectacular year for Animated movies, the fourth installment in the Ice age series (Continental Drift) was the fourth highest grossing movies of 2012 with more than 1 billion dollars worldwide. The third installment in the Madagascar series (Europe’s Most Wanted) was the 8th highest grossing film of 2012. To put that in perspective the new Ice Age movie surpassed Breaking Dawn: Part Two and The Amazing Spiderman, Madagascar 3 made more money than the Hunger Games and Ted! Even the lowest grossing animated film of 2012, Frankenweenie, made almost 70 million dollars, almost double what it cost to make!
The best part of the animated movies of 2012 is the fact that only two are sequels, of the other eight movies three are based on beloved children’s books (The Lorax, Rise of the Guardians and The Pirates!) and the rest are original ideas.
I enjoyed almost every Animated movie of 2012 some are definitely better than others, so without further ado, below are the Best Animated Movies of 2012, starting at #10:
#10 – Hotel Transylvania
Rating: 4/10 stars
With the voice talents of: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Molly Shannon, Cee Lo Green, Fran Drescher, Jon Lovitz
Hotel Transylvania is Adam Sandler’s best movie since 2009’s Funny People, but that doesn’t mean Hotel Transylvania is good. The characters are fun, and there is a lot of funny humor for young kids but anyone over 11 will probably find Hotel Transylvania noisy, predictable and boring, but it’s not stopping Adam Sandler from creating a sequel in 2015.
#9 – Ice Age: Continental Drift
Rating: 4/10 stars
With the Voice Talents of: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Dennis Leary, Queen Latifa, Sean William Scott, Josh Peck, Jennifer Lopez, Wanda Sykes, Kiki Palmer, Aziz Ansari, Nicky Minaj, Drake, Nick Frost, Peter Dinklage, Rebel Wilson, Heather Morris, Simon Pegg, Patrick Stewart, Joy Behar
The first Ice Age movie is a classic and I loved it but now that we’re on the fourth installment of this franchise it’s definitely run it’s course, so much so that I almost forget the magic that the first movie brought. You may look at the list of voice actors and think “That’s a lot of actors for one movie”, well you’re right! Ice Age 4 is heavy on characters and slapstick humor and low on actual storytelling and coming up with new ideas. This installment in the Ice Age series has just made me long for the first movie, back when it was just Sid, Manny, Diego and Scrat…
#8 – Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
With the Voice Talents of: Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Zac Efron, Betty White, Taylor Swift
I probably read Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax one hundred times as a child, I love Dr. Seuss and the whole world he creates in all of his books, Hollywood has successfully transferred his books to the screen before and they almost had it here. The best parts of The Lorax are the parts that actually involve the Lorax (voiced by Danny DeVito wonderfully), the Once-ler (Ed Helms), and all of the cute and funny creatures like the bears, fish, and geese like birds that inhabit the world. Everything that is added to the story to make it longer are extremely unlike Dr. Seuss. The book the Lorax deals with issues of pollution, logging and how important it is to take care of our planet, and the movie could have been a bigger advocate for nature, instead it’s bogged down by Hollywood’s attempt at fun.
#7 – Rise of the Guardians
With the Voice Talents of: Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Isla Fisher, Jude Law
the Animation in Rise of the Guardians is top notch, it’s spectacular. The imagination that went into the movies is wonderful, and there is a lot of magic here, Adults and children will probably be entertained by this fun little movie, even though the story is a little jumpy and all over the place.
#6 – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
With the Voice Talents of: Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Jessica Chastain, Martin Short, Sacha Baron Cohen, Frances McDormand, Cedric the Entertainer, Bryan Cranston, Andy Richter
Instead of taking the low road like Ice Age Continental Drift and dishing out the same old and cashing in a successful franchise, Madagascar 3 continues to make us laugh with hilarious characters and witty plot lines. The people behind Madagascar 3 know what they’re doing to keep this franchise alive. Sometimes Madagascar 3 is a little over the top and completely zany, and I’m really not feeling the Gloria/Melman love story, but it’s still a great movie.
#5 – Paranorman
With the Voice Talents of: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Casey Affleck, Jeff Garlin, John Goodman, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Anna Kendrick
Paranorman is a sweet and scary story about a young boy who can see and talk to dead people, I was surprised how scary Paranorman could actually be at times, maybe even a little too frightening for young children, but that seemed to be the route more and more animated movies have taken. Paranorman is extremely entertaining, fun, funny, sweet and maybe a little spooky. Some of the characters wore on my nerves after a while, like Normans older sister Courtney, her crush Mitch, and the bully Alvin, and I give props to Paranorman for probably being the first animated children’s film to have a gay character.
#4 – The Pirates! Band of Misfits
With the Voice Talents of: Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Alton Yelchin
I actually found myself laughing out loud quite a few times, The Pirates! Band of Misfits is really funny, and incredibly fun to watch, it’s exciting and the stop motion claymation is always a lot of fun to see in action.
#3 – Brave
With the Voice Talents of: Billy Connolly, Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Julia Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane
I thoroughly enjoyed Brave, it’s a sweet tale of a young Scottish princess trying to be her own person in a family where her father is a king and her mother is a queen. Brave has great emotional depth and it’s wonderfully animated, every scene is wonderfully brought to life. As sweet as the story is, it’s also rather funny, especially when the three twin brothers or the king are involved!
#2 – Frankenweenie
With the Voice Talents of: Charlie Tahan, Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara
I wouldn’t consider myself a huge Tim Burton fan, but I do enjoy much of his work, (especially Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish, Nightmare Before Christmas, and more). I do think that Frankenweenie is his best movie since 2001’s Big Fish. Frankenweenie is fun and exciting until the very end, the stop motion artwork is gorgeous, and a boys love for his dog is shown wonderfully here. The movie is full of references to classic horror movies, and to Tim Burton’s older movies.
#1 – Wreck-it Ralph
With the Voice Talents of: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch
Wreck-it Ralph has it all, a wonderful story, sweet characters, loads of imagination, action, plenty of nostalgia for video gamers (like myself), nice animation, and incredibly suited voice actors. I was incredibly enthralled with Wreck-it Ralph, the movie has more heart than most, Disney got it right this year, I honestly can’t wait for the sequel.