POLL: How do you feel about 2014’s animated input?

With there only being 2 films (Big Hero 6 and Penguins of Madagascar WHYYYYYYYY?) that needs to be released for the animated output this year (I am writing the Book of life review), I want to hear your opinions on what you think about this years output, since we will be in a new year in 2 months. So, vote, comment, do both, whatever you want. Spread the love. I know that there are many of you out there.

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19 thoughts on “POLL: How do you feel about 2014’s animated input?

    1. 2013 was so bad that Frozen was the only movie which got Animats seal of approval and his complete worst list consisted of movies which got the seal of barrage. Frozen was more or less the only movie which even deserved an Oscar nomination (so nobody was surprised that the movie won). And if you ask me, that was part of the reason why it was so successful.

      2014 was okay to good, I think (it is a little bit hard to judge because a lot of movies are hitting the theatres just now). The fact that Pixar didn’t have a movie at the start made for a smaller field. Disney has Big Hero 6 in the run, which go good prereviews, so I am optimistic. DreamWorks had HTTYD2, which I heard was good (I am not a big fan of the first one, but I will eventually watch the sequel for sure). Laika’s entry The Boxtrolls was apparently just okay which is a little bit disappointing I admit. Instead Warner Brothers stepped up with the Lego movie.

      I don’t think that other than the Nut Job anything truly offensive bad was created. Even Book of Life seems to be an okay entry.

      I guess that summons the year up the best. There was a lot of “okay” with a little bit of greatness in it. I guess we are a little bit spoiled by 2010-2012, when there were always multiple movies demanding our attention.

      1. I’ve seen some of Animats stuff on YouTube, but I would be surprised if he didn’t give the seal of approval to Monsters University. Even if he didn’t, is Monsters University really that out of tier from Frozen? I don’t know. I really liked Monsters University.

      2. Legends of Oz was atrocious. I loved Boxtrolls and Book of Life. I think 2014 has been amazing. We’ve got Song of the Sea coming up in December which looks great too. And Lego movie was amazing!

      3. Song of the Sea? I though that there was only the Penguins from Madagascar movie left. 2 more reviews for the both of us.

        I pretty much agree with everything you said, though I don’t like Lego and Boxtrolls as much as you do.

    2. I don’t know if you read my Best and Worst of 2013, but in that, I pretty much bash a majority of the films. I am probably the only one who thinks MU is better than Frozen (you will understand why in my Frozen review).

      Many felt like Animat was really hard on MU.

      1. More or less all reviews said last year that they were forced to put movies on the “best list” which would have been middle-ground entries in the years beforehand.

      2. I personally don’t really care for stop-motion animation, so for me, 2013 was better than 2012. I haven’t seen Rango or Winnie the Pooh, so I don’t feel like I can comment on 2011. But I think Frozen + MU are much stronger than Wreck-It Ralph + Brave. Perhaps 2012 had a more even slate of animated films, maybe even more diversity of films, but in terms of the best computer animated movies, I’ll give the nod to 2013 without hesitation.

      3. I thought that AniMat was kind of harsh on Monsters University. He’s not such a big fan of the first one, according to his review, so maybe that has something to do with it.

      1. I did not watch many of the films of 2011, so I have no opinion on that. All I know is that a majority of the films in 2013 were mediocre at best to horrible.

  1. You guys are tough to please. I think The Lego movie was amazing! Mr Peabody and Sherman was a lot of fun. How to Train Your Dragon 2. The Boxtrolls, and Book of Life were great and I loved Big Hero 6. To me it is one of the strongest years of animation since the 90s. To me there were only 2 flops.

    1. I am. I think this year is a mixed film. Some good, and some bad, which I could not say for last year.

      Peabody was fun, though there was some issues with it. I have not seen Big hero 6, so no opinion on that. While I have had my issues with some of these films, the only 2 flops are the ones you have mentioned.

      1. Yeah I guess I try to be happy with films and enjoy them for what they are. It certainly is one of the most diverse years of animation. At least give me that? It’s fun to see such variety in style and feel from different studios. Good news for the art form. And great they all did so well. Will encourage more of the same instead of it just being a 2 studio race.
        My favorites have been Lego, Big Hero 6 and Boxtrolls

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