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Mr. Mom's Top Five Animated Films

Well, I am nearly half finished with my Mr. Mom summer gig and it has been a great summer.  One of the great perks about being a dad is the ability to watch the movies aimed at kids.  I am pretty sure kids movies of today are much better than when I was a child.  Also, I love the jokes that are added for the parents' enjoyment during children's films (a trend started that really started with The Shrek films.

Everyone knows how much I love linking to "top lists" and creating my own "top list."  I decided after watching one of my favorite kids films this afternoon that tonight was a great time to write about my favorite animated films.  So, after seven and a half years as a dad, I present my top five animated films (in no particular order).  I also will throw in my favorite character as a bonus.


Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)




This movie has everything for me.  First, it is based on a classic children's book, enough said right?  No, not at all.  The protagonist is a lovable dork/geek.  The movie is based on unlimited food and the mayor of the town ends up driving around on a rascal.  Throw in a touching father/son relationship story and I am hooked.  Favorite character:  Baby Brent "uh-oh!"


Megamind (2010)




Now this is a great film.  Big time stars (Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill to name a few) shine in the animated film.  Megamind's grand musical entrances are hilarious, as are his constant mispronunciations.  Will Ferrell's work is usually always good, and this film is no different.  Favorite Character: Megamind himself


Despicable Me (2010)



Another great film from 2010 with some big stars (Steve Carell, Jason Segel and Russell Brand).  I loved Steve Carell's character Gru.  He is truly a "villain" that the audience will love.   The film was such a hit, that a 2013 sequel is in the works.  I am sure I will be taking the kids to see it when it is released.  Favorite Character: Vector (Gru's arch enemy, voiced by Jason Segel.)


Toy Story 3 (2010)




Wow, until I took the time to write this entry I never realized how many great animated movies were released in 2010.  The last three I have listed are all 2010 releases.  Of course a Disney/Pixar film had to make my list.  I loved the original Toy Story, while the second one was so/so.  Toy Story 3 was the best in my opinion.  It was a great story and the final scene nearly brought tears to my eyes as I was watching in the theater (nearly....but I am a sensitive geek sometimes).  Favorite character: Woody, I have always been a Woody guy since the first film.




The Lion King (1994)




I went back and forth with this selection.  Part of me really wanted to list another 2010 film, Tangled.  Tangled is close to my heart because I enjoyed it with my daughter on her sixth birthday.  Yet, when I thought back to all of the movies I have enjoyed I realized I could not leave the 1994 classic The Lion King off the list.  I still get chills when I hear James Earl Jones tell the young Simba "we are all connected in the great circle of life."  Jeremy Irons (a favorite of mine from Die Hard 3) is chilling as Uncle Scar.  A classic film that has grown to be a classic on Broadway as well.  Favorite character: Mufasa....then Rafiki.


The best part about these movies, is that I actually enjoy all of them.  I know parents cringe when attending some children's films (and believe me I have seen BAD movies,) but keep in mind there are some quality films out there.  I actually enjoy when my children want to watch these five movies.  Actually, after watching this I really want to watch Mega Mind tonight.  So, what do you think of the list?  What are your favorites?  Am I crazy that I actually enjoy these?

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  1. Tangled. I think I enjoy watching it more than my kids!!!

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    1. I really liked it, hard for me to keep off the list. I guess I just needed to go with a classic!

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  2. Nightmare Before Christmas is my favorite children's movie. I also love Beauty and the Beast, but I always turn it off after the yellow dress dance.

    Best,
    Meg

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    1. I also thought about Beauty and Beast, love Jerry Orbach (aka Lennie Brisco from Law and Order fame)in the film.

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