What was your favorite animated movie of 2014? The year is coming to a close, so there’s no better time to take a look back at the contenders and crown a winner!
Entering the ring with confidence and a badass swagger:
Big Hero 6 (Disney)
This movie was funny and touching and just adorable. I loved, loved every character. It’s a movie about a bunch of geeks saving the world while conquering their grief and oh my gosh, Bayamax is the cutest little robot ever. Also, amazing lady superhero that unabashedly loves pink.
The Book of Life (20th Century)
I haven’t seen this yet, but the artwork looked really interesting. I was happy to see Hispanic representation come to life in this project. “A visually wondrous animated concoction that crackles with energy and creativity… an enjoyably frenetic enchilada of a family film.” [x]
The Boxtrolls (Laika)
The handshake joke always amuses me, but it wasn’t enough to get me to watch this film. What can I say—this type of animation tends to freak me out a little. “There’s little conventional about this movie at all. Thank heavens.” [x]
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (DreamWorks)
Okay people, lets talk about the amazing, wonderful, epic HtTYD2. My feels cannot be contained because I adore this film. It’s beautiful visually and musically, but the story is also super amazing. So much humor, so much heart, so many tears I shed.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (DreamWorks)
“A flawless remake that maintains the eccentric tone and wit of the original animated shorts.” [x]
Penguins of Madagascar (DreamWorks)
I haven’t seen this yet, but I really want to! “Penguins play charades, dress in lederhosen, dance Irish style & wear mermaid suits in this fast moving, high energy, witty & inventive 3d animation in themes that reinforce the importance of family.” [x] It sounds perfect for me.
Rio 2 (Blue Sky)
I wasn’t overly fond of Rio, so this wasn’t something I saw this year. “’Rio 2′ explodes with personality and atmosphere, and if you’re suffering any sort of World Cup letdown, this energetic Amazonian adventure is a good way to taper off.” [x]
The Lego Movie (Warner Bros.)
This one was a favorite for a lot of people, but not me. I watched about the first half hour before I had to tune out. Nevertheless, “movies about toys need to be approached with extreme caution; some of them have been bad enough to count as health hazards. This one is the exception.” [x]
All right! There are our worthy challengers! Vote below to crown a winner: