2016: The Year of Brilliant Animated Movies

By Livia Peterson

The 2016 is nearing to the holidays – Christmas and New Year’s Day. It is time to discuss the films as the awards potential and recapping the year in various perspectives. 2016 is the year that the mainstream movies consistently underwhelmed and yet, the family oriented cartoon movies saved the day.
 
“Norm of the North” did not properly introduce what was about to come – the likes of “Kung Fu Panda 3” (a decent sequel!), “Zootopia”, “The Jungle Book” (mixture of live action and animation), “Finding Dory”, “The Secret Life of Pets”, “Sausage Party”, “Storks”, “Trolls”, and “Moana”. The final cartoon is Illumination Entertainment’s “Sing” – debuting during Wednesday, December 21, 2016. Based on the marketing campaign, “Sing” is animals meeting American Idol and The Voice.
 
“Sausage Party” is the adults’ only animated film that chronicles the various foods discovering the “Great Beyond” also known as the folks consuming them. Hilarious and poignant, “Sausage Party” demonstrates the mainstream cinema demands the additional films that travel beyond the stereotypes. However, unlikely to receive the Best Animated Feature nomination due to the fact it is mindless entertainment.
 
“Moana” and “Zootopia” are the couple personal favorite films. Whereas “Zootopia” delivers a potent message without adding “being politically correct” component, “Moana” surpasses the smash hit “Frozen” (2013).
 
“The Jungle Book”, “The Secret Life of Pets”, and “Trolls” are delightful cartoons. It appears the moviegoing public is receiving “The Secret of Life Pets 2” in a couple years – uh, okay and yay. The minions alone sell Illumination Entertainment in my perspective. “The Jungle Book” provides the visual spectacle that left many of us in awe. It is one film that the Academy will ignore due to the fact it is partially live action (boo!).
 
“Finding Dory” miraculously received the perfect grade – A via yours truly. Who does not love the Pixar Animation Studios? It is the perfect sequel; however, Pixar should stop producing the sequels to retain their excellent reputation. Like, did we really request “Cars 3”? Uh, no. Produce a cartoon that will knock our socks off, such as one of my all time favorite films – “Inside Out” (2015).
 
The kiddie flicks stunned this film critic. Indeed, the few mishaps include “Ratchet & Clank” and “Ice Age: Collision Course”. Nonetheless, the adults moderately resorted to the brilliant animation to receive the finest cinema available. I constantly begged that the mainstream live action movies matched the cartoons’ awesomeness. Let’s hope the 2017 revitalizes the mainstream cinema as a whole. Not just the kiddie films shine, but the adult oriented fare provides the plenty smiles.

Manchester By The Sea (2016)

Loving (2016)