Watchable Children's Animation

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I was forced to endure a showing of Despicable Me and the sequel over the weekend. With people that had seen it multiple times before. I politely told them that they were retarded and this was not a good movie at all. Cartoons used to be written well enough to work on a few levels. I really don't watch kiddy stuff, but I get the sense that it's largely gone very downhill the last couple decades.

First, am I correct in thinking the Despicable Me movies are crap unworthy of devotion and admiration? Second, what should I recommend instead if forced to watch G-rated kiddy stuff in hopes of not being bored to death by being in the room?
 
Any of the Pixar movies before from Wall-E and earlier. Any old Disney movies. Anything but Frozen.
 
Any old Disney movies
Yeah, that's the sort of stuff I mean. Schmaltzy but with decent characters and artistry and all.
How old were the children in the room watching?
That was the worst part. No children. I'm just looking for examples for the future. Personally, I have no idea why adults would bother with children's movies when no children are involved, but everybody else I know seems to care foe some reason.
 
Yeah, that's the sort of stuff I mean. Schmaltzy but with decent characters and artistry and all.

That was the worst part. No children. I'm just looking for examples for the future. Personally, I have no idea why adults would bother with children's movies when no children are involved, but everybody else I know seems to care foe some reason.
I'm all for a Pixar movie or two every now and then. What's so bad about that?
 
Some may be okay, I just have a low tolerance for that newfangled CGI and prefer more complex themes. There is certainly sublime and transcendent animation. I just don't feel like muddling through the dreck to find it.

Side topic: the chicks seem to love this Princess Bride flick. I think it pretty much sucks. Is this a chick thing, an acutely generational thing, or just more retardation?
 
That was the worst part. No children. I'm just looking for examples for the future. Personally, I have no idea why adults would bother with children's movies when no children are involved, but everybody else I know seems to care foe some reason.


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But I will bite...how many people total?
Surely this was not in a studio apartment. I would have gone in the other room and had some drinks.
 
I read a book. Someone else fell asleep. The womenfolk were rapt.
Were my own family struck with this shenanigans, there would have been drink and pithy analysis and it would have been bearable. This was other family. I could start another thread on what all was encountered.
 
I mean...where was this? Wife's family? GF's family? Friend's family?
You Had to sit and watch? I would be hard pressed to sit and watch 2 movies back to back during a holiday weekend in my own casa.
 
There were women. Anything intelligent was labeled "depressing." Retards.
I did finally insist on "Waiting for Superman" an documentary on education. There was clearly a schism.
This is a recurring issue that I have with women. They see art as distraction and temporary amusement, whereas I want engaging thought-provoking stuff. Bitches will walk out of rooms and miss large parts and not care.
Anyway, I'd like some opinions on this Princess Bride flick from y'all.
 
There were women. Anything intelligent was labeled "depressing." Retards.
I did finally insist on "Waiting for Superman" an documentary on education. There was clearly a schism.
This is a recurring issue that I have with women. They see art as distraction and temporary amusement, whereas I want engaging thought-provoking stuff. Bitches will walk out of rooms and miss large parts and not care.
Anyway, I'd like some opinions on this Princess Bride flick from y'all.


But why does it have to be double feature movie night(or wack movie night) if you go to the GF's family's casa? Tell her prior to the next time. "I don't want to sit and watch 2 movies." If she has any sense, she will get it.
 
They started one and then insisted on the other. I thought they were joking...
Actually, the day before this Rat Race flick turned out to be surprisingly good.
As with most men, there is always serious doubt about how much sense women have.
Fucking Princess Bride, anyone? Am I the only one not getting it?
 
They started one and then insisted on the other. I thought they were joking...
Actually, the day before this Rat Race flick turned out to be surprisingly good.
As with most men, there is always serious doubt about how much sense women have.
Fucking Princess Bride, anyone? Am I the only one not getting it?


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They Mormons? Don't they drink? I would have excused myself and made a drink..
 
They Mormons? Don't they drink? I would have excused myself and made a drink..
Essentially. The mom allegedly was raised by drunks or some such and is one of these teetotaling ninnies that looks at you like you're shooting heroin if you want a beer. Yeah, at my family, boredom or any unpleasantness means a bottle gets opened. Hence, my patience for crummy kid flicks was especially low.
Really, Rat Race is a great farce. Jon Lovitz leads a Jewish family driving Hitler's car...
 
The Princess Bride is a fantastic movie - where's your sense of humour?!?! ;-)

Anyway, as others have said, Pixar makes good animated movies that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults.

Also, pretty much anything by Japanese director Miyazaki Hayao, particularly his earlier stuff (The Castle of Cagliostro, Tottoro, Nausicaa, Laputa, Porco Rosso, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away), is all great.

Miyazaki's animation studio, Studio Ghibli, has also made some other great animated movies, including "Whisper of my Heart".
 
The Plague of Dogs and Watership Down are two amazing cartoon movies, they can be watched by children, but I don't recommend it, they are brutal. Other than that, The Iron Giant I think is one if not one of the very best movies released in the last 20 years. That movie has everything, too bad the marketing sucked ass.
 
I recall hearing that The Iron Giant was moving and had merit for all audiences. Can't say I've heard of the other two, will investigate.
 
Amazon prime will do the trick, or good ol' youtube. Let me know what you think. I should have said that they are old animation. Nothing modern about them.
 
My parents took me to see the Watership Down when I was fairly young. The memory of those dying rabbits - both the gassed ones and the ones killed fighting the dogs - scarred me for years.
 
Watch them as soon as you can them. You gonna love it.
 

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