Only a Few Rotten Reviews Standing in The Way
Hey guys! As you may or may not know, we have this amazing little feature right here on WatchMojo.com called the Suggest Tool, where you can leave your best Top 10 list ideas that you think we should make into a video. Now, since we love to see what our MyMojo users can come up with, we started picking 3 of the most trending or unique ideas left on the Suggest Page and giving them some much-deserved attention right here! This week, we posted the top 3 suggested ideas to our community tab over on YouTube and asked you guys which list was your favourite. Here are the results:
Based on the votes above, the Top Suggested Idea of the Week is: Top 10 Animated Movies that Should Have Gotten 100 Percent on Rotten Tomatoes and we’re going over the 5 entries with the most thumbs up right here! These are the animated films that, according to your votes, deserve a perfect score but are a few negative reviews away from this victory. Don’t forget, if you don’t agree with the list below, click on the suggest page linked above to leave your opinion! Now, let’s get into the list.
#5: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Golden Globe winner for Best Animated Feature and a very strong contender at this year’s Oscars, yet a few tough critics stand firmly in the way of this Marvel film’s Rotten Tomatoes score reaching the top. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is the first animated feature film in the Spider-Man franchise and according to the overwhelming majority, one of Marvel’s great successes of 2018. It goes without saying that the all-star cast of voice-actors including Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali and John Mulaney – to name a few – blew fans and critics away, but what was even more enthralling were the film’s numerous animation styles that blended the real world with the comic book world. Unfortunately, some critics beg to differ, like Richard Brody from The New Yorker who stated, “the spectacularly colorful, varied, and busy animation is impressive but bombastic, leaving little room for wonder and suggesting exertion rather than inspiration”, thus leaving the film at a 97%.
#4: The Iron Giant (1999)
While this pick has the lowest Tomatoes score out of this top 5 of 96%, it received 28 thumbs up from you guys, so clearly it’s a fan favourite. Based on the 1968 novel “The Iron Man” by Ted Hughes, this 1999 animated film brings us along the journey of an unlikely, yet wholesome and beautiful, friendship between a 9-year-old boy and a robot from outer space. Critics rave about the film’s ability to cater to both adults and children, with themes like love and friendship juxtaposed with topics like politics, power and control. That being said, among the countless positive reviews lie a few negative stings such as Stephen Hunter’s critique from The Washington Post where he said: “the movie – as beautifully drawn, as sleek and engaging as it is – has the annoyance of incredible smugness”. He did start off by saying “although I hated it, I enjoyed it very much”, so that tells us something about this movie’s success rate.
#3: Toy Story 3 (1995)
To infinity…but not beyond a 98%. This third iteration in the widely beloved Toy Story franchise was everything a modern animated film should be. It shared the inevitable moment when a child becomes a young adult and a room full of toys no longer fits the equation. From the delivery truck, to a day-care center and all the way back home for a sentimental goodbye, we follow Woody, Buzz and the whole gang as they wrap their heads around this stage in Andy’s life. While the grand majority of fans and critics who saw “Toy Story 3” commended it’s sweet and clever humour, it’s heart-warming and heart-wrenching emotional scenes and it’s ability to gracefully wrap up the trilogy, Eileen Jones from The eXile seems to think the Pixar team was “getting wasted on nostalgic goop, forever presenting idealized 1950s suburban culture as the norm.” Ouch, sounds like something Sid would say.
#2: Finding Nemo (2003)
Just keep swimming…1 more percent…Yep, this film is standing still at 99%! Having been through the ultimate tragedy of losing his wife and hundreds of children except for one, Nemo, Marlin’s sole purpose as a clown fish becomes protecting (over-protecting) him. So when Nemo takes on a rebellious dare and finds himself trapped in a fish tank in Asutralia, Marlin’s journey begins. Whether it’s the film’s intelligent humour, entertaining characters, heartfelt messages or ability to over-throw stereotypes (Sharks are nice?!?), “Finding Nemo” quickly became an animated classic. So what could the negative reviews say? Well after swimming through an ocean of loving comments, there is one review by Stephanie Zacharek of Salon.com that states: “Finding Nemo works terribly hard for every scrap of charm or humor it imparts.” But that’s alright, there are plenty of great reviews in the sea!
#1: “Up” (2009)
It’s the number 1 voted entry on this week’s trending list and we definitely understand why. 78 year old Carl Fredricksen stole out hearts when he decided to finally take off to Paradise Falls with the help of a ton of balloons and the distraction of an unexpected stowaway/ Boy Scout, Russel. The animated film captured the essence of adventure, unlikely friendships, entertaining silliness and topped everything off with a Carl and Ellie flashback that made us ugly-cry. The charm didn’t fool everyone though, with a few negative reviews knocking it down to a 98%, such as this statement by Kaleem Aftab in The National: “Yet, with the story perfectly setup for a classic adventure, the film quickly runs out of ideas and drowns in a series of sentimental clichés.” That might sound harsh, but it’s only UP from there.
What do you think? Are these the Top 5 animated films that deserve 100% or is there another one on your mind? Let us know by voting on the suggest page below and don’t forget to leave a list idea of your own that we can dive into next week!
If you liked this list, check out our pick of the Top 10 Movies that Should Have Gotten 100 Percent on Rotten Tomatoes below!