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‘Best Movies of the Decade’ podcast: Animated Films

Animated films gained traction at the box office at the beginning of the century. Richard Roeper and Roe Conn talk about the standouts of the 2010s on ‘Best Movies of the Decade’: Episode 2.

In this film publicity image released by Disney, Barbie, voiced by Jodi Benson, left, and Ken, voiced by Michael Keaton, are shown in a scene from, “Toy Story 3.” (AP Photo/Disney Pixar) ORG XMIT: NYET122
In this film publicity image released by Disney, Barbie, voiced by Jodi Benson, left, and Ken, voiced by Michael Keaton, are shown in a scene from, “Toy Story 3.” (AP Photo/Disney Pixar) ORG XMIT: NYET122
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There was a time when we’d see only a handful of big studio animated theatrical releases in a given year. By the 21st century, the genre had become so popular the Academy added a separate category for Best Animated Feature—and in the 2010s, there’s been at least one animated film in the overall Top 10 box office performers.

This is a celebration of the best animated films of the best decade ever for this genre.

“Toy Story 3”

Recognitions at the 2011 Academy Awards

  • Best Animated Feature, Winner
  • Best Picture, Nominated
  • Best Adapted Screenplay, Nominated
  • Best Sound Editing, Nominated

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Roeper’s review – December 2018

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is the best “Spider-Man” movie yet, the best animated film of the year — and one of the best 2018 films of any kind, period.

Bursting with comic-book vibrant colors, peppered with clever visual touches and crackling good inside jokes, and featuring pitch-perfect voice performances, “Into the Spider-Verse” is a brilliant, exuberant, soaring and original adventure.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”
Miles Morales (left, voice of Shameik Moore), the new guy in the Spider-Man suit, encounters Peter Parker (Jake Johnson) and Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld) in an alternate universe in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”
Sony Pictures Animation

Recognitions at the 2019 Academy Awards

  • Best Animated Feature, Winner

“The LEGO Movie”

Recognitions at the 2015 Academy Awards

  • Best Original Song, Nominated

“Inside Out”

Roeper’s review — June 2015

Directed with great flair and pitch-perfect timing, brimming with sparkling visuals, filled with first-rate voice performances, thrilling adventures and unforgettable moments, “Inside-Out” is an instant classic.

Someday the children of the children who will love this film, will love this film.

Recognitions at the 2016 Academy Awards

  • Best Animated Feature, Winner
  • Best Original Screenplay, Nominated

“The Jungle Book”

Roeper’s review — April 2016

Every drop of rain, every cracking tree branch, every swaying tree and (most impressively) every jungle creature in the film looks amazingly real — and yet this entire movie was filmed in a studio in downtown Los Angeles. That’s a jaw-dropper right there.

The only character in “The Jungle Book” who is NOT a creation of special-effects movie magic is the boy-cub Mowgli, who is played by Neel Sethi, an actual human child who is not the most subtle of young actors but does a pretty fair job of “interacting” with co-stars that exist only in CGI form and via voice-overs from a roster of big-name stars.

“The Jungle Book”
Mowgli (Neel Sethi, left) and the panther Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley) in “The Jungle Book.”
Disney Enterprises Inc.

Recognitions at the 2017 Academy Awards

  • Best Visual Effects, Winner