I have not seen either The Wind Rises or Ernest & Celestine, but really...Frozen. LOL, I've seen it about 30 times (got 3 kids, and all are obsessed) and I still love it. 1) Frozen2) Monsters University3) The Croods
It's a crime that the American public doesn't know more about Hayao Miyazaki films. And if this is his final film, as reported, it's a classic to go out on.Ernest & Celestine is a sleeper, but wonderful. Feels like a moving watercolor painting.Had to swap out Despicable Me 2 (it's just ok, the minions are hilarious), for Monsters University. The real-world scene at the camp alone is magic, both conceptually and animation-wise.Was happy to hear The Croods called out for the Oscars. Funny, and the facial animation is breathtakingly good.As far as Frozen...yeah, hard to argue against it. And while it's undoubtedly entertaining, I don't think it comes close to the "Best Animated Movie Ever" title many people are giving it. In fact, I think "Tangled" might even be better, only a couple years ago.
Frozen, for me, was an instant Disney Classic. I just loved every second of it, and I hadn't felt the way I feel about animation since the first time I saw Beauty and the Beast. That was the closest thing I could think of to Frozen. They just have this overwhelming feeling of beauty and they are both so endearing and magical. It's the Beauty and the Beast for the new generation.