I just keep getting later and later, but I have a good excuse this time, too.  Lots of things have been happening, and, as a consequence, we’ve had a veritable explosion of two more readers!  Glad to have you here!

Anyway, we’ll pick up where we left off.

On to the #21 and #20 Top Animated Films!

21. Bambi (1942)

Yahoo’s #21: Mulan

Director: David D. Hand

Studio: Disney

Bambi is a classic.  Few people, including myself before I started researching, realize how old the film really is in the first place.  This film was released at a time when it was at odds with the people who were supposed to see it.  I’ve heard many times that Bambi is nothing but a environmentalist propaganda film or an anti-gun ploy.  In a way, it’s hard to deny that it doesn’t poke at these things considered staples of the American value system.  In one of the most well-known scenes in American cinema, Bambi’s mother dies, and the only thing we know to blame is the solitary gunshot that rings out.  The film dares to blame the hunter, and thus part of the culture of America, for breaking the hearts of children everywhere.  For its bravery, to challenge those notions, it belongs on this list.

But there is more to it than a challenge to values and identity.  It portrays innocence against awareness, and equates naivete with happiness and knowledge with disquietude – the feeling after an event that things will neither be the same nor be peaceful ever again.  It’s a child’s film that appeals to the adult within, and promises that youth and ignorance are blessings.

20. Peter Pan (1953)

Yahoo’s #20: Peter Pan

Director: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske

Studio: Disney

When you think of characters that have been ingrained in the psyche of children and adults alike, who do you think of?  Pinocchio? Bambi? Alice? It’s hard to start naming and forget the unforgettable – Peter Pan.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard “Never Land” or “Peter Pan” and “Captain Hook.” It’s a part of growing up to hear the story of the boy who never had to.  Living at this point in time it’s easy to think of what happened with Peter finally did come to London stay a la Hook (1991), but there was a time when the boy would never have stayed and settled down.  He and the Lost Boys were the merry band of hooligans who caused trouble for Captain Hook in perpetuity.  It was every young boy’s (and quite a few young girls’) dream to live the swashbuckling life.  Watching the film, you can’t help but feel annoyed at Wendy, who is trying to spoil the dreams of Peter (and us) by making him fall in love and losing the life we all want.  We want Peter to continue to be the Wonder Boy, even if we all envy him for it.

Peter Pan instilled in us a permanent child, who will never grow too old to laugh and have fun.  He’s a part of our lives and our imaginations, and many of us still dream of that impossible life.  For that, it certainly deserves a spot on this list.  As if it was ever in doubt.

See you next week for #19 and #18!

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