1. They’re some of the most thrilling films of the past few years, titles I enthusiastically recommend to anyone in search of the good stuff.
2.They’re all made using techniques of animation.
3. At some point they’re each likely to provoke the reaction, ‘Oh, I don’t like animated movies.’ Or, ‘my husband won’t go to an animated movie.’ (I heard this one again just the other day.) Or, ‘I thought it was for kids.’
So then I go, ‘No no no, these are deep, engrossing movies with important ideas and characters to care about!’ I cite The Simpsons as one of the late 20th century’s greatest cultural achievements. I talk up the technological sophistication and visual grandeur of the medium. I urge the dubious husband to man up and try Up.
Then I despair, go home, and watch South Park, The Simpsons, and SpongeBob SquarePants.
Do you know anyone among the anti-animation population? Are you one of the animation resistant? Will you please explain why? While you think up a good excuse, here’s a classic– one of the pithiest, funniest short animations from the prehistoric pre-Pixar days of 1963: