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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The top 10 animated films of 2011

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Top 10 animated films of 2011

10. "Gnomeo and Juliet" -- I was tempted to put only nine movies on this list, but the few chuckles I got out of this otherwise forgettable Shakespeare-inspired comedy convinced me to include it.

9. "Hop" -- A bit of a stretch for this list, since it mixed animation with huge doses of live action, but it was a fun little whimsy.

8. "Cars 2" -- A solidly made movie, but not as affecting as Pixar movies generally are.

7. "Rango" -- Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski team up for an animated movie that isn't necessarily for kids but is beautifully rendered.

6. "Rio" --A sweet -- and remarkably colorful -- flight of fancy.

5. "Arthur Christmas" -- Oh what fun it is to ride ...

4. "Winnie the Pooh" -- Sometimes simple is better. Case in point: this return to form for Disney's beloved fluff-stuffed bear.

2. "Puss in Boots" and "Kung Fu Panda 2" (tie) -- Both DreamWorks sequels had the same positives and the same flaws: They are both gorgeous, but the formulaic stories lack any real compelling narrative.

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1. "The Adventures of Tintin" -- Steven Spielberg's nonstop adventure helped rescue an otherwise lackluster year for animated films.