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Timec's avatar


marcuaharon - Yeah, the "if you didn't cry during [insert film title] then you have no soul/heart/whatever" thing does get old.

On the other hand, the best "kids' movies" offer just as much for adults as they do kids - which is to say, I'll fiercely defend any film as warm and humane, as artistic, and as beautiful, imaginative, and intelligent as this or "Spirited Away," regardless of whether it has been placed in the category of a "kids' movie" and regardless of whether some insecure, immature people think that such films can't be truly great. (That's not to suggest that you're insecure or immature if you don't like this or "Spirited Away" or any other specific film - those descriptors only apply if you think there's something wrong with an adult defending or feeling passionately about a children's film, or get upset when they place a "kids' film" on a list of favorite films.)

In reality, some "kids' movies" are among the greatest films ever made.
11 years 2 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


Brad Bird's first and perhaps still best feature film, about a boy who befriends a giant robot from space during the month Sputnik orbited the Earth. Wonderful traditional animation, and a story with real heart and real stakes that'll you smile and will make you cry. I once read someone call it "the best Superman film ever made", and in many ways, it is. Bird's premise was "What if a gun had a soul?", which definitely ties into the idea of Superman as a metaphor for the value of self-restraint. It also evokes the 1950s beautifully, subtly and overtly, has some incredible action scenes all the way through, and never ever talks down to its audience.
7 years 5 months ago
Scratch47's avatar


Wonderful underrated classic.
12 years 1 month ago
tangerun's avatar


Great and very emotional. Love it.
9 years 11 months ago
Chikamaharry's avatar


Very heartefelt and touching film. Reminds me of a simpler time as a young boy. Lovely to see some animation again, and not a 3d-pixar thing. Weirds me out that I didn't watch this as a kid. Kind of serious and dark, even though it all ends well. wonder what happened to the guy who launched the missile. Fuck that guy.
8 years 1 month ago
Camille Deadpan's avatar

Camille Deadpan

Reminded me of Transformers, only it's much much better.
8 years 10 months ago
SalumoN's avatar


Just watched it, and I must say I was impressed :).
12 years ago
buc86's avatar


Man the animation in this movie is just gorgeous!

Pretty much the only thing I don't like about this movie is the character of Mansley, he feels like every other government agent character in every other sci-fi movie ever. Also, he just doesn't listen to reason at the end because he's the bad guy and that's what the bad guy does.

But yeah great movie, shame it failed at the box office and there was no sequel.
4 years 4 months ago
HeikoScharnberg's avatar


Thank you, icheckmovies, for letting this movie appear on so many lists. I became curious because I had never heard of it - and I was not dissapointed. Neither were my kids. Tears were involved, and laughter, and the occasional blanket over the head. But this is a very entertaining movie, no lengths at all.
4 years 7 months ago
dirte_lawndre's avatar


Freaking love it. Real fun film.
9 years 12 months ago
thijmensietsma's avatar


Great animation! One of the better ones.
10 years 8 months ago
LuckeWent's avatar


didnt realize this one was in the lists :) that makes my cry a single happy tear
10 years 10 months ago
Multatula's avatar


I loved it! Had to cry :P
11 years ago
Mudskipper's avatar


you dig giant robots! i dig giant robots! we dig giant robots! chicks dig giant robots! heh this movie is grate~
11 years 8 months ago
hakonlo's avatar


Very formulaic, just like most other american animated movies I guess. Exploring cold war paranoia and belligerence was a good idea, but the story was shallow.
11 years 11 months ago

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