Were back to the top ten’s and this could be the last of 2000-2010, so let me make it a good one. Kid’s films, mainly animations which let’s face it are the best. So many films missed the cut off date, for example A Bug’s Life (1998), Tarzan (1999), The Iron Giant (1999) and Toy Story 2 (1999). Good year for kids films, but I am unwilling to change the almighty rules of the top ten. For I have spoken my gibberish! Ok so if you didn’t see the part 1 go do that and vote for favorite film from part 1, then in part 2 which you are reading now do the same, then after a while I will post the results.
Check out Top Ten Kids Films of 2000-2010 Part 1
It’s hard being a rat with culinary aspirations, but Remy is convinced he has what it takes to break the stereotypes and follow in the footsteps of star chef Auguste Gusteau (voice of Brad Garrett). As fate would have it, Remy is currently situated in the sewers directly beneath Gusteau’s elegant restaurant. Soon Remy teams up with a young chef with little talent named Linguini (voice of Lou Romano). Together they are able to create some fabulous dishes, but they live in fear that someone will discover their secret and object strenuously to a rat being in a kitchen. When Remy’s passion for cooking turns the haughty world of French cuisine upside down, the rat who would be king of the kitchen learns important lessons about life, friends, and family while questioning whether he should pursue his culinary calling or simply go back underground and return to his life as a sewer rat. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.
Somebody was taking something when this idea came to the table, glad they did though. The thing that I really like about this is the idea of somebody who aims for the stars but has no place doing so, and a rat trying to be a chef (even if it is a little loopy) is a perfect example of something that will never happen but it’s fun to think about and that’s what Pixar films are all about. From toys coming to life when we leave to bugs acting like us in their own world. My favourite scene would have to be the conversations with Remy and Linguini, the actors must have had so much fun getting across to the audience that Linguini is talking to a rat and that there’s a serious conversation going on, very funny.
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The year is 2700, and planet Earth has long been uninhabitable. For hundreds of years, WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) has been taking out the trash, and collecting precious knick-knacks in order to stave off the boredom of his dreary routine. Little does WALL-E realize that he has recently stumbled onto a secret that could save planet Earth, and once again make the ravaged planet safe for all humankind. When highly advanced search robot EVE makes friends with WALL-E and realizes the value of his remarkable discovery, she excitedly races back to let the humans know that there’s hope for their home planet after all. But after centuries alone in space, WALL-E can’t stand the thought of losing the only friend he’s ever known, and eagerly follows her into the deepest reaches of space on the adventure of a lifetime. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.
WALL-E is charming, audacious, and timely. Wall-E’s light-hearted magic and stellar visuals testify once again to Pixar’s ingenuity. I got the same feeling when I first saw toy story and if it weren’t for my young cousins I probably wouldn’t have seen this film at all. Some people found the eco undertones too scolding. But the question of what happens to trash is a big part of young education so was understood surprisingly by my cousins, the undertones did stay undertones though and never overshadowing the endlessly renewable entertainment of WALL-E’s plucky protagonist & carefully, comically choreographed physical humor. I have never enjoyed a movie which is mainly without speech but this was done very well. My favourite scene would have to be when Wall-E and EVE fly in space, just a very beautiful scene and shows the innocence of Wall-E.
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Kung Fu Panda (2008)
On the surface, Po (voice of Black) may look like just another portly panda bear, but beneath his fur he bears the mark of the chosen one. By day, Po works faithfully in his family’s noodle shop, but by night he dreams of becoming a true master of the martial arts. Now an ancient prophecy has come to pass, and Po realizes that he is the only one who can save his people from certain destruction. With time running short and malevolent snow leopard Tai Lung (Ian McShane ) closing in, Furious Five legends Tigress (Jolie), Crane (David Cross ), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Viper (Lucy Liu), Monkey (Chan), and their wise sensei, Master Shifu (Hoffman), all draw on their vast knowledge of fighting skills in order to transform a lumbering panda bear into a lethal fighting machine. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.
I love anything where they throw you into a completely different culture, I love martial arts films and I love an underdog story so there isn’t anything that would stop me from loving this film. Not a fan of jack black but he does well in this role so I will let that go. I particularly liked the back story to the villain and the villain himself because it was a great performance from funny to aggression. Interesting fact for you, the voice actor for the villain was born 30 minutes from where I live (bad guys are always from England). My favourite scene would have to be Master Shifu going over how he failed his disciple and that’s why he is the way he is cold and distant, performed brilliantly by Dustin Hoffman.
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Carl Fredricksen is a 78-year-old balloon salesman. His entire life, Carl has longed to wander the wilds of South America. Then, one day, the irascible senior citizen shocks his neighbors by tying thousands of balloons to his home and finally taking flight. But Carl isn’t alone on his once-in-a-lifetime journey, because stowed away on his front porch is an excitable eight-year-old wilderness explorer named Russell. Later, as the house touches down on the world’s second largest continent, Carl and his unlikely traveling companion step outside to discover that not only is their new front lawn considerably larger, but that the predators therein are much more ferocious than anything they ever faced back home. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.
Never really done an animated film about an old man before and I must say it took guts, but it worked and I loved it. Definitely the most touching stories on this list of films and I think that is why it was so good but still simple enough for kids to understand and love. Plus the talking dog, Boy Scout, giant bird thing and a house that flies using helium balloons (ok so it’s a bit weird but that’s what we clearly want). My favourite scene would have to be when Carl Fredricksen looks outside the window after releasing the balloons and screams goodbye boys; it’s what I think the whole story is about. An old man trying to get away from the world that has changed around him and when he succeeds the world can just deal with it.
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How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Long ago up North on the Island of Berk, the young Viking, Hiccup, wants to join his town’s fight against the dragons that continually raid their town. However, his macho father and village leader, Stoik the Vast, will not allow his small, clumsy, but inventive son to do so. Regardless, Hiccup ventures out into battle and downs a mysterious Night Fury dragon with his invention, but can’t bring himself to kill it. Instead, Hiccup and the dragon, whom he dubs Toothless, begin a friendship that would open up both their worlds as the observant boy learns that his people have misjudged the species. But even as the two each take flight in their own way, they find that they must fight the destructive ignorance plaguing their world. This is directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois’ adaptation of Cressida Cowell’s popular children’s book. Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse provide voices for the DreamWorks Animation production. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.
I really like Viking stuff and I don’t think there is enough based on the mythology or style of their world (I think my ancestors were Vikings). This film kind of reminds me of Lilo and Stitch in a way and would recommend it if you liked it. The idea of an outcast seeking friendship from a monster that falls from the sky, ah it’s just so cool and funny. I don’t know what they are doing for the sequel but I am glad there is going to be one. I really liked the voice acting in this especially from Jay Baruchel as Hiccup and Gerard Butler as Stoick, because one sounds like a Viking king and the other sounds like a small geek in a Viking world, so bravo to them. My favourite would have to be Hiccup trying to befriend a dragon and the whole training parts because I love anything like that where it takes somebody a bit quirky to see the possibilities that nobody would even dream of. And it’s got dragons!
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Toy Story 3 (2010)
Pixar returns to their first success with Toy Story 3. The movie begins with Andy leaving for college and donating his beloved toys — including Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen) – to a daycare. While the crew meets new friends, including Ken (Michael Keaton), they soon grow to hate their new surroundings and plan an escape. The film was directed by Lee Unkrich from a script co-authored by Little Miss Sunshine scribe Michael Arndt. Woody, Buzz and the whole gang are back. As their owner Andy prepares to depart for college, his loyal toys find themselves in daycare where untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice. So, it’s all for one and one for all as they join Barbie’s counterpart Ken, a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear to plan their great escape. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.
This film really takes you back to your child hood and so very close to the original film in terms of feel and quality. I think the film draws on the audience all seeing the original film and already knowing the characters perfectly, that’s clever and works because we do know them and every kid has been made to watch the original film anyway. A lot of films make the mistake of going back and explaining the something like we are idiots and I am glad that Pixar know better. I think some of the best parts where from some of the newer toys especially ken and the triceratops which did great parts. My favourite part would have to be the part that made me laugh the most which was the ken and Barbie scene that genuinely put me in tears of laughter because that is what I would expect them to be if they could talk and it was just really funny.
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