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Bringing a sportsy guy into the age of animation

By Racey Burden | Published Saturday, February 11, 2017
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It has come to my attention recently that our sports editor, the venerable Richard Greene, is severely lacking in his animated film education. He may be an adult, but that’s no excuse. Especially if the first animated movie that comes to his mind is “Song of the South,” which Disney keeps locked in the vault ’cause it’s too racist to show anymore.

Racey Burden

Racey Burden

As the resident animated movie fan of the Messenger, I’ve complied a list of films that Richard needs to watch ASAP. If you’re thinking ‘Hey, my movie tastes generally run above PG-13, and I need some new material,’ then this list is also for you.

1. “The Prince of Egypt” (Dreamworks, 1998)

Criminally underrated. I watched this movie in theaters like three times when I was 6. Beautiful art, wonderful soundtrack (Whitney Houston! Mariah Carey!) and a lovely retelling of one of the most interesting Bible stories – Moses – makes this one of the best animated films, ever.

2. “Mulan” (Disney, 1998)

1998 was a good year for kids’ movies. I loved Mulan so much because she kicked butt and did her own thing. What a feminist icon. And Eddie Murphy is hilarious as her dragon sidekick, Mushu, probably the funniest Disney sidekick ever.

3. “The Incredibles” (Pixar, 2004)

There are so many fantastic lines in this film it’s hard to pick just one favorite, but Edna Mode screaming “No capes!” is a classic. As an adult, I can see that most jokes in “The Incredibles” have multiple layers that kids just miss. And they’re finally making a sequel!

4. “Megamind” (Dreamworks, 2010)

My favorite take on the villian-is-actually-a-hero trope. Will Ferrell is actually funny as the title character, and I’m always down for Tina Fey playing a tough reporter.

5. “How to Train Your Dragon” (Dreamworks, 2010)

I was 18 the first time I saw this movie, and it still made me wish I had my own dragon. This is a story about misfits having their day (and saving the day). Who doesn’t like that?

6. “Tangled” (Disney, 2010)

I’ve never been big on Disney princesses, but I’ll gladly make an exception for “Tangled.” Adventure, intrigue and an actually believable romance make this retelling of Rapunzel a movie I’ll watch over and over again.

7. “Tarzan” (Disney, 1999)

Watch this movie for the soundtrack alone. Phil Collins – need I say more?

8. “Chicken Run” (Dreamworks, 2000)

Honestly, the whole plot of “Chicken Run” – the chickens want to fly to escape being eaten – is so bleak for a children’s film. But the stop-motion animation is wonderful, and you really want these hens to make it to greener pastures.

9. “Lady and the Tramp” (Disney, 1955)

I’m convinced everyone has seen this movie except Richard Greene. How could he have missed it? It’s a classic! Richard, please watch it immediately.

10. “Monsters Inc.” (Pixar, 2001)

Billy Crystal and John Goodman as monstrous best friends trying to send a human child back to her world is the real buddy comedy of the 21st century.

Racey Burden is a Messenger reporter.

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