ScreenAnarchy's Best Of 2013 - Best Animated FIlm

U.S. Editor; Los Angeles, California (@benumstead)
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The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team ScreenAnarchy to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute to those films that have made a particularly strong impact over the past twelve months.

The realm of animated film can offer delights and terrors unlike any other medium imaginable. 2013 brought some of the most astounding works to come along in the field in sometime, with the final feature of a world renowned master hauling in the most votes by a pinch. 


Todd Brown, Peter Martin, Ryland Aldrich, James Marsh, Ben Umstead, Ard Vijn, Jason Gorber, Joshua Chaplinsky, J Hurtado, Dustin Chang, Pierce Conran, Kwenton Bellette, Patryk Czekaj, Jaime Grijalba Gomez, Christopher O'Keeffe, Kurt Halfyard and Jim Tudor contributed to this story.

The Wind Rises

Ben Umstead - East Coast Editor
Few films make me cry. But only this one made me cry from the moment I realized the powerful purity of an image in its mere aestheitc as a rectangular picture. While Miyazaki's final feature may be stirring up some controversy around Japan's involvement in WWII, those that make these waves are seemingly forgetting that Miyazaki is a humanist first and foremost. For him, there are no easy answers except to love and to create. Between, before and after that comes the hard and soemtimes scary stuff. The Wind Rises epitomizes the ectasy and agony of a singular visionary like no other film I have ever seen.

Kurt Halfyard - Contrubuting writer
As Robert Altman closed off his career with an onscreen eulogy in A Prairie Home Companion, so does Hayao Miyazaki. He turns in a beautiful ode to war and creativity, death and love, and those wonderful flying machines. I miss him already.

Patryk Czekaj - Contributing writer
It breaks my heart to think of The Wind Rises as Miyazaki's sayonara to filmmaking. Though I saw it while in Japan, and I need to mention that my Japanese skills aren't perfect, I was stunned. I expected a great cinematic experience, but what I got was a true masterpiece and one of the most astonishing animated films I've ever seen. Using the full potential of his artistic vision Miyazaki creates a touching story that defines the director's own life path, where dreams coincide with reality, where passion can conquer any obstacle.

Dustin Chang - Contributing writer

J. Hurtado - Contributing writer

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Jason GorberDecember 19, 2013 11:09 PM

Interesting... for me, THE FAKE was not only the worst animated film of the year I saw, it was also one of my least favourite films of the year, period. Good to see a diversity of opinion here at Twitch!

Niels MatthijsDecember 20, 2013 3:22 AM

Seems I forgot to vote on this one. Garden of Words it is!

Teddy TinsleyDecember 22, 2013 12:36 AM

None of these.

Lightning December 23, 2013 6:23 AM

Wolf children is the best in this list.

Todd BrownDecember 23, 2013 1:52 PM

What would you pick, Teddy?

Teddy TinsleyDecember 24, 2013 12:27 AM

Well I'm holding out for Space Pirate Captian Harlock. I haven't seen it yet but my hopes are high.

Todd BrownDecember 24, 2013 9:13 AM

I've seen it and HATED it, frankly.

Lightning December 24, 2013 10:10 AM

The film had potential to be good. Poor script ruined it.

Todd BrownDecember 24, 2013 10:45 AM

Totally agree. The visual work was great but the script was a repetitive slog.