Top Ten Peanuts Characters

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Top Ten Peanuts Characters

Peanuts is one of my favorite properties and I’ve watched all of its specials and feature films. To me one of its strongest aspects are the characters. It has an abundance of unforgettable, classic characters, either endearing or funny, so I am going to rank my ten favorites. Making this list wasn’t particularly difficult because there aren’t many Peanuts characters which is also the reason why just these ten without honorable mentions will suffice this time around.

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Top Ten Peanuts Characters10. Little Red-Haired Girl

Little Red-Haired Girl takes the tenth spot mainly because she just isn’t particularly memorable and she appears only in a handful of specials and films. But she serves well as Charlie Brown’s crush and her greatest moment came in ‘The Peanuts Movie’ with the ending of that film being so sweet.

 

Top Ten Peanuts Characters9. Schroeder

Everything I said above also applies here. On his own, Schroeder isn’t memorable and is kind of boring, albeit his interest in music is interesting. But he is great when interacting with Lucy and watching his frustration at her endless flirts was hilarious and provided many of the best laughs in the series.

 

Top Ten Peanuts Characters8. Woodstock

Snoopy is the more memorable animal sidekick from Peanuts, that’s for sure. But his companion Woodstock is a pretty memorable little yellow bird and I really liked the interactions between the two characters that led to many greatest Snoopy scenes as well as some of the best slapstick humor for the series.

 

Top Ten Peanuts Characters7. Marcie

I really like Marcie and this is the point of the list where we get to truly good and even great characters. Her relationship with Peppermint Patty is fantastic and their episodes were easily some of the best. I liked her quirky, shy and geeky persona quite a bit and her calling Patty sir was consistently funny.

 

Top Ten Peanuts Characters6. Snoopy

Snoopy is definitely overused and actually they rarely utilized him in the best way possible and he is mostly a lost potential. But he still got more than a couple of good stories within the canon and he is the best when used sparingly, as a comedic supporting character. I loved his interactions with Woodstock, but his relationship with Charlie Brown is the highlight and quite sweet.

 

 

Top Ten Peanuts Characters5. Peppermint Patty

Peppermint Patty admittedly annoyed me at first, but I quickly grew to like her authentic domineering personality and butch behavior. Her interactions with Marcie were consistently entertaining, but her obsession with Charlie (or Chuck as she calls him) provided many excellent scenarios of which the best were those where she was jealous. A very interesting character for sure and the one who progressed the most during the series.

 

Top Ten Peanuts Characters4. Linus

Who doesn’t love Linus? He is not only such a great friend to Charlie Brown and a great moral support, but he is also very relatable and I especially liked the running gag with his safety blanket. That character trait made him vulnerable and ultimately more lovable. Whether in search of The Great Pumpkin or playing it smart, he is a fun presence and just such a sweet guy whom you cannot help but love.

 

Top Ten Peanuts Characters3. Sally

Sally is one of the funniest characters from Peanuts without any doubt. As Charlie’s younger sister, she is always complaining and throwing some very odd and yet hilarious observations about life. I loved her selfishness and cluelessness and many of her lines are immensely quotable and made me laugh out loud when I heard them. I love her so much and I have always been frustrated that she wasn’t used more.

 

Top Ten Peanuts Characters2. Lucy

Along with Sally, Lucy is the funniest Peanuts character for sure. But she is also the meanest by far. Watching her humiliate Charlie Brown was sometimes excessive, but mostly amusing. Her psychiatric booth sequences were absolutely amazing and just hysterical. Whenever she played a psychiatrist, it was bound to be funny. And of course her obsession with Schroeder also provided many funny scenes and lines.

 

Top Ten Peanuts Characters1. Charlie Brown

I rarely go with the protagonist for the number one, but in this situation, I had to. That is because Charlie Brown is such a different, unique main character never before seen in animation, or after really. He is always down on luck, always pessimistic and depressed all the time, but that is where the series shines as it provides a great message for kids about imminent failures and how you should just always continue trying. He is an unforgettable presence in the animation world and such a relatable and just superbly well developed character all around.

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Ranking the 2016 Best Picture Nominees

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Ranking the 2016 Best Picture Nominees

2016 proved out to be an exceptionally strong year and that can even be seen in the Best Picture slate. The Academy nominated nine movies for their most prestigious award and seven of them really deserved their nominations. That is a rare feat and it is certainly infinitely better than that dismal slate from last year. So here is my ranking of all nine Best Picture nominees of 2016.
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Hell or High Water Movie Review
9. Hell or High Water
This is the only truly mediocre movie nominated this year. It is certainly okay and has nice scenes and performances, but even the acting is overrated and the entire film is one of the most overrated indie flicks in recent memory. The entire plot and feel of the movie is obviously influenced by the late 60s and early 70s crime thrillers and that lack of originality is baffling to me. And it is even boring and thoroughly forgettable. Needless to say, it is by far the worst Best Picture nominee of 2016.
Hidden Figures Movie Review
8. Hidden Figures
Another one of the two undeserved nominees, Hidden Figures is probably the most cliched film of the entire year. It certainly benefits from three strong performances and extremely likable characters, but even though its story is important, it is executed in the most predictable and standard manner possible. An even worse offender is the dialogue which is at times borderline ridiculous in its thoroughly unsubtle approach. It is a charming, but ultimately tiresome film.
Manchester by the Sea Movie Review
7. Manchester by the Sea
From here on, all of the movies are either very good or excellent. This one is a terrific showcase for acting and such a strong, emotional and realistic drama with a couple of sequences that are very poignant and even heartbreaking. However, it still features an overly depressing tone and the protagonist’s backstory is needlessly tragic. It is a very good, strong film, but the one movie here which disappointed me the most as I expected much greater things from it.
Moonlight Movie Review
6. Moonlight
Another movie that had great potential, but ultimately ended up being just quite good and never great, Moonlight is certainly very well acted, realistic and featuring such fantastic, emotionally powerful third act, but everything that came before it was overly familiar in terms of storytelling and it is again a movie that is more important than truly great. Of all the nominees this year, it is the one movie that felt the most like an Oscar film and surely it ended up taking the trophy and becoming the first gay film to do so which is admirable, but not entirely deserved.

Hacksaw Ridge Movie Review

5. Hacksaw Ridge
This is probably the nominee that surprised me the most as I did not expect the level of quality that this anti-war film possesses. It does feel pretty typical in its first half, but it has such a great, really interesting spin on the usual war picture with the pacifism and spiritual angle being very well explored and leading to many emotional scenes. Overly brutal, but realistic, its action is also highly memorable. But the heart of the movie lies in Andrew Garfield’s truly great turn which is the year’s finest male performance and excellent, truly accomplished direction from Mel Gibson who here marks a welcome return to the directing chair after a long absence.
La La Land Movie Review
4. La La Land
La La Land ended up being a giant loser in that shocking turn of events at the end of the ceremony and it certainly divided a lot of movie goers. It definitely features a muddled tone plus Mia is frustratingly unlikable. But apart from that, it truly is a very good musical romance that benefits from the year’s best score and a couple of very catchy musical numbers. But the romance is memorable as well and that beautiful ending is certainly one of the most unforgettable and original endings of the entire decade. It is an uneven, but highly rewatchable, charming and ultimately satisfactory film that I hope will lead to a return of the musical genre in the future.
Fences Movie Review
3. Fences
This is the best acted film of 2016 as Viola Davis is just so powerful in it. But everyone knows and talks about that. What is even more admirable is its dialogue which is very realistic and always fascinating along with the screenplay which is stellar and filled with many relatable and very well explored issues. It does feel a bit too much like a stage play as it is obviously based on it, but I love these highly realistic and dialogue heavy dramas and it wonderfully reminded me of the 1950s dramas. It did receive strong critical reception, but it is still a bit underapprecitated in my book.
Arrival Movie Review
2. Arrival
I love hard science fiction and I love strong storytelling. That is why I ended up loving Arrival. It is the best alien invasion movie that we’ve got in film history and probably the only one that felt real and truly scientific. Amy Adams is phenomenal and the film’s sound and visuals are superb too, but it is the twist that is the most unique thing about it along with its clever and very intriguing mix of sci-fi and drama elements. Arrival is such a wonderful mix of science and linguistics and that is why I enjoyed it immensely as I love those two areas.
Lion Movie Review
1. Lion
And of course Lion is my pick for the best nominee of the year as it is the finest film of 2016 as a whole. And the fact that it is basically forgotten even now goes to show how the general movie going public and critics cannot appreciate real human dramas. This is a fantastically acted, edited, directed and shot film, but it is above all imbued by such a beautiful real life story almost flawlessly executed. It is one of the rare movies that made me cry as its ending is unbelieavably beautiful and moving. But it is so raw and honest in its thought-provoking and relevant issues. It is the movie that affected me the most on a purely emotional level alone and it is by far the best and most underrated film of the year.
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Ranking the X-Men Franchise

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Ranking the X-Men Franchise

As my favorite superhero franchise, the X-Men is truly such a fun, complex and mostly good series of films so making this list was quite easy for me. There is only one bad movie in this series in my opinion and some of them are quite underrated in their own right. But at least half are very good or even great. Here is my ranking of all nine that were released so far.

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9. X-Men Origins: Wolverine

This is by far the worst entry in the series, it easily takes the undisputed last place. Even though I deem it mediocre and not terrible as many do because the first half or so is actually quite solid, there is no denying the horrible second half of the movie with bad effects, slight characterization and just mediocre action sequences. This is the only really weak movie in the franchise and the only film that disappointed me a lot.

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8. The Wolverine

Yes, both of the Wolverine movies got the last two spots because I’ve never considered him to be a particularly interesting lead guy and these movies are the proof of that. Yes, this movie features a rather good villain, a couple of very good female characters and an interesting location, but the second half was wasted on action instead of storytelling with a third act that was ridiculously cartoony.

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7. X-Men

The first X-Men is very low on my list, but I do not hate it. It is a pretty solid movie and it features good character development and a couple of great scenes, but unfortunately it served more as an introduction to the series instead of a legitimate standalone installment and thus comes the low ranking. It is also the movie that didn’t age particularly well, but you still have to admire its important place in the history of superhero films.

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6. X-Men: Apocalypse

Being the first of the two underrated films on this list, Apocalypse was actually a pretty solid effort that didn’t disappoint me nearly as much as it did most people. Yes, First Class and Days of Future Past deserved a much better sequel and this entry is nowhere near as clever or as well crafted as those two movies, but it still features many excellent action sequences, good character moments and a particularly strong and dangerous villain in titular Apocalypse.

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5. X-Men: The Last Stand

I do not get the hate for this movie, I never did because it is actually a very solid third installment in the original trilogy. Yes, it is too crowded and action-oriented, but that action is excellent and I loved its epic feel and excellent conclusion. The stakes were really high and there were a lot of memorable fights to be had here. But the plot is still pretty solid leading to one very underappreciated movie.

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4. X2

I am in the vast minority when it comes to this movie as I do not consider it to be that great, but just solid. Yes, some of the action is great, Jean Grey is so strong in this entry and in terms of the story it is probably the most important part of the franchise, but the film is just never as smart or as sophisticated as some of the more recent entries are and it is mostly too crowded to achieve greatness.

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3. Deadpool

Deadpool takes this very high place on my list for one major reason – the humor. You can’t deny its greatness when it comes to the humor. It is a perfect parody of infinite superhero tropes, it has many jokes that made me laugh out loud plus Ryan Reynolds is so great in the lead role and so charismatic. It does have a very clichéd origin story in it, but the characters are memorable, the action is solid and the film is hilarious. I can’t wait to see more from this guy.

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2. X-Men: Days of Future Past

I love this movie. Days of Future Past is everything you would come to expect from a great X-Men story. It features stupendous action, but also terrific conflicts with Mystique being the highlight. The character development is very strong as is its plot which is political and very sophisticated. I loved the time travel element as well and although some of it was typical, most of it was entertaining and well crafted. It truly is such a lean, polished outing.

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1. X-Men: First Class

And the number one has to go to this amazing superhero film which I love and have watched it three times by now. The script is immensely sophisticated and clever, the performances are top-notch and the characters, their conflicts and interactions are all terrific. But the action is never disappointing too plus the film is genuinely funny at times thanks to some funny, clever lines. It features such an emotionally exhilarating third act that explained a lot of things and led to the film being such a great prequel that it really is. It is a deserved number one film as it’s not only the best X-Men entry, but also one of my top three favorite superhero films of all time.

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Top Ten X-Men Characters

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Top Ten X-Men Characters

The X-Men franchise is my favorite superhero movie series and one of the biggest reasons lies in its characters. It is populated with many highly likable and some even unforgettable characters. The franchise actually has too many characters and some do not get their proper due, but most are really well developed and essential to the plot. Plus the actors playing them were mostly terrific. So without further ado, here are ten best X-men characters in my opinion.

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 10. Moira MacTaggert

This CIA agent only appears in a couple of recent entries in the series, but she still left a solid impression thanks in no small part to always wonderful Rose Byrne playing the role. As the only character on this list who isn’t a mutant, her relationship with Charles was quite charming and I liked that she wanted to help the mutants and it was interesting watching how a regular human being reacted in their environment.

 

Top Ten X-Men Characters9. Beast

At first Beast was a bit boring to me, but he grew on me eventually as once again the actor carried the role to greater heights. Nicholas Hoult is very sympathetic in this role, but also genuinely funny at times and thanks to his shy and reserved personality, he reminded me of myself and thus I liked him all the more. Plus his conflict was quite emotional.

 

Top Ten X-Men Characters8. Cyclops

Cyclops is probably one of the funniest characters on this list as it was quite amusing watching his rivalry with Wolverine over their shared love for Jean Grey. He isn’t the best developed and he should have had a bigger role later on, but his power is very cool and James Marsden is charismatic in the role.

 

 

Top Ten X-Men Characters 7. Quicksilver

Of course Quicksilver had to be on this list. He was very good in Apocalypse, but of course his shining moment came in Days of Future Past’ where he had the most memorable and inventive sequence ever in the franchise. A hilarious and simply fun personality, he successfully managed to enlighten the mood in the usually more serious films such as these.

 

Top Ten X-Men Characters6. Jean Grey

As the most powerful person on the entire team, Jean Grey had to be included here and even though she was never utilized as well as she deserved, it was still entertaining watching her at the height of her powers, particularly in ‘X2’ and ‘Apocalypse’. Her Phoenix form brought many of the best action sequences in the franchise.

 

Top Ten X-Men Characters 5. Wolverine

I get that Logan would usually populate higher slots on most of the other lists, but in my opinion there are four better characters than him. But still you can’t deny his presence. Even though he was overused, he was the best in minor roles when he was quite funny. Hugh Jackman is naturally fantastic playing his role and he heightened what could have easily been a boring and ridiculous part.

 

Top Ten X-Men Characters4. Mystique

I really like Mystique. None of the two actresses played the role satisfyingly, at least not in my opinion, but the character herself is awesome. In the first trilogy, she was just a villain. But in the later entries, she was much more fascinating in her conflicting nature and loyalty toward both Charles and Erik. She is one of the most complex and well developed X-Men characters for sure.

 

Top Ten X-Men Characters3. Deadpool

Deadpool is terrific, there is no denying that. He only has one movie so far, but he made such a huge impact that he had to take the third spot on my list. Ryan Reynolds is so admirable and passionate in the role and he is a character who is consistently hilarious and fun from the beginning to the end of the flick. He is such a great personality who made fun of the many genre clichés beautifully and is one of the funniest movie characters in recent memory.

 

Top Ten X-Men Characters2. Magneto

Ian McKellen was superb as Magneto, but the younger version played by Michael Fassbender is my favorite. Menacing and immensely powerful, but also conflicting, complex and ultimately good at heart, he is a very interesting character in every film he appeared in and watching his relationship with Charles unfold was a tremendously rewarding, emotional experience. A superbly developed character for sure and watching him in action was a lot of fun too.

 

Top Ten X-Men Characters1. Professor X

Everything I said above applies here as well. Patrick Stewart is terrific, but again the younger version with James McAvoy is the more memorable and complex one. Watching his road from inexperienced and fearful to calm and powerful was superbly crafted and dramatic. He is the type of wise person who is surely familiar by now, but he is better than most as we’ve seen him progress and had a lot of difficulties overcome. His relationship with Erik is complex, but his relationship with Mystique is just as well established. Whether alone or interacting with others, he is the rare good guy and hero who is actually a great, memorable character which is why he topped my list.

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Ranking 1950s Animated Short Oscar Winners

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Ranking 1950s Animated Short Oscar Winners

The 1950s decade proved to be much different from the previous two when it comes to the Animated Short Oscars. For once, it featured many different studios and series and even some independent shorts. From Looney Tunes to Tom and Jerry to Magoo to the indies, here is my ranking of all ten of the winners.

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 Magoo's Puddle Jumper Review10. Magoo’s Puddle Jumper

This one easily takes the last spot as it is such a weak film. It is still not a bad film and it has its moments, but it is mostly immensely inferior to the previous Oscar winning Magoo adventure owing to a repetitive and overly familiar storyline, a lack of big jokes and a fairly subpar animation.

 

 Moonbird Review9. Moonbird

I get this movie and why it won the Oscar. It truly is an authentic experiment as the director filmed his own kids having an imaginary adventure and that is how this movie was created. But although the premise and the approach is highly inventive, the execution is very poor with bad audio, quite weak animation and an overlong and uninvolving plot.

 

 

Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom  8. Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom

As the only Disney flick on this list, Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom is as charming and as superbly animated and scored as you would expect from the studio, but it is still just a basic documentary and its history musical lesson is very boring to watch, prolonged and in the end far from great and undeserving of the award.

 

 

The Two Mouseketeers 7. The Two Mouseketeers

Now this Tom and Jerry outing left a very polarizing effect on me. On the one hand, Nibbles is as endearing as ever, the French setting is interesting and the execution of Tom was very bold for the series, but it was still overly violent, the setting isn’t particularly well utilized and it to me did not feel enough like a Tom and Jerry film. The Academy obviously loved this historical sub-series, but I wasn’t particularly thrilled with it to be honest.

 

Johann Mouse6. Johann Mouse

This is where we get to the really good stuff. Johann Mouse is the better of the two Tom and Jerry Oscar winners from this decade. It is obviously similar to ‘The Cat Concerto’ and although not funny at all, it is actually not that worse from the aforementioned film as it uses such a good animation and human character designs, a great use of music and many excellent scenes.

 

Speedy Gonzales 5. Speedy Gonzales

I really like this movie. It isn’t as great as it could have been as its second act is a bit weaker from the rest of the cartoon, but the titular character is so memorable here, the animation is splendid, the voice acting is terrific and both the plot and the action are so well established here with a couple of highly memorable and entertaining sequences.

 

 Gerald McBoing-Boing4. Gerald McBoing-Boing

I felt that the sound was too loud here, but other than that, it is such a good film with a moving story and such a meaningful message. It is a story that benefits from being told in animated form as it is very odd, but pleasantly so and still ending with a great message for kids. The animation is one of the standout aspects here as it beautifully reminded me of comic-strips with its interesting style.

 

 Birds Anonymous Review3. Birds Anonymous

This is such a great Tweety and Sylvester short with not as great action, but it’s still good enough. I loved the beginning and it was a great setup, but of course everything afterwards was very entertaining to watch and it features signature lines from its characters and such a good humor. Also the sound and the animation are both top-notch.

 

When Magoo Flew Review 2. When Magoo Flew

This is the quintessential Magoo offering and the film that rightfully got the Academy Award as it is just great. I absolutely loved its different and more mature humor than usual and it really is a funny film, but the old and clueless protagonist was also unique for the animation field of the period and he truly is such a memorable, funny character. The situational comedy is beautifully executed here and the ending is very amusing.

 

Knighty Knight Bugs1. Knighty Knight Bugs

And of course the number one has to go to Knighty Knight Bugs which is one very accomplished Looney Tunes entry. Everything in this film is great from the animation which is wonderful to the characters as both Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam are superbly utilized and the story which is entertaining and charming and benefits greatly from its setting with a good use of the sword and the dragon. It is one of those classic, timeless cartoons that got almost everything right and is as polished as they come leading to a much deserved Oscar winner.

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Ranking The Flintstones Characters

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Ranking The Flintstones Characters

Of all the animated shows out there, The Flintstones is one with the least amount of characters in it. However, that I usually like as it leads to better development of the main characters which is exactly the case here. All of the central characters are great here and some supporting characters are very good too. So here is my ranking of the twelve Flintstones characters who appear at least somewhat frequently.

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1Ranking The Flintstones Characters2. Arnold

He is great for making Fred angry and there are a couple of episodes where the humor that stemmed from those situations was amusing, but other than that, he is such an annoying brat and, as is Fred’s opinion of him too, I really disliked him not only for his off-putting behavior, but also for his very annoying voice which is why he is easily the worst Flintstones character in my book.

 

Ranking The Flintstones Characters11. Hoppy

As the pet of Rubbles who appeared late in the series’ run, Hoppy is supposed to be some sort of fun mix between a kangaroo and a dinosaur. But there isn’t anything really fun concerning this character as he is a pale shadow of another successful animal character – Dino. He is very dull and forgettable.

 

 

Ranking The Flintstones Characters10. Pebbles Flintstone

I have to be honest and say that I really dislike the kids on this show. I don’t know why, but they are very annoying and whenever the episodes focused around them, I was mostly bound to be bored. Pebbles is the weaker part of the duo just for the fact that she never gets anything really interesting to do, is just a pretty baby and I disliked the character design too.

 

Ranking The Flintstones Characters9. Bamm-Bamm Rubble

Bamm-Bamm is definitely better than Pebbles, I liked that he was adopted and it was at first fun watching him display his great strength through his signature line which is his name, but that eventually got on my nerves as the gag was repeated constantly and never altered, thus becoming dull.

 

Ranking The Flintstones Characters8. The Great Gazoo

This is where we get to genuinely good characters and I have to say that I really liked the Great Gazoo. I know he isn’t the most well liked Flintstones character and he does somewhat not fit in as the mix between prehistory and science-fiction is at first odd, but he in my opinion brought such a welcome change in pace for the fifth season and made it very refreshing and definitely helped bring a variety of great new, lesson-learning situations for Fred and Barney. Plus the friendship that formed between him and his two “Dumb-dumbs” was quite sweet.

Top Ten The Flintstones Episodes7. Mr. Slate

Now, as is the case with Gazoo, Mr. Slate isn’t that memorable as a character himself, but in the context of the story, he serves a great purpose and surely the episodes with him were some of the series’ best. It was great and relatable watching Fred get frustrated by his boss and I loved how his episodes were consistently strong and humorous.

 

Ranking The Flintstones Characters6. Dino

Dino could get a bit repetitive from time to time, but I still liked him as he was sweet and the gag with him welcoming Fred by jumping at him is one of the series’ best. I not only found him endearing, but most importantly admired the show’s tendency to portray him as a real member of the family which is great for viewers who are animal lovers as I am myself.

 

Ranking The Flintstones Characters5. Pearl Slaghoople

I just loved Wilma’s mother! Sure, the portrayal of a husband not getting along with his mother-in-law is archetypal, but you can’t deny how great she is. It was so funny how she consistently ridiculed Fred and never said anything good about him. Whether he was trying to impress her or get rid of her, those types of episodes were easily some of the best in the show’s run. So funny.

 

Ranking The Flintstones Characters4. Betty Rubble

As the weakest of the main foursome, Betty doesn’t get as much to do as the other three did, but she still had her moments to shine in a couple of interesting episodes and she was overall such an endearing character who served best when interacting with others, whether as Wilma’s best friend or as Barney’s dear wife.

 

Ranking The Flintstones Characters3. Wilma Flintstone

I really liked Wilma despite her being quite clichéd and annoying at times. The male characters are definitely better developed in The Flintstones, but Wilma actually rivaled Fred in a couple of episodes and I liked how she was the calmer and smarter one in the marriage. She is, like Betty, the best when with Fred and truly some of their episodes were beyond charming as they are such a romantic and amusing couple.

 

Ranking The Flintstones Characters2. Barney Rubble

Whether because of his goofy laugh or his immature behavior, you just gotta love this guy. He is the best when interacting with Fred as their friendship is just so strong and yet realistic and the episodes where they fight were almost always comedic gems. I loved how he always helped Fred, is genuinely a good man and to me the highlight is his tendency to laugh at his own jokes which was always bound to annoy Fred. A really sympathetic and fun character.

 

Ranking The Flintstones Characters1. Fred Flintstone

Of course Fred gets the number one spot, you just can’t go any other way here as he the protagonist and the entire show lies on his shoulders. I loved his voice, his personality is excellent as was his humor. It was consistently entertaining watching him get angry about something and that character trait proved to be the catalyst for most of the show’s episodes. He is memorable as a husband, but even better as Barney’s friend. The Flintstones almost entirely revolved around him and I have never complained as he is such an unforgettable, always entertaining and very complex (with both good and bad qualities) animated character and one of the best ever created. He truly is a classic character by this point and the main reason why this series is so good.

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Top Ten The Flintstones Episodes

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Top Ten The Flintstones Episodes

The Flintstones is such a great, traditional animated comedy that has many classic episodes in it so making this list wasn’t particularly easy. I tried to include many different types of episodes and all seasons, although some seasons are definitely better than the others. So here are the ten episodes of The Flintstones that are the best at humor, character moments and storytelling.

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Top Ten The Flintstones Episodes10. The Long, Long, Long Weekend

Kicking off the list is the classic futuristic episode in which The Great Gazoo sends Fred and the gang to the 21st century. Now, of course The Time Machine is very good, but to me this takes the cake as the better and more polished episode. It has such a terrific animation in it, great detail and I loved how authentic and different it felt from the regular Flintstones episode.

 

Top Ten The Flintstones Episodes9. Once Upon a Coward

In this very amusing episode that showcased the protagonist’s unforgettable personality, Fred fears that Wilma might be thinking that he’s a coward and sets out to do something about it. Whenever Fred has an inner conflict or a grudge is bound to make for a great viewing and this one finds him at some of his best – his issue is so funny, yet relatable at the same time.

 

Top Ten The Flintstones Episodes8. In the Dough

Of course men donning full drag is one of the more archaic and dated comedy tropes, but this season one episode transcends its premise with a genuinely good humor that made me laugh a couple of times. Watching Fred and Barney as women was such an entertaining and hilarious experience.

 

 

Top Ten The Flintstones Episodes7. Boss for a Day

Another episode from the sixth and last season which proves how strong it was, Boss for a Day is undoubtedly one of the smartest and most meaningful Flintstones episodes – the one that shows us that everyone has a boss and thus The Great Gazoo (so well utilized here) teaches a valuable lesson to Fred in such a well structured and interesting episode.

 

Top Ten The Flintstones Episodes6. The House That Fred Built

I just loved this episode. Here Fred sets out to build a house for Wilma’s mother so that she doesn’t stay at their house. With a premise such as this one, they couldn’t miss and they didn’t. Every episode with Wilma’s mom is usually fantastic, but this one finds her only in its ending and it was such a hilarious twist ending. But the moments in the house with the two boys were amusing as well.

 

Top Ten The Flintstones Episodes5. The House Guest

This is such a classic familial Flintstones episode. In it the Rubbles stay with the Flinstones due to a plumbing problem in their house. That of course sets out a disastrous reaction and not only do the boys fight, but so do the girls which is rare for them to do. It perfectly showed how neighbors are only good as neighbors and nothing more than that.

 

 

Top Ten The Flintstones Episodes 4. Fred Flintstone: Before and After

Fred appears in a weight reduction commercial and has to lose weight, but fails to maintain it after losing it. This early episode is so good as it is one of the rare ones that focused on Fred’s overweight physique and actually did it right with a hilarious line after line and it is a very funny and fun episode from beginning to end.

 

Top Ten The Flintstones Episodes3. Feudin’ and Fussin’

This one focuses on another one of Fred’s problems and this time it is his tendency to insult people and not care about their feelings. I just loved how this episode focused on that entirely and how Fred and Barney probably fought the hardest in here. It is a great showcase of how strong their friendship is and how difficult Fred can be.

 

Top Ten The Flintstones Episodes2. Fred’s New Boss

I’ve had such a fun time with Fred’s New Boss as it is one of the most purely entertaining and hilarious episodes ever for the show. Barney becomes Fred’s boss and of course that triggers his irritation that he got that position before him. Watching Barney order him around was hysterical and watching Fred get irritated was very relatable and amusing.

 

Top Ten The Flintstones Episodes1. Mother-In-Law’s Visit

I just had to put this one on top of the list as it is to me one of the quintessential Flintstones episodes. Pearl comes to their house and Fred this time around wants to please her and behaves nicely, but she makes his life miserable once again. This dynamic between these two has always been great, but here it is in its finest form. It is the episode that is not only incredibly funny and well made, but also featuring one of Fred’s best roles and the best ever use of his mother-in-law. Such a fun episode.

 

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Honorable Mentions:

Ladies’ Night at the Lodge – Here the girls set out to find out what the boys do at their convention with hilarious results. Such a great battle of the sexes plot.

The Mailman Cometh – This is one of the episodes in which Wilma helped Fred immensely which was beautiful to see, but it also features an excellent use of Mr. Slate.

Adobe Dick – The fifth season is by far the worst for the show, but Adobe Dick is one of its few true gems as it features such a great adventure with the boys and a couple of very funny lines.

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Top Ten Narnia Characters

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Top Ten Narnia Characters

The Chronicles of Narnia is a fantasy series rich in story and themes and although its characters are never as strong as its story is, there are more than enough truly memorable and likable characters to fill this list. I was taking into account the overall likability of the character, his or her development as well as the overall impact on the story as a whole. So without further ado, here are my ten favorite Narnia characters and three more honorable mentions.

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Top Ten Narnia Characters10. Reepicheep

Probably the most cartoony character on this list, you still can’t deny that this character is so good. Lewis amusingly made a mouse character that is very brave and honorable and the result is fantastic – both funny at times and seriously heartfelt. He is probably the bravest character out of all the Narnia characters and his conclusion was both majestic and moving.

Top Ten Narnia Characters9. Digory Kirke

He wasn’t utilized as much as I wanted from the books, but he was such a force in ‘The Magician’s Nephew’ and is splendid as its protagonist. I loved his story in that novel and he is a very interesting man as the first to meet Narnia and witness its creation along with Polly who isn’t as memorable as he is which is why she’s not on this list. He was very memorable, if briefly present in ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ too.

Top Ten Narnia Characters8. Jill Pole

Lewis was a bit sexist in the earlier Narnia novels, but once he met his future wife, he drastically changed his opinion of women and suddenly populated the later entries with strong, capable women. Jill is one of the most memorable women in the series and she was to me very sympathetic and relatable in her realistic reactions to Narnia. Plus she becomes quite a warrior in ‘The Last Battle’.

Top Ten Narnia Characters7. Shasta/Cor

Shasta only appeared in ‘The Horse and His Boy’, but there he made such a big impact that I had to include him on the list. Another really relatable and realistic character, Shasta (or Cor as his real name turned out to be) is such a terrific protagonist of this book thanks in large part to his much darker quest than anyone other before him had endured and watching him question his faith and be pessimistic is a welcome change in pace from the usually more flawless leading men.

Top Ten Narnia Characters6. Puddleglum

I adored Puddleglum! He absolutely stole the show in ‘The Silver Chair’ as this incredibly pessimistic marshwiggle who helped Eustace and Jill out on their quest to find Prince Rilian. I liked how, although always bringing the mood down drastically with his pessimistic observations, he still managed to help the two and he is the funniest character in the entire Narnia series. Such a great comic relief.

Top Ten Narnia Characters5. Edmund Pevensie

Full disclosure: I dislike Peter and Susan and they are not on this list. But Lucy and Edmund are because both are much better. Edmund is the highlight in ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ and one of the few very well developed characters in that otherwise lacking in characterization book. And although he became a bit too good in the end, following him progress from a traitor to a great king was satisfying.

Top Ten Narnia Characters4. The White Witch/Jadis

Easily the best Narnia villain, The White Witch was a tremendous presence both in the book and in the movie. I loved how strong she was and she posed genuine threat to the heroes and rarely made mistakes which I admired. But her role in ‘The Magician’s Nephew’ is great as well and quite underrated as learning about her backstory in Charn was such a rewarding experience. She was overused in the movies, but in the books she was used in just the right amount and left a lasting impression.

Top Ten Narnia Characters3. Lucy Pevensie

Easily the most likable and well developed Pevensie kid, Lucy is such a wonderful girl and it is fitting that Aslan cared about her the most as she is the most selfless person there is and the biggest Narnia lover. Her love for this world was beautiful to witness. But I loved that she is flawed, as portrayed in her great role where she learned her lesson in ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’. I found her to be well utilized in all of the entries she was in and she is the best female character in the series.

Top Ten Narnia Characters2. Eustace Scrubb

I don’t know if anyone else would agree with such a high placement for him, but Eustace deserves it in my opinion. As a very similar character to Edmund, Eustace beats him mainly because he is much more likable and memorable, but mostly flawed. Whereas Edmund become too good later on, Eustace, although entirely shifting from spoiled and whiny to heroic and good-natured, still wasn’t as flawless and sometimes behaved badly and said bad things to others. And that is why I loved him and found him to be the most realistic character in the entire series.

Top Ten Narnia Characters1. Aslan

Taking an obvious first place, Aslan is the soul and heart of The Chronicles of Narnia. I loved that he presented Jesus in a very well realized parallel and his spiritual presence was felt throughout every entry. I loved how smart he is and how he taught lessons to each and every main character of the books. He appeared at always the right times and he stole every scene. Majestic and powerful, yet caring, he is a perfect God for Narnia and he carried the entire franchise on his furry shoulders. An unforgettable fantasy creation.

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Honorable Mentions:

Aravis – As the most feminist and strongest female character in the series, Aravis is both badass and likable, interacting wonderfully with Shasta and getting a very good story in her own right.

Andrew Ketterley – Although a bit too goofy and cartoony, I still liked Andrew. He was a great catalyst for the creation of Narnia and one of those comedic villains who are actually good.

Mr. Tumnus – Both Cornelis and Puzzle were on my mind for this last spot, but Mr. Tumnus had a bigger role and that is why I put him. Such a warm character and a great friend of Lucy’s.

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Ranking The Chronicles of Narnia Novels

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Ranking The Chronicles of Narnia Novels

The Chronicles of Narnia is one of my favorite fantasy book series. It is such a wonderful epic story spread throughout the seven novels. Now this is my personal list so I am not following the usual opinion and thus I present them in the order in which I liked them. I have to say that I love each and every one of these books so even those that are on the bottom of the list are great, but just not as fantastic as those above them. So without further ado, let’s rank all of the seven Narnia stories.

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7. The Last Battle

Yes, the ultimate installment had to get the last spot for one and only reason – the conclusion. As I said in my review of the book, I thought that the conclusion was epic, but certainly a bit rushed and too ambiguous of an ending for an entire series. I was frankly disappointed by the second half of this novel. But still, you can’t deny the greatness of the first half which contains some of the finest chapters of the series and excellent characters such as Puzzle and many superb villains including Tash and Shift. It also features some of the best action of the series, but I just wish that the execution of the second half was better.

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6. The Silver Chair

 What I said above about The Last Battle is thoroughly applicable here as well as The Silver Chair has an amazing first half, but such a disappointing second half. The Underworld chapters felt somewhat boring and uneventful and the villain was too easily defeated and that entire chapter felt super anti-climactic. However, there are a lot of positives here. For one, you have such a grand, wonderful and perilous adventure with some memorable imagery. But more importantly, you have an excellent duo in Eustace and Jill and the funniest and most amusing Narnia character ever in Puddleglum.

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5. Prince Caspian

 Prince Caspian was never one of my favorites as it overall doesn’t have as exciting or magical storyline as others in the series do plus the action is very weakly written and those chapters were dull, but I really liked the first couple of chapters and in particular the chapters with Professor Cornelius were very well written. It was fascinating learning about Narnia history and how the Telmarines invaded it and how the talking animals went into hiding. This novel has such a mysterious and dark atmosphere in it plus it features a solid use of the Pevensie children.

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4. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

This is where greatness starts, right with this slot and this entry. And sure enough, it is unfortunate that this entry only gets the fourth place as I love it so much, but the competition is tough in the Narnia series. It does have a couple of weaker parts in it, but mostly it succeeds tremendously as possibly the finest ever adventure in these chronicles and even better – it has probably the best character development from Lewis. This entry is so thematically rich and also so emotional in its ending, but it also features wonderful Lucy and very memorable Eustace. It is such a well crafted and deep story.

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3. The Horse and His Boy

It is weird that I put this book in third place as it is one of the most historical and political of the bunch and I usually don’t go for that, but you can’t deny its greatness. The battle is once again very poorly written as Lewis mostly couldn’t write action and even though it may feel overly singular, it is still very well connected to the overall series and I just loved it as a fine, majestic and even dark journey and adventure. It features the most difficult quest ever and that is why Shasta was so well utilized here. But all of the other characters are great and the book is so pleasantly mysterious and overall technically superb and beautifully written.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Book Review……………………………………………………………………

2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Yes, the most famous and critically acclaimed Narnia novel doesn’t get the top spot, but that is because it features quite weak characterization. But apart from that, there is a lot to love here from the magical story in it to the memorable imagery to such a great beginning and ending. It serves as a great first chapter of the entire franchise as it wonderfully introduces you to this wonderful world and it features an excellent villain in The White Witch and Aslan has rarely been better and more powerful than in here. It is also a very well constructed novel and, possibly with the exception of The Last Battle, it is the most religious and spiritual Narnia entry.

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1. The Magician’s Nephew

 This is it, the very best that Narnia has to offer! I just adore The Magician’s Nephew and it is one of my favorites, not just in this series, but of all the books that I’ve read. It succeeds on almost every level and although a bit too childish at times, it is mostly childlike than childish plus some of the humor is quite charming. But the story, oh the story is so magnificent. It is the most magical and fantastical Narnia story that serves as a pitch-perfect prequel where you learn everything you wanted to know from the wardrobe and how it got magical properties to the origin of Jadis to Digory’s great role to the creation of Narnia which features some of the most beautiful descriptive passages in the series, if not the most beautiful. It is rich in terms of the themes and emotion, it is so well crafted and the story is epic and powerful, yet deep and heartwarming too. It is such an underrated book and the finest Narnia novel without a doubt.

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Ranking Disney Dark Age Films

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Ranking Disney Dark Age Films

Disney’s Dark Age came at a time when the studio really struggled both critically and at the box office. It was after Walt’s death and all the way up to the Disney Renaissance of the nineties. All of the feature films here were released from 1970 to 1988. However, I included The Rescuers Down Under on this list too as, even though it is a 1990 movie and counts officially as a Renaissance entry, I myself disagree with that notion as the film is a sequel and revolves around animals and all of the Renaissance entries are exactly the opposite from that. Plus the movie isn’t that great in terms of quality either. But even though most of these movies are criticized for their quality and truly they usually can’t compare with Disney’s earlier and later efforts, not one of them is truly bad in my opinion as most are very underrated and some are even great. So without further ado, here is my ranking of all nine Disney Dark Age films where I tried to be more critical than personal with a few exceptions.

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Oliver and Company Movie Review

9. Oliver & Company

Yes, this one is undoubtedly the worst of the nine films on this list and is actually one of the weakest Disney films of any age. It isn’t without its strengths as the soundtrack truly is memorable and is actually one of the best of this period with Why Should I Worry? And Once Upon a Time in New York City being such great songs. But the film has too much action, a weaker animation and the characters, although solidly developed, are highly typical and the plot is as basic as it can possibly be. It starts off really well, but the third act is quite weak and the film isn’t bad, but it just isn’t good either and is a passable, barely engaging diversion that is one of the studio’s slightest.

Robin Hood Movie Review 8. Robin Hood

Now even though Robin Hood comes this low on my list, I actually changed my mind about this film upon second viewing. Whereas I at first considered it to be barely okay, now I consider to be quite solid and I bumped its rating from 3 to 3.5. The songs here are really good and very fitting to the time period with The Phony King of England and Oo-De-Lally being underrated gems. The film is also quite funny and even charming in a way, but the problems here arise in the technical aspects with the animation being very subpar and even derivative as it steals from previous Disney films. And I found it to be too foolish and silly at times and the tone here is very unevenly handled.

The Aristocats Movie Review7. The Aristocats

The Aristocats is quite similar to Robin Hood in terms of quality. It is a movie that is definitely solid and pretty charming in some areas, but you can’t deny its slight plot and typical characterizations. It has a couple of pretty solid musical numbers, but it also has one of the stupidest Disney villains ever in Edgar. I liked the film quite a bit and there are some genuinely charming moments to be had here along with its fine setting, but you can see that this movie was the first to come after Walt’s death as the originality and the energy just isn’t there anymore and it signaled the beginning of the Dark Age.

The Rescuers Down Under Movie Review6. The Rescuers Down Under

I stated above why I included it on this list, but now let’s talk about the movie itself. It is a perfectly solid adventure film that actually serves wonders in that genre with a very adventurous spirit to it plus some beautiful and interesting locations. As a sequel, it really is stupendous and you get again memorable characters and humor. Of course the highlight is the flying sequence accompanied with some of the best score that Disney ever created. However, it is still inferior to the original movie as the plot is weaker and it has way too much action here. But the biggest problem is that it feels way too much like a product of its time and it is unfortunately one of the most forgettable Disney flicks.

The Black Cauldron Movie Review

 5. The Black Cauldron

Coming in right at the middle of my list is one of the most underappreciated Disney films of all time which is The Black Cauldron. The film is obviously flawed and mostly in terms of characterization as the characters are so flat and forgettable that they really hurt the movie, but it still has a lot to offer, not the least of which are its technicalities. The animation is simply gorgeous and the score is absolutely magnificent. Above all else, it is a very dark and unique Disney film that differentiates itself from all of the others with such a genuinely frightening villain, a very good mythology and a creepy, highly memorable imagery. Whether you like it or not, you at least have to respect it for its authenticity.

The Great Mouse Detective Review

4. The Great Mouse Detective

Now The Great Mouse Detective isn’t the most memorable Disney movie and it surely isn’t original at all, but it’s still a rather good Sherlock Holmes retelling with a couple of things that really stand out – one is the music which is quite good with The World’s Greatest Criminal Mind being one of the best songs of this period and another are its characters with Ratigan being superbly voice acted by Vincent Price and he’s one of the best Disney villains of all time in my opinion. This flick has a big heart, a genuinely dark tone at times and many great action set pieces and all of those quite successfully overcomes its problematic pacing and a familiar narrative.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Review3. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Yes, the nature of this film isn’t the greatest as it is basically a package film, a compilation that consists of three previously released shorts. But the movie is still surprisingly well connected despite its origin and it doesn’t feel like a package film as much as Disney’s wartime efforts felt. Everything concerning Winnie the Pooh is childish and this movie is very childlike, but more often than not, that is its strength as it has a big heart and such a charming feel to it. I liked all of the characters here and the plot is quite solid, but the soundtrack, although consisting of too many songs, is pretty good overall and the ending is particularly memorable – it’s heartbreaking, resonant and filled with a beautiful imagery and heartfelt dialogue.

The Rescuers Movie Review

 2. The Rescuers

 Whereas The Rescuers Down Under is a solid sequel, the original Rescuers is much better. The film doesn’t have the best developed protagonist and the songs are too sad in tone, but the animation is charming and the highlights are Miss Bianca and Bernard who are two of Disney’s best characters during this period and they topped my character list. Such a charming duo that lifted this movie a lot. The film works as a rather pleasant adventure flick that is quite emotional at times, but mostly really well executed in action and drama. It garnered the best reviews of all of Disney Dark Age films, but to me it comes in second place as the first slot has to go to…

The Fox and the Hound

1. The Fox and the Hound

This is it, the very best that Disney animation had to offer during the seventies and eighties. This is one of my childhood favorites and I love it to this day. It features the best message of probably any Disney film, some very likable characters and watching Tod and Copper as friends and then as enemies was an emotionally devastating journey. The film is one of the most tragic Disney films ever and it destroys me every single time I watch it. But it is also very well made with good animation, some very good voice performances and a solid, if not the greatest soundtrack. The Fox and the Hound is not only the best film from this period, but it is also one of my ten personal favorite Disney movies, their most underrated and one of their most emotional and mature movies. An underappreciated classic that deserves the first place here as it is so much better than any other movie on this list.

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