8. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)
Worldwide Box Office: $512million
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Kenan Thompson, Pharrell Williams, Angela Lansbury, Scarlett Estevez, Mindy Sterling
Very much in the ilk of fellow Illumination Entertainment animation Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax in that it’s a brightly coloured, well voiced animated take on a classic children’s book, Dr. Suess’ The Grinch is perhaps not the hilarious (albeit at times frustrating) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) but is a very serviceable festive treat to families and particularly younger viewers.
Doctor Strange actor Benedict Cumberbatch lends his iconic baritone voice to the legendary character in a take more associated with the book than the 2000 film by Ron Howard, his casting being one of the selling points to an animation that lacks in star power relative to a lot of other Illumination releases.
Like a lot of the animation studio’s biggest and brightest, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch was a film that didn’t take any risks in freshening up the classic story or animating it in a particularly inventive way, but pleased those who knew what they were getting in for and was an enjoyable albeit forgettable release.
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7. Despicable Me 3 (2017)
Worldwide Box Office: $1billion
Starring: Steve Carell, Trey Parker, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Pierre Coffin, Dana Gaier, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate, Julie Andrews
The third movie in the central series of Despicable Me movies and by far the third best, Despicable Me 3 is in fine company as one of only several $1billion grossing animated movies, though much of that is due to the Minions (of course).
It’s not that Despicable Me 3 is a bad movie, because it isn’t, it’s just that it felt lacking in originality and some of the nuanced moments of cuteness and/or creativity that pushed its predecessors to such heights. This iteration of the central story still features a buzz of energy that people can associate with the franchise and, though it relies a little too heavily on slapstick humour to entertain, it’s far from an arduous task to consume it.
Despicable Me 3 may have less going for it than 1 & 2, but it’s certainly has a lot more to offer than its more hollow spin-off Minions.
6. Sing (2016)
Worldwide Box Office: $634million
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Nick Kroll, Jennifer Hudson, John C. Reilly, Nick Offerman, Garth Jennings, Jennifer Saunders, Leslie Jones
What do you get when you cross popular reality TV shows with animated animals and a whole heap of licensed music? Sing.
Illumination’s 2016 animated release starring the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson was hardly a ground-breaking success for the art of animation, nor did it feel like a must-have addition to a child’s DVD collection, but it did have a little something about it even if it did seem like a movie created by committee in the search for profit rather than by artists in the search of truth.
It’s one of those films you can’t help but to smile at sometimes, and that’s okay.