Four star movies from Jerry Beck's Animated Movie Guide

From the book published in 2005.

After each film I put the initials of the contributing writer who reviewed it:
Jerry Beck (JB)
Martin Goodman (MG)
Andrew Leal (AL)
W.R. Miller (WRM)
Fred Patten (FP)

Films which received 3 and a half stars:
Alakazam the Great
Balto
Barefoot Gen
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America
Cats Don't Dance
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
Fantasia/2000
Gulliver's Travels
The Land Before Time
Monsters Inc.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Prince of Egypt
Rugrats in Paris
Shrek
Shrek 2
The Wings of Honneamise
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1.
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A handsome prince rides a flying horse to far-away lands and embarks on magical adventures, which include befriending a witch, meeting Aladdin, battling demons and falling in love with a princess. (81 mins.)
Director: Lotte Reiniger
“ JB ” - skobic
 
2.
Akira (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop. (124 mins.)
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
“ FP ” - skobic
 
3.
Aladdin (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a street urchin vies for the love of a beautiful princess, he uses a genie's magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her. (90 mins.)
“ MG ” - skobic
 
4.
Allegro non troppo (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An enthusiastic filmmaker thinks he's come up with a totally original idea: animation set to classical music... (85 mins.)
Director: Bruno Bozzetto
“ JB ” - skobic
 
5.
Bambi (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story of a young deer growing up in the forest. (70 mins.)
“ MG ” - skobic
 
6.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young woman whose father has been imprisoned by a terrifying beast offers herself in his place, unaware that her captor is actually a prince, physically altered by a magic spell. (84 mins.)
“ MG ” - skobic
 
7.
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A flamboyant thief and his gang struggle to free a princess from an evil count's clutches and to learn the hidden secret to a fabulous treasure that she holds part of a key to. (100 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ FP ” - skobic
 
8.
Cleopatra: Queen of Sex (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In order to foil the enemy aliens' "Cleopatra Plan", three people from the future are spiritually sent back to Cleopatra's time to understand the enemy intentions. (112 mins.)
“ FP ” - skobic
 
9.
Fantasia (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music. (125 mins.)
“ MG ” - skobic
 
10.
Finding Nemo (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home. (100 mins.)
“ AL ” - skobic
 
11.
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the year 2032, Batô, a cyborg detective for the anti-terrorist unit Public Security Section 9, investigates the case of a female robot--one created solely for sexual pleasure--who slaughtered her owner. (100 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
“ FP ” - skobic
 
12.
The Incredibles (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. (115 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
“ AL ” - skobic
 
13.
The Iron Giant (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy. (86 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
“ AL ” - skobic
 
14.
Jack and the Beanstalk (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young boy named, Jack, climbs a giant beanstalk and stumbles upon a city in the clouds ruled by an evil queen. (93 mins.)
Director: Gisaburô Sugii
“ FP ” - skobic
 
15.
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A traumatized member of an elite para-military police force falls for the sister of a female terrorist courier who died in front of him on duty. (102 mins.)
Director: Hiroyuki Okiura
“ FP ” - skobic
 
16.
Castle in the Sky (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ FP ” - skobic
 
17.
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive from the law. (85 mins.)
“ MG ” - skobic
 
18.
The Lion King (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble. (88 mins.)
“ MG ” - skobic
 
19.
The Little Mermaid (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land. (83 mins.)
“ MG ” - skobic
 
20.
Metropolis (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Kenichi and his uncle Shunsaku Ban must find the mystery behind robot girl Tima. (108 mins.)
Director: Rintaro
“ FP ” - skobic
 
21.
Millennium Actress (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A TV interviewer and his cameraman meet a former actress and travel through her memories and career. (87 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Kon
“ FP ” - skobic
 
22.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby. (86 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ FP ” - skobic
 
23.
WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3 (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Two police detectives and SV2 investigate a series of mysterious acts of deadly destruction occuring in and around Tokyo Bay. (102 mins.)
“ FP

Surprisingly, it seems this is the only Patlabor movie released theatrically in USA. ” - skobic
 
24.
Perfect Blue (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A retired pop singer turned actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past. (81 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Kon
“ FP ” - skobic
 
25.
Pinocchio (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy. (88 mins.)
“ MG ” - skobic
 
26.
Princess Mononoke (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime. (134 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ FP ” - skobic
 
27.
Robot Carnival (1987 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An anthology of various tales told in various styles with robots being the one common element among them. (90 mins.)
“ FP ” - skobic
 
28.
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
To save her ill son, a field mouse must seek the aid of a colony of rats, with whom she has a deeper link than she ever suspected. (82 mins.)
Director: Don Bluth
“ JB ” - skobic
 
29.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Snow White, pursued by a jealous queen, hides with the Dwarfs; the queen soon learns of this and prepares to feed her a poison apple. (83 mins.)
“ MG ” - skobic
 
30.
Spirited Away (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ FP ” - skobic
 
31.
Tarzan (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human. (88 mins.)
“ MG ” - skobic
 
32.
Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
On Christmas Eve, three homeless people living on the streets of Tokyo find a newborn baby among the trash and set out to find its parents. (93 mins.)
“ FP ” - skobic
 
33.
Toy Story (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room. (81 mins.)
Director: John Lasseter
“ WRM ” - skobic
 
34.
Toy Story 2 (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When Woody is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz and his friends vow to rescue him, but Woody finds the idea of immortality in a museum tempting. (92 mins.)
“ WRM ” - skobic
 
35.
The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters--an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire--to rescue him. (78 mins.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
“ Daniel Goldmark, not one of the regular contributors ” - skobic
 
36.
Twilight of the Cockroaches (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A colony of cockroaches lives peacefully in a messy bachelor's apartment until his new girlfriend moves in. (105 mins.)
Director: Hiroaki Yoshida
“ FP ” - skobic
 
37.
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When a girl is abducted by a vampire, a legendary bounty hunter is hired to bring her back. (103 mins.)
“ FP ” - skobic
 
38.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder. (104 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ MG ” - skobic
 
39.
Wicked City (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two agents - a male human and a female demon - attempt to protect a signatory for an upcoming peace ceremony between the human world and the "Black World" from radicalized demons. (82 mins.)
“ FP ” - skobic
 
40.
Yellow Submarine (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music hating Blue Meanies. (90 mins.)
Director: George Dunning
“ David Bastian, not one of the regular contributors ” - skobic