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question of the day: Is this the greatest year ever for animated films?

Peter Hartlaub at SFGate’s The Poop — a baby blog, not a movie blog — recently asked raised an intriguing possibility:

[T]his may be the greatest year for animated feature films of all time. One could make make a strong argument for 1937 with the seminal “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” 1940 with “Pinocchio” and “Fantasia” or 1999 with “The Iron Giant,” “Toy Story 2” and “South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut.” But I know there hasn’t been a year filled with so many great animated films.

With the release today of Avatar — which is inarguable more of an animated film than Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, which opens next week — we’ve now seen all the animated movies 2009 has to offer.

What do you think? Is this the greatest year ever for animated films?

I think it may well be. When a Disney musical like The Princess and the Frog feels minor next to the likes of Up, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Coraline, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and 9, yeah, I think this might be the greatest year ever for animated feature films.

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