Spirited Away 10/19/19
Long before Miyazaki was my favorite animator and one of my favorite directors, I stumbled across Spirited Away.
Obviously the first similarity is that both these movies are sci-fi movies set in the future (although Wall-E is set considerably more forward in time).
Mary and Max 10/18/19
If there's one good reason for my doing this entire tournament, it's probably the fact that I discovered so many good new films, and easily the best movie I discovered was Mary and Max.
Fantastic Mr. Fox 10/17/19
Fox is one of the greatest animated movies ever made, and easily the best animated movie of 2009 (sorry Mary and Max and Up), if not the best picture period.
Beauty and the Beast 10/17/19
It doesn't have character and pacing issues like The Lion King, and it doesn't have obnoxious sidekick characters such as (once again) The Lion King and Aladdin.
It's a much better ending than the Bee Movie (I know I'm comparing one of the best animated movies ever made to the worst), in which the bees and the humans begin co-existing.
There's something magical and ethereal about this film that can't be captured in any other animated movie.