Thursday, October 29, 2015

My Top 20 Favorite Animated Movie Villains Part 1

 Well, it's Halloween again. Last year I did a countdown of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes This year I decided to do something a little different. So here it is--My favorite Animated Movie Villains Part 1! 

There are a lot of awful people in the world of cinema. And some of the worst are, funny enough, in animated films. So today, I am going to be counting down my favorite villains from some classic animated movies we all watched as a kid or as an adult.

First, a few disclaimers. These are not necessarily the baddest or most terrifying of all the villains. These are just the ones I thought were interesting. I originally was going to include Walt Disney Animated Film villains, but while making this list, I realized it is really hard to make a list of variety if including Disney. A lot of the ones were Disney, cause we all know Disney has some of the best villains. So instead I am not going to include them, and make another list later of just Disney villains. Now, I am including Pixar, simply because I do not view them as "Disney" but instead as their own separate studio. 

Also, some of these will including me talking about the endings due to some villains only being revealed in the end. If you haven't seen a particular movie, either skip it, or read it if you don't care about spoilers. Thank you.

 Vincent the Bear
(Over the Hedge)

Over the Hedge (an underrated film, by Dreamworks) is about a raccoon named RJ that tries to steal food from a bear named Vincent who is hibernating. He instead gets it ran over by a tranfer and destroyed. So now, he has to get every piece of food and give it back to Vincent or Vincent will kill him.

I'm not exactly sure why, but as a kid I was kind of afraid of Vincent. Especially when RJ is having his "dream sequence."

"Times up, RJ."

That line scared me to death when I was kid. Bears aren't usually scary to me, so it's kinda odd. I think it is probably the voice actor Nick Nolte. His voice is so deep and raspy. I don't know, maybe it's just me(it probably is), but this movie is nostalgic for me. And this character definitely was in my childhood nightmares. And that's why he is on this list.

Professor Screweyes
(We're Back: A Dinosaur Story)

Like most kids born in the 90's, I grew up with this movie. We're Back is just a plain classic; no matter what anyone says. The story is basically about a Professor named Neweyes who gives knowledge to dinosaurs via cereal. He warns the dinos of his brother Screweyes, and to not get involved in his horror circus. Well, lo and behold, they do. And he is definitely scary. But not in the way you'd expect. He has a scary looking character design and voice, but his motivation is a bit more tame. Truth be told, he is only "being evil" to hype his business. He's not interested in ruling the world or plotting some long ago revenge. He is simply doing this for his love of all things scary.

He is pretty interesting to me. And though he may not be in the movie for too long, I've always thought he was a scarily awesome villain from a terribly underrated children's movie. And that's way he is on this list.

Kent Mansley
(The Iron Giant)

The Iron Giant is a criminally underrated film, and has, just in the past couple of years, actually gotten a small following. It is the story of Hogarth, a young boy who finds a giant iron robot. Kent Mansley is a government agent who hears about the robot and that Hogarth may know where it is. He then goes on to basically stock Hogarth and even interrogates him for information.

This guy really isn't evil evil. He is sorta just an annoying grownup brat. He is trying to find the robot not because it might be potentially dangerous, but so he can get a praised by his boss. Though, when I say annoying, I don't mean to the viewer, but to the people he interacts with. He is just plain hilarious to watch. There is one scene where he just keeps on bothering Hogarth; asking him a ton of questions. The way he says things in that goofy 1950s way is just laugh out loud funny. And that's why he is on this list.

Randall and Mr.Waternoose
(Monster's Inc)

Monster's Inc is one of my favorite Pixar movies, and is one I grew up with. You know those monsters you thought were in your closet, but you parents said were just a figment of your imagination? Yeah...they're real. But they're not mean (well most aren't) they are just doing their job. Well, two guys take their jobs too seriously. Mr. Waternoose is the president of Monsters Incorporated,  a company that collects children's screams. He finds a new more efficient way to collect screams--kidnap kids and suck the life out of them. And guess who's all on board with this plan? Randall; the work bully.

Great villains!  They want to kidnap children and basically kill them. And they even almost succeed! I included both of them on this list because they are from the same movie. Though, they do have different goals. Randall wants to boost his career and brag about it, and Mr. Waternoose wants to make his company colossal. What's even worse is Mr. Waternoose is good friends with one of the main characters, Sully. And Randall, as revealed in Monster's University, was once just a nerd. They're just evil. And that's why they are on this list.    

Stinky Pete
(Toy Story 2)

Toy Story 2 is a continuation of Toy Story. Here Woody is taken by a toy collector to be sold to Japan with other toys. Woody finds out he was once part of a TV show named Woody's Roundup and meets the other members of the collection: Bullseye, Jessie, and Stinky Pete. Petey starts off as a good guy, but at the end we see that he has a grudge towards other toys because he was never bought due to him being a big ugly man doll a cowboy "action figure". He stops at nothing to get Woody to Japan.

Stinky Pete(a.k.a the Prospector)has a very interesting motive. We have seen the outcome of toys being forgotten (i.e one of the saddest moments of all time!). In the first film Woody was kinda tossed aside and became bitter with his replacement--Buzz. In this one, we hear of Prospector's past. Though, he was never tossed aside, instead he was never played with in the first place. A toy's whole life is being played with, and we get to see a villain who lets bitterness grow into hate. Of course we see more of this in a later sequel, but Stinky Pete was a great introduction into this villainous motive. And that's why he is on this list.

And the way he gets his comeuppance is so so good!


Princess Anastasia(or Anya for short) and her grandmother escaped death, but Anya falls and hits her head on a railroad spike. She looses her memories of her family's death by the hand of Rasputin. Years go by, and Anya's grandma is still looking for her. By happenstance, a pair of con men think she looks very much like the princess, but not really knowing it for sure. take her to her grandmother. All the while, Rasputin's dead corpse sings about Anya's death in his underground lair.

Rasputin, to be honest, is not all that scary. And he's not very threatening either. But, he is for sure hilarious! He is such a fun villain! He's got some really funny lines and a laugh out loud sidekick. Just look at this guy
But most all, the thing that tops all of the other stuff, is his villain song. I can't say much that other people haven't already said. Just watch it here.

And that's why he is on my list.

(All Dogs Go to Heaven)

All Dogs Go to Heaven was a childhood favorite of mine. It's about a world where dogs have garbage dump hideouts and some little girls can understand animals. One such little girl named Anne-Marie is kidnapped by a bulldog named Carface, and is forced to talk to rats as so to know which one will win in a rat race. An owner of a dog nightclub named Charlie is sabotaged my Carface and is ultimately killed by him. He finds himself in Heaven, but tricks his way back to life. But...he can never come back. He finds Anne-Marie, saves her, and has to choose to set her free or use her for his own selfish intentions. All the while Carface is right on their trail.

I know. This story sounds way too grim and scary to be a children's movie, right? Wrong. This movie was made by none other than Don Bluth. And as you all know, he makes some scary stuff. He was also the one that made movies like Anastasia, Land Before Time, Secret of Nimh, and many others. But probably one my favorites would have to be this one. And one of the reasons is obviously the villain. So far on this list most of the villains have been either silly or not all that threatening. But this hound dog is just terrify (see gif above) He kidnaps an orphan, forces her to live in a dark dank basement with barely any food, and kills any dog that looks at him funny. And that's why he is on this list.

(Toy Story)

Toy Story is a classic and you no doubt know the story, but I'll a give you a brief synopsis. Toys are alive. They walk around and talk and have little jobs and so on. Their only true purpose is to be loved by their owners. Well, Woody, a cowboy doll, is the favorite toy of Andy. A new toy comes to the Andy's room, named Buzz; a spaceman action figure. Andy and his family are moving to a new home and he soon becomes a Buzz Lightyear fanatic and Woody gets jealous. Woody and Buzz go along with Andy to the most awesome place ever--Pizza Planet.

Kinda like Chuck E. Cheese but a million times more awesome!

They fall into a claw machine, and are taken by Sid, the kid next door that they already established as being completely nuts and murders toys. They have to find their way out and go back home before Andy moves to a new house.

Sid is the equivalent of homicidal maniac...the young years. If you've ever watched crime shows like Criminal Minds or Law and Order (or even just turning on the news these days), you see that there are a lot of weirdos out there. Sid is one of those weirdos. I could see him entering a life of crime a few years after this movie. Not only does he wear skull shirts, have crazy looking rocker band posters and "I <3 Explosions" posters in his room, but he tortures, mutilates, and explodes toys! Just for fun! That would be strange enough in real life, but in this universe the toys are alive! So he is killing living beings! So I guess he is already a homicidal maniac. He's just plain insane. And that's why he is on this list.   

(The Spongebob Squarepants Movie)

Plankton is the main villain from one of the most famous and beloved cartoons of all time: Spongebob Squarepants. Though he is part of the TV show, he is also the main villain in the first Spongebob movie, and is also in a Sponge Out of Water. If you don't know what Spongebob is you were never a child I will tell. It's mainly about Spongebob, a fry cook for Mr. Krabs at the Krusty Krab. Along with his friends Patrick and Sandy, they get into tons of shenanigans. Squidward, the grumpy next door neighbor, is always trying to stop them. And Plankton is always trying to steal the secret recipe to the Krusty Krabs' furtune--the Krabby Patty. Plankton tries many different ways to acquire the Krabby Patty formula, but is always foiled by either Spongebob or Mr. Krabs or some other third thing.

Plankton is not only just plain hilarious, but he has a lot of character development. Sometimes he will be nice, and other times, like in the movie, he will try to rule the world. One time he takes over Spongebob's brain, another then he's singing the "F.U.N" song. But ultimately he will always be the villain, and he will always get what's coming to him. And on top of all of that, he has terrific maniacal laugh. And that's why he is on this list.


Well, that's it for part one of this countdown. You can expect the next on or after Halloween. Thank you all for reading, and have a terrifying day!!

Get ready to trick or treat. Halloween is right around the corner!



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