Top Ten Pretty Animated Shots Vol.02

It is time for another set of animated pictures that is easy on the eyes.  Making this top ten is a little like trying to become an actor.  Many try, but few make the cut.

We liked the visually hard edged rendering of the Enchantress Amora in Hulk Vs Thor.

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While this painting featured in the credits looks nothing like that hard edged version, it is still pretty.

Chun Li remains a crowd favorite – if the crowd hangs out huddled around an arcade Street Fighter machine.  ;)  Here she is from Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind.

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How does she keep that face so pretty after all those nose-crushing, lip-bashing fights?

Princess Aurora from Disney’s true classic Sleeping Beauty has time-tested stylized good looks.  Below she is dressed as the forest maiden “Briar Rose”.  We like that edged style.

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Naruto Shippuuden went downhill faster than Balloon Boy’s ill-fated, non-existent flight to nowhere.  Never-the-less, while it is no longer worth a take, it did have a purdy enemy ninja.

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What is her deadly secret? Uhh, you do not want to see her without make-up...

Our takes on Winx Club remain top hitters.  The latest is season 4 part 1.  In honor of that popularity we could not pass up including a picture of Flora. If you do not know who Flora is, step back from the Street Fighter machine for a minute or give Naruto Shippuuden a rest for a half hour.

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Jerrica Benton…  How we would like to see your Jem & The Holograms storyline with your deceived but true boyfriend Rio resolved.  We have been waiting since 1988…, so it is overdue.

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At least Jerrica and Rio reaffirmed their love in this final season trip to Greece. Hmm Jerrica, do you dress native like this for every destination? We want to travel with you!

Ariel, the little mermaid’s mother was Queen Athena.  A lot of people seem to be searching for her online.  She was quite pretty as seen depicted here from The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning.

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Mom's everywhere, let Queen Athena be an inspiration to you to keep in shape.

Huntik: Secrets and Seekers is pleasantly surprising most who watch it – including us!  So enough with the sad face Huntik Star Sophie Casterwill, you made the cut for this Top Ten.

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Did all of Sophie's training include how to look good scuba diving? Ahh, we think it must have.

Zhalia from Huntik is not giving us a long face below, that is her usual stern expression.  But inside she had a soft heart.  Awww.

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Bonus Poll Picture:

There was a singer in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman who caught our eye.  She seemed to get a disproportionally large amount of close ups and screen time for a nameless background character.

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Is this supposed to resemble somebody in particular? If so comment who please.

Naruto Shippuden [2007] Season 1. 26 Episodes

This shot implies more action to come than actually came.

This shot implies more action to come than actually came.

I will say up front that I liked Naruto.  I enjoyed much of the pre-filler original series.  I want to still like Naruto.  However Shippuden seems to have lost its way a bit, or rather has yet to find its way.  26 episodes jam packed with 5 episodes worth of plot and another 5 of fighting.  The rest of the time?  Slow zooms, slow pans, pregnant pauses and establish shots.

Naruto is big business now and making it cheaply helps the profit margin.  The fan base will for the most part not turn away despite the drop in animation content, quality and I might add ninja spirit.  They stretch the content out so much that it has become like Dragon Ball Z with fights lasting half a season.  That is okay for DBZ which is built on such a format, but not for Naruto.

Not all the shots are this well drawn.  However these were no/low animation camera move shots.

Not all the shots are this well drawn. However these were no/low animation camera move shots.

Not for a world so rich in characters and lore.  Most of which you do not get to see in the long awaited return of these 26 episode.  It has been years since Naruto left his village to train.  Where are the characters now that he has returned?  What are they doing?  We get a few fleeting seconds to catch up with some popular couple characters and burn three episodes chasing a bad guy.  Literally running after him.  Not catching him, not fighting him.

At the pace of Shippuden, these two will not go on a date until season 17.  BTW Shikimaru, women can be "troublesome".

At the pace of Shippuden, these two will not go on a date until season 17. BTW Shikimaru, women can be “troublesome”.

Sometimes the few fights they have occur simultaneously.  They go on for so long you begin to lose the rhythm.  Participants fight, pose and have long inner monologues for episode after episode.  You leave every episode hanging and unsatisfied.  It would have been far more frustrating if if did not have the whole season at my disposal to watch.  Now I know why I did so.

d2c1Finally, the bad guys just seem uber powerful.  In the past great power has usually come at some sort of cost.  However right now Orochimaru and the bad guy group the Akatsuki are so powerful that they as a group could walk into any country and take it over.  The combined power of the Akatsuki seems staggering.  The good guys are one step behind and generally the losers the entire season.  That is a long time to be on the wrong end.

Television shows usually treat their fans to highs and lows, victories and defeats in the course of an episode or two.  The time line of Shippuden has been stretched so far that there is no longer any expectation of that.  Without that expectation viewers may not be disappointed, but the show is poorer for it.

Check out our martial combat related takes:

Naruto Shippuden [2007] Season 1

Naruto Shippuden Season 2

Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind [2009]

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li [2009]

Rurouni Kenshin [1996-1998] 95 Episodes

Transporter 3 [2008]