Tuesday Top Ten-Hottest Animated Crushes

 So lately I’ve been running out of ideas for the Tuesday Top Ten, for sale and I’ve been wanting to make them more than just book related. I’m trying to bring people in to make sure I’m not always writing about books. And the biggest fan of this particular segment is my dad, information pills easily. So I asked him for help and he gave me a really good one: cartoon crushes. Of course, store he had a stipulation and it had to be characters NOT in Disney movies.

I tried. I really did. And I failed miserably. So sorry, Dad, this is my Tuesday Top Ten of cartoon crushes, that includes Disney characters :)

I’ve always discovered…I have weird taste…

Seriously though, if you have Tuesday Top Ten ideas, please please PLEASE help me out :) Until then, enjoy my top ten!

10. Ash Ketchum from Pokemon

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I feel like this a little bit awkward because Ash Ketchum is supposed to be like ten years old but I’ve been obsessed with Pokemon since I was a kid so let’s just go with that. I always thought it would just be the coolest thing in the entire world to be able to have a Pokemon and go on adventures and all of that. I still watch the first season (I have them on DVD!) and love them. Its cheesy and ridiculous but I love it. I think my “crush” on Ash comes from wanting to be his traveling buddy. And maybe I could keep him from always getting rid of his Pokemon…and maybe even steal that cute little Pikachu!

9. Li Chang from Mulan

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Come on, is it any wonder that Mulan falls in love while pretending to be a guy and trying to save China? Shang is the tough, often shirtless captain of a team of hopeless soldiers and yet manages to whip them into shape. And yeah, he gets super pissed off when he finds out that Mulan is a woman, but he doesn’t kill her, like the law demands, and eventually he realizes, awww, he loves her too. That’s pretty badass, and let’s just say, Disney? Way to go with those shirtless scenes. Seriously. Way. To. Go.

8. Dimitri from Anastasia

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I know that I was not the only girl to totally fall head over heels for Dimitri in the movie Anastasia. Okay, first off, the name Dimitri just SCREAMS hot guy. Then he’s totally the boy who saved her life and then brought her home, and he does it for reward money but then realizes its actually her and can’t do it, and its too sweet for life. Then, as I got older, I realized John Cusack, the ridiculously adorable John Cusack did the voice for him and I fell even more in love with this animated hottie. Dimitri. I would runaway from a princess title too to be with that guy ;)

7. Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty

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I love that every time I bring up my crush on Prince Phillip, my boyfriend points out that he doesn’t talk for majority of the film. And hey, maybe that’s the appeal there. It would be nice to have a boyfriend who just swept you off your feet, danced with you in the woods, saved you from a crazy dragon lady and never said a word to argue with you. Works perfect for me. He has it all, the good looks, he’s a great dancer, fabulous fashion sense and he must be a good enough kisser to wake Aurora up from her sleep. I probably wouldn’t say no to a stranger that hot who came up to me and wanted to dance with me in the woods.

6. Twister Rodriguez from Rocket Power

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Okay, this one is weird and I completely acknowledge that. I blame this on my obsession with this show when I was a teenager. I think it was a hint at what my taste would be like in the future. I don’t like the popular boy, the one that always gets all the attention. I like the best friend, the goofy one. I like the one that maybe not everyone notices right off the bat, but then as time goes on, you realize that he’s the bets one of them all. Twister was kind of the joke character of the show but I loved him! He was goofy and hilarious and I loved that he hated to be called by his real name and I loved him WAY more than Otto Rocket. Way more. So yes, I know this is a weird one but don’t judge me haha.

5. Roger Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? 

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Okay, I know, I’m so weird! I LOVE Roger Rabbit. I love how ridiculous goofy and hilarious he is. So yeah, I totally have a crush on Roger Rabbit. So sue me. Me and Jessica Rabbit obviously have something in common, and she’s on every top animated girl crush list I saw out there so…ha! Okay, that was a ridiculous argument, but I adore Roger. He makes me laugh and he makes all these ridiculous mistakes but in the end, he ends up a hero and when I was a kid, I loved that. I also really loved the ride at Disneyland so voila, Roger Rabbit. Don’t judge me.

4. Batman from Batman the Animated Series

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Okay, nothing against Christian Bale, because seriously I think he is a SUPER hot Batman, but the hottest Batman there is is the Bruce Wayne of Batman: The Animated Series. I watched the hell out of this show as a kid (and have been wanting to watch it again lately) and I always had SUCH a crush on Batman. Maybe it was just the voice of Kevin Conroy, who also voiced him in the two Batman Arkham games, because I was just always super into Batman on this show. Plus he also always saves the day, and without any actual super powers and his Batmobile is the BEST.

3. Flynn Rider from Tangled

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I’m sorry Rapunzel but I just can’t call him Eugene Fitzherbert.  There is absolutely nothing sexy about the name Eugene. But come on, Flynn Ryder is SO hot. He is the bad boy gone good for LOVE. Its cheesy as hell but its amazing. He has an awesome sense of humor, is cocky as hell but is brave and adventurous and falls in love with Rapunzel and gives her the best 18th birthday a girl could ever want. Oh yeah, and he totally saves her life and she saves his life and its all super cheesy but its a Disney movie so we excuse it. But I love Flynn Ryder, and all the super attractive boys cosplay as him, and so that’s a win-win situation in my book.

2. Howl Pendragon from Howl’s Moving Castle

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Oh, Howl. Oh, Howl, Howl, Howl. You heartbreaker. He goes around, breaking hearts, stealing them but in the end, its a plain girl named Sophie who ends up stealing his. He’s magical with a fantastic taste in clothing and a bravery that comes out at the best moment. He’s selfish and vain and stubborn and spoiled but he’s real. He’s such a real character, and he’s kind of an emo boy and I’ve always kind of had a thing for emo boys, and when his hair turns black instead of blonde, I kind of found myself cheering a little bit. Then there’s the whole magical powers thing. You’ll win me over anytime with magical powers.

1. The Beast from Beauty and the Beast

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Honestly, there’s one huge reason why Beast (not Adam) gets the number one spot and that is because Belle is my favorite Disney princess, because I always felt the closest to her as a girl, and he gives her the best present a boy could ever give a girl. I’m serious, what a better present than giving her an ENTIRE LIBRARY!!!!! I would have fallen in love with this huge, monstrous bear, lion man if he gave me an entire room, stacked to the ceiling with BOOKS. Okay, and the Beast is also really cool too. He overcomes his anger and selfishness and all that, and becomes a better person and breaks his curse, but ends up being way more attractive as the Beast than he ends up being as Prince Adam. I’m just saying. Look at him in the spiffy blue and gold outfit he’s got on. Totally looks better as a Beast. And he gives her a LIBRARY! Enough said.

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I hope you all enjoyed this absolutely ridiculous edition of the Tuesday Top Ten :) I hope that you are able to check out some of the previous Top Tens here.

What are some of your animated crushes? share them in the comments!

Tuesday Top Ten-Favorite Romance Movies

Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope you all are having great weeks so far. I know that there are many of you gearing up for San Diego Comic Con this weekend (so jealous!) and I am so excited for you guys. My best friend is getting MARRIED this Friday, sale which is just too crazy to even believe, doctor and I am so excited! I am in the wedding too, doctor along with my boyfriend, so it should be a seriously fun time!

And since there is so much romance in the air this week, at least for me, I decided to make this week’s Tuesday Top Ten with a little bit of romance. That and my dad said he’s tired of all the book top tens haha!

So here it is: my ten personal favorite movies with the best romances in them!

10. Dirty Dancing

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Come on! “Nobody puts Baby in the Corner”! One of my absolute favorite lines EVER. Francis, also known as “Baby”, goes to a swanky little country club type resort, where she runs into the bad boy with a heart of gold, Johnny. When Johnny’s dancing partner is under the weather (an illegal abortion), Baby steps in to take her place and summer love ensues, despite the differences in social classes. Its so cheesy, and ridiculous and one of those movies that gets over played over the years but I can’t…I love the dancing and the silliness of Jennifer Grey and the sexiness of Patrick Swayze, and the whole story of it. I am addicted to those kind of movies with music and dancing, and this has both of them. You really don’t get better than that.

9. Pride and Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice is one of the BEST romantic books ever to exist in the history of literature so it would only make sense that it would be one of my favorite movies. I know most people would mention the Colin Firth adaptation of the movie, and while I definitely enjoy that one, I was thoroughly impressed by the Keira Knightley one. I have watched that one so much, I could probably quote it, and I really enjoyed that they quote the book quite often at times. I think Keira makes a really good Elizabeth Bennet and the guy who plays Mr. Darcy whose name escapes me at this time is so hot and believable as Mr. Darcy. The story of two people who absolutely loathe each other falling in love is just so addicting and you’re cheering and blushing and jumping up and down when they both finally realize and they have that moment where you just know they are going to live happily ever after. The character of Mr. Darcy is especially my favorite too because he accepts his attractive WAY before Lizzie and you just watch him struggle with it, and agh, its just so GOOD.

8. Titanic

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I don’t care what anyone says, I know this movie is cheesy and dramatic but it has been one of my favorite movies since I first saw it when I was 9 years old. One, I’ve always been ridiculously obsessed with the Titanic. I know, that’s kind of a morbid obsession to have but its true. I read every book, every article, watched movies and documentaries and all of that. I was obsessed with it. I wanted to write a novel set on the Titanic for a long time but I felt like I was just writing a rewrite of this movie. Granted I was thirteen when I was attempting this. I really wanted to try again but we’ll see. I do love the love story of the movie, rich and unattainable Rose, wanting to break out of her restrictive world, falling in love with the exciting but poor, Jack. You don’t get any cheesier than that. But I love the background of the Titanic and the history that they weaved into it. Of course, a lot of the history is exaggerated and embellished but still. I love this movie. I will watch it every time it comes on TV, even if it takes me five hours.

7. Sixteen Candles

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You know what I remember every time I think of this movie? I think of me and my parents getting in trouble because we watched this movie at my very first sleepover, when I was ten years old, and apparently it was rated R and yeah, my friends’ parents were all so pissed off. I don’t even know; apparently its Rated R because whats-her-face is naked in the beginning of the movie, in the locker room. Whatever. Anyway, this is the best teen movie ever made, and I loved that Jake Ryan (oh Jake Ryan) is totally smitten with dorky but super pretty Samantha Baker. The hilarity that ensues and the amount of actors in that movie that go on to do bigger things like Joan and John Cusack and Anthony Michael Hall, its just all great. I love that they are so many one-liners in that movie. I quoted this movie on a daily basis when I was about sixteen years old and it still remains one of my favorites :)

6. The Princess Bride

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The funniest, romantic movie that I have ever watched in my life. I watched this movie when I was a kid and it still remains a favorite. I finally got it on Blu-Ray this past Christmas (thanks dad!) and I’ve watched it so many times. This is actually, also, one of those few instances where I’ll say that the movie was better than book. I know, I know. The book WAS great, I’m not going to lie but this movie is just such a classic. I love the ridiculous fantasy element of it, and the hilarity of it, and all the actors that are in it. I like it because its a beautiful romance story but with the added awesome of humor, and action and all of that. Its a great movie for kids. Its got that fairy tale, the one we are all so familiar with because of Cinderella and Snow White or whatever, but with a twist. This is also a movie I tend to quote a ridiculous amount of times.

5. The Apartment

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I LOVE this movie. I watched this movie for the first time with Jon and it took us MONTHS to do it. We would always start watching it really late at night, and its a fairly long movie, and we’d always fall asleep. Not to say that its a boring movie, because it DEFINITELY is not. Its sweet, funny, and one of those romances that’s all about the build up. You don’t need overly sweet lines and over-the-top make out scenes to create a romance. The simple exchanges between John Lemmon as Baxter and Shirley MacClaine as Fran creates the brilliant romance between them, especially when Fran is staying in Baxter’s infamous apartment. The ridiculousness of all the managers taking their mistresses to Baxter’s apartment, and the way he really wins in the end, its so beautiful. Its such a classic and awesome movie. It won five Oscars for a reason, for many reasons. And Shirley MacClaine was such a beautiful woman, and a talented actress and John Lemmon was a comedic genius. Sigh.

4. Wall.E

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This is one of the most beautiful love stories that I have ever seen in a movie and its between two robots that barely say anything else besides their own names. Wall.E and EVE are ROBOTS for goodness sake, and yeah the movie is ultimately about the earth, and not abandoning it and taking care of it, and it does get a little preachy but I love that. But in between all that, is the beautiful love story of two robots, two very different robots who band together on a single mission and as this goes on, they fall in love. Its just such a beautiful thing. I think the simplicity of it is what makes me love it so much. And sure, the fact that its a movie my boyfriend and I both enjoy thoroughly does have something to do with it. We had been together…five months and he had come home from a tour with his band, and he was so incredibly tired, but he really wanted to see this movie with me. And we’ve seen every Pixar movie (excluding Cars 2) on the day its come out, as a tradition. So it sort of has an outside romantic connection as well.

3. Howl’s Moving Castle

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Before Howl’s Moving Castle, my experience with anime was very limited to basically Pokemon. My sister loved it, and I kind of scoffed at it. But for my sister’s 8th grade graduation, I believe, in 2005, I went with her and my mom to go see this movie in the theaters and I was blown away by this truly amazing movie. I basically went home and ate up all of the Studio Ghibli movies, which are all so fantastic. And my quiet love for anime grew from there. But Howl’s Moving Castle…its not just one of my favorite romance movies, or my favorite animated movies, its one of my favorite MOVIES, period, of all time. I love the fantasy aspect of it, with the moving castle and the wizards and different airships and all that. I love the simple romance of it, between Howl and Sophie, the build up of it, to the moment when they finally can admit it to each other and to themselves. Its such a beautiful story, and such a beautiful movie. Hayao Miyazaki makes amazing movies. When I first showed this to my boyfriend, I was so afraid of him not liking it but he loves it and it is another movie that I am so happy we get to enjoy together. Also Christian Bale as Howl? Josh Hutcherson as Markl? My nerd heart loves it.

2. Up

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I know, technically this is NOT a romance movie, since most of the movie is about the adventure that Carl and Russell have together to get the house to Paradise Falls. But I consider it in my top ten because this movie told one of the most beautiful, most heartwarming and heartbreaking love stories in a matter of minutes. The “Married Life” scene in the beginning of the movie, where you see Carl and Ellie meet for the first time, and become friends, and then marry and live their life together? I’m getting teary eyed just THINKING about it. Its exactly what a love story SHOULD be. Its exactly how a life with someone you love should be. It should be about this lasting love, a friendship that is strong, where you’re able to go on adventures, but also do simple things like clean the house and read together and still be so incredibly happy. Carl spends so much time in regret for not giving Ellie the adventures that she’s always wanted but in the end, her life with him was the best adventure she could have. How does that not make you tear up? That is just too beautiful for words and its the reason its one of my favorite movies, the reason that Jon and I have seen it so many times that we could quote it on a daily basis (and do!) and why its so high on this list.

1. Gone with the Wind

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I can’t even remember how old I was when I first watched this movie but it is such an important part of my childhood. My mom is a huge fan of the book and the movie, as well as her two sisters, and it was a huge part of my life. I first read the book when I was thirteen years old, all 1000+ pages, which was a hefty read for a girl that young. But I remember this movie, and continue to as one of the best love stories ever told because it is a love story that goes so terribly wrong, and gets so insanely messed up and isn’t that the truth? Scarlett O’Hara knows what she wants but what she wants is what is so precisely wrong for her. The man that was made for her, that will love her for her strengths and her flaws, for her attitude and her selfishness and her ambition and determination is Rhett Butler and she screws it up so badly. She makes all the wrong decisions and all the wrong moves and in the end, she is left alone, without the man she loves, because she has realized it way too late. She is heartbroken and you are heartbroken and you’re grabbing a pint of Cherry Garcia and you want to hand it through the television to Scarlett with a box of tissues while you yell at her, through your sobbing, for being so incredibly stupid and blind. It is also one of the most amazing movies ever made and remains the highest grossing movie of all time, when adjusted for inflation.

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I hope you all enjoyed this week’s edition of the Tuesday Top Ten and don’t forget to check out previous lists!

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I’d also like to say a HUGE congratulations to my best friend, Allison Holley, and her husband (on Friday!) Aaron Lane. I am so incredibly happy for you guys. Its been an up and down journey, a long journey but you guys have made it this far and you will continue to make it because you guys love each other, and you are best friends, and you have a wonderful relationship. I can’t wait to stand next to you two on Friday when you say your vows :) I love you guys!

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