Top 10 Most Beautiful Animated Movies of All Time

Top 10 Most Beautiful Animated Movies of All Time

>>Speaker 1: On our last list, we showed you ten beautiful
films that were all live action. And you asked,
where are all the animated movies? Well, they’re right here. These are the top ten most beautiful
animated films of all time.>>[MUSIC]>>Speaker 1: Right from the top,
kicking us off at number ten, let’s shake things up and
get it out of the way, Disney animation. Maybe it’s because we’re rebels or
cinema snobs or big old hipsters, but we figure most of you watching
already know about Disney’s work. So we wanna set the bar there and
see how much higher we can get. But which one to set it with? Maybe it’s the modern graphic
stylings of 101 Dalmatians or the classic forest scapes of Bambi. The sharp medieval architecture
of Sleeping Beauty. The underrated 2D,
3D hybrid constellations and hieroglyphics of Treasure Planet or
The Prince of Egypt. The watercolor nature of Pocahontas. We could go on. Now we really wish we had a spot for
Fantasia or Fantasia 2000, films that focus more on sound and
sight than anything else, but they’re just barely edged out by
our number 10 spot, The Lion King.>>[MUSIC]
>>Speaker 1: From the opening shot to Mufasa’s celestial lecture,
the lion king astounds. And while you’d think that Disney threw
their best hands at the massive hit, the movie was mostly made by their B team. Disney’s hot shots threw their
cards in with Pocahontas, figuring that the Lion King
would be a massive flop, leaving the benchwarmers
to lead the charge. And see where it got them? On our list. And that’s, I mean, it’s not an Oscar. They also got a couple Oscars, but
still, it’s pretty impressive, right? Now animation isn’t all hand drawn. We wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we
didn’t consider some of the beautiful 3D animated films that have graced
our screens in the past 20 years. And much like our number 10, we think
the biggest players deserve some credit. But we don’t wanna pretend
they’re the end all be all. So if we’re talking big players in CGI,
there’s Disney Pixar and Dreamworks. And they’ve made some
pretty good looking stuff. Rattatouille is beautiful if only for
the food alone. The How to Train Your Dragon
series has some gorgeous aerials. We prefer number two. And Tangled serves up some
seriously some awesome eye candy. But for our number 9 pick,
we think Wall-E takes the cake. Wall-E.>>Speaker 2: Eve.
>>Speaker 1: There’s a reason the vast, bleak, post apocalyptic expanse of
Earth looks so incredible to the eye. Pixar producers brought in people like
Roger Deakins, yes, that Roger Deakins, to consult on the lighting. Per his recommendations,
the visual team took extra special care to emulate the imperfections of
filming through a physical camera. The depth of field, barrel distortions,
lens aberration and character that make cinema look,
well cinematic. It obviously worked because you put
images like this on our screens. [SOUND] So for animation, we’ve got traditionally shaded CGI and
of course stop motion. And for our number 8, we love the eerie
beauty of The Nightmare Before Christmas and handsome simplicity of Mary and Max. But our pick comes from Laika studios. And that could be Paranorman’s
3D printed beauty, or Coraline’s awe inspiring
stereoscopic innovation. But for our pick,
we actually the lesser known Boxtrolls.>>Speaker 2: Box trolls.>>Speaker 1: The film looks like
the stop motion version of the Cabinet of Doctor Caligari meets
Der Golum meets Gumby. The props and sets are expressionistic
instead of realistic, culminating in gorgeously conceived, disorienting frames
that practically suck you into them. 330 team members built
over 20 thousand props and shot over a period of 72
weeks to create this film. What we love most about animation and
why this list is so important, is that the artists create everything. There’s no photographing,
no gathering, no relying on nature. The entire world is
conceived from scratch. And it allows artist to try
something truly unique, like this. Now cinema stands on a foundation of
history and animation is no different. So for beautiful stop motion,
that might be the Tale of the Fox. And for CGI, that might be, well actually,
CGI doesn’t stand on the back of much history yet, but we’re kind of in
the middle of building it right now. And finally.
for 2D animation, it’s our number 7 pick,
The Adventures Of Prince Achmed. Filmed frame by frame with
cut out silhouettes much like Shadow Puppet Theater on camera, The Adventures of Prince Achmed is
the oldest surviving animation film ever. And for something so old,
you’d expect some rough, immature imagery. But it’s just the opposite. Some of the monochromatic tableaus
are astonishingly gorgeous. The detail of the silhouettes
is intricate and the backgrounds are lushly
tinted foreign landscapes. And for that,
it more than earns a spot on our list. [SOUND] Following up at number 6, believe it or not,
we’re giving it to the Lego Movie.>>Speaker 3: Awesome!>>Speaker 1: I know, I know,
call us crazy but hear us out. Sure we like Lord and Miller’s earlier
Cloudy with a Chance Meatballs and especially, its uber colorful
follow up Cloudy II. But animators put a ton of work into this
film to create a photorealistic take on Legos while still managing to
turn a tiny world into an epic one. They did this with dramatic yet
purposeful;y imperfect camera work. Moody, stylish, dynamic lighting and
heavy atmospheric effects from individual floating dust
moats to thick virtual smoke. A technique borrowed from Douglas Trumble
from 2001 slit scan fame, which helped to create depth by fogging out elements
as they got further from the camera. Combine that with some really awesome
staging, massive framing, and a pinch of nostalgia, and
you end up with a surprisingly gorgeous movie about tiny plastic anthropomorphized
spiky living room landmines. [SOUND] Next up at number 5,
we wanna honor some more animated flicks with less traditional art styles
than your typical Disney film. And for that, we ought to turn our eyes
away from American shores to see what kind of beautiful new imagery we can find. Over in Ireland, they’re making
picturesque storybook films with a traditional twist, like Song of
the Sea and The Secret of Kells. And in France, they’re painting
surreal tableaus with a witty eye for detail in films like The Illusionist and
The Triplets of Belleville. Or gentle watercolor intimacies
like in Ernest and Celestine. And we love looking at all those films. But our pick for
number 5 goes to the moody cutout war scenes from
Israel’s Waltz With Bashir.>>Speaker 4: They stand there,
barking, 26 dogs. And they tell my boxx Bertold. Give us boaz Rein, or
we’ll eat your customers. In 1 minute!>>Speaker 1: You could easily
mistake this one for rotoscope but it’s actually animated with
hand drawn objects in flash. Remember flash from
the internet circa 2005? Each image is cut up into
thousands of individual parts and animated separately in a unique
style invented by Yoni Goodman, the Animation Director of the film. And while the images themselves
may be hauntingly composed, their beauty stands in stark contrast to
the grim trauma of the subject matter, and they’re all the better for it. [SOUND]
Okay, you caught us. We said we were going to look abroad and
check out some fresh styles, and we skipped Japan. Our bad, we were saving it for
a later slot. So of course,
we wanna talk about Studio Ghibli, because we can hardly make an animation
list without mentioning it. And of course, the first director
that comes to mind is Miyazaki. Everybody loves Miyazaki. So don’t get mad at us when we tell you
that Spirited Away, The Wind Rises, Princess Mononoke, or any of his gorgeous
films, didn’t quite make our list. Don’t get us wrong,
his films are beautiful, but its a more than skin-deep kind of beauty. An inner, emotional kind of beauty. And here on this list,
we’re talking purely aeshetics, shallow Hal, hey baby,
what you doing kinda beauty. We don’t care if the movie is a really
great person to hang out with. We want bomb shells or nothing at all. But Miyazaki isn’t Ghibli’s only
director making beautiful anime. Let’s not forget the heart-wrenching
beauty of Grave of the Fireflies or our number 4 pick,
The Tale of Princess Kaguya.>>[MUSIC]>>Speaker 5: Once upon a time, long, long
ago now, there lived an old bamboo cutter. He would make his way into
the mountain forest and cut wild bamboo from which he
made all sorts of useful things.>>Speaker 1: Richly textured and
drawn with water color minimalism, Princess Kaguya’s simple
pastel composition reminds us of an updated take on
traditional Japanese painting. And for that, we love it. [SOUND]
Next up at #3, we’re not quite done with stop motion. And we almost gave this spot to 999, the Australian/Israeli slice of life that
finds beauty in a realistic puppet world. However, we think that there’s something
just a little bit better looking at Wes Anderson’s foray into far more
stylized puppets with Fantastic Mr. Fox.>>Speaker 6: I understand what you’re
saying and your comments are valuable. But I’m gonna ignore your advice.>>Speaker 1: Animated at
only 12 frames per second, the compositions themselves have all
the trappings of an Anderson classic. The color palette is distinct
the frames are plain ometric, the mini wardrobes are apoplectic. Hell Mr. Fox’s mini suit fabric,
actually came from Wes’s Tailor. With over 500 different puppets
at six different sizes, there’s something absolutely wonderful
about bringing a meticulous director’s vision to the animation world and giving him the unlimited ability
to bring his imagination to life. [NOISE] Closing in at number two,
we’ve room for one last CGI pick. And it doesn’t go to Rango, the Book
of Life, Oblivion Island, or Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart,
as much as we love them and they deserve the honorable
list of mentions. No, our number 2 pick goes to, and bear with us here, Legend of
the the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.>>Speaker 7: It was
the battle of the ice claws. The guardians were out numbered. Things looked dark. [SOUND] But then O’Kelle struck
down the leader of the evil owls.>>Speaker 7: [SOUND]
The Guardians were victorious. The owl kingdoms were free once more. And then they returned home,
to the Great Tree of Ga’Hoole.>>Speaker 1: Sure maybe that
sounds absolutely absurd. Who would guess that a silly 3D fantasy
film about battling owls that mostly no one saw would be one of the most
beautifully animated films of all time. But If you’re looking at your screen right
now instead of staring at your navel, you’ve probably realized that
your first inclination was wrong. This is another film that Roger Deakins,
or the Deak as we like to call him, consulted on. And sure he probably
played a pretty big part, as did director Zach Snyder who
had already proven himself as a visually oriented director
in the live action world. But we don’t wanna miss this opportunity
to talk about the production designer and the art director. In this case, Simon Whitely and
Grant Freckleton. These two creators developed the look
of the film before a single pixel was rendered by working with the director to
create hundreds and thousands of sketches, illustrations, paintings and
renderings that establish the look and the feel of the world, and
intended cinematography. With landscapes inspired by the
beautifully moonlit Tasmanian wilderness, incredibly detailed atmospheric effects,
from rain to fire, and dramatically rendered we think
they did a hell of a job. [SOUND] And finally,
for our number 1 spot, we wanna take one last round trip to
Japan for some more jaw dropping anime. There’s the hard edged pop
aesthetic of red line, the post apocalyptic cyber punk neon
of Akira, Metropolis, and Cowboy Bebop. And the odd ball eye
candy of Tekkonkinkreet. There’s even Satoshi Kon’s beautiful
works like Tokyo Godfathers and Paprika. And they’re all unbelievably wonderful. Seriously, each and every one of
them is beautiful in its own way. But the anime that makes
our jaws drop the widest is Makoto Shinkai’s Garden of Words.>>Speaker 9: When I was
little the sky was closer. So much closer.
That’s why I like the rain, as with it comes the smell of the sky.>>Speaker 1: It’s almost too
beautiful to believe it’s animated. It’s utterly cinematic in a way unlike
any other animations we’ve ever seen. Well, apart from Shinkai’s other work,
especially 5 Centimeters Per Second and The Children Who Chase Lost Voices. The beautiful atmospheric renderings,
macros, rain reflections, and lens flares are unparalleled. Shinkai mixes hand-drawn characters with
CGI elements with rotoscoped backgrounds to masterful effect. It’s hyper-real, lovingly detailed,
and beyond stunning, which is why it’s our pick for the most
beautiful animated movie of all time. So what do you think? Do you disagree with any of our choices? Did we leave out one of your
favorite animated films? Do you have any ideas for
future top ten lists? Let us know in the comments below,
and be sure to subscribe for more Cinefix movie lists.

David Anderson

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100 thoughts on “Top 10 Most Beautiful Animated Movies of All Time

  1. Hazel Nut says:


  2. Casey smith says:

    Legends of The Guardians You almost forget it is CGI animation that is how real the CGI animation is.

    Nice, Wall-E was amazing in how the movie got the whole real camera affect down pat. As well as how the garbage towers were correctly shown as they would have to be made in real life.

    I would have picked for traditional Disney art, the movie Lilo and Stitch. About a year before that movie came out Disney Studios said they were done making traditional non CGI movies if the movie Lilo and Stitch did not preform well. One of the previous movies that Disney did, Tarzan was so expensive to make as much money back on the project as the studio wanted. though The Lion King is a really good movie on its own terms so not super complaining.

  3. Norma Valencia García says:

    Amazing list, too bad "Isle of Dogs" by Wes Anderson wasn't out at that time. No doubt it is a masterpiece due to the meticulously created characters and the amazing work with the stop motion.

  4. NoEnya says:

    Where’s the thief and the cobbler?

  5. Writermist says:

    PRINCE OF EGYPT IS DREAMWORKS… NOT DISNEY!!! Now that that is out of the way…this was a great list. You really looked around for beautiful imagery. You included the adventures of prince Achmed. props to you. #2 is how lion king should have been made.

  6. L U says:

    Ahem, may I ask something….


  7. Evan Ragland says:

    REALLYY?? I am astonished "The Thief and the cobbler" was not even mentioned.

  8. Charanjeet Singh says:

    I wish you had put Spirit: The stallion of Cimmaron on this list.

  9. VITA kyo says:

    Final fantasy

  10. LeonidasBr says:


  11. Javier Liedtke Gabari says:

    Wait, Prince of Egypt is from dreamworks!!!

  12. Lucaria Gropius says:

    The prince of egypt is from dreamworks.

  13. Ike Reviews says:

    If httyd dosent make the list i will be mad

  14. JianTube says:

    I'm out,no shrek,no purpose in watching this video

  15. Thinking Wolf says:

    Prince of Egypt isn’t a Disney movie…

  16. yokai - san says:

    what movie is at 10:44 ? I don't know how to write out that pronunciation

  17. Shattared Entertainment says:

    Grave of the fireflies was robbed goddammit!!

  18. Camilo Rojas says:

    You have to change your number one for "Your Name" of Makoto Shinkai

  19. Diego Zevallos Carrillo says:

    Your name

  20. crv says:

    Ghost in the shell not even getting a nod whilst you wave your middle finger at the number 4 slot for sake of hipsterism…

  21. Noelle O'Brien says:

    That box trolls slot would 100% go to kubo and the two strings if this list were remade

  22. Noelle O'Brien says:

    Also it’s a shame into the spiderverse wasn’t out yet, that movie was incredible

  23. Leandro de Oliveira says:

    Kubo and the two strings

  24. mega dino 5000000 R says:

    In my opinion Lion king will always be the most beautiful movie

  25. Aerik Tirel says:

    Looking at this now I have to wonder if Laika’s “Kubo and the Two Strings” would end up being the pick over The Boxtrolls, and if Shinkai’s “Your Name” would take the number one spot given how absolutely stunning the animation in it was.

  26. S Brunning says:

    Me just sitting here waiting for Fantastic Mr Fox…
    When I saw it I was like "YES!!"

  27. Lais Chagas says:

    Yessssssss! Loved your choice for #1! Now I would chose Your name over The garden of words, it's wonderful!!!!

  28. Robert Elessar says:

    You don't even pronounce Kaguya correctly. Pathetic.

  29. Saumyadeep Bhaumik says:

    Where is Adventures of Tintin?

  30. bi3apaes says:

    I'm a bit bummed people are not talking about waltz with bashir. it's an absolutely must watch, as the topic is so sensible, and the animation style suits the narrative perfectly, as its about subjective memories on war. it's quite jarring.

  31. Halite G says:

    If only this video had come out last year. Then We might have Seen Loving Vincent on it

  32. Vincent Beatty says:

    it's sad that "The Thief and the Cobbler" didn't make this list.

  33. What Alien? says:

    I added a like even though I don’t agree with a single ranking 😂 lol but still you respect all the movies and made an effortto mention them. You forgot cartoons shows though :p

  34. Luca Schulz says:

    And Loving Vincent? No?

  35. Sedbazar Batbold says:

    Can someone please tell me the film's name at 5:25

  36. Thomas Kent says:

    My vote goes to "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"

  37. Tomek Roksela says:

    Before I saw #1 I was soooo ready to write an angry comment. Good on you guys!

  38. Señor Snipey says:

    I'm upset Princess Mononoke isn't on this list!

  39. Skrt says:

    Into the spiderverse needs to be in this

  40. Grace Bishoff says:

    1:32 thank you for your jokes. This is literally my favorite style of jokes

  41. Grace Bishoff says:


  42. Apple Juice says:

    I know that all of these are really good animated movies, but…

    wheres killer bean forever?

  43. I be a memey boi says:

    Cinefjx uploads video:
    Me: you screwed up
    Cinefix: Whaaaat?
    Comments: riot noises
    Cinefix: Oh

  44. Anela says:

    Honorable mention: Despereaux

  45. Anela says:

    Legend of the Guardians is visually one of the most stunning films I've ever seen in my life. I just love it.

  46. Chris Garner says:

    Props for putting the Legend of the Guardians so high. That movie is jaw-dropping. I think Tintin deserves a spot on this list.

  47. Marcos Vale says:

    How the HELL is “Your Name” not in this list??

  48. Maryam Yarandi says:

    I refuse I repeat REFUSE to believe Hayao Miyazaki is not on the list and I've seen all of these animations
    Ps:besides that it's a great list

  49. Mud Puddle says:

    I never expected someone to put Guardians of Ga’hoole! Finally someone gives some recognition. So much hate from the bookworms just because it isn’t faithful. As someone who read ALL of them, I don’t care, this movie is great.

  50. Rebecca Mathews says:

    Your Name by Makoto Shinkai is the most STUNNING animated film of all time and nothing can convince me otherwise

  51. XvX_K1R1T0_XvX_ Killme says:

    just watching the list
    Cinefix: we’re going back to japan
    Me: ooo an anime huh wonder which one
    Cinefix: the garden of worlds
    Me: ah haven’t watched that one yet
    sees first frame
    Me: holy shit

  52. Maxime M.Ste-Marie says:

    the top 2 should be the top 1 in my opinion… never heard of it but god damn, I had goosebumps

  53. Dakers11 says:

    I kinda Liked Ralph Bakshi's & Frank Frazetta's "Fire & Ice" circa 1983. Always felt inspired by Darkwolf.

  54. rtpoe says:

    Thank you for including "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" (1926).

  55. Sofia Braid says:

    Very interested in an updated list considering the absolutely stunning animated movies from the past four years

  56. Fam Fam says:

    Cant be serious !!

    They surely represent a variety of genres and styles, but half of them are not worth to mention.

  57. Mathias Aarbø says:

    What are the movies he listed from 10.45 to 10.50?

  58. Christopher Adam says:

    I imagine if this was made now "Your Name" would have to be mentioned!

  59. Nyroc says:

    i knew the guardians of ga'hoole where here! Not fully forgotten

  60. Yalkın ÇIRAK says:

    Number 4 isnt good

  61. Austral13 says:

    Thank you for posting The Adventures of Prince Achmed. I remember late at night flipping through channels and it was on (PBS or something like that). The story and visuals just pulled me in. Years later, I think about it but I never could find the name of the movie.

  62. Samuel S says:

    Umm loving Vincent

  63. Tyler Walton says:

    What about Richard Williams’ the Thief and the Cobbler? I know it never got finished, but come on. That movie is still a gold mined, animated masterpiece. All hand drawn and the longest time it took to be made as well. Give the man some credit, may Richard Williams Rest In Peace.

  64. T_less_httyd says:

    In 2019 How to Train Your Dragon 3 would have been up there

  65. K2 colour Lab says:

    Did u forgot adventures of tin tin movie by Spielberg,
    Iron giant,
    Corpse bride tim burton,
    loving vincent

  66. Elchinodiabolero says:

    Fuck no, The Lion King while beautiful is in no fucking way the best animation from disney

  67. Felix Wittek says:

    I guess Garden of Words has to be replaced by Your Name by now 😊

  68. Yannick says:


  69. Yannick says:

    I really hate how you didn't pick Shrek. Not only is the animation so impressive, like it was made in the present. But it also has a perfect story and a twist on all the fairytales. I also like how they have modern things like televisions and a Burger King in a medieval setting. Should atleast have been at #10

  70. Sudhanshu Sahoo says:

    Maybe its time to update the video and put "your name" on the list

  71. Somebody? Nobody says:

    Other films that should have officially been on this list (not just mentioned):
    – Loving Vincent
    – Kubo and the Two Strings
    – Spirited Away
    – HTTYD 1/2/3
    – Howl’s Moving Castle
    – and The Red Turtle

    (Really enjoyed this vid though, thanks. I realise some of these films were made after your list. Perhaps a part two then?)

  72. TheMaan2008 says:

    Add Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse now!!

  73. general phoenix says:

    Yeah well my top 10 amazing animated films i think are great is
    10:all dogs go to heaven 1&2
    9:atlantis the lost empire
    8:how to train your dragon trilogy
    7:oliver and company
    6:lady and the tramp 1&2
    4:flushed away
    3:my little pony the movie 2017
    2:the lego movie 1&2
    Honorable mentions:spongebob squarepants the movie trilogy spiderman into the spiderverse over the hedge the iron giant the prince of Egypt barefoot gen spirit 2002
    Why balto cause it was based off a true storie and it was the best 2d animated movie i have ever watched while growing up and had the best movie makers and stars for this movie

  74. Harper Hehir says:

    Too bad this list was made before Spiderverse and Coco.

  75. Luke Daniels says:

    While I cannot argue with your ten picks, I think that you dropped the ball by not even mentioning the lovely body of work by the Aardman Animations. Also I feel that Watership Down should have had a mention as well, the depiction of the various rabbits is sublime.

  76. Rosa Quadrelli says:

    No…. no mention for the Thief and the Cobbler…? Um, okay?

  77. sixstringsher says:

    There are so many great animated films to talk about… how about ghost in the shell, the hand drawn tokyo is absolutely mind blowing (And personally I think your number 1 pick is NO WHERE near as beautiful as Akira)
    Also there's a very old Chinese animation called Havoc in Heaven and it's just amaaaaaazing

  78. I don’t have a name says:

    But still, Miyazaki still should’ve been on the list.

  79. animarcus says:

    surprised The Secret of NIMH was not even mentioned.

  80. John Jones says:

    We need a part 2

  81. Kai Nightingale says:

    Make a top 10 best animated movie list, you know besides the animation, the story and characters. You can figure it out!

  82. Donald Scott says:

    What about – The Man Who planted Trees? The Snowman?

  83. Savage Freak says:

    Bro please help. A twin boys cartoon movie. One is king and other one poor. In the story they changer their posistion. Plz find the movie name bro. If any body know plz comment

  84. Kurt Serapio says:

    What's the movie at 5:26?

  85. Tesseract says:

    I am at an absolute loss about how you have not even considered Shrek for these awards.

  86. kabiraj bhatta says:

    you should add THE CROODS movie too

  87. Isabelle Gilleard says:


  88. cindy Smith says:

    You need to go a edit this again and fix your mistakes. No excuse when you are a cinema YouTube site.

  89. Julian Birch says:

    The Prince and the Cobbler should have gotten a mention. It's an amazingly gorgeous film.

  90. AZ DC says:

    This is a very long debate of opinion about best or top anime. But honestly you didn't really explore a lot of animated film.

    Edit: but I'm just a simple man if it's animated film I automatically like.

  91. Christian Goergen aka AstraOovier says:

    How dare you?! Putting Prince Ahmed on your list without mentioning Lotte Reiniger.

  92. Ting Chu says:

    I personally think that Isao’s films are so much more beautiful in its content and emotion expression than many of Miyazaki’s. Not all, but mostly.
    Isaac is too underated.

  93. devon mcgill says:

    No Ponyo or Chasing Vincent? Come on man.

  94. David Spencer says:

    I wish this was made today, so Spider-Verse would be on the list. That movie is one of the most beautiful things to his the screen in a while

  95. RemoXFisa says:

    Go Israel!

  96. Love God & Neighbor. says:

    Gulliver's Travels, 1939 I think. Maybe earlier…

    Snow White,
    Early Popeye cartoons, B&W,
    Speed Racer, Yusha Raideen, etc.,

  97. Awais Akhtar Bois says:

    My favourite animation is the one from Spider-Man into the spider verse. It literally looks like it was ripped from a comic book. Gorgeous!

  98. Gabriel Yong says:

    Weathering with you > the garden of words

  99. Brittany Diamond says:

    I'm so glad they clarified with "yes THAT Roger Deakins" because I just about broke my jaw when it hit the floor

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