AniMat (a.k.a Mat Brunet) is an internet reviewer on RVT who has several main shows, all focused on animation. The shows are:
- Animation Lookback: His flagship show, which takes an in-depth look at the history of various animation studios (such as Pixar) and animators (such as Don Bluth).
- AniMat's Reviews: A Video Review Show that looks at new theatrically-released animated films in a critical light by judging the story, animation, and characters (and, when necessary, the songs) separately.
- He also has AniMat's Classic Reviews, which is exactly like his normal reviews, except they're about older animated films not in theatres.
- He has also reviewed live-action films and other media that have to do with animation, such as the Epic Mickey games, Persistence of Vision, and Saving Mr. Banks. Here, he ditches the Story-Animation-Characters critique system and just talks about what works in them and what doesn't work, and he's on-camera frequently. note In 2015, he made an announcement that his fans can request him to review anything they want him to, as long as he's able to review them note and if a fan donates $100 or more on his Patreon.
- The Epic Mickey Files: A series that takes a look at the characters from the video game Epic Mickey, as well as its sequel and spinoff, and talks about their first appearances, the characters themselves, some of their later appearances, and their role in the game.
You can view his videos at the above links, as well as on his YouTube channel. He can also be found on his Twitter account, Patreon account (where fans can support his work), deviantART account, and the Animation Lookback Facebook page. He also used to have a Blip account, but it is now deleted due to Blip shutting down. A Recap of the episodes of his shows can be viewed here.
Here is a list of all the animated films Ani Mat has reviewed, both regular and Classic Reviews, along with non-animated films or other media that he's reviewed. Please note that this does not include any films or other media that he only reviewed via crossover, such as the Scary God Mother duology review with Hewy Toonmore or the live-action Smurfs review with Cartoon Palooza. Bolded denotes films that he's reviewed in his Classic Reviews. Italics denotes special reviews that were requested by fans via Patreon. Bolded Italics denotes films reviewed in Animat's Classic Reviews that were requested by fans via Patreon.
Disclaimer: While Ani Mat has not made a Top 5 (Or 4 in this case) Best and Worst Animated Films of 2010 list, you can tell where he would place them according to the numbers transitions in his 2011 list.
- Inside Outnote
- The Iron Giant
- Princess Mononoke
- The Road to El Dorado
- Toy Story 3note
- Waltz with Bashir
- Who Framed Roger Rabbitnote
- Yellow Submarinenote
- The Adventures of Prince Achmednote
- The Adventures of Tintinnote
- Animal Farm
- Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
- Big Hero 6note
- The Castle of Cagliostronote
- Chico & Rita
- Finding Dorynote
- Incredibles 2
- Isle of Dogs
- How to Train Your Dragon 2note
- The Hunchback of Notre Damenote
- Kubo and the Two Stringsnote
- Kung Fu Panda 2note
- The LEGO Batman Movienote
- Professor Layton and the Eternal Divanote
- The Rescuers Down Undernote
- The Secret of Kells
- The Secret World Of Arriettynote
- The Simpsons Movie
- Song of the Seanote
- South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
- The Thief and the Cobbler: Recobbled Cut
- Watership Down
- The Wind Risesnote
- Wreck-It Ralphnote
- An American Tailnote
- Arthur Christmasnote
- The Book of Lifenote
- A Bug's Life
- Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movienote
- Despicable Menote
- Despicable Me 2note
- Despicable Me 3note
- Fantastic Mr. Foxnote
- The Good Dinosaurnote
- Ice Age
- Kung Fu Panda 3note
- Legend Of The Guardians The Owls Of Gahoolenote
- The LEGO Movienote
- Mr. Bug Goes to Town
- The Peanuts Movienote
- The Pirates! Band Of Misfitsnote
- The Princess and the Frognote
- Puss in Bootsnote
- Rise of the Guardiansnote
- A Scanner Darklynote
- Shaun the Sheep Movienote
- The Spongebob Movie Sponge Out Of Waternote
- Surf's Up
- The Animatrix
- The BFG (1989 film)
- The Boxtrollsnote
- The Croodsnote
- Early Man
- FernGully: The Last Rainforest
- Gnomeo and Julietnote
- Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!
- How to Train Your Dragonnote
- Justice League: The New Frontiernote
- Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wantednote
- Mr. Peabody & Shermannote
- The Phantom Tollbooth
- Sausage Partynote
- The Secret Life of Petsnote
- Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seasnote
- Team America: World Police
- An American Tail: Fievel Goes Westnote
- The Angry Birds Movienote
- The Black Cauldron
- Cars 2note
- Cars 3note
- Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic
- DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
- The Flight of Dragonsnote
- Gay Purr-eenote
- The Lego Ninjago Movienote
- The Little Princenote
- Monsters Universitynote
- My Little Pony: Equestria Girlsnote
- My Little Pony: The Movie (2017)note
- Penguins of Madagascarnote
- Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure
- Rio 2note
- Rock & Rule
- Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
- Shrek Forever Afternote
- The Sword in the Stone
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters
- BIONICLE: Mask Of Light
- The Care Bears Movie
- Happy Feet Twonote
- Ice Age: Continental Driftnote
- Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie
- The King and I
- A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman
- Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch
- The Loraxnote
- Mars Needs Momsnote
- My Neighbor Totoronote
- Planes: Fire & Rescuenote
- Pokémon: The First Movie
- Quest for Camelot
- Titan A.E.
- Smurfs: The Lost Villagenote
- We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story
- The Wild
- Yo-kai Watch: The Movienote
- Alpha and Omeganote
- The Boss Babynote
- Chicken Littlenote
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
- Free Birdsnote
- Happily Ever After
- Hotel Transylvanianote
- Hotel Transylvania 2note
- Jetsons: The Movie
- Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Returnnote
- The Nut Jobnote
- The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Naturenote
- Ratchet & Clanknote
- Sherlock Gnomes
- The Starnote
- Surf's Up 2: WaveManianote
- Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical Worldnote
- Escape from Planet Earthnote
- Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
- Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evilnote
- Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
- Ice Age: Collision Coursenote
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- Strange Magicnote
- Walking with Dinosaursnote
- The Wild Lifenote
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2note
- The Emoji Movienote
- The Legend of the Titanicnote
- Norm of the Northnote
- Gravity Fallsnote
- Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
- The Jungle Book
- Saving Mr. Banks
- Small Townnote
- XxxHOLic (2006 anime series)note
- The Spectacular Spider-Mannote
- Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
- Muppets Most Wanted
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Talesnote
- Quaq Quaonote
- Bratz (2007 film)note
His videos provide examples of:
- Arch-Enemy: He refers to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs as this. Time will tell if Norm of the North, a film he considers worse than Cloudy, replaces it.
- Bad Dreams: At the end of his Nightmare Sequence during the “Top 10 Worst Films Based on a Cartoon” episode.
- Berserk Button:
- The Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs films, but especially the sequel in any sort of context (he likes the books though). Just watching it for a second in the animation montage at the Oscars made him go on a short rant, comparing the Academy acknowledging its existence to an American Heroes slideshow featuring Charles Manson.
- Environmental messages thrown in at the last minute, particularly in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and Jetsons: The Movie.
- Big "NO!": During his Nightmare Sequence in the “Top 10 Worst Films Based on a Cartoon” episode.
- The Cameo:
- “Hey guys, this is AniMat.”
- "Let's find out!"
- “See ya later, dudes!”
- “What the fridge!?”
- Caustic Critic: Averted. While AniMat isn't a professional film critic, and his reviews are, for all intents and purposes, an entertainment web series, he mostly gives a fair criticism for the works he reviews. He does get rant-y when it comes to reviewing a work he dislikes, though.
- Cliffhanger: Used at the end of his review of Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. The following review is the spinoff game Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion.
- Content Warnings: This is used prior the Number 1 Worst spot of the “Top 5 Best & Worst Animated Films of 2012” (Hotel Transylvania).Voice Over: Warning: The following animated film may cause blindness of rage and angry comments due to it being on the worst list at #1. It may contain arguments about the film that not everyone would want to hear. If you’d like to avoid this, please skip ahead to here (20:13). If not, then please listen and try to understand the reasons why it’s at #1 on the worst list. You have been warned.
- *Cough* Snark *Cough*: He considers Dracula from Hotel Transylvania to be a ripoff of Marlin from Finding Nemo because of the Overprotective Dad role, and another reason.AniMat: (coughs “dead wife”)
- Dork Age: What he feels Sony Pictures Animation is going through. He believes that after the first Cloudy film was released, they started going on a downward spiral (not counting the Aardman co-productions), fueled by poor corporate decisions and other matters. He claims in his review of Surf's Up that if they don't progress, then eventually they will be shut down. However, he has expressed positive interest in Smurfs: The Lost Village, praising the character designs revealed in a photo and the animation in the teaser trailer, considering it promising overall. Unfortunately, though, Mat thinks that it might not save the company since it, and The Star, are at high competition with other movies (Mainly, The Fate of the Furious and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, respectivelynote ). To make matters worse with The Star, it is mainly a Christian movie, so Mat feels that it most likely won't bring in a large audience. And to add extra salt to the wound, they made The Emoji Movie...Yeah...
- Double Standard:
- He has repeatedly taken a potshot against films that are primarily aimed at younger audiences because they tend to be lazily written to squeeze money out of the most gullible of all audiences. However, he made an exception to My Neighbor Totoro, which he doesn't personally enjoy very much, but appreciated the thought put into it, and even gave it two separate grades (as a kid's movie, and as a movie in general).
- He also did not seem to have any issue tearing Sony Pictures Animation apart for losing Lauren Faust as a director, while ignoring similar instances of this happening at other studios.
- Everyone Has Standards: His "it's fine to have disagreements over movies and television" viewpoint comes to an abrupt end when it comes to Where the Dead Go to Die.
- Evil Laugh: During his “exit” at the end of the “Top 10 Scariest Disney Moments” episode.
- Fanon Discontinuity:
- Zootopia review, he mentioned that Zootopia is Disney's first computer-animated feature that uses a world full of anthropomorphic animals. As he was saying this, an image of Chicken Little popped up from the corner, and AniMat quickly shoved it away, screaming, "NO! Shut up! That movie doesn't exist!" Averted later on though, as he does openly acknowledge Chicken Little both near the end of the Zootopia review, and in its own review. During his
- He's also implied to hold this sentiment toward Muppets from Space.
- Fatal Flaw: He states that the addition of non-stop voiceovers in the Walking with Dinosaurs movie completely destroys the experience.
- Four Point Scale: Averted. He has a ten-point scale and tends to distribute his rankings evenly. Anything below a five gets a Seal of Garbage, and he only tends to give one Seal of Approval (9+) per year.
- Only nine films have a perfect score, and only three of them did so in the year they were released as opposed to an AniMat classic.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.:
- In his Animation Lookback series on Pixar, he briefly turned into a sobbing wreck and needed a time off after realizing that Pixar made its first bad movie that is Cars 2.
- After watching Where the Dead Go to Die, his brain needed a CTRL-ALT-DEL.
- Also happened near the end of his Lets Watch of The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure.
- I Work Alone: Most of his videos are made only by himself.
- The Ken Burns Effect: Being a documentary series, Animation Lookback features a lot of this.
- The Mockbuster: He calls Turbo a full-on ripoff of Cars.
- Nice Guy: Most of the time. He has become more opinionated in recent years, though.
- Nightmare Sequence: In the “Top 10 Worst Films Based on a Cartoon” episode, Mr. Coat members bombard him with “announced” live-action film adaptations of cartoons.
- The One Thing I Don't Hate About You: He admits the only redeeming thing about Gribble in Mars Needs Moms is that he’s the only human character who actually looks like a human, as opposed to the others.
- Precision F-Strike: From his review of The Emoji Movie: "So with that said, f*** Sony, f*** emojis, and F*** THIS MOVIE!!!"
- Rage Quit: Animat Watches Bratz the Movie. Animat dropped a censored F* bomb and says that he is done with Bratz the Movie with only Twenty Minutes left of it's run-time.
- Also counts as (Screw this I'm Outta Here.)
- Running Gag: Whenever a film is overly cutesy and trying to pander to a very young demographic (i.e. A Troll in Central Park, The Care Bears Movie, and to a lesser extent Trolls), expect him to use the phrase "happy rainbow butterfly pony flowers."
- Shout-Out: Crossover links.
- Something Completely Different:
- He reviewed all of the Epic Mickey games, which include Epic Mickey, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, and Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion.
- He reviewed the live action films The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted, Saving Mr. Banks, Escape from Tomorrow, and Maleficent. The first two, because he's a huge Muppet fan, the third because it's about the making of a half-animated feature film and he's a huge Disney nut, the third because it's an independent film that looks at the "dark side" of Disney, and the fourth because it is a remake of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.
- His review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 was done in a vlog style, completely different from all his other reviews. This is because he was going into way more detail about why he hated this particular film (particularly when talking about the animation).
- He would later do the same with his review of Where the Dead Go to Die, but unlike the previous, he only did it since a lot of the movie is way too messed up and violent to be shown on any website.
- He has also reviewed Persistence of Vision, a documentary about The Thief and the Cobbler.
- So Okay, It's Average: These types of films usually receive the 5-6 score from him.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: He demonstrates in his review of The Legend of the Titanic how replacing the soundtrack can make Tentacles very threatening.
- Spiritual Successor: He considers Epic to be the spiritual successor to Rise of the Guardians.
- Standard Snippet: The end of reviews have one of five themes depending on how high a score the film got. The Seal of Approval worthy films get the celebration remix from Super Smash Bros. Melee Smashing... Live! Live Orchestra Music Track 5: Original Medley, films scoring an eight or seven get the orchestra "stage clear" theme from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), films scoring a six or five get the tense $500,000 question music and the "Final Answer" jingle from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, and almost all of the films that earn a Seal of Garbage play the Game Over music from Sonic the Hedgehog & 2 except for twos and ones, which get a snippet of the demonic climax part of the "King of Pride Rock" score from The Lion King (you won't hear this often; there are only six films that got this low a score; The Emoji Movie, Foodfight!, Norm of the North, The Legend of the Titanic, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, and Where the Dead Go to Die are those movies, and the last two don't have the "Pride Rock" excerpt in the review episode).
- Strictly Formula: Anytime something he's reviewing has this, he ends with "Rinse and repeat."
- Take That!:
AniMat: Look, Walking with Dinosaurs did it much more differently so that the animation plays a bigger role. How 'bout I say no and forget it so that both of our lives would be much more simpler.
- When he responds to a question on why he reviewed the CGI/live-action hybrid Walking with Dinosaurs movie and not The Smurfs 2.
AniMat: If you take away the "Fox" from Fox News, then you would get a channel that would report real news from credible journalists that would respect women.
- During the CN Real segment in Part 4 of his Animation Lookback on Cartoon Network, he gives a little jab at Fox News with this:
- Talking Poo: In his review of The Emoji Movie, he mocks Poop as being a possible mascot for Sony Pictures Animation: "A poorly-drawn animated piece of crap that spews jokes that no one would ever think is funny."
“See ya later, dudes!”