To show you what I’ve been up to in the past week or so, I have added a few brackets– two new ones (both dealing with decades in music), as well as a filled-out version of my animation bracket. I’ve also learned how to post my brackets here as visuals, rather than adding them as attachments, or googledocs, so here goes.
This is a filled-out version of my animation bracket:
One of the things that made this one so difficult is the choices I had to make in some of the early rounds (which is my own fault, since I designed the thing!) Lion King vs Aladdin in the first round? Brutal! Up vs. Finding Nemo? Treacherous? I do like the organization here, though– it works: Traditional Disney animation facing off in the final round against other forms and companies, further divided by old-school Disney vs. new-school Disney, and non-Disney traditional animated vs. computer-generated. (I did, though, put the Pixar films in computer-generated, rather than the Disney categories.) It was tough– but ultimately, Aladdin prevailed despite having very tough challengers every single round. With one of the great songs (“A Whole New World”), and one of the great voice performances ever (Robin Williams’ manic take on the Genie), I feel comfortable making it my personal choice for the Greatest Animated Film of All Time.
Let’s move on to music, shall we? I designed a 1980s music bracket:
You might disagree with some of the choices here, and surely, I left out some great songs either by my own forgetfulness or due to lack of space. Most notably, the Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing,” one of the decade’s iconic songs, did not show up here. I also handicapped some of the big artists by giving them a second-tier hit as their entry. MJ gets “Thriller” rather than “Beat It”, Madonna gets “Like a Prayer” over “Like a Virgin”, the Police have “King of Pain” over any number of their hits. But in the end, I chose Hall & Oates with “Kiss on my List”, a #1 single from early on in the decade.
Finally, we revisit my 1990s childhood. Here, I divided the songs more rigorously between categories. I went with rap, rock & alternative, and somewhat badly-defined teen idol and top 40 categories.
If you adamantly disagree with my choices, perhaps you think you could do better. I’m attaching the 80s and 90s brackets as spreadsheets– fill them out, if you care to, and defend your choices.