Kevin, that sounds like a positive direction. Skwirlinator, is it OK to rename this thread?
On this new topic... I think, for too long, people have just accepted that swords and sorcery or some sort of fairy tale elements automatically made a work part of the fantasy genre. But by that definition, wouldn't Zorro, The Wizard of Oz and Shrek all be examples of fantasy films???
I've usually placed something in Fantasy if a "Castle" was involved.
There will always be those stories that are "bi", either/both, but I think that's a good place to start, if one must categorize to understand and enjoy.
I enjoy animated fantasy because the cost of presenting a fantasy world/creatures, (time-money-space), is less, and an epic of anything/anywhere, can be told saving $millions & years with no sacrifice (as far as I'm concerned) to the caliber of it?
Both great movies that could arguably fall into different categories.
Big Trouble is one of my absolute favorite movies for a number of reasons. My wife does not exactly appreciate it and, when watching it, always gives me that "What the heck?!" look. Even after watching it dozens of times I still chuckle when he shoots the semi-automatic straight up and the falling pieces of stone knock him out. It's the little things in life that make me smile.