Animation allows creators to make films that otherwise wouldn’t be possible if they were filmed as a live action. Anything goes in animation and if it’s done well, the end result is usually a great thing. As long as you have the resources, if you can think it then you can make it. Let’s have a look at my favourite animated movies with a shoutout to the animation studios as well:
10. Sausage Party (2016 Nitrogen Studios Canada) – Animated films don’t always have to be for kids and this film is the perfect example of when cartoons get crude.
9. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988 Pixar) – Combining both live action and animation, these cartoons look just as good as their real-life castmates … they look even better in Jessica Rabbit’s case!
8. Batman: The Killing Joke (2016 The Answer Studio) – There’re few films that play out just like the book *COUGH Harry Potter COUGH*, but this film’s exactly like the graphic novel of the same name, which is a fantastic thing.
7. Fantasia (1940 Walt Disney Animation Studios) – Very rarely does a film that’s 80 years old still hold up today, but ‘Fantasia’ epitomises the magic of Disney and is still influencing new animations to this day.
6. WALL·E (2008 Pixar Animation Studios) – The animation team is in for a long ride when their main character can only say names of 2 syllables at most. This didn’t stop Pixar from creating one of the most expressive characters ever. This is mastery of non-verbal communication.
5. Spirited Away (2001 Studio Ghibli) – No animation list is complete without a Studio Ghibli film. They create films that transcend language by building them on fantasy, magic and imagination which is really what animation is all about.
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993 Walt Disney Feature Animation) – If you don’t know how much effort goes into making a stop-motion movie then go and watch a ‘making of’ for this film. I’m convinced that manually stitching together thousands upon thousands of pictures to create a film this fluid is sorcery!
3. The Lego Movie (2014 Animal Logic) – This is an animation masterpiece! If you look closely, you can see scratches and fingerprints on the LEGO characters which goes a really long way into making this movie feel like it’s using genuine LEGO pieces.
2. Shrek (2001 Pacific Data Images (PDI)) – Imagine how crap Shrek would be if it was live-action. The mean, green, not-so-lean, meme machine can thank the animation team for the fantastical magic in his films.
- Coco (2017 Pixar Animation Studios)
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018 Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI))
- Wreck-It Ralph (2012 Walt Disney Animation Studios)
- My Neighbour Totoro (1988 Studio Ghibli)
- Gantz:O (2016 Digital Frontier)
And finally …
- Toy Story (1995 Pixar Animation Studios) – Before ‘Toy Story’, 3D animation looked so crappy! Nothing like this had ever been seen before and Pixar revolutionised how animation was done! This film still looks so good today and that’s why Pixar are one of the big dogs in this industry. ‘Toy Story’ was some good shit growing up and has gone on to make one of the most popular animated film series ever!
Let me know if we have the same favourite animated films or if there’re any obvious ones I missed.