Animation has been a staple of the big screen for decades, but in recent years we’ve seen some real progress in the genre.
There are tons of animation studios fighting to be the best dog and producing fantastic movies with wonderful characters along the way.
We take a look at some of the animated films that have really stood out over the past decade.
– Toy Story 3 (2010)
It was 1995 when we were introduced to Woody, Buzz and the Gang for the first time, but the third installment was really the best.
Toy Story 3 is a top-notch animated film because it mixes comedy, adventure, and genuine emotion – not to mention the movie which looked fantastic.
This film delves into touching and timeless themes of growth, leaving childish things behind the loss of the innocent of youth – something all audiences can relate to.
There is heart and soul in every frame of the film, and you can’t help but get carried away by this timeless classic.
Toy Story 3 became the first animated film to gross over $ 1 billion at the global box office and won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
– Persepolis (2008)
In 2008, Marjane Satrapi adapts her own autobiographical novel to direct PersÃ©polis: it will be her first directorial feature.
Persepolis is a poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken Iranian girl who begins during the Islamic Revolution.
First of all, what strikes you about this movie is the simplicity of the animation. that there is a difference between the idea of ââfreedom and reality.
Persepolis is a coming-of-age story that touches on the idea of ââinnocence and how war took away that innocence and carefree existence.
But Persepolis also has a lot of focus on the feminist struggle in Iran and this contrasts beautifully with Marjane’s experiences in Europe.
Persepolis is a complex, beautiful, and intelligent story that is as powerful as it is entertaining.
– The Princess and the Frog (2010)
I’ve always been a huge fan of Disney movies, and The Princess and the Frog is one of my favorites.
It hit the big screen in 2010 and saw Disney revert to traditional animation and move away from the CGI format.
It might not be the CGI animation we’re used to, but the picture is beautiful, the images are bright and lush, and the characters are just jumping off the screen.
As you’d expect from Disney, the characters are larger than life and the soundtrack is fantastic – Randy Newman used the New Orleans jazz sound to good effect.
The Princess and the Frog is a film that has real magic, because it is both old-fashioned and modern at the same time.
This is just a lovely and wonderful hand drawn animated film that is Disney at its best.
– Waltz with Bashir (2008)
We’ve watched one political animated film before, and now we’re going to watch another one in the form of Waltz With Bashir.
The film was director Ari Folman’s first feature documentary. Using the film, Folman tries to remember the events of Israel’s invasion of Lebanon – where he was a young soldier.
Waltz with Bashir is truly a beautiful and moving film as Folman delves deep into his troubled past as he desperately tries to remember the events that have eluded him for two decades.
It’s hard to believe the war documentary and animation fit together, but the couple are lovely bedfellows and this film is one of the most extraordinary animated films you will ever see.
Waltz With Bashir is a personal war film that is as hard-hitting as it is visually stunning. It really is a very beautiful work of art.
– Up (2009)
We’ve had quite a few Pixar gems in recent years, and Up is just one of them.
With every movie, Pixar seems to be pushing the boundaries, and Up really is no exception. Unlike all the Pixar movies that came before it, Up was powerful and poignant because it was grounded in the real world and dealt with real issues.
And if the film can dive into adventure and see funny & fantastic characters arrive, it never loses sight of its adult concerns; aging and loneliness.
Up tackles old age and the loss of a partner is a truly touching way that’s more powerful than any humor in the movie – the opening sequence is so touching and utterly heartbreaking.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with Up, it’s bright and colorful, full of excitement and humor, yet brave enough to focus on the idea of ââold age, loneliness and loneliness. morality.
Up became the first animated film since Beauty and the Beast to be nominated for Best Picture. It went on to win the Oscar for best animated feature film.
– In Chihiro (2003)
Spirited Away was released in Japan in 2001, but as it didn’t hit UK cinema screens until 2003, it’s included in our list.
The film saw Hayao Miyazaki return to the director’s chair to deliver another fantastic animated film – this is the film that really opened Studio Ghibli to the rest of the world.
I am a huge fan of Studio Ghibli and Spirited Away is truly one of the best movies because it is both dazzling and enchanting.
Miyazaki is a king when it comes to animation and he created a complex and truly beautiful world.
The hand drawn animation is a breath of fresh air and the world they have created without the use of CGI is simply wonderful.
– The Corpse Bride (2005)
We have seen quite a few stop motion animated films come out on the big screen in recent years … Corpse Bride is one of the most successful projects.
The movie saw Tim Burton return to the director’s chair and that kind of movie.
If you haven’t seen this Tim Burton offer, you should definitely check it out, because it’s everything you expect from a Burton movie; dark, macabre as well as beautifully animated.
Burton fantastically contrasts the drab and austere world of the living, with the optimistic and bustling underworld; the underworld sequences are really a lot of fun.
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Emily Watson are all on board and they all offer wonderful vocal performances.
The film was then nominated for Best Animated Feature, but lost to Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
– Wall-E (2008)
Wall-E is another standout image of Pixar over the past decade, not to mention that it was their most ambitious project since Toy Story.
The fact that Wall-E is primarily a non-speaking character might have caused a few issues, but it’s a movie full of such a heart that words just aren’t necessary.
It’s not very often that the words âpost-apocalytic,â âexhilaratingâ and âdeliciousâ go hand in hand, but it’s just one of those movies that will captivate you from start to finish.
What’s also interesting about Wall-E is that it delivers a damning verdict on consumerism and highlights the issues of protecting the planet and obesity.
Wall-E is a movie gem and remains one of Pixar’s greatest accomplishments.
Other notable animated films include Howl’s Moving Castle, Brave, Tangled, Coraline, and Frankenweenie.