If you are a fan of animated films, 2015 has been a great year with a plethora of wonderful films on the big screen and an enthralling audience.
It’s hard to believe 2015 is drawing to a close and we take a look back at some of the most defining films in this genre over the past twelve months and some of our favorites.
– Upside down
When it comes to 2015 animated films, no film has received more acclaim than Inside Out, which was the first of two Pixar films to hit the big screen this year.
Inside Out follows the emotions that live in the mind of a young girl. Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black and Mindy Kaling brought the joy, sadness, fear, anger and disgust to life, as the film saw Pete Docter back in the director’s chair.
Pixar has always been the master of making complex and emotional films and Inside Out continues this fantastic trend. From start to finish, Inside Out will keep you entertained and heart breaking – it truly is an incredibly emotional race.
I know the word classic is used a bit too often, but that’s exactly what Inside Out is. Kids will love the characters and the world Pixar has created while adults will really get the emotional weight of the film.
With every movie, Pixar seems to really go above and beyond and Inside Out is the best thing they’ve delivered yet. The film received critical acclaim when it hit the big screen and is the red favorite to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
Inside Out grossed $ 851.6 million at the global box office and is the third-highest Pixar film of all time behind Toy Story and Finding Nemo. It is also the second highest grossing animated film of 2015 – just behind Minions.
– Great hero 6
Disney is another studio that has been in great shape this year as Big Hero 6 marked its return – it is the 54th Disney animated feature and the first since the hugely successful Frozen.
And Big Hero 6 is another Disney gem because it’s an action packed movie but has a very strong emotional core that deals with the theme of loss and how we deal with it.
Bit Hero 6 saw Don Hall and Chris Williams in the director’s chair and it was the first time a Disney movie has featured Marvel Comics characters in one of their animation projects.
I know we’re used to seeing superhero movies on the big screen, but there’s something so fresh and new about Big Hero 6 that you can’t help but get carried away by the story. and the characters.
I grew up with Disney animated films and they always have a very special place in my heart – however, Big Hero 6 is one of their more recent films that I really enjoyed.
The film won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature earlier this year and grossed more than $ 657 million at the global box office by the end of its theatrical release. I hope we will see a sequel.
– Song of the sea
In 2009, director Tomm Moore caught everyone’s attention and wowed audiences with his directorial debut in Secret of the Kells and this year he returned with another gem.
Song of the Sea saw a traditional animated film return to the big screen and it was great to see the return of Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon – they really produced another stunning film.
Song of the Sea tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last seal child – who embark on a fantastic journey through a declining world of ancient legends and magic with the goal of returning home to the seaside. The film is inspired by the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live like seals in the sea but become humans on land.
To say that Song of the Sea is a mind-boggling movie would be a major understatement; Traditional animated film is a welcome breath of fresh air from any CGI movie we’ve seen in this genre in recent years.
This film is deeply rooted in myth and folklore and this traditional animation style fits the story and themes of the film so well. There is enchantment and magic in every frame of this movie and it really takes over you and takes you on a journey.
Song of the Sea followed in The Secret of the Kells’ footsteps and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature – losing to Big Hero 6.
– The Tale of Princess Kaguya
Song of the Sea wasn’t the only non-CGI animated film to hit the big screen this year as the fantastic Studio Ghibli returned with it. The tale of Princess Kaguya.
The Tale of Princess Kaguya was Studio Ghibli’s first film since The Wind Rises and saw Isao Takahata back in the director’s chair – he brought us films such as Pom Poko and Grave of the Fireflies during his director career.
Found inside a shiny bamboo stalk by an old bamboo cutter (Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a little girl quickly transforms into an exquisite young lady (Moretz). The mysterious young princess fascinates everyone who meets her – but in the end, she must face her fate, the punishment for her crime.
Studio Ghibli has really outdone itself this time around as the hand painted images will take your breath away – it truly is one of the most unique animated films of the year.
Studio Ghibli has a tradition of creating strong, interesting, and sometimes imperfect female protagonists, and The Tale of Princess Kagyupa is no different. However, there is a sadness for this central character as she is chained by the shackles of society and is not free to live her life as she sees fit. It’s a movie about the sadness and joy of human life – and the ending will truly break your heart.
The Tale of Princess Kaguya received critical acclaim upon its release and was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature by Big Hero 6.
– Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie
Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie is one of the 2015 animated films that I was most awaiting as I grew up with these wonderful characters as a kid.
The Peanuts movie is our first time seeing Snoopy, Charlie Brown and co on the big screen and it’s a wonderful and colorful way to step into the world of these classic characters.
For those who grew up with comics and animated TV series, The Peanuts Movie is wonderfully nostalgic while introducing these characters to a whole new generation.
Steve Martino is in the director’s chair for the film and has directed an animated film that truly captures the spirit and feel of Craig Schulz’s original creations. It’s a charming and warm film that delivers everything I expected.
Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie commemorates the 65th anniversary of comics and the 50th anniversary of the TV show A Charlie Brown Christmas and is truly a wonderful watch.
The film has gained critical acclaim since its release, and it could be in the Oscar race for Best Animated Feature when the nominations are announced early next year.
Other great animated films of this year include The good dinosaur, Minions, Home, and Hotel Transylvania 2.