30 Great Animated Movies You Need To Watch
Before anything else, we want to make it clear that we don’t want to compose just another “best animation list”. We value the term “animation” as the same as live action movies, it’s not just some kids stuff, an adult can enjoy an animated movie just as much as a kid. Toy Story is a great animated movie, but it’s also a fantastic movie. As technology develops, animated movies can tell any story a live action movie tells, and its form is freer and more expressive.
When we look back at the history of animated movies, there are just so many great ones to choose from, the ideas are never exhausted in the making of animation. We try to make a balance between different periods, countries and forms, which makes the process even harder. Anyway, here’s the ultimate great animated movie list we make, let your imagination go wild!
30. Mary And Max
The Movie: Who says animation has to be based on action? Here, it’s a window into the inner lives of two lost souls – one Australian, one American – who become penpals.
Only in Animation: The ability to show how different personalities see the world in different ways. For Mary, it is sepia. For Max, things are black and white.
29. Yellow Submarine
The Movie: The Beatles had mastered just about every other medium: why not animation? A who’s who of 1960s animators helped invent the music video in the process.
Only in Animation: Look at any 1960s’ film about drugs. Then look at this. Which looks the most stoned?
28. How To Train Your Dragon
The Movie: Doing away with its usual reliance on A-list voice casting and pop-culture gags, Dreamworks Animation proved it could handle spectacle and story as well as Pixar.
Only in Animation: Soaring landscapes that – with the help of Coen Brothers’ cinematographer Roger Deakins – look better than the real thing.
27. The Triplets of Belleville
The Movie: Like director Sylvain Chomet’s later The Illusionist, this is a loving homage to Jacques Tati, full of elaborate sight-gags and a vividly retro look.
Only in Animation: The tender caricatures of the character design.
26. Wallace And Gromit In The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit
The Movie: After using Chicken Run to test the big-screen, Nick Park set his most beloved creations loose in an epic Ealing-meets-Hammer mash-up.
Only in Animation: The infinite layers of character in Gromit’s furrowed brow.
25. Fantastic Mr Fox
The Movie: No need for the quote-unquote “fantastic,” Wes Anderson’s triumphant translation of his hipster deadpan into stop-motion is the real deal.
Only in Animation: All of the critics who had accused Anderson of self-parody suddenly allow him to get away with it once he stops using live-action.