8 Animated Movies Everyone Will Enjoy
I am VERY picky when it comes to movies and have some major criteria for me to think it’s worth my time. Being a fan of animation I have even higher standards which include:
- Good needs to triumph
- The characters must be complex (including the “bad guy”) and learn
- Everybody has to get what they deserve (including a just punishment that fits the crime)
- A moral should be there but not the driving force of the movie
- It should not talk down to any audience member (using the excuse “it’s for kids” does not mean it shouldn’t be interesting for adults)
- Actions must have consequences
So with that in mind, below are 8 animated movies which I consider top notch. Keep in mind these are only my opinion but you will be hard pressed to say they are bad!
Book of Life
From Guillermo Del Toro comes a film about destiny, family, and being true to yourself! Also lots of death! But surprisingly not once does it seem like death is a bad thing! Instead half the film takes place in the underworld and is all about the Day of the Dead and two gods making a bet and using three friends as the pieces. What follows is some awesome animation, hilarious story telling, uplifting messages, and great music. I’m not doing the film any justice in my description so just take my word and watch it.
The Little Prince
Based on the French book by the same name, this 2016 movie will make you cry like a baby. The story is an updated version with the aviator from the book recounting the tale to his young neighbour who is on the cusp of ‘growing up’, what follows is three stories- the past, the present, and what happens in the future to The Little Prince. It is also filled with beautiful imagery, wonderful morals, and a clever way to open a dialogue about death. I can’t wait to show this to my daughter when she gets a little older.
Kubo and the Two Strings
The story is a little predictable but the animation, voice cast, action and music make it something definitely worth watching. What secured this film as one of my favourites is the last act and confrontation with Grandfather Moon. The way he resolves it is the most clever an ingenious punishment I could ever think of while still ensuring everyone gets a happy ending. Then when you realise everything was done practically as stop motion it gives the film an even more impressive quality. Check it out!
Rise of the Guardians
Santa, the Easter Bunny, Sandman, Jack Frost and The Tooth Fairy fighting off the Boogie Man for the belief of the world’s children. Yes that does sound awesome! Where do I sign up!
What I loved about this movie (apart from the premise and characters) is how the end moral is about the power of belief and how belief can empower and defeat evil. That is an awesome message which I think more people should take to heart
Kung Fu Panda 2
The original Kung Fu Panda was pretty great (and you should totally watch first) but Kung Fu Panda 2 is by far the best in the trilogy. Po being awesome is enough reason to watch but the complexity of the villain played by Gary Oldman and the importance of finding inner peace is something you can sit your kids down and have an actual conversation about. Plus lots of kick ass fighting will keep everyone entertained.
Superheroes having a family, having midlife crisis, and coming to terms with the consequences of our actions. Pretty deep stuff for a “kids” movie! The Incredibles is fantastic as it shows how our actions both in the past an those choice we make for the future can have a huge impact on our lives. The villain was created by Mr Incredible’s actions. The children are being told not to be themselves to ‘fit in’ but are only able to survive when they are allowed to embrace who they are. The parents understand that family is more important than glory. It is a great movie and I await the sequel with anticipation.
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Another movie where the first one is great but the second one is even better. Through the whole movie it is about “We look after our own” and it is only through Hiccups and Toothless’s action that we learn that encompassing everyone and turning it into “We Protect Our Own” that they bring together.
Let’s take the concept of racism, sexism, inequality in the work force, prejudice and political corruption and give it cute animals. That sounds like it couldn’t work…yet it did! It works SO WELL! Zootopia is one of those films where the characters are hilarious, the animation is amazing, the story is captivating, and the message is vital! This movie is a great piece in which young children will be entertained, older children can discuss, and adults will love too for the complexity of it.
What animated movies are your favourites? Was there a movie that surprised you? Let us know in the comments below!