Not Your Typical Animated Movies
Paprika– 2006 Satoshi Kon
“When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients’ dreams is stolen, all Hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it.”
Paprika, is nuts. Like for real, it is straight-up bananas, but it is excellent.
Song of the Sea -2014 Tomm Moore
“Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the fairies and save the spirit world.”
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs- 2009, Phill Lord and Christopher Miller
Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door– 2001 Shin’ichirô Watanabe, Tensai Okamura
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse- 2018 Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey
“Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.”
There is no reason to not have watched Into The Spider-Verse by now, it is something quite special. It is inspiring, incredibly animated and the soundtrack is banging!
Coraline– 2009, Henrey Selick
“An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets”
Ever wanted to be terrified by a kids film? Then this is the film for you!
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm– 1993, Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm
“Batman is wrongly implicated in a series of murders of mob bosses actually done by a new vigilante assassin”
The Killing Joke- 2016, Sam Liu
“As Batman hunts for the escaped Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime attacks the Gordon family to prove a diabolical point mirroring his own fall into madness.”
In the Killing Joke, we get to see more of Joker and his origins, we see a flashback of Joker before he became what he is now. He was a struggling comedian tending to his pregnant wife Jeannie. The two had been in financial troubles for a while, and he was trying to find a way to support his growing family.
This is also the story of how Barbra became Oracle….
The Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox- 2013, Jay Olivia
“The Flash finds himself in a war-torn alternate timeline, where the Earth is ravaged by a war between Aquaman’s Atlantis and Wonder Woman’s Amazons and teams up with alternate versions of his fellow heroes to return home and restore the timeline.”
The Land Before Time– 1988, Don Bluth
“An orphaned brontosaurus named Littlefoot sets off in search of the legendary Great Valley. A land of lush vegetation where the dinosaurs can thrive and live in peace. Along the way he meets four other young dinosaurs, each one a different species, and they encounter several obstacles as they learn to work together in order to survive”
You ready to cry your heart out about dinosaurs?
Wolf Children– 2012, Mamoru Hosoda
“Hana is quiet and studious. She meets a beautiful young man and falls in love, but he hides a secret, he is a werewolf. They continue their relationship and suddenly, he dies in an accident while hunting for food for their children, Hana must find ways to raise their werewolf son and daughter whilst protecting them society”
You’ll cry whilst watching this too.
5 Centimetres per Second– 2007, Makoto Shinkai
“Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love.”
This has some of the most beautiful animations I have EVER seen.
Your Name– 2016, Makoto Shinkai
“Mitsuha is the daughter of the mayor of a small mountain town. She’s a straightforward high school girl who lives with her sister and her grandmother. She dreams of leaving the boring town and trying her luck in Tokyo. Taki is a high school boy in Tokyo aspires to become an architect or an artist. Every night he has a strange dream where he becomes…a high school girl in a small mountain town.”
This will also make you cry!
The Girl who Leapt Through Time– 2006, Mamoru Hosoda
“A high-school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own.”
The Iron Giant, 1999, Brad Bird
“A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy”
Imagine superman if he was a big confused robot. Also, you are going to cry again.
Prince of Egypt, 1998, Brenda Chapman and Steve Hickner
“Two brothers, Ramses II and Moses grow up in together as best friends. But soon they discover one is born of Royal Blood and one is an Orphan. The discovery inevitably sets them at odds, one as the ruler of Egypt and the other, the chosen leader of the people.”
I am SO glad Emma mentioned Prince of Egypt, it is one of my all-time favourite animated films. It is a feat of its time and features an incredible voice cast including Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes and Sandra Bullock!
How to Train Your Dragon, 2010, Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders
“A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.”
This is another film that if you don’t love you probably aren’t able to. It’s full of heart, charm, fighting for your beliefs, it reminds us it’s okay to go against the flow and stand up for what we believe in!
Anastasia– 1997, Don Bluth and Gary Goldman
“The last surviving child of the Russian Royal Family, Anastasia, joins two con men to reunite with her grandmother, the Dowager Empress. Whilst the undead, evil magic man Rasputin seeks her death”
Another stone-cold classic, with a great voice cast including Meg Ryan and Jon Cusak.
Road to El Dorado– 2000, Bibo Bergeron and Don Paul
“Two plucky con men find themselves on a ship destined for new lands, a daring escape lands them stranded on an Island that leads them to the fabled city of Gold. In order to survive they go along with the misgiving that they are Gods, they must keep their whits about them against dangerous foes”
This has a totally slamming soundtrack and is an all-round wonderful adventure. and, it blessed us with amazing gifs like this one.
Kubo and the Two Strings– 2016, Travis Knight
“A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armour worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.”
I can’t even begin to tell you how incredible Kubo is, you need to experience it for yourselves. Then go and watch how they made it and let the jealousy of the creative team’s genius wash over you.
The Triplets of Belleville– 2003, Sylvain Chomet
“When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters–an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire–to rescue him.”
One of the most critically acclaimed in this article with two Oscar nominations and Bafta nominations!
Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!– 2012, Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt
“Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London”
Also sometimes referred to as Pirates! Band of Misfits? Not sure what went on there..
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimerron- 2002, Kelly Asbury and Lorna Cook
“A wild stallion is captured by humans and slowly loses the will to resist training, yet, throughout his struggles for freedom, the stallion refuses to let go of the hope of one day returning home to his herd”
It is so much more than that description, it is a tale of struggling against bonds, freedom and love! It is amazing. You’ll probably cry.
There are so many incredible animated movies out there, go discover, then come back and tell us what you watched and if you loved it!
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