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One of the most important ingredients that made our childhood so special and lovely was animation. They had their influence on to such an extent that we used to get transported into their worlds and most of us have even slept to dream of our favorite superheroes. And the most enchanting element is their piousness, that they still remain special to us as they were before. So, here are 20 animated movies that still constitute a major part of our memories and childhood:
With 98% Rotten Tomatoes, Inside Out is a very unique and out-of-the-box animation. When an eleven-year-old Riley shifts with her family to San Francisco, she and her five root emotions- Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness, try to cope with their new conditions. The theme is attractive and the core idea of emotions being portrayed as living beings are extremely intellectual. The movie beautifully portrays how situations affect our thoughts, motives, and feelings. Directed by Pete Docter, Inside Out undoubtedly falls under the category of most cleverly written films so far.
Being Pixar’s first film to be presented in Disney Digital 3-D, Up is the movie with a heart. It will make you cry every single time you watch it. The story revolves around an old widower, Carl who travels to his wife’s dream destination, “Paradise Falls”, in his flying house. The soundtrack and the score are as tormenting as the story is. Up was the first animated movie ever to open Cannes Festival in 2009. Directed by Pete Docter, Up is a heart-breaking story about true love, loneliness, and friendship.
Ranked no. 1 in “Best Movies of the Decade” by TIME in 2010, Wall-E is the story of a robot who is left on barren Earth for cleaning waste. The movie progresses as the robot falls in love with another robot and how they go on a journey that will decide the fate of mankind. Directed by Andrew Stanton, Wall-E has won a total of 47 awards so far! With 96% Rotten Tomatoes, Wall-E is the best movie not only in terms of animation but also in terms of its story and its ability to affect and provoke delicate human sentiments.
Big Hero 6
Following a devastating accident, Hiro Hamanda’s (a 14-year-old robotics prodigy) life is completely changed and he embarks on a dangerous mission to seek some answers and revenge. Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, Big Hero 6 became the highest-grossing animated movie of the year 2014. This movie has touched infinite hearts with its charm.
A Bug's Life
A Bug’s Life remains as one of the most favoured movies of all movieholics. It circles around the an inventor named Filk (an ant) who seems totally misfit to everyone, leads an army of ants against grasshoppers who steal their saved food every year. Directed by John Lasseter, A Bug’s Life is a cute tale with many hidden truths and serious issues of our lives.
Regarded as the Best Animated Film of 2017, Coco is a musical-fantasy movie directed by Lee Unkrich. The story revolves around a boy named Miguel who accidentally enters the land of the dead and meets his ancestors. He wants to follow his passion for music despite his family’s ban and therefore, decides to meet his great-great-grandfather, who was a great singer and lyricist of his era. Coco is a brilliant movie with some really great turn of events at its climax. Recipient of several accolades and awards, it is the 15th highest-grossing animated film so far.
Directed by Chris Wedge, Epic is movie based on children’s book “The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs” by Williams Joyce. The story centers the life of Mary Katherine, a teenager who does not believe in her dad’s tales of unseen people living in the woods. But when she gets magically transformed into one of them, her perscpective and ideologies regarding them begins to change. The plot gets exciting when she gets herself into saving the queen of those creatures from evil beings. Epic is a clever and intelligent movie. It boggles our mind regarding our own faiths and believes and pushes us to ask much bigger questions like ‘What is truth?’ or ‘What to believe and what not to?’.
Grave Of The Fireflies
Directed by Isao Takahata, Grave Of The Fireflies is a heart-breaking and soul-shattering story of a brother and his younger sister, who get separated from their parents after an American firebombing during World War II. The movie progresses to break down the viewers by the struggles and hardships faced by both of them in order to stay alive. This movie is true to life as it is based on a semi-autobiographical book of the same name by Akiyuki Nosaka. If you have not yet seen this movie, watch it today!
This musical/fantasy is no barbie-movie. It is one of the most inspiring movies ever made that gives one reason to follow his own heart and take the risk. Moana, daughter of the chief Tui, loves oceans more than anyone on her island. When the plants and fishes begin to die, she decides to follow her heart and go beyond the safe zones of the ocean to save her island. It is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker.
Finding Nemo is definitely one of the first five animated movies you must have seen. The movie reflects the journey of a clownfish in search of his son who gets abducted by humans while fishing in the Great Barrier Reef. Being one of the most popular movies of all time, it sheds light on a parent’s love for his child, especially from the father’s side. Directed by Andrew Stanton, Finding Nemo was voted one of the 100 greatest motion pictures since 2000.
Set in Paris, the movie is as brilliant as the title sounds. It focuses on the dreams of a rat, who aspires to become a chef one day, unaware of the fact that humans are going to find him gross and unhygienic. The movie highlights issues like self-doubt, pressure from society and following your inner voice. Directed by Brad Bird, Ratatouille is the best motivating animation so far. The message given by the movie can be best described by its own quote, “Not anyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can from anywhere.”
Directed by John Lasseter, Toy Story has been rated 100% Rotten Tomatoes! “Andy’s favourite toy, Woody, is worried that after Andy received his birthday gift, a new toy called Buzz Lightyear, his importance may get reduced.He thus hatches a plan to eliminate Buzz.” This movie has stolen millions of hearts and still runs at first in doing so. Toy Story, the entire series will never grow old, for it has introduced us to a bizarre yet lovely world of toys with their own emotions.
This sports comedy is directed by Dvaid Soren, and is considered to be much energetic and enthralling than any other sport’s animations ever made. The story focusses on Turbo, a speed-obsessed snail, who wants to become world’s greatest racer. Though discarded by other snails and made fun of, when Turbo gets into an accident which unsually provides him with magical speed, his story is to be completely rewritten.
“Forced to adopt a civilian identity and stick in a white-collar job, Mr. Incredible itches to get back into action. When he is lured into a trap by the evil Syndrome, his family contrives to save him.” Directed by Brad Bird, it was the first entirely animated film to win Hugo Award For Best Dramatic Presentation. The Incredibles takes you back to the times of superpowers, their rising to the occasion to save the entire human race.
Best Monster Movie Ever! The story is of two monsters- Sulley and Mike, who are employed at a factory in the monster-world which aims at generating power by scaring human-children. When during the procedure, a human child accidentally enters the monster world, Sulley and Mike must return the child for human children are considered to be toxic for them. Monsters, Inc. is so far the most exciting animation anyone could ever make. Directed by Pete Docter, it is followed by Monsters University, the story’s prequel.
Megamind is an amusing, comical, action movie which brings the superhero out of a villain. Directed by Tom McGrath, the story focusses on Megamind, a super-villain, who out of boredom creates a superhero who later on turns out to be evil. The plot is very interesting and with the added ingredients like humor and shock, Megamind becomes an amazing watch!
How To Train Your Dragon
With 99% Rotten Tomatoes, How To Train Your Dragon is a movie based on the book of the same name by British author Cressida Cowell. Directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, the movie highlights the story of Hiccup, a Viking, who must kill a dragon to prove his manhood and be accepted in his tribe. But he ends up doing the exact opposite when he meets and befriends with a deadly Night Fury. It is followed by two more interesting sequels which make the whole series much enchanting and thrilling.
Zootopia is a brilliant animation with a perfect combination of comedy, love, duty and mystery. Directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, it tells the story of Judy Hopps (a rabbit) and Nick Wilde (a fox) who team up to unravel the mystery of fourteen missing predators from Zootopia. As said before, it is as funny as lovely. This movie is a must-watch for everyone!
The Lion King
Directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, The Lion King is a musical animated film about Simba, a lion cub, who is forced to run away when his father Mufasa, the king is murdered. Years later, he returns in order to reclaim his lost throne. Even after 25 years of its initial release, it still remains as the highest-grossing animated film of all time. In fact, in 2016, the film was selected for preservation for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” in the United States National Film Registry.
The Secret Life Of Pets
A super-cute tale from the side of our pets and their world. Directed by Chris Renaud, The Secret Lives of Pets, as the title indicates, gives us a perscpective that of an animal. How they look at us, their owners and how our activites affect them. Max, a spoiled dog from love, gets jealous and disgusted when his owner gets another pet. Together, they get involved in an adventurous journey!