5 Must-Watch Animated Movies

Who doesn’t love a good animated movie? I sure do, even after being an adult for quite a few years now, I find myself going back to these movies.

1. Finding Nemo (2003)

One of the most iconic and most popular pop culture animated movies made by Disney came out in 2003. The movie quickly became both a critical hit and a fan favorite with an Academy Award for Best Animated movie Feature and becoming the highest grossing animated movie as of 2003.

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The plot is simple yet so elegant, the beauty of the movie is a mixture of the breathtaking underwater beauty and the perseverance of a father finding his son, putting family values ahead of his own life.

2. Toy Story (1995)

Another critical and financial hit by Disney which dates back to 1995. The movie was one of the most critically acclaimed animated movies of its time, sparking it into a very successful franchise.

The plot is one from the daydreams of most children around the globe. What if my Toys come alive? What will they do? Will they be jealous of each other with the question of which toy is the most loved?

3. The Lion King (1994)

Another classic from Disney, the tale of the Lion King is so iconic; it doesn’t seem to be 20 years old. The film received widespread praise for its music, story, and animation. It was also the second highest grossing movie of its time.

The Lion King is a must watch for children. If ever there was a dramatic, eye-watering, visual classic for the ‘good eventually defeating the bad’ then this is it.

4. Up (2009)

Another Pixar animation and Disney release, this movie is a bit different than the others on the list. It is as much for the adults as for the children with a perfect combination of adventure and showcase of values of a relationship. The movie was more of a critical hit than a financial juggernaut with critics praising the humor and heart of the movie.

It is a tale about love, hope, adventure, and promises. Carl Fredricksen, after losing his wife, sets out to fulfill what he promised to her, but in the way, he is peppered with surprises and obstacles. 

5. Inside Out (2015)

A modern-day gem of sorts, it might not be a classic yet but definitely is one of the best-animated movies of the last decade. The movie was a runaway hit with financial success and bagging awards like Golden Globe Award, Critic’s Choice Award, and an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

If ever there was an animated movie where the adults and children are watching the same film but are experiencing it differently, then this is it. Disney clearly knows how to make a film enjoyable for both adults and children, but here they make the adults go into their childhood, and while the children are left laughing at the adventures of Riley’s assistants; the parents are left teary-eyed with nostalgia and retrospect.

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