Animated movies have an extraordinary appeal of their own— from their charming protagonists and delightfully crafted storylines to the evil villains and the moral adages and learnings, everybody has a favorite animated movie that they love and cherish.
With loads of time on hand during the lockdown, browse through this compilation of the top 5 animated movies of all time to discover a flick for your next family movie night!
Studio Ghibli is known for making some of the most beautiful animated movies ever. Hayao Miyazaki’s wonderful 1988 film My Neighbour Totoro is considered an absolute classic for its storyline and graphics. It traces the meeting between two young girls in the countryside and a big, cuddly cat named Totoro, and the innocent facade of the movie holds a profound message of hope and optimism in the face of hardship.
2. Fantastic Mr. Fox
The director of Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson is a celebrated auteur in the world of movies, and his visual style based on symmetry and vivid colors is one-of-a-kind. The movie is based on Roald Dahl’s book for children of the same name and follows the story of Mr. Fox, a family man, who steals food from three wealthy but poorly-behaved farmers— Boggis, Bunce, and Bean, and then faces their retaliation. The movie is a must-watch for its intense wit and graphics and can be enjoyed by adults and children alike.
3. Toy Story 4
Disney’s Toy Story is a celebrated franchise of animated movies that first started in 1995. The fourth and latest installment of the series is probably the best of the lot— with the storyline seeing Woody trying to help Forky realize his importance in their owner, Bonnie’s life. It features a strong emotional aspect that can make even a grown-up cry (in a good way!) and the best part is that a sequel by Pixar has already been announced for June 16, 2023, so make sure to catch up already!
4. Disney’s Coco
The film Coco was inspired by the unique Mexican holiday- Day of the Dead. The movie follows the exploits of a young boy called Miguel who accidentally finds himself transported into the Land of the Dead and upon finding his great-great-grandfather, tries to reverse his family’s ban on music. The colorful animated film is a treat for people who like musicals and the title track Un Poco Loco is a number that will have your feet tapping!
5. The Lion King
The first Disney animated feature film based on a completely original story, The Lion King (1994) has enthralled generations of children and adults to no end. With its riveting story that explores loss, tragedy (the plot is influenced by Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Richard II, so go figure!), the birth and coming-of-age of Simba, goofiness, and all-in-all somber reflection on life, the movie was an instant classic. If you haven’t yet watched this masterpiece, this should definitely be your next pick for movie night!