It wasn’t long ago when the easiest way to calm down a wailing child was to switch on the cartoon channel. But animated movies or “cartoons” are no longer just certified for the kids. Every one of us has knowingly or unknowingly, at some point liked and cherished an animated feature. As the year which gave us some of the best sequels to animated features has just faded away, we decided to line up some of the best animated features to ever adorn the large screen.
Our top 10 choices are
: 1. Toy Story:
Pixar’s flawless animation riding on top of a compelling story line makes Toy Story our top pick. The feature tells the story of a group of toys who pretend to be lifeless in the presence of humans. Earning more than $361 million in revenues worldwide, Toy Story marked the breakthrough of computer generated animation into the mainstream.
2. The Lion King:
Simba’s story of rising from remorse and self penance to being the king of the fabled Pride Lands has captured many a Kids’ dreams. With a titillating musical score complimenting the story line, the film gathered two Academy awards and a Golden globe. The film is the highest hand drawn animation film of all times, Lion king has garnered more than $945 million worldwide.
Set in 2019, Akira tells the story of the confrontation between bikers Shotaro Kaneda and Tetsuo Shima and the struggle to save Neo Tokyo from total annihilation. Akira, brought together, several top production houses of the Japanese film industry and is considered a landmark in Japanese animation history. The film based on the original manga epic of the same name has moved on to become a cult movie.
Even after about 70 years, the Walt Disney Classic, is just as interesting and engrossing to the audience today. Narrating the story of, Pinocchio, a wooden puppet, brought to life by the Blue Fairy, the film takes the viewer through the puppets journey to become a real living boy. The film, tough initially unsuccessful at the box office, has risen to critical acclaim over the years.
Perhaps everyone in the world has heard of Sherk. Perhaps, just perhaps. But the fairy tale of the loveable ogre and his love for Princess Fiona has let DreamWorks Animation stand up to competition with Pixar. The film won the first ever Academy award for Best animated feature and was also nominated for 6 BAFTA awards.
6. Beauty and the Beast:
Based on the popular fairy tale love of the Prince who gets transformed into a beast and young woman he imprisons, Beauty and the Beast is everything a romantic could ask for. Again, from the Walt Disney repertoire, the film went on to becoming a major success, garnering more than $403 million in revenues. The film mopped up several awards including the Academy award for the best music and song.
7. Yellow Submarine:
Yellow Submarine is a musical animated feature based on the music of the Beatles. The film is based on the musical victory of the Beatles over the music hating Meanies who have taken over underwater music loving land of Pepperland. The Yellow submarine which transports the Beatles, forms the film’s title as well as the title song of the Soundtrack. The film has been gathered praise and awards alike including the Grammy for the best original score for a Motion Picture.
8. The Iron Giant:
Based on the novel, Iron Man, the film tells the story of a lonely kid, Hogarth and the aftermath of his friendship with a giant alien robot. Released by Warner Brothers Animation, the film captured the attention of viewers and the critics alike. The film has been nominated for several awards, went on to gather $103 million worldwide.
A simple story coupled with Pixar’s excellent animation, made Wall·E, make more than $531 million at the box office. The film tells the love story of two robots and the after effects it has on the human race. Wall·E won the Academy award as well as the golden globe for the best animated feature and was nominated for several others.
10. Snow white and the seven dwarfs:
Based on the classic fairy tale of Snow white and her association with seven dwarfs who save her life, this Disney Classic from 1937, is still one of the most liked animated features. The film has won critical acclaim and has won Disney an honorary Academy award. The feature has been unanimously noted as a path breaker in animated films by many film critics. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the list of the top animated films till date. With better technology aiding creative minds, the list hopefully will get updated soon.
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