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20 Top Animation Movies You Should Watch Immediately

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Published on December 13th, 2019

Cartoons can bring a smile to your face at any point in time. Not only kids but even adults love to watch animation movies.

It also offers you a chance to snuggle with your children before they move on to better pastures. Here are the top 20 animation movies that you must watch today to bring back the love.

1. Frozen II (2019)

Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa’s powers in order to save their kingdom. The film opens with young Anna (voice of Hadley Gannaway) and Elsa (voice of Mattea Conforti) playing a game with Elsa’s snow creations in an enchanted forest of their own creation.

King Agnarr (voice of Alfred Molina) and Queen Iduna (voice of Evan Rachel Wood) enter, and Agnarr tells the girls he has seen an enchanted forest in real life. In his youth, he joined his father, King Runeard (voice of Jeremy Sisto), and other Arendellian soldiers to venture into the Enchanted Forest, where they came to know the four spirits of the forest – Earth, Fire, Water, and Air.

Suddenly, the forest’s inhabitants, the Northuldra, started attacking the Arendellians, and Agnarr lost his father before losing consciousness. He recalls being saved by a mysterious being. After he finishes his story, Iduna sings a lullaby to the girls (“All Is Found”).

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Review

Directors Jennifer Lee (who also wrote the screenplay) and Chris Buck, along with the obligatory army of talented Disney animators, deliver one brilliantly rendered set piece after another, from a harrowing battle of fire against ice in the forest to a scene in a raging sea in which Elsa is attacked by the aforementioned wild horse (who is made of water, stay with me now) but eventually tames the creature and rides it as if she’s the heroine in a Western.

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2. Klaus (2019)

When Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) distinguishes himself as the postal academy’s worst student, he is stationed on a frozen island above the Arctic Circle, where the feuding locals hardly exchange words let alone letters. Jesper is about to give up when he finds an ally in local teacher Alva (Rashida Jones) and discovers Klaus (Oscar® winner J.K. Simmons), a mysterious carpenter who lives alone in a cabin full of handmade toys.

These unlikely friendships return laughter to Smeerensburg, forging a new legacy of generous neighbors, magical lore and stockings hung by the chimney with care. An animated Christmas comedy directed by Despicable Me co-creator Sergio Pablos, KLAUS co-stars Rashida Jones, Jason Schwartzman, and JK Simmons.

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Review

There are things to admire and things to cast aside in this purposedly driven hybrid of US and European storytelling. A neurotic but also bored rich family’s son Jesper (a really pleasant Jason Schwartzman) needs to past the litmus test of cutting the umbilical cord from his rich family (think of Claudette Colbert in Capra’s film It Happened One Night and its many reincarnations).

He has to move from his Berkeley-style rich endeavors to the Arctic circle island of Smeerensburg (the Dutch Smeerenburg), an expressionistic-looking habitat of nasty citizens and fenced houses (kudos to production designers: Szymon Biernacki and Marcin Jakubowski.)

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3. The Lion King(2019)

The Lion King is a 2019 American musical film directed and produced by Jon Favreau, written by Jeff Nathanson, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a photorealistic computer-generated remake of Disney’s traditionally animated 1994 film of the same name. Disney’s The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau, journeys to the African savanna, where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny.

But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy, and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon. Disney’s The Lion King utilizes pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way.

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Review

The movie is adequate, that’s not good enough for this live-action though. Lion King is a masterpiece story that has been celebrated for years for its emotional and timeless value.

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4. Playmobil: The Movie (2019)

When her younger brother Charlie unexpectedly disappears into the magical, animated universe of PLAYMOBIL®, unprepared Marla must go on a quest of a lifetime to bring him home. As she sets off on a fantastic journey across stunning new worlds, Marla teams up with some unlikely and heroic new friends – the smooth-talking food truck driver Del, the dashing and charismatic secret agent Rex Dasher, a wholehearted misfit robot, an extravagant fairy-godmother and many more. Through their vibrant adventure, Marla and Charlie realize that no matter how life plays out, you can achieve anything when you believe in yourself.

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Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy) discovers that Charlie has run away. She uses his cell phone’s tracking device to find him at a not-yet-open toy fair with a massive display of Playmobil toys including a castle, pirate and Viking ships, and a Roman Coliseum-style amphitheater set up for gladiator battles.

There is also a lighthouse with a magical ray of light that transports them into the world of the toys. Marla is a Playmobil version of herself, but Charlie transforms from a child into a burly Viking with a beard.

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5. Toy Story 4 (2019)

Toy Story 4 is a 2019 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky.

The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody’s slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they’re worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.

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Review

What really makes Toy Story 4 special is its strong emotional fabric woven into a riveting narrative. Dialogues are laced with high emotional impact and are delivered effectively in familiar voices. More newcomers like the Canadian biker stuntman Duke Caboom (Keanu Reeves) and the doll named Gabby Gabby {Christina Hendricks) add a whole new twist to the tale.

While Gabby’s character develops in an intriguing manner, Caboom adds to the action-adventure despite an equally poignant past. But the hero of the film is clearly Woody, who always plays it right and tugs at your heartstrings.

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6. The Polar Express (2004)

Directed by Robert Zemeckis and based on children’s author Chris Van Allsburg’s modern holiday classic of the same name, The Polar Express revolves around Billy (Hayden McFarland), who longs to believe in Santa Claus but finds it quite difficult to do so, what with his family’s dogged insistence that all of it, from the North Pole to the elves, to the man himself, is all just a myth.

This all changes, however, on Christmas Eve, when a mysterious train visits Billy in the middle of the night, promising to take him and a group of other lucky children to the North Pole for a visit with Santa. The train’s conductor (Tom Hanks) along with the other passengers helps turn Billy’s crisis in faith into a journey of self-discovery. A long-time fan of Van Allsburg’s book, Hanks also helped produce the film.

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Review

It soared. Completely. What makes the film such a success is not so much even the story itself, but an execution which somehow manages to inject every frame of the film with a feeling of childlike wonder and exuberance. In addition, there are so many clever touches and details added throughout that a feeling of mystery and excitement just fills the viewer.

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7. Spies In Disguise (2019)

Spies in Disguise is a 2019 American computer-animated spy comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair.

Walter is…not. But when events take an unexpected turn, this unlikely duo is forced to team up for the ultimate mission that will require an almost impossible disguise – transforming Lance into the brave, fierce, majestic…pigeon. Walter and Lance suddenly have to work as a team, or the whole world is in peril.

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Review

Parents need to know that Spies in Disguise is an animated comedy about a super spy who gets turned into a pigeon. Suave, sophisticated Lance Sterling (voiced by Will Smith) is the world’s greatest secret agent. He’s assisted by Walter Beckett (Tom Holland), a nerdy, socially awkward scientist who creates the high-tech spy gadgets Lance uses on his missions.

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8. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

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Review

Fresh, funny and frequently bonkers, Into The Spider-Verse is an astonishing shot of cinematic superhero adrenaline. For such an over-familiar character, somehow, this feels original and entirely new.

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9. Moana (I) (2016)

Moana is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical adventure film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder.

Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity.

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Review

Moana is the strong-willed daughter of the chief of a Polynesian tribe, who is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess. When a blight strikes her island, Moana sets sail in search of Maui, a legendary demigod, in hopes to save her people and to listen to her true calling.

The film has successfully entwined the rich culture of the Polynesian tribe with the courage of a young girl giving an inspiring experience to the audience.

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10. Coco (I) (2017)

Coco is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated fantasy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on an original idea by Lee Unkrich, it is directed by him and co-directed by Adrian Molina.COCO follows Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez), a young Mexican boy born into a family of zapateros (shoemakers).

For generations, the family has imposed a ban on playing or listening to music because, decades earlier, Miguel’s great-great-grandfather left his great-great-grandmother Imelda and their young daughter, Coco, to become a musician. But Miguel secretly plays the guitar and yearns to become a famous musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), the long-dead singer/actor from Miguel’s hometown. On the Day of the Dead, Miguel fights with his family, steals de la Cruz’s guitar from a crypt, and somehow gets transported to the Land of the Dead.

There, Miguel meets up with his deceased relatives and learns he can only return to the world of the living with a dead ancestor’s blessing. Because Mama Imelda (Alanna Ubach) inserts a no-music clause into her blessing, Miguel flees her and the rest of his skeletal relatives in search of de la Cruz, whom he believes to be his great-great-grandfather. Instead, Miguel teams up with Hector (Gael García Bernal), a scheming skeleton who claims to know de la Cruz, on his journey to find the dead idol and earn his blessing, musician to musician.

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Review

Colorful, beautifully animated, and culturally sensitive, Coco is an affecting, multilayered coming-of-age drama. Miguel just wants to make music, even though it’s forbidden to him because his family believes that music cursed them. Gonzalez, a tween who performs Mariachi music, is an ideal pick to voice the movie’s main character.

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11. Tangled (2010)

When the kingdom’s most wanted-and most charming-bandit Flynn Rider hides out in a mysterious tower, he’s taken hostage by Rapunzel, a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair.

Flynn’s curious captor, who’s looking for her ticket out of the tower where she’s been locked away for years, strikes a deal with the handsome thief and the unlikely duo sets off on an action-packed escapade, complete with a super-cop horse, an over-protective chameleon and a gruff gang of pub thugs.

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Review

Rapunzel’s 70-feet long golden braid isn’t the only magical element in this vibrant animation feature that retells the happily-ever-after fable. There is Flynn Rider’s dashing machismo, Mother Gothel’s delightful evil and Rapunzel’s feisty teen spirit to give you all your money’s worth.

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12. Zootopia (2016)

An ambitious bunny rabbit named Judy Hopps (Goodwin), a resident of Bunnyburrow dreams about becoming a police officer in Zootopia – a city populated by a plethora of anthropomorphous animals.

Her happy-go-lucky but protective parents Bonnie (Hunt) and Stu (Lake) sweetly try to convince their daughter otherwise. But nothing will come in the way of Hopps’ dreams.

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Review

The genius of the film lies in its combination of traditional Disney characters and situations with a very subversive storytelling style. This is a movie that kids will relish but that will also induce a sense of wonder in many adults at just how barbed its storytelling style often becomes.

Few live-action dramas have scripts as sharp and satirical as this. The film, directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, has a small army of writers. That is often a sign of production in trouble. Zootropolis, however, knows exactly where it is going.

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13. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), along with his Night Fury alpha dragon Toothless, have created a safe haven for rescued dragons. This leads to overpopulation in Berk, so all its inhabitants need to find a bigger and safer place to live. Meanwhile, Toothless is instantly enamored by the discovery of a female Light Fury which could complicate Hiccup’s search for the mythical ‘Hidden World’.With two strong entries prior to it, ‘The Hidden World’ could have easily suffered from the ‘trilogy curse’ by botching up its finale.

Fortunately, that’s not the case. From the first few frames, it becomes evident that DreamWorks Animation has pushed the envelope with graphics that are astounding. The beautifully rendered vistas and fluid close-quarter action work seamlessly with each other, making the film an immensely gratifying experience in 3D. But the visuals wouldn’t be complete without a compelling storyline.

Writer-director Dean DeBlois displays his in-depth understanding of this world and its characters in his third outing at the helm. He takes the tale of Hiccup, Toothless, and their friends to its natural progression, while still managing to keep the storyline fresh, if not entirely unpredictable. It also helps that the voice cast is now extremely comfortable with their characters.

This shows in some of the filler humor that could be awkward in other circumstances, especially with Valka (Cate Blanchett), but ends up being amusing enough. America Ferrera as Astrid, Jonah Hill as Snoutlout, Kristen Wiig as Ruffnut, and Craig Fergusson as Gobber – all get their moments to shine, though it’s only natural that Jay Baruchel stands out as Hiccup.

The weakest character comes in the form of the villain Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham), who is yet another dragon trapper with a bone to pick. Nevertheless, the character arcs of Hiccup, and his search for the Hidden World combined with Toothless, who comes into his own as the alpha dragon, drive a strong emotional connect that pays off in the end.

This saga began with their relationship, so it’s only fitting that it should conclude with them. ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ is a visually stunning and emotionally satisfying conclusion to a surprisingly well-rounded ‘Vikings & Dragons’ trilogy that will appeal to various age groups for different reasons.

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As Hiccup fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless’ discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the Night Fury away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup’s reign as village chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind.

The visuals are stunning with a well-performing cast, a goosebump-inducing musical score with touching yet satisfying final act that lives up to expectations in every way. With the relationship between Hiccup & Toothless being the main focus of the saga, this film takes it to new heights and makes it the emotional drive of the story.

The animation is incredibly attentive and much more realistic; it shows how far DreamWorks has come since the franchise began back in 2010.It contains numerous homages to the first film that will make all viewers laugh and cry alike. Overall, a very pleasing and emotionally affecting end to the saga with a strong emotional message about friendship

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14. The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019)

Red, Chuck, Bomb and the rest of their feathered friends are surprised when a green pig suggests that they put aside their differences and unite to fight a common threat. Aggressive birds from an island covered in ice are planning to use an elaborate weapon to destroy the fowl and swine way of life.

After picking their best and brightest, the birds and pigs come up with a scheme to infiltrate the island, deactivate the device and return to their respective paradises intact.

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Review

Despite a predictable plot The Angry Birds Movie 2 is great fun. Jason Sudeikis, Danny McBride, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, and Sterling K. Brown give great performances. The animation is really good, it’s fast-paced and consistently really funny. The music is also surprisingly great.

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15. Arthur Christmas (2011)

Arthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before-seen answer to every child’s question: ‘So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?’ The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole.

But at the center of the film is a story about a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns. Christmas Eve, 23:00 hours. A team of elf commandos targets a town. They enter a house through windows, the catflap and – yes – the chimney.

They drop the presents, chomp the mince pies and are gone. Christmas has been militarised. In Aardman’s second CG feature, bumbling Santa Claus (Jim Broadbent) is a figurehead, while his eldest son, Steve (Hugh Laurie) – an espresso-slurping technocrat with a goatee in the shape of a fir tree – has taken the reins.

Only the youngest Claus, Arthur, really cares about a merry Christmas, and when a present goes astray it’s Arthur who makes it his mission to deliver it. The superb script comes wrapped in layers of meaning – inter-family strife, complacency and competitiveness – and underneath the Pixarish packaging it’s just plain fun. A joyful, simple Christmas movie with a heartfelt message.

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Review

This is one of those special family movies that’s equally entertaining for adults and children. Aardman — the English studio responsible for Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run, and Flushed Away — returns to the big screen with another winning animated comedy in Arthur Christmas that combines brilliant visuals, a well-developed story, and clever humor that’s sophisticated but not completely aimed at parents.

McAvoy is adorable as the voice of Arthur, who’s so genuinely giving and caught up in his father’s magical gift-giving that he’s willing to risk everything to make sure one little girl doesn’t wake up Christmas morning and think Santa doesn’t care about her.

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16. Weathering With You (2019)

In the summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day as if to suggest his future.

He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky.

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Review

This movie is still great. Smooth animation with great art direction, relatable characters, and even some fun parts too. The plot still runs smoothly and has a nice flow to it. But when it comes to comparing to Kimi No Na Wa, director Shinkai’s last movie… This movie doesn’t quite add up to the qualities that Kimi has.

The plot is less complex compared to Kimi because it only happens in one timeline. The emotional impact is also felt less. The story still has a hidden message about extreme weather, but I still can’t spoil too much, so here’s the conclusion: Just don’t expect you are watching another Kimi No Na Wa movie.

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17. Toy Story (1995)

TOY STORY follows the adventures of the boys who belong to a boy named Andy. His favorite is a sheriff from the Old West named Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), who acts as the leader of the rest of Andy’s toys — including a skittish Tyrannosaurus Rex (Wallace Shawn) and Mr.

Potato Head (Don Rickles). All is going well until Andy gets a very special birthday present: a toy spaceman named Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen). Woody gets jealous, and, in an effort to keep Andy from taking Buzz with him on an excursion, accidentally knocks Buzz out the window.

Feeling very bad about what he’s done, Woody follows, determined to bring Buzz back home to Andy before the family moves to its new house.

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Review

“Toy Story” doesn’t have the warmth or the music of those pictures, but it sparkles with fresh ideas, including, of course, its computer-based look. The hard edge of computer drawing has been given surprising depth and detail, setting a standard that will be difficult to beat. For example, you can see reflections on objects, like a toy’s glass shield.

In terms of its narrative, “Toy Story” is built on a marvelous conceit — that a child’s toys have an adult life of their own when the kid is out of his room. If you’ve seen your child create dramas with his or her toys, you’ll know instantly that “Toy Story” will seem utterly logical to them.

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18. Ralph Breaks The Internet (2018)

Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the World Wide Web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, “Sugar Rush.” In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet — the netizens — to help navigate their way, including an entrepreneur named Yesss, who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site BuzzzTube.

The film’s best sequence is one in which Vanellope slips into a green room filled with all the Disney princesses that have ever appeared on the screen. Without giving away too much, I’ll say it’s a clever, hilarious bit that flies because Disney sportingly takes the mickey out of itself, pun unintended.

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Directors Phil Johnston and Rich Moore craft an enjoyable and worthy sequel that addresses themes of love, friendship, and letting go. It’s also an especially smart film that looks at the Internet – frustrations and all – through the innocent eyes of our protagonists, and mines humor from concepts, characters, and ideas that we’ve come to take for granted.

The Internet is a vast and shiny new world for this pair, and every possible trope, including memes that go viral, GIFs, algorithms, and the currency of ‘likes’, is sportingly sent up for laughs. The film’s best sequence is one in which Vanellope slips into a green room filled with all the Disney princesses that have ever appeared on the screen.

Without giving away too much, I’ll say it’s a clever, hilarious bit that flies because Disney sportingly takes the mickey out of itself, pun unintended. Apart from its rich and slick visual style, the film is also surprisingly moving in the manner that it depicts friendship, insecurity, and the reality of changing relationships.

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19. Monsters, Inc. (2001)

After exploring the worlds of toys and bugs in the two Toy Story films and A Bug’s Life, the award-winning computer animation company Pixar delves into the realm of monsters with its fourth feature. Hulking, blue-furred behemoth James P. “Sully” Sullivan (John Goodman) and his one-eyed assistant Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) are employed by Monsters, Inc., a scream processing factory.

It seems that the denizens of their realm thrive on the screams of kids spooked by monsters lurking under their beds and in their closets. It’s the job of Sully, Mike, and their co-workers, including sarcastic Randall Boggs (Steve Buscemi), crab-like CEO Henry J. Waternoose (James Coburn), and lovely snake-headed receptionist Celia (Jennifer Tilly) to keep the frights flowing.

When Sully and Mike are followed back into the monster world by a very unafraid little human girl named Boo (Mary Gibbs), they are exiled to her universe, where they discover that such a modern-day mythological specimen as the Abominable Snowman is a fellow refugee.

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Review

It may not be the most sophisticated Pixar film but is still a fantastic and charming film. The animation is as beautiful and vibrant as even newer animated films. One of the most original concepts for a film I have ever seen and great voice acting make this a must-see.

One of Pixar’s best, and also one of all of animations best films. As will all other Pixar movies, the animation is not just for children. This is a wittily funny movie for everyone.

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20. Spirited Away (2001)

Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated coming-of-age fantasy film. It was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten, Nippon Television Network, Dentsu, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Tohokushinsha Film, and Mitsubishi and distributed by Toho.[4] The film stars Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Tsunehiko Kamijo, Takehiko Ono, and Bunta Sugawara. Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro Ogino (Hiiragi), a moody 10-year-old girl who, while moving to a new neighborhood, enters the world of Kami (spirits) of Japanese Shinto folklore.[5] After her parents are turned into pigs by the witch Yubaba (Natsuki), Chihiro takes a job working in Yubaba’s bathhouse to find a way to free herself and her parents and return to the human world.

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Review

Spirited Away” had been strongly favored to win, with critics praising its creativity and visual effects. The New York Times called it the Japanese equivalent of the 1938 Disney masterpiece “Snow White.”This is one of our family’s favorite movies.

Very clever, imaginative, inventive, and features a somewhat spoiled girl who develops independence and strength in a foreign land. A visual treat and pitch-perfect for our family which appreciates our children’s entertainment flavored with less saccharine and more art and thought.

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