I thought I would do something different on my blog today and talk about my Top 5 Animated Films! If you’ve been following me here on the internet for a very long time, you know that I was a huge anime nerd weaboo person between the ages of 14 and 16. I’ve grown out of that phrase, but recently, many things on the internet are pulling me back in. After thinking of ways to expand my blog posts, I thought I would do this and share five animated films that I adore to bits.
#5 Chicken Run (2000)
One of the most popular films Aardman has produced, Chicken Run is The Grand Escape with Chickens. That’s the best way to describe it. The story follows a bunch of chickens who hatch a plan with the help of Rocky, a chicken that can fly, to espace from a farm to avoid being turned into chicken pies. This is such an enjoyable film and there are plenty of brilliant jokes laid around in this film. The characters are an absolute gem and interact well with each other on screen. I have always had a soft spot for Aardman films for their brilliantly animated movies and this film gives brilliant slapstick, amazing action sequences, a stellar voice cast, basically everything you could want in an animated film!
#4 Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
I am not a Disney person…sort of. I didn’t grow up surrounded by Disney so the whole idea of it didn’t have much of an impact on me in my childhood. This film, however, really caught my attention. Although this film does have its fair share of problems with plot and characters, it is the only Disney film that I have a lot of love for. Based around the lost city of Atlantis, the film follows Milo Thatch, who tries to find the lost city after discovering proof that it exists. Going with a team of explorers, each with their own quirky personality, this film showcases what could possibly happen if science and technology went in the direction of steampunk. I love the idea of steampunk so the animation and the story itself really appeals to me. Even though it’s considered one of Disney’s medicore films, it holds a very special place in my heart.
#3 Wallace & Gromit: A Grand Day Out (1990)
#2 Akira (1988)
#1 Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
This film holds a very special place in my heart due to the origin of the original story. Howl’s Moving Castle is based on the book by Diana Wynne Jones, which is heavily rooted in the land of Wales, which is where I am from! The film tells the story of Sophie Hatter, who gets turned into an old lady by The Wicked Witch of the Waste after an encounter with a powerful wizard named Howl. The film follows Sophie trying to reverse the curse and break free from her anxieties in amongst a chaotic war. I remember watching the BBC Wales News where they talked about this film. It was a very big deal for us because the story has so many references to Wales. Despite almost all of the references to Wales being removed in the film (grrr!!), there is a heavy sense of Wales evident in the movie. The animation is gorgeous as one would expect from animation giant Studio Ghibli and it is a heartwarming tale that gets better every time I watch it.
What are some of your favourite animated films?