My Top 5 Animated Movies

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)

Just like Chicken Run, Aardman animation are the brilliant minds behind two beloved childhood heroes of mine…the amazing Wallace & Gromit! I was obsessed with these two when I was little, and their first short film, A Grand Day Out is my favourite out of the lot. The film involves Wallace, a keen inventor and Gromit, his dog, building a rocket to go to the moon, which is made of cheese! My family is obsessed with cheese so this is a very fun film for us to watch. I have very fond memories of sitting down and watching Wallace eat the moon and Cooker the robot doing a spot of skiing on the cheesy surface. Cooker was a brilliant little character who tries desperately to thwart Wallace and Gromit’s day on the moon while cleaning up after them and I was very fond of him. This film ended up propelling my love of cheeses even further than my parents hoped for. Despite it being a short film, I still love it all the same!

#2 Akira (1988)

I have wanted to watch this film for years. Everybody has said that it’s a masterpiece in Japanese animation and yet I knew absolutely nothing about the plot, the characters, not even what it was based on. A few weeks ago, I finally got around to watching it, having no idea what to expect. This film is absolutely incredible. A beautifully animated film combining post-apocalyptic and sci-fi, with lots and lots of blood. Now that I’ve watched this film, I can pinpoint where I’ve seen references to this in pop culture previously and understand where they’ve come from. I really enjoyed the story, it kept me on the edge of my seat and had some of the most beautifully disturbing imagery I’ve ever seen in an animated film. The plot of the film is about a biker gang in Tokyo 2019 and one of the members, Tetsuo, gets psychic powers, then goes nuts and tries to reawaken Akira, a psychic child who has been imprisioned due to his god-like strength. The leader of the biker gang, Kaneda, attempts to stop him reawakening Akira and bringing about the end of the world. That’s really all I can say about it without giving too much away. I loved all of the characters, especially Kaneda and Tetsuo, who are the main focus of the movie. If you ever get a chance to watch this film, DO IT. It is a film that has a ridiculous burst of energy that will leave you catching your breath.

#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?

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