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5 Animated Movies You Must See!

5 Animated Movies You Must See!

We love animation. We watch a lot of cartoons and Animated movies, not just mainstream ones although we do love a good Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks flick.

Also, with both of us having a young family, more often than not, there’s an Animated movie on TV!

However we always discover little animated gems that go under the radar. So we thought they were worth sharing. We are in no way film critics and would do the films no justice. Offering a quick summary of what each is about so we borrowed some snippets straight from Google (with links). We have our reasons why we love them, so go ahead, have a read, watch the trailers on Youtube! They are all masterpieces in our eyes as well as family friendly. Hopefully you’ll find the time to check them out – we promise you you won’t be disappointed! In no particular order as they are all fantastic, we’ll start with this Animated movie…

Song of the Sea (2014)

An Irish youth (David Rawle) discovers that his mute sister is a selkie who must find her voice and free supernatural creatures from the spell of a Celtic goddess (Fionnula Flanagan). The animation is as beautiful of the story. The only movie here that features traditional 2D drawn animation but the way in which it is done is like watching a moving painting.

Mary and Max (2009)

A lonely Australian girl (Toni Collette) and an elderly Jewish man suffering from Aspergers Syndrome (Philip Seymour Hoffman) in New York develop an unlikely friendship through letters. The colour palette of blacks, greys, brown with the occasional red makes this unique and quirky. It does toy with your emotions and be prepared for a sad ending after building up the characters to be quite loveable in their own ways. Some comedy elements had us howling but those were a bit more PG we would advise!

The Little Prince (2015)

The Aviator introduces a girl to a world where she rediscovers her childhood and learns that it’s human connections that matter most, and that it is only with heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. A wonderful story of friendship, escapism and imagination. A mix of CGI and stop motion (which differentiates between the story within the story).

My Life as a Courgette (2016)

A police officer (Nick Offerman) and some new friends help an orphan (Erick Abbate) adjust to life at a foster home. A quirky stop-motion animated movie, with sad undertones and unlikely frindships. It does offer a happy ending though!

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Young Kubo’s (Art Parkinson) peaceful existence comes crashing down when he accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey) to unlock a secret legacy. Armed with a magical instrument, Kubo must battle the Moon King (Ralph Fiennes) and other gods and monsters to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. An equisitely presented stop motion animated movie.

Each of these is unique in both story and how they are presented visually, and how they do this really adds to the feel of the movies. With what looks like summer coming to an end, what better than to gather up the kids of an afternoon or evening, get some munchies and snuggle up in front of a good movie before they go back to school?

All trailers and imagery belong to the repective owners – no intention of breaching any copyrights we just want a new audience to discover these brilliant movies!