The Animation Mania

Anastasia!

That was the name of the girl who opened the door. Of course, Mickey and Donald and Tom and Jerry have always been there, but Anastasia was the one who made me fall in love with Animation movies. She still remains my first love. πŸ™‚

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Then I saw something drastically different. It completely bowled me over. I was surprised beyond imagination that someone can do something like that in an animation movies. The movie was Final Fantasy:The spirits within. Although the movie was a flop, I consider it a classic. *All classics are flop*

I was so fascinated by the world of animation that there was a time when I was on the verge of taking up a 1.5 years animation course. I had the forms. I just had to fill them but then something else happened and I drifted away. The Animation industry had not turned into the huge Goliath which it is now. I was not sure whether it could accommodate me. Its funny how we are asked to take decisions of our life at an age when we don’t have the experience to take them. Anyways…

Over the last few years we have seen a huge boom in the industry which has swelled to $100 billion+ market. Earlier, the only well established animation studio used to be Walt Disney Animation Studio which gave us some masterpieces like The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Tarzan, Alladin, The Little Mermaid and so many others, but in the past decade there has been a boom in the Animation market.

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There is Dreamworks, which has been busy churning hits one after another. Antz was the first Dreamwork movie I saw. I still think that the huge shoe scene was the best one in the movie. Shrek has been the most successful series of the studio with a total gross of $2 billion+ right now. I believe that “The donkey” has played a huge part in the success. Then there is Madagascar(another big success), Kung Fu Panda, Wallace and Gromit:The Curse of the Were Rabbit, Flushed Away, Bee Movie, Shark Tale and the recently released Monsters vs Aliens(the first movie to be directly created in the 3D format).

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Pixar is one studio which stands apart from the rest, largely because of the kind of movies they have churned out. Each movie is not just to entertain but it sets a benchmark in animation. And the best part is that the benchmark goes higher and higher with each release. The studio started with Toy Story in 1995 and followed up with incredible movies like A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E and the latest Up. Impressive! Isn’t it? Walt Disney bought Pixar in 2006.

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There are other studios like Blue Sky which gave us Ice Age and Horton hears a Who!, Animal Logic which came up with Happy Feet(and which has produced special effects in the biggest Hollywood blockbusters), Image Movers Digital(again bought by Disney) which gave us The Polar Express, Monster House and Beowulf.

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Besides all the Big Budget Animation movies, there have been some others which don’t have the “cutting edge” technology, but have been equally mesmerising. Spirited Away(This movie holds the record of the highest grossing movie in Japan), Persepolis(the story of a small girl set during the Iranian Revolution), Corpse Bride and Animatrix(9 short stories set in the fictional world of The Matrix), to name a few. After all, the story matters!

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I believe that animation movies are the epitome of Human creativity and imagination. They bring so many things to life and they will always make you smile. You can see fish dancing in water with mermaids, you can see a rat preparing an exiquisite dish in a restaurant, you can see cars talk to each other, you can see people flying on magic carpets, an Ogre falling in love with a princess, you can see the place where all the monsters are kept…the list is endless because human imagination is endless. Its a proof that we have in us to make beautiful things.

Animation Movies are a never ending love for me. I don’t understand people who don’t like them(although I haven’t met any such person). πŸ™‚

What about all of you? Have you seen all the movies I have listed here? Did I miss a very good movie?

And now I leave you with the images from the movie which started it all.

77 comments on “The Animation Mania

    • Most of the animation movies have action! πŸ˜›
      I think I have seen that one as a kid…but I am not very sure. There are a lot of Disney movies which I need to see. πŸ™‚

  1. Have you watched ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit”? That was one flick where Bugs Bunny and Micky Mouse apeared together for the first time. That movie was the perfect amalgamation of traditional animation with live sequences. A superb effort by Zemekis and Spielberg.
    Wonderful post.

    • No I have not seen it but thanks for reminding me. I have to see it. Its the one with the humans and the animated cartoons together. Right?
      Thanks!

  2. I love animated movies much amit… they were really stress busters,.. πŸ™‚ still I have to watch many, and, many torrents were waiting to get downloaded in my PC… The ones you missed are Bambi, snow white and 7 dwarfs, and bolt… thats what came to my mind now.. πŸ™‚

    • Yes, they are. They have this humor which normal movies can never have!
      Haha! Torrents! I wonder what would have happened if they would have not been there. πŸ˜‰
      Yes, Yes, Disney animation movies are too many to list here. I think there are more than 30 of them. And, also, I haven’t seen them yet! πŸ™‚

  3. I have seen most of them … just superb …

    My personal favorite is “Lion King” … Ultimate movie …. The awesome dialogues in the movie add an extra charm to it …

    • Thats great!
      Know what, I just saw Lion King this weekend! πŸ™‚ It was amazing! I just wish it had a longer running time! πŸ™‚

  4. Oh i love these movies. “Finding Nemo” my personal fav.. πŸ˜€

    i loved all those fairy tales turned movies as well as new concepts too.. “Shrek” is a mixture of both..

    Do u remember “Dumbo” that was the first full animation movie i remember and i loves it too much.. πŸ™‚ not this much technology back then but was a nice story of the elephant kid that flies…

    • Shrek was too good! And even Finding Nemo. Its very hard to pick up the best out of them! πŸ™‚ Somehow, that kind of humor can never be created in regular movies.
      And do watch ‘Spirited Away’. You will be amazed by the story. Its a roller coaster ride!
      Yes, I remember Dumbo, the elephant with the huuge ears! πŸ™‚ It was cute!

  5. Absolutely love this list Amit..wonderful post..you must have taken a lot of effort for this πŸ™‚ Count me ina s an animated movie fan too πŸ™‚
    great collection here πŸ™‚
    Will bookmark it so I can catch a few again πŸ˜€

    Four movies which I know you will LOVE πŸ™‚
    Or maybe you have already seen them? πŸ™‚

    Princess Mononoke

    Mulan

    Mulan 2

    Waking Life (I dont know if this will come under animated though)

    • Thanks Indeah! What I really loved was picking up all the posters from the internet! They all look really good together! πŸ™‚
      No, I haven’t seen any of them, although I have heard about Mulan. Thanks for recommending it! Will definitely watch it. πŸ™‚

    • HItchy, don’t cry! πŸ˜›
      I haven’t seen it yet and there are too many Disney movies to mention all of them here.
      We all know its a very good movie and we are all with you! πŸ˜›

  6. Hi Amit,
    Do you watch Japanese Anime too? I am not a huge fan of some recent animation movies esp becoz the characters look like plastic toys (with the 3d gloss n all) and their sounds are stranger – ice age and newer pixar stuff. But anything prior to the 3d ‘revolution’ is my type of anim. My most-favorite-est animation is Disney’s Duck Tales. I still watch it, here’s the link… hehehe, it reminds me of good old school sundays – Duck Tales followed by Talespin, remember?

    • No, not much. With an exception of Spirited away(which I immensely liked) and an installment of Final Fantasy(which confused me to no ends), I haven’t seen much. Well, yes, whatever technology we have right now, there are atleast 5-6 styles of creating an animation movie. I really don’t have a preference. πŸ™‚ They are just flashes of brilliance! πŸ™‚
      And, yes, duck tales and Talespin back to back used to be the best part of Sundays. I sometimes feel quite unhappy for kids now a days. They will never know the feeling… πŸ™‚

  7. What a post.. Lovely… One stop solution for all good animated ones…. lovely again..

    Btw, I see them but I am not a fan of animated movies.. don’t hate but not my kind of cinema.. yet I watch them based on last priority.. lol;

    • Thanks Vee! Yes, it can be a one stop solution to most of them but there are many more to watch! πŸ™‚
      I know, you are more into realistic cinema, but I look at it this way – They are all forms of art, created by people with passion and with an entertainment value. Reason enough to like them! πŸ™‚

  8. Wowowowieee…..wonderful post !!! I always wanted to have a list of animation movies, cuz I missed out a few. Gonna take note of each movie that I hadnt seen yet and proceed to the torrents. Yippidie yeyyy !!

    My all time fav is Lion King. I had two audio cassettes, a sticker book, a video game from Sega, a video cassette (later on a dvd) and many more goodies of Lion King. the songs still give me goosebumps !! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Btw, I had a similar dedication to my fav cartoons that was aired on TV. check it out if time permits :

    http://vimalsparadise.blogspot.com/2007/08/reverse-geared-journey-back-to-my.html

    • Thanks Vimmuuu! Chalo good, if nothing else, the download of torrents is going to go up! πŸ™‚
      You seem to be a big Lion King fan. I saw it for the first time this Sunday! πŸ™‚
      I loved the opening song. It is definitely Disney’s best.
      I will check out the link!

  9. Stop motion has to my favourite form of animation simply because of the time and dedication required to put even a minute of footage together.

    Anything involving Wallace & Gromit is fantastic – there are four half-hour episodes in addition to the film. Aside from the first one, which is a little patchy, the other three are wonderful. They retain a strong regional northern-English humour (where I come from) yet are globally loved – not easy to achieve. I think W & G have won three Oscars overall…

    I also recently saw Coraline – the first 3D stop motion animation – and I thought it was simply faultless; magical, odd, and with an edge of malice – which all the best children’s films have.

    In my opinion Studio Ghibli animations are a level above anything Disney can offer; Princess Mononoke is the most underrated in my opinion – surreal and magical.

    If any animation studio can better Aardman for consistent quality (who produce W&G) is must be Pixar – although I suspect they have a much bigger budget! With the exception of Cars – which just didn’t engage me – every other feature they’ve produced is sublime. Now that John Lasseter has moved from Pixar to a higher position within Disney let’s hope he gets rid of the cheap sequels and cash-ins which have ruined Disney animation’s reputation in the last 10 years.

    • When I picked up Wallace and Gromit, I was not sure if I would like it. But, 15 minutes in the movie and I was laughing like a madman. Even, Flushed Away has a very English humor. Have you seen it?
      And Corpse Bride is also a stop motion animation. I think you will like it(if you haven’t seen it yet).
      Coraline was one movie I missed simply because no one was willing to go with me. 😦 I must add that the promo reminded me of Pan’s Labyrinth. πŸ™‚
      Studio Ghibli was the one which created Spirited away, right? And, now I have two recommendations for Princess Mononoke, so I will be watching it very soon.
      Well, yes, Disney seems to be reviving itself now. Bolt was fine. I think they are in the transition phase. They are breaking away from the regular format.

  10. I really love them. I had lot of above mentioned movies in my personal collection itself. Unfortunately I know some of my friends who dont like animations and see me like an alien when I talk about animations πŸ™‚ Let them feel how ever they want, I dont care especially in this matter. They dont know how to enjoy πŸ™‚

    I really like them because they always have happy ending. They will be full of colours, and it always be a dream world where everything is possible. I become really a child while watching those movies.

    • I too know of people who are fine with watching an animation movie as long as they are not spending money on them. They think its not worth it! Can you believe that! πŸ˜† Yes, they are surreal. That is what make them so beautiful. πŸ™‚

  11. I have been selective about animation movies before but now I HAVE to watch every single one of them, thanks to my little daughter.

    She loved this post of yours. She can’t read but she was counting the movies she already watched and had a huge grin seeing ‘Finding Nemo’ and ‘Cars’. She LOVES ‘Cars’ and her bedroom theme is Finding Nemo.

  12. Brilliant! I’ve seen most of the movies that you talked about, except the recent ones (monsters vs. Aliens and Up) and Anastasia is definitely one of my favourite animated movies! it’s up there along with Monsters Inc, Ice Age and maybe Cars. πŸ˜€

    I think animated movies are quite magical… they may be cliched (always the happily-ever-after ending) but that’s the point, right?

    • Thanks Sumedha and Welcome to my blog! πŸ™‚
      Yes, ‘maybe’! That’s the beauty of it. With animation movies, you can’t be sure which one is your favorite. πŸ™‚
      Well, yes, a majority of them are “Happily ever afters”, but not all of them.
      Watch ‘Final Fantasy” and “Beowulf”. They are tragedies. πŸ™‚

  13. i cant write more on this … except that this is my favourite article.. as it covers all the movid DVDs i will want to have in my collection ….

    amit you know now what to do next .. just buy them for me … thanks in advance… πŸ™‚

  14. I’m love watching animation too and the popular ones are my favorites…but the one that totally blew me over…was WALL.E! I found that movie phenomenally deep, profound and so much punch. I sat spellbound way past the end.

  15. I have only seen few animation movies, but want to see much more..perhaps your list will help. I no longer see them kiddish/frivolous, instead I see them now as works of great accomplishment. My friend tells me that some Japanese animation films are extremely good. I feel that animation movies have great future.

    • Yes, animations movies have definitely come a long way.
      Spirited Away is a Japanese animation movie and it is one of the best I have seen. You can look up more Japanese animation movies from the same Company which created this one. They are the best in the business it seems.

  16. Ooohh! loved the post! I simply love animation movies and Pixar is the best of them all. I have seen around 96% of the ones u have put up. I havent seen UP yet. have to watch it soon.

  17. Amit, I love the movies you’ve listed πŸ™‚ Most are my favourites! There is something about animated movies! I have loved them since – I don’t even know when! Both husband and I watch animated movies – even we don’t watch non animated ones as much πŸ™‚ You know one time, we got into trouble with friends when we pulled them along to watch Incredibles in Leicester Square. 1. They were wild that we made them watch a ‘cartoon movie ‘ πŸ™‚ and 2. In an expensive place at that πŸ™‚

    Corpse Bride – Husband really really liked it – I haven’t watched it yet – we have the DVD – but somehow I never end up watching it 😦

    • Haha! I think Incredibles was a great movie. Worth the money. πŸ™‚
      Yes, Corpse Bride was good. You should definitely watch it. πŸ™‚

  18. There was a time, when I myself was really sure that I would get into animation, but alas time and destiny had other plans!! This sure was an amazzin collection by itself!

  19. Animation has indeed grown so much over the years. Even if we don’t talk about the movies, it’s improved so much in the TV cartoons. At one point you were seeing Tom & Jerry and in front of your very eyes came up shows like Transformers and stuff which had comparatively much nicer animation and stuff. All that said, Tom & Jerry still happens to be the most fun to watch of them all. Tells about the importance of a storyline, I guess. Agreed these animation movies have worked because of their superb effects but some of them have had very very nice stories and characters.

    All that said, I haven’t watched many animation movies. I tend to get bored of them if they don’t engross me enough. But I can’t blame them for that, most movies fail to engross me. Ratatouille and Madagascar however were both a LOT of fun.

    I just wish we come up with better stuff here in India. I think it’s about time we graduated from animated series of Holy books and got around to making something which actually has an original story and stuff. There have been some like that but none has been very breathtaking and none had characters that you would remember after you were done watching the movie.

    • Yes. I remember, the best one I saw was Johnny Quest. It had some amazing animation. Even Swat Cats was good in a way. I think they are paying more attention to the stories now. I mean, how many times can you churn out the fairy tale stuff?
      Try watching Beowulf, Spirited Away and Persepolis. They are very engrossing.
      India is way off right now. I don’t think we have that kind of budgets. Hanuman has been a big hit, but then it was not a very advanced form of animation.

  20. I haven’t seen Johnny Quest. Swat Cats was brilliant, I must agree. I wanted that plane those two flew, it was so awesome. Yeah, they had to pay attention to stories eventually. And it’s good to see good things coming up. I believe animation can add much more to some stories than real actors can. Wall-E would be a good example. For some movies it just clicks, for some it just doesn’t. I have Beowulf, just need to get around to watching that. I’ll have to find Spirited Away and Persepolis. I’ll do that.

    Hanuman wasn’t great animation but it was a beginning. You could’ve only gone forward from there but it never happened. Instead we just got stuck there and kept repeating the same stuff with movies like Ghatothkach and so on. The Romeo movie again I saw was a good attempt because they had money to spend on the animation, and the animation wasn’t bad. They had actors in Saif Ali Khan and Kareena to provide the voice overs which I think is important because it somehow attracts people, just like it does in Hollywood. The only thing it lacked was endearing characters and a nice storyline. Sometimes you just fall in love with some characters and when that happens, that’s when you know you made a good movie.

    • Ohhhh!! You haven’t seen JQ!! It was probably the best one of the lot. I was completely crazy about it. πŸ™‚
      I think a new trend is emerging where we are moving away from the fairy tales and the directors are giving more emphasis on the stories. Beowulf had a story and a good one. Then Spirited Away is a roller coaster ride. Actually all the movies of that production house must be good. They have such unpredictable stories. I saw Princess Mononoke the other day. Its another very good movie. They are not using the latest techniques but the amazing stories cover up that.
      I thought Romeo might work and open the doors but that never happened. I don’t know why the directors think that they can get away with anything just because its kiddo stuff.

    • Ohhhh!! You haven’t seen JQ!! It was probably the best one of the lot. I was completely crazy about it. πŸ™‚
      I think a new trend is emerging where we are moving away from the fairy tales and the directors are giving more emphasis on the stories. Beowulf had a story and a good one. Then Spirited Away is a roller coaster ride. Actually all the movies of that production house must be good. They have such unpredictable stories. I saw Princess Mononoke the other day. Its another very good movie. They are not using the latest techniques but the amazing stories cover up that.
      I thought Romeo might work and open the doors but that never happened. I don’t know why the directors think that they can get away with anything just because its kiddo stuff.

  21. i watched spirited away couple of months back… blown away! it was beautiful… so simple but engrossing… its amazing how they made that movie…

    have you watched ‘grave of the fireflies’? watch it.. its a tragedy but it’ll move u πŸ™‚ another beauty… one of those rare movies that stay with you long after you watch it.

    I’m an animation freak πŸ˜› i watch whatever i can

    • Yes. And the best part is that they were not using any latest technology. It was just the story which was so engrossing.
      I love this title – Grave of the fireflies. Will watch it this weekend. Pakka! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Avada! And Welcome to my blog!
      Good, one more in the gang! πŸ˜‰
      No, I haven’t watched it yet but will be watching it soon.

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