Posted March 30, 2011 by Marcia Degia - Publisher in Features
 
 

Classic Animation


With Rio hitting the screens on 8 April the appetite for high quality animation seems as strong as ever. Studios seem keen to keep both adults and kids happy with plenty of jokes, so which recent animated films truly deserve classic status for doing just that?

With Rio
hitting the screens on 8 April the appetite for high quality animation seems as
strong as ever. Studios seem keen to keep both adults and kids happy with
plenty of jokes, so which recent animated films truly deserve classic status
for doing just that?

7. Wallace and Gromit: Curse of
the Were-Rabbit (2005)


Nick Park turned his extremely
successful TV trilogy (now quadrilogy) and talented fingers into a popular
feature film. Managing to keep plenty of in-jokes, a keen northern humour and
the charm of both central characters intact the result was a cracking delight.

6. Waltz With Bashir (2008)


Okay so probably not the kid’s first
choice come the holidays but Ari Folman’s exploration of Lebanon’s war-torn
saga benefited from its compelling use of animation which lent the film a
suitably dark tone but managed to pull off an ending to rival the most emotionally
affecting
of all because of it.

5. The Illusionist (2010)


After the success of Belleville
Rendez-vous, Sylvain Chomet’s homage to the dying
art of stage magic was probably the most melancholy and depressing animation of last year. It’s sweet charm and lush Edinburgh streets
soaked in rain meant it stayed in the mind longer than your average cartoon
flick, which made a very pleasant change.

4. Princess and the Frog (2009)

After a foray into Pixar’s computer
wizardry, Disney returned to hand-drawn animation with one of their best
efforts in a long time. Though bizarrely unsuccessful at the cinemas, this tale
of a New Orleans girl and a frog prince had the sass, the songs and the
scariest cartoon villain
for years. If you haven’t seen it, correct that
straight away – you won’t regret it.

3. Toy Story 2 (1999)


Breaking the curse of the sequels,
Pixar’s follow up to their huge first hit was scheduled for a straight-to-DVD
release until someone realised where greatness really belongs. Funnier,
sharper and way more entertaining than the first
(and
whisper it, the last) with no exposition to get in the way and the characters
firmly established this was an unexpected delight.

2. Up (2009)


It should be no surprise that Pixar
occupy the top 3 slots, but that the story of a grumpy old man, a talking dog
and a chubby boy-scout should be one of them certainly is. However, Pete Docter
and Bob Peterson managed to make even the toughest film-goer cry within a
few minutes and kept things sprightly but human enough afterwards to make the
emotional investment thoroughly worthwhile.

1. Wall-E (2008)


Not only the best animation of the
past decade but also featuring the most adorable animated character perhaps of
all time, Wall-E may be Pixar’s highest benchmark. Whether
it’s that dialogue-free opening half hour, the wealth of humour even the tiniest
robot can create or their classic depiction of romance, Wall-E will take
some beating
. Let’s see if Rio’s up for the
challenge.


Marcia Degia - Publisher

 
Marcia Degia has worked in the media industry for more than 10 years. She was previously Acting Managing Editor of Homes and Gardens magazine, Publishing Editor at Macmillan Publishers and Editor of Pride Magazine. Marcia, who has a Masters degree in Screenwriting, has also been involved in many broadcast projects. Among other things, she was the devisor of the documentary series Secret Suburbia for Living TV.