Watching animation films sparks emotions in us. It makes us feel, think, and connect with the characters we see. But most of all, the best works in the industry transport us into the characters’ world. Thinking about the process of creating such films leaves us in awe. A lot of creativity is involved in every animation that we see. We have watched several of these films over the years. We have a long list of the ones we like that spans decades. Here are some of our favorites:
1. Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away was a runaway success when it was released in 2001. It is the story of a young girl named Chihiro who was “spirited away” into a different world where she was separated from her parents. Her character is far from the sweet innocent child that we often see in some films. In the beginning of the film, she behaved like a typical rebellious teen. But as the story unfolds, we can see how Chihiro developed humility and overcame the challenges she faced in a world so different from her own.
2. My Neighbor Totoro
This Hayao Miyazaki 1988 masterpiece has captured the hearts of many people around the world. Here we follow the story of Satsuki and Mei who together with their father Tatsuo Kusakabe moved to a house near the hospital where their mother was staying because of an illness. The film is a delightful story of two girls who met and became friends with woodland creatures. It is a sweet and hopeful story about family, friendship, and love.
3. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released in 1937 which makes it fairly old. It has touched the lives of many children around the world who grew up chanting “…mirror on the wall”. Apart from being a hit, one of the things that we love about this film was the huge gamble its producers made to make it come to life. A lot of money was spent creating the film which took several years to finish. There were doubts that it would draw a crowd. But it turned out to be a success and the timeless piece has delighted many viewers over the years.
Many say that this 1988 animation film is the best one in all time. Akira is unsettling to watch. It tells of a teen who developed psychic powers. The film is violent set against a backdrop of destruction and ruin.
5. Grave of the Fireflies
This film released in 1988 is beautiful and yet painful to watch. It is about siblings Seita and Setsuko who were forced to survive on their own after losing their mother in a bombing raid. Set during World War II. It is a heartbreaking story of the despair war brings.