Caitlin’s Top 5 Animated Films

Written by Caitlin Cooper July 22, 2014

Animated film, Brave

I absolutely love films, and animated ones hold a special place in my heart. As everyone else, I loved to watch animated films as a child. I was especially proud of the Disney section of my VHS’, and I would re-watch them often (probably much to the chagrin of my parents). Animated features can be the perfect combination of great visual art, and a charming story. I may be an adult now, but myself and those I know still love to watch movies of this genre. It wasn’t easy to narrow down, but here are my top 5 animated films.

5. “Despicable Me” (Pierre Coffin, 2010)

Animated film, Despicable Me

When I first watched this movie, I was certainly surprised. The protagonist is a villain, but not really. Gru (Steve Carell) took to a life of crime simply because his mother ignored him for most of his life. So when he meets three orphan girls, they show him how family should be. Of course, they delight in his crazy antics (most of the time), so they’re the family he never had. Also, the minions are ridiculous, but that’s what makes them funny; they easily provide half of the comedy. “Despicable Me” is a unique and hilarious animated film, and the sequel is good, too.

4. “Sleeping Beauty” (Clyde Geronimi, 1959)

Animated films, Sleeping Beauty

I’d be remiss for not including this, especially since the artwork is outstanding;┬áThe stunning animation captured my eye even as a child.┬áThe story perhaps isn’t the best, but it’s good enough for me to remember it with fondness. The songs are actually almost mesmerizing because Mary Costa’s voice is lovely. One of the best parts remains the awesome villain. Maleficent doesn’t seem to have any redeeming qualities (aside from the fact that she allowed the possibility for Aurora to awaken). Eleanor Audley voices the evil fairy perfectly, and the design of the character is wonderfully dark. “Sleeping Beauty” will remain one of the best classic Disney animated films.

3. “How to Train Your Dragon” (Dean DeBlois, 2010)

Animated film, How to Train Your Dragon

This recent Viking and dragon tale is a great animated film. Dragons alone are pretty awesome, but here they’re given unique personalities. Toothless is a kind of dragon that’s considered to be the most deadly, but after Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) injures the dragon the two form a surprising friendship. The more time Hiccup spends with Toothless, the more he learns about dragons (and how similar they can be to cats and dogs). It’s a pretty cool film, and there is a huge evil dragon to contrast the friendly ones. To sum up “How to Train Your Dragon”: awesome, funny, and charming.

2. “Cinderella” (Clyde Geronimi, 1950)

Animated film, Cinderella

“Cinderella” is easily one of my favourite classic animated films. The story has so much to offer: a great heroine, an evil stepmother, and lovely artwork. The protagonist manages against a lot of odds to find the happiness she deserves. Cheesy? Perhaps. Do I care? Nope. Also, I’m still stunned by Cinderella’s transformation from rags to ball gown simply because the animation is so good. The songs are good, especially “So This is Love”, sung by Ilene Woods and Mike Douglas. “Cinderella” is so popular it spawned a few not-too-bad sequels, and there’s even going to be a live-action adaption in 2015 (a film to which I am really looking forward). “Cinderella” is a great classic animated film.

1. “Brave” (Brenda Chapman, 2012)

Animated film, Brave, Merida

Pixar’s first princess film is the best animated film I’ve seen. The setting is wonderful – visually and culturally – and the protagonist departs from the usual princess trope. Merida is a headstrong, feisty young woman who fights against arranged marriage, and is always looking for adventure. As well, I like that the design of Merida differs greatly from other princesses (especially with her wild red hair). I have to add that the score and soundtrack of “Brave” is so good; they fit the setting and the themes very well. I could go on and on about how amazing “Brave” is, but instead I’ll just say this: go watch it.

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About Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin is an avid watcher of movies and television shows so she decided to use her passion to write about them. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a Minor in Creative Writing.

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