John is enthusiastic about comics, cartoons and animated comic movies.
I'm a sucker for animated movies. I thought I'd outgrow them at 20 years old, but I'm almost 30 now and still unashamedly obsessed with these works of art. So, If you're like me, or just looking for something good to watch for the weekend, here are five animated movies you must check out.
5. Ralph Breaks The Internet (2018)
This list won't feature any Disney Princess movies. And it's not because I don't like them, I just thought we'd make this list more diverse. To make up for that, how about Ralph Breaks The Internet? This animation gives us a cameo of all the Disney Princesses together and in 3D! That, in and of itself, makes it a special film.
Ralph Breaks The Internet succeeds Wreck-It Ralph. If you've not watched either, then you have two amazing films to see. The sequel features a young girl called Vanellope and her best friend Ralph as they explore the internet in a bid to rescue her arcade game, Sugar Rush.
New and interesting characters featured here include Shank, a tough character voiced by Gal Gadot who plays in a deadly multiplayer racing game called Slaughter Race. This animation is filled with exciting cameos, humour and gripping action.
4. Over The Moon (2020)
Over The Moon is centred around a young intelligent girl called Fei Fei. Every now and then, her mother would tell her the story of a moon goddess called Chang’e, who was separated from her one true love, Houyi. Fei loved the story so much. After her family members mock it, she decides to build a rocket and embark on a journey to the moon to prove her existence.
Over The Moon is such a wonderful animation in that it’s so much more than a girl going to the moon. It tackles some vital aspects in life such as love and acceptance. These aside, the animation is visually stunning and features some lovely songs. I’d highly recommend this if you’re going for less action and more emotion.
3. Encanto (2021)
I’m sure a number of people here have watched Frozen. So, of course you know about its record-breaking song, "Let it Go." If not, definitely add the animation to your list. Did you know that Encanto actually gave us a song that rivaled Frozen? As you’re reading this, Encanto’s "We Don’t Talk About Bruno" is still racking up views on YouTube. With over 400 million views worldwide, "Bruno" is one of the most successful Disney songs of all-time.
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Encanto builds its story around a magical candle that grants every child descended from Alma Madrigal with an incredible gift. The candle is the mantle upon which the family is built and it never burns out. The candle’s flame, often termed as "The Miracle," continues to gift Abuela Alma’s children and grandchildren with powers for years. However, with no explanation, it skips one child, Mirabel. This puts her in a very difficult situation, and despite looking okay, inside she’s hurt. Encanto is a beautiful animation both in story and visuals.
2. The Mitchells vs The Machines (2021)
The Mitchells vs The Machines is centered around a broken relationship between a father and daughter. Of course, there's a villainous smartphone trying to take over the world, but that's pretty much the base of the animation. Now before you skip to the next listed film, allow me to tell you why this is such an incredible animation.
Who are the Mitchells? The family is comprised of Rick (dad), Linda (mum), Aaron (son) and Katie Mitchell (daughter). Rick is an outdoor enthusiast, Linda is a caring mother with hidden rage, Aaron is an unusual kid with an immense love for dinosaurs and Katie is a content creator who loves social media.
As a child, Katie had a great relationship with her father. However, as Katie grew things began to change. She no longer hung out with her father as much since their interests grew further apart. Rick was uninterested in Katie's creative social media videos and Katie seemed not to have fun doing her father's outdoor exploits. The animation shows how the two mend their relationship and it's nothing short of beautiful.
The animation thrives on some quirky moments coupled with action here and there. What's even better is that the characters are based on an existing family.
1. Ne Zha (2019)
Ne Zha is a 2019 Chinese animation that left me speechless. I loved this animation so much that I scoured the internet like a mad man to see if I could find something similar. And, despite getting some good recommendations from blogs and YouTube, none seemed to match Ne Zha's thrills.
Now, you must wonder why I give this animation so much praise. Ne Zha is like your typical villain turned hero film. However, it distinguishes itself from the rest in that our protagonist is a victim of a cunning plot devised before he's born. His story is loosely based on the Chinese myth of Ne Zha, the most powerful boy in Chinese folklore.
In the animation, we are introduced to a destructive force of nature called the Chaos Pearl. It's so powerful and dangerous that, the Supreme Heaven Lord sends his trusted apprentices, Taiyi Zhenren and Shen Gongbao to stop it. However, the Chaos Pearl proves to be a formidable foe.
So, the Supreme Lord steps in and separates the Chaos Pearl into the Demon Pill and the Spirit Pearl. The Demon Pill is fated to be destroyed by a lightning bolt in three years while the spirit is meant to be reborn into Li Jing's third born son.
The animation's impressive action sequences and hilarious characters make it a must-watch. If you have a Netflix subscription, then this shouldn't be hard to find.