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The Nutcracker Prince
This movie is about Clara, a girl who is at that stage of life when you’re not a child yet not quite an adult. And the movie illustrates this beautifully. Although it is a older film, the animation is good and the voice acting is also surprisingly good – especially Clara. The Mouse King, the antagonist, doesn’t start out as a strong villain but it feels as if he becomes more menacing as the story processes (evident in the final scene with the Mouse King).
I still have this on a video tape (VHS) and watch it every Christmas (the story takes place at Christmas although it isn’t really a Christmas story). The last confrontation with the Mouse King always gives me goose-bumps.
Cats Don’t Dance
Humans and anthropomorphic animals coexisting in the world of Cats Don’t Dance. Danny, an orange katty, goes to Hollywood to make his dream of becoming a singer/actor a reality. Things don’t quite work out when he discovers that animals are never given lead roles, instead, their human counterparts are the movie stars. But Danny won’t give up that easily, and he tries his best to break himself and his friends into the industry.
This is one of those “I don’t understand why it wasn’t popular” films. It had loveable characters, great music, beautiful animation and most of all – heart. Maybe the fact that it was about discrimination put some people off? This film also had one of the best animated villains – Darla Dimple.
Another Golden oldie which tells the tale of Heidi. For me, the animation was very inventive, especially the scenes where the film visually depicts Heidi’s fears and emotions. The nightmare scene and the scene where Heidi first meets Miss Rottenmeier is best examples of this film’s visual experimentation. This is a great family film, but it does feel like it comes to a very sudden end.
(I don’t know if this film was just unknown in my country or unknown worldwide)
A humanoid doll must fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic world. The film is rather tragic and contains some rather disturbing concepts, but since I love tragic stories, this didn’t put me off. If you can stomach tragic films, please check this film out. There are a few terrifying scenes, so I don’t recommend this for young children.
The Triplets of Belleville
Although it is a French animated film, it hardly contains any dialogue so there’s no reason not to watch it. The story follows a mother who must find and rescue her son who was kidnapped while taking part in a bicycle race (it will make more sense when you watch it). The animation is fantastic, and the heart behind the story is silently entrancing. There are some unusual concepts in the story, which boil down to symbolic meanings, however it’s not so heavy that the viewer gets lost in the symbolism. The film is well balanced – enough reality, symbolism and surrealism to make a very entertaining watch.
Do you know of any underrated / little known animated films that I might enjoy? Please share them with me
PS Sorry the pictures are so huge! I don't know how to make them smaller...