Best Animation Movies

  • Akira

    Akira (R, 2001)

    Cameron Clarke, Mitsuo Iwara, Jan Rabson, Nozomu Sasaki, Lara Cody
    One of the most influential examples of anime, Akira is based on the manga (comic book) by Katsuhiro... read more Otomo. The story is set in the post-apocalyptic community of Neo-Tokyo. Tetsuo is a fiercely individualistic member of a scroungy motorcycle gang. The despotic authorities, the robot-like police, and even the cycle gang pursue Tetsuo when he's bombarded with a new, insidious energy source that has rendered him telekinetic. Budgeted at eight million dollars, Akira has become a cult favorite in the States thanks to generous midnight-movie exposure and its availibilty on video and cable TV. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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      vossr: . The plot, bold animation and raw energy it exudes makes it a genre standout.
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
    • mgnolan
      mgnolan: One of the greatest films ( not just animation films) this broke ground on how we perceived animation. I believe this film be a true clas
      Reviewed 13 months days ago
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      fb8635451: . It's a mess and maybe perfect for it. Mind boggling hand drawn animation, amazing tribal/electronic score (once again so fitting to the content), searing images of
      Reviewed 18 months days ago
  • Avatar

    Avatar (PG-13, 2009)

    Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez
    "Avatar" is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet f... read moreilled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people.
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      fb591133169: The new 3D technology is fabulous - not so "in your face" as other movies, but rather "you are ther
      Reviewed 23 months days ago
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      fb720486864: Over hyped, cliche-ridden with terrible facial animation. Other than being entirely in cg which a times does look super cool, this movie brings NOT
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • bigscarydrummer
      bigscarydrummer: . like a bad video game. the cgi and animation looked ropey too. jim cameron has made some of my favourite EVER movies but I do not expec
      Reviewed 15 months days ago
  • Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime)

    Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (PG-13, 1999)

    Yji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yko Tanaka, Kaori Kobayashi, Masahiko Nishimura
    This $20 million animated adventure/fantasy quickly became the highest grossing Japanese film in Jap... read moreanese film history (making $150 million in Japan during its first seven months). Set in the 14th century, the ecology-themed epic was directed by Hayao Miyazaki whose previous films were acquired by Disney for U.S. distribution plus other territories. Princess Mononoke depicts a mystical battle between Animal Gods of the forest and humans during Japan's Muromachi Period. Young Ashitaka receives a fatal infection after a demonic wild boar attacks his northern village. Seeking a cure, he sets out to locate the deer-like god Shishigami. Along the way, he sees the rape of the Earth by a mining village. The constant plundering by the village has brought the wrath of the Wolf God, Moro, who attacks the village along with San, a human who was raised by the wolf god. She communicates with the nature spirits -- which is why she is called Princess Mononoke ("spirits of things"). Ashitaka wants these opposing forces to co-exist, and he hopes to bring peace between San and the ironworks owner, Lady Eboshi. However, he is thwarted as higher powers, intent on killing the Shishigama, intrude, and a battle erupts over the future of all nature. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi
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      fb529850735: My all time favorite. It's a great metaphor of how little by little us humans are getting rotten by
      Reviewed 14 months days ago
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      asjklasjklas: . But the animation and fantastical storytelling are just as (if not more) in tact and it's not even questiona
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
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      fb1316800874: . I wish that this had more that 5 stars because it deserves it. The animation is stunning, the translation is excellent as are the prefornances. Of all the Hayao Miyaza
      Reviewed 18 months days ago
  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away (PG, 2001)

    Daveigh Chase, Rumi Hiiragi, Jason Marsden, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki
    Master animation director Hayao Miyazaki follows up on his record-breaking 1997 opus Princess Monono... read moreke with this surreal Alice in Wonderland-like tale about a lost little girl. The film opens with ten-year-old Chihiro riding along during a family outing as her father races through remote country roads. When they come upon a blocked tunnel, her parents decide to have a look around -- even though Chihiro finds the place very creepy. When they pass through the tunnel, they discover an abandoned amusement park. As Chihiro's bad vibes continue, her parents discover an empty eatery that smells of fresh food. After her mother and father help themselves to some tasty purloined morsels, they turn into giant pigs. Chihiro understandably freaks out and flees. She learns that this very weird place, where all sorts of bizarre gods and monsters reside, is a holiday resort for the supernatural after their exhausting tour of duty in the human world. Soon after befriending a boy named Haku, Chihiro learns the rules of the land: one, she must work , as laziness of any kind is not tolerated; and two, she must take on the new moniker of Sen. If she forgets her real name, Haku tells her, then she will never be permitted to leave. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
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      fb100001591643810: This movie is an animation with spirits flying through me I get so into it and the music steals my soul! '
      Reviewed 2 months days ago
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      fb100001887999020: . The animation is sharp, quick, and intense. Their are so many memorable characters, which is what this
      Reviewed 13 days days ago
    • MrMarakai
      MrMarakai: . Not only is his hand drawn animation as gorgeously refined and refreshing as ever, but his storytelling incorporates everything
      Reviewed 7 months days ago
  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro (G, 1988)

    Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Tim Daly, Lea Salonga, Pat Carroll
    This superbly animated children's tale is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan's most beloved an... read moreimators. The story follows Satsuke and Mei, two young girls who find that their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of mystical creatures called Totoros. They befriend O Totoro, the biggest and eldest Totoro, who is also the king of the forest. As their girls' mother lies sick in the hospital, O Totoro brings the sisters on a magical adventure but also helps them to understand the realities of life. Like most films released by Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli, this family-oriented feature has a powerful ecological theme. The English-language version of this film wasn't dubbed until many years later, explaining the presence of actors such as Dakota Fanning in the cast (who wasn't even born until 1994). ~ Jonathan E. Laxamana, Rovi
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      fb755078042: . Like with any animation, I am always afraid whether or not it would include things that would appeal to me as matu
      Reviewed 21 days days ago
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      fb511895794: . The animation is awesome, the voice acting it on point and it's just a fun family movie to watch! Highly
      Reviewed 10 months days ago
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      fb1664034896: . Hayao Miyazaki is no stranger when it comes to great storytelling, a real triumph on animation.
      Reviewed 7 months days ago