Our pick of animated films that remind us of our childhood

Even today, nothing can beat the beauty of an animated film. The manmade characters, moving objects, voice-overs, and artificial set up, every bit of animated films astonish us with their creative brilliance. The films and the long list of animated characters are etched in our hearts till date. No matter how old we grow and how far we go, we can never get over those cartoon movies. From Aladdin to Finding Nemo, we would love to watch cartoon movies time and again and relive our childhood days.

Let us take you through 9 of the best animated films of all times.

Robin Hood: Released in 1973, this 21st century Disney animated American feature film was the first film from the studio after the demise of Walt Disney. Though the film received praise from critics and turned to be a box office success, heavy use of recycled animation resulted in excessive criticism. But, despite criticisms, Robin Hood is still one of the best animated movies and we can watch it again and travel back in time.

Beauty and the Beast: This 1991 animated musical fantasy film is the 30th Disney animated feature film based on a French fairy tale. Beauty and the Beast happened to be the first animated film to win Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

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Aladdin: We all associate our childhood with Aladdin. This animated musical fantasy film is based on Aladdin, an Arabian street urchin who falls in love with Princess Jasmine. Since he was not a prince and cannot marry the princess, he finds a magic lamp with a genie from the Cave of Wonders that turns himself into a prince. Released in November 1992, Aladdin received two Academy Awards and became the highest-grossing and one of the best animated films of all times.

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The Lion King: This is probably the only movie that taught Shakespeare in the most pictorial manner and at a time when we were trying to learn numbers and alphabets. The scorching forestland of Africa and an all-animated animal cast, The Lion King is a beautiful adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Simba, Mufasa, Scar, and Nala, and Simba’s only motto “Hakuna Matata”, will be etched in our hearts forever. The childhood favourite is not only recalled for brilliant animation but also for the emotional touch and soul-stirring music composed by Elton John.

Toy Story: This was the first feature-length film to have an entire work of computer animation. It received Academy Awards nomination for Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song. The story revolves around astronaut Buzz Lightyear and cowboy Woody, two rivals who gradually overcome their differences and turn into friends. Toy Story presented to us an ethereal world where toys are living but pretend to be non-living in the presence of their human counterparts.

Monsters Inc.: This is a 2001 computer-animated comedy film that centres around two monsters, James P. “Sulley” Sullivan and Mike Wazowski employed at a so-called energy-producing factory Monsters, Inc. The skilled monsters enter the human world to scare children. It is only when the monsters found that children are toxic, and love, respect and compassion are more powerful than fear, that they got determined to find a solution.

Shrek: It’s a 2001 computer-animated comedy film that had two sets of audiences, adults and children. In fact, Shrek received worldwide praise for featuring adult-oriented humour and catering to children’s interest at the same time. The children within us can never forget Shrek, the highly territorial green ogre; the countless fairy tale creatures, the talking Donkey, and Princess Fiona.

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Finding Nemo: This American adventure feature film narrates the story of Merlin, a cute clownfish and Dory, a forgetful regal blue tang, who went all the way to Sydney Harbour in search of Nema, his son who was abducted from the Great Barrier Reef. Finding Nemo won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. With over 40 million DVD copies sold, it happened to be the best selling DVD of all time.

 The Incredibles: The 2004 computer-animated film revolves around Parrs, a family of superheroes who hide their superpowers as per government mandate and attempts to live a regular life in an urban setting. The concept of the film dates back to 1993. It is written and directed by Brad Bird and produced by Pixar Animation Studios. The film was released by Walt Disney Pictures.



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