Chances are the first movie you ever saw was animation. Exuberant, colourful and full of wonder, animation is the stuff of childhood. It introduces us to the magic of cinema. From directors such Fantastic Mr Fox
’s Wes Anderson, Ice Age
’s Carlos Saldanha, Wallace & Gromit
’s Nick Park, to critics and fans alike – animation doesn’t just mean kids’ and family movies. Worldwide innovators have adapted the form to include action, politics, and race. Animation has grown up right before our eyes. From the timeless Disney classics, the best Pixar films to sophisticated modern works from Japan’s cottage industry – anime, one thing is certain: Animation is an endless well of fun. Here are our favourites.The Incredibles (2004)Director:
Brad Bird.Best quote:
‘When everyone’s super…no one will be.’Defining moment:
‘No capes!’ declares Edna Mode, the film’s snooty fashionista, and we see the fates that befell some unlucky caped crusaders.
Pixar’s first film to earn a PG rating signalled a grabbing of the brass ring: Yes, the studio’s computer animation was peerless, but could it also do marital malaise, middle-aged belly spread and sneakily ambitious philosophy tucked into spandex? Writer-director Brad Bird commanded control unprecedented since the days of old Walt. The plot’s spirit proved infectious. Thematically, the movie’s deepest fear concerns the creeping slump of mediocrity: If greatness lies within us, why can’t we let it out? Joshua Rothkopf View Why I can't stand animated films