It is a mistaken belief that animated films cater solely to children as a target audience. It is while compiling this list that I realised just how many brilliant animation movies have been released in this century. I’d say that this was my hardest list to compile and many great films missed out to even greater ones. Of the large number of films released in this century so far, I’ve picked out what I believe are the best of the pack. Here is the list of top carton movies of recent times.
15. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
A bright and original Disney film. Even though it lost the Best Animated Feature Oscar to ‘Brave’ in 2012, I believe it is a much better movie than its counterpart. The film is a love letter to gaming and has a clever and interesting premise. It follows the story of Ralph, a video game villain, who doesn’t want to be a baddie anymore. The pop culture references the film makes towards the classic video games and the cameos which a few legendary gaming characters make (Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac Man, etc.) are a delight to watch for people who grew up playing these games. The emotional wallop this film packs is surprisingly moving and the characters are memorable as is the case with most Disney films. ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ is an entertaining joy ride which manages to pack a message for its audience.
14. Ice Age (2002)
Known to be the film that announced Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios as one of the big names in the making of animated movies, ‘Ice Age’ is surprisingly original and completely refreshing. The film as the title suggests is set completely in the Ice Age and features most of the prehistoric animals living in that era. The characters are well rounded and believable, the group dynamics are well presented and you find yourself rooting for the characters far sooner than you would expect. Scrat, the saber-toothed prehistoric squirrel, who is in a relentless quest to find and eat an acorn nut features in some of the most enjoyable scenes in the film. The combination of slapstick and smart humour works really well and are enjoyable for all age groups.
13. Kung Fu Panda (2008)