Animation, without a single shred of doubt is today the most accessible and popular form of viewing entertainment. Feature length films, commercials, documentaries, shows, cartoons, everything that the world has seen in live action can be masterfully recreated today in stunning animation, which is also one of the oldest forms of animation, when the dreams and fantasies of storyboard artists took flight, and the added dimension of motion gave birth to a form of art that made possible talking animals, superhuman heroes, and many more only restricted by man’s imagination.
Undeniably, Disney has been at the spearhead of this revolution and a stalwart ever since the beginning, but the world of computer animation has seen the rise of some prominent players including Illumination, Dreamworks and even studio Ghibli, who have done some work beyond fantastic on the eastern side of the globe. This year too, the animation market flourished with some truly innovative films on display, and audiences turning out to watch them in increasing numbers. Summer films and festive films as usual performed the best, but there were some truly exceptional gems that were comparatively overlooked and had hush hush releases at the theatres. This article enlists the very best that animation had to offer in the form of theatrical feature films, both independent and backed by large production houses, in 2018. The list includes Marvel animated movies, DC animated movies, kids animated movies, Disney animated movies, Pixar animated movies and funny animated movies.
10. Early Man
Take this. The plot of the film involves a community of stone-age dwellers under attack from another community that have harvested bronze weapons, and the conflict between them is resolved using a football match. The film quite lives up to its zany premise for the most part except for the occasional faltering here and there, and its muppets like stop motion animation only adds to that. Aardman is kind of the only prominent name in British animation right now and they have made better films, I’ll give you that, but despite that, ‘Early Man’ is a highly entertaining film with its heart in the right place, although its mind may wander from time to time.
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9. Next Gen
It is impossible to watch ‘Next Gen’ and not draw comparisons to Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6’ which is undeniably a better film, and all the comparisons by that virtue seriously bring down this film’s case. I agree that the comparisons are mostly warranted, but ‘Next Gen’ deserves a watch atleast for what it is, while appealing to a more mature, teen audience than ‘Big Hero 6’ does. Like the other film, what mostly works for ‘Next Gen’ is the human-robot relationship at its core that propels the movie forward through occasional hiccups. Apart from that, great voice performances from John Krasinski and the rest of the cast, the occasional funny stuff and crisp animation may make it worth your while.
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