Movies are a wonderful way to relax. If you have had a busy week, you can de-stress yourself over the weekend by watching some thriller, comedy or romantic flick if you like to play it safe or go for some scientific fiction, romantic comedy, fantasy romance or biography crime if you are looking for something new and innovative. In spite of having a huge variety of genres, what relaxes me the most is a cute, not-too long animated movie. Yes, I love to watch animated movies. No, I’m not a ten-year old girl who likes Barbies and soft toys and princess castles. Unlike popular belief, animated movies are not just about cute characters, fantasies and childish stories. If you too are a fan of endless imagination and boundless creativity of human mind mixed with feelings of love and togetherness, then check out the following list of top 10 animated movies:
10. Finding Nemo
Produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures, Finding Nemo came out in 2003. A heart touching story about a fearless little clownfish Nemo, who has an underdeveloped fin, the movie shows how Nemo elopes in order to live a life of her dreams and gets caught by scuba divers. Her father Marlin, accompanied by an optimistic friend Dory sets out to look for Nemo and what follows is a tale of courage and faith in one’s own self. The movie teaches us that no adversity is strong enough to stop us from following our desires. It encourages us to follow our dreams till the end of the earth, just like Nemo.
9. Toy Story
First film ever to be produced by Pixar Animation Studios, Toy Story was released by Walt Disney Pictures in 1995. Through the story of a bunch of anthropomorphic toys, this movie describes the pure bond of friendship in simplest levels. Aspects like ignoring your old friends when you meet new people in life, sticking with your friends through the thick and thin of life, and standing up for your loved ones are very beautifully depicted in the film. It is widely considered by many critics to be one of the best animated films ever made.
8. The Incredibles
Once again, produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2004, The Incredibles is an incredible movie which follows the life of a family of superheroes who are forced to suppress their powers and live the life of a commoner. Its animation is extremely lifelike, with detailed human anatomy, clothing and realistic skin and hair. It shows the struggle of a good person who wants to survive in this society and help the needy ones but is restricted by the evil forces and the society itself. What people see is the childish story of boom-boom battle between superheroes and supervillians, but what I see is the deep, intrinsic feeling of conflict which prevents the goodness from existing in this society, and the strength of love and support of your family!
A scientific-fiction romantic comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios in 2008, Wall-E is the unique love story between a robot Wall-E who is made to clean the trash from Earth’s surface and Eve, another robot who is sent from a space station to collect any last existing sign of reproductive life form from Earth. Without a single dialogue, the robots express what sometimes even humans fail to do. Through body language and robotic sounds, Wall-E and Eve present an extra ordinary love story in a distant future land which shows how true love is not bound by any physical factor. The robots exhibit emotions and free will just like human beings and bring out tears of awe and sweet happiness in the eyes of its viewers.
Produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2010, Tangled is loosely based on the famous story of Rapunzel. It follows the life of a lost princess with magical golden hair who is stolen by a witch and kept as a captive for eighteen long years. One day an intruder, Flynn Rider (the most handsome animated character EVER!) breaks into her tower and her life takes a full turn. With insanely beautiful sceneries, soothing background music and the amazing sequences of ‘floating lanterns’, this movie tells you what it means to break free from the norms of society and take risks. It encourages you to trust in yourself and take up adventures.
5. How to Train Your Dragon
A fantasy film by DreamWorks Animation, How to Train Your Dragon was released in 2010. It shows the story of Hiccup, a young boy of the Viking world who was supposed to be a great dragon-slayer, just like his father and forefathers. Unlike other boys of his age, Hiccup was not a very sharp killer of dragons and hence brought shame to his father, the chief of Vikings. One day he manages to capture a dragon, which turns out to be deadliest of all. But instead of killing it, Hiccup befriends it. And thus starts a tale of friendship and love, not just for others but for one’s own self too. The story of Hiccup instills in us the courage to break free from the shackles of traditions and rules and carve our own niche in life with success.
4. Despicable Me
Released by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment in 2010, Despicable Me is a comedy film best known for its super cute team of little yellow minions. It presents the story of super villain Gru, who is so bad that he plans to steal the moon! With the help of his army of minions, who have their own hilarious gibberish language, he carries out the evil plan but as destiny had planned otherwise, he lands up with three orphan girls who are too young to understand anything evil. They love Gru unconditionally and slowly, as the power of love works wonders, Gru turns from ‘superbad’ to ‘superdad’. The movie well depicts the power of love which can conquer any adversity in this world.
Produced by Pixar Animation Studios in 2009, Up is a drama-adventure animated movie which shows the life of Carl Fredricksen, an elderly man and his unfulfilled wishes which consists of travelling to the wilds of South America. We also have Russell, a wilderness explorer and one of the cutest characters in animated movies till now, who accompanies Carl (rather forcefully) to his dream journey. The journey which began as Carl’s tribute to his late wife develops into a life altering experience for both of them. It is a beautiful movie of togetherness, loyalty and living life to the fullest, no matter how old you are!
2. Kung Fu Panda
Produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures in 2008, Kung Fu Panda is a martial arts action-comedy animated movie. The protagonist is a cute, cuddly, pot-bellied panda Po who is adopted by a goose and lives the life as instructed by his loving father till destiny takes its course and he lands into the world of Kung Fu. The movie is a contemporary take on the age old concept of destiny set in the mystic land of China. Nobody could have imagined a fat ass panda fighting and defeating the evil Tai Lung. But he does it, by believing in himself, by letting the destiny take its course, by acknowledging his inner strength, by embracing peace.
1. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
The name synonymous with crazy fun, erratic dialogues, maniacal dance moves and hell lot of swag, Madagascar 3 was produced by DreamWorks Animation in 2012. Third installment in the Madagascar series, this movie has everything to cheer up an absolutely dull day. Whether it’s the accent of Marty, the bootylicious Gloria, the awesome background music, the super cool penguins, the royal King Julian or the little bundle of joy Mort, everything in this movie will make you go bonkers! I have seen it nth times already, and I can still watch it many more times. Amidst all the silly fun, we get to learn the value of love, friendship and teamwork in our lives, we get to groove to tunes of happiness and carefree joy. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re missing out too much!