Animated movies are one of my favourite childhood memories, and they’re the focus for this week’s Off Topic. Let’s narrow it down to five.
We’ve got plenty of anime fans amongst the Kotaku crew, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that there are plenty of fans of animated movies. Mark’s written in the past how he loves How to Train Your Dragon more than anything else, and while I don’t know that it’d be my favourite of all time, it’s definitely in the top 5.
It’s really hard to nail down a top five, especially since how much I enjoy films often depends on what else is happening in my life at the time, the state of mind I’m in, and all that. But I generally find that anything I return to is pretty good, so here’s my five favourite anime films:
- Howl’s Moving Castle: Not the most beloved Miyazaki production, but one of the sweetest. Gets me every time.
- How to Train Your Dragon: Dreamworks doing Pixar better than Pixar.
- Toy Story: But when Pixar are at the top of their game, they’re still better than most filmmakers. Anywhere.
- Ratatouille: As you can tell, I’m a big Pixar fan. Lot of charm here, a very cute rat, features a lot of food, and Peter O’Toole’s speech at the end is brilliant, especially if you dabble in creative criticism from time to time (hello!).
- Aladdin: First animated movie I remember seeing at the cinemas. There were only two families in the cinema at the time. Actual. Best.
What’s your top 5 animated movies, and why?