What Are Your Five Favourite Animated Movies?

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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?


    Toy story 3 and spirited away. Only animated movies I have cried in.

      Toy Story 3.....I cried like a baby.

    1. WALL-E
    2. WALL-E
    3. WALL-E
    4. WALL-E
    5. WALL-E

    Batman Mask of the Phantasm
    The Incredibles
    Toy Story

    Ghost in the Shell
    Porco Rosso

      Kudos for Redline. I can't say it's in my top 5 but it deserves much more recognition than what it has.

    Ponyo/Spirited Away
    Pokemon The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back
    How to Train Your Dragon (No. 2 was better objectively but didn't have the same flair that No. 1 had)

    Studio Ghibli just does it without any form of narration.

    How am I supposed to choose five? :sob:

    It's hard for the whole list not to be Ghibli films, but here goes:

    ~ Spirited Away
    ~ Wolf Children
    ~ Paprika
    ~ How to Train Your Dragon
    ~ Up

    This list is not all accurate. Pretty sure it works be all Ghibli films otherwise...

      I really like Satoshi Kon movies, but they get edged out by the 5 I have listed just.

        Tokyo Godfathers is getting a Blu-ray release tomorrow... I better get onto that...

    Ghost in the Shell
    My Neighbour Totoro
    Fantastic Mr Fox
    Heavy Metal
    Waltz with Bashir

    Oh this is hard, damn. In no particular order:

    • Princess Mononoke
    • Spirited Away
    • End of Evangelion
    • The Lion King
    • Your Name

    1. Ratatouille
    2. Ponyo
    3. Spirited Away
    4. The Lion King
    5. Monsters Inc

    Bonus: The Iron Giant

    It would be easy to just list out 5 Ghibli films and be done with it, so I'll add a few others that I am quite fond of:
    Toy Story 3
    The Aristocats
    The Lion King
    Inside Out

    1. Footrot Flats
    2. My Neighbour Totoro
    3. Ninja Scroll
    4. Robin Hood (Disney)
    5. Cars

      Props for Robin Hood! It narrowly missed out a place in my own Top 5, but it'd definitely be in my Top 10 :)

    In no particular order:

    - Perfect Blue
    - Sleeping Beauty
    - Beauty and the Beast
    - Grave of the Fireflies
    - Ninja Scroll

      If all you want to do is cry and destroy your soul, then yes go watch Grave of the Fireflies.

      Indeed make sure your small children are watching....the first scene where the young boy passes away is a great way to introduce the fear of death into your kids.

        I went into Grave of the Fireflies not knowing anything about it and it pretty much destroyed me. I don't think I've ever cried as much as I did after watching it.

    Iron Giant
    The Animatrix
    A Scanner Darkley
    Ghost in the Shell

    Have yet to see Akira

      Ooooh, Coraline is a good choice.

      I'd probably sub in Kubo though.

        It doesn't look as dark as Coraline though I like the visual style

    In no particular order:
    Escaflowne (movie)
    Castle of Cagliostro
    Girl Who Leapt Through Time

      If you enjoy Castle of Cagliostro I highly recommend The Gravestone of Daisuke Jigen. It's a the latest Lupin III OVA and it is super stylish and fun to watch.

    Ninja Scroll.
    Spirited Away.
    The Incredibles.

    Edit for Honorable Mention - Jungle Book.

    Last edited 05/09/17 12:24 pm

    Pink Floyd, the wall,
    The lion king,
    Ninja scroll.

    Wolf Children
    Millennium Actress
    Spirited Away
    Transformers: The Movie

    Castle of Cagliostro
    Ninja Scroll
    South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
    The Lion King

    In no particular order. There should probably be at least twenty.
    Lion King (I'm disappointed by it's absence in your list Alex)
    Howl's Moving Castle
    Wolf Children
    My Neighbour Totoro

    Spirited Away
    Princess Mononoke
    April and the Extraordinary World

    What about The Rescuers???? Great flick.

    The Rescuers Down Under also fun for the kids. and me.

    Oh and Pooh's Heffalump Movie was lovely.

      I was a big fan of The Rescuers Down under as a child - I rewatched it on an Air Qatar flight a month or so ago (now 30).

      Hasn't missed a beat.

      Last edited 05/09/17 2:17 pm

    Excluding anime (because there's already enough Studio Ghibli recommendations).

    Fantastic Planet
    World of Tomorrow
    Waking Life

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