By Meredith Franco Meyers Jul 12, Miguel is a young boy forbidden by his many relatives to play music, but he yearns to become a musician. Prepare yourself because you will cry during this movie—a lot!
Here are 25 of the best. When Kristoff discovers Anna is engaged to someone she just met, he works a subtle but effective size joke into his interrogation of how well the princess really knows her betrothed. Get it?
Fortunately, when it comes to animated movies, Netflix has doubled down. The selection of animated film for both kids and adults has never been better, including several offerings from blockbuster studios like Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks, for children and adults alike. If you just want to find movies for the little ones to watch, you can also check out our guide to The 40 Best Kids Movies Streaming on Netflix or even the 10 Best Disney Movies on Netflix.
What was once considered a cinematic distraction for children has blossomed into a medium that's as creatively fertile and emotionally resonant as any live-action films aimed at the and-over crowd or, in the case of a stunner like Anomalisa, an incredible substitute for "adult" movies featuring actual adults. So we're counting down our picks for the 40 greatest animated movies of all time — the features and a handful of key shorts too good not to include that have pushed the boundaries of what drawn lines, computerized pixels or manipulated puppets could accomplish for filmgoers. These are the ones that scare us, move us, crack us up and remind us of how fun and moving it is to watch cartoons, etc. After Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski finished working together on the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, they re-teamed for this imaginatively oddball animated western, about a pet lizard who gets stranded in a desert town and becomes its reluctant savior.
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Animationthe art of making inanimate objects appear to move. Animation is an artistic impulse that long predates the movies. Some of the same sense of magic, mystery, and transgression still adheres to contemporary film animation, which has made it a primary vehicle for exploring the overwhelming, often bewildering emotions of childhood—feelings once dealt with by folktales.
Flip books and zoetropes revealed the mesmerizing power of animation to humans before movies were even invented in the late 19th century. And if you really wanted to journey back in time, look to prehistoric cave art where animals drawn with excessive pairs of legs created the illusion of motion when illuminated by fire — it might be considered the first animation. So it was inevitable, practically human nature, that animation grew in tandem with cinema from the beginning.