The 14 Best Animated Movies

by | Aug 4, 2017 | 1 | πŸ“‘ GEEKISH, 🎬 FILM

These are the best animated movies from around the world. At least I think so…
I didn’t want to make another list of the most popular and well-known animated movies so it came handy that most of my favorites are also lesser known ones. But it doesn’t mean that these beautiful, emotionally rich and thoughtful movies don’t deserve your attention. These animations are all a great piece of cinematic art and are all highly praised and acknowledged by professionals and movie fans alike.

Although I have to admit, I couldn’t just leave out a couple well-known ones that are way too close to my heart.

1 | MARY AND MAX
MARY AND MAX
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One of my all-time favorites! Mary & Max is about a young Australian girl’s and an elderly man’s unique and deep friendship. Their relationship develops into friendship soon after they become penpals.

It’s a beautiful tale about two lonely, incomplete souls who somehow make a genuine connection.

2 | HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE
HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE
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Ghibli studio movies are pretty well-known worldwide. But I couldn’t leave it off my list. Probably every nerdy person who leads a geeky lifestyle is pretty much obsessedΒ with Mr. Miyazaki. I’m no different. Despite the fact that it gained quite and big audience worldwide and theirΒ movies are in the news and win international awards and so on… I still meet plenty of people who heard about these movies but never actually watched one.Β  Now is the best time to change that!

I probably saw this a hundred times and probably will watch it a thousand times more. The story is captivating and wondrous. The animation is breathtaking, the colors are magical and of course, the soundtrack is your next favorite one.

Hayao Miyazaki is one of my favorite directors and animators of all time. His most well-known work is probably Spirited Away. Which is also a gorgeous piece that won a well-deserved Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards. Still, Howl’s moving castle just sneaks right in the bottom of your heart and moves in for long term.

After Sophie has a rather unfortunate meeting with the evil Witch of Waste, she befriends the wonderful Wizard Howl, his pupil Marukuru, and Calcifer the fire demon whose powers help Howl’s castle move. They soon bond and try and help each other to break the spells they have to bear.

If you love to read you should check out the book as well from
Diana Jones Wynne

3 | CORALINE
Coraline
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Coraline is the coolest person around. This is a stop motion piece of art. I love everything about it. If I watched any animated movie more times than Howl’s moving castle, it is probably Coraline. Especially considering the fact that I put this movie on most of the time I can’t sleep. The beautiful soundtrack flies you into a magical land that only a few can.
It’s a little dark but wonder-filled story, with fantastic world building and unique characters. I hope Henry Selick will create another masterpiece such as Coraline.

Coraline accidentally discovers a door in her home that leads to an alternate world, where her parents, her friends, and even her neighbors are talking and acting the way she pleases.
Everything is fun until she realizes that her Other Mother wants to keep her there forever. She needs to use all her bravery, smarts, and resources to get out of this parallel world.

If you love to read you should check out the book as well from
Neil Gaiman

4 | THE LITTLE PRINCE
The Little Prince
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I’m sure you heard about the book once or twice in your life. The Little Prince was one of my favorite books growing up and still one of my favorites. This beautiful animation helps you live through this magical experience one more time with a little twist.
The Little Prince is about an elderly, quirky aviator and his precocious friend. They embark on a journey together, where they learn about friendship, imagination, sincerity, and even grief as she rediscovers her childhood and learns that it’s human connections that matter most.
If you love to read you should check out the book as well from
Antoine de Saint-ExupΓ©ry

5 | WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE
When Marnie was there
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When Marnie was there is probably the most melancholic animation on the list. This one is another perfect Studio Ghibli movie.

Although, the story has its supernatural elements it deals with serious and easily relatable issues, such as overcoming isolation and deeply-rooted awkwardness.
Beautifully animated, with heartfelt characters, story, and a soundtrack list you’re going to download straight away.
Hailee explores a long-abandoned villa and meets a mysterious blonde girl only she can see.

6 | APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD
April and the Extraordinary World
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A lovely, French movie about a genius orphan girl, her talking cat, and her parent’s mysterious death.
She has to use all her knowledge if she wants to figure out what happened to her parents and escape a similar end.
The animation is just charming. I’m a sucker for steampunk and April and the Extraordinary World is the best animated steampunk movie I have seen. The story is fun, adventurous, and mysterious. Filled with all the science and magic that Paris can offer in a steampunk world.

7 | ERNEST & CELESTINE
Ernest & Celestine
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Ernest & Celestine is probably the cutest and the most charming animation on the list. It’s about an unlikely friendship between a mouse and a bear. This warm story is not just about friendship but honesty and acceptance.

8 | SONG OF THE SEA
Song of the Sea
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Song of the Sea is about the Irish myths and legends. They sure created a magical world that pulls you in, keeps you entertained and curious till the end.

It’s about Ben discovering that his mute little sister Saoirse is a selkie who must find her voice and free supernatural creatures from the spell of a Celtic goddess. So they embark on a journey to find their way back to home.

9 | THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE
The Triplets Of Belleville
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There is hardly a dialogue in The Triplets Of Belleville but it doesn’t mean that the movie can’t speak volumes. I’m a big fan of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. This fact probably played a significant role in falling in love with this movie. Has a blend of dark and glamour in it, with quirky characters, fabulous sound design, and eccentric details.

And of course lots of laughs.

A sweet elderly lady becomes involved in an international intrigue when her grandson is kidnapped and taken abroad. Joined by her faithful dog, Bruno, Souza embarks on a journey to find Champion (his grandson) and stumbles across unlikely allies in the form of three sisters who are veterans of the vaudeville stage. Tracking down Champion’s criminal captors, the quartet of old women use their wits to win the day.

10 | CHICO & RITA
Chico & Rita Animated Movie
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Havanna, New York, Paris, and Vegas. Love, heartbreak, passion & Jazz. Chico & Rita has it all!

A Cuban pianist becomes smitten with a sultry singer, leading to a passionate but star-crossed romance that reaches across six decades.

11 | BOY AND THE WORLD
Boy And The World
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Boy And The World is colorful, visually thrilling, and joyous. Yet, angry and depressing enough so that the viewer can deeply resonate with the story and characters while being swept away by this original, dreamy world.
A little boy goes on an adventurous quest in search of his father.

12 | THE SNOW QUEEN (1957)
The Snow Queen Animated Movie
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The Snow Queen is a Russian delight from the 50’s. The animation is lovely and it has the old timey fairy tale feeling from the beginning till the end. Nothing really socially or morally important behind the lines but it’s a true feel-good tale with charming animation.

Hans Christian Andersen’s story about a girl’s quest to find a kidnapped friend in an evil queen’s icy abode.

When the Snow Queen, a lonely and powerful fairy, kidnaps the human boy, Kay, his best friend Gerda must overcome many obstacles on her journey to rescue him.

13 | THE SECRET OF KELLS
The Secret of Kells
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A truly stunning artwork mixing together the present and the past and the modern with the mythical world. The Secret of Kells is a mesmerizing tale with a wondrous soundtrack. A young boy in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids is summoned to adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers.

14 | THE BOOK OF LIFE
THE BOOK OF LIFE Best Animated Movie
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Beautiful, unique with a great, engaging story and it also has plenty laugh out loud moments.

THE BOOK OF LIFE, a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero, and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village.

What’s on your list?
Thanks for reading!
Best Animated Movies
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