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   Movies & Documentaries

Perhaps the best part of our job in this industry, is having a valid excuse to watch cartoons! If you
love animation like we do, then these films and documentaries will be right up your alley.

Watching the great animated films of our time is sure to inspire and perhaps even give you ideas for
your next piece of work.

Classic Cartoons
1. 50 Greatest Animated Films

A book by animation historian Jerry Beck. It consists of articles about 50 highly regarded animated
short films made in North America and other notable cartoons, which are ranked according to a poll
of 1,000 people working in the animation industry. Click on the link to get to know them.

Documentaries About Animation


1. FRANK AND OLLIE (1995)

Legendary Walt Disney animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston helped create the studio’s
signature style. In this documentary, the pair look back on their pioneering work on such children’s
classics as “Lady and the Tramp,” “Bambi” and “Pinocchio.” Over their decades-long careers, Frank
and Ollie remained not only close collaborators but inseparable friends; that’s clear enough as the duo
fondly recall their time together bringing drawings to life.

1. WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY (2009)

Through extensive use of archival clips, documentarian Don Hahn explores how Walt Disney
Animation Studios broke out of their mid-1980s box-office slump. The film focuses on the group of
young, ambitious animators and filmmakers, such as Tim Burton and “Toy Story” director John
Lasseter, who struggled against outside competition and old-guard studio executives within the
company to reclaim Disney’s legacy as a producer of world-class animated entertainment.

1. THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS (2013)

Filmmaker Mami Sunada follows Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki and Isao Takahata over the course
of a year as Studio Ghibli prepares to release two films.

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1. CHUCK JONES EXTREMES AND IN BETWEENS A LIFE IN ANIMATION (2000)

The life and works of a legendary animator.

1. WALT & EL GRUPO (2008)

In 1941, the U.S. government asks Walt Disney to embark on a goodwill tour of South America.
Though relations at the studio are rocky at the time, Disney, his wife and a handpicked creative team
visit Argentina, Chile, Brazil and other nations. In the process of gathering story material, Disney and
his team fulfill a de facto diplomatic mission, forging relationships with Latin artists.

1. LIFE, ANIMATED (2016)

“The Little Mermaid,” “The Lion King” and other animated Disney movies help a young autistic man
to develop reading, writing and communication skills.

Animated Featured Films


1. THE SECRET OF KELLS (2009 - IRELAND)

In the remote Irish woods, Cellach (Brendan Gleeson) prepares a fortress for an impending attack by
a Viking war party. Unbeknown to Cellach, his young nephew Brendan (Evan McGuire) -- who has
no taste for battle -- works secretly as an apprentice in the scriptorium of the local monastery,
learning the ancient art of calligraphy.

1. SONG OF THE SEA (2014 - IRELAND)

An Irish youth (David Rawle) discovers that his mute sister is a selkie who must find her voice and
free supernatural creatures from the spell of a Celtic goddess (Fionnula Flanagan).

1. THE BOY AND THE WORLD (2013 - BRAZIL)

Cuca’s cozy rural life is shattered when his father leaves for the city, prompting him to embark on a
quest to reunite his family. The young boy’s journey unfolds like a tapestry, the animation taking on
greater complexity as his small world expands. The film’s music is on equal footing with the stunning
visuals, a soundscape of pan-flute, samba, and Brazilian hip-hop mixing with the whirling carnival
colors and exploding fireworks.

1. NOCTURNA (2007 - SPAIN)

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Upon discovering a magical nighttime realm, an orphan battles a shadowy villain who threatens to
extinguish the stars.

1. ERNEST AND CELESTINE (2012 - FRANCE)

A bear named Ernest and a mouse named Celestine form an unlikely friendship.

1. THE ILLUSIONIST (2010 - FRANCE / SCOTLAND)

Magic tricks can’t compete with rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s, so a French illusionist (Jean-Claude
Donda) finds himself touring Scotland’s shabby pubs and run-down restaurants. But things brighten
for him when he meets Alice (Eilidh Rankin), a girl who believes his powers are real.

1. PERSEPOLIS (2007 - FRANCE)

Based on Satrapi’s graphic novel about her life in pre and post-revolutionary Iran and then in Europe.
The film traces Satrapi’s growth from child to rebellious, punk-loving teenager in Iran. In the
background are the growing tensions of the political climate in Iran in the 70s and 80s, with members
of her liberal-leaning family detained and then executed, and the background of the disastrous
Iran/Iraq war.

1. A CAT IN PARIS (FRANCE)

A girl, struck mute by the trauma of her father’s death, follows her pet cat across the Parisian
rooftops and discovers that the animal has been working as a burglar’s accomplice

1. CATS DON’T DANCE (1997 - USA)

A world of cats and Danny (Scott Bakula) is trying to break into ‘30s Hollywood. His only problem
is that he’s a cat and he can’t understand why he’s only getting parts playing an animal. He gets into
trouble with a human star and almost sees his chance at a movie career disappear.

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