The Most Popular Animated Movies

The film industry has become a popular source of entertainment. Initially, the films were only watched during free time. Now, however, they have become a regular part of our lives. This can be attributed to the efficiency and diversity of modern filmmakers. They have certainly devised effective techniques to keep the public engrossed and captivated. Conversing regarding the factors that make a film popular, it can not be denied that a movie can not succeed if it does not have a positive visual appeal. Captivating visual effects and high-quality graphics are what charm spectators and, thus, make a film popular.

Graphics are particularly important in animated films. This is because these films are thoroughly based on graphics and can not possibly succeed without appealing visual effects. In fact, it is amazing how some animated movies are praised and remembered more than the usual movies with real-life performers. Here are some animated movies that have been very popular in recent years.

Even if you do not watch a lot of movies, you would probably be familiar with Toy Story. This has been one of the most popular animated movies. The movie, which has three parts, describes the life of toys. It describes how toys are living beings, though humans do not realize it. The movie is a common favorite among children as well as adults.

Another popular animated movie is The Iron Giant. It is based on a book, which describes the story of a robot. In fact, the movie was made because of the immense popularity of the book. It was presented as a cartoon movie and it is an undeniable fact that the graphics of the movie, paired with the perfect sound effects, made it extremely popular. Another cartoon movie that has been immensely popular among children is Despicable Me.

As for classic animated movies, Metropolis is a common favorite. The movie aims at describing the conflicts that can occur between two different parts of the society. The movie is full of amazing visuals, because of which it is considered as the best classic animated movie. Also, when talking about old animated movies, no one can forget Mickey Mouse. The character is one of the best ones introduced by Walt Disney. It has been over 70 years since the movie was released and, yet, it is popular and unforgettable. Even after several decades, the character remains a favorite among children.

Top 3 Animation Movies For Kids

Over the past two decades, animated movies have become more and more popular. In the past five years, animated films have dominated the box office grossing well over $1 billion. These movies are great stories, great entertainment for kids, and great entertainment for an entire family. Here are the top three animated movies for kids that you have to see.

Epic

A 2013 blockbuster based on the children’s book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, Epic is the tale of young Mary Katherine, whose father believes there is another world where little soldiers protect the forest. Mary Katherine is pulled into this world and discovers that her father was right. The Leaf Men protect the forest that Mary Katherine and her father live near from evil creatures known as Boggans. The film has romance, adventure, and serious action as the Leaf Men battle the evil forces to protect the forest. Watch the movie trailer once and you’ll see why Epic is a must see film.

Monsters University

In the works for several years, Monsters University is a prequel to the original Monsters, Inc. set 10 years prior to the events of the original film. Main characters Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman) go to college to major in scaring and wind up in the same fraternity. The intellectual Wazowksi clashes with the fun-loving Sullivan and the two become enemies before becoming best friends. One look at the movie trailer and Monsters University looks like an animated Animal House. The prequel will be just as good, if not better, than the original.

Madagascar 3

It’s the third installment in the Madagascar series and this time everyone’s favorite animals are trying to find their way back home to New York. The animals wind up in Europe where they are pursued by the villainous French Animal Control officer, Captain DuBois, voiced by Frances McDormand. To make it back to America, the animals become part of a traveling circus on the brink of failure. When they finally reach New York, the zoo animals realize they have reinvented the circus with their new friends and begin to reconsider where home really is. And, if you haven’t seen Marty the zebra, played by Chris Rock, singing “Afro-circus” in the movie trailer, the film is worth it just for the song. It will play over and over in your head for days.

Top Animated Movies

Animated movies are drawing an indiscernible separating boundary between the animation and reality. Animation has been widely used throughout the years, and it is indeed getting better every day. In fact, most of the animation applied into movies is too great, certainly worthy for your pennies.

Among the many best animated movies, Shrek, released in 2001 was one awesome film, winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. It was an American movie based on the fairy tale of Willian Steig’s book released in 1990. Commercially, it was truly successful and upon its release, it was named as the animated film that fascinated not only young youths but also adults and the elderly. The story lingers about Shrek, the green ogre who claimed that his life was massively intruded by the emergence of other fairytale beings hence coming up with the decision of leaving the swamp thus seeking Farquaad to return his solitude.

The Wall-E is also one of the awesome animated films. It was released in 2008 as a computer-animated science fiction that tells the story of the robot named to be Wall-E. The robot was specially developed to clean up the Earth covered in thrash, predicted to be scene occurring in the far future. It received nomination for Best Sound Mixing in the 81st Academy Awards and was elected also by Academy Awards for the Best Animated Feature.

Looking at several previous best animated movies, Disney did an impressive job during the early 1990s by releasing The Lion King. It made an incredible hit in the filming industry and till now, still remains as the strongest traditionally-animated movie ever released. In fact, the names used in the film – Scar, Mufasa and Simba – are now household names, a contribution from the popularity of the characters in the movie. However, nobody involved in the movie progress ever estimated that the characters would become the few most popular creations of Disney’s.

Nemo, being one of the greatest animated films involving the use of celebrity voices to help form the movie itself and make the film into something astounding and incredibly implausible. More often than not, celebrities are just performing their typical duties of using their voices yet regular voice-actions are put out of work. Nemo, however, applied a different system. No doubt, the glory went go Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks as they gave audiences a wonderful vacation into the Nemo, filling in some laughter along the way. Albeit having tons of animated stories about the animal kingdom, the Nemo revolves around the ocean.

Most Famous Anime Movies

The two big names who set the standard for Anime story telling and quality animation are director Hayao Miyazaki of the Studio Ghibli.  Their fantasy anime move, “Howl’s Moving Castle” got theatrical distribution North America. Influencial anime director Katushiro Otomo made a big return to the big screen with “Steam boy,” since his great Anime classic, “Akira.” These two films were nominated for the 78th Academy Awards. The sequel of one of the most famous anime movies ever “Ghost in the Shell: Innocence” has been released on the DVD. “Appleseed” was a fllm adaptation of the movie “Ghost in the Shell” but it was only given limited theatrical release.  All of these  films met with success in the United States. Anime films that had a good run in Japan are “Full Metal Alchemist” and the highly anticipated “Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children film.”

Disney and Anime’s Impact in Entertainment

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is (at the date of this publication) the only animated movie that has been nominated for the Oscar Awards Best Picture category. An Anime film called, “Spirited Away,” won the Oscar award for Best Animated Feature Film. 
 
“Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Spirited Away” 
 
“Howl’s Moving Castle,” and “Spirited Away” are movies by director Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli. These two films feature magic and fantasy with beautiful animation. That said,  these are two very different films.
 
Spirited Away is a tale of a girl who is learning to take on the responsibilities of an adult who starts to loosen up as when a curse is put on her by a witch that turns her to a lady aged ninety years. She leaves the old life of a hatter and starts living with a wizard Howl outside which the war has been settled. So the fight starts threatening her new home. Hence she with the Howl must find the way not only to lift the curses, but to bring the peace between the two countries.
 
Howl’s Moving Castle has a strong heroine, amazing supporting characters and wonderful visuals. Howl’s Moving Castle will definitely gain greater popularity  and a bigger following when it is released on the DVD. It will give the  the people who missed to see it a chance to see it.
 
Steam Boy
 
Steam boy is like a typical summer blockbuster movie that is jam-packed with the action. The latest in a line of inventors is the Ray Steam who lives in England which is the main power source of steam. His grandfather has returned from the expedition in America where he with Ray’s father invented a new kind of ‘steam ball,’ which is a small device which contains the highly pressurized steam. Steam boy is not as dark as the apocalyptic movie Akira. In fact it is like an exciting children’s movie that has almost continual explosions with the debates on nature of science. 

 
The Future of Anime
 
Anime continues to push the envelope in creative, groundbreaking, animation.  While economic shifts, bootlegging, and other challenges, may change how anime is produced and distributed, and may involve a greater push towards lucrative spin-off products, including Anime computer games, anime collectors’ items, anime’s influence and following around the world is increasing. Anime is here to stay. 

Top 20 Animation Movies – What Makes Them Tick?

Being in the animation industry, it is in my interest to keep abreast of which animated feature films are taking the most box office profits. Today I run by this list of the top 20 highest grossing animation movies of all time and I would like to share my views on why I think these movies did as well as they did. They will make up my recommended recipe for an animated feature box office hit.

1. Shrek 2 (3D) – $436,471,036

2. Finding Nemo (3D) – 339,714,978

3. The Lion King (2D) – 328,539,505

4. Shrek the Third (3D) – $322,719,944

5. Shrek (3D) – 267,665,011

6. The Incredibles (3D) – 261,657,004

7. Monsters, Inc. (3D) – 255,870,172

8. Toy Story 2 (3D) – $245,852,179

9. Cars (3D) – $244,082,982

10. Aladdin (2D) – 217,350,219

11. Ratatouille (3D) – $206,445,654

12. Happy Feet (3D) – $198,000,317

13. Ice Age: Meltdown (3D) – $195,330,621

14. Madagascar (3D) – $193,595,521

15. Toy Story (3D) – $191,780,865

16. The Simpsons Movie (2D) – $183,135,014

17. The Polar Express (3D) – $179,100,434

18. Ice Age (3D) – 176,387,405

19. Beauty and the Beast (2D) – $171,350,553

20. Tarzan (2D) – $171,091,819

Shrek – Top of the Crop

Shrek 2 takes the lead as you can see from the list. In fact, the Shrek trilogy takes the 1st, 4th and 5th positions, all in the top 5 positions. This is a very impressive feat and in my opinion, Shrek took the cake because the stories were really good and the gags were good. Of course it helped a lot that 4 major stars were casted – Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas and Mike Myers. In fact, of the Shrek trilogy, I enjoyed Shrek 2 the most, so personally I am not surprised that it performed the best out of the three.

3D versus 2D

From the list below, we can see that 3D movies take 15 of the spots, in comparison with its 2D counterparts that take only 5 seats. It would seem from this statistic that the audience is favoring 3D animation to 2D animation. Even 2D/3D fusion shows like Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Treasure Planet did not seem to please them enough. It would seem that The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and Tarzen are only in the top 20 positions because of their strong family-orientated storylines and classic branding. The Simpsons Movie benefited basically through a huge fan base through its TV series. Barring such unique franchises, it would appear that a 3D show would trounce a 2D one any day. The animation studios seem to be echoing this sentiment as the quantity of 2D animated features produced has dwindled drastically in recent years.

A Strong Storyline

This is probably not new to you, but I will say it anyway. I think that one of the most important factors that will drive an animated feature would be a strong and compelling storyline. In fact I would go as far as to say that if you forgo everything else, you must have a great story to tell! Every single movie on the list tells an interesting story (well almost) and they all did well enough to make it to top twenty.

Laughter, the Best Medicine

People like to laugh. They like to laugh at others. They like to laugh at themselves. They just like to laugh. All things constant, I think Shrek takes three of the top five positions because of their gags and original jokes. And do not forget the two maestros of comedy – Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy – who performed the voiceovers for Shrek and Donkey respectively. How can you beat that lethal duo?

A Strong Voiceover Cast

It is a fact that a star-studded cast for the voiceovers is a crowd-puller, especially when the celebrities are well-liked and great performers. Again, refer to Shrek’s cast. With Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, how can the movie go wrong?

The Importance of Recognizable Characters within the Show

This is just my theory, but I strongly believe that besides having a strong storyline, animated features should also showcase recognizable characters. And when I say recognizable characters, I don’t mean plain human characters. I mean monsters. I mean animals. I mean super heroes. With characters that are more interesting than humans, they are instantly more recognizable. Look at the list closely. Besides a couple of the old 2D movies, which other movie had a cast that only had plain old human beings for its lead? Having interesting and identifiable characters will most definitely attract ticket sales because people want to pay to watch interesting characters in an animated feature, not plain old human being! I don’t have to remind you again what a flop Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within was, do I?

My Personal Favourites

In case you are wondering, my personal favorites are Monster Inc, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Shrek 2 and Ice Age in that order. My reason? They all have strong and compelling storylines. And I put them in this order according to how much I enjoyed each individual movie. I must say that Monster Inc gave me the best enjoyment factor!

Conclusion

So here’s my recommended recipe for a animated feature box office success:

1. The movie must be done in 3D

2. It must have a compelling story to tell

3. Inject lots of humor into the show

4. Get a strong cast to be your voiceover talents

5. The character designs must be interesting and memorable

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2011 Animated Movies – The Best Releases

Throughout the years animation has been used all around the world. The animated movies are fun to watch for any type of gender or for any age group. In 2011, many best animated movies have been released.

Here is a list of best animated movies of 2011.

1) Movie name: Gnomeo and Juliet

Director name: Kelly Asbury

Release date: 11th February, 2011

Based on: Play of William Shakespeare “Romeo and Juliet”

Voices: Jason Statham, James McAvoy and Emily Blunt

Story: This is basically a love story of Gnomeo and Juliet. The gardens of Montague and Capulet were at war but Gnomeo and Juliet were in love with each other.

2) Movie name: Rango

Director name: Gore Verbinski

Release date: 4th March, 2011

Voices: Bill Nighy, Harry Dean Stanton, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina, Johnny Depp and Timothy Olyphant.

Story: This is a story of chameleon. To take care of a town he was forced to do so. It was also the responsibility of rango to protect the residents of the town from bandits.

3) Movie name: Mars needs Moms

Director name: Simon wills

Release date: 11th March, 2011

Voices: John Cusack, Seth Green and Elisabeth Harnois

Based on: Book of Berkeley Breathed

Story: This is a story of a young boy named Milo. When the Martians came to the earth to take her Milo’s mom, they very much appreciated Milo for his mom.

4) Movie name: Rio

Director name: Carlos Saldanha

Release date: 8th April, 2011

Voices: George Lopez, Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway

Story: This is a story of a bird. The bird discovered that another of his kind lives in Rio de Janeiro so he travelled to Rio de Janeiro to find that kind.

5) Movie name: Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil

Director name: Mike Disa

Release date: 29th April, 2011

Voices: Glenn Close, Joan Cusack and Hayden Panettiere

Story: Good story. This is a story of Hansel and Gretel. When they were kidnapped by a witch, the Wolf, Granny and other characters brought these two back to home.

6) Movie name: Kung Fu Panda 2

Director name: Jennifer Yuh

Release date: 27th May, 2011

Voices: Dustin Hoffman, Jack Black and Angelina Jolie

Story: This is a story of a panda which defeated the evil. After defeating him, he was started to live peacefully but was forced to do war again when a malevolent king arrived.

All of the above animated movies are the best animated movies of 2011 especially Kang Fu Panda 2 and Rango are very best movies of 2011.