Five of the Best – Animations

Animations that light up our movie screens

Welcome back to our ‘Five Of The Best’ feature, this week we have picked our favourite Animations of all time. I have to firstly apologise for a Disney dominated field, but to be honest nobody does it like Disney!

We have a mix of old classics and some newer Pixar produced films, so lets get straight into it.


Toy Story 1 & 3 (Lasseter, 1995 & Unkrich, 2010)

Directed and written by John Lasseter, Toy Story was the first full length CGI feature film. It was the first film in the Disney-Pixar partnership and left us all in absolute awe. Who would have thought a film focussing entirely on a group of toys would have such an impact, but the story was absolutely perfect. There were highs, lows and everything in between.

Toy Story has also been followed by two sequels which have been equally as successful with Toy Story 3 in particular drawing on the same themes and emotions of the first. The fourth has now been pencilled in for a release date of 2018.


Fantasia (Ferguson et al, 1940)

It is absolutely ridiculous to think this film was made in the 1940’s as it was so far ahead of its time. At the time of release it wasn’t a success and left the future of Disney in jeopardy, but over time it seems people realised its true brilliance. I remember watching the film as a child and having nightmares about the walking broomsticks, I don’t think I even looked at a broom for months after.

The brilliance of this film is that each segment was directed by a different Disney artist, allowing there to be smaller stories within the whole narrative.


The Lion King (Allers & Minkoff, 1994)

At the time of it’s release, The Lion King earned a record total at the box office for an animated film. With amazing animations, a truly fantastic storyline and music from the likes of Elton John there wasn’t much chance of failure.

The film follows Simba’s rise to King following the death of his father Mufasa at the hands of Uncle Scar. The way the animals are brought to life through the music is a key element in the success of the Lion King for me. The beautiful animation matched with the perfect music score from Hans Zimmer makes for an all time classic.


The Jungle Book (Reitherman, 1967)

The Jungle Book is one of the greatest ‘old school’ Disney movies. It was the last film the be supervised by Walt Disney himself and is based on Rudyard Kipling’s story of the same name.

The Jungle Book tells the tale of Mowgli, the “man cub” found by benevolent panther Bagheera who grows up in the Jungle. It features expressive animations, fun characters, and catchy songs throughout which help to make it a classic.


Up (Docter & Petersen, 2009)

In at number five is a Not Salt Popcorn favourite, Up. One of only three films to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars the charming animation is obviously backed up with a great storyline. I think the Carl and Ellie Montage alone has enough to be classed as better than many animated films..

Honourable Mentions – Despicable Me, Snow White, Bambi, Dumbo, Wall-E, Aladdin, Ratatouille, Happy Feet.


That’s it for this weeks ‘Five Of The Best’ be sure to join us again for another edition next time. Dou you agree with our list? Vote below..

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