11 Animated Films That Are a True Work of Art

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Animation films, whether illustrated or made with the stop motion technique, are real gems because they involve creativity, logistic, and realization work that deserves recognition.

Sometimes we believe that detailed drawings-based productions tend to childlike behavior, but it is not so. These 15 animated films, ranging from Disney classics to complex political protests, have been drawn in people’s minds and are real works of art worthy of admiration.

11. Loving Vincent

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Considered one of the greatest of animation, this biographical film that enters the acclaimed painter’s mind only after his death, it was made entirely with paintings by more than 100 artists who created a moving canvas. In it, we can know the troubled mind of Vincent Van Gogh and how his last days were.

10. Spirited Away

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Studio Ghibli has many cinematographic jewels to its credit, and this is crucial in the list of films that we must see. A 10-year-old girl moves, together with her parents, to a new home, but on the way, they find a ghost town in which her parents transform into pigs. In 2001 it won the Oscar for Best Animated Film, and 18 years after its premiere, it finally arrived in China, where it beat Toy Story 4.

9. Sleeping Beauty

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Beyond the story about a young princess who is cursed by the malefic witch to fall into a deep sleep, it was thanks to the illustrator Eyvind Earle, who shaped beautiful and detailed scenarios based on ancient art, that this production is considered one of the Best of Disney classics.

8. The Tale of Princess Kaguya

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The drawings are inspired by the traditional Japanese illustration technique, Yamato-e, and it is a work worth admiring. An elderly couple finds a tiny girl while they work in the field. The little girl grows up to become a beautiful girl, who is raining with marriage proposals even from the Emperor of Japan. A whole visual explosion.

7. Coraline

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The creator of Coraline, Henry Selick, has repeatedly joined forces with Tim Burton (for example, in Nightmare before Christmas ), so it is not surprising that his styles have some similarities. This movie is based on a children’s fantasy and horror novel, in which a girl finds a secret passageway to a parallel world with a “perfect” family to get away from her undesirable reality.

6. 5 centimeters per second

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“Although technically I am already an adult, remembering the deep shadow of loneliness that took hold of the child at that specific moment still causes me some sadness today.” This could be the phrase that best contains the feeling of the film and the novel on which it is based. Despite their beliefs, the paths of Takaki and Akari separated, and the only thing that happened between them was time.

5. Spider-Man: Into the spider-verse

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Instead of creating another film with real people, Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey were inclined towards animation. And although this had been seen before, what makes this movie different is that each character remains true to the original aesthetics of his version of the comic, making it visually rich. Six different forms of Spider-Man converge in the same universe and have to destroy a particle collider to return to their place of origin.

4. Your name

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This is another work by Makoto Shinkai, the creator of Five centimeters per second, which deserves to be recognized because it has become one of the highest-grossing anime movies of our time. It tells the story of Taki, a boy who lives in the city, and Mitsuha, a country girl, who when sleeping mysteriously change their bodies and have to learn to communicate.

3. Grave of the Fireflies

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A classic of Japanese animation based on the homonymous novel by Akiyuki Nosaka that captures his own experiences, including the death of his sister. This heartbreaking story tells the journey of two children during World War II who have to survive hunger and bombing but still try to see the light in the midst of darkness.

2. My Life as a Zucchini

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Icare is a nine-year-old boy whose alcoholic mother dies in an accident, so he is taken to an orphanage where he meets more children with terrible stories that show us one thing: not all children are happy. Even so, they can find a break from their tragedies in each other. This heartbreaking vision of childhood earned it recognition for Best Animated Film at the César Award, European Film Awards, and Lumière Prize

1. Mary and Max

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The film is inspired by a letter friend who had the director, Adam Elliot, who died after 20 years of writing letters. Mary and Max represent the peculiar friendship between a girl who deals with her alcoholic mother and with a sad man Asperger, who have something in common: they both feel alone in the world