Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model, and then photographing the result. When the frames are strung together and the resulting film is viewed at a speed of 16 or more frames per second, there is an illusion of continuous movement (due to the persistence of vision). Generating such a film is very labour intensive and tedious, though the development of computer animation has greatly sped up the process. Here Alice has assembled all the very best of this craft; scroll below alphabetically or search using the sub-categories in green on the left. 'Family Animation', 'Classic Animation', 'Cult Animation' or 'JapanAnime'. Right: Nick Park's endearing Wallace and Gromit.

Anastasia (1997)

Director: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman
Starring: Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Voices Of, Kelsey Grammer

This elaborate animated musical tells the tale of Nicholas and Alexandra's daughter, who supposedly survived in Russia in 1917 only to reappear in Par... Read more

Animal Farm (1954)

Director: John Halas, Joy Batchelor
Starring: Gordon Heath, Voices Of, Maurice Denham

George Orwell's allegorical examination of totalitarianism and revolutionary thought is transported into animated form to tell the tale of the oppress... Read more

Animaniacs: Volume 1 (1993)

Director: Various
Starring: (Voices of) , Nancy Cartwright, Maurice LeMarche

Producer Steven Spielberg drew on the rich history of Hollywood (especially the legendary Warner Brothers studio) to create this award-winning cartoon... Read more

Antz (1998)

Director: Eric Darnell, Tim Johnson
Starring: Voices Of, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Sylvester Stallone

In an ant colony a neurotic worker named Z (voiced by Woody Allen) sets out to, with the help of his soldier buddy Weaver (Sylvester Stallone) prove h... Read more

Appleseed (1994)

Director: Kazuyoshi Katayama

Set after W.W.II in the megacity of Olympus, this 'anime' epic follows a female SWAT team officer and her Biodroid (artificial humanoid) partner as th... Read more

Appleseed (2004)

Director: Shinji Aramaki

After WWIII there's only one habitable city left - Olympus - where remaining humans live an idyllic life under the watchful eye of a supercomputer and... Read more

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theatres (2007)

Director: Matt Maiellaro, Dave Willis
Starring: Voices Of, Dana Snyder, Dave Willis, Matt Maiellaro, Carey Means, Andy Merrill

Meatwad, Frylock and Master Shake team up for their biggest adventure yet in this bizarre animated feature that finds the popular Adult Swim trio purs... Read more

Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Volume 1 (2000)

Starring: Dana Snyder, Carey Means, Dave Willis

The absurdly cracked adventures of three superheroes who also happen to be fast food items. Master Shake is a pistachio milkshake with delusions of g... Read more

Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Volume 2 (2003)

Starring: Dana Snyder, Carey Means, Dave Willis

Master Shake, Frylock and Meatwad are still living completely unsupervised in New Jersey, continuing to get into crazy scrapes and annoying their long... Read more

Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Volume 3 (2008)


First of all, they're not teens. Secondly, there's not water involved. The whole Hunger Force thing? That's probably misleading, too. In short, if you... Read more