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.

Arthur Christmas (2011)

Director: Barry Cook, Sarah Smith
Starring: Hugh Laurie, Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, James McAvoy, Ashley Je...

In this humorous computer-animated adventure from Aardman, multiple generations of Santas figure in the hijinks surrounding the family's job of delive... Read more

Asterix and Cleopatra (1968)

Director: Albert Uderzo, Georges Dargaud, Rene Goscinny
Starring: Asterix, Obelix, Getafix, Cleopatra, Artifis

After Cleopatra enters an ill-advised bet with Caesar that her Egyptian builders can construct a grand palace in only three months, her distraught arc... Read more

Asterix and the Big Fight (1989)

Director: Phillippe Grimond
Starring: Asterix, Obelix, Getafix, Vitalstatistix

Gaulish custom requires that a would-be chief must challenge and defeat another to become the leader of two tribes in this animated tale based on the... Read more

Asterix and the Vikings (2006)

Director: Stefan Fjeldmark, Jesper Moller
Starring: Voices Of, Paul Giamatti, Brad Garrett, Sean Astin, Evan Rachel Wood, John Di Ma...

After hearing that fear gives villagers wings, and completely missing the metaphor, Viking Chief Timandahaf sends his officers to Gaul to kidnap a lil... Read more

Asterix Conquers America (1994)

Director: Gerhard Hahn
Starring: Asterix, Obelix, Getafix

Getafix has been captured by Romans and catapulted off the edge of the world. Asterix and Obelix follow in hot pursuit and find themselves in America.... Read more

Asterix in Britain (1986)

Starring: Asterix, Obelix, Zebigboss

It's 50 BC, and the Romans have just invaded British shores. The Brits, however, seem more interested in their daily cuppa than in fisticuffs. But one... Read more

Asterix the Gaul (1967)

Director: Albert Uderzo, Georges Dargaud, Rene Goscinny
Starring: Asterix, Obelix, Getafix, General Phonus Balonus

The Roman war machine has conquered all of Gaul except for one lone, remaining village. Centurion Crismus Bonus sends a spy to the village to find out... Read more

Asterix vs Caesar (1985)

Starring: Asterix, Obelix

in ancient Gaul, one village resisted Roman occupation thanks to a magic potion of super strength and the village's clever hero, Asterix. With his fri... Read more

Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods (2014)

Director: Louis Clichy, Alexandre Astier

In order to wipe out the Gaulish village by any means necessary, Caesar plans to absorb the villagers into Roman culture by having an estate built nex... Read more

Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion (2018)

Director: Alexandre Astier, Louis Clichy
Starring: Christian Clavier, Alexandre Astier, Alex Lutz, Guillaume Briat

After elderly druid Getafix falls out of a tree, he resolves to find a young successor to whom he can entrust the secret formula for the magic potion... Read more