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Animation

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.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Volume 3 (2008)

7.7/10

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

Archie's Funhouse: The Complete Series (1970)

7.6/10

Archie and the gang are some of the most memorable comic book characters ever created, and each generation is drawn to the lovable teenagers. Here the... Read more

Around the World with Timon and Pumbaa (1995)

Starring: Timon, Pumbaa

"The Lion King's" favourite comedy team return to star in their own outrageous adventures around the world. Follow wisecracking meercat Timon and his... Read more

Arthur and the Invisibles (2006)

6/10
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Chazz Palminteri, David Bowie, Emilio Estevez, Harvey Keitel, Madonna , Mia Farr...

French director Luc Besson adapted his own children's book, Arthur and the Minimoys, for this vivid, imagination-feulled family film starring Freddie... Read more

Arthur Christmas (2011)

7.1/10
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)

7.2/10
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)

6.4/10
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)

6/10
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)

7.1/10
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