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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.

Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008)

7.1/10
Director: Nick Park
Starring: Peter Sallis

Wallace and Gromit have started a new bread baking business, 'Top Bun'. Although business is booming, Gromit is concerned by the news that a dozen loc... Read more

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

7.1/10
Director: Nick Park, Steve Box
Starring: Peter Sallis, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Peter Kay, Liz Smith

Wallace and Gromit return for their first feature length film, a rip-roaring comedy that sees the wacky inventor come up with a new way to get rid of... Read more

Waltz with Bashir (2008)

8/10
Director: Ari Folman

Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman employs a unique animated style in this innovative documentary that recalls his military service in the early 1980s. When... Read more

Watership Down (1978)

7.7/10
Director: Martin Rosen
Starring: Voices Of, John Hurt, Richard Briers, Ralph Richardson, Simon Cadell, Terence Ri...

Director Martin Rosen's acclaimed animated version of the Richard Adam's novel about a family of rabbits seeking a safe place to live as developers mo... Read more

Watership Down: Volume 2 - Strawberry Fayre (1999)

7.7/10
Starring: (Voices of) , Rik Mayall, Jane Horrocks, John Hurt, Stephen Fry, Phill Jupitus

Volume 2 of the animated TV series based on the characters from Richard Adams' novel "Watership Down". A sweet and remarkable tale of friendship, surv... Read more

What's New Mr Magoo? (1977)

7.4/10
Starring: Voice Of, Jim Backus

Featuring 32 stories across 3 discs this is the ultimate collection of animated adventures from near-sighted eccentric, Mr Magoo (as voiced by Jim Bac... Read more

When the Wind Blows (1986)

7.8/10
Director: Jimmy T Murakami
Starring: Peggy Ashcroft, John Mills, Voices Of, Robin Houston

An enormous success in England, based on the best-selling book by Raymond Briggs, this is the powerful, unforgettable story of the consequences of nuc... Read more

Whisper of the Heart (1995)

8/10
Director: Yoshifumi Kondo

Written and produced by Manga maestro Hayao Miyazaki this classic anime sees young bookworm Shizuku spending her summer reading and translating popula... Read more

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

7.7/10
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Charles Fleischer, Joanna Cassidy

Groundbreaking blend of live-action and animation in which jaded, 1940's detective Bob Hoskins goes searching for a murderer with prime suspect, and c... Read more

Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002)

6.8/10
Director: Anon
Starring: Winnie The Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet

Share the joy and magic of the holidays as Pooh and his lovable friends celebrate Christmas and New Year's in a delightful tale about spending special... Read more