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.

WALL-E ( Blu-ray ) (2008)

Director: Andrew Stanton
Starring: Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Na...

Pixar hit the box office jackpot with the charming exploits of a little robot who got left behind when Earth became uninhabitable. His job? Pick up th... Read more

Wallace and Gromit: 3 Cracking Adventures! (1995)

Director: Nick Park
Starring: Wallace, Gromit, Feathers McGraw

3 Wallace and Gromit tales collected together on one DVD. They are; 'A Grand Day Out' which involves a trip to the moon in order to stock up on cheese... Read more

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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