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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.

Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

7.9/10
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Rarely does a film touch so many hearts or reach such artistic heights as the highly accliamed 'Kiki's Delivery Service', the magical adventure of an... Read more

Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

8.2/10
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Voices Of, Christian Bale, Emily Mortimer, Jean Simmons, Blythe Danner, Billy Cr...

With its otherworldly beauty and charm Miyazaki's magical tale of adventure and self-discovery is testament to his limiltiless imagination. 18-year-ol... Read more

Princess Mononoke (1997)

8.4/10
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson, Minnie Driver

This stunning masterpiece by animation wizard Hayao Miyazaki is set during Japan's Muromachi era, when a maddened Boar God infects a prince with a dea... Read more

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

8.5/10
Director: Isao Takahata

In the aftermath of a World War II bombing, two orphaned children struggle to survive in the Japanese countryside. To Seita and his four-year-old sist... Read more

The Cat Returns (2002)

7.3/10
Director: Hiroyuki Morita

From Japan's Studio Ghibli comes this magical animated adventure that will delight and inspire both the young and the young at heart. After saving a... Read more

Spirited Away (2002)

8.6/10
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

From Hayao Miyazaki ('Princess Mononoke') comes this magical animated adventure about 10-year-old Chihiro, who, along with her parents, is trapped by... Read more

The Jungle Book (Disney) (1967)

7.4/10
Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
Starring: Sebastian Cabot, Voices Of, Louis Prima

A bright and tuneful Disney animated feature. This update of the Kipling tale pairs some fine comic voices with memorably drawn characters. The advent... 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

The Muppet Show: Season 1 (1976)

8.4/10
Director: Philip Casson, Peter Harris
Starring: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Peter Ustinov, Bruce Forsyth, Candice...

All 24 episodes of the emmy award winning first season are finally here with perennial icons Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo the... whatever, Fozzi... Read more

Peter Pan (Disney) (1953)

7.3/10
Director: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wilfred Jackson
Starring: Voices Of, Kathryn Beaumont, Bobby Driscoll, Hans Conried

The beloved Disney cartoon feature has Peter, Tinker Bell and the Darling children on a fun-filled trip to Never Never Land, where the wicked Captain... Read more