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.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

This classic Miyazaki film in many ways foreshadows his later, more widely recognised hit, 'Princess Mononoke'. In the far future, man has destroyed t... Read more

The Fox And The Hound (1981)

Director: Art Stevens, Richard Rich, Ted Berman
Starring: Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Voices Of, Pearl Bailey

A charming Disney animated feature about the childhood friendship between two natural enemies, a fox cub and a hound pup, as they grow older their rel... Read more

Cinderella (Disney) (1949)

Director: Wilfred Jackson

Walt Disney brings to animated life the classic tale of poor Cinderella, her fairy godmother, Prince Charming, mice Gus and Jaq, the glass slipper, an... Read more

The Lion King: Special Edition (1994)

Director: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers

Disney's biggest (non-computer) animated hit to date tells the tale of a lion cub raised to take his father's place someday as King of the Jungle but... Read more

Neon Genesis Evangelion 0:1 (1997)

Director: Hideaki Anno
Starring: Animation

Episodes 1-4. The year is 2015. As the remnants of the human race cower in subterranean cities, a deadly war is being waged for what is left of the pl... Read more

Scooby-Doo's Original Mysteries (1969)

Director: Anon
Starring: Scooby-Doo, Shaggy

See how your favourite snack-munching canine super-sleuth got his start! Featuring the first five Scooby-Doo episodes ever unleashed, including the se... Read more

Meet the Robinsons (2007)

Director: Stephen J Anderson
Starring: Voices Of, Angela Bassett, Jordan Fry, Tom Kenny, Laurie Metcalf

Disney's 46th animated feature begins with a baby boy being left on the steps of an orphanage. As it turns out, Lewis is a genius inventor and he mak... Read more

A Bug's Life (1998)

Director: Andrew Stanton, John Lasseter

Pixar Animation Studios follow up to "Toy Story" is this imaginative adventure about a misfit ant who recruits an assemblage of other insects to help... Read more

Cowboy Bebop: Volume 1 (1998)

Director: Shinichiro Watanabe
Starring: Animation

Volume 1 of 6. The year 2071 A.D. That future is now. Driven out of their terrestrial eden, humanity chose the stars as the final frontier. With the s... Read more

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Director: David Hand
Starring: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell

Walt Disney's first full-length animated feature features a magical story, memorable music and unforgettable characters. The beautiful and kindhearted... Read more