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.

The Aristocats (1970)

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
Starring: Eva Gabor, Phil Harris, Sterling Holloway

This charming film features Eva Gabor as the voice of mother feline who is catnapped by a cruel servant and transported to the country along with her... Read more

Return to Never Land (2002)

Director: Robin Budd
Starring: Voices Of, Dan Castellaneta, Bradley Pierce, Roger Rees

This sequel to the '50s Disney classic finds Wendy now a grown-up mother to youngsters Jane and Danny in WWII London. Jane is skeptical about the Pete... Read more

The Sword in the Stone (1963)

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
Starring: Rickie Sorensen, Sebastian Cabot

The animated version of the King Arthur legend from the studios of Walt Disney, as based on the book by Theodore H. White. 'A thorough delight, the so... Read more

Tinker Bell (2008)

Director: Bradley Raymond
Starring: Voices Of, Mae Whitman, Kristin Chenoweth, Lucy Liu, America Ferrera, Jane Horro...

Journey into the secret world of Pixie Hollow and hear Tinker Bell speak for the very first time as the astonishing story of Disney's most famous fair... Read more

The Triplets of Belleville ( aka Belleville Rendez-vous ) (2003)

Director: Sylvain Chomet

In this offbeat, creative, original animated feature from France, Champion, an orphan who lives with his grandmother Madame Souza, turns his childhood... Read more

Alice (1988)

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Starring: Kristyna Kohoutova, Camilla Powers

Jan Svankmajer, the Czech master of animation, has fulfilled a lifetime ambition in this interpretation of Alice in Wonderland. Svankmajer's Alice rem... Read more

Cowboy Bebop: Volume 2 (1998)

Director: Shinichiro Watanabe
Starring: Animation

Volume 2 of 6. Spike and Vicious' deadly duel is concluded and Spike has survived to live another day - and to resume attempts at actually making a li... Read more

Heavy Metal (1981)

Director: Gerald Potterton
Starring: Voices Of, Richard Romanus, John Candy, Joe Flaherty

This animated film based on the French science fiction comic book of the same name combines the sexy sci-fi art style pioneered by Frank Frazetta with... Read more

The Tigger Movie (2000)

Director: Jun Falkenstein
Starring: Tigger, Winnie The Pooh

Winnie the Pooh's hyperactive friend Tigger bounces off in search of his roots and learns some valuable life lessons about the nature of friends and f... Read more

Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale (1987)

Director: Murray Ball
Starring: Peter Rowley, John Clarke

The full-length, animated feature film of New Zealand's most popular cartoon strip based on characters created by Murray Ball. This is 'The Dog's Tale... Read more