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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.

A Silent Voice (Koe no katachi) (2016)

8.2/10
Director: Naoko Yamada

A deaf elementary school girl, Shoko Nishimiya, upon transferring, meets a boy named Shoya Ishida in her new class. Shoya, who is not deaf, leads the... Read more

Long Way North (2015)

7.3/10
Director: Remi Chaye
Starring: Feodor Atkine, Christa Theret

In the 19th century, a young Russian girl (Christa Théret) embarks on an adventure-filled quest to find her grandfather at the North Pole. Read more

BoJack Horseman (2014)

8.5/10
Starring: Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Alison Brie

A humanoid horse, BoJack Horseman -- lost in a sea of self-loathing and booze -- decides it's time for a comeback. Once the star of a '90s sitcom, in... Read more

Your Name (2016)

8.4/10
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Starring: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Ryo Narita, Mone Kamishiraishi

Mitsuha is the daughter of the mayor of a small mountain town. She's a straightforward high school girl who lives with her sister and her grandmother... Read more

Cars 3 (2017)

6.8/10
Director: Brian Fee
Starring: Bonnie Hunt, Chris Cooper, Tony Shalhoub, Owen Wilson, Nathan Fillion, Armie Ham...

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he l... Read more

Cars 3 (Blu-ray) (2017)

6.8/10
Director: Brian Fee
Starring: Bonnie Hunt, Chris Cooper, Tony Shalhoub, Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he l... Read more

Your Name (Blu-Ray) (2016)

8.4/10
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Starring: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Ryo Narita, Mone Kamishiraishi

Mitsuha is the daughter of the mayor of a small mountain town. She's a straightforward high school girl who lives with her sister and her grandmother... Read more

Mune: Guardian of the Moon (2015)

7.3/10
Director: Benoit Philippon, Alexandre Heboyan
Starring: Omar Sy, Izia Higelin, Michael Gregorio

When the evil ruler of the underworld steals the sun from Sohone, a small lunar faun and a girl made of wax help Sohone get the sun back to restore or... Read more

The Soldier's Tale ( Animated ) (1984)

7.4/10
Director: R.O. Blechman, Christian Blackwood
Starring: Max von Sydow, Dusan Makavejev, Galina Panova

Stravinsky's legendary fable comes alive in this Emmy-winning animated program. When the common man is faced with the devil's temptation, can he make... Read more

Fullmetal Alchemist: Volume 3 - Equivalent Exchange (2004)

8.6/10

The Fullmetal Alchemist, Edward Elric, is given his first assignment. He is to inspect the coalmines of Youswell, a task he believes to be Mustang's a... Read more