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 Complete Works of Yuri Norstein ( Tale of Tales, Hedgehog in the Fog, Heron and the Crane, Fox and Rabbit ) (1978)

Director: Yuri Norstein

Yuri Norstein is a world renowned Russian animator, whose painstaking attention of detail and craft have become legendary. On this Disc are collected... Read more

The Congress (2013)

Director: Ari Folman
Starring: Harvey Keitel, Robin Wright, Paul Giamatti, Danny Huston, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jon...

Robin Wright stars as herself in this drama directed by Ari Folman. When mature actress Robin Wright realises that no studio will offer her work anymo... Read more

Big Hero 6 (2014)

Director: Chris Williams, Don Hall
Starring: Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind "Frozen" and "Wreck-It Ralph," comes "Big Hero 6," an action-packed comedy-adventure about the spe... Read more

Big Hero 6 ( Blu-ray ) (2014)

Director: Chris Williams, Don Hall
Starring: Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, "Big Hero 6" is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics pro... Read more

Dragons: Defenders of Berk - Part 2 (2013)

Director: Various
Starring: America Ferrera, Jay Baruchel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

After Hiccup and his Night Fury companion, Toothless, saved the people of Berk by defeating the Red Death, they inspired the Vikings of Berk to make p... Read more

Phantom 2040: Season 1 (1994)

Director: David J Corbett
Starring: J.D. Hall, Margot Kidder, Scott Valentine, Mark Hamill, Ron Perlman

The 24th Phantom, the 'Ghost Who Walks,' battles crimes in the future of 2040. Phantom 2040 is a French-American animated science fiction television s... Read more

Grendel Grendel Grendel (1981)

Director: Alexander Stitt
Starring: Peter Ustinov, Arthur Dignam

'Grendel, Grendel, Grendel' is an animated re-telling of the epic poem 'Beowulf', told from the perspective of the great monster, Grendel (Peter Ustin... Read more

Dragons: Defenders of Berk - Part 1 (2013)

Starring: America Ferrera, Jay Baruchel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Dragons: Riders of Berk takes us from the point where the movie left us wanting more, it now takes us into the world of The Dragon Academy where Hiccu... Read more

The Lord Of The Rings ( Blu-ray ) (1978)

Director: Ralph Bakshi
Starring: Christopher Guard, John Hurt, William Squire

A young Hobbit named Frodo is thrown on an amazing adventure, when he is appointed the job of destroying the one ring which was created by the dark lo... Read more

The BoxTrolls (2014)

Director: Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable
Starring: Ben Kingsley, James Urbaniak, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg, Nick Fros...

Based on Alan Snow's book Here Be Monsters!, The Boxtrolls is, first and foremost, a magnificent work of design. Visually, the movie looks like a visi... Read more