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 Tale of The Princess Kaguya ( Blu-ray ) (2013)

Director: Isao Takahata

Eight years in the making and hot on the heels of Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, Studio Ghibli co-founder Takahata's adaptation of a centuries old Japanes... 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

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

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 House of Magic (2013)

Director: Ben Stassen, Jeremie Degruson

An utterly charming and marvellously realised effort across the board, this action-packed fantasy adventure comes from the Belgian animation studio re... Read more

Attack on Titan: Collection 2 (2013)


Eren Jaeger vowed to rid mankind of the bloodthirsty giants who devoured his mother and destroyed his city. Now, after discovering that he has the abi... Read more

Toy Story of Terror! (2013)

Director: Angus MacLane
Starring: Joan Cusack, Tim Allen, Tom Hanks

Join Woody, Buzz, Jessie and their pals in a frighteningly fun animated adventure. What starts out as an exciting road trip for the Toy Story gang tak... Read more

Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants (2013)

Director: Thomas Szabo, Helene Giraud

In a peaceful little clearing, the remains of a picnic hastily abandoned spark warfare between two rival ant colonies, obsessed with gaining control o... Read more

Attack on Titan: Collection 1 (2013)


Many years ago, the last remnants of humanity were forced to retreat behind the towering walls of a fortified city to escape the massive, man-eating T... Read more

Walking with Dinosaurs (2013)

Director: Barry Cook, Neil Nightingale
Starring: John Leguizamo, Karl Urban, Justin Long, Charlie Rowe, Angourie Rice, Skyler Sto...

In a time when dinosaurs rule the Earth, the smallest of the pack - a playful Pachyrhinosaurus named Patchi - embarks on the biggest adventure of his... Read more