Animated movies, especially from Disney, have been a well-established force in the genre for many years. Aside from Disney, which ranks high among the most critically acclaimed animated films of all time, there are also studios like Warner Bros. and Pixel that made a list and had produced memorable animated films.
Henry Selick, the director of Coraline, has suggested that it is brave for children of any age to watch the film. However, it is no secret that this movie can cause a nightmare for children, no matter how brave and whatever their age is. Kids may be exposed to all sorts of horror films, but Coraline is disturbing not for gory images but for the story that it tells. That is rare in movies since a lot of movies are good at gory scenes but fails to tell a decent story that can grab its audience inside where it is dark and scary.
Even rarer is that Coraline Jones (played by Dakota Fanning) is not a nice little girl. She is unpleasant, complains a lot, has an attitude, and makes friends reluctantly. She does not meet sweet and colorful pals in her adventure, which involves the substitution of her parents by ominous doubles with scary button eyes. She is threatened with being trapped in their alternate universe on her own, which is reached by a tunnel behind a painted doorway.
Although a remake was made just this year 2019, nothing can beat the original. It was in 1992 when we first saw Aladdin ride his magic carpet while singing “A Whole New World” with the beautiful and brave Princess Jasmin. Not to mention, the excellent performance of Robin Williams as Genie.
Robin Williams was made for animated movies. His speed of comic invention has always been too fast, the way that he flashes in and out of characters can be dizzying. In Disney’s “Aladdin,” he was liberated, at last, he played a genie who has complete freedom over his form, who can instantly be anybody or anything.
The plot of this animated movie is a basic fairy tale. The sultan informs his daughter that she has three days to get married. Distraught, she fled from the palace and met Aladdin, who knows his way around the streets and alleys of the city and enchants her with his kind and cheerful ways.
The evil advisor, Jafar, schemes to marry the princess so that he can become the sultan. Meanwhile, Aladdin explores the magic cave, finds a lamp, rubs it and unleashes the Robin Williams scenes, which are very captivating that we still remember it even after all these years.
Inside Out (2015)
“Inside Out” is a comedy-adventure movie that is set inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl. This movie is the kind of classic that lingers in the mind even after you’ve seen it. This movie avoided a lot of cliched visuals and storytelling, and it can beat even the best Pixar movies. The best parts of the movie feel truly new, even as they channeled previous animated movies and explored feelings and situations that we all have experienced to some degree.
All the characters, locations, and supporting players in this flick are figurative. They are the visual representation of ineffable sensations, a bit like the symbols and characters on Tarot cards. And this is where “Inside Out” differs from other Pixar features, it is not science fiction or fantasy. It is more like an extended dream that interprets itself as it goes along, and it is rooted in reality. The world beyond Riley’s mind is pretty much like ours, though stylized, computer-rendered drawings represent it. Nothing happens in the movie that could not happen in our world.
Animated movies that are aimed at kids do not have to have political messages, but when they do, they are either internally consistent, or they work through the contradictions in terms that kids can apply to the real world. “Zootopia,” a fantasy set in a city where predators and prey live together in harmony, is a funny, beautifully designed film with a message about stereotypes, discrimination, and racism.
“Zootopia” is asking its characters constantly to look past species stereotypes and not to use hurtful language or assumptions. It is filled with moments that are about enduring or overcoming discrimination. There are also acknowledgments of the destructive self-hatred that discrimination can cause. Many of the animals in the movie make self-deprecating jokes at the expense of stereotypes about their species, and there is a fairly intense flashback which reveals that Wilde became a hustler because other animals hazed him as a pup while repeating anti-fox stereotypes, and responded by embracing his caricature and following the stereotype that he was labeled with.
This animated movie isn’t only about comedy and adventure; it also teaches the audience about the effects of discrimination, the importance of acceptance, and giving someone the benefit of the doubt.