Fantastic Mr. Fox
Fantastic Mr. Fox is a family drama which is closely related to our real life family. I can say that it is an animated film mostly for the adults which kids can also enjoy. What kids will enjoy in this film is the beautiful stop-motion animation and its silly frolics. The movie is based on Roald Dahl’s children’s novel, but director Wes Anderson turned it into a film with much deeper meaning, about thrashing masculinity and the effects of self-destructive behavior.
Waltz With Bashir
This film is an animated version of the real life experience of director Ari Folman about fighting in the Israeli military during the 1982 Lebanon War. Using rotoscoped animation to recreate lost memories, Folman blends reality and surrealist elements to paint a vision of war which we have never experienced before. Surely we can say that it is a must see movie for any students pursuing animation courses.
Chico and Rita
Chico and Rita is a beautiful film which tells the story of a piano player and a singer. The lives of both these creative people lead them through the ’40s and ’50s full range of romance and heartache. The two find themselves dealing with racism, drug, and politics (Castro’s Cuba). This classic film threw light into the then Cuban-life in gorgeous, clean, evocative animation, making the highs high and the tragic lows hit that much harder.
Perfect Blue is Japanese animation at its very best directed by renowned director Satoshi Kon. The film is about a singer who decides to become an actress and slowly enters into the dark, surreal world of her own ambitions. Unbelievable animation and a truly horrifying psychodrama play out, burning images into your mind like few other thrillers ever have.