Horn-rimmed fashionista Edna (voiced by director Brad Bird) demonstrates why capes are sooo last year.
A bollock-naked, mo-capped Ray Winstone takes on the grotesque “monstaaaa” in a gloriously gory (3D) face off.
Marji does the Rocky montage in prep for the day ahead. Funny, dynamic and, yes, punchy. And political too.
Inspired instrumental improv (newspapers, fridges) in an Oscar-nommed showstopper.
But just schoolboy titters in this brilliantly-cut aggro cop / softy teacher highlight.
With three minutes to meltdown, everyday oldsters fret over cakes and washing. Line-clothes flutter, then… Barefoot Gen’s nuclear frightmare hits England in a sepiatoned montage of MAD-ness.
Cars, trees, houses, trains, bridges and windmills crumble but the homefront cost wallops hardest: marriage snaps shatter, cakes burn, with worse pending... No breeze.
’Toon action gloriously, breathlessly shot for the climax of what was – until its sequels – the most successful non-Pixar drawer ever. Ogre and donkey must rescue Princess Fiona… In the way?
A firebreathing dragon with the hots for Eddie Murphy’s sweet-talking ass. The lava-spanning bridge pursuit showcases just how thrilling animation can be.
We apologise about the music. It was the only clip on YouTube).
On our dead planet to find life, superbot EVE shuts down with a plant inside her. Lesser-bot WALL-E mopes, plays one-sided Pong, shelters his friend,
tries to hold her cold, dead hand… It slips. This is what people do when loved ones fall sick, a Love Story for waste disposal units.
Shown mercy by the Queen’s assassin, Snow White flees into the forest, where her fears leap to life: logs turn into crocs, leaves give chase like bats, branches tear at her dress… it’s The Evil Dead for the under-10s. The eyes in the dark turn out to be bunny rabbits, but Whitey’s a wreck. Us too.
Sucking on different ends of a piece of spaghetti, lovestruck mongrel Tramp and pedigree pooch Lady slurp into a sweetly unexpected kiss. It’s top romance. Try it on your next date, guys, but a word of warning: don’t push the last meatball over to her with your nose afterwards, OK?
Director Ari Folman’s teenage avatar rises from the Dead Sea gloop of smothered memory and stumbles ashore to a terrible awakening. He guides his fellow phantom-soldiers through the flare-lit ruins, into an onrush of inconsolable Palestinian women – the result of his complicity in the ’82 massacre. A touchstone trance for a nation’s shame.
The young buck and mum bolt for cover, chased by hunter buckshot. Bambi escapes, but the forest elder gently confirms a shattering truth (“Your mother can’t be with you any more”). Frozen with grief, standing still and stiff, The Little Prince channels Uncle Walt’s unsentimental message: death is all part of life.
In just three minutes, 19 seconds, three real rabbits and an ethereal one communicate the same message as The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button tried to in 167 minutes with fancy actors and distracting FX. Life is short. You miss the ones you love. Never give up. It’s all you need to know.
“Boo?” “Kitty!” Beast and baby together again: the most beautifully underplayed reunion since Shawshank.
A stuffed White Rabbit toy wakes. A watching Alice gapes. Follow that, Tim.
King Louie tries to get Mowgli to give him the secret of fire in a fingerclicking number. Darwin would hate it – are apes really only a Swan Vesta away from being “able to walk right into town” like us? – but everyone else is having too much fun to care.
For our countdown of the 43 Greatest Moments In Animation, check out the latest issue of Total Film Magazine, on-sale Monday 24 July. For a sneak preview, click the image to your right.
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