Following on from ‘Five Documentaries to Watch During Lockdown’…
Here are five animated film recommendations. This selection is geared toward films aimed at adults though some are suitable for children.
Waltz with Bashir (2008)
Israeli former soldier Ari Folman wrote, produced and directed this fascinating film. Told in the Hebrew language, it recalls Folman’s experiences in the 1982 Lebanon War. The film is at times a little slow, which may not be to everybody’s taste. It’s visually stunning however but so are many animated films, crucially, Waltz with Bashir provides substance to support the stunning visuals.
The Red Turtle (2016)
Like Waltz with Bashir, The Red Turtle is far from fast paced. Again, stunning visuals are on display but so is brutality. I found that the film, which has no dialogue, posed many questions but to draw upon them would provide a little too much on the spoiler front.
Quite simply, a man is shipwrecked on a deserted island beach and… meets a red turtle!
April and the Extraordinary World (2015)
Science is banned. Komodo dragons take over the world. Yeah, that’s it in a nutshell!
French language film April and the Extraordinary World features the voice talents of Marion Cotillard in the lead role of April. I’ve long been impressed by French cinema and this is another addition to a long list of high quality films to originate from across the channel.
Loving Vincent (2017)
I watched Loving Vincent only recently. It was the first film that I’d seen in quite some time (Two kids, blah blah blah!). It’s difficult to comprehend how it, the world’s first fully oil painted feature film, was put together.
Most of us know at least a little bit about Vincent Van Gogh and are familiar with some of his work. By watching this film, I learned a lot more about him and after checking out his work post viewing, it was fascinating to see how his work had been inserted into the film.
Moon Man (2012)
I originally watched this film sometime ago and though I enjoyed it, recalled it being a little slow. However, I managed to half watch it with my daughter recently and found it even more enjoyable as well as being a little more quick paced than I remembered.
Stunning visuals, stunning visuals. I know, I’ll be repeating myself here but I really did like the art in this film. The 95-minute long effort is based on a 1967 picture book by Toni Ungerer. The general consensus is that it can’t quite keep kids interested but my very young daughter seemed to enjoy it and like I say, I found it a better watch than I had remembered.
Nine, a film lost between being a kids film and not a kids film, A Scanner Darkly and Watership Down, a film familiar to many, are also worth watching. The latter is brutal but brilliant! The opening sequence is original. The blood covered fields are superb imagery and of course Art Garfunkel’s Bright Eyes will forever conjure images of rabbits.