Saturday, 24 August 2013

An Autumn Of Animation

Undecided what to watch this autumn? Feeling like there’s so many animation films out there and you just don’t know where to start? Well, you curiously specific demographic, you’re in luck because I just so happen to have a bunch of films up my sleeve that you should see.

Inhale. Go on, inhale I say. Do you feel that? That crisp, slightly biting air?

Yeah, me neither.

But I wish I did because then these melancholic post would make more sense. Alas, now it will only sound a little forced as I try to appear more artistic and brooding than I really am. But as the autumn leaves begin their seasonal journey from green to shades of red and orange I can’t help but feel a little melancholic.

Autumn can also mean another thing. As the days turn shorter and the nights darker — less so here in England than I’m used to before — I am “forced” to spend more time inside because… well, I’m obviously a farmer who can only work during the light of day and as such my circadian rhythm is completely bound by the whims of the seasons.

No? Yeah, you’re right. I’m not a farmer but what other excuse do I have for spending more time that I should, lying in bed and watching films?

Oh, right. I’m an adult. I don’t need an excuse.

And even better. Thanks to my 5 year old son I have the perfect companion to watch as many animation films as he likes, and then a couple more. Which means I’ve seen quite a few more animation films since he was born and seeing as you enjoyed my opinions so much last time, I feel compelled to impose my taste in films on you again.

Oh, don’t pretend you don’t like it, we all know you do.

Flushed Away — 2006 — ★ 6.7
The story of an uptown rat that gets flushed down the toilet from his penthouse apartment, ending in the sewers of London, where he has to learn a whole new and different way of life.

Batman: Under The Red Hood — 2010 — ★ 7.8
There's a mystery afoot in Gotham City, and Batman must go toe-to-toe with a mysterious vigilante, who goes by the name of Red Hood. Subsequently, old wounds reopen and old, once buried memories come into the light.

Treasure Planet — 2002 — ★ 6.8
A Disney animated version of "Treasure Island". The only difference is that the film is set in outer space with alien worlds and other galactic wonders.

The Black Cauldron — 1985 — ★ 6.3
A young boy and a bunch of misfit friends embark on a quest to find a dark magic item of ultimate power before a diabolical tyrant can.

Monster House — 2006 — ★ 6.7
Three teens discover that their neighbour’s house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.

The Iron Giant — 1999 — ★ 7.9
A boy makes friends with an innocent alien giant robot that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.

Corpse Bride — 2005 — ★ 7.4
When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her.