Top 10 Most Beautiful Animated Movies of All Time

Top 10 Most Beautiful Animated Movies of All Time


>>Speaker 1: On our last list, we showed you ten beautiful
films that were all live action. And you asked,
where are all the animated movies? Well, they’re right here. These are the top ten most beautiful
animated films of all time.>>[MUSIC]>>Speaker 1: Right from the top,
kicking us off at number ten, let’s shake things up and
get it out of the way, Disney animation. Maybe it’s because we’re rebels or
cinema snobs or big old hipsters, but we figure most of you watching
already know about Disney’s work. So we wanna set the bar there and
see how much higher we can get. But which one to set it with? Maybe it’s the modern graphic
stylings of 101 Dalmatians or the classic forest scapes of Bambi. The sharp medieval architecture
of Sleeping Beauty. The underrated 2D,
3D hybrid constellations and hieroglyphics of Treasure Planet or
The Prince of Egypt. The watercolor nature of Pocahontas. We could go on. Now we really wish we had a spot for
Fantasia or Fantasia 2000, films that focus more on sound and
sight than anything else, but they’re just barely edged out by
our number 10 spot, The Lion King.>>[MUSIC]
>>Speaker 1: From the opening shot to Mufasa’s celestial lecture,
the lion king astounds. And while you’d think that Disney threw
their best hands at the massive hit, the movie was mostly made by their B team. Disney’s hot shots threw their
cards in with Pocahontas, figuring that the Lion King
would be a massive flop, leaving the benchwarmers
to lead the charge. And see where it got them? On our list. And that’s, I mean, it’s not an Oscar. They also got a couple Oscars, but
still, it’s pretty impressive, right? Now animation isn’t all hand drawn. We wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we
didn’t consider some of the beautiful 3D animated films that have graced
our screens in the past 20 years. And much like our number 10, we think
the biggest players deserve some credit. But we don’t wanna pretend
they’re the end all be all. So if we’re talking big players in CGI,
there’s Disney Pixar and Dreamworks. And they’ve made some
pretty good looking stuff. Rattatouille is beautiful if only for
the food alone. The How to Train Your Dragon
series has some gorgeous aerials. We prefer number two. And Tangled serves up some
seriously some awesome eye candy. But for our number 9 pick,
we think Wall-E takes the cake. Wall-E.>>Speaker 2: Eve.
>>Speaker 1: There’s a reason the vast, bleak, post apocalyptic expanse of
Earth looks so incredible to the eye. Pixar producers brought in people like
Roger Deakins, yes, that Roger Deakins, to consult on the lighting. Per his recommendations,
the visual team took extra special care to emulate the imperfections of
filming through a physical camera. The depth of field, barrel distortions,
lens aberration and character that make cinema look,
well cinematic. It obviously worked because you put
images like this on our screens. [SOUND] So for animation, we’ve got traditionally shaded CGI and
of course stop motion. And for our number 8, we love the eerie
beauty of The Nightmare Before Christmas and handsome simplicity of Mary and Max. But our pick comes from Laika studios. And that could be Paranorman’s
3D printed beauty, or Coraline’s awe inspiring
stereoscopic innovation. But for our pick,
we actually the lesser known Boxtrolls.>>Speaker 2: Box trolls.>>Speaker 1: The film looks like
the stop motion version of the Cabinet of Doctor Caligari meets
Der Golum meets Gumby. The props and sets are expressionistic
instead of realistic, culminating in gorgeously conceived, disorienting frames
that practically suck you into them. 330 team members built
over 20 thousand props and shot over a period of 72
weeks to create this film. What we love most about animation and
why this list is so important, is that the artists create everything. There’s no photographing,
no gathering, no relying on nature. The entire world is
conceived from scratch. And it allows artist to try
something truly unique, like this. Now cinema stands on a foundation of
history and animation is no different. So for beautiful stop motion,
that might be the Tale of the Fox. And for CGI, that might be, well actually,
CGI doesn’t stand on the back of much history yet, but we’re kind of in
the middle of building it right now. And finally.
for 2D animation, it’s our number 7 pick,
The Adventures Of Prince Achmed. Filmed frame by frame with
cut out silhouettes much like Shadow Puppet Theater on camera, The Adventures of Prince Achmed is
the oldest surviving animation film ever. And for something so old,
you’d expect some rough, immature imagery. But it’s just the opposite. Some of the monochromatic tableaus
are astonishingly gorgeous. The detail of the silhouettes
is intricate and the backgrounds are lushly
tinted foreign landscapes. And for that,
it more than earns a spot on our list. [SOUND] Following up at number 6, believe it or not,
we’re giving it to the Lego Movie.>>Speaker 3: Awesome!>>Speaker 1: I know, I know,
call us crazy but hear us out. Sure we like Lord and Miller’s earlier
Cloudy with a Chance Meatballs and especially, its uber colorful
follow up Cloudy II. But animators put a ton of work into this
film to create a photorealistic take on Legos while still managing to
turn a tiny world into an epic one. They did this with dramatic yet
purposeful;y imperfect camera work. Moody, stylish, dynamic lighting and
heavy atmospheric effects from individual floating dust
moats to thick virtual smoke. A technique borrowed from Douglas Trumble
from 2001 slit scan fame, which helped to create depth by fogging out elements
as they got further from the camera. Combine that with some really awesome
staging, massive framing, and a pinch of nostalgia, and
you end up with a surprisingly gorgeous movie about tiny plastic anthropomorphized
spiky living room landmines. [SOUND] Next up at number 5,
we wanna honor some more animated flicks with less traditional art styles
than your typical Disney film. And for that, we ought to turn our eyes
away from American shores to see what kind of beautiful new imagery we can find. Over in Ireland, they’re making
picturesque storybook films with a traditional twist, like Song of
the Sea and The Secret of Kells. And in France, they’re painting
surreal tableaus with a witty eye for detail in films like The Illusionist and
The Triplets of Belleville. Or gentle watercolor intimacies
like in Ernest and Celestine. And we love looking at all those films. But our pick for
number 5 goes to the moody cutout war scenes from
Israel’s Waltz With Bashir.>>Speaker 4: They stand there,
barking, 26 dogs. And they tell my boxx Bertold. Give us boaz Rein, or
we’ll eat your customers. In 1 minute!>>Speaker 1: You could easily
mistake this one for rotoscope but it’s actually animated with
hand drawn objects in flash. Remember flash from
the internet circa 2005? Each image is cut up into
thousands of individual parts and animated separately in a unique
style invented by Yoni Goodman, the Animation Director of the film. And while the images themselves
may be hauntingly composed, their beauty stands in stark contrast to
the grim trauma of the subject matter, and they’re all the better for it. [SOUND]
Okay, you caught us. We said we were going to look abroad and
check out some fresh styles, and we skipped Japan. Our bad, we were saving it for
a later slot. So of course,
we wanna talk about Studio Ghibli, because we can hardly make an animation
list without mentioning it. And of course, the first director
that comes to mind is Miyazaki. Everybody loves Miyazaki. So don’t get mad at us when we tell you
that Spirited Away, The Wind Rises, Princess Mononoke, or any of his gorgeous
films, didn’t quite make our list. Don’t get us wrong,
his films are beautiful, but its a more than skin-deep kind of beauty. An inner, emotional kind of beauty. And here on this list,
we’re talking purely aeshetics, shallow Hal, hey baby,
what you doing kinda beauty. We don’t care if the movie is a really
great person to hang out with. We want bomb shells or nothing at all. But Miyazaki isn’t Ghibli’s only
director making beautiful anime. Let’s not forget the heart-wrenching
beauty of Grave of the Fireflies or our number 4 pick,
The Tale of Princess Kaguya.>>[MUSIC]>>Speaker 5: Once upon a time, long, long
ago now, there lived an old bamboo cutter. He would make his way into
the mountain forest and cut wild bamboo from which he
made all sorts of useful things.>>Speaker 1: Richly textured and
drawn with water color minimalism, Princess Kaguya’s simple
pastel composition reminds us of an updated take on
traditional Japanese painting. And for that, we love it. [SOUND]
Next up at #3, we’re not quite done with stop motion. And we almost gave this spot to 999, the Australian/Israeli slice of life that
finds beauty in a realistic puppet world. However, we think that there’s something
just a little bit better looking at Wes Anderson’s foray into far more
stylized puppets with Fantastic Mr. Fox.>>Speaker 6: I understand what you’re
saying and your comments are valuable. But I’m gonna ignore your advice.>>Speaker 1: Animated at
only 12 frames per second, the compositions themselves have all
the trappings of an Anderson classic. The color palette is distinct
the frames are plain ometric, the mini wardrobes are apoplectic. Hell Mr. Fox’s mini suit fabric,
actually came from Wes’s Tailor. With over 500 different puppets
at six different sizes, there’s something absolutely wonderful
about bringing a meticulous director’s vision to the animation world and giving him the unlimited ability
to bring his imagination to life. [NOISE] Closing in at number two,
we’ve room for one last CGI pick. And it doesn’t go to Rango, the Book
of Life, Oblivion Island, or Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart,
as much as we love them and they deserve the honorable
list of mentions. No, our number 2 pick goes to, and bear with us here, Legend of
the the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.>>Speaker 7: It was
the battle of the ice claws. The guardians were out numbered. Things looked dark. [SOUND] But then O’Kelle struck
down the leader of the evil owls.>>Speaker 7: [SOUND]
The Guardians were victorious. The owl kingdoms were free once more. And then they returned home,
to the Great Tree of Ga’Hoole.>>Speaker 1: Sure maybe that
sounds absolutely absurd. Who would guess that a silly 3D fantasy
film about battling owls that mostly no one saw would be one of the most
beautifully animated films of all time. But If you’re looking at your screen right
now instead of staring at your navel, you’ve probably realized that
your first inclination was wrong. This is another film that Roger Deakins,
or the Deak as we like to call him, consulted on. And sure he probably
played a pretty big part, as did director Zach Snyder who
had already proven himself as a visually oriented director
in the live action world. But we don’t wanna miss this opportunity
to talk about the production designer and the art director. In this case, Simon Whitely and
Grant Freckleton. These two creators developed the look
of the film before a single pixel was rendered by working with the director to
create hundreds and thousands of sketches, illustrations, paintings and
renderings that establish the look and the feel of the world, and
intended cinematography. With landscapes inspired by the
beautifully moonlit Tasmanian wilderness, incredibly detailed atmospheric effects,
from rain to fire, and dramatically rendered we think
they did a hell of a job. [SOUND] And finally,
for our number 1 spot, we wanna take one last round trip to
Japan for some more jaw dropping anime. There’s the hard edged pop
aesthetic of red line, the post apocalyptic cyber punk neon
of Akira, Metropolis, and Cowboy Bebop. And the odd ball eye
candy of Tekkonkinkreet. There’s even Satoshi Kon’s beautiful
works like Tokyo Godfathers and Paprika. And they’re all unbelievably wonderful. Seriously, each and every one of
them is beautiful in its own way. But the anime that makes
our jaws drop the widest is Makoto Shinkai’s Garden of Words.>>Speaker 9: When I was
little the sky was closer. So much closer.
That’s why I like the rain, as with it comes the smell of the sky.>>Speaker 1: It’s almost too
beautiful to believe it’s animated. It’s utterly cinematic in a way unlike
any other animations we’ve ever seen. Well, apart from Shinkai’s other work,
especially 5 Centimeters Per Second and The Children Who Chase Lost Voices. The beautiful atmospheric renderings,
macros, rain reflections, and lens flares are unparalleled. Shinkai mixes hand-drawn characters with
CGI elements with rotoscoped backgrounds to masterful effect. It’s hyper-real, lovingly detailed,
and beyond stunning, which is why it’s our pick for the most
beautiful animated movie of all time. So what do you think? Do you disagree with any of our choices? Did we leave out one of your
favorite animated films? Do you have any ideas for
future top ten lists? Let us know in the comments below,
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  1. The one thing I like about cinefix lists is they always give way more then 10 movies as recommendations it's awesome

  2. I think that Shinkai best movie and best animation is not The Garden words, but “5cm per second”, it’s a really wonderful movie, every frame seems a paint.

    From Disney, I really love Treasure Planet, for story and for animations 😌

  3. This list should definitely be 'Top 10 Most Visually Impressive (or stunning) Animated Movies of All Time' because if you're going for raw beauty how can The Wind Rises not be number 1 or for that matter any other Studio Ghibli movie. Like you really want to tell me you think The Lego Movie is more beautiful than The Wind Rises!!!

  4. What!?
    Are you kidding me!?
    The Lion King is the most beautiful animated movie I've ever seen(and also the best)!

  5. i KINDA get why they didn't pick a miyazaki film, but at thes same time i really don't. it seemed a little messed to say that they were excluded only because they were looking merely at composition and not topicality when taking a look at my personal favourite film Ponyo, with just watching the introduction sequence, the beautiful underwater imagery just floors you with no plot, context, characters, anything. fantastic colour pallets and movement and lighting through

  6. Prince of Egypt is DreamWorks bucko
    Edit: I appreciate the variety. Usually these lists are just Disney and Pixar.
    Edit 2: Oh man! I forgot about the guardians movie!

  7. It makes me so happy seeing all the people comment on Legend of the Guardians. I love this movie and was filled with joy when I saw it on the list Bc I’ve always loved the story and the animation but it gets almost no recognition. But seeing everyone else comment the same things makes me so happy. I’ve never been able to find other people who love this movie as much as I do and it makes me love it even more

  8. Goddammit cinefix
    You guys always blow my mind
    And I totally agree with the number one pick
    That movie is absolutely gorgeous

  9. New ones: Spiderman into the Spiderverse
    Kubo
    How to train your dragon
    Kung Fu Panda
    and RISE OF THE GUARDIANS!!

  10. Whats the name of the one with flying whales? That view just stuck in my head when i was little and couldn't find what it is. İf tou know please respond

  11. The animation from "Who framed Rodger Rabbit" and "The Thief and the cobbler" Recobbled Cut (Mark 4) should get mentioned. Both are by the animation genius Richard Williams.
    He is known for high quality smooth animations with 24 frames per second, long, complex and detailed scenes with a moving camera/background.

    P.S.: What about fan cuts of films?

    Thanks for the vid!

  12. Legends of The Guardians You almost forget it is CGI animation that is how real the CGI animation is.

    Nice, Wall-E was amazing in how the movie got the whole real camera affect down pat. As well as how the garbage towers were correctly shown as they would have to be made in real life.

    I would have picked for traditional Disney art, the movie Lilo and Stitch. About a year before that movie came out Disney Studios said they were done making traditional non CGI movies if the movie Lilo and Stitch did not preform well. One of the previous movies that Disney did, Tarzan was so expensive to make as much money back on the project as the studio wanted. though The Lion King is a really good movie on its own terms so not super complaining.

  13. Amazing list, too bad "Isle of Dogs" by Wes Anderson wasn't out at that time. No doubt it is a masterpiece due to the meticulously created characters and the amazing work with the stop motion.

  14. PRINCE OF EGYPT IS DREAMWORKS… NOT DISNEY!!! Now that that is out of the way…this was a great list. You really looked around for beautiful imagery. You included the adventures of prince Achmed. props to you. #2 is how lion king should have been made.

  15. Ahem, may I ask something….

    WHERE THE HECK IS HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON AS AN ACTUAL SPOT ON THE LIST??? SURE YOU MENTIONED IT BUT THAT'S NOT ENOUGH!!! THE ANIMATION IS BEAUTIFULLLLLL

  16. Ghost in the shell not even getting a nod whilst you wave your middle finger at the number 4 slot for sake of hipsterism…

  17. Looking at this now I have to wonder if Laika’s “Kubo and the Two Strings” would end up being the pick over The Boxtrolls, and if Shinkai’s “Your Name” would take the number one spot given how absolutely stunning the animation in it was.

  18. Yessssssss! Loved your choice for #1! Now I would chose Your name over The garden of words, it's wonderful!!!!

  19. I'm a bit bummed people are not talking about waltz with bashir. it's an absolutely must watch, as the topic is so sensible, and the animation style suits the narrative perfectly, as its about subjective memories on war. it's quite jarring.

  20. I added a like even though I don’t agree with a single ranking 😂 lol but still you respect all the movies and made an effortto mention them. You forgot cartoons shows though :p

  21. Props for putting the Legend of the Guardians so high. That movie is jaw-dropping. I think Tintin deserves a spot on this list.

  22. I refuse I repeat REFUSE to believe Hayao Miyazaki is not on the list and I've seen all of these animations
    Ps:besides that it's a great list

  23. I never expected someone to put Guardians of Ga’hoole! Finally someone gives some recognition. So much hate from the bookworms just because it isn’t faithful. As someone who read ALL of them, I don’t care, this movie is great.

  24. Your Name by Makoto Shinkai is the most STUNNING animated film of all time and nothing can convince me otherwise

  25. just watching the list
    Cinefix: we’re going back to japan
    Me: ooo an anime huh wonder which one
    Cinefix: the garden of worlds
    Me: ah haven’t watched that one yet
    sees first frame
    Me: holy shit

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