Notable Animation of the Decade So Far
30. Patema Inverted (サカサマのパテマ) [Trailer]
Yasuhiro Yoshiura explores ideas a lot closer to the sensibilities of Spike Jonze’s Her.
29. Children Who Chase Lost Voices (星を追う子ども)
Makoto Shinkai continues his work this decade and comes as close to the Studio Ghibli magic and sensibilities.
28. Tales of the Night (Les Contes de la Nuit)
Writer and director Michel Ocelot continues his work (after Kirikou and the Sorceress, Princes et Princesses, and Kirikou and the Wild Beasts among others) in (modern) animated shadow puppetry, which no one else is exploring.
27. Song of the Sea [Trailer]
As beautiful as any frame could be composed. Irish animation continues to impress after Secret of Kells.
26. A Cat in Paris (Une Vie de Chat)
French animation is definitely more visually daring, though not as commercially successful.
25. Kung Fu Panda 2
Yeah, Dreamworks’ fart humor… but this relationship is very important.
A Pixar princess is/was a big deal. Technically speaking, it also amps that luscious fiery Merida hair from Tangled.
23. The Rabbi’s Cat (Le Chat du Rabbin)
See… French animation.
22. The Book of Life
This movie. Everything about the art direction is prime. In terms of commercial American animation, it breathes new life into it.
21. Leafie, a Hen into the Wild (마당을 나온 암탉)
This decade’s Bambi or The Fox and the Hound, exploring the relationship (and not hiding it away) between children and their adoptive parents… and the laws of nature. The ending, it f*cking kills. AND IT’S A KIDDIE FILM!