Notable Animation of the Decade So Far

10. Frozen

This is how it went~ Disney wanted to make their version of The Snow Queen, they retitled it a la Tangled to lure in the little boys who run away from Princesses stuff and made it CGI, and everyone’s expectations went to the gutter. Long story short, Let It Go exploded.

The last time an animated film made such an impact worldwide, it was probably The Lion King. And like it, Disney nailed every single dubbed in this movie as well, it seems.

And the snow does look amazing.

9. The Painting (Le Tableau)

The French and their struggle with social classes and spirituality.

8. Wreck-it Ralph

You mean Disney made a movie that takes place mostly in a place called Sugar Rush where things aren’t as cookie-cutter as American CGI animation tends to be?


7. A Letter to Momo (ももへの手紙)

I saw a lot of similar elements between Hiroyuki Okiura’s A Letter to Momo and My Neighbor Totoro… only me, then?


6. Time of Eve (イヴの時間)

Okay, this one is technically cheating… but the 6-episode series was indeed released theatrically in 2010, and it’s perfect.

5. The Congress

It’s no longer that common to do live-action and animation hybrids.

4. Chico & Rita

Capturing Cuba and Latin jazz like it’s never been shown on screen before.

3. Colorful (カラフル)

Yup, in terms of story treatment… Japanese animation is so far ahead of so many others.

2. Toy Story 3

If Pixar (and Disney) weren’t so hungry for money, Toy Story 3 would’ve been the perfect piece to close a near perfect trilogy. I still haven’t met anyone who’d seen this with dry eyes.

1. The Tale of Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語)

Even within Studio Ghibli, Isao Takahata stands out using animation as a pure form of art at times. Grave of the Fireflies is my favorite animated film of all time, and the only animated film cracking my Top10 Favorite Films. A sin that the Academy Awards didn’t award this Best Animation.

So what have I missed?


YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

1 Response

  1. February 29, 2016

    […] By the way, you don’t get to see a film with a highly ambitious concept made to the budget of higher than US $100M very often. But Pixar took the risk and it paid off highly. Barring a cossolal f*ck-up from the awards voters, Inside Out will mostly likely win Best Animated Picture — it could even be a strong Best Picture candidate at the 88th Academy Awards, if Disney mounts a strong campaign– and it ranks toe-to-toe with Toy Story 3 and The Congress as one of the decade’s best animated films. […]

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