Ten of the Best Animated Films of this Decade

From IADT Nashville:

What makes a good animated movie? While beautiful art is certainly important, it takes an engaging story and memorable characters to help an animated film truly stand out. Here’s IADT Nashville's list of the 10 best animated films since 2000. What do you think? Did we leave anyone out?

10. Monsters, Inc (2001)
No animation studio has more consistently produced great movies this decade like Pixar. In their first film of the new millennium, Pixar uses computer animation to create an alternate world where the monsters are scared of children. With jokes and sight gags packed into almost every frame, the team at Pixar makes the monster world seem almost more fun than our own.

9. Shrek (2001)
DreamWorks Animation used Shrek to poke fun at traditional fairy tales in a way no animated movie had up to that point. Pinocchio, the three little pigs and Prince Charming are all fair game for the big green ogre and his talking donkey sidekick. “Shrek” went on to win the first-ever Academy Award for an Animated Feature, and has spawned two sequels (with another on the way) that have made almost $2.2 billion to date.

8. Persepolis (2007)
This French film follows a young girl’s struggles through the social culture in Iran. “Persepolis” is based on the graphic novel of the same name and uses flat black-and-white animation to communicate its message more poignantly than a traditionally acted movie could. Its PG-13 rating and serious themes go against the traditional notion that animated films should just be for children. It made many critics’ Top 10 lists in 2007.


Johann Poo's Brain Water, a beautiful Chinese 3D short film

brainwater2From the ever dependable BoingBoing comes details of Brain Water, a exquisite Mayazaki-esque short 3D animation from Johann Poo, by way of Jason Li. I like its illustration of the power of playful communication.

Incidentally - in light of recent revelations about Vimeo's terms of service, Lumiera's Raffaella Traniello brings news of Vimeo's answer to her in their forums that they are working on a new copyright end user license and the option for creative commons licenses to be applied to videos uploaded.


Our top web videos 2007 part 1 : animation & stop motion

testcard As the season finally closes in on us, for those tired of the same old re-runs on TV or wanting to avoid the family warzone of the living room and watch TV on a computer under your bed - or better still are looking for films to share during the post-dinner web video show-off - I've pulled together some of our favorites of the year.

In the first bundle I've focussed on animation and stop motion, with no shortage of inventiveness from France to Japan, Sweden to America. As well as a particularly strong set of films using stop motion, there's a special look at one of YouTube's first punk-star filmmakers, Lasse Gjertsen, who was ignored while studying at the Kent Institute but now, back living with his parents in Norway, gets millions of views for his no-budget yet most finely cut flicks.

Of course this is but a tiny selection - do link to your favorites in the comments, and more to follow soon.


走れ!(Life in 30 seconds) 


Backspace Float


Le Grande Motion


Music in the City by James Sandifer


wonders of stop motion and Lasse Gjertsen follow...


Everything is illuminated

All is clear now. The middle east crisis. Homer Simpson vs Ned Flanders. Almost every fight I've ever had. Thanks Norman McLaren & BoingBoing. (this won the best animated short Oscar in 1952)