As 2016 has a wide palette of animation movies to watch, I’ve decided that the short list I have created earlier and posted on this blog needed to be extended, so that it truly includes this year’s best animated movies. In my last article, I mainly talked about popular productions that were or will be released this year, but also about some that are interesting from a technical point of view. One amazing quality associated with animated movies is their creativity and the innovative ideas people invest in them. As anybody loves a good story or, at least a daring point of view, I sometimes pick the movies I want to watch based on their main theme and less on the innovative technology used to make them.
As I am a big admirer of the Toy Story franchise, when I saw that The Secret Life of Pets was going to be released, I immediately decided that I needed to watch it. I don’t know if the movie follows the same line as Toy Story does, but I know it explores the life of pets once their owners go out for their daily tasks, a similar situation to that in Toy Story. The animation focuses on Max, the main character, a terrier who faces one of the biggest changes in his life when his owner brings home a new dog.
Kubo and the two strings is another story that appealed to me, not because it seems original, but because of the setting of the story: ancient Japan. The narrative seems relatively simple: a boy needs to fight an ancient spirit that reappears to settle the scores of an old-age vendetta. It seems the traditional tale of the becoming hero, but I am sometimes attracted by simple story lines, so I think I’ll give it a try. In addition, it is speckled with stunning images and many famous actors are involved in this project. Amongst them Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara and Matthew McConaughey.
Another movie that I planned to watch but gave up at the last moment every time is the Kung Fu Panda series. The main idea of the animation is creative and original, but I never managed to get myself in the right mood to go through the adventure. This year, the franchise has released a third movie, a continuation of the adventures of Po the Panda who is facing other supernatural threats. The first movie released in 2008 was nominated for the Oscars, so I should definitely make time to watch it. In addition to that, Po is an intriguing and unconventional character.
Surprisingly, one movie that caught my attention was Sausage party, a story that focuses on a sausage that tries to find meaning of existence. Judging by the theme they picked, the movie can be a wise choice or not so much, but it is worth giving a try, when you want to spend the weekend at home and have nothing else to do.