Yes, when I say “essential”, that’s an exaggeration. The truth is, I have never really been a fan of animation movies, I’m not sure why. When I was a small child, I mostly watched good old Tom & Jerry and now I mostly watch films that are… well, “normal” films, not animated ones. Some of my friends have pointed out earlier that animated movies are not just for children (what is more, sometimes they are actually made for adults rather than kids) but I still wasn’t really interested in them. I was never up-to-date in animation movies – until recently.
Over the break, I had those periods when I needed to study, so of course I was desperate to do anything else but. So finally I decided to watch some of the most famous animation films; here are some opinions about a few of them.
Finding Nemo (2003)
It came out more than ten years ago so I guess we could say that it was about time to watch it. It was not that bad, but the female fish with memory problems, Dory, really annoyed me. So no, I don’t think I will watch the sequel, Finding Dory which is to come out this year.
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Okay, I loved this one. Now that the third movie has come to cinemas, many of my acquaintances appraised it besides the first two parts so I decided to watch them. I especially enjoyed the first one, it had some funny jokes and nice moments. (I liked when the old tortoise, Master Oogway was hinting some wise words in the first movie. “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift – that’s why it is called the present.” Nice, isn’t it?)
Inside Out (2015)
The huge success of 2015. This is definitely one of those movies that was made as much for adults as it was made for children. I absolutely loved the basic idea of the film which is to portray “what’s going on in her head.” In short, it is about a teenage girl whose life is about to change (she is moving to a new city with her parents which means new school etc) and the movie is about how her emotions (Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, all portrayed as a funny little character) control her thoughts and actions. At first I was a bit afraid that the big conclusion would be that Joy is the most important aspect of our emotions (because in the movie, Joy gets lost and so the girl gets kind of depressed) but then luckily it turned out that Sadness is just as important to be embraced as Joy. Sometimes letting Sadness “work” is the solution.
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
I had to start watching it twice, because the first time I had to stop after about 30 minutes as I had to do some other things. Although it took me some time to get back to it, when I finally managed to watch the whole movie in one piece, I actually enjoyed it. I wish I had a dragon like Toothless… I will probably watch the second part, I have heard it’s pretty good, too – what do you think?
I plan to continue catching up with some more animation movies, now that I realized that they are not necessarily forced. Of course now that the exams are just around the corner, it won’t be my top prior activity. However, they are great for switching off your brain if you need some rest from studying, right? Let me know if you like animation movies and which one, so that I can put them on to my list!