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My fascination with animation..

–          This blog post is dedicated to my friend, who doesn’t watch animated movies         –

hakuna matata

I usually tend to have a lot of random discussions with my friend, let’s call her MissBlogs (because yes you’ve guessed it, she’s a fellow blogger). So, yes, we talk about a lot of random things, a few days ago we had a very random topic about animated movies. I happen to love animated movies; MissBlogs does not watch animated movies. As you can imagine, I was deeply saddened to know this BUT, she did justify her reasons and well she happens to like a band called Foals, who I had never heard of  before (until recently) and don’t listen to, so there’s that – we’re even now.

This got me into a whole conversation about liking animated movies. I mean how can you not? For me, the best part about watching these movies is that they allow me to escape reality, and they encompass me into a new extraordinary fantasy world – and come on, who doesn’t want to escape reality for a while?

So I decided to compile a list of my all-time, top 5 favourite animated movies. I’m going to work my way down (or up, whichever way you look at it) from number five to my number one position. Let’s get started.

(Number 5)

Shrek –

The reason I love this movie is because it is without a doubt, a laugh riot! We see all our favourite fairytale creatures coming together to give this ogre and his princess a happy ending. We’ve all heard of Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty finding their happy endings with a Prince Charming but who had ever heard of an ogre fairytale? Not me, that’s for sure. There is, however, one character that stood out for me and completely stole the show, to say the least. He’s small, loud and has one hell of a smile, it is the one and only: Donkey! For me, Donkey puts the laugh into laugh riot, he brings a unique experience to the overall plot and makes this one of the best animated movies ever!

(Number 4)

The Jungle Book –

Though the movie was based on Rudyard Kipling’s story, it was definitely less dark and more ‘Disney’ compared to the original story, however I still loved it and not just because of the ‘Bear Necessities’ song! Although not exactly a comedy it showcases the tender relationship between a young boy, Mowgli and his Papa Bear, who brings Mowgli up in the jungle. Now a young boy being brought up amongst animals is obviously going to create some sort of chaos and watching it all unfold was an amazing experience for my younger self. I mean come on it’s not every day that you see adorable animals bringing up an equally adorable child!

(Number 3)

Dumbo –

Ahh, I absolutely adore this movie and it is definitely my favourite childhood movie. It is a heart-warming tale of a baby elephant that gets separated from his mother and becomes part of an act in a circus, only to be reunited with his mother in an emotional and uplifting ending. Now I don’t usually get emotional over animated characters but this film tugs on the heart strings and as a child I loved how the movie illustrated the precious relationship between a mother and her child.

(Number 2)

Toy Story –

Well this list just wouldn’t be complete without Toy Story. One of the best movies of its time, Toy Story lets us in on an incredible, never before seen or heard journey where we follow the lives of toys. How unique is that eh? This movie had me wishing for my toys to come to life! The realisation that one day we were going to grow up was kind of sad to come to terms with, who wants to grow up? I didn’t and watching this movie made me realise that enjoy your time spent as a child because that time will never come again, so what if you play with Barbie’s and Ken’s? What this movie taught me was to love every minute of being a child because eventually you’ll become an adult. *sigh*


(Number 1)

The Lion King –

My number one, all-time favourite movie – The Lion King. Words cannot possibly describe how much I loved this movie; it was just that good, for me. Ahh where to start? The movie follows the lives of a family of lions and their kingdom. Simba is the new born cub, whose journey we follow into adulthood and we see how he eventually becomes the King after losing his father and avenging his death. I am not ashamed to admit that yes I did shed a few tears whilst watching this film. It teaches you the importance of family, love, the good and the bad and what it means to stay true to yourself. Also, who didn’t love the song ‘Hakuna Matata’? So much love for this film and it still lives on nearly twenty years after it first released! Now that’s what you call a good animated movie folks!

So there you have it my top favourite animated movies. Hope you enjoyed that as much as I did and didn’t consider this a completely pointless post and if you did, well, err, sorry.  My fascination with animated movies started from a young age and just increased as I got older, I fear it will never go away so MissBlogs, beware I shall convert you into a fellow animation movie lover one day! 🙂