Animation is absolutely my favorite genre
, the first 10 minutes of Up
is such a tearjerker. Especially if one lost someone one loved recently. The Dug, the dog needs his own movie or television series so he can get the proper love he deserves. He stole the entire movie.
My favorite film this year is a Japanese import, Summer Wars
A social network named Oz is the global gateway to every government service in the world as well as every single digitally minded/connected person on the planet. A true digital utopia as well as the seemingly natural evolution to Facebook.
A single military level virus/superAI is sent onto to attack the system in its beta test.
We follow a Kenji, teenage math genius, who unintentionally plays a part in the AI's conquest of Oz as he is drafted by a friend, Natsuki, in order to convince the friend's family that Kenji is her fiance in order to appease Natsuki's 90 year old great grandmother.
These two storylines collide and its a great visual frenzy. Great tale of how a tight extended family helps each other at the worst of times.
My Dog Tulip
(2009) is a great and simple story of an old man and his surly and spirited German Shepard. Based on the memoir of the famous English writer, J.R. Ackerley
. The classical 2D animation is wonderfully stylized. Similar to Bill Plympton's chaotic painterly style of animation.
Mary and Max
(2009) is a charming claymation film from Australia. A very lonely and young Australian girl randomly picks a name out of a US phone book and starts a pen pal relationship with him. This cross the globe friendship helps each other deal with their loneliness and depression.
(2010) is a charming and heartbreaking French film about a struggling stage magician trying to irk a living moving from city to city to give his performance. At his last performance in Scotland, a teenage girl runaways from home and starts following the magician like a lonely lost puppy who has bonded with a complete stranger. This film was created by Sylvain Chomet, the master director of Triplets of Belleville
Keep in mind there is very little dialogue and there is no subtitles, though there isn't a need for them because the story is quite easy to follow.
The Secret of Kells
(2009) is a great highly stylized Irish film that depicts a Medieval Irish village constantly under the threat of barbarian raids. Young Brendan is an apprentice manuscript artist aka an illuminator. He becomes fascinating with the idea of helping an iconic illuminator with finishing his greatest masterpiece.
In a midst the the barbarian threat, Brendan finds a friend in a forest fairy named Aisling. Very beautiful ~ story wise and visually.
An animated film for the Philosophy Forumheads:
The Australian claymation flick $9.99
(2008). This animation work for adults has it's characters determine the meaning of life.