Super excited to be taking part in this week’s prompt because I suggested it! Thanks to the Nerdy Girlie for using my suggestion, I am honoured. The only issue with this prompt is that I’ll have to limit my faves to 5!
I absolutely adore animated movies hence why I suggested it. They are so pretty, happy and positive, always with a brilliant message to tell. Being animated they are only limited by their creators’ imaginations making for some pretty epic films. It also means they tend to fit in with my general love of all things other-worldy whether it be Disney princesses in medieval times or racing dragons. I’m all one for escapism and adventure.
So here’s 5 of my favourites, but it’s far from exhaustive!
How To Train Your Dragon 1 & 2
I can’t decide which I prefer so I’m lumping these two together. How To Train Your Dragon are my all time favourite films ever without a doubt. Growing up all I ever wanted was for dragons to be real and to have my very own to ride. My imagination had to make do with Dragons of Pern. So when the first film came out it brought back all my childhood dreams and dragon love. Seeing dragons in the flesh, as it were, is a whole other level. And they aren’t evil or savage in this film they are wonderful sentient beings. The films are visually epic and the music has the power to beak me down to tears. The first film is amazing because that’s when you meet young Hiccup and Toothless and see how their relationship turns from enemies to best friends. The sequel is then a true sequel, so much character development for Hiccup, Toothless and his friends. It is also heartbreaking. Toothless is the most adorable dragon ever, I would give almost anything to have my own Night Fury friend! Hiccup is also a very identifiable character for me, as a skinny awkward introvert fish out of water.
This is probably my most watched film. It’s a beautiful film with snow I can enjoy without being cold, an adorable reindeer and a snowman I can coo over, it has pretty Scandinavian details and a fantastic soundtrack. I don’t care what anyone says I will adore ‘Let It Go’ until the bitter end. It has lovable, entertaining and real characters. But also I love it because it shows that a romantic interest could be the bad guy, men are not the answer to your problems. It shows the importance of trust and compassion. It shows you it’s okay to be clumsy and a bit ditsy but you can still be the hero who saves the day. It also shows that it’s okay to admit you’re struggling with the ‘storm inside’, that it’s okay to rely on those you love when you need them. It celebrates the importance of sisterly love (whether that’s with real sisters or just your fellow women). This film is just so important.
Another stunning animated film with an epic soundtrack. This film holds such happy memories for me, me and my best friend (as horse addicts) watched it countless times. We sang the songs off be heart on long journeys and whilst mucking out stables. I like that this film doesn’t focus on dialogue, it mostly shows the story through exceptional animation and music. The horses mostly feel quite real unlike most animated depictions. Spirit’s ability to never give up is also an inspiration. It also holds an important message about our relationship with nature and animals that we should all think about.
For me this is just such a happy feel good film. It’s the one I head to when I need cheering up. I mean it has a super happy ending and no parents die (spoiler: unless you count evil Mother Gothel). Similarly to Frozen it has powerful messages, such as sometimes you know what is best for you despite what the people around you might say and you should follow your heart. Also I love the focus on the power of living your dreams. I also feel Eugene and Rapunzel’s relationship and how it develops is a lot more natural than many in Disney. They’re definitely that couple that sometimes can’t stand each other but you know their love is true.
And now I just realised, with utmost horror, that I’ve missed out Brave, which definitely should be in this list. Maybe I’ll dedicate a whole blog post to the wonder that is Brave!
I feel Balto is a pretty underrated animated film, overshadowed by Disney classics. I was such a tomboy as a kid that I couldn’t bear to watch the princess films. For me it was all about Lion King, Robin Hood and the brilliant Balto. I grew up surrounded by dogs and with a fascination for wolves. So naturally I loved Balto a wolf/dog hybrid. I love that it’s a story about finding yourself and overcoming the nearly impossible. Also, the bear is one of the most terrifying things I’ve seen in a film I swear. It’s also an fascinating story based on the very real Balto who saved so many lives.
So there we go! I wanted to include Wall-E and Big Hero 6 but as they got some love in my last Fandom Friday I thought I’d share my other fave animated films. I’d love to hear about your favourites and I’ll definitely be checking out other fellow 5 Fandom Friday bloggers this week to compare lists!