I grew up in Disney’s renaissance when the animation studio became world domination and joined a new generation of children. We have Saviors Down Under, The Lion King, Aladdin, and Hercules to name a few. Inspired by Disney’s quest for critical recognition, other animation studios turned out to be equally compelling films such as The Land Before Time, Anastasia, and The Iron Giant. Not to mention the consistently groundbreaking work of Studio Ghibli. Animation is more than just “cartoons”. It can share values and ideas with children and address injustices in an approachable way. vulture has compiled the 1
10 of the most influential animations of all time
I remember you
Animation has an abrupt way of throwing some big emotions at your feet that probably wouldn’t be as tasty if candy colored cartoons didn’t. This scene from Adventure Time depicts the show’s complex story and how relationships fall apart after tragedy.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
One day my prince will come
How many movies do we still watch and enjoy from the 30s? While Disney’s first animated shorts are groundbreaking, nothing has the same lasting impact as her first feature film. Snow White is still a beloved princess for many children, and the longing and hope in this song set the tone for Disney films for the next century.
the return of the King
That episode earned the show a Peabody Award for causing controversy and confronting the United States with us seeing Dr. King’s vision of the future have failed.
We should have known that no one was safe in Disney films after they shot Bambi’s mother. The Neverending Story is spot on when it comes to traumatizing films.
Tom and Jerry
The best frenemies are never better than Tom as a concert pianist and Jerry as a disgusting mouse trying to ruin his performance.
The movie that released a million memes. It couldn’t be much more influential.
Cartoons breaking the fourth wall are one of my favorite gags of all time. The animator’s silent, antagonistic character hanging around with Daffy is timeless in his genius.
Night on the bare mountain
Disney released Fantasia on VHS during the Renaissance. It was a real journey when a kid put this tape in the VCR and slapped it in the face afterwards with 60s animation and classical music.
The sixth station
This dialogue-free scene is in stark contrast to the crowded, busy bathhouse where most of the Spirited Away take place. A vast, shallow ocean stretches out in all directions, with lonely train tracks leading Chihiro past on the horizon. It’s peaceful, sad, and guaranteed to make you feel something.
Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse
Miles leap of faith
This savvy take on a superhero movie features some of the best animation of this decade / ever. Everything about Miles’ transformation into Spiderman is handled with perfect pitch, and it’s an adorable sequence in a charming movie.
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