Well 2016 is turning out to be a really awesome year for animated films so I thought I’d talk about what I’ve discovered so far. Let me know what you think. If you know of any that I’m not aware or that you feel should be on this list please let me know. Now let’s get started!
First, I want to start off with number one which is the latest film by Makoto Shinkai the genius filmmaker who did his first film on his computer all by himself! He is known for an incredibly beautiful style and that style continues with this one which is really awesome. Even though the trailer is in Japanese you can tell by the first opening shot of what looks to be meteors coming through Earth’s atmosphere. This is quintessential Shinkai. Look at how beautiful this opening shot is! This gives you a good flavor for what the film will be like. His films are also noted for their really beautiful musical scoring. They also usually feature romantic stories about forbidden love. Of all the animators out there, his films are the closest thing to true poetry. Obviously, this film deserves it’s own post which I will be completing soon. To be released in Japan on August 26, 2016.
Another Day of Life
Unfortunately, number 2 is the war film “Another Day of Life.” and is definitely not for kids. This is a really gritty animated documentary feature about the Angolan Civil War. It really shows how animation can be used to really highlight a political situation. It’s directed by Raul De La Fuente and Damian Nenow. It’s pretty gritty, for mature audiences only. Unfortunately, it’s a much darker theme than the other films on the list which tend to be happy joyous funny things but because of the subject matter, I felt I had to make it number two. It looks pretty powerful.
The Little Prince
Next in the lineup is The Little Prince based on the famous book of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This film looks really cool and magical just like the book and has some great lessons for all of us left brained workaholic types.
Is an intereting silent animated film produced by Studio Ghibli and directed by London-based Dutch animatortner Michael Dudok De Wit. It appears to be about a man stranded on a tropical island. Not sure what to make of this but it looks intereting so we will keep you posted. If studio Ghibli is involved it must be pretty good. I have never heard of them doing a joint venture before. The Red Turtle will be released in France on June 29, 2016.
Kubo and the Two Strings
Next is Kubo and the Two Strings, brought to us by Laika Studios the same group that brought us Caroline and The Boxtrolls. This is some really interesting animation, done in the style of origami. It looks like Kubo has some kind of magic power where he can use origami to create things in the real world. I like this first trailer the best, there’s two more trailers but they seem to degenerate as they go along.
Belal is a new animated film out of Dubai: “A thousand years ago, one boy with a dream of becoming a great warrior is abducted with his sister and taken to a land far away from home. Thrown into a world where greed and injustice rule all, Bilal finds the courage to raise his voice and make a change. Inspired by true events, this is a story of a real hero who earned his remembrance in time and history.”
Snow time is a comedic animated feature about a bunch of neighborhood kids who set up a huge snow fort and snow fight. It’s really nostalgic for me because I used to have snow battles just like this when I was a kid in Ohio.
April and the Extraordinary World
A cute steam punk anime from the director that brought us the powerful Persepolis. It’s about an alternate universe where all the worlds inventors have disappeared.
I’m only including this one because it is so dang funny. The animation is so so but it looks hilarious!
And last but not least is the new Disney Princess animated film Moana about a Polynesian princess and her adventures. There is no official trailer yet but there is this announcement video. We will be following this one
Well that’s it, I will be adding more as I discover them. Again, if you know of some exceptional animated films please let us know.