When you’re an animation fan, sometimes when going to see the latest Disney/Pixar film, the short film shown before the actual feature film can be the most exciting part! So in today’s blog post, I’m going to rank my favourite Disney/Pixar short films, the films in this list aren’t always shown in the cinema and I couldn’t fit all of them in this list so I’m only ranking 15 of my favourites.
Just a note: I’ve tried to find the full short for as many of the shorts as I could but many of the shorts (especially the new ones) are very hard to find in full online so I’ve found the best clips I could for each entry
I’ve been pretty busy over the last few weeks so I haven’t had
the chance to update this blog as regularly as I used to – just as and when I find the time and it’s about to get even worse as I’m heading back to University in just a few days! So bare with me when it comes to how frequent posts are on this blog now.
The idea for today’s blog post came to me whilst catching up with some of mine and my sisters’ favourite cartoons – I began noticing something that has always bothered me and a lot of other women that work in animation. I started noticing how in a lot of the cartoons we were watching, in a group of 4 or 5 characters the ratio was always 1:4 – meaning there were usually 1 or 2 girls in a group of 4 or 5. Just take a look at cartoons like Duck Tales or Spongebob Squarepants; Huey, Duey, Louie & Webby? or Spongebob, Patrick, Squidward, Mr Krabs & Sandy? I’m sure you could find many, many other examples. This isn’t to say that these shows are bad in anyway, just that they don’t feature as many female characters as they should; in my opinion.
So if you were a little confused by the mouthful of a title I decided to use; in this blog post I’m going to be highlighting some cartoons that I believe have a good female – male ratio or that are comprised of mainly female characters as some of these entries you may have forgotten about or even missed them entirely when they originally aired.
I bet you’ve already got a number of songs in your head that could possibly be on this list; Let it Go? You’ve Got a Friend in Me? Maybe even The Fairy Godmother’s Song from Shrek 2?
I’m going to try my best to keep this list as varied as possible but it’s become apparent that there’s going to be a number of Disney entries here as lets be honest, they’re the studio making all of the animated musicals! In this list I’m going to stick to actual songs with lyrics rather than songs from a score and just stick to movies this time as I could give them both a list of their own!
Disclaimer: You’ll probably notice that quite a few of the biggest animated musical hits don’t make this list and that’s because I’m trying to be as varied as possible as everyone already knows how great songs like The Circle of Life and Under The Sea are.
Now, let’s begin!
And here we have… number 8 in the series! If you aren’t aware, I do a weekly series where I review animated films that are – usually – made by a small studio or at least weren’t featured in UK cinemas (possibly US too) So, this weeks entry – April and the Extraordinary World!
April and the Extraordinary World is a French-Belgian-Canadian 2D feature film that released in 2015. It was directed by Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci and was produced by multiple, multiple different studios.
For fans of: Studio Ghibli films, The Legend of Korra & General Steampunk.
Mild spoiler warning
Anyone who has grown up watching cartoons like I have has no doubt come across those moments where you find yourself drooling over the food in the shows, may it be the Ninja Turtle’s pizza or the magnificent food served up by your favourite Ghibli characters. So I’ve decided toady to list all of my favourite cartoon food!
Disclaimer: Don’t read this list when you’re hungry!
This is now the 5th!! installment to my ‘review an animated film not made by a major studio’ weekly series. This week; Ernest & Celestine! Ernest & Celestine is a 2D, French animation film produced by French animation studio; Les Armateurs (see, I told you I’d return to the French animated films soon enough!) and based upon a series of books written by Belgian author; Gabrielle Vincent.
I was undoubtedly attracted to this film by it’s obvious, beautiful storybook look.
For fans of: Zootopia, Angelina Ballerina, Flushed Away
Mild spoiler warning
I have now compiled a list of around 20 animated films not made by a major studio for my ongoing series and I just so happened to stumble across this film yesterday, I had surprisingly never heard of it before and upon discovering that it was an Australian animated film (something I’ve rarely come across in my life) I decided to bump it to the top of the list to review (it was either that or another French film, I’m telling you there’s a real influx of French/French Canadian independent animation studios!) oh, and it’s another stop motion animated film!
Mary and Max is produced by Australian studio; Melodrama Pictures and directed by: Adam Elliot.
For fans of: My Life as a Courgette, Anomalisa, Little Miss Sunshine
Mild Spoiler Warning