With the news of Christmas with our loved ones being reduced to one day and the new tier preventing areas of the country from mixing at all I thought that some wonderful animated films would be help to take your mind off things. These are our picks of the best of the animated films that you may not have seen before and are great stories with enchanting animation.
We love Studio Ghibli films and this one is one of the lesser known ones but is a really endearing film. The story is loosely based on the little mermaid and Ponyo is the main character who wants to live on land.
Watch on: Amazon
Lost & Found
We have long been big fans of the Oliver Jeffer’s books and this delightful short film captured his quirky characters perfectly. Wonderfully narrated by Jim Broadband.
With a stunning stylized feel to it this film tells the story of a boy who can’t read but discovers characters from the books in his aunt’s library coming to life.
Watch on: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play
A Cat in Paris
An Academy Award nominated story about a cat and a girl that become embroiled in the lives of a burglar and some gangsters. The charming animation and exciting tale will appeal to all ages.
Watch on: Google Play, iTunes, Amazon
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Peter & The Wolf
An Oscar winning interpretation of the classic Prokofiev’s story of Peter & the Wolf in beautiful stop motion animation and with an incredible sound track by the Philharmonic Orchestra.
Watch on: Amazon
My Life As A Courgette
An multi award winning stop motion animated story about a boy who is sent to a foster home and learns about trust and true love.
Watch on: Amazon, iTunes and Google Play
Kirikou and the Sorceress
From the French film maker, Michel Ocelot, this is an animation with a silhouette style which tells the tale of little Kirikou born into an African village that is under a sorceress’s curse.
Watch on: Amazon, Google Play
My Neighbour Totoro
I couldn’t resist adding another Studio Ghibli film in to this list as they are so enchanting. This is the story of two children who move house and discover a forest spirit called Totoro in their garden.
Watch on: Google Play, Netflix
I hope you love these films as much as we do, in fact writing this has made us want to watch them all over again!