Not to brag but over the last year, I have become a bit of a film buff.
Countless hours sitting in front of the T.V. have allowed me to watch pretty much everything that NetFlix has to offer. As well as HBO, Disney Plus, and dare I say it, any pirated copies I could get my grubby desperate hands-on over quarantine.
I've always loved animated movies. Something about knowing that every aspect of the film was included for a reason. Every tiny detail you didn't notice until years after watching it for the first time.
Below I have curated what I consider some of the best-animated films to enjoy now that you are more "young at heart" than young in years.
The Lion King (1994)
This is a no-brainer. Released nearly 30 years ago, this movie will always hold a special place in my heart.
Not just because I was born and living in Africa at the time.
But because now more than ever we need to remember to not shy away from responsibility. The people that are happy for you to be lazy and complacent are the ones most likely to destroy the best parts of this world that we live in.
Finding Nemo (2003)
Another classic Pixar/Disney movie with a larger message hidden beneath.
This movie will tug at your heartstrings while making you question just how much you're willing to sacrifice to fulfill your goals and desires.
How to train your dragon (2010)
If you've ever owned a cat, this is the movie for you.
Combining beautiful artwork with hilarious one-liners and amazing heartfelt moments, this movie has it all.
Watching Stoic the Vast openly say he is proud of his son hit a little close to home. I'm sure there are thousands of men around the world waiting to hear those words from their own fathers.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Adapted from the Roald Dahl book of the same name, this Wes Anderson movie just oozes with class.
Filmed completely in stop motion, Anderson brings this story to life in a way that completely honors the source material.
This is one of those movies that I always catch a new detail every time I rewatch it!
Another stop motion masterpiece. Mixing equal parts wonder and bizarreness, this movie definitely borders on the darker side in more than one place.
This movie was met with instant critical acclaim and is the 3rd highest-grossing stop motion movie of all time.
Howls moving castle (2004)
From the storytelling masterminds over at Studio Ghibli. Howls moving castle still remains my favorite feature-length Japanese animation.
No other movie seems to capture the heart of actually living in a world where spirits are actually real so well.
Whenever a friend is struggling with day-to-day life and needs a pick me up, this is number one on my list of remedies.
A nightmare before Christmas (1993)
Everyone knows that Die Hard is the ultimate Christmas movie. But this little stop motion gem definitely gives it a solid run for its money.
Tim Burton puts every part of his amazingly unique style into this movie to help spread some Christmas fear.
The lego batman movie (2017)
Never in a million years would I ever think that a movie based on Lego would actually be any good. Not only is this movie pretty decent but even more surprising is just how much of the jokes and humor is catered to adults.
If you're looking for something to entertain the kids that won't leave you brain dead and drooling from boredom. I definitely recommend giving this movie a shot!
South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut (1999)
Definitely not something to watch when minors are around, but I would be remise with not adding at least something from Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
It's crazy to think that this movie was released 20 years ago. It's even crazier to think that South Park is still going as strong as ever.
South Park's take on the Devil and Suddam Hussein is worth watching this movie alone.