Something you may not know about me is that I love illustration and animation. Who doesn't, right? Though I love all the technical details behind it as much as I enjoy watching the movie itself, which makes me watch the same movies a bunch of times and never get bored. Especially stop motions, probably due to the fact that it works so much with tactile things and of course, photography. Is it a stop motion? Then you got my full attention! 

I grew up watching Tim Burton's movies over and over again, (thanks mom and dad for allowing me that pleasure no matter how much you got sick of it!) and even though I also watched a butt load of the typical Disney movies as well, there was always something more interesting in the alternative styles. Having that said, perhaps you'll find some new movie inspirations on this list, but prepare to find a lot of animation cults here too. 


The first time I watched this movie it was in the cinema. David and I got the whole room to ourselves and we got to experience the best 3D effects up to this day. 
As always I love the animation style, the story just hit the spot for me since I have a past history with horror stories where people have buttons for eyes, and the characters - Oh boy! I'd have Mr. Bobinsky if I could, no matter how much of old cheese he may stink. Oh, and you know that yellow raincoat I have? Guess where I got the influence from. You got it!

Corpse Bride

This movie needs no introduction but it surely had to take part in this list. It is such a cute love and friendship story with the best animation, as always. Victor reminds me a lot of Vincent from Tim Burton's first animation. And let's face it, it is Jonhy Depp in cartoon form, right ladies? Though all of the male main characters may actually be a representation of Tim Burton's himself, but oh well.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

One detail I love in Wes Anderson's animation movies is the way the fur of the animals move and the ability he has of creating such grown-up like kids for his storylines. I never read the book that this movie was based on, so can't really comment on that nor it's originality. What I can say is that you're going to spend a fantastic hour and a half. See what I did there? I mean come on, it's a story with animals and it is stop motion. What could ever go wrong with this mix?


Another Tim Burton's movie, yes. Get used to it! Though this one I never heard anyone talking about and honestly don't really know why. It is such a lovely friendship story between Victor, the awkward boy, and his dog. It is so beautiful and obviously creepy at the same time. I love it to death! 

Heavy Metal

Though this is not a child-friendly type of movie, it certainly took a huge part in my childhood, since I've watched it for the first time when I was around five or six years old and immediately fell in love with the animation style and story. If I could have a fantasy animal, this you're seeing would be it, and only a few years ago I realized how similar to baby peacocks it is. The soundtrack is also pretty great too! This is a cult movie that I feel like not many people know of and I find it definitely worth watching.

Heavy Metal 2000

Following the first Heavy Metal movie, this was another one that made my childhood. Perhaps a bit too harsh and sexual for a kid, but I loved it none the less ever since. Since they have both diferent storylines, I can't really say which one I like the most, so both had to be included in this list. Another one you should definitely watch.

Howl's Moving Castle

I was introduced to Hayao Miyazaki for this first time through this movie, which I completely love. As always touches a lot in love and friendship in the most beautiful and magical way with the already well-known characteristic animation style.

Inside Out

Pixar always had a more grown-up touch on their stories and perhaps that's the main reason why I like this movie so much. It is definitely, my favorite movie from Disney and Pixar, mainly for its authenticity and originality when it comes to the story. It touches something a bit more deep than most movies from Disney with the princesses tra-la-las and all that and is one that everyone should watch at least once, even if you're not too much into this type of movie/animation style.

Isle of Dogs

Oh boy. I know so many people who weren't such big fans of Wes Anderson and just fell completely in aww with this movie. Even though I love his style since forever, I understand why some people may not, especially when it comes to the movie's pace. However, this is one you definitely shouldn't pass. Also, if you're into stop-motion animation as much as I am, prepare to freak out with the making of of this movie. It's is absolutely genius!

Kubo and the Two Strings

This was one of the latest greatest stop motion movies I've watched. The animation per se is as beautiful as the story it portraits. If you're into mystery and action with a touch of sentimentalism, you're going to love this as much as I did. It's beautiful and very much worth watching.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Of course, it wouldn't be me if this movie wasn't included in this list. Definitely my most watch animation movie of all times. I love everything about it, from the soundtrack, the storyline, the characters, e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g! This movie made still makes my days and I wouldn't be the same without it nor its music.


Even if you're not a fan of Japanese animation, I'm sure you'll agree that this is an incredibly beautiful friendship story and that there is nothing quite like it. Definitely one of my favorites from Hayao Miyazaki.

The Triplets of BelleVille

Whenever I think of animation movies this is surely the first that comes to my mind. I love everything about it, from the illustration and animation style, the color scheme, the storyline, each and every character. And even though I only started watching it in adulthood, it is probably my second most watched movie, which is saying a lot! I love how each time I watch it I'm able to find a new detail that makes it even more special. Oh and the Portuguese lady and all Portuguese references and details just completely melt my heart. Definitely on my top three!

The Illusionist

Another beautiful animation and story by the greatest Sylvain Chomet together with Jacques Tati. What could go wrong there, right? If you're into a deep meaning and lovely yet melancholic storyline with just the most beautiful animation, you should definitely watch this one.

Loving Vincent

If I'm not mistaken, this was one of the latest animation movies I've watched. Vincent Van Gogh was the first painter that completely caught my attention when I was still a young kid, not so much from his work but more so due to his life in general, and this movie represents it all in the most beautiful way. The first animation movie that was completely hand painted from the beginning to the end. A work of art on its own and definitely worth every second even though it may break your heart every time you watch it.

So, did you find any new movies to watch? What is one of your favorite animation movies of all times?

Ps: With the exception of the first photo, all of these images were found through web research.

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