Animated films have come a long way in these past few years. This art form within filmmaking needs to be on the same tier as live-action films. Animation has become a way of connecting people belonging from all over the world, in a way live-action films can’t. If you’re looking for the best Anime Movies, you have come to the right place.
People often associate animated films as something which is meant for children to view. However, in the last decade, there have been many films, beautifully breaking this stereotype. Be it Pixar’s Inside Out, dealing with the hard-hitting issue of depression, or Disney’s Zootopia, portraying and promoting racial equality. It is undoubtedly one of the most powerful tools the world has in terms of creativity and it’s high time people give it the recognition it deserves.
Jérémy Clapin’s ‘I Lost My Body’ became one of the critically acclaimed animated films from 2019. It’s a surreal animated epic reciting the tale of self-discovery and loss. It’s something you don’t get to experience every day. The film is about a young man known as Naoufel as he struggles with almost everything in his life, along with a detached hand, on a quest to find the rest of its body.
This one of a kind story, which is burst with action, danger, excitement and of course mystery proved to be animation’s one of the most insightful offerings. Similarly, we at The Hollywood Tribune have specially curated a list of the Best Anime Movies you should definitely watch if ‘I Lost My Body’ left you mesmerised.
Here is a list of the Best Anime Movies Like I Lost My Body:
In our list of best anime movies, Loving Vincent had to be included! The film is based on the life of the Dutch post-impressionist painter, Vincent van Gogh, and the last few months before his passing. This animation masterpiece which came out in the year 2017, was directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman The most unique factor about this film is that every frame has been inspired by the unique manner, Van Gogh’s canvases are painted in.
Coincidentally, all 853 frames in the film have been hand-painted by around 100 artists belonging to Poland and Greece. This creative decision brought life to the film. It also features an excellent voice cast, smooth animated transitions and movements, making it a sheer experience you have never had before.
The Red Turtle
Released in 2016, Michaël Dudok de Wit’s ‘The Red Turtle’ conveys the deepest of things with no dialogues ever being spoken in the film. The film is about a man who wakes up in the middle of the ocean, floating. He managed to reach a shore of an island where there are no human inhabitants, just birds, crabs and a peculiar red turtle.
With highly aesthetic animation, realistic body movements depicted by the characters and vibrant colours used in every frame makes the film more enthralling.
We won’t reveal much about the film but express this one thing, the trajectory of life depicted in ‘The Red Turtle’ will make you extremely overwhelmed in a bittersweet way. It was also nominated for Best Anime Movie during the 2016 Oscars.
Ernest & Celestine
Ernest and Celestine came out in 2012 and has been directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, and Benjamin Renner. It is a film which genuinely represents the cosiness and the comfort of a warm blanket. It features Ernest the bear, who stumbles upon Celestine the mouse and soon a friendship grows when he decides not to eat her.
The animation flair is heavily inspired by the children’s book it’s based on. It’s the kind of simplistic animation film which kids, as well as adults, can watch. Yes, the film gets very predictable in many places but is surely great for a family viewing due to the soothing and warm tone of the bizarre friendship it depicts. An easy pick for our list of the best Anime Movies.
Directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi this was one of the best Anime movies released in the year 2007. This monochromatic piece of art tells a story of a French-speaking woman and her journey from her childhood to young adulthood in Iran, Vienna and Tehran during the 1980s-90s, the Islamic Revolution. Despite revolving around a historic time period, the movie beautifully balances out historic and personal issues, both.
It makes a commendable narrative as it doesn’t feature any fairy tale element, unlike all the other animated films. Persepolis will serve you nothing but the cold hard truth with strong intellect and humour. This film was definitely way ahead of its time and had to be in our list of Best Anime Movies.
They say ‘simplicity has a different kind of charm’, these words will make more sense to you once you take some time off to watch the Illusionist. Director of the film, Sylvain Chomet based the film on a script written in the 1950s by Jaques Tati, a French mime, actor and a director.
The film which became the part of our list of best anime movies revolves around the life of a French Illusionist who travels intensively in search of work as he performs his magician-like craft in local towns.
The story picks up from when he meets a girl named Alice and slowly their life changes. Everything presented on the screen of this animated feature contains a deeper meaning. Despite being, an animated film, one can truly sense and appreciate the cinematography used in the film as well. Talk about breaking barriers. You definitely shouldn’t miss this masterpiece, probably one of the best anime movies that’s authentic in every way.
This indie animation from 2011 has been directed by Ignacio Ferreras and recites the tale of friendship, life and resistance which occurs within an elderly nursing home. This film deals about the issues people often ignore thinking upon, like growing older and transitioning towards old age, coping with it and dealing with life-altering ailments.
That’s exactly why Wrinkles is an eye-opener and definitely a must-watch for everyone under the list of best anime movies. It’s pretty ironic how the animated and vibrant setting of the film eventually talks about the most hard-hitting truths of life. It is definitely worth the watch if you want your heart to get broken into a million pieces.. but in a good way!
Stay tuned to The Hollywood Tribune for more updates on best anime movies and news from the Hollywood and beyond. Also, Share this article with an anime fan.