The Binge-Watch List: 11 Underrated Animated Movies To Re (Discover)


In an age when a significant portion of the global audience is paying attention to blockbuster movie franchises and TV series that constantly keep you on the edge of your seats and eagerly await the airing of the next episode, WITHOUT RESERVATION takes you back to the archives, and we invite you to rediscover these underrated animated films that definitely deserve more recognition, whether it’s for their captivating plot, their phenomenal animation, or just for the sheer singularity of it all.

1. My Zucchini life

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Stop-motion animations are true labors of love. 54 ten inch puppets were made for this film, and most of the film was shot on handcrafted sets. Although categorized as a dramatic comedy and performed in technicolor, expect a story that will touch your heart.

Claude Barras, the film’s director, described the film as a “tribute to neglected and abused children who are doing their best to survive and live with their injuries.” Courgette, [the] hero, has gone through many difficult times and, after losing his mother, he thinks he is alone in the world.

Although the film has won numerous nominations – a Camera d’Or in 2016 and an Oscar in 2017 – and won numerous awards – two Lumières Awards and two César Awards – it still goes under the radar of most viewers.

Don’t let the colorful appearance fool you; this claymation tackles difficult problems such as loss and trauma. And unlike most cinematic representations of orphanages, in My zucchini life, this is shown in a positive light. “I wanted to show an orphanage that protects children rather than abusing them,” Barras said. He lived in a nursing home as part of his research for the film.

2. Kubo and the two strings

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If you think that animating 54 ten inch puppets for a stop-motion movie is an incredible feat, Kubo and the two strings is about to raise the bar. The studio, Laika, built the giant skeleton, which stands sixteen feet tall and weighs 400 pounds, and animated it in the visually stunning Hall of Bones sequence.

The tale is set in feudal Japan and is a “magical tale that seems both old and fresh”, as the Washington Post says. The film received a string of award nominations: Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Visual Effects (but it lost to Disney’s Zootopia and The jungle Book respectively); and the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) for best animated film in 2017.

With such enormous effort put into its creation, it is definitely worth a binge-watch.

3. Forward

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In many ways, this movie was designed to get it out of the park, as most Disney animated films do. It has a soulful storyline, magic, and a starry voice cast that includes Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, and Octavia Spencer. Sadly, the pandemic has swept away its potential and it is seen as a box office bomb, as the budget offset revenue by around $ 50 million.

While they stick to their hit formula, Pixar also introduced their very first openly gay character, a lesbian cop. Unlike previous Pixar characters who are believed to be LGBTQ, here the character reveals his orientation in a subtle remark.

In Forward, the two elven brothers go on a quest to bring back their deceased father for a day. While the ending isn’t what many expect, this reversal of fortunes just might make the story an even more compelling watch.

4. The secret of Kells

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Fans of folklore, rejoice. This 2009 animated film tells a fictional story of the creation of the Book of Kells by an elderly monk Aidan and his young apprentice Brendan, who struggle to work on the manuscript in the face of destructive Viking raids.

Just like Kubo and the two strings, this film was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, but was snubbed for Disney’s Up. Despite this, many reviews came back positive, many applauding its unique and ornate design, and a nod to Irish mythology and Celtic culture.

And when you’re done with that movie, dive right into Song of the sea and Wolf walkers for its continuation.

5. The Tale of Princess Kaguya

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Although many of us are familiar with the works of Hayao Miyazaki such as My neighbor Totoro and Howl’s Moving Castle, today we draw your attention to the latest directorial work of its Studio Ghibli co-founder, Isao Takahata, The tale of Princess Kaguya.

Although the hand-drawn world seems simple, this historical fantasy remains Japan’s most expensive film to this day. It has won dozens of accolades, including an Oscar nomination for best animated feature.

Unlike the Disney-Studio Ghibli creations, this story does not intentionally seek a happy ending. Instead, it prepares its viewers for an exploration of the torment of farewells.

6. Mr. Peabody and Sherman

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Your search for a fun animated film for all ages is over. Mr. Peabody and Sherman will take you (and the young people near you) on a journey into the past, where everyone will have instant experiences of life during the time of Marie Antoinette, King Tut and even Agamemnon.

While many overlook its mid-century aesthetic, we look to the heart of the film and applaud the filmmakers’ attempt to approach xenophobia in a way that is digestible for its young audience, while exposing them to many historical figures to nurture their. curiousity.

7. Rango

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Visually, Rango is an antithesis to stereotypical animated films, where everything (and everyone) is symmetrical, perfect and in technicolor. Here the animals are shown in a darker light; they are sturdy and have flaws. These qualities give the characters a depth that goes beyond what the filmmakers chose to present in the film.

While this is a huge commercial success, with many accolades under its belt, we have yet to see another animated film executed this way. It might be a deviation from the norm, but it’s definitely a breath of fresh air for the genre.

8. Breadwinner

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Based on a bestselling novel of the same name, Breadwinner tells the story of an 11-year-old Afghan girl living in a war-torn country. Due to its limited release, the film did not perform as well. However, it received a nomination for Best Animated Feature at the 90th Academy Awards.

Although it was an international co-production between Canada, Ireland and Luxembourg, it included the Afghan perspective in many ways. Screenwriter Anita Doron worked with Afghan-American artist Aman Mojadidi to strike a balance between Afghan and universal perspectives. In an interview with its director Nora Twomey, it is revealed that the team brought in people who had fled Afghanistan and the Afghan Women’s Organization. Half of the actors are Afghans or have parents of such descent.

9. The good dinosaur

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The good dinosaur is a specimen of a well-told simple story. The main charm of this film is its stunning animation work and the most breathtaking scenery you will ever see in a computer animated film.

While we’re used to richer storytelling from Pixar, the fantastic scenery alone is enough to captivate its audience, making it an interesting experience.

ten. Paranormand

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Speaking of fantasy, Paranormand is the one you should listen to for a serving of dark fantasy with a touch of comedy. Creators of Kubo and the two strings, you can expect similar qualities between the two films. The production is the first stop-motion film to use a 3D color printer to create character faces, and only the second to be shot in 3D.

This film tells the story of a teenage boy, Norman, who can communicate with ghosts and is tasked with ending a 300-year-old curse on his hometown of Massachusetts. Although he lost against Courageous for the Academy Award and BAFTA Award, it made waves when the film became the first PG-rated film to be nominated for the GLAAD Media Awards for the character of Mitch, who is the first openly gay character in an American film. general public entertainment.

11. Meet the Robinsons

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A wacky collection of personalities can be seen in this single movie. Although the principle is quite similar to Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Meet the Robinsons talks about a boy’s quest to find a family. Unfortunately, in his case, he finds it in the future, and for that to happen he has to go back to his timeline.

The soundtrack to this underrated animated film also does it justice. Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty recorded the touching song “Little Wonders”; the Jonas Brothers, their energetic “Kids of the Future; and The All-American reject their techno-rock “The Future Has Arrived”.

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