I’m sure this list of cartoons raised a lot of my kids – and myself.
This puppet studio manages to show the world through the eyes of children, without compromise or false notes. There are few places where you see such honesty. They have impeccably twisted, dashing and funny plots, behind which a deep, sometimes directly philosophical, meaning emerges.
Kubo and the two strings
An excellent parable about parental love, misunderstanding, understanding and forgiveness. At the same time, there is no boringness usual for parables!
Ernest et Célestine
A gentle, funny, sad and pure fairy tale about the friendship of two outsiders – a bear and a mouse – in a world where bears and mice live in different worlds, are afraid and hate each other. The cartoon is delightfully drawn: each character is shown with almost a couple of lines, but the character is still visible. And the Russian version is also beautifully voiced.
Obie and Patar a few years before the EIS filmed the cartoon “Panic in the Village” – an hour and a half of undisturbed fooling around. Although I really like “Panic”, I do not presume to advise it to everyone, because I am afraid that I will be cursed.
Shaun the sheep
A series of 150 episodes and a feature-length cartoon of the same name (and another feature-length “Farmageddon” will be released in six months). Light, funny and kind without moronism stories from the life of a herd of sheep on a farm, their owner, his dog and other animals. The relationship of the sheep and the owner with the dog repeats the hierarchy of children and parents, and the sheep are cunning, hide and try to understand the world around them, like children, and the owner grabs his head, corrects the sheep’s docks or remains in blissful ignorance, like a parent. The children and I still “watch” some films that Sean didn’t like or simply raise our spirits with his help.
Kung fu panda
The clumsy panda becomes a Kung Fu master and defeats the great villain – the former best student of his teacher. This is a story about a Cinderella; about the teacher and the student; about working on yourself; about growing up and choosing a path. And all against the backdrop of Chinese landscapes and twisted into the genre of a satirical comedy-action movie. And a very vivid character of this very villain – a brilliant student who bowed too much to the teacher so as not to hate him later.
Le petit prince
The story of friendship between a too-grown child and an too-infantile old man, touching and deep. In Saint-Exupery’s book, growing up is something like the inevitable death of the soul, while the cartoon shows the difficult path of another, “non-fatal” growing up. And yet, I was struck by how subtly the director understood the future of the Little Prince and his clumsy attempts to fit into the world of people.
Four animals from the New York Zoo are unexpectedly sent to their natural habitat, and they have to learn to live on their own. This is a cartoon about growing up, about how you stop relying on adults and find your way. There are two sequels, but they are more for monetizing the story than to say something new.
The boss baby
The boy has a younger brother, his whole life goes awry, and the boy comes up with a giant spy drama to explain what is happening for himself. It is very fun, touching and clever, it is worth showing children when a new child appears in the family.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Well, what can I say if we named a dog by the name of one of the heroes of this cartoon! This is a cartoon about an ingenious dog who took on a child to raise. A story about parenting, about how parents try to make their children special, and children want to be ordinary; it is also a metaphor for special parents – gay, single, adoptive.
Despicable Me 1, 2
The villain Gru wants to become a model, the best villain in the world, so that he can finally be praised by his indifferent devalued mother. To pull off one adventure, he adopts three orphan sisters, and as a result, his heart melts, and he learns to love and be a parent. It would seem a banal plot, but so funny and honestly told that it is worth watching. There is also a third episode and a film called Minions, but they are much worse and simpler.
The story of a whole crowd of Cinderellas who participate in a singing competition and, as a result, find themselves at the height of fame. This is also a banal canvas, but all the characters are so charming, real musicians are so read behind them, and the music so delicately balances between vulgar mainstream and catchy depth that the cartoon still ended up in my selection.
How to Train Your Dragon
The formidable leader of the Viking tribe has a puny son who is worthless. And the tribe has a hard time, because dragons constantly harass him. And then, of course, it turns out that dragons need to be dealt with not by force, but by intelligence and humanity, and this very son turns out to be at his best. A cool film for teenagers who love to be ironic over themselves, but will catch on to younger children. This is a film adaptation of a book (more precisely, a series of books), but the books are worse! And the next cartoons of this series are also worse and did not make it into the selection.
La guerre des tuques
Children have nothing to do during the winter holidays, and they build a castle and start fighting for it. This is a cartoon about how the game is obtained literally from nothing, how children’s relationships develop and do not develop, in general, this is the most difficult genre of children’s cinema – children’s realism.
Avril et le Monde truqué
This ironic steampunk for teenagers is a rather extraordinary cartoon about the daughter of scientists in a world where no great discoveries have been made.
An amazing cartoon that shows old people in a nursing home as children in a kindergarten. It’s about Alzheimer’s, so it’s not particularly fun. But it is all permeated with sad humor and tenderness for the dying human life. I would say he is 12+.
Toy Story 1, 2, 3, 4
Every child knows that as soon as he turns away, his toys come to life. Well, Pixar just filmed what is happening with these toys. Terribly charming, funny, deep and exciting.
The story is about a clown fish who shakes so much over his son that he does not let him live. As a result, the son revolts, gets into trouble, the father has to save him, they both change and, so to speak, “they understand a lot about their mistakes.” A very charming story, and there are cool sea characters. Although the biological reliability let us down: for example, real clown fish change their sex, and in the cartoon this question was delicately bypassed. There is a sequel to Finding Dory, but it’s much more conformist and boring.
An epic story about two superheroes who got married, had children, try to live a boring, ordinary life – and here, as usual, a sharp turn in life, and they have to superhero again, this time in front of the children. This is, firstly, a metaphor for family life (we were all superheroes before we put wedding rings on our fingers and began to hang linen more often than reading books), and secondly, a story about gifted outsider children who are forced to hide their talent. and then they learn to use this talent and integrate into this world. Chur I’m Elastic! There are sequels, but they are worse.
The story of one star-studded car, which, by its own stupidity, ended up in a remote town and there it turned out that the main thing in life is not victory, but human (well, that is, machine) relationships. There are sequels, but I like them less, some less original.
“University” is the story of a fearless, but absolutely not scary little monster in a world where only scary is quoted. In fact, this is a story about the fact that talent is different, that motivation is a great force, and that a brilliant manager is sometimes more important than a brilliant creator. This is a prequel to Monsters, Inc., which I like much less, very commonplace.
An ingenious understanding of adolescence, the psychological rationale for many teenage and adult kinks, and one can say a friendly elbow for adolescents who seem to have been suddenly thrown to the sidelines of life. In this cartoon, the emotions inside the girl’s head seem to take care of her and help her survive.
A confusing story about a long-haired girl who was brought up in strict submission and isolation, and then she discovered the world around her, began to beat men with pans and cut her hair. I don’t really like this cartoon, but it is iconic, so I brought it here.
A beautiful story about talent and the ability to handle it, and about the fact that the role of parents is to teach a child to understand and not be afraid of himself. And also about the fact that a sister’s love can be more important and honest than a man’s love. But this is a Disney cartoon through and through – with Disney smiles, Disney jokes and Disney music, so I can imagine those who will get sick of it.
But this is a great cartoon – the comprehension of the ideas of tolerance and universal equality, honest and without discounts, and everything is wrapped in a wrapper like you know, a carrot thriller.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
A story about a girl who saves the world with her purity and love. It sounds pretty damn corny, and the cartoon is great.
My neighbor Totoro
A story about two sisters and their life in a country house and harmony with nature.
A cartoon about the confrontation between people and the forest and that you cannot defeat nature without destroying yourself.
The girl saves her parents, who are mired in a consumer attitude towards the world.