Top 10 animated films of 2021

There has been a modern renaissance in the animation industry as animated films have gained prominence over the past two decades. The importance and popularity of animated media has become very clear as more studios realize that there is a growing demand for animated films. Which makes sense: Animated media are essential to the industry and have always been an essential part of audience viewing practices throughout the history of cinema.

Of course, the initial lockdown of COVID-19 and the ongoing global pandemic made it difficult for moviegoers to get to theaters. Film studios and filmmakers were determined to showcase their work nonetheless, which made 2021 a huge wave of films throughout the year. While the high volume of film releases was to be celebrated, a small number of animated feature films stood out among the genre.

ten Raya and the last dragon

Raya Sisu Raya and the Last Disney Dragon
Walt Disney Pictures

Raya and the last dragon walks the fine line between cultural commentary and social awareness; as it takes place in a truly beautiful fantasy nation, it celebrates the countries and backgrounds that inspired Kumandra to come to life. The Southeast Asian regions of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines project a strong influence on Raya and the last dragon, which tells the story of putting differences aside in order to find common ground on which to settle. The film itself is stunningly beautiful and strikingly charming. The details that create such personality for Raya and the last dragon are complex and expose the power of animation in mainstream media. It’s a refreshing movie, especially given Disney’s propensity to use the same types of characters to tell the same types of stories.

9 Batman: Along Halloween Parts 1 and 2

Warner Bros. Animation ; DC Entertainment

The stories of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale go back to the lore of Batman and look back on what has been established in order to reiterate just how intense Batman really is. Compared to previous live-action renditions of Batman, Batman: Along Halloween is comfortable taking a closer look at Bruce Wayne’s detective character. It faithfully adheres to the canon of comics while still being able to move away from another cut-and-paste of old Batman animated films. This two-part film brings together the familiarity of murder mysteries and crime dramas through a maturely written superhero animation that is compelling in nature. Executed with care and conviction, Batman: Along Halloween Part 1 & 2 raises the bar for the DC Animated Universe.

8 The Mitchells vs. the Machines

The Mitchells Vs The Machines Netflix Film

The Mitchells vs. the Machines is an animated film which, despite the number of times it has been revisited, receives each revision with a sense of unavailability. There is a rich and tender affection for the family that clings to the film and refuses to let go. Sincerely dazzling and deliciously funny, The Mitchells vs. the Machines finds creativity in her heart and runs with it. Its frenetic pace, brilliant use of color, and vivid imagination deserve credit for turning a fun watch into something even more delicious. The parent-child dynamic approach is brimming with such reality that there is enough room for the film to resonate with any audience. The Mitchells vs. the Machines is crafted with an undeniably endearing attitude and accomplishes greatness through its weird and savage antics.

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seven The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmare

Vesemir the Witcher The Wolf's Nightmare Netflix

When asked if Western culture should keep making anime, The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmare responds with a resounding “yes”. This dark, bloody, pitch black world teeming with inhuman monsters shifts Geralt’s perspective from Riveria to Vesemir and offers a deeper insight into a disturbing universe. The overall themes are filled with angst and moral ambiguity that make the series so captivating and complex. Gruesome fantasy violence paired with striking animation style is detrimental to The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmarethe impact as an entity in The witcher saga, and it offers this disconcerting experience. It is an exciting watch, especially for fans of The witcher when season 2 returns.

6 Beautiful

Beautiful Anime 2021

The hyper-modern anime riff on The beauty and the Beast measures the impact of cyberbullying from a more contemporary perspective, addressing an important issue that continues to plunder the sanity of those who use the Internet. Optimizing aesthetics maximized to capture nature at the heart of Beautiful, director Mamoru Hosoda takes the pulse of today’s pop scene firmly. A little confused times, it’s impressive that Beautiful manages to keep each part moving on its own as it ultimately marries a story as old as time with technology that has yet to reach the real world. Its unbridled originality gives Beautiful all rights to stand out.

5 Encanto

Encanto photo 1

Sweet and culturally thoughtful, Encanto is full of family reconciliation that restores the power to accept people for who they are and not for what they should be. Visually, Encanto is fascinating, and its indulgence in vibrancy both through colorful characters and the use of color is important to the film’s mission. While he shares a similar feel to what Disney has to offer through other animated works from the same year, he’s sure to dismiss a deeply emotional and deeply personal impact through his storytelling alone. The change in tone of applying the traditional Disney formula from a more diverse perspective allows for a range of people whose stories can be told and how they reach just beyond the target audience.

4 Luca

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While its ambition is perhaps more low-key than Pixar’s previous exploits, the minimalism that surrounds itself Luca takes his time while enjoying the pleasure of everyday life. It finds its splendor in its simplicity and relies on an authentically benevolent and generous spirit. His study of identity casts a certain warmth while challenging the negative energies of bigotry. He greets underdogs and outcasts like old friends while performing a heartwarming story about the power of friendship. Luca encourages childhood to be looked upon with tenderness and rejoices to captivate this feeling of childish joy. This charming, undeniably adorable animated film is a summer treat.

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3 Paw Patrol: The Movie

Paw Patrol: The Movie
Paramount Pictures

Paw Patrol: The Movie is a nice old-fashioned G-Rated reminder that even the little ones can enjoy a trip to the movies. The titular rescue puppies display the selflessness of the occupations they represent and continue to encourage preschoolers to do good when and where. There is not much to ask for a Paw Patrol-an inspired film to accomplish from a cerebral point of view, but this harmless yet entertaining film is careful not to become boring or boring. Paw Patrol: The Movie is lightweight and casts multigenerational appeal. It harnesses messages of self-acceptance, the importance of mental health, and teamwork on an airy wavelength.

2 Ron was wrong

Ron's Gone Wrong Writers Develop Superhero Movie

Ron was wrong delves deep into the ongoing love-hate relationship between the human race and the impending mastery of artificial intelligence through today’s technology. He remains aware of his time, and if he finds it hard to see his imagination take hold, he enjoys endearing humor and a really sympathetic spirit. It’s purely fun animated media that reflects the way kids today are raised in the digital age, but refuses to get complicated. Ron was wrong is lively, overflowing with fun and manages to stay grounded in the message it aims to raise awareness. The eccentricity he finds himself embracing underlines its charm and sparks a conversation about how big tech is viewed by the public.

1 Batman: Soul of the Dragon

Soul of the Dragon trailer takes Batman on an R-rated 70s kung fu adventure

In comparison to the age-old Batman tales, Batman: Soul of the Dragon is a plug and play way to expand the capacity of the superhero genre. DC Animation moves away from the repetition of a plot that has been forced to repeat itself over decades and has an originality in coloring their additional piece of Batman-inspired media. There is a distinct trend towards the 1970s throughout the film’s vibe and is paired with a strong cast of vocals to support it. Even stronger fight scenes add that punch of excitement that the superhero genre has dominated, and Batman: Soul of the Dragon takes his hat off to the martial arts genre that strongly influences the film. He locks himself in the richness of nostalgia and runs with it.


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