As ever, we had the hardest time limiting ourselves to only ten!
Below, for your kind consideration, our Top Ten Uplifting / Spiritual Animations of All Time.
- The Secret of the Kells – This film couples breathtaking animation, historic accuracy, and a youthful hero’s story: the Vikings are coming!
- Toy Story – Toys and their relationship with children and each other. Takes us to infinity, and beyond!
- Finding Nemo – a “just keep swimming” tale of perseverance, good inspiration for all ages.
- The Pagemaster – a library fantasy hero story must-watch for adults and kids alike.
- Yellow Submarine – The Beatles to the Rescue against Blue Meanies!
- Underdog – This animated series aired on NBC from 1964 through the early 1970s. It featured a caped crime-fighting dog with a “u” on its chest, always swooping in to the rescue calling out “there’s no need to fear, underdog is here!” or “when help is needed here I go, it’s hip hip hip and away I go!” Underdog presented us with a humble, lovable, pettable hero, something very attainable and imaginable for kids. What’s not to love about that?
- Brave– young defiant princess. Self-direction rather than submissive complacency is useful message for every girl to hear, in a world where girls are often the underdog.
- The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show – this series aired from 1959 to 1964 on television in the USA. This series still appeals to adults and kids, and shows a window into the times. There were bad puns, fractured fairy tales, and time travel with a boy and his dog. Right and wrong were explored in various ways, including sketches with Dudley Do-Right and villains Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale.
- Pinocchio – A Disney classic movie about a wooden little boy, delving into what it means to really become human. Based on the book by Carlo Collodi.
- Grinch who stole Christmas – The Grinch is the pinnacle of greed, at a day meant to celebrate God’s graceful gift to us. This tale is by the immortal Dr. Seuss, the pen name of Theodore Geisel, who delved into so many deep and timeless topics, setting them in children’s book form.
So, what do you think? Let us know if we’ve missed a favorite! What about Spirited Away? Grave of the Fireflies? Iron Giant? Does one of them deserve to replace one of the above? What about the darker, less uplifting animations? These might include Nightmare before Christmas, Who Killed Roger Rabbit, Persepolis? Does the importance of their message, in your mind, merit their inclusion? It’s always so very hard, staying within the confines of a top ten anything!