Amongst live-action and regular movies, we all miss the animated movies that were released when we were kids. The raw animation, with the technology available at the time, really framed our childhood, because that’s exactly the amount of imperfection we needed to let our imagination run wild. With Disney+ on Hotstar now, the majority of people are bingeing their favourite childhood shows and new exclusive content. Here are 10 animated movies that you can watch, if you haven’t already, to beat the ennui of the lockdown.
Finding Nemo: When this movie came out in 2003, we were smitten by it, and when Finding Dory came out 13 years later, we remembered how much we loved our little Nemo and Dory. This movie will take you back to when you would just enjoy the movie, sitting on the floor, and extremely fascinated by Guy, the ‘surfer dude’ turtle.
The Jungle Book: Based on Rudyard Kipling’s book of the same name, this animated version from 1967, was the first version of the movie that we saw. The peppy songs made us dance and sing along with Mowgli and Baloo. We felt the excitement, hurt, and adrenaline that Mowgli went through growing up as a wolf-child. A lot of versions of the movie have been released since then, but this one continues to be the classic go-to when we imagine The Jungle Book.
Robin Hood: With its release in 1973, Robin Hood is the story of an outlaw who forms a gang of willing outlaws, in Sherwood Forest, to fight the issue of heavy taxes levied on the residents by the greedy Prince and the Sheriff of Nottingham. This mix of romance, comedy and justice was the first instance where we heard the phrase ‘stealing from the rich and giving to the poor’.
101 Dalmatians: We got our first taste of an evil female villain in 1961, with Cruella De Vil, who kidnaps 101 Dalmatians in hopes of making herself a fantastic fur coat using their pelts. The dog network is alerted and all the dogs are finally rescued, but it results in an amazingly well-written story in the process.
Peter Pan: Peter Pan released in 1953, giving children new dreams of Neverland, where kids never grow old. The story revolves around Peter, Wendy, Tinker Bell, John, Michael, and Captain Hook. The musical numbers with the Lost Boys are one of the fan favourites. Things get problematic when Hook wants to seek vengeance from Peter Pan for cutting off his hand.
Pinocchio: In 1940, we were blessed with Pinocchio. It framed every kid’s biggest nightmare: What if my nose grows longer every time I lie? Pinocchio is a wooden doll, made by Geppetto, who has to prove that he is truthful, brave and unselfish. Only then can he turn into a real boy, with skin and flesh instead of wood.
Lady and the Tramp: The first Disney animation to be viewed on a widescreen in 1955, ‘Lady and the Tramp’ follows the story of an upper-class cocker spaniel Lady, and the rough roadside Tramp. After spending a night together, going on many adventures, Tramp helps Lady realize her life without her owners. Their famous spaghetti sharing scene is considered to be one of the most romantic scenes on screen.
Hercules: Our favourite Greek hero, Hercules appeared on screen in 1997. Son of Zeus, Hercules is stolen as a baby by Hades’ minions and is forced to live on Earth, after turning into a half-god and half-mortal. In order to become a God and return to Olympus, he has to prove himself worthy by being a true hero in the mortal world. However, Hades tries his best to sabotage it, but our hero does it in the end, of course.
Lilo and Stitch: Lilo and Stitch released in cinemas in 2002. It follows the tale of a young girl, Lilo, who adopts a small, ugly ‘dog’ and names it Stitch. It would all be fine if he wasn’t a genetic extraterrestrial experiment who escaped from a different planet and accidentally landed on Earth. However, we cry and laugh along with the characters, as Lilo, through her faith in Ohana (the Hawaiian concept of family), helps unlock Stitch’s humanity and heart.
Ratatouille: The title refers to the French dish ratatouille, which is served at the end of the film and also references the main character, a rat. It was released in 2007, and the plot follows a rat named Remy, who dreams of becoming a chef and his journey of attempting to fulfil this dream with the help of the restaurant’s garbage boy.
By Yukta Baid