10 Must Watch English Animation Movies

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“I am home!”The house is eerily silent.

“ Mom?”

I close the door behind me and the sound of the door shutting echoes around the hall.

“ Mom, where are you?” I await a reply, but the house remains unstirred.  I proceed to the kitchen, trying hard not to make a sound. All the while thinking to myself -Where is mom? I enter the kitchen, the dishes have been washed and laid out to dry, something has recently been cooked, the oven feels warm. I snoop around the kitchen like a character from a detective movie (I have a flair for the theatrical!); I notice a post-it on the refrigerator. I pull it off, it says: Dinner is in the fridge.

It strikes me like a bolt of lightning! My parents are away for the weekend! They had a reservation at a resort and spa some 30 miles away from the city. They had been planning it for weeks, a well deserved getaway! Home alone, I sing to myself, mentally of course!

So what does a teenager with an entire house to himself, a fully-stocked bar, a newly installed home theatre system do when they are home alone?

Animation movie marathon, of course! I put the popcorn in the microwave, call the pizza delivery place, and proceed with the enterprise at hand.

10. Shrek


‘Well, actually, that would be a giant. Now ogres, oh, they’re much worse! They’ll make a suit from your freshly peeled skin; they’ll shave your liver; squeeze the jelly from your eyes! Actually, it’s quite good on toast.’

Shrek tells the tale of an ogre who in order to protect his swamp strikes a deal with Lord Farquaad to rescue Princess Fiona from a castle surrounded by lava and protected by a fire-breathing dragon. On the journey he ends up making friends with Donkey. He falls in love with the princess and misses her terribly when she is gone and set to be married to Farquaad. He and Donkey interrupt the wedding while in progress. But Princess Fiona has a secret…!

9. Ice age

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‘I don’t know about you guys but, we are the weirdest herd I’ve ever seen’.

The film is set during the Ice Age. A mammoth by the name of Manny who is headed north is joined by Sid, a sloth. On their way they are entrusted a human infant by a dying mother. The infant belongs to the Chief of a tribe and Manny and Sid take it upon themselves to restore the infant to his father. They meet Diego, a saber-toothed tiger who convinces them to let him join as he could help them track the humans. But Sid isn’t who he pretends to be, will the infant be delivered to his father, the Chief..?

8. Despicable Me


‘He’s so fluffy, I’m gonna die!’

Gru is a criminal mastermind with a band of minions and secret labs replete with a scientist who designs devices to help Gru retain his notorious title. He is soon upstaged by a new criminal by the name of Vector who introduces a new brand of evil to the world. In order to beat Vector, Gru adopts three little girls, Margo, Edith & Agnes, to infiltrate Vector’s lair. After which he returns the girls to the orphanage, however, now he has grown attached to them and misses their company sorely. Will Gru give up his life of villainy and transform into a doting father..? Watch it to find out!

7. Kung Fu Panda

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‘Legend tells of a legendary warrior whose kung fu skills were the stuff of legend. He was so deadly, in fact, that his enemies would go blind from over-exposure to pure awesomeness!’

Master Shifu, a red panda who teaches Kung Fu, has a mammoth task at hand when he has to train a novice – panda called Po, in the old martial art of Kung Fu, when the  Panda is chosen the Dragon Warrior. At first he is resented by the Furious Five, disciples of Master Shifu but Po soon wins them over with his light-hearted humour and amiable nature. Trouble strikes when Shifu’s former student and adoptive son, Tai Lung a muscular snow leopard returns to the Valley of Peace with the sole intention of obtaining the unattainable Dragon Scroll. The duty to protect the valley rests on Po’s shoulders. But will an obese Po be any match to the treacherous Tai Lung?

6. Ratatouille


‘If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff.’

Remy has always wanted to emulate the great French Chef Auguste Gusteau. He wishes to prosper in the culinary sciences against his family’s wishes. There is, however, one problem. Remy is a rat! Remy finds Alfredo Linguini, a garbage boy at a famous French restaurant owned by the Late Gusteau and they strike an alliance. Remy finds a way to communicate with Linguini, he guides him like a marionette by pulling on his hair while hidden under Linguini’s toque, as Linguini pretends to cook and churn out one after another of gastronomical miracles. This continues until Remy & Linguini’s secret is discovered, will Remy be able to carve a niche for himself in this rodent-phobic profession?

5. Monsters, Inc.


‘There’s nothing more toxic or deadly than a human child. A single touch could kill you. Leave a door open, and one can walk right into this factory; right into the monster world.’

Set in the city of Monstropolis which is inhabited by monsters where Monsters, Inc. is the power company that employs monsters to scare children at night and thus taps into screams of children which help power Monstropolis. Ironically, the monsters are just as scared of children as children are of them! So, when a 2-year-old baby girl dubbed “Boo,” accidentally follows the monster Sulley (real name James P. Sullivan) back into Monstropolis, Sulley and his friend Mike (real name Mike Wazowski) take it upon themselves to send Boo back into human world through her door before anybody can find her out. Will Mike and Sulley succeed?

4. Finding Nemo


‘P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney.

Nemo, a clown fish gets abducted by a boat and sent to live in an aquarium in a dentist’s office near Sydney Harbour.  Marlin also a clown fish is Nemo’s dad who travels all the way from the Great Barrier Reef to Sydney in search of his lost son. On the way he meets Dory, a blue tang suffering from short-term memory loss, who accompanies him on the perilous journey. Meanwhile, Nemo and the other sea animals in the aquarium are hatching a plot to escape. Will Marlin and Nemo re-unite?

3. Toy Story


‘Buzz: I’ve set my laser from stun to kill.

Woody: Oh, great. If anyone attacks we can blink ‘em to death.’

Andy is a little boy, who loves playing with his toys, especially his doll named “Woody”. What Andy doesn’t know is that once Andy leaves the room his toys come to life. Woody soon has competition when Andy’s mother gifts him a new toy, an action figure known as Buzz Lightyear. He quickly replaces Woody as Andy’s favourite toy. Andy tries to get rid of Buzz but they both end up getting lost. Meanwhile, Andy and his family are planning on moving to a new house. Will Buzz and Woody find their way back or will Andy move without them?

2. Up


‘Adventure is out there’

Carl Fredrickson meets a young, spirited girl named Ellie. They both dream of going to South America and building a house on Paradise Falls. 70 years later, Ellie is dead, and Carl remembers the unfulfilled promise he made to her. Carl loses his home and before he can be sent to a retirement home he flies away with his house! He attaches a thousand balloons to the house and sets course for Paradise Falls. What Carl doesn’t know is that he has a stowaway: 8-year-old Russell, a Wilderness Explorer looking to earn an ‘Assisting the Elderly’ badge. They embark on an adventure where they meet talking dogs, a rare bird named Kevin and also Charles F. Muntz – an explorer turned villain who has his eyes set on capturing Kevin! Will Ellie and Carl’s dream of having a house on Paradise falls succeed or will Carl and Russell fall prey to the evil ploys of Muntz?



‘Eeeee… va?’

Far into the future, Earth has become a huge dumping ground and cannot sustain life anymore. Humans have abandoned Earth and now live in spaceships. WALL-E is a garbage compressor, left to tidy up planet Earth. His sole friend is a cockroach. One find day, EVE, a reconnaissance robot is sent to Earth to find proof of life. WALL-E has fallen for EVE and as a token of his love gifts her a plant. EVE, in accordance with her ‘directive’ takes the plant and is sent for by the home ship –  Axiom to study its contents. WALL-E follows her to Axiom and a new series of adventure ensues. Will humans return to Earth? Will WALL-E and EVE reunite? Will the plant survive outside the Earth’s atmosphere? Go grab a DVD now!


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