Neither Pixar nor Disney: 5 Animated Movies for Kids and Adults to (Re)discover on Disney+

A new episode of Ice Age released yesterday on Disney+ reminds us that animated cinema isn’t limited to Disney and Pixar. So we’ve dived into the Disney+ catalog to find you 5 lesser-known animated films to watch without further ado.

As soon as we talk about animated films, two names systematically pop up on the table: Disney and Pixar. It must be said that the studios are at the forefront of some of the biggest successes of animated films in the last 30 years.

Just look at the successEncanto or very recently red alert to be convinced. This hegemony would almost make you forget that animated cinema is not limited to these giants. In fact, it consists of many studios and creators who create original works in many ways.

Because animated cinema is, first of all, a lot of different techniques. From traditional animation to frame-by-frame rotoscoping, each process allows you to explore new artistic and creative possibilities and create a unique vision.

This richness is naturally found in the Disney+ catalog. Here is a selection of animated films available on Disney+ that are not part of the Disney or Pixar repertoire. Opportunity to also discuss the release of a new episode of Ice Age: The Adventures of Buck Wilde.

ice Age : the symbolic saga of the animated film

With ice Age, Blue Sky has taken a sensational step into the world of animation. A success far from obvious at first glance, as the studio had previously released only a handful of short films and was best known for its special effects work, in particular for Fox (Titan AE, Fight club or aliens, resurrection). To make its first film, Blue Sky had to overcome many challenges, the main one being to succeed in realistically animating the various animals that make up the cast.

So many challenges that are absolutely not felt in the film, with smooth and accurate animation, acclaimed by critics. But above all thanks to his scriptice Agehit the spirits. A delicate balance between epic adventure, emotion and humour, the adventure this film offers wowed young and old alike, making it a family film par excellence.

Not to spoil anything, there are other episodes of the saga in the Disney+ catalog that will let you follow all the adventures of Manny, Sid, Diego and Scrat. Many other Blue Sky movies are also present in the game, such as Rio, Horton, epic Where snoopy and peanuts.

Discover today The Adventures of Buck Wildenew ice age episode

six years later Laws of the Universefranchise ice Age welcomes the new episode. Available today on Disney+, this sixth film ditched the usual trio (Many, Sid and Diego) to focus on possum brothers Crash and Eddie. Determined to find a place to live away from their foster mother’s breasts, the two brothers end up in the underworld against all odds. A place full of danger, already seen in the third episode, and inhabited by warlike dinosaurs. Rescued by Buck Wylde, a fake-looking weasel of pirates, they must not only save their own skin, but the world as they battle a new and mysterious foe.

The Simpsons Movie : 87 minutes of pure laughter

18 years is the number of years it took to discover The Simpsons on the big screen with a feature film titled simply The Simpsons Movie. If multiple tracks were considered over the years (like The Simpsons Sauce Fantasy or a live-action movie about Troy McClure), Groening and his team ended up focusing on the simple story that traditional animation carries. It was after reading a news report recounting the misadventures of a city that was forced to dump pig excrement down the water mains that Groening laid the foundations for what would become the first film. The Simpsons.

Once again, Homer and his legendary sloth serve as the catalyst for this adventure. Responsible for an environmental disaster that costs Springfield to be locked up under a glass jar by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Simpsons will have to flee to Alaska to avoid popular justice. A journey that will make Homer question his vision of the world and his relationships with others. Catching gags at high speed, adorned with the presence of many guests (we’ll appreciate the Green Day cameo) and using neat traditional animation, The Simpsons Movie it’s an outright success that perfectly describes the pleasure one gets before a classic episode of the series.

Fantastic Mr Fox : animation by Wes Anderson

Although many of Roald Dahl’s novels have been made into films over the years, few have been made into films as well as Fantastic Master Fox. Reason? The project was entrusted to Wes Anderson, a director with great success (Tenenbaum family, On board Darjeeling Limited, aquatic life), and who signs here his first foray into the world of animation with Fantastic Mr Fox. A loose adaptation of a short story by Roald Dahl. Fantastic Mr Fox gives us a contemporary story that accurately touches on the theme of family, difference, acceptance of others and, above all, the strength of the collective.

Imprinted with Anderson’s signature touch (obsession with symmetry, choice of pastel colors, etc.), rendered by a cast of Anderson’s favorite actors (Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman), this film also counts on amazing stop-motion animation. And if you want to dive deeper into the aesthetic of Wes Anderson, his second animated film, Isle of Dogsalso available on Disney+.

Jack and the Mechanics of the Heart : immerse yourself in the fabulous universe of Dionysus

If Matthias Malzier is mainly known for his career as an author, composer and performer with the Dionysos band, his talents don’t stop there. Author of several books, he has also done animation with Jack and the Mechanics of the Heart, which he wrote and co-directed. Book and album adaptation of Dionysus mechanics of the heart, this film is an animated musical comedy depicting the fairy tale universe of Malzier.

We discover the story of Jack, a little boy who was born on the coldest day of the year and whose heart logically froze. However, he is saved by Dr. Madeleine, who replaces his defective organ with a magical clock and sets him the three conditions necessary for his survival: not to touch needles, control his anger, and above all, never fall in love. His encounter with Miss Acacia will turn his world upside down and begin an adventure that will change him forever. This original and touching film featuring three stars (Jean Rochefort, Olivia Ruiz, Arthur H. and Malzier himself), intertwined with the songs of Dionysus, is a real success and we can’t really recommend it to you.

awakening life : between technical experiments and philosophy

awakening life this is definitely the UFO of this collection and the world of animation in general. Written and directed by Richard Linklateridler, rock academy), inspired by George Santayana’s quote “Waking state – controlled sleepThis film is amazing in many ways. Technically for starters as it uses the rotoscoping technique to create stunning visuals. As a reminder, this method involves taking real footage of the actors with a digital camera and then digitally retouching them to completely change them. Linklater will use this technique again to achieve Scanner gloomy.

But according to him awakening life surprises. We follow the travails of a young man in a lucid dream who wonders about his inability to wake up and his potential death. A problem that he will try to solve with a series of philosophical conversations about disordered reality, free will, the meaning of life, existentialism, post-humanity, or André Bazin’s cinematic theory (exactly). A cinematic object that miraculously conveys the versatility of Linklater’s cinema, awakening life was highly acclaimed by critics and, among other things, won the CinemaAvvenir Prize at the Venice Film Festival.

This movie and all the feature films in our selection are available in the Disney+ catalog. The subscription is available for €8.99 per month or €89.90 per year.

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