Stop-Motion Animated Films
Before “Isle of Dogs”
By Therese Aseoche
Wes Anderson fans are counting down the days until the worldwide release of his 9th film to date, Isle of Dogs, which follows a young Japanese boy who goes on a search-and-rescue for his dog after the whole species is banished to an island due to a canine-flu outbreak.
So while the movie hasn’t been shown yet, here’s a list of stop-motion animated films you should watch in the meantime.
Fantastic Mr. Fox
As the first stop-motion animated film under Wes Anderson’s direction, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a mesmerizing exhibition of Anderson’s signature style, wherein he isn’t held back by the limits of reality.
The effort to create this masterpiece is astounding. It’s funny without trying, incredibly witty, and is a treat for all the senses. It can even be said that Anderson and Fantastic Mr. Fox author Roald Dahl are a match made in heaven, with Dahl’s mature humor and eccentric storytelling fitting perfectly with Anderson’s style of filmmaking.
Kubo and the Two Strings
A completely underrated animated film, Kubo and the Two Strings teaches us a thing or two about acceptance of loss and having the courage to fight for love. It tells a rather simple adventure story, but there is real magic in it that will definitely touch your heart no matter what your age is.
Neil Gaiman’s fairytale stories never fail to amuse, unnerve, and inspire his audience. Coraline is one such story that mesmerizes us with the fantasy world it presents, but then quickly becomes discomforting as the surreal and nearly macabre elements begin to unravel. It’s a wonderful film to watch with children who are only starting to learn the concept of being brave which, as Gaiman explains, “doesn’t mean you aren’t scared. Being brave means you are scared, really scared, badly scared, and you do the right thing anyway.”
This Oscar-nominated drama delivers a story so real and raw that you’d somehow forget that it’s actually an animated piece. It follows a middle-aged man suffering an unbearable loneliness and cynicism that makes him view every person around him as one and the same, until he meets one woman who stands out from the crowd.