I have seen a couple of people (my sister included) put together a list of their five all time favourite animated movies… So I decided I would too, so in no particular order;

5. The Sword in the Stone

The Sword in the Stone was one of my most watched Disney films (apparently at one stage I watched this as often as my daughter watches Frozen, or at least used to we have had a rather healthy mix of film choices lately). I have always enjoyed the tales and myths of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and Excalibur and something always spoke to me about a chosen one being the sole person the be able to pull a sword from a stone (and yes its only in some versions of the legend that it was Excalibur which was that sword).

For a film which was produced in 1963 I think it holds up well, really a testament to the timeless animation techniques of Disney that even today a child could go from The Sword in the Stone then watch Brave and then something like Cinderella and not feel like they are watching an “old film” despite the fact they are.

2. Zootropolis (or Zootopia)

Zootropolis (or Zootopia as its known elsewhere) is a great small guy movie with a great mystery story, the type of film that parents can enjoy taking their children to see at the cinema without it being  “city full of talking animals” kiddie film which it so easily could have been. The characters were well rounded and the story compelling. I didn’t have high hopes going into see this film, yes the trailers looked entertaining but so do so many. Couple with that we were taking a not quite 3 year old to be her first trip to the cinema it didn’t seem like a good idea.

Was I ever wrong, all 3 of us sat and enjoyed the film from start to finish so much that it was an easy choice to ask for both the movie and some of the toys for her from Father Christmas last year. Probably one of the best original films I saw last year.

3. Despicable Me

Despicable me is a film which features a villain as its main hero, its a fact that through out history the heroes have been made or broken by the character of their villains (what would Batman be without the Joker, Riddler or Penguin for example) and sometimes (possibly even quite often) the villain has been shown to be more interesting than the Hero.

This is how Despicable Me starts, with a (down on his luck) villain who goes round using his freeze-ray willy-nilly to queue jump in coffee houses, has an army of (literal) minions at home along with a mad scientist friend and an underground lair which could possibly even make Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark jealous. He will even use little girls selling cookies to help his nefarious schemes.

What results is a villian to hero journey due to finding a place in his life, home and heart for 3 sisters who to be fair are each as odd as he is in their own way.

4. The Lego Movie

Who would really sit through a film about LEGO? Yeh I am pretty sure many of us, even those of us who still liked the subject matter into adulthood, would have been asking that question when we first heard of it. Once again boy were we wrong. The LEGO Movie may not be the best movie ever but its a highly entertaining film which once again tailors to both a child and adult audience with even some poking at Adult Fans of Lego (or AFOL’s) especially with this [Spoilers] real world exchange between a Father and Son over a LEGO City;

The Man Upstairs: You know the rules, this isn’t a toy!
Finn: Um… it kind of is.
The Man Upstairs: No, actually it’s a highly sophisticated inter-locking brick system.
Finn: But we bought it at the toy store.
The Man Upstairs: We did, but the way I’m using it makes it an adult thing.
Finn: The box for this one said “Ages 8 to 14”!
The Man Upstairs: That’s a suggestion. They have to put that on there.

AKA when you’re young playing with LEGO it’s a constant cycle of build, take apart, build again but slightly differently (out of either fun or because you lost parts) but as an older person, especially a parent, you build it as it says in the instructions and want to keep it that way.

5. Toy Story

The animated movie which started the current generation of animated movies, A story of 2 toys (though one thinks hes a real Space Ranger) who start off as adversaries and end up the best of friends.

I could have gone on with this list with the likes of Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Brave, How to Train Your Dragon etc etc but this is my top 5 so it only covers those I really enjoyed as a child or the ones I enjoy with my girls now (which before anyone asks I have watched, continue to watch and do, well I have to, enjoy watching Frozen with Evie).

I will say though I imagine as soon as I see it (unfortunately haven’t as of yet!) The LEGO Batman Movie will be bumping one off of this list