2020 was a year when we all were glued to our screens. The world spent more time watching movies in 2020 more than any other year. Animation movies were among the most-watched owing to their potential for fantasy and warmth. Here are some of the best animated movies of 2020:
This is a Christmas animation film that came out in November 2020. It is the story of an alien, X, who is sent to the North Pole of the Earth to eliminate the Earth’s gravity. X belongs to an extra-terrestrial race of thieving aliens. This is a classic story of how evil is won over by the cheer of the season and everyone ends up in a happy place. Soothing, hopeful, and wonderfully executed, this is one of the most loved animation films of 2020.
Over the Moon
A Chinese computer-animated musical fantasy film, Over the Moon, is yet another beautiful release of 2020. This is the story of a girl who grew up on folk tales of the moon goddess. When her mother falls fatally ill, she embarks on a journey to the moon to find the mystical goddess to seek help. The film is fuelled by music and the memories of her mother that she badly wants to preserve. In a delicate way, the film addresses themes of love, separation, and hope. It is a wonderful watch for those who like to engage in feel-good films that tug at the heart for days after watching.
This is a very distinct story of grief. A wheel-chair bound old man learns to cope with the loss of his partner. His daughter and granddaughter visit one day and the little girl uncovers his old passion for painting. As he struggles to accept his own loneliness and loss, he also learns to revive his love for art. This is a very moving, dense film about how a person finds purpose even when he is experiencing the worst kind of grief there is. The film touches upon themes of isolation and solitude with a sense of tenderness. You might need quite a few tissues to get through this one!
This is a film that has a young, gay protagonist who has not yet come out to his family. As he struggles around his sexual identity, he gets his mind magically swapped with that of a dog. The incident opens him up to his own self and well as the emotions of the tiny creature in ways that he never expected. The plot unfolds into a beautiful story of acceptance when the dog causes the man’s secret to be revealed only to find out that his parents have perhaps known it all along. The beauty of this film lies in how it treats the subject of coming out with utmost simplicity and kindness.
Onward is a computer-animated fantasy adventure film that was one of the best releases of 2020. It is the story of two elf brothers who set out on a journey to find a magical artifact that will bring back their deceased father for a brief while. The story is set in a fantasy world that is built with utmost imaginative nuance. The narrative is full of moments that make it extremely warm as well as exciting. The brothers struggle with the acceptance of their father’s death and they realize that they are all they have for each other. The love for each other that they discover in the absence of a parent is relatable to anyone who has siblings!
The Croods: New Age
This is a film that is all about how a particular community of people tries to fight for survival. Searching for a safer habitat, the prehistoric Croods family goes hunting for land that they can safely inhabit. In the process, they discover a discrete place that meets all their needs. But they have to fight other beings who are higher up on the evolutionary ladder and thus unfolds a story of survival and adventure. This is a fun watch with lots of characters, detailing, and imagination. All these elements make it one of the best-animated films of 2020.
If Anything Happens I Love You
This is an animated short film about grief and the healing power of love. The story follows two parents who try to get over the loss of their school-going daughter after she is killed in a shooting. The memories of the deceased daughter bring shattered and distant parents together. Their memories of her and their love for her act as glue to rebuild their marriage after this traumatic event. Densely layered with deep emotional conflicts, this is a film that is real and hard-hitting. But it comforts in the end because it brings forth the therapeutic power of unconditional love.
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
This is a science-fiction comedy about an alien who crashes lands near a farm. Shaun the sheep finds the alien and decides to save it and return it safely to its home. But sinister forces try to abduct the alien and Shaun and the alien go on an adventure to fight them. The film is very adorable with its cute characters which are animated so beautifully. The story is breezy, witty, and extremely engaging. It is a treat to watch this film and that is perhaps why it is also one of the most loved animation films of 2020.
This is a fun take on family bonds and reckless parents. The kids of the Willoughby parents hatch a plan to get rid of their parents who do not give them any attention to live a much freer life as orphans! The Willoughbys were once a generational family of loving parents. But they both become obsessed with each other and neglect their kids. The kind in turn make efforts to get away from their parents and also teach them a lesson. Watch this fun animation film for a joy ride into a dysfunctional family.
Just before his big break as a Jazz musician, a middle school music teacher must unite his soul and body that were separated in a freak accident. The film is highly positive among critics and reviewers owing to its perfect combination of music, story, and detail. It is a story of finding passion. The element of music lingers all through the film, which adds extra charm to it. Watch this to experience a soothing, hopeful story that is sure to make you smile very often.