Cream of the Crop animation
149 7.1 7.71. Voices of a Distant Star (2003)
A poignant story, and some of the most beautiful imagery ever made. And considering this was animated by one guy in his bedroom on a home PC, it's an astonishing achievement.
This is one of those wee films you just want to turn around and watch from the start again, the second it's finished. And maybe then again.
2071 8.2 8.32. My Neighbour Totoro (1988)
The relationship between the children is beautifully depicted, the soundtrack is gorgeous, and the distinctive visual style wraps up a charming fairy tale story.
1345 6.8 7.33. The Land Before Time (1988)
Truly a classic, albeit a little dated looking today. If you've only ever seen the less than satisfactory sequels, you owe it to yourself to see this at least once.
One of very few childrens films to tackle a death in the family in a way that acknowledges grief, and loss in the matter of fact way that children do, but doesn't then forget it in the next 5 minutes. Littlefoot's mother looms large (both literally and figuratively) over most of the film.
5481 7.5 8.14. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
One of few animated movies to really capture a toddler. And it's pretty as all get out.
663 6.2 6.65. Titan A.E. (2000)
A promising premise, but you get the feeling the studio folks jammed in a few extras, and somehow, it shows. "We need some cute non-human sidekicks! The villains need to be unilaterally evil, they cannot possibly have any redeeming features." etc.
The graphics though, are gorgeous, the plot is about average for this kind of standard mythical 'teenage boy will save the universe' story, but most of the characters are well likeable. Did I mention how beautiful the art is?
949 6.6 76. Treasure Planet (2002)
Well the story is a bit weak, and at least one of the characters is up there with a certain Mr J. J. Binks in annoyance factor. But it's beautifully rendered and some of the action sequences are simply wonderful.