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Animated Movies That Inspire Me
Glen Keane

Glen Keane

Director

In choosing my top five favorite animated films, I will resist my heart’s self-serving desire to include Over the Moon. But in order to better understand why some films touch me so deeply, I need to give a little window into the way I think. When I was a kid I would do drawings not so much to do a drawing on paper but to make the paper, in effect, go away. I wanted to create a world I could step into, that I could live in and imagine was real. I love each one of these five animated films because I can‘t help but become lost in them. They capture my imagination and inspire me.

1

Peter Pan

1953

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🎵Zoom Zoom Zoom aaaaaah! When there’s a song in your heart...🎵

When Peter takes Wendy and the boys over the clouds of London towards Neverland, something wonderful is stirred deep inside me. I am transported to a childhood Adventureland. It is the music, Mary Blair’s colors, and above all the masterful animation of Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men at the height of their powers. Frank Thomas’ Captain Hook, Ollie Johnston’s Smee, Ward Kimball’s Lost Boys, and even Freddy Moore’s mermaids. This is the quintessential magic of childhood movies.

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Peter Pan
1953
76 Mins | G
Peter and Tinker Bell take three children to Neverland to see the Lost Boys and Captain Hook.


2

My Neighbor Totoro

1988

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Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece is a tour de force of the infinitely thin veil separating the world of reality from that of the equally real world of a child’s imagination.

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My Neighbor Totoro
1988
87 Mins | G
Two sisters encounter a mythical forest sprite and its woodland companions.


3

The Little Mermaid

1989

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Ariel is the essence of the kind of character I am drawn to animate like a moth to a flame. She believes the impossible is possible!

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The Little Mermaid
1989
82 Mins | G
A mermaid who is fascinated with life on land, falls for a human prince.


4

The Man Who Planted Trees

1987

Frédéric Back defines the artist/animator/director that I aspire to be in my own life. The beauty of the world and the character he describes in this movie is soul-stirring, not only in its inspiring story, but in its remarkable artistic craftsmanship.

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The Man Who Planted Trees
1987
30 Mins
The story of a shepherd's single handed quest to re-forest a barren valley.


5

Bambi

1942

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No film transports you into the poetic beauty of a forest like Bambi. The brilliance of color, observation of animal movement, and character study is unparalleled. Could this film ever be made today?

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Bambi
1942
70 Mins | G
A fawn learns the ways of the wild from his mother and a host of woodland friends.


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