Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive – Walt Disney

When I was 4 years old I went on my first cinema trip. It was The Lion King, and I can still remember clearly the sensations of watching it – the highs of the songs and the lion fights and the story, the lows of coping with Mufasa’s death. I loved it then, and I still love it today.

And so at the age of four I became a film fan, and in the years since I have grown to love cinema more and more. It’s something that continues to evolve as I discover new and old films from around the world. Yet it has always been animation that I have particularly enjoyed, discovering in the last few years the genius of Studio Ghibli, as well as exploring the work of directors such as Don Hertzfeldt, Sylvain Chomet and Rene Laloux. I’m still discovering a lot of what animation has to offer, and much of this blog will be just that – discovery.

When I’m not watching and writing about animated films, I also love live action films, too. I also occasionally write for the website http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk, as well as regularly seeking out other platforms for writing.

Outside of the film world, I’m a student of English Literature and History, I follow the English Premier League week in, week out (Sunderland fan), and I listen to a rather narrow selection of music. I’m also a Christian, and I go on about that from time to time. You can follow me on Twitter @NathanaelSmith, to see me tweet about all these things.

Favourite Animated Films: 

  • My Neighbour Totoro (1988, Hayao Miyazaki) 
  • The Lion King (1994, Allers and Minkoff)
  • The Secret of Kells (2009, Moore and Twomey)
  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore (2011, Joyce and Oldenburg)
  • Hedgehog in the Fog (1975, Yuri Norstein)
  • Grave of the Fireflies (1988, Isao Takahata)
  • How To Train Your Dragon (2010, DeBlois and Sanders)
  • Brave (2012, Andrews and Chapman)

I had to limit that to one from Disney and one from Pixar. It’s not in any order, and two from Ghibli though all could be up there.

Favourite Non-Animated Films: 

  • The New World (2005, Terrence Malick) 
  • Bright Star (2009, Jane Campion)
  • The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)
  • Ran (1985, Akira Kurosawa)
  • Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972, Werner Herzog)
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010, Edgar Wright)

To name but a few…

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3 Comment(s)

  1. Kenzie (manicmation)

    April 5, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Oh yeah, another History student! And that’s impressive that you remember seeing the Lion King when you were 4, my memory is less impressive.



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