Movie Mondays – Animation (Amazon Prime edition)

‘A series of still images put together to create the illusion of movement.’ – Charlie Kaufman courtesy of Wittertainment. 

My Life As A Courgette (2017)

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It’s hard to convey just how wonderful and heart-break-then-fix-then-warm-ing it is. The dubbed in English version is free and superb. The original French version costs a couple of quid to rent as is as also superb. Think the Dumping Ground in Tracy Beaker but stop-motion animation with storylines that are even more powerful.

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The Red Turtle (2017)

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In the space of 80 minutes this dialogue-free movie manages to be a beautiful elegy to human existence. The life of one man stranded on an island, where he meets a red turtle, manges to be a powerful exploration of life and it’s most significant moments. Magical realism at its finest.

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Paddington 2 (2017)

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Having just celebrated one year since first being released into UK cinemas, this is a reminder – if truly needed – that Paddington 2 is one of the few examples of a perfect film. Not a piece of dialogue is wasted, with every single story thread having a purpose which ties together wonderfully at the end. It’s a filmic antidote to the dark times of now.

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The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (2012)

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The first of two Aardman Animations on this list. This one is probably the lesser known from their back catalogue overall, which is a real shame as it’s an underseen gem. It’s oddball and hilarious, beautifully staged with Victorian London being particularly well rendered. A spoof of the various recent Pirate themed movies that is done out of love, not spite.

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Shaun the Sheep (2015)

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The second Aardman and also the second dialogue-free movie on the list. The absence of dialogue is truly remarkable when you consider just how laugh out loud the film is. It’s hysterical, almost a through back to Keaton and Chaplin in terms of silent slapstick along with some truly witty moments.

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