Best animated films on Sky Cinema

Nothing beats the power of a stunningly animated film – to invoke pure joy, giggles and warm fuzzy feelings (at least for a hour or so…) This winter, instil a bit of calm in you and the kids and pop on one of these beauties, available as part of Sky Cinema's biggest ever collection of animated movies

Sing (U)

Sing

In a city of humanoid animals, koala Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) has one final chance to restore his theatre to its former glory – by hosting the world's greatest singing competition. A heart-warming musical comedy that might even have you warbling along.

“My daughter (who's almost four) loved it. She was dancing throughout and hasn't stopped talking about it since. I also enjoyed it – great fun movie!”

“Great film and great music. Loved Nana's character played by Jennifer Saunders. I am so impressed with the quality of animated films these days.”

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Coraline (PG)

Coraline

Based on the Neil Gaiman novel, Coraline tells the story of a girl, who, feeling slighted by her own parents, finds a secret parallel world in which her new 'parents' seem much more caring. Not for the overly sensitive (you or the kids), this is a wonderfully creepy watch, perfect for Halloween. And we'll never look at buttons in the same way again.

“We all enjoyed it – the animation is awesome and the story is gripping. I myself found it scary (though not in an upsetting way) and there are some beautifully-animated sequences with lots of quirky touches, as well as some humourous light relief involving Scottie dogs and a mouse circus which had me laughing out loud.”

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Frozen (PG)

Frozen

How to make sure the cold doesn't bother you so much this year? Why, embrace it with an obligatory seasonal watching of Frozen. Be warmed by Anna's endless optimism as she, Kristoff, reindeer Sven and Olaf (appearing in his own short Olaf's Frozen Adventure in November) team up to rescue Arendelle from eternal winter, at the icy hands of sis Elsa.

“One of the best kids' movies I've seen in a long time. Original premise, good songs, nice animation, enough action to keep my son interested and a good plot.”

“Frozen fever is still a thing in our house. Now the winter is drawing in, it feels appropriate somehow. My 19-month-old sings 'Let It Go' complete with arm gestures – it's the only time she will sit on the sofa instead of bouncing on it!”

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Fantasia 2000 (U)

Fantasia

Disney's revamp of their 1940 classic, featuring delightful shorts set to a soaring orchestral score – from Mickey Mouse creating chaos as a magician's apprentice, to a family of flying humpback whales, to Donald and Daisy Duck gathering animals together for the Ark.

“We love Fantasia. Great animated shorts and a wonderful way to introduce classical music to little ones. Some scary bits but our four-year-old loves it!”

“I think it's one of Disney's best and had to go see Fantasia 2000 at the IMAX.”

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Kubo and the Two Strings (PG)

Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo is just a normal village boy living a quiet life – that is, until a spirit from the past decides to reignite an age-old vendetta, sending gods and monsters to hunt him down. Don't you hate it when that happens? Released last year to critical acclaim, this visually stunning fantasy adventure is really worth a watch.

“A favourite recent masterpiece is Kubo – highly recommended.”

“It had a unique charm – a bit like a Japanese folktale. It was appealing to the children, with some scary bits to add edge – as well as brilliant characters which brought lots of humour. And the special effects and stop-motion animation were incredible!”

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Moana (PG)

Moana

If you haven't seen Moana yet, you must have been living under a rock (no, not the Rock who plays demigod Maui). The films follows the only daughter of a chief who must save her island from blight by returning the heart of a goddess. Escape the reality of wintery climes and whisk yourself and the kids away to the wondrous world of Polynesia. You're welcome.

“My two-year-old watches it all the time and always asks for the soundtrack in the car. You'd think I'd be sick of it but somehow, no… I just know all the words instead!”

“I loved everything about it: a properly strong female lead (not false feistiness), humour, great songs and stunning animation. I was just in awe. Wonderful stuff.”

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Trolls (U)

Trolls

When the evil Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born (Anna Kendrick), accompanied by the bad-tempered Branch (Justin Timberlake), must set off on a journey to rescue her friends. From the creators of Shrek, Trolls is an irreverent animated comedy filled with music and fun.

“My three-year-old loved it! It's the first movie we've watched together that he has actually sat the whole way through. There's so much singing, colour, fun and action that it distracts from the slightly scary or sad bits.”

“I loved it! Great soundtrack, feisty female lead, beautiful animation.”

The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG)

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The perfect seasonal film – great to pop on when the Halloween/Christmas/any holiday nonsense all becomes a bit much. Jack Skellington is a pumpkin king after our own heart – he's bored with the same old routine for All Hallow's Eve. Instead he decides to put on Christmas; however, he and his spooky peers just don't seem to have that festive touch.

“Very good – Burton sure has a twisted mind though!”

“Nightmare Before Christmas is very darkly funny.”

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The Incredibles (U)

The Incredibles

Once the greatest superheroes in the world, for the last few years Mr Incredible and Elastigirl's main role has been as parents to their three children. However, a top-secret mission forces them out of suburban retirement; this time accompanied by offspring who boast their very own superpowers. Action-packed and superbly witty.

“Loved this! Wasn't expecting much, as am not much of a cartoon fan (I know Pixar fans won't be happy with me calling it a 'cartoon') but was very impressed with the storyline, dialogue, characters, and Bond-like soundtrack. My fave character was Edna – the guru of fashion insults.”

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Wreck-It Ralph (PG)

Wreck-It Ralph

From first-person shooters to sugar-packed scenarios, this fantasy-comedy film is a fast-paced romp through the gaming world. All arcade game villain Ralph wants is to be loved – but nobody likes a bad guy. Will he realise he's hero enough already, before it's too late?

“Wreck-It Ralph is one of my favourite films and no matter how many times I see it, I bawl at the end.”

“I love Wreck-It Ralph. The concept was brilliant and I like the retro gaming creatures – a lovely film.”

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Sky Cinema Animation is Sky's dedicated animation channel (Sky HD 306) and their biggest ever on-demand collection of animated movies, which are available now until 5 November. See the full list of animated films


Sing: © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.; Coraline: © Laika Studios/Focus Features; Frozen: ©2013 Disney. All Rights Reserved; Fantasia 2000: © Disney Media Distribution.; Kubo and the Two Strings: © Laika Studios/Focus Features; Moana: © 2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved; Trolls: © 2016 DreamWorks Animation, L.L.C. All rights reserved; The Nightmare Before Christmas © Touchstone Pictures, All Rights Reserved; The Incredibles: © Disney/Pixar. All rights reserved; Wreck-It Ralph: © Disney 2012. All Rights Reserved.