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The 2020 AV Readers’ Choice Poll

Critics, the Academy, Hollywood guilds, and even the Animated Views staff will tell you what they think. But now it’s your turn to be the critic! What was the the best animated film of 2020?

Soul

Soul has lofty aspirations and it hits the high notes almost every time, with incredible animation, captivating music, and an engrossing plot. While it’ll make you think a lot more than laugh, the end result is a virtuoso performance.

Helluva Boss

This is not a family-friendly show, pushing acceptable adult content to a shocking degree, but those willing to brave the fires of Beelzebub may enjoy the independently produced high quality animation, eccentric characters, and nice melodies.

The Puppetoon Movie: Volume 2

Featuring brilliant restoration work, this new compilation of classic George Pal stop-motion shorts astounds the viewer with its animation, music, and color. Also included are rare European films, including ones with hand-drawn animation.

Disney Historian Christian Renaut on The Best Of Disney’s Animated Features

Renaut tells Animated Views what separates his book from other Disney film books, in Jeremie’s exclusive interview.

Warning From Space

Arrow Video brings out the Japanese classic, allowing a reappraisal after years of low-quality TV broadcasts and public domain DVDs. It’s good, too, once you get past the silly-looking starfish aliens.

Chiodo Bros talk Netflix’s Alien Xmas

The talented brothers realize their dream of a stop-motion special in the classic tradition, speaking about the immense project, its origins as a book, and how producer Jon Favreau helped guide production, in our exclusive, in-depth interview.

ZooPhobia: Bad Luck Jack

While the characters and story echo Disney Channel programming, the independently produced short contains high quality animation and catchy songs, presenting a wholesome creature that is fun to watch and not fear.

Mulan

The live-action update to the Disney animated classic makes an admirable attempt at providing depth to the title character against strong visuals. But with everything else lacking excitement, it’s not quite “a girl worth fighting for”.

DC FanDome Online Event Recap

Read our quick recap of the one-of-a-kind online fan event, including coverage of Wonder Woman 1984, The Batman, and Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

Didier Ghez’s They Drew As They Pleased series goes full circle

Ghez speaks to us about the sixth and final volume of the landmark series, which ventures into the modern era while also harkening back to the beginning.

AV Roundtable Flashbacks: Titan A.E.

Covid be thwarted! The Animated Views team gathers virtually for the first of our AV Roundtable Flashbacks, revisiting anniversary year films from the past couple of decades, blasting off with Fox Animation’s Titan A.E.!

Comic-Con@Home Coverage

Watch our coverage of Comic-Con@Home featuring the Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film 30th Anniversary, Ray Harryhausen 100th Birthday Celebration, and “The Secret Origins of Saturday Morning Cartoons”!

Glen Keane’s Over the Moon: Meet Fei-Fei and her creators

A beloved Chinese tale takes form, as the legendary animator/director collaborates with a team of creatives to craft a uniquely touching and personal film.

Trolls World Tour

While the magic of the original might not quite be fully recaptured here, Trolls World Tour is nevertheless cheery, non-demanding escapism that might be exactly what the doctor ordered during these uncertain times.

The Willoughbys

The Willoughbys is full of contradictions: a story that’s dark but sweet, animation that’s not top-notch but charming, and characters who are dysfunctional but likable. If this what we can expect from streaming services, sign me up!

Onward: A Musical Chat with Conductor/Orchestrator Nicholas Dodd

Dodd describes his collaboration with the composers, musicians, and singers, and what makes working with Pixar so special.

The Willoughbys on Netflix: A Chat with Director Kris Pearn

Pearn shares how design and music contribute to telling an originally subversive tale based on a quirky children’s book, in our exclusive interview.

What’s your view? Tell us in the comments!

There’s a new cyber-feature that all the hip sites are implementing these days called “comments”. Let it not be said that AV isn’t on fleek when it comes to the latest trends you kids are into!

Onward

Onward is classic Pixar — great storytelling combined with charismatic leads in a unique world wrapped up in beautiful animation. Definitely take the initiative to see this one because it is a campaign worth playing.

The Blazing Dragons of Monty Python’s Terry Jones

Discover a hidden gem in Blazing Dragons, an animated series created by the late Monty Python alumni, where dragons are the heroes and humans the villains.

Farmageddon: A Shaun the Sheep Movie

In some ways topping the charming original, Farmageddon is a a sweet-tempered yarn that ewe and your entire family can enjoy together.

The Best of the 2010s

With the 2010s now behind us, it’s the perfect time to look back at the best of what the past decade in animation had to offer. But instead of giving you our views, we asked “What were YOUR picks for the best animated films from the last ten years?”

Oscar Night 2020

It’s time — the winners of the 92nd Annual Academy Awards will be revealed this weekend. And we’ll be covering it as part of our annual Oscar event, now in its 16th year! UPDATE: Congrats to our contest winner! Results now online!

Animated Views’ 2020 Oscar Contest

Animated Views is giving away $50 worth of movies during our 16th Annual Oscar Event! Enter today for your chance to win! And don’t forget to vote in our Best of the 2010s poll and join us for a live chat on Oscar night!

The Owl House

The Owl House tells a nice, fun premise with quirky characters and some really good animation while playing with fantasy conventions in bizarre fashion that’s a hoot.

The Best of 2019: And Then It Was Over

With awards season in full swing, it’s time for our site’s annual look back at the year that was, with our staff favorites along with your picks of what 2019 had to offer in our Reader’s Choice poll!

Spies in Disguise

While a few details may ruffle your feathers, Spies in Disguise checks the necessary boxes to be an enjoyable enough film.

Finding Santa: A Christmas Adventure

Even with an interesting animation style, Finding Santa doesn’t quite earn itself a place on top of Santa’s nice list.

Playmobil: The Movie

Playmobil: The Movie is not The Lego Movie. Fortunately, the filmmakers know this too and give viewers something different to play with.