Animated Movies of the 2000’s

The 2000’s were a good decade for animated films. Many of the animated movies released in the 2000’s were animated using computer graphics rather than traditional hand drawn cell-based animation, continuing a trend started in the 1990’s when computer graphics animation became a financially viable option. Though hand drawn animation is far from dead, most of the top animated movies of the 2000’s made use of this new technology.

Monsters, Inc.
This adorable movie is one of the best of the 2000’s and was released in 2001 and dealt with a world full of monsters. The main monsters of the movie worked for Monsters, Inc. who supplied the city’s power by harnessing the energy of the fear of children, generated by the monsters entering the kids’ rooms by virtue of portals between the worlds via the child’s closet door.

Although this premise sounds initially dark, the character designs are extremely cute and by the end of the movie, Monsters, Inc. finds a much better power source to harness; that of a child’s laughter.

The Incredibles
Superhero movies really came into their own in the first two decades of the 2000’s and the Incredibles are a perfect example. Set in a world where superheroes were forced to go underground by an ungrateful public after falling out of favor, the show centers around the exploits of the Incredibles family.

Mr. Incredible, suffering from a sort of superhero midlife crisis, fights crime in secret but is soon contacted and offered a job fighting crime. After it’s discovered that the job is a plot to destroy all of the world’s superheroes, lead by a jilted former fan of Mr. Incredible, the rest of the Incredibles must come to the rescue.

Spirited Away
Directed by anime master Hayso Miyazaki, Spirited Away is one of the more surrealistic animated movies of the 2000’s.

While this movie must be experienced to be fully understood, the basic premise of the movie is that a girl wanders into a world of gods, monsters and witches after her parents are turned into pigs. In order to avoid being turned into an animal herself, or worse, the young girl gets a job working at a bathhouse. She eventually escapes the world and her parents are returned to human form, but not before several challenges by the denizens of the realm.

Finding Nemo
This delightful movie was released in 2003 and tells the tale of a devoted father who goes on a quest to find his son who got separated from him and flung into a dangerous would the father didn’t think his son, who suffers from a deformed limb, was ready for.

The twist, of course, is that all of the main characters in the movie are fish and other assorted sea life.

Wall-E
Set several hundred years in the future, Wall-E works bundling garbage up for the human race, despite their abandonment of the world hundreds of years previous and all of his fellow robots had long since become inoperable. Wall-E’s only friend in this sea of loneliness is a single cockroach.

Then a robot acting as a probe for the humans, who now live upon a large ocean criuser-like space ship that caters to their every whim and have massive and lazy, arrives back on Earth and discovers a single plant growing.

Wall-E returns with the robot and eventually leads the humans back to Earth.

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