It was an exciting week in the world of animated films, as Disney held their Disney 23 Expo. With the exposition promising a bevy of animated entertainment in the near future, we here at Goliath decided to take a look at 12 animated classics that are worth your time in the very near future. For the overall health of the list (and to prevent one infamous, mouse-fronted studio from dominating entirely), we’ve decided to disqualify classic Disney animated films such as The Lion King or The Little Mermaid. We just have to assume that everyone has seen those ones before. We have allowed Pixar films, however, to make up for the previously mentioned slight against the classics we all grew up with. So without further ado, here’s 12 classic animated films you can dig into right away!
12. Ratatouille (2007) – Pixar Animation Studios
Considering the myriad of behind the scenes production issues the film faced (the film’s original director, Jan Pinkava, was replaced midway through production by Brad Bird, who finished the film), it’s a wonder Ratatouille is making its way onto any “Best of…” lists, let alone garnering Oscar nominations (it received five nominations, winning Best Animated Picture) and inspiring youths everywhere to take up the apron and pursue a career as a chef. Following the exploits of a young rat named Remy (voiced beautifully by Patton Oswalt) as he attempts to follow his passion for cooking despite his rodent heritage, Ratatouille helps drive home the always important lesson that it’s not where you come from, but what you choose to do with yourself that makes you who you are. It’s a profoundly familiar moral, but a necessary one that can be pleasantly enjoyed when wrapped up in an animated film with this many laughs, heartfelt moments and beautifully rendered CGI.