Here at Get Animated Medical, we love animation (obviously…).
We believe that animation is one of the most engaging and emotive methods of storytelling – and when it’s done well, it is one of the most beautiful forms of communication. This is why we do what we do – and to show our love for animation, for this week’s blog post, we’ve compiled our favourite examples of animation being used to tell amazing stories…
Chris Kennedy | Managing Director
The Steven Spielberg of GAM himself has chosen Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ (2018), for his animation top-pick. The most astounding aspect of this film is the sheer volume of integrated CGI and live-action. In fact, the complexity of this project delayed the film’s release by many years – Spielberg literally had to wait for the technology to catch-up to his vision. Not only is this film visually stunning, but it also sets its premise around virtual reality (VR) – something already close to our hearts, here at Get Animated Medical.
Darren Appleby | Client Services Director
For his animation top-pick, Darren has chosen [SPOILER ALERT], Dobby’s death, from ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1’ (2010). To reduce an entire audience to tears at the death of a minor character, who is not only fictional, but animated, is quite impressive. Despite only appearing in two instalments of the eight-film franchise, Dobby certainly stole our hearts, and eventually, our tears.
Darren also wanted to give a special mention to the moment in Pixar’s ‘The Incredibles’ (2004), when Dash is finally able to use his powers to his advantage – by running from the enemy… on water! A scene which was undoubtedly elevated by Pixar’s immaculate animation.
Cláudio Sá | Creative Director
For his animation top-pick, Cláudio has chosen ‘La Maison de Petits Cubes’ (2008). This 12-minute short created by Kunio Kāto, follows an aged widower reminiscing about the events of his life, during a flood. Although being considered a dark horse, La Maison de Petits Cubes went on to win the academy award for best animated short film, beating even Pixar to the coveted gong. This short film is a masterclass in intertwining stunning storytelling with immaculate visuals – something we specialise in here at Get Animated Medical.
Tatiana Duarte | Lead Senior Designer
Tatiana’s choice is a film that could not have been left out of any reputable list of animation top-picks: Pixar’s ‘Toy Story’ (1995). As the very first feature length film to be completely animated by CGI, as well as being the first ever Pixar film, Toy Story made a massive impact upon its release. Not only was this film technically impressive – but its story also hugely resonated with audiences. As one of the first animated films not to be based on a fairy tale storyline, every child now looks twice at their toys before leaving the room. This film really changed the face of the animation industry forever, and continues to spawn amazing sequels (no one mention Toy Story 3… Darren might start crying again…).
Chas Smith | Commercial Executive
As an animation nerd, choosing his favourite moment was not an easy task for Chas. After much deliberation however, he has chosen the Hydra scene from Disney’s ‘Hercules’ (1997). Although the vast majority of the film features traditional hand-drawn 2D animation, the intricacy of this sequence required something stronger. In this scene, Hercules beheads the monstrous Hydra – only to find that this results in three new heads growing before his eyes. He continues to slice the multiplying necks, until there are literally hundreds of pairs of eyes staring at him. This use of CGI (which was still in its infancy in 1997), is equally as impressive as it is cool to watch.
Mia Georgiou | Account Executive/Medical Writer
For her pick, Mia has chosen the opening scene from her favourite film – Disney’s ‘Moana’ (2016). This sequence shows baby Moana following a sea shell into the ocean, with the water magically parting to lead the way for her. Not only is this scene an absolute masterclass in truly beautiful animation, but it also introduces the importance of Moana’s relationship with water in the film. The inventiveness and beauty of the ocean’s role throughout Moana’s journey wouldn’t have been nearly as impactful, if anything other than animation was used.
Saira Sujanani | Graphic Designer/Content Producer
For her pick, Saira has chosen Persepolis (2007) – an edgy adaptation of the graphic novel series of the same name (2000-2004). This film presents a gritty biography of creator Marjane Satrapi, following her personal growth during the Iranian revolution, and was nominated for the academy award for best animated feature. The deep topics in this film are highlighted perfectly by the contrast of the simplistic, monochromatic animation, and is definitely not one to miss.