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Animation films with an environmental message - among 9 top animated enviro-flicks to watch, after Wall-E


By WcP.Movie.Critic - Posted on 08 September 2008

Princess Mononoke, directed by Hayao Miyazaki

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So you’ve fallen for WALL-E and want to keep the buzz going on into the millennium. Don’t worry. There are plenty of brilliant animation movies with an environmental message, and maybe even a few on this list that you haven’t seen before. Among the top nine picks of enviro-flicks by Flixster.com:

Chicken Run

Animal rights activists can get their fill from this charming clay-mation chicken comedy set in a British poultry farm in the 1950s. Featuring the voices of Mel Gibson and Miranda Richardson, this hilarious fowl flick comes from Nick Park, creator of the acclaimed Wallace and Gromit.

Chicken Run the movie, from Aardman

Happy Feet

This truly heart- warming film covers a lot of ground – literally. When baby emperor penguin Mumbles is exiled from his community, he gains acceptance by discovering the cause of the food shortage: irresponsible fishing practices. Winner of the ‘Best Animated Feature’ Oscar in 2007, Happy Feet’s star-studded cast includes Robin Williams, Elijah Wood, and Nicole Kidman.

The Simpsons Movie

One could argue that what makes The Simpsons so side-achingly funny is not just the grand over-arching humor, but also the little things, the wisecracks, the peripheral gags. This flick is chock full of subtle bad taste – but in a good way – with an overt anti-pollution agenda.

The Simpsons Movie - donuts, anyone?

Finding Nemo

When young clown fish Nemo is poached from his coral reef home, he winds up in a dentist office aquarium in Sydney, Australia. His father Marlin must journey to find Nemo and risk the many perils of the life aquatic created by humanity’s intrusions into the ocean ecosystems. Earning four Oscar nominations (winning the ‘Best Animated Feature’), Finding Nemo is more than just a fish tale. Of particular note is Ellen DeGeneres’ hilarious performance as Dory, the cheerful fish with absolutely no short-term memory.

Princess Mononoke

Hayao Miyazaki’s epic set in medieval Japan tells the timeless tale of humankind’s progress pitted against nature’s delicate balance, when a mining community stirs the ire of the local forest deities. Masterfully told in beautiful animation tableaus, this one is for keeps. Another amazing Miyazaki animated feature that you shouldn’t miss is Howl’s Moving Castle.

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Images courtesy of tom-joyce.blogspot.com, gamespot.com and sidereel.com

Original Source: Flixster

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