Five essential animated films to binge on Netflix this weekend
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Five essential animated films to binge on Netflix this weekend

Not all animated films are meant to be enjoyed only by kids. Animation has become a versatile medium that caters to audiences of all ages. Netflix, with its vast library of content, has a treasure trove of animated films that transcend the boundaries of age. 

This week’s Netflix release, Adam Sandler’s Leo, has been winning hearts with its heartwarming story of an ageing lizard. So, keeping in theme, we have curated a list of animated films on the streaming platform for your essential viewing.

This weekend, dive into a world of animation that goes beyond child’s play with these five essential films.

Whether exploring existential themes, reimagining classic tales, or creating visually stunning worlds, these films are visually stunning on top of being storytelling gems. So, dive right in.

Five essential films to binge on Netflix this weekend:

Leo (2023)

Directed by David Wachtenheim, Robert Marianetti, and Robert Smigel, Leo takes us on a journey with Leo the Lizard, a character stuck in the monotony of a Florida school for decades. When Leo discovers he has only one year left to live, he hatches a plan to escape to freedom.

However, fate has other plans, and he finds himself having to rescue his classmates from a horribly mean substitute teacher.

Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio (2022)

Guillermo Del Toro’s take on the classic tale of Pinocchio is a visual masterpiece that goes beyond the conventional narrative. Set against the backdrop of Italy during the rise of fascism, this film explores the struggles of a wooden boy brought to life by a father’s wish.

As Italy undergoes transformation, Pinocchio and his caretaker face challenges that go far beyond the realm of fairy tales. Del Toro’s unique vision adds depth and nuance to a familiar story, making it a must-watch for animation enthusiasts.

Entergalactic (2022)

Directed by Fletcher Moules, Entergalactic is an animated special that follows the journey of Jabari, an ambitious artist navigating the complexities of success and love in his dream Manhattan apartment.

Produced in collaboration with Kid Cudi, this film caught the attention of acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro. He praised its beautiful vibe and characterised it as “a mellow, heartfelt hang in a world made magical by sound and image. I could swim in it all day long.”

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

Based on the beloved comic series by Hergé, The Adventures of Tintin is a thrilling animated adventure directed by Steven Spielberg. The film combines captivating storytelling with groundbreaking motion-capture animation to bring Tintin’s adventures to life.

With a globetrotting plot, dynamic characters, and breathtaking visuals, this film will cater to all your nostalgia cravings.

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

Directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, Howl’s Moving Castle is a mesmerising animated fantasy that transcends cultural boundaries.

The film weaves a tale of magic, love, and self-discovery in a visually stunning world. Miyazaki’s unique storytelling and attention to detail make Howl’s Moving Castle a timeless masterpiece that is for the young and old alike.