By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Updated July 30, 2009 at 07:29 PM EDT
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What do Up, Coraline, Waltz with Bashir, Persepolis, and WALL-E have in common? Here’s a count of three:

1. They’re some of the most thrilling films of the past few years, titles I enthusiastically recommend to anyone in search of the good stuff.

2.They’re all made using techniques of animation.

3. At some point they’re each likely to provoke the reaction, ‘Oh, I don’t like animated movies.’ Or, ‘my husband won’t go to an animated movie.’ (I heard this one again just the other day.) Or, ‘I thought it was for kids.’

So then I go, ‘No no no, these are deep, engrossing movies with important ideas and characters to care about!’ I cite The Simpsons as one of the late 20th century’s greatest cultural achievements. I talk up the technological sophistication and visual grandeur of the medium. I urge the dubious husband to man up and try Up.

Then I despair, go home, and watch South Park, The Simpsons, and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Do you know anyone among the anti-animation population? Are you one of the animation resistant? Will you please explain why? While you think up a good excuse, here’s a classic– one of the pithiest, funniest short animations from the prehistoric pre-Pixar days of 1963:


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  • 90 minutes
  • Pete Docter
  • Bob Peterson