If you’re an independent film enthusiast you’re likely to spend several hours of your life doing some research about what’s new in the beautiful world of the seventh art, regardless of the genre or what kind of movie it is. Over the course of history, Disney, and Pixar have had the biggest share of the children’s film industry, but actually, there are several independent films for kids that are worth watching at least once in your life. Today, we’re going to let you know about some of them:
The Secrets of Kells (2009)
Originally based in The Book of Kells, a mythical scripture from the medieval era, Tom Moore and Nora Twomey bring this incredible story to life. Hand drawn with nice aesthetics, this film tells the story of Brendan, a young monk that wants to become the best miniaturist of his time. Also, there’s an old prophecy, an elf in the woods, a Viking invasion and a bunch load of fantasy from Belgian-French mythology.
Rise of The Guardians (2012)
Based on William Joyce’s best-seller, DreamWorks put together arguably its masterpiece in several different aspects. With a limited budget, the studio still managed to put together a technically perfect film and tell the story of the rise of superheroes. These creatures and mythical beings that come from different traditions and holidays like Christmas join forces to prevent children from losing their innocence.
The Iron Giant (1999)
Long before Brad Bird decided to join Pixar Studios and bring to life stories like The Incredibles and Ratatouille, he was the man responsible for The Iron Giant, which tells the story of a kid who becomes friends with an alien robot the government wants to tear down to pieces. Even though the story is quite similar to E.T’s, the old-fashioned animation make it an instant classic for independent films enthusiasts.
ParaNorman took the scene just when people were starting to get really into zombies again. So, Chris Butler and Sam Fell, formerly known for the Bride Corpse and Coraline, brought this charismatic character to life. Norman, a lonely kid, becomes the towns’ only hope as he tries to stop an army full of ghosts and zombies.
The Land Before Time (1988)
We just can’t forget about Don Bluth, one of the pioneers of animation when most of the work was hand-made and computers barely did any kind of job for this industry. The Land Before Time was his masterpiece, as it paved the way for quite an unforgettable saga. Two generations grew up cherishing this beautiful story about dinosaurs trying to save their lives.
Monster House (2006)
Gil Kenan really made a name for himself with this nice story. Taking several ‘80s references and some clichés about haunted houses, this film takes us to a mansion that wounds up being a living creature itself. While it wasn’t a big hit in terms of revenue, it’s actually a nice film you should give an opportunity to.