The occasion for the list is a new, handsomely packaged edition of nearly all the Ghibli films by the distributor Gkids. A family takes a wrong turn on its way to a new home and a young girl is plunged into a dark adventure with a hauntingly drawn collection of spirits, witches, monsters and other fantastic creatures. The sisters Satsuki and Mei move into a ramshackle country cottage while their mother convalesces at a nearby hospital, and they overcome their fears with the help of some possibly imaginary new friends, including a slyly grinning cat that doubles as a bus and the huge, furry, unflappable Totoro. From Mr. Miyazaki, this is deceptively simple and childlike but enormously moving, a direct portal to the joys and terrors of childhood.
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While Pixar has pioneered the art of CGI films, fans of traditional hand-drawn animation have to look outside Hollywood. Countries like Japan and France—which both have grand comic book traditions—still create gorgeously hand-drawn films, with the most popular imports being the breathtaking fantasies of Hayao Miyazaki like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. The Franco-Prussian war ends and the World Wars never happen. Additionally, the top scientists of the world from Einstein to Tesla mysteriously disappear, leading to a different world where steam is still the dominant technology. Europeans have burnt up all the trees on the continent to power their great machines, and the French Empire goes to war with the British over the vast forests of Canada.
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Deep-diving acolytes in the busy, complex realm of anime TV series are increasingly well catered for; film buffs in the genre, however, often have to do a bit more hunting. In a way, that fits their brand: it makes sense, in a medium overrun by sleek digital means, that a company dedicated to continuing the art of hand-drawn animation should be as old school in disseminating their work as they are in creating it. Dig around, however, and the odd exception slips through the cracks.
Fortunately, when it comes to animated movies, Netflix has doubled down. The selection of animated film for both kids and adults has never been better, including several offerings from blockbuster studios like Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks, for children and adults alike. If you just want to find movies for the little ones to watch, you can also check out our guide to The 40 Best Kids Movies Streaming on Netflix or even the 10 Best Disney Movies on Netflix.