Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To Pompeii, The Wind Rises And Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

By Kristy Puchko 2014-02-28 13:53:50discussion comments
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The Wind Rises
The life of Japanese fighter planes Jiro Horikoshi is explored in this beautiful and bittersweet animated feature. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci lend their voices; Hayao Miyazaki directs. Read our Review here.

While Miyazaki has made a string of animated movies beloved by children of all ages, The Wind Rises is distinctly for adults, dealing with themes of regret and death. For more animation that plays better to mature audiences, check out this trio of titles.

The Secret of Kells (2009) Like The Wind Rises, this adventure earned an Academy Award nod for Best Animated Film. It even beat out Miyazaki's interpretation of The Little Mermaid, Ponyo, for the honor. Inspired by the famous illuminated manuscript The Book of Kells and his love of hand-drawn animation, Tom Moore creates a gorgeous film about a young boy who overcomes his fears and embraces his creativity when challenged to help in the book's illustrations. Evan McGuire, Christen Mooney, Brendan Gleeson, and Mick Lally lend their voices; Moore directs.

Chico & Rita (2010) This co-production between the United Kingdom and Spain revels in the beauty of Cuban music and the glory of love. Also an Oscar nominee for Best Animated Film, this lively romance focuses on the relationship that blooms between the titular two-some. He's a piano player with big dreams. She's a singer with a voice like none other. Limara Meneses, Eman Xor Oņa, and Mario Guerran lend their voices; Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal and Fernando Trueba direct.

Tokyo Godfathers (2003) This Christmas tale out of Japan focuses on the kindness of strangers through an unusual story of compassion. When they find a baby discarded in the trash on Christmas Eve, three homeless people (an alcoholic, a teen runaway and a transvestite) band together to try to find the child a home. Toru Emori, Aya Okamoto, and Yoshiaki Umegaki lend their voices; Satoshi Kon and Shogo Furuya direct.
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