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THE FIVE BEST... TOP FIVE ANIMATED ANIMALS.

1 Happy Feet (2006) Well, if it's good enough for Jerry Hall to constantly bang on about this film on Strictly Come Dancing this year, it's good enough for us. A joyous little toe-tapping coming-of-age extravaganza from the bloke who brought us the Mad Max films.

We know, bonkers! George Miller must be getting soft in his old age.

You haven't lived until you've watched the penguins do Boogie Wonderland.

2 Ratatouille (2007) Who can resist a film that asks one big question: Can rats get Michelin Stars? Remy the sewer rat is the eponymous character of this piquant fairytale which aims to prove the simple theory that 'anyone can cook'. Tell that to John Torode and Greg Wallace from MasterChef. A brilliant, old school tongue-tingling a la carte menu of character, story and emotion.

3 Watership Down (1978) We're welling up. Honest, we've only got to imagine the song Bright Eyes and we're off.

Ostensibly this is about a group of rabbits who flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home.

Frightening and bloody in some scenes, if you've got a pet rabbit at home you may want to go out and give them a big cwtch after watching this tearjerker.

4 Dumbo (1941) A cherubic baby elephant with comically over-sized ears is duly ostracised by all but his loving mother.

He goes on a journey of self-discovery with a silver-tongued circus mouse and learns how to fly with his freakish lug-holes.

As films about learning to harness your emotional and physical potential go, Dumbo is insightful and simply wonderful. Beware of the weepie ending though - you're going to need an industrial sized box of Kleenex for this little gem.

5 The Fantastic Mr Fox (2009) George Clooney voices the titular character, a columnist who can't resist going back to his sly, chicken coop-robbing roots to feed his family when three big corporate chicken farmers threaten to tear down Fox and Friends' home. Witty, sharp and loads of fun and inspired by that very clever old Cardiffian, Roald Dahl.
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Date:Oct 14, 2012
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