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Explainly’s Favorite Animations (2022)

As a video production agency that produces animated explainer videos for clients, we think it’s important for the team to revisit our sources of inspiration regularly. For 2022, we’ve compiled a list of each Explainee’s favorite animation and EXPLAINED how it inspires our work. 

Miranda – Creative Producer & Designer – Over The Garden Wall

This 2014 animated mini-series by Patrick McHale is a Halloween season must-watch! The show’s strikingly gorgeous background illustrations paired with simple, charming character designs and humor will undoubtedly conjure a sense of nostalgia, thrill, and coziness every time you watch it. You can stream all episodes of Over The Garden Wall on HBO Max


Courtney – Creative Producer – Howl’s Moving Castle

Tears were rolling down my face the moment the opening credits music started playing. It’s an indescribable feeling, but it’s almost like I instantly connected with the whole movie. The score, animation, and story made Howl’s Moving Castle an unforgettable visual experience from start to finish. You can experience Howl’s Moving Castle on HBO Max

Jessica – Project Manager and AP – Fire & Ice

Released in 1983, this film’s unique illustrative style immediately caught the attention of many fantasy art fans and lovers of myths, monsters, and muscles. I am a big fan of Frank Frazetta, who was the artist for the film AND an absolute legend! The storyline in itself may not be great, but it was really cool to see his work in action. You can watch Fire & Ice on Tubi.


Ben – Senior Account Manager – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The blending of classic comic book style illustrations with modern 3D animation creates a viewing experience that is unmatched by anything done before. Not to mention the amazing soundtrack and powerful storytelling. It’s 10/10 from me. You can find Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on Amazon Prime Video.

Madhuri – Senior Project Manager – The Land Before Time

The Land Before Time series brings back a lot of nostalgic memories for me. My family and I used to watch each movie together and they played a key part in cultivating my and my sisters’ interest in dinosaurs. Not to mention all the great songs that we would sing forever, even today. The animation style is classic 90’s and brings with it a simplicity and storytelling style that will always hold a special place in my heart. You can watch The Land Before Time on Amazon Prime.

Evan – Project Manager – Disney’s Paperman

Disney always has a way of creating short films that always tug on your heart strings a little bit. Paperman is no exception. I remember being an art student and watching it for the first time. The black and white style brings a sense of nostalgia that is truly inspiring. You can watch Paperman on Disney+

Aaron – Project Manager – Avatar: The Last Airbender

Beautiful animation, fascinating mythology, and lovable characters. Avatar: the Last Airbender was one of the few times during my childhood where I saw Asian characters represented on screen. This series meant a lot to me growing up and it still holds a special place in my heart as one of my favorite Animations. You can find Avatar: The Last Airbender AND its sequel series, The Legend of Korra on Netflix.

Scarlett – Director of Operations – Fantasia

This film is important to me because it enabled an early appreciation of classical music. Fantasia combined classical music with animation to create a beautiful set of stories that didn’t require a traditional narrative structure. I still love watching the songs brought to life now as much as I did when I was a kid. You can watch Fantasia on Disney+.

Alex – CEO & Founder – The Simpsons

There is a reason that The Simpsons have aired over 700 episodes throughout its 33 year history. This timeless classic has brought laughter to American households for decades! The Simpsons is proof of the longevity of animation. You can stream all 34 seasons of The Simpsons on Disney+.

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