Factors that make a “Classic” Animated Film

Just recently in the 86th Academy Awards, Walt Disney’s Frozen ran away with the Best Animated Feature Film award. Actually, the movie was real good that it also previously took the same award in various award-giving bodies like the Golden Globes, BAFTA, Annie, and the Critics’ Choice awards.


Then again, as in any critical analysis for greatness.. how good were its competition anyway? The question is not to have Elsa extend the harsh winter season amongst us but to truly understand what constitutes greatness in an animated film.

So, what makes an animated film a “classic”?

Is it the awards that it wins?  Sometimes, that can’t be the basis as this would depend on the film’s batch or competition. In this case, awards only help in a film’s recall.

Is it the box office? Revenue is time-based. What do I mean by that? Say, a kilo of meat could cost many times more in this generation than it did 50 years ago. This means, to give a more accurate analysis of popularity.. simply divide the total revenue with the actual number of “kilos.” Got the point?

Oh, then what?


Moral Lesson. Or values. Okay, most any animated film tries to work on this one but not all of them succeeds.. this is why not all animation are classics. The story is the foundation, you’re only supposed to creatively incorporate those values.

If you already got a good story to work on, this still doesn’t mean it’d be a classic unless you nicely bring it to life, for one.

Additional keys then would be the blend of character voices used.. the theme song.. the type of animation.. and the emotional attachment created in the film.

Frozen, undoubtedly, had a strong impact…


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