Today is International Animation Day. It was established in 2002 by the International Film Association in France. It is held on 28 October every year.
To celebrate International Animation Day, below we share a number of French and Belgian animated films that you can stream or “rent” online.
Perhaps the most famous French and Belgian animations are Tintin, Asterix and The Smurfs but there are many more.
PRIZE WINNING FRENCH ANIMATED FILMS FOR INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION DAY
The Triplets of Belleville
When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters—an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire—to rescue him.
Nominated for nominated for two Academy Awards — Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Belleville Rendez-vous” in 2004.
Available to “rent” online from:
The Little Prince
France’s most successful animated film.
Based on the best-seller book ‘The Little Prince’, the movie tells the story of a little girl that lives with resignation in a world where efficiency and work are the only dogmas. Everything will change when accidentally she discovers her neighbour that will tell her about the story of the Little Prince that he once met.
FRENCH ANIMATION ON NETFLIX FOR INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION DAY
April and the Extraordinary World
After the world’s top scientists disappear, orphaned April secretly forges ahead with a family experiment and gets tangled up in a vast conspiracy.
A plucky young orphan sent to live with her grandfather in the mountains discovers wonder and adventure around every corner.
I lost my body
Romance, mystery and adventure intertwine as a young man falls in love and a severed hand scours Paris for its owner in this mesmerizing animated film.
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir
When Paris is in peril, Marinette becomes Ladybug. Little does she know, her school crush Adrien is actually Cat Noir, another city-saving superhero
SHORTS ON NETFLIX FOR INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION DAY
Cosmos Laundromat: First Cycle
Despondent on a desolate island, a suicidal sheep is thrown a lifeline by a quirky salesman, who offers him the gift of a lifetime.
BELGIAN ANIMATION ON NETFLIX FOR INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION DAY
Thunder and the House of magic
An abandoned cat looking for shelter finds a mystical house owned by an old magician and inhabited by an array of wondrous automatons and gizmos
Smurfs: The Lost Village (film)
TV SHOWS FOR INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION DAY
After discovering a parallel universe inside a supercomputer, four students must stop a renegade virus from destroying the secret world.
Grizzly and the lemmings
Strong, whip-smart Grizzy rules a Canadian forest, where he has his paws full with a family of frolicsome lemmings
Rabbids invasion/Les Lapins cretins invasion
When rambunctious rabbids invade Earth, all havoc breaks loose as they fight an evil foe and embark on adventures in their yellow submarine.
Seven & Me
A little girl discovers she’s the modern day descendent of Snow White when seven drawves arrive at her suburban home to serve as her guardian angels.
Yugo, a 12-year-old Eliatrope with special powers, sets out on a mission to find his true family and uncover the mysteries of Wakfu.
The quest for six Eliatrope Dofus
Six years after Yugo and his team defeat Qilby, Ogrest’s crying floods Amalia’s kingdom. To stop him, they must find the six missing Eliatrope Dofus.
FRENCH ANIMATION ON STAN FOR INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION DAY
A monster in Paris/Un Monstre à Paris
A wacky inventor, his camera crazy best friend and a madcap monkey make a BIG mistake when let loose in the Professor’s laboratory!
Arthur 3 the War of Two Worlds
Shrunken to only two inches tall, Arthur has to battle evil Maltazard who decreases his size with the help of Selenia and Betameche.
Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard
When Arthur receives a distress call sent from Minimoys, the miniature invisible people who live in his own backyard, he must once again return to embark on one last adventure to battle the evil Maltazard and save Princess Selenia.
In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.
The Adventures of Tintin
Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on an adventure to uncover the secrets of a sunken ship that may hold a vast fortune, but also an ancient curse. Directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the comic book series of the same name.
The house of Magic
Thunder is a young cat who has been abandoned by his family. Alone and lost, he finds refuge in a mysterious house that belongs to a retired magician. Thunder feels at home in this haunted house, filled with strange characters who are a lot of fun.
FRENCH ANIMATION ON SBS ON DEMAND FOR INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION DAY
A cat in Paris
Meet Dino, a common house cat who lives a double life. He’s the loyal pet of Zoe, a lonely little girl who lives with her busy single mother Jeanne, a police detective. But after sundown when Zoe goes to sleep, Dino sneaks off to accompany debonair cat burglar Nico, and their nightly prowls take them on breath-taking escapades across the rooftops of Paris. Eventually, Zoe discovers what Dino is up to and she too becomes drawn into a thrilling adventure involving jewels, gangsters and capital-T trouble, all leading to a nail-biting and acrobatic finale atop the gothic Notre Dame.
This was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 84th Academy Awards.
April and the extraordinary world
It’s 1941, but France is trapped in the 19th century, governed by steam and Napoleon V, where scientists vanish mysteriously. Accompanied by her talking cat (voiced by Jean Rochefort), a teenager (Marion Cotillard) embarks on a quest to find her missing parents.
After escaping the clutches of a slave trader, a bold ten-year-old Sudanese boy befriends a young giraffe and a kind Bedouin, who takes them on a splendid journey via a hot-air balloon as far as the palace of King Charles X of France.
WATCH THE ASTÉRIX SERIES FOR INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION DAY
It’s hard to imagine celebrating French animation on International Animation Day without the Asterix series. Some of the films from the Asterix series are available to stream and to “rent” online.
Astérix: The magic of the secret potion / Astérix – Le Secret de la Potion Magique
Astérix: The Mansions of the Gods /Astérix: Le domaine des dieux
SBS on Demand: https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/1103517251618
Asterix and the Vikings/ Astérix et les Vikings
Microsoft Store: https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/p/asterix-and-the-vikings/
Astérix le Gaulois/Asterix The Gaul
The Twelve Tasks of Asterix/ Les 12 travaux d’Astérix
Asterix and Cleopatra/ Astérix et Cléopâtre
Google Play (DUBBED VERSION): https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/Asterix_and_Cleopatra_Dubbed?gl=AU&hl=en&id=Il34dJzowtE
What’s your favourite French animation? What will you watch for International Animation Day?
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