Kinda pushing it date-wise, but it feels like a classic to me. Thumbs up or down if you believe it belongs on this chanel.
1999. Directed by Brad Bird of The Simpsons and The Incredibles. An animated film that's definitely geared toward kids, but doesn't dumb it down for them like has been the case since around 1990.
The movie deals with death, what it means to be alive, single parent households, and cold-war paranoia. It's all shown in a way that isn't too complicated but isn't really simplified either.
Like Stand By Me or The Secret of NIMH, this picture shows kids just how big the world is, and that is not all good. But through action and perseverance you can achieve your goals.
A surprisingly good performance from singer Harry Connick Jr as Dean and Vin Diesel as The Giant really make these characters feel organic, despite most people never encountering a beatnik or giant robot before. Finally, a timely moral which is flawlessly hammered-home at the climax, make this an excellent watch for anyone and everyone.