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I Like to Watch (Instantly): Ponyo, The Secret of Kells

Notable animated titles from the Netflix Watch Instantly world

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Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Cast: Cate Blanchett, Noah Cyrus, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Frankie Jonas, Cloris Leachman, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin, Betty White

From My Neighbor Totoro to Princess Mononoke to Spirited Away to Howl's Moving Castle, the release of a new animated masterpiece from Hayao Miyazaki is cause for major celebration. This cartoon fantasy centers on the adventures of a 5-year-old boy who befriends a goldfish princess name Ponyo who dreams of becoming human. This adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid is clearly aimed at younger audiences, but the visuals are a trippy treat for all ages.

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Directed by Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey

Cast: Evan McGuire, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Hourican, Mick Lally, Michael McGrath, Christen Mooney, Paul Tylack, Paul Young

This animated Irish fable was very quietly nominated for an Academy Award earlier in 2010. It concerns Brendan, a young boy living in a remote medieval abbey in Ireland. He joins up with a monk to help complete a magical book of worldly wisdom—a quest that takes him outside the sheltering walls of the abbey and into contact with a mysterious fairy girl. Enchanting and beautifully illustrated.