In addition to original ideas, books are also often used as a source in making a movie. Children books, especially those that tell stories, are one of them. Many children books have achieved best-seller status so that they are made into movies, especially in the realm of animated movies .
Because they are rich in moral messages, it is not uncommon for these books to be targeted by a number of animated movie studios for adaptation. The results did not disappoint, apart from being able to entertain small audiences, their animated movies were also selling well in the market. In fact, there are those who have succeeded in awarding the same class as the Academy Awards .
From Studio Ghibli productions to DreamWorks Animation, here are seven animated movies adapted from children books that you must watch. Psst , you can watch it on Netflix, you know!
This animation produced by Studio Ghibli is an adaptation of a children novel entitled The Borrowers by Mary Norton. The storyline follows a family of liliput who borrow goods belonging to humans to survive. However, all changed when they were detected by humans.
The movie itself was a success at the box office by pocketing a profit of 146 million US dollars. Because of its success, the UK has released this movie by attracting top actors such as Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, and Olivia Colman as the dubber . How about you, have you watched Arietty, haven’t you?
In the same year, DreamWorks Animation released How to Train Your Dragon , based on the children book of the same name by Cressida Cowell. Unmitigated, this movie features a row of famous Hollywood stars such as Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, to Kristen Wiig as voice actors.
The storyline focuses on the friendship between Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), the son of a Viking leader, and Toothless, the legendary Night Fury dragon. Apart from receiving rave reviews from critics, the movie was also nominated for the 83rd Academy Awards . Unfortunately, Toy Story 3 (2010) stole the hearts of the Oscar judges more that night.
Even though it didn’t get an Oscar nomination, the fourth movie in the Shrek franchise became one of the highest grossing movies in 2010. In fact, this movie managed to outperform How to Train Your Dragon revenue by collecting a coffers of 752.6 million US dollars, you know!
Based on a children book called Shrek! by William Steig, this movie follows Shrek (Mike Myers) struggle against Rumpelstiltskin deception. In addition to Myers, senior actors such as Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and Antonio Banderas also return as voice actors.
Rise of the Guardians is based on the children book series entitled The Guardians of Childhood by William Joyce. This movie features the character of Jack Frost (Chris Pine) who is chosen to stop the terror of Pitch Black (Jude Law).
In saving the world, he is assisted by four other guards with special powers. They are St. Nicholas. North (Alec Baldwin), Bunny (Hugh Jackman), Toothiana (Isla Fisher) and Sandy the Sandman.
Because it is selling well in the market, this movie has made a game version that can be played on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Has anyone tried it before?
How to Train Your Dragon 2 managed to break people perception of the sequel to the movie. The proof, the sequel to How to Train Your Dragon is not only better, but also able to surpass the success of the first movie by winning a profit of 621.5 million US dollars.
Set five years after the first movie, this sequel features several new characters. Two of them are Valka, the mother of long-separated Hiccup, and Drago Bludvist, a warlord who hunts dragons ruthlessly.
In order to bring the two characters to life, DreamWorks Animation has partnered with two Oscar-class actors as voice actors. They are Cate Blanchett ( The Aviator , Blue Jasmine ) and Djimon Hounsou ( In America , Blood Diamond ).
Apart from Arietty (2010), When Marnie Was There is also an animation produced by Studio Ghibli which is a pity to miss. Besides being directed by the same director, namely Hiromasa Yonebayashi, this movie also successfully penetrated the 2016 Oscar nominations.
Adapted from the novel of the same name by Joan G. Robinson, this movie follows the friendship between two girls named Anna Sasaki and Marnie. Who would have thought, the meeting with Marnie revealed the origins of Anna family.
In addition to having a good plot twist , When Marnie Was There also features a soundtrack by Priscilla Ahn. His song, Fine on the Outside , is guaranteed to be suitable for self-healing!
7. Home (2015)
Lastly, Home invited two world divas, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez aka J.Lo, as voice actors. Based on a children book entitled The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, Home is set in the future when the earth is invaded by aliens.
The invasion makes a teenage girl named Tip (Rihanna) have to part with her mother, Lucy (Jennifer Lopez). At the same time, an alien named Oh (Jim Parsons) is on the run for his carelessness.
Together with a cat named Pig, they are involved in an exciting adventure to find Lucy. Despite mixed reviews from critics, Home managed to gross up to $386 million.
The seven movies above are proof that children books can also be adapted into quality and entertaining animated movies. So , what are you waiting for? Immediately prepare a snack and invite your family to watch together, come on.