Desert Island Discs – Animation Edition

Not familiar with Desert Island Discs? Well, it’s a BBC radio show wherein people come on and discuss what albums (amongst other things) that they would have take with them if they were to be stranded on a tropical island. It’s nominally a chance for the guests to discuss facets of their life and/or their reasons for choosing what they chose. So what would a Desert Island Discs animation edition be like, and what would I choose? Let’s assume that there is a TV on the island, so I’m not stuck with 8 pieces of animation and nothing to view them on.

1. The Secret of Kells

How could I not? Stunningly beautiful 2-D animation and Irish to boot, this would absolutely have to be in my trunk.

2. The Incredibles

Is this not the most badass poster you've seen for this film?

By far the best animated superhero film ever made. Classic story, wonderful animation and a superb cast of characters.

3. Spirited Away

The existential choice. You can’t argue with Miyazaki’s mastery of storytelling and this is perhaps his best and most whimsical film in that regard. If you’re marooned on a desert island, escaping into another fantasy world from time to time is a must.

4. My Life As A Teenage Robot

I only just got this on DVD so there’s no way I’d be leaving it behind so soon. Gorgeous art deco style and some funny/dramatic episodes to boot.

5. Fantasia

The ubiquitous Disney choice. Not necessarily my favourite and I was going to go with Snow White, but Fantasia has an altogether more rounded feel. Lovely, fluid animation from some of the masters, classical music and themes and of course, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. All-in-all, this represented the pinnacle of animated technical wizardry for a long time.

6. Evangelion


I’m not a huge fan of anime, but this series certainly roped me in big time. A bit dark perhaps, but a great story and a cast of characters that constantly produce sparks.

7. Futurama

Do I really need to justify this one?

8. The Iron Giant

Yes, Brad Bird’s superb hand-drawn feature is too good to leave behind. Disney-level visuals and animation combine with a fantastic story that supports a cast of characters that seems to be the norm for Brad’s animated films.

So those are mine, now let’s hear your Desert Island animated discs. What 8 pieces would you choose to be stranded with?

One thought on “Desert Island Discs – Animation Edition

  1. Great choices! I’d have picked half of these myself. (Iron Giant, Spirited Away, Incredibles, Secret of Kells) I’d probably add Samurai Jack, Nightmare Before Christmas, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Beauty and the Beast.

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