Netflix & Binge: 10 Titles to Spark Creativity this Holiday

by | 10 December 2015 | ACM SIGGRAPH, Animation, Film, Visual Effects

The holidays are upon us which means … MORE TIME AT HOME. If you plan to relax this holiday season with a blanket and some Netflix, we support you. And, we have a few suggestions for artistic masterpieces that, if you watch them, might be kinda, sorta, work-related (and fun for the whole family).

So here goes… ACM SIGGRAPH’s first-ever list of bingeworthy titles to stream:

1. Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection [Animated Short]

Who can resist 12 short films from Disney?! The collection includes Oscar winners “Paperman” and “Feast.”

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2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer [TV]

True, this cult classic may not have the most stunning visual effects, but series creator Joss Whedon sure had an eye for the interesting and the unbelievable. (Plus, he went on to become the writer/director behind Marvel’s “Avengers” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (TV).)

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3. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas [Feature Film]

A true stop-motion animation classic with a holiday theme to boot. Plus, the music is fantastic.

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4. The Terminator (1984) [Feature Film]

Directed by VFX pioneer James Cameron, this classic post-apocalyptic thrill ride is as imaginative as it gets.

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5. F is for Family [Netflix Original]

“F Is for Family” follows the Murphy family in 1970s America — a time when you could smack your kid, smoke inside and bring a gun to the airport — and hails from comedian Bill Burr and Emmy-winning writer/producer Michael Price (“The Simpsons” (TV)). (Available to stream on December 18.)

6. Dragons: Race to the Edge [Netflix Original]

This series from DreamWorks, made solely for Netflix, features Hiccup and Toothless in a brand-new adventure.

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7. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood [TV]

This supernatural anime comes in 4 parts of pure fun.

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8. King Kong (1976) [Feature Film]

Go back in time to the original “Kong” film for a blast from the past (and a look at what effects looked like before the 2005 remake, listed at #6 on IMDB’s “Top 100 Movies with Best Visual Effects”).

9. Fantasia [Feature Film]

Rated 96% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, this Disney animated classic is sure to inspire.

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10. Chicken Run [Feature Film]

With over 20 awards, this animated feature hails from SIGGRAPH 2015 favorites, Aardman Animations.

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Do you have any titles you would add to this list? Share them in the comments!




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