It's once again time for another countdown article. This week, we will be covering a topic that is very near to my heart and something that I relish in. But to explain it, I do have to go a bit into my personal life if you all will allow me the opportunity.
I grew up in a very traditional and conservative environment and was thus subjected to many aspects of masculinity that could quite frankly be described as toxic. Chief among these was an aspect perhaps quite familiar to many of my contemporaries in possession of a male identity.
The inability to have emotional catharsis through outbursts, especially crying.
Thankfully, I am no longer actively subjected or pressured by such an environment and have endeavored to remove much of the programming that was placed upon me as a child. However the scars of youth linger and I've always struggled to be able to cry, even for events that would normally elicit such a response.
As a result, I have often turned to the soundtracks of films for my emotional releases. Cinema soundtracks possess a powerful transformative capacity. Musical tracks are used by filmmakers to enhance the emotional timbre (to use a musical phrase) of a scene and the best musical tracks can even inspire beyond the scene in question.
Now I had initially desired to do a general countdown for both live-action and animation together, but it was suggested that animation might be better handled separately. Animated films have much more control over the timing and coordination of their soundtracks with their visuals and this can lead to some truly awe-inducing moments of cinema, alongside allowing composers the freedom to stretch their musical muscles.
So let's take a non-competitive look at 8 emotional animated film musical tracks.
- To be included on this list, the accompanying film must be a majority animated. There can be live action prologues or epilogues but the narrative focus of the film must be animated.
- I'm judging the selections by their capacity to instill goosebumps and tears. Music has a singular ability to touch the heartstrings and evoke power waves of emotions and I want to capture that with these selection.
- I wish to ensure that we cover a variety of cinematic selections. As such, we will only select one song per film.
- While I am not listing these selections in terms of best or worst, rather giving a generalized list for you readers to explore musical options on your own, I will highlight those tracks which, in my opinion, manage to stand independent of the scene that they are attached to.
- Credit songs can be included.