Another surprisingly good film was... Tim Burton's Frankenweenie. The title didn't appeal to me much, but I was lent the DVD, and it was about time I was reminded how great Tim Burton can be. I recently saw him in an interview with Melvyn Bragg, he talked about his beginnings as an artist/ cartoonist, and you can see how the images and style of his films are based on his drawings, the style he's created is a genre unto itself. There's a sweet chat with his wife Helena Bonham Carter, who showed a funny cartoon Tim made of her giving birth to their child, 'It's his form of expression.'
Frankenweenie has that eerie quality of past classics like The Nightmare Before Christmas, and a silent, empty, clear skied landscape that reminded me of his comedy biopic Ed Wood.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
And on the subject of top notch eerie animations, going back a few years, it made me think back to Henry Selick's Coraline, a much improved film based on a thin Neil Gaiman novel. These amazing, original animations are like wonderful gifts.