Features Film

Top 10 Fantasy Worlds

One of the many wonderful things about fiction is that we can be transported to amazing, magical fantasy worlds of all shapes and sizes, many of which have made their way into popular culture and the hearts and minds of beloved fans. Many worlds stick in our minds for their unique, memorable characters, fascinating locations, and other such things. This list honours ten of the most imaginative, creative, and even unusual worlds that have been created. So pack your bags, we’re off on an adventure!

10. Toontown (Who Framed Roger Rabbit)

It is a rare occurrence in Hollywood where all the best creative minds in the industry come together to make something awesome. In this case it was Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a precursor to the resurgence of animation in the ‘90s. All of the iconic cartoon characters of the ‘30s and ‘40s live in the zany Toontown, a Hollywood suburb that is one big gag in itself Everything in this wacky town is alive or subtly has eyes, most notably the buildings and the cars. The art design and sense of detail is just awesome. Everything is wonky or crooked, just about everything has some kind of gag in sight be in visual or verbal, and where else can you find Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny skydiving together.

09. The Star Wars Universe (Star Wars)

I was debating whether or not to include Star Wars on the list since most are more traditional fantasy settings, but since Star Wars is part fantasy, part western, part samurai flick, it counts. And what a wonderful galaxy far, far away it is. Just about everything in Star Wars (or at least the original trilogy) is imaginative and memorable – the characters, the aliens, the robots, the planets, the spaceships, the technology, and the awesome music. I probably could make a list out of the best aliens and imagery from the franchise. I like that each planet and location is so different from the other and have different environments. I think the best scene featuring George Lucas’ on-and-off creativeness is in the Mos Eisley bar, where we glimpse a variety of unusual weird-looking aliens. They’re only in it for a second but they still stand out. That’s how you leave an impression.

08. Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia)

One of the most beloved children’s book series of all time, The Chronicles of Narnia takes a lot of inspiration from Christian tales, but beyond similar events it is its own world. A heavenly place of talking animals, fantasy creatures, evil witches, and of course, the majestic lion Aslan. The fun part about Narnia is that in each book, a long period of time has passed, showing new places or how things have changed since the last visit by the heroes. I think The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe has the best stuff, including that iconic street lamp in the middle of a snowy forest. We’ve managed to see Narnia come to life in the film series based on the books, though only three out of seven have been adapted. Meaning we might still get to see Narnia on the big screen four more times yet.

About the author

Mark Russell