Paprika is about a group of scientists who develop a way to enter and record people’s dreams using a new piece of technology called the DC Mini. This breakthrough brings about a new type of therapy where doctors can fully explore the inner workings of their patients. When a terrorist starts taking over people’s minds, the scientists and the mysterious Paprika race against the clock to recover the device.

This is a film you’ll want to watch twice in order to fully understand everything. With so much going on, plenty of details can be lost the first time around, particularly if you have no real notion of what Paprika is about. But this isn’t a bad thing. You’ll find yourself wanting to revisit the strange world that director Satoshi Kon has created. It’s fun, creepy and will certainly inspire budding animators, musicians and writers alike.

Highlights: The incredible amount of creativity put into the dream world, which features a pink elephant pushing a white crocodile around in a wheelchair.