What kind of apocalypse story are you trying to write? There are many subgenres of apocalypse, including disease, zombie, biblical, nuclear, magical, and environmental.
- Biblical: Read the Book of Revelation. It’s not very long. There’s a free online Bible here and I have a biblical mythology tag.
- Disease: look here and here
- Environmental: look here, here, and here
- Magical: look in the magic tag and a collection of mythical apocalypses
- Nuclear: look here
- Zombie: look here, here, and here. Also, read The Zombie Survival Guide, by Max Brooks
And, in general, you’ll need to know the following things:
- Anarchy and power vacuums
- Injury, medical
- Mob mentality
- PTSD, DID
- Writing death, decay
And there’s assorted useful posts on topics other than a nuclear apocalypse in the apocalypse tag.
the Triplets of Belleville is about an elderly woman searching for her son who was kidnapped in the middle of a Tour de France race. It’s largely free of dialogue, but the sound effects and such are wonderful. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature—it lost to Finding Nemo.
A Cat in Paris is about a young girl and her cat who discover mysteries in the course of one night. It was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, but it lost to Rango.
Persepolis is based on an autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi about her early life in Iran. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but it lost to Ratatouille.
the Illusionist is about an aging magician and an imaginative young girl who form a father/daughter relationship. It was also nominated for a Best Animation Oscar, but lost to Toy Story 3.
The Rabbi’s Cat is a story about a cat who swallows a parrot and gains the ability to speak like a human. It is set in 1920’s Algeria.
Ernest & Celestine is the adorable story about a big bear and a little mouse who forge an unlikely friendship. It was also nominated for an Oscar in Best Animated Picture, but lost to Frozen.
Kirikou and the Sorceress is a story inspired by West African folklore that tells the story of Kirikou, a boy who was born with the ability to walk and talk, who saves his people from an evil witch. The film was popular enough to spawn sequels and a stage adaptation.
A Monster in Paris is a 3D animated musical film that is reaaaaalllly loosely based on the Phantom of the Opera. It’s set in 1910 and is about, surprisingly, a monster that lives in Paris, and his love for a young singer.
The King and the Mockingbird is an 80’s film about a cruel king titled Charles V + III = VIII + VIII = XVI, who is obsessed with a young shepherdess, and whose attempts to capture the young girl are thwarted by a mockingbird whose wife the King had previously killed.
Those are probably the most famous of the feature length animated films.
But the animated short films are just as glorious. Here’s a compilation of a bunch of short films and I can link you to others as well.
Sorry for the long answer but I just really love French animation.
I’m saddened by the understanding that I’ll never get to go off-world and visit space, even more that I’ll never get to go out into the wider Milky Way, or further.
Imagine how I feel having grown up reading Clarke, Asimov etc and yearning to go off world and seeing it almost happen when we reached the moon and then money interests and political crap intervening so we stalled just long enough to make it an impossible dream for me and my generation. I think that now at least there is hope again.