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100 Greatest Animated Movies

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Criteria: Influence, Impact on Animated Cinema, Cultural Impact, Innovation, Popularity, Animation Quality. This list includes Animated films of all genres and styles, this includes: Standard Animated Films, CGI Animated Films, Stop Motion Animated Films, Rotoscope or Trace Animated Films, Live Action/Animated Films, R and X Rated Animated Films, Anime and other Foreign Animated Films, Made For Video/TV Animated Films. Title - (Year) (Movie Company)

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Last Updated: 2018-03-26
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  1. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs - (1937) (Disney)
  2. Fantasia - (1940) (Disney)
  3. Toy Story - (1995) (Disney/Pixar)
  4. Pinocchio - (1940) (Disney)
  5. The Lion King - (1994) (Disney)
  6. Spirited Away - (2001) (Japan)
  7. Bambi - (1942) (Disney)
  8. Beauty And The Beast - (1991) (Disney)
  9. Princess Mononoke - (1999) (Miramax) (Dir. Hayao Miyazaki) (Japan)
10. Akira - (1988) (Dir. Katsuhiro Otomo) (Japan)
11. The Nightmare Before Christmas - (1993) (Tim Burton) (Touchstone Pictures)
12. Sleeping Beauty - (1959) (Disney)
13. Who Framed Roger Rabbit - (1988) (Disney)
14. Yellow Submarine - (1968) (MGM/UA Studios)
15. Cinderella - (1950) (Disney)
16. Grave Of The Fireflies - (1988) (Wea Corp) (Dir. Isao Takahata) (Japan)
17. Dumbo - (1941) (Disney)
18. My Neighbor Totoro - (1988)
19. Toy Story 3 - (2010) (Walt Disney Studios)
20. Finding Nemo - (2003) (Disney/Pixar)
21. Aladdin - (1992) (Disney)
22. WALL-E - (2008) (Pixar)
23. Animal Farm - (1954) (UK)
24. Fritz the Cat - (1972) (Ralph Bakshi)
25. Coco - (2017) (Pixar/Walt Disney Pictures)
26. Fantastic Planet - (1973) (Anchor Bay Entertainment) (Dir. René Laloux) (France)
27. Waking Life - (2001) (Twentieth Century Fox)
28. The Little Mermaid - (1989) (Disney)
29. Shrek - (2001) (DreamWorks)
30. Frozen - (2013) (Walt Disney)
31. The Iron Giant - (1999) (Warner Home Video)
32. Ghost in the Shell - (1996) (Palm Pictures/Manga Video) (Dir. Mamoru Oshii) (Japan)
33. Heavy Traffic - (1973) (Ralph Bakshi)
34. Monsters Inc. - (2001) (Disney/Pixar)
35. Song of the South - (1946) (Disney)
36. Up - (2009) (Disney)
37. Castle in the Sky - (1986)
38. Peter Pan - (1953) (Disney)
39. Watership Down - (1978) (Warner Studios)
40. Time Masters - (1982) (Image Entertainment) (Dir. René Laloux) (France)
41. Toy Story 2 - (1999) (Disney/Pixar)
42. James and the Giant Peach - (1996) (Producer, Tim Burton) (Disney)
43. The Triplets of Belleville - (2003) (Sony Pictures Classics) (France)
44. Ratatouille - (2007) (Disney/Pixar)
45. Kiki's Delivery Service - (1989) (Toei Animation) (Japan)
46. Coraline - (2009) (Focus Features)
47. Allegro Non Troppo - (1977) (Home Vision Entertainment) (Italy)
48. Coonskin - (1975) (Ralph Bakshi)
49. 101 Dalmatians - (1961) (Disney)
50. A Bug's Life - (1998) (Disney/Pixar)
51. Alice in Wonderland - (1951) (Disney)
52. Charlotte's Web - (1973) (Paramount) (Dir. Charles A. Nichols, Iwao Takamoto)
53. The Adventures of Tintin - (2011) (Columbia Pictures)
54. Tarzan - (1999) (Disney)
55. A Scanner Darkly - (2006) (Warner Home Video)
56. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind - (1984) (Topcraft)
57. Whisper of the Heart - (1995) (Tokuma Shoten) (Japan)
58. The Phantom Tollbooth - (1969) (Warner Studios)
59. The Incredibles - (2004) (Disney)
60. The Secret of NIMH - (1982)
61. Ninja Scroll - (1996) (Palm Pictures/Manga Video) (Dir. Yoshiaki Kawajiri) (Japan)
62. Lady and the Tramp - (1955) (Disney)
63. The Jungle Book - (1967) (Disney)
64. Perfect Blue - (1997) (Rex Entertainment) (Japan)
65. The Three Caballeros - (1945) (Disney)
66. Make Mine Music - (1946) (Disney)
67. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad - (1949) (Disney)
68. Fun and Fancy Free - (1947) (Disney)
69. Lilo & Stitch - (2002) (Disney)
70. Anastasia - (1997) (Twentieth Century Fox)
71. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut - (1999) (Paramount Studio)
72. An American Tail - (1986) (Amblin Entertainment)
73. Metropolis - (2001) (Columbia Tristar) (Japan)
74. Ponyo - (2008) (Studio Ghibli) (Japan)
75. American Pop - (1981) (Ralph Bakshi)
76. Vampire Hunter D - (1993) (Urban Vision) (Dir. Carl Macek, Toyoo Ashida) (Japan)
77. Paprika - (2006) (Madhouse) (Japan)
78. Gulliver's Travels - (1939) (Fleischer Studios)
79. Hercules - (1997) (Disney)
80. Porco Rosso - (1992) (Japan Airlines) (Japan)
81. Antz - (1998) (DreamWorks)
82. Pocahontas - (1995) (Disney)
83. Howl's Moving Castle - (2004) (Dir. Hayao Miyazaki) (Japan)
84. The Land Before Time - (1988) (Amblin Entertainment)
85. The Prince of Egypt - (1998) (Dreamworks Skg)
86. The Hunchback of Notre Dame - (1996) (Disney)
87. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie - (2003 U.S.) (Japan)
88. The Lord of the Rings - (1978) (Ralph Bakshi)
89. Wicked City - (1993) (Urban Vision) (Dir.Yoshiaki Kawajiri) (Japan)
90. The Brave Little Toaster - (1987) (Hyperion Pictures)
91. All Dogs Go To Heaven - (1989) (Goldcrest Films International)
92. Wizards - (1977) (Ralph Bakshi)
93. Vampire Hunter D - Bloodlust - (2001) (Urban Vision Enterta) (Dir. Tai Kit Mak) (Japan)
94. Corpse Bride - (2005) (Writer/Director/Producer, Tim Burton) (Warner Bros.)
95. Gay Purr-ee - (1962) (Warner Studios)
97. The Plague Dogs - (1982) (Nepenthe Productions)
97. The Fox and the Hound - (1981) (Disney)
98. The Castle of Cagliostro - (1991) (Palm Pictures/Manga Video) (Japan)
99. Ice Age - (2001) (Fox Home Entertainment)
100. The Rescuers Down Under - (1990) (Disney)





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10 Best Animated Movies of 2018

  1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
  2. Isle of Dogs - (Indian Paintbrush)
  3. Incredibles 2 - (Walt Disney, Pixar Animation)
  4. Ralph Breaks the Internet - (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
  5. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies - ( Warner Bros. Animation)
  6. Mirai - (Dentsu, Kadokawa, NTT Docomo)
  7. Smallfoot - (Warner Animation Group)
  8. Next Gen - (Netflix, Baozou Manhua, Tangent Animation)
  9. The Grinch - (Universal Pictures)
10. Duck Duck Goose - (Original Force, GFM films)
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10 Best Animated Movies of 2017

  1. Coco - (Pixar / Walt Disney Pictures)
  2. Paddington 2 - (Heyday Films, StudioCanal)
  3. The LEGO Batman Movie - (Warner Animation Group)
  4. The Breadwinner - (Cartoon Saloon)
  5. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie- (DreamWorks Animation)
  6. Loving Vincent - (BreakThru Films)
  7. Ferdinand - (Blue Sky Studios, 20th Century Fox Animation)
  8. Mary and the Witch's Flower - (Studio Ponoc)
  9. Despicable Me 3 - (Universal Pictures)
10. Blame! - (Polygon Pictures)
Coco movie poster

10 Best Animated Movies of 2016

  1. Zootopia - (Walt Disney Pictures)
  2. The Secret Life of Pets - (Universal Pictures)
  3. Kubo and the Two Strings - (Laika Entertainment)
  4. The Red Turtle - (Prima Linea Productions)
  5. Finding Dory - (Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures)
  6. My Life as a Zucchini - (Rita Productions, Blue Spirit Animation)
  7. Moana - (Walt Disney Pictures)
  8. Sing - (Dentsu, Fuji Television Network)
  9. Storks - (RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Warner Animation Group)
10. Ethel & Ernest - (British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), British Film Institute (BFI))
Zootopia Movie DVD cover

10 Best Animated Movies of 2015

  1. Inside Out - (Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios)
  2. The Peanuts Movie - (Twentieth Century Fox Animation)
  3. The Good Dinosaur - (Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures)
  4. Hotel Transylvania 2 - (Columbia Pictures)
  5. Minions - (Illumination Entertainment)
  6. Shaun the Sheep Movie - (StudioCanal, Aardman Animations)
  7. When Marnie Was There - (Dentsu, Hakuhodo DY Media Partners)
  8. The Little Prince - (Onyx Films)
  9. Kahlil Gibran's the Prophet - (Prophet Screen Partners)
10. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water - (Paramount Animation, Nickelodeon Movies)
Inside Out Movie DVD cover

10 Best Animated Movies of 2014

  1. The Lego Movie - (Warner Bros.)
  2. Big Hero 6 - (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
  3. The Book of Life - (Twentieth Century Fox)
  4. Song of the Sea - (Big Farm)
  5. How to Train Your Dragon 2 - (DreamWorks Animation)
  6. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya - (Studio Ghibli)
  7. The Boxtrolls - (Laika Entertainment)
  8. Mr. Peabody and Sherman - (DreamWorks Animation)
  9. Giovanni's Island - (Japan Association of Music Enterprises)
10. Rocks In My Pockets - (Locomotive Productions)
The Lego Movie DVD cover

10 Best Animated Movies of 2013

  1. Frozen - (Walt Disney)
  2. Monsters University - (Walt Disney/Pixar)
  3. Despicable Me 2 - (Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment)
  4. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 - (Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation)
  5. Epic - (Twentieth Century Fox Animation)
  6. Turbo - (DreamWorks Animation)
  7. The Croods - (DreamWorks Animation)
  8. Free Birds - (Reel FX Creative Studios)
  9. The Smurfs 2 - (Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation)
10. Approved for Adoption - (2 Minutes Animation/Artémis Productions)
Frozen Movie DVD cover

10 Best Animated Movies of 2012

  1. Wreck-It Ralph - (Walt Disney)
  2. Consuming Spirits - (Independent - Chris Sullivan)
  3. Frankenweenie - (Walt Disney/Tim Burton Animation Co.)
  4. ParaNorman - (Laika Entertainment)
  5. The Pirates! Band of Misfits - (Aardman Animations, Sony Pictures Animation)
  6. Brave - (Walt Disney/Pixar)
  7. Rise of the Guardians - (DreamWorks Animation)
  8. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted - (DreamWorks Animation, Pacific Data Images)
  9. Hotel Transylvania - (Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation)
10. Ice Age: Continental Drift - (Blue Sky Studios)
Wreck-It Ralph Movie DVD cover

10 Best Animated Movies of 2011

  1. The Adventures of Tintin - (Columbia Pictures)
  2. Rango - (Nickelodeon Movies)
  3. Winnie the Pooh - (Walt Disney Studios)
  4. Kung Fu Panda 2 - (DreamWorks)
  5. Rio - (Twentieth Century Fox Animation)
  6. Puss in Boots - (DreamWorks)
  7. Arthur Christmas - (Sony Pictures Animation)
  8. Cars 2 - (Disney/Pixar)
  9. Happy Feet Two - (Village Roadshow Pictures)
10. Gnomeo & Juliet - (Touchstone Pictures)
The Adventures of Tintin Movie DVD cover

10 Best Animated Movies of 2010

  1. Toy Story 3 - (Walt Disney Studios)
  2. Tangled - (Walt Disney Studios)
  3. How To Train Your Dragon - (DreamWorks)
  4. The Illusionist - (Django Films)
  5. Despicable Me - (Illumination Entertainment)
  6. The Secret World of Arrietty - (Studio Ghibli)
  7. Megamind - (DreamWorks)
  8. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole - (Warner Bros.)
  9. Shrek Forever After - (DreamWorks)
10. Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie - (Codex Pictures)
Toy Story 3 Movie DVD cover

10 Best Animated Movies of 2009

  1. Up - (Disney/Pixar)
  2. Coraline - (Focus Features)
  3. The Princess and the Frog - (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
  4. Fantastic Mr. Fox - (Twentieth Century-Fox)
  5. Mary and Max - (Melodrama Pictures)
  6. 9 - (Focus Features)
  7. Astro Boy - (Imagi Animation Studios)
  8. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - (Sony)
  9. Monsters vs. Aliens - (DreamWorks)
10. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - (Blue Sky Studios)
Up Movie DVD cover

10 Best Animated Movies of 2008

  1. Wall-E - (Pixar)
  2. Ponyo - (Studio Ghibli)
  3. Waltz with Bashir - (Bridgit Folman Film Gang)
  4. Kung Fu Panda - (DreamWorks)
  5. Azur & Asmar - (Nord-Ouest Productions)
  6. Bolt - (Disney)
  7. Horton Hears a Who! - (Blue Sky Studios)
  8. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa - (DreamWorks)
  9. The Tale of Despereaux - (Universal)
10. Igor - (Exodus Film Group)
Wall-E Movie DVD cover

10 Best Animated Movies of 2007

  1. Ratatouille - (Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures)
  2. Persepolis - (2.4.7. Films, France 3 Cinéma)
  3. Sword of the Stranger - (Bones)
  4. The Simpsons Movie - (Twentieth Century Fox, Gracie Films)
  5. Meet the Robinsons - (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
  6. Bee Movie - (DreamWorks Animation)
  7. Surf's Up - (Sony Pictures Animation)
  8. Vexille - (Avex Entertainment, CCRE)
  9. Battle for Terra - (Menithings Productions)
10. Beowulf - (Paramount Pictures)
Ratatouille Movie DVD cover
honerable mention

In February, 1914 at the Palace Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, cartoonist Winsor McCay (1869-1934) premiered "Gertie the Dinosaur", (containing 10,000 drawings with backgrounds), in an interactive cartoon where he (in person) seemed to step into his animated cartoon by walking behind the screen at the right time and showing up as part of the animation. Many consider this the first 'successful' animated cartoon (others being considered just novelty acts).

In November, 1914, "Gertie the Dinosaur" was released to theaters around the country, being the first animated film viewed by movie goers at the time.
Gertie the Dinosaur movie poster





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