Best 100 Animated Movies

The top animated movies come in all shapes and sizes while entertaining fans of all ages, from kids to adults. We assembled a list of the best animated movies for your family movie night.

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Whether your animation style is 2D, 3D, computer animation, anime, or claymation, you will find something to watch on this list of the best 100 animation films. 

Animated movies are the ultimate form of creativity. Animation studios start with a blank slate, cultivate an intriguing story, study their subject, and create original art from their passion for animation.

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Below is a list of the top 100 animated movies that best line up with cover art, a short storyline description, an Academy Award (Oscar), a Golden Globe award, and an Annie Award.

Toy Story 4 (2019)

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Woody, Buzz, and the gang have a new mission to save Forky from an obsessed toy collector.

In this fourth installment of the Toy Story franchise, Andy has gone to college, and his toys find a new home with Bonnie Anderson, who is a sweet little girl.

However, Woody must convince her that he doesn’t belong in the storage box but is part of the family.

Oscar – Best Animated Feature Film (2020)
animated movies Toy Story 4 Woody, Bo Peep, Buzz Lightyear and the bunnies behind furniture

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

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From the makers of The Lego Movie comes an animated, action-packed film about Miles Morales, who becomes Spider-Man after a radioactive spider bites him.

When Kingpin uses the same particle accelerator that turned an ordinary spider into a Web Crawler, it creates several different variations of Spider-Men and Women called Spider-Verse!

Oscar – Best Animated Feature Film (2019)
Golden Globe – Best Motion Picture Animated (2019)
Annie Award – Best Animated Feature (2019)
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Encanto (2021)

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Encanto tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto.

The magic of Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift except one, Mirabel.

Learn more about the Encanto characters and all their special gifts, or sing along with all the popular Encanto songs.

Oscar – Best Animated Feature Film (2021)
Golden Globe – Best Motion Picture Animated (2021)
Annie Award – Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Feature (2021)
Annie Award – Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature (2021)
Annie Award – Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature (2021)
Grammy – Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (2021)
Grammy – Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media (2021)
Encanto family photo in front of their house

Inside Out (2015)

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Inside Out is an American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Movies and published by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Pete Docter and co-directed by Ronnie del Carmen.

Riley, a young girl, has to endure her problematic family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco.

Inside her head, five personified emotions – Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust – struggle to guide her through this life-changing event.

Oscar – Best Animated Feature Film (2016)
Golden Globe – Best Motion Picture Animated (2016)
Annie Award – Best Animated Feature (2016)
Inside Out All 5 emotions looking out a window

Coco (2017)

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Coco is an animated film that tells the story of Miguel, who wishes to become a musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz despite his family’s ban on music, which their grandfather banned after his son abandoned him for music.

When he accidentally gets transported to the Land of the Dead, dead family members come alive to stop living people from stealing their prized possessions!

Oscar – Best Animated Feature Film (2018)
Oscar – Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures “Remember Me” (2018)
Golden Globe – Best Motion Picture Animated (2016)
Annie Award – Best Animated Feature (2018)
Coco Miguel watching tv and playing along with guitar

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is an American animated film produced by Disney. An evil queen hires a huntsman to kill Snow White but fails as he lets her go into hiding.

The Evil Queen disguises herself as an older woman to trick Snow White and become the fairest in the land.

However, Snow White meets seven dwarves who keep her safe from danger.

Oscar – Honorary Award (1939)
The Prince Florian kissing Snow White to waker her up from a deep sleep

Incredibles 2 (2018)

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An animated superhero film, Incredibles 2, is the sequel to the 2004 film The Incredibles.

Bob Parr, aka Mr. Incredible, deals with changes at home after his wife Helen, aka Elastigirl, gains a job as a crime-fighting superhero!

Not only this, but Mr. Incredible must deal with his troubles when an old fanboy turns into a new foe, The Screenslaver

Incredibles 2 Elastigirl's new bike

Zootopia (2016)

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The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together.

Zootopia is a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything.

Oscar – Best Animated Feature Film (2017)
Golden Globe – Best Motion Picture Animated (2017)
Annie Award – Best Animated Feature (2017)
Zootopia Judy and Nick at the DMV talking to Flash

8. Paddington 2 (2018)

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Paddington 2 is a 2018 British-French computer-animated family comedy film that tells the story of a young Peruvian bear who travels from the deepest darkest Peru to London in search of a home.

With the help of Mr. Gruber, owner of an antique shop, Paddington settles into life with the Brown family.

However, he gets mixed up in a jewel thief plot while searching for the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday.

Paddington 2 showing Paddington riding on a train

Up (2009)

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Up is a 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Pete Docter, co-directed by Bob Peterson, and produced by Jonas Rivera.

In the 1930s, Carl Fredricksen’s life as a balloon salesman is turned upside down when an ambitious young Wilderness Explorer named Russell becomes his unexpected traveling partner.

Oscar – Best Animated Feature Film (2010)
Oscar – Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures Original Score (2010)
Golden Globe – Best Motion Picture Animated (2010)
Annie Award – Best Animated Feature (2010)
Annie Award – Best Original Score (2010)
Up Carl, Russell, and Dug hanging from a floating house

Toy Story 3 (2010)

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Toy Story 3 is an American computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Lee Unkrich, co-directed by Ash Brannon, and produced by Darla K. Anderson.

The toys are taken into a daycare center after their owner Andy goes to college but soon escapes to return to their owner!

Oscar – Best Animated Feature Film (2011)
Oscar – Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures “We Belong Together” (2011)
Golden Globe – Best Motion Picture Animated (2011)
Toy Story 3 day care toys

Toy Story 2 (1999)

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Toy Story 2 is an American computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures.

Woody, the cowboy, is stolen at a yard sale while Andy is away at summer camp.

Woody’s toy friends must rescue him before he is sold off as a museum piece in Japan.

It was directed by John Lasseter, co-directed by Lee Unkrich and Ash Brannon, and produced by Darla K. Anderson.

Golden Globe – Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical (2000)
Toy Story 2 photo of all the characters from Toy Story 2

Finding Dory (2016)

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Finding Dory is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures.

It was directed by Andrew Stanton and co-directed by Angus MacLane.

The movie takes place six months after the events of Finding Nemo when Dory suddenly recalls her childhood memories about her parents, and with the help of Nemo and Marlin, she heads off to find them.

Finding Dory in a glass

Finding Nemo (2003)

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Finding Nemo is an American computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures.

It was directed by Andrew Stanton, co-directed by Lee Unkrich, and produced by Graham Walters.

The movie features the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, and Brad Garrett.

The story centers on a timid clownfish named Marlin who, along with a regal tang called Dory, searches for his abducted son Nemo as they travel across the ocean to Sydney Harbour.

Oscar – Best Animated Feature Film (2004)
Annie Award – Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature (2004)
Finding Nemo Marlin and Dory

Pinocchio (1940)

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Pinocchio is an American 2D animated family musical comedy-drama adventure film produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske, and Norman Ferguson.

Geppetto wishes on a star that his puppet Pinocchio could become a real boy, but he accidentally falls into the ocean, where the Blue Fairy grants him his wish.

She turns Pinocchio into a real boy, but he must prove himself brave, truthful, and unselfish to remain so.

Oscar – Best Music Original Song “When You Wish Upon A Star” (1941)
Oscar – Best Music Original Score (1941)
Pinocchio tells a lies and his nose grows longer

The LEGO Movie (2014)

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The LEGO Movie is an American 3D computer-animated superhero film produced by Warner Animation Group and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

It was directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and it is their first feature film after 21 Jump Street (2012) and 22 Jump Street (2014).

The story focuses on Emmet, a completely ordinary Lego mini-figure identified as the “Special,” who prophesied to find the Piece of Resistance to save his friends from an evil tyrant.

The LEGO Movie Emmet Brickowski talking to Wyldstyle

Moana (2016)

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Moana is an American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Ron Clements and John Musker directed it.

Moana, the daughter of a tribal chief, must embark on a journey across the ocean to find a legendary island.

Along with her pet rooster Heihei and the legendary demi-god Maui, she must fight the mysterious lava demon Te Ka.

Sing along with all the popular Moana songs.

Moana and Maui on a small sail boat

Toy Story (1995)

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Toy Story is an American computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures. John Lasseter directed it, and it is the first feature film made by Pixar.

The plot focuses on a group of living toys that pretend to be lifeless whenever humans are present.

The film revolves around Woody, a pull-string cowboy doll, and Buzz Lightyear, a space ranger action figure who has to put aside their rivalry when they become lost in the world.

Oscar – Special Achievement Award, First Feature Length Computer Animated Movie (1996)
Annie Award – Best Animated Feature (1996)
Toy Story 1995 Woody and Buzz standing on Andy's Bed

Isle of Dogs (2018)

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The Isle of Dogs is an American stop-motion animated comedy-drama film produced by Fox Searchlight Pictures and Indian Paintbrush.

Wes Anderson directed it, and it is his first stop-motion film since Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009).

The story focuses on a young boy searching for his dog, Spots, in Trash Island, a giant land filled with garbage where all the dogs are banished.

Isle of Dogs Atari and his dogs

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

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Kubo and the Two Strings is an American stop-motion animated fantasy film written and directed by Travis Knight.

It follows a boy named Kubo who must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.

On August 19, 2016, it was released to critical acclaim for its visual style, voice acting, and music score.

Kubo and the white monkey

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022)

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Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is an American computer-animated action-adventure film produced by DreamWorks Animation.

This movie is a sequel to the spin-off Shrek series Puss in Boots.

When Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll and he has burned through eight of his nine lives, he launches an epic journey to restore them by finding the mythical Last Wish.

Learn more about all the Puss in Boots: The Last Wish characters.

team friendship in puss in boots the last wish

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

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How to Train Your Dragon is an American 3D computer-animated fantasy action-adventure comedy-drama film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures.

A young Viking teenager named Hiccup, the heir to the chief of his village, must capture and train an injured dragon that he accidentally freed. Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders directed it.

Annie Award – Best Animated Feature (2011)
How To Train Your Dragon Hiccup flying on Toothless

Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)

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Shaun the Sheep Movie is a British stop-motion animated slapstick comedy film produced by Aardman Animations.

After a failed sheep rustling attempt, a farmer gets his bollocks stuck in a ram’s horn, and Shaun and the gang go on an adventure to get him down.

It was directed and written by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak, based on Shaun the Sheep British television series.

Annie Award – Best Animated Feature (2016)
Shaun the Sheep and Bitzer jumping a fence

The Sea Beast (2022)

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The Sea Beast is an animated movie by Netflix animation. When a young girl stows away on the ship of a legendary sea monster hunter, they launch an epic journey into uncharted waters and make history.

The Sea Beast was directed and written by Chir Williams.

the sea beast jacob holland talking to maisie brumble

WALL-E (2008)

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WALL-E is an American computer-animated science fiction film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures.

It was directed and co-written by Andrew Stanton, who took over from the previous director John Lasseter when he went on to direct Cars (2006).

The plot focuses on a robot named WALL-E, designed to clean up a waste-covered Earth far in the future, but he eventually falls in love with another robot named EVE.

Oscar – Best Animated Feature Film (2009)
Annie Award – Best Animated Feature (2009)
Wall-E and Eve

Dumbo (1941)

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Dumbo is an American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and originally released on October 23, 1941.

It is the 32nd Disney animated feature film and tells the story of a young circus elephant whose ears allow him to fly.

He discovers he can also communicate with other elephants using their unique language.

Oscar – Best Music Score (1942)
Dumbo and his mouse friend that encourages him to fly

Ratatouille (2007)

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Ratatouille is an American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures.

It stars the voices of Patton Oswalt as Remy, a rat with Asperger syndrome who aspires to become a chef Lou Romano as Linguini, a garbage boy who discovers Remy’s talent.

It was directed by Brad Bird, and written by Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, and Brad Bird.

Oscar – Best Animated Feature Film (2008)
Golden Globe – Best Animated Film (2008)
Annie Award – Best Animated Feature (2008)
Ratatouille movie Linguini and Remy in the kitchen plating an entree

My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017)

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My Life as a Zucchini is a Swiss-French stop-motion animated drama film directed by Claude Barras.

It was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 89th Academy Awards.

The film tells about an orphan named Zucchini, who, after his mother’s death, befriends other orphans his age, and all go to school together.

My Life as A Zucchini main character Courgette drawing pictures at a table

The Incredibles (2004)

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The Incredibles is an American 3D computer-animated superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures.

It tells the story of a family of superheroes forced to hide their powers after Mr. Incredible saves a man from being crushed by a giant machine during his job at an insurance company.

Oscar – Best Animated Feature Film (2005)
Oscar – Best Achievement In Sound Editing (2005)
Annie Award – Best Animated Feature (2005)
Incredibles 2 family

Only Yesterday (1991)

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Only Yesterday is a Japanese anime drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata and produced by Hayao Miyazaki and Yasuyoshi Tokuma.

It tells the story of Taeko Okajima, an office worker from Tokyo who decides to take a day off when she feels overwhelmed from taking care of her family.

She travels back to() Yamagata Prefecture, where she spent her school days.

Only Yesterday movie final scene characters walking toward the camera

101 Dalmatians (1961)

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101 Dalmatians is a British-American animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Productions and originally released on January 25, 1961.

It was the second Disney Animated Canon feature film based on the 1956 novel of the same name by Dodie Smith about a litter of Dalmatian puppies that a group of evil criminals kidnaps.

101 Dalmatians Pongo and Perdita with all their puppies on the living room floor

The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

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The Lego Batman Movie is an American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film directed by Chris McKay, written by Seth Grahame-Smith, and produced by Animal Logic.

It is a spin-off of 2014’s The Lego Movie, and it tells the story of Batman, who goes on a mission to stop Joker from destroying Gotham City when he tries to prove himself worthy of his role as Gotham’s protector.

The Lego Batman Movie Batman surrounded by bright lights

Chicken Run (2000)

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Chicken Run is a British-American stop-motion animated comedy film made by the Aardman Animations studio.

It was released on June 20, 2000, and it tells the story of an English chicken farm where they are building their airplane for traveling away from there.

At the same time, they must avoid being caught by Mr. and Mrs. Tweedy, who plan to turn the farm into the largest chicken pot pie factory.

Chicken run movie several Chickens running toward the camera

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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Beauty and the Beast is an American animated Disney musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released on March 14, 1991.

It is based on an original draft of the film written by Roger Allers and Howard Ashman.

The plot is about Belle, a young woman who falls in love with a monstrous creature that has been created but is a prince trapped in a beast’s body.

Oscar – Best Music Original Song “Beauty and the Beast” (1992)
Oscar – Best Music Original Score (1992)
Golden Globe – Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical (2002)
Golden Globe – Best Original Song “Beauty and the Beast” (2002)
Golden Globe – Best Original Score (2002)
Annie Award – Best Animated Feature (2002)
Beauty and the Beast dancing with her yellow dress

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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The Nightmare Before Christmas is an American stop-motion animated musical dark fantasy film directed by Henry Selick and produced/co-written by Tim Burton. It was released on October 15, 1993.

It tells the story of Jack Skellington, a being from Halloween Town who discovers Christmas Town and decides to take over Santa Claus’s job because he cannot deliver toys properly.

Jack Skellington and Sally getting ready to kiss on Spiral Hill

Onward (2020)

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Onward is an American 3D computer-animated adventure fantasy comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and it was released on March 6, 2020.

The film tells the story of two teenage elf brothers whose father died when they were young, so he sent them to a new land where elves are known for their great height to visit their relatives in hopes of them becoming closer again.

Annie Award – Best Animated Feature (2021)
Onward Ian and Barley Lightfoot with a magic staff

Anomalisa (2015)

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Anomalisa is an American stop-motion adult comedy-drama film written and directed by Charlie Kaufman. It was developed from a 2005 audio play of the same name.

It tells the story of a motivational speaker who sees everyone as identical until he spends a weekend at a hotel where he meets the unique Lisa.

Annie Award – Best Animated Feature (2016)
Anomalisa Michael Stone and Lisa walking down a long hallway

Monsters, Inc. (2001)

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Monsters, Inc. is an American 3D computer-animated comedic film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures.

The film tells the story of two monsters named James P. “Sulley” Sullivan and his one-eyed partner Mike Wazowski.

They work at Monsters, Inc., a scream processing company that steals the screams of human children to power their city, Monstropolis.

Oscar – Best Music Original Song “If I Didn’t Have You” (2002)
Monsters Inc all the monsters walking into work

Spirited Away (2002)

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Spirited Away is a Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

The story is about Chihiro Ogino, a sullen ten-year-old girl who, while moving to a new neighborhood, enters the world of spirits ruled over by Yubaba.

Chihiro must fend for herself in a spirit bathhouse to find her way home.

Oscar – Best Animated Feature (2003)
Annie Award – Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature (2003)
Spirited Away movie Chihiro Ogino surrounded by pink flowers

Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka) (1988)

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Grave of the Fireflies is a Japanese animated war drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata.

The story tells about Setsuko, a young child who suffers along with her young brother Seita after their mother is killed during the firebombing of Tokyo in World War II.

Grave of the Fireflies Seita Yokokawa and Hayao Miyazaki

Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017)

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Your Name. is a Japanese animated romantic fantasy adventure film written and directed by Makoto Shinkai.

The story is about Mitsuha Miyamizu, a high school girl living in the fictional town of Itomori who goes to Tokyo with her father every year for business purposes.

Your Name movie showing Mitsuha doing school work at a desk

The Bad Guys (2022)

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The Bad Guys is an animated movie presented by DreamWorks Animation and directed by Pierre Perifel.

To avoid prison, a gang of notorious animal criminals pretends to seek rehabilitation, only for their leader to realize that he genuinely wants to change his ways.

Annie Award – Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Feature (2022)
All of the bad guys riding in a car

Song Of The Sea (2014)

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Song of the Sea is an Irish animated fantasy-drama film written and directed by Tomm Moore. The movie was produced at Cartoon Saloon, and it is about Selkie.

This mythical creature can transform from seal to human form and becomes estranged from her family after discovering she can’t speak (though no one notices this).

Annie Award – Best Animated Feature (2015)
Song of the Sea Saoirse walking in the shallow water

The Iron Giant (1999)

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The Iron Giant is an American computer-animated science-fiction comedy-drama film produced by Warner Animation Group, directed by Brad Bird in his directorial debut, and scripted by Tim McCanlies.

The story is about Hogarth Hughes, a young boy who befriends a giant robot who fell from space.

The Iron Giant sitting down with Art

Tower (2016)

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The Tower is a Canadian/American animated drama short film directed by Keith Maitland.

The movie tells about the 1966 University of Texas shooting when a gunman opened fire from the observation deck of the Austin campus’ Main Building and killed 14 people.

Tower movie characters Claire Wilson James and Tom Eckman walking outside in a city

Fantasia (1940)

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Fantasia is an American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney, and it’s the third film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.

The story tells about various segments set to pieces of classical music, featuring dancing hippos and dinosaurs; a family of whales; Chernabog; Mickey Mouse as The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; and appearances from several popular Disney characters.

Oscar – 2 Honorary Awards (1942)
The Sorcerer's Apprentice in Fantasia

The Lion King (1994)

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The Lion King is an American animated musical adventure film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, and it’s the 30th feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.

The story tells about a young lion cub named Simba who learns to succeed his father, Mufasa, as king of the Pride Lands, but after Simba’s uncle Scar kills Mufasa, Simba runs away and tries to return home as a fully-grown lion.

Oscar – Best Music Original Song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” (1995)
Oscar – Best Music Original Score (1995)
Golden Globe – Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical (1995)
Golden Globe – Best Original Song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” (1995)
Golden Globe – Best Original Score (1995)
Annie Award – Best Animated Film (1995)
The Lion King Pride Rock

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit is an American fantasy neo-noir film directed by Robert Zemeckis, produced by Frank Marshall and Robert Watts, and based on Gary K. Wolf’s novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit?

The movie tells about private detective Eddie Valiant hired to investigate the suspicious death of ‘Toon star Roger Rabbit.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit with Roger Rabbit, Jessica Rabbit, and Eddie Valiant

Waltz with Bashir (2008)

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Waltz with Bashir is an Israeli animated war film written and directed by Ari Folman.

The movie tells about the 1982 Lebanon War experienced by an Israeli soldier, a talented director named Ari Folman, who becomes obsessed with a mysterious videotape he received from a friend at the Ministry of Defense.

Golden Globe – Best Foreign Language Film (2009)
Annie Award – Best Animated Feature (2009)
Waltz and Basher Ari Folman as Self

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a 3D American fantasy action film produced by DreamWorks Animation.

It’s the third installment in the series from the studio. It tells about Hiccup as he searches for Toothless, his dragon.

Annie Award – Best Animated Feature (2020)
How to Train Your Dragon The Hidden World the dragons utopia

Persepolis (2007)

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Persepolis is a French-American animated biographical film based on Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographic graphic novel series.

The movie is about an Iranian girl in her formative years during the Islamic Revolution from age six to fourteen.

Persepolis Marjane standing outside in the black hood with flowers

Yellow Submarine (1968)

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Yellow Submarine is a British-American animated musical fantasy comedy film directed by George Dunning and produced by King Features Syndicate, and it’s a parody of the Beatles’ 1968 self-titled album.

The story follows the inhabitants of Pepperland, whom the Blue Meanies are attacking.

Yellow Submarine movie cartoons of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Paul Angelis, Peter Batten, John Clive, George Harrison, Geoffrey Hughes, Ringo Starr, and The Beatles

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a British stop-motion animated adventure comedy film written, directed, and co-produced by Nick Park at Aardman Animations.

The story follows Wallace and his intelligent, more optimistic dog Gromit, who discovers the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens their local produce competition.

Golden Globe – Best Animated Feature Film of the Year (2006)
Annie Award – Best Animated Feature (2006)
Wallace and Gromit driving a blue truck trying to catch rabbits with a net

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

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Fantastic Mr. Fox is an American stop-motion animated dark comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, and it’s based on Roald Dahl’s children’s novel of the same name.

The story follows a fox who steals food each night to feed his wife and their three young offspring.

Fantastic Mr. Fox movie with Mrs. Fox talking to Mr. Fox

Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

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Kiki’s Delivery Service is a Japanese animated fantasy film produced by Studio Ghibli, and it’s based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Eiko Kadono.

The story tells about a young witch named Kiki who moves to a new town and uses her flying ability to earn an income.

Kiki's Delivery Service with Kiki flying on a broom and looking at cats on a high ledge

Ernest & Célestine (2014)

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Ernest & Célestine is a French-Belgian animated drama film based on Gabrielle Vincent’s illustrated children’s book of the same name.

The story follows an unlikely pair, a bear named Ernest and a mouse named Celestine, exploring new homes after being orphaned. Humans capture their respective parents for being different.

Ernest and Celestine painting at the kitchen table

The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)

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The Secret World of Arrietty is a Japanese animated fantasy drama film produced by Studio Ghibli, and it’s based on Mary Norton’s novel The Borrowers.

It tells about a young boy who meets a tiny girl from the “borrowing” community. They form a friendship as he offers to keep her existence secret from the rest of the world.

Arrietty walking alone in a forest

Aladdin (1992)

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Aladdin is an American animated musical fantasy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, and it’s based on an Arabian folktale from One Thousand and One Nights.

The story follows street urchin Aladdin who finds a magic lamp containing a genie who can help make his dreams come true.

Oscar – Best Music Original Song “A Whole New World” (1993)
Oscar – Best Music Original Score (1993)
Golden Globe – Best Original Song “A Whole New World” (1993)
Golden Globe – Best Original Score (1993)
Annie Award – Best Animated Feature (1993)
Aladdin kissing Princess Jasmine while she leans over her balcony

Ghost in the Shell (1996)

Ghost In The Shell movie poster 2005

Ghost in the Shell is a Japanese cyberpunk action film directed by Mamoru Oshii and based on the manga series of the same name.

The story follows cyborg counter-cyberterrorist field commander Major Motoko Kusanagi as she teams up with Section 9, a ragtag group of investigators who deal with technologically enhanced crimes.

Motoko Kusanagi looking in a mirror

Frozen (2013)

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Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, and it’s based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen.

The story follows Anna, a fearless optimist, as she travels to find her estranged sister, Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

Learn more about Frozen characters and Frozen 2 characters, or sing along with all the popular Frozen songs (Frozen 2 songs).

Oscar – Best Animated Feature Film of the Year (2014)
Oscar – Best Achievement In Music Written for Motion Pictures Original Song “Let It Go” (2014)
Golden Globe – Best Animated Feature Film (2014)
Annie Award – Best Animated Feature (2014)
Frozen Anna and Elsa hug

The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge) (2017)

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The Red Turtle is a French-Japanese animated drama fantasy film produced by Studio Ghibli and Wild Bunch.

The story follows a castaway on a deserted tropical island as his attempts to escape from it are frustrated by the appearance of a giant red turtle that appears to be intent on stopping him at every turn.

Annie Award – Best Animated Feature – Independent (2017)
The Red Turtle movie showing The father swimming with two turtles

Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

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Ralph Breaks the Internet is a 2018 American 3D computer-animated action comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, and it’s a sequel to 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph.

The story follows arcade game characters Ralph and Vanellope.

They use the Wi-Fi router at Litwak’s Family Fun Center & Arcade when Vanellope accesses the newly released and high-end racing video game Slaughter Race.

Ralph and Vanellope in a bustling internet world

Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) (2016)

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Long Way North is a French-Danish animated adventure film based on two childhood novels by the Russian author Eva Ibbotson.

The story follows a young girl named Sasha as she sets off on an epic quest to find her grandfather after he fails to return from his expedition to find the North Pole.

Sasha standing on a ship and looking up to the skies

Coraline (2009)

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Coraline is a 2009 American 3D stop-motion dark fantasy horror film based on Neil Gaiman’s 2002 novel of the same name.

The story follows a young girl named Coraline who finds an alternate universe that lacks her parents and has better versions.

It becomes apparent that they are trapped in this world as its residents are brought to life by black buttons sewn on their eyes.

Coraline wearing a yellow jacket

Big Hero 6 (2014)

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Big Hero 6 is an American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, and it’s the 54th Disney animated feature film.

The story follows a boy named Hiro Hamada, who forms a superhero team along with Baymax, a personal healthcare companion robot, to combat a masked villain.

Oscar – Best Animated Feature Film of the Year (2015)
Baymax hugging Hiro in his bedroom

Liyana (2017)

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Liyana is a category-defying animated documentary about five orphaned children from the Kingdom of Eswatini produced and directed by Aaron Kopp and Amanda Kopp.

The pain and anguish of the boy’s past help weave an original tale about a courageous girl named Liyana who begins a dangerous journey to save her younger twin brothers.

Liyana’s animated journey is stitched together with the boy’s documentary scenes to help inspire and give hope.

Liyana staring into the darkness at night

I Lost My Body (2019)

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I Lost My Body is an American 3D experimental black comedy film produced by Blackpills.

The story follows a young girl who wakes up after being kidnapped to find that she has lost her body and is now trapped in the Internet world.

She must use her social media skills to escape back into reality, where it’s safer.

Annie Award – Best Animated Independent Feature (2009)
I Lost My Body with Naoufel and Gabrielle sitting at a table together

The Breadwinner (2017)

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The Breadwinner is a Canadian-Irish American 3D computer-animated drama film based on the young adult novel of the same name by Deborah Ellis.

The story follows a girl named Parvana who cuts her hair and disguises herself as a boy to work to help support her family during the Taliban rule, which has banned females from owning businesses.

Annie Award – Best Animated Feature Independent (2018)
The Breadwinner Parvana and her family sitting down for dinner together

The Secret of NIMH (1982)

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The Secret of NIMH is an American 2D animated fantasy horror film produced by Don Bluth, and it was his first animated feature film.

The story follows a widowed field mouse named Mrs. Brisby as she tries to save her son’s life with the help of a group of rats who live in the rose bush next door to her house.

Nicodemus and Mr. Ages

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2020)

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A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is a British 3D computer-animated family comedy film produced by Aardman Animations, and it’s a sequel to 2015’s Shaun the Sheep The Movie.

The story follows the farmer as he disappears, presumed dead, leaving behind an evil dog that has imprisoned all of his animal friends.

Now rescued by Shaun and his cohorts, they must find a way to defeat the dog forever.

Shaun the Sheep and Lu-La walking through a wheat field

Lightyear (2022)

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Lightyear is a spin-off film from the Toy Story franchise. The movie focuses on Buzz Lightyear’s story that inspired the action figure toy that starred in Toy Story with Woody.

While spending years attempting to return home, marooned Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear encounters an army of ruthless robots commanded by Zurg who are attempting to steal his fuel source.

Buzz Lightyear shooting a flare from his ship

The Little Mermaid (1989)

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The Little Mermaid is an American 2D animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The story follows a young mermaid princess named Ariel as she makes a deal with an evil sea witch.

She trades her beautiful singing voice to meet a human prince on land so that she may be able to gain his love and live with him. 

Oscar – Best Music Original Song “Under the Sea” (1990)
Oscar – Best Music Original Score (1990)
Golden Globe – Best Original Song “Under the Sea” (1990)
Golden Globe – Best Original Score (1990)
Ariel Flounder and Sebastian swimming underwater

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 is an American 3D computer-animated action-fantasy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, and it’s the sequel to 2010s How to Train Your Dragon.

The story follows Hiccup as he discovers that there is more than one kind of dragon.

When his mother, Valka, shows him her kind called the “Night Fury,” the two of them now join forces with a band of dragon hunters to keep the peace.

Golden Globe – Best Animated Feature Film (2015)
Annie Award – Best Animated Feature (2015)
Hiccup flying along the side of Toothless in his wing suit

The Triplets of Belleville (2003)

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The Triplets of Belleville is a French 2D stop-motion animated musical comedy film directed by Sylvain Chomet.

The story follows a young boy named Champion, who the mafia has kidnapped to become an opera sensation.

His grandmother and his dog set off on a road trip to get him back home safely, following their tip that he’s in Belleville.

Lady and the Tramp (1955)

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Lady and the Tramp is an American 2D animated romantic musical film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The story follows a pedigree dog named Lady, raised in a very upper-class lifestyle, as she meets a mongrel from the streets called Tramp.

They begin to fall for each other, but her owners never allow them to be together.

Tramp and Lady eating spaghetti

Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999)

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Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-Hime) is a Japanese 2D animated historical fantasy film produced by Studio Ghibli.

The story follows a young prince named Ashitaka as he’s cursed when defending his village from a demon.

He then begins a journey to find out what killed the demon and how to save himself from the curse.

Princess Mononoke riding her white wolf Moro