Best Animation Studios

The Top Ten

Pixar Pixar, also referred to as Pixar Animation Studios, is an American computer animation film studio based in Emeryville, California that is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Pixar began in 1979 as the Graphics Group, part of the Lucasfilm computer division, before its spin-out as a corporation ...read more.

Pixar is amazing, mostly because unlike other animation studios, they take their audiences seriously, most animation studios just make dumb, goofy kids films, with 1 exception, dream works because they had Kung Fu Panda 2 and How to train your dragon 2, which also appealed to older kids and adults, but Pixar always does these kind of films, it's so easy for studios to just make silly kids movies, but Pixar always puts effort into their movies to make them enjoyable for everyone, and almost all their movies have a ton of moments that just pull at your heart strings, they are so good at making an entertaining story that kids can enjoy and leveling it out with dramatic moments, and I'll just say it, Inside Out is my favorite movie they've made, it's hilarious and really really touching, I almost cried a quite a bit of times in that movie, I hope Pixar keeps their films like this, because Pixar doesn't make kids films, they make good films that are kid-friendly.

All of its movies are literally decent at worst.

I give Toy Story an A for its purely talented cast, deep meaning, and revolutionary deeds.
I give A Bug's Life a B+ for its creative animation, positive message and a mixed-bag story.
I give Toy Story 2 an A+ for its innovative moments, breathtaking animation and etc.
I give Monsters' Inc an A- for its reminiscent-to-Disneyland animation, heartfelt moments and magic.
I give Finding Nemo an A for its touching moments, lively atmosphere and three-dimensional characters.
I give The Incredibles an A- for being one of the most-action-packed movies ever.
I give Cars a B- for its decent animation, weak story and healthy message.
I give Ratatouille an A for its artistic themes, strong humor and believable characters.
I give WALL-E a B+ for its bold lessons, creative characters and knowledge of what it wants to be.
I give Up an A+ for its heartfelt depth, cultural animation and strong cast.
I give Toy Story 3 ...more

I like Disney, I like Dreamworks, but I love Pixar.

Pixar, for me, is just a master of original stories.

Disney leans heavily on story adaptations especially fairy tales with some original stories here and there (like Brother Bear, Zootopia, Home on the Range, Dinosaurs, The Emperor's New Groove) that are just hit and miss.

Dreamworks just doesn't have a consistent image. Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon, then there's Home, Shark Tale, Boss Baby, Shrek 3, Bee Movie... You just can't have any clear expectation from Dreamworks, and that is bad.

Pixar however is different. Whatever they come up with will be marked with high, or at least moderate, expectations. Even Cars 2. And I don't even think that Cars 2 is that bad, especially if you compare it to the wreck that other companies have made. And that put Pixar above other else.

I know this is cliché but I mean come on this studio is a literal modern animation legend. I guarantee you that there's not a single animation fan that hasn't heard of Pixar or Disney (the parent company) despite their bad apples these studios are literal animation powerhouses popping out success after success. And the quality of majority of their films is timeless and something that cannot be easily replicated. I don't know how to explain this in a true analysis but do I need to? This studio, Disney, and Studio Ghibli are arguably the greatest legends in animation of all time no words need to be spoken.

Disney The Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Disney, is an American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate headquartered at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

Disney animation studios has been gaining momentum since they released Bolt, This was followed by a stream of new hits including The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Winnie the Pooh, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, and most recently Big Hero 6. Disney doesn't need Pixar to keep the brand alive anymore because their own animation studios have just entered what many animation fans are calling the new Disney Renascence. We just have to hope Zootopia, Moana, Giants, and Frozen 2 keep the studio producing new and fresh material to entertain and endear people just as much as their golden era and renascence period films.

Disney has created over 400 films, not only animation but live action as well. They're one of the oldest animation companies, and created the first full length animated film, Snow White, which lighted the way for all Animation movies to come. Let me remind you of the few Disney masterpieces: Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Fantasia, Mary Poppins, Robin Hood, Alice in Wonderland, Peterpan, Atlantis: The lost Empire. Not to mention Tarzan, Hercules, Lilo and Stitch, The Emperor's New Groove, and my favorite, HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. (If you haven't seen that you should, its fantastic).

Disney should have the number one spot. Frozen is the fifth highest grossing movie of all time and they have so many great classics like Sleeping Beauty, The Lion King, and The Jungle Book to name a few. They also own Pixar who deserves the number two spot, half of the movies they have made have won the Academy Award for best Animated Feature, and all but two were nominated. The only films Dreamworks have made that can even be mentioned as being the same caliber as Disney are Shrek (just the first one not the sequels) and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Disney is amazing. They have some if not the greatest special effects in movies. One of their many movies mighty joe young was made in 1998 and the movie is not a cartoon. Disney made a 15ft gorilla look like a real live gorilla that you would see in the zoo today, only bigger. Jurassic Park was made around the same time and Disney's effects were a lot better. Another amazing effects movie was Dinosaur. It was made around the same time as mighty joe young, maybe in the early 2000's but like MJY, it was not supposed to be animated like a cartoon. All the dinosaurs were animated, no machines, and it looked like real dinosaurs that you picture them to look like. you can see the skin features and everything.

Dreamworks

Dreamworks is an amazing animation company, and I'm really happy that it's better than Disney. I'm not saying Disney is rubbish, but half of the disney films like High School Musical and Teen Beach Movie are dumb. Whereas Dreamworks hasnt got a single movie that should deserve to be hated. And Dreamworks have amazing storylines, especially with How To Train Your Dragon, Shrek, Megamind, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda. Dreamworks put effort and care into their movies, and unlike Disney who SOMETIMES create bad movies (e. G High School Musical) just to make themselves look like they have more animations, Dreamworks don't have more films than Disney, but the quality and effort put into the films is better. I just want more people to notice this. And another thing I love about Dreamworks is how each film is different. Most Disney films are about "true love" but Dreamworks have differnt, unique storylines. Also, most Dreamworks sequels are better than the first and have exciting twists and ...more

Movies like High School Musical is made by the Disney Channel Original Movies, not Disney animation studios. You shouldn't judge all the moves made by the Disney Company as a whole, but rather the Animated feature films made by Disney animation studios. Your point is irrelevant.

In Dreamworks' movies they show creativity. In Disney, all the movies have same plot line and almost all the stories are about fairy tales. Frozen isn't the best. It can't be compared to "The Croods" because frozen has the same ending as beauty and the beast, the only difference is that in beauty and beast,the beast dies and in frozen, Anna get frost but at same time Croods is totally a different story. It should have gotten the Oscar.
Every Dreamworks' movies show creativity and variety but it is not found in Disney. So Dreamworks should be the #1.

Dreamworks is quitw underrated. Yeah they got the successful HTTYD series but they also made some other good movies. A lot of people don't like Home, Peabody and Sherman, Penguins of Madagascar, or Monsters vs. Aliens but I enjoyed them.

I love dreamworks the're movies are absolutely fantastical each one is better than the previous one, although pixar and Disney are really good I don't really like them. Every one has different choices you know. So E.G. How to train your dragon is better than kung fu panda. I think dreamwork's movies are better even though they are fewer than Disney or pixar. I especially love the penguins of Madagascar, kung fu panda and how to train your dragon. I think dreamworks deserves the crown.

Studio Ghibli

I was torn between this and Pixar, but what convinced me to choose this one is that Pixar did have a few films I didn't like that much (Cars, mediocre, Brave, boring, Cars 2, terrible, Finding Nemo, not bad but way overrated), where Studio Ghibli on the other hand every film I've seen from them I loved. Their films range from relaxing and fun, deep and meaningful, creative and charming, and even dark and sad. My favorite film by them is probably Spirited away (which is overall my 3rd favorite animated film, under The Lion King and Wall-e, but both of them had more flaws than Spirited away). The only film I've seen by them that I didn't give a 10/10 to (in my head) was Ponyo, and I only did so because it was a tad weaker than their other films, but it is still very good, good enough for a 9/10. I've just discovered them a week at the time of this writing (I mean I knew about them but I haven't seen any of their movies until then) so maybe I'll get bored of them, but at the moment they ...more

I was only introduced to their work in 5th grade but man this studio is amazing. I can even compare their quality to that of Disney but at the same time I cannot. Ghibli does their own thing and their aura is a unique one that while it can compete with Disney's aura and quality it is still much irreplaceable. Not only that but the animation to all of their works I've seen is gorgeous, probably the best that I've ever seen (sorry Disney and Pixar) and easily the most defining trait of their films, but their movies also have relatable characters and well-written plots. Yeah apparently people consider it the Disney Studios of Japan but I honestly don't care because both animation companies are absolutely wonderful.

Also why the heck is DreamWorks ahead of these guys? Yeah DreamWorks has some good films but oi their history is a gruesome and complicated one indeed.

Every Hollywood studio above this has lost their talent and creativity. Producing almost exclusively sequels and remakes. Studio Ghibli continues to tell unique and original stories.

Pixar has began staying away of sequels since the release of Toy Story 4, now producing solely original stories as well

Studio Ghibli has multidimensional characters and beautiful animation that is detailed to the drop- literally! The stories are layered with fantasy, romance, drama, and everything else. The most amazing part is that Studio Ghibli continues to use traditional animation, and every frame is hand drawn- that takes skill, talent, and determination.

Fox

20th Century Fox have Blue Sky Studios titles as Ice Age, Rio, VeggieTales (Not DreamWorks), Ferdinand, Robots, Horton Hears a Who!, Peanuts, Epic, Spies in Disguise and other Blue Sky movies, next to The Simpson’s and Bobs Burgers

This is the home of many beloved sitcoms such as The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Futurama, American Dad, Family Guy and it's spinoff The Cleveland Show. It's also home to the Ice Age movies, Rio and The Simpsons Movie.

The Simpsons have been on the air for like 24 years and counting. That alone makes Fox worthy of #1 and I haven't even mentioned Futurama and Family Guy.

Fox has such iconic sitcom families like the Simpsons, the Flanders, the Wiggums, the Griffins and the Hills among others.

Nickelodeon

This studio deserves higher because of SpongeBob. Band Geeks, Chocolate With Nuts, Pizza Delivery, The Camping Episode, Frankendoodle, Graveyard Shift such as the classics!

They gave us Rocko, SpongeBob, Invader Zim AND Avatar. How could you NOT love at least one of those four shows?

I Don't Like Spongebob Squarepants and The Penguins Of Madagascar Male Characters Heroes Feels Screaming, Sad, Depressed, Falling Down of Screaming of Scared, Crying, Running Away of Screaming of Scared, and Tide Up. And I Hate Bubble Guppies Males Characters Feels Shocked, Screaming, Sad, Crying, Worried, and Scared

Because of Avatar and spongebob I think this should be higher. Like 6

Aardman

This studio was very underrated but I wish Aardman has another Aardman branch at the US instead of just one studio in Bristol, England. This studio was well-known for making such unique stop-motion animation and it's iconic characters like Wallace and Gromit, Shaun The Sheep, and others. And speaking of movies, Early Man will come out this 2018 and I hope it was good.

When it comes to quality stop motion animation, Aardman is superior to the style. In fact Aardman is probably the greatest animation studio regardless.

Wallace and Gromit, shaun the sheep, chicken run. The films produced by this company are amazing it should be top!

Aardman is the flip side to Laika in terms of stop motion. Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run and Pirates! Band of Misfits.

Hanna-Barbera Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., was an American animation studio that dominated American television animation for three decades in the mid-to-late 20th century, founded in 1957 by former Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer animation directors William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and live-action director George Sidney ...read more.

They have more iconic characters than any other animation studios. About 8 of their cartoon characters would make the top twenty list; Scooby-Doo, Fred Flintstone, Tom & Jerry, Yogi Bear, any of the Smurfs, George Jetson, and many others. I think this should be #2; right behind Disney.
P.S. I never really liked Disney anyways.

This is the home of Flintstones, Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear, Top Cat, Huckleberry Hound, Tom & Jerry and Wacky Races.

The animation is so slick it's rivaled only by one guy. The legendary Tex Avery

They suck, I can animate better than them and I'm not even good at it

Blue Sky Studios Blue Sky Studios is an American computer animation film studio based in Greenwich, Connecticut that has been owned by 20th Century Fox since 1997. The studio was founded in 1987 by Chris Wedge, Michael Ferraro, Carl Ludwig, Alison Brown, David Brown, and Eugene Troubetzkoy after the company they worked ...read more.

What if NBCUniversal's DWA selling the VeggieTales studio Big Idea to Blue Sky Studios part of Paramount's 20th Century Fox? among with Ice Age, Ferdinand, Horton Hears a Who!, Epic, Robots The Peanuts Movie and Rio and Spies in Disguise because Paramount/20th Century Fox's Blue Sky Studios purchased Big Idea for $75 Million such as Spin-offs Larryboy: The Cartoon Adventures and 3-2-1 Penguins! for movies and shows like Jonah/The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything re-issued from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios in Theaters to join Foster, Nimona, Anubis, Ice Age 6 and Rio 3 and Current TV rights for VeggieTales, 3-2-1 Penguins! and Larryboy: The Cartoon Adventures for Blue Sky Studios, 20th Century Fox Animation, Fox Television Animation and 20th Century Fox Television on FoxKidsNOW Streaming rights to Paramount Kids own 20th Century Fox Kids on 20th Century Fox Animation's Blue Sky Studios owning Big Idea's office move from Franklin, TN to Greenwich, CT by 2025.

Chris Wedge at Paramount: Viacom's Paramount owning Fox/TCFGroup assets for $92 Billion for making 20th Century Fox's Blue Sky Studios buys Big Idea for $75 Milion for Cash by 2024 such as Blue Sky's new Big Idea deal for the titles including 47 VeggieTales episodes, 4 LarryBoy: The Cartoon Adventures epsiodes and 3-2-1 Penguins!, 2 VeggieTales movies Jonah and The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything and the VeggieTales in the... series VeggieTales in the House and VeggieTales in the City and The VeggieTales Show. Mike Nawrocki and Phil Vischer joins Carl Ludwig and Chris Wedge at Blue Sky Studios in Greenwich, CT on FOX 61 in Hartford in 2024 reports.

VeggieTales owner Big Idea (now 20th Century Fox) and Big Idea was Folded into Blue Sky Studios from 20th Century Fox such as Blue Sky's VT titles like VeggieTales, LarryBoy, Larryboy: The Cartoon Adventures and 3-2-1 Penguins and the Blue Sky's Veggie Movies suchas Jonah and The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything!, Chris Wedge develops VeggieTales remastered series and The VeggieTales Show from Blue Sky Studios in Greenwich, CT and 20th Century Fox's Blue Sky Studios titles (such as Ice Age, Robots, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Rio, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Epic, Rio 2, The Peanuts Movie, Ice Age: Collision Course, Ferdinand, Spies in Disguise, 3-2-1 Penguins!, VeggieTales, LarryBoy, Larryboy: The Cartoon Adventures and The VeggieTales Show (2019) incluidng VeggieTales in the House and VeggieTales in the City), Blue Sky Studios and has the franchises Ice Age, Rio and VeggieTales from Tweniteth Century Fox and Blue Sky. Big Idea in Dead ...more

How 20th Century Fox's animation division Blue Sky Studios to buy Big Idea for $75 Million on Ice Age and VeggieTales crossover called "IcyTales" by 2023.

Illumination Entertainment

Illumination is one of the worst animation studios around. The only great movie they made was Despicable Me. DM 2 and the first SLOP are decent but that's about it. The rest of their movies are mediocre.

I know this studio has to pay their dues like Pixar and DreamWorks have, and those studios deserve their perches. But I can see Illumination pouncing on them from behind, especially if they continue to make characters and stories as colorful and creative as The Lorax and Despicable Me. One of their greatest strengths is making characters that appeal to everyone. The character of Gru is truly lovable and relatable to all ages, and the Lorax himself was really a tribute to the work of Seuss. I love the work this studio has done and am so looking forward to their future ventures. Currently I feel they're severely underrated.

They would make more movies. Like these characters; Lorax, Cat in the Hat, Gru, The Minions (Dave, Stuart, Kevin, Tim, Jerry, Carl etc. ) Hop Bunnies...

They continue to impress with original films and characters like those in Secret Life of Pets. And SO excited for Sing next month.

The Contenders

Warner Bros. Animation

They made Iron Giant and all the DC Animated films. Enough said here.

I Love Scooby-Doo, and I Like Looney Tunes, Tom And Jerry, Batman, and Flintstones. But I Don't Like Scooby-Doo Male Characters Heroes Feels Screaming, Sad, Crying, And Depressed

I Hate Teen Titans Go! on Cartoon Network

Paramount Animation

VeggieTales is an Japanese Anime for Tokyo B.I. - Big Idea Limited (Tokyo, Japan) and other anime programming from 20th Century Fox Animation which turned owned by Paramount Animation, a division of Paramount Pictures owned by Viacom

To be honest, I think this animation studio is better than Disney Animation Studios. Also this studio puts a lot of effort in their animation. Also the storylines and plots are actually original unlike some other animation studios.

Sponge Out Of Water was great

This studio is awesome

Cartoon Network Studios

Its one of the most watched channels this year and last year than nick.

Should be in Top 5!

Warner Bros. Studio

The have make masterpieces like The Iron Giant, Batman The Mask of the Phantom, Osmosis Jones, Cats don't Dance and Quest for Camelot. Its kinda sad that almost everyone have forgotten this awesome movies that easily compete with another films of Disney or Fox in terms of quality and originality.

They made the Lego movie, what else not to like?

This is the studio I grew up with

The Iron Giant, The Polar Express, Storks, The Lego Movie Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Powerpuff Girls Movie, Batman Mask Of The Phantasm, Happy Feet, Happy Feet 2, TMNT

Universal Animation Studios

Flippy from HTF, is the #1 mascot for Universal Studios better than Minions, Sing, Woody Woodpecker, The Land Before Time, Secret Life of Pets, Despicable Me, Curious George and Balto.

Universal Animation Studios owned #1 Adult Cartoon Happy Tree Friends (#HappyTreeFriends) is Larger than Kids classics as Minions, Woody Woodpecker, Curious George, The Land Before Time, Despicable Me, Balto, Sing, The Secret Life of Pets, Shrek, Madagascar, Hop, Trolls, The Croods, Boss Baby, Captain Underpants, We're Back!, Lorax, etc.

I like Universal everything, it should of at least made it in the top ten. This is ridiculous!

They did classics like Land Before Time, American Tail, and Balto

Sony Pictures Animation

Sony should be WAY higher than Illumination. Both areon average bad companies, but Sony not only has more movies in general, but more GOOD movies overall. Only the Despicable Me trilogy and Lorax were good movies from Illumination, whereas in Sony, I can name at least seven decent movies

They've had an equal share of good and bad films. They're okay, but still could improve. The Emoji Movie was a disastrously bad movie.

Their only good films are the Hotel Transylvania films.

I think I know what AniMat will say about Sony Pictures Animation...

Madhouse

They are in a next level of traditional animation, handmade. The best animated series (One-Punch Man, Death Note, Claymore) and movies (all Satoshi Kon directed movies) are made by these guys.

Beatiful Animation. Just think of Hunter x Hunter, Death Note oder at least One Punch Man!

Parasyte -the maxim-, No Game No Life, Death Note, what else can I say?

This needs to be in the top 10

MTV MTV is an American basic cable and satellite television channel which is a part of the "Viacom Music and Entertainment Group" which is the flagship Property of the Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom, of which it is a subsidiary.

Butthead and Beavis were from here

Laika Laika, LLC is an American stop-motion animation studio specializing in feature films, commercial content for all media, music videos, and short films.

Laika has some of the most original and beautiful films I've ever seen, and I don't feel like they receive enough credit for that. They have kept stop motion a wonderful form of animated art, even though no one else attempts to do it anymore. The people at Laika continue to top themselves every time, with Kubo being one of the best films of 2016. Coraline has always been one of my favorite films of ALL TIME, and when you see how much effort they put into their movies, you realize what an amazing and unique animation studio they are.

Laika is one of the only studios on this list if not the only to get over 75% on rotten tomatoes for five movies in a row. It's a shame their movies are flopping financially. But I have to give credit to the fact that they actually seem to care more about making quality stuff than making movies. They refuse to make much merchandise, they refuse to try out cgi (which tends to make more financially successful movies) and they refuse to lower their budgets on their movies. Impressive!

This is what animated movies should be. CGI films are usually just entertainment vehicles, but stop motion films actually try to be artistic in a way, and Laika is no exception.

This movie has every right to be in the Top 10. Sure it may not be the best animation studio, but this studio has been able to make perfection time and time again and they are the best of the best without question.

Looney Tunes Looney Tunes is an American animated series of comedy short films produced by Warner Bros. from 1930 to 1969 during the golden age of American animation, alongside its sister series Merrie Melodies.

Looney Tunes is made by Warner Brothers.

, great films!, my brother loves you guys!

Marvel

No offense but Marvel's not exactly great in the animation department. Spectacular Spider-Man maybe (that is once I see it) but other than that not really.

I am disappointed that such a studio is in 18th position.

Guardians of the Galaxy 1&2 were super original

The MCU is epic but the marvel animation, they did some great animations and some bad and mediocre ones too - BlazingParasol

DisneyToon Studios

Those movies aren't very good. I can't believe Disney Fairies even exists.

The makers of Planes and the tinker Bell Movies with endless sequels.

Planes is their only movie that is arguably good at all.

Sunrise
Little Animator

An open animation company making quality animations serves a better quality to world

Sullivan Bluth Studios

The land before time

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