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 more.

Pixar, Aardman, Dreamworks and Disney great, but pixar are the best. They broke lots of records and have great movies like Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo and Brave.

Pixar should be #2, Disney should be #1 because Disney is literally the reason Pixar exists, heck, the reason any other animation studio exists. Look, I love Pixar, but it needs to be #2. Disney has been around for almost a century. - PeeledBanana

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

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.

This should be at the very top. 11 of Pixar's 12 movies are in the list of the top 50 highest grossing animations of all time. Pixar is definitely #1 on this list, so...

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 was the first ever animation company it was walt Disney who first began this new era of animation I remember as a child I always thought Disney was the only animation company even when it had pixar at the start, why? I have no idea maybe it is because every kid dreams of Disneyland and that it is a magical place. Now that I am older I still cling onto the belief that Disney truly is the most magnificent animation company everyone knows them and what they make and of course every little girl dreams of being a Disney princess

Created some of the best films out there, with outstanding plot and breathtaking animation. I'm sure films like "The Lion King" and "The Little Mermaid" is the classics loved and remembered by everyone, not to talk about the vary first movies with sound or color were made by Disney.

In my opinion, this should be number one. I mean, who's ever had a childhood without Disney? Besides, this studio started it all. The first animation studio with a full-length colored animated movie with sound. Without Disney, no other animation studio would have existed.

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.


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.

Dreamworks and Illumination is better than Pixar, Pixar should be bankrupt.

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.

Shrek Sucks! Universal Sucks! However Who That Be What is... DreamWorks Animation going to MGM! LOL...

Studio Ghibli

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.

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

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.

Hayao Miyazaki and his team have continually produced the most AMAZING artworks and film animation I have seen. Their films such as Laputa Castle in the Sky, Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro continues to inspire people of all ages.


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.


Spongebob, Invader Zim, Avatar, and Rocko's Modern Life are still some of the best animated works of television

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

Please teach me animation


Nobody does stop motion quite like 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!

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 more.

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 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.

Old school and best,not just at animation but also at stories.

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 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.

Why Japanese anime such as Larryboy (2002) and Yo-kai Watch for Blue Sky Studios owner 20th Century Fox Animation which turned owned by Paramount Animation.

Criticism of Big Idea Entertainment: Yes (Teen Anime, Manga, OVAs etc.) Big Idea Limited (Tokyo B.I.) whcick turned owned by 20th Century Fox Aniamtion for Blue Sky Studios (owned by Paramount Animation).

This is the #2 best animation studio after Disney, Whoever works for this masterpiece of a studio is a genius in several ways possible, Their films are SO original! Ice Age was so original in 2002, Robots is ALSO original, Considering Robots was made BEFORE WALL-E! It's also a shame Video Brinquedo had to ruin it with their lack of originality. Horton Hears a Who CGI film was also original, along with the super original Rio, Good luck with Epic, Blue Sky! I hope it's as good as your other films, All and all, Blue Sky is WAY better than Dreamworks and Pixar combined (my opinion) I hope anyone else agress with me!

Yeah Blu Sky's Films Are So Original, Yeah But Now They Just Blew It With The Haed "Ice Age: Collision Course" Sadly

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.

Their only good ones are the first two Despicable Me movies, but most of their movies are mediocre at best.

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...

The Contenders

Warner Bros. Animation

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

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

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.

This studio is awesome

Sponge Out Of Water was great

Cartoon Network Studios

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

Should be in Top 5!

Best one

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.

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

This is the studio I grew up with

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

Universal Animation Studios

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.

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.

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

Surfs up was a good movie

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

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.

Stupid and bad!


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.

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

This needs to be in the top 10

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

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 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.

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.

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!


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.

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

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

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.

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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