Top 10 Best Animation Studios

The Top Ten
1 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 in 1986, with funding by Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, who became the majority shareholder. Disney purchased Pixar in 2006 at a valuation of $7.4 billion, a transaction that resulted in Jobs becoming Disney's largest single shareholder at the time. Pixar is best known for CGI-animated feature films created with RenderMan, Pixar's own implementation of the industry-standard RenderMan image-rendering application programming interface, used to generate high-quality images.

Honestly, if it was back in 2017, then I would place this as one of my favorite animation studios but nowadays, especially with the failure of Lightyear, I can't say the same anymore considering that since Inside Out, the most Pixar movies now are either sequels of already established franchises or coming of age movies that follow the same cliché formula of a young adult or kid discovering who they really are. Maybe in 2023 and beyond Pixar realizes their issues and improve.

I would say that pixar has definitely gone downhill, but we can't forget about incredible things like Inside Out, Wall-E, and the Toy Story franchise. Such an influential animation studio.

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.

2 Walt Disney Animation Studios 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.

Definitely the obvious number 2, this made nearly every kid's childhood. Every time you see that castle at the start of a movie you'll be hit with a blast of nostalgia

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 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.

3 DreamWorks Animation DreamWorks Animation LLC (DWA, also known as DreamWorks Animation Studios and simply known as DreamWorks) is an American animation studio that produces animated films and television programs and is a subsidiary of Universal Pictures, a division of NBCUniversal, which is itself a division of Comcast. The studio has released 42 feature films as of September 2022.

NBCU's DreamWorks loses Big Idea shows such as VeggieTales, itself turned into Japanese anime studio part of Paramount's 20th Century Fox in Tokyo, Japan creating the new Big Idea Studio in Tokyo by 2025. R.I.P. Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki (1966-2023)

By far the best animation studio outside disney, they have some amazing and popular franchises like Shrek and Kung Fu Panda.

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.

100 times better than Pixar, the movies are funny to both younger viewers and older viewers. Dreamworks creates more random movies which usually work quite well. I do think the animation is still behind Pixar's, but non of the less the animation is great. I also think Dreamworks creates great sequels as the sketches and films they make are funny and unique, making the viewer at home waiting to see more.

4 Studio Ghibli Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation film studio founded in 1985. The studio is best known for its animated feature films, and has also created several short subjects, television commercials, and 1 television film. This studio even released the iconic anime film "Spirited Away" in 2001.

It honestly upsets me how it this is number 4. It should be number 1 as their films are timeless, mature masterpieces that anyone with a TV should watch all of their movies.

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.

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

When I introduce Studio Ghibli to people, the first thing I say is, "it's Japan's Pixar". So many great movies, great music, great characters, great stories, great visuals, great everything. Every Ghibli movie has a certain whimsical feeling that puts you in a relaxed yet immersed state of mind. They've created countless classics such as My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo, The Cat Returns, Princess Mononoke, and my personal favorite, Spirited Away.

5 Fox Animation Studios

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.

Futurama and Family Guy kept on disappearing from and returning to our T.V. screens Fox did the right thing by giving them a new lease of life.

6 Nickelodeon Animation Studio

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

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

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

7 Hanna-Barbera Productions 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.

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.

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

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

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

8 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.

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!

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.

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.

The Ice Age sequels may show that Blue Sky ran out of ideas, but Blue Sky is lucky to make the Rio duology, Bunny, Robots and literally all other movies that are not Ice Age sequels.

9 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.

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

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

10 Illumination Entertainment

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

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
11 Warner Bros. Animation

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

12 Cartoon Network Studios

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

Should be in Top 5!

13 Paramount Animation

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.

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

This studio is awesome

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15 Warner Animation Group

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?

16 Universal Animation Studios

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

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.

17 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.

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

18 DIC Entertainment

In all honesty, even if the animation doesn't age well nowadays, DIC was the company that revolutionized (original) Saturday Morning Cartoons along with Hanna Barbera.

19 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!

Laika has the world building of ghibli mixed with the heart of Pixar and has produced some of the most quirky, memorable, and creative, if not dark, movies I've ever seen. The amount of thought and care that goes into their movies, especially Kubo, is breathtaking. Each of their films is unique and different, yet still has that same charm and stellar animation. I wish they weren't so underrated, and I can't wait to see what they do next.

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.

20 MTV Animation 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.
21 Sony Pictures Animation

I've gained major respect for them ever since they released Spider-Verse. Way better than Illumination Entertainment because of that movie alone.

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.

22 Toei Animation
23 Sanrio
24 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.

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