Top 10 Best Animated Movies of All Time

The Top Ten
1 Toy Story

As Pixar was making this, some people were unsure about it. After all, computer animation was only used for short films back during the 80s and early 90s. Some even said that people couldn't watch over an hour of computer animation. Everyone's minds changed soon after the first set of audiences watched it. Soon after, everyone started watching it and almost every other animated movie was made on the computer. The movie itself is also amazing. This movie changed how people looked at computer animation and is a classic that everyone should watch.

Great film. The humans were ugly, but they knew that and found a way to make a film with very few humans. And everyone knows someone who looks like Sid.

This was, without a doubt, my childhood movie. Every day when I was little, I would watch this movie over and over again. I went through not one, but TWO VHS tapes! I'm 16 now, but this movie is still just as good as it was when I was little. Forever a classic! And I still wonder if my toys come to life when my back is turned...

2 The Lion King

I love this movie. It's not just my favorite Disney movie or animated movie. It's my favorite movie of all time. The characters are relatable, the story is pure Shakespeare (I guess it's because the movie is based on Camelot), the songs are beautiful, and it has a mix of comedy, romance, and tragedy. The only bad thing I could think of is more of an opinion. The "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" scene was okay for me at first, then it just got a tad bit "Okay, okay, I get it, you love each other, now where's Timon and Pumbaa?" This movie definitely made me cry when Mufasa died, and it made me laugh when Timon and Pumbaa sang "Hakuna Matata." Now, Mary Poppins may be "Walt's greatest film achievement," but The Lion King is "Disney's greatest film achievement."

The Lion King was the peak of the 2D animation film genre. It was the most successful animated Disney film ever made and is still the highest-grossing traditionally animated feature film of all time. Musically and visually, this was the highlight of the "Disney Renaissance", a period that broke film records multiple times within a decade with musicals based on existing stories. It has since been remade into a theatre production that is among the top 10 longest-running performances in Broadway history and has traveled the world.

This film deserves to be placed among the top three simply for the amount of success it has attained, as well as for the amazing scenic imagery and music, which today's animated films either lack or forgo for a cheap laugh.

3 Wall-E

This should be number 1, honestly, but Toy Story at 1 isn't bad either. This is my favorite movie of all time, and it always will be until I die.

It's a heartwarming and visually stunning film that reminds us of the importance of love, friendship, and taking care of our planet. It's a must-watch for everyone.

This will most likely always be my favorite Pixar movie of all time. It's my second favorite movie of all time as well. Personally, it's literally impossible to hate this movie. The characters, the soundtrack, the plot, everything about this movie just blows my mind at times.

It tells the story of the robot Wall-E who works on Earth to clean up all the trash. The movie is set in the future when another robot, EVE, arrives on Earth to look for life. Wall-E instantly becomes in love with her, and Wall-E goes with EVE to space with the help of the ship EVE came in. The ship is actually part of the much larger Axiom ship, which holds all the humans that escaped Earth after it became uninhabitable. The friendship between Wall-E and EVE is so real, and it's amazing how much emotion a movie about robots can have. My only sort of flaw with the movie is that it's a bit slow in the beginning, but I wouldn't say it's a bad thing nevertheless.

Overall, it's one of the greatest films ever made in humanity. The message is very great as well, as it shows what will happen if we keep on polluting our planet. It deserves the top spot.

4 Shrek

Funny, good moral, fun plot, and I like it. Nothing bad I can say about it. It teaches you that you don't have to be a perfect little princess or knight on a horse to find true love. This movie is excellent, and I give it a 10/10. I also like the memes. The sequels are all good, but the first Shrek is the best of them all – where it all started. A perfect movie.

I like the whole Shrek series. It is hilarious and interesting, with likable characters. I don't know why so many people hate Shrek The 3rd. That was a pretty good movie. I like all the Shrek movies.

I don't see why people adore How To Train Your Dragon so much! Sure, it's okay, but Shrek has a better story, characters, humor, actors, etc. It's brilliant and never ages! An absolute classic!

5 Finding Nemo

Best movie ever – should definitely be in the top ten. It's so sad and heart-breaking at some points and then absolutely beautiful in others. The beginning when Marlin rescues Nemo's egg and says, It's okay, Daddy's here, is so perfect. Hopefully, Finding Dory will be just as good. I have so much expectation for it.

I think it is easy to say that it is hard to make a movie that is perfect, but this movie is one of the only exceptions. I see myself revisiting this movie time and time again, and even today I can't think of anything I hate about the movie. I can see why people think 1-3 are better, but this is my personal favorite movie ever.

I watched this in 2003 when I was 7 years old and now again at the age of 20. Man, the emotions this movie evokes! I remembered how much it moved me back then. I was obsessed with it for months and used to hope and pray that my dad would let me watch it over and over again.

6 Up

The sequence showing an entire marriage, all the ups and downs, all the love and heartbreak, is as powerful and gut-wrenching as anything ever put to film. It is all drawings, and not a single person speaks, and nothing has moved me as much as that sequence. And this is the same movie with talking dogs and flying houses and whatever Kevin was, and it all fits perfectly.

This movie was a hilarious, heartwarming film. It has everything a film needs: character development, great plot, amazing animation, excellent voice cast, funny moments, and just plain cute! This movie is an instant classic and one of the finest movies ever!

This has been, and will always be, one of my favorite movies of all time. Very few movies can hit you with an opening montage that brings you to tears in the first five minutes, and then proceed to make you laugh your head off. Up is an absolute masterpiece.

7 Inside Out

One of the finest family films of all time. The film teaches a dark message in a very lighthearted style. Its gorgeous animation, talented cast, and deep script have made it a must-watch film not only for kids but also for adults.

Perhaps one of the most intelligently written animated movies of all time. Deep-rooted concepts put in an animated movie to make it so engrossing and immediately engaging throughout.

Fabulous!

Pixar's great comeback! Inside Out is a really great movie! Watch it now and vote for it because it's really GREAT!

8 Spirited Away

I believe Spirited Away should at least be in the top ten. It's a beautifully animated masterpiece set in a world that seems magical and imaginative. It's not some basic story about a princess finding her prince, or about some hero saving the day. Instead, it's a story of self-growth. Chihiro is able to change from a rather whiny and spoiled kid to a person able to stand up for herself. And like all Miyazaki films, the movie teaches something about the importance of nature and balance.

The very same night I watched Spirited Away for the first time, I came to the conclusion that it was the greatest animated film of all time. The animation, the story, the messages, the characters, the character design, the world-building, EVERYTHING is superior to all other animated films. The Incredibles, Lion King, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Treasure Planet, Mask of the Phantasm, Sinbad, NONE of them compare to this film. Hayao Miyazaki is truly the master.

9 The Incredibles

2004, in my opinion, was the best year for movies and TV. We were given films like Spider-Man 2, Shrek 2, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and hit shows like Power Rangers Dino Thunder. But, I think The Incredibles was the best media of that year. This film was AMAZING! I loved the score, which reminded me a lot of James Bond or Austin Powers. The film is the perfect mix of superhero and comedy, next to Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool. Also, for some reason, it reminds me a lot of "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes. But this film, just awesome...

The Incredibles has everything a good movie needs: action, comedy, a good plot, a crisis, emotion... I could go on forever.

I would put this only behind The Lion King. It's the best Pixar movie and the first movie I ever saw. But where the heck is Zootopia!

10 Toy Story 3

I really liked how it seemed like some kind of POW camp there. It made everything feel so much more severe, and the ending was so emotional.

Toy Story 3 is the greatest testament to animation, story, connection, and subconscious understanding the world has ever witnessed. It pulls out all the stops and challenges your inner child with some of the most powerful scenes I have ever witnessed in my years of film viewing. It speaks from the heart and tells you a story that will not only entertain, excite, humor, frighten, and possess you but will make you remember how much your non-talking childhood friends meant to you. Also, everything else that requires a film to be a masterpiece is right there.

If I think the Toy Story franchise is overrated, the same cannot be said for the third installment, which manages to combine great humor, a fantastic villain, heartbreaking scenes, and textbook character evolution. Highly recommended.

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The Contenders
11 Wreck-It Ralph

Not the best animated movie of all time, but it is one of my favorite Disney movies of the 2010s. It's the video game equivalent of Toy Story! With tons of video game cameos, and even some of the actual video game characters' voice actors taking part in this film (Kyle Hebert, the voice of Adult Gohan from Dragon Ball Z, reprises his role as Ryu from Street Fighter), and even a lovable "bad" guy, Wreck-It Ralph is amazing. Plus, the part with Zangief has to be the best part of the film, in my opinion.

Guys, I'm a huge animated movies lover, and this movie is, without a doubt, number 1 among all that I have seen. Amazing story, music, concept – in all, a complete package. I just loved this movie. It must be number 1! A must-watch movie for video game lovers... Dude, I'm in love with this movie! Creators, hats off! Go for it, guys, and vote for it. It deserves to be number 1. Really amazing movie...

Why the heck is Toy Story higher than this? Toy Story's animation sucks, yes, I know that it was the first full-length animated movie ever, but still. Wreck-It Ralph is an AMAZING movie that deserves twice the attention that Toy Story gets.

12 Monsters, Inc.

An ode to creativity, Monsters, Inc. takes the concept of "the monster in the closet" and brings a whole new meaning to it. Not only that, but the animation looks great, and it has a story with the quality that we've come to expect from Pixar. Not to mention the main characters are an absolute joy to watch. Sully is among one of the most likable protagonists in an animated movie to date, and John Goodman's performance was absolutely perfect for the role. Mike might be a bit nasty at times, but he makes up for it with his persistent loyalty and hilarious dialogue, with Billy Crystal to boot. With a story that continues to warm my heart to this day, it's hands down one of the greatest that the genre has to offer.

This film is my favorite Pixar movie of all time. This film actually made me not scared of the 'so-called' "monsters under my bed", and actually excited when "they" showed up. Apart from that, this film is CLASSIC, and in my opinion, surpasses Toy Story as my favorite Pixar movie of all time.

13 The Simpsons Movie

This movie truly emphasizes why The Simpsons is one of the most revolutionary cartoons of all time, and why it's been on the air for so long. The humor is original, fresh, and has you laughing to the point where you can't even breathe.

I love that this movie can so easily get away with jokes that would never fly in the regular show. It is easily one of the best movies based on TV shows.

It shows us the effects of pollution without being too preachy. With a subtle swipe at Titanic, Green Day sinking in their barge was full of satire.

14 Toy Story 2

Loved Jessie and Bullseye. I think Stinky Pete was a good villain. We all thought Al was going to be the bad guy. Sure, he was. But Pete was way worse.

An outstanding voice cast and gorgeous animation make this film a timeless classic, that for the first time in history, arguably outdoes its predecessor. To not even make the top 20 is an insult.

By far and away the best animated movie of all time. There is literally no flaw at all in this masterpiece.

15 How to Train Your Dragon

This movie still amazes me to this day. It came out 13 years ago, but to me, it feels timeless. Along with LEGO Ninjago, it was my childhood, and it holds a special place in my heart. The plot and animation are fantastic, but the relationships displayed on-screen are even more so. Toothless and Hiccup, who after the first movie are both crippled, cannot fly without one another. They are twin souls. Truly one of the greatest duos of all time. After that, a second great movie follows, and then an even better third (controversial opinion), wrapping up the series beautifully. So, if you haven't watched the movies, go watch them, and if you have, go watch them again, because this is what I believe to be the greatest animated franchise ever.

The How to Train Your Dragon trilogy ranks as one of the best DreamWorks movie trilogies, if not one of the best of all time. I haven't seen the third one yet, but the first two movies are among the best DreamWorks films ever.

While the second one is the best of the ones I've seen, the first definitely has more charm. Excluding the Aardman movies, this is the best original DreamWorks movie of all time. It superbly showcases the friendship between a human and a dragon. Everyone sees dragons as pests, but the movie explains why they act the way they do. It's a masterpiece.

16 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

I agree with the guy below me - I too laugh my ass off every time I see this movie. I think this movie is probably one of the funniest things I've ever seen, ever. And each time I see it, somehow it gets funnier and funnier!

Number 26? Really? This should be in the top ten. While this movie is laugh-until-you-choke funny, it has excellent and unforgettable songs like "La Resistance" and "Blame Canada."

There's a funny retaliation gag to the Kyle's Mom Song:

Kyle: Dude, it's a lady getting poo-ed on.
Stan: Woah! Is it Cartman's Mom?
Cartman: Oh very funny!
Kyle: Hey. It IS Cartman's Mom!

17 Big Hero 6

I just watched this movie, and it is one of the best movies I've ever seen. I thought it was going to be terrible like all other new movies, but this is great, reminded me of PPG. I also love Shrek as well.

It should be higher on the list. It's a very nice movie about technology and really deserves a nice position on this list.

A good blend of psychology (grief, forgiveness) and technology (robotics, creativity), plus love and forgiveness.

18 The Nightmare Before Christmas

When I was 8 years old, I was in the 3rd grade, and throughout October, my teacher would play the soundtrack of this film at certain times of day in class. That's what got me into this gem of a movie.

This movie was absolutely wonderful. It was very dark, like a Tim Burton movie, but also very cheerful and emotional at the same time. Jack's struggle to fill a longing for happiness and change made the movie very emotional, as well as Sally's struggle to be normal and see the outside world. The songs in the movie were either very funny and cheerful, such as The Oogie Boogie Song and This is Halloween, or more emotional like Jack's Lament and Sally's Song. I thought the emotion of a Tim Burton film combined with the comical Disney moments made this movie excellent. The stop motion was excellent, and I loved the animation. The music also fit the film perfectly.

This film is downright amazing! It has to be my #2 favorite Tim Burton film, next to Batman. Apart from its beautiful Oscar-nominated visual effects, the music is the best part. And to those Disney metalheads, there's actually a Disney cover album called "Nightmare Revisited," which has the songs from Tim Burton's beloved classic covered by metal/modern rock's biggest names, such as Marilyn Manson (The Beautiful People), Korn (Freak on a Leash), Rise Against (Savior), Amy Lee of Evanescence (Bring Me to Life), All-American Rejects (Move Along), and tons more. I recommend you check it out. Apart from that, this is undeniably THE greatest stop-motion animated movie of all time. Who knew a Disney-Burton pairing would work out so well?

19 The Lego Movie

Okay, let me get this over and done with now. I don't understand why Disney, Pixar, etc., are deciding to place so many sex jokes in kids' films now, but I can assure you this one is something special. Also, I'd like to say about how funny some of the parts are, especially my favorite guy Benny. When he is flying through all the different worlds shouting spaceship, it is just 10/10, and it's just hands down one of the best movies probably ever. This is just great work, but why is it 20? But still, great.

The Lego Movie was the best movie ever made. Many superheroes returned in Lego forms, and it was plain hilarious. The song was good, and anyone who played with Lego would find this movie a complete masterpiece. Everything was actually made of Lego (apart from relics), unlike other cartoons, which only have Lego characters. The song "Everything is Awesome" was awesome too.

I went through 40 movies to find this one. It's just that good. Morgan Freeman as a blind wizard! Lego Batman building baby carriages, Green Lantern is still a loser (unless you read the comics, then you know the real reason), and Will Ferrell! I dreamed of this movie, it is the god of animated movies!

20 Kung Fu Panda

This is a classic everyone knows, definitely. Mainly because it spawned tons of great sequels and overall, it is a classic. The story of a panda who dreams of being a kung fu warrior and, in fact, happens to be the chosen one to become the Dragon Warrior, the most powerful kung fu warrior of all time and the only one who can defeat Tai Lung, a terror who is doing everything to become Dragon Warrior himself and uses violence and terrorizes everyone. Tons of character development and backstories, and it all works just so well. In fact, it's one of the most fun movies ever.

However, it has some big flaws. Well, for starters, it has some very unrealistic moments. Now yes, I get it's a movie and it's not supposed to be realistic, but seriously, Tai Lung manages to survive what is really the impossible. He survives being slammed on a cliff with extreme force while at the same time tangled in a vine, and so on. Either way, that's the only complaint. Otherwise, it's a great movie.

21 Ice Age

Such a funny film. The other Ice Age films are equally funny but wouldn't have existed without this masterpiece.

The Ice Age trilogy is the definition of Sub-Zero. Obviously, this is the most Sub-Zero of the series so far. Ice Age rules.

Well, I don't understand why this movie is at this position. It deserves a higher place. I've been watching it since my childhood.

22 The Iron Giant

This movie is the definition of perfection. It has lovely graphics, good humor, and some incredibly heartwarming moments between the young adventurous boy and the gentle iron giant. It's definitely one of the best movies I have ever seen, and if you haven't seen it before, then I highly recommend you check it out, as I don't think you will regret it.

A classic movie about what paranoia, war, and fear can do to people, and our tendency to shoot at anything we don't know or understand. It's beautiful and possibly a new favorite movie of mine. With a climax that'll make you cry, but an ending that's hopeful too. Amazing.

How the hell is this not higher? Oh right, it bombed at the box office because of bad marketing! The movie itself was critically acclaimed, gained its popularity on VHS & DVD, but it deserves to be in the Top 10. Had it not been for its tragic box office performance and being viewed as underperforming yet well-acclaimed, it would be.

23 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

A surprise. This film, which I would not have bet anything on, manages to be a great 90's piece with futuristic animations, great characters, and a script with excellent humor. Thanks for existing.

Great animation, lovable characters, amazing plot – literally everything about this movie is what you should love!

I cringe every time anyone suggests that this amazing movie was even remotely bad in the slightest.

24 Aladdin

47!? Are you kidding me? Aladdin is my favorite Disney animated movie. Aladdin has action, comedy, and romance. Not to mention it also has great characters.

Good story, good songs, good characters, and funny moments. Don't need more than that.

Good movie. Robin Williams made this movie. The only flaw is flipping Abu!

25 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

This is one of the funniest movies I've seen. It is filled with laugh-out-loud moments, great songs, and Plankton steals the Krabby Patty recipe and takes over the world, and SpongeBob and Patrick are the heroes. Perfect movie.

I can't believe people think the sequel is better than this. This would have been an awesome series finale if Nickelodeon didn't want more money.

The plot is riddled with more holes than SpongeBob himself, but it's funny, and the animation is well-crafted.

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