25 Best Animated Movies

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By on July 19, 2008 5:49:54 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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Okay, so I started the 100 Greatest Movies of the Last 25 Years, but it was too long and tedious, so I deleted it. Instead, I'll stick to smaller, simpler lists. For most of my inspiration, I go to Empire Magazine Online or AOL for their lists and just do my own variation, because theirs kinda suck sometimes. Like, today I'm doing 25 Best Animated Movies. Here's AOL's opinion: 25. The Simpsons Movie, 24. Dumbo, 23. The Triplets of Belleville, 22. Lady and the Tramp, 21. The Nightmare Before Christmas, 20. The Jungle Book, 19. Princess Mononoke, 18. Pinocchio, 17. Toy Story 2, 16. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, 15. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, 14. The Iron Giant, 13. Beauty and the Beast, 12. Rataouille, 11. Finding Nemo, 10. Fantasia, 9. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, 8. Spirited Away, 7. Cinderella, 6. The Little Mermaid, 5. Bambi, 4. The Incredibles, 3. Shrek, 2. The Lion King, 1. Toy Story.

Okay, what are some of these movies, like the Triplets of Belleville? And, Beauty and the Beast at the thirteenth spot? And no Aladdin? What is this crap? Oh, and will they please give up on Pixar movies. They're not that good! Toy Story was great, but most of the others are forgettable compared to classics like The Lion King and Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast.

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25. The Pagemaster (1973)- Okay, so this is not Oscar-worthy, but not all films should be. Pretty much everyone under 25 remembers this fun, cheesy animated movie that's exciting, entertaining, scary, funny, and colorful. What more could you want in an animated movie?

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24. Robin Hood (1973)- Again, a little forgettable compared to the others, but it came out in the '70s; not exactly Disney's heydey. Still, it's an original and funny take on such a well-known story. The best part? The lion King John who is perfectly cawardous and idiotic.

 

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23. Cinderella (1950)- Now before any of you freak out and say this should have a better spot, let me just say this is a good one, yes, but its story is really simple compared to all the others. It's like 76 minutes and pretty much just the mice and Cinderella. It's a classic, but not the best.

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22. Peter Pan (1953)- How on earth did they forget this? From the adorable dog Nana to the fabulous Captain Hook to the hilarious ticking crocodile, this movie is great. It's probably the best version of Barrie's original tale, bringing the Disney charm and color and imagination to a wonderfully youthful tale.

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21. 101 Dalmatians (1961)- Again, what were they thinking? This movie is great? The portrayl of Cruella De Vil is perfect (and listed as one of the best villains), the voices for the dogs are spot-on, and the story is fun and exciting. It may be more of a kid favorite, but it's still good.

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20. Thumbelina (1994)- Some of you are either thinking what is this or thinking Oh my God, I remember that. Again, you'd probably have to be under 25 or have kids under 25 to know this movie. It isn't on the scale of Disney, but it's the best version of the fairy tale with great music (one of the best love songs), a great ending, fun characters, pretty animation, and a pretty hot cartoon hero.

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19. Tarzan (1999)- The first thing about this movie. and probably its best feature, is that it has gorgeous animation. THe music may get annoying because it's all just Phil Collins, but the story is good and again, the animation is to die for. Plus, it's funny and romantic.

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18. Lady and the Tramp (1955)- Oh, who doesn't love this sweet love story? Dog movies are pretty much always fun, but this one is definitely the best. The classic spaghetti scene? And what about those great supporting characters like the Siamese cats or the evil rat or the whistling beaver? Classic Disney.

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17. Shrek (2001)- How shocked was everyone when they saw this cheeky satire on fairy tales? It had fart jokes, innuendo, and Eddie Murphy? Still, this hilarious spoof totally made sense and managed to be a great classic and pave the way for new and different animation. Although, that I might have to regret.

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16. Sleeping Beauty (1959)- This is classic fairy tale. A handsome prince, an evil witch, a beautiful princess, fairies...It may be a little dated now and may not have as funny or colorful characters as other Disney fare, but it's a great, beautiful rendition of a favorite story.

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15. Quest for Camelot (1998)- You may not have seen this underrated King Arthur-esque story, but you missed out. It's a great story about a daughter of a Knight of the Round Table who has to go find Excalibur before the bad guy does. It's beautiful to look at, it has gorgeous music, great characters, and for you feminists it has a heroine doing most of the work.

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14. Shrek 2 (2004)- I'll tell you why this is better than the first: Puss in Boots, the fairy godmother, the prince, and more of my favorite, the Gingerbread Cookie. This sequel is funnier, stranger, and just perfect with a new bunch of unforgettable characters, more innuendo and pop culture refrences, and we get to see Shrek as a human. Priceless.

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13. Toy Story (1995)- This may be a long way's run from normal Disney movies, but it really worked. The story is so strange and original and the characters are perfect. It's without a doubt one of the funniest Disney and animated movies, and even though I think they got carried away with Pixar movies and inanimate object movies, you gotta love this one.

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12. The Swan Princess (1994)- Again, some of you may not have seen this, but you should. Disney should be jealous of this lovely fairy tale story that is full of funny, Disney-esque characters, great music, pretty (but not flawless) animation and a great premise. It's the ideal little girl fantasy movie: romantic, sweet, and easy to watch numerous times. I sure have.

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11. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)- Some didn't like this movie because it is a little darker and intense, but it's still good. The story is very sweet and the characters are well-developed and the animation is very pretty. The music is okay, not The Little Mermaid kind of stuff, but it's still enjoyable. Truthfully though, it is a little heavier. Esmeralda is way slutty (check out her pole dance) and there's a lot of sexual innuendo. Most important: Did anyone else think Phoebus was way sexy?

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10. Pocahontas (1995)- Like Hunchback, this is much more serious and intense than normal Disney films, but that's kinda refreshing. It's beautifully done with great music and a really good love story. And although, the ending sucks (JUMP OFF THE BOAT AND SWIM TO HIM, DAMN IT!) it's a lovely telling of an American tale.

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9. Toy Story 2 (1999)- One again, the sequel is better than the original. THe first was amazing, but this one was even better, in my opinion, because of all the interaction of the supporting players and their adventures to find Woody. Jessie could get a tad annoying (her song was sad) but it was all worth it with that great scene in the Barbie aisle. Who wouldn't want to be a toy?

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8. Hercules (1997)- Critics must have been on crack when they downplayed this hilarious and spirited Disney film. The animation is lush and unique and the characters are perfect. From Danny DeVito's Phil to James Woods' spot-on Hades (who steals the movie) to Megara, the fesity heroine, it was a ball to watch this story pan out. It's like watching cotton candy: light, fluffy, pretty, and fun.

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7. Mulan (1998)- Who could resist this fabulous film chock-full of great music, great animation, great characters, and a GREAT ending. That is what made Disney, isn't it? It's a wonderful story that steals hearts and entertains everyone with a pulse.

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6. The Prince of Egypt (1998)- Okay, maybe I'm a little biased because of my own beliefs and the significance of the story, but come on, it's incredible. The music is incredible, the animation is breath-taking, the scale is epic. In the opening scene you're blown away. And while this isn't light, Disney fairy tale stuff, it's poignant and can be appreciated by all audiences.

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5. Anastasia (1997)- Yeah, yeah this number five. And you want to know why? Uh...well, it's freakin' amazing. Probably my favorite animated movie ever, this incredible, completely underrated film is delicious. With a beautiful soundtrack, great characters (best voiced-animated characters ever), and a great story, it's unbeatable. The ending is the best ending ever (before the bat thing) and Dimitri (above, right) is the sexiest cartoon ever. Period. Watch it.

picture of The Little Mermaid

4. The Little Mermaid (1989)- Chya, this movie rocks. This movie single-handedly brought back Disney from death and gave it its best era of movies ever. One part of the Disney classic foursome (the other three are next), this movie is perfect. Ariel is a beautiful, determined heroine with heart and a purpose and strives for winning her feet-ridden prince. The supporting characters are the best and inspired plenty of the next ones in later films. The music is gorgeous. "Part of Your World" can stop any one. It's just...timeless.

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3. The Lion King (1994)- This is one of those movies everybody loves. And who wouldn't? Successfully taking an entire cast of animals and not boring us to death, Disney created an epic of betrayl, love, honor, and manhood (or...lionhood, I guess). With a great cast of characters, heart-stoppingly beautiful music, poignancy, and incredible animation, The Lion King melts everyone's heart.

picture of Beauty and the Beast

 

2. Beauty and the Beast (1991)- You know it says something when an animated movie is nominated for Best Picture (and damn it, it should've won). My favorite as a child (I watched it about a thousand times, seriously), it is powerfully moving. The story is phenomenol and unforgettable and melts your heart lice a fire. The characters are developed, three-dimensional, funny, the music is genius, the love story is...heart-breaking. Beautiful, breath-taking...Classic cinema.

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1. Aladdin (1992)- This is the epitome of Disney perfection. The music is to-die-for, the animation is gorgeous, and the story is the best. Epic, romantic, laugh-out-loud hilarious, exciting, and much more, Aladdin really does take you on an incredible ride. With one of Disney's best heroes, you're taken through a wonderful feast of color and fun. Robin Williamd is his best ever as the genie and Jafar is the best Disney baddie. Along with Carpet, Iago, Abu, and the greatest Disney couple, you learn the lessons of life and have the best time doing it.

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July 19, 2008 6:25:04 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Have to say having seen it Wall-E needs to go to the top of the list.

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July 19, 2008 11:01:26 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Yeah Wall-E, I think, is my most favorite of all animated movies. At least of any Pixar movie. I liked it even more than both Toy Stories. It's just so different!

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July 20, 2008 4:39:28 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Where is "The Iron Giant"?  It is a whole lot better than most of the duisney movies I see here.

Did you just forget it?  Saaying that makes me sad because I actually agree with an AOL survey.

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July 20, 2008 9:34:58 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

I beg to differ, most if not all of Pixar's cartoons are great. I love Cars, Monsters Inc, A Bugs Life and The Incredibles. Sounds more like you have an issue with people making animated movies on computers. Sure they are not as artistic as doing them by hand but keep in mind most cartoon are done on computers now a days anyways. Just my thoughts.

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August 30, 2008 12:09:06 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Aladdin IS the all-time best animated picture ever made.  Kudos to a list well made!

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February 16, 2010 6:59:50 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

That was practically exactly how I wold put it! I'm glad you included my favorites (and often overlooked) Anastasia, Swan Princess and Thumbelina. I don't think Aladdin should be at the top - I think the cruddy sequel and the not-so-cruddy-but-still-quite-cringy trequel ruined the first movie for me Nice going

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March 6, 2010 2:00:51 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

If you'd like a good animated story try "Watership Down" (1978). It's about some cuddly rabbits, but not really for the kids (as most of animation is not, most small kids don't sit still in a movie theater long, and most don't get the innuendo and references in many of the films you mention), even those of lighter fare. If you just want main character and funny side kick get snookered by bad guy, meets love interest, foils bad guy, completes adventure, lives happily ever after, this may not be for you.

This article is a big old, so I'd also recommend the newer "A Christmas Carrol" with Jim Carey, the animation is superb, and true to the book (so again, it might not baby sit any kids for 90 minutes).

Disney/Pixar and Dreamworks seem to be cranking out a ton of these movies yearly, cookie cutter style. While they are enjoyable, they are becoming unmemorable in a sea of clones.

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May 29, 2011 4:04:46 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Quoting CharlesCS,
I beg to differ, most if not all of Pixar's cartoons are great. I love Cars, Monsters Inc, A Bugs Life and The Incredibles. Sounds more like you have an issue with people making animated movies on computers. Sure they are not as artistic as doing them by hand but keep in mind most cartoon are done on computers now a days anyways. Just my thoughts.

I agree, I mean Toy Story was the fist film totally made on computer and you put that below its sequel?!

It wasn't a bad film I mean 30m is pretty much a shoestring budget, sure inflation hasn't been taken into account but considering it received a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes at 30 fps with 145,800 frames., Pixar cranked out a film in which all animated film afterwards was measured against

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May 29, 2011 4:29:34 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Quoting Nitro Cruiser,
f you'd like a good animated story try "Watership Down" (1978).

Excellent movie.

Here is my collection

                                          

Disney Classics

      

Adult

                

Television

 

 

 

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December 28, 2011 2:22:49 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

WHY THE HECK IS THE MOVIE

"The Emporer's New Groove"

not on that list?

It's still the BEST Disney movie to date!

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December 28, 2011 3:07:12 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

God I hated the Genie, robin Williams, in Aladdin. That is the epitome of crap I hate in kids movies.  

 

Sleeping Beauty is a classic, and should have made the top 5.

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December 28, 2011 5:30:14 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Wall-E was great, Up was also great. Ice Age also great. Happy feet not bad, wouldn't be on my top 25 but I think on some others.

A few anime movies from asia and the US are missing. This is more "great animated movies from the US" than anything else. Too many to mention of course, but myfist0 has Howl's moving castle and that would be pretty high on an international list made by me. Akira, Spirited away. Neon Genesis Evangelion is being OVA'd and the first two were pretty damn good although they've managed to lose much from the anime.

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December 29, 2011 5:01:08 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Spirited Away is excellent, highly recommend for the whole family. Akira was also good, more adult I would think. Also got into Cowboy Beebop, series with movie.

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January 5, 2012 11:11:06 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

I loved Madagascar 2, it was pretty funny, especially King Julien and Stevie  

then i suppose Ratatouille and Ice Age were pretty good

Wall-E is perhaps the best looking of the lot, or is there something better in the mean-time?

 

Oh yes, and do not forget Titan A.E., the only pure sci-fi animated movie i recall to ever see 

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June 19, 2012 3:22:44 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

I like many of them.. Happy feet, Ice age both of the parts including the new part.. I have also liked Game of Thrones Season 2 Anyone who loved George R.R. Martin’s novels will definitely love HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 2. It featured a medieval fantasy setting which David Benioff and D.B. Weiss created for HBO.

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August 14, 2012 1:09:56 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Someone should update this threat. There are a few good animated movies from 2012, that could be in top 25  

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August 15, 2012 12:03:58 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

"Nausicaa Valley of the Wind" needs to be here.

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August 15, 2012 2:25:58 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Nothing by Studio Ghibli on the list? I believe you, my dear forum friend, have a lot of excellent animation movies to catch up with  

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August 15, 2012 4:25:27 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums
Indeed. Missing Gibli means lots of great stories and films (not just compared to the animated ones) to experience yet. Highly reccommended. Makes a lot of the above pale in comparison. (If you can handle the relative lack of antagonists that is...)
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August 16, 2012 10:53:32 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

C++ runtime error in IE9

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multiple popups.

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August 16, 2012 11:00:37 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Where is "Cars"?  That needs to make it's way on there...

 

 

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November 1, 2012 9:57:47 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

I wished they would make a movie with Lodoss war...

 

Now that was a good story

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November 2, 2012 7:50:05 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Quoting Solam,
I wished they would make a movie with Lodoss war...

 

Now that was a good story

Record of Lodoss War.

There you go...

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November 2, 2012 9:52:57 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I disagree with any such list that doesn't include The Secret of NIMH.  The Fox and the Hound were also good ... no love for the 1980s animated movies?  I consider them to have been the epitome of animated movies.

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November 21, 2012 5:14:05 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

My tastes are more in line with myfist and heavenfall...

The fact that no Japanese animes, like Miyazaki's films, made the list makes me think this is just for US animated movies.  I find Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away to easily be better than all those in the above list.  But that may just be me.

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