August 24th, 2018 | Updated on June 6th, 2020
Animated movies are among the top-grossing Hollywood films today. Though many of these movies are primarily aimed at children, studios ensure that they are easily enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
The best animated films of all time are an assortment of animated movies that rank among the best movies of all time.
While the characters might be brightly colored and possess abilities most real people could only wish to ever have, the stories and imagery speak to everyone and have set these movies up to become the best animated films ever.
Not all animated films are for kids, but if you are looking for some more animated and live-action kid friendly fare, check out the best movies from our list.
Far from simply being movie versions of cartoons, these are movies with some of the best characters, most compelling stories, and some of the overall most memorable movies in the history of cinema.
There’s no story that can’t be told be these amazing animated films. Find the list of best animated handpicks for you. Enjoy…
1. Christopher Robin (2018)
An adult Christopher Robin, who is now focused on his new life, work, and family, suddenly meets his old friend Winnie the Pooh, who returns to his unforgotten childhood past to help him return to the Hundred Acre Wood and help find Pooh’s lost friends.
Review: Richard Brody
Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood are brought to life in the form of worn and faded stuffed animals, who evoke young Christopher Robin’s growing pains as he’s separated from them and sent to boarding school. Read Full Review…
2.Incredibles 2 (2018)
While the Parr family has accepted its collective calling as superheroes, the fact remains that their special heroism is still illegal. After they are arrested after unsuccessfully trying to stop the Underminer, their future seems bleak. Read Full Description…
Review: Richard Brody
The very premise of Brad Bird’s 2004 Pixar film, “The Incredibles,” pits “a world of born” against “a world of made,” and comes down strongly in favour of the former.
The villain of the story is Buddy Pine, a.k.a. Syndrome, a warped genius who creates a device that can rival the powers of superheroes, especially those of Mr Incredible, a.k.a. Bob Parr. Read Full Review…
3. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)
Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship so he can take a vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel.
The rest of Drac’s Pack cannot resist going along. But once they leave port, romance arises when Dracula meets the mysterious ship Captain, Ericka.
Now it’s Mavis’ turn to play the overprotective parent, keeping her dad and Ericka apart. Little do they know that his “too good to be true” love interest is actually a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, ancient nemesis to Dracula and all other monsters.
Review: Jamie Righetti
Adam Sandler and his spooky pals take a “Summer Vacation” and remind us all of the power of acceptance and understanding. Even on a good day, it’s easy to feel like America has turned into a horror movie, where the terrors of “The Purge” franchise feel all too real outside of the theater.
The need to escape to the movies looms large this summer, not just to beat the heat, but to feel good again. “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” delivers this and more, promising a great time for children, parents, and fans of the funny franchise. Read Full Review…
4. Isle of Dogs (2018)
An outbreak of dog flu has spread through the city of Megasaki, Japan, and Mayor Kobayashi has demanded all dogs be sent to Trash Island. On the island, a young boy named Atari sets out to find his lost dog, Spots, with the help of five other dogs… with many obstacles along the way.
Review: Matthew Lickona
A delight, albeit one that is red in tooth and claw. Wes Anderson’s stop-motion Japanese folktale about dogs and their people opens with a Japanese folktale about dogs and their people (and also, cats and their people).
And midway through, there’s a display of Kabuki theatre that almost begins to approach Anderson’s own level of stylized staging here. Read Full Review…
5. Coco (2017)
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colourful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets the charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
Review: Christopher Orr
Well, that’s more like it. As someone who has written at some length about the decline of Pixar Animation Studios since its acquisition by Disney, I am especially pleased to be proven wrong, even if only intermittently. The studio’s latest release, Coco, is one such occasion.Read Full Review…
6. The Simpsons
This is an animated sitcom about the antics of a dysfunctional family. Homer is the oafish unhealthy beer loving father, Marge is the hardworking homemaker wife, Bart is the perpetual ten-year-old underachiever (and proud of it), Lisa is the unappreciated eight-year-old genius, and Maggie is the cute, pacifier loving silent infant.
Review: Verne Gay
An endless, imponderable, unstoppable Niagara of sight gags, jokes, one-liners, characters and stories that explore everything from the meaning of God to the anti-allure of Duff Beer. Read Full Review…
After Keith, Lance, Pidge, Hunk, and Shiro are sent into space in a blue lion, they find two “alteans” by the names of Allura and Coran who have been frozen in crypto-pods for ten thousand years. They then discover that they must each pilot one of the robotic lions of Voltron, and defend the universe from an alien species called the “galra”, and there evil emperor “Zarkon.”
Review: Kyle Anderson
We’ve done it! We’ve gotten all the way to the end of Voltron: Legendary Defender season 2, and by and large, it has felt like the second half of a regular 26-episode anime series, and that’s a good thing.
From picking up exactly where season 1 ended to heightening the stakes and expanding on–but not fully answering–several mysterious questions we’ve had from the start, this series continued to be one of the most densely plotted, fun, adventurous, and all-around enjoyable shows on TV, regardless of format or medium. Read Full Review…
8. Moana (2016)
Moana Waialiki is a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her island’s fishermen can’t catch any fish and the crops fail, she learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Fiti.
The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Fiti’s heart, so Moana sets off on an epic journey across the Pacific. The film is based on stories from Polynesian mythology.
Review: Leah Pickett
Beautiful girl named Moana (and given voice by Auli’i Cravalho) longs to venture outside her Polynesian village despite her father’s opposition (“I wish I could be the perfect daughter / But I’m drawn to the water,” she sings, recalling many a Disney heroine before her). Eventually, at the encouragement of her sage grandmother. Read Full Review…
9. Frozen (2013)
Fearless optimist Anna teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven and sets off on an epic journey to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.
Review: Scott Marks
Like the Broadway-bound Ice Capades holding its first out-of-town tryout that it’s destined to become, Frozen is a glacially stiff, perpetually unamusing animated musical with a talk-singing score that will leave one pining for the lifeless soundtrack to The Princess and the Frog. Read Full Review…
10. Peter Rabbit (2018)
Based on the books by Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit (James Corden;) his three sisters: Flopsy (Margot Robbie,) Mopsy (Elizabeth Debicki) and Cotton Tail (Daisy Ridley) and their cousin Benjamin (Colin Moody) enjoy their days harassing Mr McGregor in his vegetable garden. Read Full Story…
Review: Chris Nashawaty
I’m not sure that when Beatrix Potter sat down to write The Tale of Peter Rabbit, she envisioned her button-cute creation as having a sadistic Bugs Bunny streak and a sweet tooth for Top 40 pop. But since that’s what passes for kids’ entertainment a century-and-change later, what did you expect? Read Full Review…
11. The Death of Superman (2018)
Superman battles against an insurmountable foe named Doomsday.
Review: Mike Cecchini
Well, they finally nailed it. “The Death of Superman” is one of the most celebrated comic book stories of its era, and arguably the best-known tale in the character’s history. Superman’s battle with Doomsday was a sales phenomenon when it hit in the 1990s. Read Full Review…
12. The Lion King (1994)
A young lion prince is cast out of his pride by his cruel uncle, who claims he killed his father. While the uncle rules with an iron paw, the prince grows up beyond the Savannah, living by a philosophy: No worries for the rest of your days. But when his past comes to haunt him, the young prince must decide his fate: Will he remain an outcast or face his demons and become what he needs to be?
Review: Desmond Ryan
The Lion King, complete with jaunty songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, is undeniably and fully worthy of its glorious Disney heritage. It is a gorgeous triumph — one lion in which the studio can take justified pride. Read Full Review…
13. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
Wreck-It Ralph longs to be as beloved as his game’s perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix. Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy. But they do love heroes… so when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun, Ralph sees it as his ticket to heroism and happiness. Full Story…
Review: Michael Phillips
“Wreck-It Ralph,” the exhaustingly dazzling new Walt Disney Animation Studios feature, qualifies as the most manic baby sitter in town, clever and detailed in its kaleidoscopic depiction of the private lives, seething resentments and yearning dreams of video game characters both “Donkey Kong” retro and “Call of Duty” modern. Read Full Review…
14. Trolls (2016)
From the creators of Shrek comes the smartest, funny, irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks’ Trolls. This holiday season, enter a colourful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. Read Full Story…
Review: Andrew Parker
A formulaic hero’s journey based around Thomas Dam’s once omnipresent toys, the fitfully amusing animated comedy Trolls casts the voice of Anna Kendrick as a perky princess who teams up with the village grump (Justin Timberlake) to save her diminutive brethren from a horde of monsters who want to eat them.
From a soundtrack chockablock with pop ditties to a subplot involving a teenage monster wrestling with self-esteem issues, nothing here strikes as a novel or original outside of a dazzling visual sensibility. Read Full Review…
15. Sausage Party (2016)
The products at Shopwell’s Grocery Store are made to believe a code that helps them live happy lives until it’s time for them to leave the comfort of the supermarket and head for the great beyond. However, after a botched trip to the great beyond leaves one sausage named Frank and his companion Bun stranded, Frank goes to great lengths (pun intended) to return to his package and make another trip to the great beyond. Read Full Story…
Review: Joshua Rothkopf
Sometimes, nutrition comes in unlikely packages—but before I make Sausage Party sound like a pile of spinach, know that it’s exactly the R-rated single-entendre animated sex fest the title implies, at least for its first 15 minutes.
During that gloriously foulmouthed introduction, we meet horny Frank (Seth Rogen), a slick tube of meat who just wants to raw-dog it with Brenda (Kristen Wiig) the pillowy bun on the shelf next door, her lips parted suggestively. Read Full Review…
16. Zootopia (2016)
From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde, a wily fox who makes her job even harder.
Review: Lou Lumenick
The year’s best film so far, “Zootopia,” is a Walt Disney Animation Studios ’toon set in a brilliantly imagined animals-only city where the first bunny on the police force tries to solve a crime with the reluctant help of a con-artist fox. Read Full Review…
17. Ferdinand (2017)
Destined to become a fearless fighting bull, the young pacifist and flower-loving calf, Ferdinand, summons up the courage to escape from a Spanish bull-training camp, to finally find himself on little Nina’s idyllic and fragrant farm.
However, an unfortunate run-in with a busy golden bee will send the immense but peaceful animal back to the old Casa del Toro academy, where the famous matador, El Primero, usually selects his worthy bovine opponents for the arena. Does Ferdinand hide a fierce champion underneath a mountain of muscles, or is he a gentle giant after all?
Review: Fraser Abe
Turning a classic children’s book into a movie isn’t always an easy task (see: every scene-chewing actor to ever take on a live-action Dr. Seuss role).
But the six (yes, six) writers of Ferdinand have done an able job of translating the 1936 book to the screen for the second time (Disney released an Oscar-winning animated short called Ferdinand the Bull back in 1938). Read Full Review…
18. Tangled (2010)
After receiving the healing powers from a magical flower, the baby Princess Rapunzel is kidnapped from the palace in the middle of the night by Mother Gothel. Mother Gothel knows that the flower’s magical powers are now growing within the golden hair of Rapunzel, and to stay young, she must lock Rapunzel in her hidden tower. Rapunzel is now a teenager and her hair has grown to a length of 70-feet. Read Full Story…
Review: Richard Corliss
What’s happened to heroines in animated features? For 60 years of the Walt Disney Company’s domination of the format, girls were the focal characters who could be expected to come of age, triumph over adversity and, in general, man up. Read Full Review…
19. Toy Story (1995)
A little boy named Andy loves to be in his room, playing with his toys, especially his doll named “Woody”. But, what do the toys do when Andy is not with them, they come to life. Woody believes that his life (as a toy) is good. However, he must worry about Andy’s family moving, and what Woody does not know is about Andy’s birthday party.
Review: Nick Schager
Pixar’s 1995 Toy Story and its superlative 1999 sequel ushered in the supremacy of computer-generated animation. So it’s only fitting that, in the midst of cinema’s latest 3-D revolution—and ahead of next summer’s Toy Story 3, conceived with the ubiquitous, glasses-required technology in mind—John Lasseter would retrofit his groundbreaking duo with the spiffiest of hi-tech duds. Read Full Review…
20. Brave (2012)
Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, “Brave” features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right.
Review: Trevor Johnston
With past achievements including the ‘Toy Story’ trilogy, ‘Finding Nemo’ and ‘Wall-E’, Pixar has pushed the envelope for digital animation so many times that there’s a tiny bit of disappointment involved when its latest offering turns out to be merely really good rather than an absolute knockout. Read Full Review…
21. Ralph Breaks the Internet
Taking place six years after saving the arcade from Turbo’s vengeance, the Sugar Rush arcade cabinet has broken, forcing Ralph and Vanellope to travel to the Internet via the newly-installed Wi-Fi router in Litwak’s Arcade to retrieve the piece capable of saving the game.
This is one of two takeaways from “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” that rare sequel which qualitatively surpasses the film that preceded it. While “Wreck-It Ralph” told the story of a video game bad guy with an existential crisis, and used that premise to make a number of smart jokes about video games and gaming culture, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” expands that idea and applies it to cyberspace. After Ralph accidentally breaks the video game home of his best friend Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), the two chums go online to find the part they’ll need to repair the damaged arcade machine and save Vanellope’s home. Yet even as they both attempt to raise the money necessary to buy what they need, Vanellope finds herself tempted to abandon the arcade and join a game called “Slaughter Race,” which will provide her with a breadth of new experiences as well as the mentorship of a top racer named Shank (Gal Gadot). Read Full Review…
22. The Grinch
For their eighth fully animated feature, Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming, and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism. Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Whoville when he runs out of food. Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter, and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch
In any event, the Grinch is still green but way less mean in his latest incarnation. Those expecting Cumberbatch to add a little Dr. Strange to his take on Dr. Seuss will be sorely disappointed. Directors Scott Mosier (making his feature debut) and Yarrow Cheney (The Secret Life of Pets) play it safe straight down the line. Yes, he will dress as Santa Claus to steal all the goodies. But how to make a whole movie out of that? Read Full Review…
23. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Miles Morales comes across the long-dead Peter Parker. This Peter Parker is not from his world though; he’s from somewhere else in the multiverse. With Parker’s guidance, Miles will become Spider-Man: and through that he will become part of the ever-expanding ‘Spider-Verse’.
Review: The Guardian
Lord and Miller produced the cracking new animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Lord penned the script with Rodney Rothman, who co-directed with Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey. That’s a lot of cooks in the kitchen, but the result has the unmistakable Lord/Miller touch in its conversion of studio impositions into amusement-park thrills. The script brings the Spider-Man character’s convoluted pile-up of continuities (Tobey Maguire begat Andrew Garfield begat Tom Holland begat assorted spin-offs) to the forefront, essentially building an entire premise around a punchline from The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Read Full Review…
24. Mary Poppins Returns
In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
25. Family Guy
Sick, twisted and politically incorrect, the animated series features the adventures of the Griffin family. Endearingly ignorant Peter and his stay-at-home wife Lois reside in Quahog, R.I., and have three kids. Meg, the eldest child, is a social outcast, and teenage Chris is awkward and clueless when it comes to the opposite sex. The youngest, Stewie, is a genius baby bent on killing his mother and destroying the world. The talking dog, Brian, keeps Stewie in check while sipping martinis and sorting through his own life issues.
” If you don’t recall, “Family Guy” is something of an odd duck, with a look and vocal tone that seem very old-fashioned. The show itself, on the other hand, revels in a sometimes jarring outrageousness. And most of the characters including baby Stewie, something of a mad scientist in disposable diapers; Peter, the lunkhead father of the suburban Griffin family, and Brian, the alcoholic dog with a weakness for dry martinis display twisted takes on life. One of the series’ distinctive techniques is the use of very brief, punchy comic vignettes, which is where much of the skewering of TV takes place in Sunday’s episode. When the Griffins’ hometown Quahog, R. Read Full Review…
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