Animation is an art form that has grown exponentially over recent years- it’s no longer just cartoons or video games.

Best Animated Movies

The best-animated movies are often the ones that capture children’s imaginations and allow them to see new worlds.

This list has some of the most popular animated movies for kids, but we also have a list of older classics for those who want to share their love of animation with their families.

So what are you waiting for?

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Your Name (2016)

It is a 2016 Japanese animated romantic fantasy film produced by CoMix Wave Films.

The beautiful story follows through different times the love of young grown-ups in different times… Revealing the difference of their times and lives the movie shows interconnections between what seems to be impossible: lovers find what they were looking for, but not forever…

However, there was a real-world inspiration behind the disaster, an inspiration that didn’t come from outer space.

While the comet from Your Name wasn’t inspired by a real-world meteor strike, it was inspired by the devastating events of the Great Eastern Earthquake that hit Japan in 2011.

Your Name.
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Aoi Yûki, Ryô Narita (Actors)
  • Makoto Shinkai (Director) - Makoto Shinkai (Writer) - Yoshihiro Furusawa (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Frozen II (2019)

The original Frozen was a major success for Disney with over $1.3 billion in sales from merchandise alone!

Fans are eager to see what comes next for these two beloved sisters, Anna and Elsa.

A sequel to the 2013 Disney film, Frozen II came out on November 27th, 2019.

The story will follow Anna and Kristoff after their marriage in the first movie.

The soundtrack album to the 2013 Disney movie of the same name written by Robert Lopez with lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez became one of the most soundtracks ever!

The album debuted at number 18 on the Billboard 200 chart, it has topped the Billboard album chart for thirteen non-consecutive weeks, and as of April 2015 has sold 4 million copies only in the U.S.

  • Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, this sequel to the family animated adventure Frozen carries...
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Rated PG
  • Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad (Actors)
  • Chris Buck (Director) - Jennifer Lee (Writer)



What Are Animated Movies?

Animated movies are films that use a sequence of drawings, which come to life. They have been around for decades and there is no sign that they will be slowing down anytime soon.

Animated movies can range from being simple cartoons like the Looney Tunes or other more complex ones such as The Lion King.

There are many different types of animated movies including CGI (Computer Generated Imagery), stop-motion, claymation, and traditional animation. These days it is even possible to make an animated movie with your phone!



Moana (2016)

The 2016 Disney film Moana is a story of a young girl who ventures out on an adventure to save her people and find herself.

The movie features stunning animation, catchy, but energetic songs, and characters for all ages.

The film follows the story of Moana, daughter to island chief Tui and Sina.

The movie begins with Moana’s father telling her that she can’t explore the ocean as it is too dangerous for someone who does not know how to swim, but when he dies in an accident at sea, Moana sets off on her own anyway.

Along the way she meets Maui – a demigod who was banished by his people and now lives as a trickster god – he agrees to help her find the heart of Te Fiti if she will guide him back home…

Together they travel through uncharted waters where they battle monsters and overcome many obstacles along their journey.

The soundtrack for this movie was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina, Opetaia Foa’i, and David Bowie.

  • Auliʻi Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Tudyk (Actors)
  • Ron Clements (Director)
  • English, French, Dutch (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

The LEGO Movie (2014)

The LEGO Movie (2014) is an animated 3D film that was released in theaters on February 7th, 2014.

The Lego Movie tells the story of an ordinary Lego man who is mistakenly identified as a Master Builder and has to team up with other fellow Minifigures to stop the evil Lord Business from gluing all of their bricks together.

The LEGO Movie is a comedy film that features many famous voice actors such as Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman.

The movie was written and directed by the same person, Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

The movie has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards and was ranked third at the box office in its opening weekend.

The Lego Movie
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks (Actors)
  • Phil Lord (Director) - Phil Lord (Writer) - Dan Lin (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

How To Train Your Dragon (2010)

The movie, “How to Train Your Dragon” is a very interesting and eye-opening film. It follows the journey of an adolescent Viking named Hiccup, who is living on Berk Island with his tribe.

In this island community, the people are separated into different groups based on their social status – including warriors, blacksmiths, and farmers – and they all live in fear of dragons that regularly attack them.

Dragons have been attacking Berk for many years now and no one knows how to get rid of them.

One day when Hiccup’s father goes missing while trying to protect the village from a dragon attack, he sets off on a quest to find him but gets more than what he bargained for.

After a dragon attacks one night and takes down their sheep pens, it sets off a chain reaction that leads Hiccup to find something special inside himself – courage!

The film explores themes of prejudice and self-identity while providing a fun adventure for the whole family.

The movie can be enjoyed by adults as well as children with its clever dialogue and animation that brings this world to life!

How to Train Your Dragon
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler (Actors)
  • Chris Sanders (Director) - William Davies (Writer) - Kristine Belson (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

A movie that is well-loved by many, Fantastic Mr. Fox was directed by Wes Anderson and features a cast of Hollywood A-listers including George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwartzman.

The story follows the adventures of an anthropomorphic fox named Mr. Fox who has been raiding farms in order to feed his family after they’ve been kicked out of their home for disturbing the local farmers’ crops.

The stop-motion animation in Fantastic Mr. Fox is a delightfully funny and clever film that weaves an entertaining story around the well-known children’s book of the same name by Roald Dahl.

Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe (Actors)
  • Wes Anderson (Director) - Wes Anderson (Writer) - Allison Abbate (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Coraline (2009)

Coraline is a stop-motion animated film that was released in 2009. It has been highly praised for its visual effects and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year.

The movie takes place in England and tells the story of Coraline Jones, an adventurous girl who discovers a secret door to an alternate world with some similarities to her own but many strange differences as well.

She meets a cat named Mr. Bobinsky who is unlike any other feline she’s seen before; he can talk!

Her new friends warn her about “the Other Mother” and urge her not to let anyone in through the doors from this mysterious world because they’ll steal her soul if you do so Coraline must decide how far she wants to go…

Coraline -LAIKA Studios Edition [Blu-ray + DVD]
  • Coraline
  • Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders (Actors)
  • Henry Selick (Director) - Henry Selick (Writer) - Henry Selick (Producer)
  • French, Spanish, English (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Wall-E (2008)

Wall-E is a movie about the future set in the year 2700. It tells the story of a waste-collecting robot, Wall-E, who lives on Earth over 700 years after humans have abandoned it and left him to clean up their mess.

The film follows his adventures as he tries to find love and meaning with another robot named Eve while facing off against an evil corporation’s plan to turn all machines into drones for world domination.

Wall-E is one of Pixar’s most critically acclaimed films and has been nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Animated Feature Film (2008) and Best Original Score (2008).

Wall-E is a 2008 animated science fiction film directed and co-produced by Andrew Stanton.

The film, directed by Andrew Stanton, tells the story of this little guy as he falls in love with another robot named Eve that comes from outer space.

They are both assigned to find plant life but instead they fall in love and Wall-E must fight for their future together when humans decide they want to get back on earth again.

A lot of people say that this is Pixar’s best work yet because it deals with so many different themes like environmentalism, isolation, loneliness, and more. It also shows how much we rely on technology today.

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin (Actors)
  • Andrew Stanton (Director) - Andrew Stanton (Writer) - Jim Morris (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Incredibles (2004)

On November 5, 2004, Pixar released a film that would change the way we looked at cartoons.

The Incredibles was a highly anticipated release from one of the most respected animation studios in the world and it didn’t disappoint.

It tells the story of Bob Parr (aka Mr. Incredible), his wife Helen (aka Elastigirl), and their three kids: Violet, Dashiell “Dash” Robert Parr, and Jack-Jack Christopher Parr.

They live in Metroville when they are asked by Lucius Best/Frozone to come out of retirement to save everyone from a new villain called Syndrome who has found a way to control minds with his invention called “the remote”.

The Incredibles was released by Pixar Animation Studios on November 5th, 2004, and grossed over $633 million worldwide against its budget of $92 million which makes it among one of Pixar’s most successful films ever made.

The Incredibles
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson (Actors)
  • Brad Bird (Director) - Brad Bird (Writer) - John Walker (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Chicken Run (2000)

In the movie “Chicken Run” (2000), a group of chickens is trying to escape an evil farm. They are plotting their way to freedom and have many obstacles in their path.

This is a feel-good, family film that will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting for what happens next!

The main character in this story is Rocky the Rooster (voiced by Mel Gibson) who has been appointed as General of the Farmyard because he won a fight against his arch-rival Chanticleer (voice by Timothy Spall).

The film was directed by Peter Lord and Nick Park and stars Julia Sawalha, Mel Gibson, Miranda Richardson, Timothy Spall, and Tony Haygarth.

Chicken Run [Blu-ray]
  • Phil Daniels, Lynn Ferguson, Mel Gibson (Actors)
  • Peter Lord (Director) - Karey Kirkpatrick (Writer) - Peter Lord (Producer)
  • Portuguese, French, Japanese, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: G (General Audience)

The Iron Giant (1999)

In the 1999 animated movie The Iron Giant, a young boy named Hogarth befriends an enormous metal robot that has fallen to Earth. This film is based on Ted Hughes’ book of the same name and was directed by Brad Bird.

The Iron Giant tells the story of a little boy who finds an iron giant robot in his town’s junkyard. He soon learns that this huge machine is not what he seems, as it can destroy anything with its powerful weapon called “the gun.”

The two team up to keep other people from finding out about the metal giant before he destroys everything around him. And they do just that for quite some time until one day Hogarth gets sick and needs medicine from the hospital.

He ends up being able to put it together but isn’t sure what it is so he just throws it into a ditch.

Later on that night though, the piece gets pulled back out by a magnet which turns out to be from another part of the ship and

This movie touches on themes such as war, peace, and the fear people have for things they don’t understand.

The Iron Giant captures and crystallizes its source material’s anxious, humane spirit. It might be the most empathetic and exhilarating mainstream American animated feature ever made.

The Iron Giant
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick, Jr., Vin Diesel (Actors)
  • Brad Bird (Director) - Brad Bird (Writer) - Allison Abbate (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Princess Mononoke (1997)

Princess Mononoke is a 1997 Japanese animated film directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli.

The film tells the story of Ashitaka, a prince from a small tribe who has been cursed with an infectious curse that brings death to all those around him.

He sets out on a journey to find the cure for his curse and encounters Mononoke, also known as Princess Mononoke. As they travel together, their relationship develops into one of mutual respect and understanding.

The movie has been praised for its anti-war message, as well as its environmental themes.

The film is a fantasy about a young prince named Ashitaka who becomes cursed with an incurable disease after slaying a demon god to save his village.

With its richly detailed animation, complex characters, and thematic depth, the movie is widely considered one of the greatest anime films ever made.

Princess Mononoke (Bluray/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray]
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Claire Danes, Billy Crudup, Minnie Driver (Actors)
  • Hayao Miyazaki (Director)
  • French, English (Subtitles)
  • Spanish (Publication Language)

The Lion King (1994)

The Lion King is a 1994 American animated film that tells the story of young Simba, who must take his father’s place as king.

The film was released on July 14, 1994, and grossed $968 million worldwide against its budget of $45 million. It is now one of the highest-grossing films ever made.

The film was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, with animation created by Walt Disney Feature Animation.

The Lion King tells the story of Simba, a young lion cub who is destined to be king one day.

However, his evil uncle Scar murders his father and takes power asking instead, while

Simba’s mother flees the kingdom in shame for not protecting her son from Scar’s attack.

As an adult, Simba learns about his past when he meets up with old friends Rafiki (a mandrill) and Nala (his childhood friend).

Now it is up to him to take back what is rightfully his…

The Lion King
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Actors)
  • Jon Favreau (Director) - Jeff Nathanson (Writer) - Jon Favreau (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The 1993 horror comedy, The Nightmare Before Christmas has a tone of informality.

This is a stop-motion animated musical fantasy film that was produced and directed by Henry Selick.

It tells the story of Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, who discovers Christmas Town and tries to bring some Christmas spirit back to Halloween town with disastrous results.

This movie is one for all ages because it includes funny moments as well as scary ones so there are no worries about it being too scary for children or not interesting enough for adults.

The film has become a cult classic since its release in 1993 and continues today as an annual tradition for many people around the world.

It can be seen on TV every year during Halloween time or any other time you want a spooky break from reality!

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey (Actors)
  • Henry Selick (Director) - Caroline Thompson (Writer) - Tim Burton (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical film.

Many people are familiar with the story of Beauty and the Beast, but how many know that there is a 1991 film adaptation?

Belle, a young girl who is taken prisoner by the Beast in his castle. Belle’s father Maurice gets lost and becomes imprisoned himself when he seeks her out.

Belle and her dad are eventually saved by the love of a good woman named Mrs. Potts (a teapot), her son Chip (a small boy), and their friends Lumiere (a candelabra), Cogsworth (the clock), and Mrs.

Pots’ daughter, Plumette (a feather duster). This movie follows an old fairy tale but with some twists that make it enjoyable to watch for all ages today!

Belle’s journey from being frightened by what seems like a monster at first glance turns into someone who not only sympathizes with him but also falls for him against all odds takes us through a journey of love and self-discovery.

It is no wonder why this movie has become one of Disney’s most iconic productions ever made!

Beauty and the Beast
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White (Actors)
  • Gary Trousdale (Director) - Linda Woolverton (Writer) - Don Hahn (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

The 1988 Japanese animated film My Neighbor Totoro, directed by Hayao Miyazaki and written by Miyazaki and Takashi Shimizu, is a heartwarming story about two sisters who live in the countryside of Japan.

The young girls Satsuki and Mei are moving to a new home with their father to be closer to their hospitalized mother. It’s been years since they’ve seen her due to her illness so they’re excited for the change in scenery.

Once they arrive at their new house, Mei sets up camp on the living room sofa while Satsuki busies herself outside trying to start a fire with limited success.

As night falls, Mei is startled when she hears something outside scurrying across the roof but it turns out just be a friendly forest…

My Neighbor Totoro (Bluray/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray]
  • My Neighbor Totoro (Studio Ghibli)
  • Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Tim Daly (Actors)
  • Hayao Miyazaki (Director)
  • English, French (Subtitles)
  • Spanish (Publication Language)

Pinocchio (1940)

The 1940 Disney film, Pinocchio, is a story of a wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy.

It was made as a black-and-white movie, but today it is shown in color because computer animation has made it possible to do so without losing any detail.

The film has been praised for its innovative use of music and artistic design. It also includes some very catchy tunes that are still popular today.

The plot involves an old wood-carver named Geppetto who carves and dreams of becoming a real boy. He sells his only belongings to buy some wood so he can sculpt a puppet that resembles a human being.

Pinocchio and his father go through many adventures together until Pinocchio becomes tired of being told what to do by Geppetto and leaves home with Jiminy Cricket as his conscience. Along their journey, they encounter characters like Mr.

The story has been told in many different ways but it still remains one of Disney’s most beloved classics.

Pinocchio (1940) (Theatrical Version)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Cliff Edwards (Actors)
  • Ben Sharpsteen (Director) - Carlo Collodi (Writer) - Walt Disney (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Disney’s first full-length animated film is a family favorite, but did you know that it was the most expensive black and white movie made at the time? It cost $1.5 million in 1937!

Watch as Snow White goes on an adventure with her seven dwarfs to find out who poisoned her stepmother’s apple…

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a timeless tale that has been passed down from generation to generation. It tells the story of a beautiful princess who falls under an evil spell.

The only way for her to be saved is by true love’s kiss!

Along with its historic significance, it also features some of Disney’s most famous songs such as “Heigh-Ho” and “Some Day My Prince Will Come.”

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Theatrical)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille La Verne (Actors)
  • David Hand (Director) - Jacob Grimm (Writer) - Walt Disney (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Animation Styles & Types

There are many different ways you can animate something, but there are some more common styles than others.

Since the beginning of time, animation has been used in various forms. It’s a great way to tell a story and can be done in many different styles with a plethora of tools.

From hand-drawn illustrations, stop motion photography, and 3D computer graphics (CG), stop motion animation, or claymation.

The type of style that you use is dependent on your story’s needs and what you want to achieve visually with your movie or show.

One thing is for sure though; no matter which style you choose, your audience will be entertained!

What Are The Top 5 Best Selling Animated Movies?

What are the top 5 best-selling animated movies of all time?

This is a question that many people, both children, and adults alike, have asked.

The answer may surprise you! When we think about what movies come to mind when thinking about animation, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast or Aladdin might be two possibilities.

But did you know that these films are not even in the top 10 for best-selling animated films of all time?

In the world of animation, there are hundreds of movies that have sold millions of copies.

The top five best-selling animated movies are Shrek, Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Frozen, Lion King.

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