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If you still thinkBambiorCinderellawhen you hear "animated movie," you've got some catching up to do. Some of the best filmmakers working today have tried their hand at animation, and a lot of it is decidedlynotfor kids.It makes sense that some brilliant grown-up movies would be animated: It's a medium that allows for ultimate creativity, able to be heartbreaking or shocking or complicated or surreal in ways that live-action can't get close to—no matter how big the budget.

Below,Marie Clairehas picked 25 of the best animated films for adults—movies that will awaken the kid in you or remind you that it's okay to grow up.

The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

This 2017 Japanese animated film about a college-aged girl who wants to figure out how to be an adult through one mystic long night in Kyoto often borders on the surreal. The fantastical city it shows is gorgeously rendered, the jokes are laugh-out-loud funny, and its ultimate message—that we're all connected somehow—will stay with you long after the credits roll.

Sausage Party

I know, I know. You're thinking this is a weird inclusion. But part of what makes this 2016 movie especially genius is how it has no right being as good as it actually is. What starts out as a vehicle for Seth Rogan and his buddies to make dick jokes and animate a creepy sentient food orgy ends up being a meditation on life, death, and the nature of belief. No, really. It does!

Loving Vincent

This 2017 movie about the life and death of Vincent Van Gogh was entirely created with oil paintings, done in a few styles but most notably in the style of Van Gogh himself. You'll learn the heartbreaking and beautiful story of a misunderstood genius, if you can stop absolutely drooling over the gorgeous visuals long enough to pay attention to it. It's just not like any other movie you've seen.

Animal Farm

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Though it was made all the way back in 1954, the animated take on George Orwell's allegorical classic feels eerily prescient now. It's a little cuter than its source material, but the sinister elements still creep through.

The Lion King

Did you really think we'd make a list of the greatest animated films ever andnotincludeThe Lion King? The 1994 Disney classic takes themes from William Shakespeare's Hamlet, including the redemption arc of a fatherless prince who finds himself a long way from home. It's been 25 years since its release, but we will never not lose our shit at that heartbreaking stampede scene. Miss you, Mufasa.

Howl's Moving Castle

Anything made by animated film master Hayao Miyazaki (he appears again on this list) and Studio Ghibli is bound to be enchanting, butHowl's Moving Castleis particularly thought-provoking. A young woman with a boring life gets cursed, but tracks down a brilliant wizard who lives in a moving castle that can help her reverse it.


Based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi circa 2003,Persepolisis a memoir about the author's childhood in Iran before, during, and after the Islamic Revolution. It's beautifully animated, strikingly told, and gives an important perspective on a moment in history that often gets glossed over if you live in the United States.

My Neighbor Totoro

Another Miyazaki joint! While all of his films are beautiful to look at, the nostalgic innocence ofMy Neighbor Totoromakes it one of the most memorable of the bunch. Side effects of watching include desperately wishing you had the same imagination that you did as a child and wanting a large and huggable friend of your very own. See also:Howl's Moving Castle,Kiki's Delivery Service,Spirited Away.

The Nightmare Before ChristmasThe Nightmare Before Christmas

Whether it's a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie has been a matter of debate since it debuted in 1993. But no matter which you think it is, Tim Burton's claymation masterpiece is as macabre and surprising as it's always been, and the soundtrack is just as poppin'. A must-watch.


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Remember when your parents/babysitter/random aunt made you watchFantasiaas a kid and you were like, "Thefuckis this?" Well watchingFantasiaas an adult is a very different—and much better—experience.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

If you haven't seen the firstHow to Train Your Dragonfilm,stopreading this right now and go watch it.

...done? Great! The original 2010 fantasy film is amazing, but its sequel manages to take the story of Hiccup and his trusted dragon Toothless to a new emotional level. Warning: you're probably going to cry.

Chico and Rita

This Oscar-nominated love story is as romantic as it is beautiful, telling the story of the titular Chico and Rita, a piano player and singer, respectively, who fall for each other and have a decades-spanning romance with tons of ups and downs.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Please unbridle the passions of your inner hipster and enjoyFantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson's first foray into animation (followed by 2018'sIsle of Dogs) about the adventures of an idiosyncratic fox with cool taste in clothes who lives in an aesthetically pleasing world of oranges and yellows and sounds suspiciously like George Clooney.

The Triplets of Belleville

If your interests include adorable old French ladies, cute dogs, slightly sinister soundtracks, and a trio of singing women—all set against a backdrop of the Eiffel Tower—then this is the movie for you.

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Honestly, all the Wallace and Gromit movies are worth watching, butThe Curse of the Were-Rabbitis the franchise's only feature-length film, and it's absolutely brilliant. (At least if you're a fan of British movies about sassy dogs and lovable owners, which you should be.)

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The Lego Batman Movie

We've said it once, and we'll say it again:The Lego Batman Movieis legitimately hilarious—all thanks to the comedy genius of Will Arnett as the ultra-emo, deeply self-involved Batman. Sure, it's kind of embarrassing how much you'll laugh at a movie made for children, but no regrets.

A Scanner Darkly

Starring the likes of Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., and Winona Ryder,A Scanner Darklywas a huge deal when it came out in 2006, thanks to its incredibly life-like animation technique. The movie was actually shot with live action footage andlateranimated (a process which took more than a year). It'sslightlydated when watching with a 2018 eye, but still visually impressive.

The Emperor's New Groove

One of the oddest Disney films in the vault,The Emperor's New Grooveis hilarious from start to finish, full of one-liners that you're definitely going to find funnier now that you're all grown-up.

Yellow Submarine

A work of weird, wild Beatles brilliance that's unlike anything else the band did in its decade-long run. A true, albeit bizarre, classic.


Pixar's success has spanned the course of decades, gifting the world with classic animated movies likeFinding Nemo,Toy Story,Monster's Incand more over the years. In 2017, the studio releasedCoco, an emotional story about a young boy's personal struggle between passion and tradition. The film is as poignant as it is playful, and even as a fully grown person, you'll definitely be able to relate to Miguel's journey to the other side—just make sure you've got some tissues on you.


One probably wouldn't expect to see a kids' movie address xenophobia, sexism, and classism, butZootopiadoes just that...well,kinda. The 2016 comedy is set in a human-less world where all animals co-exist together in harmony while still dealing with their own set of harmful -isms. It may be presented in the form of talking animals, but the film's overarching message underscoring the importance of tolerance and respect still hits home.

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Lost princess with no memory? Check. Problematic but handsome anti-hero? Check. Scorned sorcerer with a grudge on his plotting to wipe out the entire royal family? Check, check, check. Based very loosely on thetragic story (opens in new tab)of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia,Anastasiawill make you sing, laugh, swoon, and cry all in one sitting.

Our Friend, Martin

You probably first watchedOur Friend, Martinin your middle school English class, but the film takes on a different meaning when you're viewing it as an adult who has a better understanding of America's dark and tumultuous relationship with race.

Inside Out

As people, we deal with a lot of complicated emotions, andInside Outhelps kids (and us adults!) understand those feelings better. During the film's development, producers consulted with a number of psychologists to really flesh out the inner workings of the human psyche, and the result was a thoughtful and moving heart-check.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

We were introduced to Miles Morales, a scrappy Afro-Latino kid from Brooklyn who turns into Spider-Man after an incident with a radioactive spider. Miles's new powers also lead him to the discovery of a multi-verse, where various versions of Spider-Man exist (including one hero voiced by Nicholas Cage). The film took home several notable wins during awards season and is thought by superhero fans to be one of the best Spider-Man films ever.

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Which is the No 1 animation movie? ›

1. DC League of Super-Pets (2022)

What is considered the best animated movie of all time? ›

10 Best Animated Movies of All Time, According to IMDb
  • Princess Mononoke (1997) ...
  • Coco (2017) ...
  • Toy Story (1995) ...
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) ...
  • WALL-E (2008) ...
  • Grave of the Fireflies (1988) ...
  • The Lion King (1994) ...
  • Spirited Away (2001)
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What is the funniest animation ever? ›

The Funniest Animated Movies of All Time
  • 'The Emperor's New Groove' (2000) ...
  • 'Shrek' (2001) ...
  • 'Aladdin' (1992) ...
  • 'The Simpsons Movie' (2007) ...
  • 'Fantastic Mr. ...
  • 'South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut' (1999) ...
  • of 07.
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What animated movie won the Oscar? ›

Encanto won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature on Sunday, beating out Flee, The Mitchells vs. the Machines and two other Disney animated features Luca and Raya and the Last Dragon.

Is there a zootopia 2? ›

Zootopia 2 is an upcoming CGI-animated comedy action/adventure, sequel to the 2016 film Zootopia, to be released on November 24, 2021. The film is produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

What was the first animated Disney movie? ›

In 1937, Walt Disney Animation Studios released its first fully animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, pioneering a new form of family entertainment.

What is the best action cartoon? ›

Best Animated Action TV Series
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008) ...
  • Fairy Tail (2009–2019) ...
  • One Punch Man (2015–2019) ...
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009–2010) ...
  • Planetar (2015– ) ...
  • Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995) ...
  • Cowboy Bebop (1998–1999) ...
  • Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga (2017)

What is the highest rated animated movie on IMDb? ›

1. Spirited Away (2001)

What are the 5 types of animation? ›

5 Forms of Animation
  • Traditional Animation.
  • 2D Animation.
  • 3D Animation.
  • Motion Graphics.
  • Stop Motion.

What animated movies have won Best Picture? ›

Film Finders: Award-Winning Films
  • Oscars: Best Animated Feature.
  • 2019-Toy Story 4.
  • 2018-Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
  • 2017-Coco.
  • 2016-Zootopia.
  • 2015-Inside Out.
  • 2014-Big Hero 6.
  • 2013-Frozen.

What movie won the first Best animated Oscar? ›

Winning over "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius" and Pixar's "Monsters, Inc.," the Dreamworks movie "Shrek" won the first Oscar for best animated feature. It was also nominated in the best adapted screenplay award.

Who is the king of adult animation? ›

The world of animated TV comedy would not look the same if not for Seth MacFarlane. He pioneered the raunchy comedy, handcrafted a new animated style, and revolutionized the butt joke. Peter Griffin is one of the heads on the Mt. Rushmore of adult animation between the head of Homer Simpson and Eric Cartman.

What does animation mean? ›

Animation is a method by which still figures are manipulated to appear as moving images. In traditional animation, images are drawn or painted by hand on transparent celluloid sheets to be photographed and exhibited on film. Today, most animations are made with computer-generated imagery (CGI).

What are the Disney movies? ›

The Walt Disney Company

What is the #1 movie in 2022? ›

Top Gun: Maverick

Who is the most successful actor? ›

Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office
RankNameDomestic Box Office
1Samuel L. Jackson$5,718,504,196
2Robert Downey, Jr.$5,474,166,329
3Scarlett Johansson$5,289,001,669
4Tom Hanks$5,065,897,608
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Which is the No 1 movie in the world 2021? ›

Top Grossing Movies of 2021
RankMovieRelease Date
1Spider-Man: No Way HomeDec 17, 2021
2Shang-Chi and the Legend of…Sep 3, 2021
3Venom: Let There be CarnageOct 1, 2021
4Black WidowJul 9, 2021
56 more rows

What are the top 5 most viewed movies? ›

The Most Watched Movies of all time according to IMDB.
  • Titanic. DVD - 2012. /> ...
  • E. T. The Extra-terrestial. ...
  • The Wizard of Oz. DVD - 2009. /> ...
  • Star Wars. A New Hope. DVD - 2020. ...
  • Lord of the Rings. The Return of the King. DVD - 2004. ...
  • Terminator 2. Judgment Day. DVD - 2017. ...
  • The Lion King. DVD - 2011. /> ...
  • The Godfather. DVD - 2008. />
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What movie has a 10 10 rating? ›

IMDb Rating: 9.0 - 9.9
109.6Band of Brothers (2001)
109.3The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
109.2The Godfather (1972)
109.1The Godfather: Part II (1974)
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Has Encanto won any awards? ›


What is the most popular animation in 2022? ›

Feature Film, Released between 2022-01-01 and 2022-12-31, Animation (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
  1. DC League of Super-Pets (2022) ...
  2. Strange World (2022) ...
  3. Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022) ...
  4. Lightyear (2022) ...
  5. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero (2022) ...
  6. Disenchanted (2022) ...
  7. Drifting Home (2022)

Is Moana 2 coming out? ›

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it's hard to tell when Moana 2 will hit the big screens as the epidemic has affected almost every sector. There have been no announcements regarding the release of Moana 2. However, several reports claim that Moana 2 will arrive by the end of November 2021 or early 2022.

Is Coco 2 coming out? ›

Coco 2 is an upcoming Pixar movie coming out in October/November 2020. Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures & Pixar Animation Studios.

Will there be a ratatouille 2? ›

Although this film is a favorite of many Disney and Pixar viewers, Disney does not currently have any plans for a second Ratatouille movie.

How many hair does Elsa have? ›

With 400,000 strands of hair on Elsa's head, Disney moviemakers needed a new way to keep track of all the computer-generated threads. They created a new software program, Tonic, to help bring Elsa's platinum-blonde braid to life.

Who is the oldest princess in Disney? ›

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs came out in 1937, debuting the very first Disney princess with Snow White herself.

What's the oldest cartoon? ›

1908 – Fantasmagorie, considered by animation historians as the world's first cartoon, is released.

What is the most watched cartoon? ›

Most popular cartoons
  • The Simpsons (1989– ) TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy. ...
  • Rick and Morty (2013– ) TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy. ...
  • South Park (1997– ) TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy. ...
  • Family Guy (1999– ) ...
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008) ...
  • Futurama (1999–2023) ...
  • Archer (2009– ) ...
  • American Dad! (

What cartoon has a purple TV? ›

A Reddit user has recreated the iconic purple TV from the beloved cartoon, The Simpsons. The front room staple, which has been immortalized in the show's title credit sequence for seasons on end, has inspired Brandon Withrow to print his own replica.

Is Avatar an anime? ›

Avatar: The Last Airbender (abbreviated as ATLA), also known as Avatar: The Legend of Aang in some regions, is an American anime-influenced animated television series produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studios. It was co-created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, with Aaron Ehasz serving as head writer.

What was the best year for animated movies? ›

The film that best solidified the totality of the 2009's animation revolution is the film that not only won the Best Animated Feature Oscar, but also a nomination for Best Picture of the year.

Why do you like animation movie? ›

Animated films make adults laugh thanks to their universal sense of humour, but they bring also another kind of joy: the joy of reuniting with the past. Disney productions remind us of our childhood ideals, and immersing in their magical setting helps us remember what it was like to be a child.

What is life like animation called? ›

Motion capture is a modern form of 3D animation that allows creators to create ultra-realistic animations based on live-action scenes. Motion capture is frequently used in the gaming industry to create realistic character animations and lifelike facial expressions.

Who is the father of animation? ›

French cartoonist and animator Émile Cohl is often referred to as "the father of the animated cartoon." The legend goes that in in 1907, when motion pictures were reaching critical mass, the 50-year-old Cohl was walking down the street and spotted a poster for a movie clearly stolen from one of his comic strips.

What is 3D animation? ›

3D animation refers to the process of taking digital objects and making them come to life by creating the illusion that they're moving through a three-dimensional space. These computer-generated objects appear on a two-dimensional screen, but they're crafted to mimic the principles of a 3D world.

Has any anime won Oscar? ›

Ponyo - 2009. Ponyo was created by the only animation studio to ever gain Oscar recognition - Spirited Away, an earlier Studio Ghibli film, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2002. Since then, no other studios have received the slightest amount of attention, and most other Ghibli films have been ignored ...

Has a Disney movie ever won Best Picture? ›

Best Picture
1991 (64th)Beauty and the BeastDisney
2009 (82nd)UpDisney, Pixar
2010 (83rd)Toy Story 3Disney, Pixar

Who is the youngest person to win an Oscar? ›

7. Youngest Oscar Winner. The youngest ever Oscar winner is actress Tatum O'Neal who was only 10 years old when she won Best Supporting Actress for the film 'Paper Moon'.

Who won for Encanto? ›

Walt Disney Animation Studios' Colombian-set musical Encanto won the Academy Award for best animated feature, delivering Oscars to directors Byron Howard and Jared Bush, and producers Yvett Merino, the first Latina nominated and winning in the category, and Clark Spencer.

Did Encanto win Oscars? ›


Who invented Encanto? ›

For the uninitiated, Encanto (which is Spanish for “charm”) is Disney's 60th animated feature film, featuring ridiculously catchy songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the composer of Hamilton.

What animated movie won the Oscar? ›

Encanto won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature on Sunday, beating out Flee, The Mitchells vs. the Machines and two other Disney animated features Luca and Raya and the Last Dragon.

What is the most popular Disney? ›

All Disney Animated Theatrical Movies Ranked by Tomatometer
  • #1. Pinocchio (1940) 100% #1. ...
  • #2. Zootopia (2016) 98% #2. ...
  • #3. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) 98% #3. ...
  • #4. One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) 98% #4. ...
  • #5. Dumbo (1941) 98% #5. ...
  • #6. Moana (2016) 95% #6. ...
  • #7. Aladdin (1992) 95% #7. ...
  • #8. Fantasia (1940) 95% #8.

Which cartoon is made in India? ›

SeriesNetworkProduction Company
Chhota BheemPogo TVGreen Gold Animations
Chhoti AnandiColors TVSphere Origins HopMotion Animation Studio
Chimpoo SimpooZeeQDigitales Studio
Chorr PoliceDisney XD IndiaGreen Gold Animations
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Is there any Indian anime? ›

The Legend of Prince Rama is an anime adaptation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Ramayana is the story of Prince Ram who is exiled from his kingdom to keep his father's promise.

Which is the first 3D animated film made in India? ›

The first Indian 3D animated film was Roadside Romeo, a joint venture between Yash Raj Films and the Indian division of the Walt Disney Company. It was written and directed by Jugal Hansraj.

Is Encanto bigger than Frozen? ›

Lin-Manuel Miranda's catchy Encanto soundtrack tune "We Don't Talk About Bruno" has surpassed Frozen's Oscar-winning hit "Let It Go" as the biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit from Disney's animated filmography, according to new tracking data from the publication.

What is the number 1 Disney movie 2022? ›

Doctor Strange in the Multi…

What is Disney's biggest film? ›

As of September 2022, "Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens" (2015) remained the highest-grossing Disney movie of all time in Canada and the United States, having grossed almost 934 million U.S. dollars across the two countries – collectively known as the North American box office market.

What was Disney's first Oscar? ›

1940: "Pinocchio" was the first animated Disney film to receive an official Oscar. After a few nominations, Disney won its first major Academy Awards for one of its animated features. "Pinocchio" won two Oscars for best original score and best original song, "When You Wish Upon a Star."

Has Encanto won any awards? ›


What was the first animated movie to win Best Picture? ›

At the 5th Academy Awards ceremony, on 18 November 1932, the eight-minute “Silly Symphonies” cartoon Flowers and Trees won Walt Disney an Oscar for Best Short Subject (Cartoons) – a category introduced that year.

Who is the coolest Disney character? ›

10 Universally Loved Disney Characters
  • Baymax (Big Hero 6) Image via Disney+ ...
  • Cheshire Cat (Alice In Wonderland) ...
  • Olaf (Frozen, Frozen 2) ...
  • Gaston (Beauty And The Beast) ...
  • Genie (Aladdin) ...
  • Edna Mode (The Incredibles, Incredibles 2) ...
  • Dory (Finding Nemo, Finding Dory) ...
  • Jiminy Cricket (Pinocchio)
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What is the most liked Disney song? ›

The highest-ranking song from the first 20 years of the 20th century is Idina Menzel's rendition of “Let It Go,” from Frozen, at No.

Who is the most popular Disney princess? ›

All the Disney princesses are loved, but Princess Ariel just might be the most loved of all the princesses. Her sweet and charismatic character won the hearts of every Disney fan around the world. Plus, she's a mermaid who can sing and then some.


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