Best Animated Movies Of All Time
There are numerous stories told through animated features. A few of them such as Grave of the Fireflies are based on true events. But the majority of them are creative fiction stories of adventure, fantasy, sadness, love, mystery, crime, and a hell lot of funny characters! The creativity that goes into combining characters and a good story marks the mastery of animation movie production. The diverse thoughts are communicated through words and vivid characterization to keep the audience always glued to the screen and thoroughly entertained. It doesn’t matter whether you’re young or old; good animation movies have a way of warming into our hearts and leaving a lasting impression. Here is a complete list of the best animation movies to ever hit the screen.
The Land Before Time (1988)
Littlefoot is an orphaned herbivorous dinosaur who sets out together with his friend Cera in search of a fabled “Great Valley” where he is to find his kind and live in peace from the dangerous carnivore that killed his mother.
Director: Don Bluth
Casts: Gabriel Damon, Helen Shaver, Candace Hutson
Narrator: Pat Hingle
The Lord of the Rings (1978)
Frodo Baggins is a young hobbit sent by a wise old wizard named Gandalf to Mount Doom on a mission to destroy an evil magical ring.
Director: Ralph Bakshi
Casts: Christopher Guard, William Squire, John Hurt
The beautiful Cinderella is enslaved in rags and mistreated by her evil stepmother and stepsisters. Her fairy godmother shows up to magically help Cinderella out of her misery and into the hands of the prince at the royal ball.
Directors: Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson
Cast: Ilene Woods, Eleanor Audley, Lucille Bliss, Verna Felton
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Snow White’s beauty drives the Queen mad. The evil stepmother orders Snow White to be killed only to learn later that Snow White is alive deep in the woods living with seven young miners. The disguised queen puts Snow White to a deep slumber using a poisoned apple until a prince kisses her to break the spell.
Directors: Wilfred Jackson, William Cottrell, Perce Pearce, David Hand, Ben Sharpsteen, Larry Morey
Casts: Adriana Caselotti, Lucille La Verne, Stuart Buchanan, Harry Stockwell, Moroni Olsen
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
Suzan Murphy is an ordinary woman whose life is changed when a radioactive meteor transforms her into a giant that the government nicknames “Ginormica”. Together with other monsters (B.O.B and Dr. Cockroach) confined in a secret government facility, they are sent to save the world when an alien robot attacks earth.
Directors: Conrad Vernon, Rob Letterman
Casts: Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie, Seth Rogen, Rob Letterman
Planet 51 (2009)
Chuck is an American astronaut who thinks he is the first to set foot on Planet 51 until he runs into the little green inhabitants who live in fear of an invasion!
Directors: Javier Abad, Marcos Martinez, Jorge Blanco
Casts: Dwayne Johnson, John Cleese, Seann William Scott, Gary Oldman, Jessica Biel
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
The disfigured Notre Dame Cathedral bell ringer, Quasimodo, finds himself at crossroads and fighting for his life when he decides to keep the enchanting young gypsy girl (Esmeralda) from the clutches of his master and guardian, Frollo.
Directors: Kirk Wise, Gary Trousdale
Casts: Tom Hulce, Demi Moore, Tony Jay
Capt. John Smith is in the company of other settlers who move to the “New World” to begin new lives. It is here that he meets the strong-willed and charming American-Indian woman Pocahontas and falls in deeply in love despite the forbidden romance.
Directors: Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg
Casts: Irene Bedard, Mel Gibson, Linda Hunt, David Ogden Stiers, Christian Bale
Paprika is a dream detective who can walk into people’s dreams and works as a scientist named Dr. Atsuko Chiba by day. It’s up to her two egos plus three others to bring back calm and order when the dream-machine (DC Mini) goes missing.
Director: Satoshi Kon
Casts: Megumi Hayashibara, Toru Emori, Kôichi Yamadera, Katsunosuke Hori, Toru Emori
The Jungle Book (1967)
Mowgli is a “human cub” raised by a pack of wolves after his parents die in an accident when he’s just a baby. He teams up with the ever jovial “Balloo, ” the bear who doesn’t want him to go back to the “man-village” although the fierce but wise panther “Bagheera” thinks different. Mowgli also faces certain death if he ever runs into Shere Khan, the tiger who hates humans or Kaa, the giant snake.
Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
Casts: George Sanders, Sebastian Cabot, Phil Harris, Louis Prima, Sterling Holloway
The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie (1979)
This whole film is about Bugs Bunny’s recollection of past escapades and events covering most of other Looney Toon characters like the Road Runner, Marvin the Martian, Pepe Lepew, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Wile E. Coyote and Daffy Duck.
Director: Phil Monroe, Chuck Jones
Casts: Mel Blanc, Nicolai Shutorov, Arthur Q. Bryan
After an unfortunate accident, a human orphan baby grows up deep in the African jungle under the care of a gentle and protective gorilla Kala. He meets and falls in love with Jane who is part of an expedition from England but first, he must stop the coldblooded Clayton, the hunter from harming his gorilla family.
Director: Kevin Lima, Chris Buck
Casts: Tony Goldwyn, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver, Alex D. Linz, Brian Blessed
After finding a doorway to a seemingly better alternative world where people have buttons instead of eyes, the lonely Coraline goes to the other side and is happy to find caring parents until she discovers things are not as they seem and she has to fight to get back to her world.
Director: Henry Selick
Casts: Dakota Fanning, Keith David, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, John Hodgman
Mega Mind (2010)
Megamind is a very unsuccessful super-villain until he one day manages to destroy his nemesis Metro Man. Life soon gets boring without a worthy opponent so he decides to create another superhero who would rather be bad which forces Megamind to become the unlikely hero?
Director: Tom McGrath
Stars: Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, David Cross
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
To deal with her boredom, a young Hawaiian girl Lilo goes on to adopt a pet dog and names it Stitch only to discover that Stitch is an experiment that has escaped from an alien planet.
Directors: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Geppetto is an old woodworker who wishes upon a falling star that his puppet Pinocchio would turn into a real boy. His request is granted by the blue fairy but his “boy” is led astray by Honest John.
Directors: Ben Sharpsteen, Norm Ferguson, Bill Roberts, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson
Casts: Christian Rub, Dickie Jones, Cliff Edwards, Evelyn Venable, Walter Catlett
A courageous but hotheaded Scottish princess Merida is a skilled archer who wishes to forge her own path and defies traditions that lead to chaos in the kingdom. She must use her skills to undo an evil curse brought about by her recklessness.
Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Casts: Kelly Macdonald, Kevin McKidd, Robbie Coltrane, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters
Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
A trio decides to survive together on the streets of Tokyo as a makeshift family. Gin, Hana, and Miyuki find a baby in the trash on Christmas Eve and they go out to find its parents.
Directors: Shogo Furuya, Satoshi Kon
Casts: Toru Emori, Yoshiaki Umegaki, Aya Okamoto
Aladar is an Iguanodon dinosaur dramatically separated from his family as an egg and brought up by a family of lemurs. Together with a pack of other dinosaurs, they must get to the nesting lands when their home is hit by a meteor shower that leaves nothing but a desert and very hungry carnivores.
Directors: Ralph Zondag, Eric Leighton
Casts: D.B. Sweeney, Alfre Woodard, Samuel E. Wright, Hayden Panettiere, Della Reese
The Little Mermaid (1989)
Aerial is a 16 years old rebellious mermaid princess who falls in love with a prince from the surface. It drives her to get into a bad deal with Ursula the sea witch and her father King Triton is forced to bring things back to order.
Director: John Musker, Ron Clements
Casts: Pat Carroll, Jodi Benson, Kenneth Mars, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin
Rango is a domesticated pet chameleon who accidentally gets left behind in a desert and ends up in a town called Dirt. Contrary to his nature of blending in, he enters into a soul-searching journey to stand out.
Director: Gore Verbinski
Stars: Johnny Depp, Timothy Olyphant, Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty, Bill Nighy, Isla Fisher
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
The Clock’s family is only 4 inches tall, and they live by borrowing small things that can’t be missed from regular humans until their daughter Arrietty is seen by a human boy and they become friends.
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Casts: Bridgit Mendler, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, Moises Arias, David Henrie, Amy Poehler
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
Our favorite 3rd graders sneak into an R-rated Canadian movie that leaves them with new everyday vocabulary, and the parents join the teachers in declaring war on Canada while Philip & Terrance are put on death row, but the kids come to their rescue.
Director: Trey Parker
Casts: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes, George Clooney, Mary Kay Bergman
Mulan is a young girl who cleverly disguises herself as a man to join the Chinese army in place of her ailing father although women don’t qualify to join the army. Together with her witty dragon Mushu she helps outsmart and fight off the fierce Hun.
Directors: Barry Cook, Tony Bancroft
Casts: Ming-Na Wen, Pat Morita, June Foray, Freda Foh Shen, Eddie Murphy, Soon-Tek Oh
Finding Nemo (2003)
Nemo is a small clown fish born with a foreshortened fin. His father Marlin is horrified when Nemo swims closer to the surface and is caught by a diver ending up in a dentist’s fish tank. While Nemo is busy planning an escape, his father is joined by Dory, who has a short memory to find Nemo.
Director: Lee Unkrich, Andrew Stanton
Casts: Alexander Gould, Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks
Lightning McQueen falls off the trailer and gets lost on the way to race the King in California. He ends up in a raggedy town called Radiator Springs where he meets and befriends its remaining inhabitants like Mater and Sally.
Directors: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft
Casts: Richard Petty, Owen Wilson, Michael Keaton, Larry the Cable Guy, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt
Brother Bear (2003)
Kenai is an Indian boy who hates bears when one kills his brother Sitka. He needlessly kills a bear one day, and he’s magically turned into a bear. Even worse, his younger brother Denahi vows to kill Kenai the bear who is heading to a magical mountain (with the help of a real bear cub Koda) where he believes he can be turned back to human.
Directors: Robert Walker, Aaron Blaise
Casts: Joaquin Phoenix, Jason Raize, Jeremy Suarez, D.B. Sweeney, Estelle Harris
Gulliver’s Travels (1939)
Lemuel Gulliver washes ashore on a land called Lilliput after their whole sea crew is shipwrecked. The little people of Lilliput are no bigger than an inch, but the adventure is larger than the universe! He has to stop a war and help the romance between the princess and the prince from the other opposing side.
Director: Dave Fleischer
Casts: Lanny Ross, Jessica Dragonette, Cal Howard, Sam Parker, Pinto Colvig
The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Moses is an Egyptian Prince, who discovers his true roots about his Jewish background. He embarks on a mission to challenge his brother and now new Pharaoh Rameses and free his fellow Jews from years of cruel enslavement with the help of God.
Director: Simon Wells, Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner
Casts: Val Kilmer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ralph Fiennes, Sandra Bullock, Danny Glover, Patrick Stewart, Steve Martin
The city of Neo-Tokyo in 2019 is in danger. Tetsuo has been exposed to some energy source from a buried government project called Akira and has developed mysterious supernatural powers. His friend and leader of their biker gang Keneda sets out to save Tetsuo as well as stop him from destroying the world!
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
2001 Release Directors: Katsuhiro Otomo, Ruairi Robinson
Casts: Nozomu Sasaki, Mitsuo Iwata, Mami Koyama, Tetsuo Genda, Hiroshi Otake
2001 English Streamline Casts: Cameron Clarke, Jan Rabson, Barbara Goodson, Lara Cody, Bob Bergen
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
A naive cartographer Milo Thatch works in a museum and dreams of completing the journey to discover the lost city of Atlantis which was started by his late grandfather. He teams up with a bunch of professional daredevils on an adventure funded by a crazy billionaire.
Directors: Kirk Wise, Gary Trousdale
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Corey Burton, Claudia Christian, Phil Morris, James Garner, John Mahoney
The Incredibles (2004)
Mr. Incredible is bored with his new life since the government banned all superheroes and were yearning for an adventure. He gets called up to an island to stop evil robots when he runs into more serious problems, and his family has to come to his rescue.
Director: Brad Bird
Casts: Brad Bird, Samuel L. Jackson, Craig T. Nelson, Jason Lee, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee
Treasure Planet (2002)
The 15 years old Jim Hawkins stumbles onto a map that could lead to the great “Loot of a thousand worlds”. He goes on an intergalactic space adventure in search of the legendary treasure.
Director: John Musker, Ron Clements
Casts: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Roscoe Lee Browne, Dane A. Davis, Laurie Metcalf, Austin Majors, Corey Burton
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)
Sinbad, the brave sailor, has been framed for stealing the Book of Peace by a goddess named Eris and must travel to the end of the world with the help of a sturdy but beautiful stowaway to retrieve the Book and save Prince Proteus, his childhood friend.
Directors: Patrick Gilmore, Tim Johnson
Casts: Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dennis Haysbert, Joseph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer
Peter Pan (1953)
Peter and his fairy Tinkerbell chase his shadow into a bedroom with three children, Wendy, and her two brothers. The children are amazed to hear about a land where children never grow up, Neverland, and decide to follow Peter Pan back.
Directors: Hamilton Luske, Wilfred Jackson, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney
Casts: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Tommy Luske, Hans Conried, Heather Angel
Narrator: Tom Conway