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50 Greatest Animated Films of All Time

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People who added this item 3025 Average listal rating (1907 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.4
How could a film more complex than Shakespearean poetry, more violent than all the Looney Toons shorts combined, longer than two Disney films put together possibly be for children? That's easy, it isn't, necessarily. Since when were animated films ever for just children? This misconception has turned many adults away from some of the most ingenious, powerful, brilliant films of all time. Princess Mononoke is undoubtedly one of those films, probably as good as any live action film you'll ever see. Everything, from the beautiful music to the storytelling, to the character development, the use of color, cinematography, etc. Everything is in place. This is the height of the animation industry, in terms of storytelling power and construction. Who else but Miyazaki?
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What could be more fun than observing as history is being made? Ya, Disney and his legendary staff of animators know this, too. Snow White is more than just a landmark film, it is high entertainment at its very fullest, from beginning to end, a triumph.
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People who added this item 7623 Average listal rating (5421 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.3
Toy Story (1995)
Once again, history is being made here, and not just does the staff of Pixar make sure every pixel of animation is intact, they make sure they have made a truly great movie. They succeeded. Woody and Buzz practically jump off the screen; they are almost as if you have always known them, but for some reason are being introduced for the first time. And just like Snow White, this is high entertainment and a triumph from beginning to end.
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People who added this item 1508 Average listal rating (882 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
This is probably the tightest Miyazaki film. Though at 2hr. and 4min. it is not his shortest film, the storytelling is bright and to the point. Dola is among the funniest of all animated characters and Mark Hamill's performance as the evil Muska is a real stand-out. Miyazaki's keen eye for directing is at its most indisputably deft here. Can't help but admire the brilliance at work here.
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People who added this item 3075 Average listal rating (1898 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.4
Pinocchio (1940)
While much darker than his first movie and not quite as riotously entertaining, Pinocchio still does not fail to genuinely impress. Talking animals enter for the first time in a Disney feature and rough edges are gracefully sanded off (one must wonder as they are watching this, what is left to fix? While only on their second film, the Walt Disney Company is already dealing with perfection). An impressive film.
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People who added this item 2742 Average listal rating (1724 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2
My Neighbor Totoro is such a beautiful film. It is told with the most tender of hearts and minds, and an unadulterated hope and optimism. Yes, the mom is sick and the kids are making it into more than it is; but that is, in a sense, the power of the film, the unfiltered innocence of the children and how they view the world, and how you wish you were more like them again.
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People who added this item 2182 Average listal rating (1345 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
This is not the most fun movie to watch, not the most exciting or exhilerating experience; however, this is probably THE textbook of animation ingenuity (And since when was reading a schoolbook fun, right?). Fantasia is the brainchild of a studio at the height of their ingenuity and creative skills; and in that respect, this is an all-time (yet very wierd) classic.
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People who added this item 4561 Average listal rating (3081 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.6
Spirited Away (2001)
Now, instead of unadulterated, unfiltered innocence, we are able to see Miyazaki's unfiltered mind and imagination. For a Japanese picture, this is a very American film. It seems almost as though Miyazaki is kissing up to the western audience, surrendering to something happy, slightly less complex than Mononoke, and much more free and unphilosophical. No-Face is probably the most complex character in the film (yes, even more complex than the whiny Chihiro), yet there is still something brimming underneath the surface. Miyazaki has that special power, I can't explain it.
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People who added this item 4094 Average listal rating (2662 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
There was something very beautiful happening during the Disney renaissance. The Little Mermaid captures this feeling perfectly. The bright and dark colors, precise and exciting animation, fast-paced, yet carefully managed, storytelling, and strong characters, among other things, permeate the rebirth that happened in this era, and certainly in this landmark film. Something seems very beautifully perverse underneath all the drawings and the music in this movie. Probably cause Mr. Disney was dead.
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People who added this item 8236 Average listal rating (6102 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.1
Finding Nemo (2003)
Watch The Little Mermaid, then watch this (their both underwater adventures). Isn't it amazing what computers can do, AND the entertaining storytelling quality of Pixar! However, I still like hand-drawn animation more - gotta love the blood, sweat and tears that fall on the page as their hand gets tired of gripping a pencil all day!
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People who added this item 2951 Average listal rating (1840 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Bambi (1942)
And now for a film even darker than Pinocchio. For anyone who remembers Bambi as the most innocent of films, look again. Bambi is about the brutality of the human race, in a sense; but also the necessity of death. Love, in the end, however, conquers and undermines all.
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People who added this item 5154 Average listal rating (3514 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8
Aladdin (1992)
One word: Genie. One more word: animation. One more word: Disney renaissance - ok, that makes two more words.
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People who added this item 5085 Average listal rating (3485 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Impressively smooth stop-motion animation makes this film a stand-out in the animation genre. Beautifully macabre, funny, and scary all at the same time. Best music of any Disney cartoon - dead serious! (and for those who don't know, Disney owns Touchstone - so THERE)
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Sometimes the animation looks as if its not moving at all, like they took a cut-out from a magazine and moved it across the page. But no one can deny the magnetic quality of this film (like the ohms!), and its potential for extreme cult following.
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People who added this item 2880 Average listal rating (1792 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
Dumbo (1941)
Trust me, it's not as dumb as it sounds. Legendary storytelling!
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People who added this item 5280 Average listal rating (3664 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.4
WALL·E (2008)
The first 30 minutes (the silent section) is, I believe, the greatest animated work I have ever seen. WALL-e's romance with Eve is beautiful, heart-warming, and hilarious. however, the last hour is thrown in the dumpster and flushed down the toilet. WHY? I must ask you, WHY?!?!?!
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People who added this item 3160 Average listal rating (2071 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2
The most beautifully animated film I can ever remember watching (except maybe for WALL-e), Howl's Moving Castle impresses and impresses and impresses and then lets you down right at the end. It's kinda like blowing up this homongous baloon, folding it a million different ways, then popping it with a needle. Here kid!
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People who added this item 2000 Average listal rating (1200 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.5
I used to think this film was much better than it really is. The key element missing from this film is... Miyazaki. HELLO, it's Studio Ghibli!! But he was too busy making his masterpiece My Neighbor Totoro. This could have been such a moving film, but I feel that the sad moments come all too quickly and too often to maintain their effect. Still a classic, though.
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People who added this item 7500 Average listal rating (5285 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.5
The Lion King (1994)
I must begin by saying, The Lion King might well be the most overrated animated film of all time. It has never deserved comparison with the Disney classics, and therefore shoudln't be compared with them. The animation looks very "fake," and the mood is not as carefully developed as it should be. However, there is still some obvious genius at work here.
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People who added this item 5188 Average listal rating (3514 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.9
Toy Story 2 (1999)
I don't like Jane, I didn't care for their villain, Woody lost some of his touch, but Buzz Lightyear got even more totally awesome! Zurg was a wonderful addition to the film - Oh, and the animation looks lightyears ahead of its time.
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People who added this item 8615 Average listal rating (6326 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
Shrek (2001)
If you think Eddie Murphy is funny, then you are in for a treat. His characterization of Donkey is a work of art, as well as the many parodies and sarcasms loaded throughout the film. This, however, is definitely not pixar, as it fails to tell a moving story when it eventually attempts to get serious.
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People who added this item 6516 Average listal rating (4690 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
I'm not a big fan of Billy Cristal's characterization of Mike Wazowski, but I did rather enjoy John Goodman's voicework as Sulley. Boo is adorable, and this really is a very good, funny, enjoyable movie.
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People who added this item 4484 Average listal rating (3005 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
This is where I start digging on holy turf. Beauty and the Beast really isn't that good. The storytelling is intact, but it is sadly, a little too forced. The animation is sketchy at times, but the overall experience is still exhilerating. I totally have mixed feelings about this film.
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People who added this item 2666 Average listal rating (1679 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.9
WOW! The Hunchback of Notre Dame really delivers in many ways. It is very dark, very perverse, very funny, and very entertaining. It is an unsung classic of animated brilliance, yet still somehow seems a little aware of the fact that "kids are watching." Still, "Hellfire" is a brave, impressive song.
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People who added this item 4614 Average listal rating (3116 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
Ratatouille (2007)
This might be Pixar's most artistically conceived film, a very delicate and thoughtful film, brimming with imagination, yet reigned in with a short leash for reality. In some ways, a little over-serious at times, but still great fun.
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People who added this item 4483 Average listal rating (2978 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.2
A Bug's Life (1998)
With Pixar's more recent works, people have forgotten how innovative A Bug's Life was, and how wonderfully entertaining it is.
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People who added this item 1796 Average listal rating (1092 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
Kiki's Delivery Service, for some reason, just ranked as the no. 1 Miyazaki film of all time on rottentomatoes.com. While obviously not as ingenius as his more creative works, Kiki's is still passable as a wonderful example of great movie directing.
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People who added this item 1979 Average listal rating (1349 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8
The E.T. of animated films. While not as tight or as beautiful as a Disney picture, there are still many impressive things about this film.
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People who added this item 2725 Average listal rating (1797 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
Coraline (2009)
A gigantic fireworks show of beautiful stop-motion animation. Still has its own share of dislikable elements, but it's impressive nonetheless.
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People who added this item 3064 Average listal rating (1910 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
With a slightly bland storyline, Lady and the Tramp is not as involving as Disney's greater works. But, still, there's very little to complain about with this classic.
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People who added this item 435 Average listal rating (263 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
Animal Farm (1956)
One of the weirdest films on this list, Animal Farm is the first animated feature film from Britian. With stodgy animation and bold storytelling, Animal Farm is both great and not-so-great.
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People who added this item 6955 Average listal rating (5041 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8
Not as good as I wish it was. The Incredibles is non-stop entertainment and action, but is not without its share of extremely corny lines.
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People who added this item 2555 Average listal rating (1604 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
Completely void of complexity, Sleeping Beauty is celebrated only for its great animation and dynamic portrayal of good vs. evil.
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People who added this item 4667 Average listal rating (3230 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2
Up (2009)
Very slow and overrated film that's almost as lethargic as its main character. The beauty of Pixar's sensitive storytelling is still present, but I can't help but feel betrayed by the one-dimensional villain.
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People who added this item 1662 Average listal rating (994 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
Ponyo (2008)
As weird as Miyazaki's films tend to be, this one might well be the weirdest. While I admire the superb directing, the film is just plain too weird and awkward, not-to-mention far too kiddie-friendly.
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People who added this item 3872 Average listal rating (2618 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.3
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Every single scene is swamped by a super-charged sentimentalism for the original Toy Story film. It's attempts to admire the original turn into a sappy swamp of pointless screenplay elements, as well as some amateurish story-telling.
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People who added this item 2893 Average listal rating (1802 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.6
Far from Disney's greatest work, Jungle Book is completely about Baloo the Bear. Eveything else can be pretty-much forgotten about.
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People who added this item 3734 Average listal rating (2473 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
Mulan (1998)
The dynamic storytelling, side-splitting comedy, bold social commentary, involving music, would not be complete without Disney's inaccurate historical accounts that play on formulaic cliches and mediocre villain development.
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People who added this item 3117 Average listal rating (1981 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Cinderella (1950)
Pretty much mediocre in every way, but it is still a Disney classic.
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People who added this item 2703 Average listal rating (1794 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7
Chicken Run (2000)
Hilarious and disappointing at the same time.
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People who added this item 2930 Average listal rating (1869 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Tarzan (1999)
Beautifully animated, yet very dramatic. Far from classic, yet far from bomb.
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People who added this item 3636 Average listal rating (2424 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.5
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Hilarious and way better than expected, Kung Fu Panda is almost as good as Shrek.
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People who added this item 2903 Average listal rating (1903 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
Hercules (1997)
There are a few things to complain about with this film, but why bring them up when it's so much fun?
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People who added this item 3485 Average listal rating (2301 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.1
Cars (2006)
Over-looked Pixar film is the rare kind that gets better with each viewing. While it is their most mediocre film to date, it really isn't all that bad.
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People who added this item 2821 Average listal rating (1921 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.1
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People who added this item 2392 Average listal rating (1565 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
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People who added this item 693 Average listal rating (410 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.4
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People who added this item 2804 Average listal rating (1727 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
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People who added this item 2690 Average listal rating (1824 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
Tangled (2010)
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People who added this item 1981 Average listal rating (1263 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Robin Hood (1973)
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This is a list of what I would consider to be the greatest examples of profound animated cinema of all time. This is a list that considers over-all greatness, not just entertainment value (though I'm tempted to make that list, too). For example, I personally find the movie Fantasia to be extremely dull and yawn-inducing, but must, however, consider its greatness and influence on animation and therefore place it high on this list. Hope you enjoy!

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