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Movies: Best Animation Movies

Animation is a dynamic medium in which images or objects 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). Computer animation can be very detailed 3D animation, while 2D computer animation can be used for stylistic reasons, low bandwidth or faster real-time renderings. Other common animation methods apply a stop motion technique to two and three-dimensional objects like paper cutouts, puppets or clay figures. The stop motion technique where live actors are used as a frame-by-frame subject is known as pixilation. Commonly the effect of animation is achieved by a rapid succession of sequential images that minimally differ from each other. The illusion—as in motion pictures in general—is thought to rely on the phi phenomenon and beta movement, but the exact causes are still uncertain. Analog mechanical animation media that rely on the rapid display of sequential images include the phénakisticope, zoetrope, flip book, praxinoscope and film. Television and video are popular electronic animation media that originally were analog and now operate digitally. For display on the compute... [Wikipedia]

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Up(2009)

3.9/5 (with 4,567 votes)

Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives him a new lease on life.

Directed by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson

Inside Out(2015)

PG
| 1h 34min | Drama, Comedy, Animation, Kids & Family
4.0/5 (with 4,511 votes)

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Directed by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen

Finding Nemo(2003)

G
| 1h 40min | Animation, Kids & Family
3.9/5 (with 4,150 votes)

Nemo, an adventurous young clownfish, is unexpectedly taken from his Great Barrier Reef home to a dentist's office aquarium. It's up to his worrisome father Marlin and a friendly but forgetful fish Dory to bring Nemo home -- meeting vegetarian sharks, surfer dude turtles, hypnotic jellyfish, hungry seagulls, and more along the way.

Directed by Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

WALL·E(2008)

G
| 1h 38min | Animation, Kids & Family
4.0/5 (with 4,003 votes)

WALL·E is the last robot left on an Earth that has been overrun with garbage and all humans have fled to outer space. For 700 years he has continued to try and clean up the mess, but has developed some rather interesting human-like qualities. When a ship arrives with a sleek new type of robot, WALL·E thinks he's finally found a friend and stows away on the ship when it leaves.

Directed by Andrew Stanton

Big Hero 6(2014)

3.9/5 (with 3,948 votes)

The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

Directed by Chris Williams, Don Hall

Despicable Me(2010)

PG
| 1h 35min | Animation, Kids & Family
3.6/5 (with 3,948 votes)

Villainous Gru lives up to his reputation as a despicable, deplorable and downright unlikable guy when he hatches a plan to steal the moon from the sky. But he has a tough time staying on task after three orphans land in his care.

Directed by Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

Monsters, Inc.(2001)

G
| 1h 32min | Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family
3.8/5 (with 3,932 votes)

James Sullivan and Mike Wazowski are monsters, they earn their living scaring children and are the best in the business... even though they're more afraid of the children than they are of them. When a child accidentally enters their world, James and Mike suddenly find that kids are not to be afraid of and they uncover a conspiracy that could threaten all children across the world.

Directed by Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich, David Silverman

The Lion King(1994)

G
| 1h 29min | Kids & Family, Animation, Drama
4.1/5 (with 3,634 votes)

A young lion cub named Simba can't wait to be king. But his uncle craves the title for himself and will stop at nothing to get it.

Directed by Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers

Toy Story(1995)

G
| 1h 21min | Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family
3.9/5 (with 3,618 votes)

Led by Woody, Andy's toys live happily in his room until Andy's birthday brings Buzz Lightyear onto the scene. Afraid of losing his place in Andy's heart, Woody plots against Buzz. But when circumstances separate Buzz and Woody from their owner, the duo eventually learns to put aside their differences.

Directed by John Lasseter

Zootopia(2016)

3.9/5 (with 3,565 votes)

Determined to prove herself, Officer Judy Hopps, the first bunny on Zootopia's police force, jumps at the chance to crack her first case - even if it means partnering with scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to solve the mystery.

Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

The Incredibles(2004)

3.8/5 (with 3,544 votes)

Bob Parr has given up his superhero days to log in time as an insurance adjuster and raise his three children with his formerly heroic wife in suburbia. But when he receives a mysterious assignment, it's time to get back into costume.

Directed by Brad Bird

Frozen(2013)

3.7/5 (with 3,477 votes)

Young princess Anna of Arendelle dreams about finding true love at her sister Elsa’s coronation. Fate takes her on a dangerous journey in an attempt to end the eternal winter that has fallen over the kingdom. She's accompanied by ice delivery man Kristoff, his reindeer Sven, and snowman Olaf. On an adventure where she will find out what friendship, courage, family, and true love really means.

Directed by Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Ratatouille(2007)

3.8/5 (with 3,065 votes)

A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the sewers of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unlikely - and certainly unwanted - visitor in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant, Remy's passion for cooking soon sets into motion a hilarious and exciting rat race that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down.

Directed by Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava

Minions(2015)

3.2/5 (with 3,049 votes)

Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world.

Directed by Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda - With Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, Jennifer Saunders, Michael Keaton, ...

Toy Story 3(2010)

G
| 1h 43min | Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy
3.9/5 (with 3,040 votes)

Woody, Buzz, and the rest of Andy's toys haven't been played with in years. With Andy about to go to college, the gang find themselves accidentally left at a nefarious day care center. The toys must band together to escape and return home to Andy.

Directed by Lee Unkrich

Brave(2012)

3.4/5 (with 2,953 votes)

Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Mérida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus and Queen Elinor. An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Mérida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Mérida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Mérida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin, the surly Lord Macintosh, and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall.

Directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell

Despicable Me 2(2013)

PG
| 1h 38min | Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family
3.5/5 (with 2,855 votes)

Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.

Directed by Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

Shrek(2001)

3.7/5 (with 2,840 votes)

It ain't easy bein' green -- especially if you're a likable (albeit smelly) ogre named Shrek. On a mission to retrieve a gorgeous princess from the clutches of a fire-breathing dragon, Shrek teams up with an unlikely compatriot -- a wisecracking donkey.

Directed by Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

Finding Dory(2016)

3.5/5 (with 2,839 votes)

Dory is reunited with her friends Nemo and Marlin in the search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?

Directed by Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane

Wreck-It Ralph(2012)

3.6/5 (with 2,791 votes)

Wreck-It Ralph is the 9-foot-tall, 643-pound villain of an arcade video game named Fix-It Felix Jr., in which the game's titular hero fixes buildings that Ralph destroys. Wanting to prove he can be a good guy and not just a villain, Ralph escapes his game and lands in Hero's Duty, a first-person shooter where he helps the game's hero battle against alien invaders. He later enters Sugar Rush, a kart racing game set on tracks made of candies, cookies and other sweets. There, Ralph meets Vanellope von Schweetz who has learned that her game is faced with a dire threat that could affect the entire arcade, and one that Ralph may have inadvertently started.

Directed by Rich Moore

How to Train Your Dragon(2010)

3.8/5 (with 2,688 votes)

As the son of a Viking leader on the cusp of manhood, shy Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III faces a rite of passage: he must kill a dragon to prove his warrior mettle. But after downing a feared dragon, he realizes that he no longer wants to destroy it, and instead befriends the beast – which he names Toothless – much to the chagrin of his warrior father

Directed by Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

Ice Age(2002)

3.6/5 (with 2,653 votes)

With the impending ice age almost upon them, a mismatched trio of prehistoric critters – Manny the woolly mammoth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger and Sid the giant sloth – find an orphaned infant and decide to return it to its human parents. Along the way, the unlikely allies become friends but, when enemies attack, their quest takes on far nobler aims.

Directed by Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

Toy Story 2(1999)

G
| 1h 32min | Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family
3.7/5 (with 2,648 votes)

Andy heads off to Cowboy Camp, leaving his toys to their own devices. Things shift into high gear when an obsessive toy collector named Al McWhiggen, owner of Al's Toy Barn kidnaps Woody. Andy's toys mount a daring rescue mission, Buzz Lightyear meets his match and Woody has to decide where he and his heart truly belong.

Directed by John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon

Cars(2006)

3.3/5 (with 2,644 votes)

Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. On route across the country to the big Piston Cup Championship in California to compete against two seasoned pros, McQueen gets to know the town's offbeat characters.

Directed by John Lasseter, Joe Ranft

Spirited Away(2001)

4.2/5 (with 2,627 votes)

A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free her family.

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Moana(2016)

3.7/5 (with 2,385 votes)

In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain's daughter's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the demigod to set things right.

Directed by Ron Clements, John Musker, Chris Williams, Don Hall

Monsters University(2013)

G
| 1h 44min | Animation, Kids & Family
3.5/5 (with 2,324 votes)

A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University — when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.

Directed by Dan Scanlon

Tangled(2010)

PG
| 1h 40min | Animation, Kids & Family
3.8/5 (with 2,242 votes)

When the kingdom's most wanted-and most charming-bandit Flynn Rider hides out in a mysterious tower, he's taken hostage by Rapunzel, a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair. Flynn's curious captor, who's looking for her ticket out of the tower where she's been locked away for years, strikes a deal with the handsome thief and the unlikely duo sets off on an action-packed escapade, complete with a super-cop horse, an over-protective chameleon and a gruff gang of pub thugs.

Directed by Byron Howard, Nathan Greno

Aladdin(1992)

3.8/5 (with 2,238 votes)

Princess Jasmine grows tired of being forced to remain in the palace, so she sneaks out into the marketplace, in disguise, where she meets street-urchin Aladdin. The couple falls in love, although Jasmine may only marry a prince. After being thrown in jail, Aladdin becomes embroiled in a plot to find a mysterious lamp, with which the evil Jafar hopes to rule the land.

Directed by John Musker, Ron Clements

Madagascar(2005)

PG
| 1h 26min | Kids & Family, Animation
3.3/5 (with 2,190 votes)

Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York's Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends -- Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo -- have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape -- with the help of some prodigious penguins -- to explore the world.

Directed by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath