Best Animated Films of All Time

A compilation of some of the best animated films ever released


Logan Peterson

10) Aladdin- One of the most successful films of Disney’s Renaissance, “Aladdin” features a smart script, wonderfully imaginative characters, and possibly the greatest voice-over performance of all time from the late, great Robin Williams as Genie. It’s also important not to forget the amazing songs, especially the Oscar-winning, “A Whole New World.”

9) Toy Story- This film was the beginning of a new era of animation. Pixar Studios was born when this indelible classic was released. It’s hard to imagine the world of animated films without our favorite cowboy, Woody and space ranger, Buzz Lightyear.

8) Monster’s Inc- You had to know that Pixar wouldn’t be a one-hit wonder. With the release of “Monster’s Inc” in 2001, the studio took an entirely new beast; featuring even more striking characters and animation, and wonderful voice work from Billy Crystal and John Goodman, this film is a hilarious and warm classic.

7) The Iron Giant- This is the most underrated animated film of all time. It boasts the beautiful story of a precocious young boy’s relationship with an extra-terrestrial robot. “The Iron Giant” has many similar themes to the Steven Spielberg classic, “E.T.”; it’s a film with humor, heart, and intrigue.

6) The Little Mermaid- The Disney Renaissance began with this adaptation of a Han Christian Andersen fairy tale. It tells the story of a curious young mermaid who vies to see the world above the surface of the ocean. It boasts incredible music and an iconic princess in Ariel, and the most deliciously wicked villain in Disney history, Ursula.

5) Toy Story 3- It’s hard to believe that a sequel can improve upon the original, especially a film as powerful as “Toy Story.” But the last film in the trilogy is the perfect culmination of these amazing characters that we’ve come to know and love. It’s gut-busting and heart-wrenching, and features one of the most heartbreaking goodbyes in recent film history.

4) Fantastic Mr. Fox- This film is as quirky as can be. What else could you expect from auteur director Wes Anderson. He stepped up his game when he released this stop motion darling; he shocked everyone with this hilarious account of a family of foxes fending off some greedy farmers. The voice cast is fantastic, featuring George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and Jason Schwartzman.

3) The Incredibles- This is Pixar at the top of their respective powers. The screenplay is ‘incredibly’ smart and the colorful characters are iconic and visually pleasing. “The Incredible” tells the story of a family of superheroes in hiding, until a covert government agency discovers their secret. The action sequences are visceral and the voice acting is wonderful throughout.

2) Spirited Away- This visually stunning anime feature from the great Hayao Miyazaki is an unprecedented masterpiece. The film is about a young girl named Chihiro who becomes lost in the spirit world, and must escape to free her parents from the clutches of an evil witch. The story is extremely touching and the animation is best ever in any animated film.

1) Beauty and the Beast- The greatest love story ever told…and the greatest animated film ever. No animated film will ever come close to greatness of “Beauty and the Beast.” The characters are stunningly real and the song sequences are pitch perfect, from “Be Our Guest” to “Something There.” The theme of inner beauty is never forced, and the story flows perfectly thanks to it’s magnificent script, animation, directing, and voice acting. Pure. Animation. Nirvana

Honorable Mentions- Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Chicken Run, Coraline, Inside Out, The Lego Movie, The Lion King, Shrek, Shrek II, South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, Tarzan