We all have a memory of watching our favorite animated films as a child. Whether it was a superhero-based cartoon or one of the heartwarming tales told by Pixar, animated films have the ability to warm our hearts and entertain us at the same time. Which of course begs the question, what are the greatest animated films of all time? In a recent survey of the top animators of today, including scores of artists from Disney and Pixar as well as directors like Fantastic Mr. Fox’s Wes Anderson, they were asked that very question. Here’s what they came up with for the 20 Greatest Animated Films Of All Time.
- 9 Cool And Crazy Toilets And Urinals
- 8 Reboots That Should Have Never Been Made
- 8 Cancelled TV Shows That Came Back With A Vengeance
Up – 2009
Everyone loved this heartwarming tale starring Ed Asner as the voice of Carl Fredricksen and directed by Pete Docter. In it, Carl sets out on an adventure with a neighborhood “Wilderness Explorer” in a house lifted by countless balloons. The film was a huge success, received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and entertained audiences the world over.
Ratatouille – 2007
Yet another Pixar film to grace our list. Everyone loved this heartwarming animated tale of a Parisian rat named Remy with a unique gift – he is an exceptional chef gifted with an incredible sense of taste and smell. By teaming up with human chef Linguini, Remy is able to fulfill his dreams of becoming a great chef.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit – 1988
This comedic masterpiece definitely belongs on this list, especially for its groundbreaking mix of live action and animated characters. Set in the 1930’s, this comedy/crime drama full of slapstick had a budget of $70 million, quite the sum in 1988 when it was released, and went on to make just under $330 million at the box office.
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit – 2005
Not only is this film an exceptionally well done clay animation film, but it was so good that it experienced both critical and commercial success. It won a number of film awards including the Academy Award for Best Animated Picture.
It’s Such A Beautiful Day – 2012
Created by Don Hertzfeldt, animated “Bill” struggles to put together his shattered psyche in this feature film. When it came out in 2012 to a limited theatrical release, the animated film was very well received by critics. So well, in fact, that The Los Angeles Film Critics Association named it their runner-up for Best Animated Feature Film of 2012.
Grave Of The Fireflies – 1988
Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese animated film written and directed by Isao Takahata. It was been critically acclaimed and features a Japanese family trying to get by in the final days of World War II. Critic Roger Ebert considered it one of histories’ greatest war films and listed it on his “Great Movies” list in 2000.
Akira – 1988
Akira, a Japanese animated film, is a science-fiction thriller set in the year 2019 and focuses on teenage biker, Tetsuo Shima, and his psychic abilities. It continues as a cult film to this day with a large and growing following. Fans and critics alike consider it one of the greatest animated films of all time.
Fantasia – 1940
Possibly one of Walt Disney’s most original animated films, it features 8 animated short films, each set to the tune of a different classical music score. Not only does the film feature animated Disney classics like Mickey Mouse in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice but musical scores from the likes of Beethoven and Stravinsky.