Top 15 Animated Movies Of All Time.

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Today we will look at the Top 15 Animated Movies Of All Time.

Animated movies have always captured the imagination and fantasies of young and old alike. There is no doubt about the fact that some of the animated movies have stormed the box office and broken age old records set by conventional movies. Some of them have been path breaking in terms of production value, narrative style and storytelling. 

So today we are going to look at the top 15 animated movies of all time.



15. Howl’s Moving Castle – Japanese Animated Movie that came out in 2004. 

The movie was directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Howl’s Moving Castle is an animated movie about a young girl named Sophie who gets cursed by a spiteful witch who unexpectedly walks into her store. 

She encounters a self-indulgent wizard named Howl and realises that he is only one who can save her from her terrible plight. The rest of the movie is about how Sophie gets entangled with Howl and companions in their legged, walking castle.

14. Inside Out –  The 2015 American Animated Movie Directed By Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen.

Inside Out was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. 

The story is about girl , Riley Anderson, who is uprooted from her Midwestern life and who recently moves to San Francisco 

Her 5 emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness, which gets into a conflict on how best to navigate through the new life in the City forms,  the main premise of the plot.

It was a huge hit at the box office and was the 7th highest grossing movie of 2015.

The film received several awards, including Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

13. Mary & Max – The 2009  Australian Animated Movie Directed By Adam Elliot.

Mary and Max is a 2009 Australian stop motion animated comedy-drama film written and directed by Adam Elliot. 

It was critically acclaimed and won numerous awards worldwide.

The movie is a tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.

12. Monsters, Inc. 

The 2001 American Animated Movie – Directed by Pete Docter, David Silverman (co-director)

The film centers around two monsters – James P. “Sulley” Sullivan and his one-eyed partner and best friend Mike Wazowski – employed at the titular energy-producing factory Monsters, Inc, which generates power by scaring human children.

The film won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and was nominated for three more, including for the new category: Best Animated Feature.

11.Finding Nemo (2003) 

Finding Nemo is a 2003 American Animated Film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. 

The movie is written and directed by Andrew Stanton with co-direction by Lee Unkrich.

The story is about a timid clownfish that sets out on an adventurous journey to bring his son, who is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and later taken to Sydney.

The movie was a huge critical and commercial success.

The American Film Institute named it the 10th greatest animated film ever. 

Finding Nemo was released on May 30, 2003 the film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and was nominated in three more categories. 

Finding Nemo became the highest-grossing animated film at the time and was the second-highest-grossing film of 2003, earning a total of $871 million worldwide by the end of its initial theatrical run.

10. My Neighbour Totoro, 1988

My Neighbour Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

My Neighbor Totoro was critically acclaimed and has amassed a worldwide cult following in the years after its release.

The movie is about two girls who move to the country to be near their ailing mother and their adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

9. Toy Story

Toy Story is an American Animated Feature directed by John Lasseter

The movie is based on the anthropomorphic concept that all toys, unknown to humans, are secretly alive, and the films focus on a diverse group of toys that feature a classic cowboy doll named Sheriff Woody and a modern spaceman action figure named Buzz Lightyear, principally voiced by Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, respectively. 

The group unexpectedly embark on adventures that challenge and change them forever.

8. Up (2003) – Directed by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson (co-director).

Up is a movie that centers around an elderly widower named Carl Fredricksen and an earnest boy named Russell. 

By tying thousands of balloons to his house, Carl sets out to fulfil his dream to see the wilds of South America and complete a promise made to his late wife, Ellie. 

The film received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.

This animated film grossed over $735 million worldwide, and received universal commercial and critical acclaim.

7. Princess Mononoke -1997 Japanese Animated Movie  directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Set in the late 13th Century Japan, Princess Mononoke is a movie with fantasy elements. 

The story follows the young Emishi prince Ashitaka’s involvement in a struggle between the gods of a forest and the humans who consume its resources.

The movie has a cult following till date and was a commercial and critical success breaking several box office records in Japan.

6. WALL·E – is  a 2008  American computer-animated science fiction film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. 

It was directed and co-written by Andrew Stanton.

It follows the adventurous journey of a solitary trash compactor robot on a future, uninhabitable, deserted Earth, left to clean up garbage. 

In short, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

WALL-E was released in the United States on June 27, 2008. 

The film was an instant blockbuster, grossing $533.3 million worldwide over a $180 million budget, and winning the 2008 Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, 

The film also topped Time‘s list of the “Best Movies of the Decade”, and in 2016 was voted 29th among 100 films of 21st century.

5.Toy Story 3 (2010)

Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. 

The director of the movie is Lee Unkrich

The plot revolves around a set of toys that are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic.

Toy Story 3 was the first animated film to gross over $1 billion worldwide in ticket sales, becoming the highest-grossing film of 2010 and the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time.

4.Spirited Away – The 2001 – Japanese Fantasy Animated Movie – Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise.

Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro Ogino, a moody 10-year-old girl, who tries to save her parents who were transformed into pigs due to a curse from a witch named Yubaba.

It became the most successful film in Japanese history, grossing over $361 million worldwide.

The film overtook Titanic (the top-grossing film worldwide at the time) in the Japanese box office to become the highest-grossing film in Japanese history.

Spirited Away received universal acclaim and is frequently ranked among the greatest animated films ever made.

It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards.

In 2016, it was voted the fourth-best film of the 21st century as picked by 177 film critics from around the world, making it the highest-ranking animated film on the list.

It was also named the second “Best Film of the 21st Century So Far” in 2017 by the New York Times.

3. How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American animated fantasy film loosely based on the 2003 book of the same name by British author Cressida Cowell.

The film was directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois 

The story takes place in a mythical Viking world where a young Viking teenager named Hiccup aspires to follow his tribe’s tradition of becoming a dragon slayer. 

After finally capturing his first dragon, and with his chance at last of gaining the tribe’s acceptance, he finds that he no longer wants to kill the dragon and instead befriends it.

The movie was a critical and commercial success.

2.  The Lion King – 1994.

The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical film .

The Lion King was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff.

The Lion King tells the story of Simba , a young cub who is to succeed his father, Mufasa, as King of the jungle.

However, after Simba’s paternal uncle Scar murders Mufasa, Simba is manipulated into thinking he was responsible and flees into exile. 

Upon growing up, Simba returns to challenge Scar to end his tyranny and take his place in the Circle of Life as the rightful King of the Jungle.

With an initial worldwide gross of $766 million, it finished its theatrical run as the highest-grossing release of 1994 and the second-highest-grossing film of all time. 

It is also the highest-grossing traditionally animated film of all time.

Topping the list of the best animated movies of all times is the Japanese movie directed by Isao Takahata – Grave of the Fireflies.

Grave of the Fireflies., released in 1988, tells the story of a young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

It is one of the best animated movies of all time.

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Published by Srinath TK

Hello World!!! I am Srinath Krishnamoorthy, a techie turned aspiring author from Palakkad. My first English novel- Hope We Never Meet Again is due this year end. Reading is my life air and travelling my passion. I share a great bond with nature and it's nuances drive me to tell stories that touch the earth and sky.

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