100 Best Fresh Animated Movies

Hand-drawn. Computer graphics. Stop-motion. Oil paint, canvas by canvas, or stick figures, line by line. Animation isn’t a genre. It’s a medium, capable of telling any story and eliciting any emotion, from a toolbox as varied as any live-action filmmaker’s.

Now we present Rotten Tomatoes’ staff picks for the 100 best Fresh animated movies ever (they had to be 60% or higher on the Tomatometer), drawing from all of cinema history.

#100

The Plague Dogs (1983)
60%

#100
Adjusted Score: 33.169%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Animated adaptation of Richard Adams' novel about two dogs that are hunted down after they escape from an animal-research center.... [More]
Directed By: Martin Rosen

#99

Wizards (1977)
63%

#99
Adjusted Score: 64.794%
Critics Consensus: Its central metaphor is a bit too on the nose, but Wizards is an otherwise psychedelic, freaky trip into an alternate version of our world.
Synopsis: In this animated futuristic tale, a pair of twins must fight for domination of what is left of the world,... [More]
Directed By: Ralph Bakshi

#98

The Last Unicorn (1982)
63%

#98
Adjusted Score: 63.802%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil king who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns.... [More]

#97
Adjusted Score: 66.312%
Critics Consensus: This may be strictly for anime junkies, but they'll find much to like about Cowboy Bebop's casual violence and cool dialogue.
Synopsis: The popular animé series Cowboy Bebop gets its own feature-length film with the aptly named Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. Set... [More]
Directed By: Shinichirô Watanabe

#96

A Scanner Darkly (2006)
67%

#96
Adjusted Score: 72.906%
Critics Consensus: A faithful adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel, A Scanner Darkly takes the viewer on a visual and mind-blowing journey into the author's conception of a drug-addled and politically unstable world.
Synopsis: Set in a future world where America has lost the war on drugs, an undercover cop, Fred, is one of... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

#95

An American Tail (1986)
69%

#95
Adjusted Score: 70.872%
Critics Consensus: Exquisitely animated, An American Tail is a sweet, melancholy, immigrants story.
Synopsis: An American Tail is a beautifully rendered animated flim that tells an overly familiar story in terms children can easily... [More]
Directed By: Don Bluth

#94
#94
Adjusted Score: 70.519%
Critics Consensus: The Fox and the Hound is a likeable, charming, unassuming effort that manages to transcend its thin, predictable plot.
Synopsis: The lifelong friendship between a fox cub and a bloodhound puppy provides the basis of this rollicking and tender animated... [More]

#93
#93
Adjusted Score: 71.777%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully animated and genuinely endearing, The Land Before Time is sure to please dino-obsessed tykes, even if it's a little too cutesy for older viewers.
Synopsis: From Steven Spielberg and George Lucas comes the animated classic that started a global phenomenon. Go back in time with... [More]
Directed By: Don Bluth

#92
#92
Adjusted Score: 73.196%
Critics Consensus: A decent take on the legend of King Arthur, The Sword in the Stone suffers from relatively indifferent animation, but its characters are still memorable and appealing.
Synopsis: Another of the fantastic animated creations from the Disney studios, this is the animated version of The Once and Future... [More]
Directed By: Wolfgang Reitherman

#91

Happy Feet (2006)
75%

#91
Adjusted Score: 80.08%
Critics Consensus: Visually dazzling, with a thoughtful storyline and catchy musical numbers, Happy Feet marks a successful animated debut from the makers of Babe.
Synopsis: In the world of the emperor penguin, a simple song can mean the difference between a lifetime of happiness and... [More]

#90

Charlotte's Web (1973)
76%

#90
Adjusted Score: 77.597%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: E.B. White's perennial best-selling novel is translated to the screen in animated musical splendor. The classic story, described by author... [More]

#89
#89
Adjusted Score: 55.225%
Critics Consensus: Family drama mixes with virtual online action in the breezy and entertaining Summer Wars.
Synopsis: Kenji is a teenage math prodigy recruited by his secret crush Natsuki for the ultimate summer job - passing himself... [More]
Directed By: Mamoru Hosoda

#88

Ice Age (2002)
77%

#88
Adjusted Score: 81.455%
Critics Consensus: Even though Ice Age is treading over the same grounds as Monsters, Inc. and Shrek, it has enough wit and laughs to stand on its own.
Synopsis: Set against the onslaught of the ice age -- and a world filled with wonder and danger -- the story... [More]

#87
#87
Adjusted Score: 82.965%
Critics Consensus: A good introduction to Lewis Carroll's classic, Alice in Wonderland boasts some of the Disney canon's most surreal and twisted images.
Synopsis: This Disney feature-length cartoon combines the most entertaining elements of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.... [More]

#86

Waking Life (2001)
80%

#86
Adjusted Score: 84.321%
Critics Consensus: Waking Life's inventive animated aesthetic adds a distinctive visual component to a film that could easily have rested on its smart screenplay and talented ensemble cast.
Synopsis: A boy has a dream that he can float, but unless he holds on, he will drift away into the... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

#85
#85
Adjusted Score: 81.768%
Critics Consensus: The Great Mouse Detective may not rank with Disney's classics, but it's an amiable, entertaining picture with some stylishly dark visuals.
Synopsis: This animated children's film spoofs the Sherlock Holmes legend by recasting the major characters as rodents. Basil, the Great Mouse... [More]

#84

Despicable Me (2010)
81%

#84
Adjusted Score: 86.422%
Critics Consensus: Borrowing heavily (and intelligently) from Pixar and Looney Tunes, Despicable Me is a surprisingly thoughtful, family-friendly treat with a few surprises of its own.
Synopsis: A mysterious criminal mastermind has stolen one of the pyramids in Egypt, sparking a fit of jealous envy in evil... [More]

#83
Adjusted Score: 84.888%
Critics Consensus: Its jokes are profoundly bold and rude but incredibly funny at the same time.
Synopsis: Trey Parker and Matt Stone bring the colorful citizens of South Park to the big screen in a film that... [More]
Directed By: Trey Parker

#82

Watership Down (1978)
82%

#82
Adjusted Score: 85.18%
Critics Consensus: Aimed at adults perhaps more than children, this is a respectful, beautifully animated adaptation of Richard Adams' beloved book.
Synopsis: Unique in the annals of animated films, Watership Down is a serious, even grim tale that many will find relentless... [More]
Directed By: Martin Rosen

#81
Adjusted Score: 83.633%
Critics Consensus: Stylish and admirably respectful of the source material, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm succeeds where many of the live-action Batman adaptations have failed.
Synopsis: This stylish animated adventure is based on the '90s animated television series, which in turn is based on the original... [More]

#80

Paprika (2006)
83%

#80
Adjusted Score: 85.34%
Critics Consensus: Following its own brand of logic, Paprika is an eye-opening mind trip that is difficult to follow but never fails to dazzle.
Synopsis: A machine allows therapists to enter patients' dreams. When it's stolen, all hell breaks loose, and only a woman therapist... [More]
Directed By: Satoshi Kon

#79

Loving Vincent (2017)
84%

#79
Adjusted Score: 89.44%
Critics Consensus: Loving Vincent's dazzling visual achievements make this Van Gogh biopic well worth seeking out -- even if its narrative is far less effectively composed.
Synopsis: This feature-length painted animation -- the first film of its kind -- explores the life and unusual death of Vincent... [More]

#78
#78
Adjusted Score: 89.333%
Critics Consensus: The Emperor's New Groove isn't the most ambitious animated film, but its brisk pace, fresh characters, and big laughs make for a great time for the whole family.
Synopsis: In a mythical mountain kingdom, arrogant, young Emperor Kuzco is transformed into a llama by his power-hungry advisor, the devious... [More]
Directed By: Mark Dindal

#77

The Jungle Book (1967)
86%

#77
Adjusted Score: 89.841%
Critics Consensus: With expressive animation, fun characters, and catchy songs, The Jungle Book endures as a crowd-pleasing Disney classic.
Synopsis: The final animated feature produced under the supervision of Walt Disney is a lively neo-swing musical, loosely based upon the... [More]
Directed By: Wolfgang Reitherman

#76
Adjusted Score: 89.71%
Critics Consensus: Belladonna of Sadness has more than enough brilliant visual artistry to keep audiences enraptured even as the film's narrative reach slightly exceeds its grasp.
Synopsis: This well-crafted Japanese animated feature adapts the novel Belladonna by Jules Michelet in a unique manner. The story concerns a... [More]
Directed By: Eiichi Yamamoto

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