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.
Adjusted Score: 33.169%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Animated adaptation of Richard Adams' novel about two dogs that are hunted down after they escape from an animal-research center.... [More]
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.
In this animated futuristic tale, a pair of twins must fight for domination of what is left of the world,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 63.802%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil king who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns.... [More]
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.
The popular animé series Cowboy Bebop gets its own feature-length film with the aptly named Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. Set... [More]
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.
Set in a future world where America has lost the war on drugs, an undercover cop, Fred, is one of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 70.872%
Critics Consensus: Exquisitely animated, An American Tail is a sweet, melancholy, immigrants story.
An American Tail is a beautifully rendered animated flim that tells an overly familiar story in terms children can easily... [More]
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.
The lifelong friendship between a fox cub and a bloodhound puppy provides the basis of this rollicking and tender animated... [More]
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.
From Steven Spielberg and George Lucas comes the animated classic that started a global phenomenon. Go back in time with... [More]
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.
Another of the fantastic animated creations from the Disney studios, this is the animated version of The Once and Future... [More]
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.
In the world of the emperor penguin, a simple song can mean the difference between a lifetime of happiness and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77.597%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
E.B. White's perennial best-selling novel is translated to the screen in animated musical splendor. The classic story, described by author... [More]
Adjusted Score: 55.225%
Critics Consensus: Family drama mixes with virtual online action in the breezy and entertaining Summer Wars.
Kenji is a teenage math prodigy recruited by his secret crush Natsuki for the ultimate summer job - passing himself... [More]
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.
Set against the onslaught of the ice age -- and a world filled with wonder and danger -- the story... [More]
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.
This Disney feature-length cartoon combines the most entertaining elements of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.... [More]
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.
A boy has a dream that he can float, but unless he holds on, he will drift away into the... [More]
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.
This animated children's film spoofs the Sherlock Holmes legend by recasting the major characters as rodents. Basil, the Great Mouse... [More]
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.
A mysterious criminal mastermind has stolen one of the pyramids in Egypt, sparking a fit of jealous envy in evil... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.888%
Critics Consensus: Its jokes are profoundly bold and rude but incredibly funny at the same time.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone bring the colorful citizens of South Park to the big screen in a film that... [More]
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.
Unique in the annals of animated films, Watership Down is a serious, even grim tale that many will find relentless... [More]
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.
This stylish animated adventure is based on the '90s animated television series, which in turn is based on the original... [More]
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.
A machine allows therapists to enter patients' dreams. When it's stolen, all hell breaks loose, and only a woman therapist... [More]
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.
This feature-length painted animation -- the first film of its kind -- explores the life and unusual death of Vincent... [More]
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.
In a mythical mountain kingdom, arrogant, young Emperor Kuzco is transformed into a llama by his power-hungry advisor, the devious... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.841%
Critics Consensus: With expressive animation, fun characters, and catchy songs, The Jungle Book endures as a crowd-pleasing Disney classic.
The final animated feature produced under the supervision of Walt Disney is a lively neo-swing musical, loosely based upon the... [More]
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.
This well-crafted Japanese animated feature adapts the novel Belladonna by Jules Michelet in a unique manner. The story concerns a... [More]