100 Best Fresh Animated Movies

#75
Adjusted Score: 87.415%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This impressive work from acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki represents a significant departure from traditional anime. Foregoing the gritty storylines,... [More]
Directed By: Hayao Miyazaki

#74

Frankenweenie (2012)
87%

#74
Adjusted Score: 94.346%
Critics Consensus: Frankenweenie is an energetic stop-motion horror movie spoof with lovingly crafted visuals and a heartfelt, oddball story.
Synopsis: From creative genius Tim Burton comes Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#73

Kung Fu Panda (2008)
87%

#73
Adjusted Score: 93.445%
Critics Consensus: Kung Fu Panda has a familiar message, but the pleasing mix of humor, swift martial arts action, and colorful animation makes for winning Summer entertainment.
Synopsis: A clumsy panda bear becomes an unlikely kung fu hero when a treacherous enemy spreads chaos throughout the countryside in... [More]

#72
#72
Adjusted Score: 92.582%
Critics Consensus: Exquisitely illustrated by master animator Miyazaki, Howl's Moving Castle will delight children with its fantastical story and touch the hearts and minds of older viewers as well.
Synopsis: Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese animation director who wowed audiences worldwide with his award-winning film Spirited Away, brings another visually spectacular... [More]
Directed By: Hayao Miyazaki

#71

Akira (1988)
87%

#71
Adjusted Score: 90.301%
Critics Consensus: Akira is distractingly bloody and violent, but its phenomenal animation and sheer kinetic energy helped set the standard for modern anime.
Synopsis: One of the best-known examples of contemporary Japanese animation, this cyberpunk adventure takes place in the post-apocalyptic city of Neo-Tokyo.... [More]
Directed By: Katsuhiro Ôtomo

#70

Fantastic Planet (1973)
88%

#70
Adjusted Score: 90.155%
Critics Consensus: Fantastic Planet is an animated epic that is by turns surreal and lovely, fantastic and graceful.
Synopsis: This futuristic story takes place on a faraway planet where giants rule, and oppressed humanoids rebel against the machine-like leaders.... [More]
Directed By: René Laloux

#69
#69
Adjusted Score: 89.141%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Something of a Fantasia for adults, Allegro Non Troppo intercuts slapstick live-action sequences -- which relay the story of a... [More]
Directed By: Bruno Bozzetto

#68
Adjusted Score: 51.455%
Critics Consensus: An imaginative and thoughtfully engaging anime film with a highly effective visual design. This coming-of-age comedy drama has mad inventiveness to spare.
Synopsis: When a typical young high school girl discovers that she has the unique ability to traverse space and time, her... [More]
Directed By: Mamoru Hosoda

#67

Shrek (2001)
88%

#67
Adjusted Score: 94.63%
Critics Consensus: While simultaneously embracing and subverting fairy tales, the irreverent Shrek also manages to tweak Disney's nose, provide a moral message to children, and offer viewers a funny, fast-paced ride.
Synopsis: Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ornery ogre named Shrek whose precious solitude is... [More]

#66

Shrek 2 (2004)
88%

#66
Adjusted Score: 94.431%
Critics Consensus: It may not be as fresh as the original, but topical humor and colorful secondary characters make Shrek 2 a winner in its own right.
Synopsis: After battling a fire-breathing dragon and the evil Lord Farquaad to win the hand of Princess Fiona, Shrek now faces... [More]

#65

Heavy Traffic (1973)
89%

#65
Adjusted Score: 90.184%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Heavy Traffic represents a follow-up to animator Ralph Bakshi's first feature film, Fritz the Cat (1972). The central character is... [More]
Directed By: Ralph Bakshi

#64
#64
Adjusted Score: 66.887%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Christopher Sullivan's animated dystopia is about as far from a cartoon-for-kids as they come. Relationships among the three main characters... [More]

#63

The Wind Rises (2014)
89%

#63
Adjusted Score: 95.388%
Critics Consensus: The Wind Rises is a fittingly bittersweet swan song for director Hayao Miyazaki.
Synopsis: In "The Wind Rises," Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni.... [More]
Directed By: Hayao Miyazaki

#62

Coraline (2009)
90%

#62
Adjusted Score: 98.056%
Critics Consensus: With its vivid stop-motion animation combined with Neil Gaiman's imaginative story, Coraline is a film that's both visually stunning and wondrously entertaining.
Synopsis: Coraline Jones is a girl of 11 who is feisty, curious, and adventurous beyond her years. She and her parents... [More]
Directed By: Henry Selick

#61
#61
Adjusted Score: 97.976%
Critics Consensus: A nostalgic charmer, Lady and the Tramp's token sweetness is mighty but the songs and richly colored animation are technically superb and make for a memorable experience.
Synopsis: Lady and the Tramp represented two "firsts" for Disney: It was the studio's first Cinemascope animated feature, and it was... [More]

#60

Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
90%

#60
Adjusted Score: 91.236%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful and substantive, Tokyo Godfathers adds a moving -- and somewhat unconventional -- entry to the animated Christmas canon.
Synopsis: Japanese filmmaker Satoshi Kon directs his third anime feature with the holiday film Tokyo Godfathers. The story takes place in... [More]
Directed By: Satoshi Kon, Shôgo Furuya

#59

Bambi (1942)
90%

#59
Adjusted Score: 97.607%
Critics Consensus: Elegantly animated and deeply touching, Bambi is an enduring, endearing, and moving Disney classic.
Synopsis: "Bambi," Walt Disney's beloved coming-of-age story, will thrill audiences with its breathtaking animation and characters who will touch your heart:... [More]

#58
Adjusted Score: 97.562%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, emotionally resonant, and beautifully animated, How to Train Your Dragon 2 builds on its predecessor's successes just the way a sequel should.
Synopsis: The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the... [More]
Directed By: Dean DeBlois

#57

Anomalisa (2015)
92%

#57
Adjusted Score: 101.496%
Critics Consensus: Anomalisa marks another brilliant and utterly distinctive highlight in Charlie Kaufman's filmography, and a thought-provoking treat for fans of introspective cinema.
Synopsis: A man struggles with his inability to connect with other people.... [More]

#56
#56
Adjusted Score: 92.643%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully drawn and refreshingly calm, The Secret of Kells hearkens back to animation's golden age with an enchanting tale inspired by Irish mythology.
Synopsis: Young Brendan lives in the Abbey of Kells, a remote medieval outpost under siege from raiding barbarians. One day a... [More]
Directed By: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey

#55
Adjusted Score: 92.289%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Wolf is a clever thief with a knack for getting into trouble. This animated Japanese feature chronicles his adventures in... [More]
Directed By: Hayao Miyazaki

#54
#54
Adjusted Score: 92.317%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This second feature film based on Charles Schultz's charming, unpretentious Peanuts comic strip is a vast improvement over the first... [More]
Directed By: Bill Melendez

#53

Sleeping Beauty (1959)
90%

#53
Adjusted Score: 94.548%
Critics Consensus: This Disney dreamscape contains moments of grandeur, with its lush colors, magical air, one of the most menacing villains in the Disney canon.
Synopsis: Disney produced this lavish animated fairy tale, the most expensive cartoon ever made up to its release with a budget... [More]

#52
#52
Adjusted Score: 96.992%
Critics Consensus: The Little Mermaid ushered in a new golden era for Disney animation with warm and charming hand-drawn characters and catchy musical sequences.
Synopsis: Disney's The Little Mermaid was the first in a series of blockbusters that restored the venerable firm's reputation as the... [More]
Directed By: John Musker, Ron Clements

#51

The Lion King (1994)
93%

#51
Adjusted Score: 101.544%
Critics Consensus: Emotionally stirring, richly drawn, and beautifully animated, The Lion King stands tall within Disney's pantheon of classic family films.
Synopsis: One of the most popular Disney animated musicals, The Lion King presents the story of a lion cub's journey to... [More]
Directed By: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff

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