100 Best Fresh Animated Movies

#50
Adjusted Score: 97.557%
Critics Consensus: With its epic story and breathtaking visuals, Princess Mononoke is a landmark in the world of animation.
Synopsis: Directed by renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki, this anime has broken a number of box office records in its native Japan.... [More]
Directed By: Hayao Miyazaki

#49

Ninja Scroll (1995)
93%

#49
Adjusted Score: 93.118%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Removed from the typical futuristic element of most Japanese animated adventures, this 1994 feature takes place in more of a... [More]

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 98.999%
Critics Consensus: Fantastic Mr. Fox is a delightfully funny feast for the eyes with multi-generational appeal -- and it shows Wes Anderson has a knack for animation.
Synopsis: Mr. and Mrs. Fox live an idyllic home life with their son Ash and visiting young nephew Kristopherson. But after... [More]
Directed By: Wes Anderson

#47
Adjusted Score: 97.818%
Critics Consensus: Richly detailed and loaded with surreal touches, The Triplets of Belleville is an odd, delightful charmer.
Synopsis: French filmmaker Sylvain Chomet directs the animated feature The Triplets of Belleville. A young boy is raised by his grandmother,... [More]
Directed By: Sylvain Chomet

#46
Adjusted Score: 94.637%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Master animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this tale about a former World War I flying ace who is also a pig.... [More]
Directed By: Hayao Miyazaki

#45
#45
Adjusted Score: 103.071%
Critics Consensus: Enchanting, sweepingly romantic, and featuring plenty of wonderful musical numbers, Beauty and the Beast is one of Disney's most elegant animated offerings.
Synopsis: Walt Disney Animation Studios' magical classic Beauty and the Beast returns to the big screen in Disney Digital 3D(TM), introducing... [More]
Directed By: Gary Trousdale

#44

Aladdin (1992)
94%

#44
Adjusted Score: 99.275%
Critics Consensus: A highly entertaining entry in Disney's renaissance era," Aladdin is beautifully drawn, with near-classic songs and a cast of scene-stealing characters.
Synopsis: Robin Williams's dizzying and hilarious voicing of the Genie is the main attraction of Aladdin, the third in the series... [More]
Directed By: John Musker, Ron Clements

#43
#43
Adjusted Score: 97.456%
Critics Consensus: My Neighbor Totoro is a heartwarming, sentimental masterpiece that captures the simple grace of childhood.
Synopsis: This superbly animated children's tale is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan's most beloved animators. The story follows Satsuke... [More]
Directed By: Hayao Miyazaki

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 96.023%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search... [More]
Directed By: Hayao Miyazaki

#41

Mary and Max (2009)
95%

#41
Adjusted Score: 96.207%
Critics Consensus: Mary and Max is a lovingly crafted, startlingly inventive piece of animation whose technical craft is equaled by its emotional resonance.
Synopsis: Spanning 20 years and two continents, "Mary and Max" tells of a pen-pal relationship between two very different people: Mary... [More]
Directed By: Adam Elliot

#40
Adjusted Score: 100.754%
Critics Consensus: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a subtly touching and wonderfully eccentric adventure featuring Wallace and Gromit.
Synopsis: In partnership with the Nisonger Center at the Ohio State University, Gateway Film Center will now offer monthly Sensory Friendly... [More]
Directed By: Steve Box, Nick Park

#39
Adjusted Score: 102.757%
Critics Consensus: The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stunningly original and visually delightful work of stop-motion animation.
Synopsis: Despite having recently presided over a very successful Halloween, Jack Skellington, aka the Pumpkin King, is bored with his job... [More]
Directed By: Henry Selick, Tim Burton

#38

Fantasia (1940)
96%

#38
Adjusted Score: 102.57%
Critics Consensus: A landmark in animation (and a huge influence on the medium of music video), Disney's Fantasia is a relentlessly inventive blend of the classics with phantasmagorical images.
Synopsis: Regarded by many as Walt Disney's masterpiece, Fantasia predicted the modern music video by offering nine animated segments that were... [More]

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 97.668%
Critics Consensus: The Secret of NIMH is a dark, well-told tale that respects its young audience enough to not tone down its subject matter.
Synopsis: Frustrated with the Walt Disney studio's reluctance to produce full-length animated films, Don Bluth and a number of animators left... [More]
Directed By: Don Bluth

#36

Antz (1998)
94%

#36
Adjusted Score: 98.893%
Critics Consensus: Featuring a stellar voice cast, technically dazzling animation, and loads of good humor, Antz should delight both children and adults.
Synopsis: Central Park ant drone Z longs to be an individual of accomplishment, but Z's colony is a society that puts... [More]
Directed By: Eric Darnell, Tim Johnson

#35

The LEGO Movie (2014)
96%

#35
Adjusted Score: 105.388%
Critics Consensus: Boasting beautiful animation, a charming voice cast, laugh-a-minute gags, and a surprisingly thoughtful story, The Lego Movie is colorful fun for all ages.
Synopsis: "The LEGO (R) Movie" is the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO (R) adventure. The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet... [More]

#34

Monsters, Inc. (2001)
96%

#34
Adjusted Score: 102.467%
Critics Consensus: Clever, funny, and delightful to look at, Monsters, Inc. delivers another resounding example of how Pixar elevated the bar for modern all-ages animation.
Synopsis: After exploring the worlds of toys and bugs in the two Toy Story films and A Bug's Life, the award-winning... [More]

#33

WALL-E (2008)
96%

#33
Adjusted Score: 105.262%
Critics Consensus: Wall-E's stellar visuals testify once again to Pixar's ingenuity, while its charming star will captivate younger viewers -- and its timely story offers thought-provoking subtext.
Synopsis: After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, WALL-E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class)... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Stanton

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 101.044%
Critics Consensus: A wholly innovative, original, and vital history lesson, with pioneering animation, Waltz With Bashir delivers its message about the Middle East in a mesmerizing fashion.
Synopsis: Director Ari Folman's animated, quasi-documentary Waltz With Bashir follows the filmmaker's emotional attempt to decipher the horrors that unfolded one... [More]
Directed By: Ari Folman

#31

Persepolis (2007)
96%

#31
Adjusted Score: 100.851%
Critics Consensus: Persepolis is an emotionally powerful, dramatically enthralling autobiographical gem, and the film's simple black-and-white images are effective and bold.
Synopsis: Marjane is precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl who was nine years old during the Islamic Revolution when the fundamentalists... [More]

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 98.381%
Critics Consensus: A stunning feat of modern animation, Ghost in the Shell offers a thoughtful, complex treat for anime fans, as well as a perfect introduction for viewers new to the medium.
Synopsis: In the year 2029, the world has become interconnected by a vast electronic network that permeates every aspect of life.... [More]
Directed By: Mamoru Oshii

#29

The Iron Giant (1999)
96%

#29
Adjusted Score: 102.063%
Critics Consensus: The endearing Iron Giant tackles ambitious topics and complex human relationships with a steady hand and beautifully animated direction from Brad Bird.
Synopsis: "Iron Giant" is based upon the 1968 story,'Iron Man,' by the British poet laureate Ted Hughes. The film is about... [More]
Directed By: Brad Bird

#28
Adjusted Score: 99.274%
Critics Consensus: An achingly sad anti-war film, Grave of the Fireflies is one of Studio Ghibli's most profoundly beautiful, haunting works.
Synopsis: Grave of the Fireflies opens on an evening in 1945, after Japan's surrender at the end of World War II;... [More]
Directed By: Isao Takahata

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 98.851%
Critics Consensus: Kiki's Delivery Service is a heartwarming, gorgeously-rendered tale of a young witch discovering her place in the world.
Synopsis: Veteran animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this buoyant children's adventure yarn about a young witch striking out on her own. At... [More]
Directed By: Hayao Miyazaki

#26

Dumbo (1941)
97%

#26
Adjusted Score: 103.218%
Critics Consensus: Dumbo packs plenty of story into its brief runtime, along with all the warm animation and wonderful music you'd expect from a Disney classic.
Synopsis: The shortest of Disney's major animated features Dumbo involves a baby elephant with unusually large ears. Ostracized from the rest... [More]

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