Best Animated Movies of All Time

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Animated movies are among the top grossing Hollywood films today. As seen with the animated “The Addams Family” movie set to be released in theaters Friday, Oct. 11, these films attract some of today’s top industry talent. “The Addams Family,” in particular, features voice acting from Allison Janney, Charlize Theron, and Bette Midler, among others.

In recent years, movies such as “Frozen,” “Toy Story 3,” and “Finding Dory” have grossed over $400 million at the domestic box office, becoming some of the most successful movies of all time. These are the top 100 grossing movies of all time. Though many animated films are primarily aimed at children, studios ensure that they are easily enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

Because ticket sales do not always indicate the overall quality of a film, 24/7 Tempo used online audience and critic ratings from Internet Movie Database (IMDb) and Rotten Tomatoes to determine the best animated movies of all time.

Animation has a long history with many exceptional movies released over the years. Already in 1937 Walt Disney Productions released its iconic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” which remains one of the most beloved animated films to this day. Disney has been a major force behind animated features ever since, though the studio does not strictly limit itself to animation. These are the best Disney movies of all time.

Beginning with the release of “Toy Story” in 1995, computer animation has grown in popularity and accounts for most animated films released today. In addition to Toy Story, popular computer-animated franchises include The Incredibles and How to Train Your Dragon.

Many of the best animated movies don’t do quite as well financially yet find great acclaim among audiences and critics. Many of these films also come from overseas, especially Japan, which has a robust animation industry.

 

To determine the best animated films of all time, 24/7 Tempo created an index based on each film’s Rotten Tomatoes average critic rating, Rotten Tomatoes average audience rating, and the Internet Movie Database average user rating. To be considered, each film needed to have at least 10,000 total user votes between IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes as well as 10 approved Tomatometer critic reviews.

We averaged the user ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, weighted by the number of votes for each. The combined user rating was then averaged with the Rotten Tomatoes critic rating.