Best Animated Movies of All Time

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15. Zootopia (2016)
> Directed by: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush
> Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba
> Runtime: 108 min.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia” presents a world populated by animals of all types. Rookie police officer Judy Hopps, a bunny, must team up with a swindler fox to solve a major mystery. The flick won Best Animated Feature Film at the Oscars in 2017.

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14. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
> Directed by: Henry Selick
> Starring: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara
> Runtime: 76 min.

The stop-motion animation used in “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” with characters realized by Tim Burton, gives this picture a singular quality among Disney’s many animated films. With a playfully macabre twist on the animated feature, the company was concerned this movie would be too dark for children and elected to release it under the Touchstone imprint. The company’s worries were unfounded. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave it a Freshness rating of 95%, and it got an audience score of 91%. Chris Sarandon provides the speaking voice for lead character Jack Skellington, while Danny Elfman handles his singing voice.

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13. Toy Story 2 (1999)
> Directed by: John Lasseter, Ash Brannon, Lee Unkrich
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack
> Runtime: 92 min.

“Toy Story 2” is the sequel to Pixar’s groundbreaking animated story about a gaggle of resourceful toys built on the original’s success. Like the first film, this one has a 100% Freshness rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

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12. Mary and Max (2009)
> Directed by: Adam Elliot
> Starring: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana
> Runtime: 92 min.

Australian import “Mary and Max” tells the story of lonely penpals corresponding across two continents over 20 years. Critics lauded the film’s inventive claymation and emotional appeal and gave it a 95% Freshness rating, and 92% of audiences like the film. Cath Clarke of Time Out called the quirky film “a moving celebration of oddness and friendship.”

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11. Toy Story (1995)
> Directed by: John Lasseter
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles
> Runtime: 81 min.

“Toy Story” was a groundbreaking achievement in computer animation and introduced Buzz Light Year’s now-famous quote “To infinity and beyond!” Yet the film almost didn’t get made. In an earlier version of the picture, Tom Hanks’s Woody was less likable, and Disney execs were ready to pull the plug on Pixar’s dream of releasing the first fully-CGI animated feature ever. With a reworked script and a kinder version of Woody, the film outpaced Disney and Pixar’s box office expectations and has grossed more than $395 million, adjusted for inflation. “Toy Story” holds a 100% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes.