Animation is one of the best and creative ways to tell stories and communicate emotions and ideas that any person can understand irrespective of their age. Animation has helped connect people throughout the world, sometimes live-action films cannot. Many animated movies have lived up to the audience’s expectations and with its musical add-on, the animated movies are elevated to a whole new level. From The Lion King to Frozen, fans go Gaga over these animations. Although there are plenty of animated movies, we have shortlisted some of the best-animated movies of all time, and check if your favorites made it to the list.
List of Top 10 Best Animated Movies of All Time in English
1. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)
With a groundbreaking visual style that is the first of its kind, Spider-Man, into the spider verse is one of the best-animated movies of all time. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, the story of this animated movie revolves around the Teen Miles Morales who becomes the Spider-Man of his universe and must join with five spider-powered individuals from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities. The audience and fans loved the movie because of its deep understanding of the Spider-Man mythos along with its enthralling and captivating visual style making it one of the best-animated movies of all time.
2. Spirited Away (2001)
Spirited Away is one of the most successful Japanese films of all time with box office receipts totaling over $275 Million. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, this is among the best-animated movies of all time. The plot of this animated movie is classic and elegant. A little girl, Chihiro, is moving with her family to a new home. On the way, her parents take a detour that deposits the family at what looks to be an abandoned amusement park. From there Chihiro finds a bathhouse for spirits where she becomes trapped. The interesting part of this film and why the audience got connected to it is because of its mesmerizing contemplation of life, death, and what lies beyond and how environmentalism, supernaturalism, and humanity are deeply rooted in it. If you haven’t watched this amazing animated movie yet, then you’re missing out on something original and the best.
3. Coco (2017)
One of the best-animated movies of all time that has won an Academy Award for the best feature film, Directed by Lee Unkrich, this animated movie focuses on the young boy Miguel who lives in a Mexican Village and desperately wants to play the music despite the protests of his entire family, who finds himself trapped in the afterlife during the day of the dead and must seek a way to escape all while discovering long-held family secrets. Although the target audience of this movie is younger, it provides comedy for children while delivering clever and dry humor appealing to older viewers. A mix of animation, fantasy, comedy, mystery, and music is what “Coco” is all about.
4. The Lion King (1994)
The Lion King is yet another best-animated movie of all time. It is one of the most heart-wrenching stories that captured the audience’s attention. Directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, The Lion King is a superbly drawn animated feature that is solemn in its subject matter. It is indeed based on the true story of Sundiata Keita who was the founder of the Malian Empire, the largest kingdom in West Africa. The story of this animated movie focuses on the Lion Prince Simla and his Father who are targeted by his bitter uncle who wants to ascend the throne himself. Back then, it broke the ground with its use of CGI animation and also became one of the most popular Broadway musicals ever.
5. Wall-E (2008)
Wall-E won an Academy Award for the best film directed by Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter, Wall-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) is another all-time favorite and best-animated film of all time according to the audience pulse. The plot of this animated movie revolves around a small waste-collecting robot in the distant future inadvertently embarking on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.
6. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Grave of the Fireflies was based on a 1967 semi-autobiographical story. One of the best and the first-ever animated war films of all time. Directed by Isao Takahata, this animated movie primarily focuses on two siblings who struggle to survive the final few months of the Second World War. The audience and fans got captivated by this movie instantly as it emphasizes the value of life. Grave of the Fireflies is the best-animated movie that is worth watching.
7. The Incredibles (2004)
Directed by Brad Bird, The Incredibles is an incredibly amazing animated movie of all time. The story focuses on a family of superheroes who try to live a quiet suburban life and are focused on action to save the world. The audience fell in love with an engrossing story of identity, the joys and the tribulations of parenthood, marriage, responsibility, and many others. A deeply relatable and enduring film that is sharp and funny at the same time.
8. Finding Nemo (2003)
Directed by Andrew Stanton yet again, another classy film with a unique concept that won many hearts is Finding Nemo. one of the best-animated movies of all time that is centered around a story of love, courage, and determination. The story focuses on an emotional relationship between a father and his son who gets captured in the Great Barrier Reef and is taken to Sydney while his father, a timid clownfish, sets out on a journey to bring him home with the help of a forgetful fish.
9. Toy Story (1995-2019)
Toy Story is another best-animated movie of all time. This wonderfully created animated story focuses on a cowboy doll that is profoundly threatened when a new spaceman figure supplants him as a top toy in a boy’s room. The reason why people got attached to this film and it is a huge success and blockbuster is that its idea of exploring imagination creates giving fans a nostalgic roller coaster of emotions.
10. Up (2009)
Oscar-winning animated movie considered one of the best movies of all time. Directed by Pete Docter and Bob Peterson, Up is an incredible animated film that focuses on a 78-year-old Carl Fredrickson who Travels to paradise falls in his house equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. Up, as always with Pixar’s most creative efforts, offers a fantastic experience for both kids and adults.