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Nothing like a good animated film to take you back to simpler times. And we all need that more than ever now.
This list has old, but unforgettable and undeniably gold, movies as well as the newer ones. It is not limited to Disney movies, because let’s face it, there would be too many good ones to talk about and this list would be endless.
I have not put them in order of best to worst, the order is whichever comes to mind at the moment.
Top 17 Best Animated Films to You Will Want To Watch On Repeat
This franchise has quite a lot of spin-offs, short films, and TV specials, but I’m referring only to the main four movies; Shrek, Shrek2, Shrek the Third, and Shrek Forever After.
As you can probably tell from the name, this franchise is about the life of Shrek, an ogre, a grumpy ogre (much like most adult men I know, lol), who discovers new pleasures in life that don’t involve isolation, rudeness, anger and frustration, as he makes, befriends Donkey and Puss In Boots and falls in love with Princess Fiona.
The Shrek franchise is famous and loved for many reasons like its originality, the many, many life lessons we learn from it, its amazing soundtrack that perfectly goes with every scene, the very iconic cast of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and Antonio Banderas did a fabulous job bringing these characters to life, they were a cast we never knew we needed and now love; the infinite laughs ( while the kids may laugh at just anything, there are so many adult jokes that will tickle you too), the simply amazing feminist icons: never before have I been prouder of an ogre princess and a dragon before. The dragon may be the only character that doesn’t talk like the rest of the cast, but she still gets her man and helps save the day. Princess Fiona can sing, fight, cook and kick butt in a dress and heels.
It’s a perfect movie marathon series to watch with family or even on your own.
I have too many favourite scenes and dialogues from each movie to mention so I recommend you just get the popcorn, settle down and see for yourself what I mean.
16) The Incredibles
Whoohoo! This superhero movie was quite the roller-coaster ride for a 2004 animated superhero movie and we loved every bit of it!
We are introduced to Bob and Helen Parr and their beautiful family with three wonderful kids, Violet, Dash, and baby Jack-Jack. But they most certainly are not your average suburban family. The Parr family is a superhero family, The Incredibles, with a range of amazing powers that they could use to fight crime. Unfortunately, before the children were born, many incidents led to the turning of the public’s opinion on superheroes and so they were forced to adhere to their secret identities and carry on in life.
It’s a fabulous movie with a very strong ending, that no matter what, your family has always got your back and you don’t have to do everything on your own.
The 2nd movie was nowhere near disappointing as fans were worried about, it gave us everything we wanted – more laughs, more action, and lots more of Jack-Jack. It also gave us Helen Parr aka Mrs. Incredible in the spotlight, which was (pun intentional) incredible.
This movie had a different point of view as compared to the first one where we see the adults take responsibility and save the day (and it also gave us domestic dad Bob Parr and yes, I agree with him, why DO they change math so much?!)
This entire fight between Jack-Jack and the raccoon in part two.
Lucius: The public is in danger!
Honey: My evening’s in danger!
Lucius: You tell me where my suit is, woman! We are talking about the
Honey: ‘Greater good?’ I am your wife! I’m the greatest good you are
ever gonna get!
15. The Lion King (1994)
Sure, as we grew up, we analyzed the movie a bit much, but as children watching the movie, we just couldn’t wait for Simba to be King!
Every character was just as lovable as the next and it was a, ‘sit at the edge of your seat’ kind of movie from the start. A story about how a young lion finds his place in the circle of life and takes his rightful place as King of Pride Rock.
– When Mufasa went to see Scar after Simba’s presentation to question why he wasn’t present, and this was his response;
A tad bit dramatic don’t you think?
*After Rafiki whacks Simba on the head*
That’s a life lesson right there.
P.S- Yes, I know I have not mentioned THAT scene. We all know how we cried our hearts out during it, we need not go there now.
14. Kung Fu Panda
This 2008 movie about a panda named Po, whose dream was to master the art of Kung Fu, was one of the best action animated movies ever to be made. It was also quite a star-studded movie! It stars, Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogan, Lucy Liu and so many more!
Po’s dream was to fight along with the Furious Five, awesome Kung Fu masters trained by Shifu, but instead life dint seem to take him any further than to help his adoptive father at his restaurant. But little does Po realize that his destiny involves a lot more than just making noodles. It’s a wonderful story that shows just how far you can go by just being true to yourself.
- Po’s training. When Shifu realizes that the best way to activate Po’s skills set was, through his stomach (I definitely relate), and so trains him accordingly.
“If you only do what you can do, you will never be more than who you are.”
― Master Shifu
P.S – Part 2 and 3 are also definitely worth watching! It takes Po’s story further and elaborates on his past and how he always lives life to the fullest.
If you are in the mood for a good laugh with the occasional weeping, this is a wonderful, heart-warming movie to watch.
It follows the story of Carl Fredrickson’, a shy quiet boy who meets the loud, extroverted girl Ellie and they strike up an unusual friendship with their common interest in the famous explorer Charles. F Muntz. They become the best of friends and soon get married and live a happy life together. The movie shows us that no matter how the loss of a loved one can break you, the best way to move on is to live life, not in regret, but grateful for the memories made, ready for the next adventure!
My favourite dialogue in this movie is from my favourite scene:
“Russel, for assisting the elderly and for performing above and beyond the call of duty, I would like to award you the highest honour I can bestow, The Ellie Badge.” – Carl.
P.S – I’d suggest keeping some tissues around for this one.
12. The Emperor’s New Groove
I have to admit that I got around to watching this movie only recently, but I don’t regret it because I was able to appreciate it better as an adult. It is a hilarious, story-with-a-moral with a simple yet exciting plot.
It’s about a spoiled, young emperor Kuzco who is magically been turned into a Lama, by his evil ex-advisor. He has to turn himself back with the help of the kind village leader Pacha, who was just told that his house would be demolished because the young King wanted to build his summer home, “Kuzcotopia” on that same hill.
We see Kuzco mature and learn from his adventures that thinking only about his wants and desires can get him only so far.
Literally every scene with Pacha’s wife! That woman has a mess with me and my family and you will be sorry, kind of attitude and it’s one of the movie’s best aspects!
That’s the face of someone that could be serving you hot tea one moment and smacking your head with a pan the next!
See what I mean?
It was hard to pick a favourite line from this movie to be honest, so I shall leave that for you to pick.
11. Inside Out
2015’s Inside Out gave us all a fresh plotline, providing us an insight into what goes on in our head, aka “our mind’s headquarters”. It’s a movie of how 11-year-old Riley emotionally deals with moving to a new town; or so it would seem on the outside. Her mind’s headquarters consists of five personifications of her basic emotions—Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger—they influence everything she does via a control console; where Joy has assumed command. But the rest of the emotions do not understand Sadness’s purpose and try their best to keep her away from Riley’s happy memories. That only works for so long.
It is definitely a heart-warming movie that teaches you that avoiding your emotions doesn’t help heal the pain, rather facing it head-on and overcoming every obstacle.
Riley takes comfort in knowing that she is not the only one missing home and that it is okay to feel sad about it.
I’m sure every awkward person felt this to their core!
Sadness: Wait Joy! You’ll get lost in there.
Joy: Think positive!
Sadness: Okay… I’m positive that you’ll get lost in there!
This movie killed it at the box office all over THE WORLD and rightly so! It shines a light on so many important lessons in life while also giving us an amazing soundtrack with Shakira!
The plot revolves around a bunny, Judy Hopps, who aspires to take a path, that does not lead to carrot farming (her family business) but rather, to a career that no bunny would ever dream of, a police officer.
As she tries to prove her worth in a department that consists mainly of bigger, and mostly male, species of animals; she befriends a “supposedly” cunnING fox, Nick Wild, and together they try to solve the mystery of the 14 missing predators.
The plot twist of the movie was really a jaw-dropping moment.
I love that the movie not only talks about discrimination but also shows how hard someone from marginalized communities must work to make their mark in this world.
Flash is wholesome.
Judy Hopps: Life’s a little bit messy. We all make mistakes. No matter what type of animal you are, change starts with you.
9. Big Hero 6
Bring out the tissue box for this one, you’ll need it.
Big Hero 6 was a movie everybody loved, and how could they not?! Have you seen how pure and innocent Baymax is?
We follow young Hiro Hamada as he goes through life as a 14-year-old, with new discoveries, loss, and claiming justice the right way. It’s a wonderful and creative movie that shows the bond between two brothers that remains strong no matter where they are.
When Baymax did a very accurate scan on Hiro and gave this result;
Baymax: You have sustained no injuries. However, your hormone and neurotransmitter levels indicate that you are experiencing mood swings, common in adolescence. Diagnosis: puberty.
Sounds about right Baymax!
8. How to train your dragon
This trilogy was EPIC! It made us laugh, cry, and excited at every moment! And it was worth every minute. It introduces us to Scottish culture, bringing in Vikings with their unique traditions and their wonderous accents.
It’s the story of the shy, timid, and highly intelligent young Hiccup, who is anything but a stereotypical Viking boy in a village that is at war with dragons. But he soon realises that dragons aren’t quite as bad as they were taught to believe as he befriends the seemingly ferocious, but actually a big baby, Night Fury who he decides to call Toothless.
Each movie takes us on different, thrilling adventures as this lovable, and most times reckless, duo faces new challenges while they try to convince the world of how extraordinary dragons truly are. My personal favourite is the 2nd movie. We see new characters and so many new dragons and Toothless being an absolute bad***!
Their first flight, where Hiccup learns to rely on his instincts and flies Toothless without the cheat sheet.
It’s the start of a beautiful, unlikely friendship between the two.
Also, this scene from part 2, absolute goosebump moment.
“Thank you for nothing, you useless reptile” – Hiccup
The best thing about this movie? Other than the upbeat sings and the adventures? And discovering that The Rock can belt out some wonderful tunes?
It’s the story of Moana of Montunui, the daughter of the Chief, and the trials she must go through to find her place in her world and also save it. One of the reasons I enjoyed this movie is because it tells of a young woman who bests all odds, on her own, to save her world. Yes, she had the help of the demigod Maui, but even when he gives up, she doesn’t. And I believe that is a wonderful lesson to learn; that you can and always will reach your destination when you believe in you.
As she helps a young turtle to the ocean, Moana meets the Ocean for the first time. We already see how kind and considerate she is just from this one scene.
“There is nowhere you could go that I won’t be with you” – Grandma Tala.
Another movie that has the requirement of tissues.
It also has a number of great songs to sing and dance along to!
In a city in Mexico, Young Miguel dreams of becoming a musician even though music has been banned from his family for generations, because his great-great-grandmother, Imelda, had been married to a man who left her and their daughter Coco to pursue his music.
Miguel idolizes the deceased Ernesto de la Cruz and teaches himself to play from Ernesto’s old films. But when his family finds out, his grandmother furiously breaks his makeshift guitar resulting in Miguel running away. When he accidentally discovered a photo of Imelda and Coco, he sees that her husband (his great-great-grandfather) is holding the guitar of the famous de la Cruz! He concludes that Ernesto was his great-great-grandfather and decides to “borrow” his guitar from Ernesto’s grave for the talent show.
But things don’t exactly go the way he expects.
The entire scene of the song Un Poco Loco.
Also, this well-deserved moment.
The lines from the song Remember me, “For even if I’m far away, I hold you in my heart / I sing a secret song to you, each night we are apart.”
“Never underestimate the power of music” – Ernesto de la Cruz
This was quite a brilliant futuristic movie that 2008 gave us. It also came with the subtle hint that this could, in fact, be us at some point with the way we are going.
In the 29th century we meet WALL-E, the only robot left back on Earth, that has now become a horrible wasteland. His daily routine is disrupted when EVE arrives from outer space, from the command ship where humans currently live, to scan for life on the planet so the humans can return. Watching this movie as a kid made me hope that we would work towards a better future in the coming years.
There aren’t really many dialogues spoken through most of the movie, but it’s still worth the watch
This movie gave us wonderful characters, amazing songs and, marvelous graphics, I still remember every part of it. (Though that might probably also be because I watched it more than three times)
Frozen showed us that true love doesn’t have to be a romantic kind of love, it can be any strong bond between two people, in this case between two sisters, Elsa and Anna. Elsa goes through a lot as a child because of her powers. As it grows she fears that she will cause harm to the people she cares about, but Anna sticks by her no matter what, even though Elsa, had to, “ice” her out all those years; the minute Elsa ran away Anna’s immediate plan of action was to go after her.
Not only did it give us gorgeous visuals, adorable sidekicks, and that song, it also gave us two great Disney Princesses that were both instant feminist icons to boot, and a love story that proves that you don’t need a man to be happy.
Idina Menzel’s voice while singing ‘Into the unknown’ and ‘show yourself” tops only herself in “let it Go”.
And of course, Olaf’s complete adorable obliviousness to everything in part 1 and his voluntary ignorance in the 2nd; Josh Gad (the actor who voices Olaf) killed it.
I love every part of this movie so it was hard to pick one scene, but this absolutely powerful moment was certainly the best.
From part 2:
The whole scene from “Show yourself” gave me major goosebumps, the details in the graphics, the lyrics, and of course, Idina Menzel’s stunning voice.
Also, honourable mention to this scene:
“Why do lullabies always have to have some terrible warning in them? – Honeymaren, from Frozen 2.
“Fear can’t be trusted” – Elsa
3. Spiderman – Into the Spider-Verse.
Oh.My.God. The movie was released in 2018 with the biggest bang ever! And rightly so! The story! The graphics! The music! The characters! The Multiverse!!!
Its not your usual Peter Parker Spiderman adventure that we have been given over the years, it’s the story of Miles Morales, a Spiderman of another dimension.
Into the Spider-verse shows us Spiderman in a whole new light, the, almost similar, but very contrasting differences between each Spiderman from another dimension gives us a new perspective of the Spiderman story. It is also Marvel confirming the existence of the Multiverse.
Miles has some big shoes to fill and has to fine-tune his Spidey skills on the go and save the day and become his version of Spiderman.
Miles’s leap of Faith.
“It’s a leap of faith. That’s all it is. A leap of faith.”
-Peter B. Parker
“Above all, no matter how many times you get hit, can you get back up?”
Another unique princess story where romance isn’t the main plot, that added to the brilliance that was this movie.
I’m positive a good number of girls related to stubborn Merida, not wanting to be married off and having her future decided for her. All Merida wanted to do was ride through the forest on her horse, knock some arrows and let her hair flow (I’m also positive that we all wished we had those thick locks of her too)
Merida decides to use a magic potion to change her fate, but as always, things don’t go exactly the way she had hoped it would and results in her mother, the Queen, turning into a bear!
Brave is a wonderful, family story that brings to light the strong bond that a mother and a daughter share and how far would they go to protect the other.
Merida shooting for her own hand and hitting the bullseye each time.
“There are those who say fate is something beyond our command. That destiny is not our own, but I know better. Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it.”
– Princess Merida
Now I know I said that I have not put them in a specific order, but I must admit. Tangled is my favourite animated movie and one of the best animated movies of all time! Sure I absolutely loved Frozen and Moana and all those epic movies, but something about this movie, no scratch that, everything about this movie is amazing.
And of course, the introduction of this hunk?
Oooooo yes! Can I also drink a magical potion and have abnormally long hair and then go on a road trip with him?
I mean when you hear the name “Eugene Fitzherbert” would you picture THIS face? Right?!
Anyway, I’m getting carried away. Or should I say I’m getting “Tangled”?
At first glance Tangled might feel like the same story of Rapunzel that you have heard as a kid, that’s been given a fresh coat of paint, but its story is far more progressive than that of Frozen, and Rapunzel has more feminism in her flowing locks than Anna and Elsa put together. (I don’t mean that in a bad way)
Sure, Rapunzel spends plenty of her time in captivity doing traditional, domestic chores like baking and cleaning, but she’s also incredibly well-read and well-rounded: she plays chess, studies astronomy to map the stars, and even learns ventriloquism. She also proves to be quick-witted and resourceful, using her hair to incapacitate other characters on multiple occasions. I mean, have you seen how handy she is with a frying pan?
In my opinion, this is one of Disney’s best work with the Disney princess.
It makes me cry happy, ugly tears every time.
“Well, that’s the good part, I guess. You get to go find a new dream”
– Flynn Rider.
Well that brings us to the end of my list of the best animated movies to watch!
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