The 100 best animated movies: animators and filmmakers, E to P

Experts including Disney and Pixar directors, Wes Anderson, Nick Park and Carlos Saldanha vote for their favorite animated movies

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How did we choose the 100 best animated movies of all time? We went straight to the experts and asked them to tell us their personal top ten films. From there we calculated the top 100 overall best animated movies. Here, you'll find the personal selections of animators and filmmakers including the Aardman directors Peter Lord and Nick Park (creators of Wallace and Gromit), the Alien designer HR Giger, the prolific animator Bill Plympton and the independent animated filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt. Explore their top tens here.


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John Harvatine IV

John Harvatine IV is a cofounder of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, whose work includes the animated TV show Robot Chicken and countless shorts.


Don Hertzfeldt

Don Hertzfeldt is a DIY animator whose short films—including the Oscar-nominated “Rejected”—were a taster for his debut feature, It’s Such a Beautiful Day.


'“I got stuck at 9. I wanted to include ‘Mars and Beyond’, a 53-minute-long 1957 science TV program, heavy with animation by Ward Kimball, but it was too short for your rules. And Jason and the Argonauts isn’t entirely animated, but the animation is kinda the only reason people watch it.”



Jonathan Hodgson

Jonathan Hodgson is a British animator who has worked on TV’s Charlie and Lola and the documentaries The Age of Stupid and The Trouble with Love and Sex.


“In actual fact all my favorite animated films are shorts. However, these films impressed me, not for the animation craft, which I couldn’t care less about, but for the uniqueness of the director’s vision and the originality of the ideas, storytelling and design.”



Stephen Irwin

Stephen Irwin is a British animator who has won numerous awards for short films including “Moxie” and “The Black Dog’s Progress.”


Alex Kramer

Alex Kramer is the animation director for TV’s longest-running stop-motion show, Robot Chicken.


Fran Krause

Fran Krause is an award-winning animator and short-film maker. He is also the creator of the Deep Dark Fears comics.




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