The 100 best animated movies: animators and filmmakers, Q to Z

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 Rio and Ice Age director Carlos Saldanha, director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas), CGI pioneer Alvy Ray Smith and the The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast writer Linda Woolverton. Explore their top tens here.


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Carlos Saldanha

Carlos Saldanha is the director of Rio and Rio 2, in theaters in April. He was also codirector of Ice Age and its sequels.


Jeff Scher

Jeff Scher is a painter and experimental filmmaker whose work has been shown in galleries worldwide. He has directed music videos for Bob Dylan and Paul Simon.


Prince Achmed is one of the first animated features ever, and it’s still stunning. Silhouette animation magic. Fehérlófia is a film that’s incredible with color. Raw, beautiful, cel-painted, it’s narrative and abstract at the same time.”


Henry Selick

Writer-director Henry Selick is best known for his stop-motion animated features James and the Giant Peach, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline.


Maureen Selwood

Maureen Selwood is an Irish artist and animator whose short films have won numerous international prizes.


“I show Svankmajer’s Alice a lot when I’m teaching. I find it amazing for its exquisite camera and deep understanding of myth and dream, while still being true to the story. I became an animator after seeing Yellow Submarine, and fell in love with George Dunning’s experimental work. Toy Story opened up a new way to tell a story. It made young people think animation was new and special. James and the Giant Peach changed the way we think of stop-motion. Something had to move away from drawing just to bring n a new way of telling a story with a different perspective on space.”



Matthew Senreich

Matthew Senreich is a cofounder of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, whose work includes the animated TV show Robot Chicken and one terrific Simpsons couch gag.


Chris Shepherd

Chris Shepherd is an animator best known for his work on the sketch show Big Train and his 2005 collaboration with David Shrigley, “Who I Am and What I Want.”




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