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

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Eric Towner

Eric Towner is a cofounder of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, whose work includes animated TV show Robot Chicken and countless shorts.


Fernando Trueba

Fernando Trueba is a Spanish director of both live-action and animated films, whose best-known work is 2010’s Chico & Rita.


Chel White

Chel White is an animator and artist who takes inspiration from his dreams. He has made music videos for, among others, David Lynch and Thom Yorke.


The Iron Giant rises above the noise of contemporary mainstream animated features to tell a story with moments of humor and profound insights into truth, friendship and betrayal. Few films make me teary, but this one does it every time. Effortlessly navigating that difficult line between playful and soulful, Mary and Max is not afraid to take on some heavy topics, including suicide and retardation, and does so with a tender touch. Brilliant filmmaking and one of the most Oscar-deserving animated features ever made, yet wasn’t even nominated. Up tells a great story, with wonderful characters that are captured with flawless voice and animation performances. The heart-wrenching first 20 minutes of the film alone, in which a 78-year old man recalls his lifelong love for a woman who passed before him, is worth the price of admission. Hats off to a family film that dares to build a story about a main character old enough to remember an era before television.”



Linda Woolverton

Scriptwriter Linda Woolverton’s credits include Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. She cowrote 2014’s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie.


Koji Yamamura

Koji Yamamura is a legend in the field of short animation. His film “Mount Head” was nominated for an Oscar, and he teaches at the Tokyo University for the Arts.




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