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 critics and journalists. Some of them are from Time Out, both in the US and the UK, and others include Owen Gleiberman, who until recently was the film critic at Entertainment Weekly, and J Hoberman, formerly of the Village Voice and currently a writer for the New York Times. Explore their top tens here.
Peter Labuza is a contributor to Variety and the Film Stage, an editor with Masters of Cinema and To Be (Cont’d), and the host of the Cinephiliacs podcast.
1. Waking Life
2. Spirited Away
3. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
4. The Iron Giant
5. Waltz With Bashir
6. Finding Nemo
7. It’s Such a Beautiful Day
8. Chicken Run
9. The Triplets of Belleville
10. Momotaro’s Divine Sea Warriors
“Like many lists, this is too dominated by recent animation and perhaps too weighted toward American films. But all of these I find transcendent or at least fascinating, simply to view how paint splashes in unique ways across the screen.”
Andrew Osmond is a journalist, critic and author of the BFI book 100 Animated Feature Films.
Matt Prigge is the film and tech editor and critic at New York Metro. He is pursuing his master’s in cinema studies at New York University.