The 100 best animated movies: film critics and journalists

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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Nathan Rabin

Nathan Rabin is a writer for the Dissolve, former head writer for the A.V. Club and the author of four books, most recently You Don’t Know Me but You Don’t Like Me.


Tasha Robinson

Tasha Robinson is a former writer for the A.V. Club and the Chicago Tribune. She is currently a senior editor at the Dissolve.


Joshua Rothkopf

Joshua Rothkopf is the film editor at Time Out New York.





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