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The 100 best animated movies: full list

World-famous animators pick the best animated movies ever, including Disney and Pixar movies, cult movies, kids’ movies, stop-motion, anime and more

What are the 100 best animated movies of all time? To find out we asked over 100 experts for their favourite animations (60 minutes or over). These are people who know animated movies, from ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ director Wes Anderson and Aardman animators Nick Park and Peter Lord to the creatives behind some of the biggest Disney and Pixar hits ever made. We’ve crunched the numbers and here’s the final list, from 100 down to one.

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20
Up (2009)
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Up (2009)

      

Pixar’s saddest, sweetest, strangest film.

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19
Ratatouille (2007)
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Ratatouille (2007)

     

Pixar was at the height of its powers when it made this Paris-set tale of a rat with immense cooking talent.

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18
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
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Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

     

A live-action gumshoe must prove that a cartoon rabbit has been wrongly accused of murder.

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17
Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
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Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

     

An eccentric inventor and his loyal canine companion hunt a mutant bunny.

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16
It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
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It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012)

      

A one-man masterpiece.

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15
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

      

This unflinching war story proves that, in animation, anything is possible.

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14
Akira (1988)
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Akira (1988)

      

A biker teen unleashes a psychic with apocalyptic powers – oh, and it’s 2019.

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13
Fantasia (1940)
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Fantasia (1940)

      

In Disney’s extravaganza, eight fantastical vignettes are scored to music by Bach, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.

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12
Alice (1988)
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Alice (1988)

      

This Lewis Carroll adaptation, from a brilliant Czech surrealist, is too wild and wonderful for kids.

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11
Yellow Submarine (1968)
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Yellow Submarine (1968)

      

The cartoon Beatles rampage through a psychedelic Pop Art dreamscape.

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10
Fantastic Mr Fox (2009)
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Fantastic Mr Fox (2009)

      

An idiosyncratic auteur gets animated with this stop-motion take on Roald Dahl’s children’s novel.

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9
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

      

The film that made Christmas creepy.

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8
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

      

Not the first animated feature, but the start of the Disney empire.

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