Long before your love of comedy or romantic movies took wing, we're betting you were friendly with talking animals. Chances are, the first movie you saw was animated: a Disney movie or a toon about a pig on TV. Animation is where we call come from, as we learn the building blocks of narrative storytelling from the simplest forms.
But the genre has long been a refuge for adults as well. In researching the best animated movies ever made, we encountered plenty of Oscar winners, along with darkly imaginative foreign films from Japan, France and beyond. Our polled experts included Fantastic Mr. Fox' Wes Anderson and Wallace & Gromit's Nick Park. Dive in to our authoritative list and you'll find nostalgia and new horizons alike.
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