We all have a memory of watching our favorite animated films as a child. Whether it was a superhero-based cartoon or one of the heartwarming tales told by Pixar, animated films have the ability to warm our hearts and entertain us at the same time. Which of course begs the question, what are the greatest animated films of all time? In a recent survey of the top animators of today, including scores of artists from Disney and Pixar as well as directors like Fantastic Mr. Fox’s Wes Anderson, they were asked that very question. Here’s what they came up with for the 20 Greatest Animated Films Of All Time.
Everyone loved this heartwarming tale starring Ed Asner as the voice of Carl Fredricksen and directed by Pete Docter. In it, Carl sets out on an adventure with a neighborhood “Wilderness Explorer” in a house lifted by countless balloons. The film was a huge success, received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and entertained audiences the world over.
Yet another Pixar film to grace our list. Everyone loved this heartwarming animated tale of a Parisian rat named Remy with a unique gift – he is an exceptional chef gifted with an incredible sense of taste and smell. By teaming up with human chef Linguini, Remy is able to fulfill his dreams of becoming a great chef.
This comedic masterpiece definitely belongs on this list, especially for its groundbreaking mix of live action and animated characters. Set in the 1930’s, this comedy/crime drama full of slapstick had a budget of $70 million, quite the sum in 1988 when it was released, and went on to make just under $330 million at the box office.
Not only is this film an exceptionally well done clay animation film, but it was so good that it experienced both critical and commercial success. It won a number of film awards including the Academy Award for Best Animated Picture.