30. The Lego Batman Movie
If you’re looking for a movie that the entire family can enjoy together, here is the film for you. The Lego Batman Movie is incredibly entertaining throughout its runtime. Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, is determined to save Gotham from his evil, maniacal rival — the Joker (Zach Galifianakis). In order to save Gotham, however, Batman must put his pride aside and receive help from others. Robin (Michael Cera), Batgirl (Rosario Dawson) and Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz) are looking to help, but there are plenty of villains willing to help the Joker, as well. Which side will win this battle between good and evil?
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29. How to Train Your Dragon 2
Taking place five years after the events of the first film, How to Train Your Dragon 2 showcases Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless (a dragon) now living on the island of Berk — where dragons and humans coexist in harmony. Hiccup is now a young adult and has become the chief of the village, but he is still searching for new lands and dragons to explore.
When Hiccup and Toothless discover a group of dragons being held captive by a power-hungry warrior named Drago (Gerard Butler), they must work together to stop Drago and his army of dragons from taking over the world. Along the way, Hiccup discovers that he has a long-lost mother who is a dragon trainer and that he has a hidden talent for training dragons himself.
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28. A Bug’s Life
Three years after Toy Story came out, PIXAR released its second film — A Bug’s Life. The film follows the story of an ant named Flik (David Foley), who is an inventor and something of an outcast in his colony. When Flik accidentally destroys the offering of food that the colony was preparing for a group of grasshoppers, the grasshoppers’ leader, Hopper (Kevin Spacey), demands that the ants gather twice as much food as before to make up for the loss. A battle ensues, and Flik and his comrades are left fighting for their colony’s survival. A Bug’s Life is one of PIXAR’s most underrated films.
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Just one month before A Bug’s Life hit theaters, DreamWorks had its own ant-centric film — Antz — debut on the big screen. DreamWorks’ film follows the story of an ant named Z (Woody Allen) — a worker in an ant colony who feels like he is just a small cog in a giant machine. One day, Z meets a beautiful ant named Princess Bala (Sharon Stone), who is unhappy with her arranged marriage to the colony’s leader, General Mandible (Gene Hackman).
Z and Bala form a bond and decide to run away together, leading to a series of adventures in which Z discovers his true identity and purpose. As Z and Bala try to evade capture by the colony’s soldiers, they come to realize that they share a common enemy in General Mandible, who is revealed to be a power-hungry and ruthless leader…will they make it out alive?
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26. Arthur Christmas
Directed by Sarah Smith, Arthur Christmas is a 2011 British-American 3D computer-animated Christmas comedy film. Featuring voiceover work from the likes of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton and Ashley Jensen, the film is centered around Santa Claus’ youngest son, Arthur — the only member of his family who still believes in the magic of Christmas.
In his quest to save Christmas, Arthur embarks on an exciting and action-packed journey, accompanied by his grandfather (Grandsanta) and a wrapping elf named Bryony. Memorably, the film is animated using a combination of traditional 2D animation and 3D computer animation, which gives it a unique and visually stunning look.
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25. The Little Prince
Featuring the voice talents of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Marion Cotillard, and Paul Rudd (to name a few), The Little Prince combines both computer-generated animation and stop-motion animation to bring the world of the Little Prince (Riley Osborne) — a 1943 novella of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry — to life. The story of the Little Prince is told through a series of flashbacks, as the Little Prince recounts his adventures to Sophie. Along the way, the Little Prince teaches Sophie about the importance of love, friendship, and the beauty of the imagination.
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24. Incredibles 2
After 14 long years, the Parr family returned to the big screen. Incredibles 2 reintroduced us to our favorite family of heroes: Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack. This time around, the family is arrested after attempting to stop the Underminer. With heroism still illegal in their world, the Incredibles and Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) must attempt to stop a new villain (Screenslaver) all while avoiding legal trouble. Not only do the heroes want to save the world from a heinous villain, but they also want to regain their legal status in the process. Just as the original, Incredibles 2 is a joyous ride throughout.
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23. The Sea Beast
Released in the summer of 2022, The Sea Beast quickly became regarded as a top-notch animated film. The story takes place during a time in which monstrous beasts rule the sea. Due to their presence, monster hunters became heroes — and there was no bigger hero than Jacob Holland (Karl Urban). On one particular adventure, Holland learns that a young girl, Maisie Brumble, stowed away on his ship. The unlikely duo traverse uncharted waters and find themselves making some history along the way. The Sea Beast is incredibly pleasing to the eye, and tells a story that will have you coming back for multiple watches.
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22. Raya and the Last Dragon
One year before The Sea Beast hit theaters, movie lovers were introduced to a world in which dragons and humans lived together in harmony. Raya and the Last Dragon is set in the fantasy world of Kumandra. Tragically, when an evil force threatens the land, the dragons sacrifice themselves to save humanity. Only one dragon, Sisu (Awkwafina), survives — but she is forced to give up her power in order to defeat the threat. 500 years later, Raya (Kelly Marie Tran) sets out on a quest to find the last dragon and restore the broken land of Kumandra. Will Raya find Sisu and help defeat their greatest enemy?
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21. Finding Dory
13 years after Finding Nemo captivated the world, our favorite aquatic friends returned to theaters in Finding Dory. As one could assume from the title, this sequel is all about Dory. In the first film, we learned that Dory had a very poor memory — so poor, in fact, that she didn’t remember much about her parents. This time around, we join Dory on her journey to find her long-lost parents. Nemo and Marlin return the favor and help Dory along the way. While the film may not have lived up to its predecessors excellence, it is still a great addition to Pixar’s library.
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20. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
“I am Puss…in Boots!”
What a line. What a feline. Since first appearing in Shrek 2, Puss in Boots has become a fan favorite. As such, it should come as no surprise that Puss’ second standalone film — Puss in Boots: The Last Wish — is considered a very good movie. Antonio Banderas once again voices Puss in the film, and the veteran actor is as good as ever. As we’re reintroduced to Puss, we come to learn that he has gone through eight of his nine lives. Because of this predicament, Puss sets out on an adventure to find the mythical Last Wish and restore his nine lives.
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How great is WALL-E? Not only did the Pixar film take home an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year, but it was also nominated for five additional Oscars. Set in the future, we are introduced to a world in which humans have abandoned Earth due to it being covered in trash. That is where WALL-E comes in. A garbage collecting robot, WALL-E is tasked with cleaning up the wasteland that is known as Earth. WALL-E and his pet cockroach are alone on Earth…until EVE, a reconnaissance robot, arrives on the planet. Can the three come together and bring life back to Earth?
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Who would have thought that a Dwayne Johnson-led animated film would become arguably The Rock’s greatest film? Johnson dazzles as the demi-god Maui — capitalizing on fun action, beautiful animation, and some of Disney’s best original songs in recent years. Moana is a triumph of a film. Not only does it respect Polynesian culture in an authentic way, but it tells a beautiful story along the way. You will find yourself watching this Disney classic again and again.
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Soul is a great film. One of PIXAR’s finest productions, the film is centered around a middle school music teacher named Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx). Joe, who has always dreamed of becoming a professional jazz musician, falls down an open manhole and his soul separates from his body. He finds himself in the “Great Before,” a place where souls are given personality traits and characteristics before they are sent to Earth. As Joe struggles to find his way back to his body, he forms an unlikely friendship with a soul named 22 (Tina Fey), who has never been able to find her spark or purpose.
Together, Joe and 22 embark on a journey through the Great Before and the world of the living, as Joe tries to find a way back to his body and 22 tries to find her own purpose. Soul‘s greatness was recognized at the Academy Awards where it won two Oscars — Best Animated Feature Film and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score).
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16. Monsters, Inc.
Way back in 2001, the world was introduced to an unlikely pair of friends — Mike Wazowski and Sulley. Mike (Billy Crystal) is a small, green (and round) one-eyed monster. Sulley is a large, ‘fluffy’ monster equipped with horns and sharp teeth. The duo live in the fictional city of Monstropolis, where monsters generate power for the city by scaring children in the human world. Both Mike and Sulley are determined to become the top scare professional at Monsters, Inc. Along the way, Sulley accidentally lets a human girl named Boo into Monstropolis — and it is up to him and Mike to return her home before anyone finds out.
In the process of returning Boo, they uncover a sinister plot by the CEO of Monsters, Inc. to use the children’s screams as a power source and discover that the scaring process is not only dangerous for children but also for the Monsters themselves. This film is a riot for adults and children alike.
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There are a few things that you never want to see in a kitchen or near food. Mold, bugs and trash all fit the bill. Another creature that you never want to see lurking around a kitchen? A rat. Well, Ratatouille flipped the script on that narrative. In this popular Pixar film, a rat named Remy has dreams of becoming a renowned chef in Paris. However, due to his status as a rat, Remy finds himself in the sewers of Paris. However, the hopeful chef conveniently finds himself underneath a restaurant — one that is home to a famous chef, and his hero, named Auguste Gusteau. Will Remy slink his way into the kitchen and Gusteau’s good graces?
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14. The Lego Movie
At one time not so long ago, it was hard to imagine a movie about Lego’s could be successful. Yet, as we reach No. 15 on this list, we are discussing our second Lego-centric movie thus far. The Lego Movie is centered around a normal LEGO construction worker who is recruited to help prevent an epic disaster. The goal? Stopping Lord Business (Will Ferrell) from gluing the LEGO universe together. If Lord Business succeeds, the universe will be in eternal stasis. This 3D film is genuinely hilarious.
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13. The Mitchells vs. the Machines
Directed by Michael Rianda, The Mitchells vs. the Machines is an animated science fiction comedy film which follows the Mitchell family as they go on a road trip together after Katie — the daughter — is accepted into a prestigious film school. However, things take a turn for the worse when robots from the internet and smart devices suddenly rise up against humanity. Naturally, it’s up to the Mitchells to save the world from a digital apocalypse. Featuring the voices of stars such as Maya Rudolph, Danny McBride, Olivia Colman, Fred Armisen and Eric Andre, The Mitchells vs. the Machines is certainly a film worth checking out.
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12. The Incredibles
If someone doesn’t enjoy The Incredibles, I have more than a few questions for that person. Released in 2004, the film features a family of undercover superheroes who are forced to put their abilities to use when an evil entity threatens the world. At one time, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl were known as the world’s greatest superheroes. 15 years later, however, the married couple have left crimefighting behind in order to raise their three children — Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack. There’s only one problem — Mr. Incredible is lured away from his normal life and is now in grave danger…
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Another masterpiece from Disney’s Pixar, Coco follows a boy named Miguel. Miguel has dreams of becoming an incredible musician, but his family has been against music for generations. As his journey progresses, Miguel finds himself in the Land of the Dead. A beautiful film to look at, Coco shines light on a beautiful culture and also touches upon strong themes including family and — of course — life and death.
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10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Miles Morales, Spider-Man. In 2018, we were introduced to a new kind of Spider-Man. Morales, voiced by Shameik Moore, joined forces with five other Spider-people who share a common goal — stop the threat and save all realities. In Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, there are multiple dimensions which each have their own Spider-Man. This animated take on the iconic web slinger is funny, has a great soundtrack, and tons of traditional Spidey action. Some other notable voices in this film include that of Mahershala Ali (Uncle Aaron), Hailee Steinfeld (Gwen Stacy), Nicholas Cage (Spider-Man Noir), Liev Schreiber (Wilson Fisk), Chris Pine (Peter Parker), Zoe Kravitz (Mary Jane), and John Mulaney (Spider-Ham).
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9. Toy Story 4
It is up for debate whether Toy Story 4 is the best film the franchise has to offer, but it is the only edition to appear on Rotten Tomatoes‘ Top 100 Movies of All-Time list. Released in 2019, this Pixar classic came out nine years after Toy Story 3. This time around, a few new toys enter the mix and join the adventure alongside Woody — most notably “Forky” and Duke Caboom (Keanu Reeves). If this film is indeed the final entry to the Toy Story franchise, it is a fitting end to an era. The story is exciting and funny, but also reflective — managing to pull at the heart strings of those who grew up alongside Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang.
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Pixar has created some truly magical films over the years, but none were as emotionally impactful as 2009’s Up. The first few minutes of the movie are truly heartbreaking. We see a young boy named Carl discover his life’s passion. From there, the audience is shown a montage of Carl’s life — from finding the love of his life (Ellie), to their marriage, and Ellie’s eventual death. In present day, Carl is reeling from his wife’s death. While distraught, Carl is determined to travel to South America — fulfilling a lifelong dream he and Ellie had shared. Carl ties thousand of balloons to his home and sets off on his journey to South America, but soon realizes that a Boy Scout named Russell had joined him. Carl, Russell, and a few other creatures end up having an adventure of a lifetime.
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Animals living like humans? Yep, we’re in. In 2016, Zootopia introduced us to Judy Hopps — a rabbit who was looking to become the first of her kind to join the police force. Because of her size and history of no rabbits working with the police, Hopps is at a disadvantage immediately. However, she is determined to make her mark on the force and prove she belongs. Along the way, she quickly runs into trouble. A mysterious ‘illness’ strikes Zootopia and threatens the animals living within it. With the help of a conman fox, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), Hopps sets out to solve the mystery and save her city.
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6. Toy Story 3
Released 11 years after its predecessor, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3 follows the adventures of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of the toy gang as they are faced with the prospect of being given away or discarded by their owner, Andy. With Andy set to leave for college, the toys are accidentally donated to a daycare center. There, they meet a group of toys led by a bear named Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear — the film’s main villain. As they try to find a way back to Andy’s house, the toys encounter a number of challenges, including confrontations with the daycare toys and a series of near-death experiences. In addition to its strong animation and character development, Toy Story 3 also boasts a heartwarming and emotional story that is sure to resonate with viewers of all ages.
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5. Inside Out
In 2015, Pixar gave us yet another fantastic animated film. Inside Out involves a bevy of familiar stars — including Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith, and Richard Kind. Each actor portrays an emotion — Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust — that is within a young girl named Riley. Riley is dealing with the emotions of leaving her hometown in the Midwest as her dad accepts a new job in San Francisco. The movie is touching on many levels, and Pixar once again showcases a beautiful story through special animation. This film is a must-see for people of all ages.
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4. How to Train Your Dragon
Dragons are awesome. If anyone thinks otherwise…well, we won’t go there. In How to Train Your Dragon, a young Viking named Hiccup is determined to help his town fend off a group of dragons. Hiccup’s father, Stoik the Vast, will not allow him to join the group — as he sees him as too clumsy and small to help. Naturally, Hiccup doesn’t listen to his father’s wishes and instead sneaks into battle. A smart kid, Hiccup utilizes a personal invention in order to take down a dragon. However, he quickly realizes he cannot kill the dragon and instead becomes his friend.
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3. Finding Nemo
From the moment the first trailer dropped, it was evident that Finding Nemo would be a massive hit. Traveling through the beauty (and horrors) of the ocean, a clown fish named Marlin searches for his son — Nemo. In the midst of searching for Nemo, Marlin runs into an aloof fish named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres). The pair embark on an entertaining journey throughout the depths of the sea in hopes of finding Nemo. This film instantly became one of the most popular animated films of all-time, and it was very warranted. Nominated for four Oscars, Finding Nemo became the first Pixar film to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
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2. Toy Story
You can’t convince us there are 16 animated films better than Toy Story, but here we are. A revolutionary film, Toy Story kicked off more than two decade’s worth of entertainment for millions of people around the world. Its story is one that connects to both children and adults — with storylines simultaneously geared towards youngsters and a more mature audience. Woody and Buzz Lightyear will never go away. Toy Story is legendary, period.
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1. Toy Story 2
Four years after Toy Story set the standard for animated films, Woody and Buzz Lightyear returned to our lives in Toy Story 2. In this entry to the series, Woody is stolen by a toy collector who is determined to add Woody to a museum. Al McWhiggin, the toy collector, knows Woody’s value as a collectable and reunites him with his horse Bullseye, Jessie the yodeling cowgirl and his sidekick, and Stinky Pete the Prospector — three fellow characters from a popular TV show titled “Woody’s Roundup”. It is up to Buzz and the rest of the gang to save Woody before he becomes a fixture at the museum…
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