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This century’s top 50 animated films, so far


We’re just 15 years into the 21st century, but it’s been an amazing period of production for fans of animation. With more studios producing feature length animation that we’ve seen in decades, there are so many films coming out, it can be hard to keep track of them all. Playlist has come up with a list of what they consider the top 50 animated films of the 21st century (so far). And there are definitely some interesting choices.

Its a tough list, Pixar’s “Brave” just cracks the top 50 and “Zootopia” slots in at 45 (although I suspect that will rise overtime).

The top 10

10. The Wind Rises (2013) from Studio Ghibli
9. Waltz with Bashir (2008) from Ari Folman
8. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) from Wes Anderson
7. The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013) from Isao Takahata
6. Inside Out (2015) Pixar
5. The Triplets of Belleville (2003) from Sylvain Chomet
4. It’s such a beautiful day (2012) from Don Hertzfeldt
3. Up (2009) Pixar
2. The Incredibles (2004) Pixar
1. Spirited Away (2001) Studio Ghibli

Some notables that didn’t even crack the top 50 are “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Frozen,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Tangled,” “Wreck-it Ralph,” “Shrek,” and “Big Hero 6.”

I’m surprised that “Wall-E” didn’t make the top 10, and there’s no way that “The Lego movie” is better than “Toy Story 3”, but it’s not an easy task. I think they did a decent job, how about you? How many of the top 50 have you seen?

1 thought on “This century’s top 50 animated films, so far”

  1. I’ve seen only 11 in whole and 3 in part (kids watching DVD; me in and out of the room). I suppose I’m not really the target audience to enjoy Playlist’s list. But a few comments on the 14 with which I have some familiarity:

    Emperor’s New Groove has gotten significantly better with age. The same is not true of Lilo and Stich, which I find I have almost no love for at this point.

    Ratatouille is placed significantly too high on the list.

    I love The Incredibles, but I think I have to rank Toy Story 3 and even Toy Story 2 higher on my personal list. And Wall-E.

    Of John’s “notable” omissions, I’d include Tangled and probably none of the others.

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