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06.13.2014by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Animated Films of the 21st Century

Gone are the days where Disney had a strangehold on the animated film market. Since the rise of Pixar, rivals at Dreamworks Animation, Blue Sky Studios, and elsewhere have made hundreds of animated movies. Looking just at the last fourteen years, we have seen animated films, CGI and hand-drawn, that have been some of the best of all time. But, which of those movies are the best of their era? Here are my picks for the best animated films since 2000. If your pick didn't make the cut, feel free to add yours in the talk backs below.

Honorable Mention - WAKING LIFE/A SCANNER DARKLY

Richard Linklater's pair of animated films are rotoscoped masterworks. The films are musical and lyrical experiments with the medium and unlike anything you have ever seen. While WAKING LIFE is more of a meditation, A SCANNER DARKLY is a fully realized adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel. The animated world brings a surreal nature to Dick's novel that just wouldn't be captured the same way in a live action film. Not for everybody, but both of these films are must see.

#10 - FROZEN

Yeah, this movie had to make this list. Whether you are a Disney fan or not, you recognize that for an incredible period of time their formula worked. Disney made a slew of classic animated films that live today as masterpieces. Then, for about 20 years, they shit the bed with garbage cartoons. Once John Lasseter took over as the head of all Disney and Pixar animation, things turned around. FROZEN is the perfect example of Disney's wholesomeness mixed with the ingenuity of what makes Pixar so great. It may not be the most original movie ever animated, but it is an excellent movie nonetheless.

#9 - THE SIMPSONS MOVIE

THE SIMPSONS will remain a historic achievement in television for as long as TV exists. It is brilliant, subversive, and yet still full of love and family. Unlike Seth MacFarlane's self-referential FAMILY GUY and AMERICAN DAD, THE SIMPSONS always has been in the moment of both pop culture and our current world climate. When they finally made the jump to the big screen, all of the mediocre episodes that had been airing leading to that point were justified by the brilliant movie. Taking everything about the show that was great and blowing it up for the big screen made for an epic standalone feature.

#8 - KUNG FU PANDA

I will be the first to admit that when I saw the trailer for KUNG FU PANDA, I was convinced it was going to suck. But, when you actually watch the film you find that you are seeing a truly excellent martial arts movie aimed at all audiences. Using the traditional animals from Chinese culture, KUNG FU PANDA manages to combine some epic fight sequences with a moral story along with some truly hilarious one-liners from Jack Black. KUNG FU PANDA angered the Chinese government when they realized a Western movie studio produced a movie that faithfully and honorably related their cultural mores and history.

#7 - THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN

The best INDIANA JONES movie without Indiana Jones and it was still directed by Steven Spielberg. Peter Jackson and Spielberg combined their talents to make a motion capture animated film, something that had been done to varying effect in movies like MONSTER HOUSE, BEOWULF, and A CHRISTMAS CAROL. While those movies were all good, TINTIN is great. It brings to life an iconic character in a larger than life adventure with all the elements that make Jackson and Spielberg's prior movies so much fun. I cannot wait for the sequel.

#6 - WALLACE AND GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT

Nick Park's claymation shorts are amongst the best and most original cartoons ever made. Wallace and Gromit made their feature debut with THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT, a movie that feels like what an Edgar Wright animated movie would be. Funny, dark, and very British, THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT is the funniest horror movie you will ever see. I defy you to not crack a smile during this movie.

#5 - THE LEGO MOVIE

This year's breakout hit from Phil Lord and Chris Miller was just as wholesome and fun as playing with actual LEGOs. Great voice work from Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, and Will Ferrell combined with a CGI animation that looks like real LEGO bricks makes for a movie that cannot be missed. Great STAR WARS and BATMAN references abound, but it is the touching live action sequence that really makes THE LEGO MOVIE stand above most other cartoon movies.

#4 - PARANORMAN

It is a damn shame how many people have not checked out PARANORMAN yet. With Laika Animation already proving their worth with CORALINE and aiming for the trifecta with the upcoming THE BOXTROLLS, PARANORMAN stands as their best film to date. Another horror movie that is not scary, the film has a unique visual style that sets it apart from anything else out there while also driving home an important anti-bullying message that is vital in this day and age. Great voice work on this one.

#3 - HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

There is a very good reason why the sequel to this movie is hitting theaters today: the first movie is absolutely phenomenal. In the course of the less than two hour film, a fully realized world is created in which dragons exist and you could almost believe it was real. The aerial scenes are stunning (even in 3D) and rival those in James Cameron's AVATAR. Jay Baruchel is solid as Hiccup, but it is the design of the various dragons that makes this movie so great. I could watch this franchise grow for decades and never get bored.

#2 - Pixar's Output (WALL-E/RATATOIULLE/UP/TOY STORY 3)

Most of Pixar's films have been released in the 21st century and it was hard to choose just one. But, if you want to select the absolute best Pixar has given to the world, look no further than these films. Brad Bird's THE INCREDIBLES is one of the best and Andrew Stanton's FINDING NEMO is a classic, but both of them made magic happen with RATATOUILLE and WALL-E. Only Pixar could have made French cuisine and a virtually dialogue free robot movie work so perfectly. UP was possibly Pixar's most recent masterwork that wasn't a sequel while TOY STORY 3 was a nearly perfect movie. They have hit some bumps in recent outings, but I have no doubt there is more greatness to come from this studio

#1 - RANGO

RANGO earns the top spot because of the sheer originality on display. Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski teamed up for an animated Western featuring Hunter S. Thompson references and nods to the works of Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin. Stunningly designed and hilariously unique, RANGO is a movie that even those who dislike Westerns will fall in love with. An absolute joy to watch, this is the best animated film of the last two decades.

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1:21PM on 06/16/2014

Well...

I have to say, not a great list...
No UP? Finding Nemo? Fantastic Mr. Fox? Spirited Away?
I have to say, not a great list...
No UP? Finding Nemo? Fantastic Mr. Fox? Spirited Away?
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9:43PM on 06/15/2014

Stupid List

This list is poop. You can't list ALL PIXAR MOVIES as number 2. And DC Comics has released better animated movies than most live action Marvel movies over the past ten years
This list is poop. You can't list ALL PIXAR MOVIES as number 2. And DC Comics has released better animated movies than most live action Marvel movies over the past ten years
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8:00PM on 06/15/2014

List is Garbage

#1 is Wall-E, hands down.
#1 is Wall-E, hands down.
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2:29AM on 06/15/2014

Weak list

Has anyone mentioned Persepolis? And my top animated would be Finding Nemo. That movie was beautiful, had a timeless story and still resonates today.
Has anyone mentioned Persepolis? And my top animated would be Finding Nemo. That movie was beautiful, had a timeless story and still resonates today.
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1:20PM on 06/14/2014

Rango!

With so many bashing Rango I have to say it is absolutely one of my favorites. Not sure what my #1 would be as I also love Wall-E and Fantastic Mr. Fox (which definitely should be on the list). Also agree that Hayao Miyazaki films should be recognized and it's quite an oversight not having them on the list.

But going back to Rango, yall need to realize the awesomeness that is that movie. May not entertain kids the way most of the other films on the list would but what do I care. I'm not a
With so many bashing Rango I have to say it is absolutely one of my favorites. Not sure what my #1 would be as I also love Wall-E and Fantastic Mr. Fox (which definitely should be on the list). Also agree that Hayao Miyazaki films should be recognized and it's quite an oversight not having them on the list.

But going back to Rango, yall need to realize the awesomeness that is that movie. May not entertain kids the way most of the other films on the list would but what do I care. I'm not a kid. Brilliant movie.
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1:03PM on 06/14/2014

And where on erath is...

SHREK?
Don't bother the sequels, the original Shrek was a game-changer, and it raised DreamWorks to Disney levels!
SHREK?
Don't bother the sequels, the original Shrek was a game-changer, and it raised DreamWorks to Disney levels!
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8:42AM on 06/14/2014
Let's forget for a second the glaring omissions of Shrek, the Fantastic Mr Fox, and spirited away (which are all better than most of the movies on this list) but if you are going to lump all of the Pixar movies into one entry then how in Gods name is that not number 1???
Let's forget for a second the glaring omissions of Shrek, the Fantastic Mr Fox, and spirited away (which are all better than most of the movies on this list) but if you are going to lump all of the Pixar movies into one entry then how in Gods name is that not number 1???
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1:40AM on 06/14/2014

Go Watch more Japan Animated Films

Not a Fan of this list at all.... Frozen was absolute Garbage, i have no idea how it won an Oscar, or how its even on this list. Honestly, Story was Weak, Animation was nothing better, one descent score, just over all below average. Hollywood needs to open their eyes to Mr.Miyazaki those are real animated films. Japan's animation knocks hollywood's out of the park. Where is Spirited Away? or The Wind Rises?
Not a Fan of this list at all.... Frozen was absolute Garbage, i have no idea how it won an Oscar, or how its even on this list. Honestly, Story was Weak, Animation was nothing better, one descent score, just over all below average. Hollywood needs to open their eyes to Mr.Miyazaki those are real animated films. Japan's animation knocks hollywood's out of the park. Where is Spirited Away? or The Wind Rises?
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11:14PM on 06/13/2014

Brilliant

This movie is fantastic, so is the sequel. The perfect blend of humor, story, and morals. I wouldn't have believed it was a dream works film if the logo didn't open the film.
This movie is fantastic, so is the sequel. The perfect blend of humor, story, and morals. I wouldn't have believed it was a dream works film if the logo didn't open the film.
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10:44PM on 06/13/2014

uhh

My personal favorite is How To Train A Dragon, Rango was awful??? And how the hell is Shrek 1 or 2 not on this list?
My personal favorite is How To Train A Dragon, Rango was awful??? And how the hell is Shrek 1 or 2 not on this list?
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9:38PM on 06/13/2014

Biased maybe....

I'd say my favorite is The Dark Knight Returns. I thought it was excellent, DC seems to have their shit together when it comes to animation.
I'd say my favorite is The Dark Knight Returns. I thought it was excellent, DC seems to have their shit together when it comes to animation.
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3:19PM on 06/14/2014
i dont think that counts because it was a dvd release, not theatrical.

But yeah, excellent movie
i dont think that counts because it was a dvd release, not theatrical.

But yeah, excellent movie
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8:37PM on 06/13/2014
Just happy to see Dragon on there. That's easily one of my favorite American animated films of the past 10 years. I do think that, while difficult, a single Pixar film, or all of them for that matter, should have had a place here instead of clumping them together. There are a few films here that are passable, but not that great even if they are incredibly popular (looking at you Frozen).
Just happy to see Dragon on there. That's easily one of my favorite American animated films of the past 10 years. I do think that, while difficult, a single Pixar film, or all of them for that matter, should have had a place here instead of clumping them together. There are a few films here that are passable, but not that great even if they are incredibly popular (looking at you Frozen).
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8:20PM on 06/13/2014

Rango as 1?

My kids couldn't get through it and I soon lost interest.
My kids couldn't get through it and I soon lost interest.
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6:34PM on 06/13/2014

needs more Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie > Paranorman
Frankenweenie > Paranorman
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6:34PM on 06/13/2014
Nice list, though you definitely need to see Summer Wars if you want it to be complete. That movie will blow your mind.
Nice list, though you definitely need to see Summer Wars if you want it to be complete. That movie will blow your mind.
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5:39PM on 06/13/2014
Do you wanna build a... SPACESHIP!!!
Do you wanna build a... SPACESHIP!!!
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5:36PM on 06/13/2014

holy crap

can Spielberg direct a movie! this is his first time directing an animated film and it really shows that with out the restrictions of physics and camera placement, he can really sore in animation. This movie blew me away on a technical standpoint. Match that with a solid and excited story and great characters, this movie definitely deserves a spot on the list
can Spielberg direct a movie! this is his first time directing an animated film and it really shows that with out the restrictions of physics and camera placement, he can really sore in animation. This movie blew me away on a technical standpoint. Match that with a solid and excited story and great characters, this movie definitely deserves a spot on the list
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5:32PM on 06/13/2014
While i loved Frozen, i disagree with you saying Disney produced 20 years of garbage before Lasseter took over. Just a reminder that Lasseter took over in 2007, so the 20 years before that included the entire Disney Renaissance (Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King). even post Renaissance, Disney had some gems. Lilo and Stitch, Brother Bear, and Meet the Robinsons. Even "Emporer's New Groove" and "Atlantis" have their fans.

And post Lasseter, are Princess and the Frog, Tangled,
While i loved Frozen, i disagree with you saying Disney produced 20 years of garbage before Lasseter took over. Just a reminder that Lasseter took over in 2007, so the 20 years before that included the entire Disney Renaissance (Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King). even post Renaissance, Disney had some gems. Lilo and Stitch, Brother Bear, and Meet the Robinsons. Even "Emporer's New Groove" and "Atlantis" have their fans.

And post Lasseter, are Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and Wreck-it-Ralph. Disney is back on top with him, another hit film and i'm willing to call this the second renaissance. Disney will always have their ups and downs, but they still produce masterpieces for people willing to appreciate them
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5:20PM on 06/13/2014

Don't agree

Coraline is way better !
Coraline is way better !
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5:14PM on 06/13/2014

what nonsense is this??

While I realize top 10 lists are just a matter of opinion, and everyone is entitled to their own...this list is hilariously bad. Oh wait, written by Alex Maidy? Say no more. If you're gonna put PIXAR all together in one spot, it should be easily #1 for the sheer volume and consistency of the quality of their films alone. You're telling me Rango is better than Toy Story 2/3, Up, Wall-E, Incredibles... COMBINED?? Lord have mercy...
While I realize top 10 lists are just a matter of opinion, and everyone is entitled to their own...this list is hilariously bad. Oh wait, written by Alex Maidy? Say no more. If you're gonna put PIXAR all together in one spot, it should be easily #1 for the sheer volume and consistency of the quality of their films alone. You're telling me Rango is better than Toy Story 2/3, Up, Wall-E, Incredibles... COMBINED?? Lord have mercy...
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4:34PM on 06/13/2014
This was honestly the worst movie I ever sat through in a theater. We witnessed 3 people actually sleeping during the movie. When it ended and we stood outside watching people walk out we witnessed at least 20 kids rubbing their eyes as if they just woke up and countless kids saying, "Dad/Mom, that was SOOO stupid!" The 4 kids that went with me still joke with me how horrible it was.
This was honestly the worst movie I ever sat through in a theater. We witnessed 3 people actually sleeping during the movie. When it ended and we stood outside watching people walk out we witnessed at least 20 kids rubbing their eyes as if they just woke up and countless kids saying, "Dad/Mom, that was SOOO stupid!" The 4 kids that went with me still joke with me how horrible it was.
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3:59PM on 06/13/2014

Spirit Away, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Up, was this list just last minute put together cause there is no clear description of why better films did not get recognition? Cheaters for putting Pixar films grouped together.

Up is hands down the best family animated feature in decades! A wonderful story from the heart for adults as much as kids. And yet, no mention of it in your #2 spot. Shame shame!
Also, did you guys forget about animated films like Spirited Away and Fantastic Mr. Fox?? You have TinTin on your list which is Motion Capture Animation. Yup, Frozen over Spirited Away and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Really??
1. Up
2. Rango
3. Toy Story 3
4. Spirited Away
5. The Polar Express
6. Fantastic Mr. Fox
7.
Up is hands down the best family animated feature in decades! A wonderful story from the heart for adults as much as kids. And yet, no mention of it in your #2 spot. Shame shame!
Also, did you guys forget about animated films like Spirited Away and Fantastic Mr. Fox?? You have TinTin on your list which is Motion Capture Animation. Yup, Frozen over Spirited Away and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Really??
1. Up
2. Rango
3. Toy Story 3
4. Spirited Away
5. The Polar Express
6. Fantastic Mr. Fox
7. The Adventures of TinTin
8. Finding Nemo
9. Wall-E
10. A Scanner Darkly
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3:37PM on 06/13/2014

Get Frozen off this list ASAP!

Better than Spirt Away? Better than Fantastic Mr. Fox?
Frozen is overrated. A story with zero interest in its conflicts, and film which goes majority of the film without a villain for a antagonist.
The theme of sisterhood is good in the film, and the visuals are good, but even the songs aren't anywhere near as catchy as songs from Beauty and The Beast, Lion King, Aladdin, Little Mermaid, Marry Poppins, and so on.
I blame broadway for this. Let's face it, broadway is infested with Wicked rip
Better than Spirt Away? Better than Fantastic Mr. Fox?
Frozen is overrated. A story with zero interest in its conflicts, and film which goes majority of the film without a villain for a antagonist.
The theme of sisterhood is good in the film, and the visuals are good, but even the songs aren't anywhere near as catchy as songs from Beauty and The Beast, Lion King, Aladdin, Little Mermaid, Marry Poppins, and so on.
I blame broadway for this. Let's face it, broadway is infested with Wicked rip offs left and right, when I can't even remember the name of a single song from my viewing of Wicked in NY!
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2:50PM on 06/13/2014
Don't quite agree with this list.

My favs would be:
10: Despicable Me
09: Ratatouille
08: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga Hoole
07: Kung Fu Panda
06: Up
05: Monsters Inc & Finding Nemo
04: The Incredibles
03: Lego Movie
02: How to Train Your Dragon (still have to see 2)
and #1: Wall E

For non theatrical releases it would be the DC films, Wonder Woman, Justice league: Doom, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Under the Red Hood, Batman Year One, Flashpoint Paradox and
Don't quite agree with this list.

My favs would be:
10: Despicable Me
09: Ratatouille
08: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga Hoole
07: Kung Fu Panda
06: Up
05: Monsters Inc & Finding Nemo
04: The Incredibles
03: Lego Movie
02: How to Train Your Dragon (still have to see 2)
and #1: Wall E

For non theatrical releases it would be the DC films, Wonder Woman, Justice league: Doom, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Under the Red Hood, Batman Year One, Flashpoint Paradox and The Dark Knight Returns
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2:02PM on 06/13/2014
The hell is this?
The hell is this?
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2:01PM on 06/13/2014

Top 15 would've worked better.

I could understand tying 2 films for a particular spot, but putting 4 films at one spot is a bit laughable. Was this a list compiled from multiple people or just you? Just wondering since you said "These are our picks" instead of just saying it's your list, just wondering. But my list would have Lilo and Stitch in the top 5, Finding Nemo would crack the top 10 as would Ponyo. Good list overall, any list is subjective but I mostly dig this list.
For me
1.How to Train your Dragon
2.
I could understand tying 2 films for a particular spot, but putting 4 films at one spot is a bit laughable. Was this a list compiled from multiple people or just you? Just wondering since you said "These are our picks" instead of just saying it's your list, just wondering. But my list would have Lilo and Stitch in the top 5, Finding Nemo would crack the top 10 as would Ponyo. Good list overall, any list is subjective but I mostly dig this list.
For me
1.How to Train your Dragon
2. Wall-E
3. Toy Story 3
4. Lilo and Stitch
5. The Incredibles
6. Ponyo
7. 9
8. Rango
9. A Scanner Darkly
10. Finding Nemo

Really tough leaving out The Simpsons movie, Frozen, Ice Age, Shrek, The Lego Movie, and Wallace and Gromit, as I love them a lot, but it had to be done.
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1:24PM on 06/13/2014

WTF?!?! No "UP"??????????? Rango is in my #2, behind Up

"Up" is one of the greatest stories ever told in a family film. It's enjoyable for kids, but it's target is all ages, especially grown ups.
You pick all the Pixar films into one group cause you can't figure out which ones belong? Cheater! And you did not even mention "Up"!
"Frozen" is way overrated. Get Frozen off this list ASAP!!!!
"Up" is one of the greatest stories ever told in a family film. It's enjoyable for kids, but it's target is all ages, especially grown ups.
You pick all the Pixar films into one group cause you can't figure out which ones belong? Cheater! And you did not even mention "Up"!
"Frozen" is way overrated. Get Frozen off this list ASAP!!!!
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12:45PM on 06/13/2014

Finding Nemo? The Incredibles? Chicken Run? Spirited freaking Away?!

This is how the list should have looked:

1. WALL-E
2. Spirited Away
3. Toy Story 3
4. Persepolis
5 Finding Nemo
6. The Triplets of Belleville
7. Chicken Run
8. The Incredibles
9. Wallace & Gromit
10. How To Train Your Dragon (or Coraline)

See, that's how a Top 10 works, you actually include the best, and you keep the list to only 10.
This is how the list should have looked:

1. WALL-E
2. Spirited Away
3. Toy Story 3
4. Persepolis
5 Finding Nemo
6. The Triplets of Belleville
7. Chicken Run
8. The Incredibles
9. Wallace & Gromit
10. How To Train Your Dragon (or Coraline)

See, that's how a Top 10 works, you actually include the best, and you keep the list to only 10.
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12:37PM on 06/13/2014

Yeah, this list kind of sucks.

I realize that everyone has their personal preferences, but when you make a definitive Top 10 list, you:
1. Should keep it to the number of entries the title says it will have (i.e. this is not a top 10 list, it's a top 14)
2. Have some responsibility to at least try to be objective, otherwise just call it a "10 favorites list."

I loved Rango, and I could definitely see it making the list at some point, but I have no clue in what reality it would ever legitimately beat out Toy Story 3 and
I realize that everyone has their personal preferences, but when you make a definitive Top 10 list, you:
1. Should keep it to the number of entries the title says it will have (i.e. this is not a top 10 list, it's a top 14)
2. Have some responsibility to at least try to be objective, otherwise just call it a "10 favorites list."

I loved Rango, and I could definitely see it making the list at some point, but I have no clue in what reality it would ever legitimately beat out Toy Story 3 and WALL-E on a "Best of" list.
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12:33PM on 06/13/2014

This is a super cop-out having four films tied at #2

I mean seriously why not just cut a couple of the lower films, that while fun, just honestly don't deserve to be in the top 10? For that matter, how the heck is this really even a top 10 any more at this point?

And if you're going to combine all of Pixar's films, why didn't you combine Dreamworks'?
I mean seriously why not just cut a couple of the lower films, that while fun, just honestly don't deserve to be in the top 10? For that matter, how the heck is this really even a top 10 any more at this point?

And if you're going to combine all of Pixar's films, why didn't you combine Dreamworks'?
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12:31PM on 06/13/2014
This list stinks! Rango at #1?!?! Yea right.
This list stinks! Rango at #1?!?! Yea right.
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12:31PM on 06/13/2014
I absolutely LOOOOVE Rango but don't think I'd put it at #1. It'd have to be one of the Pixar flicks.

And, yes, Coraline sure as hell should be in the list.
I absolutely LOOOOVE Rango but don't think I'd put it at #1. It'd have to be one of the Pixar flicks.

And, yes, Coraline sure as hell should be in the list.
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12:25PM on 06/13/2014
Another enjoyable one that's well made but not one of the all-time greats. There are lesser-known animated features that deserved this spot more.
Another enjoyable one that's well made but not one of the all-time greats. There are lesser-known animated features that deserved this spot more.
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12:24PM on 06/13/2014
Enjoyable, but certainly not among the absolutely best animated films of the past 14 years.
Enjoyable, but certainly not among the absolutely best animated films of the past 14 years.
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12:23PM on 06/13/2014

Where's CHICKEN RUN, EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE, WRECK-IT RALPH, SHREK 2 and TEAM AMERICA?!

-SCANNER DARKLY: 5/10
-SIMPSONS; TINTIN; RATATOIULLE; RANGO: 7/10
-PARA-NORMAN; HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON; TOY STORY 3: 8/10
-FROZEN; KUNG FU PANDA; LEGO: 9/10
-WALL-E (my all-time favorite!): 10/10
-SCANNER DARKLY: 5/10
-SIMPSONS; TINTIN; RATATOIULLE; RANGO: 7/10
-PARA-NORMAN; HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON; TOY STORY 3: 8/10
-FROZEN; KUNG FU PANDA; LEGO: 9/10
-WALL-E (my all-time favorite!): 10/10
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12:21PM on 06/13/2014

I agree with Jedd

Overexposed: Most definitely, but this really is one the best Disney animation films to come our way in some time.
Overexposed: Most definitely, but this really is one the best Disney animation films to come our way in some time.
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11:46AM on 06/13/2014

No Puss in Boots??

I am 36 years old and out of all the cartoon movies ever made, Puss in Boots stands out. I can watch it over and over and over and have. There is so much adult humor in that and seems so much more made for adults. It's not filled with fart jokes and slapstick . There is a lot of wit in the movie that you actually have to listen for. Not ever cartoon can pull this off. It's kind of like listening to old movies and comedy of the 30's and 40's.
I am 36 years old and out of all the cartoon movies ever made, Puss in Boots stands out. I can watch it over and over and over and have. There is so much adult humor in that and seems so much more made for adults. It's not filled with fart jokes and slapstick . There is a lot of wit in the movie that you actually have to listen for. Not ever cartoon can pull this off. It's kind of like listening to old movies and comedy of the 30's and 40's.
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11:22AM on 06/13/2014
"Rango" and "Paranorman" on the list but no "Coraline?" What the fuck. "Frankenweenie" should have been on here before "Rango!"
"Rango" and "Paranorman" on the list but no "Coraline?" What the fuck. "Frankenweenie" should have been on here before "Rango!"
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11:22AM on 06/13/2014
Replace #1 with #2, than ad Finding Nemo and The Incredibles!
PIXAR made 5 movies in the 21st Century that are flawless!!!!
Replace #1 with #2, than ad Finding Nemo and The Incredibles!
PIXAR made 5 movies in the 21st Century that are flawless!!!!
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10:43AM on 06/13/2014
Rango?! Really?! I watched the movie but couldn't tell you anything about it except that it's easily forgettable.
Rango?! Really?! I watched the movie but couldn't tell you anything about it except that it's easily forgettable.
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10:09AM on 06/13/2014

great movie

look forward to seeing the sequel soon.
look forward to seeing the sequel soon.
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9:28AM on 06/13/2014

Nice list

I think Pixar's grouping should have been on top (RATATOUILLE and TS3 were perfect movies, and even WALL-E has one of the greatest sequences of all time).

I would have added ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (the first time I saw it, my stomach was sore from laughing so hard), and I'm stunned that no Miyazaki films made this list, especially the Oscar-winning SPIRITED AWAY. COLORFUL, SUMMER WARS and MAI MAI MIRACLE also deserve some serious love from anime lovers.

Honourable mention: the indie SITA
I think Pixar's grouping should have been on top (RATATOUILLE and TS3 were perfect movies, and even WALL-E has one of the greatest sequences of all time).

I would have added ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (the first time I saw it, my stomach was sore from laughing so hard), and I'm stunned that no Miyazaki films made this list, especially the Oscar-winning SPIRITED AWAY. COLORFUL, SUMMER WARS and MAI MAI MIRACLE also deserve some serious love from anime lovers.

Honourable mention: the indie SITA SINGS THE BLUES,
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9:26AM on 06/13/2014

Rango?

i couldnt even finish that movie. I was so bored and annoyed by it after an hour i had to turn it off. Also didn't much care for Wallace and Gromit, they aren't bad movies, just forgettable to me. You seem to be favoring movies from this decade, not this century like the list implies. Films i'd rather see on this...

Shrek and Shrek 2
Spirited Away
Pirates Band of Misfits
Persepolis
Summer Wars
Lilo and Stitch
Tokyo Godfathers
Happy Feet
Fantastic Mr Fox
Meet the
i couldnt even finish that movie. I was so bored and annoyed by it after an hour i had to turn it off. Also didn't much care for Wallace and Gromit, they aren't bad movies, just forgettable to me. You seem to be favoring movies from this decade, not this century like the list implies. Films i'd rather see on this...

Shrek and Shrek 2
Spirited Away
Pirates Band of Misfits
Persepolis
Summer Wars
Lilo and Stitch
Tokyo Godfathers
Happy Feet
Fantastic Mr Fox
Meet the Robinsons
Wreck-it-Ralph
Waltz with Bashir (should get an honorable mention for animated documentary, if you haven't seen it, you should)

any of those i wouldve liked to see on this list other than Rango
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9:19AM on 06/13/2014
No Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Howl's Moving Caslte, Fantastic Mr Fox, Spirited Away??!!?
No Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Howl's Moving Caslte, Fantastic Mr Fox, Spirited Away??!!?
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8:45AM on 06/13/2014
Alex, you are a daring soul for putting Rango at #1. I won't disagree as it is one of my all-time favorite animated films and one of my all-time favorite westerns. Still, it has proven divisive amongst audiences so no doubt some will disagree with it's placement here. Nonetheless, it deserves the love, so good choice. I'm sure I'll think of a dozen films missing from this list (like no love for any Shrek or Ice Age movies?) but the one clearly missing for me is The Triplets of Belleville.
Alex, you are a daring soul for putting Rango at #1. I won't disagree as it is one of my all-time favorite animated films and one of my all-time favorite westerns. Still, it has proven divisive amongst audiences so no doubt some will disagree with it's placement here. Nonetheless, it deserves the love, so good choice. I'm sure I'll think of a dozen films missing from this list (like no love for any Shrek or Ice Age movies?) but the one clearly missing for me is The Triplets of Belleville.
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8:43AM on 06/13/2014

1999

One year... One little year... THAT'S what make THE IRON GIANT not being on this list...

Ho, btw... There's animation outside of the USA (and the UK), you know ?
One year... One little year... THAT'S what make THE IRON GIANT not being on this list...

Ho, btw... There's animation outside of the USA (and the UK), you know ?
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10:18AM on 06/14/2014
Iron Giant is the movie all the parents SHOULD have taken their kids to instead of complaining there were not good kids movies to go see.
It's such a solid movie for both kids and adults.
Iron Giant is the movie all the parents SHOULD have taken their kids to instead of complaining there were not good kids movies to go see.
It's such a solid movie for both kids and adults.
2:03PM on 06/13/2014
Also a reason South Park Bigger Longer and Uncut and Toy Story 2 are not included, both which could made a run for a top 10 spot. I Have SPBLU in my top animated 10 ever.
Also a reason South Park Bigger Longer and Uncut and Toy Story 2 are not included, both which could made a run for a top 10 spot. I Have SPBLU in my top animated 10 ever.
8:39AM on 06/13/2014
This would definitely make my list. It feels like a cross between Indiana Jones and Pirates OTC, the animation is stunning and the voices are cast perfectly.
This would definitely make my list. It feels like a cross between Indiana Jones and Pirates OTC, the animation is stunning and the voices are cast perfectly.
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8:22AM on 06/13/2014
Agree with Jedd. Would have put Rise of the Guardians on this list too.
Agree with Jedd. Would have put Rise of the Guardians on this list too.
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8:20AM on 06/13/2014
Toy Story 3 should have been number one or at least would have been my number one choice. The ending alone was enough for it to be the best animated film of the 21st Century for me.
Toy Story 3 should have been number one or at least would have been my number one choice. The ending alone was enough for it to be the best animated film of the 21st Century for me.
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8:16AM on 06/13/2014
Great film. One of Dreamwork's best films, but not my personal favorite.
Great film. One of Dreamwork's best films, but not my personal favorite.
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8:14AM on 06/13/2014
Very good underrated film.
Very good underrated film.
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8:14AM on 06/13/2014
Surprised this wasn't higher or at least top three. Great film though. One of the year's best.
Surprised this wasn't higher or at least top three. Great film though. One of the year's best.
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8:12AM on 06/13/2014
"Spider Pig" scene is the best part about this film.
"Spider Pig" scene is the best part about this film.
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8:11AM on 06/13/2014
A Scanner Darkly is a film, movie fans should at LEAST see once. One of the most trippiest and absurd film of recent.
A Scanner Darkly is a film, movie fans should at LEAST see once. One of the most trippiest and absurd film of recent.
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7:56AM on 06/13/2014
Would put Wreck-It Ralph, possibly Rise of the Guardians on the list too.
Would put Wreck-It Ralph, possibly Rise of the Guardians on the list too.
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7:56AM on 06/13/2014
Bit of a cheat, but okay.
Bit of a cheat, but okay.
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7:55AM on 06/13/2014
Still the best thing DreamWorks animation has done.
Still the best thing DreamWorks animation has done.
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7:55AM on 06/13/2014
Absolutely brought me to tears. So beautifully-made. Extremely funny but also very moving.
Absolutely brought me to tears. So beautifully-made. Extremely funny but also very moving.
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7:54AM on 06/13/2014
Amazing stuff. When they announced this in about 2008 I was excited but also extremely skeptical of how it would be pulled off. Everything, from the animation style to the humour to the voice acting, was indeed awesome.
Amazing stuff. When they announced this in about 2008 I was excited but also extremely skeptical of how it would be pulled off. Everything, from the animation style to the humour to the voice acting, was indeed awesome.
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7:53AM on 06/13/2014
It ended up different from my expectations and I was really hoping to see the shark submersible but I cannot fault all the effort and astounding detail at all. I think they really nailed the look and the tone and am looking forward to this being a long-running series. Awesome casting too, with the likes of Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig and Pegg and Frost.
It ended up different from my expectations and I was really hoping to see the shark submersible but I cannot fault all the effort and astounding detail at all. I think they really nailed the look and the tone and am looking forward to this being a long-running series. Awesome casting too, with the likes of Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig and Pegg and Frost.
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7:52AM on 06/13/2014
Both this and the sequel were excellent. It was an impressive balance of spectacular visuals, a strong, heartwarming story and that all-star cast DreamWorks is known for. I think Gary Oldman's performance as the villain was very important in making the second film succeed.
Both this and the sequel were excellent. It was an impressive balance of spectacular visuals, a strong, heartwarming story and that all-star cast DreamWorks is known for. I think Gary Oldman's performance as the villain was very important in making the second film succeed.
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10:25AM on 06/13/2014
In the second film, I also liked the development of the relationship between Po and Tigress. I think there were gags intended for kids, but the first film had them as well. It was less of a homage to kung fu movies than the first one for sure though.
In the second film, I also liked the development of the relationship between Po and Tigress. I think there were gags intended for kids, but the first film had them as well. It was less of a homage to kung fu movies than the first one for sure though.
10:07AM on 06/13/2014
Glad you enjoyed the second, i just felt the action lacked and it was more aimed for kiddies as opposed to including the adults who dug kung-fu flicks as with the first. Might give it a second look now though.
Glad you enjoyed the second, i just felt the action lacked and it was more aimed for kiddies as opposed to including the adults who dug kung-fu flicks as with the first. Might give it a second look now though.
7:51AM on 06/13/2014
Maggie's first word: "sequel?"

I'd actually really love a theatrically-released Futurama movie.
Maggie's first word: "sequel?"

I'd actually really love a theatrically-released Futurama movie.
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7:50AM on 06/13/2014
Much better than I expected to be. Since all the promotional material centred on Sven and Olaf I really didn't get my hopes up and ended up enjoying it. I really don't think this is "overrated" so much as "overexposed".
Much better than I expected to be. Since all the promotional material centred on Sven and Olaf I really didn't get my hopes up and ended up enjoying it. I really don't think this is "overrated" so much as "overexposed".
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8:35AM on 06/13/2014
That's an excellent way of putting it Jedd. The more I see and hear this movie everywhere I want to say it is overrated but then I catch myself remembering how good a movie it is. "Overexposed" would be the right term. It's like when a really great song comes out and you love it but then the radio stations play it over and over and over again and you darn near get sick of hearing it. You love the song but could use a break. I like Frozen, but if I didn't hear any more about it until the sequel
That's an excellent way of putting it Jedd. The more I see and hear this movie everywhere I want to say it is overrated but then I catch myself remembering how good a movie it is. "Overexposed" would be the right term. It's like when a really great song comes out and you love it but then the radio stations play it over and over and over again and you darn near get sick of hearing it. You love the song but could use a break. I like Frozen, but if I didn't hear any more about it until the sequel that would be just fine with me.
7:35AM on 06/13/2014
Fuck yes for Rango.
Fuck yes for Rango.
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7:26AM on 06/13/2014
yeah fun flick, reminded of the classic 80's kids stuff like "Goonies" or "Monster Squad".
yeah fun flick, reminded of the classic 80's kids stuff like "Goonies" or "Monster Squad".
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7:22AM on 06/13/2014

enjoyed this flick

thought it would suck from the trailer too but was floored by the action scenes and above average story. The sequel was lame though.
thought it would suck from the trailer too but was floored by the action scenes and above average story. The sequel was lame though.
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7:18AM on 06/13/2014
I'm giving this green because I feel like I should love it, but I actually did not really like it. I think I was is the wrong frame of mind and need to re-watch it soon.
I'm giving this green because I feel like I should love it, but I actually did not really like it. I think I was is the wrong frame of mind and need to re-watch it soon.
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7:16AM on 06/13/2014
Nice! Yes, bring on the sequel.
Nice! Yes, bring on the sequel.
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