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I am crazy about animation movies. I have watched them ever since I was a small kid and still watch them. I never miss watching any animation movie that gets released. I thought it was time for me to make a list of all those animation movies which top my favourite list.

Here is a list of my most favourite animation movies of all times in the order of most favourite to least favourite.

Aladdin – 1,2,3 (1992, 1994, 1995)

I had my first crush on Aladdin. I loved the movies because as far as I can remember, these were the first set of animation movies I ever watched as a small kid. I just loved Aladdin’s character so much that I watched every episode of the serial on TV too. The first thing I did was grab CDs of the movie as soon as they got released some years back and I keep watching them again and again. I just love the songs from the first movie – “A whole new world”, “Prince Ali”, “Arabian Nights”,”A friend like me”, all the songs :) And yes! I have even memorized those songs.

Little Mermaid (1989)

This was another movie that I loved so much when I was a kid. I love the songs in this movie too – especially “Under the sea” gets me laughing even today. Ariel is such an adorable character and I love Sebastian the most in this movie. I have also watched each and every episode of this series too that came on the TV.

Finding Nemo (2003)

Finding Nemo made me fall in love with Pixar Animation studios. Such a cute story of a father fish Marlin and son fish, Nemo. I love Dory’s character too, she is very funny.

Up (2009)

Up is another cute movie with a naughty kid and an old grandpa. Read my review of this movie here.

Toy Story – 1,2,3 (1995, 1999, 2010)

This movie reminded me of all the toys that I ever owned. Another cute movie from Pixar. My review of the latest Toy story movie here.

Cars (2006)

I never loved Cars so much before. After watching this movie, I am sure you will love racing cars. Mater is one funny character in this. Shining Lightning McQueen is the cutest car you have ever seen :) Oh by the way, my car is also red in color.

Ice Age -1,2,3 (2002, 2006, 2009)

Sid is the funniest character in this. I love the movie mainly because of him. I am not sure I would have liked it, if Sid was not there in the movie. The first movie is cute because of that small kiddo and its fights with Sid. Lovely movie!! Read my review of the second part of the movie is here.

Lion King -1,2 (1994, 1998)

Lion King is probably the only movie in my list which is not very funny. It is a serious movie about how a greedy Lion kills its own brother to get hold of the crown. I just love it for all the emotional elements in it. I love all the songs in the movie – “Hakuna Matata”, “Circle of Life”, “Can you feel the love tonight?” and “I just cant wait to be king”.. Simply superb songs. I listen to them even today.

Madagascar -1,2 (2005, 2008)

A movie cannot get funnier than this one.. all the four animals along with the penguins and the lemurs.. just too much to handle. Rib-tickling..

Monsters Inc (2001)

I love this movie mainly because of the kid Boo. The kid and its antics are really hilarious. Another Pixar movie :)

Wall-E (2008)

Wall-E is one movie which hardly has any dialogues but still you laugh, feel what Wall-E feels. A robot love story is something that we had never seen before. Eve and Wall-E – one of the most romantic couples we have ever seen.

A Bug’s Life (1998)

Bugs are something that I scream at if I see one, but this movie was so funny that for a moment I forgot that these are the same bugs that I am scared of. I love the circus insects the most, especially the two blue ones which look like. This is the first Pixar masterpiece that we got to see.

Ratatouille (2007)

Ratatouille was a very strange name and the story is even more strange. Ever heard about a rat which loves to cook? You will see one in this. Ghost of the cook guiding the rat is absolutely funny.

The Incredibles (2004)

Incredibles was a movie about superheroes. Every person in this movie has a special power. My favourite in this was the small baby, which shows its power only in the last scene.

Pinocchio (1940)

This has been my favourite story book and later on movie ever since I was a very small kid. There is something about this story that I just adore a lot. A wooden boy gets life but his nose keeps growing whenever he lies. Jiminy Cricket is my favourite character from this movie.

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

A classic movie which was my favourite when I was a kid. I still love to watch the song “Be our guest”. This is one fairy tale which happens to be my most favourite.

I realized that I missed one movie from the list and after watching that movie again, I feel even more so. I made the movie enter the list today (25/10/2010). So here it is:

How to train your dragon (2010)

I just fell in love with Night fury dragon in this movie and even the kid Hiccup is very cute in that role. Gerard Butler has given voice to Stoick, chief of the Vikings and Hiccup’s dad. Just love the way in which they have depicted a friendship story between a human and a dragon. The movie is from Dreamworks and is worth watching.

As you can notice, all the Pixar movies ever released have made it to the list. I really love all the movies made by Pixar. They have not disappointed me so far in any movie. Each movie has a completely different plot, setting, characters which are unique and there is a freshness in the script. That is what makes me love Pixar Animation Studios.

Do you have any favourite animation movie?

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82 comments

  1. gils

    avvvvvvvvvvvvvvsommmee colln :) loved everyone of them..and my personal all time favs are the genie from aladdin and buzz lightyear in Toystory.Man..arent they amazing!! :)

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  3. Neha

    ah animation movies..they are most of the times a treat to watch, hai na :) I have seen most of them from the above list..beowolf was another movie I have enjoyed watching :)

  4. Nethra

    Even I used to watch the serials on television when I was a kid. I haven’t watched toy story yet. How about Hercules? I used to watch him too and try watching Animes…they are good.

    1. Avada Kedavra

      Hercules.. have seen it but did not like it that much.. even Animes.. have seen many on TV and also seen some Anime movies but dint get much hooked to them.. I like these classic animation movies more than Anime..

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  6. Pallavi

    That was a super awesome compilation!!! I never used to like animation movies, until my brat started to watch them. Now ofcourse, we are completely hooked :-) My most most favourite is this song from Aladin: ‘A whole new world’. It is mesmerising :-)

    1. Avada Kedavra

      A whole new world is my favourite too.. even if I dont watch the movie that often these days, I love listening to its songs..
      And you are most welcome for the vote Pallavi.. I loved your post :)

  7. Ashwathy

    Tribute to animation movies…loved this one…
    In fact saw so many of my favourites in it :-) Up remains my all-time fav. Lion King of course is a classic, so is Ratatouille. I never get tired of watching Ice Age. Love Madagascar too.
    Disney movies remind me of my childhood…watched a lot of them then…

  8. Anonymously Disguised

    A whole New World is a song I adore…it’s just soooooo beautiful. Except for that bug movie I have seen it all and Pixar rocks. Have you seen this little gem from Pixar?

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2m4FqGoyLw&fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0&color1=0x006699&color2=0x54abd6]

    1. Avada Kedavra

      oh yeah have seen this in the theatre.. I think they showed it before the movie started.. Have you seen the other clip where a bird picks and delivers babies from Pixar? That one is cute too :) Let me search for it and get the link.. I sometimes wish I could join Pixar team ;)

  9. Reema

    Ohhhhh I simply LOOOVVEEE animation movies…I can watch over and over again…U didn’t like Kung Fu Panda?
    my top faves will be Finding Nemo, Rataouille, Kung Fu Panda, Wall E, Toy Story and Ice Age.

  10. Prasad

    Nice list Avada.. Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks have done wonders and each movie is a gem. Each movie is a master in every dept like voices, story, screenplay, and creating expressions is cartoon faces. So you should not include traditional animation and CGI in one list. All the movies mentioned above are my favorites except cars! Along with that you should watch The Iron gaint (wonderful movie!), Metropolis, Nightmare before Christmas, Ghost in the shell, Disney’s Bambi (my all time fav) and Snow white and the seven dwarfs (the most beautiful and flashing animation I ve seen)
    Apart from these I strongly recommend you to watch all Studio Gibli’s traditional animation movies esp. Spirited away and Princess Mononoke. I can give you the list if you need.

    1. Avada Kedavra

      Thanks Prasad.. You dont like Cars? Why?
      Bambi is another favourite movie of mine.. it’s a beautiful movie.. even Snow white, it was supposedly the first animation movie to have released right? All those cartoons were hand written.. imagine how tough it was to produce one such movie.. these days they can easily use softwares to do that.. I watched Spirited Away.. it was a very different kind of movie.. pretty interesting plot.. give me your favourites list.. I will try to watch them all..

  11. stargazerpuj

    I love animation too and have seen ALL of these and loved them.
    Spent one summer many years ago watching Aladdin and Little Mermaid over and over and over. The VHS tape (remember those?) kind of gave up at the end of 2 months…

  12. lostworld

    Nice list.. I like animated movies too. One of my favourites is ‘Bambi’ :-) Among the recent ones, its ‘Finding Nemo’ – People who call animated movies as cartoons really don’t understand the power of cinema !!

    1. Avada Kedavra

      Thanks Ro.. Bambi is a very sweet movie.. love it.. Finding Nemo is ofcourse one of the best movies ever made :) Seriously! I know many people who make fun of me saying I still watch cartoons (think animated movies are for kids only)..

  13. Bikram

    what a collection, I remember seeing a few of these but the one that made a impact was definitely THE LION KING, I think when that came it set up the standards so high… it was aweosme and after that as you have put there waere so many , NEMO and Alladin

    I like them cause they are funny and no tension mocies , now that you have reminded i know what to do in my extended weekend holidays see all of them got all the extended versions yayyyyyyyyyyyyy

    Bikram’s

    1. Avada Kedavra

      oh yeah Lion King had such an awesome story too right? Same here.. I like to watch them when I am stressed or under some tension.. they are really stress relievers :) Extended versions? cool :)

  14. Harini

    Its kinda weird we keep doing similar posts most of the time :P. I just posted the 1st part of my favorite movies. And i remember that when i made list of places to visit and bucket you had those posts too :P.

    I love most of the movies you mentioned. I dint see Madagascar, Cars and Wall-E yet. I would just add Shrek and Kung Fu Panda. Have you seen them?

    1. Avada Kedavra

      Oh yeah :) It looks more like “Minds of great (wo)men run parallel” to me :) I love Shrek and Kung Fu Panda too :) Have watched them innumerable times.. I am a movie freak so I love posts on movies :) Let me check yours then :)

  15. Ivar

    Animation always brings out your creative best in you. It’s not easy to imagine and be part of the action. You need very strong imagination and creativity. Kids love the animations as they can imagine themeslves part of the plot. Many adults can’t imagine themselves flying on the mat, or would see themselves saying “To the universe and beyond” :P. It takes kid(imagination and creativity) in you to appreciate them. And it’s silly that some claim animation and comics are not for them. All I say is, damn you guys you are missing the best genre :).

    Avada: Soo true.. not everyone can appreciate animation.. it requires you to have a creative mind to imagine stuff which are not real.. the same goes for fantasy movies too.. they involve lot of imagination from the writer’s side as well as the viewer’s side too.. For many people animation, comics are kids stuff and they pretend they have grown up and dont watch such movies.. they really are missing the best genre like you said

    I was lucky enough my parents never had issue in me watching cartoons, reading comics(used to take great struggles to read comics :P. Which we will discuss some other time at some other place :P). Maybe that’s why my creative brain still works :P.

    Avada: Same here :) My parents never stopped me from watching TV or movies or reading books or comics.. Struggle to read comics? why? even I feel my brain is more creative and my general knowledge is better because I never had any restrictions in life.

    N0t sure I have seen all of the movies listed above. For sure I have seen many of them. I really loved Wall-E. I watched it 3-4 times(plane, casino,blue ray :D). I really loved the way creators have showed the love in robots. Shoot me for saying Wall-E a robot(love emoticon).

    Avada: Hey watch the rest of the movies in the list which you havent already seen.. lovely movies, each of them :) I have a pic with WallE, not sure if you have already seen :)

    The other one I really loved watching was Toy-Story series. I remember the first time when we saw this move. Couple of cousins were totally against watching Toy-story and instead wanted to see some comedy or action movie. I convinced them to watch this and boy they loved it or what :P. Lol my little nephews at that time were “To the universe and beyond” for weeks. I was so proud :P. But, got wrath for spoiling kids(improving they meant ;) ).

    Avada: Toy story is amazing!! just love Woody and Buzz :) Even I have made my cousins watch animated movies, even though they had no interest. Their parents will be thinking that I am spoiling their children, but I feel it’s necessary for children to watch such movies.

    Nemo is another one I really liked. Oh and how could I forget Ice age series and Ratatouille and Madagascar?. Boy all are pure gems listed out there :D.

    Avada: yo! each movie is a gem :)

    Maybe next series about fav comics?. Or Cartoons :P. I want to write about my love for Pokemans :$. Pikachhuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu :P.

    Avada: Great idea.. probably I will write a post on comics and cartoons next :) I had one on hindi comics earlier, not sure you will enjoy the post: Click Here

    Hey by the way I have uploaded some pics. Uploading couple more today evening. Have a look and let me know what you think.

    Avada: Yep saw the pics on the day you posted itself.. beautiful pics.. post more :) Let me comment on the posts now..

  16. arvind

    Dude .. .u missed Kung Fu panda :) .. ..
    anyways its ur list . :) ..
    and yeah .. I liked Shrek First Part too .. ..
    apart from that i guess u have covered all the best ones :D

    1. Avada Kedavra

      Yeah Kung Fu Panda and Shrek were great movies.. I love the donkey in Shrek a lot.. “You might have seen a housefly, maybe even a superfly, but I bet you ain’t never seen a donkey fly”, so funny :) I would rate these movies after those I have mentioned here.. I even liked this movie “How to train your dragon”, it was very good.
      Welcome to my blog Arvind :)

      1. arvind

        actually in shrek i enjoyed to fight seen in the ring where he would be doing all those WWE moves . If u watch wrestling u would be able to relate those. .I just loved that fight ..
        btw i have not seen the dragon movie that u are talking about .. :(

        1. Avada Kedavra

          Hmm I dont properly remember the fight scene you are talking about.. it’s been a while since I watched Shrek.. I need to watch it again and this time will concentrate on that scene :) Yeah the dragon movie is good, it got released this yr.. try to catch that movie :)

  17. Pulkit

    I agree with Toy story 2, 3, Up and Ratatouille. Wall-E and Cars were just good. I couldn’t like Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc. Haven’t seen the others.
    And don’t you watch Japanese animated movies? They’re really good.

    And I’m glad you didn’t include Kung-fu panda because it’s just not good enough.

    1. Avada Kedavra

      I have seen a couple of Japanese ones like Spirited Away, even though I dint hate it or something, I dint like them much.. good for watching once but dint quite enjoy the genre much.. Kung Fu Panda was good but not good enough to make it to the list I feel..
      Welcome to my blog Pulkit :)

  18. kanagu

    Monster’s Inc, toy story, Lion King and beauty and the beast are my all time favorites…
    Yet to watch cars, wall – E and some other movies..

    Didn’t you liked Shrek… I didn’t watched it yet but heard its really good..

    1. Avada Kedavra

      Hey Kanagu, you should definitely watch Cars and WallE.. they both are very cute movies :) I like Shrek too.. you should definitely watch it.. even though it is funny, I wouldnt add it to my most fav list.. same with Kung Fu Panda.. I liked the movie but wont say it is all-time fav.. did you watch How to train your dragon? it is too good :)

  19. Deeps

    Toy Story 1,2,3 have been what my 4 year old has been literally eating, drinking, breathing on for a while now!! She is completely besotted with Buzz, esp :D

    I love Finding Nemo, something I can watch any number of times :)

    1. Avada Kedavra

      oh yeah Buzz is so cute that as an adult even I am fond of him.. I am sure kids would have loved the movie even more :) Finding Nemo is one movie that I have seen innumerable times, yet not bored of it :)

  20. arvind

    I cant see anything here properly… :( .. the theme isn’t appearing well in my system .. will comment once i go home :) maybe i would be able to read from there :)

  21. hemal

    my favorites from listed here…

    Wall-E – The best Romantic movie..
    Ratatouille – I love this movie for the message it spreads…
    Cars – its Lightning McQueen and not Shining McQueen
    Ice Age – I loved the character Sid, i have the a McD’s toy of sid promptly leaning on my lappy
    Toy Story – I loved it, reminded me of my childhood.
    Finding Nemo – A family is a family, for everyone :)
    Bugs – this one just landed up here for the innovative story and the creativeness..

    — Other movie that I would have loved to see here was the KungFu Panda. The line still makes me smile…
    “there is no secret ingredient for my secret ingredient soup, you just need to believe”

    1. Avada Kedavra

      Corrected the typo.. changed it to Lightning.. I dont know why I keep saying Shining, even while talking and others keep correcting me.. but still I end up with shining :P
      Oh you have Sid’s toy! There was a time when they were giving out Shrek’s toys too right?
      Kung Fu Panda was a very funny great movie.. but somehow I did not like it that much so dint put it here..

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    Traditional animation (also called cel animation or hand-drawn animation) was the process used for most animated films of the 20th century. The individual frames of a traditionally animated film are photographs of drawings that are first drawn on paper. To create the illusion of movement, each drawing differs slightly from the one before it. The animators’ drawings are traced or photocopied onto transparent acetate sheets called cels, which are filled in with paints in assigned colors or tones on the side opposite the line drawings. The completed character cels are photographed one-by-one against a painted background by a rostrum camera onto motion picture film ..

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