24 Of The Best Animated Films That Should Always Be On Your Watch-List (2022)

Yes, we’re all fond of animated movies. But these 24 remain timeless and can be re-watched on any given day; and maybe, twice on Sundays.

1. Toy Story (1995)

Toy Story delves into the idea of growing up and how our priorities change as we grow up. Woody and Buzz taught us that no friendship is perfect but we should always have each other’s back through thick and thin. More than anything, it set a benchmark for a timeless friendship that still remains iconic!

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here.

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2. The Incredibles (2004)

A superhero forced to live a normal civilian life while harking back to the glory days – at the heart of it

The Incredibles was a film everyone could relate to when it came to observing life’s rise and fall. But, what set it apart – aside from the story line – is the comedy of errors that is part and parcel of the characters’ story arch.


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3.Finding Nemo (2003)

Aside from the fact that

Nemo became the adorable fish the world obsessed over, the film depicted a beautiful bond between a parent – overprotective and scared to a fault – and a child – adventurous; yet timid and, more importantly, lost in a deep and dark world.

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here.

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4. WALL-E (2008)

WALL-E is one of the most brilliant animated films we have. It wasn’t overt; or dramatic. It was silently funny, and heartwarming, with a conscious message at the heart of the film. This was definitely the first time the world fell in love with an animated old robot that had a soul. The movie became a rage; not just because of a cute robot, though; but, because it beautifully portrayed climate change, overpopulation and what the planet was reduced to.

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5. Shrek (2001)

Shrek, as a film, changed two widespread perceptions – around animated films and fairy tale endings. We found ourselves charmed by an ogre who finds himself on a journey to save a princess who is not what she seems, outwardly. For the first time, we had a movie that embraced self love and encouraged true beauty, independent of widespread acceptance and social standards.

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6. Monsters, Inc. (2001)

Sulley and Mike are best friends and they hold the tag of being the top scarers in the energy company they work in. This film underlines the importance of teamwork. It shows us that there is more to life than what we see or think. It urges you to give others a fair chance in life, even if you don’t like them, because everyone deserves to be loved.


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7. Inside Out (2015)

This movie was important right from the time of its release – giving us a creative and innocent understanding of how our emotions dictate, to a large extent, our response mechanisms in life, through changing circumstances. But, most importantly, it showed us the importance not just of happiness; but also of anger, fear, disgust and most of sadness and how these so-called negative emotions also shape our memories.


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8.How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

Dragons have never been cuter, period and

How To Train Your Dragon showed us all that. Along with the fact that strength doesn’t always go hand in hand with size, and vice versa. The movie was an instant hit and even came back for two more installments, with Toothless, the dragon, becoming a rage the world over!


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here.

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9. Up (2009)

Up remains one of the most beautiful animated movies, ever. Based on grief, loss of a loved one, loneliness and growing old, the movie follows 70-year-oldCarl Fredricksen who takes it upon himself to fulfill his late wife’s dream of an adventure in search of Paradise Falls and, in the bargain, meets a boy who takes him out of his comfort zone, onto newer horizons and eventually, newer dreams. The movie shall remain a must-watch for everyone through generations.


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10.Tangled (2010)

The age-old fairy tale told with a twist in which Rapunzel saves herself and the guy (and not the other way around); and reunites with her true family. A cute retake of the story with Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi; this was a Disney movie marvel for the scenery, the cast, the music and the comedy timing!


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11.Kung Fu Panda (2008)

If you didn’t love pandas before (is that even a possibility?)

Kung Fu Panda made you and everyone else fall (even more) in love with pandas. Po, the panda crazy about Kung Fu somehow comes to be the chosen one to defeat all evil in the Valley of Peace. The movie deals with a fat panda obsessed with dumplings and kung fu in equal measure; but also, oblivious to the criticism and shame that his put him through. A clever lesson for absolutely all of us who deal with self-doubt every step of the way. While the sequels did garner following, it was only because of the original movie and Jack Black’s excellent comedy timing.


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12. Wreck it Ralph (2012)

Video game characters coming to life in an animated flick is just the kind of new age animation we need.

Wreck It Ralph was an instant hit because of its relatability and the way the story unfolds. It’s about image makeover and trying not to screw up when you’re known to do just that. Cute, innovative and gripping from beginning to end. It’s no wonder it got a sequel!


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here.

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13. Zootopia (2016)

A mammal metropolis where different animals live together in harmony, this movie highlights the significance of having a good support system. One of the few animated films that includes a good mystery element as a cute little rabbit tries to don the hat of a stern police officer. It’s equal parts cute, equal parts conscious and equal parts engaging. And if that wasn’t all, it made us want to move to

Zootopia.


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14. Ice Age (2002)

Manny the mammoth, Sid the loquacious sloth and Diego the sabre-toothed tiger embark on a comical journey to return a human baby back to his tribe. This movie shows us that change isn’t easy but it is part of life. It underlines the importance of teamwork and how one should never give up on their friends when they are stuck in a sticky situation. It also inspires us to have confidence on our peers instead of doubting their abilities.


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15. The Lion King (1994)

The Lion King is the most iconic and memorable animated movie ever; period. From the story to the characters to the music; there’s nothing that can be said about

The Lion King that will ever be enough. That’s just how majestic the movie was. A timeless classic no doubt; we can only wait to see how the yet to be released version of the movie will do. But, no one can ever watch the classic and not cry, or feel nostalgic!


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16. Frozen (2013)

This was one of the first movies in the recent years that gave us strong female characters that didn’t need princes and heroes to rescue them because they rescued themselves. Plus, snow castles, magic, music, Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell and Olaf, the snowman! It’s hard to just ‘let it go’ without singing!


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17. Moana (2016)

Off late animated movies have started giving us stronger female characters who are their own warriors and saviours.

Moana is one of them. The film inspires to let go off fears and to be okay with change because life isn’t always going to be predictable. Brilliantly shot and even better portrayed. From the music to the story, Moana won hearts and theatres!

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here.

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18.Beauty & The Beast

Another timeless classic that remains unparalleled to this day and age. While we loved the 2017 version that had Emma Watson as Belle, there’s nothing that can replace the animated version of 1991. It was our initiation to magic, enchantments, mysterious forests and most of all, ‘a tale as old as time’.

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here.


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19.Aladdin (1992)

While we’re anticipating the yet-to-release

Aladdin with Will Smith playing Genie; you cannot ever forget Robin Williams, or even imagine another fill his shoes. One of the most beautiful tales from the Arabian Nights, indeed. Aladdin defined fabled love stories for us.


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20.The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Tim Burton’s animated movie remains a Christmas classic that you don’t even need to watch during the Holidays to love it equally! It’s the perfectly morbid animation when Halloween meets Christmas – only Burton can do that AND make it work, like magic!


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here.

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21.Big Hero 6 (2014)

Hiro, a robotics prodigy teams up withBaymax, his closest companion whose sole purpose is to take care of people, to avenge his brother’s death. They end up forming a team of high-tech heroes. Like,

Toy Story, the movie highlights the importance of friendship and how working as a team can unite people together and create everlasting bonds. Plus, never a dull moment, this movie remains a modern day icon!


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here.

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22. Brave (2012)

The off-beat self-sufficient and independent archer, Merida became an icon of strength and courage for little girls the world over after

Brave came out. In a quest to search and protect her mother who transforms into a bear; Merida comes to stand alone and against her own father, making tough choices. It could also reference as an allegory for hunting and harming animals.


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here.

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23. Madagascar (2005)

On the one hand, we had

The Lion King portraying lions as kings of the jungle. Then came

Madagascar that gave us Alex, the lion who is funny, clumsy and anything but brave. The movie did exceedingly well and we all came to live Alex, the friendly lion and his goofy friends.


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here.

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24. Coco (2017)

This film highlights the importance of music, family and forgiveness as Miguel wants to pursue his love for singing, in spite of his family’s generations-old ban on music. It portrayed familial love through differences.


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here.

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