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All Time Favourite Animated Movies

Our comprehensive list looks at the favourite animated movies of all time – the movies that have propelled the limits of what sketched lines, computerized pixels or controlled puppets could attain for moviegoers. These animated movies are the ones that shock, inspire and crack us up while reminding us of how fun and stimulating it is to watch cartoons with a crowd.

Animated Movies

BY Aron Devis   July 14 2017



  • WALL-E, shortened form of Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days cleaning up the planet, one piece of junk at a time. But during 700 years of doing what he was built for, WALL-E has developed a personality, and he’s more than a little lonely. Then the curious and lovable WALL-E discovers a new purpose in life when he meets EVE, a sleek and shapely robot sent back to Earth on a scanning mission.
  • Year of Release: 2008
  • Interesting Characters in WALL-E:
  • WALL·E – After 700 years alone on earth as the last Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class, WALL-E has developed a glitch–a personality.
  • EVE – A sleek, state-of-the-art Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator, EVE is always laser-focused on her directive.
  • Noteworthy Songs in WALL-E:
  • “Put on Your Sunday Clothes” by Michael Crawford
  • “It Only Takes a Moment” by Michael Crawford
  • “Down to Earth” by Peter Gabriel

2. Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

  • Nemo, an adventurous young clownfish, is unexpectedly taken from his Great Barrier Reef home to a dentist’s office aquarium. It’s up to his worrisome father Marlin and his friendly but forgetful regal blue tang fish Dory to bring Nemo home – meeting vegetarian sharks, surfer dude turtles, hypnotic jellyfish, hungry seagulls, and more along the way.
  • Year of Release: 2003
  • Interesting Characters in Finding Nemo:
  • Nemo – Due to a crack in Nemo’s egg, he has grown up with one small, weak fin, but which Marlin assures him is his “lucky fin”.
    Dory – Dory is the friendliest fish in the ocean. Although she suffers from short term memory loss, to Dory, the glass is always half full.
    Marlin – After losing his wife and family to the ocean, Marlin is left alone to raise his only surviving child, Nemo.
    Squirt – Squirt is a plucky, playful sea turtle. He idolizes his father, Crush, and has inherited his dad’s fearless and easy-going attitude.
  • Noteworthy Songs in Finding Nemo:
  • The original soundtrack album, Finding Nemo, was scored by Thomas Newman
  • “Nemo Egg”
  • “The Girl from Ipanema”

3. Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda

  • The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the vengeful and treacherous snow leopard Tai Lung as China’s fate hangs in the balance: However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a tenderfoot in martial arts.
  • Year of Release: 2008
  • Interesting Characters in Kung Fu Panda:
  • Po – He is a young anthropomorphic giant panda in his 20s, who is improbably chosen as the Dragon Warrior, champion of the Valley of Peace.
  • Master Tigress – She is a member of the Furious Five as well as one of Master Shifu’s students at the Jade Palace. She is a master of the Tiger Style of kung fu.
  • Master Shifu – He is the current senior master of the Jade Palace and trainer of many kung fu warriors, including Po (the Dragon Warrior), the Furious Five, and Tai Lung.
  • Tai Lung – He was the adoptive son and former student of Master Shifu, and a powerful master of the Leopard Style of kung fu.
  • Noteworthy Songs in Kung Fu Panda:
  • The original soundtrack album, Kung Fu Panda, was composed by Hans Zimmer and John Powell
  • “Hero”
  • “Let The Tournament Begin”
  • “Dragon Warrior Is Among Us”
  • “Kung Fu Fighting”

4. How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon

  • Hiccup is a Norse teenager from the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. His progressive views and weird sense of humor make him a misfit, despite the fact that his father is chief of the clan. Tossed into dragon-fighting school, he endeavors to prove himself as a true Viking, but when becomes the unlikely friend of an injured young dragon which he names Toothless, he has the chance to plot a new course for his people’s future.
  • Year of Release: 2010
  • Interesting Characters in How to Train Your Dragon:
  • Hiccup – Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, the Hope and Heir to the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans. He is the son of Valka and the late Hooligan chief, Stoick the Vast, thus making him the heir, and later, the current chief of the tribe.
  • Astrid – Astrid Hofferson is a female Viking warrior of Clan Hofferson of the Hooligan tribe. She’s very smart, striking, tough, beautiful, and her determined and strong personality makes her hard to impress.
  • Fishlegs – Fishlegs Ingerman is one of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III’s close friends. He is sensitive, caring, and has an incredible knowledge about dragons.
  • Toothless – Toothless is a Night Fury, arguably the rarest and most intelligent of dragon species. He is the quintessential dragon in the movie, and remains unrivaled in intelligence. He is presumed to be the only living Night Fury, at least on Berk and the surrounding Isles.
  • Noteworthy Songs in How to Train Your Dragon:
  • “The Downed Dragon”
  • “Test Drive”
  • “Forbidden Friendship”

5. Ratatouille


  • In one of Paris’ finest restaurants, Remy, a determined young rat, dreams of becoming a renowned French chef. Torn between his family’s wishes and his true calling, Remy and his pal Linguini set in motion a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Lights upside down.
  • Year of Release: 2007
  • Interesting Characters in Ratatouille:
  • Remy – Rats are no strangers to rejection, but Remy, a rat who longs to be a great chef, has more than the usual obstacles to overcome.
  • Emile – He is a brown (probably like his mother’s fur color), overweight rat, and is slightly larger than his younger brother.
  • Auguste Gusteau – He is the renowned and extremely talented chef who wrote the bestseller “Anyone Can Cook” and founded the restaurant Gusteau’s.
  • Linguini – Linguini, a timid and well-meaning young man, is the new garbage boy at Gasteau’s.
  • Colette Tatou – Colette is the only female cook in Chef Skinner’s kitchen. She is a capable cook, hard working and very tough.
  • Skinner – He is head chef of the famous restaurant Gusteau’s. He was sous-chef under Gusteau but became the head chef.
  • Anton Ego – Ego is an imperious and acerbic food critic, whose reviews can make or break a restaurant.
  • Noteworthy Songs in Ratatouille:
  • “Le Festin” performed by Camille
  • “Welcome to Gusteau’s”
  • “Ratatouille Main Theme”

6. Rio


  • Captured by smugglers when he was just a hatchling, a macaw named Blu never learned to fly and lives a happily domesticated life in Minnesota with his human friend, Linda. Blu is thought to be the last of his kind, but when word comes that Jewel, a lone female, lives in Rio de Janeiro, Blu and Linda go to meet her. Animal smugglers kidnap Blu and Jewel, but the pair soon escapes and begin a perilous adventure back to freedom and Linda.
  • Year of Release: 2011
  • Interesting Characters in Rio:
  • Blu – A male Spix’s macaw and the protagonist. He is socially awkward, domesticated, and clumsy. Blu was smuggled from Rio de Janeiro to Moose Lake and was adopted by Linda Gunderson as “Blu”, living together for 15 years which is the reason he is very domesticated. However, he is unable to fly.
  • Jewel – A female Spix’s macaw and the deuteragonist. She is free-spirited and desperately longs to escape to the rainforest. Jewel is also Blu’s love interest.
  • Nigel – A sadistic Sulphur-crested cockatoo and the main antagonist. Nigel was formerly a television star, but after being replaced by a parakeet, he developed a hatred for “pretty birds” and began to capture them for his owner, Marcel.
  • Linda Gunderson – Blu’s human owner who discovered Blu after he was taken from Rio de Janeiro to Moose Lake and adopted him for 15 years.
  • Noteworthy Songs in Rio:
  • “Real In Rio”
  • “Let Me Take You To Rio”

7. Monsters, Inc.

Monsters Inc

  • Lovable Sulley and his wisecracking sidekick Mike Wazowski are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the scream-processing factory in Monstropolis. When a little girl named Boo wanders into their world, it’s the monsters who are scared silly, and it’s up to Sulley and Mike to keep her out of sight and get her back home.
  • Year of Release: 2001
  • Interesting Characters in Monsters, Inc:
  • James P. Sullivan – Sulley may be the most celebrated monster in Monstropolis, but that doesn’t make him mean.
  • Mike Wazowski – Sulley’s scare assistant, best friend, and roommate doesn’t want any interruptions in his life—especially in his relationships.
  • Boo – Boo has a vocabulary of about three words, but that doesn’t stop this curious human girl from stealing Sulley’s heart.
  • Noteworthy Songs in Monsters, Inc:
  • “If I Didn’t Have You” performed by Billy Crystal and John Goodman
  • “Monsters, Inc.”
  • “Walk to Work”
  • “Boo’s Adventures in Monstropolis”

8. Ice Age: The Meltdown

Ice Age The Meltdown

  • With global warming threatening their once-icy domain with widespread flooding, Manny, Sid and Diego set out to find a safe haven. Along the way, another mammoth, who thinks she is an opossum, joins the travelers on their perilous quest.
  • Year of Release: 2006
  • Interesting Characters in Ice Age: The Meltdown:
  • Manny – A no-nonsense, reserved mammoth, Manny had little patience for many creatures and could often be harsh, but this made way for a more compassionate disposition and was often curbed by a strong love for his family and a powerful dedication towards those he was close to.
  • Sid – A lazy, slovenly ground sloth, Sid was not the most perceptive creature to live in the ice age, but made up for his shortcomings with loyalty to those he cared about. Sid’s joining a herd of animals shaped his life for years ahead, becoming more considerate and thoughtful of others.
  • Diego – A gruff saber-toothed cat, Diego had a change of lifestyle, leaving the pack he once ran with to join a ragtag herd of animals. Through this, Diego learned to be caring, gentle and not as quick to anger.
  • Noteworthy Songs in Ice Age: The Meltdown:
  • “Food Glorious Food”
  • “Call of the Mammoth”

9. Madagascar


  • Spoiled by their upbringing and ignorant of what wildlife really is, four animals from the New York Central Zoo flee, incidentally aided by four escaping penguins, and find themselves in Madagascar.
  • Year of Release: 2005
  • Interesting Characters in Madagascar:
  • Alex – Formerly the self-proclaimed King of New York, Alex the lion was born to perform. A natural showman with a love for the limelight, Alex astounds humans and animals alike with his smooth routines and crowd-rousing, regal charisma.
  • Marty – Marty the zebra is a quick-witted free spirit. Perpetually chatty and reliably upbeat, Marty’s constant quips and biting humor are always regulated by his irrepressible optimism and reveal him to be a source of inadvertent wisdom.
  • Melman – Melman is a hypochondriac giraffe with infinite phobias. Passionately unconvinced of his perfect health, Melman’s roster of restrictions and phantom symptoms was once as long as his wobbling legs. He was a permanent fixture at the Central Park Zoo clinic, where he hoarded medicines and sought consultation for the natural brown spots on his neck.
  • Gloria – Beautiful, smart and resourceful, Gloria the hippo is a sassy New Yorker through and through. Sweet when she wants to be, and tough when she needs to be, Gloria is the level-headed mediator of the bunch. Gargantuan yet graceful, Gloria is equal parts ballerina and bouncer.
  • Skipper – A reflexive contrarian, daredevil adventurer, instinctive do-gooder and avowed bad-guy-scheme foiler, Skipper was born to lead.
  • Noteworthy Songs in Madagascar:
  • “I Like to Move It”
  • “Best Friends”
  • “Boogie Wonderland”
  • “Zoosters Breakout”

10. Despicable Me

Despicable Me

  • A man who charms in all things evil, supervillain Gru devises a scheme to steal the moon. Surrounded by an army of little yellow minions and his thickset arsenal of weapons and war machines, Gru makes ready to annihilate all who stand in his way. But nothing in his assessments and groundwork has prepared him for his greatest challenge: three adorable orphan girls who want to make him their dad.
  • Year of Release: 2010
  • Interesting Characters in Despicable Me:
  • Felonius Gru – At first, Gru was a sneaky and somewhat cold-hearted man, who was determined to become the greatest villain in the world. At first he showed a dislike of children being easily irritated by Agnes, Edith and Margo.
  • Minions – The Minions are small, yellow, cylindrical creatures, who have one or two eyes. They are the signature characters of the Despicable Me. They bring much of the comedy in the film, and they are known as the scene-stealer of the movie.
  • Agnes Gru – Agnes Gru it is one of Gru’s three adopted daughters, alongside her sisters Margo and Edith. She greatly adores unicorns, as shown on various occasions.
  • Edith Gru – Edith Gru is the adopted middle child of Felonius Gru.
  • Margo Gru – Margo tends to be sensitive and straight to the point and is very untrusting of people, taking a long time to warm up to Gru, and also does not trust his minions to begin with.
  • Dr. Nefario – He is Gru’s gadgeteer residing in his underground lair and laboratories. He builds and designs most of Gru’s machines. Gru and Dr. Nefario seem to have been trying to shock the world with “The True Crime of the Century” for several years.
  • Noteworthy Songs in Despicable Me:
  • The original soundtrack album, Despicable Me, was composed by Pharrell Williams
  • “Despicable Me” by Pharrell Williams
  • “Prettiest Girls” by Pharrell Williams
  • “I’m On a Roll” by Destinee & Paris
  • “Boogie Fever” by The Sylvers

11. Over the Hedge

Over the Hedge

  • A cunning raccoon fools a mismatched family of forest creatures into helping him repay a debt of food, by invading the new suburban sprawl that popped up while they were hibernating, and learns a lesson about family himself.
  • Year of Release: 2006
  • Interesting Characters in Over the Hedge:
  • RJ – While searching for help to gather food, RJ the intelligent raccoon comes across a bunch of other forest animals who are in danger due to suburban development destroying their habitat. With his clever instincts, he is able to convince them that there’s greatness beyond the separating hedge, but on the side is trying to pay back for Vincent’s food supply which he accidentally destroyed.
  • Verne – Verne is the “naturally tentative” leader of the foragers. By having his own ways of doing the daily tasks, he helps ensure that the others are safe and doing their jobs and will do anything to protect them.
  • Hammy – Hammy is extremely hyperactive to the max, up to the point where he can move at very fast speeds. Although Hammy is dim-witted, loud and has extremely short attention spans, he is a child-at-heart who can be naive, crazy, childish, innocent, and curious.
  • Stella – A short-tempered, sassy skunk and like most skunks, can unleash a really bad stench as the “Master Blaster” if needed.
  • Noteworthy Songs in Over the Hedge:
  • “Family of Me” by Ben Folds
  • “Rockin’ the Suburbs” by Ben Folds
  • “Lost in the Supermarket” by Ben Folds
  • “Heist” by Ben Folds
  • “Still” by Ben Folds

12. Toy Story

Toy Story

  • Toy Story is Pixar’s first full feature film. Set in a world where toys come alive, the plot of Toy Story focuses on the toys of a little boy named Andy Davis and centers on his favorite toy, a pull-string cowboy doll named Woody, worrying about replaced by Andy’s newest toy, a space ranger named Buzz Lightyear. When Woody and Buzz are suddenly trapped in the house of Andy’s toy-killing neighbor Sid Phillips and his vicious dog Scud, they must work together to escape if they ever want to return to Andy’s house.
  • Year of Release: 1995
  • Interesting Characters in Toy Story:
  • Sheriff Woody – Woody is a cowboy doll, although the preferred term is “action figure”. As the toys’ leader, and despite his fears to the contrary, he’s always been Andy’s favorite – no matter what new playthings enter the picture.
  • Buzz Lightyear – While Buzz Lightyear’s sole mission used to be defeating the evil Emperor Zurg, what he now cares about most is keeping Andy’s toy family together.
  • Rex – Rex may look like the most fearsome dinosaur in the toy box, but this green Tyrannosaurus is one of the most lovable toys of the bunch. Despite his endless worrying and insecurities about his small roar, Rex always comes through for his pals.
  • Slinky Dog – Slinky, often referred to as “Slink,” is a toy Dachshund with a stretchy Slinky as his middle. He’s Woody’s sidekick and willing to go to great lengths to help his toy friends.
  • Noteworthy Songs in Toy Story:
  • “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” performed by Newman
  • “Strange Things” performed by Newman
  • “I Will Go Sailing No More” performed by Newman

13. Chicken Run

Chicken Run

  • This engaging stop-motion, claymation adventure tells the story of an American rooster who falls in love with a gorgeous hen on a British farm. The couple decides to run away from the farm, but they must first contend with the evil farmer who is intent on keeping them under her control. The chickens decide to attempt an escape so they don’t get turned into chicken pot pies.
  • Year of Release: 2000
  • Interesting Characters in Chicken Run:
  • Ginger – Ginger is a hen on a mission to lead her flock to freedom before it’s too late. Although she may be capable of escaping, she will not leave anyone of her fellow hens behind. Often she risks getting caught and is thrown into the coal bin for “solitary confinement” by Mr. Tweedy as punishment in order to protect her friends.
  • Mr. Tweedy – The real owner of the chicken farm. It has been in his family for many generations. But when he married Mrs. Tweedy she took over. He cowards to her every whim. When he tries to tell her that the “chickens are organized” she tells him to shut up that chickens don’t do things like that.
  • Mrs. Tweedy – The villainous woman who runs the egg farm. Her only thought is for her pocket book. If the chickens do not lay enough eggs for her to profit from, she takes them to the chop and they end up as dinner on her table. It is she who calls all the shots and makes all the business decisions.
  • Rocky – Rocky is a “free” rooster and sweeps the chickens off their feet. He’s the first young rooster in the hen house they’ve seen for a while. His saying in the beginning is simply “I’ve got my own problems, doll face.” A fugitive from the circus, he’s on the run and finds out that he needs them as much as they need him.
  • Mac – The inventor and engineer who helps Ginger make all the escape plans come to life and work.
  • Fowler – Fowler is the old rooster of the hen house, who loves to tell his tall tales of his glory days in the RAF (Royal Air Force).
  • Noteworthy Songs in Chicken Run:
  • “The Wanderer”
  • “Flip, Flop and Fly”

14. Up


  • Carl Fredricksen is a retired balloon salesman who is about to fulfill a lifelong dream. Tying thousands of balloons to his house, he sets off to the South American wilderness (the lost world of his childhood dreams. But his worst nightmare comes true when he discovers a little boy named Russell is a stowaway aboard the balloon-powered house.
  • Year of Release: 2009
  • Interesting Characters in Up:
  • Carl Fredricksen – In 1939, he was a shy, quiet boy who idolized the renowned explorer Charles F. Muntz.Charles. After his wife passed away, he lived all by himself, becoming bitter and cranky and missing his wife terribly.
  • Russell – Russell is an overweight, 8-year old wilderness explorer who wanted to help an elderly person in order to attain the last patch to put him in the rank of senior wilderness explorer.
  • Dug – Dug is a fun-loving dog who belongs to Charles Muntz. He speaks English via a special collar that translates his thoughts into speech.
  • Ellie Fredricksen – She was the wife of Carl Fredricksen who despite being dead before most of the events depicted, plays a significant role in the movie.
  • Charles F. Muntz – Muntz is the main antagonist of this movie who is a famous explorer and adventurer in the ’30s who Carl and Ellie admired when they were kids. He flew around the world in his flagship airship.
  • Noteworthy Songs in Up:
  • The original soundtrack album was composed by Michael Giacchino
  • “Up with Titles”
  • “We’re in the Club Now”
  • “Married Life”

15. Spirited Away

Spirited Away

  • Chihiro and her parents come across a seemingly abandoned amusement park with seemingly empty restaurants, where her mother and father are turned into giant pigs. After that, she meets a mysterious boy named Haku, who explains to her that the park is a resort for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent in the earthly realm and that she must work there to free herself and her parents. This film received the second Oscar ever awarded for Best Animated Feature and is the first anime film to win an Academy Award.
  • Year of Release: 2001
  • Interesting Characters in Spirited Away:
  • Chihiro Ogino (Sen) – Chihiro is a whiny, pessimistic child, who is reluctant about having to move to a new town. Her growth into a capable individual is a core factor to the movement of the movie’s plot.
  • Haku (Nigihayami Kohaku Nushi) – Haku is Yubaba’s apprentice and is the second-in-command at the Bathhouse. Although he seems to be a bit older than Chihiro, about 12 years old, since he is the spirit of the Kohaku Rivehe, he is truly as old as his river is.
  • No-Face (Kaonashi) – No-Face is a spirit with an ominous, expressionless mask who is capable of reacting to emotions and absorbing other individuals in order to gain their personality and physical traits.
  • Lin (Rin) – Lin is one of the workers at the bathhouse who is assigned to be Chihiro’s caretaker. At first, she seems to be unconcerned in Chihiro’s situation but eventually, she warms up to her.
  • Kamaji – An elderly man with indefinitely extendable six, long arms who operates the boiler room of the bathhouse.
  • Boh – Boh is the biological son of Yubaba who is portrayed as an extremely large and overfed baby wearing a red bib.
  • Yubaba – She is an old witch with an inhumanly large head and nose who is the proprietor of the bathhouse and the main antagonist of this movie.
  • Zeniba – The identical twin sister of Yubaba who is very hospitable and lives in a house at Swamp Bottom, unlike her sister.
  • Noteworthy Songs in Spirited Away:
  • The 20 tracks on the original soundtrack were composed by Joe Hisaishi and beside the original soundtrack, there is also an image album, which contains 10 tracks.
  • “Always with Me” written by Kimura’s friend Wakako Kaku and performed by Yumi Kimura.
  • “The Name of Life” performed by Hirahara Ayaka
  • “Day of the River”

16. Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa)

Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa)

  • This Movie is about a teenage boy and girl who embark on a quest to meet each other for the first time after they magically swap bodies. It was a commercial success, becoming the fourth highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, the 7th-highest grossing traditionally animated film and the highest-grossing anime film worldwide.
  • Year of Release: 2016
  • Interesting Characters in Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa):
  • Taki Tachibana – A high school boy who lives in Tokyo and spends his days happily with his friends and works part-time at an Italian restaurant.
  • Mitsuha Miyamizu – A high school girl living in a rural town called Itomori who is dissatisfied with small-town life and wishes to move to Tokyo.
  • Miki Okudera – Commonly referred to as Okudera-senpai, is Taki’s crush for the half part of the movie who works with of him at the same restaurant.
  • Yotsuha Miyamizu – The younger sister of Mitsuha who lives together with her sister and grandmother and helps out in the family shrine, performing ceremonies with her sister.
  • Tsukasa Fujii – One of Taki’s friends in high school who is often concerned about Taki whenever he is embodied by Mitsuha.
  • Sayaka Natori – Sayaka is a nervous, gentle and quiet girl who is in the broadcast club in high school and is a close friend of Mitsuha.
  • Shinta Takagi – one of Taki’s friends in high school who is optimistic and jumps to the rescue of his friends.
  • Noteworthy Songs in Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa):
  • “Nandemonaiya”
  • “Yumetōrō” (“Past Past Past Life”)
  • “Supākuru” (“Sparkle”)
  • “Zenzenzense” (“It’s Nothing”)

17. The Lion King

The Lion King

  • The Lion King follows the adventures of the young lion Simba, the heir of his father, Mufasa. Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar, plots to usurp Mufasa’s throne by luring father and son into a stampede of wildebeests. But Simba escapes, and only Mufasa is killed. Simba returns as an adult to take back his homeland from Scar with the help of his friends Timon and Pumbaa.
  • Year of Release: 1994
  • Interesting Characters in The Lion King:
  • Simba – Cheerful, feisty lion cub Simba “Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” but with the loss of his dad, Mufasa, his adventures take a new path.
  • Mufasa – As ready to play as he is to instruct, Mufasa guides young Simba with a voice as golden as his magnificent mane.
  • Scar – Scar is a selfish and greedy leader as he plots to take back his birthright with his henchmen hyenas by his side.
  • Nala – Nala and Simba are best friends, and the two never admitted to being in love until they were reunited years later.
  • Rafiki – The old baboon that travels his own road, sings his own songs and knows what he knows.
  • Timon – A hyperactive meerkat with a motor mouth is the self-proclaimed “brains of the outfit.”
  • Pumbaa – This well-padded warthog is a bit clumsy but more than makes up for his slow thought processes with empathy and intuition.
  • Zazu – Mufasa’s most trusted advisor, Zazu is a prim and proper hornbill bird with a strong sense of personal dignity.
  • The Hyenas – These three wisecracking goons are always on the lookout for their next meal or an innocent victim to taunt.
  • Noteworthy Songs in The Lion King:
  • “Circle of Life”
  • “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”
  • “Be Prepared”
  • “Hakuna Matata”
  • “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”
  • “The Morning Report”

18. Cars


  • While traveling to California to race against The King and Chick Hicks for the Piston Cup Championship, Lightning McQueen becomes lost after falling out of his trailer in a run down town called Radiator Springs. While there he slowly befriends the town’s odd residents, including Sally, Doc Hudson and Mater. When it comes time for him to leave to championship is no longer his top priority.
  • Year of Release: 2006
  • Interesting Characters in Cars:
  • Lightning McQueen – Lightning McQueen, #95, is a hotshot rookie race car who loves going faster than fast. When he’s not racing, he spends his time in Radiator Springs with his best pal, Mater.
  • Mater – Mater is the rustiest, trustiest tow truck in Radiator Springs. He loves tractor tippin’, helping out stranded cars, and most of all, hanging out with his best friend, Lightning McQueen. Mater is great at driving backwards, because he doesn’t need to know where he’s going as long as he knows where he’s been.
  • Sally Carrera – Sally is a beautiful baby blue Porsche who fell in love with small town life in Radiator Springs. She runs the Cozy Cone, is the town attorney, and is dedicated to preserving her favorite place to live. She loves cruisin’ in the slow lane with Lightning McQueen.
  • Doc Hudson – Doc is the wise, quiet country doctor who run Radiator Springs’ medical clinic. Before Doc slowed down in Radiator Springs, he was the Fabulous Hudson Hornet. Now he uses his knowledge of racing to teach hotshots like Lightning to race smart, not just fast.
  • Chick Hicks – Chick is extremely rude, arrogant and centered on himself and winning like Lightning McQueen was at the start of the film; however, theses traits are more exaggerate in Chick, and often make him more ridiculous or obnoxious.
  • Noteworthy Songs in Cars :

19. Tangled


  • When Flynn Rider, the kingdom’s most-wanted bandit, hides in a tower to conceal himself from the guards who are pursuing him, he then immediately becomes a captive of Rapunzel, who was blessed with a 70 feet long magical golden hair and has been there for a long time with her only friend, a chameleon named Pascal. She desperately wanted freedom after being locked away for years so she strikes a deal with Flynn, and together they begin their exciting adventure.
  • Year of Release: 2010
  • Interesting Characters in Tangled:
  • Rapunzel – When Rapunzel meets Flynn Rider, the two of them go on an adventure so she can finally live her dream.
  • Flynn Rider – Flynn is an experienced thief, but as he begins to fall in love with Rapunzel, he changes his priorities.
  • Pascal – Pascal is constantly cheering Rapunzel up, rooting her on, and refusing to allow her to take steps backwards.
  • Maximus – Maximus is a dedicated guard horse, but he has a large heart and together with Flynn helps to reunite Rapunzel with her family.
  • Mother Gothel – Mother Gothel has always been a motherly figure. However, the floating lights from the castle start to raise questions.
  • Noteworthy Songs in :
  • The original score for the film was composed by Alan Menken with lyrics written by Glenn Slater.
  • “I See the Light “ – Mandy Moore
  • “Mother Knows Best” Donna Murphy
  • “When Will My Life Begin” – Mandy Moore
  • “I’ve Got A Dream” – Mandy Moore

20. Frozen


  • When their kingdom becomes trapped in an everlasting winter, the fearless and devoted Anna joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff and his reindeer sidekick and embarks on a perilous journey to save her kingdom from an eternal winter, and to mend the broken bond between herself and her sister.
  • Year of Release: 2013
  • Interesting Characters in:
  • Elsa – The firstborn daughter of former monarchs and the older sister of Princess Anna and the contemporary ruler of Arendelle who may look poised, regal and reserved, from the outside, but in reality, she lives in fear as she wrestles with a mighty secret that she has been hiding for many years.
  • Anna – She is the youngest daughter of Arendelle’s previous monarchs, King Agnarr and Queen Iduna, and the Fearless and devoted younger sister of Elsa.
  • Olaf – By far the friendliest snowman to walk the mountains above Arendelle who loves warm hugs. He was created by Elsa.
  • Kristoff – Kristoff is a Sámi ice harvester who lives high up in the mountains. He later becomes the travel companion and love interest of Princess Anna.
  • Hans – A royal from a neighboring kingdom who comes to Arendelle for Elsa’s coronation. He may seem like a nice person but hidden beneath a charming façade are sinister intentions to claim a kingdom and throne to call his own. Making him the main antagonist of Disney’s animated feature film, Frozen.
  • Sven – Sven is reindeer and the loyal pet of Kristoff that has remained by his side ever since it was rescued by Kristoff as a young calf.
  • Duke of Weselton – The secondary antagonist of this movie who lacks stature which he makes up to with his arrogant and showboating nature.
  • Oaken – Oaken runs Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Sauna.
  • Marshmallow – An enormous icy snowman born from Elsa’s powers has her personal bodyguard and has the guardian of the North Mountain.
  • Noteworthy Songs in Frozen:
  • The soundtrack features 10 original songs written and composed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and twenty-two score pieces composed by Christophe Beck.
  • “Let It Go” film version performed by Idina Menzel; single version performed by Demi Lovato.

21. The Iron Giant

The Iron Giant

  • In this animated adaptation of Ted Hughes’ Cold War fable, a giant alien robot crash-lands near the small town of Rockwell, Maine, in 1957. Exploring the area, a local 9-year-old boy, Hogarth, discovers the robot, and soon forms an unlikely friendship with him. When a paranoid government agent, Kent Mansley, becomes determined to destroy the robot, Hogarth and Dean McCoppin must do what they can to save the misunderstood machine.
  • Year of Release: 1999
  • Interesting Characters in The Iron Giant:
  • The Iron Giant – The Giant is a curious, gentle, kind, and friendly being who is simply trying to adapt to life on Earth. While capable of incredible destructive powers and equipped with highly advanced and destructive weaponry, he is rendered benign by damage to his head.
  • Hogarth Hughes – Growing up in 1957, in Rockwell, Maine, Hogarth is a pretty average kid; he is energetic, curious, and adventurous, however, he is also unusually smart for his age. Growing up alone with his widowed mother, Hogarth spends much of his time exploring the woods and trying to find “pets” that he can be friends with, since he tends to be an outcast in school.
  • Annie Hughes – She is the hard working, sophisticated, and widowed mother of Hogarth Hughes.
  • Dean McCoppin – An artistic beatnik and junkman, Dean becomes a good friend and father-like figure to Hogarth and gives the Giant a home and food, while Hogarth is away.
  • Kent Mansley – Although suave and well mannered on the outside, Kent Mansley is a paranoid and ruthless agent with a hunger to further his own career. Scripted as a lowly agent in Washington, Kent has spent most of his life as an unnoticed federal government agent working in a cubicle.
  • Noteworthy Songs in The Iron Giant:
  • “Honeycomb”
  • “I Got a Rocket in My Pocket”
  • “Comin’ Home Baby”
  • “Let’s Do the Cha Cha”

22. Shrek


  • Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters. They were all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad. Determined to save their home – not to mention his – Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue Princess Fiona to be Farquaad’s bride. Rescuing the Princess may be small compared to her deep, dark secret.
  • Year of Release: 2001
  • Interesting Characters in Shrek:
  • Shrek – Shrek is a recluse who lives a fairly carefree life in his swamp. This all comes to an end as Lord Farquaad evicts the fairy tale creatures from their homes, causing them to move to Shrek’s swamp.
  • Donkey – He is the best friend and sidekick of Shrek and Fiona
  • Fiona – Fiona is an archetypal princess from fairy tales, speaking formally in matters of courtship and presenting high expectations of how she is to be rescued, who is to rescue her, and so forth. Later, Princess Fiona’s true self emerges, as she is really a very down-to-earth and independent woman who is a match for or even better than Shrek when it comes to the bad habits he has.
  • Lord Farquaad – Farquaad is a cruel, greedy man who wants to officially become the King of Duloc. To make Duloc into his own perfect world, he banished all the fairytale creatures, arresting them and offering rewards in schillings to those who will turn them in.
  • Noteworthy Songs in Shrek:
  • “On the Road Again”
  • “Try a Little Tenderness”
  • “I’m a Believer” performed by Smash Mouth
  • “Hallelujah” performed by Rufus Wainwright

23. Inside Out

Inside Out

  • Riley is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley’s emotions – led by Joy – try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness to the forefront. When Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind, the only emotions left in Headquarters are Anger, Fear and Disgust.
  • Year of Release: 2015
  • Interesting Characters in Inside Out:
  • Riley Andersen – Riley is a major character in the film. Her mind is the main location of it and the main priority of the movie.
  • Joy – Joy is, as her name states, the very essence of happiness and perkiness, and as such, she loves to look on the bright side of things. She is the oldest of all of the emotions, as she was the first one to appear. She values Riley’s happiness to the point where she does not want any of the other emotions to influence Riley.
  • Sadness – Sadness came into existence after Riley’s first 33 seconds of her life; there, she met Joy. When she caused baby Riley to cry, Joy pushed her aside and fixed the situation. Sadness was only used whenever Riley threw tantrums or did not get her way.
  • Anger – Anger is one of the five emotions controlling Riley Andersen’s mind. He lives in her brain and works with the other emotions. When Joy and Sadness literally get lost in Riley’s mind, he and the others have to keep Riley’s head on straight until they get home.
  • Fear – Fear was created right after Sadness was born into Riley’s mind. When Riley first encountered a plug, Fear came into being so that Riley learned to avoid the risk of tripping.
  • Disgust – Disgust is one of the five emotions controlling Riley’s mind and helping her. She is first seen when Bill Andersen starts to feed broccoli to his daughter.
  • Noteworthy Songs in Inside Out:
  • “Bundle of Joy”
  • “Team Building”
  • “TripleDent Gum Jingle” performed by Nick Pitera and Andrea Datzman

24. A Bug’s Life

A Bugs Life

  • Embark on an incredible journey with one little ant as he searches for a brave band of warriors to help him battle the bullying grasshoppers who threaten his home. When he stumbles on a bumbling troupe of circus bugs instead, their only hope for victory is the bond of friendship and the awesome power of imagination.
  • Year of Release: 1998
  • Interesting Characters in A Bug’s Life:
  • Flik – Flik is a nerdy, inventive ant who wants to make a difference to his colony’s way of life, but has a tendency to make things worse in the process.
  • Hopper – Manipulative, ruthless, and violent, but also cunning, Hopper thinks nothing of killing ants, whom he considers lower than dirt, and his manner of speaking to Princess Atta is reminiscent of an abusive boyfriend mocking his terrified girlfriend.
  • Princess Atta – Atta is the crown princess ant, the eldest daughter of the Queen of the ant colony and heir to the throne of Ant Island.
  • Dot – She is the younger princess ant of the royal family and Princess Atta’s little sister. She idolizes Flik and hates being small. She compliments Flik’s ideas and helps and convinces him a number of times during the film.
  • Noteworthy Songs in A Bug’s Life:
  • The film’s score was composed and conducted by Randy Newman.
  • “The Time of Your Life” written and performed by Newman

25. The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

  • With unforgettable characters, thrilling adventures, soaring Academy Award-winning music, The Little Mermaid is one of the most celebrated animated films of all time. Venture under the sea where Ariel, a free-spirited mermaid princess, longs to be part of the human world. After bravely striking a bargain with Ursula, a sneaky sea witch, Ariel embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. With Flounder and Sebastian at her side, Ariel will need all of her courage and determination to make things right in both her worlds.
  • Year of Release: 1989
  • Interesting Characters in The Little Mermaid:
  • Ariel – Ariel is an independent and determined young mermaid. She spends her days singing, daydreaming, and adventuring with Sebastian and Flounder. She falls for a human named Eric and risks everything for her true love.
  • Sebastian – While usually carefree, Sebastian is often seen to be very grumpy and worrisome. This is mostly due to Ariel’s stubbornness, who he is found with regularly.
  • Prince Eric – Handsome, witty, intelligent, kind and very brave, Eric is everything you could want in a prince! Just ask Ariel.
  • Ursula – Evil, repulsive Ursula, the sea witch, is a destroyer of souls.
  • King Triton – Ariel’s father and ruler of the Sea, Triton is a dignified figure of authority possessing great pride and poise.
  • Noteworthy Songs in The Little Mermaid:
  • Alan Menken wrote the Academy Award winning score for The Little Mermaid.
  • “Part of Your World”

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