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The 50 Best Animated Movies of All Time, According to Rotten Tomatoes

Ellen Gutoskey
Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) in 2018's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) in 2018's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. / Sony Pictures Animation
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If you saw Toy Story 4 (2019) in theaters, there’s a good chance you spotted at least a few kids in the audience. But you may have also seen some grown-ups unaccompanied by younger viewers—maybe you were one of them. It’s long been acknowledged that animated movies, even those aimed specifically at children, are top-notch entertainment for people of all ages. And according to Rotten Tomatoes, Toy Story 4 is the best one ever.

The first three films in the Toy Story series all made the top 20, too. Rotten Tomatoes compiled the list using a weighted formula that factors in critics’ scores and the number of reviews, which explains why Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999)—both of which have 100-percent scores—ranked lower than the two later installments. Overall, the list debunks the theory that sequels are always worse than the originals: Paddington 2 (2018), Incredibles 2 (2018), and Finding Dory (2016) all outranked their predecessors.

And while Pixar is definitely an industry giant whose innovative animation methods and storytelling prowess are tough to beat, the studio doesn’t occupy every top spot. Second place went to Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), which won the best animated feature Oscar in 2019. And Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Disney classic from 1937, came in fifth place. Acclaimed Japanese classics, including Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away (2002) and Grave of the Fireflies (1988), are also well represented on the list.

You can peruse the top 50 below—and if you’re wondering why Shrek (2001) is nowhere to be seen, you can find it (and the 2004 sequel) in the top 100 here.

  1. Toy Story 4 (2019) // 97 percent
  2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) // 97 percent
  3. Inside Out (2015) // 98 percent
  4. Coco (2017) // 97 percent
  5. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) // 98 percent
  6. Paddington 2 (2018) // 100 percent
  7. Incredibles 2 (2018) // 93 percent
  8. Zootopia (2016) // 98 percent
  9. Up (2009) // 98 percent
  10. Toy Story 3 (2010) // 98 percent
  11. Toy Story 2 (1999) // 100 percent
  12. Pinocchio (1940) // 100 percent
  13. Finding Dory (2016) // 94 percent
  14. Finding Nemo (2003) // 99 percent
  15. The LEGO Movie (2014) // 96 percent
  16. Moana (2016) // 95 percent
  17. Toy Story (1995) // 100 percent
  18. Isle of Dogs (2018) // 90 percent
  19. Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) // 97 percent
  20. How to Train Your Dragon (2010) // 99 percent
  21. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) // 99 percent
  22. WALL-E (2008) // 95 percent
  23. Dumbo (1941) // 98 percent
  24. Ratatouille (2007) // 96 percent
  25. My Life as a Zucchini (2017) (2017) // 99 percent
  26. The Incredibles (2004) // 97 percent
  27. Only Yesterday (1991) // 100 percent
  28. The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) // 90 percent
  29. 101 Dalmatians (1961) // 98 percent
  30. Beauty and the Beast (1991) // 94 percent
  31. Chicken Run (2000) // 97 percent
  32. Onward (2020) // 88 percent
  33. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) // 95 percent
  34. Fantasia (1940) // 95 percent
  35. Monsters, Inc. (2001) // 96 percent
  36. Anomalisa (2015) // 92 percent
  37. Grave of the Fireflies (1988) // 100 percent
  38. Your Name. (2017) // 98 percent
  39. The Iron Giant (1999) // 96 percent
  40. Spirited Away (2002) // 97 percent
  41. Song of the Sea (2014) // 99 percent
  42. Tower (2016) // 99 percent
  43. The Lion King (1994) // 93 percent
  44. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) // 97 percent
  45. Waltz With Bashir (2008) // 96 percent
  46. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) // 90 percent
  47. Persepolis (2007) // 96 percent
  48. Yellow Submarine (1968) // 95 percent
  49. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) // 95 percent
  50. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) // 93 percent
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