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25 Greatest Animated Films of All Time

12 Mar 2012 General

You may have noticed a distinct lack of Oscar commentary from us here at Slurpy. Frankly we thought it was a thoroughly uninspiring year for animation, both shorts and features, and we still haven’t forgiven the Academy for not even nominating Adam Elliot’s phenomenal Mary and Max 2 years ago.

So, instead of focussing on the negatives, we thought it was time to celebrate some of the greatest animated features of all time.

Box office receipts isn’t really the best way to measure a film’s greatness, as we all know that marketing budgets, star voices and Country of origin have a much greater impact on a film’s financial success than they probably ought. But be that as it may, it’s one way of measuring the films that are best loved by the mainstream audiences, and the ones that have best stood the test of time.

(This list is adjusted for inflation)

1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ($853 million)
2. 101 Dalmatians ($782 million)
3. The Lion King ($697 million)
4. Fantasia ($650 million)
5. Jungle Book ($576 million)
6. Sleeping Beauty ($569 million)
7. Shrek 2 ($556 million)
8. Pinocchio ($527 million)
9. Bambi ($498 million)
10. Finding Nemo ($441 million)
11. Lady and the Tramp ($436 million)
12. Aladdin ($410 million)
13. Toy Story 3 ($408 million)
14. Toy Story 2 ($374 million
15. Shrek ($370 million)
16. Shrek the Third ($367 million)
17. Beauty and the Beast ($355 million)
18. Monsters Inc. ($353 million)
19. Toy Story ($343 million)
20. The Incredibles ($312 million)
21. Up ($307 million)
22. Who Framed Roger Rabbit ($298 million)
23. Cars ($291 million)
24. A Bug’s Life ($267 million)
25. Tarzan ($263 million)

So, no Studio Ghibli films, no Aardman, no Independents and Shrek 3 beat Beauty and the Beast? Shocking, the things that people will waste their money on!

Perhaps a better way to rate films would be on public opinion, which I’m going to use RottenTomatoes to quantify. So here’s their list

1.100%Toy Story 2 (1999)
2.100%Toy Story (1995)
3.100%The Wizard of Oz (1939)
4.100%Pinocchio (1940)
5.100%Sita Sings the Blues (2008)
6.100%Wallace and Gromit in the Wrong Trousers (1993)
7.100%How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1965)
8.100%Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
9.99%Toy Story 3 (2010)
10.98%Up (2009)
11.98%Finding Nemo (2003)
12.98%How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
13.98%Fantasia (1940)
14.98%Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
15.97%The Incredibles (2004)
16.97%Spirited Away (2001)
17.97%Persepolis (2007)
18.97%The Iron Giant (1999)
19.97%Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
20.97%101 Dalmatians (1961)
21.97%Dumbo (1941)
22.96%WALL-E (2008)
23.96%Ratatouille (2007)
24.96%Waltz with Bashir (2008)
25.96%Chicken Run (2000)

…Of course the problem with this list is that most people are idiots. Wizard of Oz is not an animated film, How To Train Your Dragon is not better than Fantasia, and Mary and Max still isn’t there.

So, it appears that the only way to get a real list of the greatest animated films of all time is to write it myself!

1.  Jungle Book
2.  Mary and Max
3.  Who Framed Roger Rabbit
4.  Fantasia
5.  Toy Story 3
6.  Spirited Away
7.  Mary Poppins
8.  Toy Story
9.  The Triplets of Belleville (Belleville Rendezvous)
10. Nightmare Before Christmas
11. Iron Giant
12. The Incredibles
13. Pinocchio
14. Snow White and the 7 Dwarves
15. Beauty and the Beast
16. Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Wererabbit
17. Shrek
18. Coraline
19. Howl’s Moving Castle
20. Lion King
21. Wall-E
22. The Emperor’s New Groove
23. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
24. Animal Farm
25. When The Wind Blows

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