The animated film genre was launched effectively in 1937. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first Disney classic which properly introduced this genre to the Western world. In recent times some of the popular animated studios are Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, and the Japanese masters at Studio Ghibli. Now a day’s animation is not just for kids anymore, it is also widely accepted and popular among the adults all around the world due to huge development of the quality of screenplays written. It is hard to deny that animation is now one of the most profitable sectors in the film industry.

So, here goes the list of top 5 animated movies:

  1. INSIDE OUT (2015)

Inside out is a 3D animated adventure film produced by Pixar Animated Studios, released by Walt Disney Pictures, directed by Pete Docter  and co-directed by Ronnie del Carmen. This story is set in the mind of a young girl named Riley where five personified emotions – Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust guide her when her parents moved from Minnesota to San Francisco and help her to adjust to her new surroundings. Inside out is very creative, heartfelt and beautifully animated movie which will dazzled you with something you have never felt before. The level of density is so high that it is impossible to absorb everything in a single watch. This is not only inventive and engaging but also has a real potential to show friendship, the bonding and emotions between kids and parents along with the importance of happiness and loss in life.


  1. SPIRITED AWAY (2001)

Spirited away is a Japanese anime fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The story is about a young girl Chihiro, who get trapped in a strange new world of spirits after her parents undergo a mysterious transformation. This is a breathtaking journey of her courage and self discovery. This animated masterpiece will take you through a magical adventure of a girl with pure heart who encounters many peculiar creatures and scary events along with her friend Haku and you will eventually get lost in this dream world.



Grave of the Fireflies or Hotaru no haka is a Japanese animated war film based on the semiautobiographical short story “Grave of the Fireflies” by Akiyuki Nosaka and directed and written by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli. This movie tells the story of two children (Seita and his younger sister Setsuko) from the port city of Kobe, in Japan made homeless and orphan by the bombs. This powerful dramatic film will give you an emotional and heart wrenching experience. This film can be described in the best way through the words of the critic, Ernest Rister who says, “It is the most profoundly human animated film I’ve ever seen.” This simple story of survival is a masterpiece. The lack of visual realism in the movie unlike Hollywood will help you to imagine more freely and one can get easily connected to it.


  1. TANGLED (2010)

Tangled is a 3D animated fantasy- comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animated Studios and directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard. This is loosely based on the fairytale; “Rapunzel” published by the Brothers Grimm and is the 50th Disney animated film. This is the story of a young princess with long magical hair who is locked in a secluded tower longing for adventure and eventually escapes with the help of a dashing bandit, Flynn Rider. This movie is very much enjoyable and realistic. This is not just a love story of two pretty people but also about girl power, courage, positivity and gives out a message that one should do everything he/she can to make his/ her dream come true.

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  1. MOANA (2016)

Moana is a musical fantasy-comedy adventure film produced by Walt Disney Animated Studios and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. This movie is about Moana, the strong-willed daughter of the chief of Polynesian tribe, who is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess and save the people of her island. This is a brilliant movie with amazing music. In this movie, Moana is strong, brave girl (not an ideal type princess). This movie will give you a deeper glimpse about the history of exploration and is progressive without being insufferable. This positive uplifting movie is one of the most entertaining animated films of the year.

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There are many other impressive and fascinating animated films like Frozen, Brave, Finding Nemo, Zootopia, Up, How to Train Your Dragon etc which also deserve the place among top rated animation movies. Go for it!

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