Top 50 Animated Films that Impressed Me the Most

Latest update: November 2021 | Adrian Țofei

These are the animated films that impressed me the most from childhood till recently. They’re not necessarily the ones I consider to be the greatest or best ever made, it’s a highly subjective list of the animated films & cartoons that marked my life. Colored green are the newly-added films and those that climbed in the top at the latest updates. Check out my other film lists as well, and find my reviews on Letterboxd!

Update: I’ve added ratings on a scale from 1 to 10 so you can also have my current “objective” opinion of these films for a more balanced understanding. My ratings’ meaning:

  • 10 – perfect
  • 8 – great
  • 6 – good
  • 4 – so so
  • 2 – bad

Top 10 Ranked:

  1. The Iron Giant (1999, Brad Bird) – 8/10
  2. The Land Before Time (1988, Don Bluth) – 8/10
  3. One Froggy Evening (1955 short, Chuck Jones) – 9/10
  4. Kiwi! (2006 short, Dony Permedi) – 8/10
  5. Up opening sequence: Married Life (2009 short, Pete Docter) – 8/10
  6. For Scent-imental Reasons (1949 short, Chuck Jones) – 8/10
  7. The Brave Little Toaster (1987, Jerry Rees) – 6/10
  8. The Night Before Christmas (1941 short, William Hanna & Joseph Barbera) – 7/10
  9. Lifted (2006 short, Gary Rydstrom) – 7/10
  10. Bambi (1942, David Hand & Walt Disney) – 7/10

Top 50 from Newest to Oldest:

  • Klaus (2019, Sergio Pablos) – 6/10
  • Coco (2017, Lee Unkrich) – 7/10
  • Ferdinand (2017, Carlos Saldanha) – 6/10
  • Happiness (2017 short, Steve Cutts) – 6/10
  • Piper (2016 short, Alan Barillaro) – 6/10
  • Sausage Party (2016, Greg Tiernan & Conrad Vernon) – 6/10
  • Inside Out (2015, Pete Docter) – 7/10
  • Appearance and Reality (2014 short, Elena Rogova & Zhenia Pavlenko) – 6/10
  • Strings (2013 short, Pedro Solis) – 6/10
  • Toy Story 3 (2010, Lee Unkrich) – 7/10
  • Mary and Max (2009, Adam Elliot) – 6/10
  • Up (2009, Pete Docter) – 7/10
  • WALL-E (2008, Andrew Stanton) – 6/10
  • Death Note (2006-2007 mini-series, Tetsuro Araki) – 7/10
  • The Incredibles (2004, Brad Bird) – 6/10
  • The Polar Express (2004, Robert Zemeckis) – 6/10
  • Ice Age film series: all Scrat segments (2002-2016, various directors)
  • Happy Tree Friends: Eye Candy + Out on a Limb (2002/2003 shorts, Rhode Montijo / Kenn Navarro) – 6/10 + 6/10
  • Monsters, Inc. (2001, Pete Docter) – 6/10
  • Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens – A Life in Animation (2000 documentary, Margaret Selby) – 6/10
  • Antz (1998, Eric Darnell & Tim Johnson) – 6/10
  • The Prince of Egypt (1998, Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner & Simon Wells) – 6/10
  • The Chicken from Outer Space (1996 short, John Dilworth) – 6/10
  • James and the Giant Peach (1996, Henry Selick) – 6/10
  • The Lion King (1994, Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff) – 6/10
  • Aladdin (1992, Ron Clements & John Musker) – 5/10
  • FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992, Bill Kroyer) – 5/10
  • Beauty and the Beast (1991, Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise) – 7/10
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989, Don Bluth) – 6/10
  • Luxo Jr. (1986 short, John Lasseter) – 7/10
  • Jumping (1984 short, Osamu Tezuka) – 6/10
  • The Snowman (1982 short, Dianne Jackson) – 5/10
  • The Hand (1965 short, Jiri Trnka) – 6/10
  • Wacky Races + Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines (1968-1970 series, William Hanna & Joseph Barbera) – 4/10 + 4/10
  • Switchin’ Kitten (1961 short, Gene Deitch) – 5/10
  • Bear Feat + Feed the Kitty + Duck Amuck + Don’t Give Up the Sheep (1949/1952/1953/1953 shorts, Chuck Jones) – 6/10 + 7/10 + 7/10 + 6/10
  • Hair-Raising HareBully for Bugs (1946/1953 shorts, Chuck Jones) – 6/10 + 6/10
  • Red Hot Riding Hood + Northwest Hounded Police + King-Size Canary (1943/1946/1947 shorts, Tex Avery) – 6/10 + 6/10 + 6/10
  • Dog Trouble + Fraidy Cat + The Cat Concerto + Cat Fishin’ + Heavenly Puss (1942/1942/1947/1947/1949 shorts, William Hanna & Joseph Barbera) – 6/10 + 5/10 + 6/10 + 6/10 + 6/10
  • Popeye the Sailor + Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1933/1936 short, Dave Fleischer) – 6/10 + 5/10

Listing these films doesn’t mean acceptance of the potentially illegal, unethical or immoral behaviour of any creator or voice star, neither that I agree with their opinions on any subject matter. It also doesn’t mean approval of the ideas expressed in the films or of the ways they were made.