35 best animated movies of all time

Disney and Pixar are the leading production houses when it comes to making animated films. Before, they operated independently, but now Pixar comes under Disney. Their movies are a part of everyone’s childhood, and the characters have become immortal. whether it is about taking a deep dive into the sea, exploring the whole new world, roaming into the castle, or going to the frozen land we all can agree their animated movies are pure magic. They have been entertaining us for years with their amazing animated movies. So, it’s very difficult to pick just 35 movie titles, However, we tried anyway and presented you with the 35 best movies of all time from Disney and Pixar. We hope you enjoy reading this list!

1. Toy story

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  • Release date: 22 November 1995
  • Director: John Lasseter
  • IMDB: 8.3/10

The American computer-animated buddy comedy Toy Story was released in 1995. It was directed by John Lasseter and produced by Pixar Animation Studios. The story of the movie centres on Buzz Lightyear, an astronaut action figure, and Woody, a pull-string cowboy toy, as they attempt to find their way back to Andy, their owner, after becoming mistakenly lost and ending up in the hands of a younger girl named Bonnie. They run into a number of roadblocks as well as other toys that their owners have left behind. The nature of loyalty and friendship are the themes covered in the movie.

2. Pinocchio (1940)

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  • Release date: February 7, 1940
  • Director: Hamilton Luske, Wilfred Jackson, Ben Sharpsteen, Norm Ferguson, T. Hee, Bill Roberts, Jack Kinney
  • IMDB: 7.5/10

The audience adored the film for it’s creative plot, vivid animation, lovable characters, and enduring themes of maturity and responsibility. Many others also commended the movie for its effective use of music and its ability to portray emotion. The use of innovative animation methods in the movie received acclaim for bringing the characters and their setting to life in a way that had not previously been feasible. Pinocchio is also regarded as one of the earliest full-length animated movies, which contributed to the establishment of the genre as a respectable art form.

3. Finding Nemo

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  • Release date: 30 May 2003
  • Director: Andrew Stanton
  • IMDB: 8.2/10

Finding Nemo is a beloved movie. The film follows the journey of a clownfish named Marlin, who goes on a quest to find his son Nemo after he gets lost in the Great Barrier Reef. Along the way, he meets various sea creatures and learns important lessons about friendship and family. The movie is full of heartwarming moments that will make you laugh and cry at the same time. It’s a perfect family movie that will bring out the child in all of us. Audiences of all ages connected with the movie’s portrayal of the relationship between a father and son as well as it’s themes of self-discovery and conquering fears. The film’s use of humour as well as how it depicted the water and marine creatures received accolades for its accuracy and attention to detail. “Finding Nemo” was regarded as an overall critical and financial triumph.

4. Zootopia

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  • Release date: 4 March 2016
  • Director: Rich Moore, Byron Howard
  • IMDB: 8.0/10

The film features strong animation and subjects that are pertinent to society. Prejudice, bigotry, and stereotyping are subjects that are covered throughout the movie, and they are done so in an engaging and thought-provoking way. The world-building in the movie is intricate and inventive, and the characters are likeable and well-developed. “Zootopia” was lauded for being an entertaining and compelling animated movie that also had a significant message for viewers.

5. Inside Out

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  • Release date: 19 June 2015
  • Director: Pete Docter
  • IMDB: 8.2/10

have you ever wondered how the human mind works? well Inside Out explains it in a brilliant and beautiful way. since we are talking about the best animated movie this one is our favorite because they actually animated human emotions and impulses in the movie. Five emotions—joy, sadness, anger, fear, and disgust—rule Riley’s thoughts, actions, and memories in the movie Inside Out. Riley is an 11-year-old girl. When Joy and Sadness unintentionally leave the headquarters, they must travel through Riley’s various mental regions to find their way back and regain equilibrium. In the film, human emotions are examined in all their complexity, along with how they affect our personalities and life experiences.

6. Up

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  • Release date: 11 September 2009
  • Director: Pete Docter
  • IMDB: 8.3/10

The film Up depicts the tale of Carl Fredricksen, an old widower who, by affixing a large number of helium balloons to his home, realises his lifelong ambition of visiting South America. He accidentally picks up 8-year-old Russell along the road, and the two of them go on an adventure. The moving opening sequence of this film, which chronicles Carl’s life with his wife Ellie, is well known. Up is an unforgettable animated adventure movie and after watching this movie you will never see balloons the same way.

7. 101 Dalmatians

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  • Release date: 27 November 1996
  • Director: Stephen Herek
  • IMDB: 5.1/10

Even though the rating is saying a different story, The “101 Dalmatians” film was a huge hit with audiences thanks to its endearing animation, compelling plot, and lovable characters. The movie received appreciation for its use of humour and for being able to connect with both kids and adults. The employment of numerous Dalmatians as the film’s main characters also contributed to the film’s outstanding and distinctive visual style. Due to the movie’s popularity, a sequel and a live-action remake were produced.

8. Dumbo

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  • Release date: 23 October 1941
  • Director: Ben Sharpsteen, Wilfred Jackson, Norm Ferguson, Samuel Armstrong, Bill Roberts, and more
  • IMDB: 7.2/10

The original animated film “Dumbo” was released in 1941 and was well-received by critics for its emotional storytelling, memorable characters, and iconic musical numbers. The film’s use of animation to convey the emotions of the characters was praised, as was the film’s ability to tell a moving story without dialogue. Additionally, “Dumbo” was praised for its technical achievements in animation, particularly the “pink elephant” sequence, which was considered groundbreaking at the time. The critics also praised the film for its ability to appeal to both children and adults with its mix of humour and pathos. Overall, “Dumbo” was seen as a classic and a masterpiece of animation.

9. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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  • Release date: 10 February 1965
  • Director: David Hand, Perce Pearce, Larry Morey, Ben Sharpsteen, Wilfred Jackson, William Cottrell
  • IMDB: 7.6/10

The film is renowned for it’s ground-breaking animation methods, enduring characters, and uplifting narrative. The movie was the first full-length animated feature film, and at the time, it was hailed for its groundbreaking use of multiplane cameras and intricate animation. Additionally, viewers connected with the movie’s strong characters and relevant tale of Snow White’s trials and triumphs. The critics particularly commended the use of colour and the musical accompaniment. When it was initially produced, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was hailed as a masterpiece of animation and storyline, and it is now regarded as a classic.

10. Coco

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  • Release date: 22 November 2017
  • Director: Adrian Molina, Lee Unkrich
  • IMDB: 8.4/10

The film showcases a beautiful portrayal of Mexican culture, it is a sincere and moving story. The film received appreciation for being able to portray a global tale that connected with viewers from all walks of life. The movie received plaudits for its distinctive and colourful animation, which beautifully and convincingly brought the world of the movie to life. Overall, “Coco” was praised by reviews as being an emotionally potent movie that was both enjoyable and thought-provoking.

11. The Incredibles

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  • Release date:  24 October 2004
  • Director: Brad Bird
  • IMDB: 8.0/10

The movie is about a family of superheroes who must conceal their abilities in order to lead a normal life. But they must get together to stop a new bad guy from threatening the city. The struggle to balance work and home life is one of the themes the movie examines, along with family and identity. The Incredibles is a fantastic story, wonderfully scripted and with the most stunning animation you have ever seen, it provides a perfectly rounded story with plenty of action, laughs and (almost) tears. Even one and a half decades later The Incredibles still continues to entertain with well-written characters, funny dialogues, and exceptional animations.

12. Cinderella (1950)

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  • Release date:  4 March 1950
  • Director: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
  • IMDB: 7.3/10

In the classical telling of the tale, a young girl named Cinderella is made to perform all household tasks by her stepmother and stepsisters. Though she is forbidden from attending, she manages to do so with the help of her fairy godmother and succeeds in capturing the prince’s heart. The prince ultimately assists her in getting away from her stepmother and stepsisters, and they go on to enjoy a happy ending. Cinderella was a big box office hit for Disney in 1950. This is one of the most successful animated movies of Disney as well as the biggest success of Walt Disney’s career. Because of the budget issue, Cinderella was intended to shoot in a live-action but somehow it became an animated version.

13. Ratatouille

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  • Release date: 29 June 2007
  • Director: Brad Bird
  • IMDB: 8.1/10

The movie received praise for it’s effectiveness in using the tale of a rat who becomes a chef to express ideas about creativity, passion, and tenacity. The animation was also lauded for it’s meticulousness and capacity to capture the movements and emotions of the characters. Overall, the film was warmly appreciated for both it’s technically impressive animation and its joyful and inspirational message.

14. Monsters, Inc.

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  • Release date: 2 November 2001
  • Director: Pete Docter
  • IMDB: 8.1/10

The idea presented in the movie—where monsters coexist with humans—was seen as original and creative. The two main monsters, Sulley and Mike, were commended for their relatability and likeability. The animation in the movie was also praised for its excellent quality, with many people appreciating the character designs’ attention to detail and the usage of sophisticated animation techniques. “Monsters, Inc.” is generally regarded as a skillfully made and enjoyable movie that appeals to both kids and adults.

15. Moana

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  • Release date: 23 November 2016
  • Director: Ron Clements, John Musker
  • IMDB: 7.6/10

The movie received praise for it’s compelling narrative, colourful animation, and accurate depiction of Polynesian culture. The movie received plaudits for its strong female lead, who challenges gender norms and sets off on a self-discovery trip. The music for the movie, composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, received a lot of attention for its lively, catchy tunes and use of traditional Polynesian music. The film’s themes of identity, family, and cultural legacy were commended by critics as having appeal to viewers of all ages. Overall, Moana was praised as being a skillfully made, deeply moving, and culturally significant movie that appeals to both kids and adults.

16. Soul

soul animated film
  • Release date: 11 October 2020
  • Director: Pete Docter
  • IMDB: 8/10

The soul reflects themes of self-discovery and life’s purpose. Audiences also liked how the movie tackled difficult and mature subjects in a way that was enjoyable and approachable for viewers of all ages. Many others also appreciated the film’s impressive voice cast, which included Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey, and it’s diverse and relatable characters.

17. Fantasia

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  • Release date: 25 December 1953
  • Director: James Algar, Wilfred Jackson, Ben Sharpsteen, MORE
  • IMDB: 7.7/10

Fantasia’s inventive use of animation and music, as well as its capacity to appeal to both children and adults, won over audiences. The innovative use of classical music and abstract animation in the movie at the time of it’s debut has since made it a classic and a key figure in animation history. The movie is also recognised for it’s capacity to visually interpret and heighten the emotional intensity of the musical compositions.

18. Wall-E

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  • Release date: 27 June 2008
  • Director: Andrew Stanton
  • IMDB: 8.4/10

Disney’s “WALL-E” succeeds as an enthralling animated film, a visual wonderment, and a decent science-fiction story. The movie is known for its original and captivating tale as well as for its social criticism of consumerism and the environment. Others applauded the visual effects and animation, which were at the time regarded as some of the best in the business. Additionally, Wall-E and Eva’s character growth received appreciation. Many people discovered that, despite being robots, they were incredibly relatable and heartfelt. The movie remains a complete showcase of what can happen when top-notch animation meets creativity. Overall, “WALL-E” was praised as a thought-provoking and enjoyable movie that both kids and adults could enjoy.

19. Beauty and the beast (1991)

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  • Release date: 22 November 1991
  • Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
  • IMDB: 8.0/10

An adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who falls in love. Beauty and the Beast have won millions of fans. A terrifying beast imprisons a young maiden named Belle in his magical castle. Despite her initial apprehension, she starts to recognise the goodness and humanity in the beast and develops a romantic interest in him. Together, they must remove the enchantress’s curse and restore the princely transformation that was done to him.

20. Raya and the last dragon

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  • Release date: 5 March 2021
  • Director: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers
  • IMDB: 7.3/10

“Raya and the Last Dragon” received favourable reviews from critics for its compelling narrative, diverse representation, and beautiful animation. The movie has received praise for its portrayal of Southeast Asian culture and mythology as well as its themes of trust and unity. Positive reviews were also given to the voice cast’s performances, particularly Awkwafina’s portrayal of the dragon Sisu. Overall, they thought the movie was well-made and entertaining.

21. The Lion King

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  • Release date: 24 June 1994 
  • Director: Carlos López Estrada, Don Hall
  • IMDB: 8.5/10

The Lion King really shows the strength of Disney’s animated movie. This movie is filled with stunning landscapes and amazing characters plus it also has a deep set of emotions. The Lion King is the story of Simba, a young lion who will take over as king of the Pride Lands from his father, Mufasa. However, after his uncle Scar kills Mufasa and persuades Simba that it was his fault, Simba is tricked and driven from the Pride Lands. Growing up in exile, Simba eventually returns to the Pride Lands to battle Scar and reestablish order in his country after learning to take responsibility for his actions with the aid of new companions. With great-looking visuals and a storyline paired with an amazing soundtrack, it’s no wonder that the lion king is still one of the most popular Disney movies of all time.

22. The little mermaid

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  • Release date: 13 November 1989
  • Director: John Musker, Ron Clements
  • IMDB: 7.6/10

The Little Mermaid was the rebirth of Disney in the modern era, however, due to superb songs, enduring humor, and a touching plot it remains an animation classic. The mermaid princess Ariel, who has fallen in love with a human prince, strikes a deal with the sea witch Ursula to exchange her voice for legs in order to be with him. Before it’s too late, Ariel must race against time to reverse Ursula’s curse and regain her voice. The Little Mermaid is a type of movie that you can show to children and grandchildren one day. They will be captured by Ariel and want to be part of her most intriguing world.

23. Lady and the tramp

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  • Release date: 22 June 1955
  • Director: Wilfred Jackson, Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske
  • IMDB: 7.3/10

The 1955 Disney picture “Lady and the Tramp” received favourable reviews from critics for its endearing plot, likeable characters, and gorgeous animation. Technicolor’s employment in the movie received accolades for its capacity to produce a vivid and accurate depiction of the setting where the action takes place. Critics also gave the film’s soundtrack and utilisation of well-known songs high marks. This animated film takes the classic romantic story of two individuals from different sides of the track and turns it into a delightful musical tale. Lady and the Tramp’s romance was portrayed in the movie as a touching and sympathetic tale that appealed to viewers of all ages. At the time of its release, this was the highest-grossing Disney cartoon since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the film is a charmer and worth adding to your library in one form or another.

24. A bug’s life

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  • Release date: 15 November 1998
  • Director: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton
  • IMDB: 7.2/10

The visually amazing animation in “A Bug’s Life,” the well-rounded and endearing characters, and the ingenious plot that skillfully combined humour and heart won over critics. Additionally, viewers connected with the movie’s themes of independence and defying authority figures. The film received appreciation for its overall entertainment value and for its skillful blending of humour and emotion.

25. Frozen

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  • Release date: 29 November 2013
  • Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
  • IMDB: 7.4/10

like most of Disney’s amazing movies, Frozen is a combination of songs and princesses. instead of just one princess frozen have two princesses named Anna and Elsa. Because of its compelling narrative, recognisable characters, and catchy music, audiences favour “Frozen.” Audiences of all ages connected with the movie’s themes of sibling love and self-discovery, and the animation received accolades for its high calibre and attention to detail. The movie’s mix of humour and touching scenes also contributed to its popularity and success among critics. Frozen is also the highest-grossing animated film of all time.

26. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

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  • Release date: 26 July 1951
  • Director: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
  • IMDB: 7.3/10

Alice in Wonderland is based on the mid-Victorian Era novel by Lewis Carroll. A movie doesn’t get that much hate after its first release in 1951. Alice in Wonderland is still known for its best animation work in the movie. Alice is a daydreaming young girl who uses her imagination to create fantasy stories. One day, she finds a rabbit who is in hurry to go somewhere. Alice ends up following the rabbit. It leads her to discover magical place called Wonderland which is filled with all kinds of different characters and adventures. Alice in Wonderland was one of the best classic animated movies of the ’60s. A story of the fantasy adventure of 19 years old Alice wouldn’t bore you after all.

27. Bolt

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  • Release date: 21 November 2008
  • Director: Chris Williams, Byron Howard
  • IMDB: 6.8/10

Bolt is a super fun movie that can be enjoyed by the entire family. The main story is about a dog, a cat, and a hamster. A white shepherd named Bolt worked on a tv show stage and believed that he had superpowers. He accidentally gets lost and meets ally cat, Mittens and a hamster, Rhino. Together this trio tries to find a way back to the studio. Along the way, Bolt learns that the show isn’t a real-life and he doesn’t really have superpowers. besides all three main characters, there are also lots of other animals in the movie and they all are fantastic. It’s amazing the amount of detail the animators put into them. Bolt is a really fun family movie that also teaches you lessons about love and friendship. we are sure you will be laughing throughout the entire movie.

28. Tangled

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  • Release date: 24 November 2010
  • Director: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard
  • IMDB: 7.7/10

Tangled is a very fun story about a girl named Rapunzel. She was born with magical hair that just kept growing and had powers to keep people alive for a longer time. After finding this secret, Rapunzel gets kidnapped by Mother Gothel and locked away in a tower. One day after meeting a charming bandit named Flynn Ryder Rapunzel tries to escape back home. It takes her on the most exciting and magnificent journey of her life. Tangled is filled with fantasy, horror, romance, and comedy.

29. Aladdin (1992)

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  • Release date: 25 November 1992
  • Director: Ron Clements, John Musker
  • IMDB: 8/10

An animated musical fantasy film Aladdin was first released in 1992. The movie follows the adventures of Aladdin, a street urchin, and his pet monkey Abu as they try to win the heart of Princess Jasmine. Along the way, Aladdin must outwit the evil Jafar and save his kingdom from destruction. With its catchy music, colorful animation, and exciting story, Aladdin has become one of Disney’s most loved classics. It is a timeless tale that will continue to bring joy to generations for years to come. Aladdin also holds the best music Oscar award for its “A Whole New World” song.

30. Peter Pan (1953)

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  • Release date: 5 February 1953
  • Director: Hamilton Luske, Wilfred Jackson, Clyde Geronimi
  • IMDB: 7.3/10

Peter Pan is one of the most beloved Disney animated movies of all time. Who hasn’t been a kid and wished they could fly or do something else magical at least once in a lifetime? peter pan is something like that which takes you to a magical wonderland. It tells the story of a young boy who never wants to grow up and instead embarks on an adventure with his friends in Neverland. The movie has been praised for its iconic characters, memorable songs, and visually stunning animation. With its timeless themes of friendship, courage, and imagination, Peter Pan is sure to remain an animated favorite for many years to come.

31. Encanto

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  • Release date: 24 November 2021
  • Director: Byron Howard, Jared Bush
  • IMDB: 7.2/10

Encanto tells the story of a magical family living in a colorful Latin American town and the adventures they embark on. It was a hit with both adults and children alike, as it combines traditional Disney animation with modern technology to create something truly unique. Encanto is the first animated movie from Disney to feature an all-Latino cast, making it an important milestone for Latinx representation in Hollywood. With its vibrant visuals, catchy music, and heartwarming story, Encanto is surely one of the most talked about movies of 2021!

32. Bambi (1942)

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  • Release date: 21 August 1942
  • Director: Clyde Geronimi, David Hand, Samuel Armstrong, MORE
  • IMDB: 7.3/10

Bambi, the classic animated movie from Disney, is a timeless story about growing up, learning to trust and finding one’s true self. Through his journey, he learns valuable lessons about friendship, courage and love. The movie is filled with memorable characters and scenes. Bambi’s story has captivated audiences for generations and continues to be a treasured classic.

33. Wreck-It Ralph

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  • Release date: 9 November 2012
  • Director: Rich Moore
  • IMDB: 7.7/10

Wreck-It Ralph is an animated comedy film that follows the story of Ralph, an 8-bit arcade-game villain who sets out on a quest to prove that he can be a hero. Along the way, he meets Vanellope von Schweetz, an unlikely friend who helps him on his journey. As they travel through various game worlds, they encounter obstacles and make new friends while learning important lessons about friendship and self-worth. Wreck-It Ralph is an entertaining movie that combines comedy with heartwarming moments and plenty of action.

34. Big Hero 6

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  • Release date: 7 November 2014
  • Director: Chris Williams, Don Hall
  • IMDB: 7.8/10

A 14-year-old robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, teams up with a group of friends to form a superhero team and use their collective intelligence to battle a mysterious villain. Big Hero 6 is set in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo, where robots and humans coexist. It showcases the power of friendship and teamwork, as well as the importance of using technology for good. With its unique blend of humor, heartwarming moments, and thrilling action sequences, Big Hero 6 is sure to be an unforgettable experience for viewers.

35. Tarzan (1999)

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  • Release date: 12 June 1999
  • Director: Chris Buck, Kevin Lima
  • IMDB: 7.8/10

Tarzan is an exciting and action-packed adventure that follows the story of a human orphaned as a baby. Raised by gorillas in the African jungle, Tarzan must learn to survive in his new home while also learning about his true identity. This classic Disney movie features some of the best animation and music from the era and is sure to keep viewers captivated until the very end. Tarzan is an inspiring tale that highlights the power of courage and determination in achieving success against all odds.


These movies are loved by audiences as well as critics, their magic has not faded away and is still in the audience’s minds and hearts.

These films not only entertain, but they also have a powerful social message. We hope you enjoy watching these legendary animated movies! What are your thoughts on our rankings? Please tell us in the comments section below

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