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1. Heavy Traffic (1973)

R | 77 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

An "underground" cartoonist contends with life in the inner city, where various unsavory characters serve as inspiration for his artwork.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Joseph Kaufmann, Beverly Hope Atkinson, Frank DeKova, Terri Haven

Votes: 2,594

2. Mary and Max (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.

Director: Adam Elliot | Stars: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries

Votes: 151,218

3. The Triplets of Belleville (2003)

PG-13 | 78 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

91 Metascore

When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters--an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire--to rescue him.

Director: Sylvain Chomet | Stars: Michèle Caucheteux, Jean-Claude Donda, Michel Robin, Monica Viegas

Votes: 47,833 | Gross: $7.00M

4. Animal Farm (1954)

Approved | 72 min | Animation, Drama

A successful farmyard revolution by the resident animals vs. the farmer goes horribly wrong as the victors create a new tyranny among themselves.

Directors: Joy Batchelor, John Halas | Stars: Gordon Heath, Maurice Denham

Votes: 13,395

5. The Pink Panther Show (1969–1976)

TV-G | 90 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The Pink Panther is a heroic, moral cartoon cat with pink fur and the manners of an English aristocrat. He only becomes flustered or angry at obtuse or offensive humans who try to disrupt ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Frees, Rich Little, Dave Barry, Mel Blanc

Votes: 13,779

6. Fantastic Planet (1973)

PG | 72 min | Animation, Sci-Fi

On a faraway planet where blue giants rule, oppressed humanoids rebel against their machine-like leaders.

Director: René Laloux | Stars: Barry Bostwick, Jennifer Drake, Eric Baugin, Jean Topart

Votes: 20,478

7. The Little Matchgirl (2006)

G | 7 min | Animation, Short, Drama

A poor young girl has a burning desire to find comfort and happiness in her life. Desperate to keep warm, the girl lights the matches she sells, and envisions a very different life for herself in the fiery flames.

Director: Roger Allers

Votes: 3,812

8. Fire and Ice (1983)

PG | 81 min | Animation, Fantasy, Adventure

At the end of the ice age, an evil queen and her son are set on conquering the world using magic and warriors. The lone survivor of a crushed village fights back as does the king of Fire Keep.

Directors: Ralph Bakshi, Tom Tataranowicz | Stars: Randy Norton, Cynthia Leake, Steve Sandor, Sean Hannon

Votes: 8,477 | Gross: $0.76M

9. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

96 Metascore

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Directors: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 560,573 | Gross: $10.06M

10. A Christmas Carol (2009)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Drama, Family

55 Metascore

An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Steve Valentine

Votes: 91,970 | Gross: $137.86M

11. Beowulf (2007)

PG-13 | 115 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

59 Metascore

The warrior Beowulf (Ray Winstone) must fight and defeat the monster Grendel (Crispin Glover), who is terrorizing Denmark, and later, Grendel's Mother (Angelina Jolie), who begins killing out of revenge.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Ray Winstone, Crispin Glover, Angelina Jolie, Robin Wright

Votes: 155,306 | Gross: $82.16M

12. The Illusionist (2010)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Drama

82 Metascore

A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever.

Director: Sylvain Chomet | Stars: Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin, Duncan MacNeil, Raymond Mearns

Votes: 31,774 | Gross: $2.23M

13. Persepolis (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

90 Metascore

A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.

Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi | Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Gena Rowlands, Danielle Darrieux

Votes: 82,212 | Gross: $4.45M

14. Corpse Bride (2005)

PG | 77 min | Animation, Drama, Family

83 Metascore

When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her.

Directors: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson | Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman

Votes: 223,947 | Gross: $53.36M

15. WALL·E (2008)

G | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

95 Metascore

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

Director: Andrew Stanton | Stars: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard

Votes: 909,695 | Gross: $223.81M

16. Dobrinya and the Dragon (2006)

65 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Dobrinya Nikitich goes on a quest to save the royal niece and finds out whether his old friend Zmey Gorinich is loyal to him. During the adventures, he is accompanied by the royal messenger who's in love with the royal niece.

Director: Ilya Maksimov | Stars: Mikhail Chernyak, Natalya Danilova, Ekaterina Gorokhovskaya, Oleg Kulikovich

Votes: 1,570

17. Ratatouille (2007)

G | 111 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

96 Metascore

A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.

Directors: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava | Stars: Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm

Votes: 581,114 | Gross: $206.45M

18. Fritz the Cat (1972)

Unrated | 78 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960s.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Skip Hinnant, Rosetta LeNoire, John McCurry, Judy Engles

Votes: 10,119 | Gross: $25.00M

19. An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000 Video)

G | 79 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Max goes to college, but to his embarassment his father loses his job and goes to his son's campus.

Director: Douglas McCarthy | Stars: Bill Farmer, Jason Marsden, Jeff Bennett, Jim Cummings

Votes: 8,445

20. Chicken Run (2000)

G | 84 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

88 Metascore

When a cockerel apparently flies into a chicken farm, the chickens see him as an opportunity to escape their evil owners.

Directors: Peter Lord, Nick Park | Stars: Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha, Phil Daniels, Lynn Ferguson

Votes: 164,211 | Gross: $106.83M

21. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman

Votes: 177,242 | Gross: $21.00M

22. 9 (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 79 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

60 Metascore

A rag doll that awakens in a postapocalyptic future holds the key to humanity's salvation.

Director: Shane Acker | Stars: Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 125,911 | Gross: $31.74M

23. Blood Tea and Red String (2006)

Not Rated | 71 min | Animation, Fantasy

73 Metascore

A handmade stop-motion fairy tale for adults that tells the tale of the struggle between the aristocratic White Mice and the rustic Creatures Who Dwell Under the Oak over the doll of their heart's desire.

Director: Christiane Cegavske

Votes: 959

24. The Animatrix (2003 Video)

Unrated | 100 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Animatrix is a collection of several animated short films, detailing the backstory of the "Matrix" universe, and the original war between man and machines which led to the creation of the Matrix.

Directors: Peter Chung, Andrew R. Jones, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Takeshi Koike, Mahiro Maeda, Kôji Morimoto, Shin'ichirô Watanabe | Stars: Kevin Michael Richardson, Pamela Adlon, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny

Votes: 67,892

25. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

82 Metascore

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey

Votes: 268,831 | Gross: $75.08M

26. Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

PG-13 | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

73 Metascore

On Christmas Eve, three homeless people living on the streets of Tokyo find a newborn baby among the trash and set out to find its parents.

Directors: Satoshi Kon, Shôgo Furuya | Stars: Tôru Emori, Yoshiaki Umegaki, Aya Okamoto, Shôzô Îzuka

Votes: 26,520 | Gross: $0.13M

27. When the Wind Blows (1986)

84 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A naive elderly British rural couple survive the initial onslaught of a nuclear war.

Director: Jimmy T. Murakami | Stars: Peggy Ashcroft, John Mills, Robin Houston, James Russell

Votes: 8,870 | Gross: $0.01M

28. Whisper of the Heart (1995)

G | 111 min | Animation, Drama, Family

A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and a boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses.

Director: Yoshifumi Kondô | Stars: Yoko Honna, Issey Takahashi, Takashi Tachibana, Shigeru Muroi

Votes: 40,694

29. Kyvadlo, jáma a nadeje (1984)

15 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

A horrifying, surrealist version of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" directed by the masterful animator Jan Svankmajer.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Star: Jan Zácek

Votes: 803

30. Perfect Blue (1997)

R | 81 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery

A retired pop singer turned actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past.

Director: Satoshi Kon | Stars: Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji, Masaaki Ôkura

Votes: 44,131 | Gross: $0.44M

31. American Pop (1981)

R | 96 min | Animation, Drama, History

57 Metascore

The story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians whose careers parallel the history of American popular music in the 20th century.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Mews Small, Ron Thompson, Jerry Holland, Lisa Jane Persky

Votes: 3,889 | Gross: $6.00M

32. Robot Carnival (1987 Video)

90 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A collection of short stories, made by different animators with "robot" as the working title.

Directors: Atsuko Fukushima, Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Kôji Morimoto, Takashi Nakamura, Yasuomi Umetsu, Manabu Ôhashi, Hidetoshi Ômori, Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Kôji Moritsugu, Yayoi Maki, Keiko Hanagata, Kumiko Takizawa

Votes: 1,654

33. Coonskin (1975)

R | 100 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Rabbit, a country-born trickster, takes over the organized crime racket in Harlem, facing opposition from the institutionalized racism of the Mafia and corrupt police.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Barry White, Charles Gordone, Scatman Crothers, Philip Michael Thomas

Votes: 2,275

34. I Married a Strange Person! (1997)

R | 75 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A newlywed develops a strange lump on his neck that gives him the ability to transform people or objects at will. His wife is very upset. Meanwhile, the CEO of Smilecorp learns of this man ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Plympton | Stars: Charis Michelsen, Tom Larson, Richard Spore, Chris Cooke

Votes: 1,605 | Gross: $0.20M

35. Hey Good Lookin' (1982)

R | 76 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

An outrageous, affectionate look at coming of age in the Eisenhower era in Brooklyn.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Richard Romanus, David Proval, Jesse Welles, Tina Romanus

Votes: 699

36. Mutant Aliens (2001)

R | 81 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

39 Metascore

Marooned by design in a strange asteroid inhabited by bizarre creatures, a left-for-dead astronaut miraculously heads back to Earth with a band of abominable mutant aliens to tie up some loose ends, after twenty long years in oblivion.

Director: Bill Plympton | Stars: Dan McComas, Francine Lobis, George Casden, Matthew Brown

Votes: 970

37. Idiots and Angels (2008)

G | 78 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Much to his surprise, an utter misanthrope is transformed into a reluctant do-gooder, when a glorious pair of angelic snow-white wings sprouts up from his back. Now, everyone in town wants a piece of his feathered appendages.

Director: Bill Plympton

Votes: 2,880

38. Jackboots on Whitehall (2010)

Not Rated | 91 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

A satirical alternative history of World War II where the Nazis seize London and England must band together to prevent a full-on invasion.

Directors: Edward McHenry, Rory McHenry | Stars: Hugh Fraser, Alexander Armstrong, Rory McHenry, Ewan McGregor

Votes: 1,179

39. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

G | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

87 Metascore

Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest.

Directors: Steve Box, Nick Park | Stars: Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Peter Kay

Votes: 115,829 | Gross: $56.11M

40. The Old Man and the Sea (1999)

20 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

An old fisherman goes out on his fishing trip and makes a huge catch, the biggest of his life.

Director: Aleksandr Petrov | Stars: Gordon Pinsent, Kevin Duhaney, Yôji Matsuda, Rentarô Mikuni

Votes: 3,470

41. Let's Pollute (2009)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

In the spirit of 50's & 60's educational films, 'Let's Pollute' is a modern satire on how pollution is our heritage and keeps our economy growing strong, while instructing us how to be better polluters for a better blighted tomorrow.

Director: Geefwee Boedoe | Star: Jim Thornton

Votes: 536

42. The Twelve Months (1956)

55 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

A poor girl was given an impossible task by her stepmother: to gather snowdrops in a winter forest. Suddenly she stumbled across twelve brothers who happened to be the twelve months.

Directors: Ivan Ivanov-Vano, Mikhail Botov | Stars: Tatyana Barysheva, Yuliya Yulskaya, Lyudmila Kasatkina, Galina Novozhilova

Votes: 895

43. Ruslan and Lyudmila (1996 TV Movie)

211 min | Mystery, Drama, Romance

Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka's magical masterpiece in its entirety, inspired by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin's poem of a Russian tale. An evil sorcerer Chernomor casts a spell over wedding ... See full summary »

Director: Hans Hulscher | Stars: Mikhail Kit, Anna Netrebko, Vladimir Ognovenko, Larissa Diadkova

Votes: 43

44. Mr. Bliss (2004)

33 min | Animation, Short

Mr. Bliss is a tale of a man who set out to buy a motor-car and of what followed afterwards. Based on a children story by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Director: Gennadiy Tishchenko | Stars: Dmitri Matveyev, Gennadiy Tishchenko

Votes: 34

45. The Old Lady and the Pigeons (1997)

25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

In seductive central Paris, an undernourished gendarme willing to go to great lengths to get himself fed, hatches a desperate, yet utterly cunning plan.

Director: Sylvain Chomet | Stars: James Pidgeon, Michoue Sylvain, Andrea Usher-Jones

Votes: 2,403

46. The Cameraman's Revenge (1912)

Not Rated | 12 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mr Beetle seeks companionship from a statuesque dragonfly dancer, unaware that her ex-boyfriend, a slender grasshopper and an industrious cameraman, watches their every move. Will Mrs Beetle forgive him? Will he get away with adultery?

Director: Wladyslaw Starewicz

Votes: 2,278

47. Peter & the Wolf (2006)

G | 32 min | Animation, Short, Family

An animated retelling set to Prokofiev's suite. Peter is a slight lad, solitary, locked out of the woods by his protective grandfather, his only friend a duck. In town, he's bullied. When a... See full summary »

Director: Suzie Templeton

Votes: 3,630

48. The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello (2005)

26 min | Animation, Short, Adventure