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1. Coraline (2009)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

7.7
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80 Metascore

An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Jennifer Saunders

Votes: 179,289 | Gross: $75.29M

2. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

8.0
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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: 269,457 | Gross: $75.08M

3. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.9
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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: 177,879 | Gross: $21.00M

4. Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

PG | 101 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.8
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84 Metascore

A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armour worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.

Director: Travis Knight | Stars: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 106,412 | Gross: $48.02M

5. Corpse Bride (2005)

PG | 77 min | Animation, Drama, Family

7.4
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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: 224,515 | Gross: $53.36M

6. Mary and Max (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

8.1
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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: 151,677

7. ParaNorman (2012)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.0
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72 Metascore

A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

Directors: Chris Butler, Sam Fell | Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Tucker Albrizzi

Votes: 87,646 | Gross: $56.00M

8. Frankenweenie (2012)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.0
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74 Metascore

When a boy's beloved dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring the animal back to life through a powerful science experiment.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau

Votes: 89,901 | Gross: $35.29M

9. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

PG | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.7
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73 Metascore

Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.

Directors: Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt | Stars: Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Piven, Martin Freeman

Votes: 42,117 | Gross: $31.05M

10. The Boxtrolls (2014)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.8
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61 Metascore

A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator.

Directors: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade

Votes: 50,986 | Gross: $50.84M

11. Hell and Back (2015)

R | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

5.4
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Two best friends set out to rescue their pal after he's accidentally dragged to hell.

Directors: Tom Gianas, Ross Shuman | Stars: Nick Swardson, Mila Kunis, Bob Odenkirk, T.J. Miller

Votes: 4,385 | Gross: $0.16M

12. Mad Monster Party? (1967)

Unrated | 94 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.7
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When Dr Frankenstein decides to retire from the monster-making business, he calls an international roster of monsters to a creepy convention to elect his successor. Everyone is there ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Bass | Stars: Boris Karloff, Allen Swift, Gale Garnett, Phyllis Diller

Votes: 2,497

13. The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985)

G | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.5
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Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn join Mark Twain on his airship to meet Halley's Comet.

Director: Will Vinton | Stars: James Whitmore, Michele Mariana, Gary Krug, Chris Ritchie

Votes: 2,311 | Gross: $0.85M

14. Mary Shelley's Frankenhole (2010–2017)

TV-MA | 15 min | Animation, Comedy, Horror

7.2
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After mastering immortality, mad scientist Victor Frankenstein turns his attention to time travel, creating a number of wormholes connected to his Eastern European village, allowing him ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeff Bryan Davis, Britta Phillips, Mark Rivers, Scott Adsit

Votes: 740

15. Peter & the Wolf (2006)

G | 32 min | Animation, Short, Family

7.6
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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: 3,638

16. Harvie Krumpet (2003)

TV-14 | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

8.0
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The odd biography of a man who has Tourette's Syndrome, chronic bad luck, menial jobs, nudist tendencies, and a book of "fakts" hung around his neck.

Director: Adam Elliot | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Kamahl, John Flaus, Julie Forsyth

Votes: 7,827

17. Blood Tea and Red String (2006)

Not Rated | 71 min | Animation, Fantasy

7.1
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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: 964

18. Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids (2000– )

56 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.5
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An anthology series that centres around horrible children getting their comeuppance, often in horribly gruesome ways.

Star: Nigel Planer

Votes: 498

19. The Trap Door (1984– )

5 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.9
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3D plasticine animation, featuring Berk, a blue creature who lives as servant to the unseen 'Thing Upstairs' in an old dark house. Every time the trap door opens a new adventure begins for ... See full summary »

Stars: William Rushton, Nick Shipley

Votes: 1,295

20. Bump in the Night (1994–1995)

TV-Y | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

8.2
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The misadventures of a small green monster named Mr. Bumpy, a blue monster named Squishington, and a rag doll named Molly Coddle in a bedroom of a 10 year old boy.

Stars: Jim Cummings, Rob Paulsen, Gail Matthius, Scott McAfee

Votes: 501

21. Truckers (1992– )

11 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.6
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Under the floorboards of an old department store live the nomes, tiny people for whom things like Outside and Sun and Rain are just daft old legends. Then a group of new nomes arrive from ... See full summary »

Stars: Edward Kelsey, Joe McGann, Debra Gillett, John Jardine

Votes: 165

22. Live Freaky Die Freaky (2006)

Unrated | 75 min | Animation, Comedy, Musical

5.2
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It is the year 3069 and the Earth has been robbed of all its natural resources, destroyed by war and ozone depletion, and is now only a barren desert. The humans who inhabit this empty ... See full summary »

Director: John Roecker | Stars: Nick 13, Billie Joe Armstrong, Tim Armstrong, Rob Aston

Votes: 608 | Gross: $0.01M

23. The Pied Piper (1986)

Not Rated | 53 min | Animation, Fantasy, Horror

8.0
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The story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin with a twist.

Director: Jirí Barta | Stars: Oldrich Kaiser, Jirí Lábus, Michal Pavlícek, Vilém Cok

Votes: 938

24. The Apostle (2012)

80 min | Animation, Horror

7.0
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An escaped prison convict attempts to retrieve a loot hidden years ago in a lonely village. Sinister elders, strange disappearances, spirits, a peculiar priest and even the Archpriest of ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Cortizo | Stars: Carlos Blanco, Xosé Manuel Olveira 'Pico', Paul Naschy, Jorge Sanz

Votes: 519

25. The New Gulliver (1935)

75 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.7
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While hearing the story of "Gulliver's Travels", a young Russian boy dreams that he is the title character on the island of Lilliput.

Director: Aleksandr Ptushko | Stars: Vladimir Konstantinov, Ivan Yudin, Ivan Bobrov, Fyodor Brest

Votes: 222

26. The Story of the Fox (1937)

63 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.8
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When Renard the Fox's mischievous pranks go too far, King Lion is forced to attempt to bring the trickster to justice.

Directors: Irene Starewicz, Wladyslaw Starewicz | Stars: Claude Dauphin, Romain Bouquet, Sylvain Itkine, Léon Larive

Votes: 1,037

27. Hansel and Gretel (1954)

Approved | 72 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.6
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An "electronic puppet" version of the Humperdinck opera, adapted for children and using spoken dialogue as well as Humperdinck's music.

Director: John Paul | Stars: Anna Russell, Mildred Dunnock, Frank Rogier, Delbert Anderson

Votes: 186

28. Lavender Castle (1999–2000)

10 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.9
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Lavender Castle is a place of mystery and legend, fabled throughout the universe, a floating city of light, a place of peace, harmony and all the things that have ever been dreamt of. It is... See full summary »

Stars: Kate Harbour, Jimmy Hibbert, David Holt, Rob Rackstraw

Votes: 55

29. The Sandman (1991)

10 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

7.5
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Upstairs, in the moonlit and empty room, a little boy scared of the dancing shadows, encounters a figment of his vivid imagination: the horrible Sandman.

Director: Paul Berry

Votes: 1,106

30. Mad God: Part 1 (2014)

12 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

7.8
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MAD GOD is an experimental animated film set in a Miltonesque world of monsters, mad scientists, and warpigs. Directed by legendary visual effects and stop-motion craftsman Phil Tippett, ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Tippett | Star: Niketa Roman

Votes: 65

31. Madame Tutli-Putli (2007)

17 min | Animation, Short, Thriller

7.3
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Solitary, exhausted, and profoundly melancholic--the anachronistic, Madame Tutli-Putli--waits patiently to board a train, surrounded by a lifetime's worth of personal belongings. Is she running away from a bleak past?

Directors: Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski | Star: Laurie Maher

Votes: 2,386

32. Sagan om Skrotnisse och hans vänner (1985)

190 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.9
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Skrotnisse and his son Kalle work in a junk yard, situated in the middle of a small town. Skrotnisse has a childhood friend, the inventor and hermit Bertil Enstöring. He has written down ... See full summary »

Stars: Christer Boustedt, Sven Lindberg, Helge Skoog, Laila Westersund

Votes: 684

33. Little from the Fish Shop (2015)

72 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

6.8
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Everyone's familiar with Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, the story of a love capable of forgiving even the greatest betrayal. In Jan Balej's film - a work filled with ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Balej | Stars: Ivana Chýlková, Nina Divísková, Petr Forman, Radek Holub

Votes: 73

34. Edison & Leo (2008)

Not Rated | 79 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

5.6
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A genius inventor's world threatens to fly apart at the seams. His son, who has electricity crackling through his veins due to an accident in his father's laboratory, discovers the truth about his father's past.

Director: Neil Burns | Stars: Powers Boothe, Gregory Smith, Carly Pope, Jay Brazeau

Votes: 186

35. Winter Days (2003)

39 min | Animation, Short

6.8
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A compilation of short animated clips on winter days in Japan

Directors: Mark Baker, Jacques Drouin, Taku Furukawa, Co Hoedeman, Kihachiro Kawamoto, Yôichi Kotabe, Yuri Norstein, Bretislav Pojar, Raoul Servais, Shinichi Suzuki, Isao Takahata, Koji Yamamura | Stars: Ryuta Kashiwagi, Kyôko Kishida, Noboru Mitani, Mutsumi Sasaki

Votes: 383

36. Nutcracker Fantasy (1979)

G | 82 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

6.5
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Add a Plot

Director: Takeo Nakamura | Stars: Michele Lee, Melissa Gilbert, Lurene Tuttle, Christopher Lee

Votes: 142

37. Bobby Yeah (2011)

23 min | Animation, Short, Horror

7.5
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Bobby Yeah is a subhuman creature who experiences a series of increasingly bizarre, nightmarish encounters after stealing a malevolent baby's prized pet.

Director: Robert Morgan

Votes: 437

38. Old Czech Legends (1953)

91 min | Animation, Fantasy, History

7.1
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Excellent stop-motion animation film from one of the best Czech filmmakers, Jirí Trnka. It tells the ancient story of Czechoslovakia, how it was founded by Czech, the Forefather, and a ... See full summary »

Director: Jirí Trnka | Stars: Zdenek Stepánek, Eduard Kohout, Karel Höger, Rùzena Nasková

Votes: 167

39. Mythic Journeys (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

7.1
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An inventive fusion of documentary, story, artwork and animation. Despite the fact that myth has always existed, surprisingly few people today are aware of even the classic myths or the ... See full summary »

Directors: Steven Boe, Whitney Boe | Stars: Mark Hamill, Tim Curry, Lance Henriksen, Steven Aizenstat

Votes: 126

40. The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus (1985 TV Movie)

G | 50 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.6
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At a council convened by The Great Ak, the forest being tells the story of Santa Claus to explain why he deserves to be made immortal.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Earl Hammond, Earle Hyman, Larry Kenney, Lynne Lipton

Votes: 885

41. Plasmo (1997– )

5 min | Animation, Sci-Fi

7.9
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Plasmo is a two and a half year old space orphan. He lives on the uncharted world of Pynco, with his friends Parsty and Niknik. There are no adults on this planet. Plasmo has no idea who, ... See full summary »

Stars: Abbe Holmes, Pia Morley, Phillip Houghton

Votes: 55

42. The Emperor's Nightingale (1949)

55 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

6.9
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A Chinese emperor prefers the tinkling of a bejeweled mechanical bird to the song of a real nightingale. When the Emperor is near death, a nightingale's song restores his health and teaches... See full summary »

Directors: Jirí Trnka, Milos Makovec | Stars: Helena Patockova, Jaromir Sobotoa, Detsky pevecky sbor Jana Kuhna, Boris Karloff

Votes: 305

43. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959)

76 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

7.3
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The first puppet kinescope in the world. It is based on the famous poetic comedy by William Shakespeare. Three worlds meet in this story: the noble world of three Athens couples, a common ... See full summary »

Director: Jirí Trnka | Stars: Joss Ackland, Ann Bell, Richard Burton, Tom Criddle

Votes: 296

44. Imagination (2007)

Not Rated | 70 min | Animation, Fantasy

4.0
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Dr. Reineger is a child neuro-psychologist who has become confident that the twin Anna has a form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome, rendering her unable to cope with reality. As for her... See full summary »

Director: Eric Leiser | Stars: Ed K. Gildersleeve, Nikki Haddad, Jessi Haddad, Courtney Sanford

Votes: 190

45. The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship (1991 TV Movie)

60 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.6
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Based on a Russian folk tale. A proclamation went out through all the land that whosoever could build a flying ship would win the hand of the Tsar's daughter. The youngest son of a simple ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Vose | Stars: Robin Bailey, Maurice Denham, Jimmy Hibbert, Martin Jarvis

Votes: 341

46. Fimfárum 2 (2006)

90 min | Animation

7.2
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The film include the story of little Tom Thumb, The Hunchbacks of Damascus, Three Sisters and One Ring, The Sea, Uncle, Why is it Salty?

Directors: Jan Balej, Aurel Klimt, Bretislav Pojar, Vlasta Pospísilová | Stars: Ota Jirák, Jan Werich

Votes: 190

47. One Night in City (2007)

76 min | Animation, Comedy, Horror

6.9
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A feature-length narrative animated film from one of the directors of Fimfárum 2. Mysterious and extraordinary stories of loneliness. What all can happen during one night in one city? Do ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Balej | Star: Jirí Lábus

Votes: 321

48. Junk Head (2017)

115 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.6
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It is a real SF feature film used in stop motion technique.

Director: Takahide Hori | Star: Takahide Hori

Votes: 77

49. The Hunting of the Snark (2015)

65 min | Animation

7.4
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A group of strange individuals embark on a voyage with the aim of capturing 'The Snark'.

Director: Saranne Bensusan | Stars: Laurence Aldridge, Saranne Bensusan, Simon Fox, Shiraz Khan

Votes: 306

50. The Book of the Dead (2005)

Not Rated | 70 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

6.8
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The story takes place as Buddhism is being introduced to Japan from China. Iratsume, a woman of noble descent, one night sees a luminous vision that she believes to be the Buddha, ... See full summary »

Director: Kihachiro Kawamoto | Stars: Kyôko Kishida, Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Rie Miyazawa

Votes: 198



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