Animated movies today entertain both kids and adults alike. They bring with them an emotional story, interesting characters and messages for both parents and children. Not to mention the fact that they are very entertaining. If you are looking to sit back and spend a weekend enjoying animated movies, you don’t need to look beyond this list. Although the prices of the products mentioned in the list given below have been updated as of 16th Jan 2021, the list itself may have changed since it was last published due to the launch of new products in the market since then.
One of the most important and influential animated films of all time, Akira burst onto the scene in the 80s and essentially changed how animation, as a genre, was looked at. Violent, kinetic, and ethereally beautiful, Akria tells the story of unchecked power and how it corrupts and destroys everything. The score is amazing and if you’re into animated movies, you cannot afford to give Akira a miss.
Another animated film that broke the mould was Ninja Scroll. Released in 1994, the film tells the tale of a wandering Ronin called Jubei who is dragged into a plot that revolves around the overthrowing of the Shogunate by the 8 devils of Kimon. The animation is incredible as the film portrays every sword swipe and strike with panache and style. The entire film is a standout when it comes to animation and you should definitely check it out.
Released in 1995, Ghost in the Shell has gone on to influence most cyberpunk and sci-fi culture that we see today. From films like The Matrix and even games like Cyberpunk 2077, Ghost in the Shell had a hand in the creation of every one of those properties. A pensive tale of a cyborg living in a futuristic Tokyo, Ghost in the Shell tells the story of Section 9, a high-tech, super-secret task force who deal with cybercrime in the future.
Studio Ghibli is one of the most prolific and exciting animation studios out there and with Princess Mononoke, they really blew the doors open. The film is not just an expression of art through animation but also through storytelling and music. It features the dual opposing forces of humans and nature and how they have to both co-exist with each other. Poignant and beautiful Princess Mononoke is a must-watch animated classic.
Another classic from Studio Ghibli, Spirited Away tells the story a young girl who wanders into a magical world of ghosts and demons and must survive using her wits and smarts. The film is a rich and beautiful animated feature with a strong story and imminently likeable heroine. Add to that the fantastic character designs and you’ve got a film that can be enjoyed by the whole family as it has something for kids as well as adults.
Before the Michael Bay disaster, the Transformers had a full animated feature released in 1986. It was a more adult-themed story with the utter destruction of Cybertron and the death of Optimus Prime ushering in a new line up of Autobots and Decepticons. If you’re a fan of the old school cartoons and toys, you should definitely check this film out.
One of the better DC animated features, All-Star Superman is based on the comic book of the same name written by comic book genius Grant Morrison and illustrated by the equally ingenious Frank Quietly. The story follows the last days of the Man of Steel as he battles his deadliest enemies and deals with the end of his life. It’s a heart-wrenching look at a superhero that has been loved for more than 75 years and it is the perfect end to the legend of Superman.
Another one from the DC archives, Return of the Joker saw the true sequel to Mask of the Phantasm in its tone and subject. Batman Beyond was one of the better DC TV shows, along with JLU and Batman:TAS and it spawned this film. We follow the Batman of the future, Terry McGinnis as he battles a resurrected Joker with help from an ageing Bruce Wayne.
A sort of retelling of the original Vampire Hunter D. Bloodlust feature some gorgeous animation along with some high-octane visceral action. Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, who is also for Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust follows D, a half-human, half-vampire Dunpeal who is contracted to hunt down the Prince of Darkness himself, Dracula. What follows is an animated action film like no other. You owe it to yourself to watch this movie.
Set in the amazing universe of the Matrix films, The Animatrix is a collection of animated shorts by some of the biggest names in animation. It’s a beautiful and sometimes depressing look at a world ravaged by war and horror. Standouts include the Second Renaissance and Beyond. These shorts are action-packed, thrilling and even a little sad and truly show off the medium of animation.
Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse is not only an origins story but also the story of multiple Spider-People coming together under one roof. The story of the movie is captivating, the visuals literally look like a comic book coming to life and the music score in the movie is one that will give you goosebumps. It has to be the best Spider-Man origin story we have seen to date.
Ever wondered why you feel all the emotions you feel? What if all these emotions are little people inside you pressing buttons to make you feel the way you do. It would explain a lot, wouldn't it? Well, that's what Inside Out is all about. The emotions inside us and how they work. This tale is filled with humour, some excellent animation and dialogues that will bring a smile to your face.
What happens when humanity leaves earth and forgets to switch off the last cleaning robot. The thought was far fetched when the movie Wall-E came out but seems quite plausible today. Wall-E is a love story between two robots and is so sweet, it will want you to cheer for every underdog out there when it comes to love stories. The movie is visually stunning, most of the conversation between the two robots is conveyed through expressions, and the music is one to touch your heart.
No animated movie list can be complete without Toy Story. We haven't picked a particular instalment from the franchise as all of them bring some flavour of learning to the table. What if toys came to life and dealt with, toy problems. Being disposed or worse, replaced with new toys. These dilemmas are used as metaphors for real-life problems and have a deep message for adults and young ones that watch the movies
What do you do when your loved one leaves you and you are left all alone? How will you fulfil the dreams you shared with your significant other? These and a lot more questions are answered in Up. The movie is a story of an old man who leaves comfort or rather carries his home with him up in the air on an adventure that takes him to new places and builds new relationships. Getting out of your comfort zone and dealing with challenges is the theme of the movie and it is represented very beautifully.
Considered as a technical marvel, this stop motion movie is a story every family can relate to. No one is perfect and sometimes all we want is to be loved and at other times all we want is to have things our way. At the end of the day every family has its issues and this magical family highlights these facts with a beautiful story told through the eyes of a young boy, Kubo who wants more than anything is to know his family.
Speaking of families, what happens when superheroes settle down? What happens when their kids have superpowers and don't know how to express themselves. What happens when superheroes are banned? All these and many more questions about family life are addressed in the Incredibles. The movie is an action-packed family adventure with a lot of laughs thrown into the mix.
If you think you are a misfit in the world then Ratatouille is the movie for you. A misfit rat who wants to be a chef and a misfit boy who wants to know his father. The magic that happens when the two are together will make your mouth water. The movie is about food, love and the bond of friendship. This one can entertain adults and younglings alike.
The bond between man and beast is one that has prevailed since the beginning of time. How to train your dragon is the origin story to that. A boy, who can’t slay a dragon, ends up making friends with the dragon and going on an adventure to save both the dragons and humans. A beautiful tale of an adventure that can lift spirits in an instant.
The journey of a docile father who leaves the comfort of his home to find his son is a story that every parent will be able to relate to. But the manner in which FInding Nemo presents itself is one that will make you cry, smile and of course tell your young ones to come straight home from school.
Funny, sarcastic and taking jabs at the Dark Knight is the best way to describe this Lego Batman Adventure. Looking beyond the cute lego design of the movie, this kids movie will appeal to adults as well. It has a punchline joke at every turn and mocks Batman’s life and decisions in a way that will have you laughing out loud a lot.
What if the scary monsters that frighten children aren’t bad. What if it's just their job to do that? What if, in fact they are afraid of the children? All these ideas are explored in this fun-filled animated movie, Monsters inc. The movie brings with it super cute visuals and jokes for kids and adults alike. A great watch on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Before Po achieved inner peace, and before he became the legendary dragon warrior he was a far panda who made noodle soup. The story of Kung Fu Panda is one we can all relate to. It’s the story of someone who wants to achieve his dream no matter what others tell him. He finds a way to push through and when he is down and out, his friends step in to help him make the journey. If there is one movie that will make you laugh out loud and bring tears to your eyes, it is Kung Fu Panda.
No animated movie list is complete without the Lion King. The movie is a classic and rightfully so. It taught us not to worry about a thing with Hakuna Matata and is a coming of age movie for anyone getting ready to face the world. It doesn’t matter if you are the son of a king. What matters is whether you are prepared to do the right thing. That’s the lesson the movie teaches and is a must-watch for every generation.
If you were a kid in the early ’90s then you undoubtedly have fond memories of Batman: The Animated Series. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm takes the same formula, cast of voice actors and style and presents it to viewers in the form of a feature-length film. A new villain is threatening Gotham City and it is up to the caped crusader, to save the day!