TimeOut's 100 best animated films, as chosen by famous animators

Chances are the first movie you ever saw was animation. Exuberant, colorful and full of wonder, animation is the stuff of childhood. It introduces us to the magic of cinema, and there’s no doubt that, as we researched the 100 best animated movies of all time, the nostalgia factor was overwhelming.

Then again, as we polled over 100 experts in the field—from directors like Fantastic Mr. Fox’s Wes Anderson, Ice Age and Rio’s Carlos Saldanha, Wallace & Gromit’s Nick Park, to critics and hardcore fans alike—it became clear that animation doesn’t just mean kids' and family movies. Worldwide innovators have adapted the form to include action, politics, race and sex. Animation has grown up, sometimes uneasily, right before our eyes.

We…

  • Pinocchio

    1

  • Spirited Away

    2

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    3

  • Toy Story

    4

  • The Incredibles

    5

  • Dumbo

    6

  • The Iron Giant

    7

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    8

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas

    9

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox

    10

  • Yellow Submarine

    11

  • Alice

    12

  • Fantasia

    13

  • Akira

    14

  • Grave of the Fireflies

    15

  • It's Such a Beautiful Day

    16

  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

    17

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    18

  • Ratatouille

    19

  • Up

    20

  • Fantastic Planet

    21

  • The Triplets of Belleville

    22

  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians

    23

  • Bambi

    24

  • Persepolis

    25

  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

    26

  • Watership Down

    27

  • Princess Mononoke

    28

  • The Jungle Book

    29

  • Toy Story 2

    30

  • Finding Nemo

    31

  • Toy Story 3

    32

  • Beauty and the Beast

    33

  • The Adventures of Prince Achmed

    34

  • Chicken Run

    35

  • WALL·E

    36

  • How to Train Your Dragon

    37

  • Consuming Spirits

    38

  • Waking Life

    39

  • When the Wind Blows

    40

  • The Secret of NIMH

    41

  • Mary and Max

    42

  • Cinderella

    43

  • The Little Mermaid

    44

  • Monsters, Inc.

    45

  • Waltz with Bashir

    46

  • Allegro Non Troppo

    47

  • Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro

    48

  • The Lego Movie

    49

  • Fritz the Cat

    50

  • Sita Sings the Blues

    51

  • Tokyo Godfathers

    52

  • Mind Game

    53

  • Tangled

    54

  • Whisper of the Heart

    55

  • Wreck-It Ralph

    56

  • Lady and the Tramp

    57

  • The Illusionist

    58

  • Animal Farm

    59

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    60

  • Only Yesterday

    61

  • No. 12: Heaven and Earth Magic

    62

  • Jason and the Argonauts

    63

  • King Kong

    64

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    65

  • Sleeping Beauty

    66

  • Frozen

    67

  • Aladdin

    68

  • Porco Rosso

    69

  • Pom Poko

    70

  • Rango

    71

  • The Lion King

    72

  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

    73

  • Heavy Traffic

    74

  • Paprika

    75

  • Coraline

    76

  • Faust

    77

  • Kung Fu Panda

    78

  • The King and the Mockingbird

    79

  • The Lord of the Rings

    80

  • Robin Hood

    81

  • Alice in Wonderland

    82

  • Ghost in the Shell

    83

  • Castle in the Sky

    84

  • Coonskin

    85

  • The Tale of the Fox

    86

  • The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie

    87

  • Ernest & Celestine

    88

  • ParaNorman

    89

  • Goodbye Mr. Christie

    90

  • Gulliver's Travels

    91

  • James and the Giant Peach

    92

  • Kirikou and the Sorceress

    93

  • Night on the Galactic Railroad

    94

  • Little Otik

    95

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    96

  • Perfect Blue

    97

  • Son of the White Mare

    98

  • Millennium Actress

    99

  • Peter Pan

    100