Top 10 Animated Movies to Watch as a Family

Script written by Niki Neptune There are some animated family movies that aren't just cute, they're game changing. Join WatchMojo.com down our picks for the Top 10 Best Animated Movies to Watch as a Family. For this list, we're looking at those animated films that were intended for families to watch as a group. Crafting the perfect family film often means balancing what kids expect, with enough winks to the adult sensibilities and interests to keep parents interested. These films don't just find the perfect balance; they do a handstand on it. However, we're excluding live-action family films, as those have their own list. Head over to WatchMojo.comsuggest to submit your ideas for our next video!
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Script written by Niki Neptune

Top 10 Animated Movies to Watch as a Family


There are some animated family movies that aren't just cute, they're game changing. Join WatchMojo.com down our picks for the Top 10 Best Animated Movies to Watch as a Family.

For this list, we’re looking at those animated films that were intended for families towatch as a group. Crafting the perfect family film often means balancing what kids expect, with enough winks to the adult sensibilities and interests to keep parents interested. These films don’t just find the perfect balance; they do a handstand on it. However, we’re excluding live-action family films, as those have their own list.

#10: “Beauty and the Beast” (1991)

In this Disney classic, a beautiful young bookworm finds herself as the permanent houseguest of a cursed prince. Doomed to live his life as a beast unless he can find someone to love him, the prince spends his days sulking and basically kidnapping lost travelers. Eventually, the beast and his prisoner seemingly fall for each other, but not before the town meathead makes a mess of their romance. Kids can get their cutesy feel goods from the talking household dinnerware, and adults can relate to the beast’s cynicism and chronic unhappiness. Plus, the songs are pretty catchy. It’s fun for the whole family.

#9: “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” (2005)

This stop-motion animated flick follows the adventures of a silly inventor named Wallace and his significantly smarter, albeit silent, dog named Gromit. Together, the run a pest control business in a small village that’s preparing for a vegetable competition. One of Wallace’s inventions goes awry, causing him to transform into a humongous Were-Rabbit whenever the full moon approaches. This is doubly complicated by the fact that Wallace and Gromit have been tasked by the townspeople with capturing the beast before the vegetable competition. It’s a fun claymation comedy that manages to be both witty and lighthearted, while remaining delightfully British.

#8: “The LEGO Movie” (2014)

Much in the same way that Legos may’ve been intended for kids but ended up being obsessed over by adults, this smash hit sorta took everyone by surprise. The story occurs mainly in the Lego universe and tells the story of Emmet, a hapless construction worker who inadvertently winds up a hero. He’s up against a micromanaging villain who doesn’t really approve of folks in the Lego universe living life on their own terms. From beginning to end, the film is jam packed with nods to adults, and since Legos have been around for almost a century, it’s a toy that appeals to kids of all ages. Even on Taco Tuesdays.

#7: “Up” (2009)

While the first 10 minutes are probably some of the most poignant and gut-wrenchingly depressing moments in animation history, the film makes up for it later with some lively action. It follows an elderly widower named Carl, who has decided that he’s finally going to live out his departed wife’s life-long wish. His plan involves attaching a crap-load of balloons to his house and steering it to the South America. Naturally, a helpful but annoying Wilderness Explorer has stowed away in his house and, needless to say, it complicates things a tad. Although this computer-animated flick was definitely made for kid, there’s enough maturity in the film to keep the adults engaged, and that’s not just because the protagonist is pushing ninety.

#6: “How to Train Your Dragon 2” (2014)

This sequel to the 2010 DreamWorks original may’ve had the groundwork set in the first film, but it didn’t fail to deliver on its own. Following up on the adventures of Hiccup and his beloved dragon Toothless, the story is set five years later, and Hiccup has made the leap from boy to man. However, the pair and their village are up against a dangerous conqueror who has his own army of fearsome dragons. As fun as the dragons are, the film itself deals with some pretty adult themes like death, loss and betrayal, as Hiccup also must deal with confronting his long-lost mother. It’s an emotional roller coaster for everyone.

#5: “The Incredibles” (2004)

Most adults probably can’t relate to being superheroes, but there are more than a few messages that resonated in this Pixar hit. Years after “supers” have been forced into retirement by the general public, Bob Parr, aka “Mr. Incredible,” and his family have settled into a mundane suburban life. Fighting bad guys has been replaced with trying to remain low-key, and his super family is struggling to make it work, until they find themselves caught up in an epic battle with a new generation of bad guy. Incredibly witty and sharp, the movie is also just a lot of fun. And that’s something both kids AND adults want out of life.

#4: “Shrek” (2001)

This computer-generated comedy featured the vocal stylings of Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy, along with enough nods to the adults that you’d think the kids were an afterthought. The film tells the story of an ogre who’s tasked with saving a princess from her castle prison and uniting her with a power-hungry lord who seeks a kingdom. As it turns out, Shrek and the princess fall in love, but their romance is not without its complications; there are misunderstandings and a wedding that has to be interrupted. And through it all, there’s an abundance of jokes that kids won’t get until they’re much, much older.

#3: “Finding Nemo” (2003)

Losing your child is probably every parent’s worst nightmare, so when it happens to an overprotective daddy fish, he leaves no stone unturned – or in this case no oyster unopened – to find his son. After a barracuda attack destroys his family and spares only his son, a clownfish named Marlin becomes a hover-parent. When his son gets snatched away by humans, he goes on an adventure far outside of his comfort zone to get him back. He enlists the aid of a perpetually forgetful fish named Dory in his journey, while Nemo also tries to escape from his human captors and return to his father. In addition to being rapturously well animated, “Finding Nemo” tugs at the paternal heartstrings to no end.

#2: “The Lion King” (1994)

It’s one of those movies that sticks with kids well into adulthood. “The Lion King” is a Shakespearean tale of a young lion cub named Simba who witnesses his father’s death, but is tricked into believing that he was responsible by his scheming uncle, Scar. Simba runs away and matures into a carefree adult lion after being befriended by a happy-go-lucky meerkat and a warthog. When he reunites with a childhood friend, he realizes that his place is with his pride, and he must confront his evil uncle. Aside from the amazing storyline, the film deftly juggles moments of sincerity with the inanity that kids love. And let’s not forget that Mufasa’s death scene makes us want to hug our parents that much closer.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
- “Monsters, Inc.” (2001)
- “Chicken Run” (2000)
- “The Iron Giant” (1999)
- “ParaNorman” (2012)
- “Aladdin” (1992)
- “Ponyo” (2008)

#1: “Toy Story” (1995)

Growing up is a universal experience that parents and children can share, and this story tells that tale to both young and old equally well from the point of view of young Andy’s toys. The first ever feature-length film to be computer animated, and Pixar’s inaugural theatrical offering, “Toy Story” sees Sheriff Woody and his other toy pals’ lives disrupted by the arrival of the shiny new Buzz Lightyear. With fantastic voice performances, a great soundtrack and enough jokes that only adults will get, this fable full of fears, fun and friendship is enough to make any family laugh and cry together – and its sequels will do the same.

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