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Top 10 Animated Movies: 2000s

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Sean Harris. Because live-action just doesn’t look this good! Join as we count down our picks for the top 10 animated movies of the 2000s! For this list, we’ve looked at all animated films released within the decade, and have selected those that achieved the most success, were the most original, and advanced the animation industry furthest! Special thanks to our users fanatic, BTD, perryhigh, Greggory Ohannessian, Andrew White, mason carr, AndyAlan, Ramon Paolo Alfar, MrKlatez, Shawn Mark, Mikey Webb, Liam Murphy, Andrew A. Dennison and lenvallairdjr for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Script written by Sean Harris.

Top 10 Animated Movies of the 2000s

Because live-action just doesn’t look this good! Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 animated movies of the 2000s!

For this list, we’ve looked at all animated films released within the decade, and have selected those that achieved the most success, were the most original, and advanced the animation industry furthest! We’re only looking at feature length films however, so no shorts! This is part of a series of videos spanning the decades of animated movies from the 1920s to the 2000s.

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

It’s difficult to find a more loveably laughable pair in all of animation than these two! Originally created by Nick Park, the stop-motion characters are arguably the greatest thing that Great Britain has ever animated! Wallace and Gromit swapped their traditional short film format for a first-time feature-length when they took on the ‘Were-Rabbit’, but the quintessential Englishness wasn’t lost! A plot that revolves around a ‘Giant Vegetable Competition,’ it scooped the Oscar for Best Animated Feature itself. Cracking!

#9: “Ratatouille” (2007)

Pixar was an animation powerhouse in the 2000s, and “Ratatouille” was one of their finest works! As implied by its title, this movie’s about two things - a rodent and food. Traditionally, the kitchen and the critter don’t go hand in hand, but Remy’s determined not to spend his life in the sewers. He’s a gifted rat, with a highly developed sense of taste and smell - he just needs a platform from which to practice his talents! And a friend who can see past his fur and tail!

#8: “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009)

Bringing us our second helping of stop-motion, Wes Anderson delighted the 2009 cinema-goer with his adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” An all-star cast peppered with some of Anderson’s often-used and favorite talents is fronted by George Clooney, who plays the elusive title character. An enigmatic hero - unless you’re Boggis, Bunce or Bean - there are not enough superlatives to describe this animal or his movie. For the sake of ease (and alliteration!), ‘fantastic’ will do just fine!

#7: “Monsters, Inc.” (2001)

The Monsters are meant to be the bad guys, right? Wrong! This Pixar offering came early in the decade, setting a scary example for animators everywhere! Sulley is a serious scarer and Mike is a literal oddball, but the two are the best of buddies. They make a living out of making kids lose sleep, but they only do it ‘because they care’. With another huge array of characters, and another stylish script that has adults laughing along with kids, Pixar raised the bar even further with this film!

#6: “The Incredibles” (2004)

There’s a dysfunctional family, and then there’s this! “The Incredibles” appear every inch the normal ‘nuclear’ group... They go to work, go to school, they have dinner at the table... But there’s a skeleton in their closet, and it wears latex and a cape! All parents feel like superheroes, but these ones actually are! Forced by society to keep their powers under wraps, however, Bob and Helen Parr have almost forgotten the thrill of the fight... Almost, but not quite!

#5: “Shrek” (2001)

With Pixar emerging as animators extraordinaire at the start of this millennium, DreamWorks was under a little pressure to keep up. And “Shrek” was exactly what they needed! A picture that pooled all of our favorite fairy tales and rethought, restyled and retold them for the next generation - its scope was massive, as was its success! With Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz in the cast, and an ogre, a talking donkey and the three little pigs as characters, what was there not to like??

#4: “Spirited Away” (2001)

Another close rival of Pixar’s at the turn of the century was one Hayao Miyazaki! “Spirited Away” is perhaps the Japanese director’s most famous film, and it’s a movie that is consistently listed amongst the best and most important animated works of all time! Telling the story of ten-year-old Chihiro Ogino, there was a greater emphasis on hand-drawn traditional animation during her creation. This approach earned Miyazaki an Academy Award, as “Spirited Away” became the first anime movie to score at the Oscars!

#3: “WALL-E” (2008)

As an idea, it’s a little difficult to see how the folks at Pixar knew “WALL-E” would work... A lonely robot that communicates through body language and inhabits a wasteland Earth of the future, the premise is peculiar to say the least! However, the story of this adorable machine is one of the most heart-warming that Pixar has produced! Teaching everyone to value the environment, and inspiring everyone to try and mimic WALL-E’s robotic tones, it’s a movie programmed into our memories!

#2: “Finding Nemo” (2003)

Ever hear the proverb about the needle and the haystack? Well, this is that... plus water! Nemo is a clownfish with a sense for adventure, Nemo’s dad is a clownfish with a sense for stability... when the former is lost and the latter sets out to find him, so begins an animated tale that takes in half the ocean! Marlin and Dory are an unlikely partnership, but theirs is a journey that brings sea-life to the silver screen unlike anything else before! They ‘just keep swimming’, and Pixar just keep winning!

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
- “Kung Fu Panda” (2008)
- “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (2009)
- “Lilo & Stitch” (2002)
- “The Emperor’s New Groove” (2000)
- “Chicken Run” (2000)

#1: “Up” (2009)

Floating into first place, a story as magical as it is emotional! Carl and Ellie Fredricksen were soul mates, with a particular penchant for Paradise Falls. When Carl is forced to find the Falls alone however, he sets off on a journey that’s about way more than pure geography! “Up” has us crying with laughter one second, and simply crying the next! The idea may be crazy, but the characters are very real, and the now-famous montage is very, very sad! Rising above the rest, it’s our clear winner!

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