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Top 10 Most Romantic Animated Movies

VO: Emily Brayton WRITTEN BY: Victoria Toltesi
So this is love. For this list, we’re taking a look at animated flicks where love is the driving force behind the story. We won’t be talking about any anime films here since they deserve a list of their own. We’ll also be talking about major plot points, so this is your SPOILER ALERT! Our list includes “Corpse Bride,” “Shrek,” “WALL-E,” “Aladdin,” “Cinderella,” and more! Join MsMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Animated Romance Movies.

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Top 10 Animated Romance Movies

So this is love. Welcome to MsMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for Top 10 Animated Romance Movies.

For this list, we’re taking a look at animated flicks where love is the driving force behind the story. We won’t be talking about any anime films here since they deserve a list of their own. We’ll also be talking about major plot points, so this is your SPOILER ALERT!

#10: “Corpse Bride” (2005)

“Corpse Bride” further proved that stop-motion animation and the creativity of Tim Burton equal a match made in heaven. It’s a story of love, revenge, and murder wrapped up in a creepy package. There is also a love triangle when Victor accidentally proposes to Emily, who is dead, while practicing his vows to Victoria. It turns out that Emily was murdered by Lord Barkis, her fiancé, but he gets his comeuppance in the end. It’s not exactly your typical fairy tale ending, but Victor and Victoria are reunited and Emily finally gets peace. It’s morbid, but there is beauty in its twists and turns.

#9: “Shrek” (2001)

Shrek wasn’t looking for love; he was just an ogre who wanted to be alone in his swamp. Instead, he goes on a long adventure with a chatty donkey to rescue a princess for Lord Farquaad. Princess Fiona was desperately waiting for love and freedom, but didn’t expect an ogre to show up. Despite their differences, they fall in love and bond over the stranger things in life. When they have their first kiss, Fiona remains an ogre, which is a refreshing twist on the usual fairy tale ending. Even though this movie is satirical, its message is not. You can’t judge a book by its cover and love finds a way.

#8: “Up” (2009)

“Up” may not be labeled as a romance movie, but love touches every aspect of the story. Of course, the first 5 minutes are heartbreakingly beautiful with Carl and Ellie’s entire life together flashing before the screen. We see how they meet, their ups and downs, and we see Ellie’s death. Carl is left a hopeless and bitter old man until he almost loses their house and the memories he made with her there. He sets off on an adventure to fulfill Ellie’s dream of going to Paradise Falls with the help of Russell and thousands of balloons. This movie will make you feel all the emotions and it shows that true love never dies.

#7: “Thumbelina” (1994)

This is a pint-sized romance with a big heart. Thumbelina was grown out of love by her mother, but she is only the size of a thumb. She thought she was all alone in a big world until Prince Cornelius came riding in on a bumblebee. They sing, they dance, and they fall in love, but the moment doesn’t last long when Thumbelina is kidnapped by terrifying toads. The couple spend a long cold winter fighting to be together and Cornelius even freezes trying to find her. When spring comes, the lovers find each other, get married, and their love blossoms. Who doesn’t love a happy ending?

#6: “Cinderella” (1950)

Let’s just start off by saying the prince’s name in this story is Prince Charming, which shows how iconic the story has become. Cinderella is mistreated and abused by her step-family, but with courage, help from her furry friends, and little bit of magic, she goes to the royal ball. This sets up one of the most romantic meet-cutes in Disney history. Cinderella and Charming spend the night dancing and fall in love in the beautiful palace. After the magic wears off, they almost lose each other, but love and custom glass slippers win the day.

#5: “WALL-E” (2008)

This Pixar masterpiece proves that you don’t need a heart to fall in love. It’s no surprise that it won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. It manages to convey a love story with only a few words and focuses on the visuals instead. From the moment WALL-E meets EVE, he is completely dedicated to her. He protects her from the elements, he goes to space to find her, and he abandons his missions to help complete hers. We can all learn a thing or two about love from these robots.

#4: “The Book of Life” (2014)

Love triangles are already complicated enough, but they are pure chaos when deities place bets on the outcome. María, Manolo, and Joaquin are childhood friends, but emotions get complicated when they grow up. Manolo and Joaquin do everything they can to impress María, but in the end Manolo wins her heart. He is sensitive and it helps that he went to the Land of the Remembered for her. You can’t help but fall in love with the unique animation of the characters, who are designed after traditional wooden dolls from Mexico’s Day of the Dead.

#3: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937)

It has everything you love about a Disney movie: a prince, a princess, singing, and an evil queen. The Prince and Snow White don’t meet very often, but when they do, it’s magic. The movie also shows the love you get from friendship, as the seven dwarfs and the creatures of the forest become a family to Snow White. After she bites the poisoned apple, they chase the queen, guard her while she is cursed, and are overjoyed when the Prince wakes her. After their time apart and Snow’s near-death experience, the couple ride off into the sunset - something we’ll never get tired of seeing.

#2: “Aladdin” (1992)

Aladdin is a street rat and Jasmine is a princess, but they have a lot in common. They both feel trapped and do whatever they can to get free. The first time they meet, Jasmine is dressed as a commoner to get out of the palace, and later Aladdin dresses like a prince to get into the palace. Aladdin has a Genie at his disposal, but the only thing on his mind is Jasmine. He makes himself a Prince to be worthy of her, although wealth and titles mean nothing to her and she falls for the man underneath. Together, they make a whole new world.

Before we reveal our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

“Pocahontas” (1995)

“Anastasia” (1997)

“The Little Mermaid” (1989)

#1: “Beauty and the Beast” (1991)

For our number one pick, we went with a tale as old as time. A favorite from Disney's Renaissance era, it teaches us that true love is about what's on the inside. When Belle and Beast first meet, it isn’t an instant love connection. He’s bitter and angry after being cursed and Belle isn’t happy about being his prisoner. Over time, Beast learns to be human again and Belle sees the kind man within. Their mutual love and understanding set them both free after Beast’s curse is broken and Belle achieves the freedom to be herself, which is something she didn’t have in her village.

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