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Top 10 Animated Movies to Watch: Part 2

In our previous article, we shared some of our favorite animated movies. But it really looks like the list is very long and it should go on. So here, we present to you the second part of the list of best animated movies.

Over the years, the animation and the storyline for the animated movies has changed drastically. From being silly slapstick to actually having a fine proper story, the movies have become worth the watch for both kids and adults.

Let us see which the ten best animated movies are. For your information, this is our personal choice and is not based on any ratings or reviews, so you may or may not agree with it. Let’s start the list:

10. Kung-Fu Panda:

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called present.”

Director: John Stevenson, Mark Osborne
Production Company: Dreamworks Animation
Year: 2008
Duration: 92 Minutes
Language: English

Set in ancient China, Kung Fu Panda tells the story of a clumsy panda, Po, who helps his father to run the noodle shop. But, Po has always been very enthusiastic in martial arts, and wants to fight the mighty five warriors, consisting of Tigress, Monkey, Crane, Viper and Mantis, who are trained by Master Shifu.

Po gets mistaken for Dragon Warrior by Shifu, and he is trained by the mighty five, to fight a leopard who is after the dragon scroll. The movie is very beautiful, and a quote about past, present and history, has inspired many and is still popular till date. 

9. WALL-E:

“Ten seconds to self-destruct.”

Director: Andrew Stanton
Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios
Year: 2008
Duration: 97 Minutes
Language: English

WALL-E is set in the dystopian future of the 29th century, where the Earth has been deserted due to the negligence of humans that have also destroyed humanity, and the planet is now completely filled with trash and garbage. To clean up the garbage from the Earth, a megacorporation has sent robots, but all of them fail except one, and that is WALL-E.

One day, while doing his task, he meets an egg shaped robot named EVE, who was sent to scan if life on the Earth is possible or not. WALL-E and EVE start their friendship, and they together have an adventure where they fall in love.

8. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse:

“When I feel alone, like no one understands what I’m going through, I remember my friends who get it. I never thought I’d be able to do any of this stuff, but I can. Anyone can wear the mask. You could wear the mask.”

Director: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
Production Company: Columbia Pictures, Marvel Entertainment, Sony Pictures Animation, Arad Productions, Lord Miller Productions, Pascal Pictures
Year: 2018
Duration: 117 Minutes
Language: English

Well Loki is not the only one to have multiple variants across the universe. In Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, we get to see the various variants of Spider-Man. The movie tells the story of Miles Morales, who thinks that Spider-Man is a menace and hates him. But one day, he is bitten by a radioactive spider, and witnesses the death of Spider-Man by the hands of Kingpin.

Before dying, Spider-Man gives him a USB to save the city from destruction, and he is accompanied by other Spider-Man variants like Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy or Spider-Woman, Peni Parker, Peter Porker or Spider-Ham and Spider-Man Noir. Together they battle Kingpin to save the city from radioactive destruction. The movie is so nicely made that you will also feel like you are reading a comic, as the slapstick is placed so properly in the frames.

7. Onward:

“On a quest, the right way isn’t always the easy one.”

Director: Dan Scanlon
Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios
Year: 2020
Duration: 102 Minutes
Language: English

Ian and Barley are two elf brothers raised by a single mother, Laurel. Their father died shortly before Ian’s birth, and before dying he gave Laurel a magic staff, rare phoenix gem and a spell that can resurrect him for a single day. On Ian’s 16th birthday, Laurel gifts them to the boys so that Ian can see his father for at least a day.

But things turn nasty when Ian interrupts Barley, and only half of the father’s body is resurrected and the two brothers go on a quest to get the gem that can help resurrect the full body, with the help and belief in magic, which has become extinct. The final scene of the movie is very emotional and we are pretty sure that you will shed some tears.

6. Beauty and the Beast

“Tale as old as time, true as it can be, barely even friends, then somebody bends unexpectedly…”

Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures, Silver Screen Partners
Year: 1991
Duration: 84 Minutes
Language: English

A handsome young prince is cursed by an enchantress for disrespecting her and to break the ego of the prince, she turns him into a ugly hideous beast, who isolates himself from the rest of the world in his big palace.

After a few years, a beautiful girl named Belle, is introduced, who lives with her father. While travelling somewhere, Belle’s father accidentally steps inside Beast’s mansion, and he is trapped by Beast. When Belle gets to know this, she goes to rescue her father, and instead traps herself. She slowly and steadily gets closer to Beast and starts to change him, and her love breaks the curse of the enchantress. Although an animation, the love story is so beautiful that till date, it has been interpreted in various forms.

5. Spirited Away:

“Once you’ve met someone you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return.”

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Production Company: Studio Ghibli
Year: 2001
Duration: 125 Minutes
Language: Japanese

Chihiro, a young girl moves to a new town with her parents, but an unfortunate event leads them to trouble, where her parents are turned into pigs. She lands in the mystical bath house, accompanied by Haru, a young boy who helps her to escape. Instead, she gets trapped in the bathhouse by the witch, Yubaba, who is the owner of that place.

Now to free her parents, Chihiro pleads with Yubaba to work in the bathhouse, and her name is changed to Sen. Sen, with the help of other creatures, sets out on an adventure that makes her realize and discover a lot of hidden truth in that land. The movie is so beautiful, and it has showcased the Japanese culture so beautifully that you will feel like watching the movie for the first time again and again.

4. Ratatouille:

“Anyone can cook, but only the fearless can be great.”

Director: Brad Bird
Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios
Year: 2007
Duration: 111 Minutes
Language: English

Remy, a young rat who wants to be a chef like late Auguste Gusteau, lives with his family and other rats in a sewer, where they only go and hunt for food. But things take a turn when the rats are forced to evacuate, and Remy lands in a restaurant, in the city of Paris.

Remy befriends a boy, Alfredo Linguini, who works in that restaurant and is not happy because he usually ruins the food. Remy hides in his chef hat and helps him cook the most delicious food without anyone noticing. This beautiful tale of friendship between a boy and a rat will definitely warm your heart, and you will also want to be a chef after this maybe.

3. Brother Bear:

“Brother bear, I let you, you trusted me, believed in me and I let you down…”

Director: Aaron Blaise, Robert Walker
Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures
Year: 2003
Duration: 85 Minutes
Language: English

Kenai, a local boy in the village of Alaska, gets a totem which symbolizes the ‘love of bear’. But bears are considered to be vicious and nasty, and when Kenai and his two elder brothers encounter a bear, they kill her, without knowing that the bear has a son, Koda. After killing her, Kenai is cursed and he turns into a bear.

Koda is a happy go lucky young bear, who has no idea that his mother is dead. Kenai, like an elder brother, starts to treat Koda with love and affection, and they create a brotherly bond. However after being close to Koda, Kenai realizes that he made a very big mistake by killing his mother, and now he has to tell Koda the truth, and face the reality. Brother Bear is a very emotional and beautifully written movie, and it will melt your heart.

2. Your Name:

“There’s no way we could meet. But one thing is certain. If we see each other, we’ll know. That you were the one who was inside me. That I was the one who was inside you.”

Director: Makoto Shinkai
Production Company: CoMix Wave Films
Year: 2016
Duration: 107 Minutes
Language: Japanese

Mitsuha and Taki are two high school students who live very far from each other in Japan. Mitsuha lives in a village called Itomori, while Taki attends school and works in Tokyo. The two individuals are tied to each other when they start to exchange their bodies, unbeknown to their knowledge. Both of them start to be friends although they have never seen each other and help each other.

One day, Taki decides to visit Mitsuha with his friends, just to discover that she died a few years ago, when a comet crashed on Itomori leaving the village completely destroyed, and all the people living there. Taki, now anyhow decides to save Itomori due to his love for Mitsuha, and he sets out on a journey to save the village from destruction. The animation of this movie is so good that every frame can be a wallpaper, and like I said for Spirited Away, you will want to watch this movie again and again for the first time.

1. The Lion King:

“The great kings of the past look down on us from those stars.”

Director: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures
Year: 1994
Duration: 88 Minutes
Language: English

Pride Rock, a land in Africa, is ruled by the lion king Mufasa and his wife Sarabi. They give birth to Simba, a young lion cub, who is going to be the next king of Pride Rock. Mufasa’s jealous brother, Scar, wants to take the throne, but as he is evil, Mufasa doesn’t let him do that. But Scar plans to kill Mufasa and Simba, so that only he can remain, and tragically kills Mufasa in front of Simba, and later blames Simba for his death. Simba is forced to run away from there, and meets Timon and Pumbaa, a meerkat and a warthog respectively.

As time passes by, Simba grows up with Timon and Pumbaa, and dreams of Mufasa, who tells him to go back to Pride Rock and get back his crown. Upon reaching there, he realizes that Scar had tricked him and the condition of Pride Rock is very bad. Now, Simba avenges the death of his father with Scar.  “Hakuna Matata” will be the anthem after you finish watching this movie, and it is going to inspire you a lot.

So, these are our other ten favorite animated movies. Do watch it and let us know what you think.

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