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Akira Image 1Today we debut a new annual post for this blog. I’ve posted my ever-updating Top 100 Games three years in a row and now its time that list was joined by one celebrating my other favourite thing; feature animation. I like to think I have a pretty broad understanding of the best animated films out there, I’ve seen every film made by Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks and a very wide range of pictures by other studios throughout history but I don’t claim to have seen every film ever made so if there’s a really great movie not on the list it’s possibly one that has never crossed my path. Either way my knowledge of mainstream American animation is pretty good. I’ll keep pursuing the medium’s history but for now these are my hundred favourite animated films. Click a link to read my review.

100. Porco Rosso

99. Corpse Bride

98. The Sword in the Stone

97. Lilo and Stitch

96. The Prince of Egypt

95. Fantasia

Fantasia Image 1It’s hailed as a classic and is undoubtedly innovative and very ahead of its time but I don’t rate Disney’s experimental blending of animation and classical music as much as others. The segments are just a little too hit and miss but it’s still a good film.

94. Bolt

93. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

92. Ice Age

91. Cars

90. The Fox and the Hound

The Fox and the Hound Image 1By contrast to Fantasia, The Fox and the Hound is often cited as a low point in the Disney canon. Again I disagree. It’s no masterpiece but it tackles some difficult subjects bravely, emulates Bambi‘s most famous scene in its opening sequence and ends with one of the great Disney climaxes. Three words; fox versus bear.

89. The Rescuers

88. Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest

87. Tales From Earthsea

86. The Rescuers Down Under

85. Rango

84. Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem

83. Dr Suess’ Horton Hears a Who!

82. Fantasia 2000

81. Tarzan

80. South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut

79. Rise of the Guardians

78. Arthur Christmas

77. Cinderella

76. Monster House

Monster House Image 1There’s just something about horror that seems to bring the best out of animators. This film, one of the best examples of motion capture animation looks a little low-rent on the surface but unfolds a surprising story with layers. 2006 was not a vintage year for animation but this was the year’s best effort.

75. Antz

74. Waltz with Bashir

73. The Aristocats

72. Alice in Wonderland

71. James and the Giant Peach

70. Kung Fu Panda 2

69. The Emperor’s New Groove

68. Belleville Rendez-vous

67. The Jungle Book

66. Sleeping Beauty

65. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

64. Chicken Run

63. Hercules

62. The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

61. A Bug’s Life

A Bug's Life Image 1In 1998 Pixar’s second feature went toe-to-toe with Dreamworks’ Antz. At the time many critics favoured Antz‘s grown-up approach but A Bug’s Life has aged much better. This simple tale of an ant setting out to enlist tough bugs to defend his colony from villainous grasshoppers raises a smile with its colourful characters every time.

60. Frankenweenie

59. Laputa: Castle in the Sky

58. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

57. Winnie the Pooh

56. The Great Mouse Detective

55. Brave

54. Kiki’s Delivery Service

Kiki's Delivery Service Image 1This offering from Studio Ghibli not only tells a heart-warming story about a young witch’s attempt to make it in an oceanside city but also explores themes of childhood depression. The shades of light and dark compliment the beautiful visuals very well and you can’t help but get caught up in the film’s exuberant spirit.

53. Shrek 2

52. Arrietty

51. Kung Fu Panda

50. Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit

49. Metropolis

48. The Princess and the Frog

The Princess and the Frog Image 1When in doubt make a Princess movie. This philosophy should be ingrained on everyone at Disney as films like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and The Little Mermaid have been some of the most important in the studio’s history. The same thing happened with The Princess and the Frog which returned the studio to its roots and put them back on track after losing their way in the new Millennium.

47. Monsters Inc.

46. Lady and the Tramp

45. When the Wind Blows

44. 101 Dalmatians

43. Mulan

42. The Castle of Cagliostro

41. An American Tail

40. Fantastic Mr Fox

39. Ponyo

38. The Incredibles

37. Howl’s Moving Castle

36. Pinocchio

35. The Iron Giant

34. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

33. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Ghost in the Shell 2 - Innocence Image 1This sequel to one of the best animated films ever is talky, introspective and difficult to follow but if you can stomach that it’s quite a thing to behold. Astonishing visuals and deep ponderings about consciousness and being mix with some labyrinthine storytelling to great effect.

32. The Lion King

31. How to Train Your Dragon

30. Shrek

29. My Neighbour Totoro

28. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

27. The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Image 1By my reckoning Disney’s most underrated film. This musical adaptation of the darkly tragic novel by Victor Hugo successfully translates the story into something child-friendly. But it’s still one of Disney’s darkest films made memorable by some of the studio’s best characters and easily its nastiest villain.

26. Up

25. Ratatouille

24. Peter Pan

23. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

22. The Little Mermaid

21. Robin Hood

20. Watership Down

19. Finding Nemo

18. Grave of the Fireflies

17. The Nightmare Before Christmas

16. Dumbo

15. Toy Story 2

Toy Story 2 Image 1This is the film that makes grown men cry over an abandoned cowgirl doll. One of the best sequels ever made Toy Story 2 proved not only that the original film was no fluke but that Pixar were seriously talented. It’s mixture of hilarity and heart-rending pathos is hard to resist.

14. Spirited Away

13. Wall•E

12. Bambi

11. Aladdin

10. ParaNorman

9. Tangled

8. Toy Story

7. Ghost in the Shell

6. Beauty and the Beast

5. Akira

Akira Image 2This 1988 adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s extraordinary manga is a film that lives long in the memory. The story of a motorcycle gang member in a bleak future Tokyo developing uncontrollable psychic powers is unremittingly violent and boldly stylish. An iconic film by every measure.

4. Toy Story 3

3. Princess Mononoke

2. The Secret of Kells

1. Coraline