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140 Essential Animated Movies According to Rotten Tomatoes

How did we decide on the "Essential" 140? We looked at reviews, other "best of" lists, cultural impact, and applied some editorial discretion. They didn't have to just be good – in fact, some are not so Fresh at all! – but they had to play a part in the history of the medium. These are the movies that have been passed on for generations, no matter how much style and artistic tastes change year-to-year. They're the ones that parents and kids watch together, frequently becoming part of the family tradition. They're the movies that pushed animation forward, and that inspire people to pick up the pen, pencil, or stylus and try to make their own mark in history with their own colorful stories.
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required scores: 1, 41, 56, 66, 85 

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Redline (2009)
Redline (2009)
2
The Thief and the Cobbler (1993)
The Thief and the Cobbler (1993)
3
Monster House (2006)
Monster House (2006)
4
Anastasia (1997)
Anastasia (1997)
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5
Paranorman (2012)
Paranorman (2012)
6
Tekkonkinkreet (2006)
Tekkonkinkreet (2006)
7
Tower (2016)
Tower (2016)
8
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
9
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999)
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999)
10
Fritz the Cat (1972)
Fritz the Cat (1972)
11
Antz (1998)
Antz (1998)
12
Shrek 2 (2004)
Shrek 2 (2004)
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13
Wizards (1977)
Wizards (1977)
14
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
15
Metropolis (2001)
Metropolis (2001)
16
The Peanuts Movie (2015)
The Peanuts Movie (2015)
17
A Bug's Life (1998)
A Bug's Life (1998)
18
Big Hero 6 (2014)
Big Hero 6 (2014)
19
Heavy Metal (1981)
Heavy Metal (1981)
20
Wolf Children (2012)
Wolf Children (2012)
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21
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
22
The Last Unicorn (1982)
The Last Unicorn (1982)
23
My Life as a Zucchini (2016)
My Life as a Zucchini (2016)
24
Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
25
Happy Feet (2006)
Happy Feet (2006)
26
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
27
Ice Age (2002)
Ice Age (2002)
28
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
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29
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
30
Brave (2012)
Brave (2012)
31
Waking Life (2001)
Waking Life (2001)
32
Peter Pan (1953)
Peter Pan (1953)
33
My Dog Tulip (2009)
My Dog Tulip (2009)
34
Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018)
Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018)
35
Long Way North (2015)
Long Way North (2015)
36
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
37
Despicable Me (2010)
Despicable Me (2010)
38
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
39
Hercules (1997)
Hercules (1997)
40
The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)
The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)
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