Animated movies are not just for kids. These movies have the power to make you laugh and weep in moments. We have compiled a list of Best Animated Movies In 30 Years.
Best Animated Movies In 30 Years | Part-I :
When a green ogre named Shrek discovers his swamp has been ‘swamped’ with all sorts of fairytale creatures by the scheming Lord Farquaad, Shrek sets out with a very loud donkey by his side to ‘persuade’ Farquaad to give Shrek his swamp back.
Instead, a deal is made. Farquaad, who wants to become the King, sends Shrek to rescue Princess Fiona, who is awaiting her true love in a tower guarded by a fire-breathing dragon.
But once they head back with Fiona, it starts to become apparent that not only does Shrek, an ugly ogre, begin to fall in love with the lovely princess, but Fiona is also hiding a huge secret.
Released: 18 May 2001
Runtime: 90 min
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Director: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Writer: William Steig (based upon the book by), Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman, Roger S.H. Schulman, Cody Cameron (additional dialogue), Chris Miller (additional dialogue), Conrad Vernon (additional dialogue)
Actors: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
10-year-old Chihiro and her parents are riding along during a family outing through the countryside when they stumble across an amusement park that has seemingly been abandoned for years.
Despite Chihiro’s premonitions about the creepy setting, her parents explore the area and eventually discover and indulge in an empty eatery filled with fresh food. As a result of their unfaithfulness, they are magically turned into pigs, which in turn scares away Chihiro.
She meets the enigmatic Haku, who explains to her that this land is actually a magical bathhouse, a kind of holiday resort, where supernatural beings seek comfort away from the earthly realm, and she must work here, as laziness is not permitted, to free both herself and her parents from the mystical land.
Released: 28 Mar 2003
Runtime: 125 min
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Writer: Hayao Miyazaki
Actors: Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takashi Naitô
Rotten Tomatoes 97%
In UP, septuagenarian Carl Fredricksen (voiced by Ed Asner) and his wife Ellie had a shared dream since childhood: to visit exotic Paradise Falls in South America, a place the once-famous explorer Charles Muntz (Christopher Plummer) claimed was the most beautiful in the world.
After Ellie dies, Carl decides to make his beloved late wife’s dream come true and unveils hundreds of helium balloons to fly his house to Paradise Falls. Unbeknownst to Carl, a young Wildlife Explorer scout named Russell (Justin Nagai) is along for the ride.
When they finally arrive, the odd couple discovers that Muntz is more interested in killing an elusive rare bird than living in paradise.
Released: 29 May 2009
Runtime: 96 min
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Director: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson (co-director)
Writer: Pete Docter (story by), Bob Peterson (story by), Tom McCarthy (story by), Bob Peterson (screenplay by), Pete Docter (screenplay by)
Actors: Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, Bob Peterson
Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
It’s late in the third millennium, and Earth has become an uninhabitable wasteland with nothing able to grow. Several hundred years earlier, a corporation called Buy-N-Large shipped all humans off the planet to live on starships, thus bidding their time until Earth is able to regenerate itself into an inhabitable planet.
They also left WALL·E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter: Earth-Class) robots on Earth to clean up and compact all the industrial waste. Only one WALL·E remains, which has gained emotions and the ability to feel. In order to survive emotionally, WALL·E uses whatever it can find as touchstones to past life on Earth.
Despite their initial antagonistic encounter, WALL·E befriends an EVE (Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator), a droid sent from the mother ship, Axiom, like a sensor to gauge if life has regenerated on Earth.
Not knowing about EVE’s mission, WALL·E is surprised by EVE’s interest in a small seedling WALL·E previously found and brought back to its makeshift abode. With EVE needing to take the seedling back to Axiom, WALL·E, not wanting to lose its new friend, hitches a ride as a stowaway to Axiom.
A combination of WALL·E making it back to Axiom and EVE bringing back the seedling leads to risk to both their survival, as AUTO, the automated pilot manning Axiom, has its own agenda against the recolonization of Earth.
Released: 27 June 2008
Runtime: 98 min
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Director: Andrew Stanton
Writer: Andrew Stanton (original story by), Pete Docter (original story by), Andrew Stanton (screenplay by), Jim Reardon (screenplay by)
Actors: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
RATATOUILLE follows the culinary adventures of Remy (voiced by comedian Patton Oswalt), a unique rat who can’t stomach eating garbage. He wants the good stuff — truffle oil and fine artisan cheeses — which brands him the snobby black sheep of his crew.
After Remy’s family is driven from their habitat by a gun-toting grandma, he emerges onto the streets of Paris, where he’s visited by the ghost of renowned, recently deceased uber-chef Gusteau (Brad Garrett), who was famous for the populist saying “Anyone can cook”.
Remy is drawn to Gusteau’s now three-star restaurant (it lost a star after Gusteau died), where he feels right at home … before being sighted and nearly killed by flying knives. Remy, quick with the spices, saves young kitchen helper Linguini (Lou Romano) from ruining the soup of the day, and the two forms an odd-couple bond.
From then on, Remy becomes part Mister Miyagi, part puppeteer as he helps Linguini cook up delicious specials that put Gusteau’s back on the culinary map. But as Linguini soaks in his new fame as the chef du jour, Remy grows increasingly bitter that someone else is taking credit for his recipes.
The film’s nemeses are Gusteau’s new head chef — an angry little dictator (Ian Holm) who wants to make millions selling a line of prepackaged frozen foods — and Anton Ego (Peter O’Toole), a food critic who loves writing negative reviews.
Language: English, French
Released: 29 June 2007
Runtime: 111 min
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Director: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava(co-director)
Writer: Brad Bird (screenwriter), Jan Pinkava (original story by), Jim Capobianco (original story by), Brad Bird (original story by), Emily Cook (additional story material)
Actors: Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Lou Romano, Brian Dennehy
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
The story follows the adventures of the toys who belong to a boy named Andy. His favorite is a sheriff from the Old West named Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), who acts as the leader of the rest of Andy’s toys — including a skittish Tyrannosaurus Rex (Wallace Shawn) and Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles).
All is going well until Andy gets a very special birthday present: a toy spaceman named Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen). Woody gets jealous, and, in an effort to keep Andy from taking Buzz with him on an excursion, accidentally knocks Buzz out the window.
Feeling very bad about what he’s done, Woody follows, determined to bring Buzz back home to Andy before the family moves to its new house.
Released: 22 November 1995
Runtime: 81 min
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Director: John Lasseter
Writer: John Lasseter (original story by), Pete Docter (original story by), Andrew Stanton (original story by), Joe Ranft (original story by), Joss Whedon (screenplay by), Andrew Stanton (screenplay by), Joel Cohen (screenplay by), Alec Sokolow (screenplay by)
Actors: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
This concludes our list of Best Animated Movies In 30 Years [Part-I]. Which one is your favorite, do let us know in the comments below?