We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 animal movies from 2000-2010. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Ratatouille (2007) 96% at Rotten Tomatoes
Rats aren’t exactly appetizing, but Remy dreams of being a chef at a fancy restaurant. So he rises from the sewers and teams with a young cook to make amazing dishes and appease a discerning critic. He’s inspired by the great chef Auguste Gusteau to make a fine ratatouille that’s a hit with the entire city of Paris.
Director: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava
Starring: Patton Oswalt, Brad Garrett, Ian Holm
9. Horton Hears a Who (2008) 79% at Rotten Tomatoes
When Horton hears a voice on a dandelion, he agrees to protect the Whos living in Whoville on it. Unfortunately, nobody in his neighborhood agrees with him, and it’s determined he’s crazy. Still, he believes in the good of all people, no matter how small, and inevitably triumphs.
Director: Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino
Starring: Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett
8. Bolt (2008) 89% at Rotten Tomatoes
Bolt is a super dog with magical powers that always manage to save the day for his owner, Penny. Unfortunately, it’s just a TV show, and when he gets lost, he quickly learns from a streetwise cat named Mittens how much of a bubble he really lives in.
Director: Byron Howard, Chris Williams
Starring: John Travolta, Susie Essman, Miley Cyrus
7. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) 93% at Rotten Tomatoes
Mr. Fox doesn’t want to put his wild days behind him to be a father, so instead he plans one last raid on the dangerous farmers next door. His family is forced underground, where they meet other animals destroyed by the farmers. Now, he must fight against all odds to keep his family safe.
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray
6. Marley & Me (2008) 63% at Rotten Tomatoes
Dogs are truly man’s best friend, although Marley tests every boundary with newspaper writers John and Jennifer Grogan. From puppy to large, full-grown dog, Marley becomes the glue that holds the family together…until things get super sad.
Director: David Frankel
Starring: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane
5. Garfield: The Movie (2004) 15% at Rotten Tomatoes
When John Arbuckle brings home a dog named Odie, his cat Garfield isn’t happy. But when Odie is dognapped, Garfield leads the way to rescue him. This cinematic reincarnation of America’s favorite cat will have you smiling through the end.
Director: Peter Hewitt
Starring: Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Bill Murray
4. Dinosaur (2000) 65% at Rotten Tomatoes
A group of lemurs raise a young iguanodon after coming across his orphaned egg hatching. Years later, a giant meteor destroys their island home, and they’re forced to migrate with a herd of dinosaurs, fending off attacks from carnivores until they reach the fabled nesting grounds.
Director: Eric Leighton, Ralph Zondag
Starring: D.B. Sweeney, Julianna Margulies, Hayden Panettiere
3. Happy Feet (2006) 75% at Rotten Tomatoes
Emperor penguins find their mates using songs, which is hard on Mumble, who was born tone deaf and with no Heartsong. What he does have, however, is the ability to tap dance his way to a community who will ultimately accept him. The lesson being if you don’t like the community you live in – move.
Director: Harold Ramis
Starring: Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Elijah Wood
2. Finding Nemo (2003) 99% at Rotten Tomatoes
Marlin is neurotic about protecting his son Nemo, who wandered off the Great Barrier Reef into the open ocean. He’s joined by Dory, a blue tang with short-term memory loss, meeting a ton of undersea animals on his way to save his lost son.
Director: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
Starring: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Defoe
1. Cats & Dogs (2001) 53% at Rotten Tomatoes
Your cat is definitely trying to take over the world. Thankfully heroic dogs have an underground syndicate to protect the human race from those evil felines. Cats & Dogs is a timeless tale of the two animals competing to be our favorite pets.
Director: Lawrence Guterman
Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Toby Maguire, Elizabeth Perkins