We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 cartoon movies from 1990-2000. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) 94% at Rotten Tomatoes
Jack Skellington is the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, but he’s bored with the typical scares of the holiday. Instead, he dreams of something different and stumbles upon Christmas Town, determined to reshape Halloween Town in its mold. Unfortunately, he’s not very good at it and must learn the spirit of both holidays.
Director: Henry Selick
Starring: Danny Elfman, Catherine O’Hara, Chris Sarandon
9. FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992) 67% at Rotten Tomatoes
The fairies of FernGully lived in peace for years, but humans are on a path of destruction through the jungle with their woodcutting machines. Now fairy Crysta must partner with Zak, a human she shrunk down to fairy size, in order to save their species and way of life.
Director: Bill Kroyer
Starring: Samantha Mathis, Christian Slater, Tim Curry
8. Beavis and Butt-head Do America (1996) 72% at Rotten Tomatoes
Beavis and Butt-head’s beloved television is stolen, so they embark on a cross-country journey to get it back. On the way, they meet a colorful cast of characters who make the adventure more epic. It’s the epitome of everything that was popular in the 90s, and check South Park below for another reference to the duo.
Director: Mike Judge, Mike de Seve, Brian Mulroney, Yvette Kaplan
Starring: Mike Judge, Bruce Willis, Demi Morore
7. Aladdin (1992) 94% at Rotten Tomatoes
When Princess Jasmine decides she’s tired of being a royal, she takes to the streets in disguise and meets street urchin Aladdin. Aladdin is arrested and tricked by Jafar, the Sultan’s adviser, into stealing a magical lamp, which contains a genie with the power to make all his dreams come true.
Director: Ron Clements, John Musker
Starring: Robin Williams, Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin
6. A Goofy Movie (1995) 53% at Rotten Tomatoes
Max tells his crush that he knows a rock star named PowerLine, gets in trouble at school trying to prove it, and ends up on a cross-country fishing trip with his dad, Goofy. Max has other plans, though, and tries rerouting them to a concert in L.A., which doesn’t make Goofy happy.
Director: Kevin Lima
Starring: Bill Farmer, Jim Cummings, Jason Marsden
5. Ghost in the Shell (1995) 96% at Rotten Tomatoes
In the year 2029, cybernetic technology is commonplace, and most humans are robotic hybrids. When a talented programmer begins hacking into people’s brains, an assault-team leader must hunt it down and stop it. But the lines between good and evil are the in the eyes of the beholder.
Director: Mamoru Oshii
Starring: Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Akio Otsuka
4. Jetsons: The Movie (1990) 21% at Rotten Tomatoes
George Jetson uproots his family to relocate to an ore asteroid for a promotion with Spacely Enterprises. Everyone is hesitant at first, but soon Judy, Jan, and Elroy are all fitting in. It’s short-lived, however, as there’s a resistance movement trying to save the alien planet from being strip-mined and destroyed by the evil corporation.
Director: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Starring: Mel Blanc, Penny Singleton, George O’Hanlon
3. A Bug’s Life (1998) 92% at Rotten Tomatoes
Flik is a misfit inventor who believes there’s a better way to harvest food, but he accidentally destroys most of the supply. The ant colony is forced to give most of it to the evil grasshoppers, led by Hopper, and he’s not happy they failed to deliver. Now he must lead a resistance against the grasshoppers for the survival of the colony.
Director: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton
Starring: Dave Foley, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hayden Panettiere
2. South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut (1999) 81% at Rotten Tomatoes
Four boys from Colorado watch an R-rated movie starring their idols Terrence and Philip (a Canadian Beavis and Butt-head). It leads to them all swearing, so Kyle’s mom leads an anti-Canadian movement reminiscent of today’s #MAGA movement. It’s the antithesis of Disney musicals with much catchier tunes.
Director: Trey Parker
Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman
1. The Iron Giant (1999) 96% at Rotten Tomatoes
Nine-year old Hogarth Hughes makes friends with a giant alien robot (Diesel, though don’t hold that against the movie) while a government agency does everything in its power to kill him. Despite being a death machine, the Giant has a heart, which is accentuated by the boy’s love of super heroes. It’s a heartwarming tale with more real emotion than any live-action movie.
Director: Brad Bird
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Eli Marienthal