We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 animated movies from 2000-2010. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Tangled (2010) 89% at Rotten Tomatoes
One of few movies to celebrate a powerful female character, Tangled is as fun and beautiful as Disney fairy tales get. It’s a great addition to the studio’s vault of classic movies that we’ll look forward to watching for generations.
Director: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard
Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy
9. Hoodwinked (2005) 47% at Rotten Tomatoes
Although Harvey Weinstein being outed as a sexual predator dealt a blow to his entire catalog, Hoodwinked is still a very watchable movie. I love the twist on fairy tales, which, while not as good as Shrek, aged better than most movies.
Director: Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards, Tony Leech
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Patrick Warburton, Anthony Anderson
8. The Simpsons Movie (2007) 88% at Rotten Tomatoes
It’s hard to have a best animation list that doesn’t involve The Simpsons. Although the show had been long forgotten by all but the most hardcore fanbase by the time it was released, The Simpsons Movie is still relevant today (and easier to watch than new episodes).
Director: David Silverman
Starring: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright
7. Over the Hedge (2006) 75% at Rotten Tomatoes
Based on a comic strip, Over the Hedge does a great job of pointing out human consumerism in a humorous way. Easily the most underrated film on this list, it’s a winner with kids and adults alike.
Director: Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick
Starring: Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Steve Carell
6. Spirited Away (2001) 97% at Rotten Tomatoes
American animation experienced an animation renaissance in the 21st century thanks to Pixar and Dreamworks, but Spirited Away kept Japan animation studios at the top of everyone’s lists a little longer. It’s a great fantasy world that reminds us there’s beautiful art outside our borders.
Director: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise
Starring: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino
5. Up (2009) 98% at Rotten Tomatoes
If you don’t like Up, you’re a monster. Everything about this fantasy world is fantastic, and not many movies can make you cry within the first 10 minutes. Up is the reason houses with balloons are more popular than the Disney castle in kid’s decorations.
Director: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
Starring: Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger, Ed Asner
4. Despicable Me (2010) 81% at Rotten Tomatoes
Despicable Me is the reason you love minions so much, and this movie about a criminal mastermind makes doing bad seem almost good. Of course, the orphan girls he adopts soften Gru, and it makes the movie all the more watchable.
Director: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Starring: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand
3. Toy Story 3 (2010) 99% at Rotten Tomatoes
If it’s rare for a sequel to outdo the original, it’s even rarer for the third movie to end up becoming one of the most highly rated films of all time. Yet that’s what happened with Toy Story 3, and with good cause. It’s even better than the first two, making a trilogy worth watching.
Director: Lee Unkrich
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack
2. Shrek (2001) 88% at Rotten Tomatoes
We take for granted now, but before Dreamworks released Shrek, there were no challengers to Disney’s throne. WB certainly wasn’t doing it, but Shrek and Fiona toppled the box office and won our hearts with the help of a talking donkey and a ton of reversed fairy tale norms.
Director: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Starring: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy
1. Wall-E (2008) 96% at Rotten Tomatoes
Pixar raised the animation bar for everyone, and Wall-E was its crowning achievement. The final in the series of original pitches that started with Toy Story, it’s tied with Idiocracy in its accuracy of predicting the most likely future for our species.
Director: Andrew Stanton
Starring: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin