The Best Animated Films

When parents are film buffs, they want to pass that love to their children, which makes our Family Animation category perfect to start with! We have over 90,000 titles in our library so to make it easier for you, we've gathered some of the best Family Animation films in one place. Our goal was to try and stay objective (not just pick our favourites), so these special picks come from our lovely community and their ratings.
  • Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales: Vol.1 (2015)

    0h 43min

    The series Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales brings us once again the iconic characters in LEGO animation form. What a wonderful way for the little ones to get a first taste of the Star Wars franchise, isn’t it? Droid Tales is an animated five-part mini-series following the (mis)adventures of everybody’s favourite droids, C-3PO and R2-D2. These are the droids we’re looking for. It also recaps the previous films so you can catch up with current events in the series. There is much to enjoy while watching this, children and adults alike.

    Director:
    Michael Hegner
    Cast:
    Tom Kane, Anthony Daniels, Trevor Devall
    Genre:
    Children & Family
    Availability:
    DVD
  • Toy Story (1995)

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    1h 17min

    Toy Story is still going on strong as everybody’s favourite animated film after 20+ years. Well, it’s definitely in top five and there cannot be the best animation list without Woody and Buzz Lightyear. When it was first released it amazed with ground-breaking animation, but to this day it amazes with its story. With voice talents, such as Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, it’s surely going to stay one of the most beloved films. Blu-ray edition comes with abundance of special features including Buzz Lightyear mission logs: Blast off, three animated studio stories and making Toy Story.

    Director:
    John Lasseter
    Cast:
    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles
    Genre:
    Children & Family, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Finding Nemo (2003)

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    1h 38min

    Finding Nemo is a 2004 Oscar winner and still one of the most beloved animated films. The plight of a little clownfish Nemo and his father Marlin has opened a whole world under the sea to us, where even sharks try to change their diet (repeating their pledge: Fish are friends, not food). The story follows Marlin (Albert Brooks) on the mission to find his son and the encounter with Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a forgetful companion on the quest. Finding Nemo comes on 3D Blu-ray as well as DVD and Blu-ray, so you and your little ones can enjoy the experience to the fullest.

    Director:
    Andrew Stanton
    Cast:
    Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould
    Genre:
    Children & Family, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D
  • When Marnie Was There (2014) Omoide no Mânî

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    103 minutes

    When Marnie Was There is a family adventure animation that challenges the boundaries between fantasy and reality. It is wonderfully hand-drawn animation following 12-year old Anna and her possibly imaginary friend Marnie. The animated film comes from studio Ghibli famous for other masterpieces like Spirited Away. When Marnie Was There is adapted from the Joan G. Robinson’s novel of the same name and the result is beautiful. It is available in Japanese and English, on DVD and Blu-ray.

  • Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

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    1h 38min

    Kubo and the Two Strings is a stop-motion animated film told in the form of a Japanese folktale. The story follows Kubo who has a special power – he can bring his origami creations to life by playing his guitar. Talented Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey and Ralph Fiennes lead the wonderful voice cast, including young Art Parkinson as Kubo. The adventure begins when Kubo decides to go into dangerous lands and out of his comfort zone. Even though Laika’s beautiful animation can get a bit dark, Kubo and the Two Strings is a must-see for all ages.

    Director:
    Travis Knight
    Cast:
    Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey
    Genre:
    Children & Family, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D
  • Zootropolis (2016) Zootopia

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    1h 44min

    If Inside Out was the biggest animated film of 2015, then Zootropolis took the title for 2016. This is a family comedy set in the modern mammal metropolis where we meet rabbit Judy (Ginnifer Goodwin) determined to become a respected police officer. When Judy gets on a case that could advance her career, she must deal with the only witness of the crime, a sly fox named Nick (Jason Bateman). There is so much to adore about Zootropolis, from the amazing design to quick wit and mystery, it is surely to entertain the whole family.

    Director:
    Byron Howard
    Cast:
    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba
    Genre:
    Children & Family, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D
  • Inside Out (2015)

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    1h 31min

    Pixar’s animated film Inside Out was one of the biggest films in 2015, not just for children. Its innovative storytelling and imagination brought tears and happiness to audiences of every age. The story takes place inside an 11-year old’s mind named Riley, where we follow five emotions: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness. Joy is the one leading the quest to keep Riley happy which takes her and her companions on an interesting and emotional adventure. Inside Out won a BAFTA and an Oscar for best animated film.

    Director:
    Pete Docter
    Cast:
    Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black
    Genre:
    Children & Family, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

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    1h 34min

    How to Train Your Dragon is an animated film for the whole family that’ll make you want to have a dragon of your own. If he’s anything like Toothless at least. Jay Baruchel gives the voice to Hiccup, a young Viking not really set in Viking ways or characteristics. He’s an inventor with inquisitive mind which comes in handy when he stumbles upon an injured dragon he then names Toothless. Their society has been taught to fear and loathe dragons, but minds start to change when there are new enemies on the horizon. How to Train Your Dragon is a great family fun film and we’re sure you’ll have your own favourite dragon you’d want to train.

    Director:
    Dean DeBlois
    Cast:
    Jay Baruchel, Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler
    Genre:
    Children & Family, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D
  • Thunderbirds (1966)

    0h 50min

    Welcome to another futuristic animated film and a classic! It’s by now a cult Brit puppet series that follows the Tracy family, a part of Thunderbirds team. They’re an elite team consisted of rescue workers operating from an unknown island location. Thunderbird operations are real adventures and stories about saving people and fighting villains. The series comes in eight volumes and is packed with exciting episodes and special features such as Tracy island F.A.B. fact files, Thunderbirds: The characters featurette and Making of Thunderbirds.

  • Clangers (1969)

    0h 10min

    Clangers is another British stop-motion title worth mentioning as one of the best animated films for the whole family. Clangers are pink, knitted, mouse like creatures living in space. The series has an abundance of interesting characters such as the Soup Dragon, the Froglets or Glow Buzzers. This wonderful children’s programme is a great way to unite you with your youngest and enjoy fun-filled space adventures. Oh, and green soup as well. A bit of trivia: three kilometres of wool was used to create the Clangers family.

    Director:
    Oliver Postgate
    Cast:
    Oliver Postgate
    Genre:
    Children & Family, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD
  • Paddington (2014)

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    1h 31min

    Paddington, as many of these films, is a true family classic. Even though it’s not in full an animated film, its protagonist is. It’s adapted from a Michael Bond’s book with a devoted following. Little cute Peruvian bear ends up stranded at Paddington Station, trying to find a new home in London. Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, and Julie Walters lead a great cast. Paddington is voiced by Ben Whishaw who manages to make it even more loveable supplying a sweet and warm tone. You and your little ones will definitely want to see this entertaining bear in action.

  • Big Hero 6 (2014)

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    1h 37min

    Big Hero 6 could be classified as a children and family friendly superhero film, for those still bit too young for the Marvel’s franchise. The animated film is set in the future, in the fictional city San Fransokyo – crossover between San Francisco and Tokyo with an anime twist. Hiro Hamada is a child prodigy when it comes to technology, but ends up alone with only his brother’s invention as a companion. That invention is Baymax, a robot first intended for medical needs. The series of adventures and mishaps ensue which at times become gloomy, but that makes it even better.

    Director:
    Don Hall
    Cast:
    Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung
    Genre:
    Children & Family, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Looney Tunes (2007)

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    All Looney Tunes characters are an essential part of a childhood, and there cannot be an animated films list without their slapstick adventures. Just naming a few of those iconic characters (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig) brings up joyful memories. Do you have a favourite? Some of the entertaining special features on these DVDs include a greeting from Chuck Jones, commentaries and behind-the-tunes, featurettes with animators and historians profiling cartoons, characters, and creators. It’s fun and educational! So much more is waiting for you but we must finish with immortal Porky Pig’s words: That’s all folks!

    Director:
    Friz Freleng
    Cast:
    Mel Blanc, Bugs Bunny, Robert C. Bruce
    Genre:
    Collections, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD
  • Shaun the Sheep (2014)

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    Shaun the Sheep is probably the most famous sheep ever and that’s why it deserves a place on the best animated films list. Young or old, we all know Shaun and love him. This stop-motion animated kid’s television programme is a spin-off of Wallace and Gromit, another beloved programme. Shaun the sheep takes us on a variety of adventures, on and off his home farm. Here we’re presenting you four series on DVD including a fun-filled look behind the scenes and many more special features you and your kids can enjoy.

    Director:
    Seamus Malone
    Cast:
    John Sparkes, John Sparkes, John Sparks
    Genre:
    Children & Family, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD
  • Tangled (2010)

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    1h 36min

    Tangled is another Disney’s animated film with a different take on a classic. We’ve all heard the Rapunzel tale and how her extremely long and shiny hair made many girls jealous. This interpretation follows Rapunzel and a charming bandit Flynn Rider on a series of adventures. The result is entertaining, fun-filled and imaginative animated film – not just for the youngest. This list wouldn’t be complete without Tangled, no matter how many versions of Rapunzel we know. Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi did a wonderful job giving the voices to the long-haired princess and the dashing bandit.

    Director:
    Nathan Greno
    Cast:
    Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy
    Genre:
    Children & Family, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D
  • Frozen (2013)

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    1h 38min

    There are two types of people, those who absolutely adore Frozen's Let It Go song, and those who can't stand it. Regardless, Frozen is one of the most loveable animated films out there. Princesses Elsa and Anna have become iconic characters very quickly, alongside the comic relief/snowman Olaf. Princess Anna sets on an epic journey to find her sister Elsa who has always struggled to accept her icy powers, and it proves to be a beautiful story about sisterhood, friendship, and romance in the end. 

    Director:
    Chris Buck
    Cast:
    Kristen Bell, Kevin Del Aguila, Sayaka Kanda
    Genre:
    Children & Family, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D
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