Favorite Animated Films

There is a certain amount of overlap between this list and my list of favorite children’s films, but some of these films, clearly demarcated from the rest, are not appropriate for small children.


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Fantasia (1940)

Dumbo (1941)

Bambi (1942)

The Three Caballeros (1944)

Make Mine Music (1946)

Fun and Fancy Free (1947)

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

Cinderella (1950)

Peter Pan (1953)

Lady and the Tramp (1955)

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

The Jungle Book (1967)

Robin Hood (1973)

The Rescuers (1977)

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

The Hobbit (1977)

The Return of the King (1980)

The Looney, Looney, Looney, Bugs Bunny Movie (1981)

The Secret of NIMH (1982)

The Little Mermaid (1989)

The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Aladdin (1992)

The Lion King (1994)

Toy Story (1995)

Toy Story 2 (1999)

Fantasia 2000 (1999)

Chicken Run (2000)

Finding Nemo (2003)

The Incredibles (2004)

Hoodwinked! (2005)

Kung-Fu Panda (2008)

Bolt (2008)

Wall-e (2008)

Up (2009)

A Christmas Carol (2009)

Toy Story 3 (2010)

Kung-Fu Panda 2 (2011)

Winnie the Pooh (2011)

The LEGO Movie (2014)

The Peanuts Movie (2015)

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Storks (2016)

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)




Animal Farm (1954)

The Hobbit (1977)

Watership Down (1978)

The Return of the King (1980)

A Christmas Carol (2009)

Big Hero 6 (2014)



Roger Rabbit (1988)

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

Batman and Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998)

“Final Flight of the Osiris” (2003)[2]

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Coraline (2009)

A Matter of Loath and Death (2008)

Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)

 Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (2018)




Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)

The Prince and the Pauper (1990)

The Wrong Trousers (1993)

Presto (2008)

The Ballad of Nessie (2011)

Hawaiian Vacation (2011)


[1] This section of the list is safe to watch for a family where the youngest child is still a teenager or a young adult can watch with a teenage younger sibling.  In the U.S.A., we tend to associate animation with children, and while the best animated children’s films have jokes that adults watching them with children will appreciate, there are also animated films that are actually more for adults than children.  Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) is one such film, even though it was inspired by a children’s book of the same name by Roald Dahl (1916-1990).  Some of the dialogue, such was when Rat tells Mr. Fox that Mrs. Fox was the “town tart” may go over the heads of very little children, but may segue into conversations with a nine-year-old child for which the nine-year-old child is not ready.  The films in this section of the list all have a level of violence or sexuality or scariness that makes them inappropriate for children.

[2] This is one animated short from the anthology film The Animatrix (2003) that is set between The Matrix (1999) and The Matrix Reloaded (2003).  I did not like the other short films in the anthology.

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