With so much to watch on Netflix, it’s hard to know where to start. Well, here’s our suggestion: some tremendous animated movies guaranteed to get your kids laughing and learning—and even spark a lifelong love of animation. We’ve got classics like “The Little Prince” from 2016, as well as newer releases like “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” and “Big Fish and Begonia.” And if you’re looking for more than just one movie? We’ve got you covered there too! Check out all ten of these animated gems below…
1. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Based on the video game franchise Final Fantasy, this 2001 movie is a visual masterpiece. It remains the first photorealistic computer-animated feature film.
Unfortunately, it was not a box office success and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects (it lost to Monsters vs. Aliens). The movie received mixed reviews from critics and currently holds 54% on Rotten Tomatoes.
2. The One and Only Ivan
The One and Only Ivan-Anthony Stacchi and Walt Dohrn direct this Disney film about a gorilla living in a shopping mall. It stars Sam Rockwell, Amanda Seyfried, and Angelina Jolie. It was released on March 4th, 2017, with a runtime of 1h 27min. This movie falls under the genres of animation, adventure, drama, and family.
3. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is a 1993 American animated vigilante action film directed by Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm, who also served as producer. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, it was scripted by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, and Martin Pasko from a story by Michael Reaves and Bob Goodman. The film features Kevin Conroy as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Bob Hastings as Commissioner Gordon, and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Alfred Pennyworth.
The film is set during Christmas time in Gotham City. The Joker (Mark Hamill) escaped Arkham Asylum six months earlier than he should have been released, killing Police Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb (Robert Costanzo). As Batman begins investigating Loeb’s murder while trying to stop another crime wave centered around Victor Hugo’s novel Les Misérables from happening again thanks to Hugo Strange’s new mercenary gang of criminals known as The Phantasms (all of whom are masked versions of famous fictional characters), his past begins interfering with his present when Selina Kyle (Dana Delany) arrives in Gotham City looking for Bruce Wayne — who has been keeping up appearances that he has moved away from his dark vigilante alter ego for several years now — after being hired by Max Shreck (Richard Moll), who wants revenge on him for firing him from Wayne Enterprises but has no idea what she knows about Bruce’s true identity or any sort of secret life he might have outside of being a billionaire playboy philanthropist living off inherited wealth at Wayne Manor…
4. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
Released in July 2018, “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” is a movie about Dracula and his daughter trying to save their hotel from a human-hating monster. The clever script and well-developed characters were two of the highlights of this film, which also features an outstanding voice-acting cast that includes Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, and Kevin James. The animation itself was very good (especially when compared with other animated films on Netflix), but it did feel like something was missing story-wise.
5. Hotel Transylvania 2
Hotel Transylvania 2 is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy film and the sequel to the 2012 animated film Hotel Transylvania. Produced by Sony Pictures Animation and distributed by Columbia Pictures, it was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and written by Todd Durham, Adam Rifkin, and Robert Smigel. The film stars Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, and David Spade.
The plot follows Dracula’s grandson trying to prove to everyone that he is not like his grandfather when a human tourist gets stranded at the hotel.
6. Hotel Transylvania
“Hotel Transylvania” is one of the funniest animated movies on Netflix. It’s also family-friendly, so you can watch it with your kids without worrying about inappropriate content. The film follows Dracula (Adam Sandler), a vampire who owns a bed and breakfast for monsters—and wants nothing more than to be left alone by humans. That is until he meets his daughter’s new friend Mavis (Selena Gomez). This movie might be based on a children’s book, but it still has plenty of adult humor that will make your whole family laugh out loud!
7. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
This is a comedy about SpongeBob, who lives in a pineapple under the sea with his friend Patrick. They work at the Krusty Krab, which Mr. Krabs own. When Plankton wants to steal their secret formula for success, they must stop him before it’s too late! This movie is rated PG and is 2 hours long.
8. Big Fish and Begonia
Directed by Xuan Liang and Chun Zhang, Big Fish and Begonia was released in 2015. The movie is based on the novel “Big Fish and Begonia” by Liu Cixin. It was nominated for Best Animated Movie Feature at the 88th Academy Awards.
9. Trolls Holiday Special
Trolls Holiday Special 2017 is a fun and festive holiday special that follows the adventures of Poppy, Branch, and all their friends as they celebrate the holidays. In this episode, Poppy is looking for a new holiday tradition for her family after discovering that her father has lied to her about Santa Claus since she was six. With the help of a magical snowman named Frosty (Danny Trejo), she truly learns what it means to believe in Christmas magic!
10. The Little Prince
“The Little Prince” refers to a 1943 book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and a 2016 animated film based on it. Both are about a pilot who crashes in the Sahara Desert, where he befriends a little boy who helps him see life from new perspectives.
The movie is directed by Mark Osborne (“Kung Fu Panda”), written by Osborne and Irena Brignull (who also wrote “The Boxtrolls”). It features the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Marion Cotillard, and Benicio del Toro. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film but lost to Zootopia.
Coco is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on an original idea by Lee Unkrich, it is directed by Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina. The story follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who sets off a chain of events relating to a century-old mystery, leading to an extraordinary family reunion. The title refers to the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday (El Día de Los Muertos), which plays a central role in the story. Coco premiered on October 20, 2017, during the Morelia International Film. Coco is considered one of the best Animated movies on Netflix in 2022.
Based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name, Coraline follows a young girl who stumbles upon a parallel universe where her parents have been replaced by doppelgangers who want her to stay with them forever. This stop-motion animated tale is dark and creepy but still appropriate for all ages — especially those who love Tim Burton’s movies.
We hope you enjoyed our list of the best-animated movies on Netflix. There are so many great options out there, and we know it can be overwhelming to find the right one. The good news is that all these animated movies are available to watch now! So if you’re looking for a new show or movie, don’t hesitate—just go ahead and start streaming.
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