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Niko Berry
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List Rules Vote up your favorite animation studio.

Any fan of animation knows that the medium has the ability to do things and tell stories that would be damn near impossible to tell with more conventional filmmaking. Hell, when you look at how much of a modern blockbuster is made up of digital effects, it's hard to argue that animation isn't everywhere.

By many accounts, the current and previous decade have been a golden age for the art of animation. Between some true luminaries driving the craft forward and the advent of digital animation techniques, we're living in an age where animation is everywhere and in everything. 

No doubt, a lot of this has to do with hundreds of amazing animation studios, big and small. Between giants like Pixar and smaller studios like Frederator putting out handcrafted shorts, there are a lot of choices where to get your animation from. Though there are lots of great studios, we want to know who you think is the best of the best. With that in mind, let's rank the best animation companies around.

list ordered by

1
41 4
Madhouse is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World

2
39 16
Studio Ghibli is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Video game, Film, Arts

3
21 3
Kyoto Animation is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World

4
17 2
Bones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Bones Animation

5
49 26
Pixar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Motion Picture and Video Production, Computer-generated imagery, Film

6
42 22
Walt Disney Pictures is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Motion Picture and Video Production, Film industry, Film

7
17 3
Sunrise is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World

8
31 16
DreamWorks Animation is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Motion Picture and Video Production, Computer Animation, Film industry

9
15 3
Production I.G is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Production I.G Video game industry

10
20 10
Universal Studios is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Motion Picture and Video Production, Film

11
23 15
Warner Bros. Animation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World

12
15 11
Nickelodeon Animation Studio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Nickelodeon Animation Studio Animation

13
7 4
A-1 Pictures is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
A-1 Pictures

14
10 8
Trigger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Trigger Animation

15
9 7
Blizzard Entertainment is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Video game, Video game industry

16
8 6
Pierrot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Mass media, Arts, Entertainment

17
11 10
Toei Animation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Animation

18
15 16
Lucasfilm Animation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Lucasfilm Animation Computer-generated imagery, Animation

19
8 9
Blue Sky Studios is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Blue Sky Studios Computer-generated imagery, Film industry, Animation

20
3 4
Aniplex is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Aniplex Media

21
8 11
Laika is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Laika Advertising, Animation

22
4 7
Nippon Animation is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Mass media, Arts, Entertainment

23
1 4
Image Engine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Visual Effects

24
1 4
Rising Sun Pictures is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Visual Effects

25
1 4
Studio 4°C is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Studio 4°C Animation