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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
21 3
Madhouse is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World

2
42 21
Pixar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Motion Picture and Video Production, Computer-generated imagery, Film

3
30 15
Studio Ghibli is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Video game, Film, Arts

4
34 19
Walt Disney Pictures is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Motion Picture and Video Production, Film industry, Film

5
11 1
Bones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Bones Animation

6
11 2
Sunrise is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World

7
9 1
Production I.G is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Production I.G Video game industry

8
11 3
Kyoto Animation is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World

9
24 16
DreamWorks Animation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Motion Picture and Video Production, Computer Animation, Film industry

10
15 9
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
19 13
Warner Bros. Animation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World

12
9 5
Blizzard Entertainment is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Video game, Video game industry

13
13 10
Nickelodeon Animation Studio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Nickelodeon Animation Studio Animation

14
8 5
Trigger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Trigger Animation

15
15 13
Lucasfilm Animation is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Lucasfilm Animation Computer-generated imagery, Animation

16
5 3
A-1 Pictures is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
A-1 Pictures

17
5 4
Pierrot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Mass media, Arts, Entertainment

18
9 9
Toei Animation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Animation

19
8 9
Laika is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Laika Advertising, Animation

20
6 7
Blue Sky Studios is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Blue Sky Studios Computer-generated imagery, Film industry, Animation

21
4 6
Nippon Animation is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Mass media, Arts, Entertainment

22
5 8
Sony Pictures Animation is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Sony Pictures Animation Film industry, Animation

23
3 6
Fox Animation Studios is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Fox Animation Studios Computer-generated imagery, Film industry, Animation

24
9 13
Cartoon Network Studios is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Media, Animation, Live action

25
1 4
Image Engine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Visual Effects

26
1 4
OLM, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
OLM, Inc.

27
1 4
Studio 4°C is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Studio 4°C Animation

28
1 4
Rising Sun Pictures is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Visual Effects

29
1 4
Studio Deen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

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

31
7 11
South Park Studios is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
South Park Studios

32
0 3
UFOtable is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
UFOtable

33
2 6
Method Studios is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Method Studios Visual Effects

34
2 6
Weta Digital is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Computer-generated imagery, Animation, Visual Effects

35
2 6
Digital Domain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Advertising, Computer-generated imagery, Animation

36
2 6
Pixomondo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Computer-generated imagery, Visual Effects

37
1 5
Double Negative is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Visual Effects

38
3 9
Frederator Studios is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Frederator Studios Computer-generated imagery, Animation

39
0 4
Aniplex is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Aniplex Media

40
0 4
Mac Guff is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Visual Effects

41
0 4
Hybride Technologies is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World
Hybride Technologies Visual Effects