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The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s 

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List Rules Vote up your favorite animated films that were released in the 2000s

Some of the best animated films of all time were released in the 2000s. With their family-friendly stories, unique visual style, and  intelligent jokes and references peppered for adult viewers, these ‘00s cartoon movies appeal to everyone.
 

In this list, you’ll encounter iconic animated characters like Nemo and Dory from Finding Nemo, the story of one fish’s wild adventure to get back home. You’ll also see Mike Meyers star in Shrek, a movie about a rough-around-the-edges ogre with a heart of gold. No discussion of animated movies from the 2000s would be complete without mentioning Pixar. The legendary studio is responsible for a gigantic number of the top ‘00s cartoon movies, including Monsters, Inc., The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Wall-E

What are your favorite cartoons from the 2000s? Vote up the best ones, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.  

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Up is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

Released: 2009

Directed by: Pete Docter

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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

Released: 2007

Directed by: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava

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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

Released: 2001

Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson

Released: 2002

Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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The Emperor's New Groove... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
John Goodman, David Spade, Tom Jones

Released: 2000

Directed by: Mark Dindal

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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki

Released: 2001

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brad Bird

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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 2008

Directed by: John Stevenson, Mark Osborne

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Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

Released: 2002

Directed by: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

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Shrek 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers

Released: 2004

Directed by: Kelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon

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Howl's Moving Castle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Akihiro Miwa, Akio Ōtsuka, Takuya Kimura

Released: 2004

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith

Released: 2005

Directed by: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath

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The Road to El Dorado is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
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Released: 2000

Directed by: Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Silverman, Will Finn, Bibo Bergeron, Don Paul

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The Princess and the Fro... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Terrence Howard

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

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Treasure Planet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
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Released: 2002

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

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Atlantis: The Lost Empir... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Michael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy, James Garner

Released: 2001

Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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Coraline is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane

Released: 2009

Directed by: Henry Selick

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Cars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow

Released: 2006

Directed by: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft

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The Cat Returns is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
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Released: 2002

Directed by: Hiroyuki Morita

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The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler, Josh Hutchersonm

Released: 2004

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

Released: 2006

Directed by: Judy Morris, George Miller, Warren Coleman

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Over the Hedge is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Steve Carell

Released: 2006

Directed by: Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick

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