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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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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more

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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Monsters, Inc. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. John Lasseter and Andrew ...more

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Up is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
The Incredibles Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was the sixth film produced by Pixar ...more

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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighth film produced by Pixar, and was co-written ...more

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a ...more

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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Shrek Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of ...more

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Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Ice Age Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski Ice Age is a 2002 American computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge from a story by Michael J. Wilson. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios and ...more

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Shrek 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Shrek 2 Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers Shrek 2 is a 2004 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon. It is the second installment in ...more

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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Lilo & Stitch Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 American animated action-adventure comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on June 21, 2002. The 42nd ...more

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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Spirited Away Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film stars Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, ...more

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The Emperor's New Groove is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
The Emperor's New Groove John Goodman, David Spade, Tom Jones The Emperor's New Groove is a 2000 American animated buddy comedy film created by Walt Disney Feature Animation, the 40th film in Disney's animated features canon. It was directed by Mark ...more

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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Kung Fu Panda Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 American computer-animated action comedy martial arts film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by John Stevenson and ...more

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Cars is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Cars Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow Cars is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy-adventure sports film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed and co-written by John Lasseter, it is ...more

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Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Madagascar Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Madagascar is a 2005 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, and released in movie theaters on May 27, 2005. The film tells the story of four Central Park Zoo ...more

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The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
The Polar Express Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler, Josh Hutchersonm The Polar Express is a 2004 American motion capture computer-animated musical Christmas fantasy film based on the children's book of the same title by Chris Van Allsburg. Written, produced, and ...more

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The Princess and the Frog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
The Princess and the Frog Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Terrence Howard The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 American animated musical romantic fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 49th film in the ...more

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Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Happy Feet Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams Happy Feet is a 2006 Australian-American computer-animated musical family film, directed, produced and co-written by George Miller. It was produced at Sydney-based visual effects and animation ...more

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The Simpsons Movie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
The Simpsons Movie Tom Hanks, Hank Azaria, Minnie Driver The Simpsons Movie is a 2007 American animated comedy film based on the Fox television series The Simpsons. The film was directed by David Silverman, and stars the regular television cast of Dan ...more

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Over the Hedge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Over the Hedge Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Steve Carell Over the Hedge is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy film based on the characters from the United Media comic strip of the same name. Directed by Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick, and ...more

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatba... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Lauren Graham Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a 2009 American computer-animated science fiction comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation, distributed by Columbia Pictures, and released on ...more

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The Road to El Dorado is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
nick-slade added The Road to El Dorado Elton John, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh The Road to El Dorado is a 2000 American animated musical adventure comedy film directed by Eric "Bibo" Bergeron and Don Paul, with additional sequences by Will Finn and David ...more

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Chicken Run is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Chicken Run Mel Gibson, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton Chicken Run is a 2000 British-French-American stop-motion animated comedy film made by the Aardman Animations studios and directed by Peter Lord and Nick Park. It was the first feature-length ...more

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Horton Hears a Who! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Horton Hears a Who! Selena Gomez, Jim Carrey, Isla Fisher Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! is a 2008 American computer-animated adventure comedy film based on the Dr. Seuss' book of the same name. The film was directed by Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino, ...more

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Howl's Moving Castle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Howl's Moving Castle Akihiro Miwa, Akio Ōtsuka, Takuya Kimura Howl's Moving Castle is a 2004 Japanese animated fantasy film scripted and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The film is based on the novel of the same name by British writer Diana Wynne Jones. The ...more

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Atlantis: The Lost Empire is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Atlantis: The Lost Empire Michael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy, James Garner Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a 2001 American traditionally animated action-adventure film created by Walt Disney Feature Animation—the first science fiction film in Disney's animated features ...more

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Coraline is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Coraline Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane Coraline is a 2009 American stop-motion animated 3D dark fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 novel of the same name. It was produced by Laika and distributed by Focus Features. Written and ...more

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Ice Age: The Meltdown is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Ice Age: The Meltdown Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ariel Winter Ice Age: The Meltdown is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy adventure film. It is a sequel to the 2002 computer-animated film Ice Age. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios for 20th Century ...more

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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Alec Baldwin, Fergie, Chris Rock Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a 2008 American computer-animated comedy film written by Etan Cohen, and directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath. This sequel to the 2005 film Madagascar ...more

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Ponyo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Ponyo Nozomi Ōhashi, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, George Tokoro Ponyo, initially titled in English as Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, is a 2008 Japanese animated fantasy comedy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli and Toho. It is ...more

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Treasure Planet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
nick-slade added Treasure Planet Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson, Martin Short Treasure Planet is a 2002 American animated science fiction adventure film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. After he receives a map from a dying pirate, a rebellious teen (Joseph ...more

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Batman Beyond: Return of the J... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Angie Harmon, Mark Hamill, Melissa Joan Hart Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker is a 2000 direct-to-video animated film featuring the comic book superhero Batman and his archenemy, the Joker. It is set in the continuity of the animated ...more

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Bee Movie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Bee Movie Oprah Winfrey, Sting, Chris Rock Bee Movie is a 2007 American computer animated family comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It stars Jerry Seinfeld and Renée Zellweger. Bee ...more

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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Jennifer Hale, Megumi Hayashibara, Daran Norris Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, known in Japan as Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door, is a 2001 Japanese animated Space Western action film based on the 1998 anime series Cowboy Bebop created by ...more

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Flushed Away is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
nick-slade added Flushed Away Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen Flushed Away is a 2006 British/American computer animated action/adventure comedy film directed by David Bowers and Sam Fell. It was made in the partnership between Aardman Animations and ...more

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The Cat Returns is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
nick-slade added The Cat Returns Aki Maeda, Tetsurō Tamba, Takayuki Yamada The Cat Returns is a 2002 Japanese animated drama film directed by Hiroyuki Morita of Studio Ghibli. A spin-off of Whisper of the Heart, it was theatrically released in Japan on July 19, 2002 ...more

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Superman/Batman: Public Enemie... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
nick-slade added Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Allison Mack, LeVar Burton, Clancy Brown Superman/Batman: Public Enemies is a 2009 original direct-to-video animated superhero film adaptation of "Public Enemies"—the opening story arc of DC Comics' Superman/Batman—which ...more

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Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebell... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
nick-slade added Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion Rie Kugimiya, Masakazu Morita, Akira Ishida Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion is the second animated film adaptation of the anime and manga series Bleach. The film is directed by Noriyuki Abe and co-written by Michiko Yokote and Masahiro ...more

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The Animatrix is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
nick-slade added The Animatrix Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Melinda Clarke The Animatrix is a 2003 American-Japanese-Australian best-selling direct-to-video anthology film based on The Matrix trilogy produced by The Wachowskis, who wrote and directed the trilogy. The ...more

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Bleach: Fade to Black is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
nick-slade added Bleach: Fade to Black Masakazu Morita, Fumiko Orikasa, Shin-ichiro Miki Bleach: Fade to Black is the third animated film adaptation of the anime and manga series Bleach. Directed by Noriyuki Abe, the film was released December 13, 2008. The film's theme music was ...more

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TMNT is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
TMNT Sarah Michelle Gellar, Patrick Stewart, Chris Evans TMNT is a 2007 American computer-animated fantasy action film and a part of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. Written and directed by Kevin Munroe, the film features the voice talents ...more

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Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
nick-slade added Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai Megumi Hayashibara, Rosa Kato, Shin-ichiro Miki Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai, originally released in Japan as Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl the Movie: Dialga vs. Palkia vs. Darkrai is a 2007 Japanese anime film directed by ...more

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Summer Wars is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
nick-slade added Summer Wars Riisa Naka, Ichirō Nagai, Sakiko Tamagawa Summer Wars is a 2009 Japanese animated science fiction film directed by Mamoru Hosoda, animated by Madhouse and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film's voice cast includes Ryunosuke ...more

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Pokémon Heroes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
nick-slade added Pokémon Heroes Yumiko Shaku, Megumi Hayashibara, Fumiko Orikasa Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias, commonly referred to as Pokémon Heroes, originally released in Japan as Pocket Monsters the Movie: The Guardians of Altomare, is a 2002 Japanese ...more

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Pokemon The Movie 3: Spell Of ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
nick-slade added Pokemon The Movie 3: Spell Of The Unknown When Molly Hale's father goes missing, the strange Pokemon that he was studying come to Molly by the power of the strange little blocks. The Pokemon, the Unown, create Entei to act as Molly's ...more

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Naruto Shippuden the Movie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
nick-slade added Naruto Shippuden the Movie Kazuhiko Inoue, Fumiko Orikasa, Junko Takeuchi When a mysterious character releases an ancient demon that once nearly destroyed the world from its prison, the demon unleashes a horde of demons that will stop at nothing to ensure that nobody ...more

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Redline is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
nick-slade added Redline Tadanobu Asano, Yū Aoi, Daisuke Gōri Redline is a 2009 science fiction auto racing anime film produced by Madhouse and released in Japan on October 9, 2010. The directorial debut feature of Takeshi Koike, it features the voices of ...more

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Persepolis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Persepolis Sean Penn, Catherine Deneuve, Iggy Pop Persepolis is a 2007 French-Iranian-American animated film based on Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel of the same name. The film was written and directed by Satrapi with Vincent ...more

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Bleach: Memories of Nobody is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
nick-slade added Bleach: Memories of Nobody Rie Kugimiya, Chiwa Saitō, Masakazu Morita Bleach: Memories of Nobody is the first animated film adaptation of the anime and manga series Bleach. Directed by Noriyuki Abe and written by Masashi Sogo, the film was first released in ...more

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Pokémon: Lucario and the Myste... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
nick-slade added Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew Megumi Hayashibara, Takeshi Aono, Shin-ichiro Miki Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, originally released in Japan as Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation the Movie: Mew and the Wave Hero, is an anime film directed by Kunihiko Yuyama ...more