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The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s  

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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
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
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
3
The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee
The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into ...more
4
Shrek is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
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
5
Up is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
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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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
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) 7 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
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
8
Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
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
9
Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
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
10
Shrek 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers
Shrek 2 is a 2004 American computer-animated, comedy film directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon. It is the sequel to 2001's Shrek and the second installment in the series. ...more
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The Emperor's New Groove is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
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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Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
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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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
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
14
Cars is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
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
15
Over the Hedge is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
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
16
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
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
17
The Princess and the Frog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
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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The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
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 Simpsons Movie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
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
20
Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
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
21
Treasure Planet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
nick-slade added 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 pirate, a rebellious teen (Joseph ...more
22
Horton Hears a Who! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
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
23
Coco is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
EmrysMayell added Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt
Coco is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy adventure film directed by Lee Unkrich. Aspiring musician Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) teams up with charming trickster Hector (Gael ...more
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Atlantis: The Lost Empire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
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
25
Howl's Moving Castle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s
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