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The Best Cartoon Movies of the 2000s

Updated September 13, 2019 8.9k votes 970 voters 21.1k views

List RulesVote 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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    Shrek

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Released2001

    Directed byAndrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

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    Ratatouille

    Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo

    Released2007

    Directed byBrad Bird, Jan Pinkava

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    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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  • Monsters, Inc.4
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    Monsters, Inc.

    Billy Crystal, John Goodman

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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  • Lilo & Stitch5
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    Lilo & Stitch

    Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames

    Released2002

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

    Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 American animated action-adventure comedy-drama film produced by Walt...  more
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  • WALL-E6
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    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

    WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar...  more
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    Up

    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

    Released2009

    Directed byPete Docter

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  • The Emperor's New Groove8
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    The Emperor's New Groove

    John Goodman, David Spade

    Released2000

    Directed byMark Dindal

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  • Madagascar9
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    Madagascar

    Chris Rock, Ben Stiller

    Released2005

    Directed byEric Darnell, Tom McGrath

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  • Ice Age10
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    Ice Age

    Jack Black, Ray Romano

    Released2002

    Directed byChris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

    Ice Age is a 2002 American computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Carlos Saldanha...  more
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  • The Incredibles11
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    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Bird

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  • Spirited Away12
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    Spirited Away

    Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara

    Released2001

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

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  • Kung Fu Panda13
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    Kung Fu Panda

    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Stevenson, Mark Osborne

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    Shrek 2

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Released2004

    Directed byKelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon

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  • Howl's Moving Castle15
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    Howl's Moving Castle

    Akihiro Miwa, Akio Ōtsuka

    Released2004

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

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  • The Princess and the Frog16
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    The Princess and the Frog

    Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman

    Released2009

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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  • The Road to El Dorado17
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    The Road to El Dorado

    Elton John, Kevin Kline

    Released2000

    Directed byJeffrey Katzenberg, David Silverman, Will Finn, Bibo Bergeron, Don Paul

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  • Treasure Planet18
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    Treasure Planet

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson

    Released2002

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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  • Cars19
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    Cars

    Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal

    Released2006

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Joe Ranft

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  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire20
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    Atlantis: The Lost Empire

    Michael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy

    Released2001

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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  • Over the Hedge21
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    Over the Hedge

    Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis

    Released2006

    Directed byTim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick

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  • The Polar Express22
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    The Polar Express

    Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler

    Released2004

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Coraline

    Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning

    Released2009

    Directed byHenry Selick

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    The Cat Returns

    Aki Maeda, Tetsurō Tamba

    Released2002

    Directed byHiroyuki Morita

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  • Coco25
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    Coco

    Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal

    Released2017

    Directed byLee Unkrich

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