The Best Animation Movies of 2008 

Updated September 21, 2019 1.1k votes 78 voters 1.4k views 50 items

List of the best 2008 animation movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. Animated movies have come a long way in the last 50 years, with traditional cartoons being replaced by CGI animation from companies like Pixar and Disney. Not all of these animated films were released in theaters, but even the ones that went straight to DVD are still pretty good. These are all the animation movies that defined the year 2008, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

Movies here include everything from WALL-E to Kung Fu Panda. This isn't necessarily a list of all animation movies from 2008, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

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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Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloë Grace Moretz

Released: 2008

Directed by: Chris Williams, Byron Howard

Bolt tells the story of a dog who is convinced that his role as a super dog is reality. When he is ripped from his world of fantasy, and action by his own doing. His own obsession with his owner ...more

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Emma Watson, Dustin Hoffman, Sigourney Weaver

Released: 2008

Directed by: Sam Fell, Robert Stevenhagen

The Tale of Despereaux is a 2008 British-American-French computer-animated adventure fantasy comedy family film directed by Sam Fell and Robert Stevenhagen and produced by Gary Ross and Allison ...more

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Selena Gomez, Jim Carrey, Isla Fisher

Released: 2008

Directed by: Steve Martino, Jimmy Hayward

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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Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 2008

Directed by: John Stevenson, Mark Osborne

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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Sally Field, Danny Cooksey, Frank Welker

Released: 2008

Directed by: Peggy Holmes

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning is a 2008 Disney animated fantasy feature film, and the direct-to-video prequel to the 1989 film The Little Mermaid. Directed by Peggy Holmes, the film's ...more

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Lucy Liu, Kristin Chenoweth, Raven-Symoné

Released: 2008

Directed by: Bradley Raymond

Tinker Bell is a 2008 computer animated film and the first installment in the Disney Fairies franchise produced by DisneyToon Studios. It revolves around Tinker Bell, a fairy character created ...more

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Nozomi Ōhashi, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, George Tokoro

Released: 2008

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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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Frank Welker, Tim Conway, Jason Marsden

Released: 2008

Directed by: Eondeok Han, Mark A.Z. Dippé

Garfield's Fun Fest is a 2008 CGI movie starring Garfield. It was produced by Paws, Inc. in cooperation with The Animation Picture Company and distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. ...more
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E.G. Daily, Kevin Michael Richardson, Tara Strong

Released: 2008

Directed by: Craig McCracken

The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!! is a 2008 animation film directed and written by Craig McCracken .
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Alec Baldwin, Fergie, Chris Rock

Released: 2008

Directed by: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath

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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Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Kevin Michael Richardson

Released: 2008

Directed by: Dave Filoni

This film is a 2008 American computer-animated space opera film that takes place within saga, leading into the TV series of the same name produced by Lucasfilm. The film is set during the ...more

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Cam Clarke, Yuri Lowenthal, Brian K. Roberts

Released: 2008

Directed by: Mike Nawrocki

The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie is a 2008 American computer-animated family adventure comedy film directed by Mike Nawrocki and written by Phil Vischer. Produced through ...more

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Jane Krakowski, Billy Connolly, Joel McHale

Released: 2008

Directed by: Matthew O'Callaghan, Todd Wilderman

Open Season 2 is a 2008 American computer-animated direct-to-video comedy film and the sequel to the 2006 Open Season, produced by Sony Pictures Animation. It was directed by Matthew ...more
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Masakazu Morita, Fumiko Orikasa, Shin-ichiro Miki

Released: 2008

Directed by: Noriyuki Abe

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David McCallum, Parminder Nagra, Ana Ortiz

Released: 2008

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Batman: Gotham Knight is a 2008 direct-to-DVD anthology film of six short animated superhero films intended to be set in between the films Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, though it is not ...more

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Brian K. Roberts, Phil Vischer, Mike Nawrocki

Released: 2008

Directed by: Brian K. Roberts

Bob the Tomato is surprised to find Larry the Cucumber in a book club with Mr. Lunt, Archibald Asparagus and Jerry Gourd. They're reading "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark ...more
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Mia & the Migoo Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods, Wallace Shawn

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jacques-Rémy Girerd

Mia and the Migoo is a 2008 French animated film produced by Folimage and directed by Jacques-Rémy Girerd> The film is about a young girl's search for her father in a tropical ...more
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Yehezkel Lazarov, Mickey Leon

Released: 2008

Directed by: Ari Folman

One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. As Ari delves deeper and deeper ...more
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Peter Sallis, Geraldine McEwan, Sally Lindsay

Released: 2008

Directed by: Nick Park

A Matter of Loaf and Death is a film directed by Nick Park and released on December 3, 2008.
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Brooke Shields, Neil Patrick Harris, Lucy Lawless

Released: 2008

Directed by: Dave Bullock

Justice League: The New Frontier is a 2008, direct-to-video, animated, superhero film adapted from the DC Comics limited series DC: The New Frontier. The film was written by Stan Berkowitz and ...more

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Kristin Chenoweth, Jane Lynch, Stanley Tucci

Released: 2008

Directed by: Kirk DeMicco

Space Chimps is a 2008 American CGI animated adventure sci-fi family comedy film produced by Vanguard Animation, Starz Animation, and 20th Century Fox, and it was released on July 18, 2008. The ...more

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Laura Bailey, Johnny Yong Bosch, Kari Wahlgren

Released: 2008

Directed by: Makoto Kamiya

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Jay Leno, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese

Released: 2008

Directed by: Anthony Leondis

Igor is a 2008 American computer animated fantasy comedy film about the stock character Igor who dreams of winning first place at the Evil Science Fair. Produced by Exodus Film Group and ...more
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Amanda Lear, Vincent Lindon, Philippe Nahon

Released: 2008

Directed by: Arthur Qwak, Guillaume Ivernel

Dragon Hunters is a 2008 French-German-Luxembourgish 3D computer-animated adventure action fantasy family film, written by Frédéric Engel-Lenoir, directed by creator Arthur Qwak ...more