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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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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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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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The Tale of Despereaux Emma Watson, Dustin Hoffman, Sigourney Weaver 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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Bolt Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloë Grace Moretz 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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The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning Sally Field, Danny Cooksey, Frank Welker 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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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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Tinker Bell Lucy Liu, Kristin Chenoweth, Raven-Symoné Tinker Bell is a 2008 computer animated film based on the Disney Fairies franchise produced by DisneyToon Studios. It revolves around Tinker Bell, a fairy character created by J. M. Barrie in ...more

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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 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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Garfield's Fun Fest Frank Welker, Tim Conway, Jason Marsden 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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The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!! E.G. Daily, Kevin Michael Richardson, Tara Strong The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!! is a 2008 animation film directed and written by Craig McCracken .

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Open Season 2 Jane Krakowski, Billy Connolly, Joel McHale 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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Space Chimps Kristin Chenoweth, Jane Lynch, Stanley Tucci 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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Lego Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Brick Lego Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Brick is a 3-D computer-animated Lego movie directed by Peder Pedersen. It combines details from all four Indiana Jones features into one ...more

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Waltz with Bashir Yehezkel Lazarov, Mickey Leon 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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Batman: Gotham Knight David McCallum, Parminder Nagra, Ana Ortiz 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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Igor Jay Leno, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese 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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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Kevin Michael Richardson Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a 2008 American computer-animated space opera film that takes place within the Star Wars saga, leading into the TV series of the same name produced by Lucasfilm. The ...more

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Mia & the Migoo Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods, Wallace Shawn 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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The Flight Before Christmas Tommi Korpela, Elina Knihtilä, Vesa Vierikko The Flight Before Christmas is a 2008 computer animated Christmas film directed by Michael Hegner and Kari Juusonen. It revolves around a young reindeer who must overcome his fear of flying by ...more

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Fly Me to the Moon Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Kelly Ripa Fly Me to the Moon is a 2008 Belgian-American CGI animated 3D feature film. It was released in digital 3D in Belgium on 30 January 2008 and in the USA and Canada on 15 August 2008. The film was ...more

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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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Justice League: The New Frontier Brooke Shields, Neil Patrick Harris, Lucy Lawless 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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The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie Cam Clarke, Yuri Lowenthal, Brian K. Roberts 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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The Sky Crawlers Rinko Kikuchi, Chiaki Kuriyama, Naoto Takenaka The Sky Crawler is a 2008 anime film directed by Mamoru Oshii.

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Sunshine Barry & the Disco Worms Fedor Bondarchuk, Trine Dyrholm, Lars Hjortshøj Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms is a 2008 computer animated film written by Morten Dragsted and directed by Thomas Borch Nielsen.

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Dead Space: Downfall Kelly Hu, Kevin Michael Richardson, Grey DeLisle Dead Space: Downfall is an American animated horror film developed by Film Roman and EA. It is a prequel to the video game Dead Space and takes place during the events of Dead Space: Extraction, ...more

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Vampire Knight Troy Baker, Ezra Weisz, Vic Mignogna Vampire Knight is a shōjo manga series written by Matsuri Hino. The series premiered in the January 2005 issue of LaLa magazine and has officially ended. Chapters are collected and published in ...more

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Dragon Hunters Amanda Lear, Vincent Lindon, Philippe Nahon 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

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Resident Evil: Degeneration Laura Bailey, Johnny Yong Bosch, Kari Wahlgren Resident Evil: Degeneration, known in Japan as Biohazard: Degeneration, is the first full-length motion capture CG animation feature in Capcom's Resident Evil franchise. The film was made by ...more

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Dead Fury Frank Sudol Dead Fury is a 2008 American animated comedy-horror parody written and directed by Frank Sudol, with Sudol also doing all animation, music, and voice characterizations. The film debuted at the ...more

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The Leather Daddy And The Unicorn

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Hot Dog Marc Diraison, Carrie Keranen, Greg Sextro Hot Dog is a 2008 short animation film written and directed by Bill Plympton.

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Sita Sings the Blues Pooja Kumar, Deepti Gupta, Manish Acharya Sita Sings the Blues is a 2008 animated film written, directed, produced and animated entirely by American artist Nina Paley, primarily using 2D computer graphics and Flash Animation. It ...more

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The Nutty Professor Jerry Lewis, Drake Bell, Andrew Francis The Nutty Professor is a 2008 American-Canadian computer-animated comedy sequel to the 1963 Jerry Lewis comedy of the same name, produced by Rainmaker Entertainment and The Weinstein Company and ...more

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Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior Megumi Hayashibara, Shin-ichiro Miki, Kōichi Yamadera   

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Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Michelle Trachtenberg, Kiefer Sutherland, Lucy Lawless Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight is a 2008 animated film, the first to be based on the Dragonlance campaign setting of the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. It is based on the ...more

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Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry's Big River Rescue Brian K. Roberts, Phil Vischer, Mike Nawrocki 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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A Matter of Loaf and Death Peter Sallis, Geraldine McEwan, Sally Lindsay A Matter of Loaf and Death is a film directed by Nick Park and released on December 3, 2008.

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Goat Story Miroslav Táborský, Jiří Lábus, Petr Nározný Goat Story - The Old Prague Legends is a 2008 Czech computer adult animated feature film. Directed by Jan Tománek and produced by Art And Animation studio. It was the first Czech and East ...more

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Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow Fred Tatasciore, Tom Kane, Nicole Oliver Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow is a direct-to-video animated film. It is fifth in a series of animated films from Marvel Animation, based on Marvel Comics by Lions Gate Entertainment. It was ...more

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The Chosen One Laura Prepon, Tim Curry, Traci Lords The Chosen One is an American animated action-comedy film from 2007. It was directed by Chris Lackey, written by Chad Fifer and Chris Lackey, produced by Andreas Olavarria, and starring Chad ...more

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Roadside Romeo Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Jaaved Jaffrey Roadside Romeo is a 2008 Hindi-American computer animated musical comedy film written and directed by Jugal Hansraj and produced by Aditya Chopra and Yash Chopra of Yash Raj Films and ...more

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Year of the Fish Ken Leung, Tsai Chin, Randall Duk Kim Year of the Fish is a 2007 American animated film based on Ye Xian, a ninth-century Chinese variant of the fairy tale Cinderella, starring Tsai Chin, Randall Duk Kim, Ken Leung and An Nguyen. ...more

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One Piece: Episode of Chopper: Bloom in the Winter, Miracle Sakura Kappei Yamaguchi, Masako Nozawa, Takeshi Aono One Piece: Episode of Chopper: Bloom in the Winter, Miracle Sakura is a 2008 anime film written by Eiichiro Oda and directed by Atsuji Shimizu.

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A Day At The Beach "When Buffy Brad and Shapely Sally settled down to enjoy a sunny quiet California day at the beach, they could not have imagined how “spicy” their day would turn out to be! Politically ...more

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Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds Nana Mizuki, Kazuhiko Inoue, Junko Takeuchi Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds is the fifth overall Naruto film, and is the second Naruto: Shippūden film. It was released on August 2, 2008. The movie was announced in Weekly Shōnen Jump ...more

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Who's Afraid of Kathy Acker? Who's Afraid of Kathy Acker? is a 2008 film directed by Barbara Caspar.

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Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King Hayden Panettiere, Tim Curry, Jay Leno Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King is the twelfth in the series of Scooby-Doo direct-to-video films produced by Warner Bros. Animation. This movie, along with the next film Samurai Sword were both ...more