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The Best Animation Movies of 2009 

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Updated September 23, 2019 949 votes 82 voters 2.7k views 50 items

List of the best 2009 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 2009, 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.

A list made up of movies like Up and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. This isn't necessarily a list of all animation movies from 2009, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

Released: 2009

Directed by: Pete Docter

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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George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray

Released: 2009

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated comedy film based on the Roald Dahl children's novel of the same name. The film is about a fox who takes food each night from three mean ...more

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Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Terrence Howard

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

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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Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane

Released: 2009

Directed by: Henry Selick

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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Tony Fucile, Lori Richardson

Released: 2009

Directed by: Peter Sohn

Partly Cloudy is a Pixar CGI animated short film written and directed by Peter Sohn and produced by Kevin Reher. It was shown in theaters before Pixar's feature film Up and is a special feature ...more
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Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Lauren Graham

Released: 2009

Directed by: Phil Lord, Chris Miller

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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Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger

Released: 2009

Directed by: Conrad Vernon, Rob Letterman

Monsters vs. Aliens is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated science fiction action comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was DreamWorks ...more

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Lucy Liu, Kristin Chenoweth, Raven-Symoné

Released: 2009

Directed by: Klay Hall

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure is a 2009 computer-animated comedy adventure film based on the Disney Fairies franchise, produced by DisneyToon Studios. It is a sequel to the 2008 film, Tinker ...more

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Jennifer Connelly, Elijah Wood, Christopher Plummer

Released: 2009

Directed by: Shane Acker

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Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright

Released: 2009

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Disney's A Christmas Carol is a 2009 American 3D computer animated motion-capture holiday fantasy drama film written and directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is an adaptation of the Charles Dickens ...more

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Brendan Gleeson, Mick Lally, Paul Tylak

Released: 2009

Directed by: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey

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Eric Bana, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette

Released: 2009

Directed by: Adam Elliot

Mary and Max is a 2009 Australian stop motion animated comedy-drama film written and directed by Adam Elliot and produced by Melanie Coombs. The voice cast included Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni ...more

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Amy Sedaris, Diedrich Bader, Nolan Gould

Released: 2009

Directed by: Robert Vince

Disney's irresistible talking puppies are back in an all-new movie that takes them where no Buddy has gone before -- the moon! With the help of some stellar new friends, this out-of-this-world ...more

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Selena Gomez, Snoop Dogg, Fergie

Released: 2009

Directed by: Luc Besson

"In "Revenge of Maltazard", Arthur answers a distress call from Princess Selenia. Going back to the world of the tooth-sized, elfin Minimoys, he joins Selenia and her brother ...more
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Maaya Sakamoto, Megumi Hayashibara, Junko Iwao

Released: 2009

Directed by: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Masayuki

Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance continues the story of Shinji Ikari, who has chosen a path of struggle and combat against the mysterious and awesomely powerful beings known as Angels. ...more
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Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

Released: 2009

Directed by: Carlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeier

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a 2009 American 3-D computer animated comedy adventure film, and the third installment in the Ice Age series. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios and ...more

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Charlize Theron, Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage

Released: 2009

Directed by: David Bowers

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Tadanobu Asano, Yū Aoi, Daisuke Gōri

Released: 2009

Directed by: Takeshi Koike

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Koyasu Taketo, Kappei Yamaguchi, Kazuhiko Inoue

Released: 2009

Directed by: Yoshinobu Nishizaki

Space Battleship Yamato: Resurrection is a 2009 Japanese animated science fiction action film, and the first part of a planned series of films which are the latest addition to the Space ...more
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Jessica Biel, Dwayne Johnson, Gary Oldman

Released: 2009

Directed by: Marcos Martinez, Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad

Planet 51 is a 2009 English-language Spanish animated science fiction/family comedy film directed by Jorge Blanco, written by Joe Stillman, and starring Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin ...more

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Tim Curry, Jerry Lewis, Matt Lauer

Released: 2009

Directed by: Norton Virgien

Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! is a 2009 traditionally animated film adaptation of the children's stories by H.A. Rey and Margret Rey. It is a sequel to the successful 2006 theatrical ...more

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Liubomiras Lauciavicius, Aleksandr Pashutin, Gennadi Sajfulin

Released: 2009

Directed by: Misha Shprits, Aljoscha Klimov, Yoshiharu Ashino

First Squad is a joint animation project of Japan's Studio 4°C and Russia's Molot Entertainment. It won the Kommersant newspaper's prize.
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Graham McTavish, Nolan North, Fred Tatasciore

Released: 2009

Directed by: Sam Liu, Frank Paur

Hulk Vs is a 2009 direct-to-video animated release from Marvel Animation and Lionsgate, featuring the Incredible Hulk in two short films: Hulk Vs Wolverine and Hulk Vs Thor. The animation was by ...more

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Megumi Hayashibara, Akihiro Miwa, Shin-ichiro Miki

Released: 2009

Directed by: Kunihiko Yuyama

Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life, originally released in Japan as Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl the Movie: Arceus: To Conquering Space-Time, is a 2009 Japanese anime film ...more

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Rosario Dawson, Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion

Released: 2009

Directed by: Lauren Montgomery

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