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The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked  

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Here are the best animated movie series for kids and the whole family. Featuring Disney classics, Pixar movies, DreamWorks series, and more, the most popular animated kids series are also some of the best movies for kids. What are the best animated kids series? 

You can't rank the best animated film series for kids without the Toy Story movies and the Shrek series. Other good film franchises for kids include the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, the Kung Fu Panda trilogy, the Madagascar franchise, and the Despicable Me series. 

Vote up the best animated kids film franchises. Feel free to add any animated children's film series missing from the list. No live-action movies! 

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Toy Story Franchise is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked

Toy Story (1995)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Toy Story 4 (2019)

Toy Story is a CGI animated film series and Disney media franchise that began with the original 1995 film, Toy Story, produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ...more
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How to Train Your Dragon Franc... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
How to Train Your Dragon 3 (2019)

The How to Train Your Dragon franchise (also referred to as simply HTTYD) from DreamWorks Animation consists of two feature films How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and How to Train Your Dragon 2 ...more
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Kung Fu Panda Franchise is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked

Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

The Kung Fu Panda franchise from DreamWorks Animation consists of three films: Kung Fu Panda (2008), Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) and Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016). The first two were distributed by ...more
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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked
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Incredibles (2004)

Incredibles 2 (2018)

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
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Monsters, Inc. Franchise is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked
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Monsters, Inc. (2001)

Monsters University (2013)

Monsters, Inc. is a CGI animated film series and Disney media franchise that began with the 2001 film, Monsters, Inc., produced by Pixar and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The original ...more
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Shrek Franchise is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked

Shrek (2001)
Shrek 2 (2004)
Shrek the Third (2007)
Shrek Forever After (2010)

The Shrek franchise from DreamWorks Animation, based on William Steig's picture book Shrek!, consists of four computer-animated films including: Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third ...more
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Finding Nemo Franchise is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked

Finding Nemo (2003)
Finding Dory (2016)

Finding Nemo is a CGI animated film series and Disney media franchise that began with the 2003 film, Finding Nemo, produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The original film was ...more
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Despicable Me Franchise is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked

Despicable Me (2010)
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
Minions (2015)
Despicable Me 3 (2017)
Minions 2 (2020)

Despicable Me is a computer-animated comedy film franchise distributed by Universal Pictures and produced by Illumination Entertainment. It consists of three feature films, ten short films and ...more
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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked
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The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
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Cars Franchise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked

Cars (2006)
Cars 2 (2011)
Cars 3 (2017)

Cars is a CGI-animated film series and Disney media franchise set in a world populated by anthropomorphic vehicles. The franchise began with the 2006 film, Cars, produced by Pixar Animation ...more
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Ice Age Franchise is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked

Ice Age (2002)
Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)

The Ice Age franchise is produced by Blue Sky Studios, a division of 20th Century Fox, and featuring the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, and Chris Wedge. Five films have been ...more
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Madagascar Franchise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked

Madagascar (2005)
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

Madagascar is a computer-animated franchise produced by DreamWorks Animation. Voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith are featured in the films. It began with ...more
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The Lego Movie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked
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The Lego Movie (2014)

The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)

The Lego Movie is a 2014 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. An ordinary Lego minifigure (Chris Pratt) who finds himself being the only one ...more
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Rugrats Franchise is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked

The Rugrats Movie (1998)
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000)
Rugrats Go Wild (2003)

The Rugrats film series is a trilogy of animated adventure films based on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon, Rugrats, created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain. The TV ...more
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Alvin and the Chipmunks Franch... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked

Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)

Alvin and the Chipmunks is a live-action film series, based on the characters of the same name created by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr.. The films are produced by Janice Karman and Ross Bagdasarian and ...more
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The Smurfs Franchise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked

The Smurfs (2011)
The Smurfs 2 (2013)
Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017)

The Smurfs have appeared in two feature length films and two short films loosely based on The Smurfs comic book series created by the Belgian comics artist Peyo and the 1980s animated TV series ...more