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The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked 

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Updated October 9, 2019 4.2k votes 821 voters 9.5k views 16 items

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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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How to Train Your Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 1 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)

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Toy Story Franchise is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked

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

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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)

4
Shrek Franchise is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked

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

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Despicable Me Franchise ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked
Despicable Me Franchise

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

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked
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Incredibles (2004)

Incredibles 2 (2018)

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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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Ice Age Franchise is listed (or ranked) 8 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)

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Madagascar Franchise is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked

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

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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)

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Monsters, Inc. Franchise... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked
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Monsters, Inc. (2001)

Monsters University (2013)

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The Lego Movie is listed (or ranked) 12 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)

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 13 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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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)

15
Alvin and the Chipmunks ... 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)

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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)