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The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked

Updated October 9, 2019 7.3k votes 1.2k voters 11.5k views16 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 Franc 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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    The Incredibles franchise is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked

    Incredibles (2004)

    Incredibles 2 (2018)

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  • 3
    Monsters, Inc. Franchise is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked

    Monsters, Inc. (2001)

    Monsters University (2013)

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    Toy Story Franchise is listed (or ranked) 4 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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  • 5
    Finding Nemo Franchise is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked

    Finding Nemo (2003)
    Finding Dory (2016)

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    Kung Fu Panda Franchise is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked

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

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    Shrek Franchise is listed (or ranked) 7 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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    Cars Franchise is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked

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

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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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    Despicable Me Franchise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked
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    Despicable Me Franchise

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

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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)

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    The Lego Movie Franchise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked

    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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    Alvin and the Chipmunks Franch is listed (or ranked) 14 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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    Rugrats Franchise is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animated Film Franchises, Ranked

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

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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)

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