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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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    How to Train Your Dragon Franchise

    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

    Incredibles (2004)

    Incredibles 2 (2018)

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    Monsters, Inc. Franchise

    Monsters, Inc. (2001)

    Monsters University (2013)

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    Toy Story Franchise

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

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    Finding Nemo Franchise

    Finding Nemo (2003)
    Finding Dory (2016)

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    Kung Fu Panda Franchise

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

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    Shrek Franchise

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

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    Cars Franchise

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

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    Madagascar Franchise

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

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    Ice Age Franchise

    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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    Despicable Me Franchise

    Despicable Me Franchise

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

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    The Lego Movie Franchise

    The Lego Movie (2014)

    The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

    The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)

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    The Lion King
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    Alvin and the Chipmunks Franchise

    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

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

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    The Smurfs Franchise

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

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