Animated Movies The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time  

Ranker Film
220 votes 40 voters 21 items

List Rules Vote up the best intelligent movies, or those that are smart, clever, etc.

As children, we don't always notice how intelligent and/or clever animated movies can be, but in fact, they often are. Animated flicks and cartoons are typically targeted toward children, however, adults are usually the ones taking kids to the movies, so it only makes sense the writers add a little something for adults in there too. Of course, these thought-provoking elements don't have to be geared specifically for adults, as most (if not all) animated films set out to teach kids lessons and values, or even change their perspective on certain issues. 

These intelligent animated flicks don't have to just teach lessons or provoke thought, however. The best animated films are almost always quite clever, and often appeal to a wide audience—not just young children. Take Toy Story 3, for instance. By the time it came out, any kid who saw the original in theaters was a teen or young adult. Even then, it was funny, emotional, and clever—offering something for everyone. Another prime example of an intelligent animated movie is Inside Out. In fact, how do you get "smarter" than a film about the mind? As far as animated films go, you might not.

Whether it's an animated film that makes you cry, or one with witty jokes snuck in for adults, there's a range of intelligent animated films out there. Check out the list of movies below and vote for your favorites, or those you think are best. You can also vote down movies accordingly, and even add your own ideas of smart ones to the list. 

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13 2
Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling

2
9 3
Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

3
11 3
The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

4
12 4
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

5
8 3
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei

6
10 4
Up is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

7
11 4
Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

8
7 3
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

9
9 4
Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
John Hurt, Denholm Elliott, Richard Briers

10
7 4
Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand

11
7 3
Isle of Dogs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray

12
7 3
Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson

13
6 3
Frozen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

14
5 2
The Plague Dogs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Patrick Stewart, John Hurt, Nigel Hawthorne

15
4 1
Brave is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

16
6 4
The Lego Movie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie

17
5 4
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

18
4 3
Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald

19
3 2
Mary and Max is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Eric Bana, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette

20
4 4
Song of the Sea is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, Pat Shortt

21
4 5
Anomalisa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Thewlis, Tom Noonan