Animated Movies The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time  

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170 votes 32 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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Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Inside Out Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling

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Up is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
The Incredibles Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Despicable Me Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand

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Mulan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Mulan Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei

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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Lilo & Stitch Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson

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Brave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Brave Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

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Isle of Dogs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Isle of Dogs Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray

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Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Watership Down John Hurt, Denholm Elliott, Richard Briers

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Beauty and the Beast Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald

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The Plague Dogs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
The Plague Dogs Patrick Stewart, John Hurt, Nigel Hawthorne

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The Lego Movie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
The Lego Movie Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie

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Song of the Sea is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Song of the Sea Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, Pat Shortt

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Anomalisa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Anomalisa Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Thewlis, Tom Noonan

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Mary and Max is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Mary and Max Eric Bana, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette