Animated Movies The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time  

Ranker Film
324 votes 47 voters 24 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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17 3
The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

2
16 3
Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling

3
18 5
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

4
15 4
Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

5
13 3
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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15 5
Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

7
14 5
Up is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

8
11 4
Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson

9
12 5
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei

10
12 5
Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand

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10 6
The Lego Movie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks

12
9 5
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

13
10 7
Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
John Hurt, Denholm Elliott, Richard Briers

14
8 5
Frozen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

15
7 4
Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald

16
6 4
Brave is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

17
7 6
Isle of Dogs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray

18
2 1
The Brave Little Toaster is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
MarySmith1 added Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Joe Ranft

19
1 0
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
comicspies1 added Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki

20
5 5
The Plague Dogs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Patrick Stewart, John Hurt, Nigel Hawthorne

21
5 6
Song of the Sea is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, Pat Shortt

22
3 4
Mary and Max is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Eric Bana, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette

23
0 2
The Secret of Kells is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
MarySmith1 added Brendan Gleeson, Mick Lally, Paul Tylak

24
4 7
Anomalisa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Intelligent Animated Movies of All Time
Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Thewlis, Tom Noonan