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The Best Oscar-Winning Animated Films  

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Animated movies have been around since Disney released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, but it wasn't until 2001 that the Academy first introduced a new award category for this kind of movie. In 2001, Shrek took home the first Oscar given for Best Animated Feature. This list includes every movie to win an Oscar for animated film, including titles such as “Toy Story 3”, “Brave," and “Happy Feet.”

Movies have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired and live vicariously through the stories we see on screen. It is for this reason we often feel an emotional connection to films. The best of these movies are often bestowed with an Academy Award nomination, and those that are truly the best take home the Oscar.

These best Oscar winning animated films provide a kind of escapism that filmmakers hope people seek in entertainment. They are often heart-warming, endearing, and appropriate for the whole family. They provide the type of entertainment that is groundbreaking in their technology and their story-telling. These movies vary in their genre, though many are comedies, but they are all equally engaging.

Though all of these animated films were the best in their year, some are still the best of all winners. Vote up the best Academy Award winning animated films below.

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Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt
Coco is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy adventure film directed by Lee Unkrich. Aspiring musician Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) teams up with charming trickster Hector (Gael ...more

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Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy
WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a ...more

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Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman
Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more

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Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton
Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, and the third film in the Toy Story series. It was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ...more

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Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee
The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into ...more

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Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett
Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighth film produced by Pixar, and was co-written ...more

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Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana
Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more

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Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers
Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of ...more

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Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki
Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film stars Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, ...more

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Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba
Zootopia is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore. A rabbit police officer (Ginnifer Goodwin) and a red fox con artist (Jason Bateman) form an ...more

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Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling
Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Pete Docter. In the mind of a young girl, five personified emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), ...more

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Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez
Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 54th film in the Walt ...more

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Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk
Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 53rd animated feature in the ...more

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Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Peter Kay
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a 2005 British stop-motion animated comedy film. The film was produced by Aardman Animations in partnership with DreamWorks Animation, and ...more

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Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly
Brave is a 2012 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and ...more

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Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina
Rango is a 2011 American computer-animated action comedy western film directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Verbinski, Graham King and John B. Carls. Rango was a critical and commercial ...more

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Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams
Happy Feet is a 2006 Australian-American computer-animated musical family film, directed, produced and co-written by George Miller. It was produced at Sydney-based visual effects and animation ...more

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