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The Best Oscar-Winning Animated Films

Updated April 26, 2021 6k votes 1.1k voters 32k views19 items

List RulesVote up the best films to win an Oscar for Best Animated Feature

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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  • 1

    Toy Story 3

    Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg
    419
    123

    Released2010

    Directed byLee Unkrich

    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. Directed...  more
  • 2

    Toy Story 4

    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen
    155
    53

    Released2019

    Directed byJosh Cooley

    Toy Story 4 is a 2019 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Josh Cooley. Woody (Tom Hanks) and the gang go on a search when Bo Peep (Annie Potts) goes missing....  more
  • 3

    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman
    277
    181

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

    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 robot...  more
  • 4

    Ratatouille

    Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo
    235
    148

    Released2007

    Directed byBrad Bird, Jan Pinkava

    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 and...  more
  • 5

    Up

    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner
    288
    194

    Released2009

    Directed byPete Docter

    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
  • 6

    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter
    267
    177

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Bird

    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 action to...  more
  • 7

    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe
    256
    169

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

    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
  • 8

    Shrek

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy
    277
    187

    Released2001

    Directed byAndrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

    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 Mike...  more
  • 9

    Spirited Away

    Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara
    228
    152

    Released2001

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

    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
  • 10

    Coco

    Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal
    137
    94

    Released2017

    Directed byLee Unkrich

    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 Garcia...  more
  • 11

    Zootopia

    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman
    165
    124

    Released2016

    Directed byByron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

    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
  • 12

    Happy Feet

    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman
    144
    136

    Released2006

    Directed byJudy Morris, George Miller, Warren Coleman

    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 studio...  more
  • 13

    Frozen

    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel
    179
    186

    Released2013

    Directed byChris Buck, Jennifer Lee

    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 Walt...  more
  • 14

    Inside Out

    Amy Poehler, Diane Lane
    70
    64

    Released2015

    Directed byPete Docter

    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
  • 15

    Big Hero 6

    Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph
    62
    56

    Released2014

    Directed byChris Williams, Don Hall

    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 Disney...  more
  • 16

    Brave

    Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson
    138
    154

    Released2012

    Directed byMark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

    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
  • 17

    Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

    Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes
    114
    129

    Released2005

    Directed byNick Park, Steve Box

    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 was the...  more
  • 18

    Rango

    Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher
    105
    135

    Released2011

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    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 success,...  more
  • 19

    Soul

    Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey
    7
    8

    Released2020

    Directed byPete Docter

    Soul is a 2020 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter. With dreams of performing jazz music onstage, middle school music teacher Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx) suddenly has his soul...  more