List of cartoon movies

Cartoon Movies List

Children like to watch cartoons and animated movies because they are transported, for those two hours, into another world where their fantasies come true, where fairytales are possible, and where their imagination is not restricted. Also, with animated movies getting more realistic in presentation, the interest is only going to go up. Buzzle presents a comprehensive list of cartoon movies for your perusal.
"When we constantly ask for miracles, we're unraveling the fabric of the world. A world of continuous miracles would not be a world, it would be a cartoon."
―Douglas Coupland
Animated movies take you to a different world altogether. With cartoon movies, the storytellers can portray surreal universes, alternate realities, and fantastic situations and stories. This was somewhat limited a decade ago, but with the recent progress in CGI technology, the difference between animated movies and feature films is thinning. They have begun to use motion capture technology to display accurate facial expressions in animated movies, making the characters seem life-like.

However, even if the plot is serious, animated movies are supposed to be relaxed and entertaining, although they are fiercely critiqued by the critics. The primary target audience are children and young moviegoers, although more mature themes and scripts are attracting adults too.

INDEX
Modern Classics
1980-1999
Modern Animation
2000-2014

Cartoon movies contain good humor, song and dance sequences, and most importantly, the content is not violent and explicit. This makes them safe to be watched by children of all ages, although the movies with adult themes do require parental guidance. They also are a testament of immense creativity of storytellers where a new movie with an innovative storyline is released almost every two years. This makes the job of making a list of best animated movies all the more difficult.

Old Cartoon Movies
(1940 to 1979)
These movies laid groundwork for a whole generation of cartoons that spanned almost 5 decades. The techniques used here ranged from the exhaustively rich detailed full animation by Walt Disney to the efficient and budget-friendly techniques used by Hanna-Barbara. Unlike today's computer-aided graphics, these movies required painstaking effort, in the way of cartoon drawings, manually drawn. In good quality animation, as many as 18 frames would be used per second. So, you can imagine the number of sketches that would be required for a full length feature! Next time you watch these classics and crib about the lack of detail and how they don't measure up to today's high standards of filmmaking, just think about the effort the cartoonists have put into it.

1940-1949
Fantasia (1940)
Pinocchio (1940)
Dumbo (1941)
Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941)
The Reluctant Dragon (1941)
Bambi (1942)
Victory Through Air Power (1943)
The Three Caballeros (1944)
Handling Ships (1945)
Make Mine Music (1946)
Robert Cormack (1946)
Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
William Morgan (live-action) (1947)
Melody Time (1948)
Wilfred Jackson (1948)
Water for Firefighting (1948)
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
Alice in Wonderland (1949)

1950-55
Cinderella (1950)
Johnny the Giant Killer (1950)
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
The Night Before Christmas (1951)
The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep (1952)
The Scarlet Flower (1952)
The Snow Maiden (1952)
Bonjour Paris! (1953)
Peter Pan (1953)
Animal Farm (1954)
Hansel and Gretel: An Opera Fantasy (1954)
The Enchanted Boy (1955)
Lady and the Tramp (1955)

1956-60
The Enchanted Village (1956)
The Secret of Magic Island (1956)
The Twelve Months (1956)
The Big Fun Carnival (1957)
Hemo the Magnificent (1957)
The Snow Queen (1957)
Beloved Beauty (1958)
A Deadly Invention (1958)
The Tale of the White Serpent (1958)
1001 Arabian Nights (1959)
The Adventures of Buratino (1959)
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Alakazam the Great (1960)
It Was I Who Drew the Little Man (1960)

1961-63
The Key (1961)
One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
The Orphan Brother (1961)
Arabian Nights: The Adventures of Sinbad (1962)
Gay Purr-ee (1962)
Heaven and Earth Magic (1962)
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962)
Doggie March (1963)
The Sword in the Stone (1963)

1964

Astro Boy: Hero of Space
Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!
William Hanna
The Incredible Mr. Limpet
Is There Intelligent Life on Earth?
Of Stars and Men
Return to Oz
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer

1965
The Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy Show
Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon
The Man from Button Willow
Pinocchio in Outer Space
Willy McBean and his Magic Machine

1966
The New Alice in Wonderland
Alice of Wonderland in Paris
The Man Called Flintstone

1967
Asterix the Gaul
Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack and the Witch
The Jungle Book
Mad Monster Party
The Wacky World of Mother Goose

1968
Adam 2
Asterix and Cleopatra
Yellow Submarine

1969
A Boy Named Charlie Brown
A Christmas Carol
Flying Phantom Ship
The Nonexistent Knight
Tintin and the Temple of the Sun
The Wonderful World of Puss 'n Boots

1970
Aladdin and His Magic Lamp
Cleopatra: Queen of Sex
Dougal and the Blue Cat
The Phantom Tollbooth
Santa and the Three Bears
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

1971
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Benny's Bathtub
The Cat in the Hat
Here Comes Peter Cottontail
The Legend of Robin Hood
The Point!

1972
The Adventures of Pinocchio
Fritz the Cat
The Lorax
Marco Polo Junior Versus the Red Dragon
Snoopy, Come Home
The Three Musketeers In Boots
Tintin and the Lake of Sharks
Treasure Island

1973
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Adventures of Mowgli
Charlotte's Web
The Glorious Musketeers
Robin Hood

1974
Adventures of Sinbad the Sailor
Journey Back to Oz
The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat
Oliver Twist
The Year Without a Santa Claus

1975
Coonskin
Dick Deadeye, or Duty Done
Everybody Rides the Carousel
Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid
The Last of the Mohicans
Tubby the Tuba

1976
Puss 'n Boots Travels Around the World
Rudolph's Shiny New Year
The Smurfs and the Magic Flute
The Twelve Tasks of Asterix

1977
5 Weeks in a Balloon
Down and Dirty Duck
The Easter Bunny is Comin' To Town
Fantastic Animation Festival
A Flintstone Christmas
Gulliver's Travels
The Hobbit
Journey to the Center of the Earth
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Mouse and His Child
Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown
Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure
The Rescuers
Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Wizards

1978
Black Beauty
The Lord of the Rings
The Stingiest Man in Town
The Talking Parcel
The Water Babies

1979
The Adventures of Sinbad
The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie
The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone
Gulliver's Travels
Jack Frost
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Les Misérables
Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
Scooby Goes Hollywood
Taro the Dragon Boy

Modern Classics
(1980 to 1999)
There was this time between the late 1980s and 1990s where there was a transition in the style of cartoons. Computers were just being used to aid animation effects. Although a fully computer-aided animated movie named Toy Story came out in 1995, filmmakers did not abandon the traditional style altogether. A classic example of this is the Batman: The Animated Series franchise and its spin-offs. Enthusiasts still prefer the old 2D style of animation for DC comics superhero movies. Although they do use computers to render graphics, but that only adds to the rich detail of 2D techniques. The following movies are from this era, a time in transition, where people finally began to accept the digitization of cartoon movies.

1980
Animalympics
Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!!)
Gnomes
Pinocchio's Christmas
Scruffy
Snow White Christmas
The Return of the King
Yogi's First Christmas

1981
American Pop
The Fox and the Hound
The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie

1982
Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales
Disney's Halloween Treat
The Flight of Dragons
The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat
The Last Unicorn
Mighty Mouse in the Great Space Chase
The Secret of NIMH
The Wizard of Oz
Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy Christmas Caper

1983
Abra Cadabra
Mickey's Christmas Carol
Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island
Fire and Ice
The Legend of Hiawatha
Twice Upon a Time
Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore

1984
The Adventures of Pinocchio
Gallavants
The Soldier's Tale

1985
The Adventures of Mark Twain
Bigfoot and the Muscle Machines
The Black Cauldron
A Christmas Special
The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
The Secret of the Sword
Starchaser: The Legend of Orin

1986
The Adventures of the American Rabbit
Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation
The Cosmic Eye
Dot and Keeto
Dot and the Whale
GoBots: War of the Rock Lords
The Great Mouse Detective
Heathcliff: The Movie
Jiminy Cricket's Christmas
My Little Pony: The Movie
Robotech: The Movie
Skeletor's Revenge
Sophie's Place
The Transformers: The Movie

1987
The Amazing Mr. Bickford
The Chipmunk Adventure
DuckTales: Treasure of the Golden Suns
The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones
Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night
Robotix: The Movie
Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers
The Wind in the Willows
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Yogi's Great Escape
Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose

1988
Akira
Daffy Duck's Quackbusters
Felix the Cat: The Movie
Garfield: His 9 Lives
Happy Birthday, Garfield
Oliver & Company
Rockin' with Judy Jetson
Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School
Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears

1989
Asterix and the Big Fight
The Brave Frog
The Little Mermaid
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland
A Tale of Two Toads

1990
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship
Jetsons: The Movie
The Mind's Eye: A Computer Animation Odyssey
The Nutcracker Prince
The Prince and the Pauper
The Rescuers Down Under
TaleSpin: Plunder & Lightning

1991
Aeneid
Beauty and the Beast
Darkwing Duck: Darkly Dawns the Duck
Garfield Gets a Life
The Little Engine That Could
Pirates of Dark Water: The Saga Begins
Puss in Boots
Rock-a-Doodle
A Wish for Wings That Work

1992
After School Tinker Bell
Aladdin
Beauty and the Beast
Evil Toons
Freddie as F.R.O.7
Frosty Returns
The Little Mermaid
Pinocchio
Sinbad
Thumbelina
Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation
Tom and Jerry: The Movie

1993
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Happily Ever After - AKA: Snow White 2
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Thief and the Cobbler
The Three Musketeers
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story

1994
A Troll in Central Park
Asterix in Amerika
Cinderella
Dragon Ball Z 10: Broly - Second Coming
The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure
Leo the Lion: King of the Jungle
The Lion King
Scooby-Doo in Arabian Nights
Thumbelina
Yogi the Easter Bear

1995
Alice in Wonderland
A Close Shave
Gargoyles the Movie: The Heroes Awaken
A Goofy Movie
Gumby: The Movie
Heidi
Magic Gift of the Snowman
Pocahontas
Sleeping Beauty
The Snow Queen
Snow White
Toy Story

1996
Aladdin and the King of Thieves
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2
Beavis and Butt-head Do America
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
James and the Giant Peach
The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists
The Snow Queen's Revenge
Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie
Space Jam

1997
Anastasia
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue
A Christmas Carol
Hercules
The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island
Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off
Mondo Plympton
Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin
The Ugly Duckling

1998
An All Dogs Christmas Carol
Antz
A Bug's Life
Hercules: Zero to Hero
Hercules and Xena - The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
Mulan
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World
Pokémon: The First Movie
The Prince of Egypt
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie
The Rugrats Movie
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island
The Swan Princess: The Mystery of the Enchanted Treasure

1999
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein
Bartok the Magnificent
Batman Beyond: The Movie
Fantasia 2000
The Iron Giant
The King and I
Madeline: Lost in Paris
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas
The Nuttiest Nutcracker
Olive, the Other Reindeer
Puss in Boots
Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
Street Fighter Alpha: The Movie
Tarzan
Tarzan of the Apes
Toy Story 2
Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving

Modern Animation
(2000 to 2014)
Exquisite detail―that's what any cartoon film buff says if he is asked about the animation movies of today. Special computer farms are used to process how thousands of strands of hair will behave as the character moves in the animated universe. The character of Mike Sully in the movie Monsters Inc. had reportedly five and a half million strands of hair on his body, and a single computer took 670 hours to render one second of the movie with the character in it. Such is the extent to which the filmmakers are going to entertain the audience. Computers have revolutionized animated feature films, a luxury the past could not afford. Yes, there have been movies with less emotion and more techniques, but filmmakers have kept the essence of the animated movies where it should be―the heart.

2000
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins
Casper's Haunted Christmas
Chicken Run
Dinosaur
An Extremely Goofy Movie
Monster Mash
The Road to El Dorado
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie
Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders
Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists
The Tigger Movie
Titan A.E.
Tom Sawyer

2001
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse
Monsters, Inc.
Mutant Aliens
Osmosis Jones
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys
Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase
Shenmue: The Movie
Shrek
Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring

2002
Cinderella II: Dreams Come True
Hey Arnold!: The Movie
Ice Age
Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie
Lilo & Stitch
Mickey's House of Villains
The Powerpuff Girls Movie
The Princess and the Pea
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Tarzan & Jane
Treasure Planet
Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year

2003
101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman
Brother Bear
Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure
The Cunning Little Vixen
The Fairly OddParents: Abra-Catastrophe!
The Night B4 Christmas
Finding Nemo
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
The Jungle Book 2
The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration
Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Kids
My Little Pony: The Princess Promenade
Piglet's Big Movie
Rugrats Go Wild!
Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire
Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
Son of Alladin
Stitch! The Movie

2004
Ark
Clifford's Really Big Movie
The Fairly OddParents: Channel Chasers
G.I. Joe: Valor vs. Venom
Home on the Range
The Incredibles
Kangaroo Jack: G'Day U.S.A.!
The Lion King 1½
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas
Naruto the Movie: Snow Princess' Book of Ninja Arts
Pokémon: Jirachi Wishmaker
Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys
The Polar Express
Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy
Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness Monster
Shark Tale
Shrek 2
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
Teacher's Pet
Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars
Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo

2005
The Batman vs Dracula: The Animated Movie
Care Bears: Big Wish Movie
Chicken Little
Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone
Disaster!
Escape from Cluster Prime
Hoodwinked!
Kim Possible: So the Drama
Klay World: Off the Table
Kronk's New Groove
The Legend of Frosty the Snowman
Lil' Pimp
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch
Madagascar
Mulan II
My Scene Goes Hollywood
Pooh's Heffalump Movie
The Proud Family Movie
Scooby Doo in Where's My Mummy?
Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story
Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild
Tarzan II
Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars
Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry
The Batman vs Dracula: The Animated Movie

2006
The Ant Bully
Bambi II
Brother Bear 2
Cars
Codename: Kids Next Door: Operation Z.E.R.O
The Fox and the Hound 2
Happy Feet
Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms
Ice Age: The Meltdown
Krishna
The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers
The Legend of Sasquatch
Live Freaky! Die Freaky!
Livin' It Up With Bratz
Monster House
Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom
Open Season
Over the Hedge
PollyWorld
Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles
Romeo & Juliet: Sealed with a Kiss
Superman: Brainiac Attacks
Tony Hawk in Boom Boom Sabotage
Ultimate Avengers
Ultimate Avengers 2
The Wild

2007
Alice in Wonderland: What's the Matter With Hatter?
Battle for Terra
Bee Movie
Beowulf
Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!
Cinderella III: A Twist in Time
Dante's Inferno
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams
Doctor Strange
Futurama: Bender's Big Score
Happily N'Ever After
Hellboy: Blood and Iron
Highlander: The Search for Vengeance
The Invincible Iron Man
Jungle Book: Rikki-Tikki-Tavi to the Rescue
The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends
Meet the Robinsons
Persepolis
Ratatouille
Robin Hood: Quest For The King
Shrek the Third
The Simpsons Movie
Superman: Doomsday
Surf's Up
The Ten Commandments
The Three Musketeers: Saving The Crown
TMNT
Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale
We Are the Strange

2008
Batman: Gotham Knight
Bolt
Dead Space: Downfall
Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight
Futurama: Bender's Game
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs
Garfield's Fun Fest
Ghatothkach: Master of Magic
Horton Hears a Who!
Justice League: The New Frontier
Kung Fu Panda
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
A Miser Brothers' Christmas
Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow
Open Season 2
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie
Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King
Space Chimps
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
The Tale of Despereaux
Tinker Bell
The Toe Tactic
Turok: Son of Stone
WALL-E
Waltz with Bashir

2009
Afro Samurai: Resurrection
A Christmas Carol
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show
Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder
Garfield's Pet Force
Green Lantern: First Flight
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Monsters vs. Aliens
Planet 51
The Princess and the Frog
The Prodigy
Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
Wonder Woman

2010
Alpha and Omega
Batman: Under the Red Hood
A Cat in Paris
Care Bears: Share Bear Shines
Chico and Rita
Despicable Me
The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie!
How To Train Your Dragon
Halo Legends
The Illusionist
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
Mars
Megamind
Planet Hulk
Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey
Ramayana: The Epic
Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo
Shock Invasion
Shrek Forever After
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
Tangled
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes
Toy Story 3
Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie

2011
The Adventures of Tintin
All-Star Superman
Arthur Christmas
Batman: Year One
Cars 2
Dead Space: Aftermath
Dwegons
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos
Gnomeo & Juliet
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
Happy Feet Two
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
Kung Fu Panda 2
Mars Needs Moms
Open Season 3
Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension
Puss in Boots
Rango
Rio
Seer
Thor: Tales of Asgard
Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz
Top Cat: The Movie
Winnie the Pooh

2012
Arjun: The Warrior Prince
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 1
Brave
Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie
Chhota Bheem and the Curse of Damyaan
Delhi Safari
Foodfight!
Frankenweenie
Gladiators of Rome
Heart String Marionette
Hotel Transylvania
Ice Age: Continental Drift
It's Such a Beautiful Day
Justice League: Doom
A Liar's Autobiography
The Lorax
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Norm of the North
The Outback
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
ParaNorman
Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice
Poe
Rise of the Guardians
Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie
Seer 2
Starship Troopers: Invasion
Strange Frame: Love & Sax
Superman vs. The Elite
War of the Worlds: Goliath
The Waterman Movie
Where the Dead Go to Die
Wreck-It Ralph
Zarafa

2013
Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 2
Chhota Bheem and the Throne of Bali
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Doraemon: Nobita no Himitsu Dōgu Museum
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
Epic
Escape from Planet Earth
Free Birds
Frozen
The House of Magic
Iron Man: Rise of Technovore
Monsters University
Planes
Princess Twins of Legendale
Seer 3
Tarzan
Turbo

2014
Asterix: The Land of the Gods
Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Jungle Book
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
The Lego Movie
Mighty Raju : Rio Calling
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Naruto Shippuden the Movie: 7
The Nut Job
Pinocchio
Planes: Fire & Rescue
Rio 2
The Pirate Fairy
Stand By Me Doraemon
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