Best Animated Features of 2001 to 2012 (Updated)

A list of the best animated features that were nominated and have won at the oscars' Best Animated Feature, films that should have been nominated if the academy had five nominations at the beginning of the Best Animated Feature category (also if they didn't make that silly rule of having three or four nominations for it) & at some of the past cermonies and films that couldn't make it to best animated feature and were just nominated for best visual. Also upcoming animated films that might be the best ones of 2011 & 2012 and what I think will get nominated for the 84th & 85th Academy Awards & which upcoming animated films. I made some updates by replacing Atlantis with Osmosis Jones (due to Atlantis wasnt in the list to be nominated for the 2001 Oscars). Plus I have deleted Chicken Little due to that Robots looks more Best Animated Feature like.
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1.
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A scientist makes a last stand on Earth with the help of a ragtag team of soldiers against an invasion of alien phantoms. (106 mins.)
“ If the 74th Academy Awards had five nominations for Best Animated Feature, they would chose this to be nominated and it would have been the first PG-13 rated animated feature to be nominated. ” - adog1990
 
2.
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
An eight year-old boy genius and his friends must rescue their parents after the adults are abducted by aliens. (82 mins.)
Director: John A. Davis
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 74th Academy Awards ” - adog1990
 
3.
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, 2 monsters realize things may not be what they think. (92 mins.)
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 74th Academy Awards ” - adog1990
 
4.
Shrek (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, Shrek agrees to rescue Princess Fiona for a villainous lord in order to get his land back. (90 mins.)
“ Winner of the 74th Academy Awards' Best Animated Feature. ” - adog1990
 
5.
Waking Life (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe. (99 mins.)
“ If the 74th Academy Awards had five nominations for Best Animated Feature, they would chose this to be nominated. ” - adog1990
 
6.
Ice Age (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Set during the Ice Age, a sabertooth tiger, a sloth, and a wooly mammoth find a lost human infant, and they try to return him to his tribe. (81 mins.)
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards ” - adog1990
 
7.
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive from the law. (85 mins.)
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards. ” - adog1990
 
8.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A wild stallion is captured by humans and slowly loses the will to resist training. Yet throughout his struggles for freedom, the stallion refuses to let go of the hope of one day returning home to his herd. (83 mins.)
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards ” - adog1990
 
9.
Spirited Away (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Winner of the 75th Academy Awards' Best Animated Feature and was the first Anime film to win the award. ” - adog1990
 
10.
Treasure Planet (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A Disney animated version of "Treasure Island". The only difference is that the film is set in outer space with alien worlds and other galactic wonders. (95 mins.)
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards ” - adog1990
 
11.
The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Eliza and Debbie are two sisters who don't always get along. But their relationship is put to the test when Debbie's life is in danger, and Eliza might have to give up her power to talk to animals.... (85 mins.)
“ Got nominated for Best Original Song "Father and Daughter." at the 75th Academy Awards ” - adog1990
 
12.
Brother Bear (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
When a young Inuit hunter needlessly kills a bear, he is magically changed into a bear himself as punishment with a talkative cub being his only guide to changing back. (85 mins.)
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 76th Academy Awards. ” - adog1990
 
13.
Finding Nemo (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home. (100 mins.)
“ Winner of the 76th Academy Awards' Best Animated Feature. ” - adog1990
 
14.
Millennium Actress (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A TV interviewer and his cameraman meet a former actress and travel through her memories and career. (87 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Kon
“ If the 76th Academy Awards had five nominations for Best Animated Feature, they would chose this to be nominated. ” - adog1990
 
15.
Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
On Christmas Eve, three homeless people living on the streets of Tokyo find a newborn baby among the trash and set out to find its parents. (93 mins.)
“ If the 76th Academy Awards had five nominations for Best Animated Feature, they would chose this to be nominated. ” - adog1990
 
16.
The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters--an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire--to rescue him. (78 mins.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 76th Academy Awards ” - adog1990
 
17.
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the year 2032, Batô, a cyborg detective for the anti-terrorist unit Public Security Section 9, investigates the case of a female robot--one created solely for sexual pleasure--who slaughtered her owner. (100 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
“ If the 77th Academy Awards had five nominations for Best Animated Feature, they would chose this to be nominated. ” - adog1990
 
18.
The Incredibles (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. (115 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
“ Winner of the 77th Academy Awards' Best Animated Feature. ” - adog1990
 
19.
Shark Tale (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
When a son of a gangster shark boss is accidentally killed while on the hunt, his would-be prey and his vegetarian brother both decide to use the incident to their own advantage. (90 mins.)
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 77th Academy Awards ” - adog1990
 
20.
Shrek 2 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Princess Fiona's parents invite her and Shrek to dinner to celebrate her marriage. If only they knew the newlyweds were both ogres. (93 mins.)
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 77th Academy Awards ” - adog1990
 
21.
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
SpongeBob SquarePants takes leave from the town of Bikini Bottom in order to track down King Neptune's stolen crown. (87 mins.)
“ If the 77th Academy Awards had five nominations for Best Animated Feature, they would chose this to be nominated. ” - adog1990
 
22.
The Polar Express (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. (100 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ Got only nominated for Best Original Song: "Believe", Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing at the 77th Academy Awards. ” - adog1990
 
23.
Corpse Bride (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her. (77 mins.)
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 78th Academy Awards ” - adog1990
 
24.
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle. (119 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 78th Academy Awards. ” - adog1990
 
25.
Robots (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In a robot world, a young idealistic inventor travels to the big city to join his inspiration's company, only to find himself opposing its sinister new management. (91 mins.)
“ If the 78th Academy Awards had five nominations for Best Animated Feature, they would chose this to be nominated. ” - adog1990
 
26.
Steamboy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1860s Britain, a boy inventor finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly conflict over a revolutionary advance in steam power. (126 mins.)
“ If the 78th Academy Awards had five nominations for Best Animated Feature, they would chose this to be nominated. ” - adog1990
 
27.
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest. (85 mins.)
Director: Steve Box, Nick Park
“ Winner of the 78th Academy Awards' Best Animated Feature. ” - adog1990
 
28.
Cars (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family. (117 mins.)
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 79th Academy Awards. ” - adog1990
 
29.
Flushed Away (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The story of an uptown rat that gets flushed down the toilet from his penthouse apartment, ending in the sewers of London, where he has to learn a whole new and different way of life. (85 mins.)
“ If the 79th Academy Awards had five nominations for Best Animated Feature, they would chose this to be nominated. ” - adog1990
 
30.
Happy Feet (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce! (108 mins.)
“ Winner of the 79th Academy Awards's Best Animated Feature. ” - adog1990
 
31.
Monster House (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster. (91 mins.)
Director: Gil Kenan
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 79th Academy Awards ” - adog1990
 
32.
Paprika (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all Hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it. (90 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Kon
“ If the 79th Academy Awards had five nominations for Best Animated Feature, they would chose this to be nominated. Also it would have been the first R-Rated Animated Film to be nominated if their were five nominations for Best Animated Feature at the 79th Academy Awards. ” - adog1990
 
33.
Meet the Robinsons (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Lewis is a brilliant inventor who meets mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson, whisking Lewis away in a time machine and together they team up to track down Bowler Hat Guy in a showdown that ends with an unexpected twist of fate. (95 mins.)
“ If the 80th Academy Awards had five nominations for Best Animated Feature, they would chose this to be nominated. ” - adog1990
 
34.
Persepolis (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution. (96 mins.)
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 80th Academy Awards ” - adog1990
 
35.
Ratatouille (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant. (111 mins.)
“ Winner of the 80th Academy Awards' Best Animated Feature. ” - adog1990
 
36.
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
After Homer accidentally pollutes the town's water supply, Springfield is encased in a gigantic dome by the EPA and the Simpson family are declared fugitives. (87 mins.)
Director: David Silverman
“ If the 80th Academy Awards had five nominations for Best Animated Feature, they would chose this to be nominated and nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at 65th Golden Globe Awards. ” - adog1990
 
37.
Surf's Up (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A behind-the-scenes look at the annual Penguin World Surfing Championship, and its newest participant, up-and-comer Cody Maverick. (85 mins.)
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 80th Academy Awards ” - adog1990
 
38.
Bolt (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The canine star of a fictional sci-fi/action show that believes his powers are real embarks on a cross country trek to save his co-star from a threat he believes is just as real. (96 mins.)
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 81st Academy Awards. ” - adog1990
 
39.
Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Horton the Elephant struggles to protect a microscopic community from his neighbors who refuse to believe it exists. (86 mins.)
“ If the 81st Academy Awards had five nominations for Best Animated Feature, they would chose this to be nominated. ” - adog1990
 
40.
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China's fate hangs in the balance: However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a tyro in martial arts. (92 mins.)
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 81st Academy Awards ” - adog1990
 
41.
Sword of the Stranger (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A swordsman from a strange land is caught in a struggle between morality, righteousness, and devotion as he reluctantly agrees to take a raggedy boy and his dog to a remote, Buddhist temple. (103 mins.)
Director: Masahiro Andô
“ If the 81st Academy Awards had five nominations for Best Animated Feature, they would chose this to be nominated. ” - adog1990
 
42.
WALL·E (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. (98 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stanton
“ Winner of the 81st Academy Awards' Best Animated Feature. ” - adog1990
 
43.
Coraline (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets. (100 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 82nd Academy Award ” - adog1990
 
44.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation. (87 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 82nd Academy Award ” - adog1990
 
45.
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him. (97 mins.)
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 82nd Academy Award ” - adog1990
 
46.
The Secret of Kells (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young boy in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids is beckoned to adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. (75 mins.)
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 82nd Academy Award ” - adog1990
 
47.
Up (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. (96 mins.)
“ Winner of the 82nd Academy Awards' Best Animated Feature. ” - adog1990
 
48.
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. (98 mins.)
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 83rd Academy Awards. ” - adog1990
 
49.
The Illusionist (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever. (80 mins.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 83rd Academy Awards. ” - adog1990
 
50.
My Dog Tulip (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story of a man who rescues a German shepherd and how the two become fast friends. (83 mins.)
“ If the 83rd Academy Awards had five nominations for Best Animated Feature, they would chose this to be nominated. ” - adog1990
 
51.
Tangled (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is. (100 mins.)
“ If the 83rd Academy Awards had five nominations for Best Animated Feature, they would chose this to be nominated and nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 68th Golden Globe Awards. ” - adog1990
 
52.
Toy Story 3 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home. (103 mins.)
Director: Lee Unkrich
“ Winner of the 83rd Academy Awards' Best Animated Feature. ” - adog1990
 
53.
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor. (107 mins.)
“ My predication is it will not only get nominated for Best Original Score: John Williams, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing but Best Animated Feature at 84th Academy Awards. Lets hope due to the Academy's new rule of motion capture films in Best Animated Feature. Also, another predication of mine is this film or Rango as will win it for the 84th. ” - adog1990
 
54.
Arthur Christmas (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Santa's clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours. (97 mins.)
“ My predication is it will be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 84th Academy Awards. ” - adog1990
 
55.
Chico & Rita (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment. (94 mins.)
“ My predication is this film or the film under it will be the fifth nomination choice for 84th's Best Animated Feature and the special surprise at the 84th Academy Awards nominations announcment (just like The Secert of Kells at the 82nd Academy Awards). ” - adog1990
 
56.
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Po and his friends fight to stop a peacock villain from conquering China with a deadly new weapon, but first the Dragon Warrior must come to terms with his past. (90 mins.)
“ My predication is it will just be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 84th Academy Awards. ” - adog1990
 
57.
Rango (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff. (107 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ My predication is it will be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 84th Academy Awards. Another predication of my, is this film or The Adventures of Tintin will win the award. ” - adog1990
 
58.
Brave (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. (93 mins.)
“ My Predication is it will be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 85th Academy Awards. Also another predication of mine is this film or The Pirates! Band of Misfits will win it for that year. ” - adog1990
 
59.
Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A coming of age story involving young love and a mysterious music, coming from a crystal radio left as a memento by an absent father, that leads a young heroine deep into a hidden world. (116 mins.)
Director: Makoto Shinkai
“ My predication is it will be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 85th Academy Awards if their will be four or five nominations. ” - adog1990
 
60.
ParaNorman (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. (92 mins.)
“ My Predication is it will be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 85th Academy Awards. ” - adog1990
 
61.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. (88 mins.)
“ My Predication is it will be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 85th Academy Awards. Also another predication of mine is this film or Brave will win it for that year. ” - adog1990
 
62.
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world. (97 mins.)
Director: Peter Ramsey
“ My Predication is it will be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 85 Academy Awards if their will be five or four nominations. ” - adog1990