My Best Animated Feature Winners

This list details the film directors I feel should have won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature from 1989 through the present even though the award was not given until 2001. My choices are purely opinion and largely reflect only those movies which I have seen, so my opinions, and subsequently this list, may change as time goes by and I see more films. I have also included whether or not my winner was nominated and/or won the Academy Award as well as the other films/actors/directors I would have nominated alongside my winner in as close to a preferential order as possible. I do not have the time to write explanations for all of my choices so leave polite, mature feedback/comments and I'll be happy to justify my choices to the best of my ability. Note: For Honorable Mentions, * denotes category nominee and ** denotes category winner for actual Academy Awards.
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1.
The Little Mermaid (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land. (83 mins.)
“ Year: 1989
Production Company(s): Disney
Director(s): Ron Clements and John Musker
Nominated for Best Animated Feature, and if so, did it win?: category did not exist
Featured Voices: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin, Pat Carroll, Christopher Daniel Barnes, and Kenneth Mars
Honorable Mentions: Kiki's Delivery Service (Maja no Takkyubin); All Dogs Go to Heaven ” - jmpatison003
 
2.
The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The R.A.S. agents, Miss Bianca and Bernard, race to Australia to save a boy and a rare golden eagle from a murderous poacher. (77 mins.)
“ Year: 1990
Production Company(s): Disney
Director(s): Hendel Butoy and Mike Gabriel
Nominated for Best Animated Feature, and if so, did it win?: category did not exist
Featured Voices: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, John Candy, Don Rickles, Adam Ryen, Frank Welker, and George C. Scott
Honorable Mentions: DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp; Jetsons: The Movie ” - jmpatison003
 
3.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young woman whose father has been imprisoned by a terrifying beast offers herself in his place, unaware that her captor is actually a prince, physically altered by a magic spell. (84 mins.)
“ Year: 1991
Production Company(s): Disney
Director(s): Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise
Nominated for Best Animated Feature, and if so, did it win?: category did not exist
Featured Voices: Paige O'Hara, Jerry Orbach, Robby Benson, Richard White, David Ogden Stiers, and Angela Lansbury
Honorable Mentions: Charlie Strap and Froggy Ball Flying High (Kalle Stropp och Grodan Boll pa svindlande aventyr); Only Yesterday (Omohide Poro Poro) ” - jmpatison003
 
4.
Aladdin (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a street urchin vies for the love of a beautiful princess, he uses a genie's magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her. (90 mins.)
“ Year: 1992
Production Company(s): Disney
Director(s): John Musker and Ron Clements
Nominated for Best Animated Feature, and if so, did it win?: category did not exist
Featured Voices: Scott Weinger and Brad Kane, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin and Lea Salonga, Jonathan Freeman, and Frank Welker
Honorable Mentions: Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta) ” - jmpatison003
 
5.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion. (76 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
“ Year: 1993
Production Company(s): Skellington
Director(s): Harry Selick
Nominated for Best Animated Feature, and if so, did it win?:category did not exist
Featured Voices: Chris Sarandon and Danny Elfman, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, and Ken Page
Honorable Mentions: Ninja Scroll (Ninpucho) ” - jmpatison003
 
6.
The Lion King (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble. (88 mins.)
“ Year: 1994
Production Company(s): Disney
Director(s): Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff
Nominated for Best Animated Feature, and if so, did it win?: category did not exist
Featured Voices: Matthew Broderick and Joseph Williams, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Jason Weaver, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Moira Kelly and Sally Dworsky, Niketa Calame and Laura Williams, Ernie Sabella, Nathan Lane, Rowan Atkinson, Robert Guillaume, Madge Sinclair, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, and Jim Cummings
Honorable Mentions: None ” - jmpatison003
 
7.
Toy Story (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room. (81 mins.)
Director: John Lasseter
“ Year: 1995
Production Company(s): Disney/Pixar
Director(s): John Lasseter
Nominated for Best Animated Feature, and if so, did it win?: category did not exist
Featured Voices: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, John Morris, Erik von Detten, Laurie Metalf, and R. Lee Ermey
Honorable Mentions: Pocahontas ” - jmpatison003
 
8.
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An orphan, who lives with his two cruel aunts, befriends anthropomorphic bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they embark on a journey to New York City. (79 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
“ Year: 1996
Production Company(s): Disney/Skellington
Director(s): Henry Selick
Nominated for Best Animated Feature, and if so, did it win?: category did not exist
Featured Voices: Paul Terry, Pete Postlethwaite, Joanna Lumley, Miriam Margolyes, Simon Callow, Richard Dreyfuss, Jane Leeves, Susan Sarandon, and David Thewlis
Honorable Mentions: The Hunchback of Notre Dame ” - jmpatison003
 
9.
Anastasia (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The last surviving child of the Russian Royal Family joins two con men to reunite with her grandmother, the Dowager Empress, while the undead Rasputin seeks her death. (94 mins.)
“ Year: 1997
Production Company(s): 20th Century Fox
Director(s): Don Bluth and Gary Goldman
Nominated for Best Animated Feature, and if so, did it win?:category did not exist
Featured Voices: Meg Ryan and Liz Callaway, Kirsten Dunst and Lacey Chabert, John Cusack and Jonathan Dokuchitz, Kelsey Grammer, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Christopher Lloyd and Jim Cummings, and Hank Azaria
Honorable Mentions: Hercules ” - jmpatison003
 
10.
Antz (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A rather neurotic ant tries to break from his totalitarian society while trying to win the affection of the princess he loves. (83 mins.)
“ Year: 1998
Production Company(s): DreamWorks/Pacific Data Images
Director(s): Eric Darnell and Tim Johnson
Nominated for Best Animated Feature, and if so, did it win?: categroy did not exist
Featured Voices: Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Lopez, Christopher Walken, Anne Bancroft, Dan Aykroyd, Grant Shaud, and Danny Glover (with cameos by Albert Brooks and Paul Mazursky)
Honorable Mentions: A Bug's Life; Mulan; The Prince of Egypt ” - jmpatison003
 
11.
Toy Story 2 (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When Woody is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz and his friends vow to rescue him, but Woody finds the idea of immortality in a museum tempting. (92 mins.)
“ Year: 1999
Production Company(s): Disney/Pixar
Director(s): John Lasseter
Nominated for Best Animated Feature, and if so, did it win?: categroy did not exist
Featured Voices: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, Estelle Harris, Wayne Knight, John Morris, Laurie Metcalf, R. Lee Ermey, Jodie Benson, Jonathan Harris, and Andrew Stanton
Honorable Mentions: The Iron Giant; Tarzan; Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime); Fantasia 2000 ” - jmpatison003
 
12.
Chicken Run (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When a cockerel apparently flies into a chicken farm, the chickens see him as an opportunity to escape their evil owners. (84 mins.)
“ Year: 2000
Production Company(s): DreamWorks/Aardman
Director(s): Peter Lord and Nick Park
Nominated for Best Animated Feature, and if so, did it win?: category did not exist
Featured Voices: Julia Sawalha, Mel Gibson, Miranda Richardson, Benjamin Whitrow, Timothy Spall, Phil Daniels, Jane Horrocks, Imelda Staunton, Lynn Ferguson, and Tony Haygarth
Nominees: Dinosaur; Titan A.E.; The Emperor's New Groove; The Tigger Movie ” - jmpatison003
 
13.
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.)
“ Year: 2001
Production Company(s): Disney/Pixar
Director(s): Pete Docter
Nominated for Best Animated Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; No
Featured Voices: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly, Bob Peterson, Frank Oz, John Ratzenberger, Samuel Lord Black, Dan Gerson, Jeff Pidgeon, and Bonnie Hunt
Nominees: **Shrek; Metropolis (Metoroporisu); *Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius; Recess: School's Out ” - jmpatison003
 
14.
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
“ Year: 2002
Production Company(s): Disney/Studio Ghibli
Director(s): Hayao Miyazaki
Nominated for Best Animated Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Featured Voices: Rumi Hiiragi/Daveigh Chase, Miyu Irino/Jason Marsden, Mari Natsuki/Suzanne Pleshette, Bunta Sugawara/David Ogden Stiers, and Akio Nakamura/Bob Bergen
Nominees: *Ice Age; The Wild Thornberrys Movie; *Treasure Planet; *Lilo & Stitch ” - jmpatison003
 
15.
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.)
“ Year: 2003
Production Company(s): Disney/Pixar
Director(s): Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
Nominated for Best Animated Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Featured Voices: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Austin Pendleton, Stephen Root, Vicki Lewis, Joe Ranft, Geoffrey Rush, Andrew Stanton, Elizabeth Perkins, Nicholas Bird, Bob Peterson, Barry Humphries, Eric Bana, Bruce Spence, and John Ratzenberger
Nominees: *The Triplets of Belleville (Les triplettes de Belleville); Piglet's Big Movie; *Brother Bear; Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas ” - jmpatison003
 
16.
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
“ Year: 2004
Production Company(s): Disney/Pixar
Director(s): Brad Bird
Nominated for Best Animated Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Featured Voices: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Spencer Fox, Jason Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Pena, Brad Bird, Bud Luckey, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Eli Fucile, and Maeve Andrews
Nominees: *Shrek 2; Team America: World Police; The Polar Express; *Shark Tale ” - jmpatison003
 
17.
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
“ Year: 2005
Production Company(s): DreamWorks/Aardman
Director(s): Nick Park and Steve Box
Nominated for Best Animated Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Featured Voices: Peter Sallis, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Peter Kay, Nicholas Smith, Dicken Ashworth, and Edward Kelsey
Nominees: *Howl's Moving Castle (Hauru no Ugoku Shiro); Madagascar; *Corpse Bride; Robots ” - jmpatison003
 
18.
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.)
“ Year: 2006
Production Company(s): Warner Bros./Village Road Show/Animal Logic
Director(s): George Miller, Warren Coleman, and Judy Morris
Nominated for Best Animated Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Featured Voices: Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, Robin Williams, Carlos Alazraqui, Steve Irwin, Lombardo Boyar, Jeffrey Garcia, Johnny Sanchez, and Miriam Margolyes
Nominees: *Cars; Over the Hedge; *Monster House; Flushed Away ” - jmpatison003
 
19.
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.)
“ Year: 2007
Production Company(s): Disney/Pixar
Director(s): Brad Bird
Nominated for Best Animated Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Featured Voices: Patton Oswalt, Lou Romano, Janeane Garofalo, Ian Holm, Peter O'Toole, Brad Garrett, Brian Dennehy, Peter Sogn, Will Arnett, and John Ratzenberger
Nominees: *Persepolis; The Simpsons Movie; *Surf's Up; Bee Movie ” - jmpatison003
 
20.
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
“ Year: 2008
Production Company(s): Disney/Pixar
Director(s): Andrew Stanton
Nominated for Best Animated Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Featured Voices: Ben Burtt (voice production techniques); Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy, Sigourney Weaver, and MacInTalk
Nominees: Waltz with Bashir (Vals Im Bashir); Ponyo (Ponyo Ue no Ponyo); *Kung Fu Panda; *Bolt ” - jmpatison003
 
21.
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.)
“ Year: 2009
Production Company(s): Disney/Pixar
Director(s): Pete Docter and Bob Peterson
Nominated for Best Animated Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Featured Voices: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, Christopher Plummer, Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Elizabeth Docter, Delroy Lindo, Jerome Ranft, and John Ratzenberger
Nominees: *Fantastic Mr. Fox; *Coraline; *The Princess and the Frog; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs ” - jmpatison003
 
22.
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
“ Year: 2010
Production Company(s): Disney/Pixar
Director(s): Lee Unkrich
Nominated for Best Animated Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Featured Voices: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Don Rickles, Michael Keaton, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, Estelle Harris, John Morris, Jodi Benson, Emily Hahn, Laurie Metcalf, Teddy Newton, Bud Luckey, Beatrice Miller, Javier Fernandez-Pena, Timothy Dalton, Lori Alan, Charlie Bright, Kristen Schaal, Jeff Garlin, Bonnie Hunt, John Cygan, Jeff Pidgeon, Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Angel, R. Lee Ermey, Jan Rabson, Richard Kind, Erik von Detten, Lee Unkrich, and Bob Peterson
Nominees: *How to Train Your Dragon; *The Illusionist (L'illusionniste); Tangled; Despicable Me ” - jmpatison003
 
23.
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
“ Year: 2011
Production Company(s): Paramount/Nickelodeon/Blind Wink/GK Films
Director(s): Gore Verbinski
Nominated for Best Animated Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Featured Voices: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone, Timothy Olyphant, Ned Beatty, Stephen Root, and Ian Abercrombie
Nominees: The Adventures of Tintin; *Kung Fu Panda 2; Rio; *Chico & Rita ” - jmpatison003