200 Cracking Bits of Animation

by Two-HeadedBoy | created - 12 Oct 2011 | updated - 18 Dec 2012 | Public

So I've compiled a list of my 200 most favourite bits of animation, be they feature films, theatrical shorts, independent shorts, TV shows or TV specials. All genres are considered! The "Top Ten" there could really be read in any order, and think of the rest of the list in that way - more like blocks of ten, so that No.73 is really no better than No.71, know what I mean? Hope it's enjoyable, it's over two pages, and it'll probably be altered regularly.

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1. Yellow Submarine (1968)

G | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music hating Blue Meanies.

Director: George Dunning | Stars: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon

Votes: 20,773

2. The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991–1996)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

The gross misadventures of a hyper chihuahua and a stupid cat.

Stars: John Kricfalusi, Billy West, Harris Peet, Bob Camp

Votes: 18,051

3. Fantasia (1940)

G | 125 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.

Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton, Walt Disney

Votes: 78,275 | Gross: $76.41M

4. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Action

After reading his favorite Dick Tracy comic, Daffy Duck has a surreal dream in which he is Duck Twacy, a private eye on the trail of an army of horrifyingly grotesque villains who stole every piggy bank in town, including his own.

Directors: Robert Clampett, Michael Sasanoff | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 1,552

5. The Cat Concerto (1947)

Passed | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Jerry is determined to disrupt Tom's concert while Tom fights him with the piano without missing a single note.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 3,261

6. Yozhik v tumane (1975)

11 min | Animation, Short

A little hedgehog, on the way to visit his friend the bear, gets lost in thick fog, where horses, dogs and even falling leaves take on a terrifying new aspect.

Director: Yuriy Norshteyn | Stars: Vyacheslav Nevinnyy, Mariya Vinogradova, Aleksey Batalov

Votes: 5,250

7. The Wrong Trousers (1993)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Wallace is used by a criminal penguin in a robbery involving mechanical trousers.

Director: Nick Park | Stars: Peter Sallis, Peter Hawkins

Votes: 44,908

8. Pinocchio (1940)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

Directors: Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc, Don Brodie

Votes: 106,280 | Gross: $84.25M

9. The Simpsons (1989– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.

Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 310,249

10. Princess Mononoke (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

76 Metascore

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Billy Crudup

Votes: 269,023 | Gross: $2.38M

11. Toy Story (1995)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

95 Metascore

A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.

Director: John Lasseter | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney

Votes: 729,290 | Gross: $191.80M

The sequels are also great (obviously), but neither of them are as good as the original...

12. Falling Hare (1943)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Bugs encounters wartime sabotage and takes to the air to do battle.

Director: Robert Clampett | Stars: Mel Blanc, Robert Clampett

Votes: 922

13. South Park (1997– )

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado.

Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes, Mona Marshall

Votes: 280,475

14. American Pop (1981)

R | 96 min | Animation, Drama, Music

The story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians whose careers parallel the history of American popular music in the 20th century.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Mews Small, Ron Thompson, Jerry Holland, Lisa Jane Persky

Votes: 3,555 | Gross: $6.00M

15. Monsters, Inc. (2001)

G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

78 Metascore

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.

Directors: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 683,469 | Gross: $289.92M

16. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

82 Metascore

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey

Votes: 252,449 | Gross: $75.08M

17. The Snowman (1982)

G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

On Christmas Eve, a young boy builds a snowman that comes to life and takes him to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.

Directors: Dianne Jackson, Jimmy T. Murakami | Stars: David Bowie, Raymond Briggs

Votes: 10,304

18. What's Opera, Doc? (1957)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Elmer Fudd is again hunting rabbits - only this time it's an opera. Wagner's Siegfried with Elmer as the titular hero and Bugs as Brunnhilde. They sing, they dance, they eat the scenery.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 8,470

19. The Iron Giant (1999)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

85 Metascore

A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: Eli Marienthal, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel

Votes: 146,575 | Gross: $23.16M

20. Dumbo (1941)

G | 64 min | Animation, Drama, Family

Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential.

Directors: Samuel Armstrong, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, John Elliotte | Stars: Sterling Holloway, Edward Brophy, James Baskett, Herman Bing

Votes: 98,851 | Gross: $1.60M

21. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

96 Metascore

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.

Directors: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 505,747 | Gross: $10.06M

22. Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

PG-13 | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

73 Metascore

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.

Directors: Satoshi Kon, Shôgo Furuya | Stars: Tôru Emori, Yoshiaki Umegaki, Aya Okamoto, Shôzô Îzuka

Votes: 23,694 | Gross: $0.13M

23. Beavis and Butt-Head (1993–2011)

TV-14 | 15 min | Animation, Comedy, Music

Animated MTV series about two teenage heavy-metal music fans who occasionally do idiotic things because they're bored. For them, everything is "cool" or "sucks."

Stars: Mike Judge, Dale Revo, Kristofor Brown, Tracy Grandstaff

Votes: 23,819

24. WALL·E (2008)

G | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

95 Metascore

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

Director: Andrew Stanton | Stars: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard

Votes: 838,924 | Gross: $223.81M

25. Rex the Runt (1992–2001)

10 min | Animation, Comedy

A surreal claymation series about Rex, a flat purple dog, and his equally odd friends. Rex and co. realize that they are being watched on the telly, so they feel compelled to have ... See full summary »

Stars: Elisabeth Hadley, Steve Box, Andrew Franks, Colin Rote

Votes: 274

26. Duck Amuck (1953)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The short-tempered Daffy Duck must improvise madly as the backgrounds, his costumes, the soundtrack, even his physical form, shifts and changes at the whim of the animator.

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 7,056

27. Akira (1988)

R | 124 min | Animation, Action, Drama

A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop.

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Tesshô Genda

Votes: 125,821 | Gross: $0.55M

28. Futurama (1999–2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Fry, a pizza guy, is accidentally frozen in 1999 and thawed out New Year's Eve 2999.

Stars: Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 180,452

29. Allegro non troppo (1976)

PG | 75 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

An enthusiastic filmmaker thinks he's come up with a totally original idea: animation set to classical music! When he is informed that some American named "Prisney" (or something) has ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Bozzetto | Stars: Maurizio Nichetti, Maurizio Micheli, Marialuisa Giovannini, Néstor Garay

Votes: 2,279

30. Skazka skazok (1979)

29 min | Animation, Short

Distant, well-worn memories of childhood are inhabited by a little gray wolf. Through astonishing imagery, the memory of all of Russia is depicted.

Director: Yuriy Norshteyn | Star: Aleksandr Kalyagin

Votes: 2,691

31. Castle in the Sky (1986)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill

Votes: 117,497

32. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer

Votes: 158,588 | Gross: $156.45M

33. Creature Comforts (1989)

5 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

A humourous and thought provoking view of what animals in zoos might be thinking about their captivity and surroundings.

Director: Nick Park | Star: Julie Sedgewick

Votes: 5,484

34. FLCL (2000–2001)

TV-14 | 151 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A 12-year old boy named Naota one day meets a strange woman, riding a Vespa and wielding a big guitar. As soon as she appears, mysterious things start happening.

Stars: Jun Mizuki, Mayumi Shintani, Izumi Kasagi, Suzuki Matsuo

Votes: 12,244

35. Fantastic Planet (1973)

PG | 72 min | Animation, Sci-Fi

On a faraway planet where blue giants rule, oppressed humanoids rebel against their machine-like leaders.

Director: René Laloux | Stars: Barry Bostwick, Jennifer Drake, Eric Baugin, Jean Topart

Votes: 17,321

36. Mickey's Trailer (1938)

8 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Mickey and his friends take a vacation in his house trailer equipped with all the latest modern conveniences. Heading up a steep mountain road with Goofy driving the car, surely nothing can go wrong.

Director: Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Clarence Nash

Votes: 2,025

37. Little Prince and the Eight Headed Dragon (1963)

83 min | Animation, Family, Adventure

Prince Susano's mother dies; when his father tells him she has gone to another place, he sets off in search of her. He builds a boat and goes to see, first, his brother, in his crystal ... See full summary »

Director: Yûgo Serikawa | Stars: Morio Kazama, Yukiko Okada, Chiharu Kuri, Masato Yamanouchi

Votes: 120

38. When the Wind Blows (1986)

84 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A naive elderly British rural couple survive the initial onslaught of a nuclear war.

Director: Jimmy T. Murakami | Stars: Peggy Ashcroft, John Mills, Robin Houston, James Russell

Votes: 8,207 | Gross: $0.01M

39. Fullmetal Alchemist (2003–2004)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

When a failed alchemical ritual leaves brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric with severely damaged bodies, they begin searching for the one thing that can save them; the fabled philosopher's stone.

Stars: Vic Mignogna, Aaron Dismuke, Romi Pak, Rie Kugimiya

Votes: 49,306

40. Bottles (1936)

10 min | Animation, Short, Musical

A dark and stormy night in a drugstore. The druggist mixes a potion and falls asleep. The skull-and-crossbones on the bottle comes to life and drips the potion on the druggist, shrinking ... See full summary »

Director: Hugh Harman | Stars: Bernice Hansen, Delos Jewkes, Frank Nelson, Elmore Vincent

Votes: 137

41. Fritz the Cat (1972)

Unrated | 78 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960s.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Skip Hinnant, Rosetta LeNoire, John McCurry, Judy Engles

Votes: 9,371 | Gross: $25.00M

42. The Little Orphan (1948)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Short, Animation

The Bide-a-Wee Mouse Home has sent the orphan mouse, Nibbles, to spend Thanksgiving with Jerry. But Jerry's cupboard is bare, and Nibbles is always hungry. They start by raiding Tom's milk ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 1,099

43. The Trap Door (1984– )

5 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

3D plasticine animation, featuring Berk, a blue creature who lives as servant to the unseen 'Thing Upstairs' in an old dark house. Every time the trap door opens a new adventure begins for ... See full summary »

Stars: William Rushton, Nick Shipley

Votes: 1,137

44. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Short)

Not Rated | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam | Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray, Dal McKennon

Votes: 37,434

45. The Lion King (1994)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

83 Metascore

A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father's death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.

Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 761,879 | Gross: $312.90M

46. Bimbo's Initiation (1931)

Not Rated | 6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Bimbo the dog is initiated into a secret society in a sadistic 'fun house'; then Betty Boop (with dog's ears) takes a hand.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Billy Murray, Mae Questel

Votes: 1,153

47. Coraline (2009)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

80 Metascore

An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Jennifer Saunders

Votes: 168,378 | Gross: $75.29M

48. Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936)

Approved | 16 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

The legendary sailors Popeye and Sindbad do battle to see which one is the greatest.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky | Stars: Jack Mercer, Mae Questel, Lou Fleischer, Gus Wickie

Votes: 1,895

49. Mad Monster Party? (1967)

Unrated | 94 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

When Dr Frankenstein decides to retire from the monster-making business, he calls an international roster of monsters to a creepy convention to elect his successor. Everyone is there ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Bass | Stars: Boris Karloff, Allen Swift, Gale Garnett, Phyllis Diller

Votes: 2,348

50. The Incredibles (2004)

PG | 115 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

90 Metascore

A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Votes: 540,795 | Gross: $261.44M

51. Cat Soup (2001)

34 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.7