The Best Animated Movies of 2020

by Virvo | created - 09 Jun 2020 | updated - 25 Jan 2021 | Public

A list of the best animated feature films of 2020, art house, box office, indie and documentaries. Some great series are included as well, suggestions are always welcome

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1. Kill It and Leave This Town (2020)

88 min | Animation, Drama

69 Metascore

Fleeing from despair after losing those dearest to him, the hero hides in a safe land of memories, where time stands still and all those dear to him are alive.

Director: Mariusz Wilczynski | Stars: Krystyna Janda, Andrzej Chyra, Maja Ostaszewska, Malgorzata Kozuchowska

Votes: 734

2. Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus (2020)

81 min | Animation, Fantasy

Martin is on the run because he tried to fight the system. Sara is a conceptual artist. Together they join a revolutionary commune in the countryside, with the police on their trail.

Director: Dalibor Baric | Stars: Rakan Rushaidat, Ana Vilenica, Frano Maskovic, Niksa Marinovic

Votes: 153

Proj 53 -> 7

3. Wolfwalkers (2020)

PG | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

87 Metascore

A young apprentice hunter and her father journey to Ireland to help wipe out the last wolf pack. But everything changes when she befriends a free-spirited girl from a mysterious tribe rumored to transform into wolves by night.

Directors: Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart | Stars: Honor Kneafsey, Eva Whittaker, Sean Bean, Simon McBurney

Votes: 28,539

4. The Nose or Conspiracy of Mavericks (2020)

89 min | Animation

A cheerful grim look at the follies of the twentieth century, anchored in Gogol's proto-surrealist novella 'The Nose' and Shostakovich's opera of the same name.

Director: Andrey Khrzhanovskiy

Votes: 186

A great surprise, extremely funny and smart, it goes way beyond the ‘I respect it but am bored’ that is sometimes a bit of a fear with this animation style.

Just to be clear, there are moments of incredible animation as well, with fantastic lighting. It also ties in a lot of Russian paintings. One of those projects where creativity, vision and indie limitations come together perfectly. Proj 47 -> 1

5. On-Gaku: Our Sound (2019)

Not Rated | 71 min | Animation, Drama, Musical

86 Metascore

A trio of delinquent schoolkids form a music band.

Director: Kenji Iwaisawa | Stars: Shintarô Sakamoto, Ren Komai, Tomoya Maeno, Tateto Serizawa

Votes: 430

Proj 19 ->

6. The Old Man: The Movie (2019)

88 min | Animation, Comedy

This is an inter-generational epic road movie that should wipe the dust from ancient folk wisdom that milk, it's a big responsibility.

Directors: Oskar Lehemaa, Mikk Mägi | Stars: Märt Avandi, Reio Blond, Meriiyn Elge, Johan Järviste

Votes: 488

Proj 29 ->

7. The Legend of Hei (2019)

101 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In bustling human world, various of goblins live peacefully with mankind. Luo Xiao-Hei, the cat demon, begins his journey of wandering because his forest home is destroyed. With sympathetic... See full summary »

Director: Mtjj | Stars: Youji Wang, Khoi Dao, Kei Gambit, Kevin K. Gomez

Votes: 1,301

(Officially 2019 but available in EU/US 2020) Unashamed about cute char design, it compensates by powerful and fluent char motion. There is zero shame about the commercial appeal as well.

The background animation is strong at times, compositionally well thought out landscape stills and during fast motion, using the liberty of animation to set up wild track shots and the like. A bit cheap looking at times in the past Flash context but making use of the limitations, this film has some great anonymous artists behind it.

It makes for a magnetic world, a pleasant surprise. Bucolic like oldskool Heidi, but with extra badass character traits for the cat. Proj 38 -> 23

8. My Favorite War (2020)

80 min | Documentary, Animation

A personal, animated documentary about the director's life growing up in Latvia during the Soviet era 1970-1990, where Sovjet used WW2 as an ideological weapon to suppress and scare the population.

Director: Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen

Votes: 257

Together with Rocks in My Pockets this seems to imply a Latvian style of pastiche animation that still keeps a real strain of identity throughout and deals with the political/social past through autobiography with defiantly optimistic views. More engaging than didactic and a recommendation.

9. Lupin III: The First (2019)

Not Rated | 93 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

63 Metascore

Lupin III goes on a grand adventure to uncover the secrets of the Bresson Diary, which is tied to the legacy of his famous grandfather.

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Kan'ichi Kurita, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Daisuke Namikawa, Miyuki Sawashiro

Votes: 2,740

CGI conversion is always going to cause hatred, some things are done really well here. Others are too on the nose, like starting out with a car chase.

A lot of potential and a great conversion by 2d to cgi standards, but too many scenes are stuck in the budget/time-limitation where they are ok'd at a 7/10 rate. When they do decide to shine, it looks quite great.

The char motion is good (and really important to give the Lupin feel), bony spasmic digital motion is hard to nail.

The respect for the original by artists is apparent.

Proj 35 -> 28

10. A Whisker Away (2020)

TV-PG | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

Miyo Sasaki is in love with her classmate Kento Hinode and tries repeatedly to get Kento's attention by transforming into a cat, but at some point, the boundary between herself and the cat becomes ambiguous.

Directors: Jun'ichi Satô, Tomotaka Shibayama | Stars: Mirai Shida, Natsuki Hanae, Johnny Yong Bosch, Bob Buchholz

Votes: 8,539

11. Onward (I) (2020)

PG | 102 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

Two elven brothers embark on a quest to bring their father back for one day.

Director: Dan Scanlon | Stars: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer

Votes: 134,588 | Gross: $61.56M

12. Masameer: The Movie (2020)

110 min | Animation

A child with a knack for AI decided to change the world by creating crime-fighting heroes out of her unlikely friends.

Director: Malik Nejer | Stars: Shahad Alahmari, Yousef Aldakheel, Lama Alfard, Ibraheem Alkhairallah

Votes: 2,200

13. Little Vampire (2020)

85 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

A friendship forms between a never-aging 10-year-old vampire and an orphan schoolboy, but a moon headed monster throws obstacles in their paths.

Director: Joann Sfar | Stars: Camille Cottin, Louise Lacoste, Jean-Paul Rouve, Claire de la Rüe du Can

Votes: 333

Proj 25 ->

14. Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary (2020)

85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

1863, a convoy in the American West, Martha Jane needs to learn how to take care of horses to drive the family wagon. Except she ends up wearing pants and cutting her hair. The scandal that... See full summary »

Director: Rémi Chayé | Stars: Salomé Boulven, Alexandra Lamy, Alexis Tomassian, Jochen Hägele

Votes: 396

Proj 50 ->

15. Nahuel and the Magic Book (2020)

98 min | Animation

Nahuel is a curious boy who has a deep fear of the sea. One day, he come across a mysterious book that seems to be the solution of his trouble. What he doesn't know is the book is really magical, and Kalku, an ambitious warlock is after it

Director: German Acuña | Stars: Consuelo Pizarro, Marcelo Liapiz, Muriel Benavides, Vanesa Silva

Votes: 85

Proj 48 ->

16. The Knight and the Princess (2019)

97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

An unwavering young warrior's determination to save women and children abducted by pirates, leads him to his sweetheart and to confront a brutal tyrant and his devious sorcerer.

Director: Bashir El Deek | Stars: Aiemzy, Mohamed El Dafrawy, Lekaa El Khamisy, Maged El-Kidwani

Votes: 367

Proj 50 ->

17. Lava (2019)

67 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Deborah makes a living by drawing the skin of her clients. One night, her housemate invites her boyfriend and friend to their house. Sitting in the armchair, they consume the series of the ... See full summary »

Director: Ayar Blasco | Stars: Ayar Blasco, Justina Bustos, Sofía Gala Castiglione, Martín Garabal

Votes: 102

Proj 50 ->

18. Solar Opposites (2020– )

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

A family of aliens move to middle America, where they debate whether life is better there or on their home planet.

Stars: Justin Roiland, Thomas Middleditch, Sean Giambrone, Mary Mack

Votes: 18,053

19. Ginger's Tale (2020)

88 min | Animation

A poor Potter finds an old magic Flint, which brings the Potter money, but at the same time makes him cruel. The evil Queen, in order to take possession of the artifact, decides to deal ... See full summary »

Director: Konstantin Shchekin | Stars: Yuri Askarov, Sergey Burunov, Vasiliy Dakhnenko, Aleksey Elistratov

Votes: 230

Better than expected, avoids 2D digital pitfalls. Easy kids movie and a bit of a relief from modern Disney cgi fluff rather than just trying to be Disney. To be fair, it’s probably trying to be 90s Disney quite a bit but a generic 2D fairytale is not a bad thing.

Has good color composition and lighting, mature mor-animators, but story-wise a very generic fairy tale with too much slapstick. With the twist of a tomboy as heroine but she still requires lots of saving, and a villain servant with a good heart and great intellect but still the butt of every joke, Russian compromises. Proj 60 - 60

20. The Shaman Sorceress (2018)

85 min | Animation, Musical

Mohwa, a shaman, lives with her mute daughter Nang-Yi and her husband, and has practiced shamanism her entire life. One day her son Wook-Yi returns home after several years away, as a ... See full summary »

Director: Jae-hoon Ahn | Stars: Nya So, Da-hyun Kim, Won-yeong Jang

Votes: 27

Painful budget limitations break the film, too much is being attempted. It’s really too bad because the stills and attention to cultural detail show great talent and knowledge of the subject.

Suffers from the audio break that makes every line sound like they’re on a podcast no matter the acoustics of a scene.

Hopefully artists from this project gain enough exposure to be picked up in the future under more money and more vision. Proj 33 - 70

21. Zenimation (2020– )

TV-PG | 8 min | Animation, Short, Family

An animated soundscape experience of short films that pays tribute to the visual and sound artists of Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Star: Nicol Zanzarella

Votes: 384

22. The Willoughbys (2020)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

68 Metascore

Convinced they'd be better off raising themselves, the Willoughby children hatch a sneaky plan to send their selfish parents on vacation. The siblings then embark on their own high-flying adventure to find the true meaning of family.

Directors: Kris Pearn, Cory Evans, Rob Lodermeier | Stars: Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Alessia Cara, Terry Crews

Votes: 17,427

23. Beauty Water (2020)

85 min | Animation, Thriller

Ye-ji comes across mysterious water that enables her to lose weight and reshape her appearance. She finds her life is more in danger the more she desires to be beautiful.

Director: Cho Kyung-hun | Star: Moon Nam-sook

Votes: 534

Proj 70 ->

24. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

65 Metascore

After SpongeBob's beloved pet snail Gary is snail-napped, he and Patrick embark on an epic adventure to The Lost City of Atlantic City to bring Gary home.

Director: Tim Hill | Stars: Tim Hill, Clancy Brown, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass

Votes: 16,487

25. Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge (2020)

R | 80 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Hanzo Hasashi loses his family during an attack by a rival clan the Lin Kuei. He is given the chance to compete in an inter-dimensional tournament to save his loved ones while other fighters try to save the Earth realm from annihilation.

Director: Ethan Spaulding | Stars: Jennifer Carpenter, Joel McHale, Ike Amadi, Steve Blum

Votes: 16,482

26. Scoob! (2020)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

43 Metascore

Scooby and the gang face their most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this dogpocalypse, the gang discovers that Scooby has an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.

Director: Tony Cervone | Stars: Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez

Votes: 24,698

Receives too many cheap shots in my opinion, it’s not great of course but a sometimes fun guilty pleasure if you go in with zero expectations.

27. Bigfoot Family (2020)

TV-Y7 | 89 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Follow up to Son of Bigfoot: Father uses his new fame to fight against an Alaska oil company but when he disappears the son, the mother, a raccoon and a bear head North to rescue him.

Directors: Jeremy Degruson, Ben Stassen | Stars: Jules Medcraft, Kylian Trouillard, Alexis Victor, Marie Chevalot

Votes: 2,502

Proj 73 ->

28. 7 Days War (2019)

88 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

On a hot day right before the summer vacation, all first-year male students of the second class from a junior high school disappear. Was it an accident? A group abduction? In fact, they ... See full summary »

Director: Yuta Murano | Stars: Takumi Kitamura, Kyôko Yoshine, Rie Miyazawa, Megumi Han

Votes: 377

Proj 47 -> 71

29. True North (2020)

93 min | Animation

After his father disappears and the rest of his family is sent to a notorious political prison camp in North Korea, a young boy must learn to survive the harsh conditions, find meaning in his perilous existence, and maybe even escape.

Director: Eiji Han Shimizu | Stars: Sammy Anderson, Jacquelyn Palmquist, Michael Sasaki, Ann Smith

Votes: 188

Proj 80 ->

30. Jungle Beat: The Movie (2020)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A homesick alien crash-lands his spaceship near the colorful African Jungle. His new animal friends need to get him back to his ship and teach him about friendship and fun before his Space-Conqueror father can take over the planet.

Director: Brent Dawes | Stars: David Menkin, David Rintoul, Gavin Peter, Florrie Wilkinson

Votes: 932

Proj 85 ->

31. Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

PG | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

47 Metascore

After discovering a small, blue, fast hedgehog, a small-town police officer must help him defeat an evil genius who wants to do experiments on him.

Director: Jeff Fowler | Stars: Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Jim Carrey, Tika Sumpter

Votes: 113,819 | Gross: $148.97M

32. Trolls World Tour (2020)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

51 Metascore

When the Queen of the Hard Rock Trolls tries to take over all the Troll kingdoms, Queen Poppy and her friends try different ways to save all the Trolls.

Directors: Walt Dohrn, David P. Smith | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Rachel Bloom, James Corden

Votes: 21,475

33. 100% Wolf (2020)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

100% Wolf centers on Freddy Lupin, heir to a proud family line of werewolves. Positive he'll become the most fearsome werewolf ever, Freddy is in for a shock when his first "warfing" goes awry, turning him into a ferocious - poodle.

Director: Alexs Stadermann | Stars: Loren Gray, Adriane Daff, Jane Lynch, Jai Courtney

Votes: 1,554

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