There is no doubt that Disney has a special place in all of our hearts. Ever since the release of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" in 1927, the studio has been churning out beautifully animated films with narratives that are thought-provoking for children and adults alike. And it is the company's skill at finding this balance that has insured a long-lasting legacy. But that doesn't mean they are the only animation studio capable of doing this.
Disney may have made animation a respected form of film, but there are still several other studios and filmmakers who deserve some respect and praise. Dreamworks has been releasing beloved animated features since the late 90s, some of which can rival the likes of Disney each year. Then there is Studio Ghibli, the studio that has released some of the most breathtaking hand-drawn anime films in existence thanks to renowned director Hayao Miyazaki. Even still, there is Laika Entertainment, who have proven stop-motion animation to be a genuine art form.
Disney may get the majority of the love, of which it is arguably deserving for what it has been able to do. But any true animation connoisseur should be able to recognize how wonderful the following films are, though most will struggle to name every one.
What animated movie focuses on a world full of dragons?
Based on the somewhat small book by Cressida Cowell, some may have thought this film adaptation wouldn't offer much depth when it was released in 2010. But the movie offered one of the most thoughtful and heartwarming stories about any boy and his pet. It focuses on a world full of dragons, thought to be the sworn enemies of the vikings that live in Berk. But when the son of the chief discovers there's a lot more to them than meets the eye, he goes about studying them and learning why they and his people have always fought. What is the name of this Dreamworks movie?
What movie focuses on an evil genius who adopts three children?
Even those who have never seen one of these movies, they know who the yellow, banana-obsessed minions are. They originally appeared in this 2010 release, which focused on a super villain who plotted to steal the moon. Only when his plan involved three orphaned girls, the feeling of being there as a father for them started to make him not so bad. The movie was popular enough to spawn two sequels as well as a spin-off about his little henchmen. Steve Carell voices Gru while Miranda Cosgrove voices Margo, the oldest of the three girls. What is the name of this movie from Illumination Entertainment?
What is the name of this animated movie?
Growing up, there are some kids who may have assumed this was a Disney release considering how much it has in common with other Disney movies. It focuses on the last living child of royal birth from Russia as she tried desperately to get back to her grandmother all while being chased by the undead, black magic-wielding Rasputin. It had enough plot elements in common with Disney movies, like a member of royalty trying to get back to her family, as well as similar animation at the time. But it was actually produced by Twentieth Century Fox. What is the name of this movie?
What animated movie features multiple characters from fairy tales?
This 2001 release became a huge hit thanks to its parodying of classic fairy tales like Pinocchio and the Ginger Bread Man, a modern soundtrack, and great voice acting from Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz. It followed an ogre who loves to live alone as he got swept up in a quest to rescue a princess and bring her to a Lord who had infested the ogre's swamp with fairy tale creatures. It was so popular that it received three sequels and a spin-off for one of its characters, Puss In Boots. Both this movie and the spin-off were recently announced to be receiving reboots. What is the name of this Dreamworks movie?
What movie focuses on a dancing penguin?
In what could only be described as an overload of cuteness, this 2006 release from Warner Bros. followed a young penguin who felt like an outcast from the rest of his waddle of penguins. While every other penguin sang songs in order to attract a mate, Mumble couldn't sing to save his life. He could, however, dance. George Miller, the director of the Mad Max movies, co-wrote and co-directed this movie, which won the Best Animated Feature Oscar. The cast includes Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, and Robin Williams. What is the name of this movie from Warner Bros. Animation?
What animated movie features multiple classic movie monsters?
Many film buffs may lament the fact that there are no classic monster movies like "The Mummy" or "The Wolfman" around these days, but at least they have all come together for three animated movies. The first film focused on a hotel, run by Count Dracula, that was only meant for other monsters to visit. Unfortunately, one human was able to make it in and didn't find any of them the least bit spooky. The voice cast is stacked with Adam Sandler as Dracula, Andy Samberg as the human, Steve Buscemi as the Wolfman, and Selena Gomez as Mavis, Dracula's daughter. What is the name of this Sony Animation movie?
What animated movie focuses on Lego characters?
Who would have thought that a movie about Legos could become one of the most popular movies of 2014? The main character was Emmett, a seemingly ordinary citizen of Bricksburg who got sucked into an end-of-the-world plot about the city mayor who wanted to glue the entire world together and the small resistance fighting against him. It featured many classic Lego characters, like the 1980s Spaceman. But since it was produced by Warner Bros., several DC characters like Batman and Wonder Woman were part of the resistance as well. It has spawned a couple of spin-offs and a sequel that was released in 2019. What is the name of this movie?
What animated movie focuses on a little boy and a giant robot?
This movie may not have made a lot of money when it was first released, but it has since grown through word of mouth and is now one of the most beloved animated movies Warner Bros. has ever produced. Set in the 1950s, it followed a lonely young boy who became best friends with a giant robot and had to hide him due to what he thought the government would do to him. It was directed by Brad Bird, director of "The Incredibles," and the robot even made a cameo appearance in Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One." What is the name of this movie?
What is the name of this stop-motion animated movie?
Filmmakers who choose to go the stop-motion animation route deserve a lot of praise, as it requires painstakingly moving small figures just a hair and photographing them in order to simulate movement on the big screen. It must take a lot of patience. Based on Neil Gaiman's book of the same name, this 2009 release followed a girl who discovered a secret world through a hidden door in her new house. Only the door led to a being that impersonated her mother and tried to keep her there forever. This movie was the first feature release of Laika Entertainment. What is the name of this film?
What is the name of this franchise about dinosaurs?
Some kids may have grown up watching movies directed by Don Bluth, who specialized in creating plots with much darker themes than those in Disney. Arguably one of the best films he ever made was the 1988 release about a group of young dinosaurs who were trying to reunite with their families. The main character was Little Foot, an orphaned Brontosaurus. It was so beloved that it spawned a whopping 13 sequels (though Bluth only directed the first one) with the latest being released in 2016. It also had its own TV series and 14 different video games. What is the name of this series?
What is the name of this movie about a dog angel?
Another one of Don Bluth's classic films followed a dog named Charlie that escaped from Heaven back to Earth. Only while he was there, he met the orphaned Anne-Marie who could speak to animals and became close friends with her. Together, they stopped the villainous bulldog Carface, who had been responsible for Charlie's demise and was using Anne-Marie to rig rat races. It was a fairly dark movie, but a popular home video release led to a sequel and a TV series. The voice cast included Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise. What is the name of this other Don Bluth movie?
What animated movie focuses on various pets?
After hitting it big by creating the Minions and producing a couple other movies like Dr Seuss's "The Lorax," Illumination Entertainment made a movie about what pets get up to when their owners aren't around. It focused on Max, a terrier whose life was disrupted by his owner bringing home a messy stray. But when they both found themselves accidentally on the streets, they had to rely on each other and some of Max's friends to survive against a group of lost pets led by a vicious bunny rabbit named Snowball. The voice cast includes Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, and Eric Stonestreet. What is the name of this movie?
What movie focuses on zoo animals that end up in the wild?
Having to adjust to a completely different lifestyle is tough, as these four animals raised inside a zoo in New York City found out in this 2005 release. While being transported to a new zoo via boat, a lion, a giraffe, a hippo, a zebra, and four devious penguins find themselves shipwrecked on a tropical island and have to get used to living in the wild. Having been pampered for their entire lives, it takes some time to adjust to this new lifestyle, especially for the lion who has never hunted for himself before. What is the name of this Dreamworks movie?
What is the name of this movie based on a Roald Dahl book?
Roald Dahl has written some of the most beloved children's books of all time, from "Matilda" to "The BFG" to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." While those have all received big screen adaptations, this stop-motion film was directed by a filmmaker who didn't have a background in animation whatsoever. Wes Anderson created charming live-action comedies like "The Roayl Tenenbaums" and "Rushmore" before he made his first animated movie. It followed a fox who sought to steal from three local farmers in order to provide his family with a better life. It starred George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and Bill Murray. What is the name of this movie?
What is the name of this popular anime film?
While Disney may have distributed the English language version of this Japanese anime film, they had nothing to do with its creation. Released by Studio Ghibli and directed by renowned filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, this 2001 film followed a girl stuck in a world full of spirits after her parents were turned into pigs. In order to survive, she had to take a job in a bath house for the spirits and learn how to live without her parents for the first time. It won the Best Animated Feature Oscar after it was released in the U.S. in 2003 and introduced a new audience to the filmmaker's work. What is the name of this movie?
What animated movie features Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy?
Not many movies can boast about having characters with immense fame such as this one can. Based on William Joyce's book series, this movie followed important icons of pop culture like Santa and the Easter Bunny as they banded together to stop the villainous Pitch Black who sought to bring darkness to the entire world. But the group would need the help of Jack Frost if they wished to put an end to Pitch's plans and save the children that believed in them. The voice cast included Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Chris Pine, Isla Fischer, and Jude Law. What is the name of this Dreamworks movie?
What is this franchise that focuses on prehistoric mammals?
During a strong winter, a sloth, a mammoth, and a sabretooth tiger became bonded for life as they tried to return a lost baby human to its family. The first movie in the franchise was a big hit with John Leguizamo as Sid the sloth being a particular standout. It has since received four sequels with the latest released in 2016, and each has brought new characters and dangers for the group to face. Manfred the mammoth is voiced by Ray Romano while Diego the sabretooth tiger is voiced by Denis Leary. Other voice actors who have joined sequels are Queen Latifah, Simon Pegg, and Josh Peck. What is the name of this Twentieth Century Fox series?
What is this movie based on a Dr. Seuss book?
The amount of classic children's books Dr. Seuss released is hard to count, though it could be argued that many of them don't have enough content to be turned into feature movies. This adaptation is one that does. It follows an eccentric elephant whose ears are big enough to hear the yelp of the Mayor of Whoville, which is so small that it resides on a speck sitting atop a flower. While the other animals in the jungle may not believe the elephant's claims, Horton knows what he heard. The movie jumps back and forth between Horton's time in the jungle and the day-to-day struggles of the mayor. What is this movie called?
What animated movie revolves around horses?
Within this Dreamworks animated film is a message about letting wild animals roam free. The main character is a wild stallion who is captured by humans seeking to train him. However, his will isn't so easily swayed and he constantly tries to earn his freedom and return to his herd. It was released in 2002 and starred Matt Damon in the lead role. While it isn't one of Dreamworks Animation's most well-known movies like "Shrek" or "How To Train Your Dragon," it was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar that year and made plenty of money at the box office. What is the name of this movie?
What is the name of this animated movie based on a true story?
Most animated movies feature silly plot lines that could never happen in the real world. So it's a bit surprising that this 1995 release was based on real world events. It followed a half-wolf who was an outcast due to his heritage. But when a sickness hit the town of Nome, Alaska, he risked his life to help the sled dogs retrieve medication for the townspeople. This was the last movie released by Amblimation, the animation studio that was founded by Steven Spielberg, after he closed it and co-founded Dreamworks. The cast included Kevin Bacon, Bob Hoskins, and Bridget Fonda. What is the name of this movie?
What movie focuses on the golden city El Dorado?
In a similar way that Don Bluth's animated movies focused on darker themes than Disney traditionally did, Dreamworks' earlier animated movies featured more adult oriented humor. One of the chief examples of this was this 2000 released that followed two thieves in search of the hidden city of gold, El Dorado. They had to pretend to be gods in order to get close with the people who lived there. The banter between the two leads, voiced by Kenneth Branagh and Kevin Kline, was a source for a lot of comedic moments. What is the name of this Dreamworks animated movie?
What movie features a super villain that wins?
What makes the story of this 2010 Dreamworks movie unique is that most animated movies focus on an underdog hero that comes out on top over the villain. This one, however, shows what the world would be like if the villain won. After finally taking over Metro City, he found that his life had less meaning and tried to create a new super hero for himself to fight. But this plan naturally didn't work out too well. Will Ferrell voiced the villain, while Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, David Cross, and Brad Pitt provided voices for the side characters. What is the name of this Dreamworks movie?
What animated movie follows a boy who can see ghosts?
The movie that Laika Entertainment released after "Coraline" featured a similarly macabre plot line. It focused on a little boy that everyone thought was weird, even his own family. He had the ability to see and speak to ghosts. And while this may unnerve some people, he became friends with them. Unfortunately for him, his ability meant he had to save his town from destruction after a group of zombies rose from their graves. All was not as it seemed and with the help of his friends, the boy was able to uncover what the zombies really wanted. What is the name of this stop-motion movie?
What is the name of this animated Western?
This movie released by Paramount and produced by Nickelodeon followed a chameleon who became the new sheriff of a town that could have been lifted straight from any Spaghetti Western. Except that it was filled with animals. The chameleon, who pretended to be tough in order to help the townspeople, was voiced by Johnny Depp. Other voice actors included Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Bill Nighy, and Timothy Olyphant. The movie, which took home the Best Animated Feature Oscar that year, was directed by Gore Verbinksi, the same director behind the first three "Pirates of the Carribbean" movies. What is the name of this animated Western?
What animated movie tells the story of Moses?
The second film to be released by Dreamworks Animation (just a few months after "Antz" in 1998) told the story of Moses and his freeing of his people in Egypt. Even for kids unfamiliar with the story in the Bible, the tale between Moses and his kingly brother Rameses was still a story about doing what was right. It was also praised for its music, being nominated for Best Score and winning Best Song at that year's Oscars. Val Kilmer and Ralph Fiennes played the brothers while Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Patrick Stewart played key supporting roles. What is the name of this movie?
What is the name of this post-apocalyptic movie?
As can clearly be seen, just because a movie is animated doesn't been it's bright, happy, and meant for children. This 2009 release from Focus Features focused on a rag doll that woke up in a post-apocalyptic world and, with the help of others like him, had to figure out how to save the rest of humanity. Unfortunately, the world around him was plagued with dangerous machines that caused many of the humans to lose their lives. The movie was based on a well-received short film and featured the voices of Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, and Jennifer Connelly. What is the name of this movie?
What is the name of this stop-motion movie about dogs?
"Fantastic Mr. Fox" was the first stop-motion animated movie directed by Wes Anderson, but 2019 saw him release his second. This time, the movie was based on a completely original idea. It focused on a near-future Japan as all dogs were sent to live on an island made of trash after outbreaks of Dog Flu. Refusing to let go of his best friend, one boy traveled to the island in order to find his dog. And with the help of one kooky pack, the boy set out on a grand adventure. Some of the voice actors were Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, and Greta Gerwig. What is this the name of this stop-motion film?
What is the name of this animated musical?
Before Pixar and Disney released "Coco," this other animated musical about the afterlife was released in 2014 by Twentieth Century Fox. However, the musical numbers were based on songs that already existed rather than ones that were originally written for the movie. It focused on a young musician who tried to get back to the land of the living in order to be with his one true love. The voice cast included Diego Luna, Channing Tatum, and Zoe Saldana. Some of the songs came from Mumford and Sons, Elvis Presely, and Radiohead. What is the name of this Twentieth Century Fox movie?
What movie focuses on a super fast snail?
Animated movies excel at delivering plots about characters who chase a dream that many tell them is unobtainable. It helps to tell kids that any goal can be reached if one tries hard enough.This 2013 Dreamworks release follows a snail who dreams of competing in the Indy 500. And when an accident leaves him imbued with super speed, he thinks he just may be able to make his dream a reality. The cast was stacked with Ryan Reynolds as the lead along with Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, and Snoop Dogg in supporting roles. What is the name of this movie?
What is the name of this Studio Ghibli movie?
The positive reception of "Spirited Away" meant that many other movies by Hayao Miyazaki would be released more frequently and to wider audiences in the U.S. This particular one focused on a little girl cursed by a witch and turned into an old woman. And the only way she could break the curse was by helping a magician who lived in walking castle. The plot was heavy on delightful magic but also featured a wonderful voice cast. Christian Bale, Josh Hutcherson, Billy Crystal, Lauren Bacall, and Jena Malone all lent their talents. What is the name of this Studio Ghibli movie?
What movie features a war between ants and termites?
This movie has the honor of being the first animated feature released by Dreamworks, having been released in 1998. It followed a neurotic ant named Z who wanted to break away from his colony's society while simultaneously falling in love with the princess of the colony. It may have shared some qualities with a certain Pixar release, but this movie was much darker. It featured a battle between the ants and termites that would be a bit too dark by the standards of today's animated movies. Some of the voice actors that worked on it were Dan Akroyd, Sylvester Stallone, and Sharon Stone. What is the name of this movie?
What movie are these three characters from?
With movies like "Coraline" and "Paranorman," Laika Entertainment has now become the go to studio for producing beautiful and thoughtful stop-motion features. This movie focused on a young boy who had to locate three pieces of magical armor in order to stop angry spirits from pursuing him. With the help of a talking monkey and giant beetle, the boy embarked on a life-changing journey filled with magic and mystical beasts. It was nominated for two Oscars: Best Animated Feature and Best Visual Effects. The voice cast included Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, and Rooney Mara. What is this stop-motion film called?
What is the name of this beloved anime film?
"Spirited Away" is most likely the most popular film Hayao Miyazaki has directed, but it is far from his first. Released in 1988 (1990 in the U.S.), this movie focused on two sisters who moved to be closer to their ill mother. And while that doesn't sound like that happy of a movie, the sisters were delighted to find that the woods by their house was home to many wondrous spirits. By playing with them, the sisters were able to find joy in their new situation. The main spirit from the movie is still one of the most recognizable characters from any Studio Ghibli movie. What is the name of this film?
What movie focuses on a boy moving through different book worlds?
For kids who were afraid of taking chances, this Twentieth Century Fox movie released in 1994 would have told a perfect story about conquering fears. It began in live-action and followed a young boy who ran into a library in order to get away from a strong storm. Only inside the library, he was transported to a world of books and had to make his way through them in order to return home. Some of the stories were "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and "Treasure Island." The movie starred Macaulay Culkin, but what was it called?
What is the name of this animated sci-fi movie?
Before Matt Damon voiced the lead character in "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron," he played Cale Tucker in this sci-fi film directed by Don Bluth in 2000. It focused on a small group of humanity living in space 1,000 years in the future after Earth was destroyed by an alien race. After hiding a spaceship holding the key to humanity's survival, Cale's father passed away. And Cale had to find the hidden spaceship before the aliens did in order to save his race. Other voice actors included Drew Barrymore, Ron Perlman, and Bill Pullman. What is the name of this movie?
What is the name of this movie with an environmentally friendly message?
Many animated movies feature plots to teach children how to treat others, but not too many focus on plots that teach them how to treat the environment. This 1992 release did just that, as it followed a society of fairies that had to protect their home from logging and pollution. It featured Robin Williams as Batty, a crazy bat that warned the fairies of the existence of humans and their destruction. It was his first role in an animated movie before Genie in "Aladdin." Other voice actors included Christian Slater and Tim Curry. What is the name of this animated movie?
What is the name of this fantasy movie?
Not quite every movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki is family friendly, as evidenced by this fantasy film. It focused on a young man who was cursed after destroying an angry spirit that tried to attack his village. After leaving his home, he set out to discover what had turned that spirit angry and found the problem to be humans building a sprawling civilization across the forests many spirits and animals called home. At the root of it all was a young woman who was raised among wolves, doing all she could to stop the other humans. What is the name of this movie?
What is the name of this animated Batman movie?
Super heroes may currently be reigning with live-action releases every year, but there are still many wonderful animated ones. Batman has been featured in several well-received animated features and this particular one comes from a time before super heroes were the box office giants they are today. Released in 1993, it followed Batman as he tried to figure out who was framing him for taking the lives of several Gotham crime lords. After finding out that it was a new vigilante, Batman had to use every tool at his disposal to learn who was really behind it. What is the name of this animated Batman movie?
What is this anime movie that focuses on a young witch?
Another of Hayao Miyazaki's films released before "Spirited Away" focused on a young witch during her first year of living by herself. After moving to a new city, the girl found it difficult to adjust to a new life by herself and had to make a living by running errands and delivering goods for various townspeople with the help of her trusty broomstick. The original film was released in 1989, but the 1990 English language released featured the voices of Kirsten Dunst, Debbie Reynolds, and Phil Hartman as the witch's signature black cat. What is the name of this Studio Ghibli movie?
What movie focuses on the lost sword Excalibur?
The lore of King Arthur, Camelot, and the magical sword Excalibur have provided the basis for many wonderful movies over the years, one of which was even made by Disney. However, this 1998 release from Warner Bros. told a very different story. It followed Kayley, the daughter of one of the knights of the round table who lost his life to the dastardly Sir Ruber, threatening to take over Camelot by stealing Excalibur. With the help of a blind hermit and a two-headed dragon, Kayley set out to find Excalibur and save Camelot herself. What is the name of this movie?
What is the name of this revered anime film?
This animated feature is definitely not meant for younger viewers as its rated R for graphic violence. It takes place in Neo Tokyo in 2019 and focuses on a dangerous, secret military project that turns its subjects into psychic psychopaths. After learning that his friend has signed up for the project, bike gang leader Kaneda tries to rescue him from this outcome. But along the way, he must deal with greedy politicians and a powerful military leader. The film's animation, especially during scenes of violence, was renowned when it was released in 1988. What is the name of this anime movie?
What is the name of this animated fantasy movie?
This fantasy movie was released in 1982 and was made by Rankin/Bass Productions, the same company behind the animated TV movie "The Hobbit," which was released in 1977. It was based on the Ralph S. Beagle book of the same name and followed a unicorn and a young magician as they teamed up to defeat an villainous wizard who was trying to capture all the world's unicorns. This unicorn is the only one the wizard hasn't captured and is therefore the last hope for her species. The unicorn was voiced by Hollywood legend Mia Farrow and the magician was voiced by future Oscar winner Jeff Bridges. What is the name of this fantasy film?
What is the name of this classic Don Bluth movie?
Before he made "All Dogs Go To Heaven" or "The Land Before Time," Don Bluth directed this dark fantasy about a mother mouse living on a farm trying to save her sick child. In order to save her son, the widowed Mrs. Brisby seeks the help of the wise rats, who, along with her late husband, were experimented on so that they are intelligent enough to read the human language. Along with her son's illness, Mrs. Brisby faces the problem of having to move her children to escape the farmer's plow and his villainous cat. What is the name of this movie?
What is the name of this animated movie from Ireland?
This animated film out of Ireland turned heads thanks to its unique animation and delightful, adventurous story. It followed a young boy who lived in a medieval outpost constantly under attack by barbarians. But after being shown an unfinished, yet magical book by a visitor, the young Brendan set off on an adventure to try and restore it. In order to do so and find a spell against the barbarians, he needs the help of the fairy Aisling. It was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2010 Oscars, but lost to "Up." What is the name of this fantastical movie from Ireland?
What is the name of this autobiographical animated movie?
Another animated movie based on real events, but still entirely different from "Balto." This 2007 french film was based on the autobiographical comic of the same name, which followed the young Marjane Satrapi as she grew up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Her outspoken personality had no place in the newly repressive society, though even studying abroad in Vienna provided a culture that she didn't belong in. It was well-received enough to be nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar as well as the Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes. What is the name of this animated French movie?