Animation Superlatives

I loved animated movies as a kid, and I still do now. Here is a list of my own favourites in all kinds of categories. Feel free to share your own.

Greatest animated movie: TIE: Dumbo (1941) and Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Greatest animated movie storyInside Out (2015); Close 2nd and 3rd: Finding Nemo (2003) Toy Story (1995)

Greatest animated movie character (female): Cruella DeVil, 101 Dalmations (1961)

Greatest animated movie character (male): Timon, The Lion King (1994)

Greatest animated movie villain: Scar, The Lion King (1994)

Greatest animated movie quote: “To infinity and beyond!” — Buzz Lightyear, Toy Story (1995)

Personal favourite animated movie quote“Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.” – Anton Ego, Ratatouille (2007)

Funniest animated movie character: TIE: Genie (Aladdin, 1992) and Donkey (Shrek, 2001)

Funniest animated movie: Shrek (2001)

Saddest animated movie: The Fox and the Hound (1981)

Most attractive animated movie character (male): Flynn Rider, Tangled (2010)—as voted by my daughters

Most attractive animated movie character (female): There are too many. Animators love drawing beautiful women. Maybe Aurora in Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Ugliest animated movie character: Yubaba, Spirited Away (2001)

Personal favourite animated Disney movie character: Wall-E, Wall-E (2008)

Personal favourite animated non-Disney movie character: Sid the Sloth, Ice Age franchise.

Greatest non-speaking animated character in film: Dumbo

Miscellaneous Non-Opinion Movie Superlatives:

  • Oldest animated on standard film: Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906)
  • First animated character to be merchandised: Felix the Cat (1920)
  • First known animated feature film: El Apostól (1917, Argentina)
  • Oldest surviving animated feature film: Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926; German/French)
  • First film ever to receive an Oscar for “Best Animated Feature”: Shrek (2001)

Congratulations Shrek. This is your week.

And the Oscar goes to…

Best Actress: Cameron Diaz as Fiona in Shrek (2001).

Best Actor: Sacha Baron Cohen as Julien in Madagascar (2005)

Best Quote: Pinocchio: “I’m not a puppet, I’m a real boy!” Captain of the guards: “Five shillings for the possessed toy. Take it away.” — Shrek.

Shrek is definitely a movie that you’ll want to read its IMDb trivia page. Sometimes stuff on that part of the website isn’t completely reliable, but there are so many interesting bits of info that I’m sure you’ll love. To read it, click here.


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