Animated movies are no longer the domain of children. Some of them pack enough of a punch to satisfy our need to go awwwwww like Trolls, as well as make us blush with sexual innuendos with movies like Sausage Party, and give deep spiritual gyan from the likes of Kung Fu Panda. But the area where most animated movies flourish is emotions; you’ll never know where the onion ninjas strike you to tears.

Before we kick-start the New Year and the resolutions that go with it, let’s celebrate December with 31 of the best animated movies you need to watch:

The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

Voices: Will Arnet, Ralph Fiennes, Zach Galifianakis

IMDb Rating: 7.3

Synopsis: Batman meets Lego – what could go wrong?

Coco (2017)

Voices: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal

IMDb Rating: 9.0

Synopsis: A movie about family curses, music legends and a boy’s dream to play music – if you’re not crying by the end, are you even human?

The Boss Baby (2017)

Voices: Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Tobey Maguire

IMDb Rating: 6.4

Synopsis: Is it a baby or an undercover agent in a war between puppies and babies? You decide after watching!

The Red Turtle (2016)

Voices: Emanuel Garijio, Tom Hudson

IMDb Rating: 7.6

Synopsis: A story of a ship wrecked man who meets a female red turtle. With very little dialogue, this is visual storytelling at its best.

The Breadwinner (2017)

Voices: Saara Chaudry, Laara Sadiq

IMDb Rating: 7.3

Synopsis: What do you do when you’re a girl growing up in Taliban Afghanistan? You cut your hair, pretend to be a boy so you can support your family.

Inside Out (2015)

Voices: Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Diana Kane

IMDb Rating: 8.2

Synopsis: The following meme hilariously sums up the movie

What goes inside someone’s head? You no longer need to wonder because Pixar has done the job for us.

Zootopia (2016)

Voices: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman

IMDb Rating: 8.0

Synopsis: Can predators and prey be friends? They can be in this movie. But wait, there is trouble brewing in this happy place.

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

Voices: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill

IMDb Rating: 8.1

Synopsis: Join Hiccup, a misfit Viking who has no fighting instincts as he tries to befriend a wounded dragon. A joy ride if you ask us.

Moana (2016)

Voices: Auli’I Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson

IMDb Rating: 7.6

Synopsis: A village awaits a hero to save them as Moana takes matters into her hands to go on a journey to find Maui, a demigod. What ensues is uplifting and hilarious.

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Voices: Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey

IMDb Rating: 7.8

Synopsis: A boy with mysterious abilities and a master storyteller. With a bittersweet end, this one isn’t something you will be prepared for.

Frozen (2013)

Voices: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel

IMDb Rating: 7.5

Synopsis: A departure from the usual, this one is about sisters and not a romance between a prince and a princess. Catch it for some interesting life lessons.

Finding Dory (2016)

Voices: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks

IMDb Rating: 7.4

Synopsis: A much awaited sequel to the insanely famous Finding Nemo. Nemo and his dad go on an adventure to find their friend who also has a Ghajini-ish type short-term memory loss.

Tangled (2010)

Voices: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi

IMDb Rating: 7.8

Synopsis: Rapunzel with a twist. A lost princess who finds the courage to leave her gilded cage with a thief, a horse and a chameleon as her companions. A journey of self-discovery and homecoming – watch it to know what rebelling truly feels like.

Brave (2012)

Voices: Kelly McDonald, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters

IMDb Rating: 7.2

Synopsis: A first of its kind movie featuring a female lead instead of a male. Brave is about rebellion and defining your freedom. If you have enjoyed the game, you’ll enjoy the movie.

Despicable Me (2010)

Voices: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand

IMDb Rating: 7.7

Synopsis: The movie that gave us an antagonist as the lead and the beloved minions – watch this as Gru goes from being a super villain to a super dad.

Paddington 2 (2017)

Voices: Hugh Grant, Michael Gambon, Imelda Stauton

IMDb Rating: 8.3

Synopsis: A live action film, a thief recruits other thieves to find another who is described as a master of disguise. All we can say is Volvo would be proud of that one particular scene in the trailer. Comment if you find it


The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

Voices: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage

IMDb Rating: 6.3

Synopsis: Based on the game with the same name, Red is sentenced to an anger management class when his temper causes a ‘premature’ hatching. This one is dedicated to all the misfits

Rio (2011)

Voices: Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg

IMDb Rating: 6.9

Synopsis: How does a domesticated bird adjust to the wild? The music of Rio is so cool, you’ll be forced to tell your body to stop dancing more than once.

The Book of Life (2014)

Voices: Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum

IMDb Rating: 7.3

Synopsis: An adventure that begins after death, this is for the romantic soul.

Sausage Party (2016)

Voices: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill

IMDb Rating: 6.2

Synopsis: Food only wants to go home with you, thinking it is entering eternity. And then the peeling begins! Don’t understand? Watch the trailer for more. This one’s is full of sexual innuendos and spirituality, so, careful who you watch it with!

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

Voices: Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman

IMDb Rating: 7.1

Synopsis: Our beloved Po is back and so are a bunch of other pandas and who doesn’t love a movie of rolling, eating and sleeping pandas?

Rango (2011)

Voices: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher

IMDb Rating: 7.2

Synopsis: Rango is your ordinary chameleon who loves his adventure, as long as he can control and direct it. But that changes when he becomes the sheriff of an outlaw town in the Wild West.

Song of the Sea (2014)

Voices: David Rawle, Brendon Gleeson

IMDb Rating: 8.1

Synopsis: A young boy, who doesn’t want anything to do with his sister, sets on an adventure with her to save the fairies – a stunningly beautiful film.

The Croods (2013)

Voices: Ryan Reynolds, Nicholas Cage, Emma Stone

IMDb Rating: 7.2

Synopsis: An eccentric cave family that goes by the name of Croods must trust Guy to find a new home when their cave is destroyed in “The End.”

Frankenweenie (2012)

Voices: Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara

IMDb Rating: 7.0

Synopsis: A black and white Tim Burton movie, this is a homage and parody of Frankenstein. Prepare to be amazed and confused!

Big Hero 6 (2014)

Voices: Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter

IMDb Rating: 7.8

Synopsis: A young robotics prodigy forms a superhero gang to fight a masked villain. Well yes but I’m more interested in Baymax – like where can I get one?

Toy Story 3 (2010)

Voices: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack

IMDb Rating: 8.3

Synopsis: What happens to toys when their owner grows up? Join Woody and Buzz Lightyear as they try to rediscover their places in the human world.

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Voices: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Selena Gomez

IMDb Rating: 7.1

Synopsis: Dracula, like all protective fathers, retreats to Transylvania to raise his daughter. It turns into a safe haven for other monster families. But a human turns up and falls in love with the 118-year old daughter. A romance of monstrous proportions!

Loving Vincent (2017)

Voices: Douglas Booth, Josh Burdett

IMDb Rating: 7.9

Synopsis: Depicted using oil paintings, the story revolves around the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh. A postman must deliver the last letter of Van Gogh and as he does that he ends up investigating the painter’s life, which has no easy answers.

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Voices: Louis CK, Kevin Hart

IMDb Rating: 6.6

Synopsis: A favourite pet’s life is turned upside down when the owner brings in a new mongrel. They are forced to team up when the building pets go missing. A must-watch for all the pet lovers! If I had as interesting a life as them…I’d become a pet!

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs (2009)

Voices: Anna Faris, Bill Hader

IMDb Rating: 7.0

Synopsis: A genius whose inventions make little sense, Flint Lockwood decides to invent a machine that can convert water into food when a local canning factory shuts down. The invention turns up in the sky and well starts to rain food (I KNOW). Cue chaos!

How many have you seen? What other movies would you include in this list?

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