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Best Animated Movies on Netflix

While I most often prefer to watch non-animated movies on Netflix with my family, sometimes I enjoy a good animated film too. CGI animation is truly so impressive compared to the classic cartoons I grew up on.

Some of the stories are really inspiring and interesting too. I’ve found that Netflix has tons of the best films to watch with the whole family. And sometimes watching animation with your kids is the best way to bond.

I put together a list of the best animated movies on Netflix right now to help you find the perfect film to watch for family movie night. I always keep this post updated with new additions to the streaming service, so be sure to bookmark or pin this page so you always have the latest list.

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Best Animated Movies on Netflix Right Now

No matter which type of animated film is your favorite, I hope you find a new movie to watch with your kids.

1. Back to the Outback.

Rated PG. 1 hour 35 minutes.

This new for 2021 Netflix original tells a common story in animation… a group of animals, this time from the Outback, breaking out of captivity to find their own sense of freedom. Features the voices of Isla Fisher, Tim Minchin and Eric Bana.

2. The Willoughbys.

Rated PG. 1 hour 32 minutes.

Another adorable Netflix original film with a unique style of animation, The Willoughbys tells the story of 4 siblings that are living in a dysfunctional family with extremely selfish parents who want ditch them. The kids hatch a plan to form their own little family. Voices by Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Ricky Gervais and more.

3. Wish Dragon.

Rated PG. 1 hour 42 minutes.

This adorable animated film follows Din, a young man who is attempting to reconnect with his childhood best friend. Then he meets a Wish Dragon, who shows him just how full of possibilities life really can be.

4. Vivo.

Rated PG. 1 hour 39 minutes.

Featuring the voices of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Zoe Saldana, Vivo is the very first Sony Pictures Animations musical adventure film. In this heart-warming movie, Andrés and Vivo are a man and his honey bear who perform music in a square, then years later, Andrés sets out to write the perfect love song to recapture his feelings for his long lost love.

5. Mitchell vs the Machines.

Rated PG. 1 hour 54 minutes.

The Mitchells are the strangest family on the planet, so when the apocalypse strikes while on a family road trip, everyone left on earth is counting on the Mitchells to save the human race from extinction. Features the voices of Maya Rudolph, Abbi Jacobson and Danny McBride.

6. Gnome Alone.

Rated PG. 1 hour 25 minutes.

When highschooler Chloe and her mom move into a new house, she gets a surprise when she discoveres talking gnomes. These magical creatures need her help to save the world.

7. Pets United.

Rated TV-Y7. 1 hour 32 minutes.

When the evil mayor and his robot army seize the city, two pets – one pampered and one street-smart – band together to save their town.

8. White Fang.

Rated PG. 1 hour 27 minutes.

Go on an adventure with White Fang, a wolf who serves three different masters over time. Voice over actors include Paul Giamatti, Nick Offerman and Rashida Jones.

9. Bigfoot Family.

Rated TV-Y7. 1 hour 28 minutes.

These days, with modern life being what it is, Bigfoot is no longer in hiding. In fact, he’s missing and his family is worried! It’s up to his teen son to take on an evil CEO to find his dad and and save the nature preserve.

10. Home.

Rated PG. 1 hour 34 minutes.

A little girl named Tip is separated form her mom when Earth is invaded by aliens in Home. Tip meets Oh, one of the aliens who accidentally sends an invite to the whole universe to party. That’s when the action sequences begin, and things really start to get interesting. Don’t worry… there is a happy ending.

11. Kung Fu Panda.

Rated PG. 1 hour 34 minutes.

Voiced by Jack Black, a lazy panda trains to become a Kung Fu Warrior when his quaint little village is in danger. Other Kung Fu fighting animals voiced by Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogan, Jackie Chan and more.

12. Cloudy with a Chance Of Meatballs 2.

Rated PG. 1 hour 34 minutes.

Written by Phil Lord, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is the sequel for the movie of the same name. Just like in the original, Flint Lockwood continues to bring chaos with his machine that makes giant food fall from the sky. Bill Hader, Anna Faris and James Caan voice the main characters.

13. Monster House.

Rated PG. 1 hour 30 minutes.

For a long time, all of the kids in the neighborhood have been scared of Monster House, which seems to actually be sentient. A young boy and two friends band together to uncover the mysteries of the strangest house on the block. Nominated for the Academy Awards in 2007.

14. Happy Feet.

Rated PG. 1 hour 48 minutes.

Adorable baby penguin Mumble isn’t like the other penguins… he likes to move his feet and dance rather than sing! He’ll need to attract just the right mate with his unusual skills. Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittney Murphy and more provide the voices for the lively characters. Happy Feet 2 is also currently streaming on Netflix.

15. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

Rated PG. 1 hour 31 minutes.

The sequel to the popular Madagascar movie, in Madagascar 2, Alex the lion and his friends get stranded in Africa, where they just don’t belong. The all-star voice cast includes Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and more, which make this movie even more comical.

Also from Dreamworks and the Madagascar franchise, be sure to watch Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and Penguins of Madagascar: The Movie. If your kids love the movies, be sure to have them watch the Netflix original series featuring the same characters.

16. How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Rated PG. 1 hour 42 minutes.

If your kid enjoyed How to Train Your Dragon, they’ll love the sequel. Hiccup, Toothless and a mysterious new dragon rider work together to protect Berk from an outside dragon army. Also be sure to check out the various shows that Netflix has created to give you more of your favorite characters. Voice actors include and Jay Baruchel and Cate Blanchett.

17. Bee Movie.

Rated PG. 1 hour 32 minutes.

Worker bee Barry files a lawsuit against humans when he finds out they’ve been stealing honey from bees. All star comedy cast, including Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger, John Goodman, Matthew Broderick, Chris Rock and more.

18. Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

Rated PG. 1 hour 32 minutes.

Based on the animated series from the 1960s, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Mr. Peabody & Sherman follows young boy Sherman and his genius dog on a time travel adventure.

19. Farmageddon: A Shaun the Sheep Movie.

Rated G. 1 hour 26 minutes.

A UFO crashes near Mossy Bottom Farms and Shaun and the rest of his sheep flock work to help a lost alien find her way home.

20. Children of the Sea.

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 52 minutes.

This anime movie follows Ruka, a young girl who spends her summers at the local aquarium where her dad works. One summer she finds herself drawn to two boys who hear the same strange sounds from the ocean that she does. Scored by Joe Hisaishi, award-winning composer and longtime Studio Ghibli Films collaborator.

21. The Spiderwick Chronicles.

Rated PG. 1 hour 37 minutes.

After being forced to move into a rundown mansion in the country, twins (a young girl and boy) discover a magical world that changes their lives in this animated feature. Voices by Seth Rogan, Freddy Highmore, Martin Short and more.

22. Paranorman.

Rated PG. 1 hour 32 minutes.

When zombies take over a small town, it’s up to title character Norman, a strange young man, to save the day since he’s the only one who can communicate with the walking dead. Voices by Kodi Smit-McPhee, John Goodman, Christopher Mintz-Plassem, Anna Kendrick and more.

23. Arctic Dogs.

Rated PG. 1 hour 32 minutes.

Delivery fox Swifty teams up with a band of ragtag animals to try and stop Otto Von Walrus from melting all of the ice in the arctic. Voices from well-known actors like James Franco, Heidi Klum and Jeremy Renner.

24. Silent Voice: The Movie

Rated TV-14. 2 hours 9 minutes.

In this Japanese anime film, the main character tries to make his actions as a bully toward the deaf girl at school right. Cast includes Miyu Irino and Saori Hayami.

25. Invader Zim: Enter the Corpus.

Rated TV-Y7. 1 hour 11 minutes.

Created for younger kids, Invader Zim is an offbeat short film following Zim as he implements the next phase of his evil plan to conquer Earth while Dib Membrane, his nemesis, works to expose him.

26. The BFG: Big Friendly Giant.

Rated PG. 1 hour 57 minutes.

One of the last remaining Disney movies on Netflix, The BFG became one of the animated classics the minute it was released. In this film, an orphan meets a giant who befriends him instead of eating him for dinner.

27. Smurfs.

Rated PG. 1 hour 42 minutes.

When evil Gargamel finds and destroys Smurf Village, the Smurfs are forced to flee their home. They wind up going through a magic portal and end up in New York in the home of Patrick Winslow, played by Neil Patrick Harris. This movie blends animation with live action characters.

In the sequel to Smurfs, Smurfs 2, Gargamel creates the “Naughties” in his never-ending quest to extract the magic from the Smurfs.

28. Monsters vs Aliens.

Rated PG. 1 hour 36 minutes.

What happens when aliens invade the planet? You call in your secret team of monsters to fight them and take Earth back from the aliens! Featuring the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogan, Paul Rudd and more.

29. TMNT.

Rated PG. 1 hour 26 minutes.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back in TMNT. Training with Master Splinter, they work together to fight evil in their home of New York City. Voices of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Chris Evans and more.

30. Planet 51.

This animated film tells the alien story on its flipside… what happens when a human astronaut lands on an alien planet? One that resembles the suburbs in the 1950s? He tries everything he can to make his way back home.

If you like musicals, be sure to check out my list of the best Kids Sing Along Shows and Movies on Netflix.

Screenshot of animated movies on Netflix in app.

Netflix Original Animated Christmas Movies

Sometimes you need to watch something that will lift you up. Christmas movies can do that any time of year. Here are a fewf Netflix original films you can watch year-round.

1. Klaus.

Rated PG. 1 hour 38 minutes.

This heartwarming Netflix original Christmas movie follows a a reclusive toymaker who teams up with a selfish postman to bring joy to a town living in darkness. It features the voices of Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones and Sergio Pablos, and is an Academy Award nominee.

2. A Boy Called Christmas.

Rated PG. 1 hour 46 minutes.

This new Christmas movie is basically the origin story of Santa Claus. If you ever find your kids asking what Santa was like as a young boy, this is a fun movie to watch together. It has a really neat animation style too.

3. Angela’s Christmas.

Rated TV-Y. 30 minutes.

This short film tells the story of Angela, a young girl who has a fabulous idea in church on Christmas. Based on the story by Frank McCourt.

I hope you enjoyed this list of the best animated feature films on Netflix. Be sure to check out Hulu for some great original kids movies and more great animated movies to watch as a family. My kids also love Disney+ for classic Disney movies like Toy Story, The Little Mermaid as well as all of their newer short films.

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