40 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. And while Disney+ definitely has the best animated movies, Netflix has a great selection too.

Screenshot of animated movies in Netflix mobile app.

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.

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. Cloudy with a Chance Of Meatballs 1 & 2.

Rated PG. 1 hour 30 minutes.

In this animated comedy film, quirky inventor Flint Lockwood creates a magical machine that makes food fall from the sky. Written by Phil Lord, Bill Hader, Anna Faris and James Caan voice the main characters.

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.

12. 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.

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13. How to Train Your Dragon 1 2.

Rated PG. 1 hour 42 minutes.

If your kid enjoyed How to Train Your Dragon, they’ll love the sequel, which is also streaming on Netflix right now. Hiccup, Toothless and a mysterious new dragon rider work together to protect Berk from an outside dragon army. Voice actors include and Jay Baruchel and Cate Blanchett.

For even more dragon adventures ,check out the various shows that Netflix has created to give you more of your favorite characters..

14. Riverdance: The Animated Adventure.

Rated TV-Y7. 1 hour 33 minutes.

In this musical story of loss, an Irish boy and a Spanish girl journey into a strange and mythical world. On this magical journey, reindeer, frogs and fish teach them to appreciate Riverdance as a celebration of life and loss.

16. Smurfs 1 & 2.

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.

17. Over the Moon.

Rated PG. 1 hour 40 minutes.

An animal musical about a girl searching for a moon goddess, Over the Moon follows Fei Fei as she builds a rocket ship and flies to the moon to attempt to meet mythical goddess Chang’e.

18. Extinct.

Rated TV-Y7. 1 hour 25 minutes.

When two adorably fuzzy creatures find themselves on a time travel adventure to the future, they discover they’re extinct! What happens next is an epic attempt to save their species from this uncertain future.

19. Dog Gone Trouble.

Rated TV-7. 1 hour 28 minutes.

When pampered puppy Trouble finds himself lost on the big-city streets, he must quickly learn to adapt so he can survive outside his privileged life.

20. Alpha and Omega.

Rated PG. 1 hour 27 minutes.

When you think of a wolfpack, you normally think of the male wolf as being the Alpha. This animated film flips that around and we get to see Omega wolf Humphrey and Alpha wolf Kate build a friendship through misadventures.

21. Next Gen.

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 46 minutes.

Lonely young girl Mai forms an unlikely friendship with a top-secret robot in this cute animated film starring John Krasinski, Charlyne Yi and Jason Sudekis.

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22. Secret Magic Control Agency.

Rated TV-Y7. 1 hour 45 minutes.

You’ve heard the tale of Hansel and Gretel, but do you know what happened to them after they escaped? In Secret Magic Control Agency, Hansel and Gretel use their magic and intelligence to become secret agents and go on a mission to find the missing king.

23. Kung Fu Panda 2 & 3.

Rated PG. 1 hour 32 minutes and 1 hour 34 minutes.

Voiced by Jack Black, a lazy panda who trained to become a Kung Fu Warrior teams up with lots of other goofy pandas to defend China in one movie from a new enemy and, in the other, from a marauding spirit. Series also stars the voices of Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie and more.

24. Escape from Planet Earth.

Rated PG. 1 hour 29 minutes.

When alien astronaut Scorch Supernova strands himself on planet earth, it’s up to his brother Gary to save him. Only Gary is typically more the quiet nerdy type than the hero.

25. Jungle Beat: The Movie.

Rated TV-Y7. 1 hour 29 minutes.

Designed for the younger crowd, a group of talking animals tries to help an alien who crash lands in their jungle find his way back home.

26. The Nut Job.

Rated PG. 1 hour 25 minutes.

Surly the squirrel is known for mishaps, so it’s no surprise when he destroys all of Liberty Park’s winter food supply. After being banished, he comes up with a plan to steal all of the nuts from a local shop for his friends. Of course, this plan goes haywire and chaos ensues.

27. Latte and the Magic Waterstone.

Rated TV-Y7. 1 hour 22 minutes.

This cute animated film tells the story of a selfish bear who wants all of the forest’s water for himself. A young hedgehog and squirrel band together to save the forest and all of its inhabitants from a horrible drought by stealing the magical waterstone back from the bear.

28. Animal Crackers.

Rated TV-Y7. 1 hour 45 minutes.

Animal crackers can turn Owen into any shape he wants. However, his family must keep the box away from their evil uncle and use it to save their rundown circus.

29. Charming.

Rated TV-Y7. 1 hour 25 minutes.

A prince must find his one true love before his 21st birthday, or his entire kingdom loses love. Unfortunately, the a curse also makes him compulsively propose to every woman he meets, making it truly difficult to find the one.

30. Penguins of Madagascar: The Movie.

Rated PG 1 hour 32 minutes.

Brave penguin spies Kowalski, Private, Rico and Skipper team up with the North Wind agents to try and defeat Octavius Brine, a mad genius. Part of the Madagascar animated movie series.

31. Sing 2.

Rated PG. 1 hour 49 minutes.

The long-awaited sequel to Sing is finally on Netflix! In this follow up to the original hit movie, Buster Moon, Rosita and Johnny jump back on stage with their friends to perform.

32. 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.

33. Children of the Sea.

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 52 minutes.

This anime movie for kids 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.

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. The Sea Beast.

Rated PG. 1 hour 59 minutes.

The Sea Beast was such a good fantasy movie for families! In this animated tale young girl Maisie, decides to stow away on a legendary sea monster hunter’s ship. The both learn something about themselves and the world through their adventures hunting, and saving, sea beasts.

37. Firedrake the Silver Dragon.

Rated TV-Y7. 1 hour 33 minutes.

After spending the entirety of his life hiding from humans who want to hurt him, Firedrake, a rare silver dragon reveals himself in order to help save all dragons around the world.

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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 few Netflix original animated 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. Angela’s Christmas 2 is also streaming now.

I hope you enjoyed this list of the best animated films on Netflix. Be sure to check out Hulu for some great original kids movies and more great animated feature 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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