15 Movies That Used Animation Brilliantly To Portray Their Script

This has been a decade of revolution. Revolution is almost every field is noticeable, and if we take one thing as the base of every revolution that has happened, it could be summarized in just one word, and that is Technology. Covering every revolutionary thing that happened in the past decade in just one blog would be a little too much and thus, we are only focusing on animated movies for today. We have seen some amazing movies all around in this decade and many of them were animated to bring the attraction of the world. Let’s take a look at the 15 movies that used 3D animation, whiteboard animation and other kinds of animation to just brilliantly to portray their script and won everyone’s attention and obviously, some of them won million hearts too.

1. Toy Story 4 (2019)
Storyline: With a new toy named Forky, Woody and Buzz are on a Roadtrip where they have an unexpected reunion with Bo-peep, his long lost friend. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they’re two worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.
Description: The first movie that I should mention in this list is Toy Story 4, and the reason is that this movie won the Oscars in 2020 for the best-animated movie of the year. A Pixar animation production is truly a master class that was released under the name of Walt Disney Pictures. This was the fourth installment of the Toy Story series, but it was truly amazing in terms of animation, script, and other factors of production. This film is a master class for sure.

  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Certificate: G
  • Release Date: 21st June 2019
  • Language: English
  • Budget: $200,000,000 (estimated)
  • Earning: $1,073,394,593 (Worldwide)
  • Director: Josh Cooley
  • Writer: John Lasseter
  • Star Crew: Annie Potts, Tom Hanks, and Tim Allen
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Company Credits: Pixar Animation and Walt Disney Pictures
  • Runtime: 100 min
  • Music and Soundtracks:
    • I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away
    • The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy
    • You’ve Got a Friend in Me
    • Midnight, the Stars and You
    • Don’t Keep Me Waitin’
    • Forever Tilt
    • Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K.467, 2nd movement
    • Boogie Juice
  • IMDB Rating: 7.9
  • Awards Won: 19 Awards Including an Oscar
  • Sequels or Prequels: Toy Story Series
2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Storyline: A New York school going teen aims to become the new Spider-Man. He comes across Peter Parker and gets trained to become the new Spider-Man to save New York City.
Description: Spider-Verse the film that I remember by heart because of its attractive visuals. Well, but this is not the reason that made me include the film the list. We have seen animated explainer videos being used in the animated movies even we have seen 3D animation to be used all around, but this film was beyond eye-catching colors, panel frames, and text boxes. This movie brought miles Morales on the screen for the first time and that too, with some amazing animated visuals. This movie apart from visuals was about heroism, family, friendship, diversity, and thus got the attention of all around the world. Moreover, the blend of CGI and traditional animation made it a delightful watch which made the film to be listed in the best-animated movies of the decade.

  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Action, Family, Sci-Fi
  • Certificate: G
  • Release Date: 14 December 2018
  • Language: English / Spanish
  • Budget: $90,000,000 (estimated)
  • Earning: $375,540,831 (Worldwide)
  • Director: Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey
  • Writer: Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman
  • Star Crew: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, and Hailee Steinfeld
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Company Credits: Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures, and Marvel Entertainment
  • Runtime: 117 min
  • Music and Soundtracks:
    • What’s up Danger
    • Sunflower
    • Way up
    • Familia
    • Invincible
    • Start a Riot
    • Hide
    • Memories
    • Save the Day
    • Let Go
    • Scared of the Dark
    • Elevate
    • Home
  • IMDB Rating: 8.4
  • Awards Won: 41
  • Sequels or Prequels: Spiderman Series
3. Inside Out (2015)
Storyline: Inside Out is a movie that is about the clash of emotions where a daughter, along with his mom and dad, is experiencing different emotions, including Joy, Fear, Anger, Sadness, and Disgust. The movie has shown how different emotions work and how to navigate the conflict between these emotions.
Description: This movie is on the list for its story and messages that it has conveyed to the public. The movie stated that one thing that is inevitable in life is change. Sometimes the changes happen naturally, but at times, it is forced on us. Whether you are happy, terrified, or sad, you cannot avoid the change, and this was the theme that people loved. The story follows an 11-year-old girl who’s forced to settle in a new city when her father gets a new job. The move sends her five core emotions – all of which are colorfully personified as characters in their own right – out of whack. If Inside Out teaches us anything — regardless of our age, situation, etc. – it’s that it’s natural not to be okay sometimes. This all is done through 3D animation which makes it more attractive and easy to understand.

  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy Drama, Fantasy
  • Certificate: G
  • Release Date: 19 June 2015
  • Language: English
  • Budget: $175,000,000 (estimated)
  • Earning: $857,611,174 (Worldwide)
  • Director: Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen
  • Writer: Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen
  • Star Crew: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, and Lewis Black
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Company Credits: Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures
  • Runtime: 95 min
  • Music and Soundtracks:
    • Bundle of Joy
    • Team Building
    • Nomanisone Island
    • Overcoming Sadness
    • Free Skating
    • First Day of School
    • Riled Up
    • Goofball No Longer
    • Memory Lanes
    • The Forgetters
    • Chasing the Pink Elephant
    • Abstract Thought
    • Imagination Land
    • Down in the Dumps
    • Dream Productions
    • Dream a Little Nightmare
    • The Subconscious Basement
    • Escaping the Subconscious
    • We Can Still Stop Her
    • Tears of Joy
    • Rainbow Flyer
    • Chasing Down Sadness
    • Joy Turns to Sadness/ A Growing Personality
    • The Joy of Credits
  • IMDB Rating: 8.2
  • Awards Won: 98
  • Sequels or Prequels: None
4. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
Storyline: The island of Berk is in the successful reign of Hiccup and Toothless. However, some uncertain conditions and challenges are now erupting in the island. To prevail, the peace two friends are now in the center of the battle. Toothless and Hiccup are now working to make peace to prevail.
Description: How to Train Your Dragon did well in Hollywood, and Dean Deblois, the director of this film, came up with a sequel. The formula of How to Train Your Dragon was amazing, but in the sequel, the genius director expanded the scope of storytelling along with making the emotional depth to be increased. The sequel was not needed in the first place but instead of creating the movie on needs this genius created the need for the sequel and proved that amazing script and quality visuals could make the viewers interested in anything and everything.

  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Action, Fantasy, Drama
  • Certificate: G
  • Release Date: 13 June 2014
  • Language: English
  • Budget: $145,000,000 (estimated)
  • Earning: $621,537,519 (Worldwide)
  • Director: Dean DeBlois
  • Writer: Dean DeBlois and Cressida
  • Star Crew: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, and Gerard Butler
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Company Credits: DreamWorks Animation, and Mad Hatter Entertainment
  • Runtime: 102 min
  • Music and Soundtracks:
    • Where No One Goes
    • For the Dancing and the Dreaming
    • Pot of Gold
    • Into a Fantasy
    • Burning the Skies
  • IMDB Rating: 7.8
  • Awards Won: 14 Including an Oscar
  • Sequels or Prequels: How to Train Your Dragon
5. Batman Under the Red Hood (2010)
Storyline: Batman fights the red hood to make the Gotham City to be protected. The red hood is not following the same ethical code as Batman, but he is cleaning up the Gotham. Killing is an option. And when the Joker falls in the balance between the two, hard truths are revealed and old wounds are reopened.
Description: DC is in the top tier of business of making movies that are direct as well as animated. Batman: Under the Red Hood was against the direction of what DC always makes, and it was going to explore one of the dark stories in the Caped Crusader’s history. The questions about Batman’s morality raised some emotional weight giving a hard time for viewers to think about it. Bolstered by strong voice performances and solid whiteboard and 3D animation, Under the Red Hood holds its ground among its peers, despite being a smaller production and release.

  • Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
  • Certificate: G
  • Release Date: 27 July 2010
  • Language: English
  • Budget: $200,000,000 (Estimated)
  • Earning: $11,695,965 (Estimated)
  • Director: Brandon Vietti
  • Writer: Judd Winick and Bob Kane
  • Star Crew: Bruce Greenwood, Jensen Ackles, and John DiMaggio
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Company Credits: DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation
  • Runtime: 75 min
  • IMDB Rating: 8.0
  • Awards Won: 1
  • Sequels or Prequels: Batman Series
6. Frozen (2013)
Storyline: Anna teams up with a man named Kristoff and reindeer to find her sister. The icy power of the sister has trapped the area into an eternal winter. The race to save the kingdom with some hard efforts.
Description: People who even haven’t watched this movie are well aware of its name because it made it to the headlines with a big announcement because of its tremendous success. This movie was about the Disney fairy tale saving the princess to a magical kingdom. Nevertheless, it made the headline because of its story, but the viewers liked it because of its animation production and its visuals and sound effects. Of all the animated movies to be released this decade, Frozen became the biggest cultural phenomenon of the bunch, because none of us could resist its enchanting charms.

  • Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
  • Certificate: G
  • Release Date: 27 November 2013
  • Language: English
  • Budget: $150,000,000 (Estimated)
  • Earning: $1,280,802,282 (Estimated)
  • Director: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
  • Writer: Jennifer Lee and Hans Christian Andersen
  • Star Crew: Kristen Bell, Idnia Menzel, and Jonathan Groff
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Company Credits: Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Runtime: 102 min
  • Music and Soundtracks:
    • Frozen Heart
    • Do You Want To Build a Snowman
    • For the First Time in Forever
    • Love Is an Open Door
    • Let It Go
    • Reindeers
  • IMDB Rating: 7.5
  • Awards Won: 79 Including 2 Oscars
  • Sequels or Prequels: Frozen
7. The Wind Rises (2013)
Storyline: The storyline is based on exploring the real-life incidents of Jiro Horikoshi. This Japanese pilot and airplane designer was portrayed in the film, and the plunges of the war were depicted with some great visuals. Entirely the storyline was based on the life of Jiro, including his heroics and personal life.
Description: It is a sharp contrast of most of the films the Hayao Miyazaki has made to date. It is a drama based movie about an airplane engineer. The Jiro Horikoshi, who was a historical figure in Japanese history, was brought to life in this movie with some amazing 3D animation. The Wind Rises is a masterfully animated film, and one of Miyazaki’s more somber, serious explorations of humanity.

  • Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
  • Certificate: G
  • Release Date: 20 July 2013
  • Language: English/Japanese
  • Budget: $30,000,000 (Estimated)
  • Earning: $136,454,220, (Worldwide)
  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Writer: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Star Crew: Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, and Miroi Takimoto
  • Production Country: Japan
  • Company Credits: Studio Ghibli, Buena Vista Home Entertainment and Hakuhodo DY Media
  • Runtime: 126 min
  • Music and Soundtracks:
    • Hikouki-gumo
    • Das Gibt’s Nur Einmal
    • Zigeunerwiesen
    • Winterresie
  • IMDB Rating: 7.8
  • Awards Won: 26 Including 1 Oscar
  • Sequels or Prequels: No
8. Coco (2017)
Storyline: This is a story about someone who wanted to become a musician like Ernesto de la cruz, who was his idol. Miguel had some family baffling and a generations-old ban on music, but despite everything, he went on towards his dream, and this movie is about his extraordinary journey.
Description: The movie was directed by Lee Unkrich. This movie is based on the story of following dreams of an individual and also shares views of topics like posing questions about death and life, meditation, and such other things. This was greatly depicted through the story of a young boy, and the imagination point of view of this movie was what brought it to success. The visuals are vibrant and exciting and some great and catchy songs added the amazing touch to it.

  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
  • Certificate: G
  • Release Date: 22 November 2017
  • Language: English/Spanish
  • Budget: $175,000,000 (Estimated)
  • Earning: $807,082,196 (Worldwide)
  • Director: Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina
  • Writer: Lee Unkrich and Jason Katz
  • Star Crew: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Benjamin Bratt
  • Production Country: USA
  • Company Credits: Pixar Animation Studio and Walt Disney Pictures
  • Runtime: 105 min
  • Music and Soundtracks:
    • Remember Me
    • Everyone Knows Juanita
    • Un Poco Loco
    • Proud Corazon
    • The World Es Mi Familia
    • Alla en el Rancho Grande
    • Dora’ Dance
  • IMDB Rating: 8.4
  • Awards Won: 108 Including 2 Oscars
  • Sequels or Prequels: No
9. Toy Story 3 (2010)
Storyline: Woody, Buzz, and the entire gang is back in action. With their toys depart for college and are now finding something new to play with. They plan their great escape with a giant playable bear. This is filled with fun and adventure.
Description: Well, Toy Story 4 is already in the list and possibly tops the list of best animated movies of the decade, but surely, the list will be incomplete without this movie. Toy Story 3 is a heartfelt, hilarious movie that captured the idea of being unwanted in the visual frame, and this heartbreaking was portrayed brilliantly with some humorous touch.

  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Comedy
  • Certificate: G
  • Release Date: 18 June 2010
  • Language: English/Spanish
  • Budget: $200,000,000 (Estimated)
  • Earning: $1,066,969,703 (Worldwide)
  • Director: Lee Unkrich
  • Writer: John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton
  • Star Crew: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and Joan Cusack
  • Production Country: USA
  • Company Credits: Pixar Animation Studio and Walt Disney Pictures
  • Runtime: 103 min
  • Music and Soundtracks:
    • We Belong Together
    • You’ve Got a Friend in Me
    • Cowboy
    • Garbage
    • Sunnyside
    • Woody Bails
  • IMDB Rating: 8.3
  • Awards Won: 60 Including 2 Oscars
  • Sequels or Prequels: Toy Story Series
10. Rango (2011)
Storyline: Rango is a pet chameleon always looking for some adventure and action. After an accident, he has to stay in a town called Dirt. The town is in dire need of water, and so does Rango, and thus, he decides to become the hero of the town and find them the water source.
Description: This movie by Gore Verbinski is a great tribute to Westerns. Johnny Depp voices the titular character, a chameleon undergoing an existential crisis because his dream of becoming a hero isn’t within his reach. However, when he ends up in the Wild West town of Dirt, he casts himself as a badass gunslinger and protects the lawless place. Rango is full of nods to the works of Sergio Leone and John Ford, but the film’s true genius lies in its ability to put a fresh spin on the tropes their movies helped popularize. Maybe Rango satirizes the Western to a degree, but in 2011 it was refreshing to see a movie keeping the spirit of the genre alive and kicking.

  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Comedy
  • Certificate: G
  • Release Date: 4 March 2011
  • Language: English
  • Budget: $135,000,000 (Estimated)
  • Earning: $245,724,603 (Worldwide)
  • Director: Gore Verbinski
  • Writer: John Logan
  • Star Crew: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, and Timothy Olyphant
  • Production Country: USA
  • Company Credits: Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies, and Blind Wink Productions
  • Runtime: 107 min
  • Music and Soundtracks:
    • Rango
    • Latin Lounge
    • Ave Maria
    • Forkboy
    • Welcome Amigo
    • Cool Water
    • The Banks has Been Robbed
    • Selenger’s Round
    • Ride of the Valkyries
  • IMDB Rating: 7.2
  • Awards Won: 46 Including an Oscar
  • Sequels or Prequels: No
11. Zootopia (2016)
Storyline: A cop works in the city of Zootopia to uncover a mysterious case with a wily fox making it hard for him to do so.
Description: This movie is about the city of animals that has got a mysterious case in its way. The cops are now working to make this case to be solved, with the fox being the hindrance. The case takes multiple turns with some comic and suspense. All the ideas, however, are expressed with some great animated videos and adding to its beauty through sounds and music.

  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Comedy, Crime
  • Certificate: G
  • Release Date: 4 March 2016
  • Language: English
  • Budget: $150,000,000 (Estimated)
  • Earning: $1,023,784,195 (Worldwide)
  • Director: Byron Howard and Rich Moore
  • Writer: Byron Howard
  • Star Crew: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, and Idris Elba
  • Production Country: USA
  • Company Credits: Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures
  • Runtime: 108 min
  • Music and Soundtracks:
    • Try Everything
    • Parlez-Vous Rap
    • Can’t Do Nuthin Right
    • One More Time
    • Carrot Days
    • Give Me A Try
    • A Wonderful Show
    • Everybody Hurts
    • All By Myself
    • I, Loser
  • IMDB Rating: 8.0
  • Awards Won: 46 Including an Oscar
  • Sequels or Prequels: No
12. Your Name (2016)
Storyline: A boy and girl fall in low in a bizarre way and but what awaits them in this story is a number of twists and turns to decide their fate. The story has been expressed in a humorous way.
Description: This is a rom-com from the Makoto Shinkai, and the art of 3D animation has made it better. This is a cliché commonplace romantic comedy scenario, and with twists and surprises, the movie has been made much more interesting. Strong characterization is one of the reasons for the success of this movie.

  • Genre: Animation, Romance, Family, Fantasy, Comedy
  • Certificate: G
  • Release Date: 26 August 2016
  • Language: Japan
  • Budget: JPY370,000,000 (Estimated)
  • Earning: $358,922,706 (Worldwide)
  • Director: Makoto Shinkai
  • Writer: Makoto Shinkai
  • Star Crew: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, and Ryo Narita
  • Production Country: Japanese
  • Company Credits: Amuse, CoMix Wave Films, and East Japan Marketing and Communications Inc.
  • Runtime: 106 min
  • Music and Soundtracks:
    • Dream Lantern
    • Zen Zen Zense
    • Sparkle
    • Nande mo Naiya
    • Yumetourou
  • IMDB Rating: 8.4
  • Awards Won: 15
  • Sequels or Prequels: No
13. Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Storyline: Kubo has an ordinary life in a small village, and it was all good until a spirit from the past turns it all upside down. A monster chasing Kubo and he becoming a warrior is what story is all about.
Description: The very existence of Laika’s stop-motion fantasy is an achievement to be lauded. The sheer time commitment to a film like this is probably why there aren’t more movies like it, and that’s a real shame because Kubo and the Two Strings are gorgeous. Designed to emulate a variety of traditional Japanese art mediums like woodblock printing and ink wash painting, the movie also features excellent action sequences and a 16-foot skeleton monster puppet that needed a special robot to move. Kubo and the Two Strings might have just set the standard for stop-motion in the upcoming decade.

  • Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family
  • Certificate: G
  • Release Date: 19 August 2016
  • Language: English/Japanese
  • Budget: $60,000,000 (Estimated)
  • Earning: $76,249,438 (Worldwide)
  • Director: Travis Knight
  • Writer: Marc Haimes and Chris Butler
  • Star Crew: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, and Matthew McConaughey
  • Production Country: Japanese
  • Company Credits: Focus Features and Laika Entertainment, Inc.
  • Runtime: 101 min
  • Music and Soundtracks:
    • While My Guitar Gently Weeps
    • The Impossible Waves
    • Kubo Goes to Town
    • Story Time
    • Ancestors
    • Meet the Sisters
    • Origami Birds
    • The Giant Skeleton
    • The Leafy Galleon
    • The Galleon Restored
  • IMDB Rating: 7.4
  • Awards Won: 33
  • Sequels or Prequels: No
14. The Lego Movie (2014)
Storyline: It is a 3D animation movie with lead character made of the nostalgic Lego. He is on the mission to save the Lego Universe. The epic journey to stop evil Lord’s business is depicted all over in the story.
Description: The movie won hearts because of its meme ability and nostalgic charm. Motion graphics were the best element of this movie, giving it a standout visual. The Lego world was brought to life through this movie, and the creativity to express it was genuinely amazing.

  • Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family
  • Certificate: G
  • Release Date: 7 February 2014
  • Language: English/ Turkish
  • Budget: $60,000,000 (Estimated)
  • Earning: $468,060,692 (Worldwide)
  • Director: Christopher Miller and Phil Lord
  • Writer: Christopher Miller and Phil Lord
  • Star Crew: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, and Elizabeth Banks
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Company Credits: Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Pictures
  • Runtime: 100 min
  • Music and Soundtracks:
    • Everything is Awesome
    • War Cry
    • Jag in a Jungle
    • Untitled Self Portrait
    • Get Ready For This
    • How Ya Gonna Keep Em Down on the Farm
    • Star Wars/ Blockade Runner
  • IMDB Rating: 7.8
  • Awards Won: 72 Including an Oscar
  • Sequels or Prequels: No
15. The World of Tomorrow (2015)
Storyline: The girl takes her mind of a tour in the distant future and portrays what is coming up in the future of the world.
Description: At initial glance, World of Tomorrow looks quite basic compared to other animated efforts released this decade. The stick figure drawings and computer-generated imagery aren’t sophisticated, but that’s what makes this gem so unique. The film tells the story of a little girl who’s visited by a time-traveling adult version of herself, and together they go on an adventure into the future. Writer-director Don Hertzfeldt recorded his four-year-old niece in her natural environment while creating the film, and with those samples of a child’s words, he told a story that’s brimming with meaning and thought-provoking sentiments about life.

  • Genre: Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Drama
  • Certificate: G
  • Release Date: 31 March 2015
  • Language: English
  • Director: Don Hertzfeldt
  • Writer: Don Hertzfeldt
  • Star Crew: Julia Pott, Winona Mae, and Sara Cushman
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Company Credits: Bitter Films Production
  • Runtime: 17 min
  • Music and Soundtracks:
    • Der Rosenkavalier: Waltz Suite
    • Romance
  • IMDB Rating: 8.1
  • Awards Won: 27 Including an Oscar
  • Sequels or Prequels: No

Conclusion

This list makes the best movies of the decade to be identified and all of these movies are animated. Well, while I was researching about this blog I found out there are a lot of other movies that are created while keeping the animation as their base and this made me explore the fact that animation is growing faster than we thought and possibly film making is not the only field that has focused of using animation as a form of expression but the question that how long will animation survive is still intact and unanswerable.

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