1. Despicable Me 3
At the top spot is Despicable Me 3 featuring a talented cast including Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, and Trey Parker. It’s the third installment of the popular franchise that has grossed over $1 billion worldwide.
Turner commented on this ranking by saying: “Despicable Me 3 is one of Universal Pictures’ biggest animated hits of all time.”
The film features the voices of many actors which include Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, and Steve Coogan. Alfred Molina joins the cast as Gru’s long-lost brother Dru. Critics praised its animation, voice acting, and writing among other things. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an overall rating of 75%, based on 272 reviews, with a rating of 6.8/10.
Despicable Me 3 was released on June 30 2017 by Universal Pictures and has grossed $504 million worldwide as of September 14, 2017, against its budget of $80 million.
THE VERDICT: This is the best-animated movie to come out this year and deserves to be number 1!
2. Finding Dory
Following up at number 2 is Pixar’s Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo. It received positive reviews and box office success.
The film takes place about a year after the events of its predecessor where we meet Dory again as she tries to find her parents. The story resonated with audiences who were entranced by characters from the first movie which included Marlin, Nemo, and more.
Finding Dory was released on June 17 2016 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It has grossed $ 1,028 million worldwide against an estimated budget of $ 200 million and won many awards including Best Animated Film ( Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ), Best Animated Film ( Golden Globe Awards ), and Best Original Song ( Finding Dory ).
THE VERDICT: It’s a great sequel to Finding Nemo and has been a box office success.
At number 3 we have the biggest animated hit of 2016, Zootopia. The film grossed over $ 1 billion and has become Disney’s most successful non-Pixar/non-Marvel animated movie, as well as the highest-grossing film of 2016.
The film takes place in a world where all the animals have evolved and now are living in a metropolis called Zootopia. Judy Hopps ( Ginnifer Goodwin ) is an idealistic young rabbit who becomes the first-ever bunny police officer while Nick Wilde ( Jason Bateman ) is a sly fox who makes it big as a con artist. They team up to solve a mysterious case that involves uncovering heinous crimes committed by mammals. The voice cast also includes Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, and Bonnie Hunt among others. Writing for the film was done by Jared Bush, Phil Johnston, and Byron Howard. Their writing has been widely praised with The Hollywood Reporter calling it “clever” while Variety has praised it as “refreshing.”
Zootopia features some impressive animation and voice acting that have contributed to its success. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an overall rating of 90%, based on 255 reviews, with a rating of 8.2/10. The film was released in theaters on March 4 2016 by Walt Disney Pictures. It grossed over $ 1 billion worldwide against its budget of $ 150 million and won many awards including Best Animated Feature ( Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ) and Best Original Screenplay ( Annie Awards ).
THE VERDICT: This is the best-animated movie of the year!
At number 4 we have DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls which features Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, and many more.
The film takes place in a world of trolls who are living under a bridge with their happy-go-lucky leader Poppy (Kendrick) just waiting for the day she turns 18 so that she can be crowned as queen. This also happens to be the only time when they can venture out into daylight without consequences because, on this day, sunlight is magically converted into colorful hair sprays which gives them magical powers. The story resonated with audiences worldwide thanks to its endearing protagonists, colorful animation, and amazing songs! These factors helped it gross over $ 345 million worldwide against its budget of $125 million. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an overall rating of 73%, based on 127 reviews, with a rating of 6.5/10.
THE VERDICT: This is one of the most creative animated films this year and it’s fun for the whole family.
5. Kung Fu Panda 3
At number 5 we have DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 which features Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, and Kate Hudson among others. The film grossed over $560 million worldwide against its budget of $145 million making it a moderate success.
The story follows Po ( Black ) who finds himself in trouble when he needs to train three panda brothers who are his students in order that they can fight an evil kung fu master named Kai (J. K Simmons). An entertaining movie with a great story and animation, this is one of the best animated movies of 2016.
THE VERDICT: This is an awesome sequel to Kung Fu Panda 2 which has been received well by critics and audiences worldwide.