The 20 Best Animated Movies on Netflix You Need to Watch with Your Family [Updated 2023]

We occasionally seek films that make us feel something and cry. Animated movies hold an attraction for adults and children alike and Netflix has a fantastic selection of animated movies if you like films that enthral and inspire you.

In this article, we have the best animated movies on Netflix. We have catered to everyone’s tastes, from tragedies to romances.

1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Director: Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti, Rodney Rothman
Writer: Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman
Cast: Jake Johnson, Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld
IMDB: 8/10

Bitten by a radioactive spider while walking in a dark alley at night, Miles Morales wakes up to discover that he is the new Spiderman. Eager to seek out the original Peter Parker and ask him for advice on how to deal with his superpowers, he seeks out a portal to find him.

Along the way, he discovers that there are multiple universes where there is a new version of Spiderman. Alongside this, a villain, Kingpin, is rising, ready to reach into every Universe to destroy every version of Spiderman.

2. The Incredibles 2 (2018)

Director: Brad Bird
Writer: Brad Bird
Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell
IMDB: 7/10

Even though the Parr family has come to terms with becoming a team of superheroes, their unique brand of bravery is still forbidden. They move away after trying in vain to stop the Underminer. However, the affluent Deavor siblings of Devtech provide fresh hope with a daring effort to improve Supers’ public perception and legal standing, with Elastigirl explicitly chosen to serve as the model.

Baby Jack-newly Jack’s developed skills make him nearly impossible to control. Mr Incredible finds domestic life a daunting struggle despite having volunteered to stay at home to care for the kids for the time being. Elastigirl, on the other hand, is worried about the threat posed by Screenslaver, a new supervillain who is causing chaos with his mind-control abilities.

3. The Little Prince (2015)

Director: Mark Osborne
Writer: Irena Brignull, Bob Persichetti, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Rachel McAdams
IMDB: 9/10

The Little Girl, whose mother is preparing for the very adult world they live in, is at the centre of the story. However, her preparation is disturbed by The Aviator, an eccentric but generous neighbour. The Aviator exposes his new acquaintance to a remarkable universe in which anything is conceivable. A universe that The Little Prince long ago introduced him to long ago.

The Little Girl’s fascinating and emotional voyage into her imagination and the world of The Little Prince begins at this point. And it’s there that The Little Girl rediscovers her childhood and understands that human relationships ultimately count most and that the only way to comprehend what is necessary entirely is with the heart.

4. Coco (2017)

Director: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
Writer: Lee Unkrich, Jason Katz, Matthew Aldrich
Cast: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt
IMDB: 8/10

Despite the generational ban placed by his family on music, ten-year-old Miguel aspires to become a musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. He is secretly hiding away somewhere, playing his guitar.

When he runs away from home after his grandmother breaks his guitar, he finds himself transported to the mysterious Land of the Dead, where Miguel realizes that he’s slowly fading away into dust until he finds his ancestor and seeks their blessing. With the help of the charming traveller Hector and Bruno, the dog, they travel to the palace where Ernesto is staying to help Miguel go home.

5. Coraline (2009)

Director: Henry Selick
Writer: Henry Selick, Neil Gaiman
Cast: Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, John Hodgman
IMDB: 10/10

Coraline felt abandoned by her parents and bored after moving into an old house. She discovers a secret door next to a blocked-off hallway. In the middle of the night, she enters the passage and finds a parallel universe with loving parents and all her fantasies coming true, where everyone has buttons in place of eyes.

Coraline rejects the Other Mother’s invitation to live in her world forever and learns that the parallel reality she exists is a ruse to get her.

6. April And The Extraordinary World (2015)

Director: Christian Desmares, Franck Ekinci
Writer: Franck Ekinci, Benjamin Legrand, Jacques Tardi
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Marc-André Grondin, Philippe Katerine
IMDB: 7/10

The world of 1941 is quite unlike what we know from history books. Geopolitics has changed oddly: Napoleon V is in charge of France, and for the past 70 years, scholars have been disappearing for no apparent reason, robbing humanity of their discoveries. The world is stuck in antiquated technology, sleeping in the knowledge of the previous century, dominated by coal and steam, without radio, television, electricity, aviation, and the combustion engine.

Teenage girl Avril, her talking cat Darwin, her grandfather Pops, and Julius, a young miscreant and police informant set out to find Avril’s parents, two of the missing scientists, in this odd reality. The group will encounter numerous perils and puzzles in this bizarre new Rigged World.

7. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

Director: Mark Dindal
Writer: Chris Williams, Mark Dindal, David Reynolds
Cast: David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt
IMDB: 7/10

In this Disney-produced animated comedy, the arrogant and brazen Emperor Kuzco is a very busy guy. In addition to keeping his “groove” and getting rid of his dubious administrator, Yzma, he plans to construct a brand-new water park just for himself in time for his birthday. But doing so would involve razing one of his kingdom’s villages. Yzma is devising a scheme to steal the throne and get revenge in the meantime.

However, Kuzco is magically changed into a llama during a failed assassination thanks to Yzma’s right-hand man, Kronk. Now Kuzco finds himself on Pacha’s farm, a menial llama herder whose house serves as the water park’s starting point. When Pacha learns the llama’s true identity, he offers to assist in resolving the transformation if Kuzco promises to move the water park.

8. Tarzan (1999)

Director: Chris Buck, Kevin Lima
Writer: Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White
Cast: Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Brian Blessed
IMDB: 8/10

Tarzan is a baby who is orphaned after a tiger kills his parents, and just in time, a female gorilla steps in and saves him. For the rest of his life, the animals raise Tarzan in the jungle and teach him how to hunt, kill and climb trees. When Tarzan turns twenty years old, he will take his position as jungle king.

He comes across Jane, an archaeologist from Britain who arrives with her father to study monkeys. Tarzan and Jane develop a liking for each other, but then he discovers the shooter Clayton who came along with Jane and the Professor, is planning to capture and kill the apes in the jungle.

9. Mulan (1998)

Director: Barry Cook, Tony Bancroft,
Writer: Rita Hsiao, Robert D. San Souci, Chris Sanders
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, BD Wong
IMDB: 9/10

This version of an ancient Chinese folktale tells the tale of a young Chinese woman who discovers that her feeble and disabled father will be drafted into the military to resist the invading Huns. She poses as him because she knows he couldn’t endure the hardships of war in his condition.

Unrevealed to her, her ancestors are aware of this and have ordered a small disgraced dragon named Mushu to join her to prevent it, which will force her to forsake her plan. He consents, but after seeing Mulan, he realizes that she cannot be persuaded and chooses to support her in the following dangerous circumstances.

10. Leap! (2016)

Director: Eric Summer, Éric Warin, Mimi Maynard
Writer: Eric Summer, Laurent Zeitoun, Carol Noble
Cast: Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Carly Rae Jepsen
IMDB: 5/10

With the help of her childhood friend Victor, a young inventor, Félicie, an impoverished orphan girl who wishes for nothing but to become a ballerina but has no formal training, flees from her orphanage in rural Brittany in the 1880s. Together, they travel to the charming city of Paris; nevertheless, they soon part ways and Victor ends up working as an office boy in Gustave Eiffel’s workshop.

Finding the Paris Opera, the security guard catches Felicie for trespassing. Odette, a mystery cleaner who walks with a limp and saves her, decides to let Félicie remain with her while she recovers. Odette works at the Opera and the ruthless and tyrannical wealthy restaurant owner Régine Le Haut. Félicie observes Camille, Regine’s daughter, practising ballet while assisting Odette with cleaning.

In jealousy, she spots Camille’s letter of acceptance from a prestigious dancing company in Paris and decides to hide it.

11. Hoodwinked! (2005)

Director: Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards, Tony Leech
Writer: Todd Edwards, Cory Edwards, Tony Leech
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close, Patrick Warburton

The Goody Bandit has stolen the sweet recipes from the goody businesses, forcing many animals out of business. Little Red Riding Hood, The evil Wolf, The Woodsman, and Granny get into a commotion in Granny’s house, upsetting the calm in the forest while the police are pursuing the criminal.

The agitated Chief Grizzly takes them all into custody. Each accused person provides their account of what happened, and Detective Nicky Flipper is in charge of the inquiry. Flipper makes the evil Goody bandits identify known using the information.

12. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

Director: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Writer: Will Davies, Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
IMDB: 6/10

Hiccup, a teenage Viking from the Island of Berk, long ago wishes to help his community fend off the dragons who frequently raid it. Stock the Vast, his macho father and the head of the tribe, forbids his little, awkward, yet creative son from doing so. Nevertheless, Hiccup steps into the fray and uses his creation to dispatch a mysterious Night Fury dragon.

Still, he can’t bring himself to kill it instead, as the observant youngster discovers that his people had misunderstood the species, Hiccup and the dragon, whom he names Toothless, start a bond that will open up both of their worlds. But even as the two take off in their respective directions, they discover that they must battle the harmful ignorance roiling society.

13. Vivo (2017)

Director: Kirk DeMicco, Brandon Jeffords
Writer: Kirk DeMicco, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Peter Barsocchini
Cast: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ynairaly Simo, Zoe Saldana
IMDB: 4/10

Vivo centres on a unique kinkajou (also known as a “honey bear” from the rainforest), who spends his days entertaining the masses in a bustling square alongside his devoted owner Andrés. Vivo and Andrés make the ideal team despite not speaking the same language due to their shared passion for music.

However, disaster hits soon when Andrés receives a letter from the well-known Marta Sandoval inviting her ex to her farewell concert in the hopes of reuniting. Gabi, a vivacious tween who bounces to life, must assist Vivo to reach Marta, who lives on the other side of the world. Hence, it’s up to Vivo to say what Andrés was unable to: A song-form love letter we wrote to Marta years ago.

14. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Writer: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Judi Barrett
Cast: Anna Faris, Bill Hader, Bruce Campbell
IMDB: 8/10

Flint Lockwood believes he is brilliant. But none of the inventions he made is sensible or practical. He does have his mother’s support, but once she passes away, his father keeps him, who advises him to give it up. Flint decides to test his most recent innovation. This device can turn water into food when his community experiences an economic crisis due to the closure of their primary source of revenue, a sardine cannery.

However, something goes awry, and the machine flies into the air. Later, food begins to pour. The shady mayor attempts to use this to benefit the people, but when Flint notices a problem with the machine, the mayor tells him to ignore it in favour of people finally praising him.

15. Rise of the Guardians (2012)

Director: Peter Ramsey
Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire, William Joyce
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher
IMDB: 5/10

The Shadow monster threatens to destroy the world’s structure by plaguing the children’s nightmares and turning them into his demons. The old realm gods are called from all corners of the world by the North Guardian, and they must strategize how they will defeat Pitch, the evil shadow monster, together.

At the same time, the newest God, Jack Frost, meets them. His role shall be to bring the first fall of snow worldwide. As Jack learns to adapt to his new powers, he must put aside his frustrations and remember to save the world as the Shadow Monster grows powerful every day.

16. Meet the Robinsons (2007)

Director: Stephen J. Anderson
Writer: Jon Bernstein, Michelle Bochner Spitz, Don Hall
Cast: Daniel Hansen, Wesley Singerman, Angela Bassett
IMDB: 6/10

Lewis, a young orphan, is curious about his mother’s appearance. He, therefore, creates a device that scans your brain so you can see your memories. However, this odd child claims to be from the future and warns the boy of a man wearing a bowler hat. It fails when the man in the bowler cap messes with his creation. He judges that he is a failure and that no one wants him.

However, the youngster who forewarned him about the man is on the hunt for the bowler-hat-wearing man who intends to eliminate Lewis. He transports Lewis there as evidence that he is from the future. But the time machine malfunctions, trapping him in the future until he can repair it. He spends the time he has with his family.

17. My Life as a Zucchini (2016)

Director: Claude Barras
Writer: Céline Sciamma, Claude Barras, Morgan Navarro
Cast: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud
IMDB: 4/10

A 9-year-old boy’s intriguing nickname is “Courgette” (Zucchini). Although his singular tale is surprisingly familiar, Following the disappearance of his mother, Raymond, a police officer, becomes friends with Courgette and takes him to his new foster home, where he lives with other children his age.

At first, it is difficult to fit in this unusual, occasionally hostile atmosphere. However, Courgette finally learns to trust and can find real love with Raymond’s support and his new pals.

18. Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Director: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
Writer: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Ethan Reiff
Cast: Jack Black, Ian McShane, Angelina Jolie
IMDB: 10/10

It tells the tale of Po, a slacker panda who is the most significant fan of Kung Fu in the area. Po works daily in his family’s noodle store, which isn’t helpful. Po joins the realm of Kung Fu and studies with his idols, the famed Furious Five — Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper, and Monkey — under the guidance of their teacher, Master Shifu and discovers that he must fulfil an old prophecy.

But before they know it, the cunning and vindictive snow leopard Tai Lung is approaching them, and Po must protect everyone from the looming danger. Is it his destiny to become a Kung Fu master? Po gives his everything, including his girth, to become a warrior and realizes that he can transform his weaknesses into his strengths.

19. Wish Dragon (2021)

Director: Chris Appelhans
Writer: Chris Appelhans, Xiaocao Liu
Cast: Jimmy Wong, John Cho, Constance Wu
IMDB: 8/10

A young college student  Din meets a wish-granting dragon named Long who emerges from a teapot and promises him three wishes. The Dragon has been in a contract of servitude and Din may be his ticket to freedom. Din who is eager to get in touch with his old closest buddy from childhood tries to use his newfound companion to get back his friend but ends up ensuing chaos.

20. Lilo & Stitch (2002)

Director: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Writer: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
Cast: Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere
IMDB: 6/10

The movie revolves around a young Hawaiian girl and her extraterrestrial pet “Stitch”. Stitch is a genetic experiment from an alien planet and is highly pursued by its creators. Lilo teaches Stitch the Hawaiin concept of Ohana and together they help each other to achieve what they need. Their journey causes Lilo and her family to gain new powerful friends and gives Stitch a new permanent home.

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We have carefully crafted a list of the top animated movies from Netflix that range from laughter to love, friendship and heartbreak that we know will keep you engaged throughout your binge sessions. With the holidays about to arrive, you probably want to spend languid afternoons watching animated movies on Netflix that tug at your heartstrings