The Greatest Animated Shows of All Time: A Celebration of the Beloved!

By Adedayo Ebenezer Oyetoke Published on: March 17th 2024 | 5 mins, 986 words Views: 214



Animation – a vibrant tapestry woven with laughter, adventure, and moments that tug at our heartstrings. From the golden age of Hanna-Barbera to the modern marvels churned out by studios around the world, animated shows have held a special place in our lives. But with countless classics and contemporary gems vying for our attention, a question arises: What are the greatest animated shows of all time?


Well, the answer, like beauty, lies in the eye (or rather, the screen) of the beholder! That's why we're turning this blog post into a collaborative celebration of the animated shows that have resonated most deeply with YOU, our amazing readers!

Cast Your Vote!

We've compiled a diverse list of animated shows, spanning genres and eras. Head over to our social media page and cast your vote for your top 3 favorites! We'll be tallying the votes over the next few weeks, and then...drumroll please...we'll unveil the Top 10 Greatest Animated Shows of All Time (According to You!).

But before you rush off to vote, let's delve into some of the reasons why these shows have captured our imaginations:

  • Nostalgia Factor: Animated shows often hold a special place in our hearts because they were a part of our childhood. The characters we grew up with become like cherished friends, and revisiting these shows can evoke a powerful sense of nostalgia, transporting us back to a simpler time.
  • Enduring Storytelling: The greatest animated shows transcend age. They weave compelling narratives filled with relatable characters, humor, adventure, and even moments of profound emotional depth. These stories resonate with viewers of all ages, offering something new to discover with each rewatch.
  • Animation as Art: Animation is a truly unique art form, pushing the boundaries of visual storytelling. From the hand-drawn charm of classics to the stunning CGI of modern marvels, animation allows creators to craft visually stunning worlds that wouldn't be possible in live-action.
  • Diversity of Genres: The beauty of animation lies in its versatility. It caters to every taste bud, offering genres ranging from slapstick comedy and heartwarming slice-of-life to epic fantasy and thought-provoking science fiction.

A Glimpse into the Contenders:

here are the top 10 animated movies/series of all time along with a short note on each, IMDb rating, and where you can stream them:

1. Spirited Away (2001)

   - IMDb Rating: 8.6/10
Directed by the renowned Hayao Miyazaki, this film follows the journey of a young girl who discovers a mysterious world of spirits and must find a way to rescue her parents. It's celebrated for its breathtaking animation and imaginative storytelling.

2. Toy Story (1995)

   - IMDb Rating: 8.3/10
Pixar's groundbreaking film, Toy Story, takes viewers on an adventure with Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and other beloved toys who come to life when their owner is not around. It's not only a technical marvel but also a heartwarming tale of friendship and acceptance.

3. The Lion King (1994)

   - IMDb Rating: 8.5/10
A Disney classic, The Lion King, tells the story of a young lion prince named Simba who must reclaim his kingdom from his treacherous uncle Scar. With unforgettable characters, stunning animation, and a memorable soundtrack, it has stood the test of time.

4. Wall-E (2008)

   - IMDb Rating: 8.4/10
   - Short Note: Directed by Andrew Stanton, Wall-E is a charming tale set in a post-apocalyptic future where Earth has become uninhabitable. It follows the journey of a lonely robot named Wall-E who discovers the true meaning of life and love.

5. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

   - IMDb Rating: 8.2/10
Another masterpiece from Hayao Miyazaki, My Neighbor Totoro, is a heartwarming story about two young sisters who encounter friendly forest spirits in rural Japan. It's known for its enchanting visuals and gentle storytelling.

6. The Simpsons (1989 - Present)

   - IMDb Rating: 8.6/10
The longest-running animated series in history, The Simpsons, has become a cultural phenomenon. It follows the dysfunctional Simpson family and their misadventures in the fictional town of Springfield, offering sharp satire and endless laughs.

7. Frozen (2013)

   - IMDb Rating: 7.4/10
Disney's Frozen became a worldwide sensation with its tale of sisterly love and empowerment. Set in the kingdom of Arendelle, it follows Princess Anna's journey to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

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

   - IMDb Rating: 8.4/10
This groundbreaking animated film offers a fresh take on the Spider-Man mythos, introducing audiences to the concept of the multiverse. With stunning visuals and a diverse cast of characters, it's hailed as one of the best superhero movies of all time.

9. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008)

   - IMDb Rating: 9.2/10
A critically acclaimed animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, follows the journey of Aang, the last airbender and the Avatar, as he seeks to bring balance to a world torn apart by war. With rich world-building and complex characters, it's considered a masterpiece of storytelling.

10. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

   - IMDb Rating: 8.0/10
Disney's Beauty and the Beast is a timeless tale of love and redemption. It follows Belle, a bookish young woman, who falls in love with the Beast, a cursed prince. With its captivating animation and memorable music, it's considered one of Disney's finest achievements.


These movies and series represent some of the finest examples of animation across different genres and styles, captivating audiences young and old alike.

Remember, this is just a starting point! Head over to our social media page and cast your vote for YOUR favorite animated shows. Let's celebrate the diverse and wonderful world of animation, together!

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So, what are you waiting for? Vote now and let your voice be heard! We can't wait to see which animated shows reign supreme in the hearts of our readers!

P.S. Feel free to share your thoughts on the nominated shows, or any other animated favorites you think deserve a mention, in the comments below! Let's keep the conversation about animation going!

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