My Totally Biased List of the Top Ten 3D Animation Films To Date

Who doesn’t love a fun movie night? I don’t know about you, but swinging over to the theatre with friends for a movie night is my favorite things to do.

And if you’re someone like me who loves the quirky animated genre, then you’ll totally understand that nothing else fits the word ‘entertainment’ like 3D animated films. So here is my completely biased list of top ten 3D animation films through 2019. These movies are a must watch and trust me you’ll thank me later. (Pssst…fair warning, a lot of Disney films about to be dropped.)


1.The Lion King

This is the first animated movie I ever watched and has remained my all time favorite, even after all these years. Its 3D version was released in the year 2011 and it was everything I hoped it would be. The original movie has everything from family drama to emotions and funny scenes, so the 3D version just made all of this come to life. The movie has a great story line, inspired by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Rafiki, the baboon is my favorite character. The job of vocal cast James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jeremy Irons is also much appreciated. I would say it is the best-animated movie I ever watched.


  1. Frozen

In general, this is just a great execution of digital animation, but like many people, it was the story and plot that hooked me. This amazing story revolves around a ‘snow queen’ Princess Elsa who keeps the power to create snow. She has got that amazing power through which everything she comes in contact with turns into ice. The story is full of excitement and a bit of sadness when a deadly mishap makes her feel that she is born with this curse. She was heartbroken and ashamed. The story has lots of ups and downs. If you want to dive into the world of excitement and mystery, do watch this movie. And, of course, you can’t really go wrong when Kristen Bell and Josh Gad are doing voiceover.



This was a total surprise. When it first came out, I think a lot of movie goers were wondering what the heck to expect out of this unconventional Disney movie – it definitely wasn’t the stuff princesses are made of. But this American 3D computer-animated film turned out to be the perfect blend of comedy, animation, family, and adventure. Ralph being overshadowed by the good guy star – Fix-It Felix was tired of his villain role. So, he decided not to be a bad guy anymore. The movie is funny, sassy and sweet. It is a perfect treat for kids and parents. With a blend of retro eyes for adults and an approachable, thrilling storyline for kids, this film casts a beguiling and a wide net. 
The animation is so easy to fall in love with, probably because it incorporates so many old school video game references from the ‘80s that a lot us viewers weren’t even alive to see when they first came out. If you’re a gamer, this is a must watch.


  1. Big Hero 6

Released in 2014, Big Hero is one of the more popular 3D animated superhero films produced by Walt Disney Animations. What I find very fascinating about it, it is quite educational, therefore, along with children, an adult can also enjoy it. Characterization is so deep that when I watched it for the first time, I felt like I was one of the characters in this tragic, but inspiring story. Great story, amazing effects make it a great masterpiece from Disney.


5.The Book of Life

If you are fond of adventure comedy, don’t mis out on this wonderful 3D animated movie, produced by Reel FX Creative Studios. The movie is a beautiful epic folkloric tale of family and tradition. I would say it is a great movie that will make you think, laugh and cry.


  1. Sing

Directed and written by Garth Jennings, Sing is another favorite of mine and most little kids. It’s hard not to love because it’s got a bunch of really relatable personal story lines (albeit represented through animals) and the soundtrack is an awesome mix of new and old. Its Blu-ray 3D version was released on March 21, 2017. The story of ambitious Koala Buster who needs a hit show to save his elegant theater from foreclosure teaches you numerous life lessons. It appears to be the first animation movie on the talent-show format.



It’s hard not to like a film with Dwayne Johnson in it; it always brings a little humor into the story. Great characters and memorable music makes it one of the best 3D animated movies of the decade. It is the story of Polynesian island chief’s daughter who goes on a search to save her people. The movie offers a positive message of empowerment and self-discovery. The animation effects with the water are probably my favorite in this movie. It’s pure genius how the animators are able to give life to this fluid object.


8.The Grinch

The Grinch is a wonderful 3D animation movie that is based on Dr. Seuss’s book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” The movie was the perfect holiday fun for kids of all ages. Its animation is amazing and can make anyone fan of illumination flicks.


  1. Finding Nemo

Originally released in 2003, it was converted in 3D in 2012. If you love watching underwater adventure, this movie is surely going to hold your attention. Produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and directed by Andrew Stanton, Finding Nemo gives you flavor of adventure, comedy, and family drama all together. It is the tale of two fish – a father and his son – who got separated in the Great Barrier reef.


  1. Trolls

When you’ve got Justin Timberlake in charge of soundtrack selection and creating original scores for a movie, you know the music alone will be worth the watch. Really, the music and singing performances almost overshadow the animation…almost. The level of creativity in this animated movie has no limit – lots of bold color and inventive shapes. But what was really fascinating to me was the unconventional ‘materials’ used to create the characters and scenery. From glitter to felt, there was definitely a unique use of texturing happening in the animation that made it stand out from other animated films. Plus, it’s just a fun movie with a great cast.

These are my picks for top ten 3D animated movies to date. I’m sure there are others I left off that are worthy of mention, but these are my personal favorites. These movies have definitely pushed boundaries — they crack us up, scare us, move us and remind us every time how moving and fun it is to watch animated films – even more so when they are popping off the screen as they do in 3 dimensions.

So which one are you watching tonight?

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