What comes to your mind when you hear Top Best Animated Movies? The answers will be unlike because different people have perceived the phrase differently. Some might think about the cartoon movies from their childhood like classic Disney movies, while others may automatically drift towards reconstructions of their favored comic-book epics. There are some that may still consider the appeal of anime movies when they hear animated movies. Whatever the differences are, there is one common feature: they lack live-action components. But the thrill, excitement, and emotions depicted in these animated (cartoon, whatever you name it!) movies are no less when compared to live-action movies or feature film.
Keeping in mind, this broad pool of animated movies, Netflix has a huge collection in its library. Don’t worry! You should not go through all of the movies in Netflix library because we are here for you; we have combed through Netflix to bring to you this section which contains something for everyone: Oscar-nominated animations, Disney’s Cartoon movies, best anime movies, Comic books animations, new animated movies, and classic Kids movies. So here is the list of best animated movies for 2017 streaming right now on Netflix.
11 Best Animated Movies You Should Watch in 2017
The Last Unicorn (1982)
The Last Unicorn is a touching fancy top notch animation movie that both the adults and children should find alluring, for it is sweet, scary, pleasing, and even sardonic at times, as it trails a unicorn on her trip to find her adrift brothers, who were presumably pushed out of existence by an insane king who controls a red bull. The Last Unicorn is a beautiful and strange story of loss, magic, and love having a sincerely unique delicacy.
This episodic narrative, though, pitched at a level of children movie, injects a huge amount of elegance and pathos into a typical journey of a hero through a wonderfully written script. The voice actors bring soul to the distinct animation of the movie, and legend Jimmy Webb does wonders with the composition of the score performed by the band America. The Last Unicorn is surely going to be a rare delight for the lovers of fantasy!!
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
The Secret of NIMH holds an interesting premise, an out-and-out scarcity among animated cartoon feature films. Here it comes in the form of a group of laboratory rats that were injected with a trial drug making them as intelligent as human beings. Smart animals in the plot is not a unique feature but what makes this movie stand out among other such animated movies is that the story covers itself with a problem of having a superior intelligence while being rats. This story is perfectly connected with a sad situation of Mrs. Brisby, a little-widowed mouse, whose ill child is bullied by the closing in of the tilling appliance.
The movie is the first one from Don Bluth after leaving Disney and is truly the first Disney kind of movie made outside of Disney, where conventional tools and methods were favored so that the quality of animation is not compromised. The Secret of NIMH is made the “Old School Disney” way and is still on top of the list of original cartoon movies to hit the big screens. A top rated animated movie to watch!!
Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I – The Egg of the King (2012)
Netflix is noticeably light on the anime features when compared to some other streaming platforms present out there – although it does have a very impressive list of anime programs. Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I – The Egg of the King is surely one of the best anime movies because of its dark fantasy tale influenced by Gothic Europe which features top notch heroes and villains, their bloody battles, and a more substantial folklore than the most modern animated features. The story also contains the twists and turns of political scheming and personal longing that sprints within the plot.
The story is taken from the manga series from Miura, which follows Guts, an isolated mercenary and his relation with Griffith, the chief of Band of the Hawk, the company of mercenaries. This movie is however only a part of this Berserk story, and if you observe yourself craving for more, then you can check out the two follow-ups, the 1997 animated series, or the new best animated movies 2017 of this series.
Absolutely must-watch for the anime lovers out there!!
Fantasia is clearly one of the most fascinating and unique feature films Disney ever produced. This movie is an assemblage of eight sections weaved together through traditional music conducted by Leopold Stokowski and performed by Philadelphia Orchestra. The only thing that went wrong for this awesome cartoon movie is that it was released at the time of world war (1940) so, the box office collection revealed failure at the moment, but the growing fan base in the coming years after its multiple re-releases show how incredible the movie is.
Watching Fantasia for the first time will certainly be an unmatched experience, nostalgia, a sweet ride through the waves of emotions when you see your favorite cartoon characters in their early form; this animated movie is what you make of it. You might already be closely acquainted with the sequence of Mickey Mouse – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and as for the rest sequences, you can just let it glide you away. You may find some sections connecting better than the rest, but to be fair, each section is extremely extraordinary in its national nature.
The Little Prince (2015)
Not every day, you will get a chance to see a new animated movie adapted from everyone’s darling story like The Little Prince, but kudos to Netflix for making this movie available for streaming anywhere anytime. Of course, a big chunk of thanks must be directed towards the cast and crew of this movie for bringing this time-defying story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry into life so, that the whole new peer group can now relish this classic tale. Though the movie is not a line-to-line translation of this classic story, it does pay reverence to the fan-favorite characters and sequences.
The Snake, The Rose, and The Fox are all brought to life through the diverging animation techniques that bring a new fold to a familiar tale. The Little Prince is honestly a movie within a movie; the fanciful, delicate story is wrinkled into a modernist, harsh narration on conformity and depersonalization in the modern workplace. If you have never read The Little Prince or seen none of its adaptations throughout the years, this new animated movie is a great place to initiate.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
If you have stayed away from this movie just because every girl (of course, the nerdy ones too) rides for it, we can understand completely, but before you skip this movie here too, hear us out at the first place. The Nightmare Before Christmas established a whole new generation to some astonishing stop-motion animation. The movie has become a conventional Christmas movie of its own. Oh! Wait – Halloween movie? Holidays movie? Ok, just watch the movie whenever you want!
This top animated movie, directed by Henry Selick, follows a skeleton – Jack Skellington, who lives in the Halloween Town and opens a portal to the Christmas Town. The adventure of this skeleton trying to get his sinister town to undertake the more cheerful holiday is hilariously presented in the movie. The story is a haunting distortion on the traditional sugary sweet Christmas that we usually follow, and this makes The Nightmare Before Christmas a startling, original movie worth watching.
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)
The DC Animated Universe’s consistency in developing quality animated features and series year after year has been propelled after Batman: The Animated Series. One of the recent animated films that have been drawn from the books of DC Comics is Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, and it’s comparably as good as some awesome live-action story in the recent years. Based on the crossover comic “Flashpoint” by Andy Kubert and Geoff Johns, the movie includes a fortune of voice-acting flair having plenty of experience, and some superb animations.
The movie pivots on Barry Allen, alias The Flash, who goes back in time to save his mom and in doing so, completely varies the future. There is no Justice League in this altered universe, the superheroes are fighting each other, and yes, the timeline is messed up! Now, it is up to The Flash to undo all the harm this mess up has created and regain his powers, though this distorted version of actuality may not be the only thing to result from the meddling of The Flash. This dark, emotional, and stunningly edited DCAU styled animation movie is perhaps the most significant Justice League movie till date.
Mary and Max (2009)
Mary and Max, a claymation movie from Australia is surely not for the kids because it deals with depression, alcoholism, autism, and restrained sexuality (only naming few). Thus, it truly is an animated movie for the adults. As the movie starts, we can see a lonely young girl Mary living with her alcoholic mother in Australia who starts a pen-pal relation with a boy Max from New York. This relation between the two grieved people forms the soul of this heart-rending dramedy, about the complexity of interconnection and the tangles of the heart.
You will have to put a substantial amount of effort to learn that the story you went all misty-eyed and weak-kneed over was a drop of a superbly directed plasticine. Director Adam Elliot does exceed every imaginable expectation with a beautiful, deeply emotional yet, witty animation movie which explores the intrinsic connection a human need.
World of Tomorrow (2015)
This 17-minute short animated science fiction movie directed, written, produced, edited, and animated by Don Hertzfeldt transfers arguably more of the melancholy, singularity, and lonesomeness of this world governed by futuristic technologies than any other movies of recent times. World of Tomorrow portrays young Emily, where she gets the chance of speaking to her older self (putting it more precisely, to the ordinal clone of her future self). The advancing get-along through the time and space really becomes an ideal canvas for the innovative brand of animation of Hertzfeldt, which greatly uses the minimalistic drawing and video covering for evoking the sheer oddness and disorientation of the world envisioned by Hertzfeldt.
This top rated animated movie explores the world that the new technologies will bring without disregarding the emotional senselessness and mayhem that will persist, and likely exacerbate, as time passes by. One of the best movies of 2015 (although being a 17-minute animation), World of Tomorrow is a bittersweet memory of a future self of a young girl contacting her to explain the wonderful and weird technologies of the future at a time when the world is going to end!
The House of Small Cubes (2008)
The House of Small Cubes is an Oscar winner for Best Animated Short Movie. A 12-minute short animated movie, but the time is more than enough to drag you into its heart-pinching story. An old man decides to move up rather than move on, by adding bricks to increase the house level so that he can save his house from submerging in the ever-rising flow of water. As he adds levels, a search for a dropped smoking pipe compels him to revive his memories as he goes past each of the floors through the depths of his home.
This wordless short movie develops a gripping world very swiftly with a distinctive flair of animation. The House of Small Cubes provides a few glances on the life of this old man, but it’s ample to treasure his life and character as it unrolls in reverse. This short film is about the undying effect of time on the life—how it can devour the past completely, and how everyone must thrive to continue moving onward in spite of what has happened already.
It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
One more Don Hertzfeld’s movie! You just can’t put him out. Can you? If you have already watched his 2015 short animated movie World of Tomorrow, you will know the empathy he can squeeze from the simple geometry and the completely developed world of character and personality within such elements. It’s Such a Beautiful Day is constructed from three associated short stories, and as hilarious as it may seem, it is equally devastating, synchronizing with the Hertzfeld’s style of using beautiful descriptive structures and trimmed aesthetics to tell melancholic stories that rarely seem all that melancholic.
It’s Such a Beautiful Day is a black comedy drama animated movie where a stick-figured Bill steers a weird world which is made weirder by a brain that rebuffs to let him be, approaching to grabs with mental illness, depression, and, eventually, death. Only after realizing (which you will) that the thing that just pierced your heart was just a made-up stick-figure cartoon, the brilliance of Hertzfeldt would become lucid.
This is where we end our list of Best Animated Movies recently streaming on Netflix. We might have missed some of the awesome movies on this list, and if we have done so, please, let us know by mentioning your favorite animation movies in the comment section!!