Whenever quintessential movies seem to appear less lively or simply don’t fit into the joyful mood, animated films become my go-to options. With amazing animation coupled with a larger-than-life storyline, they hardly take any time to set the stage for a fun-loving movie watching experience. Not to mention, animated flicks come in a variety of sub-genres like comedy, science-fiction, musical adventure, fantasy, horror, and more. So, choosing a specific flick based on what the mood demands is never a big deal. If you are toying with the idea of indulging yourself with awesome animation, this comprehensive assortment of the best Netflix animated movies in 2020 is for you.
Best Netflix Animated Movies to Watch Right Now
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Below, we have added quick links for all the movies mentioned in this article, you can click on the links to directly move to its place in the article.
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
- The Incredibles 2 (2018)
- The Little Prince (2015)
- Coco (2017)
- Coraline (2009)
- April And The Extraordinary World (2015)
- The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
- Tarzan (1999)
- Mulan (1998)
- Leap! (2016)
- Hoodwinked! (2005)
- Duck Duck Goose (2018)
- Despicable Me 3 (2017)
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
- My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea (2016)
- Meet the Robinsons (2007)
- My Life as a Zucchini (2016)
- Gnome Alone (2017)
- Bee Movie (2007)
- Lilo & Stitch (2002)
- Monster House (2006)
- Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (2017)
- Bolt (2008)
- The Breadwinner (2017)
- Mary and the Witch’s Flower (2017)
- MFKZ (2017)
- Klaus (2019)
- Flavors of Youth (2018)
- The Croods (2013)
- A Silent Voice (2016)
- Frequently Asked Questions
With all that out of the way, let’s get to our list, shall we?
1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Though I have watched tons of animated movies, none of them has impressed me as much as “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”. What has appealed to me the most in this superhero film is an extremely intriguing storyline coupled with amazing animation.
In this first animated feature film in the Spiderman franchise, Miles Morales team up with other Spider-Men from several dimensions to save New York City from Kingpin. With nerve-wracking battles and jaw-dropping actions, this animated movie is what you need to set your showtime on fire!
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%/93%
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2. The Incredibles 2 (2018)
“The Incredibles 2” is the sort of animated movie that never fails to charm us. With a gripping story and awesome action scenes, it’s a pretty solid entertainment pack that your entire family would love to watch. The story is centered around a Parr family that has decided to restore people’s faith in superheroes.
As they are up against a mighty enemy who is hell-bent on setting people against superheroes, their task is full of challenges. Watch this cool animated film to figure out the fate of the Parr family and what sort of tricks they have to employ to turn the tide against the villain!
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%/85%
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3. The Little Prince (2015)
As a fantasy adventure family drama, “The Little Prince” belongs to an elite league. And if you have a penchant for the flick that has plenty of adventure and fantasy strapped with drama, you shouldn’t miss out on this one. Netflix’s original animated movie is about a girl whose neighbor introduces her to an incredible world where anything is possible. Oh yes, this is also the world where her “Little Price” lives!
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%/84%
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4. Coco (2017)
Are you a lover of music and never seem to get enough of it? If yes, you are going to like “Coco” a lot. To me, what sets this flick as one of the best Netflix animated movies is the extremely fascinating story where a 12-year-old boy named Miguel gets accidentally transported to the world of the dead.
There he meets his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer, and appeals to him to remove the family’s ancestral ban on music and also send him back to the family among the living. Aside from an interesting story, this animated fantasy film has also got a lot of comedy up its sleeve so that you will enjoy watching it with your band of couch buddies!
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%/94%
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5. Coraline (2009)
Are you ready to take on one of the best horror movies on Netflix? If you are willing to indulge yourself with a dark fantasy horror movie, “Coraline” would be a top-notch pick. The movie has been directed by Henry Selick and features the voices of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Robert Bailey Jr., and Jennifer Saunders.
This horror flick is about an adventurous girl who comes across another world that happens to be an idealized version of her home which she doesn’t like at all. But the little girl is completely unaware of the sinister secrets that reside there.
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%/73%
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6. April And The Extraordinary World (2015)
A great science fiction adventure film like “April And The Extraordinary World” deserves to find a place in this collection of the most popular animated movies that are streaming on Netflix. The movie’s plot follows a teenage girl whose scientist parents have suddenly gone missing.
Instead of bowing down to the fear and constant threat to her life, the girl decides to take on the villains, displaying amazing wit and grit. I have relished watching this animated flick and I guess you would also find it refreshing in every aspect.
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%/76%
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7. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
“Walt Disney” is well-known for producing some of the most loved animated movies. And “The Emperor’s New Groove” has got all the qualities to be one of the best-animated movies on Netflix. The movie features some notable voice cast including David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, and Patrick Warburton.
As for the plot, it is set around a young Incan emperor called Kuzco who has been transformed into an avatar of the llama. The story is perfectly woven with quite a few funny scenes that will never fail to tickle your funny bones. Ditto!
Rotten Tomatoes: 85%/83%
Check out The Emperor’s New Groove on Netflix
8. Tarzan (1999)
Though I was fond of animated movies much before Tarzan arrived, it made me a huge fan of animated flicks. The movie excels in most aspects and keeps you engrossed throughout due mainly to the out-of-the-box screenplay. That’s the prime reason why I think it deserves to find a safe spot in this lineup of the best Netflix animated movies.
Talking about the story, it is centered around a man who has been raised by gorillas. One day, he comes to know that he is human. Will he leave gorillas or start a new life as a human?
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%/75%
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9. Mulan (1998)
What happens when action-adventure and music are elegantly integrated? Well, you get a scintillating movie like “Mulan” that not only breaks several new grounds but also possess a lasting charm. That’s the reason why I have been compelled to include this animated musical action-adventure flick that was released during the Disney renaissance era.
Set in China during the Han dynasty, it’s the story of the daughter (Fa Mulan) of an aged warrior (Fa Zhou). To save her father from death in the army and also counter the Hun invasion, she impersonates a man. Set this flick into motion to discover the charismatic tale of China’s most loved heroine!
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%/85%
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10. Leap! (2016)
All set for a musical adventure? Take on the “Leap” (aka Ballerina) to not only relish a scintillating musical adventure but also fill the moments with loads of comedies. The movie follows an orphan girl who desires to be a Ballerina. Her life takes a surprising turn when she gets a golden chance to take part in the audition for the famous school of the Paris Opera Ballet.
Rotten Tomatoes: 40%/62%
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11. Hoodwinked! (2005)
While searching for a cool animated movie that I could enjoy watching with family, I stumbled upon “Hoodwinked” recently. Though I was a little skeptical about this family comedy movie initially as it hadn’t got high ratings, it didn’t disappoint me at all.
As for the story, the movie is focussed on retelling the folktale “Little Red Riding Hood” as a very interesting police investigation and makes the best use of flashbacks to reveal the point of view of multiple characters in a hilarious way. Go for it to set the showtime for a long laughter spree!
Rotten Tomatoes: 47%/56%
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12. Duck Duck Goose (2018)
Should you decide to light up your animated movie show with endless comedies, “Duck Duck Goose” is something I would recommend to watch. Though the movie’s plot does seem to be predictable, it can hold your attention with a good many funny moments. The story is centered around a carefree goose called “Peng” whose flock has decided to shift its base to China.
Due mainly to the irresponsible behavior, the flock leader “Bing” doesn’t like “Peng”. Watch out the tussle between the two and more significantly; the side-splitting moments that unfold.
Rotten Tomatoes: Tomatometer not available/39%
Check out Duck Duck Goose on Netflix
13. Despicable Me 3 (2017)
“Despicable Me” film series is all about comedy. So, if you are someone who never seems to get enough of amusing scenes, “Despicable Me 3” would be an ideal foil to liven up your video streaming.
In this movie, you would watch Gru and his long-lost twin Dru in the funny avatars as they team up to trump a new enemy called Balthazar Bratt. But their road to victory is not going to be a cakewalk as Balthazar Bratt is also battle-ready to take on both the brothers.
Rotten Tomatoes: 58%/54%%
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14. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
Based on the 1978 children’s book of the same name by Judi and Ron Barrett, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” is a classy animated science-fiction comedy film. The movie depicts the life of an aspiring inventor called Flint Lockwood who develops a machine capable of converting water into food.
But something goes completely wrong and the machine starts developing massive food storms. Watch the ways and means through which he tries to control the destructive machine and the extremely humorous things that unfold!
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%/72%%
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15. My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea (2016)
Directed by Dash Shaw, “My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea” is a fun-loving teen comedy-drama film. Featuring a pretty good voice cast including Jason Schwartzman, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, and Lena Dunham, the movie is set around a group of students including Dash and Assaf.
One day, their seaside high school suddenly falls off a cliff, thereby trapping everyone inside. Find out what happens next and who actually comes to their rescue at the time when death seems to be knocking on the door!
Rotten Tomatoes: 84%/58%
Check out My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea on Netflix
16. Meet the Robinsons (2007)
“Meet the Robinsons” may not be considered as Disney’s magnum-opus by any means but this flick has got enough to steal your heart. Personally, I have loved watching it due mainly to the evergreen story. Speaking of the plot, it’s about a 12-year-old aspiring inventor who is working day and night to scan his memory to trace the location of his mother who had left him at an orphanage when he was a baby.
Just when he seems to lose hope a bit, he meets a charismatic 13-year-old boy named Wilbur Robinson who claims to be a time cop from the future. Play the flick to discover the entire story and I bet you would really praise the movie!
Rotten Tomatoes: 67%/74%
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17. My Life as a Zucchini (2016)
With a brilliant integration of drama and comedy, “My Life as a Zucchini” can leave you spellbound. No wonder it’s got a 98% Tomatometer rating. Beyond the high rating, it’s the second adaptation of Gilles Paris’ famous 2002 novel Autobiographie d’une Courgette.
The story is centered around a boy called Icare who lives with his alcoholic mother. One day, his life takes a dramatic turn when his mother dies and he finds himself in an unfortunate state. Though the story is emotional, it has lots of hilarious scenes in between so that sadness doesn’t overtake the whole plot.
Rotten Tomatoes: 98%/88%
Check out My Life as a Zucchini on Netflix
18. Gnome Alone (2017)
If your wishlist is demanding a good fantasy comedy to watch with the entire family, “Gnome Alone” would be a notable addition. The movie revolves around a centuries-old war between wicked Troggs and lion-hearted Gnomes.
When the middle school student named Chloe comes to know that her new home’s garden gnomes are not what it appears to be, she decides to kickstart the fight against mighty Troggs. Will Chloe succeed in winning the battle?
Rotten Tomatoes: Tomatometer not available/46%
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19. Bee Movie (2007)
Produced by DreamWorks Animation, “Bee Movie” is the sort of animated comedy film that offers a ton of funny moments. And if you are ready to laugh your heart out, it would live up to your billing.
The movie is centered around Barry B. Benson (Seinfeld), a honey bee who wants the human race to stop exploiting bees. As funny as it sounds, he even sues the human race and appeals for a complete ban on selling and consuming honey.
Rotten Tomatoes: 50%/53%
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20. Lilo & Stitch (2002)
If you are on the hunt for the animated movies lashed with lots of comedies, Lilo & Stitch would be the way to go. The story of this science-fiction comedy-drama revolves around two extremely mischievous characters named Hawaiian girl named Lilo Pelekai and her dog named Stitch – a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive.
Thanks largely to the eccentric acts and lots of comic scenes, Lilo & Stitch would bring more fireworks to your video-streaming than what you expect. So, don’t forget to add it to your Netflix queue!
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%/77%
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21. Monster House (2006)
A great mix of supernatural horror and comedy, “Monster House” can prove to be an icing on the cake for exciting showtime with plenty of “OMG” moments! The film is about a neighborhood that is being horrified by a haunted house.
Speaking of the voice cast, this supernatural horror movie features the likes of Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Steve Buscemi, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Give it a shot and I’m sure you will come out impressed with the story and screenplay.
Rotten Tomatoes: 74%/63%
Check out Monster House on Netflix
22. Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (2017)
No matter how choosy you are about films, you would like to watch this Japanese computer-animated kaiju film. To me, what makes it worth putting in the watchlist is the unique story in which a group of human refugees who try to recognize the Earth 20, 000 years after it had been hijacked by Godzilla.
Due mainly to the notable success, the producers of the movie released its two sequels: Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle and Godzilla: The Planet Eater in 2018. And both of them did pretty well on the box office.
Rotten Tomatoes: Not available
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23. Bolt (2008)
When you have a top-notch comedy-adventure vying for your attention, why should you look anywhere else? This Walt Disney Animation Studios’ movie has won plenty of accolades and features notable voice cast: John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Malcolm McDowell, Diedrich Bader, and more.
The animated film is about a canine star who thinks that his powers are real and decides to save his co-star from danger by decimating huge threats that are looming large.
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%/74%
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24. The Breadwinner (2017)
If you are in quest of a critically-acclaimed drama film to spice up your movie watching, “The Breadwinner” would be an excellent pick. Based on the best-selling novel by Deborah Ellis, the movie is set in the early 2000s (Afghanistan) and follows the life of an 11-year-old girl whose father ( a school teacher) got physically impaired during The Soviet-Afghan War.
Unpack this extremely emotional film to discover how this brave girl fights out the turbulent times and more significantly; how she transforms into a different avatar altogether to take on the villains!
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%/76%
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25. Mary and the Witch’s Flower (2017)
I have always loved the animated fantasy films that have a great mix of mysteries woven into an intriguing plot. And I must say that “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” has charmed me a lot thanks to the mysterious story.
It’s set around a girl named Mary Smith who discovers a “fly-by-night” flower that promises to give her the power to become a witch for one night. Sorry, I won’t spill more beans about this flick as it would take away a lot of curious moments. So, better play this fantasy movie to discover everything that it has in store for you!
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%/69%
Check out Mary and the Witch’s Flower on Netflix
26. MFKZ (2017)
MFKZ aka Mutafukaz is a fun-loving adult animated science fiction movie. Based on the comic series and short movie of the same name, the animated movie is a treat to watch. Directed by Shōjirō Nishimi and Guillaume “Run” Renard, it stars Orelsan, Gringe, Redouanne Harjane, and Féodor Atkine.
The story revolves around a grown young adult called Angelino and his antique love affair with Luna. Thanks to a fascinating story, Mutafukaz became a hit minting $229,423
Rotten Tomatoes: 41%/83%%
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27. Klaus (2019)
If you after an exciting Christmas adventure film full of comedies, look no further than Klaus. Directed by Sergio Pablos, the movie stars the voices of proven names including Jason Schwartzman, J. K. Simmons, Rashida Jones, Will Sasso, and Neda Margrethe Labba. With a fictional 19th-century setting, the story is about a postman who lives in an island town to the Far North.
Klaus received positive reviews for the amazing animation, story, and vocal performances. Moreover, the movie also grabbed won seven awards at the 47th Annie Awards, including Best Animated Feature.
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%/97%
Check out Klaus on Netflix
28. Flavors of Youth (2018)
Directed by Li Haoling, Jiaoshou Yi Xiaoxing, and Yoshitaka Takeuchi, Flavors of Youth is an anime/Donghua anthology drama film. The plot is an amalgamation of three storylines named Hidamari no Choshoku (The Rice Noodles), Chiisana Fashion Show (A Little Fashion Show), and Shanghai Koi (Love in Shanghai). It revolves around Xiao Ming and his struggle.
Netflix’s original animated film stars Taito Ban, Mariya Ise, Takeo Otsuka, and Ikumi Hasegawa. With top-notch animation and gripping story, Flavors of Youth looks a sure-shot for a long binge-watching.
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%/65%
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29. The Croods (2013)
Produced by DreamWorks Animation, The Croods is an animated adventure comedy movie. It has been written and directed by Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders. Set in the fictional prehistoric Pliocene era named “The Croodaceous”, it stars notable names such as Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, and Clark Duke.
The plot revolves around a cave family called the Croods. As for the box office success, it received fairly positive reviews and grossed $587 million against the budget of $135-$175.
Rotten Tomatoes: 71%/77%%
Check out The Croods on Netflix
30. A Silent Voice (2016)
A Silent Voice is one of the most loved Japanese animated teen drama films which you can watch on Netflix right now. The animated movie has been directed by Naoko Yamada and stars Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami, Aoi Yūki, and Kenshō Ono. Based on the manga of the same name, the story revolves around Japanese teenager Shoya Ishida and his never-ending altercation with Shoko Nishimiya.
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%/92%%
Check out A Silent Voice on Netflix
Enjoy Streaming the Best Netflix Animated Movies
Now that you have a boatload of top-notch Netflix animated movies, kickstart the video streaming without any further ado. As for which flick would be ideal for your showtime, it entirely depends on what your mood demands. Before getting into the groove, toss up your thoughts in the comments below. Moreover, if you find some worthy contenders missing from the above roundup, do let me know their names as well.