Best new Animation movies in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & Cinema List)

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best animation movies of 2018 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Andrew Stanton, Chris Renaud & Pete Docter our new animation genre directors? The main focus is on international art house & American and British indie cinema.

Studios like Disney, Pixar and Ghibli are taking the art of animated movies to a higher level every year. They continue to be among the highest grossing movies in the box office each year, and then we are not even counting the merchandise. At the time of writing Frozen was released years ago, but you can't walk into a store without seeing Frozen magazines, cups and cookies etc. It's a business, and it's big business. But fortunately it's a business that produces something that makes people happy, and the not so subtly hidden moral codes, are not too bad for our children either. These are the ones we think are the prettiest, smartest and most compelling.

New animation movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018

  • Mary and The Witch’s Flower

    DIRECTOR: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
    CAST: Hana Sugisaki, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Yûki Amami

    In the woods, a young girl stumbles upon a broomstick that enables her to fly. The stick flies her to Endor College, a school of magic. At school however, she soon finds out there sinister things going on. A beautiful Japanese animation movie, based on the classic British children's novel. Read more

    RATING: 82/100

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  • Isle of Dogs

    It's an absolute delight to see Wes Anderson return to stop-motion animation. 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' was easily our favorite stop-motion film of the decade so far. In 'Isle of Dogs', a Japanese boy goes looking for his dog after all dogs have been quarantined on a remote island. Doesn't sound like your average Anderson, which makes it all the more interesting. Read more

    RATING: 90/100

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Best animation movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 animation movies

  • The LEGO Batman Movie

    DIRECTOR: Chris McKay
    CAST: Will Arnett Michael Cera Rosario Dawson

    Shortly after the release of the wildly successful (and hilarious) LEGO movie, the creators announced a spin-off; the LEGO Batman Movie. And indeed, this character definitely deserved its own movie. The story is too stupid, but this will make roll from your seat for sure. Read more

    RATING: 87/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 10th, 2017

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  • The Boss Baby

    DIRECTOR: Tom McGrath
    CAST: Steve Buscemi Tobey Maguire Lisa Kudrow

    Based on the eponymous children's book, The Boss Baby could one of the revelations of 2017. Like more modern children's films, 'The Boss Baby' is a film that dares to take its young audience seriously. Read more

    RATING: 83/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 8th, 2018

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Best animation movies on Netflix or DVD in 2018

2010's best rated animation movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  • The Illusionist

    DIRECTOR: Sylvain Chomet
    CAST: Jean-Claude Donda Eilidh Rankin Duncan MacNeil

    Directed by Sylvain Chomet (Les Triplettes des Belleville) and based on a script by Jacques Tati, 'The Illusionist' is a wonderfully realized, nostalgic little gem about an elderly French illusionist traveling to Scotland in the 1960's. Over there, he hopes to continue his career, only to find out people are less and less interested in his craft. Breathtakingly drawn, full of small, funny details. A true delight. Read more

    RATING: 95/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 16th, 2010

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  • Song of the Sea

    DIRECTOR: Tomm Moore
    CAST: Brendan Gleeson Fionnula Flanagan David Rawle

    Another stunning Irish animation film after 2009's 'The Secret of Kells'. 'Song of the Sea', which was met with international acclaim, is once again deeply rooted in Irish folklore. It tells the magical story of two siblings with a very special ability; they can turn into seals. After their mother has disappeared, the two of them have to live with their grandmother in the city. They soon embark on a whimsical voyage back to the sea. Read more

    RATING: 87/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 6th, 2014

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  • The Red Turtle

    DIRECTOR: Michael Dudok de Wit

    After winning an Oscar for his animated short movie 'Father and daughter' (2001), Michael Dudok de Wit finally realized his anticipated feature animation film 'The Red Turtle'. A beautiful and poetic film that will both please children and adults, it tells the story of a castaway on a isolated tropical island and his magical bond with a red turtle. Read more

    RATING: 85/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 29th, 2016

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  • Long Way North

    DIRECTOR: Rémi Chayé
    CAST: Christa Théret Féodor Atkine Peter Hudson

    'Long Way North' is yet another glowing example of why France is the leading country in the world when it comes to producing animation films that are both entertaining and artistically relevant. It tells the epic story a young Russian aristocrat girl who travels to the North Pole, in order to find out what happened to her grandfather. Beautifully drawn and compelling storytelling! Read more

    RATING: 85/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 16th, 2015

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  • The Wind Rises

    DIRECTOR: Hayao Miyazaki
    CAST: Hideaki Anno Hidetoshi Nishijima Miori Takimoto

    'The Wind Rises' was supposed to be legendary Japanese directors' Hayao Miyazaki swan song. It isn't, thankfully. 'The Wind Rises' is yet another beautiful chapter in the rich history of the Ghibli Studios, even though the film is significantly different from the weirder stuff they are known for. It tells the (fictionalized) biographical story of Jiro Horikoshi, a famous Japanese designer of several aircrafts. Read more

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: July 20th, 2013

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  • Rango

    DIRECTOR: Gore Verbinski
    CAST: Johnny Depp Isla Fisher Timothy Olyphant

    A hilarious western pastiche, full of quirky jokes and movie references. If Wes Anderson was asked to produce a Pixar western movie, something like 'Rango' must have been the result. Read more

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 4th, 2011

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  • Ma vie de Courgette

    DIRECTOR: Claude Barras
    CAST: Gaspard Schlatter Sixtine Murat Paulin Jaccoud

    A young boy is sent to an orphanage. At first, he feels ill at home, but the other kids soon learn him important lessons about life. Read more

    RATING: 90/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 4th, 2011

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