Best new Animation movies (2017) - Top Netflix & 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.
The Vore's Film staff selects the top best animation movies of 2017 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.

animation movies2017
Popular actorsIdris Elba, James Franco & Kevin Hart
Trending moviesInside Out, Shaun the Sheep & The Little Prince

Anticipated 2017 animation movies to watch

    The LEGO Batman Movie (Friday February 10, 2017)

    The LEGO Batman Movie film poster Director
    Chris McKay
    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

    The Boss Baby (Tuesday November 21, 2017)

    The Boss Baby film poster Director
    Tom McGrath
    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

Best animation movies on Netflix or DVD in 2017 & 2016

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

    The Illusionist (Wednesday June 16, 2010)

    The Illusionist film poster Director
    Sylvain Chomet
    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

    Song of the Sea (Saturday September 6, 2014)

    Song of the Sea film poster Director
    Tomm Moore
    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

    The Red Turtle (Wednesday June 29, 2016)

    The Red Turtle film poster 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

    Long Way North (Tuesday June 16, 2015)

    Long Way North film poster Director
    Rémi Chayé
    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

    The Wind Rises (Saturday July 20, 2013)

    The Wind Rises film poster Director
    Hayao Miyazaki
    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

    Rango (Friday March 4, 2011)

    Rango film poster Director
    Gore Verbinski
    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

animation genre statistics

Rank#5 (List of most popular genres)
ActorsIdris Elba, James Franco & Kevin Hart
TrendingInside Out, Shaun the Sheep & The Little Prince
Amount of genre films per year from 2010 to 2017

178 animation movies scheduled for release this year.

Animation is famous for being patient and slow work. This explains the relatively few movies to appear every year, especially compared to other genres. However, as technology never stops progressing, the process of making such films does go faster, and in particular in recent years, we see a big increase in animation films being produced.

List of highest grossers of the decade & budget

TitleBox officeBudget
Finding Dory (2016)$486M$200M
Toy Story 3 (2010)$415M$200M
Frozen (2013)$400M$150M
Despicable Me 2 (2013)$368M$76M
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)$368M$75M