Total Film's List of the 75 (5) Greatest Animated Movies

5. Akira (1988)

The Movie: Katsuhiro Otomo's punk'd up dystopia, the breakthrough anime that took manga style worldwide and gave sci-fi loving emos a new look to emulate.

Only in Animation: Mutating anti-hero Tetsuo replaces his severed arm with a pulsating super-limb.

4. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The Movie: Walt Disney gambled his studio on a musical feature in glorious Technicolor - without it, this list probably wouldn't have happened.

Only in Animation: Wildlife helps with the housework during 'Whistle While You Work.'

3. Beauty And The Beast (1991)

The Movie: A resurgent Disney took on a classic art-house movie - Jean Cocteau's La Belle Et La Bete - and upturned the usual tropes (the villain is handsome, the hero a monster) to create its most critically acclaimed film in decades - and the first animated movie to score a Best Picture nomination.

Only in Animation: Angela Lansbury voicing singing teapot Mrs Potts.

2. Spirited Away (2001)

The Movie: The first film to earn $200 million at the box-office before opening in America, this has become Studio Ghibli's most famous film, and the perfection of Hayao Miyazaki's storytelling.

Only in Animation: As Chihiro's parents are turned into pigs, reality gives way to a spirit world teeming with monsters.

1. Toy Story (1995)

The Movie: John Lasseter knew that Pixar's feature-length debut would gain attention for its groundbreaking computer-generated animation. How to ensure it wasn't a flash in the pan?

Make a film of flawless storytelling, timeless characters, belly laughs and huge heart. And then make two sequels that are arguably better.

Only in Animation: For all the escalating scale of the trilogy's set-pieces, the Toy Stories never lost sight of the childlike thrill of seeing toys come to life.

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