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AV Readers’ Best of the Decade List: 2001-2010

In December of 2010, I was running a poll asking our readers to pick the best animated films of the decade. Unfortunately during the final week of voting I had a major medical emergency. I didn’t return full time to the site until the latter half of 2011. Since then, all those votes have been tucked away in a folder in my email box waiting to be tabulated. Thanks to a reminder from a forum reader who has apparently been patiently waiting for the results all this time, Animated Views is happy to finally reveal the votes.

Readers were given a list of over 100 films released theatrically in the United States from 2001 to 2010, and asked to rank their top 15. Write-in votes were also allowed. In total 118 titles ended up under consideration. The votes were counted by giving a score of 15 to a reader’s #1 film, 14 points to their #2 film, and so on.

Please keep in mind the limitations of a poll like this. Obviously an online vote ends up as a popularity contest of sorts, not neccesarily a vote on quailty of the films. Also remember this poll was taken in the final weeks of the decade itself. So films like Chico and Rita (which had a limited opening in November 2010) while critically acclaimed had not been widely seen yet. And conversely, films that people had seen more recently might be ranked higher than if the poll had been taken today.

Thanks to all those who participated, and our apologies for not getting this out until a fifth of the way through the following decade!

– James R Whitson


1 toy story 3 1573
2 the incredibles 1478
3 WALL-E 1362
4 ratatouille 1338
5 up 1285
6 finding nemo 1234
7 spirited away 1027
8 monsters inc. 1001
9 how to train your dragon 952
10 lilo & stitch 880
11 tangled 849
12 kung fu panda 795
13 coraline 699
14 the princess and the frog 582
15 fantastic mr. fox 577
16 shrek 506
17 wallace & gromit the curse of the were-rabbit 394
18 cloudy with a chance of meatballs 351
19 howl’s moving castle 331
20 the triplets of belleville 330
21 cars 323
22 persepolis 312
despicable me 312
24 ice age 277
25 shrek 2 273
26 treasure planet 262
27 ponyo 247
28 corpse bride 235
29 horton hears a who 222
30 the illusionist 220
31 the secret of kells 218
32 the simpsons movie 215
33 mary and max 212
34 tokyo godfathers 207
35 millennium actress 203
36 brother bear 197
37 bolt 180
38 sita sings the blues 160
39 paprika 156
40 happy feet 152
41 spirit stallion of the cimmaron 136
42 the polar express 132
atlantis the lost empire 132
44 surf’s up 123
45 the spongebob squarepants movie 122
meet the robinsons 122
47 the girl who leapt through time 115
48 waltz with bashir 114
49 madagascar 111
50 hoodwinked 96
51 metropolis 92
52 ice age dawn of the dinosaurs 81
53 curious george 79
54 9 70
55 monster house 67
ice age 2 the meltdown 67
57 madagascar escape 2 africa 65
58 flushed away 64
59 megamind 58
60 bee movie 57
61 final fantasy the spirits within 56
62 legend of the guardians 55
63 robots 53
64 ghost in the shell 2 innocence 49
cowboy bebop the movie 49
66 open season 48
67 alpha and omega 47
68 over the hedge 46
69 home on the range 45
70 disney’s a christmas carol 40
71 waking life 33
72 monsters vs. aliens 32
73 shrek forever after 31
74 astro boy 29
75 idiots and angels 27
battle for terra 27
azur and azmar 27
78 a town called panic 25
a scanner darkly 25
80 teacher’s pet 24
steamboy 24
star wars the clone wars 24
shark tale 24
84 romeo and juliet sealed with a kiss 20
barnyard 20
86 return to neverland 18
chicken little 18
$9.99 18
89 planet 51 17
90 TMNT 15
91 the wild 13
roadside romeo 13
93 valiant 12
the wild thornberrys movie 12
the sky crawlers 12
kaena the prophecy 12
97 the tale of despereaux 11
shrek the third 11
99 sinbad legend of the seven seas 10
eight crazy nights 10
101 the jungle book 2 9
mutant aliens 9
beowulf 9
104 jimmy neutron, boy genius 8
105 hair high 7
106 igor 6
107 the trumpet of the swan 5
pooh’s heffalump movie 5
everyone’s hero 5
110 happily n’ever after 3
doogal 3
112 rugrats go wild 2
arthur and the invisibles 2
114 the ant bully 1
115 chico and rita 0
fly me to the moon 0
piglet’s big movie 0
space chimps 0


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