With a six-year-old nephew around, we watch a lot of animated movies, although I'm still amazed how many animated movies (old and new) I have not seen yet. Of the ones I have seen, here's my personal top ten favorites list.
I made this list by looking at all the animated movies I love (which is a large list), and then asking one simple question: "if I never see this movie again, would I be okay with that?" If the answer is no, it makes the favorite list, which I then narrowed down to ten. If the answer is yes, the film stays on the "I love this movie!" list, but doesn't advance to favorite status. I've been revising all my favorite list using this criteria. It's quite a useful question and really helps me narrow down my current favorites. I find I answer "yes" and drop a movie off the current favorite list for multiple reasons. Sometimes, I've simply seen a movie so many times, it's part of my consciousness and I can quote it, etc., but I've overdone it and have no desire to actually see it again right now (although if it came on, I would still watch it).
As for which movies I love, (and this applies to every favorite movie I have), I have to want to be one or more characters in the film, and those characters almost always have to be protecting someone, or some ideal, or some place, or some thing. There's also almost always some kind of beautiful scenery or locations in my favorite movies. I've come to realize that beauty is a key element that draws me to one movie over another. It's actually mostly why Kung Fu Panda makes this list. It is such a beautiful movie -- I might even rank it the most beautiful of all of these -- with the most exquisite colors and scenery. I oooh and ahhhh every time I see it. There are so many moments in Kung Fu Panda that I want a picture of to put on my wall. I love the story and characters, beside, but man, do I really love how they chose to animate this movie.
6. The Lorax
7. How to Train your Dragon 2
9. Wallace & Grommit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
10. Kung Fu Panda
11. Puss in Boots
Okay, I cheated and included eleven, but Puss in Boots is sort of a tie with Kung Fu Panda, sooooo...