An eclectic assortment of animated films were lined up for 2009, many of which were loved and enjoyed by critics and the viewing public. In addition to popular computer animated movies, this year’s best animated films included traditional hand-drawn animation and stop-motion animation, which is a rarity in these times. Among these films, the top 5 best animated motion pictures of 2009 were selected based on a ranking methodology that takes into account film critic reviews, general audience response and the global box office performance of each movie. This methodology is explained in further detail at the end of this article. The top 5 animated movies of 2009 are presented below in order from #1 to #5 best film.
Best Animated Movies of 2009
1. Up (Rank Score: 25.51) – The brilliant animators at Disney and Pixar invented this high-flying adventure which earned near unanimous praise from hundreds of critics, a hefty sum of over $731 million at the global box office and a Best Picture Academy Award nomination. This was by far the best animated film of the year.
2. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Rank Score: 20.47) – The Ice Age movie franchise has resonated with audiences, especially with movie-goers overseas, for nearly a decade. Each successive film has outperformed its predecessor at the box office, with the most recent film raking in upwards of $880 million at the worldwide box office to become the #1 animated box office hit of the year. With an impressive overseas total of $690 million, this film is the top animated money-maker overseas of all time.
3. Ponyo (Rank Score: 18.92) – Hayao Miyazaki’s Japanese animation studio continued their streak of top-notch hand-drawn animated movies with the release of Ponyo, which became an instant hit in Japan. Critics in the U.S. were also enthusiastic about the film which garnered a 91% “fresh” rating in Rotten Tomatoes.
4. The Princess and the Frog (Rank Score: 18.37) – Disney animators took the traditional hand-drawn route for this film which is a spin on the popular fairy tale. This movie allowed older movie-goers to relive Disney’s glorious hand-drawn era of the 80’s and 90’s while offering plenty of entertainment for younger viewers. Though it was not as popular as some of the top computer animated films, it was a still a hit at the box office and was considered to be a success.
5. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Rank Score: 18.23) – This movie, which was based on the book of the same name, was released by Sony Pictures Animation and it earned just shy of $250 million at the global box office, which was a relative hit for this animation studio. Critics and audiences were overall pleased with this film which became a rare 3D movie event during the not-so-lucrative early part of the fall season.
Movie Ranking Methodology
Movies were ranked based on three quantitative factors: 1) Internet Movie Database user ratings, 2) Aggregate ratings on Rotten Tomatoes (Tomatometer) and 3) global box office revenue. The formula deriving a rank score for each movie is shown below.
Rank Score = IMDb User Rating + Tomatometer Percentage/10 + Global Box Office Revenue/$100 million
Box Office Mojo
The Internet Movie Database