Favorite Animated Films – Overly Animated Podcast #250

By: Dylan Hysen


Happy 250th podcast! To celebrate Dylan Hysen, Sam Quattro, Justin Cummings, Michelle Anderer, and Brit Griffin rank their Top 10 Favorite animated films.

Here are our lists!


  • 1) Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  • 2) Spirited Away
  • 3) WALL-E
  • 4) Whisper of the Heart     
  • 5) Ratatouille 
  • 6) Laputa: Castle in the Sky
  • 7) Princess Mononoke
  • 8) The Incredibles
  • 9) Porco Rosso 
  • 10) Only Yesterday 
  • HM: Finding Nemo, From Up on Poppy Hill


Honorable mentions: When Marnie Was There, Howl’s Moving Castle, Lady and the Tramp, Balto, Space Jam, A Goofy Movie, Pokemon: The First Movie, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Scooby Doo on Zombie Island
10. The Lion King
9. Persepolis
8. Ghost in the Shell
7. Paranorman
6. Only Yesterday
5. I can’t think of a number 5 sorry
4. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
3. It’s Such a Beautiful Day
2. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
1. Mary and Max


10:The Spongebob Squarepants Movie
7:The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
4:The Lion King
2:Inside Out
1:Batman: Under the Red Hood


Honorable mentions:
Mulan, Akira, The secret of Kells, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

10) Fantasia
9) ParaNorman
8)Perfect Blue
7) The Last Unicorn
6) Laputa Castle in the Sky
5) Coraline
4) Persepolis
3) The Iron Giant
2) Whisper of the Heart
1) The Incredibles


  • 1) howl’s moving castle
  • 2) prince of Egypt
  • 3) spirited away
  • 4) triplets of Belleville
  • 5) Tokyo godfathers
  • 6) Mulan
  • 7) princess monoke
  • 8) the black cauldron
  • 9) how to train your dragon
  • 10) waltz with bashir


  • 10) Porco Rosso
  • 9) The Hunchback of Notre Dame 
  • 8) The Prince of Egypt
  • 7) Lilo and Stitch
  • 6) Frozen 
  • 5) How to Train Your Dragon
  • 4) Hercules 
  • 3) The Thief and the Cobbler
  • 2) The Incredibles
  • 1) Beauty and the Beast 


  1. Iron Giant
  2. Lilo & Stitch
  3. When Marine was There
  4. The Incredibles
  5. Wall-E
  6. The Book of Life
  7. How to Train Your Dragon
  8. Wreck it Ralph
  9. The Lego Movie
  10. 9

Dylan is a software developer from the DC area who hosts the Overly Animated podcast discussing everything animation.



  1. […] and so I had high expectations. In the past I ranked his film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time on my list of top ten animated films, and so when I heard he had a new film coming out this year I was […]

  2. Tyrone Wells Jr. says:

    1.) The Cat Returns (honestly guys, have you not seen this–the talent of the English dub is impeccable)
    2.) The Lego Movie (this movie is Jolly and will go places you can’t imagine by the end–emotion, laughs, and a great story–lessons learned, fun all the way through for kids and adults)
    3.) Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (same directors as lego movie, you’ll be surprised with how quickly you love all the characters, strong AND SMART female representation, lets go!)
    4.) Zootopia (Another movie that’s basically perfect in my book, great talent, amazing visuals, clever jokes, great messages all around)
    5.) Lilo and Stitch (This is another Disney classic, possibly the best animated movie overseen John Lasseter–and that’s saying something. Lilo has more personality and legitamate challenges than any Disney Princess before or after her time, Stitch is a complicated creature not just played for laughs–for a movie about child protective services trying to stop an alien invasion from a girl that adopted a biological weapon… the story wraps up tighter than a fat guy in tights–PROPS)
    6.) Kung Fu Panda (you’ll go in wanting laughs, you’ll end up having tears and warm feelies–if you’ve ever been an underdog, ever been counted out, ever had to strive to get respect not from other people but from yourself–you’ll LOVE this movie)
    7.) Tokyo Godfathers (Okay… this is the pillar of complex story writing. This movie is nothing but a collage of subplots that somehow, through only amazing skillset of the late Satoshi Kon–wraps up so precisely and perfectly that this film is a literal masterpiece.)
    8.) Kiki’s Delivery Service (Splice of life to the max, I can’t get to the end of this show without breaking down in tears. Just a story of a girl that works hard to get one step further in life–we’ve all been there–keep marching Kiki!)
    9.) Up! (The first five minutes of Up beats every other item in all the top ten lists mentioned so far–and then spends the next 134 minutes curbstomping the competition with a story that is tonally, narratively, and artistically flawless.)
    10.) Mulan (Mulan accomplishes what Brave tried to do with 1/10th the time and budget. Mulan as a character is 100x better than Simba–Mulan’s dedication to her fellow soldiers and country is far more inspiring than anything in Frozen–Mulan is the ultra-tier of Disney ‘princesses’–driven, skilled, smart, tenacious, the list goes on–there’s no greater role model in animated form–I dare you to find one)

    • Dylan Hysen says:

      nice list! I’ve seen the english dub of the cat returns.. I certainly don’t think it’s that good but it’s an interesting choice.

      • Tyrone Wells Jr. says:

        The Cat Returns is everything I wished The Girl That Leapt Through Time should be by the third act. What I like about The Cat Returns is that although it’s fanciful, every character really does have a clear motivation and acts exactly as any reasonable person would.
        For the entire movie not a single character behaves in a way that’s purposely ignorant for sake of narrative or out-of-character, and that’s inherently pleasing to me maybe in a way I can’t get across. I also find Haru substantially more relatable as a protagonist and her growth from the start of the movie to the end of the movie is both clear and healthy. Compare the change/maturation of Haru from the start to finish of the movie to characters like Nausicaä/Chihiro/Wall-E, who don’t really internalize anything to make the better people (robots) but certainly have interesting things happen to them all the same, and maybe you’ll see what I mean as why I have it is muh #1.

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