Top 10 Most Popular 3D Animation Movies of the World

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With so many animated 3D movies being released every year, it can be hard to determine which films are best or better than the rest of the lot. The most popular 3d animation movies of the world carry a lot of emotion; they have a mixed punch of celebration, heartbreak, happiness, anger, fear, joy and grief.

Animated movies are best known for handling both- the lighthearted aspects to serious issues of life in the best way.

The ‘Rise’

Only after Pixar’s Toy story, computer animated movies came into limelight and became a huge success at the box office along with frequent critical acclaim, creating innocuous spaces where kids and adults alike can enjoy colorful jokes, unique characters, and high adventure.

The art of creating characters can be learned professionally from animation institutes in Delhi which provides the best 3D animation training from basic to advanced level.

In this blog, we have listed some of the best eye-popping animation movies where 3D technology has been used. The best 3D animated movies in history including releases from Disney, Pixar, and DreamWorks Animation.

Some of the all time favorite 3D Animated Movies.

Before we look at the top 3D animated movies, let’s know about the two most popular 2D animation movies that blown all of our minds. These are Aladdin and The Lion King.


World's Popular 3D Animation Movies: Aladdin

Here comes Aladdin a well-known animated American musical fantasy film of 1992.  This movie was released by Walt Disney Pictures and production led by Walt Disney Feature Animation.

Aladdin was also a part of the Disney Renaissance (an era of Disney films during 20th century) besides of this, it laid at the 31st position among the animated movies of Walt Disney Animated Classics series.

Looking into the story

The main characters of the movie are Aladdin who was a street boy, a genie who freed from a magical lamp with the help of Aladdin and became a part of his ventures to save Agrabah which was a glimmering Arabian desert kingdom. The movie also has a beautiful princess Jasmine who was the daughter of the Sultan of Agrabah.

Message from Aladdin

When Aladdin lost his genie; he realized that whether you are poor or rich, what is necessary in life is to be the best version of you not wealth and material comfort.

John Musker and Ron Clements were the directors of the movie. It is based on the Arab tale of Aladdin and the magic lamp from One Thousand and One Nights.

Watch Aladdin Trailer here:

The Lion King

World's Popular 3D Animation Movies: The Lion King

The Lion King is an American animated musical epic film which was released in the year 1994. Walt Disney Feature Animation company was the producer and released by Walt Disney Pictures.

It became the 32nd animated movie which featured in the Walt Disney Animated Classics successions. It was formed on the Shakespearean play Hamlet and some theological tales of Joseph and Moses.

Looking into the story

The story revolves around the kingdom of lions in Africa.

Normally kids will not show up excitement for something that’s a combination of Shakespeare Hamlet and Biblical tales but Disney made it finally happen. They made Lion King- one of the most heart wrenching animated movies expressed through American animation.

The Lion King soon after its release became the staple of every household. Kids were introduced to heavy emotion through the movie. Disney’s The Lion King roars directly into the hearts of the children and becomes one of their favorite movies.

Watch The Lion King Trailer here:

Let’s see who’s next.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

World's Popular 3D Animation Movies: Spider Man Into the Spider Verse

One of the best animated and probably, the best superhero films that dropped into 2018 year and brought back one of the most loved superheroes – Our Spiderman. It presented animation so dope that it perfectly translated the arrays of emotion maintaining the beauty of comic book art.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse raised the bars of superhero animated movies. Sony partnering with marvel studios presented one of the most intriguing and complex puzzled movies that run at relatively fast speed. The movie is hilarious and gives a kind of cinematic experience that you’ll never forget.

Would you like to watch it? Here’s its trailer:

Inside Out

World's Popular 3D Animation Movies: Inside Out

Pixar has a tradition of handling emotions in a certain unusual way and they express through elements which are incapable of expressing any emotion like Cars, Robots, Toys etc.

It can be called as one of the most complex animated movies released by Pixar.

Looking into the story

The movie, Inside out, depicts the life of a young girl Riley and talks about what would have happened if her feelings can feel too. The movie revolves around the turbulence of emotions and deals with psychological aspects in such a way that it easily captures the attention from children as well as young people.

As complex as this movie is but it is undoubtedly one of the blasting movies. Thanks to imaginative and creative writers that came up with such interesting plot for the movie and effortlessly shows different emotions.

Let’s watch its trailer:

The Incredibles

World's Popular 3D Animation Movies: Incredibles

Marvel and DC may have their separate fan base but Pixar proved that you don’t need famous company mascots to sell your products. The incredible people who brought Toy stories and Finding Nemo for us, came up with the actual ‘The Incredible’ movie series.

Looking into the story

Incredible is the film which presents the story of a family of superheroes who were trying to live a normal life with their superpowers. Movie shows how the characters are trying hard to hide their superhero powers from the entire world. The movie shows how much determination you need to save the world that no longer appreciates you for your deeds.

Soon it became the favorite movie of every young kid and recently Pixar came up with the second installment of the movie. Do watch it if you haven’t.

(P.S. It is still my favorite movie! )

Let’s watch the latest trailer:


World's Popular 3D Animation Movies: Coco

The first movie by Pixar with an entire nonwhite cast (Obviously not including Pixar lucky charm John Ratzenberger) makes the movie even more exciting. Coco was the movie which was claimed to be the one which could bring Pixar’s back from the dead.

Looking into the story

The movie majorly focuses on Non american culture revolving around the concepts of memory and mortality

The voice cast has done a brilliant job and the movie brilliantly shows the importance of culture and family in the worst and adverse situations. The movie will leave you teary eyed and if you don’t feel emotional in the last 15 minutes of the movie, there are chances you are a Monster!

Enjoy its trailer here:


World's Popular 3D Animation Movies: Bambi

It’s more than 70 years and Disney’s Bambi hasn’t lost its charm. It is clearly stands among the finest movies that show what animation can do on the silver screen. This animated movie has an unforgettable impact on the mind of viewers.

The movie depicts several down to earth moments in its simplest manner. Bambi is a prominent example which shows that animation is capable of depicting such a strong emotion.

Looking into the story

Bambi is a story that revolves around how innocence is destroyed when a hunter shoots down his mother. When Bambi cries for his mother, the scene presents us one of the greatest cinematic experiences.

Here’s the old trailer:

Wall E

World's Popular 3D Animation Movies: Wall E

Another one from Pixar makes it into this list. WALL-E is a combination of three things- an exciting and enthralling animation, a sci-fi, and a visually stunning movie.

The movie is perfect and crosses all the language barriers with its enthralling scenes. This film has something, just like Finding Nemo and can be enjoyed by grown ups too.

Looking into the story

The movie depicts a story of a robot which has become a trash and narrates the story in which he transforms the entire world’s trash into tiny cubes until he falls in love.

Watch its trailer and meet with WALL-E

Toy Story

World's Popular 3D Animation Movies: Toy Story

Toy Story is a computer-animated buddy-comedy American adventure film.

It was released by Walt Disney Pictures and produced by Pixar Animation Studios in the year 1995.

It became the first feature-length and computer animated theatrical film. It was produced by Pixar and directed by John Lasseter.

Looking into the story

The story of the movie revolves around a group of anthropomorphic toys and pretend to be lifeless in front of humans.

Watch Toy Story Trailer here:


World's Popular 3D Animation Movies: Shrek

Shrek was directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow.

It is a fantasy-comedy animation movie produced by PDI/DreamWorks and released by DreamWorks Pictures in the year 2001.

It is created on William Steig’s fairy tale picture book Shrek, and also revised from numerous children’s fantasies.

Enjoy Shrek’s Trailer:

Ice Age

World's Popular 3D Animation Movies: Ice Age

Yet another computer-animated comedy adventure film which was directed by Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge and a story by Michael J. Wilson in 2002.

It was distributed by 20th Century Fox and produced by Blue Sky Studios. The movie has the voices of renowned personalities like Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Chris Wedge and Denis Leary.

It was also chosen at the 75th Academy Awards for best animated feature.

The film is set during the days of the ice age; animals begin migrating south to escape the winters.

Enjoy latest Ice Age movie trailer:

Finding Nemo

World's Popular 3D Animation Movies: Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo is yet another American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film. and It was released by Walt Disney Pictures and produced by Pixar Animation Studios in 2003.

Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it tells the story of the over-protective clownfish named Marlin who, along with a regal tang named Dory, searches for his abducted son Nemo all the way to Sydney Harbour.

Watch Finding Nemo Trailer

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Happy Feet

World's Popular 3D Animation Movies: Happy Feet

Happy Feet is a 2006 Australian-American computer-animated musical family film. It was directed, produced and co-authored by George Miller.

It was produced at Sydney-based visual effects and animation studio Animal Logic for Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures and Kingdom Feature Productions.

This movie received mostly positive reviews from critics, and also won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, a first for Warner Bros. Also won BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film.

It is a story about a young emperor penguin, lives in Antarctica.

Like others of his kind, he needs to be able to sing to attract a mate, but he has a terrible voice and lure a female through his amazing talent for tap-dancing.

Watch Happy Feet trailer here

Kung Fu Panda

World's Popular 3D Animation Movies: Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 American computer-animated action comedy martial arts film. It was distributed by Paramount Pictures and produced by DreamWorks Animation.

It was directed by John Stevenson and Mark Osborne and have voices of notable stars like Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Randall Duk Kim, James Hong, and Jackie Chan.

The movie revolves around a bumbling panda who aspires to be a kung fu master.

Here’s the trailer of Kung Fu Panda

Despicable Me

World's Popular 3D Animation Movies: Despicable Me

It is an animation, comedy, crime fiction and family film directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud released in the year 2010.

The story revolves around when a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.

Watch movie trailer here:


World's Popular 3D Animation Movies: Frozen

It is an American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2013. It is the 53rd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.

It mainly focuses on the story of a courageous princess who sets off on a journey alongside a jagged iceman, his trustworthy reindeer, and a naive snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have accidentally trapped their kingdom in everlasting winter.

Enjoy watching Frozen trailer here:

What are the best-animated movies ever made? What makes one animated film better than another? What is the greatest animated film?

There are many wide-ranging answers to what makes a great animated film (story, characters, animation style), but there’s no doubt that above-listed movies are some of the most popular animated movies ever made.

If you don’t see your favorite animated movie on the list, make sure to share it with us in the comments section below so that it might become someone else’s favorite animated film someday.

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