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1. A Town Called Panic (2009)

TV-PG | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

70 Metascore

Cowboy and Indian's only wish was to come up with a brilliant idea for Mr Horse's birthday, but when their plan ends up in utter disaster, they'll need to travel the world and back to make things right again.

Directors: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar | Stars: Stéphane Aubier, Jeanne Balibar, Nicolas Buysse, François De Brigode

Votes: 7,620 | Gross: $0.17M

2. Alice (1988)

Not Rated | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Kristýna Kohoutová, Camilla Power

Votes: 11,652

3. November 10th (2015)

99 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Musa, a thirteen-year-old shoe shiner, with Yumna, undergoes destiny through their adventure of waging war during the war time. Will they manage to bring peace among the troops keeping on fighting for nothing?

Director: Aryanto Yuniawan | Stars: Reza Rahadian, Keagan Kang, Maudy Ayunda, Marlon Dance-Hooi

Votes: 2,915

4. The Boy and the World (2013)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

80 Metascore

A little boy goes on an adventurous quest in search of his father.

Director: Alê Abreu | Stars: Vinicius Garcia, Marco Aurélio Campos, Lu Horta, Felipe Zilse

Votes: 6,347 | Gross: $0.13M

5. Brave Story (2006)

112 min | Animation, Adventure, Mystery

When eleven-year-old Wataru is told he can change his destiny by entering a magic gateway into another world, he jumps at the chance. But on his quest to find the Tower of Fortune and be granted any wish, he must conjure up all his bravery to battle a world of demons, his own friends and ultimately himself.

Director: Kôichi Chigira | Stars: Takako Matsu, Eiji Wentz, Miki Imai, Tarô Ishida

Votes: 1,360

6. Colourful (2010)

TV-14 | 126 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

A sinful spirit is granted the opportunity to prove worthy for rebirth, inhabiting the body of a student who killed himself.

Director: Keiichi Hara | Stars: Kumiko Asô, Chris Ayres, Greg Ayres, Clint Bickham

Votes: 5,441

7. Hal (2013)

TV-14 | 60 min | Animation, Drama, Family

A humanoid robot is asked to replace Hal, who was killed in a terrible accident, in order help Hal's girlfriend move on in life, but struggles to understand the real Hal's past and the meaning of being alive.

Director: Ryôtarô Makihara | Stars: Yoshimasa Hosoya, Yôko Hikasa, Mamoru Miyano, Tamio Ôki

Votes: 1,595

8. King of Thorn (2009)

TV-MA | 120 min | Animation, Adventure, Horror

A virus begins to grip the Earth's population and a group of hopeful survivors are cryogenically frozen in attempt to find a cure. But when the group awakens they are flung into a horrifying situation.

Director: Kazuyoshi Katayama | Stars: Kana Hanazawa, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Eri Sendai, Sayaka Ôhara

Votes: 2,477

9. Like the Clouds, Like the Wind (1990)

79 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Country girl Ginga leaves her home in hope of becoming one of the Emperor's Wives.

Director: Hisayuki Toriumi | Stars: Ryoko Sano, Atsuko Takahata, Ikuko Tani, Yôko Asagami

Votes: 337

10. Magic Tree House (2011)

105 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Annie and Jack discover a magic tree house that contains books that take them to different places in time.

Director: Hiroshi Nishikiori | Stars: Mana Ashida, Chika Anzai, Katsuhisa Hôki, Keiko Kitagawa

Votes: 151

11. Pale Cocoon (2005)

23 min | Animation, Short, Drama

In the far future when the continuity of the history has been lost, humans live in an ever more deteriorating completely artificial and enclosed world. The sea and the sky have disappeared,... See full summary »

Director: Yasuhiro Yoshiura | Stars: Minako Kawashima, Nakao Michiosu, Hiroka Oyama, Yasuhiro Yoshiura

Votes: 1,018

12. Patema Inverted (2013)

Not Rated | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

66 Metascore

A young girl, from a civilization that resides in deep underground tunnels, finds herself trapped in an inverted world and teams up with a resident to escape and return home.

Director: Yasuhiro Yoshiura | Stars: Yukiyo Fujii, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Shintarô Oohata, Shinya Fukumatsu

Votes: 7,837

13. Seoul Station (2016)

92 min | Animation, Action, Horror

Several groups of people try to survive a zombie pandemic that unleashes itself in downtown Seoul.

Director: Sang-ho Yeon | Stars: Seung-ryong Ryu, Franciska Friede, Joon Lee, Sang-hee Lee

Votes: 5,273

14. Your Name. (2016)

PG | 106 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

Two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart?

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita, Aoi Yûki

Votes: 198,514 | Gross: $5.02M

15. Wrinkles (2011)

Not Rated | 89 min | Animation, Drama

81 Metascore

An astonishing cocktail of friendship, resistance and life set among the unexpected landscape of an elderly care facility.

Director: Ignacio Ferreras | Stars: Tacho González, Álvaro Guevara, Mabel Rivera, Raúl Dans

Votes: 3,849

16. When Marnie Was There (2014)

PG | 103 min | Animation, Drama, Family

72 Metascore

Due to 12 y.o. Anna's asthma, she's sent to stay with relatives of her guardian in the Japanese countryside. She likes to be alone, sketching. She befriends Marnie. Who is the mysterious, blonde Marnie.

Directors: James Simone, Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Stars: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima, Susumu Terajima

Votes: 33,244 | Gross: $0.77M

17. Welcome to the Space Show (2010)

Not Rated | 136 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

A tiny mountain village in a remote woodland region. Five primary school kids have come together in this idyllic spot in order to spend their summer holidays at a camp. At first the ... See full summary »

Directors: Kôji Masunari, Masaaki Yuasa | Stars: Tomoyo Kurosawa, Honoka Ikezuki, Takuto Yoshinaga, Tamaki Matsumoto

Votes: 882

18. To the Forest of Firefly Lights (2011)

45 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

Hotaru is rescued by a spirit when she gets lost in a forest as a child. The two become friends, despite the spirit revealing that he will disappear if he is ever touched by a human.

Director: Takahiro Ômori | Stars: Koki Uchiyama, Ayane Sakura, Shinpachi Tsuji, Izumi Sawada

Votes: 14,074

19. Time of Eve (2010)

106 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

In a not too distant future, a young man's outlook on his home android begins to change after tracking the android's behavioral log to a mysterious cafe.

Director: Yasuhiro Yoshiura | Stars: Jun Fukuyama, Kenji Nojima, Rie Tanaka, Rina Satô

Votes: 3,403

20. Time Masters (1982)

78 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Piel, a 7 or 8 year old boy, is alone on the desert planet Perdide, only survivor of an attack by giant hornets. Calling for help, Piel's father's friend Jaffar keeps contact with the kid ... See full summary »

Director: René Laloux | Stars: Jean Valmont, Michel Elias, Frédéric Legros, Yves-Marie Maurin

Votes: 5,078

21. The Wind Rises (2013)

PG-13 | 126 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

83 Metascore

A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto, Masahiko Nishimura

Votes: 74,383 | Gross: $5.21M

22. The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)

PG | 137 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

89 Metascore

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her, but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, James Marsden

Votes: 39,212 | Gross: $1.51M

23. Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2014)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Drama

61 Metascore

Exiled artist and poet Mustafa embarks on a journey home with his housekeeper and her daughter; together the trio must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in Mustafa's words will incite rebellion.

Directors: Roger Allers, Gaëtan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi, Joan C. Gratz, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, Michal Socha | Stars: Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski

Votes: 4,334 | Gross: $0.34M

24. The Princess and the Pilot (2011)

Not Rated | 99 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A pilot, despite being advised not to, bonds with a princess when he is tasked with escorting the royal subject overseas and across enemy territory to reunite her with her future husband.

Director: Jun Shishido | Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Seika Taketomi, Katsumi Chô, Mitsuaki Hoshino

Votes: 927

25. The Perfect World of Kai (2007)

101 min | Animation, Drama, Family

Two different people - the son of a prostitute, and the son of a professional musician - develop a bond of friendship through their love of playing the piano.

Director: Masayuki Kojima | Stars: Aya Ueto, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Hiroyuki Amano, Mayuko Fukuda

Votes: 1,504

26. The Little Prince (2015)

PG | 108 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

70 Metascore

A little girl lives in a very grown-up world with her mother, who tries to prepare her for it. Her neighbor, the Aviator, introduces the girl to an extraordinary world where anything is possible, the world of the Little Prince.

Director: Mark Osborne | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard

Votes: 57,032 | Gross: $1.34M

27. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (2010)

Not Rated | 162 min | Animation, Drama, Family

On Dec.16, 5 friends in SOS Brigade (high school club) plan an Xmas party. On Dec.18, Haruhi +1 are missing and Kyon's 2 other friends don't know about the club.

Directors: Tatsuya Ishihara, Yasuhiro Takemoto | Stars: Aya Hirano, Tomokazu Sugita, Minori Chihara, Yûko Gotô

Votes: 6,347

28. The Boy and the Beast (2015)

PG-13 | 119 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

65 Metascore

When a young orphaned boy living on the streets of Shibuya stumbles upon a fantastic world of beasts, he's taken in by a gruff warrior beast looking for an apprentice.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Aoi Miyazaki, Shôta Sometani, Suzu Hirose

Votes: 20,605 | Gross: $0.45M

29. Tamako Love Story (2014)

TV-14 | 83 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Tamako's life changes when her best childhood friend, Mochizou suddenly confessed his love.

Director: Naoko Yamada | Stars: Aya Suzaki, Atsushi Tamaru, Yûki Kaneko, Juri Nagatsuma

Votes: 1,644

30. Sword of the Stranger (2007)

Not Rated | 103 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A swordsman from a strange land is caught in a struggle between morality, righteousness, and devotion as he reluctantly agrees to take a raggedy boy and his dog to a remote, Buddhist temple.

Director: Masahiro Andô | Stars: Tomoya Nagase, Yuri Chinen, Kôichi Yamadera, Akio Ôtsuka

Votes: 15,052

31. Summer Days with Coo (2007)

138 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Kôichi Uehara is a fourth grade student living in Higashikurume City, a suburb of Tokyo. One day he picks up what he thinks to be a fossil of an ancient creature but turns out to be a baby ... See full summary »

Director: Keiichi Hara | Stars: Kazato Tomizawa, Takahiro Yokokawa, Naoki Tanaka, Naomi Nishida

Votes: 1,781

32. Space Adventure Cobra (1982)

TV-PG | 99 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

Cobra, a famous space pirate with a psycho-gun hidden in his left arm, supposed dead for two years, is back in action. He falls for bounty huntress Jane Flower, whom crime lord Necron wants dead, and tries to help her save her world.

Director: Osamu Dezaki | Stars: Shigeru Matsuzaki, Akiko Nakamura, Toshiko Fujita, Yoshiko Sakakibara

Votes: 1,788

33. Song of the Sea (2014)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

85 Metascore

Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the fairies and save the spirit world.

Director: Tomm Moore | Stars: David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson, Lisa Hannigan, Fionnula Flanagan

Votes: 52,168 | Gross: $0.86M

34. Someone's Gaze (2013)

7 min | Animation, Short

A futuristic story about a newly independent female and her maturation into independence. The narrator details the effect her development is having on her relationship with her father.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Fumi Hirano, Satomi Hanamura, Shinji Ogawa, Rina Endô

Votes: 1,464

35. Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

Not Rated | 82 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

93 Metascore

An animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.

Director: Nina Paley | Stars: Annette Hanshaw, Aseem Chhabra, Bhavana Nagulapally, Manish Acharya

Votes: 4,490

36. The Garden of Words (2013)

TV-14 | 46 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

A 15-year-old boy and 27-year-old woman find an unlikely friendship one rainy day in the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Miyu Irino, Kana Hanazawa, Fumi Hirano, Gou Maeda

Votes: 35,403

37. The Anthem of the Heart (2015)

119 min | Animation, Drama, Family

A young girl had her voice magically taken away so that she would never hurt people with it, but her outlook changes when she encounters music and friendship.

Director: Tatsuyuki Nagai | Stars: Inori Minase, Koki Uchiyama, Sora Amamiya, Yoshimasa Hosoya

Votes: 4,552

38. Big Fish & Begonia (2016)

PG-13 | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

72 Metascore

A 16-year-old girl travels to the human world in the form of a dolphin and forms a connection with a human boy.

Directors: Xuan Liang, Chun Zhang | Stars: Guanlin Ji, Shangqing Su, Timmy Xu, Shulan Pan

Votes: 4,833

39. The Breadwinner (2017)

PG-13 | 94 min | Animation, Drama, Family

78 Metascore

In 2001, Afghanistan is under the control of the Taliban. When her father is captured, a determined young girl disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.

Director: Nora Twomey | Stars: Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Noorin Gulamgaus, Laara Sadiq

Votes: 21,073 | Gross: $0.31M

40. Isle of Dogs (2018)

PG-13 | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

82 Metascore

Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban

Votes: 140,682 | Gross: $32.02M

41. Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (2015)

TV-14 | 76 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

76 Metascore

Three children decide to leave their homes looking for a better life.

Directors: Pedro Rivero, Alberto Vázquez | Stars: Andrea Alzuri, Eva Ojanguren, Josu Cubero, Félix Arcarazo

Votes: 2,124 | Gross: $0.04M

42. My Life as a Zucchini (2016)

PG-13 | 70 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

85 Metascore

After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.

Director: Claude Barras | Stars: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud, Michel Vuillermoz

Votes: 22,010 | Gross: $0.29M

43. Loving Vincent (2017)

PG-13 | 94 min | Animation, Biography, Crime

62 Metascore

In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh (Robert Gulaczyk) to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.

Directors: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman | Stars: Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Robert Gulaczyk, Helen McCrory

Votes: 51,188 | Gross: $6.74M

44. Mirai (2018)

PG | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

81 Metascore

A young boy encounters a magical garden which enables him to travel through time and meet his relatives from different eras, with guidance by his younger sister from the future.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda | Stars: Rebecca Hall, Daniel Dae Kim, John Cho, Crispin Freeman

Votes: 12,672 | Gross: $0.81M

45. Nocturna (2007)

TV-PG | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

An orphan boy named Tim is afraid of the dark. However when the stars start going out in the sky he finds himself exploring the world of the night his new friend, the cat Shepard, to find out why.

Directors: Adrià García, Víctor Maldonado | Stars: Imanol Arias, Hervé Caradec, Roger Carel, Catherine Cerda

Votes: 2,119



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