Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature

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The Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature is an award given by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The award was introduced in 1998. Pixar's Toy Story franchise and Sony's Spider-Verse franchise are the only franchises with multiple wins, Toy Story won three times for Toy Story 2 (1999), Toy Story 3 (2010) and Toy Story 4 (2019), Spider-Verse won for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023).

In 2020, the category and animated films were honored at the Critics' Choice Super Awards instead of the main Critics' Choice Awards.[1] The category returned to the main show in 2021.[2]

Winners and nominees[edit]


Year Winner Director(s)
A Bug's Life (TIE) John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton
The Prince of Egypt (TIE) Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, and Simon Wells
Antz Eric Darnell and Tim Johnson
The Rugrats Movie Igor Kovalyov and Norton Virgien
Toy Story 2 John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, and Ash Brannon


Year Winner Director(s)
Chicken Run Peter Lord and Nick Park
Dinosaur Ralph Zondag and Eric Leighton
The Emperor's New Groove Mark Dindal
Shrek Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson
Monsters, Inc. Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich, and David Silverman
Waking Life Richard Linklater
Spirited Away Hayao Miyazaki[3]
Ice Age Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha
Lilo & Stitch Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron Kelly Asbury and Lorna Cook
Finding Nemo Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
Brother Bear Aaron Blaise and Robert Walker
The Triplets of Belleville Sylvain Chomet
The Incredibles Brad Bird
The Polar Express Robert Zemeckis
Shrek 2 Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Nick Park and Steve Box
Chicken Little Mark Dindal
Corpse Bride Tim Burton and Mike Johnson
Howl's Moving Castle Hayao Miyazaki
Madagascar Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath
Cars John Lasseter and Joe Ranft
Flushed Away David Bowers and Sam Fell
Happy Feet George Miller, Warren Coleman, and Judy Morris
Monster House Gil Kenan
Over the Hedge Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick
Ratatouille Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava
Bee Movie Steve Hickner and Simon J. Smith
Beowulf Robert Zemeckis
Persepolis Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
The Simpsons Movie David Silverman
WALL-E Andrew Stanton[4]
Bolt Chris Williams and Byron Howard
Kung Fu Panda John Stevenson and Mark Osborne
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath
Waltz with Bashir Ari Folman
Up Pete Docter and Bob Peterson[4]
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Coraline Henry Selick
Fantastic Mr. Fox Wes Anderson
The Princess and the Frog Ron Clements and John Musker


Year Winner Director(s)
Toy Story 3 Lee Unkrich[4]
Despicable Me Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud
How to Train Your Dragon Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
The Illusionist Sylvain Chomet
Tangled Nathan Greno and Byron Howard
Rango Gore Verbinski[4]
The Adventures of Tintin Steven Spielberg
Arthur Christmas Sarah Smith
Kung Fu Panda 2 Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Puss in Boots Chris Miller
Wreck-It Ralph Rich Moore[4]
Brave Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
Frankenweenie Tim Burton
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, and Conrad Vernon
ParaNorman Chris Butler and Sam Fell
Rise of the Guardians Peter Ramsey
Frozen Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee[5]
The Croods Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders
Despicable Me 2 Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud
Monsters University Dan Scanlon
The Wind Rises Hayao Miyazaki
The Lego Movie Phil Lord and Chris Miller[6]
Big Hero 6 Don Hall and Chris Williams
The Book of Life Jorge Gutierrez
The Boxtrolls Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Dean DeBlois
Inside Out Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen[7]
Anomalisa Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson
The Good Dinosaur Peter Sohn
The Peanuts Movie Steve Martino
Shaun the Sheep Movie Richard Starzak and Mark Burton
Zootopia Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush[8]
Finding Dory Andrew Stanton
Kubo and the Two Strings Travis Knight
Moana Ron Clements and John Musker
The Red Turtle Michaël Dudok de Wit
Trolls Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn
Coco Lee Unkrich[9]
The Breadwinner Nora Twomey
Despicable Me 3 Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda and Eric Guillon
The Lego Batman Movie Chris McKay
Loving Vincent Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman[10]
Incredibles 2 Brad Bird
Isle of Dogs Wes Anderson
Mirai Mamoru Hosoda
Ralph Breaks the Internet Rich Moore and Phil Johnston
Toy Story 4 Josh Cooley[11]
Frozen II Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Dean DeBlois
I Lost My Body Jérémy Clapin [fr]
Missing Link Chris Butler


Year Winner Director(s)
Soul Pete Docter[12]
Onward Dan Scanlon
Over the Moon Glen Keane
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon Richard Phelan and Will Becher
The Willoughbys Kris Pearn
Wolfwalkers Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart
The Mitchells vs. the Machines Mike Rianda[13]
Flee Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Luca Enrico Casarosa
Encanto Jared Bush and Byron Howard
Raya and the Last Dragon Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada
Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Dean Fleischer Camp
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish Joel Crawford
Turning Red Domee Shi
Wendell & Wild Henry Selick
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Joaquim Dos Santos, Justin K. Thompson and Kemp Powers
The Boy and the Heron Hayao Miyazaki
Elemental Peter Sohn
Nimona Nick Bruno and Troy Quane
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Jeff Rowe
Wish Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ""Critics Choice Association Announces Inaugural "CRITICS CHOICE SUPER AWARDS" Honoring Superhero, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Horror, Action, and Animation Movies and Series"". Archived from the original on 2021-01-11. Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  2. ^ Hammond, Pete (December 13, 2021). "Critics Choice Awards Film Nominations Led By 'Belfast' And 'West Side Story'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 13, 2021.
  3. ^ 'Spirited Away' voted top Best Animated Feature winner of 2000s - GoldDerby
  4. ^ a b c d e "Critics' Choice Movie Awards Winners (Archive)". Critics Choice Awards. Archived from the original on January 23, 2018. Retrieved June 16, 2022.
  5. ^ 'Frozen' Wins Critics' Choice for Best Animated Feature|Animation World Network
  6. ^ The Lego Movie - Awards - IMDb
  7. ^ 2016 Critics' Choice Awards: Winners List|Hollywood Reporter
  8. ^ Zootopia - Awards - IMDb
  9. ^ Critics' Choice Awards 2018 Winners: Shape of Water, Big Little Lies – Variety
  10. ^ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - Awards - IMDb
  11. ^ Critics’ Choice Awards: The Complete Winners List – Variety
  12. ^ ‘The Boys,’ ‘Palm Springs,’ ‘Soul’ Lead Winners at Inaugural Critics Choice Super Awards - The Hollywood Reporter
  13. ^ Critics Choice Awards 2022: See the full list of winners