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11 Best Animated Movies On Amazon Prime [August 2022]

Everyone can agree that an animated feature-length film is something special. Just imagine all the work that goes into producing a film roughly 90 minutes long or more in which every setting, character, and detail had to be created from scratch. Debuting and developing almost in tandem with live-action filmmaking, animation has impressed and thrilled for decades, be it a movie made with hand-drawn cel-style animation, stop-motion and manipulation of physical objects, or the uncannily realistic tools of CGI.

Long and widely thought of as kid stuff, animation transcends labeling and pigeonholing, and films made with ink, pen, paint, clay, and computers can be for everyone. Amazon's Prime Video service offers a large catalog of animated movies of various styles, tastes, and audience levels, with cartoon tales just waiting to delight viewers raging in age from toddlerhood to advanced adulthood. Here are the most exceptional animated movies currently available to stream on Amazon Prime.

Updated on July 26, 2022: Amazon often adds and removes offerings from Prime Video, so we'll update this list regularly to account for the comings and goings. Make sure to check back next month for more animated treasures.

The Adventures of Mark Twain

In the 1980s, Will Vinton and Will Vinton Studios popularized claymation, a style of animation in which plasticine figures are posed and photographed thousands of times to create the illusion of movement. After foisting the California Raisins on the world, Vinton created a full-length, fantastical — and darkly surreal — tale about the existential journey of 19th-century American author, humorist, and celebrity Mark Twain. 

"The Adventures of Mark Twain" finds a clay version of Twain fed up with humanity's cruelty and bad behavior, and he decides to take a hot air balloon into space and crash into Halley's Comet. Preventing his death are stowaways from Twain's most famous books, among them Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, who take the author through time and space on a series of enlightening and troubling adventures to reconnect him with the inspirations for his writings. It's a trip for Twain and the viewer.

  • Starring: James Whitmore, Chris Ritchie, Michele Mariana
  • Director: Will Vinton
  • Year: 1985
  • Runtime: 86 minutes
  • Rating: G
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Bugville

"Bugville" (also released as "Mr. Bug Goes to Town" and "Hoppity Goes to Town") is one of the few long-form works by Fleischer Studios, best known for their cartoon shorts starring Popeye, Superman, and Betty Boop. This lush, classically animated story centers around Hoppity, a prodigal grasshopper who returns to his hometown. Sadly, it's in disarray: The homes of his insect friends are being systematically destroyed by "the Human Ones." This prompts Hoppity to help save his community from further encroachment (and also help a talented bug songwriter get his due).

  • Starring: Kenny Gardner, Gwen Williams, Jack Mercer
  • Director: Dave Fleischer
  • Year: 1941
  • Runtime: 78 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Clifford's Really Big Movie

Norman Bridwell's many storybooks about Clifford the Big Red Dog have proven irresistible to millions of children, their attention captured by the image of a house-sized canine colored a deep shade of scarlet and the promise of the adventure and awkward situations he finds himself in. Clifford also happens to be very friendly and absolutely adoring of his human family, particularly young Emily Elizabeth. 

A spinoff and finale to PBS Kids' "Clifford the Big Red Dog" series, "Clifford's Really Big Movie" allows the pooch to speak, but in this adventure, the stakes are high. After overhearing a conversation about the presumably staggering cost of feeding such a giant dog, Clifford feels guilty and joins a carnival, intending to win a contest where the prize is free food for life. The dog runs away and joins this circus, where he easily becomes the star, but then that sweetheart gets homesick and will do anything to get back to Emily Elizabeth.

Gulliver's Travels

Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" was first published in the 1720s, and it was praised as a wry satire of human behavior. The centuries smoothed out the harder edges by the 1900s, when the book was perceived as a children's story, a literal tall tale about Lemuel Gulliver, an academic and explorer who travels to many odd and magical lands. The most notable of these places is Lilliput, a medieval-type kingdom where the residents are tiny, while Gulliver is a giant. He comes to be the champion of the Lilliputians and to protect them against the aggressive, invading (also tiny) residents of the rival kingdom of Blefuscu. When the classic, well-known story became a full-length film with sound for the first time in 1939, it also made history as one of the first animated features ever made. This "Gulliver's Travels," lushly animated with now-primitive technology, has stood the test of time, with especially fluid character movements, expressive faces, and beautifully drawn backgrounds.

  • Starring: Sam Parker, Lanny Ross, Jessica Dragonette
  • Director: Dave Fleischer
  • Year: 1939
  • Runtime: 76 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Henry and Me

"Henry and Me" is an independently produced and distributed animated feature that not only looks like it could've come from the heralded Walt Disney animation houses of the mid-20th century, but it celebrates that period of history too, particularly because it was a golden age of baseball. This was when the New York Yankees dominated the sport with legends who are still household names, and those athletes of yore factor prominently in "Henry and Me."

Jack, a Yankees superfan, is diagnosed with cancer, and his condition rapidly deteriorates. Convinced he's dying, he goes under surgical anesthesia, where he's escorted by a guardian angel in the guise of Henry, a Yankees executive, who takes him to an idealized realm where all the Yankees greats are alive and actively playing. Jack gets to meet and compete with the likes of Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Thurman Munson, all of which seems to help improve his health back in the real world.

  • Starring: Richard Gere, Austin Williams, Chazz Palminteri
  • Director: Barrett Esposito
  • Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 67 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Hotel Transylvania 2

In this second installment of the family-friendly monster movie series starring the voices of Adam Sandler and a host of other comedians and frequent collaborators, the legendary Dracula has turned the titular Hotel Transylvania from a supernatural-only hangout into a destination retreat for mortal travelers, at the behest of his vampire daughter and her goofy human love. But while the young couple is off on vacation, they leave their baby behind with their busy grandfather and his monster friends, who, concerned he isn't vampiric enough, put the kid through a series of tests to bolster his spookiness. If you're looking for light family fun with a playfully spooky spin, then you should definitely check out (check in?) "Hotel Transylvania 2."

Hotel Transylvania 4: Transformania

In addition to his many silly live-action comedies with a decidedly adult bent, Adam Sandler helped create and popularize a franchise of movies just as wacky as his usual stuff, only brightly animated, made with a family-friendly audience in mind, and about familiar monsters and supernatural beings. 

In the first "Hotel Transylvania," Count Dracula welcomes friends like the Mummy and the Invisible Man to his spooky resort, only for a human named Johnny to accidentally show up and fall in love with the vampire's daughter, Mavis. After a couple more adventures, the "Hotel Transylvania" monster gang is back (albeit without Sandler in the lead role) in the direct-to-Prime feature "Transformania," once again dealing with the uneasy relationship between humans and monsters. Legendary monster hunter Van Helsing devises an invention that turns Dracula and the other monsters into humans and regular guy Johnny into a monster, making for a wild switcheroo and a scramble to undo the effects, lest the transformation permanently take effect.

  • Starring: Brian Hull, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg
  • Director: Derek Drymon and Jennifer Kluska
  • Year: 2022
  • Runtime: 88 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 52%

Megamind

With all the overpowered beings saving lowly humans from destruction at the hands of equally overcharged mega-villains, superhero stories are like a non-religious, modern-day American mythology. Like any other thoroughly ingrained cultural or literary tradition, those superhero stories need to be deconstructed, analyzed, parodied, and looked at from another point of view sometimes, and that's where "Megamind" enters the picture. 

It's a tale of superhero vs. supervillain, but it's told from the point of view — and sympathetically at that — of the bad guy. Megamind is a genius archvillain (as his name would imply), but he's no match for the physical heroics of city-saving Metro Man. Well, at least until he actually does beat him, sending our antihero into a real funk of an existential crisis, so much so that he devises a new adversary ... one who quickly veers out of Megamind's control.

  • Starring: Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey
  • Director: Tom McGrath
  • Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants

"Valley of the Lost Ants" is a feature-length spinoff of "Minuscule," a popular, lighthearted French TV series about the daily lives of insects. Like the show, the film is dialogue-free. This makes it a physical comedy that washes over the viewer, engrossing them in the fascinating realm of bugs. These creepy-crawlies are CGI-animated against footage of real nature settings, which makes for splendid visuals. The plot is just as good: A ladybug teams up with ants to procure a box of sugar cubes, only to engage in a war with a squadron of mean red ants, who also want the sweet stuff.

Shrek Forever After

"Shrek Forever After" is the final entry in the zany, silly, family-friendly, fairy tale-fracturing "Shrek" saga. Along with parodying familiar tropes and characters from bedtime stories of yore, this movie uses crisp CGI animation and all-star celebrity voice talent to explore what comes after the "happily ever after" that usually marks the end of most fairy tales. 

The formerly sad and solitary Shrek has found true love with fellow ogre Fiona, and he's a doting father of three ... until his dormant angry side erupts at a birthday party. Falling headlong into a midlife crisis and yearning for his wild ogre days, he strikes a deal with the nefarious Rumpelstiltskin, which proves to be a very bad idea because he could lose everything and everyone he cares about.

  • Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz
  • Director: Mike Mitchell
  • Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

The Snowman

Based on the gentle, bittersweet 1978 picture book by Raymond Briggs, "The Snowman" is as breezy and dreamlike as the experiences of the little kid at its center. Made for British television in 1982 and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, "The Snowman" is free of dialogue but full of music and unforgettable images that look like paintings. A boy named James awakens to a snowy wonderland outside his door and builds a snowman, which comes to life that night. The kid brings him inside and shows him around before going for a motorcycle ride and taking a magical flight over the U.K., Scandinavia, and the aurora borealis. They arrive in time for a magical snowman party, but alas, James must return home, and the snowman must do what all snowmen do (melt).