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Toy Story'Bambi' ... 'Shrek' ... 'Toy Story' ... find out where they rank on our list.

Walt Disney is certainly still the king, but it's a studio called Pixar that owns animation in the 21st century.

So where do classically drawn 'toons stack up against the best in computer-generated animation of today?

From the greatest hits of Disney and Pixar to wildcards like Hiyao Miyazaki, Tim Burton and Homer Simpson, we rank the best animated movies ever.



Animated movies can do everything live action movies can do -- make us laugh, make us cry, make us go agape at the sheer wonder of it all.

Actually, they can do all those things better than live action movies can, sometimes -- because they're drawn, which makes them that much more, you know, impressive. Check out these 25 awesome animated treats and see if you don't agree.
-- By Glenn Kenny

25. 'The Simpsons Movie' (2007)

There are some who complain that this long-awaited feature is not much more than three TV episodes of 'The Simpsons' strung together and livened up with widescreen picture and some fancy effects. And their point is? We don't know. The movie, with its entirely nude Bart, Springfield-under-a-dome, and President Ahnuld, rules.

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24. 'Dumbo' (1941)

This Disney classic has it all -- a story line to tug at the heartstrings (try not to cry when the big-eared pachyderm is rocked to sleep by his mom), surreal humor that's ahead of its time (it doesn't get any more bizarre than the 'Pink Elephants on Parade' bit) and a rousingly redemptive climax. Not to mention the most improbably cute young hero in all of cartoons.

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23. 'The Triplets of Belleville' (2003)

An innovative, eerie, almost all visuals-and-music tale of bicyclists, washed-up singing sisters, and chronically farting pooches, this French-produced 2003 Oscar nominee is one of the most curious animated features ever produced. The kids might not get it -- in fact, 'Belleville' may flat-out weird them out -- but adult fans with a taste for the outré will want to lap it up three times.

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22. 'Lady and the Tramp' (1955)

Sometimes a simple love story of a well-brought-up maiden and an incorrigible but good-hearted ne'er-do-well is just the romance you want to watch on a Friday night. There are plenty of live-action options, but rare is the endearing cartoon version. This 1955 Disney perennial, with its enchanting bow-wow interaction and fabulous Italian restaurant scene, is, as they say, the pup of the walk.

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21. 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' (1993)

Stop-motion animation was never as creepily hilarious as it is here. Cinematic misfit Tim Burton concocted this twisted tale of a Halloween maven who wants to expand the holiday franchise and knock over old St. Nick. With the help of animator/director Henry Selick and prodigious composer Danny Elfman, this 'Nightmare' dazzles and delights, making the macabre seem, well, kind of cozy.

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