Best Animation Movies of 2000

1.

The Emperor's New Groove

6.1

Kuzco is a self-centered emperor who summons Pacha from a village and to tell him that his home will be destroyed to make room for Kuzco's new summer home. Kuzco's advisor, Yzma, tries to poison Kuzco and accidentally turns him into a llama, who accidentally ends up in Pacha's village. Pacha offers to help Kuzco if he doesn't destroy his house, and so they form an unlikely partnership.

Starring: David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton, Wendie Malick
Directed by: Mark Dindal
Release date: 2000-12-09
2.

The Road to El Dorado

5.8

After a failed swindle, two con-men end up with a map to El Dorado, the fabled "city of gold," and an unintended trip to the New World. Much to their surprise, the map does lead the pair to the mythical city, where the startled inhabitants promptly begin to worship them as gods. The only question is, do they take the worshipful natives for all they're worth, or is there a bit more to El Dorado than riches?

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Kline, Rosie Perez, Armand Assante, Edward James Olmos
Directed by: Bibo Bergeron, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Don Paul
Release date: 2000-03-31
3.

Chicken Run

5.6

Having been hopelessly repressed and facing eventual certain death at the British chicken farm where they are held, Ginger the chicken along with the help of Rocky the American rooster decide to rebel and lead their fellow chickens in a great escape from the murderous farmers Mr. and Mrs. Tweedy and their farm of doom.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha, Miranda Richardson, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton
Directed by: Peter Lord, Nick Park
Release date: 2000-06-21
4.

Dinosaur

5.4

An orphaned dinosaur raised by lemurs joins an arduous trek to a sancturary after a meteorite shower destroys his family home.

Starring: D. B. Sweeney, Alfre Woodard, Ossie Davis, Max Casella, Hayden Panettiere
Directed by: Ralph Zondag, Eric Leighton
Release date: 2000-05-19
5.

Titan A.E.

4.9
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A young man finds out that he holds the key to restoring hope and ensuring survival for the human race, while an alien species called the Dredge are bent on mankind's destruction.
Starring: Matt Damon, Bill Pullman, Drew Barrymore, John Leguizamo, Nathan Lane
Directed by: Gary Goldman, Don Bluth
Release date: 2000-06-16
6.

Blood: The Last Vampire

4.7

In Japan, the vampire-hunter Saya, who is a powerful original, is sent by her liaison with the government, David, posed as a teenage student to the Yokota High School on the eve of Halloween to hunt down vampires. Saya asks David to give a new katana to her. Soon she saves the school nurse Makiho Amano from two vampires disguised of classmates and Makiho witnesses her fight against the powerful demon.

Starring: Youki Kudoh, Saemi Nakamura, Joe Romersa, Rebecca Forstadt, Stuart Robinson
Directed by: Hiroyuki Kitakubo
Release date: 2000-11-18
7.

The Tigger Movie

4.6

Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo, and Rabbit are preparing a suitable winter home for Eeyore, the perennially dejected donkey, but Tigger's continual bouncing interrupts their efforts. Rabbit suggests that Tigger go find others of his kind to bounce with, but Tigger thinks "the most wonderful thing about tiggers is" he's "the only one!" Just in case though, the joyously jouncy feline sets out to see if he can find relatives.

Starring: Jim Cummings, Nikita Hopkins, Ken Sansom, John Fiedler, Peter Cullen
Directed by: Jun Falkenstein
Release date: 2000-02-11
8.

The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

4.2

Set several years after the first film, Ariel and Prince Eric are happily married with a daughter, Melody. In order to protect Melody from the Sea Witch, Morgana, they have not told her about her mermaid heritage. Melody is curious and ventures into the sea, where she meets new friends. But will she become a pawn in Morgana's quest to take control of the ocean from King Triton?

Starring: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Tara Strong, Pat Carroll, Buddy Hackett
Directed by: Jim Kammerud
Release date: 2000-01-23
9.

Digimon: The Movie

4.0

The first story focused on Tai and Kari Kamiya four years before their adventure in the Digital World. It shows their first encounter with Digimon and what happened to them (as well as the other children). Tai and Kari wake one morning to find a Digi-Egg that came out of their computer the night before and the egg soon hatches, revealing a Botamon. The Digimon then evolves into Koromon and then Agumon (not the same one that became friends with Tai in the series, and yet, somehow, both Koromon and Kari remember each other), who then goes out and unintentionally destroys a good part of the neighborhood with Kari riding on his back. A second Digi-Egg appears in the sky to reveal an evil digimon, Parrotmon. Agumon then Digivolves to Greymon but isn't strong enough to beat Parrotmon and is knocked out. Tai grabs Kari's whistle and wakes up Greymon, who defeats Parrotmon and disappears with him.

Starring: Lara Jill Miller, Joshua Seth, Bob Papenbrook, Doug Berholt, Steve Blum
Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda, Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Release date: 2000-03-17
10.

Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns

4.0
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In this direct-to-video sequel to Pokémon: The First Movie, Ash, Misty, and Brock continue exploring the Johto region, then have to rescue Pikachu after Jessie and James of Team Rocket kidnap him. The search leads them to the hidden plateau where Mewtwo has established a haven for the cloned Pokémon from the previous film. The evil Giovanni is plotting to recapture Mewtwo and renew his efforts to create an army of bio-engineered Pokémon. Aided by the reluctant Meowth, Ash and his friends defeat Giovanni and his henchman.
Starring: Veronica Taylor, Ikue Otani, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart
Directed by: Masamitsu Hidaka
Release date: 2000-12-30
11.

Joseph: King of Dreams

4.0

In this animated retelling of the story from the Bible's Book of Genesis, Joseph's gift of dream interpretation and his brilliantly colored coat inspires jealousy in his brothers.

Starring: Ben Affleck, Mark Hamill, Richard Herd, Maureen McGovern, Jodi Benson
Directed by: Rob LaDuca, Robert C. Ramirez
Release date: 2000-11-07
12.

An Extremely Goofy Movie

3.9

It's all extreme sports and a life of freedom as Max sets off for college -- but Goofy misses Max so much he loses his job and goes to finish college alongside Max and his friends. But as Goofy tries to get closer to Max, both must go to the extreme to learn how to live their own lives together.

Starring: Bill Farmer, Jason Marsden, Pauly Shore, Rob Paulsen, Jeff Bennett
Directed by: Douglas McCarthy
Release date: 2000-02-29
13.

John Henry

3.7
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Disney's retelling of the legend of John Henry, the steel-driving man.
Starring: Alfre Woodard, Tim Hodge, Geoffrey Jones, Dave Murray
Directed by: Mark Henn
Release date: 2000-05-27
14.

Winnie the Pooh: Spookable Pooh

3.7
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In a "Knight to Remember" Pooh and his pals explore Christopher Robin's creaky old attic on a quest for make-believe adventure. When timid little Piglet on transported to a magical kingdom, he must don shiny armor and face the "dreadful dragon." Next, in "Rock-A-Bye Pooh Bear" a stormy nightmare proves to be no picnic for Piglet. Now he's afraid to go to sleep and it's up to Pooh, Rabbit and Tigger to show their friend that dreary dreams do not come true.
Release date: 2000-01-01
15.

The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire

3.7

Littlefoot and his pals set off in search of a "stone of cold fire" that fell from the night sky. Since he's the only one who has seen it though, nobody really believes him. Littlefoot's uncle Pterano offers support only because he thinks the stone has secret powers and wants it for himself but conceals this from the rest. The young dinos must figure out the truth, before Pterano gets the power.

Starring: Kenneth Mars, Miriam Flynn, Jeff Bennett, Jim Cummings, Aria Curzon
Directed by: Charles Grosvenor
Release date: 2000-12-05
16.

Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders

3.6

A cosmic case of flying saucers, intergalactic intrigue and out-of-this-world romance launches Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Gang into their most unearthly adventure ever.

Starring: Scott Innes, Mary Kay Bergman, Frank Welker, B. J. Ward, Jeff Bennett
Directed by: Jim Stenstrum
Release date: 2000-01-01
17.

Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman

3.5

It's the Chipmunks' third and final full-length feature! Alvin is struggling with nightmares of werewolves. Alvin believes that the new next-door neighbor Mr. Talbot is a werewolf. Of course, no one believes him. Meanwhile, the boys are working on the school production of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. When Alvin blows up the school auditorium, he is expelled from the production. Theodore is put in to rise his lack of confidence. Alvin and Simon are trying to discover the secret of Mr. Talbot. Will the play go as planned or will the Chipmunks mess it up?!

Starring: Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., Janice Karman, Maurice LaMarche, Miriam Flynn, Rob Paulsen
Directed by: Kathi Castillo
Release date: 2000-08-29
18.

Silent Night: The Story of the First Christmas

3.2
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Abib, a naughty irresponsible donkey, is purchased by Joseph to transport his wife, Mary, to Bethlehem for the birth of their baby. On the journey, Abib finds himself playing a vital role in the greatest story ever told - the birth of Christ.
Starring: Jonathan Biggins, Ric Herbert, Matt Wills, Joanna Moore
Directed by: Richard Slapczynski
Release date: 2000-09-26
19.

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins

3.2

Buzz Lightyear must battle Emperor Zurg with the help of three hopefuls who insist on being his partners.

Starring: Tim Allen, Nicole Sullivan, Stephen Furst, Larry Miller, Adam Carolla
Directed by: Tad Stones
Release date: 2000-08-08
20.

The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle

3.2

Rocky and Bullwinkle have been living off the finances made from the reruns of their cartoon show. Boris and Natasha somehow manage to crossover into reality and team up with Fearless Leader, an evil criminal turned media mogul with some evil plans up his sleeve. Rocky and Bullwinkle must stop the three of them before they wreak havoc.

Starring: Rene Russo, Jason Alexander, Piper Perabo, Randy Quaid, Robert De Niro
Directed by: Des McAnuff
Release date: 2000-06-30

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