Best Animation Movies of 2001

1.

Monsters, Inc.

6.7
8.0/10 IMDB

James Sullivan and Mike Wazowski are monsters, they earn their living scaring children and are the best in the business... even though they're more afraid of the children than they are of them. When a child accidentally enters their world, James and Mike suddenly find that kids are not to be afraid of and they uncover a conspiracy that could threaten all children across the world.

Starring: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly, Mary Gibbs, Bob Peterson, John Ratzenberger, Frank Oz, Daniel Gerson ..
Directed by: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich
Release date: 2001-11-01
2.

Shrek

6.5
7.8/10 IMDB

It ain't easy bein' green -- especially if you're a likable (albeit smelly) ogre named Shrek. On a mission to retrieve a gorgeous princess from the clutches of a fire-breathing dragon, Shrek teams up with an unlikely compatriot -- a wisecracking donkey.

Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow, Vincent Cassel, Peter Dennis, Clive Pearse, Jim Cummings, Bobby Block, Chris Miller ..
Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Release date: 2001-05-18
3.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

5.8
6.9/10 IMDB

The world's most highly qualified crew of archaeologists and explorers is led by historian Milo Thatch as they board the incredible 1,000-foot submarine Ulysses and head deep into the mysteries of the sea. The underwater expedition takes an unexpected turn when the team's mission must switch from exploring Atlantis to protecting it.

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Corey Burton, Claudia Christian, James Garner, John Mahoney, Phil Morris, Leonard Nimoy, Don Novello, Jacqueline Obradors, Florence Stanley ..
Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Release date: 2001-06-02
4.

Waking Life

5.6
7.8/10 IMDB

Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like reality, free will, our relationships with others, and the meaning of life.

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Adam Goldberg, Julie Delpy, Wiley Wiggins, Alex Jones, Ken Webster, Steven Soderbergh, Bill Wise, Charles Gunning, Caveh Zahedi ..
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Release date: 2001-10-19
5.

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

4.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Led by a strange dream, scientist Aki Ross struggles to collect the eight spirits in the hope of creating a force powerful enough to protect the planet. With the aid of the Deep Eyes Squadron and her mentor, Dr. Sid, Aki must save the Earth from its darkest hate and unleash the spirits within.

Starring: Donald Sutherland, Ming-Na Wen, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi, Peri Gilpin, James Woods, Jean Simmons, Keith David, Matt McKenzie ..
Directed by: Hironobu Sakaguchi, Motonori Sakakibara
Release date: 2001-07-02
6.

Osmosis Jones

4.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A policeman white blood cell, with the help of a cold pill, must stop a deadly virus from destroying the human they live in, Frank.

Starring: Chris Rock, Laurence Fishburne, David Hyde Pierce, Brandy Norwood, Bill Murray, Molly Shannon, William Shatner, Ron Howard, Sherry Lynn, Mickie McGowan ..
Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
Release date: 2001-08-07
7.

Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie

4.5
8.6/10 IMDB

A small boy is sent away from his village. He is to be trained as a samurai warrior and return to fight the evil shape-sifter, Aku, who has wreaked havoc throughout the village. His skills honed, the warrior attempts a return to his home, but winds up in a future time landscape. Here, the locals call the stranger, a sort of Dirty Harry kung fu loner, "Jack" and assist him in his path homeward. This is the original feature length presentation that kicked off the SAMURAI JACK phenomenon on the Cartoon Network.

Starring: Phil LaMarr, Mako Iwamatsu, Sab Shimono, Rob Paulsen, Jeff Bennett, Jennifer Hale, Kevin Michael Richardson ..
Directed by: Genndy Tartakovsky
Release date: 2001-08-10
8.

Scooby-Doo! and the Cyber Chase

4.4
7.0/10 IMDB

When Scooby and the gang get trapped in a video game created for them, they must fight against the 'Phantom Virus.' To escape the game they must go level by level and defeat the game once and for all.

Starring: Scott Innes, Joe Alaskey, Bob Bergen, Grey DeLisle, Gary Anthony Sturgis, B. J. Ward, Frank Welker, Tom Kane, Mikey Kelley ..
Directed by: Jim Stenstrum
Release date: 2001-10-09
9.

Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure

4.4
5.9/10 IMDB

Lady and Tramp's mischievous pup, Scamp, gets fed up with rules and restrictions imposed on him by life in a family, and longs for a wild and free lifestyle. He runs away from home and into the streets where he joins a pack of stray dogs known as the "Junkyard Dogs." Buster, the pack's leader, takes an instant disliking to the "house-dog" and considers him a rival. Angel, a junkyard pup Scamp's age, longs for the safety and comfort of life in a family and the two become instant companions. Will Scamp choose the wild and free life of a stray or the unconditional love of his family?

Starring: Scott Wolf, Alyssa Milano, Chazz Palminteri, Jeff Bennett, Jodi Benson, Bill Fagerbakke, Mickey Rooney, Bronson Pinchot, Cathy Moriarty, Mary Kay Bergman ..
Directed by: Darrell Rooney, Jeannine Roussel
Release date: 2001-02-18
10.

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

4.3
6.0/10 IMDB

Jimmy Neutron is a boy genius and way ahead of his friends, but when it comes to being cool, he's a little behind. All until one day when his parents, and parents all over Earth are kidnapped by aliens, it's up to him to lead all the children of the world to rescue their parents.

Starring: Debi Derryberry, Megan Cavanagh, Mark DeCarlo, Jeffrey Garcia, Patrick Stewart, Martin Short, Frank Welker, Rob Paulsen, Carolyn Lawrence, Crystal Scales ..
Directed by: John A. Davis
Release date: 2001-12-21

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