Best Animation Movies of 2002

1.

Ice Age

6.2

With the impending ice age almost upon them, a mismatched trio of prehistoric critters – Manny the woolly mammoth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger and Sid the giant sloth – find an orphaned infant and decide to return it to its human parents. Along the way, the unlikely allies become friends but, when enemies attack, their quest takes on far nobler aims.

Starring: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Goran Visnjic, Jack Black
Directed by: Chris Wedge
Release date: 2002-03-10
2.

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

6.1

As a wild stallion travels across the frontiers of the Old West, he befriends a young human and finds true love with a mare.

Starring: Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Daniel Studi, Chopper Bernet, Jeff LeBeau
Directed by: Kelly Asbury, Lorna Cook
Release date: 2002-05-24
3.

Lilo & Stitch

6.0

As Stitch, a runaway genetic experiment from a faraway planet, wreaks havoc on the Hawaiian Islands, he becomes the mischievous adopted alien "puppy" of an independent little girl named Lilo and learns about loyalty, friendship, and 'ohana, the Hawaiian tradition of family.

Starring: Chris Sanders, Daveigh Chase, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald
Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Release date: 2002-06-21
4.

Treasure Planet

6.0

When space galleon cabin boy Jim Hawkins discovers a map to an intergalactic "loot of a thousand worlds," a cyborg cook named John Silver teaches him to battle supernovas and space storms. But, soon, Jim realizes Silver is a pirate intent on mutiny!

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brian Murray, David Hyde Pierce, Emma Thompson, Michael Wincott
Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
Release date: 2002-11-26
5.

Mike's New Car

5.0

Mike discovers that being the top-ranking laugh collector at Monsters, Inc. has it's benefits - in particular, earning enough money to buy a six-wheel-drive car that's loaded with gadgets. That new-car smell doesn't last long enough, however, as Sulley jump-starts an ill-fated road test that teaches Mike the true meaning of buyer's remorse.

Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman
Directed by: Pete Docter, Roger Gould
Release date: 2002-05-24
6.

Stuart Little 2

4.6

Stuart, an adorable white mouse, still lives happily with his adoptive family, the Littles, on the east side of Manhattan's Central Park. More crazy mouse adventures are in store as Stuart, his human brother, George, and their mischievous cat, Snowbell, set out to rescue a friend.

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki, Anna Hoelck
Directed by: Rob Minkoff
Release date: 2002-07-19
7.

Return to Never Land

4.4
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In 1940, the world is besieged by World War II. Wendy, all grown up, has two children; including Jane, who does not believe Wendy's stories about Peter Pan.
Starring: Harriet Owen, Blayne Weaver, Jeff Bennett, Kath Soucie, Corey Burton
Directed by: Robin Budd, Donovan Cook
Release date: 2002-02-14
8.

Barbie as Rapunzel

4.0

Long, long ago, in a time of magic and dragons, there lived a girl named Rapunzel who had the most beautiful radiant hair the world had ever seen. But Rapunzel's life was far from wonderful. She lived as a servant to Gothel, a jealous, scheming witch who kept her hidden deep in a forbidding forest, guarded by the enormous dragon Hugo and surrounded by an enchanted glass wall. However, in a twist of fate, Rapunzel's discovery of a magic paintbrush leads her on a journey that will unravel a web of deception, bring peace to two feuding kingdoms, and ultimately lead her to love with the help of Penelope(TM), the least intimidating of dragons!

Starring: Kelly Sheridan, Anjelica Huston, Cree Summer, Ian James Corlett, Mark Hildreth
Directed by: Owen Hurley
Release date: 2002-10-01
9.

The Short Films of David Lynch

4.0
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Starring: David Lynch, Catherine E. Coulson, Harry Dean Stanton, Jack Nance, Frederic Golchan
Directed by: David Lynch
Release date: 2002-06-01
10.

Eight Crazy Nights

3.9
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Adam Sandler invites you to share some holiday cheer in the new, no-holds-barred musical comedy Adam Sandler's 8 Crazy Nights. Davey Stone, a 33-year old party animal, finds himself in trouble with the law after his wild ways go too far.
Starring: Adam Sandler, Jackie Sandler, Kevin Nealon, Austin Stout, Rob Schneider
Directed by: Seth Kearsley
Release date: 2002-11-27
11.

Wallace & Gromit's Cracking Contraptions

3.9
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Wallace and Gromit try out a number of their latest inventions which rarely work as planned. This movie includes 10 very short stories: 1) The Soccamatic. 2) The Tellyscope. 3) The Autochef. 4) The Snoozatron. 5) The Turbo Diner. 6) The Bully Proof Vest. 7) The 525 Crackervac. 8) A Christmas Cardomatic. 9) The Snowmanotron. 10) Shopper13.
Starring: Peter Sallis
Directed by: Loyd Price, Christopher Sadler
Release date: 2002-10-15
12.

Balto II: Wolf Quest

3.8
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Balto and his daughter Aleu embark on a journey of adventure and self discovery.
Starring: Maurice LaMarche, Jodi Benson, Lacey Chabert, David Carradine, Mark Hamill
Directed by: Phil Weinstein
Release date: 2002-02-19
13.

The ChubbChubbs!

3.7
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A janitor at an alien night-club gets his wish to be a singer.
Starring: Bradford Simonsen, Jeff Wolverton, Dustin Adair, Eric Armstrong, Yakov Baytler
Directed by: Eric Armstrong
Release date: 2002-07-03
14.

Gone Nutty

3.7
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Scrat tries to finish his rather large collection of acorns when things start going nutty.
Starring: Chris Wedge
Directed by: Carlos Saldanha
Release date: 2002-10-21
15.

Mount Head

3.5
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A miserly man eats the pits of some cherries he can't stand throwing out. A tree starts growing from the top of his head. He cuts it off; it grows back. After a while, he gives up and lets it grow, but the crowds that gather on top of his head to enjoy the tree (and leave huge mounds of trash) eventually drive him to uproot the tree. This leaves a crater on top of his head, which fills with water, which becomes a popular lake.
Directed by: Koji Yamamura
Release date: 2002-01-01
16.

Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year

3.5

It's Christmastime in the Hundred Acre Wood and all of the gang is getting ready with presents and decorations. The gang makes a list of what they want for Christmas and send it to Santa Claus - except that Pooh forgot to ask for something. So he heads out to retrieve the letter and get it to Santa by Christmas...which happens to be tomorrow!

Starring: Jim Cummings, Peter Cullen, John Fiedler, Michael Gough, William Green
Directed by: Gary Katona, Ed Wexler, Jamie Mitchell
Release date: 2002-01-01
17.

Muhammad: The Last Prophet

3.5
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More than fourteen centuries ago, Mecca was filled with gambling, drunkenness, slavery, the mistreatment of women, and greed. The holy Ka'bah was littered with idol gods. Pilgrims came by the thousands to worship them. Quarysh, Mecca's ruling body, reveled in the their good fortune but cared little for the welfare of the pilgrims of Arabia.Against this dismal scene, a man named Muhammad (pbuh) retreated to a cave high above Mecca to pray. The events that transpired in that cave changed the course of human history.This is the story of the blessings of Muhammad (pbuh) - The Last Prophet.
Starring: Nicholas Kadi, Eli Allem
Directed by: Richard Rich
Release date: 2002-11-08
18.

Santa vs. the Snowman

3.5

A lonely snowman finds Santa's workshop. But when he sets off the perimeter alarms and is chased away, he wonders why he couldn't be Santa and get all the love and fun this year. With the aid of "Snow Minions Made Easy", he pits his snow army against Santa's elves and captures Santa. But can he really do Santa's job?

Starring: Jonathan Winters, Ben Stein, Victoria Jackson, Don LaFontaine, Mark DeCarlo
Directed by: John A. Davis
Release date: 2002-11-01
19.

Tarzan & Jane

3.5

Sprightly amusement for kids of all ages, Disney's direct-to-video sequel to its animated hit sandwiches jungle derring-do and lots of silly sight gags between song and dance number. With the first anniversary of her wedding to Tarzan (voice of Michael T. Weiss) beckoning, Jane (Olivia D'Abo) ponders how to make it the perfect English celebration

Starring: Michael T. Weiss, Olivia d'Abo, Jeff Bennett, Jim Cummings, April Winchell
Directed by: Victor Cook, Steve Loter, Don MacKinnon, Lisa Schaffer
Release date: 2002-06-24
20.

The Wild Thornberrys Movie

3.4

Eliza and Debbie are two sisters who don't always get along. But their relationship is put to the test when Debbie's life is in danger, and Eliza might have to give up her power to talk to animals....

Starring: Lacey Chabert, Tom Kane, Cree Summer, Tim Curry, Lynn Redgrave
Directed by: Cathy Malkasian, Jeff McGrath
Release date: 2002-12-20

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