Best Animation Movies of 2003

1.

Finding Nemo

6.9
8.1/10

Nemo, an adventurous young clownfish, is unexpectedly taken from his Great Barrier Reef home to a dentist's office aquarium. It's up to his worrisome father Marlin and a friendly but forgetful fish Dory to bring Nemo home -- meeting vegetarian sharks, surfer dude turtles, hypnotic jellyfish, hungry seagulls, and more along the way.

Starring: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett
Directed by: Andrew Stanton
Release date: 2003-05-30
2.

Brother Bear

5.7
6.8/10

When an impulsive boy named Kenai is magically transformed into a bear, he must literally walk in another's footsteps until he learns some valuable life lessons. His courageous and often zany journey introduces him to a forest full of wildlife, including the lovable bear cub Koda, hilarious moose Rutt and Tuke, woolly mammoths and rambunctious rams.

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Suarez, Jason Raize, Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas
Directed by: Aaron Blaise, Robert Walker
Release date: 2003-10-23
3.

Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem

5.5
7.8/10

Four talented alien musicians are kidnapped by a record producer who disguises them as humans. Shep, a space pilot in love with bass player Stella, follows them to Earth. Reprogrammed to forget their real identities and renamed The Crescendolls, the group quickly becomes a huge success playing soulless corporate pop. At a concert, Shep manages to free all the musicians except Stella, and the band sets out to rediscover who they really are -- and to rescue Stella.

Starring: Romanthony, Thomas Bangalter
Directed by: Kazuhisa Takenôchi, Hirotoshi Rissen, Daisuke Nishio
Release date: 2003-05-28
4.

The Animatrix

5.2
7.4/10

Straight from the creators of the groundbreaking Matrix trilogy, this collection of short animated films from the world's leading anime directors fuses computer graphics and Japanese anime to provide the background of the Matrix universe and the conflict between man and machines. The shorts include Final Flight of the Osiris, The Second Renaissance, Kid's Story, Program, World Record, Beyond, A Detective Story and Matriculated.

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Clayton Watson, Pamela Adlon, Melinda Clarke
Directed by: Takeshi Koike, Mahiro Maeda, Andrew R. Jones, Peter Chung, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Koji Morimoto, Shinichiro Watanabe
Release date: 2003-05-09
5.

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

5.0
6.7/10

The sailor of legend is framed by the goddess Eris for the theft of the Book of Peace, and must travel to her realm at the end of the world to retrieve it and save the life of his childhood friend Prince Proteus.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Joseph Fiennes, Dennis Haysbert
Directed by: Tim Johnson, Patrick Gilmore
Release date: 2003-07-02
6.

Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume One

4.9
7.8/10
Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume One
A movie length edit of the Clone Wars micro series. Before the rise of the Galactic Empire, there was the Old Republic and the advent of the Clone Wars. Taking place after Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and showing the events that lead into Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003) shows the Jedi Council's finest hour and how this war changes the galaxy forever.
Directed by: Genndy Tartakovsky
Release date: 2003-11-07
7.

Boundin'

4.9
7.0/10

On a high mountain plain lives a lamb with wool of such remarkable sheen that he breaks into high-steppin' dance. But there comes a day when he loses his lustrous coat and, along with it, his pride. It takes a wise jackalope - a horn-adorned rabbit - to teach the moping lamb that wooly or not, it's what's inside that'll help him rebound from life's troubles.

Starring: Bud Luckey
Directed by: Bud Luckey
Release date: 2003-11-04
8.

Star Wars: Clone Wars

4.6
7.8/10
Star Wars: Clone Wars
This series takes place during the three-year time period between the prequel films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The show depicted the actions of various characters in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, including Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, and other Knights of the Jedi Order during the conflict, leading the clone trooper forces of the Galactic Republic against the battle droid armies of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Sith.
Release date: 2003-11-07
9.

Looney Tunes: Back in Action

4.4
5.7/10

Fed up with all the attention going to Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck quits Hollywood, teams up with recently-fired stuntman Damien Drake Jr. and embarks on a round-the-world adventure, along with Bugs and The VP of Warner Bros. Their mission? Find Damien's father, and the missing blue diamond... and stay one step ahead of The Acme Corp., who wants the diamond for their own purposes.

Starring: Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, Steve Martin, Timothy Dalton, Heather Locklear
Directed by: Joe Dante
Release date: 2003-11-14
10.

Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman

4.2
6.7/10

A new vigilante, Batwoman, is wreaking havoc in Gotham City. The dynamic duo must discover her true identity.

Starring: Kevin Conroy, Tara Strong, Héctor Elizondo, Kyra Sedgwick, David Ogden Stiers
Directed by: Curt Geda, Tim Maltby
Release date: 2003-10-21
11.

The Jungle Book 2

4.1
5.4/10

Mowgli has been living in the man-village with his little stepbrother Ranjan and his best friend Shanti. But the man-cub still has that jungle rhythm in his heart, and he misses his old buddies Baloo and Bagheera. When Mowgli wanders back to the wild for some swingin' fun, he soon finds the man-eating tiger Shere Khan is lurking in the shadows and planning his revenge.

Starring: John Goodman, Haley Joel Osment, Mae Whitman, Connor Funk, Bob Joles
Directed by: Steve Trenbirth
Release date: 2003-02-07
12.

The Second Renaissance Part I

4.1
8.1/10
The Second Renaissance Part I
Tells the early history of how conflict began between the humans and machines. Part 1 of 2.
Starring: Julia Fletcher, Dane A. Davis, Debi Derryberry, Jill Talley, Dwight Schultz
Directed by: Mahiro Maeda
Release date: 2003-02-01
13.

Barbie of Swan Lake

4.1
6.4/10
Barbie of Swan Lake
Barbie as Odette, the young daughter of a baker, follows a unicorn into the Enchanted Forest and is transformed into a swan by an evil wizard intent on defeating the Fairy Queen.
Starring: Kelly Sheridan, Mark Hildreth, Kelsey Grammer, Maggie Wheeler, Venus Terzo
Directed by: Owen Hurley
Release date: 2003-09-28
14.

Harvie Krumpet

4.0
8.0/10

Harvie Krumpet is the biography of an ordinary man seemingly cursed with perpetual bad luck. From being born with Tourette's Syndrome, to getting struck by lightning; from having his testicle removed to developing Alzheimer's disease; Harvie's troubles seem unending! Yet, Harvie learns many lessons in life and enjoys its many fruits. He finds love, freedom, nudity and ultimately the true meaning.

Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Kamahl, John Flaus, Julie Forsyth
Directed by: Adam Elliot
Release date: 2003-10-23
15.

Destino

4.0
7.9/10
Destino
To a song of love lost and rediscovered, a woman sees and undergoes surreal transformations. From the melting clocks and hourglass sand, to the figure rendered in strips, to the character covered in eyeballs, the style and themes of Dalí are clearly recognizable throughout. Destino is an animated short film released in 2003 by The Walt Disney Company. Destino is unique in that its production originally began in 1945, 58 years before its eventual completion. The project was originally a collaboration between Walt Disney and Spanish Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí, and features music written by Mexican songwriter Armando Dominguez and performed by Dora Luz. It was included in the Animation Show of Shows in 2003.
Starring: Jennifer Esposito, Dora Luz, Salvador Dalí
Directed by: Dominique Monfery
Release date: 2003-08-05
16.

Beyond

4.0
7.8/10
Beyond
While looking for her cat, a young woman and some kids find an abandoned building where strange things happen and the rules of physics don't always apply. Part of the Animatrix collection of animated shorts set in the Matrix universe.
Starring: Hedy Burress, Matt McKenzie, Pamela Adlon, Tara Strong, Tress MacNeille
Directed by: Koji Morimoto
Release date: 2003-06-03
17.

Kid's Story

3.9
7.6/10
Kid's Story
A high school student is haunted by thoughts of "The Matrix" and a person named "Neo". Part of the Animatrix collection of animated shorts set in the Matrix universe.
Starring: Clayton Watson, Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kevin Michael Richardson, John DeMita
Directed by: Shinichiro Watanabe
Release date: 2003-06-02
18.

Stitch! The Movie

3.9
6.2/10

The continuing adventures of Lilo, a little Hawaiian girl, and Stitch, the galaxy's most wanted extraterrestrial. Stitch, Pleakley, and Dr. Jumba are all part of the household now. But what Lilo and Stitch don't know is that Dr. Jumba brought one of his alien "experiments" to Hawaii.

Starring: Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald
Directed by: Tony Craig, Roberts Gannaway
Release date: 2003-08-26
19.

Piglet's Big Movie

3.9
6.1/10
Piglet's Big Movie
When the gang from the Hundred Acre Wood begin a honey harvest, young Piglet is excluded and told that he is too small to help. Feeling inferior, Piglet disappears and his pals Eeyore, Rabbit, Tigger, Roo and Winnie the Pooh must use Piglet's scrapbook as a map to find him. In the process they discover that this very small animal has been a big hero in a lot of ways.
Starring: John Fiedler, Jim Cummings, Nikita Hopkins, Ken Sansom, Peter Cullen
Directed by: Francis Glebas
Release date: 2003-03-16
20.

A Detective Story

3.9
7.6/10
A Detective Story
A private detective is hired to find the elusive computer hacker "Trinity." Part of the Animatrix collection of animated shorts in the Matrix universe.
Starring: James Arnold Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss, Matt McKenzie, Terrence 'T.C.' Carson
Directed by: Shinichiro Watanabe
Release date: 2003-04-01

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