Best Animation Movies of 2004

1.

The Incredibles

6.7
8.0/10

Bob Parr has given up his superhero days to log in time as an insurance adjuster and raise his three children with his formerly heroic wife in suburbia. But when he receives a mysterious assignment, it's time to get back into costume.

Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Spencer Fox, Jason Lee
Directed by: Brad Bird
Release date: 2004-11-05
2.

Shrek 2

6.3
7.2/10

Shrek, Fiona and Donkey set off to Far, Far Away to meet Fiona's mother and father. But not everyone is happy. Shrek and the King find it hard to get along, and there's tension in the marriage. The fairy godmother discovers that Shrek has married Fiona instead of her Son Prince Charming and sets about destroying their marriage.

Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews, Antonio Banderas
Directed by: Kelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon
Release date: 2004-05-19
3.

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

5.7
7.1/10

There's trouble brewing in Bikini Bottom. Someone has stolen King Neptune's crown, and it looks like Mr. Krab, SpongeBob's boss, is the culprit. Though he's just been passed over for the promotion of his dreams, SpongeBob stands by his boss, and along with his best pal Patrick, sets out on a treacherous mission to Shell City to reclaim the crown and save Mr. Krab's life.

Starring: Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence
Directed by: Stephen Hillenburg
Release date: 2004-11-14
4.

The Lion King 1½

5.3
6.6/10

Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog are best pals and the unsung heroes of the African savanna. This prequel to the smash Disney animated adventure takes you back -- way back -- before Simba's adventure began. You'll find out all about Timon and Pumbaa and tag along as they search for the perfect home and attempt to raise a rambunctious lion cub.

Starring: Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Julie Kavner, Jerry Stiller, Matthew Broderick
Directed by: Bradley Raymond
Release date: 2004-02-06
5.

Mulan II

4.9
5.8/10

Fa Mulan gets the surprise of her young life when her love, Captain Li Shang asks for her hand in marriage. Before the two can have their happily ever after, the Emperor assigns them a secret mission, to escort three princesses to Chang'an, China. Mushu is determined to drive a wedge between the couple after he learns that he will lose his guardian job if Mulan marries into the Li family.

Starring: Ming-Na Wen, BD Wong, Mark Moseley, Lucy Liu, Harvey Fierstein
Directed by: Darrell Rooney, Lynne Southerland
Release date: 2004-11-03
6.

The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury

4.6
6.6/10

After their narrow escape at the end of "Pitch Black," Riddick, Jack and the Imam find themselves at the mercy of a madwoman who intends to entomb Riddick forever as part of a twisted art exhibit. With little but a shiv and Riddick's innate viciousness to aid them, Riddick and his allies must find a way to escape from their captor and her band of mercenaries.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Rhiana Griffith, Keith David, Nick Chinlund, Dwight Schultz
Directed by: Peter Chung
Release date: 2004-06-15
7.

Garfield

4.4
5.0/10

Garfield, the fat, lazy, lasagna lover, has everything a cat could want. But when Jon, in an effort to impress the Liz - the vet and an old high-school crush - adopts a dog named Odie and brings him home, Garfield gets the one thing he doesn't want. Competition.

Starring: Bill Murray, Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Stephen Tobolowsky, Evan Arnold
Directed by: Peter Hewitt
Release date: 2004-06-10
8.

Salad Fingers

4.3
8.2/10
Salad Fingers
The adventures of Salad Fingers, an unspecified mutated creature driven to madness by his loneliness.
Release date: 2004-05-09
9.

Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas

4.2
6.6/10

Santa Claus, Mickey Mouse and all his Disney pals star in an original movie about the importance of opening your heart to the true spirit of Christmas. Stubborn old Donald tries in vain to resist the joys of the season, and Mickey and Pluto learn a great lesson about the power of friendship.

Starring: Wayne Allwine, Tony Anselmo, Bill Farmer, Jim Cummings, Tress MacNeille
Directed by: Carole Holliday, Matthew O'Callaghan, Theresa Cullen
Release date: 2004-01-01
10.

Scooby-Doo! and the Loch Ness Monster

4.2
6.8/10

While the gang travel to Scotland to visit Daphne's cousin and witness the Highland Games, they find themselves terrorized by the legendary Loch Ness Monster.

Starring: Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Mindy Cohn, Grey DeLisle, Michael Bell
Directed by: Scott Jeralds, Joe Sichta
Release date: 2004-06-21
11.

Balto III: Wings of Change

4.0
6.4/10
Balto III: Wings of Change
Balto and the other sled dogs are feeling dejected because the mail that used to be delivered by dogsled is now being delivered by airplanes. But when a mail plane crashes in the mountains, the dogs come to the rescue.
Starring: Sean Astin, Jodi Benson, Keith Carradine, Bill Fagerbakke, Charles Fleischer
Directed by: Phil Weinstein
Release date: 2004-04-14
12.

Fallen Art

4.0
7.7/10
Fallen Art
Fallen Art presents the story of General A, a self-proclaimed artist. His art, however, consists of a deranged method of stop motion photography, where the individual frames of the movie are created by photographs made by Dr. Johann Friedrich, depicting the bodies of dead soldiers, pushed down by Sergeant Al from a giant springboard onto a slab of concrete.
Directed by: Tomek Baginski
Release date: 2004-01-01
13.

Ryan

3.9
7.6/10
Ryan
Ryan is a 2004 animated documentary by Chris Landreth about the Canadian animator Ryan Larkin, who in later years lived on skid row in Montreal following a history of drug and alcohol abuse.
Starring: Ryan Larkin, Chris Landreth, Felicity Fanjoy, Derek Lamb
Directed by: Chris Landreth
Release date: 2004-01-01
14.

Far Far Away Idol

3.8
6.3/10
Far Far Away Idol
Far Far Away Idol is a Dreamworks Animation SKG short film, and an alternate ending to Shrek 2. It is included on the Shrek 2 DVD and VHS. The story takes place after Shrek 2.
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Simon Cowell, Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz
Directed by: Simon J. Smith
Release date: 2004-11-05
15.

Strings

3.7
7.0/10

Strings is a mythological story about the son of a king, Hal Tara, who sets out on a journey to avenge the death of his father. To his surprise he discovers the truth of his own people - and where he least expects it - he finds true love.

Starring: James McAvoy, Catherine McCormack, Julian Glover, Derek Jacobi, Ian Hart
Directed by: Anders Rønnow Klarlund
Release date: 2004-10-24
16.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - The Introduction

3.4
8.2/10
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - The Introduction
The introduction to the setting of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and its characters.
Starring: Jas Anderson, Danny Dyer, MC Eiht, William Fichtner, Samuel L. Jackson
Release date: 2004-10-26
17.

Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo

3.4
6.6/10
Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo
Spring has sprung, and baby Roo is excited to get out and explore and make new friends. But Rabbit seems preoccupied with spring cleaning, instead of embracing his usual role of playing Easter Bunny. Leave it to Roo to show Rabbit -- through love -- that it's more important who you love and not who's in charge.
Starring: Jim Cummings, Ken Sansom, Jimmy Bennett, David Ogden Stiers, John Fiedler
Directed by: Saul Blinkoff, Elliot M. Bour
Release date: 2004-03-09
18.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie

3.4
4.7/10

After the conclusion of the Battle City Tournament, deep below the sands of Egypt, an ancient evil has awakened. Anubis, who was defeated centuries ago by Yugi’s mysterious alter ego – the ancient Pharaoh – has returned for revenge. Wielding the power of the Eighth Millennium Item, Anubis is determined to destroy Yugi and take over the world.

Starring: Dan Green, Eric Stuart, Scottie Rayow, Wayne Grayson, Gregory Abbey
Directed by: Hatsuki Tsuji
Release date: 2004-08-13
19.

Gopher Broke

3.3
6.6/10
Gopher Broke
A gopher finds himself on a road where trucks are hauling produce to market. He hits on the idea of shaking some of the produce loose for himself, but other animals always beat him to the booty. That is, until a truck comes along with a cow...
Starring: Greg Berg
Directed by: Jeff Fowler
Release date: 2004-11-30
20.

Van Helsing: The London Assignment

3.3
6.2/10
Van Helsing: The London Assignment
It tells of the events before the film, in which monster hunter Gabriel Van Helsing travels to London to investigate a series of horrific, and decidedly supernatural murders, being committed by the mad scientist Dr. Jekyll, in the form of his evil alter-ego, Mr. Hyde.
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Robbie Coltrane, David Wenham, Grey DeLisle, Dwight Schultz
Directed by: Sharon Bridgeman
Release date: 2004-05-11

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