Best Animation Movies of 2004

1.

The Incredibles

6.6

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

6.2

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

5.6

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 Polar Express

5.6

When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Michael Jeter, Nona Gaye, Peter Scolari, Eddie Deezen
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Release date: 2004-11-10
5.

The Lion King 1½

5.3

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
6.

Shark Tale

5.1

Oscar is a small fish whose big aspirations often get him into trouble. Meanwhile, Lenny is a great white shark with a surprising secret that no sea creature would guess: He's a vegetarian. When a lie turns Oscar into an improbable hero and Lenny becomes an outcast, the two form an unlikely friendship.

Starring: Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Renée Zellweger, Jack Black, Angelina Jolie
Directed by: Bibo Bergeron, Vicky Jenson, Rob Letterman
Release date: 2004-09-20
7.

Team America: World Police

5.1

Team America World Police follows an international police force dedicated to maintaining global stability. Learning that dictator Kim Jong il is out to destroy the world, the team recruits Broadway star Gary Johnston to go undercover. With the help of Team America, Gary manages to uncover the plan to destroy the world. Will Team America be able to save it in time? It stars… Samuel L Jackson, Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, Michael Moore, Helen Hunt, Matt Damon, Susan Sarandon, George Clooney, Danny Glover, Ethan Hawke, Alec Baldwin… or does it?

Starring: Matt Stone, Kristen Miller, Masasa Moyo, Daran Norris, Maurice LaMarche
Directed by: Trey Parker
Release date: 2004-10-10
8.

Garfield

4.4

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
9.

Barbie as The Princess & the Pauper

4.3

In her first animated musical featuring seven original songs, Barbie comes to life in this modern re-telling of a classic tale of mistaken identity and the power of friendship. Based on the story by Mark Twain,

Starring: Kelly Sheridan, Roger Monk, Garry Chalk, Janyse Jaud, Pam Hyatt
Directed by: William Lau
Release date: 2004-09-28
10.

Salad Fingers

4.3
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The adventures of Salad Fingers, an unspecified mutated creature driven to madness by his loneliness.
Release date: 2004-05-09
11.

Mulan II

4.2

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
12.

Home on the Range

4.2

When a greedy outlaw schemes to take possession of the "Patch Of Heaven" dairy farm, three determined cows, a karate-kicking stallion and a colorful corral of critters join forces to save their home. The stakes are sky-high as this unlikely animal alliance risk their hides and match wits with a mysterious band of bad guys.

Starring: Roseanne Barr, Judi Dench, Jennifer Tilly, Steve Buscemi, G. W. Bailey
Directed by: Will Finn, John Sanford
Release date: 2004-04-02
13.

Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas

4.2

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
14.

Balto III: Wings of Change

4.0
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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
15.

Fallen Art

4.0
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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
16.

Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers

4.0
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In Disney's take on the Alexander Dumas tale, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy want nothing more than to perform brave deeds on behalf of their queen (Minnie Mouse), but they're stymied by the head Musketeer, Pete. Pete secretly wants to get rid of the queen, so he appoints Mickey and his bumbling friends as guardians to Minnie, thinking such a maneuver will ensure his scheme's success. The score features songs based on familiar classical melodies.
Starring: Wayne Allwine, Tony Anselmo, Bill Farmer, Russi Taylor, Tress MacNeille
Directed by: Donovan Cook
Release date: 2004-08-04
17.

The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury

3.9

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
18.

Ryan

3.9
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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
19.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - The Introduction

3.9
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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
20.

Strings

3.7

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

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