Best Animation Movies of 2009

1.

Up

7.0
8.2/10

Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives him a new lease on life.

Starring: Ed Asner, Jordan Nagai, Christopher Plummer, Bob Peterson, Delroy Lindo
Directed by: Pete Docter
Release date: 2009-05-28
2.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

6.4
7.8/10

The Fantastic Mr. Fox bored with his current life, plans a heist against the three local farmers. The farmers, tired of sharing their chickens with the sly fox, seek revenge against him and his family.

Starring: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Release date: 2009-10-23
3.

Coraline

6.3
7.7/10

When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, with caring parents and all her dreams coming true. When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay in her world forever, the girl refuses and finds that the alternate reality where she is trapped is only a trick to lure her.

Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Keith David
Directed by: Henry Selick
Release date: 2009-02-05
4.

The Princess and the Frog

5.9
7.1/10

A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him.

Starring: Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Michael-Leon Wooley, Jennifer Cody
Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
Release date: 2009-12-08
5.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

5.9
6.9/10

Times are changing for Manny the moody mammoth, Sid the motor mouthed sloth and Diego the crafty saber-toothed tiger. Life heats up for our heroes when they meet some new and none-too-friendly neighbors – the mighty dinosaurs.

Starring: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Simon Pegg
Directed by: Carlos Saldanha
Release date: 2009-06-29
6.

Mary and Max

5.8
8.1/10

A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. In the mid-1970's, a homely, friendless Australian girl of 8 picks a name out of a Manhattan phone book and writes to him; she includes a chocolate bar. He writes back, with chocolate. Thus begins a 20-year correspondence. Will the two ever meet face to face?

Starring: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries, Bethany Whitmore
Directed by: Adam Elliot
Release date: 2009-02-09
7.

A Christmas Carol

5.8
6.8/10

Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with his own story of growing bitterness and meanness, and must decide what his own future will hold: death or redemption.

Starring: Gary Oldman, Jim Carrey, Steve Valentine, Daryl Sabara, Colin Firth
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Release date: 2009-11-04
8.

Partly Cloudy

5.7
8.2/10

Everyone knows that the stork delivers babies, but where do the storks get the babies from? The answer lies up in the stratosphere, where cloud people sculpt babies from clouds and bring them to life. Gus, a lonely and insecure grey cloud, is a master at creating "dangerous" babies. Crocodiles, porcupines, rams and more - Gus's beloved creations are works of art, but more than a handful for his loyal delivery stork partner, Peck. As Gus's creations become more and more rambunctious, Peck's job gets harder and harder. How will Peck manage to handle both his hazardous cargo and his friend's fiery temperament?

Starring: Tony Fucile, Lori Richardson
Directed by: Peter Sohn
Release date: 2009-05-28
9.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

5.7
6.9/10

Inventor Flint Lockwood creates a machine that makes clouds rain food, enabling the down-and-out citizens of Chewandswallow to feed themselves. But when the falling food reaches gargantuan proportions, Flint must scramble to avert disaster. Can he regain control of the machine and put an end to the wild weather before the town is destroyed?

Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell
Directed by: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Release date: 2009-09-17
10.

9

5.7
7.1/10

When 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good.

Starring: Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, John C. Reilly, Crispin Glover, Jennifer Connelly
Directed by: Shane Acker
Release date: 2009-08-19
11.

Monsters vs Aliens

5.4
6.5/10

When Susan Murphy is unwittingly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk on her wedding day, she mysteriously grows to 49-feet-11-inches. The military jumps into action and captures Susan, secreting her away to a covert government compound. She is renamed Ginormica and placed in confinement with a ragtag group of Monsters...

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Paul Rudd, Kiefer Sutherland
Directed by: Conrad Vernon, Rob Letterman
Release date: 2009-03-19
12.

The Secret of Kells

5.4
7.7/10

Adventure awaits 12 year old Brendan who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells. In order to finish Brother Aiden's book, Brendan must overcome his deepest fears on a secret quest that will take him beyond the abbey walls and into the enchanted forest where dangerous mythical creatures hide. Will Brendan succeed in his quest?

Starring: Evan McGuire, Christen Mooney, Brendan Gleeson, Mick Lally, Liam Hourican
Directed by: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey
Release date: 2009-02-09
13.

Wonder Woman

5.2
7.3/10

On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a daughter of untold beauty, grace and strength: Princess Diana. When an Army fighter pilot, Steve Trevor, crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization.

Starring: Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Alfred Molina, Rosario Dawson, Virginia Madsen
Directed by: Lauren Montgomery
Release date: 2009-03-03
14.

Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder

5.2
7.3/10

Leela becomes an outlaw when she and a group of ecologically-minded feminists attempt to save an asteroid of primitive life forms and the Violet Dwarf star from being destroyed, while Fry joins a secret society and attempts to stop a mysterious species known as the "Dark Ones" from destroying all life in the universe.

Starring: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr
Directed by: Peter Avanzino
Release date: 2009-02-23
15.

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

5.0
7.2/10

United States President Lex Luthor uses the oncoming trajectory of a Kryptonite meteor to frame Superman and declare a $1 billion bounty on the heads of the Man of Steel and his ‘partner in crime’, Batman. Heroes and villains alike launch a relentless pursuit of Superman and Batman, who must unite—and recruit help—to try and stave off the action-packed onslaught, stop the meteor Luthors plot.

Starring: Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Clancy Brown, LeVar Burton, Xander Berkeley
Directed by: Sam Liu
Release date: 2009-09-29
16.

Planet 51

4.9
6.0/10

When Earth astronaut Capt. Chuck Baker arrives on Planet 51 -- a world reminiscent of American suburbia circa 1950 -- he tries to avoid capture, recover his spaceship and make it home safely, all with the help of an empathetic little green being.

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Gary Oldman
Directed by: Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad, Marcos Martínez
Release date: 2009-11-19
17.

Green Lantern: First Flight

4.9
7.1/10

Test pilot Hal Jordan finds himself recruited as the newest member of the intergalactic police force, The Green Lantern Corps.

Starring: Christopher Meloni, Victor Garber, Michael Madsen, Tricia Helfer, John Larroquette
Directed by: Lauren Montgomery
Release date: 2009-07-28
18.

Astro Boy

4.6
6.3/10
Astro Boy
Set in the futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy (Atom) is a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he had lost. Unable to fulfill his creator's expectations, Astro embarks on a journey in search of acceptance, experiencing betrayal and a netherworld of robot gladiators, before returning to save Metro City and reconcile with the father who rejected him.
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell, Donald Sutherland, Bill Nighy
Directed by: David Bowers
Release date: 2009-10-15
19.

The Gruffalo

4.5
7.5/10

The magical tale of a mouse who takes a walk though the woods in search of a nut.

Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Rob Brydon, Robbie Coltrane, James Corden, John Hurt
Directed by: Max Lang, Jakob Schuh
Release date: 2009-12-25
20.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

4.3
4.5/10

Pop sensations Alvin, Simon and Theodore end up in the care of Dave Seville's twenty-something nephew Toby. The boys must put aside music super stardom to return to school, and are tasked with saving the school's music program by winning the $25,000 prize in a battle of the bands. But the Chipmunks unexpectedly meet their match in three singing chipmunks known as The Chipettes - Brittany, Eleanor and Jeanette. Romantic and musical sparks are ignited when the Chipmunks and Chipettes square off.

Starring: Zachary Levi, David Cross, Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler
Directed by: Betty Thomas
Release date: 2009-12-21

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