Best Animation Movies of 2012

1.

Wreck-It Ralph

6.4

Wreck-It Ralph is the 9-foot-tall, 643-pound villain of an arcade video game named Fix-It Felix Jr., in which the game's titular hero fixes buildings that Ralph destroys. Wanting to prove he can be a good guy and not just a villain, Ralph escapes his game and lands in Hero's Duty, a first-person shooter where he helps the game's hero battle against alien invaders. He later enters Sugar Rush, a kart racing game set on tracks made of candies, cookies and other sweets. There, Ralph meets Vanellope von Schweetz who has learned that her game is faced with a dire threat that could affect the entire arcade, and one that Ralph may have inadvertently started.

Starring: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk
Directed by: Rich Moore
Release date: 2012-11-01
2.

Rise of the Guardians

6.1

When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.

Starring: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman
Directed by: Peter Ramsey
Release date: 2012-11-21
3.

Brave

6.0

Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Mérida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus and Queen Elinor. An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Mérida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Mérida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Mérida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin, the surly Lord Macintosh, and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall.

Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane
Directed by: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Release date: 2012-06-21
4.

Hotel Transylvania

5.9

Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed. One special weekend, Dracula has invited all his best friends to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis's 118th birthday. For Dracula catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem but the party really starts when one ordinary guy stumbles into the hotel and changes everything!

Starring: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher
Directed by: Genndy Tartakovsky
Release date: 2012-09-20
5.

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

5.8

Animal pals Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria are still trying to make it back to New York's Central Park Zoo. They are forced to take a detour to Europe to find the penguins and chimps who broke the bank at a Monte Carlo casino. When French animal-control officer Capitaine Chantel DuBois picks up their scent, Alex and company are forced to hide out in a traveling circus.

Starring: Ben Stiller, Sacha Baron Cohen, David Schwimmer, Frances McDormand, Chris Rock
Directed by: Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon, Eric Darnell
Release date: 2012-06-06
6.

ParaNorman

5.7

In the town of Blithe Hollow, Norman Babcock is a boy who can speak to the dead, but no one besides his eccentric new friend, Neil, believes his ability is real. One day, Norman's estranged eccentric uncle tells him of an important annual ritual he must take up to protect the town from an curse cast by a witch it condemned centuries ago. Eventually, Norman decides to cooperate, but things don't go according to plan. Now, a magic storm of the witch threatens Blithe Hollow as the accursed dead rise. Together with unexpected new companions, Norman struggles to save his town, only to discover the horrific truth of the curse. With that insight, Norman must resolve the crisis for good as only he can.

Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Jodelle Ferland, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck
Directed by: Sam Fell, Chris Butler
Release date: 2012-08-03
7.

Ice Age: Continental Drift

5.6

Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world.

Starring: John Leguizamo, Ray Romano, Chris Wedge, Denis Leary, Seann William Scott
Directed by: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier
Release date: 2012-06-26
8.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

5.6

Batman has not been seen for ten years. A new breed of criminal ravages Gotham City, forcing 55-year-old Bruce Wayne back into the cape and cowl. But, does he still have what it takes to fight crime in a new era?

Starring: Peter Weller, Ariel Winter, David Selby, Wade Williams, Michael McKean
Directed by: Jay Oliva
Release date: 2012-09-06
9.

Frankenweenie

5.6

When a car hits young Victor's pet dog Sparky, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked "monster" wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor's neighbors, he has to convince them that Sparky's still the good, loyal friend he was.

Starring: Charlie Tahan, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Atticus Shaffer
Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 2012-10-04
10.

The Lorax

5.4

A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

Starring: Zac Efron, Danny DeVito, Taylor Swift, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle
Directed by: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda
Release date: 2012-03-01
11.

Tangled Ever After

5.3

The kingdom is in a festive mood as everyone gathers for the royal wedding of Rapunzel and Flynn. However, when Pascal and Maximus, as flower chameleon and ring bearer, respectively, lose the gold bands, a frenzied search and recovery mission gets underway. As the desperate duo tries to find the rings before anyone discovers that they’re missing, they leave behind a trail of comical chaos that includes flying lanterns, a flock of doves, a wine barrel barricade and a very sticky finale. Will Maximus and Pascal save the day and make it to the church in time? And will they ever get Flynn’s nose right?

Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Alan Dale, Paul F. Tompkins, Kari Wahlgren
Directed by: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard
Release date: 2012-01-13
12.

Justice League: Doom

5.3

An adaptation of Mark Waid's "Tower of Babel" story from the JLA comic. Vandal Savage steals confidential files Batman has compiled on the members of the Justice League, and learns all their weaknesses.

Starring: Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Susan Eisenberg, Nathan Fillion, Michael Rosenbaum
Directed by: Lauren Montgomery
Release date: 2012-02-28
13.

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

4.9

The luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain is a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side, and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz to the much coveted Pirate of the Year Award. It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they battle a diabolical queen and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist, but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!

Starring: Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, Imelda Staunton, David Tennant, Jeremy Piven
Directed by: Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt
Release date: 2012-03-12
14.

Resident Evil: Damnation

4.7

U.S. federal agent Leon S. Kennedy sneaks into the "East Slavic Republic" to verify rumors that Bio-Organic Weapons (BOWs) are being used in the country's civil war, which the U.S. and Russia are making preparations to jointly intervene in. Right after his infiltration, the U.S. government orders him to leave immediately. Determined to uncover the truth, Leon ignores the order and enters the battlefield to end the chain of tragedies caused by the BOWs.

Starring: Matthew Mercer, Courtenay Taylor, Robin Sachs, Carolyn Lawrence, Dave Wittenberg
Directed by: Makoto Kamiya
Release date: 2012-09-25
15.

Partysaurus Rex

4.6
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Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Wallace Shawn, Corey Burton, Tony Cox
Directed by: Mark A. Walsh
Release date: 2012-09-14
16.

Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare

4.3
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Maggie Simpson returns to the Ayn Rand School for Tots. There, Maggie's future prospects are deemed to be minimal, so she is left in one of the daycare's less enjoyable rooms, with just a butterfly for company.
Directed by: David Silverman
Release date: 2012-07-12
17.

Secret of the Wings

4.3

Tinkerbell wanders into the forbidden Winter woods and meets Periwinkle. Together they learn the secret of their wings and try to unite the warm fairies and the winter fairies to help Pixie Hollow.

Starring: Mae Whitman, Lucy Hale, Timothy Dalton, Jeff Bennett, Lucy Liu
Directed by: Roberts Gannaway, Peggy Holmes
Release date: 2012-08-17
18.

It's Such a Beautiful Day

4.3

Bill struggles to put together his shattered psyche, in this feature film version of Don Hertzfeldt's animated short film trilogy.

Starring: Don Hertzfeldt, Sara Cushman
Directed by: Don Hertzfeldt
Release date: 2012-08-24
19.

Barbie in A Mermaid Tale 2

3.9
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Surf's up for Barbie as she returns as Merliah, the fun and fashionable surfing champion who's also a magical mermaid princess! In this exciting sea-quel, Merliah makes a splash when she heads to Australia for the ultimate surfing competition. When the evil mermaid Eris escapes from her whirlpool with plans to take over the throne of Oceana, Merliah and her sea friends dive in to stop her. It's a fresh new adventure where Merliah learns that anything is possible and she really can have the best of both worlds!
Starring: Nakia Burrise, Gary Chalk
Release date: 2012-02-23
20.

Fresh Guacamole

3.9
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In this follow-up to his stop-motion hit Western Spaghetti, director PES transforms familiar objects into Fresh Guacamole.
Directed by: PES
Release date: 2012-03-02

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