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The best animated movies on Netflix right now (December 2022)

One of the ways that Netflix has maintained its grip on its streaming empire is that it offers something for everyone. For families and younger viewers, Netflix accommodates them by creating several high-profile original animated movies in addition to selections from the animated libraries of DreamWorks and Illumination. That’s created a powerhouse lineup of animated flicks. The best part is that new animated films are being added all of the time. To keep up with the medium, check out our latest picks for the best animated movies on Netflix right now.

Looking for something else? We’ve also rounded up the best movies on Netflix, the best shows on Hulu, the best shows on Amazon Prime, and the best shows on Disney+.

New movies to stream at a glance
The Bad Guys (2022) new
The Bad Guys
64 %
pg 100m
Genre Animation, Action, Adventure, Crime, Comedy
Stars Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Awkwafina
Directed by Pierre Perifel

Bad is the new good in DreamWorks’ The Bad Guys. Sam Rockwell leads the voice cast as Mr. Wolf, the George Clooney-esque leader of The Bad Guys Gang. Along with his team, Mr. Snake (Marc Maron), Ms. Tarantula (Awkwafina), Mr. Shark (Craig Robinson), and Mr. Piranha (Anthony Ramos), Wolf is one of the most feared villains in town, But when the gang is captured, Wolf cons Governor Diane Foxington (Zazie Beetz) and Professor Rupert Marmalade IV (Richard Ayoade) into giving the team a chance to reform. It starts out as a trick, yet Wolf discovers that he likes being good. Convincing the rest of the team to follow his lead won’t be as easy.

THE BAD GUYS | Official Trailer 1
Sing 2 (2021) new
Sing 2
49 %
pg 110m
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Stars Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson
Directed by Garth Jennings
Sing 2 reunites most of the cast from Illumination’s breakout animated musical, including
Matthew McConaughey as Buster Moon. This time, Buster and his friends, Ash (Scarlett Johansson), Meena (Tori Kelly), Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), and Johnny (Taron Egerton), try to take the next step in their careers. When pitching media mogul Jimmy Crystal (Bobby Cannavale), Buster inadvertently sells him on a musical based on the works of a reclusive rock star, Clay Calloway (Bono). The problem is that no one asked Clay if he wanted to come out of retirement, and he hasn’t been seen in years.
Sing 2 - Official Trailer [HD]
The Sea Beast (2022) new
The Sea Beast
74 %
pg 119m
Genre Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Stars Karl Urban, Zaris-Angel Hator, Jared Harris
Directed by Chris Williams
Next year around Oscar time, we expect The Sea Beast to make a serious play for Best Animated Feature. It’s really that good. Disney veteran Chris Williams directed the film and co-wrote the script, which vividly depicts a world where sea creatures roam the oceans at will. Captain Jacob Holland (Karl Urban) is widely recognized as the greatest monster hunter of the era, and that captures the imagination of a young girl named Maisie Brumble (Zaris-Angel Hator). That’s why Maisie dreams of becoming a member of Jacob’s crew, and she simply won’t take no for an answer.
The Sea Beast | Official Trailer | Netflix
Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) new
Kung Fu Panda 3
66 %
pg 95m
Genre Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family
Stars Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman
Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Alessandro Carloni

In DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda 3, Po (Jack Black) has proven himself as a warrior. Now he has to prove himself as a teacher after Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) names him his successor. Po’s personal life is also upended by the return of his biological father, Li Shan (Bryan Cranston), much to the dismay of Po’s adoptive father, Mr. Ping (James Hong). At the same time, an evil warrior named Kai (J. K. Simmons) escapes from the spirit realm and represents a greater threat than Po or the Furious Five can defeat on their own.

Kung Fu Panda 3 | Official Trailer #1
The Willoughbys (2020)
The Willoughbys
68 %
pg 92m
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family
Stars Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Alessia Cara
Directed by Kris Pearn
A family tale made for those who wish they could get away from their family, The Willoughbys is a Netflix original that has gone somewhat under the radar. When the four Willoughby children are abandoned by their selfish parents, they must adapt to a contemporary world. Their old family was very old-fashioned, and now they have one mission in life: Become the ultimate modern family.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
66 %
pg 90m
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family
Stars Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan
Directed by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
A Seussian kind of tale, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs takes us to Swallow Falls, an island town experiencing such hard times that everybody can only afford to eat sardines. Fortunately, inventor Flint Lockwood soon builds a machine that can convert water into food, resulting in tasty delights literally raining from the heavens. But when his machine spins out of control, all that falling food threatens to bury the town.
Monster House (2006)
Monster House
68 %
pg 91m
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Stars Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke
Directed by Gil Kenan
Everybody has a childhood story about the scariest house in the neighborhood, but DJ Harvard’s is probably better than yours. The house across the street from DJ’s is actually a monster. Or, rather, it’s possessed by a malevolent entity that needs to feed on the energy of the living. As Halloween draws near and the house looks forward to feasting on all of the neighborhood children, it’s up to DJ and his friends Chowder and Jenny to discover the source of the house’s power and defeat it before it’s too late. More of a comedy with some spooky animated elements, Monster House is a fun film that will engage viewers of all ages.
Klaus (2019)
65 %
pg 96m
Genre Animation, Family, Adventure, Comedy
Stars Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones
Directed by Sergio Pablos
Netflix’s first original animated feature film, Klaus is an alternative and entertaining Santa Claus origin story. When a selfish young postman is assigned to a remote Scandinavian town, his unlikely friendship with a recluse leads to the accidental creation of an incredible (and familiar) toymaker. Klaus features the voice talent of Jason Schwartzman (who really carries the film), J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones, Norm MacDonald, and Joan Cusack. The film earned a 2020 Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature.
A Silent Voice: The Movie (2016)
A Silent Voice: The Movie
78 %
pg-13 130m
Genre Animation, Drama
Stars Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami, Aoi Yuki
Directed by Naoko Yamada
Not all animated movies are for children and A Silent Voice is certainly one anime film geared toward an older audience. The film follows Shoya, a young man haunted by the guilt of bullying a deaf student named Shoko Nishiyima until she changed schools. Although he didn’t act alone, the other bullies turn on Shoya, marking him as an outcast and putting a target on his back. Years later, Shoya is overwhelmed by a need to make things right, so he learns sign language and seeks out Shoko to atone for his past sins. Through honest, painful communication, the two form a strong friendship as well as a community around them. With lush animation, deeply complicated themes, and flawed-yet-relatable characters, A Silent Voice is a riveting, soul-searching, and provocative film.

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