10 Top Animated Children’s Movies 2012 Countdown

by Linette

We’re counting down the top  animated children’s movies 2012 style. From number 10 to number one. Check it out and see if your favorite made the list. The top 10 list is based on box office sales, not on which movie is the best to see, since that’s entirely subjective. I would love to hear which children’s animated movie was your favorite for 2012!

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#10 Finding Nemo 3D

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One of the top kid’s movies of all times, Finding Nemo is back and better than ever in 3D! Finding Nemo tells the tale of Marlin,an overly protective clownfish, and his sun Nemo. When Nemo get’s caught by a diver, and dumped into a salt water fish tank in a dentist’s office, Marlin sets out across the ocean to find him. Along the way Marlin meets up with Dory, a friendly-but-forgetful Pacific regal blue tang. Dory and Marlin have to navigate several dangerous and humorous situations along the way to rescue his son. Nemo’s not just taking his captivity in stride, he has a few plans of his own to get back home.

Buy It: Finding Nemo Five-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition

#9 Beauty and the Beast 3D

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Beauty and the Beast is one of Disney’s classic tales, now it’s back in 3D! Follow along with the adventures of Belle, a bright young woman who finds herself imprisoned in the castle of a mysterious beast. With the assistance of the castle’s enchanted staff, a delightful and tender romance develops between these two unlikely friends and Belle soon learns the most important lesson of all — that true beauty comes from within.

Buy It: Beauty and the Beast Five Disc Combo

#8 Paranorman


Paranorman is a 3D stop-motion comedy thriller. The film follows Norman, a misunderstood boy who can speak with the dead and his adventures as he takes on ghosts, zombies and, worst of all, grown-ups, in order to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

Buy it: ParaNorman

#7 Rise of the Guardians

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The Guardians are in charge of looking over all the children of the world. Then Boogeyman Pitch Black turns dreams into nightmares, prevents the Easter Bunny from delivering his eggs, and steals kid’s teeth, the children begin to stop believing in the Guardians. Jack Frost may be the only one who can save the day from the evil Pitch’s assault on Earth. The Immortal Guardians will have to team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world. This film is based on William Joyce’s The Guardians of Childhood book series.

Pre-Order: Rise of the Guardians Two-Disc Combo

#6 Hotel Transylvania

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Dracula operates a high-end resort where the monsters can get away from the human world. When a boy named Jonathan discovers the resort he goes in to overprotective mode. When the boy falls for the count’s daughter, Dracula must protect Mavis from falling in love with him before it is too late.

Pre-Order: Hotel Transylvania

#5 Ice Age: Continental Drift

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Scrat’s pursuit of his acorn sets of a one earth shattering event that changes everything! The event triggers another great adventure for for Manny, Diego and Sid. When they’re trying to get back home seafaring pirates are determined to stop them. Along the way Sid finds his long lost grandma.

Buy It: Ice Age: Continental Drift

#4 Wreck It Ralph

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Wreck It Ralph is a hilarious, arcade-game adventure. For decades, Ralph has been the bad guy. Overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, Jr., the good-guy of the game who always gets all the credit for saving the day. Ralph doesn’t want to play the role of a bad guy any more, so he takes matters into his own hands.

Pre Order: Wreck It Ralph

#3 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

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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.

Buy It: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

#2 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

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The gang is back! Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved zoo in the Big Apple. Their journey takes a detour through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus. They mix in Madagascar style.

Buy It: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

#1 Brave


Merida is a princess, but she’s also a skilled archer and the headstrong daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Merida defies an age-old custom, and her parent. Her actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom. She turns to a Witch for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish that puts the kingdom into even more peril and forces Merida discover the meaning of bravery, and to focus all of her skills and resources to undo the curse before it’s too late.

Buy It: Brave

What was your favorite kid’s animated movie from 2012? Did it make the list?

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Gina Brickell January 4, 2013 - 6:01 pm

I haven’t seen all of these movies, but the ones I have I absolutely LOVE!!! My favorite being Beauty and the Beast…

Joseph Jones January 11, 2013 - 12:56 pm

I’d have to put Wreck It Ralph as number one, but I may be biased due to my love of video games.

Amy January 12, 2013 - 2:44 pm

We’ve seen everything on the list! Hotel Translvania was our favorite! We’d probably put para Norman as our least favorite, it was boring for my kids.

Gianna January 13, 2013 - 9:24 pm

My kids loved hotel transylvania.

Andrew L. January 14, 2013 - 12:06 am

Great List! We especially love The Lorax!

Alicia K February 11, 2013 - 9:49 am

finding nemo will never die!


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