Animation has become a staple in the entertainment world, with countless animated movies captivating audiences of all ages and genres. Sony Pictures is one company that has made its mark in the animation industry, producing some of the most visually impressive and memorable films over the years. In this article, we’ll be counting down Sony Pictures’ top 10 animated movies of all time and what makes them so special.
10. The Angry Birds Movie 2
Released in 2019, The Angry Birds Movie 2 is a game-changer for movies based on video games. The film’s story manages to surpass its predecessor in almost every way, with a pleasantly unpredictable plot and heavy laughs. The original cast, including Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader, and Peter Dinklage, reprised their roles. We also see newcomers Aquafina, Sterling K Brown, and Leslie Jones brought a fresh new energy to the film. The Angry Birds Movie 2 proves that sequels can be just as good as the original film.
9. Hotel Transylvania
Hotel Transylvania explores a world where legendary monsters escape society’s prejudices by vacationing at a hotel owned by Count Dracula. Featuring an all-star cast including Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, and Andy Samberg, the film is heavy on jaunty humor, allowing each character to shine. It has even inspired three sequels and three short films, making it one of Sony’s biggest animated franchises to date.
Based on R.L. Stine’s classic horror novels, Goosebumps stars Jack Black as a reclusive author who must protect his town from escaped, classic Goosebumps monsters. The movie honors Stine’s legacy by being just as spooky for younger viewers, while Black brings a unique comedic touch to the film. As the title suggests, Goosebumps is sure to send chills down our spines.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Vivo is a musically gifted kinkajou who sets out to deliver a message of love in the wake of tragedy. With Miranda composing 11 original songs and lending his voice to the titular character, the film celebrates Cuban culture and friendship triumphing over grief. Featuring an all-star cast including Zoe Saldana and Gloria Estefan, Vivo is Sony’s first-ever animated musical and is undoubtedly a hit.
6. The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Aardman Animations teamed up with Sony to create The Pirates! Band of Misfits, a colorful stop motion animation movie. It follows a crew of ill-equipped buccaneers as they sail the high seas, all while seeking to win the coveted Pirate of the Year award. The group develops a close bond with a young Charles Darwin while also fighting off the villainous Queen Victoria. The film is full of charming characters and comical misadventures and stands proudly on its own, despite adapting the first book of a series by Gideon Defoe.
5. Surf’s Up
Surf’s Up is Sony’s second-ever animated feature. Capitalizing on the popularity of penguin-centric movies like March of the Penguins and Happy Feet. The story follows a teenage rockhopper named Cody who dreams of being a professional surfer. The film taking a mockumentary approach. Though the story is familiar, Surf’s Up manages to stand out with its unconventional narrative structure, hilarious interviews, and hilarious moments throughout. The film also features an impressive cast, including John Heater, Zoe Deschanel, and Jeff Bridges.
4. Arthur Christmas
Arthur Christmas is a cheerful Yuletide adventure that cleverly reimagines Santa Claus as a title that’s passed down through generations. The story follows Santa’s youngest son, Arthur, on his mission to deliver a missed present to a young girl before Christmas morning. James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, and Hugh Laurie lend their voices to the film’s charming characters, making it a warm and heart-warming holiday classic for families everywhere.
3. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is not only one of Sony’s best-animated movies, but it’s also one of the best superhero movies of all time. The story follows a young Miles Morales as he turns into the new Spider-Man. He discovers that he isn’t the only Spiderman to exist. The film has a groundbreaking animation style that pays homage to the comics that inspired it while also standing out on its own. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a must-see for any comic book fan or animation enthusiast.
2. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is hands-down one of the funniest, most imaginative movies ever made. The film takes place in a town that has survived on sardines for far too long. While a young inventor named Flint Lockwood creates a machine that turns water into food. Voices from Bill Hader, Anna Faris, and Mr. T bring the characters to life, while the animation is some of the most visually impressive in the entire genre.
1. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
It’s hard to talk about Sony’s animated movies without discussing Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. This film will be the sequel to Into the Spider-verse. It tells the story of a teenage boy named Miles Morales, who becomes Spider-Man. He finds himself surrounded by others from different dimensions. The animation is revolutionary and pays homage to the comics that inspired it while also standing out as a groundbreaking achievement in its own right. The film is rumored to feature the live-action versions of the popular webslinger. With the help of Phil Lord’s witty writing and a phenomenal cast, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is nothing short of a masterpiece.
Sony Pictures Animated Movies Are Top Tier
In conclusion, Sony Pictures has produced some of the best-animated movies in the industry over the years. From hilarious comedies to heart-warming classics, Sony has a film for every mood and genre. Whether you’re a fan of superheroes or inventive comedies, there’s something for everyone on this list.