Top Ten Animal Movies
Everyone likes a good animal movie, right? With so many out there to watch, it can be difficult to come to a final decision on your number one choice. Picking a handful of top animal films is a challenge in itself too.
Whilst there are a number of great cartoon and animated films available, there’s also a multitude of intriguing and wonderful story lines to choose from.
So as you think about your favourites, here at GJW Titmuss we’ve put together a list of our top ten animal movies. Remember that this list isn’t in any particular order, but if you spot any movies that you haven’t seen, then make sure you watch these classics.
1. Babe: Pig In The City (1998)
After securing victory in the sheepherding competition, Babe the pig goes back to Arthur Hoggett’s farm. Upon realising that farmer Hoggett is injured and he can no longer work, Babe takes on the mission to go to the big city in an attempt to save the farm.
This comedy-drama is the sequel to the beloved 1995 film, Babe, and is a great family movie that can span across all generations.
2. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
In this classic remake of the 1963 film, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey follows two dogs and one cat as they escape from a Californian ranch to track down their owners in San Francisco.
A misunderstanding results in the animals becoming a little confused as to where their owners actually are, but like all good films, the ending is a happy one.
3. 101 Dalmatians (1996)
Directed by Stephen Herek, 101 Dalmatians tells the story of Cruella de Vil as she kidnaps puppies in order to try and kill them to make a fur coat.
But fear not! With the help of the British animal kingdom, the hunt to find and rescue the puppies from their captor begins.
Another family comedy film definitely worth watching, 101 Dalmatians is a great live-action movie packed with laughs, drama and of course adorable dogs throughout.
4. Black Beauty (1994)
Based on an adaptation of Anna Sewell’s novel, Black Beauty explores the life of a black stallion during 1870’s England.
Told from the point of Black Beauty himself, this spectacular story recalls the highs and lows of his life, containing a moral or life lesson along the way. A must for horse lovers, the film is faithful to the novel, and is enchanting and engaging from start to finish.
5. Finding Nemo (2003)
A more modern tale, Finding Nemo is a Walt Disney-Pixar animation about the search for one fish – Nemo of course!
Clown fish Marlin loses his son, Nemo, as he ventures too far into the deep blue sea. As Nemo is captured and taken to a dentist’s office in Sydney, Marlin sets off on a long and eventful mission to get his son back.
A funny deep sea tale and adventure film that’s always received well, Finding Nemo features plenty of morals, and moments of humour for both the younger generations and adults too.
6. The Fox and The Hound (1981)
In this well told story, a fox cub named Tod befriends Copper, a hound dog puppy. The new friends share good times together until they discover that their friendship is in danger because of what they become – the hunter and the hunted.
The Fox and The Hound was in fact one of the first films that Tim Burton worked on at Disney after graduating from college.
Although it’s one of the older films on our list, it still brilliant entertainment for both animal and film lovers alike.
7. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
Another tale between two animated characters, this time with a more romantic feel, The Lady and the Tramp is charming, funny and sweet.
The two lead characters (Lady, a Golden Cocker Spaniel, and a mongrel named Tramp) enter a heart-warming tale in one of animation’s greatest love stories.
With unforgettable songs along the way, this film is one of Disney’s most enduring classics.
8. The AristoCats (1970)
Smooth talking stray cat Thomas O’Malley comes to the rescue in this Disney animation.
As retired Madame Adelaide Bonfamille plans to leave everything to her precious cats in her will, evil butler Edgar kidnaps and tries to kill them in an attempt to gain Adelaide’s possessions.
O’Malley takes the cats under his wing and leads them back to their home in Paris. However, trouble ensues when Edgar tries to fight back.
The AristoCats is a great film as you grow to love the characters from the start – with the exception of evil Edgar of course!
9. Stuart Little (1999)
Stuart the heroic mouse is adopted by the Little’s, and this movie tells the story of how he seeks to become an accepted member of their family.
The family cat however has other plans, but Stuart fights hard to gain his new brother’s attention and get the result he’s after.
With excellent visual effects, as well as an amusing and clever storyline, Stuart Little should be one of those films that’s easy to locate in your movie collection.
10. Beethoven (1992)
Last on our list is the 1992 family comedy Beethoven. Whilst the Newton’s youngest family members try to convince their dad to let them keep the adopted St Bernard, the local vet captures Beethoven for his own nasty experiments.
Uptight dad George Newton, played by Charles Grodin, soon turns into the hero of the day as he fights to save Beethoven and bring him back home. Beethoven is the perfect Sunday film, whatever your age.
Over to you
So there you have it, the GJW Titmuss list of top ten animal movies. But now’s it’s over to you - let us know which film is your favourite using the poll below.
We’d like to hear from you as well. So if you haven’t seen any of these classics yet, then be sure to watch them soon. And if there’s one we’ve missed, then let us know about it.