My 18 Best French Animation Movies

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| By : Louise
Born in Cameroon and adopted at 1 year in France. I spent all my childhood in Alsace before studying in Paris. I like to defend my beautiful country with its strengths and weaknesses. Find me on Linkedin and CV.

Bonjour bonjour !

My kids love (4 and 8 years old) love French animation movies (me too^^) !

These are an ideal way of reviving childhood memories and finding an escape from hectic life.

You have landed on the right page, if you are in search of the best French animation movies.

After the success of the best French romantic movies list, I have compiled the list of my best French animation movies of all time.

Work is in progress ! 🙂


See Also : My 15 Best French Action Movies

18 Best French Animation Movies (My Selection)

Here is my personal ranking of the 18 best French animation movies with its IMDB rating.

Ranked from lowest to highest IMDb rating.

Please check the trailer before watching the complete movie (by experience) ! 😉

18. Azur & Asmar: The Princes’ Quest (2006) – 4 / 10

French TranslationAzur et Asmar

Summary: Two boys raised as brothers look for the Fairy Djinn.


17. Phantom Boy (2015) – 4 / 10

French TranslationPhantom Boy

Summary: A boy with a mysterious illness helps a cop save New York.


16. Ernest & Celestine (2012) – 4.3 / 10

French TranslationErnest et Célestine

Summary: An unusual friendship forms between a bear and a mouse.


15. The Triplets of Belleville (2003) – 7.7 / 10

French TranslationLes Triplettes de Belleville

Summary: An elderly woman aids her cyclist grandson with the help of two other women.


14. Persepolis (2007) – 8 / 10

French TranslationPersepolis

Summary: The story of a young girl’s life during the Islamic Revolution.


13. A Cat in Paris (2010) – 6.9 / 10

French TranslationUne vie de chat

Summary: A girl’s cat leads a double life as a burglar’s accomplice.


12. Tales of the Night (2011) – 6.9 / 10

French TranslationLes Contes de la nuit

Summary: Three people tell their unique stories at a magical theater.


11. The Rabbi’s Cat (2011) – 7.1 / 10

French TranslationLe Chat du Rabbin

Summary: A rabbi’s cat gains the ability to speak after eating a parrot.


Top 10 French animation movies

Here is my list of 10 best French animation movies of all time :

10. April and the Extraordinary World (2015) – 7.2 / 10

French TranslationAvril et le monde truqué

Summary: April searches for her missing parents in an alternate, steam-powered Paris.


9. Long Way North (2015) – 7.2 / 10

French TranslationTout en haut du monde

Summary: A Russian girl goes in search of her missing grandfather.


8. The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (2017) – 7.4 / 10

French TranslationLe Grand Méchant Renard et autres contes

Summary: A fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus.


7. The Red Turtle (2016) – 7.5 / 10

French TranslationLa Tortue rouge

Summary: A man stranded on a deserted island encounters a red turtle.


6. Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998) – 7.5 / 10

French TranslationKirikou et la sorcière

Summary: A small boy battles the evil sorceress who has cursed his village.


5. I Lost My Body (2019) – 7.5 / 10

French TranslationJ’ai perdu mon corps

Summary: A severed hand escapes from a lab to find its body.


4. Marona’s Fantastic Tale (2019) – 7.5 / 10

French TranslationL’Extraordinaire Voyage de Marona

Summary: Marona, a dog, reflects on the human companions she has had in life.


3. Wrinkles (2011) – 7.6 / 10

French TranslationArrugas

Summary: Two old men become friends in a home for the aged.


2. Fantastic Planet (1973) – 7.7 / 10

French TranslationLa Planète sauvage

Summary: A surreal, animated sci-fi tale about humans kept as domestic pets by an alien race.


1. The King and the Mockingbird (1980) – 7.7 / 10

French TranslationLe Roi et l’oiseau

Summary: A chimney sweep and a shepherdess seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king.


That was all about my top 18 selections of the best French animation movies of all time.

With these movies and the best French thriller movies, you can have fun overnight with your kids and partner.

I am excited to know about your best French animation movies!

Be sure to let me know about your fav choices in the comment section below.

Stay tuned for more!

— Louise

People also ask concerning best French animation movies :

What Is the Top #1 Animated Movie?                    

The best animation movie could be Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023), according to an IMDb rating of 8,9/10 and more than 1 million votes (category Animation).

Other best-rated animated movies include:

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) – 8.4/10
  • Elemental (2023) – 7.1/10
  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023) – 7,1/10
  • Nimona (2023) – 7,7/10

Read my above-mentioned selection of the best French animation movies on IMDb!

Is Animation Big in France?                       

Yes! France accounts among leaders in the animation industry.

France released early animated movies in the late 19th century.

From then till now, it has gained immense popularity in the field.

Read my above-mentioned selection of the best French animation movies on IMDb!

These will give a glimpse into what masterpieces the French animation industry has to offer.

What Is the French Movie Based on Anime?       

The Summit of the Gods is one of the best French-language movies based on anime.

Other worth notable best French animation movies include:

  • My Life as a Zucchini (2016) – 7,8/10
  • The Twelve Tasks of Asterix (1976) – 7,6/10
  • The Illusionist (2010) – 7,5/10
  • A Town Called Panic (2009) – 7,4/10
  • ………………….

Read my above-mentioned selection of the best French animation movies!

What Is the Most Viewed Animated Movie?

Frozen II (2019) is, until now, the most viewed animated movie.

It features Elsa setting off on a journey of exploring herself with her sister Anna and more characters.

Other most viewed animation movies include:

  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)
  • Incredibles 2 (2018)
  • Minions (2015)
  • Toy Story 4 (2019)
  • …………….

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