Offbeat Animated Movies

Not all animated movies are created equal. Some are big mainstream hits, while others are quirky, unusual, or just plain offbeat. If you're looking to discover a kids' animated movie that's a little out of the ordinary, you're in the right place -- check out our favorites!

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Ape Star

age 5+

Quirky animated adoption tale has positive role models.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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Moomins and the Winter Wonderland

age 6+

Nordic Christmas tale has brief moments of mild threat.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Yellow Submarine

age 6+

Beatles classic with great animation, music.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1968)
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Chicken Run

age 7+

Charming animated escape tale has some peril, scares.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2000)
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Fantastic Mr. Fox

age 7+

Offbeat family adventure may charm adults more than kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2009)
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Felix and the Hidden Treasure

age 7+

Fun sea and sci-fi adventure has threat and mild violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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James and the Giant Peach

age 7+

Fabulous adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1996)
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The Nightmare Before Christmas

age 7+

Tim Burton magic with just a touch of scariness.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1993)
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Song of the Sea

age 7+

Beautiful Irish tale explores myths, sibling relationship.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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Strike

age 7+

Stop-motion comedy is a gold mine of heart and hilarity.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Arlo the Alligator Boy

age 8+

Sweet, goofy animated adventure has some peril, stereotypes.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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Howl's Moving Castle

age 8+

Charming Miyazaki fairy tale with surreal villains.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2005)
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Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

age 8+

Sweet, poignant mockumentary goes small to make big points.

In Theaters (Release Year: 2022)
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A Monster in Paris

age 8+

French monster movie encourages looking past the surface.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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The Willoughbys

age 8+

Irresistible kids banish dreadful parents in fanciful tale.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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A Cat in Paris

age 9+

Animated thriller's action makes it best for older kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2012)
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Coraline

age 9+

Cool but creepy animated fantasy too scary for young kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2009)
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The Painting

age 9+

Stunning animated drama tackles prejudice, forbidden love.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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Poupelle of Chimney Town

age 9+

Charming steampunk fantasy encourages empathy, teamwork.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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The Secret of Kells

age 9+

Magical animated adventure is intense but beautiful.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2010)
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