The Mitchells vs. the Machines character smiling

With streaming services like Netflix filling our homes with endless amounts of content on a weekly basis, it can sometimes be a chore to even find what you want to watch at any given moment. So when you’re in the mood to move away from the "real world" and immerse yourself in a film filled with imaginative, visual splendor, where can you turn? What can you do? What possible options do you have?

Well, never fear because we’ve got you covered on all the best animated feature films that are waiting for you on Netflix! From family favorites and adult masterpieces to television adaptations and original stories crafted for the silver screen, the world of feature animation is rich and varied. And compiled for your viewing pleasure, here are the best of the best for your perusal on Netflix at this very moment!

Updated on June 30, 2022: Because Netflix is constantly updating their expansive catalog, we’ll be refreshing this list each month with new animated flicks for your enjoyment. So whether you’re looking for a cartoon that’s for the whole family or a film that’s a little more grown-up, we’ll keep things current each month with new selections.

Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood

Still from Apollo 10 1/2

Richard Linklater is a masterful indie filmmaker of many talents, and with "Apollo 10 1/2," he combines the dreamlike animation of his "Waking Life" and "A Scanner Darkly" with the tender unflinching approach to adolescence in "Boyhood," creating a joyful, fun-for-all-ages celebration of the Apollo space program. "Apollo 10 1/2" is a period piece set in suburban Houston, not far from the NASA command center in 1969 in the lead-up to the moon landing. A fantastical take on real events, the plot concerns NASA recruiting a kid to travel to the moon first because they goofed and built the lunar module so small that only a child can use it to travel into space.

  • Starring: Jack Black, Bill Wise, Lee Eddy
  • Director: Richard Linklater
  • Year: 2022
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13

Arlo the Alligator Boy

Arlo hanging with possums.

Though this new direct-to-Netflix release may have gone fairly under the radar, it’s absolutely worth seeking out the darling musical adventures of "Arlo the Alligator Boy." Arlo’s just your typical half-human, half-alligator kid, yearning to find where he came from. And just his luck, on his 15th birthday, he learns the truth of who his father might be. So off we go on a magical, singing adventure, and with a cast of fun-loving characters and wonderful lessons to be learned along the way about accepting who you really are, "Arlo the Alligator Boy" is the earnest, joyful new movie you’ve been looking for.

  • Starring: Michael J. Woodard, Mary Lambert, Jonathan Van Ness
  • Director: Ryan Crego
  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Rating: TV-Y7

The Castle of Cagliostro

Lupin in car

Long before he crafted such masterpieces as "Spirited Away" and "My Neighbor Totoro," acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki made his feature film debut with the ridiculous and frenzied "The Castle of Cagliostro," bringing the exceedingly popular character of Lupin III to the big screen in this madcap adventure. No prior knowledge of the Lupin character is needed, as the film firmly establishes his cunning as a master thief whose escapades get him sucked into a mystical world in the long-lost world of Cagliostro. Even in such an early adventure, Miyazaki’s sense of play and visual storytelling are on full display for all to enjoy.

  • Starring: Yasuo Yamada, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Eiko Masuyama
  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Year: 1979
  • Runtime: 99 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

The ensemble of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

After Phil Lord and Chris Miller took a bizarre children’s book and turned it into an animation success, the sequel door opened wide for "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2." After turning his home island into a giant food depository, inventor Flint Lockwood learns that his food-generating device is creating sentient food creatures, and he must journey back to the island to halt even further impending doom. Mixing the heightened action of a "Jurassic Park" film with the delightful puns you might find on an episode of "Veggie Tales," this delicious sequel is able to heighten the absurdity of its predecessor to mouth-watering results.

  • Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Will Forte
  • Directors: Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn
  • Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Rating: PG


Characters standing in field

Too often, animation is waved off as nothing more than a children’s medium, but that’s honestly the farthest thing from the truth. Like any art form, animation is just the medium for artistic expression and can tell stories about any subject under the sun. Nowhere is that clearer than the tragically epic "Funan," chronicling the story of Chou, a woman desperate to find her son after he was taken from her during the Khmer Rouge revolution of 1975. With vivid 2D-animation crafting masterful images, "Funan" is just the film for those looking to see how the world of animation can tell more adult, serious stories.

  • Starring: Berenice Bejo, Louis Garrel, Colette Kiefer
  • Director: Denis Do
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 87 minutes
  • Rating: TV-MA

Hilda and the Mountain King

Hilda talking

An adventure too grand to be produced as an episode of "Hilda" (Netflix’s ongoing animated series based on Luke Pearson’s fantastical graphic novel saga), "Hilda and the Mountain King" finds its titular questing kid facing the biggest challenge of her life. Hilda, a human girl, awakens and finds herself transformed into a troll. Somehow, despite her limitations — such as the how the sun can turn her into a statue, as well as the remoteness and ambiguity of her temporary home in the Stone Forest — she’ll have to find her way back to where she belongs, turn back into her original form, meet up with her friends who are in hot pursuit, and save the threatened realm of Trolberg.

  • Starring: Bella Ramsey, Daisy Haggard, Rasmus Hardiker
  • Director: Andy Coyle
  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 85 minutes
  • Rating: NR


Still from Home 2015

Based on Adam Rex’s quirky and darkly funny kids novel "The True Meaning of Smekday," "Home" is the rare sci-fi extraterrestrial invasion movie in which the aliens are sympathetic characters and the action takes place well after the takeover of Earth. A hive-minded race of squat purple creatures called the Boov try to rustle up and move all of humanity, but a little kid named Tip escapes and hides out, only to encounter Oh, a rogue Boov. They understandably don’t get along at first, but they become friends when they realize neither has any interest in the Boov’s new world order. They then venture out to find Tip’s mother and evade yet another invasion, this time from the hostile, Boov-hating Gorg.

  • Starring: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin
  • Director: Tim Johnson
  • Year: 2015
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Rating: PG

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Toothless and Hiccup together

Another action-packed installment in the world of Dreamworks Animation, "How to Train Your Dragon 2" continues the adventures of Hiccup and his daring dragon companion Toothless as they enter a new world where humans and dragons have finally made peace with one another. But peace doesn’t last long as the treacherous warlord Drago (Djimon Hounsou) bursts onto the scene with a mission to enslave all the dragons as his own personal army for world domination. Now it’s up to Hiccup, Toothless, and the rest of their Viking clan to defeat Drago and retain peace in the land.

  • Starring: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett
  • Director: Dean DeBlois
  • Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Rating: PG

I Lost My Body

I lost my body characters smiling

An Academy Award-nominated piece of gorgeous and electrifying animation, "I Lost My Body" is the surreal story of young Naoufel and his severed hand (it’s a long story). The film charmingly tracks these two in tandem — Naoufel and his life leading up to the moment he lost his hand and the present-day hand journeying across France to reunite with his body. As surreal as it is painfully down-to-earth, "I Lost My Body" is a perfect piece of adult animation that’s both visually and emotionally compelling.

  • Starring: Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois, Patrick d’Assumcao
  • Director: Jeremy Clapin
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 81 minutes
  • Rating: TV-MA

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus

Invader Zim cackling

Invader Zim can sometimes feel like the neglected stepchild of the Nicktoons family. Embraced by many long after its cancelation, this idiosyncratic piece of outsider animation finally got turned into a Netflix-exclusive, feature-length adventure, with the chaotic, invasion-craving alien Zim and his trusty manic robot sidekick, GIR, on the verge of finally taking over the planet Earth, despite the best intentions of skeptical Earth-child Dib. Featuring the gorgeously jarring humor and art style of series creator Jhonen Vasquez, "Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus" is a welcome return to the screen for one of Nickelodeon’s most mind-bending animated creations.

  • Starring: Richard Horvitz, Rosearik Rikki Simons, Kevin McDonald
  • Directors: Hae Young Jung, Young Kyun Park, Jhonen Vasquez
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 71 minutes
  • Rating: TV-Y7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%


klaus characters smiling

Barely two years old and already an instant holiday classic, "Klaus" puts a new spin on the origin story of old Saint Nick himself, taking us along on the journey of a selfish postman named Jesper, whose blooming friendship with a reclusive toymaker — the titular Klaus — becomes the basis for Christmas traditions across the globe. With gorgeous hand-drawn animation, fun character design, and a heart of gold, "Klaus" is that perfect film to give you the Christmas spirit at any time of the year.

  • Starring: Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones
  • Director: Sergio Pablos
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Rating: PG

The Loud House Movie

The Loud family in Scotland

For those looking for a newer Nickelodeon TV show-to-film adaptation, you’re in luck with "The Loud House Movie," the feature film extension of the wildly popular cartoon show about Lincoln Loud, a young boy growing up in a family with 10 sisters. As if that premise wasn’t wild enough, the film takes the Loud family to Scotland, where they discover that young Lincoln is the new duke of Loch Loud. With a zany and irreverent animation style and a new adventure that throws castles, dragons, and ghosts into the mix, "The Loud House Movie" is a surefire delight for kids of all ages.

  • Starring: David Tennant, Grey Griffin, Michelle Gomez
  • Director: Dave Needham
  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 83 minutes
  • Rating: TV-Y7


Mirai falling

For good reason, it can often feel like the most mature expressions of filmmaking in the medium of animation are coming outside of the United States, and Mamoru Hosada’s "Mirai" is a perfect example of how non-American animators are using the world of animation to explore characters and themes in far richer terms than just churning out plot machines. With "Mirai," Hosoda’s simple story of a young boy learning to accept his newborn baby sister is told through mystical and surreal means, but the plot plays second fiddle to the brilliant atmosphere and lush visual storytelling of Hosoda’s altogether breathtaking piece of animation.

  • Starring: Tasuku Hatanaka, Haru Kuroki, Gen Hoshino
  • Director: Mamoru Hosoda
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Rating: PG

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Mr. Peabody with Sherman

"The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" was a cartoon perfect for kids and adults, bringing subtle but sharp satire to crude, ’60s animation. One of its more popular segments was "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," the continuing time-travel adventures of a jaded, super-genius dog named Mr. Peabody who didn’t suffer fools — least of all his adopted, not-bright human son Sherman as they traveled. In the big-budget contemporary film version, a crisply CGI-animated Mr. Peabody and Sherman use their WABAC machine to traverse history, but then Sherman rips a hole in the continuum, and they’ve got to patch the very concept of time back together while also bonding as father and son.

  • Starring: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter
  • Director: Rob Minkoff
  • Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Rating: PG

The Mitchells vs. the Machines

The Mitchells screaming

One of 2021’s most genuinely surprising comedy hits, "The Mitchells vs. the Machines" is a jam-packed, utterly hysterical film from Sony Pictures Animation that’s not only one of the best animated movies of the year but one of the best movies, period. In a last ditch effort to bond with his college-bound daughter, Rick Mitchell tosses his family’s plane tickets and trades them in for a cross-country road trip, which just so happens to coincide with a robot apocalypse uprising. Together, it’s up to the Mitchell family to save the planet while also learning to be a great family.

  • Starring: Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph
  • Director: Michael Rianda
  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 114 minutes
  • Rating: PG

Monster House

The three friends of Monster House.

In this creepy motion-capture adventure, three kids find themselves entangled in the disastrous machinations of a house down the road that seems to have a spooky mind of its own, not to mention a backstory filled with tragedy and pathos of the highest order. With an imaginative motion-capture-based animation style and an atmosphere that goes even darker than the average children’s film, "Monster House" is something of an underseen animation horror gem, but it might just be the movie you’ve always been looking for.

  • Starring: Mitchel Musso, Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Director: Gil Kenan
  • Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Rating: PG

Next Gen

Mai and 7723 in Next Gen

Like a combination of "E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial," "Big Hero 6," and various movies about charismatic but evil tech geniuses, "Next Gen" is an exciting, eye-popping, futuristic bit of CGI animation with something to say. Mai and her mother live in the city of Grainland, in a near-futuristic world where robots perform a number of everyday tasks. After getting agitated at a product presentation at IQ Robotics (for a line of designed-to-explode products), Mai finds a robotics lab, where Dr. Tanner Rice has created a war droid named 7723. Mai inadvertently brings the bot to life, which instantly imprints on her and follows her home, despite the police giving chase and the machine damaging his core. Things quickly escalate, and soon Mai and 7723 — who forge a powerful and touching bond — are fighting the very people who brought the robot into existence.

  • Starring: John Krasinski, David Cross, Charlene Yi
  • Director: Kevin R. Adams and Joe Ksander
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 104 minutes
  • Rating: TV-PG

Osmosis Jones

Ozzy, Drix, and Leah together

In this animated/live-action hybrid of major biological proportions, Chris Rock plays the eponymous Osmosis Jones, a white blood cell police officer protecting the City of Frank, otherwise known as the inside of the body of Frank DeTorre, portrayed by a live-action Bill Murray. When a deadly virus finds its way into Frank’s body, it’s up to "Ozzy" and his new partner, a cold pill named Drix, to hunt him down and keep Frank safe in this bizarre adventure filled with joyful animation, gross-out humor, and enough ridiculous bodily puns to keep you laughing for days.

  • Starring: Chris Rock, David Hyde Pierce, Bill Murray
  • Director: Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly
  • Year: 2001
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Rating: PG

Over the Moon

Fei Fei smiling

From legendary animator Glen Keane, this film — initially inspired by the Chinese myth of Chang’e — tells the story of young Fei Fei and her quest to prove her worth to her family by traveling to the moon. While the film finds itself in wonderfully fantastical settings, it’s all based in an overwhelming emotional core, and it never forgets that. From the moment Fei Fei launches her rocket into orbit, you know you’re in for the adventure of a lifetime.

  • Starring: Cathy Ang, Phillipa Soo, Ken Jeong
  • Director: Glen Keane
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 100 minutes
  • Rating: PG

Penguins of Madagascar: The Movie

Penguin concerned

This spinoff of the "Madagascar" movies — a franchise about talking animals with big personalities — focuses entirely on the silliest talking animals with the biggest personalities: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private, four penguins who fancy themselves as secret agents straight out of a mid-century war movie. In the wacky anthropomorphic spy spoof "Penguins of Madagascar," these cliche-defying penguins join up with the secretive North Wind agency, led by the bewildering Agent Classified, in order to take down the Doctor Octopus-riffing supervillain Dr. Octavius Brine and stop his nefarious plan for worldwide devastation.

  • Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Tom McGrath
  • Director: Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith
  • Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Rating: PG

Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots scowling

Antonio Banderas’ singular take on the two-booted cat in the "Shrek" films was such a runaway success that, of course, the logical next step was to give the furry warrior his own movie. No longer tied down to his ogre and donkey companions, "Puss in Boots" finds our hero still entangled in the fairy tale world, teamed up with Humpty Dumpty (a marvelous Zach Galifianakis) in a quest to find the magic beans that will lead him on a literal goose chase up the famous beanstalk from "Jack and the Beanstalk." "Puss in Boots" refreshingly keeps the humor of the "Shrek" franchise while providing even more showcases for brilliant action-packed adventure.

  • Starring: Antonio Bandera, Zach Galifianakis, Salma Hayek
  • Director: Chris Miller
  • Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Rating: PG

Rise of the Guardians

Still from Rise of the Guardians

A crisply and sophisticated computer-animated action-fantasy, "Rise of the Guardians" gathers familiar childhood mythological figures and holiday characters and supposes that they’re actually a pantheon of Avengers-meets-ancient Greek gods who protect the world’s youngest residents from the forces of evil and sadness. It’s been going on for thousands of years, as these toughest-ever versions of the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and Jack Frost are in for the fight of all time to defeat Pitch Black, a villain who’s figured out that the way to end the Guardians’ reign is to get kids to stop believing in them.

  • Starring: Chris Pine, Jude Law, Isla Fisher
  • Director: Peter Ramsey
  • Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 97 minutes
  • Rating: PG

Robin Robin

Still from Robin Robin

Gentle, sweet, and engrossing, "Robin Robin" is a half-hour tale from Aardman Animations, the studio that gave the world "Shaun the Sheep" and "Wallace and Gromit." It’s a short piece about how families can be chosen and developed, not necessarily created by biology, as well as finding one’s place in the world despite the odds being stacked against them. An abandoned, big-eyed baby robin is raised by an adoptive family of mice, which only becomes an issue when she gets a little older and can’t do the other things that mice do. In order to prove her mousey mettle, she stages a heist, breaking into a home of "Who-Mans," evading a cat, and stealing a coveted shiny object.

  • Starring: Bronte Carmichael, Richard E. Grant, Gillian Anderson
  • Director: Daniel Ojari and Michael Please
  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 32 minutes
  • Rating: G

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Shaun and Lu-La in tree

Shaun the Sheep — the lovable wooly critter introduced in Wallace and Gromit’s "A Close Shave" – is back on the big screen after his wildly popular first cinematic outing "The Shaun the Sheep Movie." Naturally, things have taken a turn for the extraterrestrial here in "A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon" as Shaun and his animal pals must help their new alien friend, Lu-La, return home and avoid getting in the hands of nefarious forces. As is typical with the "Shaun the Sheep" franchise, this is a film filled with hilarious slapstick humor, charming stop-motion animation, and all the heart you can expect from a lovable sheep named Shaun.

  • Starring: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Kate Harbour
  • Directors: Richard Phelan & Will Becher
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 86 minutes
  • Rating: G

Team America: World Police

Team America characters together

A response to — and now a time capsule of — the aggressive, ultra-patriotic, post-9/11 attitude and actions of the George W. Bush administration, "Team America: World Police" is a profane satire of military policy, as well as the loud, violent, smirking films of Michael Bay.

Written and directed by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creative forces behind "South Park," "Team America" is presented almost entirely with sophisticated marionette puppets (not counting one menacing black cat) as it tells the story of Team America, an elite special forces group that uses whatever tools are at its disposal to dispatch with the terrorists enlisted by North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Il … and to get a gang of anti-war Hollywood progressives off their back. "Team America" plays like "Armageddon," only if it were 10 times more ridiculously violent, had explicit bedroom scenes, and featured multiple musical numbers.

  • Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Kristen Miller
  • Director: Trey Parker and Matt Stone
  • Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Rating: R

Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans

Trollhunters crew together

From the staggering imagination of Guillermo del Toro, "Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans" hit Netflix in 2021, bringing the epic "Tales of Arcadia" saga to a satisfying conclusion. Granted, you’ll have to be familiar with the TV series "Trollhunters," "3Below," and "Wizards" to truly appreciate this gem, but once you’re up to speed, you’ll be sitting on the edge of your seat as all your favorite heroes take on the Arcane Order and try to save the world from the — you guessed it — rise of the titans. With voice work from beloved figures like Steven Yeun, Nick Offerman, Tatiana Maslany, Kelsey Grammer, and Diego Luna, this is a truly magical adventure for the whole family.

  • Starring: Emile Hirsch, Lexi Medrano, Charlie Saxton
  • Directors: Johane Matte, Andrew L. Schmidt, Francisco Ruiz Velaco
  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 106 minutes
  • Rating: TV-Y7


Vivo performing

Lin-Manuel Miranda is having one heck of a 2021. Between the marvelous film adaptation of his stage musical "In the Heights," his latest song contributions to the upcoming Disney feature "Encanto," and his feature directorial debut "Tick, Tick… Boom!," the multi-award-winning composer/performer is inescapable in his artistic pursuits. Now, you can add "Vivo" to that list — a charming new animated feature from Sony Pictures Animation about the titular kinkajou (voiced by Miranda), a musical mammal prodigy who must travel from the streets of Havana to the heart of Miami, Florida. With songs penned by Miranda himself and featuring a supporting cast including Zoe Saldana, Brian Tyree Henry, and Gloria Estefan, "Vivo" is another delightful entry in the remarkable year of Lin-Manuel Miranda.

  • Starring: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Zoe Saldana, Brian Tyree Henry
  • Director: Kirk DeMicco
  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Rating: PG

White Fang

Still from White Fang

One of the most widely read and enduring books published by early 20th-century novelist Jack London, "White Fang" is told from the point of view of a young wolf pup, and this all-animated adaptation (that looks like a living painting) faithfully adheres to the source material. After finding himself separated from his mother in the wild, the little wolfdog sets off on a journey of discovery and adventure, adopted into an Indigenous community as a sled dog, stolen and forced into a fighting ring, then freed and rescued by a the human who will become his closest ally.

  • Starring: Nick Offerman, Rashida Jones, Paul Giamatti
  • Director: Alexandre Espigares
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 87 minutes
  • Rating: NR

The Willoughbys

The four Willoughby children.

A charmingly bizarre Netflix film that may have gone under the radar for some, "The Willoughbys," based on the book of the same name by Lois Lowry, follows four wayward children and the parents who would give anything to have a life without them. In an effort to rid themselves of their vicious parents, the Willoughby children arrange to send them on a "dream vacation" to the most dangerous destinations on the planet where nothing but hilarity ensues. Crafted with a gorgeous and fun animation style, and filled to the brim with memorable voice performances, "The Willoughbys" is a delightful and deadly journey worth taking.

  • Starring: Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Alessia Cara
  • Director: Kris Pearn
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Rating: PG

Wish Dragon

Wish Dragon smiling

Sony Pictures Animation is having a rather busy 2021, with "The Mitchells vs. the Machines" already wowing audiences earlier this year and another "Hotel Transylvania" film ready to delight audiences in theaters in just a few months. Not to be forgotten, though, is "Wish Dragon," a charming new film about a young man who finds a dragon in a teapot and has three wishes all to himself. Even if you think the whole three wishes story device isn’t so fresh anymore, the film’s take on the "genie" legend — mixed with a lush, rich color palette — provides some much needed new perspectives in this not-to-be-missed animated adventure.

  • Starring: Jimmy Wong, John Cho, Constance Wu
  • Director: Chris Appelhans
  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Rating: PG