Top 5 best animated sequels of all time

Top 5 Best Animated Sequels of All Time

Check out the following list of the best-animated sequels released over the years.

Animated films have long been a favorite genre among both children and adults. These films are created with a great deal of dedication and time to ensure that the design and animation perfectly complement each other and that the story and character arcs work well together. 

We’re all aware of how difficult it is to create a sequel that meets and exceeds expectations and justifies the previous film. The films listed below are some of the most beloved and classic sequels ever made. With the added pressure of creating a sequel that meets the fan’s expectations as they return to this universe. These beloved characters, after a long absence, these sequels have met those goals.

They have had a lasting effect on the animated movies that will be coming in the future on how to build a good franchise that inspires viewers and animators around the world. To save you from being spent by the dozens of debatable movies lying on the waiting list out there in toon-land, we’ve compiled a list of 5 of the best-animated sequels ever made. 

The Incredibles 2 (2018)

Top 5 Best Animated Sequels of All Time
Credit: Pixar Studios
  • Director: Brad Bird
  • Writer: Brad Bird
  • Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, and Sarah Vowell
  • Runtime: 1h 58m 
  • IMDb Rating: 7.6 / 10 


In Incredibles 2, everyone’s favorite superhero family returns – but this time, Helen takes center stage, leaving Bob at home with Violet and Dash to deal with the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a difficult transition for everyone, made more difficult because the family is still unaware of baby Jack developing Jack’s superpowers. 

When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous scheme, the Incredibles and Frozone must find a way to work together again — which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.

Check out the trailer below: 

Incredibles 2 Official Trailer

Despicable Me 2 (2013) 

Top 5 Best Animated Sequels of All Time
Credit: Universal Pictures
  • Directors: Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud
  • Writers: Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio
  • Stars: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, and Benjamin Bratt
  • Runtime: 1h 38m 
  • IMDb Rating: 7.3 / 10 


When Gru, the world’s most badass turned super-dad, is recruited by a team of officials to stop lethal muscle and a slew of Gru’s own, he must fight back with new gadgetry, cars, and even more minion madness.

Check out the trailer below: 

Despicable Me 2 - Trailer 2

Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) 

Top 5 Best Animated Sequels of All Time
Credit: Fox Studios
  • Director: Carlos Saldanha
  • Writers: Peter Gaulke, Gerry Swallow, and Jim Hecht
  • Stars: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, and Denis Leary
  • Runtime: 1h 31m
  • IMDb Rating: 6.8 / 10 


Manny, Sid, and Diego realize the ice age is coming to an end and join everyone on a journey to higher ground. They discover that Manny is not the last wooly mammoth during the trip.

Check out the trailer below: 

Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers

Shrek 2 (2004) 

Top 5 Best Animated Sequels of All Time
Credit: DreamWorks Pictures
  • Directors: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon
  • Writers: William Steig, Andrew Adamson, and Joe Stillman
  • Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz
  • Runtime: 1h 33m 
  • IMDb Rating: 7.3 / 10 


Shrek and Fiona travel to the Kingdom of Far Far Away to celebrate their marriage, where Fiona’s parents are King and Queen. When they arrive, they discover that they are not as welcome as they had hoped.

Check out the trailer below: 

Shrek 2 (2004) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers

Toy Story 2 (1999) 

Top 5 Best Animated Sequels of All Time
Credit: Walt Disney Studios
  • Directors: John Lasseter, Ash Brannon, and Lee Unkrich
  • Writers: John Lasseter, Pete Docter, and Ash Brannon
  • Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and Joan Cusack
  • Runtime: 1h 32m 
  • IMDb Rating: 7.9 / 10 


When a toy collector kidnaps Woody, Buzz and his friends embark on a rescue mission to save him before becoming a museum toy property, accompanied by his roundup gang Jessie, Prospector, and Bullseye.

Check out the trailer below: 

Toy Story 2 (1999) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers

This summer, binge-watch these mentioned classic animated sequels, and finally, cross them off your watchlist.