Check Out This List of Best Animated Movie Sequels Ever Made

We all love watching animated movies, and Hollywood keeps setting the bar higher every time an animation flick hits the big screen. However, let’s accept it – animated movies don’t always work well when it comes to sequels. Despite that, there are exceptions that have not only made more money than the first installment, but also garnered critical appreciation from critics and fans alike. Without any further ado, let’s check out the twenty best animated sequels ever made.


Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs 2

When a sequel to Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs was announced and later made, everyone was expecting a great sequel. Although it didn’t turn out to be that good, the movie satisfied the audiences, thanks to its colorful setting.



Winnie The Pooh

Quite the same way fans figured it out after way too long that Winnie the Pooh is actually a female, they also had no idea that there was an original Winnie The Pooh movie that came out in 1977, which was titled The Adventures of Winnie The Pooh.



Ice Story 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Ice Story 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs was everything that Toy Story 3 couldn’t turn out to be. The action scenes were phenomenal and the use of 3D was on point as well, making it a really entertaining “threequel”.



How to Train Your Dragon 2

When moviemakers take their time in making a sequel without rushing through with it, it often turns out to be good. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a classic example of that. The movie brings back the same old feelings of love, fears, longing, and an everlasting presence.



The Rescuers Down Under

This 90s classic was a great sequel to its predecessor. And while it may not be our favorite Disney movie, it certainly was a well-made film that was appreciated by critics and audiences alike. The movie specifically removed all those lame songs the original one had, and delivered a significant improvement over the first one.



Fantasia 2000

Fantasia was always intended to be an ongoing movie series, ever since its release in the 1940s. However, things didn’t quite pan out as Disney expected initially, and the sequel came out in 1999. This Disney flick turned out be quite a great successor, and its grand mixture of comedy, drama and lots of other things did actually work out for the better.



Monsters University

When makers of Monsters, Inc. decided to make a sequel, there was a high expectation from the audiences all over the world. Fortunately, the movie didn’t disappoint, and the Pixar churned out yet another adventure that everyone loved and appreciated.



How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Yet another installment of the How To Train Your Dragon franchise, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is expected to do even better than the previous installment, with it being the last and final part of the movie series.



Looney Tunes: Back In Action

With hilarious jokes and great plotline, Looney Tunes: Back in Action turned out be a decent sequel. The plotline of the movie revolves around the Looney Tunes helping DJ Drake in finding his kidnapped father.



The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

The first installment of the LEGO movie certainly did a decent job, but it was the second part that not only lived up to the expectations, but also improved upon several aspects of the original.



The Lego Batman Movie

The second movie in The Lego series, it firmly establishes that the first wasn’t really a fluke either. The movie is fast-paced, witty and quite smart in how it handles things; making it one of the best movies of the year.



Finding Dory

The 2016 sequel of Finding Dory was a big hit at the box office. The movie was beautifully voice-acted, and just like the original, it had a very emotionally satisfying storyline and had a ton of old (and new) lovable characters.



Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was a sleeper hit of the year. With an entertaining storyline that was packed with comedy, teachable moments and lots of surprises that kept the audiences entertained all throughout.



Toy Story 3

When Toy Story 3 was released, not many were expecting it to live up to the expectations. However, the movie proved them wrong and turned out to be quite an entertaining package that had hilarious moments, colorful settings, great action, and 3D too – all that was thoroughly loved by the audiences.



Toy Story 2

The second installment of Toy Story was a great entertainer as well, and met the expectations that people had from this movie after watching the original. The main reason behind this was really great writing that was witty, enchanting and even moving at times.



Rio 2

A movie that showcases love, family, and friendship, Rio 2 hits all the right notes at the right time, making it a really entertaining sequel to the original movie. The movie is quite well-paced, and except for the couple songs that break that pace, it does well and meets the expectations of the audience.



Despicable Me 2

When Despicable Me 2 hit the theatres, we weren’t really expecting this good of a movie from the makers. The thing that works in its favor is the fact that it had a heart, and the romance was really appreciated by the audiences all over the world.



Kung Fu Panda 2

Another masterpiece from DreamWorks studio, Kung Fu Panda 2 could have possibly gone wrong through so many ways. Yet, the makers did what was expected of them, and churned out a sequel that not only did great box office numbers, but was also appreciated by the critics.



Shrek 2

The makers did put in their craft to use by bringing us another Shrek and Fiona adventure that keeps the audience engaged throughout the movie. The movie also did well at the box office, collecting over $920 million worldwide.



The Incredibles 2

The Incredibles 2 did actually turn out to be quite an incredible experience for movie watchers. It ended up living up to everyone’s attention – a rare feat – apart from ensuring that the joy, adventure, and pathos of the original were maintained.