Since most animated movies tend to elicit at least a couple of laughs, it’s not difficult to assume that virtually all examples of the genre could be ranked as comedies. But if you really think about it, the majority of such movies contain too many other elements – drama, adventure, etc – to be considered a comedy first and something else second. As such, the following list contains what we believe to be the flat-out funniest animated films of all time:
1. 'The Emperor’s New Groove' (2000)
There are few animated movies that can claim as many belly laughs as The Emperor’s New Groove, as the Disney production, which features hilarious voice work from David Spade and Patrick Warburton, tells the off-the-wall story of an Emperor who is transformed into a llama by his conniving advisor. From sidekick Kronk’s ability to speak to squirrels to protagonist Kuzco’s “no touchy” catchphrase, The Emperor’s New Groove boasts an incredible number of hilarious one-liners and sight gags that ensure the viewer is kept in stitches from start to finish.
Funniest Line: [Said by Yzma after Kronk accidentally sends her into an alligator pit] “Why do we even have that lever?”
2. 'Shrek' (2001)
DreamWorks Animation’s first stab at computer animation remains their funniest, as Shrek does to fairy tales what Airplane! did to disaster movies and The Naked Gun did to cop thrillers. Featuring now-indelible voice work from Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz, Shrek does a fantastic job of skewering the various conventions that have been popularized by such Disney cartoons as Sleeping Beauty and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs over the years – which ensures that the film ultimately works as both a satire of such movies and as a satisfying example of the genre.
Funniest Line: [Said by Donkey after he’s sprinkled with fairy dust] “You might have seen a housefly, maybe even a Super Fly, but I bet you ain't never seen a donkey fly!”
3. 'Aladdin' (1992)
Robin Williams’ frenetic, consistently hilarious performance in Aladdin has justifiably become one of the most well-known in all animation history, as the actor brings his notoriously fast-talking style to the genre with an ease that’s nothing short of remarkable. The Oscar-winning actor offers up dead-on impressions of everyone from Jack Nicholson to Rodney Dangerfield to Robert De Niro, and it’s certainly not surprising to note that Aladdin has come to be associated more with Williams' scene-stealing work rather than, for example, its love story or its songs.
Funniest Line: [Said by Genie after first meeting Aladdin] “Aladdin! Hello, Aladdin. Nice to have you on the show. Can we call you Al, or maybe just Din? Or, how 'bout Laddie?”
Given that The Simpsons has long-since established itself as one of the funniest television shows ever to hit the airwaves (animated or live action), it’s certainly not surprising that its big-screen upgrade maintains the incredibly high standard set by the show during its seemingly unstoppable run. The off-kilter storyline, which follows the various residents of Springfield as they find themselves trapped underneath a huge dome, exists primarily as a springboard for a series of hilarious one-liners, jokes, and sight gags, and, unlike the South Park movie, the film also manages to satisfy both long-time fans and newcomers alike.
Funniest Line: [Said by Ralph Wiggum after Bart skateboards by naked] “I like men now!”
Perhaps the funniest stop-motion animated film of all time, Fantastic Mr. Fox follows several woodland creatures (including George Clooney’s titular animal) as they band together to fight a trio of aggressive farmers. Director Wes Anderson, in adapting Roald Dahl’s beloved novel, transplants his notoriously off-kilter sensibilities to the animated realm with consistently smashing results, as the movie boasts a free-wheeling and frequently hilarious atmosphere that’s heightened by the efforts of an impressive voice cast (which includes Jason Schwartzman, Meryl Streep, and Bill Murray).
Funniest Line: [Said by Kylie after Mr. Fox rambles on about existentialism] "I don't know what you're talking about, but it sounds illegal."