The Lion King Has Been Voted Best Animated Movie Of All Time | TOTUM
Eric BlairJuly 21st

In news that’s likely to cause some heated debate, The Lion King has been named the UK’s favourite animated movie of all time, according to new national research.

The study, carried out by Showcase Cinemas to celebrate the release of DC League of Super-Pets on July 29th, saw Simba, Scar, Poomba and friends take 12% of the vote, narrowly beating Pixar classic Toy Story and 1967’s TheJungle Book - both of which secured 10% of the vote. 

Elsewhere, almost a quarter of people (24%) named Cruella de Vil, the antagonist from Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, as the number one villain in an animated movie, while The Lion King’s Scar came in second with 21%, and Gru (20%), from the Despicable Me franchise rounded off the top three.


Animated movies have for a long time been a source of comedy for not only children, but the whole family. Fantasy flick Shrek (14%)was named the funniest animated movie of all time, while Donkey (18%) was named the UK’s favourite character from an animated movie.

New release DC League of Super-Pets introduces audiences to the latest legion of DC superheroes. As the Justice League is captured by supervillains Lulu and Lex Luthor, Superman’s loyal Labrador Krypto, voiced by Dwayne Johnson, puts together a rag-tag team of super pets in an attempt to save the day.

A stellar cast will hit the big screen in DC League of Pets, with the Johnson’s voice appearing alongside fellow Hollywood A-listers Kevin Hart, John Krasinski, Kate McKinnon and Keanu Reeves.


Many of Tinseltown’s biggest stars have put their voice to work behind animation, and Tom Hanks as sheriff Woody inToy Story who a third (33%) of the UK named their favourite voice performance of all time. One of cinema’s most iconic voices, James Earl Jones (30%) took second spot for his performance as Mufasa in The Lion King, while Steve Carell (25%) as Despicable Me supervillain Gru landed in third.

Mark Barlow, UK General Manager for Showcase Cinemas, said: “Animated movies continue to be be extremely popular with guests of all ages, delivering so many iconic characters, moments and voice performances.

“Our survey is evidence of this, with a huge 86% of adults responding that they enjoy watching animated movies.


“And with a stellar Hollywood voice cast behind it, DC League of Super-Pets is sure to be another hit with families up and down the country.”

DC League of Super-Pets hits the big screen on July 29, and for more information and to book tickets, head to the Showcase Cinemas website:

Top ten animated movies of all time:

  1. The Lion King (12%)

  2. Toy Story (10%)

  3. The Jungle Book (10%)

  4. Shrek (9%)

  5. Frozen (7%)

  6. Despicable Me (7%)

  7. Moana (6%)

  8. Bambi (6%)

  9. Beauty And The Beast (6%)

  10. Kung Fu Panda (5%)

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