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20 Best Animation movies like Hotel Transylvania (2012)

List of the best animation movies like Hotel Transylvania (2012): Soul, Bunnicula, Happy Family, Mad Monster Party?, ParaNorman, Zombillenium, The One and Only Ivan, The Amazing World of Gumball, Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright, Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster.

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Markimdb: 8.1
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, adventure, family, family, cartoon, cartoon, short, music
CountryUSA
CharactersMusicians, Family
PlotAdventure, Life after death, Music, Art, Meaning of life
StyleFor children, Popular, Exciting, Soulful, Philosophical

Joe Gardner is a middle school teacher with a love for jazz music. After a successful gig at the Half Note Club, he suddenly gets into an accident that separates his soul from his body and is transported to the You Seminar, a center in which souls develop and gain passions before being transported to a newborn child. Joe must enlist help from the other souls-in-training, like 22, a soul who has spent eons in the You Seminar, in order to get back to Earth.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrehorror, fantasy, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon, short
CountryUSA, Philippines, India, United Kingdom
CharactersVampire, Dogs, Monsters, Rabbits, Dracula
PlotAdventure, Superpowers, Supernatural
StyleLight, By books, Fascinating

A dark comedic adventure about the titular Bunnicula, a vampire rabbit, Mina, his owner, and her two pets, Chester the cat and Harold the dog. Instead of blood, Bunnicula feeds on carrots to sustain himself which gives him super abilities which come in handy on his and his friends escapades. The series is based on the book series of the same title by James Howe and Deborah Howe.

Markimdb: 4.8
Genrehorror, comedy, family, cartoon
CountryGermany, United Kingdom
Duration01:29
CharactersVampire, Witch, Werewolf, Family, Dracula
PlotAdventure, Life, Mummies, Supernatural, Happiness
PlaceAircraft, Deserts, London, Hotels, New York
StyleRomantic, Light

The Wishbone family is far from happy. With a struggling bookshop, an overworked husband, and two misunderstood teenagers, Emma is at her wit's end trying to be the perfect mom. After dragging her family to a costume party on Halloween night, they are cursed by an evil witch and transformed into a Vampire, a Mummy, a Werewolf, and Frankenstein's monster. Now Emma will fight to keep her Monster Family together and uncover the secret of their curse... eventually leading them to the Prince of Darkness himself, Dracula!

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrefantasy, comedy, musical, family, cartoon
CountryUSA
Duration01:34
CharactersZombie, Vampire, Werewolf, Monsters, Family
PlotMummies, Supernatural
PlaceIslands
StyleFancy

When Dr Frankenstein decides to retire from the monster-making business, he calls an international roster of monsters to a creepy convention to elect his successor. Everyone is there including Dracula, The Werewolf, The Creature, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde and many more. But Frankenstein's title is not all that is at stake. The famous doctor has also discovered the secret of total destruction that must not fall into the wrong hands!

Markimdb: 7
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:32
CharactersZombie, Witch, Monsters, Heroes, Family
PlotSuperpowers, Friendship, Supernatural, Curses, Ghosts
PlaceSchool, Small cities
StyleFancy, Black humor, Creepy, Gothic

In the town of Blithe Hollow, Norman Babcock is a boy who can speak to the dead, but no one besides his eccentric new friend, Neil, believes his ability is real. One day, Norman's estranged eccentric uncle tells him of an important annual ritual he must take up to protect the town from an curse cast by a witch it condemned centuries ago. Eventually, Norman decides to cooperate, but things don't go according to plan. Now, a magic storm of the witch threatens Blithe Hollow as the accursed dead rise. Together with unexpected new companions, Norman struggles to save his town, only to discover the horrific truth of the curse. With that insight, Norman must resolve the crisis for good as only he can.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrehorror, fantasy, comedy, family, cartoon
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration01:52
CharactersZombie, Vampire, Witch, Werewolf, Monsters
PlotSupernatural, Witchcraft, Ghosts, Rivalry
PlaceSchool, Party, Cemetery, Small cities
TimeHalloween
StyleExciting, Light, Fascinating

Zombillenium, the Halloween theme park, happens to be the one place on earth where real monsters can hide in plain sight. When Hector, a human, threatens to disclose the true identity of his employees, the Vampire Park Manager has no other choice but to hire him. To see his daughter, Hector must escape from his Zombies and Werewolves coworkers.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrefantasy, comedy, comedy, adventure, family, family, cartoon
CountryUSA
CharactersMonkeys, Artists, Good people
PlotOn real events, Friendship
PlaceCircus
StyleKind

Ivan is a 400-pound silverback gorilla who shares a communal habitat in a suburban shopping mall with Stella the elephant, Bob the dog, and various other animals. He has few memories of the jungle where he was captured, but when a baby elephant named Ruby arrives, it touches something deep within him. Ruby is recently separated from her family in the wild, which causes him to question his life, where he comes from and where he ultimately wants to be.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon, short
CountryUnited Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, USA, Germany, Japan, France
CharactersTeens, Dinosaurs, Teachers, Family, Friends
PlotLife, Friendship, Ghosts, Family life
PlaceSchool
StyleFancy

The life of Gumball Watterson, a 12-year old cat who attends middle school in Elmore. Accompanied by his pet, adoptive brother, and best friend Darwin Watterson, he frequently finds himself involved in various shenanigans around the city, during which he interacts with various family members: Anais, Richard, and Nicole Watterson, and other various citizens.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrehorror, fantasy, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:15
CharactersDogs, Monsters, Family, Friends, Partners
PlotAdventure, Friendship, Mystery
PlaceHotels
StyleExciting, Fascinating

Join Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and the Mystery Inc. crew as they head to Chicago for Talent Star, a hit talent show in which Fred and Daphne are finalists with some high hopes. Unlucky for them, the competition is frightful as the show is being broadcast from an opera house with a history of horrors and a particularly vengeful phantom that has cursed the show's production.

Markimdb: 4.9
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon, detective
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:25
CharactersDogs, Heroes, Family, Friends
PlotAdventure, Investigation
PlaceCaves

Scooby-Doo and the gang are on the case when a mysterious lake monster starts scaring the guests at a summer resort in Erie Point, where Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy have taken on seasonal jobs to pay for a barn they accidentally burned down. But in addition to sneaking suspicions, there's some romance in the air.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, fantasy, comedy, melodrama, musical, adventure, cartoon, music
CountryUSA
CharactersZombie, Vampire, Aliens, Werewolf, Monsters
PlotTravel, Superpowers, Death, Supernatural, Rivalry
TimeHalloween
StyleFancy

The Haunted World of El Superbeasto is an animated comedy that also combines elements of a horror and thriller film. It is based upon the comic book series created by Rob Zombie that follows the character of El Superbeasto and his sexy sidekick sister, Suzi-X, voiced by Sheri Moon, as they confront an evil villain by the name of Dr. Satan.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryUSA
Duration01:36
CharactersFamily, Troll, Friends, Losers, Orphans
PlotAdventure, Friendship
PlaceCaves
StyleExciting, Steampunk, Atmospheric, Fancy

An orphaned boy raised by underground creatures called Boxtrolls comes up from the sewers and out of his box to save his family and the town from the evil exterminator, Archibald Snatcher.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrefantasy, comedy, musical, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryUSA
Duration02:08
CharactersDragons, Family, Friends, Orphans
PlotAdventure, Friendship
PlaceSmall cities
StyleTo cry, Touching

Pete, a young orphan, runs away to a Maine fishing town with his best friend a lovable, sometimes invisible dragon named Elliott! When they are taken in by a kind lighthouse keeper, Nora, and her father, Elliott's prank playing lands them in big trouble. Then, when crooked salesmen try to capture Elliott for their own gain, Pete must attempt a daring rescue.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryUSA
Duration01:20
CharactersDragons, Heroes, Family
PlotAdventure, Obsession
PlaceParallel worlds
StyleTouching, Beautiful landscapes

Tyler knows a lot about accidents. So much so, he is scared to do anything that might endanger him, like riding his bike, or climbing into his treehouse. While in an old library, he is mystically transported into the unknown world of books, and he has to try and get home again.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genrehorror, fantasy, comedy, family, cartoon, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:53
CharactersZombie, Dogs, Monsters, Friends
PlotAdventure, Investigation, Mummies, Chase, Mystery
PlaceLighthouse, USA
StyleFascinating

Oooh Hollywood! The glitz, the glam...the Headless Horseman?! Join your favorite K-9 sleuth, Scooby-Doo, along with Shaggy and the Mystery Inc. gang as they find themselves in a tinsel-town twist! While on a VIP tour of the legendary Brickton Studios, Scooby and friends get a first-hand experience of the rumored hauntings when classic movie monsters drop in for a creepy casting call. There's only one way to solve this thriller and save the aging studio - it's Mystery Inc's movie magic time! Grab your Scooby Snacks and hop in the director's chair for this all-new LEGO® movie!

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon, short
CountryUSA
Duration00:17
CharactersDragons, Vikings, Heroes, Family, Friends
PlotFriendship
StyleExciting, To cry

So you want to be a dragon trainer do you? Prepare yourself for adventure, excitement and training as Hiccup, Astrid, Toothless and Gobber tell the legend behind the Book of Dragons and reveal insider training secrets about new, never-before-seen dragons.

Markimdb: 4.8
Genrefantasy, comedy, musical, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryFrance, United Kingdom, Germany, China, Canada, USA
CharactersDinosaurs, Robots, Pirates, Knights, Cowboys
PlotLove, Adventure, Friendship, Toys
PlaceLighthouse
StyleFascinating

Marla is forced to abandon her carefully structured life to embark on an epic journey to find her younger brother Charlie who has disappeared into the vast and wondrous animated world of Playmobil toys.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genrefantasy, comedy, musical, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, India
Duration01:23
CharactersHeroes, Family, Elves, Santa Claus, Inventors
PlotLove, Time travel, Adventure
TimeNew Year
StyleExciting, Fancy

A lowly stable elf finds that he is the only one who can stop an invasion of the North Pole by using the secret of Santa's Sleigh, a TimeGlobe, to travel back in time to Save Santa - twice.

Markimdb: 5.3
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryUSA, Belgium, Canada
Duration01:45
CharactersFamily, Friends
PlotAdventure, Chase, Birthday, Rivalry
PlaceFrance, Hotels, New York
StyleCute

The evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants, and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs, Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world¹s greatest sorcerer. It's up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her! Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, find a new connection with the Naughties Vexy and Hackus or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is True Blue?

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon, short, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:17
CharactersDragons, Vikings, Heroes, Family
PlotAdventure, Travel, Rivalry
PlaceIslands
StyleExciting

The film follows Hiccup and his young fellows accompanying their mentor, Gobber, on a quest to kill the legendary Boneknapper Dragon. An extra that accompanies the film "How to Train Your Dragon".

Markimdb: 7.8
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon, short
CountryUSA
CharactersFamily
PlotAdventure, Friendship, Loneliness, Dreams
PlaceOffice
StyleInspirational

This is the story of the internal struggle between a man’s Brain—a pragmatic protector who calculates his every move, and his Heart—a free-spirited adventurer who wants to let loose.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryRussia
CharactersWolves, Heroes, Family, Brides
PlotLove, Adventure, Friendship, Happiness
StyleLight

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Markimdb: 7.1
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Republic of Ireland, France, Canada
Duration01:37
CharactersFamily, Elves, Santa Claus
PlotAdventure, Magic, Snow, Holidays
TimeNew Year
StyleExciting, Touching

Each Christmas, Santa and his vast army of highly trained elves produce gifts and distribute them around the world in one night. However, when one of 600 million children to receive a gift from Santa on Christmas Eve is missed, it is deemed ‘acceptable’ to all but one – Arthur. Arthur Claus is Santa’s misfit son who executes an unauthorized rookie mission to get the last present half way around the globe before dawn on Christmas morning.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryUSA, Japan
Duration01:30
CharactersDragons, Heroes, Family, Friends, Cats
PlotAdventure, Travel, Magic, Friendship
StyleExciting

A bored and domesticated Shrek pacts with deal-maker Rumpelstiltskin to get back to feeling like a real ogre again, but when he's duped and sent to a twisted version of Far Far Away—where Rumpelstiltskin is king, ogres are hunted, and he and Fiona have never met—he sets out to restore his world and reclaim his true love.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrethriller, fantasy, comedy, musical, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryUSA, Canada, United Kingdom, Cayman Islands
Duration01:43
CharactersFamily, Gnomes
PlotAdventure, Friendship, Supernatural, Moving
PlaceSchool
StyleLight, Cute, Fascinating

When Chloe discovers that her new home's garden gnomes are not what they seem, she must decide between the pursuit of a desired high school life and taking up the fight against the Troggs.

Markimdb: 7
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon, short
CountryUSA
Duration00:05
CharactersFamily, Friends
PlotAdventure, Friendship
PlaceScotland
StyleFascinating, Fancy, Touching

A legendary and friendly creature named Nessie lives happily in a small pond with her friend MacQuack, a rubber duck. When a rich developer takes the pond and land surrounding it to build a miniature golf course, Nessie is forced to search for a new home.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, fantasy, comedy, melodrama, drama, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryUSA, Japan
Duration02:26
CharactersAnimals, Dragons, Heroes, Friends, Hunters
PlotLove, Adventure, Abduction, Revenge, Fight
PlaceVillage, Ocean
StyleFor children, Exciting, Cute, Fascinating, Touching

As Hiccup fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless’ discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the Night Fury away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup’s reign as village chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrefantastic, action, fantasy, comedy, drama, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryUSA
Duration01:37
CharactersHeroes, Family, Fairies, Santa Claus, Friends
PlotAdventure, Friendship, Saving the World, Dreams, Holidays
PlaceUSA
TimeNew Year
StyleExciting, Touching

When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrefantasy, comedy, family, cartoon
CountryUSA
Duration01:14
CharactersHeroes, Family, Friends, Losers, Partners
PlotAdventure, Life, Friendship, Fulfillment of desires, Family life
PlaceSchool
StyleFancy

Meet Spot, a clever little dog with big dreams of becoming a real boy. When Spot finds out that a crazy scientist can make his wish come true, he takes a cross-country trek with Leonard, his best friend and master, and their mom. However, Dr. Krank's experiments are a little less than perfect, and it will take Leonard and his pet pals to right this genetic wrong.

Markimdb: 5
Genrefantasy, comedy, musical, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryUSA, China, Canada, Thailand
Duration01:23
CharactersFamily, Friends
PlotTime travel, Adventure, Travel, Friendship
StyleLight, Fascinating

In the adorably different town of Uglyville, weirdness is celebrated, strangeness is special and beauty is embraced as more than meets the eye. After traveling to the other side of a mountain, Moxy and her UglyDoll friends discover Perfection -- a town where more conventional dolls receive training before entering the real world to find the love of a child.





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