10 Best French Animation Movies

Saturday, March 12 by Annette Smith

The 10 best French animation movies are listed below by order of release date. Featuring vivid color and amazing voice talents, these notable French animations are some of the most popular films ever produced in France. From the simple animation of the 1930s to the elaborate productions of today, here are ten of the very best.

  1. “The Story Of The Fox.” “The Story Of The Fox,” originally titled “Le roman de Renard,” is a 1930 French animation movie. One of the first feature films to use puppet animation, this stop-motion film is based on the Goethe tales of Renard the Fox.
  2. “Night On Bald Mountain.” “Night On Bald Mountain,” originally titled “Une nuit sur le mont chauve,” is a 1933 animation movie featuring animals, shapes, and things that go bump in the night. This French short film uses pinscreen animation to give the impression of animated engravings. 
  3. “The Girl And The Cellist.” “The Girl And The Cellist,” originally titled “La Demoiselle et le violoncelliste,” features French animation from 1965. The award-winning short film centers on a cellist who does battle as he rescues a girl from the sea
  4. “Asterix The Gaul.” “Asterix the Gaul,” originally titled “Astérix le Gaulois,” is a 1967 French-Belgian project. The action-adventure film follows Asterix as he battles the Roman legions, with the help of his friends and a magic potion. Roger Carel, Jacques Morel, and Pierre Tornade star in the film.
  5. “Asterix And Cleopatra.” “Asterix And Cleopatra,” originally titled “Astérix et Cleopatra,” is the 1968 sequel to “Asterix The Gaul.” In this French animation movie, Asterix travels to ancient Egypt to help Cleopatra build a summer home. The film features Roger Carel, Micheline Dax, and Jacques Morel.
  6. “Fantastic Planet.” “Fantastic Planet,” originally titled “La planète sauvage,” is a 1973 animated movie based on a Stefan Wul novel. A collaboration between France and Czechoslovakia, the award-winning sci-fi film features the voices of Jennifer Drake, Jean Topart, and Eric Baugin.
  7. “Time Masters.” “Time Masters,” originally titled “Les maîtres du temps,” is another animation movie based on a Stefan Wul novel. The 1982 French film follows a small boy alone on a desert planet inhabited by killer hornets. Michel Elias, Jean Valmont, and Frédéric Legros lend their voices to the film. 
  8. “Kirikou And The Sorceress.” “Kirikou And The Sorceress,” originally titled “Kirikou et la sorcière,” is a 1998 French-Belgian animation drawn from West African folk tales. It features a very special boy named Kirikou. Doudou Gueye Thiaw, Awa Sene Sarr, and Maimouna N'Diaye star in the film.  
  9. “The Triplets of Belleville.” “The Triplets of Belleville,” originally titled “Les triplettes de Belleville,” is a surreal adventure story about an elderly woman raising her young grandson. She teams with his puppy and an old song-and-dance team to rescue the boy when he is kidnapped during the Tour de France. This 2003 film features retro animation and the voices of Jean-Claude Donda, Michèle Caucheteux, and Michel Robin.
  10. “Kirikou And The Wild Beasts.” “Kirikou And The Wild Beasts,” originally titled “Kirikou et les bêtes sauvages,” is the 2005 sub-story to “Kirikou And The Sorceress.” This anthology film features several short segments, each describing Kirikou’s actions with different animals. Pierre-Ndoffé Sarr, Awa Sene Sarr, and Robert Liensol offer their voice talents.
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