The 14 Most Adorable Animated Animals

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Belt from 'The Croods'
Belt from 'The Croods'
20th Century Fox
The latest CG adventure from Dreamworks Animation evolves a father/daughter drama story out of the vivid world of cavemen. It also takes every opportunity it gets to feature another adorable cartoon animal. The one at the center of the story is Belt, a sloth who earned his name by actually working as a belt for the main character, Guy. He gives new meaning to the phrase "cute belt." {Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox}
2
Wheezy from 'Toy Story'
Wheezy from 'Toy Story'
Pixar/Disney
Pixar is known for rich storytelling and stunning visuals, but they never falter when it comes to adorable animals. From their first stab at feature animation with 1995's Toy Story, Pixar was getting it right. Wheezy is the Droopy Dog for today's generation. {Photo Credit: Pixar/Disney}
3
Totoro from 'My Neighbor Totoro'
Totoro from 'My Neighbor Totoro'
Studio Ghibli
Building off the techniques that turned Hello Kitty into a cultural icon, Hayao Miyazaki's bear/rabbit/plush toy hybrid warmed hearts in 1988 and continues to make us feel warm and fuzzy inside. Totoro competes against a smiling Cat Bus in Miyazaki's war-themed animated film, so that's saying something. {Photo Credit: Studio Ghibli}
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Pascal from 'Tangled'
Pascal from 'Tangled'
Disney
Lizards aren't normally the "adorable" type, but when your eyes are as big as Pascal's in Tangled, even scales and bumpy head formations start looking like something you just want to hug for an afternoon. {Photo Credit: Disney}
5
The Minions from 'Despicable Me'
The Minions from 'Despicable Me'
Universal Pictures
If you put Charlie Chaplin and a jelly bean into that splicing machine from The Fly, one of the Minions from Despicable Me would walk out. Actually, it might trip, fall down, then stand up with a big goofy grin on its face before going back to work. And we'd laugh and laugh and laugh. {Photo Credit: Universal Pictures}
6
Puss in Boots from Puss in Boots
Puss in Boots from Puss in Boots
Dreamworks Animation
Puss can wield a sword, perform acrobatics, and even ride a horse — but his deadliest weapon will always be his ability to turn adversaries into lip quivering zombies with a flash of his lost kitten eyes. You've won again, you dastardly feline! {Photo Credit: Dreamworks Animation}
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Dug from 'Up'
Dug from 'Up'
Pixar/Disney
He's Dug! He loves you! He has a funny joke to tell! Oh boy oh boy! He does not like the cone of shame! A ball! He can smell you! He loves you! {Photo Credit: Pixar/Disney}
8
Thumper from 'Bambi'
Thumper from 'Bambi'
Disney
Amazingly, the definition of cute hasn't changed much in the last 70 years. Even in 1942, animators knew how to make audiences "AWWWWWWWWWW." Thumber is here to prove it. {Photo Credit: Disney}
9
Toothless from 'How to Train Your Dragon'
Toothless from 'How to Train Your Dragon'
Dreamworks Animation
How to Train a Dragon was your typical "boy and his dog" story — except for the fact that this "dog" could fly and breathe fire. The common link: both canines and Toothless are capable of the deadly "puppy dog eyes." {Photo Credit: Dreamworks Animation}
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Shaun the Sheep from 'Wallace & Gromit's A Close Shave'
Shaun the Sheep from 'Wallace & Gromit's A Close Shave'
Aardman Animation
Shaun made such an impact in the short run time of Wallace and Gromit's third adventure, A Close Shave, that the claymation maestros at Aardman spun him off into his own TV series. A natural fluff goes a long way. {Photo Credit: Aardman Animation}
11
Baby Po from 'Kung Fu Panda 2'
Baby Po from 'Kung Fu Panda 2'
Dreamworks Animation
Jack Black's vocal slapstick techniques turned Po into a memorable character in the first Kung Fu Panda. In the sequel, the filmmakers upped the ante and overloaded our brains with cute by flashbacking to Po's days as a toddler. If he had sneezed, we would never have recovered. {Photo Credit: Dreamworks Animation}
12
Young Cats from 'Aristocats'
Young Cats from 'Aristocats'
Disney
Just beating out the scrappy puppies from '101 Dalmatians,' the trio of young kittens in Aristocats are everything we want in adorable cartoon animals. They're hand-drawn balls of fur with attitudes. Getting into trouble has never looked more angelic. {Photo Credit: Disney}
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Ponyo from 'Ponyo'
Ponyo from 'Ponyo'
Studio Ghibli
Miyazaki's spin on 'The Little Mermaid' fits into the it's-so-weird-it's-cute category. Is Ponyo a fish? Is she a girl? Is she both? Whatever, she's precious. {Photo Credit: Studio Ghibli}
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Dog Ottoman from 'Beauty and the Beast'
Dog Ottoman from 'Beauty and the Beast'
Disney
We hope whomever came up with the Dog Ottoman was given a major promotion. {Photo Credit: Disney}

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