There's still a weird, ignorant stigma that animation is just kids' stuff, but oftentimes, it is just as captivating, impressive and entertaining as any live-action movie. You want proof? Check out what we named as the best movie of 2010.

This year, three movies will compete for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. And while all three movies are worthy of praise, we can't help feeling that the Oscars could have done more. The award for Best Animated Feature didn't begin until 2001, and due to the way the rules are structured, usually only three movies get acknowledged. That just isn't enough.

We thought it was time to honor the impact animation has made in the world of film, with a fun look at what could have been. In our alternate history, beloved classics, genius voices and the kings of animation would have been receiving awards for decades, side by side with their "real" counterparts. To see how different the world of movies could have been, check out our list of animation history's Oscar winners.
Pinocchio
G1940
In Theaters on February 7th, 1940

Jiminy Cricket tells the story of a wooden puppet who gets a chance to become a real boy. Read More

Watership Down
PG1978
In Theaters on November 1st, 1978

Courageous rabbits embark on a perilous journey to a new home in this adaptation of the novel. Read More

Spirited Away
PG2001
Based on 37 critics

Lost in a forest, a 10-year-old girl (Daveigh Chase) meets animals, ghosts and weird creatures. Read More

December 4, 2016
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The Brave Little Toaster
Not Yet Rated1987
In Theaters on July 10th, 1987

Five household appliances join forces to search for the young owner of their abandoned summer cabin. Read More

Finding Nemo
G2003
Based on 38 critics

A clown fish (Albert Brooks) searches for his son (Alexander Gould). Read More

December 4, 2016
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Transformers: The Movie
PG1986
In Theaters on August 8th, 1986

Ultra Magnus and the Transformers fight planet Unicron and the Decepticons in 2005. Read More

Toy Story
G1995
Based on 26 critics

An action hero's arrival creates upset in a group of toys that comes to life when people are absent. Read More

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
G2005
Based on 38 critics

Wallace (Peter Sallis) and Gromit seek a veggie-eating beast. Read More

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
PG2005
Based on 35 critics

A man (Johnny Depp) weds a dead woman (Helena Bonham Carter) and sees the underworld. Read More

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
G1938
In Theaters on February 4th, 1938

A queen orders the huntsman to kill Snow White in the forest, but she meets the Seven Dwarfs there. Read More

Fantasia
G1940
In Theaters on January 6th, 1940

Disney animation set to classical music include Mickey Mouse as "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." Read More

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Sleeping Beauty
G1959
In Theaters on January 29th, 1959

Three good fairies and a handsome prince save Princess Aurora from a bad fairy's curse. Read More

Ratatouille
G2007
Based on 37 critics

A French rat (Patton Oswalt) enjoys good food and longs to become a chef. Read More

Persepolis
PG-132007
Based on 31 critics

An Iranian girl rebels against the fundamentalist takeover of her country. Read More

Fantastic Mr. Fox
PG2009
Based on 34 critics

After three nefarious farmers declare war on them, a sly fox and his animal friends fight back. Read More

Yellow Submarine
G1996
In Theaters on October 2nd, 1996

The Beatles take a musical trip to Pepperland to stop the green-toothed Blue Meanies. Read More

Akira
R1990
In Theaters on October 19th, 1990

A young biker poses problems for an ESP-driven military in 2019 Tokyo. Read More

Alice in Wonderland
G1951
In Theaters on July 26th, 1951

A little girl falls down a rabbit hole into a world of strange and magic creatures. Read More

The Jungle Book
G1967
In Theaters on October 18th, 1967

An Indian boy has adventures with jungle animal friends in Disney's adaptation of Kipling's stories. Read More

I Married a Strange Person
R1997
In Theaters on August 28th, 1998

Villains seek control of a strange neck lobe that makes a bridegroom's fantasies come true. Read More

Fantastic Planet
PG1973
In Theaters on October 9th, 1998

The 39-foot-tall pastel Draags keep leashes on the Oms, their tiny pets descended from humans. Read More

The Secret Of N.I.M.H.
G1982
In Theaters on June 20th, 1991

Supersmart rats, a crow and an owl help a widowed mouse and her brood. Read More

101 Dalmatians
G1961
In Theaters on January 25th, 1961

Two London dogs, the parents of a litter, must rescue 99 puppies from witchy Cruella De Vil. Read More

Beauty and the Beast
G1991
Based on 22 critics

A French maiden tells the enchanted beast who has captured her father that she will take his place. Read More

The Iron Giant
PG1999
Based on 27 critics

A Maine boy befriends a gentle, 50-foot robot with an insatiable appetite for metal. Read More

Perfect Blue
R1999
In Theaters on August 20th, 1999

A singer quits her band to become an actress and sheds her "good girl" image. Read More

Toy Story 2
G1999
Based on 34 critics

When a toy collector kidnaps Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the others band together to bring him home. Read More

Princess Mononoke
PG-131997
Based on 29 critics

A prince becomes involved in the struggle between a forest princess and encroaching mechanization. Read More

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December 3, 2016
11:55pm
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Boy Named Charlie Brown
G1969
In Theaters on June 10th, 1992

Woeful Chuck sees a chance to shine in the national elimination spelling bee. Read More

Aladdin
G1992
In Theaters on November 11th, 1992

A talkative genie grants the wishes of a Baghdad thief and a princess. Read More

February 17, 2017
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The Emperor's New Groove
G2000
Based on 28 critics

A peasant comes to the aid of an arrogant ruler after a conspirator turns him into a llama. Read More

December 4, 2016
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The Nightmare Before Christmas
PG1993
In Theaters on October 13th, 1993

The Pumpkin King of Halloweentown plans to kidnap Santa Claus and deliver chills instead of joy. Read More

December 8, 2016
7:00pm
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The Lion King
G1994
Based on 14 critics

Young Simba, son of Mufasa, must fight his wicked Uncle Scar to be king after his father is killed. Read More

Shrek
PG2001
Based on 34 critics

A monster (Mike Myers) and a donkey (Eddie Murphy) make a deal with a mean lord. Read More

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