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.
Toy Story Movie Poster
Toy Story
Based on 26 critics

Woody (Tom Hanks), a good-hearted cowboy doll who belongs to a young boy named Andy (John Morris), sees... Read More

Yellow Submarine Movie Poster
Yellow Submarine
In Theaters on October 2, 1996

The music-loving inhabitants of Pepperland are under siege by the Blue Meanies, a nasty group of music-hating... Read More

Akira Movie Poster
In Theaters on January 1, 1988

In 1988 the Japanese government drops an atomic bomb on Tokyo after ESP experiments on children go awry.... Read More

The Jungle Book Movie Poster
The Jungle Book
In Theaters on 1967

In this classic Walt Disney animation based on Rudyard Kipling's book, Mowgli, an abandoned child raised... Read More

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The Secret of NIMH Movie Poster
The Secret of NIMH
In Theaters on June 20, 1991

Mrs. Brisby (Elizabeth Hartman), a widowed mouse, must move her children out of their home in a field... Read More

One Hundred and One Dalmatians Movie Poster
One Hundred and One Dalmatians
In Theaters on January 25, 1961

In a Disney animation classic, Dalmatian Pongo is tired of his bachelor-dog life. He spies lovely Perdita... Read More

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The Iron Giant Movie Poster
The Iron Giant
Based on 29 critics

In this animated adaptation of Ted Hughes' Cold War fable, a giant alien robot (Vin Diesel) crash-lands... Read More

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Toy Story 2
Based on 34 critics

Woody (Tom Hanks) is stolen from his home by toy dealer Al McWhiggin (Wayne Knight), leaving Buzz Lightyear... Read More

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Princess Mononoke
In Theaters on November 26, 1999

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

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A Boy Named Charlie Brown
In Theaters on June 10, 1992

When Charlie Brown (Peter Robbins) enters the school spelling bee, the perpetually crabby Lucy (Pamelyn... Read More

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Aladdin Movie Poster
In Theaters on November 25, 1992

When street rat Aladdin frees a genie from a lamp, he finds his wishes granted. However, he soon finds... Read More

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The Emperor's New Groove
Based on 28 critics

Arrogant young Emperor Kuzco is transformed into a llama by his power-hungry advisor -- the devious diva... Read More

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The Nightmare Before Christmas
Based on 30 critics

The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's beloved pumpkin king, who has... Read More

The Lion King Movie Poster
The Lion King
Based on 14 critics

This Disney animated feature follows the adventures of the young lion Simba (Zoe Leader), the heir of... Read More

Shrek Movie Poster
Based on 34 critics

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek (Mike Myers) whose precious solitude... Read More

Watership Down Movie Poster
Watership Down
In Theaters on November 1, 1978

When a young rabbit named Fiver (Richard Briers) has a prophetic vision that the end of his warren is... Read More

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Spirited Away
In Theaters on September 20, 2002

10-year-old Chihiro (Daveigh Chase) moves with her parents to a new home in the Japanese countryside.... Read More

The Brave Little Toaster Movie Poster
The Brave Little Toaster
In Theaters on July 10, 1987

In this animated film, five sentient household appliances -- Toaster, Blanky, Radio, Lampy and a vacuum... Read More

Finding Nemo Movie Poster
Finding Nemo
Based on 38 critics

Marlin (Albert Brooks), a clown fish, is overly cautious with his son, Nemo (Alexander Gould), who has... Read More

The Transformers: The Movie Movie Poster
The Transformers: The Movie
In Theaters on 1986

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

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

The plucky characters from a series of animated shorts, Wallace (Peter Sallis) and his dog, Gromit, make... Read More

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride Movie Poster
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
Based on 35 critics

Victor (Johnny Depp) and Victoria's (Emily Watson) families have arranged their marriage. Though they... Read More

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Movie Poster
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
In Theaters on February 4, 1938

The Grimm fairy tale gets a Technicolor treatment in Disney's first animated feature. Jealous of Snow... Read More

Fantasia Movie Poster
In Theaters on January 6, 1940

Released in 1940, represented Disney's boldest experiment to date. Bringing to life his vision of blending... Read More

Sleeping Beauty Movie Poster
Sleeping Beauty
In Theaters on 1959

Filled with jealousy, the evil witch Maleficent (Eleanor Audley) curses Princess Aurora (Mary Costa)... Read More

Ratatouille Movie Poster
Based on 37 critics

Remy (Patton Oswalt), a resident of Paris, appreciates good food and has quite a sophisticated palate.... Read More

Persepolis Movie Poster
Based on 31 critics

Based on Satrapi's graphic novel about her life in pre and post-revolutionary Iran and then in Europe.... Read More

Fantastic Mr. Fox Movie Poster
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Based on 34 critics

After 12 years of bucolic bliss, Mr. Fox (George Clooney) breaks a promise to his wife (Meryl Streep)... Read More

Alice in Wonderland Movie Poster
Alice in Wonderland
In Theaters on 1951

Lewis Carroll's beloved fantasy tale is brought to life in this Disney animated classic. When Alice (Kathryn... Read More

Pinocchio Movie Poster
In Theaters on February 9, 1940

When the woodworker Geppetto (Christian Rub) sees a falling star, he wishes that the puppet he just finished,... Read More

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