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The 20 Most Innovative Animated Films (VIDEO)

First Posted: 12/30/11 06:08 AM ET   Updated: 12/30/11 03:47 PM ET

Animation has long experienced the stigma that it is a medium designed for children, yet examples can be seen that defy this classification.

Many critics mistake the genre's ability to fascinate as a characteristic of children's programming, but great animation transcends demographics altogether. They not only stimulate, but immerse the viewer in a world that goes beyond what even the imagination could produce.

Here are 20 films that not only reinvented the genre, but exposed the never-ending possibilities of animation.

Watership Down (1978)
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Based on the novel by Richard Adams, Watership Down is the tale of a group of rabbits struggling to survive in the face of numerous dangers. Based on historic representations of heroes in literature, the story may seem simplistic, but themes of personal sacrifice for the greater good were emotionally resonant with audiences everywhere.
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Filed by Andrew Reilly  |