The animation genre is possibly one of the most important and interesting that exists on the big screen, since creators can tell all kinds of stories thanks to this type of film. Animated films are usually aimed at the little ones, as is the case with Disney films, but in most cases these can be enjoyed by all members of the family , from the oldest to the youngest. In addition, it is necessary to make it clear that animated films are not always aimed at children, we have several examples in which the recommended age of one of these productions reaches the age of majority.

It may seem that Disney Plus is the queen of animated films (mainly because it has all the productions of Disney Animation Studios and Pixar), but HBO is not far behind, having in its catalog great timeless gems . Below we will list 9 animation films that you must see yes or yes, regardless of how old you are.

The best animated movies on HBO Max

It is necessary to make it clear that you will only see films directed at children below, but this is due more to the type of catalog that HBO Max has. There are all kinds of animated films, and on other platforms, such as Amazon Prime Video, we can find films of this style that cannot be seen by infants . Without further ado we leave you with the list below:

  • Spider-Man: A New Universe
  • Shrek 2
  • Tadeo Jones
  • Spongebob: The Movie
  • The Croods
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Kung fu Panda 2
  • The Lego Movie
  • Megamind

Spider-Man: A New Universe

In recent years we have become used to seeing our favorite superheroes in traditional films, that is, with real actors. The time when all heroes had their animated adaptation have passed. Despite this, Sony decided to bring us a new animated movie of the wall-crawler , and this one couldn’t have gone better. He manages to introduce the character of Miles Morales (a character forgotten by previous adaptations), in addition to talking about the multiverse, a concept that Marvel would later use in his most recent films. Everything in this movie is incredible, from its soundtrack, through its animation and culminating in the story, which will make any Spiderman fan fall in love.

  • Year: 2018
  • Duration: 1h 52m

Shrek 2

Skrek has become, in recent years, one of the best-known animated characters in history, and it is partly thanks to this second film in the franchise. This film improved in everything to its predecessor , bringing us a most interesting conflict, as well as a more worked villain. Shrek’s character looks much more polished, but maintaining the humor that characterizes him so much, which could make some people fall in love and others alienate. In general, this is one of the best Dreamworks movies (if not the best), as well as the best trilogy movie.

It is necessary to clarify that in order to understand this film it is necessary to have seen the first (which you can also find on HBO Max), but we have considered that this second installment is superior in all aspects.

  • Year: 2004
  • Duration: 1h 28m

Tadeo Jones

Now we are facing the first and last Spanish film that you can find on this list, and it is also one of the best animated films made in our country. The animation and story of this movie are very good, topping some on this list, plus its soundtrack is memorable . The only negative point that we could put is his humor, which is aimed at the smallest of the house, which makes it too simple and predictable.

  • Year: 2012
  • Duration: 1h 28m

Spongebob: The Movie

Many of us grew up watching the first few seasons of SpongeBob SquarePants, which is why his first movie became one of our favorites when we first saw it. This manages to capture the essence of the first chapters (something that the most recent films do not achieve) by introducing an interesting plot and an animation according to the series. In addition, this film manages to give us shocking moments that are already part of the popular imagination, in addition to the fact that at some point it can make us cry.

  • Year: 2004
  • Duration: 1h 23m

The Croods

The Croods is possibly the simplest movie you will find on the list, but this does not mean that it is not funny. Thanks mainly to its characters and its great animation, it manages to entertain at all times , and although its story does not finish taking off, it manages to give us some moments that we will remember for years.

  • Year: 2013
  • Duration: 1h 34m

How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon is one of the best franchises that Dreamworks has given us , this first installment being one of the best, being able to rival the other great milestone of the study, Shrek 2. This tells the story of Hiccup, a skinny Viking whom not even his father takes seriously, but all this will change when a dragon belonging to one of the most powerful species in his universe is found.

This film has incredible animation for the time, memorable characters, well-crafted humor and a story that despite being simple, achieves what it sets out to do. In addition, this film is as recommended as the rest of its sequels , making this one of the most rounded animation franchises.

  • Year: 2010
  • Duration: 1h 33m

Kung Fu Panda 2

In most cases I would recommend the first installment of this saga before the second, but in this case I am afraid that it is not available on HBO Max, it is available on Netflix, and this is also one of the best animated films that can be found in streaming . Beyond this I will say that this is a good sequel, which improves several aspects of the original, such as its story, which tells us about the early childhood of our protagonist.

  • Year: 2011
  • Duration: 1h 26m

The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie turned out to be a revolution for animation when it was released in its day, being a film that manages to bring these toys to the big screen in a masterful way. This manages to entertain not only because they are laymen, but it also has a most interesting story which has a twist at the end that you don’t see coming . In addition, the characters are most endearing, including great figures of today’s culture, such as Batman or Gandalf.

This managed to be one of the most loved animated films when it was released, so much so that it had a video game for Android that is now available . On the other hand, its sequel failed to maintain this feeling, in addition to losing the surprise factor.

  • Year: 2014
  • Duration: 1h 36m


Finally, I would like to mention a film that is unfairly left aside , since it turned a genre of films, such as superheroes, around, making us see the story from the point of view of the villain. Besides this, the animation is very good, it has unbeatable characters, the humor is very well worked, and it will entertain young and old alike.

  • Year: 2010
  • Duration: 1h 31m

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