Animated movies are some of the best movies, introducing audiences to fantastical worlds and characters that only make sense in the world of animation. Unfortunately, movies only last so long, and oftentimes fans wish they could watch their favorite characters live out more adventures.
Luckily for some fans, creators understand that yearning for more stories and turn beloved animated movies into amazing animated cartoons. One of the big pioneers of this was the Walt Disney Company, who gave several of their classic animated movies shows of their own. It’s a trend that has continued to prosper in recent years and even has gone on to include a handful of Star Wars animated shows.
10 Big Hero 6: The Series (2017 – 2021)
In 2014, Disney took a Marvel comic and animated it in the highly underrated Disney animated movie, Big Hero 6. Since Big Hero 6 was based on a comic book series, there was still plenty of stories to tell, which is why the show got its own series in 2017.
The series picked up where the film left off, with Hiro, Baymax, and their friends vowing to protect the city from any scientifically enhanced villains. The series ran for three seasons on Disney Channel and earned a couple of Emmy Award nominations during its run.
9 Kung Fu Panda: Legends Of Awesomeness (2011 – 2016)
Kung Fu Panda is one of DreamWorks’ best animated movie franchises having spawned three movies, several shorts and video games, and even two different animated series. Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness is the first of the animated shows, which premiered in 2011 on Nickelodeon.
The series was set between the first and second Kung Fu Panda films and followed Po as he continued his training to become the powerful and almighty Dragon Warrior. The series ran for three seasons, but it, unfortunately, did not feature some of the original voice cast.
8 Hotel Transylvania: The Series (2017 – )
Hotel Transylvania made vampires and monsters family-friendly again when it hit theaters in 2012. The film was so successful it earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Animated Original Film, which helped launch its successful franchise.
In 2017, the franchise was turned into a television series for Disney Channel. Hotel Transylvania: The Series is a prequel to the first film and follows teenage Mavis and her monster friends as they get into trouble while her father, Dracula, is at Vampire Council. The series currently has two seasons and has yet to be either renewed or canceled for a third season, but fans are hoping for the best.
7 Lilo & Stitch: The Series (2003 – 2006)
Lilo & Stitch is one of the most successful Disney movies of the Post-Renaissance Era. It’s no surprise then that the film launched a successful multimedia franchise that included several sequels and specials. Of those includes Lilo & Stitch: The Series, which ran from 2003 to 2006 on Disney Channel.
The series took place after the events of the film and its 2003 direct-to-video movie Stitch! The Movie. The show follows Lilo and Stitch as they track down Stitch’s missing “cousins” and help them use their powers for good.
6 Monsters At Work (2021 – )
Monsters At Work picks up where the first film left off with Monsters Incorporated grappling with the reality of changing their power source from screams to laughter. Caught in the middle of the change is Tylor, a newly graduated Scarer who finds his degree is obsolete. The series also features Mike and Sully, who have been appointed co-CEOs of the company.
5 Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure (2017 – 2020)
While Disney Princesses usually get direct-to-DVD sequels, the characters in Tangled got lucky and landed their own original show on Disney Channel in 2017, in addition to shorts and a TV movie.
Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure is set six months after the events of Tangled, but before the proposal, and follows Rapunzel as she tries to adapt to her new life under the watchful eye of her father. However, when she sneaks out one day, she stumbles upon magical black rocks that cause her long blonde hair to return. Determined to find out what’s going on, Rapunzel, Eugene, and her friends set out to uncover the mystery over the course of three seasons.
4 The Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius (2002 – 2006)
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, is one of Nickelodeon’s best shows of the 2000s but many people forget that it was actually inspired by the 2001 film of a similar name.
The series takes place after the events of the movie, though it’s rarely talked about on the show. The show centers on Jimmy Neutron and his friends who go on various adventures, which often end in disaster thanks to Jimmy’s various science experiments. The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius ran for three seasons and led to a spin-off in 2010.
3 The Emperor’s New School (2006 – 2008)
The Emperor’s New Groove might be an underrated Disney animated movie, but it did have a successful franchise in the 2000s earning a direct-to-video movie and a television series. The Emperor’s New School began airing in 2006 on Disney Channel.
The series is a sequel to the film and centers on Kuzco who must graduate from Kuzco Academy if he wants to be the emperor. Like the movie, Kuzco addresses the audiences periodically and vents to them over his frustrations about being in school.
2 The Penguins Of Madagascar (2008 – 2015)
Madagascar is yet another DreamWorks film that earned its own animated show when The Penguins of Madagascar premiered on Nickelodeon in 2008. However, the series doesn’t fit into the Madagascar film timeline, serving neither as a prequel or sequel.
Instead, the series focuses on Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private: the four beloved penguins from the film series. Determined to protect everyone at the Central Park Zoo, the penguins considered themselves secret agents who regularly go on missions to fix things the other zoo residents have messed up.
1 Timon & Pumbaa (1995 – 1999)
Timon and Pumbaa might be one of the most beloved Disney sidekicks of all time, which is why it makes sense that they had their own animated series in the 1990s. The series mainly took place after the events of The Lion King, though there were several flashback-style episodes.
Timon & Pumbaa followed the two best friends as they adventure through various jungles across the world, getting into trouble wherever they go. The series ran for three seasons and aired as part of The Disney Afternoon programming block.