Great Animation Movies with Dark Characters: Vampires, Ghosts & Monsters

It need not have to be Halloween to watch some amazing dark-themed animated movies. Here’s a list that of movies that are unique, but fun to watch alone or with your family.

A Monster in Paris

This is a 3D-animated movie set in Paris, centred on a monster who lives in a garden and his love for a beautiful, young singer. The movie truly shines in the art and visual styles, as much as it shines through the music. A movie about values, friendship, music, art and with much heart in it.

Image credits: ©Bilbo films

Corpse Bride

Starring Johnny Depp as a shy groom this movie is about Victor practising his wedding vows in the presence of a deceased young woman. The movie has an amazing plot with some unexpected twists. It was nominated for the Academy awards for the Best Animated Feature Film of the Year (2006). Instrumental music plays a major role in this movie.

Image credits: ©Warner Bros.


A stop-motion animation movie that was also nominated for the Academy awards for the Best Animated film of the year. This movie is about an adventurous young girl who finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage in an old house. Hauntingly beautiful, well-choreographed, plain and simple movie! It really hooks your attention and promises a good time.

Image credits: ©Focus features

A Nightmare Before Christmas

Created by the director of Coraline, this movie favours both children as well as adults. People of all ages will appreciate this dark fairy-tale, the clever songs, and the dark animation. It is the humour that makes this a family film that deserves to be remembered.

Image credits: © Walt Disney studios     

Monsters University

This Pixar film, a prequel to ‘Monsters Inc.’, is well written, funny and most of all extremely heart-warming. In addition to the two main characters – Sully and Mike, a whole lot of new characters are introduced at their college. The plot involves Mike trying to become a ‘scaring major’ – something quite unthinkable since he isn’t the least bit scary.

Image credits: ©Pixar studios


Directed by Tim Burton this movie has been also nominated for the Academy awards. The movie has black and white visuals backed by Danny Elfman’s gothic scores. The plot revolves around a boy who attempts to bring his dead dog back to life through a science experiment. If anywhere there was a braver ending needed, it’s here. A must watch for youngsters!

Image credits: ©Walt Disney studios and ©Dreamworks

Hotel Transylvania

A very well successful movie from Sony studios! It is about the dreaded vampire Dracula who operates a resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teenaged daughter. With some adult jokes, some childish dialogues, and lots of laughs out loud moments, this monster-movie definitely is one of the best in the category.

Image credits: ©Sony pictures


Which one of these is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.

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