Non-Disney animated movies worth checking out

I've seen so many Disney movies, so many Dreamworks, Pixar, Miyazaki, Don Bluth movies that I sometimes get tired of them. So here's a list of old/obscure/under-appreciated animated movies in case you're like me and looking for something that may not have the highest budget or best execution, but are at least DIFFERENT to the every day animated/anime movie.

Note. Not all of these are suitable for children.
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1.
Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (1985)
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Set on the subterranean Mine-World, a band of human worker are treated like slaves under the power of the evil overlord Zygon until one... (107 mins.)
Director: Steven Hahn
“ Not really a kids film ” - C-Puff
 
2.
Nocturna (2007)
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An orphan boy named Tim is afraid of the dark. However when the stars start going out in the sky he finds himself exploring the world of the night his new friend, the cat Shepard, to find out why. (80 mins.)
“ Great for kids. Beautiful animation and a very imaginetive visual style as well as world. ” - C-Puff
 
3.
Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003)
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A continuation of the story told in the Daft Punk music videos "One More Time," "Aerodynamic," "Digital Love," and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger." (68 mins.)
“ An anime without any dialogue and barely any sound effects. All the visuals are set to Daft Punk's Music from their "Discovery" Album. If only TRON Legacy followed this example. ” - C-Puff
 
4.
The Last Unicorn (1982)
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A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil king who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns. (92 mins.)
“ Highly Recommended, especially for kids. ” - C-Puff
 
5.
Felix the Cat: The Movie (1988)
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In another dimension, the villainous scientist Duke of Zill, with the help of his mechanical, geometric army, takes over the Land of Oriana, prompting Felix the Cat to save its princess and restore order once again. (82 mins.)
Director: Tibor Hernádi
“ Very weird and bizzare but I loved it as a kid ” - C-Puff
 
6.
The Phantom Tollbooth (1970)
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Milo is a boy who is bored with life. One day he comes home to find a toll booth in his room. Having nothing better to do, he gets in his toy car and drives through - only to emerge in a world full of adventure. (90 mins.)
“ I still love this movie. Very imaginetive, I think kids would like it. ” - C-Puff
 
7.
Sea Prince and the Fire Child (1981)
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A prince of the sea and a child of fire engage in a tragic forbidden romance. (108 mins.)
Director: Masami Hata
“ Perhaps too depressing for kids ” - C-Puff
 
8.
The Water Babies (1978)
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This children's fantasy tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who discovers a complex underwater world where young children are held prisoner by an evil shark and an eel. (92 mins.)
Director: Lionel Jeffries
 
9.
The Secret of Kells (2009)
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A young boy in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids is beckoned to adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. (75 mins.)
“ HIGHLY recommended to every-one! ” - C-Puff
 
10.
Gandahar (1988)
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An evil force from a 1000 years in the future begins to destroy an idyllic paradise, where the citizens are in perfect harmony with nature. (78 mins.)
Director: René Laloux
“ Not for kids ” - C-Puff
 
11.
The Thief and the Cobbler (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When Tack upsets Zigzag the Vizier, the wizard drags him off to the royal castle, where Princess Yum... (72 mins.)
“ Try to track down "The Recobbled Cut" online and stay away from the official DVD release. There's a long history behind this film and why the official version sucks. The recut version is amazing and I highly recommend it. ” - C-Puff
 
12.
Watership Down (1978)
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A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home. (91 mins.)
Director: Martin Rosen
“ I watched it growing up but it's not really for kids ” - C-Puff
 
13.
Felidae (1994)
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A cat must investigate brutal murders of other cats in a neighborhood he has moved into with his owner. (82 mins.)
Director: Michael Schaack
“ Not for kids not for kids not for kids!!! ” - C-Puff
 
14.
The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
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The Autobots must stop a colossal planet consuming robot who goes after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. At the same time, they must defend themselves against an all-out attack from the Decepticons. (84 mins.)
Director: Nelson Shin
“ Forget the live action trash and just stick with this film. It's got Orson Welles in it, and I'm not kidding. ” - C-Puff
 
15.
Kenji Miyazawa's Night on the Galactic Express (1985)
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Two kittens go on a metaphysical journey on a magical railroad train. (113 mins.)
 
16.
Cats Don't Dance (1997)
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Danny, an ambitious singing and dancing cat, goes to Hollywood and overcomes several obstacles to fulfill his dream of becoming a movie star. (75 mins.)
Director: Mark Dindal
 
17.
Comet in Moominland (1992)
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Moomin, Sniff and My set out to stop a comet approaching the Moomin valley. Along the way they meet Snusmumriken, the beautiful Snorkfröken, Snorken and a Hemul, who join them in their quest. (70 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Saitô
“ I'm unsure if this is available on DVD anywhere, but if you can find it I Highly recommend it for kids as well as inner-children. ” - C-Puff
 
18.
Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron (2007 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Hellboy and his team face off against a new supernatural threat while Professor Bruttenholm must investigate the possible reemergence of a vampire he had slain decades prior. (75 mins.)
“ For older kids. Not too bad but younger kids will be scared. ” - C-Puff
 
19.
Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Dinosaur (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
After bringing a fossilized egg back to life with the Time Cloth, Nobita finds himself the owner of a baby dinosaur. Everything is fine until it grows up. Nobita and friends use Doraemon's time machine to return it back to its own time. (107 mins.)
Director: Ayumu Watanabe
“ Unavailable in English. a pity because it's something I would've LOVED to watch as a kid. ” - C-Puff
 
20.
Only Yesterday (1991)
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A twenty-seven-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tokyo. (118 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
“ Too slow for children I think. ” - C-Puff
 
21.
The Flight of Dragons (1982 Video)
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A young Boston writer goes back in time into an era where wizards and dragon reign and science is just barely known. (96 mins.)
“ One of my favourite direct-to-DVD animated movies of the 80s. From the same studio who did "The Last Unicorn". Perhaps not as memorable as The last unicorn but with an interesting plot and a nice, solid fantasy story. Very reminiscent of Fantasy novels of the time. Fine for kids. ” - C-Puff
 
22.
Le château des singes (1999)
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A rebellious teenage monkey refuses to believe what he has been told and sets out to find the truth. (80 mins.)
“ Fine for kids as far as I remember. ” - C-Puff
 
23.
Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010 Video)
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There's a mystery afoot in Gotham City, and Batman must go toe-to-toe with a mysterious vigilante, who goes by the name of Red Hood. Subsequently, old wounds reopen and old, once buried memories come into the light. (75 mins.)
Director: Brandon Vietti
“ Not for kids. Rather violent. ” - C-Puff
 
24.
Asterix and Caesar (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Obelix falls for a new arrival in his home village in Gaul, but is heartbroken when her true love arrives to visit her... (79 mins.)
“ In my opinion the best of the animated Asterix movies. ” - C-Puff
 
25.
Aachi and Ssipak (2006)
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In a future where energy is made from fecal matter, the government rewards defecation with "juicybars". Small-time hustlers try to get rich while fending off the mutated Diaper Gang. (90 mins.)
Director: Jo Beom-jin
“ Lots of adult themes and topless nudity and LOTS of violence. Not for Kids. ” - C-Puff
 
26.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
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Batman is wrongly implicated in a series of murders of mob bosses actually done by a new vigilante assassin. (76 mins.)
 
27.
The Iron Giant (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy. (86 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
“ It's starting to gain recognition now, but more people STILL need to see this movie. Great for kids and adults alike. ” - C-Puff
 
28.
Heavy Metal (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A glowing green orb - which embodies ultimate evil - terrorizes a young girl with an anthology of bizarre and fantastic stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror. (86 mins.)
“ Boobs Everywhere. Not for kids. ” - C-Puff
 
29.
Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)
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In a troubled African village, an unusual baby is born. (74 mins.)
“ Should be OK for kids. Topless women but shown in a cultural light rather than a sexual way. it depends what you're comfortable with your kids seeing. ” - C-Puff
 
30.
The Chipmunk Adventure (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The Chipmunks compete with the Chipettes in a round the world race. (77 mins.)
Director: Janice Karman
“ It's not the best movie but it's better than the live action movies and has some pretty impressive animation, as well as the great "Girls of Rock and Roll" song. Classic 80s ” - C-Puff
 
31.
The Rain Children (2003)
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The Pyross and the Hydross are have been at war for as long as they can remember. The Pyross, who worship the sun, water brings only death and desolation, whereas the Hydross must always stay protected from heat, which petrifies them. (90 mins.)
“ Although the plot is very predictable and the animation doesn not have the highest budget, Older children should like it. There's a scene with some toplessness for about 30 seconds and a number of scenes with people melting but no real blood is shown, so it's up to you to decide what you feel would disturb your kids but I think younger children might be bothered by certain parts of it.... unless you're actually french like the film itself I suppose. ” - C-Puff
 
32.
Sita Sings the Blues (2008)
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An animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw. (82 mins.)
Director: Nina Paley
 
33.
G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The heroic G.I. Joe action force must oppose the ruthless Cobra organization that has secretly allied with a subterranean reptilian people who were their founders. (93 mins.)
Director: Don Jurwich
 
34.
Snoopy Come Home (1972)
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Snoopy travels to see his sick former owner and then feels obliged to return to her permanently. (81 mins.)
Director: Bill Melendez
 
35.
Unico (1981)
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A story about how joy and happiness can be the most powerful weapon ever. A young unicorn is ordered to be taken from his home by the gods... (90 mins.)
 
36.
Unico in the Island of Magic (1983)
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A young unicorn named Unico must fight an evil magician and save everyone who's trapped under his spell. (91 mins.)
Director: Moribi Murano
 
37.
Katy Caterpillar (1984)
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Young caterpillar Katy leaves her cherry-leaf tree home and her three sisters one day to learn more about the world and herself. She explores the nearby forest and meets various animals, other insects and even the spirit of Mother Nature. (86 mins.)
 
38.
Katy Meets the Aliens (1988)
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Katy is a beautiful butterfly whose young caterpillar children, Kiki and Koko, are impatient to learn how to fly before their time. One night, the children sneak away to find themselves a flying teacher. (70 mins.)
 
39.
Rockin' with Judy Jetson (1988 TV Movie)
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There's intergalactic trouble when the lyrics Judy Jetson wrote for teen heartthrob Sky Rocker are swapped with a secret message from a music-hating witch. Now it's up to Judy, her family, and friends to save rock-and-roll. (92 mins.)
 
40.
Ernest & Celestine (2012)
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The story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine. (80 mins.)