Peplum Paradise Part 5: Animated Historical and Fantasy films 1949 onwards.

This is a list of historical (set pre-1800) or historical-fantasy animated films from 1949 until the present day.

The list is alphabetical using the most common English titles (where applicable), so the IMDb titles may appear to be all over the place alphabetically.

This list is certainly far from complete and a work in progress, so I would welcome any suggestions of titles I may have omitted.

I will be updating the list regularly with new and expanded reviews and any new titles that I may discover.

Latest updates:
Review: Fire And Ice (1983)
Review: Frozen (2013)
Review: The Croods (2013)
Review: The Road To El Dorado (2000)
Review: Asterix And Cleopatra (1968)

This list is a companion piece to my other lists:
Peplum Paradise Part 1: Italian Historical and Fantasy films 1949-1969 (
Peplum Paradise Part 2: Italian Historical and Fantasy films from 1970 onwards (
Peplum Paradise Part 3: International Historical and Fantasy films 1949 onwards (
Peplum Paradise Part 4: Asian Historical and Fantasy films 1949 onwards (
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Arabian naito: Shindobaddo no bôken (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A young sailor named Sinbad and his sidekick Ali find a map to a fabulous treasure and stow away aboard... (81 mins.)
“ ADVENTURES OF SINBAD ” - PeplumParadise
Aladdin (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a street urchin vies for the love of a beautiful princess, he uses a genie's magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her. (90 mins.)
“ Strangely similar in feel to 50’s Hollywood peplums like Son Of Sinbad, this is bright, colourful and fast-paced. Characters are largely likeable and amusing, and, amazingly for a classic-style Disney feature, not too sickly sweet – though we won’t mention the abysmal songs (Prince Ali aside) or the soppy love stuff. Surprisingly psychedelic, which is always a good thing in fantasy-based peplums. Robin Williams’ Genie can be irritating and seems to belong in another movie, but does grow on you after the initial assault. ” - PeplumParadise
Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996 Video)
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The King of Thieves disrupts Aladdin and Jasmine's long-anticipated wedding, looking for an oracle that will lead him to an even bigger treasure. His true identity causes trouble for Aladdin. (80 mins.)
Director: Tad Stones
Alexander the Great (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
(80 mins.)
Director: Daehong Kim
Asterix & Cleopatra (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Popular animated hero Asterix and his faithful sidekick Obelix travel to ancient Egypt to help Cleopatra build a new summer home... (72 mins.)
“ This, the second film in the Asterix series, is a delightful little piece of animation. The style of animation is basic but effective and surprisingly well done, a big step up from it’s predecessor. The plot, which was re-used in the 2002 live action feature, has spoiled brat Queen Cleopatra ordering that a palace is to be built in 3 days. Architect Edifice decides the only available option is to call on his friends the Gauls and enlist their help and magic potion, in building the palace and in defeating rival architect Artifice. It’s fast moving with a couple of humorous tuneful songs thrown in, with the only gripe being that some of the voices in the English dub are rather unclear. The humour is of a level that both adults and children can enjoy, and it’s a mystery why when this film is so good it took 8 years before the next animated feature in the series appeared. ” - PeplumParadise
Asterix and the Big Fight (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The druid is accidentally hit by a menhir thrown by Obelix and loses his mind and memory. (81 mins.)
Asterix and the Vikings (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
After another raid in an empty village, the chief of the Vikings Timandahaf misunderstands the explanation... (78 mins.)
Asterix in America (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Caesar has had enough when another legion is hacked to pieces by the damned single indomitable village in Gaul because of the druid's magic potion... (85 mins.)
Director: Gerhard Hahn
Asterix in Britain (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The diminutive Asterix and his rather larger companion Obelix, warriors of the last village in Gaul still free after the Roman invasion... (79 mins.)
Asterix (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Gaul invaded! Asterix must save the Druid Getafix from the Romans. (68 mins.)
Director: Ray Goossens
“ This was the first of the many animated features based on the internationally popular beloved French cartoon character and arrived 6 years after the character first appeared in comic-book form. The animation style is more Hanna-Barbera than Disney, while the humour is of the “did they really say that?” variety, largely revolving around magic potions and the silly names of the characters. The film is aimed squarely at kids, and I’m sure that they would have found it a quite satisfactorary entertainment, but this style of humour and animation tends to work better in half hour TV episodes and feels rather stretched here. The story, as if you couldn’t guess, involves the Gauls defeating the Romans by hook or by crook. Certainly preferable to the 90’s live action adaptations, this proved popular enough to spawn several sequels, but if you’re above the age of puberty chances are it will leave you cold. ” - PeplumParadise
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.)
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young woman whose father has been imprisoned by a terrifying beast offers herself in his place, unaware that her captor is actually a prince, physically altered by a magic spell. (84 mins.)
Ben Hur (2003 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. (80 mins.)
Director: Bill Kowalchuk
The Black Cauldron (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young boy and a bunch of misfit friends embark on a quest to find a dark magic item of ultimate power before a diabolical tyrant can. (80 mins.)
“ This arrived in 1981 in the middle of Disney’s first fallow patch and is probably one of their least remembered animated features, which is a pity, for while it has it’s faults it is certainly far from the worst of their output. The weak points here are a flimsy plot revolving around a search for a magical “black cauldron” which, when it finally appears, is rather a non-event, plus you have your standard annoying teenage youth as a lead character who fails to elicit any sympathy whatsoever – and why do they always have to be ginger? (Apologies to any gingers reading this, but the law of averages are not in your favour outside of Disneyworld). The Horned King (probably quite scary for young kids) is after a pig with magical powers to find him the cauldron, although the pig plot that leads the first half of the film is all but forgotten in the second half. You have your usual hodgepodge of Disney supporting characters including a lisping hunchback goblin, a hairy thing that may have been a dog, a magic sword, an underused two-headed dragon, some people-eating witches and your obligatory smart-alecky Disney Princess. Where the film does shine is with some attractive animation, far better than what Disney churned out in the 90’s, and an enjoyably silly humour that prevents the lack of plot from becoming a major concern. Middling Disney product then, better than it’s reputation, and just on the right side of average. ” - PeplumParadise
Brave (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. (93 mins.)
“ Pixar – via Disney – take on Braveheart territory and come up with an unlikely new Disney Princess. Merida is an arrogant spoiled Scottish brat who looks like Bonnie Langford with parent and marriage issues. If you can cope with that then you’re probably onto a winner, though it is telling that the funniest moments come when her mother is changed into a bear. This is aimed squarely at kids and I doubt that little girls at least will be disappointed. Adults will probably struggle with the storyline, but they do at least have some stunning, faultless animation to compensate. ” - PeplumParadise
Cinderella (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When Cinderella's cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, and from her Fairy Godmother. (74 mins.)
Cleopatra: Queen of Sex (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In order to foil the enemy aliens' "Cleopatra Plan", three people from the future are spiritually sent back to Cleopatra's time to understand the enemy intentions. (112 mins.)
“ CLEOPATRA: QUEEN OF SEX ” - PeplumParadise
The Croods (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy. (98 mins.)
“ The usually reliable Dreamworks here give us a rather unremarkable animated caveman pic. Just about every caveman cliché in the book is taken, along with liberal slices of the Ice Age plot, and mixed with modern family dilemnas and teenage angst. The family values angle here is way too preachy, while the quality of the animation is extremely variable – possibly due to the obligatory in-your-face 3D. It’s not all bad and would probably appeal to younger children, but the hit rate of jokes is about 1 in 5 and in the crowded field of modern animation this one comes in just below average. One other thing – considering the title the crudities are in rather short supply. ” - PeplumParadise
Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic (2010 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Dante journeys through the nine circles of Hell -- limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery -- in search of his true love, Beatrice. (84 mins.)
“ While the rest of the world has moved on to three dimensional digital technology for their animation, Japanese anime seems to be stuck in a time warp and this is a typical example, poorly and irritatingly flatly animated, more reminiscent of Ralph Bakshi’s 70’s output than of anything being produced today. Set sporadically during the time of the crusades, but predominantly in hell, where hero Dante spends most of his time beheading a series of never ending demons to rescue his beloved Beatrice who Lucifer wants for his bride. The “animated epic” subtitle is blatant misadvertising since in it’s longest form the film still runs less than 90 minutes. This is poorly, unattractively animated, hard to follow, contains plenty of pointless ineffective gore and sex, and, worst of all, it’s just plain dull. ” - PeplumParadise
The Dark Crystal (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world. (93 mins.)
Director: Jim Henson, Frank Oz
“ This is a pretty dark fairy tale from Muppet crestors Jim Henson and Frank Oz. The story is basic and pretty pants, but more than sufficient for a kids movie, involving a race against time to return a missing shard of crystal and save the world. The gelflings entrusted with the task are the weakest creations here, basically stand-ins for whiny human kids, complete with cod west country yokel accents. Fortunately the film does have some pretty amazing creations to counteract them, not least of which are the purely evil, selfish, vulture-like Skeksis which must have given plenty of children nightmares and are still unsettling today. You also have totally bonkers Aughra, a witchy creature who comes to the gelflings aid, and Fizzgig, a manic dog-like creation. Thankfully they steer clear of any actual humans on screen, the element which, for me anyway, ruined Henson’s Labyrinth. The puppet animation does date the film now, but not so much that it can’t still be a joy for kids of any age. ” - PeplumParadise
Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight (2008 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
A barbarian woman with a miraculous healing staff gains the help of a group of to-be heroes as an army of dragons invades the land. (90 mins.)
Director: Will Meugniot
El Cid: The Legend (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Rodrigo's life as a child was a noble and happy one, he entered school at a young age. Often he went... (90 mins.)
Director: Jose Pozo
The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Emperor Kuzco is turned into a llama by his ex-administrator Yzma, and must now regain his throne with the help of Pacha, the gentle llama herder. (78 mins.)
Director: Mark Dindal
Kronk's New Groove (2005 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Kronk desperately tries to find ways to impress his Dad, whom he can never please. But when things go wrong, Kronk kicks into comical gear and discovers the true riches in life are his friends and being "true to your groove." (75 mins.)
Enchanted (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young maiden in a land called Andalasia, who is prepared to be wed, is sent away to New York City by an evil queen, where she falls in love with a lawyer. (107 mins.)
Director: Kevin Lima
“ The way-too-short opening animated sequence has everything you could hope for in a Disney animated fairy tale – a beautiful princess, a handsome prince, a wicked witch, trolls, cute talking animals – then the witch pushes Princess Giselle down a well and she comes out in modern day New York. After this point it’s still good, just no longer peplum. ” - PeplumParadise
Son of the White Mare (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A man is born the son of a horse with superpowers and uses them to do battle with legendary dragons. (81 mins.)
Fire and Ice (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In this animated tale, a tiny village is destroyed by a surging glacier, which serves as the deadly domain for the evil Ice Lord... (81 mins.)
“ Ralph Bakshi’s entry into the 80’s sword and sorcery cycle is somewhat of a wasted opportunity; where it could have used the boundless opportunities of animation to open up the genre it sticks instead to a very basic genre plot which could have fitted into any Conan or Ator movie of the same period. Bakshi’s animation style, using human models the way motion-capture does today, which had seemed innovative in the likes of Lord Of The Rings and Fritz the Cat, here looks far more lazily applied, and the result hardly seems any different from what you could expect to find on 80’s kids TV. What you have in the way of plot involves girly-haired not-too-muscular hero Lam, the lone survivor of an apocalypse, up against evil villain Nekron and his trog-like henchmen, teaming up with more muscular masked loner Darkwolf to save kidnapped big-bazoomed Princess Taegra, who covers her modesty with the most negligible bikini imaginable, which must have disappointed the multitude of teenage boys who would presumably have made up the majority of the target audience. All the sword and sorcery plot elements are present and correct and this would make a fitting double bill with any film starring Miles O’Keeffe or Peter McCoy, but at the end of the day it’s all rather “so what”. ” - PeplumParadise
Fire & Ice (2008 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Ruled by King Augustin, Carpia is a peaceful kingdom in a world inhabited by dragons and knights. The land's serenity is unexpectedly shattered by a Fire Dragon that spreads almighty fear and death amongst the kingdom's innocent people. (84 mins.)
Director: Jean C. Comar
The Flight of Dragons (1982 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young Boston writer goes back in time into an era where wizards and dragon reign and science is just barely known. (96 mins.)
Frozen (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition. (102 mins.)
“ Disney continue to plunder progressively less interesting and less filmable fairy tales in their search for the next brand Princess with which to mine the bottomless pit of pennies to be found in the pockets of the parents of pre-pubescent girls, following Ruplestiltskin (Tangled) with this, based on something called The Snow Queen, which, beyond maybe the name, I had no recollection of whatsoever. The animation, while as flawless as you would expect, is also surprisingly basic and unimaginative, more fitting for kids TV than for a big screen Disney feature. The characters are those freaky not-quite-human creations with pasty skin, bulging eyes and unhealthily skinny arms and waist, while the cutesy animals here are a mentally deficient reindeer who owes a large debt to Donkey from Shrek and a sad smart-ass snowman. The songs, if you can call them that, including the one that was nominated for an Oscar for some unfathomable reason, are all tuneless trash clearly designed to be adapted for the Broadway stage. Obviously as a 50-something year old man I am a long way from the targeted demographic, but then maybe that’s also the problem, as I do love animated features, the best of which, unlike this one, are aimed to appeal to adults and children alike. This one just left me cold – pun intended. ” - PeplumParadise
Gladiators of Rome (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A new hero is born in this hilarious, animated adventure of epic proportions. Timo, a student at the Gladiators' Academy in Rome... (94 mins.)
Director: Iginio Straffi

I really wanted to like this since it’s about the nearest thing Italy has produced to a real peplum in several decades. Anyone hoping for the first serious peplum animation will be sorely disappointed, this is populated by annoying kids, cute animals and modern rock music. The storyline steals ideas and characters liberally from numerous animated features which preceded it including Kung Fu Panda, Asterix, Tangled (doesn’t that horse look dreadfully familiar?) and Disney’s Hercules. After a promising start with the destruction of Pompeii, a child named Timo is rescued by General Chirone and taken to Rome, where his efforts to train the boy into a champion gladiator prove futile. It eventually takes a tough lady trainer to get him into shape, but only after he loses his credibility for getting drug tested positive for magic potions. The amateurish animation won’t be giving Dreamworks or Pixar any sleepless nights and the 3D is anything but subtle, but I did find myself warming to this towards the end. Very young children will probably love this and unfortunately it is them that this is squarely aimed at, but I guess if it gives one of them a taste for real peplum movies then it will have served a purpose. ” - PeplumParadise
Grendel Grendel Grendel (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
This is an animated story covering the ancient legend of Beowulf, as narrated in a Monty Pythonesque way by Grendel himself, the "monster" in the legend. (88 mins.)
Director: Alexander Stitt
Happily Ever After (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Despite all signs pointing toward potential heartbreak, a woman and man begin a romance. (115 mins.)
Happily N'Ever After (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
An alliance of evil-doers, led by Frieda, looks to take over Fairy Tale Land. But when Ella realizes her stepmother is out to ruin her storybook existence, she takes a dramatic turn and blossoms into the leader of the resistance effort. (75 mins.)
Happily N'Ever After 2 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Fairy tales collide when Mambo and Munk tip the scales of good and evil once again. This time Princess... (75 mins.)
Hercules (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The son of the Greek Gods Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant and must become a true hero in order to reclaim it. (93 mins.)
“ Made during that period when the powers that be at Disney really didn’t have a clue, this isn’t the worst, but is certainly on the lower half of the heap. The storyline sticks pretty close to the Hercules legend, and anyone wanting a primer on the back story before attacking the Italian genre pics could do worse than looking here. Unfortunately the parts that go to make up the whole are largely lacking, the animation is seriously dodgy as are the characterisations, songs and attempts at hip humour. A largely wasted opportunity. ” - PeplumParadise
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. (98 mins.)
“ An interesting premise, but one that’s never fully realised to the best of it’s potential. Vikings and dragons are enemies, until one day a boy disobeys his father’s orders to kill one, tames it and learns to fly it. The boy shows the other vikings that dragons and men are able to live hermoneously together, and that’s about it. The animation is very good, but done in an unnecessarily dull and dark colour pallatte, the voice talents are ok but not exceptional, and dragon flying had already been done more impressively in Avatar, and since dragon flying s pretty much all this film has going for it, it came along just a little too late. It’s not a bad film, just under developed character and plot wise, and it would have benefitted greatly from an extra 10 or 15 minutes of plot and character development, plus some flashier dragons. ” - PeplumParadise
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. (102 mins.)
Director: Dean DeBlois
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A deformed bell-ringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancer. (91 mins.)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (2002 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Quasimodo goes into action when a magician seeks to steal one of the bells of Notre Dame. (68 mins.)
Director: Bradley Raymond
The King and the Mockingbird (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A chimney sweep and a shepherdess seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king. (83 mins.)
Director: Paul Grimault
Kochadaiiyaan (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A saga of revenge undertaken by a son for his father's name and his kingdom. (124 mins.)
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China's fate hangs in the balance: However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a tyro in martial arts. (92 mins.)
“ Dreamworks craft a fun, original animated story and turn the ridiculous into the sublime with this tale of a panda called Po (Jack Black) whose destiny it is to become the “Dragon Warrior”. When Po is told of his destiny no-one believes it – not his teacher, Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), not the other animal warriors who had been expecting to receive the title, not his father the duck who wants his son to be a noodle seller, and most certainly not escaped master criminal leopard Tai Lung (Ian McShane). This is a joy from start to finish, the animation is first rate, the story well told, the humour works just fine for adults and children alike – in short one of the best animated features of recent years. ” - PeplumParadise
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Po and his friends fight to stop a peacock villain from conquering China with a deadly new weapon, but first the Dragon Warrior must come to terms with his past. (90 mins.)
Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Continuing his "legendary adventures of awesomeness", Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home. (95 mins.)
The Last Unicorn (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil king who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns. (92 mins.)
The Lord of the Rings (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle-earth. (132 mins.)
Director: Ralph Bakshi
“ I hadn’t seen this in 35 years and didn’t have terribly good memories of it largely due to the style of animation, then in the intervening years Peter Jackson had come along and the whole world became familiar with the story. My first surprise was how well Ralph Bakshi manages to tell the story, with very few changes or omissions, in just over two hours what it took Jackson 6 to tell. The animation is still pretty rough, with an uncomfortable mix of cartoon and painted in live action, but what looked rather dodgy at the time of release now looks quaint and even possesses a certain charm, though does grow tiresome long before the end. Definitely not the definitive version anymore, but if you don’t have 6 hours to spare and want a primer on the storyline then this should certainly suffice. ” - PeplumParadise
Marquis (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The scene is a pre-French Revolution Bastille, where various political prisoners are being held: a woman who was raped and impregnated by the king... (83 mins.)
Director: Henri Xhonneux
Metamorphoses (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Several animated stories from "Metamorphoses," the Roman poet Ovid's narrative of legends, are presented. (80 mins.)
Director: Takashi
Muhammad: The Last Prophet (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An account of the birth of Islam. (95 mins.)
Director: Richard Rich
Mulan (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process. (88 mins.)
“ Certainly one of the oddest choices for a Disney Princess movie, this is interesting for it’s subject matter, though almost certainly disrespectful of a Chinese legend. The broad American accents are out of place coming from clearly Oriental faces, the songs are largely forgettable Disney tosh, and the animation, from that awkward period right before the appearance of CGI, is very basic. On the plus side the storyline is certainly easier to follow than in the later live-action Chinese version. Your obligatory cutesy Disney animal comes in the form of an annoying little red dragon thingy voiced by Eddie Murphy in a dry run for his Donkey from Shrek. Moderately amusing, it’s surprising how well the story of a female cross-dressing warrior fits into the Disney formula. ” - PeplumParadise
Mulan II (2004 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
While preparing for their wedding, Shang and Mulan are suddenly sent off on a secret mission. Mushu starts to meddle, and a surprise attack by Mongolians doesn't help either. (79 mins.)
Old Czech Legends (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Excellent stop-motion animation film from one of the best Czech filmmakers, Jirí Trnka. It tells the ancient story of Czechoslovakia... (91 mins.)
Director: Jirí Trnka
1001 Arabian Nights (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Mr. Magoo's ancestor, Abdul Aziz Magoo, is the uncle of Aladdin, and falls in love with a princess. (75 mins.)
Director: Jack Kinney
Panda and the Magic Serpent (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The adventures of a cute little panda, a dragon god and an evil serpent. (79 mins.)
Director: Taiji Yabushita
Piratas en el Callao (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
A young boy travels back to the 17th century to battle pirates off the coast of Peru. (78 mins.)
Director: Eduardo Schuldt
“ PIRATES IN CALLAO ” - PeplumParadise
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. (88 mins.)
Die Abrafaxe - Unter schwarzer Flagge (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Three boys visit a museum and discover a golden bowl - part of a legendary Aztec treasure. While looking... (81 mins.)
Pocahontas (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An English soldier and the daughter of an Algonquin chief share a romance when English colonists invade seventeenth-century Virginia. (81 mins.)
“ The British slaughter of the native Americans makes for a pretty uncomfortable subject matter for a Disney kids cartoon. If you can get past this, then it’s your typical schmaltzy nineties Disney romance with so-so animation and dull songs. In it’s favour it’s a lot easier to follow than Terence Malick’s The New World (which deals with the same storyline), though since this is at the expense of the reality and bloodshed then it’s a debatable benefit. ” - PeplumParadise
The Prince of Egypt (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An Egyptian prince learns of his identity as a Hebrew and his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people. (99 mins.)
“ Old school biblical animation from DreamWorks, telling the story of Exodus (basically the same storyline as The Ten Commandments). It features inoffensive but unexceptional songs, though ‘Playing with the big boys now’ is rather good. There are some impressive set pieces (the hieroglyphics coming to life for instance) and it is mostly fun, but the religious angle does get a little heavy handed at times, and God is actually rather scary. Oddly it is God and not the Pharaoh who comes across as the villain of the piece, which surely can’t have been the filmmaker’s intention – can it? The ending with the parting of the Red Sea is rather rushed and anyone expecting the rest of the story as told in the Ten Commandments may feel short changed. ” - PeplumParadise
Puss in Boots (2011)
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An outlaw cat, his childhood egg-friend and a seductive thief kitty set out in search for the eggs of the fabled Golden Goose to clear his name, restore his lost honor and regain the trust of his mother and town. (90 mins.)
Director: Chris Miller
Puss in Boots (1969)
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While being on the run for saving a mouse, the famous Puss in Boots, Pero, helps a young peasant boy win the heart of a lovely princess, while trying to rescue her from an evil wizard. (80 mins.)
Director: Kimio Yabuki
“ PUSS ‘N BOOTS ” - PeplumParadise
Quest for Camelot (1998)
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An adventurous girl, a young blind hermit and a goofy two headed dragon race to find the lost sword Excalibur to save King Arthur and Camelot from disaster. (86 mins.)
“ QUEST FOR CAMELOT ” - PeplumParadise
Pandavas: The Five Warriors (2000)
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Pandavas - The Five Warriors is a wonderful movie in English. It is a classic Indian tale from one of India's greatest epic 'The Mahabharat'...
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie (2008)
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Three lazy misfits - very timid Elliot (Larry the Cucumber), lazy Sedgewick (Mr. Lunt) and no self-confident George (Pa Grape)... (85 mins.)
Director: Mike Nawrocki
Ramayana: The Epic (2010)
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Ramayana is the most popular Indian story ever told. Long Long Ago, in Ancient India... Rama, the prince of Ayodhya is the eldest son of King Dasrath... (98 mins.)
Director: Chetan Desai
The Return of Jafar (1994 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Jafar comes for revenge on Aladdin, using a foolish thief and Iago's treachery to find a way back into power. (69 mins.)
“ As Disney sequels go this one is surprisingly inventive. The first Aladdin feature had some of the strongest Dismey characters for many a year and they all return here though missing some original voice talent including Robin Williams. While the story is strong and certain to appeal to anyone who enjoyed the first film, unfortunately the film is let down by some seriously second-rate animation. It feels just like a rush job that was released half finished, and the psychedelic colour sheme of the first film is sorely missed with the muted tones here. It’s a great shame that this is so poorly animated, with better visuals (and the omission of one dirgy song) this could have been a Disney classic to rival the original. ” - PeplumParadise
The Return of the King (1980 TV Movie)
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Two Hobbits struggle to destroy the Ring in Mount Doom while their friends desperately fight evil Lord Sauron's forces in a final battle. (98 mins.)
The Road to El Dorado (2000)
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Two swindlers get their hands on a map to the fabled city of gold, El Dorado. (89 mins.)
“ Dreamworks final animated feature before entering the digital age with Shrek is a neglected gem, which, like so much of Dreamworks animated ouput has yet (as of September 2013) to see a blu ray release. This film is a joy from start to finish, with two carefree and reckless Spanish vagabonds, Tullio and Miguel (voiced joyfully and with great chemistry by Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh) discovering the city of El Dorado and being mistaken for gods. The animation is first rate (Disney’s offering that year was the vastly inferior The Emperor’s New Groove), the characters fun and involving, and the Elton John/Tim Rice songs are as good as anything they did for Disney. Unfortunately, for some unfathomable reason, the movie was a box office failure ($75 million worldwide gross on a budget of $90 million), and has today been seemingly forgotten, which is a great shame for this is one of the few great animated features to appear in the years just before CGI changed the game forever. ” - PeplumParadise
Robin Hood (1973)
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The story of the legendary outlaw is portrayed with the characters as humanoid animals. (83 mins.)
Ronal the Barbarian (2011)
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Fantasy comedy about young Ronal who lives in a barbarian village. Ronal is weak, skinny and doesn't... (89 mins.)
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.)
Shrek (2001)
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After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, Shrek agrees to rescue Princess Fiona for a villainous lord in order to get his land back. (90 mins.)
“ It’s hard to remember how fresh and innovative this was when it first came out with all the sequels, spin-offs, musicals and assorted fairy tale re-imaginings that have followed. Just 11 years down the line it’s hard to imagine a world without the character of big green ogre Shrek (Mike Myers), and to a lesser extent the characters of Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) , which today are every bit as genuine fairy tale characters as those they are parodying here. The creations were so joyously original and the comic rapport between the three leads is still hilarious after many viewings. Equally impressive are the cast of amusing supporting characters such as the Gingerbread Man, Lord Farquad, the female dragon with odd mating habits and a whole forest full of fairy tale familiars, The CGI animation hasn’t dated quite so well looking pretty primitive by today’s standards, but is quite adequate for it’s purpose. This is that rarest of beasts, a true comic original that has been imitated many times but never bettered and which launched it’s own franchise-all this and a happy ending. ” - PeplumParadise
Shrek Forever After (2010)
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Rumpelstiltskin tricks a mid-life crisis burdened Shrek into allowing himself to be erased from existence and cast in a dark alternate timeline where Rumpel rules supreme. (93 mins.)
Director: Mike Mitchell
Shrek 2 (2004)
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Princess Fiona's parents invite her and Shrek to dinner to celebrate her marriage. If only they knew the newlyweds were both ogres. (93 mins.)
Shrek the Third (2007)
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When his new father-in-law, King Harold falls ill, Shrek is looked at as the heir to the land of Far, Far Away. Not one to give up his beloved swamp, Shrek recruits his friends Donkey and Puss in Boots to install the rebellious Artie as the new king. Princess Fiona, however, rallies a band of royal girlfriends to fend off a coup d'etat by the jilted Prince Charming. (93 mins.)
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)
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The sailor of legend is framed by the goddess Eris for the theft of the Book of Peace, and must travel to her realm at the end of the world to retrieve it and save the life of his childhood friend Prince Proteus. (86 mins.)
“ An animated feature made on the cusp when such product was changing from hand to computer drawn images, and utilising a mixture of both which must have made it look immediately dated on it’s release, and now looks plain odd. The story is light fluff and would probably have made quite an exciting (or at least camp) live action vehicle, but as an animated feature it is little more than you would expect to find any day on children’s television. The famous voice talents are wasted and stay too serious, in contrast with the campy images, which should keep the kids entertained but offers little for adults. If someone remade this today with a big budget, live action and CGI, I’d be first in the queue. ” - PeplumParadise
The Singing Princess (1949)
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An insane woman brings peace to her village by being the most ultimate singer around. (76 mins.)
“ THE SINGING PRINCESS ” - PeplumParadise
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
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After being snubbed by the royal family, a malevolent fairy places a curse on a princess which only a prince can break, along with the help of three good fairies. (75 mins.)
Director: Clyde Geronimi
The Snow Queen (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When the Snow Queen, a lonely and powerful fairy, kidnaps the human boy Kay, his best friend Gerda must overcome many obstacles on her journey to rescue him.. (55 mins.)
Director: L. Atamanov
“ THE SNOW QUEEN ” - PeplumParadise
The Swan Princess (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A power hungry sorcerer transforms a princess into a swan by day in this tale of everlasting love. (90 mins.)
Director: Richard Rich
The Sword in the Stone (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A poor boy named Arthur learns the power of love, kindness, knowledge and bravery with the help of a wizard called Merlin in the path to become one of the most beloved kings in England history. (79 mins.)
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. (137 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
Tangled (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is. (100 mins.)
“ Well I really didn’t remember the Rapunzel story from childhood beyond that she had really long hair, and after watching this I’m little the wiser. For their 50th animated feature Disney have taken an unexceptional fairy tale character and transformed her into the kind of “Disney Princess” that they believe today’s pre-teen girls should aspire to be, tough, rebellious, blonde, beautiful, with a heart and a mission (a very weak one-to see some floating lanterns). They team her with a pretty boy who isn’t as bad as he first appears, and put her up against a by-numbers Disney villainess in the form of the woman who kidnapped her as a child who is posing as her mother. The wafer-thin plotline is little more than an excuse for them to show the wonders they are capable of with modern animation (and 3-D), and as an exercise in “look what we can do” with animated hair and fabrics it works just fine, but otherwise it’s got little to hold the attention. It’s somehow telling that the strongest characters are a rebellious horse and a chameleon, while the humans are plastic both in appearance and personality. Girls under 10 will undoubtedly love it, and in all fairness it is them it’s ruthlessly aimed at, but while adults can ooh and aah at the visuals there’s nothing much in the forced humour, unmemorable songs and bland characterisations to mark it down as anything more than average. ” - PeplumParadise
The Thief and the Cobbler (1993)
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When Tack upsets Zigzag the Vizier, the wizard drags him off to the royal castle, where Princess Yum... (72 mins.)

This is an almost impossible film to review, there being no less than 4 different versions out there, none of which are really complete (actually a fairly familiar story to fans of 60’s Italian peplums). There is a long and complicated story behind the making of this film, for details of which I would refer you to the film’s IMDB page since they are way too complicated to go into here. Suffice to say the director’s original vision was never completed and 2 different cuts butchered and altered by studios were released as Arabian Knight and The Princess And The Cobbler, neither of which I have seen but which reportedly should be avoided at all costs. The most complete version to how director Richard Williams originally intended it to be seen is the “Recobbled cut” (Viewable on YouTube, but annoyingly in 11 unlinked segments), but be warned that this version does contain many sequences of incomplete animation put together from storyboards and work in progress. The storyline is a fairly straightforward Arabian Nights tale with a hero (the cobbler), a thief, a princess and an evil vizier. The animation is a pretty psychedelic experience, most similar in style to Yellow Submarine, though much more intricate. There are parts which contain some of the most dazzling animation I have seen anywhere with startlingly intricate backgrounds and effects. The characters of the vizier and the princess are also impressive, but, crucially, I found the two central characters of the thief and the cobbler to be rather annoying and unimaginative. You get the feeling that if the director had been allowed to complete his vision it could have been a masterpiece, but that in order to achieve his perfectionist vision he would have needed several lifetimes. Certainly it should be seen to see what might have been, but with definite reservations. ” - PeplumParadise
Thor: Tales of Asgard (2011 Video)
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The young Norse god Thor embarks on a quest with his brother Loki to find and recover a legendary sword. (77 mins.)
Director: Sam Liu
A Thousand and One Nights (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Stories from the three-year journey of the world-famous Sinbad. (88 mins.)
Director: Karel Zeman
Thumbelina (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The tiny girl meets a fairy prince who saves her from the creatures of the woods. (86 mins.)
The Tragedy of Man (2011)
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Adam's and Eve's epic journey throughout history trying to find the meaning of human life. Do we grow in wisdom as centuries pass, or just drift towards an inevitable doom? (160 mins.)
The Twelve Tasks of Asterix (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The Gauls have the chance to become the new masters of the Roman empire if they can solve twelve tasks set by Julius Cesar. (82 mins.)