Great (Often Overlooked) Animated Films (Non-Disney)

by DarkPreznc | created - 07 Oct 2012 | updated - 16 Aug 2016 | Public

This is a list of some of my favorite non-Disney animated films. Many of them are relativly unknown but great non the less. Caution to parents, many of these films are not suitable for children. FYI... Disney refers to Disney/ Touchstone/ Pixar/ LucasFilm/ Marvel... I also consciously didn't include the superhero films of DC either as it wouldn't be fair as Marvel is already excluded and we can't take sides.

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1. Shiriusu no densetsu (1981)

108 min | Animation, Drama, Family

A prince of the sea and a child of fire engage in a tragic forbidden romance.

Director: Masami Hata | Stars: Tôru Furuya, Mami Koyama, Keiko Han, Michiko Nomura

Votes: 348

Long ago, spirits of fire and water lived as one. But jealous Algaroch, lord of the winds, drove a rift between King Oceanus and his sister Hyperia, queen of fire. Since then fire fairies and water sprites have been at war and forbidden from consorting, but when Prince Sirius, the king's chosen successor, meets Hyperia's beautiful daughter Malta, they fall madly in love. A wise, old turtle explains their one chance is to reach the hill of Elysium during the next solar eclipse, where a magic flower blossoms that can carry them to a distant star where fire and water live as one.

2. 9 (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 79 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

60 Metascore

A rag doll that awakens in a postapocalyptic future holds the key to humanity's salvation.

Director: Shane Acker | Stars: Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 120,866 | Gross: $31.74M

In a world destroyed in a war between man and machine, a hand-stitched doll with the number 9 written on its back comes to life. The world he has awakened in is frightening, but he quickly learns that he is not alone and that there are others like him, also with a single digit written on their back, who can help him in the fight for survival.

3. The Secret of Kells (2009)

Not Rated | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

81 Metascore

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.

Directors: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey | Stars: Evan McGuire, Brendan Gleeson, Mick Lally, Christen Mooney

Votes: 26,630 | Gross: $0.69M

The story takes place in the eighth century, a perilous time when Viking raiders threatened to destroy Irish civilization. Since his parents were killed by Vikings, 12-year-old Brendan has lived within the walled monastery of Kells under the stern eye of his uncle, Abbot Cellach. But his life changes when Brother Aidan arrives at Kells with a wondrously beautiful but unfinished illuminated manuscript, created to be "a beacon in these dark times." Brendan realizes he wants to become an illuminator and complete the book, despite his uncle's opposition. His decision helps him win the friendship of Aisling, a silver-haired wood fairy, and requires him to battle the monstrous pagan god Crom Cruach and save Kells from pending invaders.

4. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer

Votes: 159,200 | Gross: $156.45M

I know, I know, I said non disney. But! This film is not exclusively disney as it contains characters from more studios than i can count. For that reason i have included it here. The story revolves around a human detective named Eddie Valiant who is hired to take pictures of Maroon cartoons biggest stars wife, Jessica Rabbit. When they show the picture of Jessica playing patty cake with Marvin Acme to Roger he hits the roof, literally! The next day Marvin turns up dead and the man, or rabbit, hunt is on for the most wanted rabbit in toon town. The only problem is Roger is innocent and he enlists the help of Eddie, the man that got him into this mess, to help prove his innocence before The judge can give him the dip, the only way to kill a toon. Things get worse when Marvin's will goes missing leaving the fate of toon town itself hanging in the balance as well.

5. Le Petit Prince (2015)

PG | 108 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

70 Metascore

A little girl lives in a very grown-up world with her mother, who tries to prepare her for it. Her neighbor, the Aviator, introduces the girl to an extraordinary world where anything is possible, the world of the Little Prince.

Director: Mark Osborne | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard

Votes: 45,298 | Gross: $1.34M

'The Little Prince' is a beautiful animated movie that was shockingly withheld from American audiences. Two days before it's USA national release paramount pulled it indefinitely from the theatrical schedule, without explanation, other than that they didn't feel it would appeal to Americans. Soon after, exclusive rights were purchased by NetFlix and it will be released in August 2016, nearly a year after the rest of the world. Though these unfortunate circumstances don't generally bode well, the film is fantastic. It tells the story of a little girl who grew up way too fast and her old neighbor who never did. Through stories of his past, and his friend that he calls the little prince, the old man slowly awakens the childhood spirt inside of her and helps her to come to terms with real life inevitabilities such as living, loving, losing, aging, and even death. The animation is a combination of two very different styles, computer & stop motion, which makes the movie even better than it would have been otherwise as the stories being told stand out from the rest of the film in a unique and breathtaking way. If you don't see this film it is definitely your loss.

6. The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)

G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

80 Metascore

The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their teenage daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Stars: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Moises Arias

Votes: 63,198 | Gross: $19.20M

7. Gulliver's Travels (1939)

Passed | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Gulliver washes ashore on Lilliput and attempts to prevent war between that tiny kingdom and its equally minuscule rival, Blefuscu, as well as smooth the way for the romance between the ... See full summary »

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Jessica Dragonette, Lanny Ross, Pinto Colvig, Cal Howard

Votes: 3,139

This 1939 animated film is based on Jonathan Swift's classic novel about a sailor stranded on an island populated by people the size of his thumb. When Gabby, the town crier, discovers Gulliver on the beach, he runs to tell the king. But the king is preoccupied with the impending wedding of his daughter, Princess Gloria, to Prince David from the neighboring kingdom. When the kingdoms can't agree on which song to play at the wedding, Gulliver is caught in the middle of a war. His common sense helps the two sides resolve their dispute, but not before a lot of adventure and romance.

8. Felidae (1994)

82 min | Animation, Action, Drama

A cat must investigate brutal murders of other cats in a neighborhood he has moved into with his owner.

Director: Michael Schaack | Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Mario Adorf, Helge Schneider, Wolfgang Hess

Votes: 3,133

This is a dark animated film that is truly great. It is originally a german film but is dubbed in english very well. It is most certainly not for children. The story revolves around a house cat named Francis who is new to the neighborhood and stumbles upon a murder mystery as someone is ripping the throats out of a whole bunch of cats. With the help of his new friend Bluebeard, a stray Maine Coon that lives nearby, he investigates and discovers a conspiracy, a cover-up, and a cult as well as discovers the true meaning of what it means to be felidae. But can they catch the killer before the rest of their friends turn up dead... only time will tell. Felidae is a dramatic adult oriented adventure that shouldn't be missed.

9. Faeries (1981 TV Short)

30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

The king of the faeries sends for a young hunter after his shadow escapes and threatens his kingdom.

Director: Lee Mishkin | Stars: Hans Conried, Craig Schaefer, Morgan Brittany, Frank Welker

Votes: 118

Oisin is returning home with a group of huntsmen when a faerie princess appears to him and whisks him away to meet her father, who asks him to defeat the evil Shadow who threatens Faerie Land. Now Oisin and his new friends must avoid the Red Caps, the Shadow's evil soldiers, and make their way to the tallest tower to defeat the evil Shadow and save Faerie Land once and for all. Faeries is a very good, all be it, very short film that is done in a animation style reminiscent of the hobbit but has a unique feel all its own. Highly recommended!

10. Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989)

G | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

A young boy whose dreams transcend reality is sucked into his own fantasy, which is everything he has dreamed of until he unleashes a century old secret that may not only destroy this ... See full summary »

Directors: Masami Hata, William T. Hurtz | Stars: Gabriel Damon, Mickey Rooney, Rene Auberjonois, Danny Mann

Votes: 5,980 | Gross: $1.37M

Inspired by Winsor McCay's early 1900s comic strip, this tells the magical story of a little boy and his fantastic adventures in a dream kingdom. Welcome to the fantasy world of Little Nemo, where dreams of enchanted lands and new friends take young Nemo into an exciting, fun-filled adventure through Slumberland all in one unforgettable night.

11. The Last Unicorn (1982)

G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil king who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury, Alan Arkin

Votes: 21,259 | Gross: $6.46M

Based upon the Peter S. Beagle novel of the same name. A unicorn, who believes herself to be the last, searches for any others of her kind, while avoiding the malevolent Red Bull, the agent believed to have destroyed the rest of the herd. Along the way, she is mistaken, ignored, attacked, and obsessed about, finally finding help from a magician, Schmendrick, and a knight, Prince Lir. Now this brave unicorn and her friends must face an evil king who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns.

12. Watership Down (1978)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home.

Director: Martin Rosen | Stars: John Hurt, Richard Briers, Ralph Richardson, Michael Graham Cox

Votes: 28,493

Based upon Richard Adam's novel of the same title, this delves into the surprisingly violent world of a warren of rabbits as they seek to establish a new colony free of tyranny and human intervention. Frightening and bloody in some scenes. Not recommended for young children.

13. Epic (2013)

PG | 102 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

52 Metascore

A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group of characters in order to save their world -- and ours.

Director: Chris Wedge | Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Beyoncé, Colin Farrell

Votes: 92,411 | Gross: $107.52M

The story of 'Epic' revolves around a young lady name M.K. who magically finds herself in the middle of a war between the forces of life and decay. When the queen of life lays dying in the forest a human girl stumbles upon her and magically shrinks to the size of an ant where she is tasked, at the queens request, with the protection of a rose bud, not a sleigh, which is the key to crowning a new queen but only if she can get it to a special place in the forest and allow it to bloom in the light. With the help of the queens shattered lover, two slugs, her giant sized bumbling father, and a cocky soldier it is up to M.K. to save them all. This film is awesome it is a compelling and engaging story done in breath taking computer animation. This 'epic' story shouldn't be missed.

14. Anomalisa (2015)

R | 90 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

88 Metascore

A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.

Directors: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman | Stars: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan

Votes: 52,419 | Gross: $3.76M

'Anomalisa' is a strange academy award nominated film that finds beauty and inspiration in the mundanity of human existence. The film revolves around an inspirational speaker named Michael who is board with life, but after meeting the lively Lisa he decides to do something out ordinary. The film is at times awkward, and uncomfortable, and even a bit strange but thats all part of what makes it great. Done with painstakingly detailed stop-motion animation that is simply amazing. Parents, this one is absolutely not for kids which is quite evident in the very long and strikingly realistic and graphic sex scene that is included. So if you're an adult looking for something different, like Michael, give this film a try.

15. Corto Maltese - Sous le signe du capricorne (2002)

80 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In 1916, laconic adventurer Corto Maltese is in Paramaribo, Surinam visiting his mystic female friend Java. He helps a young heir haunted by voodoo spirits, delivers some weapons to rebels in Brazil and hunts for treasure with Rasputin.

Directors: Richard Danto, Liam Saury | Stars: Richard Berry, Patrick Bouchitey, Catherine Jacob, Marie Trintignant

Votes: 108

This is the second (story order) of five movies released in 2002 that deal with the tales of Corto Maltese. In addition to these five movies there are also six twenty-minute television episodes released at the same time that chronicle his smaller adventures. For those of you not familiar with Corto I'll give a brief introduction as well. Corto Maltese is a european graphic novel series created by the legendary writer Hugo Pratt who is so respected by the comic industry for the groundbreaking strides he made in the creation of what is now know as a graphic novel, that he has an island nation in DC comics continuity named his most famous character Corto Maltese, that first appeared in the dark knights returns series as a nod to Hugo Pratt. Corto Maltese is, by most accounts, the most popular comic character in all of Europe. Corto Maltese is a laconic sea captain, without a ship, that goes on adventures all around the world during the early 20th century. He is best described as a "rogue with a heart of gold", he is a peripatetic sailor who is both stoic and sympathetic to the disadvantaged. He is a take *beep* from no one sort of character, hardcore if you will, who has a sarcastic flare. This film takes place in 1916 and starts while Corto is in Paramaribo, Surinam visiting his mystic female friend Java In this tale he helps a young heir haunted by voodoo spirits, delivers some weapons to rebels in Brazil and hunts for treasure with his friend Rasputin. All the films are great and I recommend that you watch them in the correct (story) order but this is my favorite.

16. Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (1985)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Animation, Sci-Fi

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, Orin, unearths the hilt of a mythical sword that ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Hahn | Stars: Joe Colligan, Carmen Argenziano, Noelle North, Anthony De Longis

Votes: 1,617 | Gross: $3.36M

Deep within a subterranean Mine-World, a tribe of humans forced into a grim life of servitude by the malevolent overlord Zygon knows nothing of the surface world or of hope until a brave young boy named Orin discovers a sword with mysterious powers that only he can unlock! After escaping the Mine-World with his weapon, Orin teams with rogue smuggler Dagg, a beautiful princess and some trusty robots on an intergalactic mission to free his enslaved people and defeat the evil Zygon!

17. Titan A.E. (2000)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

48 Metascore

A young man learns that he has to find a hidden Earth ship before an enemy alien species does in order to secure the survival of humanity.

Directors: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman | Stars: Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore, Bill Pullman, John Leguizamo

Votes: 54,954 | Gross: $22.75M

A reluctant young hero holds the key to the future of mankind in the palm of his hand in this eye-popping, sci-fi adventure. It's the year 3028 and the Drej, a vicious alien race, have destroyed Earth. Fifteen years later a young man named Cale learns he possesses a genetically encoded map to the Titan, a spaceship that holds the secret to the salvation of the human race.

18. Song of the Sea (2014)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

85 Metascore

Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the fairies and save the spirit world.

Director: Tomm Moore | Stars: David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson, Lisa Hannigan, Fionnula Flanagan

Votes: 38,779 | Gross: $0.86M

This story of two children's epic journey to find their mother is based upon a Celtic folk tale. All i can say is that this film is AWESOME, just watch it and sea... catch the pun... for yourself.

19. Kérity, la maison des contes (2009)

Not Rated | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Natanaël, seven, still doesn't know how to read. His eccentric old aunt bequeaths her house to his parents and her book collection to the young boy. Nat discovers that the books serve as a ... See full summary »

Director: Dominique Monfery | Stars: Ruy Abitbol, Paul Bandey, Natacha Body, Peppino Capotondi

Votes: 655

When a young illiterate boy's great aunt dies and the family moves into her house he quickly realizes that the books in the library are much more than they appear. The characters from the books are alive and need his help to keep them from vanishing but the only thing that can save them is if he is able to read an ancient incantation that can hold them in this world. This is a beautiful and inspiring film that is suitable for all ages.

20. Ponyo (2008)

G | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

86 Metascore

A five-year-old boy develops a relationship with Ponyo, a young goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, Tomoko Yamaguchi

Votes: 99,606 | Gross: $15.09M

21. The Flight of Dragons (1982 Video)

Passed | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A young Boston writer goes back in time into an era where wizards and dragon reign and science is just barely known.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Victor Buono, James Gregory, James Earl Jones, Harry Morgan

Votes: 4,737

The realm of magic is being threatened by the realm of logic, so Carolinus, the green wizard decides to shield it for all time. Ommedon, the evil red wizard, stands in his way. Carolinus then calls for a quest that is to be led by a man from the future, who is the first man of both the realms of science and magic. It is his job to defeat Ommedon.

22. Mune: Guardian of the Moon (2014)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

When an evil magma demon and his minions steals the sun of a magical world, the new guardians of both the sun and the moon must embark on a quest to retrieve it and save their world from disaster as the moon faces destruction as well.

Directors: Alexandre Heboyan, Benoît Philippon | Stars: Omar Sy, Izïa Higelin, Michaël Grégorio, Shafik Ahmad

Votes: 4,017

23. Corto Maltese - La ballade de la mer salée (2002)

87 min | Animation, Adventure, Crime

In 1913, laconic sea captain Corto Maltese, adrift in the Pacific, gets rescued by his bandit friend Rasputin who's taking two rich shipwrecked teens to an island where his boss the Monk will hold them for ransom. WWI complicates things.

Directors: Richard Danto, Liam Saury | Stars: Jacques Bouanich, Marc Chapiteau, David Le Rheun, Mark Lesser

Votes: 232

This is the first (story order) of five movies released in 2002 that deal with the tales of Corto Maltese. This tale takes place in 1913, laconic sea captain Corto Maltese is adrift in the Pacific Ocean and gets rescued by his bandit friend Rasputin who’s taking two rich shipwrecked teens to an island where his boss the Monk will hold them for ransom but WWI soon complicates things. All the films are great and I recommend that you watch them in the correct (story) order.

24. The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985)

G | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn join Mark Twain on his airship to meet Halley's Comet.

Director: Will Vinton | Stars: James Whitmore, Michele Mariana, Gary Krug, Chris Ritchie

Votes: 2,149 | Gross: $0.85M

Where dreams become reality. Ready to fulfill his destiny--by crashing into Halley's comet--Mark Twain prepares for a hot air balloon ride to find the comet. With stowaways Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn aboard his interplanetary balloon, they observe the historical events that inspired Twain through a magical time portal.

25. Judas & Jesus (2009)

R | 15 min | Animation, Short

How Judas grassed on Jesus to earn the 30 euros he needed as entry fee to Maria Magdalena's sex show.

Directors: Olaf Encke, Claudia Romero

Votes: 357

The story of of Judas Ischariot, Mary Magdalena, & Jesus Christ as never told before. With Goats, Sheep and Bulls filling the pivitol roles. This one is definately not for kids.

26. Omoide no Mânî (2014)

PG | 103 min | Animation, Drama, Family

72 Metascore

Upon being sent to live with relatives in the countryside, an emotionally distant preteen girl becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and infatuated with a girl who lives there - a girl who may or may not be real.

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Stars: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima, Susumu Terajima

Votes: 21,294 | Gross: $0.77M

27. The Lego Movie (2014)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

83 Metascore

An ordinary LEGO construction worker, thought to be the prophesied as "special", is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the LEGO universe into eternal stasis.

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller | Stars: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett

Votes: 284,719 | Gross: $257.76M

Everything Is Awesome... Enough Said!

28. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

68 Metascore

Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg

Votes: 193,926 | Gross: $77.59M

Based on the original "Tintin" comics by Hergé, 'The Adventures of Tintin' follows the exciting exploits of a young reporter, his dog, a sea captain with a drinking problem, and a couple of bumbling Interpol detectives as they travel from Europe to the Sahara and Morocco in pursuit of a pickpocket, model-ship collectors, and long-lost treasure.

29. La reine soleil (2007)

90 min | Animation

Akhesa, lovely Princess 14, is far from imagining that one day reign over Egypt ... When this adventure begins, the impetuous young girl rebels against her father, Pharaoh Akhenaton. She ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Leclerc | Stars: Philippe Allard, Catherine Conet, Alexandra Corréa, Jean-Marc Delhausse

Votes: 307

The "Princess of The Sun" revolves around the journey of a girl destined to be the queen of ancient Egypt but when her family is murdered she must reclaim her throne and avenge her family.

30. Animal Farm (1954)

Approved | 72 min | Animation, Drama

A successful farmyard revolution by the resident animals vs. the farmer goes horribly wrong as the victors create a new tyranny among themselves.

Directors: Joy Batchelor, John Halas | Stars: Gordon Heath, Maurice Denham

Votes: 12,224

Based on the classic novel by George Orwell, Animal Farm tells the story of a group of farm animals who successfully revolt against their cruel human owner, only to be enslaved anew by the unscrupulous pig Napoleon, whose slogan is "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

31. Cool World (1992)

PG-13 | 102 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

28 Metascore

A comic strip femme fatale seeks to seduce her cartoonist creator in order to cross over into the real world.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Kim Basinger, Brad Pitt, Michele Abrams

Votes: 18,311 | Gross: $14.11M

A awesome blend of cartoon and live action. This is the story of a toon who wants to be human at any costs and the human cop trapped in the cool world who is determined to stop her. With the classic Bakshi animation style and caracter styles as the driving force for the story this sweet film shouldn't be missed. Don't let the kiddies watch this one it is filled with adult content and language, oh ya and much of the story revolves around sex. Awesome film though!

32. Bébé's Kids (1992)

PG-13 | 72 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

To impress his new girlfriend, a man agrees to look after her friend's kids, only to find that they are uncontrollably rambunctious.

Director: Bruce W. Smith | Stars: Faizon Love, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Robin Harris, Wayne Collins

Votes: 4,105 | Gross: $8.44M

Bébé's Kids is a fun film about a ladies' man named Robin who luckily meets the woman of his dreams. Unfortunately his plans for a romantic first date take a drastic turn when he is stuck entertaining her kids at the amusement park Fun World.

33. The Nutcracker Prince (1990)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

An adaption of the classic tale of a girl's dreams turned reality when her new toy turns out to be a young man placed under a curse.

Director: Paul Schibli | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Megan Follows, Peter O'Toole, Mike MacDonald

Votes: 1,789 | Gross: $1.78M

Based on E.T.A. Hoffman's book 'The Nutcracker & The Mouse King the story begins when Clara receives the gift of a nutcracker on Christmas Eve from toy maker Drosselmeier. He then tells her the tale of how his nephew rescued a princess and was promised her hand when the evil Mouse King turned him into a nutcracker, making him the prince of dolls. That night, Clara lives the battles between the Nutcracker Prince, backed by his legion of toy soldiers, and the mouse king and his minions. When the prince wins, he invites her to come to his doll kingdom. Drosselmeier then shrinks her and she climbs through her dollhouse castle door into a world of flying swans, sugarplums, and ballerinas. This version of the classic nutcraker relies on battle sequences as well as the tradidional dance and is a magical interpretaion of the story that apeals to boys and girls of all ages.

34. Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka (2003)

90 min | Sci-Fi, Animation

The Doctor, a time-traveling alien explorer, is sent by his people, the Time Lords, to liberate a small town in England from the tyrannical rule of a race of alien lava creatures called the... See full summary »

Stars: Richard E. Grant, Sophie Okonedo, Derek Jacobi, Craig Kelly

Votes: 314

This first animated forray into the world of Doctor Who is a fun and exciting adventure unlike any other. For those of you not familiar with Doctor Who it is a classic british sci-fi cult television series which centers around an alien known only as The Doctor. He has a space/time ship called the TARDIS that appears as a small blue police box on the outside but is much larger on the inside. He travels through space and time trying to protect life in the universe and almost always with the help a companion, which is an average everyday ordinary human that joins him on his adventures. The doctor also transforms appearance with the resurgence of a new lifetime. This story jumps into the middle of life of the ninth doctor, voiced here by Richard E. Grant but played in the live action series by Christopher Eccleston, in which the earth has been invaded by the Shalka, a reptilian-like alien species, and no one has actually noticed. This is a fun adventure that is great whether you're a newcomer to Doctor Who or a veteran fan. This film was originally aired as six 15-Minute webisodes but can be found in movie format on the dvd.

35. The Pagemaster (1994)

G | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A cowardly boy, who buries himself in accident statistics, enters a library to escape a storm, only to be transformed into an animated illustration by the Pagemaster. He has to work through obstacles from classic books to return to real-life.

Directors: Pixote Hunt, Joe Johnston | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Christopher Lloyd, Kanin Howell, Alexis Kirschner

Votes: 18,014 | Gross: $13.67M

Seeking refuge from a storm, timid Richard Tyler enters an empty library only to be swept away into the magical animated world of the Pagemaster. It's a timeless place of wonder and discovery where legendary characters from literary classics come alive. Richard meets the infamous Dr. Jekyll, as well as Mr. Hide, comes face to face with Moby Dick, and goes toe n' toe with treacherous pirates on Treasure Island, Not to mention an a giant fire-breathing dragon. He is guided on his journey by a trio of talking books, Adventure, Fantasy and Horror. Richard must now conquer his greatest fears in order to find his way home. The movie is bookended by live-action sequences.

36. The Snow Queen (1957)

Unrated | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

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.

Director: Lev Atamanov | Stars: Vladimir Gribkov, Yanina Zhejmo, Anna Komolova, Mariya Babanova

Votes: 1,669

A lonely and powerful fairy, known as the Snow Queen, kidnaps a little boy named Kay. In order to rescue him his best friend Gerda must overcome many obstacles on her journey. This film is a classic piece of Russian animation created by the legendary Lev Atamanov and it is quite spectacular. There are two different english dubs both of which have their own merits. I say go with the original Sandra Dee & Art Linkletter version but the Mickey Rooney, Kathleen Turner & Kirsten Dunst version is quite good as well.

37. The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb (1993)

Unrated | 60 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A boy born the size of a small doll is kidnapped by a genetic lab and must find a way back to his father in this inventive adventure filmed using stop motion animation techniques. Tom meets... See full summary »

Director: Dave Borthwick | Stars: Nick Upton, Deborah Collard, Frank Passingham, John Schofield

Votes: 1,317 | Gross: $0.07M

A tiny mutant child is kidnapped by evil government agents and taken to a lab where he's the subject of horrifying experiments, and after befriending other "creatures" in the lab, little Tom, A boy born the size of a small doll, escapes with Jack the Giant Killer and must find a way back to his father. Tom also meets a variety of strange creatures and eventually discovers a race of miniature humans like himself. This is a unique blend of stop-motion animation and human "pixilation".

38. The Scarecrow (2000)

G | 81 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

In the time of the Pilgrims, a scarecrow, who comes to life as long as he wears a feather in his cap, endeavors--with the help of an enchanted broomstick and a wisecracking mouse--to rescue... See full summary »

Directors: Brian Nissen, Richard Rich | Stars: Shawn Hoffman, Belinda Montgomery, Ray Porter, Christie Albers

Votes: 155

This film is really a guilty pleasure. It is most certainly a cookie cutter Disney wannabe but it is one that you can't help but be entertained by. The story revolves around a scarecrow, a homeless girl, a witch and an evil guy who want's nothing more than to marry the homeless girl. She has been saving her entire life to buy her freedom and stashing the cash under a scarecrow near an abandoned house outside of town. The house actually belongs to a playful witch who has brought her scarecrow to life. When the witch goes on a trip she leaves her scarecrow a magic feather that makes him appear to others as a real boy. This is where the fun begins... In the end the film presents an original Pinocchio story like we've never seen before.

39. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Not Rated | 89 min | Animation, Drama, War

A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Akemi Yamaguchi, Yoshiko Shinohara

Votes: 176,131

40. Le magasin des suicides (2012)

79 min | Animation, Comedy, Musical

A family-run shop that sells everything you need to take your own life finds it hard to focus on business after a new baby -- one who makes everyone around him happy -- is born into the family.

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Bernard Alane, Isabelle Spade, Kacey Mottet Klein, Isabelle Giami

Votes: 5,931

The story revolves around a family business which sells implements to assist in the act of suicide. They begins to question their lot in life after the arrival of a new baby that seems to bring happiness wherever it goes. The film is dark, morbid, and quite frankly beautiful. The animation is like nothing you've seen before. Parent's you might want to keep the kids away from this one... The subject matter can be difficult to explain...

41. The Princess and the Pea (2002)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

It is loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson's classic fairy tale. Because the evil prince Laird did not inherit the crown of Corazion, he sought his revenge by secretly switching his ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Swan | Stars: Forrest S. Baker III, Sarah Baker, Hetty Baynes, Liz May Brice

Votes: 214

At first sight this film seems like another Disney knockoff but upon further examination it really holds an interesting and complex story that is much more than its source material. The story revolves around a young peasant girl who was switched at birth with her shrill and unbearable cousin. This is the story of how she discovers her roots and meets her father for the first time as well as the prince of her dreams... of course! It all, kind of, revolves around the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale. The animation is really nice and is certainly worth the time it takes to watch.

42. ABC Weekend Specials (1977–1995)
Episode: The Magic Flute (1994)

44 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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Directors: Marlene Robinson May, Ron Myrick | Stars: Michael York, Samantha Eggar, Joely Fisher, Mark Hamill

Votes: 39

The magic flute has a whimsical story about a prince who is asked by the queen of the night to rescue her daughter before her 18th birthday b/c on that day she will gain unbelievable powers and she fears that they will be stolen if she is not rescued. She gives the prince a magical flute to use in the case of emergencies. So as not to spoil the story i am going to stop there but just know that there are magical creatures, silly sidekicks, and vicious dragons to round out the story. The magic flute is a good film for all ages.

43. Fainaru fantajî (1994– )

120 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Based on the obscure "Final Fantasy 5". 150 years later, two decendants of the heroic Battsu must track down the crystals. Along their way, they meet monsters, phantoms and two airship ... See full summary »

Stars: Shigeru Chiba, John DeMita, Julia Fletcher, John Hostetter

Votes: 390

Final Fantsy: The Legend of the Crystals takes place on Planet R, 200 years after the Final Fantasy V video game, a new evil named Deathgyunos comes from the Black Moon and seeks to take the Crystals that protect it. Linaly and Pretz, under the direction of the spirit MID, journey to the Temple of Wind to seek the source of this new danger, They eventually meet the sky pirate Rouge and Commander Valcus, commander of The Iron Wing. and together form forming a new generation of Light Warriors to defeat the darness.

44. A Fish Tale (2000)

G | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Three children accidentally get turned into fish after drinking a potion made by an eccentric scientist. The kids end up in the sea, with one problem. They must find and drink the antidote within 48 hours, or forever remain as fish.

Directors: Stefan Fjeldmark, Greg Manwaring, Michael Donovan, Michael Hegner | Stars: Nis Bank-Mikkelsen, Søren Sætter-Lassen, Morten Kerrn Nielsen, Sebastian Jessen

Votes: 4,945

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45. La flûte à six schtroumpfs (1976)

G | 89 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

A villain named McCreep steals the Smurfs' magic flute, an instrument that makes people dance wildly, and uses it to rob them. The Smurf King sends out Peewit to track down the thief and retrieve the flute.

Director: Peyo | Stars: Georges Atlas, Jacques Balutin, Angelo Bardi, Jacques Ciron

Votes: 1,011 | Gross: $11.23M

A villain named McCreep steals the Smurfs' magic flute, an instrument that makes people dance wildly, and uses it to rob them. The King sends out Johan and Peewit to track down the thief and retrieve the flute. Now they must get it back at all costs, so they head to the magical kingdom of Smurfs to ask for their help (The DVD contains the original 1976 english language U.K. audio track not the 1983 U.S. audio track). [FYI. The British Audio Track Sucks, it gives the characters names and voices that are incredibly odd as well as changes some of the musical sequences, Go with the american release vhs for the best audio track.]

46. Cheatin' (2013)

76 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

74 Metascore

In a fateful bumper car collision, Jake and Ella meet and become the most loving couple in the long history of romance. But when a scheming "other" woman drives a wedge of jealousy into ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Plympton | Stars: Sophia Takal, Jeremy Baumann, Alex Markowitz, Sita Steele

Votes: 675

47. Mimi wo sumaseba (1995)

G | 111 min | Animation, Drama, Family

A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and a boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses.

Director: Yoshifumi Kondô | Stars: Yoko Honna, Issey Takahashi, Takashi Tachibana, Shigeru Muroi

Votes: 36,841

48. Wizards (1977)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy