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39 Non-Disney Animated Movies You'll Definitely Want To Watch

Oh, and you don't have to be a kid to enjoy them, either.

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2. The Secret of Kells

"My grandparents were Irish immigrants. Since their passing, I have held fast to their memory and my lineage. To see their history and folklore portrayed in such an enchanting film meant a lot to me. It frustrates me that so little people know this film." —Ann Catherine Hughes, Facebook

3. Spirited Away

"Apart from the truly beautiful and stunning artwork and character designs, it's very inspiring and full of characters who mature and change. Chihiro in particular does a lot of growing. She starts out a sulky child and becomes a confident girl ready to take on whatever comes. It has strong female roles, a ton of imagination, and a happy ending. Truly magical." —graceanneb

4. The Prince of Egypt

"The Prince of Egypt is one of the most beautiful animated films ever made. The animation is exquisite and the soundtrack is amazing (not just the Whitney/Mariah duet). The story of the deliverance of the children of Israel always seems current and topical to whatever horrors the news brings us each day." —C Paul Keller, Facebook

5. Thumbelina

"It's a little dated, but it's such a wonderful, forgotten gem. Jodi Benson shines as the voice of Thumbelina, and the song 'Let Me Be Your Wings' is so gorgeous and sweet. Really, all the songs are brilliant. When I think of all my dreams and imaginings from my childhood, I think of this film." —Sommer Toadvine, Facebook

6. The Last Unicorn

"It's gothic, whimsical, romantic, and a great fairy tale full of unicorn mythology. It's based on a book with the same name, and is one of the few movie adaptations that exceeds the book. There is also gorgeous animation and fantastic vocal talents, such an Mia Farrow as the unicorn and Jeff Bridges as Prince Lir." —butterflybutts91


9. Quest for Camelot

"Quest for Camelot was my favourite when I was younger. I recently bought the DVD from Amazon because I was feeling nostalgic. It has everything you could want — adventure, dragons, an attractive forest man... The music is great, and Celine Dion sings. You just can't lose!" —elizabethk19

11. Your Name

"Kimi no Na wa (Your Name). I am the hugest Studio Ghibli fan, but this anime movie is better than all SG films. That's a testament to how good it is. I've watched it about 50 times in the past two months. The soundtrack is incredible, and the movie will take you on an emotional rollercoaster like no other movie you've watched." —alicea4e679cdf6


12. The Road to El Dorado

"I LOVED (and still love) The Road to El Dorado. Dreamworks really brought the legend to life, with Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh as the lead voice actors. The animation is flawless AND they had Elton John as the narrator and the composer (along with Tim Rice). The music is so good. Plus Kenneth and Kevin recorded in the same room to get a better flow between their characters, which I think is totally evident! Overall, it's a must-see." —Katie Asselin, Facebook

15. American Pop

"American Pop is a real beauty for everyone, from music buffs to Ralph Bakshi fans. It has moving emotional depth, and does a better job than most mainstream films in exploring the threads that link multiple generations. Awesome tunes, unique animation style, and a quiet but passionate story make it one of the great American films of the later 20th century." —Collin Dreizen, Facebook

16. Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland

"I couldn't tell you how many times I watched this move as a child. It was visually stunning and I loved every single one of those characters. That's when I realised I needed a flying squirrel as a pet and must visit Slumberland in my lifetime. 10/10 recommend forever." —Erica Antonello, Facebook


17. The Secret of NIMH

"The Secret of NIMH is such a gem. When you get emotionally invested in the health and relationships of mice and crows, you know the writers did a good job. Gorgeous animation, underrated soundtrack, and Dom DeLuise — of COURSE it's a classic!" —Jonathan Hamrick, Facebook

18. Shrek

"The entire Shrek franchise. I Iove Shrek because it killed so many stereotypes and it made you think as a kid about representation. It helped me to see that irrespective of our differences, happiness does exist. Also there were tons of good songs and plenty of jokes that had me howling with laughter." —allegrachloe4


26. A Troll In Central Park

"I grew up watching it. Then years later, I read that it actually bombed because of its lack of marketing and limited release, which is kinda sad considering it really is a great movie for kids! Great songs and beautiful story, with a lovely mix of comedy, drama, and action! I remember getting really caught up with the film's emotion, especially near the end." —jamest42a464b24

27. The Thief and the Cobbler

"The Thief and the Cobbler is just out-of-this-world funny (especially if you've been watching it since you were a child). The colours and shapes were always fun to watch as a kid, but the jokes from the thief as he thinks to himself throughout the movie are just the best." —aroseasis

33. The Flight of Dragons

"I have tons of favourites but I'm only going to mention the often-forgotten The Flight of Dragons. It's a Rankin/Bass production in the same vain as The Last Unicorn but 100x better! The main story is essentially science and logic vs. magic and belief. If you've never seen The Flight of Dragons, go watch it now." —Kristina Rivera, Facebook

34. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

"It doesn't specify children-friendly movies, so I'll say South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. Part of it is the toilet humour, of course, but the movie also presents a very smart argument about censorship and the responsibility of parents in making sure their children don't see mature films. Plus the songs are top-notch. (Even Stephen Sondheim thinks so!)"

36. Titan A.E.

"I always loved sci-fi as a kid, and from the first time I saw it I was hooked. Akima, the main female character, was a pilot and a badass, which was so cool for me to see, since I never really identified with other female animated characters like Belle or Ariel." —pgirl12

37. The Brave Little Toaster

"It is such a strikingly deep and emotional film that poignantly captures themes of loss, separation, and abandonment to the point that, as I rewatch it as a college sophomore, I'm still in awe of it. Also, some of the imagery is just so chilling even to adult viewers that it's kind of surprising it's geared toward such a young audience." —ravenbehaven

38. An American Tail

"The Fievel movies — An American Tail and Fievel Goes West. As a child, those movies made me curious to learn about Jewish oppression, the immigrant experience, New York, and so much more. I think Fievel is what made me love American history so much. Very well done, historically accurate and moving films (ignoring those problematic Native American mice, of course)." —smplkndagrl

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