So, I’m flattered that a lot of people enjoyed my article about Disney films I like that are terribly underrated. But what about any animated films that aren’t made by Disney?
I must have had a post for this in the back of my mind until I saw Michelle’s post that made me remember. Here they are:
The Secret of NIMH
My all-time favorite. This movie doesn’t get enough attention and that boggles my mind.
It’s the darkest animated film I’ve ever seen and truly portrays that life as a mouse can be scary. Cats appear to be vicious than they really are, and imagine how scary a tractor is to all the animals that live in the field. The soundtrack during that scene truly makes it feel that way. Also it’s the first animated film where I’ve seen characters wounded or killed and it’s not covered up.
I love all the characters, both good and evil. Jenner is practically a serial killer, it doesn’t take long for you to notice the Great Owl and Nicodemus look the same, and Mrs. Brisby may not be the bravest mouse, but she’ll do anything to protect her family.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
I was drawn to this movie for its music and it was a memorable experience seeing it in theaters. While you’ve got Bryan Adams to provide you with songs, there’s also the fantastic score by Hans Zimmer.
What makes this movie so iconic is how much story and emotion is put into it without the usage of talking animals. The landscapes are also beautifully done too. If you love horses, this is a movie for you.
Another one of Don Bluth’s creations. She’s a princess in her own way. Another great animated film with a beautiful soundtrack, I can’t get enough of Once Upon a December. I wish there was an extended version of it.
When I was a kid I didn’t understand at first why Dimitri was eager to find a clone of Anastasia to bring back to her grandmother, he was just in it for the money until he realized the latest girl he had was the real deal, recovering from amnesia.
Rasputin is a rather interesting villain, who gets his own song just like a Disney one and the film may not be historically accurate, but it never gets old for me.
I know what you’re thinking, why am I only saying the second movie in this series? Well I like the first one as well, the third one was okay, and the fourth I never saw.
The second has always been my favourite for its soundtrack and story. It had a lot of twists that I didn’t expect; like how many of you thought the Fairy Godmother was going to be on our side until she reveals herself to be a breaker of true love to only make people’s happy endings the way she sees fits. But any creature can have a happy ending, including ogres.
I also like how we learn more about Fiona’s backstory, now we know she wasn’t abducted by some hooded stranger and locked in that tower!
Last but not least, I need to put some cute penguins in this post! I find that this movie is about accepting differences.
The penguin culture revolves around singing to attract a mate, but Mumble was born unable to sing, and finds himself a talent in tap-dancing that is shunned and ridiculed by his family, peers, and even the elders.
I never understood why he still had the physical features of a baby penguin by the time he reached adulthood. Was this a way of distinguishing him from the others? Did Gloria forgive him and they got together?
Regardless of the questions I have, this movie has so many cool moments and music that makes it worth rewatching.
What are your favorite non-Disney animated films?