Forgotten, overlooked & unloved Cartoon Movies

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Animated films, Disney and Non-Disney, that may have cult followings and-or are all but forgotten. May include Less popular but known (Disney) titles from the pre-Renaissance (Little Mermaid) era and the Rise of Pixar (post-Toy Story/Pocahontas) as well as many from the 70s, 80s, late 90s and early 2000's that were left in the shadows, or pushed there by more popular films of the time (such as those by Pixar or about certain princesses). I mostly excluded Japanese animated films, however, with the exception of Little Nemo (Slumberland).

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1. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

52 Metascore

A young adventurer named Milo Thatch joins an intrepid group of explorers to find the mysterious lost continent of Atlantis.

Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Jim Varney, Corey Burton, Claudia Christian

Votes: 97,801 | Gross: $84.05M

Fantastic underrated gem

2. Treasure Planet (2002)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

60 Metascore

A Disney animated version of "Treasure Island". The only difference is that this movie is set in outer space with alien worlds and other galactic wonders.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson, Martin Short, Roscoe Lee Browne

Votes: 96,035 | Gross: $38.18M

Extremely underrated

3. The Iron Giant (1999)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

85 Metascore

A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: Eli Marienthal, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel

Votes: 164,364 | Gross: $23.16M

Loved by a great many, but marketed poorly by WarnerBros.

4. Quest for Camelot (1998)

G | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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.

Director: Frederik Du Chau | Stars: Jessalyn Gilsig, Cary Elwes, Andrea Corr, Bryan White

Votes: 14,073 | Gross: $22.72M

Easily forgettable, rightfully so.

5. Anastasia (1997)

G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

61 Metascore

The last surviving child of the Russian Royal Family joins two con men to reunite with her grandmother, the Dowager Empress, while the undead Rasputin seeks her death.

Directors: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman | Stars: Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd, Kelsey Grammer

Votes: 106,942 | Gross: $58.41M

Heavily Beloved but nearly forgotten after 20 years

6. FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)

G | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

67 Metascore

The magical inhabitants of a rainforest fight to save their home, which is threatened by logging and a polluting force of destruction called Hexxus (Tim Curry).

Director: Bill Kroyer | Stars: Samantha Mathis, Christian Slater, Robin Williams, Tim Curry

Votes: 26,053 | Gross: $24.65M

Too preachy. Proto-Avatar.

7. A Troll in Central Park (1994)

G | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

An evil Queen banishes a flower loving troll named Stanley (Dom DeLuise) to New York City, where he befriends two young children.

Directors: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman | Stars: Dom DeLuise, Cloris Leachman, Charles Nelson Reilly, Jonathan Pryce

Votes: 5,874 | Gross: $0.07M

The film that ended Don Bluth's career.

8. Oliver & Company (1988)

G | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

58 Metascore

A lost and alone kitten joins a gang of dogs engaged in petty larceny in New York City.

Director: George Scribner | Stars: Joey Lawrence, Billy Joel, Cheech Marin, Richard Mulligan

Votes: 41,474 | Gross: $74.15M

heavily underrated

9. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

G | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

73 Metascore

Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his arch-enemy, Professor Ratigan.

Directors: Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson, David Michener, John Musker | Stars: Vincent Price, Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin, Susanne Pollatschek

Votes: 42,442 | Gross: $38.60M

Underrated classic

10. The Rescuers (1977)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

74 Metascore

Two mice of the Rescue Aid Society search for a little girl kidnapped by unscrupulous treasure hunters.

Directors: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, Art Stevens | Stars: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page, Joe Flynn

Votes: 55,112 | Gross: $71.22M

A classic

11. The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

G | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Crime

70 Metascore

The R.A.S. agents, Miss Bianca and Bernard, race to Australia to save a little boy and a rare golden eagle from a murderous poacher.

Directors: Hendel Butoy, Mike Gabriel | Stars: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, John Candy, Tristan Rogers

Votes: 36,106 | Gross: $27.93M

Great followup with improved animation, easily outdoes the original.

12. Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

48 Metascore

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.

Directors: Patrick Gilmore, Tim Johnson | Stars: Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joseph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer

Votes: 46,891 | Gross: $26.48M

All but forgotten, great animation though.

13. The Road to El Dorado (2000)

PG | 89 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

51 Metascore

Two swindlers get their hands on a map to the fabled city of gold, El Dorado.

Directors: Bibo Bergeron, Don Paul, Jeffrey Katzenberg | Stars: Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Rosie Perez, Armand Assante

Votes: 79,588 | Gross: $50.86M

One of Dreamwork's underrated successes

14. 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, Jim Breuer

Votes: 57,474 | Gross: $22.75M

The film that killed Fox Animation

15. Cats Don't Dance (1997)

G | 75 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Danny, an ambitious singing and dancing cat, goes to Hollywood and overcomes several obstacles to fulfill his dream of becoming a movie star.

Director: Mark Dindal | Stars: Scott Bakula, Jasmine Guy, Natalie Cole, Ashley Peldon

Votes: 6,773 | Gross: $3.56M

A Turner animation acquired by Warner, who marketed it terribly.

16. The Pebble and the Penguin (1995)

G | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A lovable but introverted penguin named Hubie (Martin Short) plans to present his betrothal pebble to the bird of his dreams.

Directors: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman | Stars: Martin Short, Jim Belushi, Annie Golden, Tim Curry

Votes: 4,393 | Gross: $3.98M

...This happened.

17. Thumbelina (1994)

G | 86 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

The tiny girl meets a fairy Prince who saves her from the creatures of the woods.

Directors: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman | Stars: Jodi Benson, Gary Imhoff, Gino Conforti, Barbara Cook

Votes: 14,558 | Gross: $11.37M

It was ok

18. Delgo (2008)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

27 Metascore

Delgo, an adventurous but naive teenager, must rally his group of friends to protect their world from conflict between the Lockni and Nohrin people.

Directors: Marc F. Adler, Jason Maurer | Stars: Freddie Prinze Jr., Val Kilmer, Anne Bancroft, Chris Kattan

Votes: 2,770 | Gross: $0.51M

This happened.

19. Doogal (2006)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

23 Metascore

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Directors: Dave Borthwick, Jean Duval, Frank Passingham | Stars: Jon Stewart, Judi Dench, Daniel Tay, Jimmy Fallon

Votes: 4,456 | Gross: $7.38M

LOTR references, The movie.

20. Hoodwinked! (2005)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Comedy, Crime

45 Metascore

Little Red Riding Hood, the Wolf, the Woodsman, and Granny all tell the police the events that led up to their encounter.

Directors: Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards, Tony Leech | Stars: Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close, Patrick Warburton, Jim Belushi

Votes: 54,471 | Gross: $51.39M

it was a movie.

21. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Comedy, Crime

20 Metascore

Red Riding Hood is training in the group of Sister Hoods, when she and the Wolf are called to examine the sudden mysterious disappearance of Hansel and Gretel.

Director: Mike Disa | Stars: Hayden Panettiere, Glenn Close, Patrick Warburton, Joan Cusack

Votes: 11,700 | Gross: $10.14M

and this was a low budget sequel

22. 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: 97,447 | Gross: $107.52M

This had promise but felt too generic. Basically Ant Bully merged with Thumbelina

23. The Ant Bully (2006)

PG | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

59 Metascore

After Lucas Nickle floods an ant colony with his watergun, he's magically shrunken down to insect size and sentenced to hard labor in the ruins.

Director: John A. Davis | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Nicolas Cage, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep

Votes: 35,694 | Gross: $28.14M

Good voice actors, bad writing

24. Joseph: King of Dreams (2000 Video)

Unrated | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Biography

A prophet who has the ability to interpret dreams is sold into slavery in Egypt, where people learn of his gifts.

Directors: Rob LaDuca, Robert C. Ramirez | Stars: Ben Affleck, Mark Hamill, Richard Herd, Maureen McGovern

Votes: 10,390

Great film but greatly overshadowed by its predecessor Prince of Egypt

25. The Prince of Egypt (1998)

PG | 99 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

64 Metascore

Egyptian Prince Moses learns of his identity as a Hebrew and his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people.

Directors: Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells | Stars: Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock

Votes: 112,808 | Gross: $101.22M

So much going on, but fantastic soundtrack and animation. Better remembered than the follow up.

26. Monster House (2006)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

68 Metascore

Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.

Director: Gil Kenan | Stars: Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Ryan Whitney Newman

Votes: 94,676 | Gross: $73.66M

Was this really made for kids?

27. Charlotte's Web (1973)

G | 94 min | Animation, Family, Musical

A gentle and wise grey spider with a flair for promotion pledges to save a young pig from slaughter for dinner food.

Directors: Charles A. Nichols, Iwao Takamoto | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Henry Gibson, Paul Lynde, Rex Allen

Votes: 16,134 | Gross: $5.23M

The best version

28. Fritz the Cat (1972)

Unrated | 78 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960s.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Skip Hinnant, Rosetta LeNoire, John McCurry, Judy Engles

Votes: 10,703 | Gross: $25.00M

Iconic Bakshi

29. The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (1974)

R | 77 min | Animation, Comedy

Fritz the Cat may have lost one of his lives in the comics, but in his new movie, he has eight more lives left to go! While his wife screams at him, Fritz lights up a joint and reminiscences about what could have been.

Director: Robert Taylor | Stars: Skip Hinnant, Reva Rose, Bob Holt, Robert Ridgely

Votes: 2,446

trash

30. 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, Janni Brenn, Brad Pitt

Votes: 19,863 | Gross: $14.11M

infamous Bakshi

31. Coonskin (1975)

R | 100 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Rabbit, a country-born trickster, takes over the organized crime racket in Harlem, facing opposition from the institutionalized racism of the Mafia and corrupt police.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Barry White, Charles Gordone, Scatman Crothers, Philip Michael Thomas

Votes: 2,452

controversial bakshi

32. Hey Good Lookin' (1982)

R | 76 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

An outrageous, affectionate look at coming of age in the Eisenhower era in Brooklyn.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Richard Romanus, David Proval, Jesse Welles, Tina Romanus

Votes: 762

interesting

33. Rock & Rule (1983)

PG | 77 min | Animation, Fantasy, Music

A malevolent rock star kidnaps a singer to force her to participate in the summoning of a demon, and her band must help her stop him.

Director: Clive Smith | Stars: Don Francks, Greg Salata, Susan Roman, Samantha Langevin

Votes: 2,991 | Gross: $0.03M

Very Overlooked + badass

34. Heavy Metal (1981)

R | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

51 Metascore

A glowing green orb - which embodies ultimate evil - terrorizes a young girl with an anthology of bizarre and fantastic stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.

Directors: Gerald Potterton, John Bruno, John Halas, Julian Harris, Jimmy T. Murakami, Barrie Nelson, Paul Sabella, Jack Stokes, Pino Van Lamsweerde, Harold Whitaker | Stars: Richard Romanus, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Don Francks

Votes: 29,869

badass

35. Heavy Metal 2000 (2000)

R | 88 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

After surviving an invasion on her peaceful homeworld, a beautiful avenger must stop a powerful psychopath from gaining immortality and rescue her kidnapped sister.

Directors: Michael Coldewey, Michel Lemire | Stars: Michael Ironside, Julie Strain, Billy Idol, Pier Paquette

Votes: 7,466

A remake of the 1981 film with digital animation

36. Fire and Ice (1983)

PG | 81 min | Animation, Fantasy, Adventure

45 Metascore

At the end of the ice age, an evil queen and her son are set on conquering the world using magic and warriors. The lone survivor of a crushed village fights back as does the king of Fire Keep.

Directors: Ralph Bakshi, Tom Tataranowicz | Stars: Randy Norton, Cynthia Leake, Steve Sandor, Sean Hannon

Votes: 8,973 | Gross: $0.76M

Overlooked Bakshi

37. Watership Down (1978)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

64 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 32,261

Traumatizing.

38. American Pop (1981)

R | 96 min | Animation, Drama, History

57 Metascore

The story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians whose careers parallel the history of American popular music in the 20th century.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Mews Small, Ron Thompson, Jerry Holland, Lisa Jane Persky

Votes: 4,095 | Gross: $6.00M

Acclaimed Bakshi

39. The Lord of the Rings (1978)

PG | 132 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle-earth.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Christopher Guard, William Squire, Michael Scholes, John Hurt

Votes: 28,522 | Gross: $0.92M

So underrated (also Bakshi)

40. Wizards (1977)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

On a post-apocalyptic Earth, a wizard and his faire folk comrades fight an evil wizard who's using technology in his bid for conquest.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Bob Holt, Jesse Welles, Richard Romanus, David Proval

Votes: 9,933 | Gross: $9.00M

Beloved Bakshi

41. Heavy Traffic (1973)

R | 77 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

An "underground" cartoonist contends with life in the inner city, where various unsavory characters serve as inspiration for his artwork.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Joseph Kaufmann, Beverly Hope Atkinson, Frank DeKova, Terri Haven

Votes: 2,741

less known bakshi

42. The Return of the King (1980 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 98 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Two Hobbits struggle to destroy the Ring in Mount Doom while their friends desperately fight evil Lord Sauron's forces in a final battle.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Orson Bean, John Huston, Theodore Bikel, William Conrad

Votes: 3,466

unofficial sequel to 1978 LOTR (not bakshi)

43. The Hobbit (1977 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A homebody hobbit in Middle Earth gets talked into joining a quest with a group of dwarves to recover their treasure from a dragon.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Orson Bean, John Huston, Theodore Gottlieb, Cyril Ritchard

Votes: 12,069

Also not Bakshi

44. Tarzan & Jane (2002 Video)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family