Forgotten, overlooked & unloved Cartoon Moviesby texruski | created - 4 months ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public
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
A young adventurer named Milo Thatch joins an intrepid group of explorers to find the mysterious lost continent of Atlantis.
Votes: 97,801 | Gross: $84.05M
Fantastic underrated gem
2. Treasure Planet (2002)
PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
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.
Votes: 96,035 | Gross: $38.18M
3. The Iron Giant (1999)
PG | 86 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.
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.
Votes: 14,073 | Gross: $22.72M
Easily forgettable, rightfully so.
5. Anastasia (1997)
G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
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.
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
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).
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.
Votes: 5,874 | Gross: $0.07M
The film that ended Don Bluth's career.
8. Oliver & Company (1988)
G | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A lost and alone kitten joins a gang of dogs engaged in petty larceny in New York City.
Votes: 41,474 | Gross: $74.15M
9. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
G | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his arch-enemy, Professor Ratigan.
Votes: 42,442 | Gross: $38.60M
10. The Rescuers (1977)
G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Two mice of the Rescue Aid Society search for a little girl kidnapped by unscrupulous treasure hunters.
Votes: 55,112 | Gross: $71.22M
11. The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
G | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Crime
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.
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
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.
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
Two swindlers get their hands on a map to the fabled city of gold, El Dorado.
Votes: 79,588 | Gross: $50.86M
One of Dreamwork's underrated successes
14. Titan A.E. (2000)
PG | 94 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
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.
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.
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.
Votes: 4,393 | Gross: $3.98M
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.
Votes: 14,558 | Gross: $11.37M
It was ok
18. Delgo (2008)
PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Delgo, an adventurous but naive teenager, must rally his group of friends to protect their world from conflict between the Lockni and Nohrin people.
Votes: 2,770 | Gross: $0.51M
19. Doogal (2006)
G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
This is the story of Doogal (Daniel Tay), an adorable candy-loving mutt who goes on a mission to save the world. Doogal must prevent the evil sorcerer Zeebad (Jon Stewart) from freezing the... See full summary »
Votes: 4,456 | Gross: $7.38M
LOTR references, The movie.
20. Hoodwinked! (2005)
PG | 80 min | Animation, Comedy, Crime
Little Red Riding Hood, the Wolf, the Woodsman, and Granny all tell the police the events that led up to their encounter.
Votes: 54,471 | Gross: $51.39M
it was a movie.
21. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011)
PG | 86 min | Animation, Comedy, Crime
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.
Votes: 11,700 | Gross: $10.14M
and this was a low budget sequel
22. Epic (2013)
PG | 102 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
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.
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
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.
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.
Great film but greatly overshadowed by its predecessor Prince of Egypt
25. The Prince of Egypt (1998)
PG | 99 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
Egyptian Prince Moses learns of his identity as a Hebrew and his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people.
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
Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.
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.
Votes: 16,134 | Gross: $5.23M
The best version
28. Fritz the Cat (1972)
Unrated | 78 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960s.
Votes: 10,703 | Gross: $25.00M
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.
30. Cool World (1992)
PG-13 | 102 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
A comic strip femme fatale seeks to seduce her cartoonist creator in order to cross over into the real world.
Votes: 19,863 | Gross: $14.11M
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.
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.
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.
Votes: 2,991 | Gross: $0.03M
Very Overlooked + badass
34. Heavy Metal (1981)
R | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
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
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.
A remake of the 1981 film with digital animation
36. Fire and Ice (1983)
PG | 81 min | Animation, Fantasy, Adventure
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.
Votes: 8,973 | Gross: $0.76M
37. 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.
38. American Pop (1981)
R | 96 min | Animation, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 4,095 | Gross: $6.00M
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.
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.
Votes: 9,933 | Gross: $9.00M
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.
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.
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.
Also not Bakshi
44. Tarzan & Jane (2002 Video)
G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family