The Ten Most Underrated Animated Movies of All Time
We've all seem some great animated movies. Shrek and every Pixar movie is popular for a reason. But what about all of those other great animated movies that no one has ever heard of? Some films just don't get the popularity they deserve. Here's a list of the ten most underrated animated movies of all time, in no particular order.
Whisper of the Heart - "Country Road" Theme Song
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
A young girl and aspiring writer, Shizuku, meets an interesting boy that both infuriates and intrigues her. He has a passion for making violins while she loves to write songs. Shizuku uses her new friend as inspiration to write her first serious story.
I just love this movie. It was produced by Studio Ghibli, a popular Japanese animation studio. They have plenty of other movies that have much more popularity than this, such as Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and Spirited Away. Most people don't even think of Whisper of the Heart when they think of this studio. They should, because it has an amazing mix of romance and fantasy. Music also has a big part in this movie.
Cats Don't Dance - Big and Loud Part One
Cats Don't Dance (1997)
Set in the early days of Hollywood film, a cat named Danny moves out to Hollywood to become an actor. Unfortunately, he's told he can only play small roles and that cats, as well as all other non-humans, cannot make it in Hollywood. He and his animal friends, including a love interest, fight to show that cats DO dance.
I first saw this movie on cable. I taped it onto a blank VHS tape. Since then, I have watched it too many times to count. It's a musical, which is always good. The songs are great and the characters are loveable. My favorite is the villain, Darla Dimple. She's supposed to be like Shirley Temple, but blonde and evil. Her songs are the best.
The Pagemaster - Trailer
The Pagemaster (1994)
Richard Tyler is a scared little boy that sees the danger in everything. One night he goes to the library. A storm occurs and he is whisked away into a beautiful animated world. He is then helped along by several books as he works his way through different stories in order to get home.
Did you know that Macaulay Culkin was in an animated movie? Yep, he's the star of The Pagemaster. The movie starts and ends as live-action but the bulk of it is animated. The book characters, Fantasy, Horror and Adventure, are the best part. You also get the added perk of seeing Christopher Lloyd as a librarian/wizard.
Brave Little Toaster - The Appliances Clean House
The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
A family moves away, leaving some of their appliances in their old, empty home. These appliances, led by Toaster, are very adamant that they get reunited with their family. They go on an adventure to find their owners, coming upon all sorts of pitfalls on the way.
This was kind of an odd topic for a children's movie. It really makes you sad for your toaster and other objects. The best part of this movie was Blanky. It was an electric blanket that had the most adorable voice and mannerisms. It really made me want to go out and buy an electric blanket. Just as long as it talks.
Monster House - Trailer
Monster House (2006)
A young boy discovers that the creepy house across the street is actually eating people. He, with the help of his friends, tries to figure out a way for the madness to end.
I was pretty surprised at how scary this movie was. It definitely feels more adult than most kid's movies do. It had great animation and was genuinely scary. The characters were great, too. Weirdly, this movie didn't get nearly as much acclaim as it should have.
TMNT - Trailer
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back. While Leonardo is away in Central America to 'find himself', there is new evil in New York City. He comes back to help, but he and Raphael begin to butt heads in a power struggle. Together, the turtles try to stop the evil sweeping the world.
I think the reason why most people didn't see this is because of the state of the Ninja Turtles franchise. The show just isn't what it used to be. Fortunately, TMNT is a lot better than you would expect. It seems to be made more for fans of the original series and comic book, rather than kids who are watching the show right now. Plus, it is a lot more gruesome than I expected. Have you ever seen a turtle kill someone? Now I have.
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West - The Girl I Left Behind
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)
Fievel, a brave little mouse, finds adventure in America's west. There he meets all sorts of characters, some nice and some unsavory. Can Fievel save this old west town?
Most everyone has seen An American Tail. Well, this is its sequel. The main reason why I think most people didn't see this is because of how bad animated sequels can be. This one was actually good, maybe even as good as the original.
Grave of the Fireflies - Trailer
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
A young boy and his little sister find themselves alone in Japan in World War 2. They fight to survive, often resorting to theft. They go through many trials and try their best to stay together.
This is another Studio Ghibli movie. Up until now, all the movies on my list were happy and fun. After all, that's what you expect with animation. That's not what you get with the Grave of the Fireflies, though. I tell you this with absolute certainty: this is the saddest movie I have ever seen. It tears your heart out. Still, it is important to see, even if it makes you bed-ridden with depression for a week.
Ferngully - Toxic Love
FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
A teenage boy is working in a rainforest, marking trees that need to be cut down for harvesting. Through a twist of magic, he is shrunk down to the size of the faeries that inhabit the forest. There, he learns about the importance of trees and wildlife.
The movie definitely has a clear message. Don't cut down the rainforest. Besides that, it has a great line of characters. There is a funny bat voiced by Robin Williams, and evil pollution voiced by Tim Curry. You also see a romance bloom between the two main characters. It's just cute; this movie.
Cool World - Trailer
Cool World (1992)
A comic book creator finds that the Cool World he created is actually real. He ends up getting transported there, where a detective gets in his way.
This movie is similar to Who Framed Roger Rabbit? in that it blends live action and animation. Brad Pitt's character (yes, that Brad Pitt), is live action living amongst a world of cartoons. This movie is not as good as the others on the list, but it gets props for an interesting look and a then-unknown movie superstar.
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