We counted down the best Disney animated movies, and the best Pixar films, but now it’s time to look beyond the Big D and countdown the top ten non-Disney animated movies. Because it wouldn’t be fair to these movie, we’re leaving anime off this list. Those movies will get their own countdown. So calm down, Miyazaki fans. Calm down.
Like Beyonce holding a chainsaw, this movie is both beautiful and unsettling.
9. Kung Fu Panda
What looked like nothing but a goofy Jack Black comedy about a fat bear turned out to be a surprisingly action-packed, heartfelt story about finding your inner hero.
This is one of Johnny Depp’s strangest movies, and that’s saying something. The movie looks as good, or better, than Pixar’s greatest, and the story is so completely bonkers that you have to admire the craziness. It was a bit ahead of its time, but in a few years, this trippy cowboy movie will become a cult classic if it hasn’t already.
7. The Land Before Time
6. The Polar Express
Some look at this movie and see nothing but creepy CG humans, but even if the character designs are little off, the movie is still wonderful. The real complaint isn’t in the dead-looking humans, but in the awful voice of the nerd character. Hit the mute button whenever he’s talking and this becomes a genuine holiday classic.
5. The Secret of Nimh
Before the 1980s, Disney was the unchallenged king of animated movies. And then Don Bluth and his team of artists took a dark story about lab rats and magic and made something special that Disney wouldn’t have dared to make. In fact, consider this a dare, Disney! A double-dog dare!
Long before the series turned into a marketing machine that existed only to sell chicken nuggets and DVDs, the first Shrek was a clever, fun reimagining of the classic fairy tales. Plus there’s this: “And in the mornin', I’m makin' waffles.”
3. An American Tail
A little mouse and his sister sing up to the sky, and suddenly your eyes are drowning. This is the best movie about singing Jewish immigrant mice of them all.
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Is it a Christmas movie? Is it a Halloween movie? It’s perfect for any season. Tim Burton’s crazy mind is allowed off the leash in this bizarre, creative, and one-of-a-kind film. The only downside is that it eventually lead to die-hard TNBC fans, who keep Hot Topic in business by buying every shirt, backpack, and tongue depressor with Jack Skellington’s face. (And yes, this could technically be classified as a Disney Movie but it’s still going on this list.)
1. The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant laughs in the face of the Disney Princess movies. In a story that’s just as good as E.T., a young boy befriends a curious visitor from another world. If you haven’t seen it, you are a horrible person, and if you don’t cry at the end (and then again at the very end) you might be a robot yourself.
How to Train Your Dragon
Over the Hedge
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
All Dogs Go to Heaven
A Christmas Carol - (Jim Carrey version) Which is so good that it nearly made this list!
South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut
Kung Fu Panda 2
Sita Sings the Blues
What else should be on this list?