Top 10 Underrated Animated Movies
Kel Tuesday, September 09, 2014 top10
Top 10 Underrated Animated Movies:
Cats Don't Dance - One of my favorite animated films and an homage to the days of song and dance in Hollywood. I don't know many people who remember this one, but the animation, music and story are so fun!The Iron Giant - Okay, let's face it. It's essentially E.T. meets Wall-E, but it released too late for the one craze and too early for the second. Still, it will probably hold young boys' interest better than Cinderella and manages to poke fun at artists all at once. (My Art major cousin loves that second part.)
Titan A.E. - Joss Whedon had a hand in the story (reminiscent in tone and setting of Firefly). What went wrong? Timing was probably a big thing. This film came out in 2000, during the decline of traditional animation and the rise of CG. It tried to do both (with spaceships and aliens reminiscent of early computer games). But if you can ignore some of the graphics, the voice casting is good and the story is perfect for sci-fi fans. (Fair warning: one or two scene may be a bit "old" for younger kids.)
The Swan Princess - Unlike Fox's Anastasia, this film lacked the big-name voice cast, but it made up for it with witty lines and rhymes as well as songs and helpful animal friends worthy of Disney. The sequels are, for the most part, rightly avoided, but this first film is worth a watch. Seriously, you have to check out something that sings, "What if Odette doesn't go for the merger? Urge her!"Quest for Camelot - Having caught this on TV recently, I can't really say it's underrated...but Anastasia was too well known to make the list, and it has a few good moments. Just be prepared for a few laughable songs, a few laughably serious songs, and a few lines that will crack you up. Also, if you've read Graceling, there's a song in here that perfectly fits Po at book's end. And now you are curious!
Balto - Despite boasting a big name cast and spawning several sequels, Balto seems to have been left behind in the '90's. Maybe it's the lack of heartwarming musical numbers? Regardless, it's about a dog and based on a true story. And not like Hachi where the dog dies at the end and makes you cry. There, it's safe to watch.
Bartok the Magnificent - Everyone knows Anastasia, but few remember this direct-to-video sequel starring the minion with a heart. It's completely different in story and tone from its predecessor- which may be why it's so underrated- but it's a fun fantasy adventure with a moral to the story. :)
Once Upon a Forest - It was a financial failure, but this is the younger, less "humans are totally evil" distant cousin of FernGully: The Last Rainforest. The characters are younger and not magic, so there is no fairy/shrunken human romance...which is probably why it's underrated.
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas and The Road to El Dorado - I don't know if these last two films are underrated so much as unknown. Dreamworks is famous for its CG epics, HTTYD and Kung Fu Panda, but its last round of traditionally animated films fell flat. They tried to recreate the mass appeal of Shrek with some similar humor; no cigar. But don't let that stop you. While it may not be wholly appropriate for the younger kiddies, the animation, scores and casting are good; and Sinbad has an amazing villain!
That's it for this round of 10! Thanks for stopping by and check back in tomorrow for this week's Updates! In which I'm back in the saddle and prepping for an eventful weekend. :)