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Top 10 Non-Disney Animated Films

[3] . The Secret of Kells (2009)

This was easily the hardest one of these to pick scenes to gif because every single frame of this movie is so beautiful. It’s filled with this specific type of imagery that.. I really don’t know how to describe. It’s very 2D, and they use it to amazing effect. Every single bit of this movie is wondrous, new, refreshing to look at that I’m always a bit disappointed every time I finish watching it. I always want more of this world, more of this imagery and animation. There’s literally nothing else like it, and not just in what there is to look at. The story, based on Irish folklore, is also extremely different, and you just get so absorbed in all of it. It’s all so unique, in fact, that from a distance the movie seems almost odd. However, it has the tiniest, most perfect amount of modernization to the characters and humor that just drives it home, making it impossible not to fall in love with. I’m never anything short of awestruck by it every single time I watch it.

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Top 10 Non-Disney Animated Films

[5] . Anastasia (1997)

It’s really interesting coming back to films like Anastasia that people often describe as Disney knock-offs. I was only seven when this came out, and I’m sure like most other kids out there, I thought it was a Disney movie. What’s interesting is coming back years later and seeing everything that separates it from Disney. Not only is Don Bluth’s style easy to pinpoint here, but just the feeling of this entire film makes it stand on its own. Now, obviously none of this movie is true, but they do such a good job on giving it an authentic feel. The artwork in the backgrounds, the textures, the colors, all of it makes it feel like it takes place in its set time period. I love that about it. All in all this film has its faults, but it makes up for it with the absolute, sweeping beauty of it all.

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[4] . The Prince of Egypt (1998)

I always consider it an achievement when I watch a movie about something I care little or nothing for, but I end up really loving anyway. So many of a persons’ favorite films are films that cater to what they’re interested in, so it really takes something great to make you care about something you otherwise wouldn’t. Not to mention that I’m sure the concept would’ve thrown a lot of people off. A Disney-esque take on the story of Moses with musical numbers? This shouldn’t have worked, but that’s just another reason it’s such an accomplishment. To be fair though, when you have the great Hans Zimmer composing said musical numbers, they’re sure to make much more of an impact. And they do. The character design in this is wonderful as well, very reflective of Egyptian hieroglyphs, and wow can I just mention how much I love all things Egypt? I always have, and it’s so beautifully portrayed here. Obviously not 100% historically accurate, but still gorgeous to look at. This is just one of the crowning achievements in animated film for me, everything about is so powerful. 

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Top 10 Non-Disney Animated Films

[1] . How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

So this list has some of the most loved animated movies ever, most of them with a ton of nostalgia factor, others with mass critical acclaim, aaand my number one is a CGI Dreamworks movie just over two years old. Those traits aren’t exactly celebrated among the more elite animation nerds. However, this movie is important to me on so many levels I don’t even know where to begin. In terms of Dreamworks, this was the movie to get me to realize all the negative feelings I held for this studio were just plain stupid. While Kung-Fu Panda was, I think, their first huge step up in quality, they just brought it to a whole new level and perfected it with How to Train Your Dragon. They’ve only been getting better since, like they finally realized what they’re doing right, and I love them a little more each year. I adore this movie for the same reason I love most Pixar movies, and that is that the heart is put at the forefront rather than the humor. A movie that touches me will always resonate more with me than one that made me laugh. So, top-notch emotional depth in every corner of this thing, unbelievably gorgeous animation, loveable characters, great humor, a beautiful soundtrack, and hey wow there is an actual climax to this movie longer than sixty seconds with an actual sense of danger and peril and do I even need to talk about Hiccup’s leg. How him and Toothless are both broken because of the other yet need each other to keep on going and that pretty much makes them two halves of a whole and they didn’t even need dialogue to portray this beautiful relationship it’s just all done in animation and have I mentioned how much I adore this movie? With all of my heart I adore it and it will always, always be special to me.

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Top 10 Non-Disney Animated Films

[2] . The Iron Giant (1999)

I have this weird love for animated movies that, given everything about them, didn’t need animation as its storytelling vehicle, and The Iron Giant is probably the best example of that. Its feels so much like a live-action film, even has the tone and maturity of one, but the people behind it went that massive extra mile and animated it instead. Even besides that though, just. Wow I love every single thing about this movie. As I said, it’s extremely mature for your average animated movie, full of violence, curse words, and gets really dark at times, especially toward the end. I especially love this animation. I don’t know how they did it, but it all fits so well with the time period it takes place in, and I just really adore these designs. I wish they would’ve done more with this style, but hey, that’s what makes this one so special. Also bonus points for being one of the biggest tearjerkers of a movie in the history of ever.

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[Honorable mention] . ParaNorman (2012)

Okay so, obviously this wasn’t planned when I first made my list seeing as how this wasn’t even out when I did it, but I had to put this on here. I never even saw this coming, but this movie really did just skyrocket into not only this list, but it’s now one of my all-time favorites in general. I realize this might just sound like a side effect of all the “dahflskdjlakdjlkj” I’ve been doing over it, but I felt this way right after I saw it for the first time. And, obviously, my love for it has only intensified since. I’ve blabbed enough about it to really go into it here, but bottom line, as I’ve said before, this is an important movie. As far as kids’ films go. It’s one of the very small few that doesn’t talk down to them or try to just sedate them with bright colors and silly voices. It’s honest, even brutally so at times, and I’ll never be done saying just how goddamn glad I am that it exists. I have shed tears over how happy I am that it exists. I don’t think I’ve ever felt that before about a movie.  This, plain and simple, is how animated movies should be. 

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[8] . Kung-Fu Panda (2008)

This was a tricky decision. I still hold by the fact that I do believe the sequel to be superior to this one, thus I enjoy it more, but it’s only by a tiny percentage. And the second one obviously wouldn’t exist without this, so here it is. What I love so much about this movie is that I always felt that Kung-Fu Panda to be the shift in Dreamworks’ computer animated movies. It was their first, in my opinion, to actually have depth in almost every aspect. The characters, the story, emotionally. It was their first (since their 2D days) that wasn’t 97% a frenetic, pop culture reference-filled comedy. Of course it’s got a ton of great humor, but that wasn’t their main focus. So mix all of that in with spectacular fight scenes, all of which I love watching - me, who is the pickiest asshole when it comes to action of all sorts - and some of the best cinematography in an animated film, and you’ve got the eighth place on this list. 

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[9] . Coraline (2009)

A horror movie for kids done in stop-motion? Uhm, yes, and yes. Everything about this movie is right up my alley. Plus, I find this movie wonderfully mature for what it is. It’s got a bunch of these quiet, subtle, even thoughtful moments that do so much for the overall atmosphere, which is for sure one of it’s many strong points. The imagery is absolutely amazing, ranging from beautiful to bizarre to downright creepy, and this movie owns all of it. Try to find someone who doesn’t think of this movie when they see button eyes on anything. 

so I’m gonna start a top 10 non-disney animated movie list, AND I JUST WANTED TO NOTE, that it will not include any Pixar or Studio Ghibli films. Kind of because those are still tied to Disney in some way, but mostly because every fucking movie from both of those studios are amazing to me and would clog up the list.