My Top 5 Animated Films | Non-Disney

Many Animated Films are designed for kiddies, though not always, but if you look back and think of Animated films your first thought it often Disney, so when we think about Animated films out there, what arent Disney that are still very good? That’s the question in our household, and what’s in my top 5, there are plenty to choose from!

So with my list, I did my normal of asking what other peoples were, but I included the kiddies as many Animated films are designed for kids, though we as adults still enjoy them, I’m not a big Manga or Anime fan, which is what some of my friends had on their list, im sure there great buts it just for me, and I did quickly think that I would discount Xmas and seasonal its harsh but though films have there own time and place, including Rising of the guardians which were a good film but its a bit seasonal for me, there a are a few sequels so ive banded them together for sake of ease, and the last animation like Wallace and Gromit is included I do think its a bit harsh for them not to be in this list but they arent, their short stories dont quite count, and even though piglet enjoys them alot and I dont mind watching them its no, ive also discounted ones with Live action and a splash of CGI, like Paddington, great film but not counted.


In the turn of the Millenium Disney seemed to be going through a bad spell of quality films, something I’ve already documented, they seemed to had peaked after so long and were finding it difficult after dominating Animation films for so long but with Computors etc coming so far it allowed many companies to produce films, and TV, Dreamworks Pictures were one of those companies that stood up and in 2001 made a different story to a classic and done everything different to a traditional Disney film, and you could argue was a big part of the surge of new Animation back in the day (along with Pixar)Shrek was a fairly big-time cast for an Animation film and was such a success spawned sequels, musicals and one of the most recognisable characters out there, I actually prefer number 2, but the first two are really good, the last 2 not as much.

Spiderman | Into the Spiderverse

Sony Pictures Animation managed to do what seemingly no other company could do other than Marvel themselves, and that does a decent and successful Super Hero film with a Marvel Character, though Disney now owns Marvel, and Marvel had inputs into this film, much like the Live action versions of Spiderman, Disney didn’t have an input thus on my list. Going forward maybe Disney will want more input but hey ho, this film was done so differently, the story was good but the way it was done, the idea of it all was fantastic and had such a modern-day feel to it, not a normal animation film but even for me one of the best Superhero films, and probably the best Spiderman film, which says a lot.

How to Train Your Dragon

This was a tough one, I think the HTTYD series is as good as some of the other series of Films produced by Dreamworks etc, so you could easily exchange these for any of those others, but I love Dragons, and the kids always enjoyed these films, all 3 have been good, I still think the first is perhaps the best but it did very well, it spawned series, books all sorts, it created its own Lore etc, but over last 20 years it’s definitely one of the best.

Despicable me

This like Shrek was a very different animated film, though it started in 2010 it started Illumination Entertainment to start surging on there films, but this was their main franchise, and with two more sequels and a separate spin-off series with the Minions, one due next year! But this focusing around family and being the bad guys is a great story, and full of funny momenta that kids and adults remember.

Lego Movie

It’s not a shock that I like this, as I love Lego, but let’s be honest, when this came out in 2014 who thought it would be as successful as what it was, yes Lego had a following and there were some famous people voicing it, but many actors have given their voices to animation nowadays, but the story was good and very clever in its creativity and delivery. Tigger and I really enjoyed it and it did so well it spawned some more from the Studio, though I don’t think they have hit the heights of this film, I wasn’t a huge fan of the second or the Lego Batman film.


Even though Disney and animation are synonymous there are plenty of top quality Animated films out there that are just as good, and in some peoples eyes better, these are varied and shows some really funny and memorable moments. Their arent always for kids they can often be for adults, and I’m sure many of us will have looked at these films with great fondness for ourselves and our kiddies.

Below is some alternatives that could have been on the list

Kung Fu panda | much like HTTYD this could have been in the list, but I like it less, it’s ok and still fun to watch

Horton Hears a Who | I really like this, big fan of Dr Seuss, and this is very good with a great cast and captures the unique world.

Madagascar | This is one of the most well known and no doubt would be on a list.

Megamind | I liked this but it gets forgotten about a lot with a solid cast.

Happy Feet | The first is great with lots of musical numbers

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs | A favourite in our house, both films and the series is enjoyable.

Surfs up | I really like this, and again underrated a lot, its so clever and filmed very different compared to normal animation, great idea.


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  1. Kathleen Marsden
    30 June 2020 / 9:40 am

    Polar Express

  2. Suzanne
    30 June 2020 / 9:46 am

    Meet the Robinsons

  3. Tracy Nixon
    30 June 2020 / 9:48 am


    • Stephanie Keill
      11 July 2020 / 9:31 am


      • Carol Thomas
        12 July 2020 / 2:20 pm

        For me it has to be Jungle Book. A personal link in something that happened with 2 of the characters when Baloo lifts Mogli off his feet is a happy memory with ny late husband. How we laughed when we seen it

  4. raza
    30 June 2020 / 10:01 am

    Spirited Away

    30 June 2020 / 10:15 am

    Polar Express

  6. Anthony Harrington
    30 June 2020 / 10:30 am

    Toy Story

  7. Sharon Griffin
    30 June 2020 / 10:45 am

    finding nemo

  8. Susie M
    30 June 2020 / 11:10 am


    30 June 2020 / 11:19 am

    Cars, quickly followed by Barnyard.

  10. R Lewington
    30 June 2020 / 11:43 am

    Frozen 2 😀

  11. Ritchie
    30 June 2020 / 11:51 am


    • 1 July 2020 / 8:58 am

      Shrek and despicable me are my absolute favourite films 😊 never mind the kids

  12. Peter Watson
    30 June 2020 / 11:52 am


  13. Iain maciver
    30 June 2020 / 11:57 am

    polar express

  14. David Smith
    30 June 2020 / 12:00 pm

    Toy Story

  15. Sally Collingwood
    30 June 2020 / 12:20 pm


  16. Solange
    30 June 2020 / 1:07 pm

    The Lion King.

  17. Jayne Townson
    30 June 2020 / 1:27 pm

    Beauty and the Beast.

  18. Paul Robinson
    30 June 2020 / 1:28 pm

    Toy Story

  19. Liz Marks
    30 June 2020 / 1:53 pm

    Love Horton Hears a Who

  20. Mahvish Absar
    30 June 2020 / 2:28 pm

    The land before time

  21. Helen S Wright
    30 June 2020 / 3:17 pm

    The Incredibles 🙂

  22. Adrian Price
    30 June 2020 / 3:46 pm

    i love Despicable Me –some very funny adult humour mixed in with the kids stuff

  23. jason wills
    30 June 2020 / 5:07 pm

    Toy story

  24. barbara daniels
    30 June 2020 / 5:07 pm

    little mermaid is my fave all time film ever

  25. Fiona K
    30 June 2020 / 5:18 pm

    Toy Story

  26. Christopher Michael
    30 June 2020 / 6:08 pm

    Despicable Me

  27. Tracy Hanley
    30 June 2020 / 6:48 pm


  28. Andrea Fletcher
    30 June 2020 / 7:08 pm

    Monsters Inc.

  29. Lilian Watson
    30 June 2020 / 7:14 pm


  30. Lorcan Smith
    30 June 2020 / 7:20 pm

    I loved into the Spider-verse, thought it was done well.
    I’ve been enjoying the little animated shorts that disney have released on Disney+ too

  31. Anna Wood
    30 June 2020 / 7:57 pm

    zootropolis but also a big lego movie fan!

  32. Emma Goldsmith
    30 June 2020 / 7:57 pm

    Finding Nemo

  33. Julie Quarterman
    30 June 2020 / 7:58 pm

    Monsters inc! I love it so much!!!

  34. Sylwia Volante
    30 June 2020 / 8:22 pm

    We loved Lego movie.

  35. Lyndsey cooksey
    30 June 2020 / 8:45 pm

    For me I love Wreck it Ralph! It’s all the details from the pixilated him in the arcade machine, to the sweets and the car glitches. Fantastic.

  36. Ellie Spider
    30 June 2020 / 9:18 pm

    My top Disney is Beauty and the Beast my top non-Disney is Ice Age

  37. Vikki Bowker
    30 June 2020 / 9:48 pm

    The Little Mermaid! <3

  38. michelle o'neill
    1 July 2020 / 6:01 am

    I love the Polar Express

  39. Helen Arlow
    1 July 2020 / 6:47 am

    The lion king

  40. Charlotte isobelle
    1 July 2020 / 7:00 am

    I actually do love Lego movie, the adult jokes are funny too!

  41. K Col
    1 July 2020 / 7:19 am

    Wreck It Ralph

  42. Kelly Wheelhouse
    1 July 2020 / 7:38 am

    I love all the movies listed, but my favourite animated movie has to be Shrek!

  43. michelle hall
    1 July 2020 / 8:41 am

    all the toy storys, i love the aliens!

  44. George Spedding
    1 July 2020 / 8:52 am

    Spiderman the multiverse

  45. Jess Haigh
    1 July 2020 / 9:19 am

    Love the lego movie its a family all rounder!

  46. Jess Haigh
    1 July 2020 / 9:20 am

    Shreak and lego movie have got to come out top! Can’t argue with despicable me either!

  47. Mark Fridlington
    1 July 2020 / 9:28 am

    Also well worth a watch is The Lego Batman Movie, as it is extremely funny; jokes for all the family.

  48. bev
    1 July 2020 / 9:30 am


  49. justine meyer
    1 July 2020 / 11:37 am


  50. Rich Tyler
    1 July 2020 / 12:07 pm


  51. Amy SIMPSON
    1 July 2020 / 12:37 pm


  52. Rebecca Nisbet
    1 July 2020 / 3:07 pm

    We love Shrek in our house!

  53. Margaret Clarkson
    1 July 2020 / 3:15 pm

    The Aristocats

  54. Tracy Newton
    1 July 2020 / 4:12 pm

    The Addams Family

  55. Susan Smith
    1 July 2020 / 5:25 pm

    Finding Nemo

  56. Jacob Barnard
    1 July 2020 / 6:34 pm

    Toy Story for Sure! 🙂

  57. Natalie Burgess
    2 July 2020 / 5:07 am

    The Lion King

  58. F Chowdhury
    2 July 2020 / 2:14 pm


  59. Rachel Butterworth
    2 July 2020 / 6:11 pm

    Sword in the Stone.

  60. Marc H
    2 July 2020 / 7:34 pm

    Spirited Away

  61. Lisa Wilkinson
    2 July 2020 / 7:53 pm

    Monsters Inc.

  62. Rachel Craig
    2 July 2020 / 10:59 pm

    Finding Nemp

  63. Megan Kinsey
    3 July 2020 / 8:10 am

    I love Fantasia

  64. Kerry Taylor
    3 July 2020 / 2:15 pm

    Peter Pan!

  65. Kelly Smith
    3 July 2020 / 3:48 pm

    Fantasia, loved it since I was little. Thanks

  66. Susan Willshee
    3 July 2020 / 8:19 pm

    I love Up. I particularly love Dug the dog.

  67. Emma Byford
    4 July 2020 / 7:35 am

    How to Train Your Dragon

  68. Jean Cassell
    4 July 2020 / 1:20 pm


  69. Pat Healy
    5 July 2020 / 10:59 am


  70. Katie B
    5 July 2020 / 2:49 pm

    Definitely inside out. I loved that movie and also what it was trying to explain to children

  71. Lorna Ledger
    5 July 2020 / 3:57 pm

    Ooooh, I think it’s Shrek 2, I liked the Soundtrack! Thanks for the chance!

  72. Emma Walters
    6 July 2020 / 7:15 am

    we love moana

  73. Laura banks
    8 July 2020 / 4:01 pm

    bee movie

  74. judy kennedy
    9 July 2020 / 12:47 pm

    The Lion King for the music too

  75. Sarah Glover
    9 July 2020 / 3:37 pm

    Definitely TROLLS! I pretty much beg my 6 year old Daughter to watch it with me!

  76. 10 July 2020 / 9:18 am

    I think the best animation I’ve seen in a film was Sing – I really managed to suspend disbelief and get as involved in it as if the characters were real

  77. Angela Sharp
    10 July 2020 / 7:21 pm

    I must say I really like inside out

  78. Lynne OConnor
    12 July 2020 / 10:29 pm


  79. sandy lynn ralph
    14 July 2020 / 5:28 pm

    mine is the lion king

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