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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.

Shrek

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.

Overall

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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130 Comments

  • Reply Kathleen Marsden

    Polar Express

    30 June 2020 at 9:40 am
    • Reply Kas Grant

      Trolls

      25 July 2020 at 6:14 pm
  • Reply Suzanne

    Meet the Robinsons

    30 June 2020 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Tracy Nixon

    Frozen

    30 June 2020 at 9:48 am
    • Reply Stephanie Keill

      Avatar

      11 July 2020 at 9:31 am
      • Reply Carol Thomas

        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

        12 July 2020 at 2:20 pm
    • Reply Margaret Gallagher

      Frozen

      15 July 2020 at 8:03 pm
      • Reply Violet Phillippo

        Brave 😊

        26 July 2020 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply raza

    Spirited Away

    30 June 2020 at 10:01 am
  • Reply DENISE WILDEN

    Polar Express

    30 June 2020 at 10:15 am
  • Reply Anthony Harrington

    Toy Story

    30 June 2020 at 10:30 am
  • Reply Sharon Griffin

    finding nemo

    30 June 2020 at 10:45 am
  • Reply Janine Beeston

    Zootropolis

    30 June 2020 at 10:53 am
  • Reply Susie M

    Up

    30 June 2020 at 11:10 am
  • Reply YOLANDA DAVIS

    Cars, quickly followed by Barnyard.

    30 June 2020 at 11:19 am
  • Reply R Lewington

    Frozen 2 πŸ˜€

    30 June 2020 at 11:43 am
  • Reply Ritchie

    Wall-E

    30 June 2020 at 11:51 am
    • Reply Eddie

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

      1 July 2020 at 8:58 am
  • Reply Peter Watson

    Pinocchio

    30 June 2020 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Iain maciver

    polar express

    30 June 2020 at 11:57 am
  • Reply David Smith

    Toy Story

    30 June 2020 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply Sally Collingwood

    Frozen

    30 June 2020 at 12:20 pm
  • Reply Solange

    The Lion King.

    30 June 2020 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Jayne Townson

    Beauty and the Beast.

    30 June 2020 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Paul Robinson

    Toy Story

    30 June 2020 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply Liz Marks

    Love Horton Hears a Who

    30 June 2020 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply Mahvish Absar

    The land before time

    30 June 2020 at 2:28 pm
  • Reply Helen S Wright

    The Incredibles πŸ™‚

    30 June 2020 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Adrian Price

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

    30 June 2020 at 3:46 pm
  • Reply jason wills

    Toy story

    30 June 2020 at 5:07 pm
  • Reply barbara daniels

    little mermaid is my fave all time film ever

    30 June 2020 at 5:07 pm
  • Reply Fiona K

    Toy Story

    30 June 2020 at 5:18 pm
  • Reply Christopher Michael

    Despicable Me

    30 June 2020 at 6:08 pm
  • Reply Tracy Hanley

    Frozen

    30 June 2020 at 6:48 pm
  • Reply Andrea Fletcher

    Monsters Inc.

    30 June 2020 at 7:08 pm
  • Reply Lilian Watson

    Antz

    30 June 2020 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply Lorcan Smith

    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

    30 June 2020 at 7:20 pm
  • Reply Anna Wood

    zootropolis but also a big lego movie fan!

    30 June 2020 at 7:57 pm
  • Reply Emma Goldsmith

    Finding Nemo

    30 June 2020 at 7:57 pm
  • Reply Julie Quarterman

    Monsters inc! I love it so much!!!

    30 June 2020 at 7:58 pm
  • Reply Sylwia Volante

    We loved Lego movie.

    30 June 2020 at 8:22 pm
  • Reply Lyndsey cooksey

    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.

    30 June 2020 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply Ellie Spider

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

    30 June 2020 at 9:18 pm
  • Reply Vikki Bowker

    The Little Mermaid! <3

    30 June 2020 at 9:48 pm
  • Reply michelle o'neill

    I love the Polar Express

    1 July 2020 at 6:01 am
  • Reply Helen Arlow

    The lion king

    1 July 2020 at 6:47 am
  • Reply Charlotte isobelle

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

    1 July 2020 at 7:00 am
  • Reply K Col

    Wreck It Ralph

    1 July 2020 at 7:19 am
  • Reply Kelly Wheelhouse

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

    1 July 2020 at 7:38 am
  • Reply michelle hall

    all the toy storys, i love the aliens!

    1 July 2020 at 8:41 am
  • Reply George Spedding

    Spiderman the multiverse

    1 July 2020 at 8:52 am
  • Reply Jess Haigh

    Love the lego movie its a family all rounder!

    1 July 2020 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Jess Haigh

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

    1 July 2020 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Mark Fridlington

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

    1 July 2020 at 9:28 am
  • Reply bev

    Frozen

    1 July 2020 at 9:30 am
  • Reply justine meyer

    Frozen

    1 July 2020 at 11:37 am
  • Reply Rich Tyler

    Aladdin

    1 July 2020 at 12:07 pm
  • Reply Amy SIMPSON

    UP

    1 July 2020 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply Rebecca Nisbet

    We love Shrek in our house!

    1 July 2020 at 3:07 pm
  • Reply Margaret Clarkson

    The Aristocats

    1 July 2020 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply Tracy Newton

    The Addams Family

    1 July 2020 at 4:12 pm
  • Reply Susan Smith

    Finding Nemo

    1 July 2020 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Jacob Barnard

    Toy Story for Sure! πŸ™‚

    1 July 2020 at 6:34 pm
  • Reply Natalie Burgess

    The Lion King

    2 July 2020 at 5:07 am
  • Reply F Chowdhury

    Up

    2 July 2020 at 2:14 pm
  • Reply Rachel Butterworth

    Sword in the Stone.

    2 July 2020 at 6:11 pm
  • Reply Marc H

    Spirited Away

    2 July 2020 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Lisa Wilkinson

    Monsters Inc.

    2 July 2020 at 7:53 pm
  • Reply Rachel Craig

    Finding Nemp

    2 July 2020 at 10:59 pm
  • Reply Megan Kinsey

    I love Fantasia

    3 July 2020 at 8:10 am
  • Reply Kerry Taylor

    Peter Pan!

    3 July 2020 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply Kelly Smith

    Fantasia, loved it since I was little. Thanks

    3 July 2020 at 3:48 pm
  • Reply Susan Willshee

    I love Up. I particularly love Dug the dog.

    3 July 2020 at 8:19 pm
  • Reply Emma Byford

    How to Train Your Dragon

    4 July 2020 at 7:35 am
  • Reply Jean Cassell

    SING

    4 July 2020 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply Pat Healy

    Frozen

    5 July 2020 at 10:59 am
  • Reply Katie B

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

    5 July 2020 at 2:49 pm
  • Reply Lorna Ledger

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

    5 July 2020 at 3:57 pm
  • Reply Emma Walters

    we love moana

    6 July 2020 at 7:15 am
  • Reply Laura banks

    bee movie

    8 July 2020 at 4:01 pm
  • Reply judy kennedy

    The Lion King for the music too

    9 July 2020 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Sarah Glover

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

    9 July 2020 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Jane Willis

    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

    10 July 2020 at 9:18 am
  • Reply Angela Sharp

    I must say I really like inside out

    10 July 2020 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Lynne OConnor

    Dumbo

    12 July 2020 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply sandy lynn ralph

    mine is the lion king

    14 July 2020 at 5:28 pm
  • Reply sandy lynn ralph

    I have tweeted this on twitter too https://twitter.com/moonlightlady2/status/1283091537702932482 but this rafflecopter wont register this step for me

    14 July 2020 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Emma England

    Big hero 6! One of the best animated films in my opinion and so underrated

    16 July 2020 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply katrina walsh

    Its all about toy story in our house

    16 July 2020 at 11:00 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth Yeates

    Minions

    17 July 2020 at 7:38 pm
  • Reply Mandy Doherty

    Sing

    18 July 2020 at 10:49 am
  • Reply MichelleD

    It’s a close one, but I think it has to e Shrek!

    18 July 2020 at 5:12 pm
  • Reply Ann Willers

    Lion King

    20 July 2020 at 10:28 am
  • Reply lynn neal

    The Lion King

    21 July 2020 at 7:18 pm
  • Reply S Straw

    Toy Story

    21 July 2020 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply Eileen Hindley

    Snow White and the seven dwarfs πŸ™‚

    22 July 2020 at 10:37 am
  • Reply Patricia Barrett

    Toy Story

    23 July 2020 at 12:04 am
  • Reply Amy Bondoc

    Frozen

    23 July 2020 at 7:13 am
  • Reply Pauline Burroughs

    I love Lady and the Tramp

    24 July 2020 at 6:38 am
  • Reply Michelle Henderson

    Toy story 4

    24 July 2020 at 9:32 am
  • Reply Sheri Darby

    Dumbo

    24 July 2020 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply Evette Williams

    Bambi

    25 July 2020 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply christine westlake

    this is fab, my grandson would love this as he is ‘Lego crazy’

    25 July 2020 at 3:53 pm
  • Reply Lydia Joy

    Excellent question! My favourite is the first computer animated film : Toy Story!

    25 July 2020 at 4:01 pm
  • Reply Natalee Gosiewski

    so many beauty and the beast, lil mermaid, from my childhood

    25 July 2020 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply Kim M

    Snow White x

    25 July 2020 at 5:18 pm
  • Reply Marion Payne

    The Lion King was great but also Mohanna, Frozen 2 so many!

    25 July 2020 at 7:32 pm
  • Reply Karen hutchinson

    Moana

    25 July 2020 at 7:55 pm
  • Reply Rebecca Beesley

    We really love UP! love the characters and the storyline.

    25 July 2020 at 9:48 pm
  • Reply joy Buckenham

    Lego movie

    25 July 2020 at 11:04 pm
  • Reply Geri Gregg

    My favourite animated film is probably either pocahontas, brother bear or dumbo

    26 July 2020 at 5:53 am
  • Reply RACHELL LYNCH

    the lion king 🦁

    26 July 2020 at 8:05 am
  • Reply Cathryn Crawshaw

    Frozen

    26 July 2020 at 8:15 am
  • Reply Carly Belsey

    I actually really love The Lorax, it’s a great family movie

    26 July 2020 at 8:26 am
  • Reply Denise Walton

    Bambi

    26 July 2020 at 9:22 am
    • Reply Jeanette Leighton

      moana

      26 July 2020 at 9:24 am
  • Reply Hannah Scudder

    Monsters Inc

    26 July 2020 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Kim Neville

    Lion king

    26 July 2020 at 10:57 am
  • Reply Georgie Wright

    Monsters, Inc.

    26 July 2020 at 12:13 pm
  • Reply Adrian Bold

    Toy Story 3

    26 July 2020 at 6:22 pm
  • Reply Sandra Fortune

    The Lion King

    26 July 2020 at 7:20 pm
  • Reply Danielle Graves

    I love The Little Mermaid.

    26 July 2020 at 7:30 pm
  • Reply Gill Mitchell

    I love Smallfoot. Great soundtrack and a lovely moral.

    26 July 2020 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply Darren Collins

    Incredible

    26 July 2020 at 8:33 pm
  • Reply Sarah Roberts

    We all love Beauty and The Beast πŸ™‚

    26 July 2020 at 9:06 pm
  • Reply Natalie Crossan

    Toy story

    26 July 2020 at 9:13 pm
  • Reply Jodie Green

    We love Snow White

    26 July 2020 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Alison Johnson

    Finding Nemo

    26 July 2020 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Catherine Gregory

    Polar Express

    26 July 2020 at 10:14 pm
  • Reply AndiG

    Love Coco great film

    26 July 2020 at 10:33 pm
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