It’s that time again: “Top 13 Lists” time!
I really enjoy making these, although they take forever to make; but the best things in life require the most effort!
What’s the topic of today’s list? Well, you know how we all have that one movie or movies that everyone seems to love, like, or at least enjoy; but we just don’t like? Well, that’s the topic of this list!
Inspired by Doug Walker of “The Nostalgia Critic” fame,
this is “My Top 13 Animated Movies That I Don’t Like, But Everyone Else Does”!
I find it an interesting subject and should lead to a fun list! But, a few cautions before we proceed:
1) I find myself switching back and forth between opinions as much as one changes clothes. So this is my list as of late February 2013. I’m sure I’ll look back at this list in a few months and wonder why my #8 wasn’t #4 or my #2 wasn’t #10 or something like that! So just keep that in mind!
2) What do I mean when I say that everyone else loves these movies? Am I referring to what critics think of the films? Or am I referring to what the average moviegoer thinks of the film? Well, I kinda take both into consideration. These are all films that critics have generally given positive reviews for and the vast majority of audiences have displayed their liking for.
and 3) Are these listed by how much I hate them? Not really! I don’t think I really HATE any of these movies, but many of them I do feel a certain level of dislike for! But, the main factor in ranking these movies is the question, “How soon would I re-watch this film?”. So basically movies near the bottom of the list I would more soon re-watch as opposed to movies near the top of the list.
With that out of the way, I hope you enjoy this “Top 13” list! Why top 13? Because I’m not superstitious!
#13: LILO AND STITCH (2002)
Yeah, I think you can all see that this list is gonna include many of your cherished loved ones! Ok, so why don’t I like “Lilo and Stitch”?
I personally found it boring, somewhat stupid, and a little bit weird. You have the story of a young girl named Lilo adjusting to life with her older sister as her guardian after her parents die in a car accident. And then you have a story of a genetic experiment gone wrong named Stitch, who escapes from capture and lands, accidentally, on the planet Earth. And then you have these two characters meeting and bonding with one another.
The story itself never thrilled me, and just seemed too simple and done-to-death and at the same time too weird to comprehend, so that’s where most of the boredom came from. I’m also not a fan of what I call Disney’s “background songs”, which are songs playing in the background like in “Tarzan”; and this film has its share of those. If I want to hear a Disney song, I expect it to be a musical, and I expect it to be sung by the characters; otherwise it bores me, as this movie did!
I also never liked the characters. Lilo was too much of a little brat,
and Stitch wasn’t all that funny or cute. He was just plain weird in my opinion. I never liked Pleakly, I never got into Dr. Jumba, and I can barely remember the side characters.
The reason that this film in all the way at number 13 is because I’ve only seen this film once. And I’m hoping that when I re-watch this film for my “Disney Canon-Forgotten/Minor Characters Project”, I may like it, similar to how I did with “Tarzan”. I had only seen “Tarzan” once, didn’t like it, but after re-watching it a second time, loved it and became one of my top 13 favorite animated Disney films!
So, this film has a chance to come off this list, but as for the moment, it remains here!
#12: WALL-E (2008)
Yeah, you’re gonna hate me by the time we reach the end of this list!
I don’t usually watch films in the theaters; I usually wait until they’re released to DVD and then watch them. But this Pixar film is one of the few that I actually DID go to the theaters to watch. And…I did kinda like it, but I don’t like it as much as everyone else did. And very soon the “kinda liking” turned into being neutral about it which turned into dislike.
I found it kinda boring and slow. The near lack of dialogue in the first half of the movie is done very well, but still didn’t hit the “amazing” levels for me! The romance between Wall-E and Eve was sweet, but give me Johnnie Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet any day!
The second half had interesting robotic characters and quite weird-looking human ones. The appearance of a live-action man really threw the movie out of balance for me.
The climax where the overweight humans have to learn to walk again seems somewhat stupid and quite rushed.
So, you may be wondering if I actually did somewhat like this movie at one time, why do I place “Lilo and Stitch” which I didn’t like AT ALL underneath this one? Well, like I said, this list isn’t really based on how much I hate the movie, but rather on how soon I would re-watch the film. “Lilo and Stitch”, as I’ve said, I have to re-watch when I get to it in my “Disney Canon-Forgotten/Minor Characters” project, and I’m actually looking forward to seeing it again to hopefully make me like the movie.
But as for “Wall-E”, I’m quite satisfied with having seen it once, don’t plan to see this again any time soon, and quite frankly, not really interested in changing my views regarding it. So with that said, “Wall-E” stays in the 12th position!
#11: KUNG FU PANDA 2 (2011)
I loved “Kung Fu Panda”! It was one of my favorite Dreamworks Animation films, definitely one of my top 5! So, when the sequel was announced, I was of course excited! Then when I actually saw the movie, I was extremely let down! Why?
Well, one thing that bothered me was what seemed to be a lack of kung fu. Don’t get me wrong, they had lots of fighting and action scenes. But the purpose of learning kung fu in the first film was for Po to defeat the villain who was a master in the art. In this film, the villain is not a kung fu master, and rather wins battles and fights through the use of weapons rather than martial arts! And when the majority of fighting has to take place between the heroes and the villain, and the villain doesn’t fight, it just creates bad and disappointing fight sequences!
Another thing that bothered me was the back story of the villain and hero. The villain gets a dream that a panda will bring him to his ruin. He then orders all pandas to be killed. One panda bear, the hero, is left somewhere safe by his mother and grows up. And in the end, the panda does bring the villain to his doom. The problem with this story is it’s the exact story of the Prophet Moses!
I’d have much preferred if the story had been 100% new and original! Or if they had to use the Prophet Moses story, they could have at least acknowledged the use of it somewhere in the credits or something!
The final thing that bothered me was the inclusion of new voice actors and characters that I think were just there for celebrity status. These included Jean-Claude Van Damme, Victor Garber, Danny McBride, and Michelle Yeoh. When I heard most of these voices, I couldn’t hear the characters, I could just hear the celebrities at the microphone pretending to be the characters. And one thing I’m not a fan of is the use of celebrities in voice roles when the only reason they’re there is just to give the film celebrity names.
I really don’t wanna see this movie again any time soon. And a “Kung Fu Panda 3” is planned for release in 2016; so I pray that it pleases me more than this film did!
#10: UP (2009)
Hey don’t blame me! I told you many of your cherished loved ones would be on this list!
When I first saw this movie, I didn’t like it. It was slow, boring, and uneventful. Then a few months ago, I decided to re-watch it hoping that maybe now that I’m older, I’ll probably enjoy it a bit more and possibly even like it! So, I watched it and…it didn’t change my perception of the film at all!
Don’t get me wrong, like I said earlier, I don’t HATE any of the movies on these lists; but I don’t LIKE them either! I was soooo surprised when “Up” was nominated for “Best Film” at the Oscars! It became the 2nd animated film to be nominated for “Best Film” after “Beauty and the Beast”, and I couldn’t for the life of me understand why.
The story about an old man wanting to fulfill his late wife’s dream of having a house by an Angel Falls knock-off just seemed so boring! The characters were likable, I agree; but the plot was boring! It was soo slow! I’m sorry that I’m repeating this over and over again, but it’s true!
Not only was the plot boring, but sometimes ludicrous! You got these dogs with voice boxes attached to them, and one of them has an “Alvin Chipmunk”-style voice as comic relief!
Then you have an explorer who the old man used to adore when he was a young boy, and somehow they’re both the same age!
I don’t know what else to say about this movie: slow, boring, and quite holey in its plot!
#9: THE GOOD DON BLUTH MOVIES [THE SECRET OF NIMH (1982), AN AMERICAN TAIL (1986), THE LAND BEFORE TIME (1988)]
Well, if you’ve been reading my posts, you know by now that I’m not a fan of Don Bluth films! I never grew up with them, so I have no nostalgic factor regarding them; and ever since I was young, I developed a sort of naive perception regarding him that he was a Disney traitor for leaving the company, taking animators with him, and forming his own, lol!
Now in Don Bluth filmography, you have two periods: his good era and his bad era. His bad era is comprised by his later films such as “Thumbelina”, “Rock-a-Doodle”, “The Pebble and the Penguin”, etc. His good era is comprised of his early films and there’s almost unanimous praise for them! I’m the reason that it’s not fully unanimous!
Let’s look at each of these films one at a time:
We start with the first film made by Don Bluth in his new studios, “The Secret of NIMH”! From what I can remember, the film is about genetically enhanced mice who develop powers to have their own civilization and dabble in science, religion, and superstition or something like that!
Yeah, I can’t quite remember this film too much, I just remember that I found it somewhat boring and there was an annoying crow voiced by Dom DeLuise.
Don Bluth’s second film and arguably his first hit, “An American Tail”, became the highest-grossing non-Disney animated film! It also out-did Disney’s animated film of the year, “The Great Mouse Detective”!
I saw this for the first and only time a few months ago, and honestly I was quite interested in it in the beginning. When it starts, the film seems to be about the persecution of Russian/Jewish mice and their fleeing to America for a better life! I was hoping to actually enjoy this film!
Then the rest of the film came and just got stupid. The main mouse gets separated from his family and has to find them back. During this search, he bumps into a lot of pointless and weak characters and another pointless Dom DeLuise character complete with a song number!
Don Bluth’s third film was the even bigger hit, “The Land Before Time”! This broke box office records and became the highest-grossing animated film EVER!
Yeah, you heard me; this made more money than any animated Disney film had ever made at the time!
And this is another film I didn’t like because I found it slow and boring as well! I saw this once years ago and from what I can remember, it’s about a young dinosaur named Littlefoot whose mother passes away and he has to migrate to the Great Valley where all the dinosaurs can live happily ever after! On the way, he makes new friends and starts the beginning of a film franchise!
The lack of dialogue and somber-ness of the film made it slow and boring to me, I think! I actually quite enjoy its bazillion sequels, but I just can’t get myself to liking the original.
The last good era Don Bluth film was “All Dogs Go To Heaven”. I didn’t include this one because, believe it or not, I actually like this one and consider it my favorite Don Bluth film!
But, knowing my opinion of Don Bluth and his films, that’s not saying much!
Anyway, Don Bluth is an amazing animator, but I don’t agree that he’s an amazing filmmaker!
#8: THE “SHREK” MOVIES (2001, 2004, 2007, 2010)
Ok, I understand that technically only the first two Shrek films are unanimously loved and the other 2 are not! But the “Shrek” characters and franchise themselves are pretty much unanimously loved by all, so that’s why I include all four movies here, instead of just the first two!
“Shrek” was definitely a big step in animation and made parody and comedy popular genres for current animation to immerse themselves in. And I think that’s why I don’t like it. It’s just too much parodying, too much comedic mocking, etc. I honestly rather prefer a heartfelt animated film that has no funny moments as opposed to a film that’s constantly a parody/comedy.
These movies also fall into the “celebrity voices” syndrome, in which celebrities who are not talented voice actors take the reins and voice characters just to give the film “celebrity credibility”, when professional voice actors are much more equipped for the job. This is especially noticed in the latter sequels when you have Larry King, Regis Philbin, and Justin Timberlake among others voicing characters.
I don’t know really what else to say. I just never liked these movies and don’t think I ever will.
#7: PUSS IN BOOTS (2011)
Well as you’ve probably guessed, if I didn’t like the “Shrek” movies, then I didn’t like the “Puss in Boots” film! Well, you’d be right, but for the wrong reasons! I actually liked the character of Puss in Boots somewhat from the “Shrek” series, and with the absence of the other “Shrek” characters, I was hoping that I’d enjoy this movie! I did not!
The movie seemed interesting during the initial 10 minutes or so, and then just went downhill from there! There was sooo much talking between the characters and not as much doing! There were sooo many back stories! There was a weak villain with even weaker motives! The ending I found to be disappointing! I can’t even remember much details from this movie! I don’t like it, that’s it!
#6: MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA (2008)
I was never fond of the “Madagascar” franchise, although I did like it a lot more than I did the “Shrek” franchise! I at least love one of the films in the franchise (Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted) as opposed to not liking any in the “Shrek” franchise! But, the second film of this franchise falls into the topic of this list: Everyone loves it, I don’t!
First of all, the premise seemed stupid. They went from the island of Madagascar to the continent of Africa, presumably Southern Africa! I mean, besides different types of animals living there, there’s not much of a cultural difference between the two places to elicit the need for our main characters to get used to this “new, unexplored region”!
Secondly, the romance between Melman and Gloria seemed stupid as well as some pointless celebrity voices such as will.i.am and Alec Baldwin. I didn’t mind Bernie Mac too much, he was surprisingly good, but the rest of the new characters weren’t!
And thirdly, this is the film where the franchise started to focus on Alex the Lion as the main characters and his three compadres as lesser companions, in my opinion at least. And I could’ve taken Melman and Gloria as minor characters, but I thought Marty the Zebra should have been given equal time and equal focus as Alex; after all he’s the reason that they’re all out of the New York Zoo and gallivanting across a new continent! They do that in the first film and they do focus on Marty in this film, but it feels much less when compared with Alex.
All in all, I don’t like this movie!
#5: ANTZ (1998)
Wow, 5 Dreamworks Animation films, well technically 8, already on my list?! That’s unfortunate!
Let me make it clear, I don’t hate Dreamworks Animation! I love them more than say Blue Sky Studios or some other company like that! I love “Kung Fu Panda”, I love “How to Train Your Dragon”, etc. It just happened that there are a few Dreamworks Animation films that everybody loves, but I just happen to not like! May I continue now?
Thank you! Now, first of all let me say that I’m not even getting into the Jeffrey Katzenberg debate about him stealing Pixar’s idea about making an animated film based on insects!
With that out of the way, let’s see why I don’t like this film! One big problem for me was the animation! This is the second fully CGI animated film after “Toy Story”, but none of the characters look real in my opinion! They look like clay models in the midway point of animating a character!
Secondly, the usual problem with many animation studios: celebrity voices! We have Woody Allen, Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, and Christopher Walken in this film! As much as I love Christopher Walken, he doesn’t work for this film, just like the other celebrities don’t!
And thirdly, the story! I can’t quite remember the story fully, but from what I DO remember, there’s an ant who…umm…meets the princess, I think…then somehow joins the army…then they get out of the ant colony looking for an “ant haven” which happens to be a garbage area…then they go back to stop a coup d’état! It’s kinda like “Bee Movie” in the sense that the plot just keeps jumping around; but at least “Bee Movie” kept me interested and entertained!
I’ll watch “A Bug’s Life” an infinite number of times, but I won’t watch this again…probably!
#4: THE “ICE AGE” MOVIES (2002, 2006, 2009, 2012)
Again, I know this is like the “Shrek” franchise in which only a few of the “Ice Age” movies are loved by all, not all the movies; but the “Ice Age” premise and characters seem to be loved by all, so that’s why I’m including all of them in this position!
Why don’t I like them? The main reason I think is the same recurring theme of this post: celebrity voice actors! And Blue Sky Studios are the kings of putting celebrities in voice roles just because they’re celebrities! I haven’t even seen the fourth movie yet, but just hearing that Drake, Nicki Minaj, Keke Palmer, Jennifer Lopez, Rebel Wilson, Joy Behar, Kunal Nayyar, Aziz Ansari, etc. are in it is enough to turn me off!
I really have nothing else to say besides that the films and characters never did anything for me and that the celebrity voices were too darn noticeable!
#3: SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON (2002)
I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I promise you that this is the LAST Dreamworks Animation film on the list!
Ok, why don’t I like this movie? It’s about a horse! I don’t really get into horse movies! I tried watching “War Horse” and stopped after I got bored halfway through!
Another reason is that it’s pretty much dialogue-less! I don’t really get into dialogue-less, unless it’s like a silent black-and-white film or something!
Those are two big reasons for me of why I don’t like this film! I have pretty much no plans of seeing this movie ever again! End of Discussion! Moving on!
#2: WINNIE THE POOH (2011)
WAIT! Let me clarify! I absolutely adore the characters of the “Winnie the Pooh” franchise! I love generally all the Pooh movies from the original canonical one, “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh”, to the ones that were released by DisneyToon Studios like “The Tigger Movie”, “Piglet’s Big Movie”, and “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie”, and even to the ones that were direct-to-video such as “Springtime with Roo” and “A Very Merry Pooh Year”!
BUT, I DON’T LIKE THE SECOND POOH MOVIE THAT IS PART OF THE DISNEY TRADITION AND CANON CALLED “WINNIE THE POOH” THAT WAS RELEASED IN 2011!
Ok, so why don’t I like it? One main reason is that Disney released a direct-to-video Pooh movie in 1997 entitled, “Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin” in which Christopher Robin goes away to school and due to a misunderstanding, the Hundred Acre Wood characters think that he’s in danger and go off to rescue him! It then becomes a quite entertaining adventure with memorable songs and one of the few direct-to-video movies that I wish had gone to the theaters first!
Now, when Disney decided to make another Pooh movie that would be part of the Disney Canon and hence gain a theatrical release, they called it simply, “Winnie the Pooh”, and took quite a lot of elements from “Pooh’s Grand Adventure” and put them in it. In one of the stories of “Winnie the Pooh”, Christopher Robin goes away somewhere. Due to a misunderstanding, the Hundred Acre Wood characters think that he’s in danger. They then go and try to rescue him! The similarity is just frustrating!
And if copying the previous film wasn’t enough, they actually make “Winnie the Pooh” extremely weak and inferior by including songs that I personally find incredibly forgettable, possessing quite a slow and boring plot, and not making the film an epic adventure; rather much of the action takes place not far from their home!
Finally, I know that there are two more stories in this film, but honestly I can’t remember them! And the only reason that I think I remember this particular story is because of my ire that they couldn’t come up with an original idea!
One final point, which I myself am not sure whether it makes me not like this film, is the new cast of voice actors! Firstly, Rabbit is played by Tom Kenny for the first time (hopefully the only time as well),
Eeyore is played by animator Bud Luckey for the first time (hopefully the only time as well),
and Owl is played by Craig Ferguson for the first time (hopefully the only time as well)!
I don’t remember if I hated these voice choices per se, but I do remember that they are noticeable!
Sorry, I don’t like “Winnie the Pooh” and I’m not looking forward to re-watching it for my Disney Canon project!
AND MY #1 ANIMATED MOVIE THAT I DON’T LIKE, BUT EVERYONE ELSE DOES IS
I know that I’m an ardent fan of Walt Disney and his canonical animated films, BUT I DON’T LIKE THIS FILM! I know that this film is an artistic masterpiece and an epic experiment conducted by Walt, BUT I DON’T LIKE THIS FILM! I know I’m lower than dirt’s second cousin twice removed, BUT I DON’T LIKE THIS FILM!
Why don’t I like it? Two reasons: LONG AND BORING! The film is pretty much dialogue-less, and aside from “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” sequence, I was bored by all the others! They just seemed to drag and drag and drag…..and drag! I prefer the package films of the ’40s over this any day! I prefer “Fantasia 2000” over this any day!
I really can’t rationalize my dislike for this film other than how I have already! I didn’t even re-watch this film for my Disney Canon project! And it’ll probably be an eon before I decide to watch this again!
Well, we’ve come to the end of the list and I’m sure I’ve made enemies because of this post!
Please feel free to leave comments! Feel free to bash me for picking on your favorite films! Feel free to give me your films that you don’t like, but everyone else does! Feel free to compliment me on my awesome genius! And feel free to give me ideas for future “Top 13” lists! I hope you all enjoyed yourselves!