Well, it’s time for yet ANOTHER “Top 13” list! Do celebrate!
Party pooper! Anyway, seeing as I did a “My Top 13 Animated Movies That I Don’t Like, But Everyone Else Does” list, it only makes sense to do a “My Top 13 Animated Movies That I Like, But Everyone Else Doesn’t” list!
Again, the ideas for these lists comes from Internet celebrity, Doug Walker, of “The Nostalgia Critic” fame!
I know you’re excited to start reading, but like always, I have to give you a few cautionary notices first:
1) I find myself constantly going back and forth between favorites in lists. I may look back at this list in the future and wonder why my #5 was not in the #10 spot, or why my #12 was not in the #2 spot, or why my #3 was even on the list to begin with! But as of May 2013, this is my list!
2) When I say that these are films that I like, but everyone else doesn’t; who exactly are “everyone else”? Am I referring to the general public or to the critics or both? Well, in the last “Top 13” list, I took “everyone else” to mean both the general public AND the critics!
In this list however, I’m more inclined to say that “everyone else” may refer to both parties as well, but MORE towards the critics! The reason I say this is that I believe public opinion is so varied, that even a bad film can have a huge fan following! And I’m sure some of you will actually like some of the films that I’m about to list! But, these are all films that the critics are not happy about and a good chunk of the general public think are bad; and that’s the main reason why I say that “everyone else” doesn’t like these films!
3) How exactly am I ranking these movies? I’m ranking them purely on how much I like them and/or would want to re-watch. Films in the top 5 are movies that I love more and want to re-watch more than films in the 13th and 12th spots, for example!
Well, that’s about all I have to say before we venture into this “Top 13” list!
Why top 13? Because I’m not superstitious!
#13: DON BLUTH’S ROCK-A-DOODLE (1991) AND THE PEBBLE AND THE PENGUIN (1995)
Sit back down!
As you all know, I’m not a fan of Don Bluth,
so I don’t “love” or “like” any one of his films. So when I say that I “like” these two movies, take that into perspective, i.e. know that all I mean is that I don’t hate them as much as the public and critics do! Is that clear? Can we move on?
Fine! Don Bluth is one of those filmmakers that has to be talked about in eras: his “good” era and his “bad” era. His good era comprises of the films, “The Secret of NIMH”, “An American Tail”, “The Land Before Time”, and “All Dogs Go to Heaven”. His bad era comprises of all his films that came after (with the exception of “Anastasia”).
And “Rock-a-Doodle” and “The Pebble and the Penguin” are part of his “bad” era. Both films are pretty much hated by the public and both films are definitely hated by the critics. So why do I like these films? Let’s look at them one at a time.
I reviewed “Rock-a-Doodle” earlier and you can find the link to my review here, so I won’t talk much about the film. It’s basically the story of Chanticleer, a rooster who always crows to wake up the Sun and hence starts the day. But one day the Sun rises without his crowing and Chanticleer realizes that he never caused the Sun to rise in the first place.
The movie is bad, the plot is weak, and the mixture of live-action and animation is annoying. There are really two reasons why I like this movie:
The first is the animation. It’s not the best animation, but it’s so colorful and uplifting and just puts a smile in your day.
And the second reason is Christopher Plummer voicing the Grand Duke of Owls. He’s probably the best voice actor in a Don Bluth production and one of the best celebrity voice actors that I’ve ever heard. When he talks, you don’t hear an actor at a microphone, you honestly hear the Grand Duke of Owls talking himself.
Now, moving on to “The Pebble and the Penguin”. I also reviewed this movie earlier and you can find the link to my review here. The film is about a young, shy penguin who wants to propose to a female penguin and tradition states that this is done by the male giving the female a pebble. Disaster strikes when he is accidentally washed ashore and is caught by a fishing boat. With the help of another penguin named Rocko, he has to find his way back to his home and beloved.
Again, this movie is bad, the plot is weak, and even the animation is lacking. But the reason that I do “like” this movie is because it tries hard to be a good movie. The plot ALMOST works, the story ALMOST works, the characters ALMOST works, but they all still fall flat. And it’s for this reason that I admire its effort and hence “like” this movie.
If you’ve never seen these films, I’m telling you that they’re worth at least one look. But I’m not guaranteeing that you’ll like them!
#12: CHICKEN LITTLE (2005)
The first fully CGI Disney film in the Canon was somewhat of a financial success; but the public and the critics didn’t seem to take kindly to this movie! Yet, I enjoyed this movie!
From a story point of view, it’s the basic “Chicken Little” story…with aliens!
Ok, I admit that’s a bit out of place, but I can’t lie: I DID like this movie!
I’m not saying the movie is good, I’m not saying it’s perfect, I’m not even saying that I remember it much! But for what it was, I LIKED it! Of course, the better Disney adaptation of “Chicken Little” by far is this animated short made in 1943:
Anyway, I don’t have a lot to say about this movie seeing as I can’t remember it much. But what I do REMEMBER is that I liked it! Maybe when I re-watch this for my Disney Canon Project, my opinion might change. But I’m hoping that it doesn’t.
#11: TOM AND JERRY: THE MOVIE (1992)
Quiet down! You knew what you were in for before you started reading this post!
Ok, like everybody else, I grew up watching cartoons: Walter Lantz cartoons, Hanna-Barbera cartoons, Looney Tunes cartoons, and of course “Tom and Jerry” cartoons! Everybody loves these two characters who are always fighting each other. Of course nowadays, some people complain about the “violent nature” of our favorite cat and mouse duo.
Anyway, the duo was a success and that eventually led to their own film in the early ’90s. And the film was critically and publicly panned! So why do I like this?
Well, the main complaint against this movie is the fact that they actually make Tom and Jerry talk, whilst in the cartoons they were nigh perpetually reticent!
I watched this movie when I was very young and…somehow wasn’t bothered by the fact that they talked, I kinda liked it actually. It didn’t stick out like a sore thumb for me and I guess that I found it to work.
Another complaint is all the musical numbers. Now I’m a fan of musicals and quite love film songs; but I’ll be honest and say that some of the songs in here are plan stupid! But many are NOT stupid and are even quite catchy. My favorite song is the “I’ve Done It All” mainly because I loved to see how many times they could rhyme the word “all”!
Another song deserving of mention is “I Miss You”, which is a song that can get me to cr…almost cry every time I hear it.
And the last complaint is that even though this is a Tom and Jerry film, the cat and mouse are not the main focus of the movie. There’s actually a young orphaned girl searching for her father and she’s the main focus of the film. And…that didn’t bother me either! I mean as long as Tom and Jerry were in the movie, I was happy!
The movie is quite a fun watch in my opinion, but I’m sure yours is different!
#10: THE ARISTOCATS (1970)
This is one of those movies that I didn’t know had a reputation for being bad! It was only until I started getting into various bloggers and film critics online did I discover this fact!
I had grown up on this film and had always loved it! Sure, it’s not perfect; sure, it’s not amazing; sure, it’s incredibly simple; but for what it’s worth, how can you HATE it?
It’s the first film released after Walt Disney’s death, so you have to honor it for trying to keep up the legacy!
Most of the voice actors and actresses do an amazing job, mainly because they’re common Disney voice actors, such as Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, and Sterling Holloway!
The movie has the extremely catchy and lovable song, “Everybody Wants to be a Cat”
as well as one of the most, if not THE most, underrated Disney song in my opinion, “O’Malley the Alley Cat”! (I’ve talked about it more in an earlier “Top 13” list).
And even if you’re not a fan of the songs, the main fact that they’re written by the Sherman Brothers should put a smile on your face as you hear them!
I don’t know what else to say: I love this movie! It’s not one of my favorites, but I still love it!
#9: WE’RE BACK! A DINOSAUR’S STORY (1993)
Steven Spielberg decided to join the animation resurgence of the ’90s and opened up an animation branch of his “Amblin Entertainment” production studio and named it, “Amblimation”.
To make it short, only three animated films were theatrically released and their general under-performance caused Spielberg to shut down the “Amblimation” branch.
The films made and released by this branch were “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West”,
and the film in my #9 spot, “We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story”!
Released in 1993 and based on a book of the same name, the film was about an old scientist voiced by Walter Cronkite (and bearing a striking resemblance to Albert Einstein, in my opinion),
who invents a time machine to bring dinosaurs to the future so that children can be happy!
Yeah, the film’s premise is somewhat ludicrous and as you can guess, the critical reception was quite negative. But why do I like this movie?
Well, the animation is beautiful! It runs smoothly and the colors seem so rich and deep! I was extremely pleased and amazed with the quality, seeing as I wasn’t expecting much to begin with.
This movie also has one of the most amazing animated scenes ever, kind of like Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” put to animation! Here is a clip of it, but be warned: it’s the ending of the film, so don’t watch it if you don’t want the ending to be spoiled!
The voice acting is nothing special, but it is interesting due to the fact that one of the voice actors made her film debut (and only film appearance) in this movie. And that was none other than celebrity chef, Julia Child!
I dunno, I only saw this movie for the first time quite recently and it quickly became a guilty pleasure of mine! What can I say? I like it, I just do!
#8: THE “THE BRAVE LITTLE TOASTER” SEQUELS [THE BRAVE LITTLE TOASTER GOES TO MARS (1998) AND THE BRAVE LITTLE TOASTER TO THE RESCUE (1999)]
So, “The Brave Little Toaster” has become somewhat of a cult classic!
And there’s no wondering as to how! It’s a somewhat dark animated film that’s somewhat Disney-ish and at the same time, not! So, with the popularity, it was safe to assume that a sequel (or sequels would be made). And they were made…about a decade later!
The first sequel released was “The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars” which features our appliance friends living with their reunited master and his new wife and upcoming baby. Naturally, this scenario takes our appliance friends to the planet Mars whereon exists a population of even more appliances.
Ok, it’s really quite a stretch! That, along with the lack of charm and quality that the original movie had, caused this film to receive negative reviews and ratings. Yet, I still love this movie!
Why? Well, I love the characters: both the familiar old ones as well as the new ones. I mean, come on, a refrigerator villain! That’s just cool!
The film also features a few memorable and catchy (although, not good) songs that I happen to love!
And to top it all of, one of the voice actors in this film is none other than Farrah Fawcett!
I’m not sure whether this movie was successful (I highly doubt it), but regardless of success, another sequel was released the year after entitled, “The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue”.
This film is actually a prequel seeing as it takes place before the events of “The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars”. In this film, the appliances’ master is in college, typing a thesis paper on his computer when suddenly the computer crashes and it’s up to his appliances to help him recover his lost file all while saving a bunch of animals from being sold!
Yeah, this plot is even stupider and flimsier than the last movie; but I still love it, and for the same reasons! It has old lovable characters, new lovable characters, new and catchy (but still not very good) songs, etc.
What can I say? I’ve watched these sequels numerous times and plan to see them many more times!
#7: SHARK TALE (2004)
This is another movie that I didn’t know had a reputation for being disliked until I joined the online blogosphere! When this Dreamworks Animation film was released, most everyone saw it as a ripoff of “Finding Nemo”.
But in actuality, there were no similarities between the two, except for the fact that they both featured fish!
This film currently has the lowest score on rottentomatoes.com for a Dreamworks Animation film, and it’s no secret as to why: the story is stupid, the story is stupid, and…the story is stupid! And to top it all off, this film is basted with celebrity voices, which is something that I’m staunchly opposed to! So why do I like this?
I’m not 100% sure, really! To be fair, I wasn’t fanatically obsessed/knowledgeable about animated films back in 2004, so that may explain why the celebrity voices didn’t bother me! And as for the story….yeah, a Will Smith-voiced fish feigning as a hero is definitely a bad story….and I have no explanation whatsoever as to why I like it!
I dunno, sometimes there are movies that you like and you can’t explain why! This is one of them!
#6: MICKEY, DONALD, GOOFY: THE THREE MUSKETEERS (2004)
Ok, who here honestly remembers this movie?
I thought so! It’s a direct-to-video Disney film produced by DisneyToon Studios that puts classic Disney characters into the world of Alexandre Dumas’ “The Three Musketeers”!
Why do I like this movie? Well, first off, like I said before, it features classic Disney characters in a full-length feature: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pete, Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, and Clarabelle Cow (yes, she’s in it)! We all love Disney and what they do, but sometimes we (or at least the present generation) forget the original characters that Disney was built upon and I’m glad that this movie brings them back in the spotlight.
And the second reason that I love this movie is that it’s a musical! And not just any musical: All the songs are set to tunes of classic musical pieces (“Can Can”, “In the Hall of the Mountain King”, “Habanera”, Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5”, etc.)! This makes each song instantly memorable, instantly hummable, and instantly lovable!
People may forget this film, but I’m not “people”!
#5: SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS (2003)
As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I was a huge fan of Dreamworks Animation’s 2D animated films and wish that they would have made more traditionally hand-drawn animated films.
But beggars can’t be choosers and so I just have to be content with the traditional animated films that they’ve given me and enjoy them all the more. And the very last traditionally hand-drawn animated film that Dreamworks Animation released was “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas”.
The film didn’t make as much as the studios was hoping for and was the final straw in the decision to make Dreamworks Animation a CGI company. And not only was the box office performance not amazing, but neither were the reviews. Yet, I quite love this film! Even I was surprised that I loved this film!
I mean, what’s not to love? It’s a kind of action-adventure film based on the character of Sinbad the Sailor! That’s amazing, right there!
The animation is simply gorgeous!
Yes, it does fall prey to celebrity voices; but they don’t bother me all that much!
But to be honest, I haven’t seen it in a long time; although I’m sure that if I re-watch it, I’ll still enjoy it as much as I remember to have enjoyed it!
#4: THE “ALADDIN” SEQUELS [THE RETURN OF JAFAR (1994) AND ALADDIN AND THE KING OF THIEVES (1996)]
Yes, I understand that these are direct-to-DVD films! Yes, I understand that the animation is horribly sub-par when compared to the original “Aladdin”! And yes, I understand that Robin Williams didn’t return for “The Return of Jafar”!
But, I still love these movies! Let’s take a look at each!
The first one is “The Return of Jafar”, Disney’s first direct-to-DVD animated film. It tells the story of Jafar returning to seek revenge on Aladdin and the others. Granted the plot isn’t that substantial, so why do I like this movie? Well, Iago becomes a good guy!
And many of the songs are quite catchy and fun to sing along to! Yes, they’re not Renaissance-quality, but for what they are, they’re highly enjoyable!
The final reason for liking this movie would have to be nostalgia. I grew up watching this direct-to-DVD sequel over and over again, before I even knew what Disney quality and the Disney Canon were! Yes, nostalgia may be a weak reason, but it is a reason, nonetheless!
The second movie is “Aladdin and the King of Thieves” which FINALLY lets us see Aladdin and Jasmine get married! Well, the wedding is ABOUT to happen, when suddenly a gang of infamous thieves drops in uninvited and starts looting and plundering!
Naturally, this comes as a horrible blow to Aladdin and the gang, but it’s not the only blow! Aladdin later finds out that his father, Cassim, long-presumed dead, is actually alive! And not just alive, but alive and possessing a direct connection with the thieves that ransacked the wedding!
And it’s up to Aladdin to find out the truth and get his wedding back on schedule!
Ok, I pray that you can understand why I love this movie! The plot is extremely interesting when compared to “The Return of Jafar”; the animation is much, much better; and the songs are just as catchy and memorable! And to top it all off, you have Robin Williams voicing the Genie again!
What can I say? I shall never abandon Aladdin and Jasmine or anything related to their franchise!
#3: BUZZ LIGHTYEAR OF STAR COMMAND: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS (2000)
This is another movie that I think has been forgotten over the years. When the “Toy Story” craze was around in the late ’90s, Disney did their best to cash in on its success and popularity. One of their endeavors involved releasing a direct-to-DVD traditionally animated film that focused on the life of Buzz Lightyear while he worked for Star Command. And I absolutely love this movie!
It has everything I could want: Buzz Lightyear, decent animation, decent voice acting, memorable characters,
and fun outer space action and scenarios! It even served as the pilot for a short-lived animated TV series of the same name!
And although people may not hate this movie, I don’t hear anybody ever talking of this movie or the TV show based on it! It’s like it just got eradicated from memory!
Hopefully, seeing it on my list will cause many of us (me included) to obtain a copy of this film and watch it again!
#2: VALIANT (2005)
What’s not to love about this movie? I just don’t get it! The film is inspired by the use of war pigeons during WWII and tells the story of…war pigeons during WWII! And not just any war pigeons, but British war pigeons!
Many respected British comedians and thespians lend their voices to this film including Ricky Gervais, John Cleese, Hugh Laurie, Ewan McGregor, Tim Curry, John Hurt, and Jim Broadbent. The voice cast alone makes me love this film!
I don’t really know what else to say! This film manages to tell a war story from an animated perspective with a stellar voice cast and good animation! Watch this movie if you haven’t already!
AND MY #1 ANIMATED MOVIE THAT I LIKE, BUT EVERYONE ELSE DOESN’T IS
POOH’S GRAND ADVENTURE: THE SEARCH FOR CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (1997)
Why, oh why isn’t this movie more popular? I know that it was a direct-to-DVD film, but this film SHOULD have gotten a theatrical release! Trust me, it’s THAT good and enjoyable!
It’s the basic story of our friends in the Hundred Acre Wood who go on a perilous quest to find their friend Christopher Robin after they misinterpret a note that he’d left for them. Hmm, does that sound familiar? It does? You know why? BECAUSE THEY TOOK THE SAME DARN IDEA AND USED IT FOR THE “WINNIE THE POOH” FILM!
(Don’t worry, I’m not going to talk about my dislike for “Winnie the Pooh” again; but I assure you that it won’t be easy!)
The story works out to be an incredible adventure for our friends in the Hundred Acre Wood, which automatically makes the movie exciting. Yes, there were complaints about this being too dark/scary for a “Winnie the Pooh” film, but honestly, I watched this when I was young, and never thought the film had gone too far in the scary department! If anything, the danger presented in the movie made me want to watch it even more!
Not only is the story great; but this film has songs which are great! And they’re not just great, but I DARE you not to cry when listening to these two in particular:
I know you’re at least tearing up! Don’t deny it!
The animation is not amazing; but it’s pretty darn good given the circumstances!
What else can I say? This film should be a household name in every house!
Anyway, we’ve reached the end of the list! I hope you all enjoyed it! Feel free to comment below on whether you agree with me or not. Or you can tell me what animated films you like, but everyone else doesn’t. You can even give me ideas for future “Top 13” lists that you’d like to see!
Thanks for reading!