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Thursday, 12 November 2015

Film Favourites: Non-Disney Animation

"Well, luckily with animation, fantasy is your friend."
Steven Spielberg

I always say that I hate naming my favourite anything because it gives me anxiety that I'll forget something or someone. When I take part in Twitter blog chats I usually avoid questions like this because it's particularly bad when I'm put on the spot. However, there are some things I can narrow down into maybe a top 5 or 10 when I give it some thought and sometimes these small lists come to me easily. This is one of those times. Today's post is five of my favourite non-Disney animated films. You may remember a while back I named five of my favourite Disney animated movies. You can check that post out here. Anyway, on with the list!

All Dogs Go To Heaven

Admittedly I haven't seen this film in years but it will always be one of my favourites, even if it's completely heartbreaking. Perhaps that's why I haven't watched it in so long. Still, it's always held a special place in my heart. Maybe more so now that I've had to say goodbye to my sister dog, Gracie. If anyone deserved to go to Heaven, if I believed in Heaven, it would be Gracie. Anyway, my favourite part of this film are the puppies! I just thought they were beyond adorable and wished I could have them in real life! I say that like it's past tense but, to be honest, I still do.

Quest For Camelot

I was introduced to this film when one of my childhood best friends bought my sister, Eva, the VHS for her birthday. Ah, those were the days. How this film was a flop at the box office I will never know. It has awesome characters and one of my favourite soundtracks. The male lead is also blind and isn't magically cured by the end, so yay inclusion! I've watched it hundreds of times and it still holds up. The animation may not be up to par with other films of the time but personally that doesn't bother me. If you haven't seen this film then you really need to get on it.

The Road To El Dorado

Okay, if you're not a fan of this film and find it completely hilarious then... well, I just don't know what to tell you. I love Miguel and Tulio, Tulio and Miguel. (Film reference if you wondered...) The film also has some stunning animation. The soundtrack to this one didn't stay with me so much but that's okay. It doesn't take away from the film. One thing I will say is as much as I liked Chel, I totally shipped Tulio and Miguel. Anybody else?

Prince Of Egypt

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I'm not the least bit religious but a did dabble a little in it while growing up since my grandparents and aunt on my dad's side are Christians. I went to Sunday school as a child and even thought I'd found God at one point in my teens. It didn't take me long to lose him again but what I never lost was my love of the story of Moses animated by DreamWorks. Another film with a soundtrack I'll never tire of and beautiful animation. You may come away thinking God is a bit of a dick, which probably isn't news to a lot of us. I mean, did he really have to wait that long to liberate the Hebrews? Did he really have to force Moses to do it? Couldn't he have found a better way to free them rather than being spiteful and inflicting pain and suffering on not only the guilty ones but the ones that may have been innocent and the children? I mean I'm sure not all Egyptians were bad, even if they didn't believe in the same God. But I digress, it's still an awesome film and I wish they made more traditionally animated films these days. I really miss it.

Ice Age

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For a long time I didn't realise Ice Age wasn't Disney. Which just seems ridiculous now. I guess for a while I figured that every immense, animated film that came out just had to belong to Disney because well... it's freaking Disney. I mean I probably thought the same about the films mentioned above too but Ice Age is always the one that sticks out. Perhaps because it's the most recent film. The first Ice Age will always be my favourite but the whole franchise totally holds up. I can't believe it came out 2002. Actually, I can't believe how old all these films are. I feel ancient. Anyway, this film has a great host of characters and actors voicing those characters. I love Sid and I mean, who doesn't love Ray Romano? Then there's Diego and the inappropriate feels he conjures up for an animated saber-toothed tiger. Am I right? Cough. Right, well this is an awesome film and if you don't love it too then you're wrong.

Tell me your favourite non-Disney animated films in the comments.


  1. I have to admit, I don't like or watch any animation that isn't Disney. I have tried to watch the odd thing but I just don't get into anything. Shrek is the worst movie ever haha


  2. The road to el dorado is such an amazing film. Seriously one of my favourites. I need to see All dogs go to heaven again. Its been too long. I also love the croods and how to train your dragon. Such amazing films
    Beth x
    Mermaid in Disguise

  3. Yesss some incredible films there. Prince of Egypt is in my Top 10 movies ever made! x


  4. Forgive the comment on an ancient post, but I had to read because I'm looking for more animated movies I've not seen. I think I'll give Quest for Camelot a go! Have seen the rest of these, and they're some of my favourites too!
    Not sure if you already knew, but Tulio & Miguel were originally meant to be a gay couple, but they removed that aspect because of 'censors' :P I think it's pretty obvious still as a fun undertone, though!


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