23 non-disney and non-dreamworks animated movies to watch

23 non-disney and non-dreamworks animated movies to watch from the years 2000 - 2016

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When it comes to animated movies Disney & Dreamworks are the top guys, they make pretty good movies and usually take all the awards. But there are also some really good animated movies made by other studios, here are 23 animated movies (ranked in no specific order) not made by Disney or dreamworks from 2000 – 2016 for you to check out. These films are rated 12a or under so don’t expect to see animated films like Sausage Party or Anomalisa as that will be for another list.

1. The Little Prince

Studio: Kaibou Productions, ON Animation Studios, Paramount Animation, TouTenKartoon

A little girl lives in a very grown-up world with her mother, who tries to prepare her for it. Her neighbor, the Aviator, introduces the girl to an extraordinary world where anything is possible, the world of the Little Prince. The little prince is an absolutely stunning film, the animation was breath-taking and gorgeous. It’s special and unlike any animation I’ve seen, it has a beautifully written layered story which mixes stop motion and computer animation. It truly is a beautiful film with a great cast and lovely soundtrack. If you haven’t seen it already, give it a watch!

2. Fantastic Mr Fox

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Animation

An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers’ retaliation.  Fantastic Mr Fox is a charming and very good animated movie, which can be enjoyed by both adults and children. It’s pretty much like other Wes Anderson films, funny, stylish, visually stunning with a great cast & humorous characters.

3. Shaun The Sheep Movie

Studio: Aardman Animations

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home. There’s hardly any talking in the Shaun The Sheep Movie, but it still had me interested and managed to make me burst out with laughter. The movie relies on its characters’ crazy decision and actions to keep the audience amused and entertained. Even though the film is targeted at kids, it is a fun ride throughout and is worth a watch.

4. The Book of Life

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Animation

Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears. The Book Of Life is a charming, sweet, funny and highly enjoyable computer-animated musical. I was highly impressed by this film, I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. It’s a colourful and visually stunning film with an amazing, heartfelt & engaging story. The film is made even better by its beautiful original songs and talented voice cast who really breathe life into the animation.

5. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Studio: Studio Ghibli

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. I loved The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya with it’s subtle, soft, pastel animation and great story. The story had me engaged throughout, for me it was unintentionally funny at times, I thought the facial expressions of the characters were hilarious. To really absorb and experience the brilliance of this film, it’s probably better to watch it in Japanese with English subtitles. This film is one of my favourite animated films which you should definitely check out.

6. Rango

Studio: Nickelodeon Movies, Blind Wink Productions

Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff. A western animated film, not something you see every day, Rango is different, which is what makes it so refreshing. It’s a smart, funny and exciting film where Johnny Depp delivers a great voice performance as the loveable chameleon lead.

7. The Lego movie

Studio: Warner Animation Group, Warner Bros. Animation

An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis. I loved The Lego movie it’s a superb laugh out loud animated film. It’s a smart film with many jokes that always hit. The wonderful voice cast made this film even better as they all nailed their characters. Kids and adults will most likely find this film funny and enjoy the beautiful Lego animation.

8. Mary And Max

Studio: Melodrama Pictures

A dark, sad, sweet animated movie which focuses on an unusual relationship between a lonely 8-year-old girl from Melbourne and a 45 year old obese man from New York. Mary And Max is a film which will evoke a lot of different emotions, at times it’s heart-warming while other times it can be upsetting. This animated movie actually made me cry it was just so beautiful and touching, the story is told in an interesting way and does of good job of making the viewer actually care about the characters. Mary And Max is a good film you ought to watch.

9. The Boxtrolls

Studio: Laika Entertainment

A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. The Boxtrolls is a good animated film with witty and funny moments. I really enjoyed The Boxtrolls and got a good laugh from the film, I liked the characters, the adult characters were pretty hilarious and wacky. It also had a solid story and is an enjoyable film, if you are looking for a decent animated movie to watch.

10. Song of the sea

Studio: Cartoon Saloon

Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the faeries and save the spirit world. A fantastic, beautifully styled traditional animated film with great attention to detail. Honestly watching Song Of The Sea was an amazing experience and I was completely taken away by the brilliant animation, the melodic music and the nice magical story. If you haven’t seen it, then you must certainly check out Song of The Sea.

11. Kubo And The Two Strings

Studio: Laika Entertainment

A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past. Kubo And The Two Strings is a stunning animation, visually it’s amazing and overall just marvellous. It also has a creative and spectacular story to go with its fantastic visuals, which you don’t really see in most mainstream animations. Kubo And The Two Strings basically has every necessary ingredient for a great animated movie a strong voice cast, a captivating story, likeable characters and some funny moments. People of all ages will be able to enjoy Kubo And The Two Strings.

12. Ernest & Celestine

Studio: Les Armateurs

A cute animation about an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine in a world where bears and mice live separately. It’s a short, sweet and visually charming animated movie with some funny and heart-warming moments.

13. Spirited away

Studio: Studio Ghibli

During her family’s move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. Spirited Away is a unique traditionally animated film which will suck you into its world and have you mesmerized for over 2 hours. Even though it was released in 2001 it’s still a visually stunning animated film. It’s a dazzling film with interesting characters, funny moments and an entertaining story.

14. The Secret of Kells

Studio: Cartoon Saloon, Les Armateurs

A young boy in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids is beckoned to adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. The Secret Of Kells is another beautifully drawn animated movie on this list. The animation in this film is definitely impressive and really adds to the story. It’s an enchanting tale with a nice story and likeable characters.

15. ParaNorman

Studio: Laika Entertainment

A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. What I really liked about ParaNorman were the characters, they got the typical jock, bully and outcast characters nailed to the t and it was funny how accurate it was. The voice cast consisting of Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Jeff Garlin suited their characters extremely well. ParaNorman is a really fun film with amusing dialogue and stereotypical characters which added to the humour.

16. Boy and the World

Studio: Filme de Papel

A little boy goes on an adventurous quest in search of his father. What starts off as an innocent story of a boy looking for his father then eventually evolves into an animated movie which touches on many different topics about the modern world. Boy And The World barely has any dialogue, however it uses its bright colours and creative animation and upbeat music to tell its story. As the little boy ventures into the city the hand drawn animations start to tell a story of globalisation through the eyes of a child.

17. Hotel Translyvania

Studio: Sony Pictures Animation

Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teen-aged daughter. There’s nothing special about Hotel Translyvania, it’s pretty much a generic animated movie which did well in the box office. But I must admit I had a few laughs from this film and I liked it enough to add it to this list.

18. Despicable Me

Studio: Illumination Entertainment

When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. Despicable me, is a simple, rewatchable and entertaining animated movie. It has many humorous moments, wacky characters and a decent story which actually turns out to be quite thoughtful and sweet. It’s a family-friendly film with a nice soundtrack.

19. Arthur Christmas

Studio: Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations

Santa’s clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick’s father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours. Arthur Christmas is a decent Christmas film with an upgrade, we get to see Santa use advanced technology to deliver gifts which is pretty cool. Arthur Christmas is a heart-warming film with emotional strength which can be enjoyed both by adults and children.

20. Coraline

Studio: Laika Entertainment

An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets. Coraline is a dark tale for children, it has a creepy and weird atmosphere which intensifies throughout the film. It’s a fun film, although sometimes scary as it can feel like an actual nightmare. It’s good, with a creative story, beautiful visuals and a strong voice performance from Dakota Fanning.

21. Corpse Bride

Studio: Tim Burton Animation Co., Laika Entertainment

When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her. Corpse Bride is your typical Tim Burton film, gothic feel, dark tone with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter as the main characters. It’s a fun and pleasing to the eye stop motion animation which you should check out if you haven’t already.

22. Monster House

Studio: Sony Pictures Animation

Three teens discover that their neighbor’s house is really a living, breathing, scary monster. Monster House is a hilarious film with many funny moments and a few adult jokes (which went right over my head when I watched it as a kid) I loved this film as a kid, it’s a horror but wasn’t too scary as the comedy gave it a lighter tone. Kids and adults will be able to get a lot of laughs from this entertaining film.

23. The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Studio: Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations

Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. The Pirates! Band Of Misfits is a funny film with many visual gags, witty dialogue and British humour. It’s not Aardman animations best work but it’s still an enjoyable film for all ages.

Other non-disney and non-dreamwork movies include Ice Age, Happy Feet and Rio, I haven’t added them to the list as they are popular films and you have probably already seen them.

I am the creator of Popcorn On Couch, freelance web developer,a Tennis & WWE fan, I love watching movies, studying and sleeping.

1 Comment

  1. Mary And Max is soooo goood!!!!


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