Forgotten and/or Underrated Animated films

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1. The Flight Before Christmas (2008)

G | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A young reindeer who suffers from vertigo learns to overcome his fear, takes flying lessons from a clumsy flying squirrel and heads to the North pole to save a troubled Santa and his fleet of flying reindeer.

Directors: Michael Hegner, Kari Juusonen | Stars: Olli Jantunen, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Vuokko Hovatta, Vesa Vierikko

Votes: 2,931

2. The Legend of the Sky Kingdom (2003)

73 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Three children make a daring escape from the underground city in which they are slaves of the Evil Emperor, and go in search of the fabled Sky Kingdom and the great Prince Ariel.

Director: Roger Hawkins | Stars: Jason Linforth, Miriam Hamblin, Gabriel Phillips, Lucian Msamati

Votes: 43

3. A Jewish Girl in Shanghai (2010)

Not Rated | 80 min | Animation, Drama, War

Shanghai, 1939. A sad violin tune plays throughout the city. Little Rina and her younger brother Mishalli have fled to Shanghai from Europe, waiting to be reunited with their parents.

Director: Wang Genfa

Votes: 21

4. Rock & Rule (1983)

PG | 77 min | Animation, Fantasy, Music

A malevolent rock star kidnaps a female singer to force her to participate in the summoning of a demon and her band must help her stop him.

Director: Clive Smith | Stars: Don Francks, Gregory Salata, Susan Roman, Samantha Langevin

Votes: 2,796 | Gross: $0.03M

5. Alice (1988)

Not Rated | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Kristýna Kohoutová, Camilla Power

Votes: 10,272

6. One Night in City (2007)

76 min | Animation, Comedy, Horror

A feature-length narrative animated film from one of the directors of Fimfárum 2. Mysterious and extraordinary stories of loneliness. What all can happen during one night in one city? Do ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Balej | Star: Jirí Lábus

Votes: 317

7. Daisy, a Hen Into the Wild (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

Leafie is a hen who manages to escape the horrible conditions of an egg production line. After surviving a harrowing encounter with a one-eyed weasel and being rejected by the barnyard ... See full summary »

Director: Seong-yun Oh | Stars: So-Ri Moon, Seung-ho Yoo, Min-sik Choi, Cheol-min Park

Votes: 721

8. I Married a Strange Person! (1997)

R | 75 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A newlywed develops a strange lump on his neck that gives him the ability to transform people or objects at will. His wife is very upset. Meanwhile, the CEO of Smilecorp learns of this man ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Plympton | Stars: Charis Michelsen, Tom Larson, Richard Spore, Chris Cooke

Votes: 1,599 | Gross: $0.20M

9. The Romantic (2009)

95 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Deep within a mythological world of autumn landscapes and wondrous creatures, a heartbroken young Romantic swears an oath to free his race from the omnipotent control of the otherworldly ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Heneghan | Stars: Alex Albrecht, Ron Blasdell, Tom Hogan, Christopher Magee

Votes: 27

10. Blood Tea and Red String (2006)

Not Rated | 71 min | Animation, Fantasy

73 Metascore

A handmade stop-motion fairy tale for adults that tells the tale of the struggle between the aristocratic White Mice and the rustic Creatures Who Dwell Under the Oak over the doll of their heart's desire.

Director: Christiane Cegavske

Votes: 952

11. Extraordinary Tales (2013)

Not Rated | 73 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery

59 Metascore

An animated anthology of five tales adapted from Edgar Allan Poe's stories.

Director: Raul Garcia | Stars: Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Julian Sands, Guillermo del Toro

Votes: 2,635

12. Fear(s) of the Dark (2007)

Unrated | 83 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery

69 Metascore

Several scary black-and-white animated segments in different styles appeal to our fear(s) of the dark.

Directors: Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre Di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, Richard McGuire | Stars: Aure Atika, Guillaume Depardieu, Nicole Garcia, Gil Alma

Votes: 2,831 | Gross: $0.08M

13. The Mouse and His Child (1977)

G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

Adaptation of Russell Hoban's novel about two mechanical toy mice, and their quest to become "self-winding".

Directors: Charles Swenson, Fred Wolf | Stars: Peter Ustinov, Cloris Leachman, Sally Kellerman, Andy Devine

Votes: 376

14. Ringing Bell (1978)

47 min | Animation, Drama, Family

An innocent lamb learns about life and death when he seeks revenge upon the wolf who slaughtered his mother.

Director: Masami Hata | Stars: Hitoshi Takagi, Minori Matsushima, Akira Kamiya, Taeko Nakanishi

Votes: 467

15. Mad Monster Party? (1967)

Unrated | 94 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

When Dr Frankenstein decides to retire from the monster-making business, he calls an international roster of monsters to a creepy convention to elect his successor. Everyone is there ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Bass | Stars: Boris Karloff, Allen Swift, Gale Garnett, Phyllis Diller

Votes: 2,487

16. Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure (1977)

G | 84 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Raggedy Ann and Andy leave their playroom to rescue Babette, a beautiful French doll kidnapped by pirates.

Director: Richard Williams | Stars: Claire Williams, Didi Conn, Mark Baker, Fred Stuthman

Votes: 655

17. The Prophet (2014)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Drama

61 Metascore

Exiled artist and poet Mustafa embarks on a journey home with his housekeeper and her daughter; together the trio must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in Mustafa's words will incite rebellion.

Directors: Roger Allers, Gaëtan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi, Joan C. Gratz, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, Michal Socha | Stars: Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski

Votes: 3,691 | Gross: $0.34M

18. When the Wind Blows (1986)

84 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A naive elderly British rural couple survive the initial onslaught of a nuclear war.

Director: Jimmy T. Murakami | Stars: Peggy Ashcroft, John Mills, Robin Houston, James Russell

Votes: 8,816 | Gross: $0.01M

19. It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)

Not Rated | 62 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

Bill struggles to put together his shattered psyche, in this new feature film version of Don Hertzfeldt's animated short film trilogy.

Director: Don Hertzfeldt

Votes: 9,070

20. Jungle Emperor Leo (1997)

PG | 99 min | Animation, Adventure

The story of Leo, the lion emperor and his family, and their struggles to protect the jungle from intruders bent on recklessly mining the a precious stone.

Director: Yoshio Takeuchi | Stars: Masane Tsukayama, Chieko Baishô, Tomoko Ishimura, Hekiru Shiina

Votes: 310

21. Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

Not Rated | 82 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

93 Metascore

An animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.

Director: Nina Paley | Stars: Annette Hanshaw, Aseem Chhabra, Bhavana Nagulapally, Manish Acharya

Votes: 4,181

22. American Pop (1981)

R | 96 min | Animation, Drama, History

57 Metascore

The story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians whose careers parallel the history of American popular music in the 20th century.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Mews Small, Ron Thompson, Jerry Holland, Lisa Jane Persky

Votes: 3,851 | Gross: $6.00M

23. The Suicide Shop (2012)

79 min | Animation, Comedy, Musical

A family-run shop that sells everything you need to take your own life finds it hard to focus on business after a new baby -- one who makes everyone around him happy -- is born into the family.

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Bernard Alane, Isabelle Spade, Kacey Mottet Klein, Isabelle Giami

Votes: 6,441

24. Animalympics (1980)

78 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The animal kingdom stages its own olympic games.

Director: Steven Lisberger | Stars: Gilda Radner, Billy Crystal, Harry Shearer, Michael Fremer

Votes: 1,702

25. Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941)

Not Rated | 78 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The happy tranquility of Buggsville is shattered when the populace learns that a colossal skyscraper is to be built over their tiny town.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Shamus Culhane | Stars: Kenny Gardner, Gwen Williams, Jack Mercer, Tedd Pierce

Votes: 1,002

26. When Black Birds Fly (2015)

Not Rated | 105 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery

Heaven is a beautiful, clean suburban paradise. Every block is populated by lush trees and lovely row homes. People are free to roam and do whatever they please, as long as they follow one ... See full summary »

Director: Jimmy ScreamerClauz | Stars: J.D. Brown, Brandon Slagle, Devanny Pinn, David Firth

Votes: 186

27. Annabelle's Wish (1997 TV Movie)

54 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A mute boy and a calf with the ability to speak form a deep friendship, learning what it means to love and sacrifice for another.

Director: Roy Wilson | Stars: Randy Travis, Jay Johnson, Jerry Van Dyke, Jim Varney

Votes: 1,464

28. The Story of the Fox (1937)

63 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

When Renard the Fox's mischievous pranks go too far, King Lion is forced to attempt to bring the trickster to justice.

Directors: Irene Starewicz, Wladyslaw Starewicz | Stars: Claude Dauphin, Romain Bouquet, Sylvain Itkine, Léon Larive

Votes: 988

29. Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999 TV Movie)

G | 45 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

When Santa cancels his annual flight because of a hurt reindeer, a young Christmas loving dog named Olive is convinced she has what it takes to get Santa's flight off the ground and save Christmas.

Director: Steve Moore | Stars: Drew Barrymore, Dan Castellaneta, Joe Pantoliano, Edward Asner

Votes: 1,956

30. Felidae (1994)

82 min | Animation, Action, Drama

A cat must investigate brutal murders of other cats in a neighborhood he has moved into with his owner.

Director: Michael Schaack | Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Mario Adorf, Helge Schneider, Wolfgang Hess

Votes: 3,459

31. Edison & Leo (2008)

Not Rated | 79 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

A genius inventor's world threatens to fly apart at the seams. His son, who has electricity crackling through his veins due to an accident in his father's laboratory, discovers the truth about his father's past.

Director: Neil Burns | Stars: Powers Boothe, Gregory Smith, Carly Pope, Jay Brazeau

Votes: 184

32. Moon Man (2012)

TV-PG | 95 min | Animation, Sci-Fi

A bored Man in the Moon hitches a ride to Earth on the tails of a passing comet and starts to explore the fantastical creatures and sights of a new planet. But all is not well - the Moon ... See full summary »

Directors: Stephan Schesch, Sarah Clara Weber | Stars: Katharina Thalbach, Ulrich Tukur, Corinna Harfouch, Thomas Kästner

Votes: 331

33. The Pied Piper (1986)

Not Rated | 53 min | Animation, Fantasy, Horror

The story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin with a twist.

Director: Jirí Barta | Stars: Oldrich Kaiser, Jirí Lábus, Michal Pavlícek, Vilém Cok

Votes: 913

34. The Snow Queen (1957)

Unrated | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

When the Snow Queen, a lonely and powerful fairy, kidnaps the human boy Kay, his best friend Gerda must overcome many obstacles on her journey to rescue him.

Director: Lev Atamanov | Stars: Vladimir Gribkov, Yanina Zheymo, Anna Komolova, Mariya Babanova

Votes: 1,886

35. Dot and the Kangaroo (1977)

71 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

A young girl gets lost in the Australian outback and befriends a kangaroo

Director: Yoram Gross | Stars: Barbara Frawley, Joan Bruce, Spike Milligan, June Salter

Votes: 668

36. Twice Upon a Time (1983)

PG | 74 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Two wannabe heroes and their friends must stop a madman from giving everyone nightmares.

Directors: John Korty, Charles Swenson | Stars: Lorenzo Music, Judith Kahan, Marshall Efron, James Cranna

Votes: 1,004

37. $9.99 (2008)

R | 78 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

68 Metascore

A stop-motion animated story about people living in a Sydney apartment complex looking for meaning in their lives.

Director: Tatia Rosenthal | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Anthony LaPaglia, Samuel Johnson, Barry Otto

Votes: 3,027 | Gross: $0.05M

38. April and the Extraordinary World (2015)

PG | 105 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

85 Metascore

It's 1941 but France is trapped in the nineteenth century, governed by steam and Napoleon V, where scientists vanish mysteriously. Avril (Marion Cotillard), a teenage girl, goes in search of her missing scientist parents.

Directors: Christian Desmares, Franck Ekinci | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Marc-André Grondin, Philippe Katerine, Jean Rochefort

Votes: 5,416 | Gross: $0.29M

39. The Painting (2011)

Not Rated | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

70 Metascore

Three characters of different social classes escape their unfinished painting in search of the Painter, hoping he will complete it.

Director: Jean-François Laguionie | Stars: Jean Barney, Chloé Berthier, JB Blanc, Steve Blum

Votes: 3,357 | Gross: $0.01M

40. Idiots and Angels (2008)

G | 78 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Much to his surprise, an utter misanthrope is transformed into a reluctant do-gooder, when a glorious pair of angelic snow-white wings sprouts up from his back. Now, everyone in town wants a piece of his feathered appendages.

Director: Bill Plympton

Votes: 2,873

41. Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (2015)

76 min | Animation, Drama, Horror

76 Metascore

Three children decide to leave their homes looking for a better life.

Directors: Pedro Rivero, Alberto Vázquez | Stars: Andrea Alzuri, Eva Ojanguren, Josu Cubero, Félix Arcarazo

Votes: 1,460 | Gross: $0.04M

42. Christmas Is Here Again (2007 Video)

G | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Christmas Is Here Again is a musical animated tale that follows the exciting journey of a young orphan girl, Sophianna, and her unlikely band of adventurers as they help recover Santa's ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Zappia, Darrell Van Citters | Stars: Jay Leno, Edward Asner, Kathy Bates, Madison Davenport

Votes: 287

43. The Rabbi's Cat (2011)

Not Rated | 100 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

74 Metascore

Set in Algeria in the 1920s, a rabbi's cat who learns how to speak after swallowing the family parrot expresses his desire to convert to Judaism.

Directors: Antoine Delesvaux, Joann Sfar | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Hafsia Herzi, François Damiens, Karina Testa

Votes: 2,918 | Gross: $0.02M

44. Anina (2013)

Not Rated | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A fantastical journey into the world of a ten-year-old girl who, following a playground skirmish, is given the weirdest punishment in the history of weird punishments.

Director: Alfredo Soderguit | Stars: Federica Lacaño, María Mendive, César Troncoso, Cristina Morán

Votes: 696



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