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DAILY DEBATE: Which forgotten animated movie deserves more love?

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There are lots of animated movies out there, with more and more being released every year. Some are massive hits (I’m looking at you, Frozen), some are cult favorites, and others are simply forgotten about. Which brings us to today’s question:

Which forgotten animated film deserves more love?

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Morgan is a native of Arizona and desert rat who loves the heat--she doesn’t even turn on the AC in her car in the middle of the summer! She loves big eyeliner, SURVIVOR, Lady Gaga, and, of course, animated films. She just graduated with her MBA in Marketing from ASU and now works as a Project Manager for a tech company. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
  • Phoenix Wright

    I don’t know if it can truly be considered forgotten, but I’ve always The Hunchback of Notre Dame. And I know people who love it, but I would definitely say that a lot more people out there that haven’t seen it in a very long time or at all

    • I agree. Not sure why, but it’s almost as if Disney wants to deny this ever existed. You never see or hear anything from or about it. This is one of my favorites from the 90s Renaissance era.

      • dlizsehshus

        Its been on Netflix and Hulu. And the reason it doesnt get shilled by the Disney is because the film is not as popular as you seem to think it is.

        • Huh

          He didn’t really imply it’s really popular. I mean, the whole point of his post is that it’s underexposed.

          • dlizsehshus

            Well hes asking why Disney doesnt mention it much? Well could it be that it isnt really popular thats why.

            And its not like they have buried it like “Song of the South”.

  • Bob Smith

    How does one define “forgotten” exactly?

  • Yellow

    I’ll go with my childhood favorite, The Three Caballeros. It doesn’t have much of a story but the animation is impressive, if nothing else. Plus the song is catchy.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I thought that one was all right but I do have to admit that the combination of live action and animation was mind-bending for it’s time.

  • JamScoBal

    Technically​ Storks isn’t a forgotten movie but it definitely deserves more love than what it got. The humor in it is spectacular and has some good voice talent.

    • Manuel Orozco

      The trailer didn’t look convincing no offense intended.

  • Rachel Wagner

    A Town Called Panic is one that deserves more attention. It is hilarious and inventive. I also love a french movie called Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants.

  • Dante Panora

    I think it’s kind of hard for animated G.E.M.S. (good enough movies) to be forgotten. For a long time animated movies have been really hard to produce so fewer of them come come out for most of animation history until the 90’s I would say. Because they are are so unique they stick out more and there’s fewer of them to look out for.

    However, there is a animated british movie from 1986 called Where the Wind blows from 1986 about an old English couple who try to survive remain optimistic after an atom bomb dropping in their countryside. A really depressing story, but still so good (With a soundtrack from Bowie!).

    There was also this movie from 2008 called killer Bean Forever. It’s an action movie about talking beans made by one person that is more awesome then it had any right to be. The whole thing is on Youtube.

  • Fadi Antwan

    The Princess and the Frog, even though it’s only 8 years old! It has the beautiful feel and storytelling of Renaissance era Disney mixed with a higher quality 2D animation. Tiana is also one of the best role models of the Disney Princesses.
    It pisses me off when people refuse to include this film when timelining the Disney revival era. I personally like it better than anything Disney released after Wreck-it Ralph. It’s just a solid, solid Disney film.

    • Bob Smith

      Is it already forgotten? I thought it’d at least have some recognition for being the last 2D-animated musical from Disney.

      I personally enjoyed it very much as well, but I felt that Facilier was underused. I did like that he was voiced by Keith David.

      • Manuel Orozco

        But I thought the last 2D animated musical from Disney was Winnie the Pooh However I didn’t see that one.

        • Roy K.

          Haha, now that you mention it THAT is an animated film that was forgotten. It came out in 2011, two years after the princess and the frog.

    • Dante Panora

      It’s kind of funny you have a Nick Wilde icon.

      • Fadi Antwan

        Zootopia is still a great movie!

    • DarylT

      I agree. Moana in my mind is the only one better.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I think so too that Moana is great. Coincidently, both movies were directed by the legendary team of John Musker and Rob Clements who also brought us Great Mouse Detective, Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Hercules.

  • Manuel Orozco

    The Pebble and the Penguin (1995) because it featured one of the first cast of penguin characters in feature film animation! Plus it featured the second of two collaborations between animation god Don Bluth and pop music legend Barry Manilow.

  • Marcel

    I was born in the eighties and as a kid we had a few betamax videos with anime fairytales produced by Toei (of course i didn’t realise it then but I found it out later). Thats why I problably still have a fond memory of those movies and still love anime.

    There are 2 movies that really stand out for me. The first one is Swan Lake from 1981. It featured the original Tchaikoviski music which made it really dramatic and epic. I think Disney should make a version of it.

    The second one is Aladdin also from Toei from the same era. Its fun to see the differences in the non disney version which was made 10 years earlier..

    • Serena

      YES! I was thinking Swan Lake and The Last Unicorn

      • Marcel

        Childhood memories 🙂

      • Jeremiah

        Last Unicorn, YES.

  • I’d go with Titan A.E. It had its flaws, but it was one of the more ambitious films from Bluth.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I liked that one as much as I did with Land Before Time, Troll in Central Park and Rock A Doodle combined.

    • Dante Panora

      I feel like that movie would have worked better as a TV mini-series than a film, but I’d say it deserves a bit more recognition even if it is one of don bluth’s weaker movies.

  • Frank Coufal

    Personally, I think Cats Don’t Dance deserves a lot more love than what it gets.

    • Manuel Orozco

      It’s not a favorite of mine I only saw it once five years ago before starting college. But I think it’s overdue for a Broadway adaptation.

    • Came here to say this. This movie blew me away when I first saw it and I still love to watch it. The music is just fantastic..

  • The Wind In The Willows (1995) to me is such a underappreciated movie and one that so many people (at least in the U.S.) don’t even talk about. Overall, it’s a very beautiful movie with an amazing message of morality and full of fun and genuine characters. If only it was on Blu-Ray to own, I would pick a copy up to add to my growing collection of animated movies and cartoons.

  • VoiceTalentBrendan

    Mr. Bug Goes To Town (1941) Max Fleischer’s second and last animated feature.

    • I was going to mention Gulliver’s Travels (1939) as well.

    • aFanGirl

      Yes!! <3 Love this film forever and always.

  • Honestly, I have to say that The Book of Life is unjustly forgotten about, since it came out in a really competitive year. It’s even worse because when Coco comes out, people will only talk about it to compare to the Pixar film.

    • Manuel Orozco

      You might want to reconsider that because Book of Life is getting a sequel

  • Jordan Briskin

    Man, there are just SO MANY that I can think of, I couldn’t possibly name just one!

  • Cats Don’t Dance, I LOVED THIS MOVIE GROWING UP!! Darla is a hilarious villain, the songs are a ton of fun and the cartoony nature is so contagious to me!! Also loved how it introduced me to so many movies that it referenced. This is probably flawed but I love this movie just so much (and Quest for Camelot, but thats a REAL guilty pleasure for me!)!! :DDDDD

    • Manuel Orozco

      Both movies are equally good but Quest for Camelot was more part of my childhood. And actually no insult intended but I don’t find Darla that funny at least she gets a hilarious defeat.

  • Bob Smith

    Well if I have to list a movie that had a wide release, then Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. The theatrical release was a last-minute decision, so it won’t look as impressive as a Disney movie for example, but it’s still great. The movie was a tie-in to the Batman animated series, and I’d like to think the fans of that show know it, but I don’t know how well-known Batman:MOTP is.

    Also, Justice League: Gods and Monsters. That was direct-to-video, but I loved it. I’d like for it to get expansions and sequels (which were planned but shelved), so I’m spreading the word about that movie. Get the comic book tie-ins as well!

  • Alex Beezley

    Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas had its problems, notably the awkward mixing of 2D and 3D animation and the hit-and-miss voice acting. Still, I think it is a very entertaining film that deserves a second look. It is one of those movies that I enjoy watching but do not think is great. I consider this to be more of a cult film than completely forgotten, but it has definitely faded into obscurity among the general public. I recommend it to those who enjoy DreamWorks Animation’s other 2D films and those who are interested in seeing Brad Pitt lend his voice to something besides Megamind.

    • dlizsehshus

      Lol thats all the problems you have with that film? Yeah lets ignore the fact that Middle Eastern characters were race bended into Greek characters for some reason.

      I have no idea why Dreamworks called that film Sinbad.

  • J.J.Song

    Not an animated film, but the animated segments in Pink Floyd’s The Wall are haunting and mesmerizing. It visualizes a man’s internal depression, memories, and guilt while battling alcoholism. It’s brilliant and one of the most unique pieces of animation I’ve seen.

    Fun fact: Geralde Scarfe who did the animation went on to create the designs for Disney’s Hercules.

  • Sebastian

    Intersting topic. I would probably have chosen a Disney movie but no there’s a movie out there that a stand out for independent animation from the year of 2000. I’m talking about this movie https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/30e50fcde502019693a45cfb36778e69083dffc28ca51039f39679cc8c0c75a7.jpg

    This movie I grew up with and at first I thought it was made by Disney or Don Bluth due to how good looking the animation look in this film. The characters are all likeable in their own sense. There’s character development here and there’s a fantastic creepy looking villain hunting for the heroes. It takes some very strong risks as well, even goes so far that it features on screen attacks where our main hero is bleeding, yeah and the ending climax is also a little dark and could be disturbing for some viewers but it’s something I see as very daring to do.

    The movie has some really nice sounding songs that might just fit your taste. Starts off with a harmony like angel song in the very dark ocean as we’re introduced to the film.

    I think this movie deserves way more love than it received, Children could love it, teens could love it & so could adults. It’s sadly a forgot gem in the indie animation world.

    • David Kang

      OMG I saw this movie ONCE as a kid and I loved it. I remeber it being very funny. I kept looking for this movie ever since. Couldn’t find it. But I remember enjoying myself watching. Too sad that it’s hard to find nowadays

  • Melly

    Recently discovered an anime film called Memories(1995). Its essentially a three-part anthology film that explores different themes with some really impressive animation and art styles. I thought it was excellent, very well put together and definitely worth checking out.

    Why I consider it forgotten: Its never received an English dub despite being over 20 years old, never hear it talked about among anime fans. Never hear it brought up among great anime films despite having big names like Katsuhiro Otomo and Satoshi Kon attached.

  • Solina Castro

    I don’t know if this is forgotten but Howls moving castle is a masterpiece! I actually love it more than spirit away.

  • Natalie Steimle

    Batman Mask of the Phantasm. Even the famous critics of the 90’s (forgot their names) said they wished they saw it in theaters because it was so good. highly underrated.

    • dlizsehshus

      Siskel and Ebert.

  • JMB

    Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. I think it the narration and songs thrown in to try and ensure the film maintains the attention of its young audience bogs it down a little, but it’s still a film that has a lot of strong artistry behind it, and serves a decent attempt at trying to do a more realistic animal feature that relys on complexly animated expressions and gesticulations rather than having them talk.

    • Manuel Orozco

      You know what they say. Silence is golden

  • Lee DeWald

    No question, “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” from 2001. With all the live-action remakes the Mouse House is churning out these days, “Atlantis” is ripe for the picking. Think how amazing a live-action “Atlantis” could be with today’s special effects. I love “Atlantis” to pieces. I love the soundtrack James Newton Howard wrote for it. I love the Kida character. That film does NOT get enough credit.

    • Anonymous

      I agree; I think it’d be a perfect choice for a remake. The effects and set designs would probably look great!

  • Liv

    The Prince of Egypt. The animation is beautiful and it’s got an amazing cast. So underrated!

  • Damien

    ‘Le Roi et l’Oiseau’ (aka ‘The King and the Mockingbird’).

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/37cccec59c590898988a902077596f590cd4ed7f3a92188c2951bb8c0cd50303.png

    An under-appreciated French gem directed by Paul Grimault. The animation is uneven, mainly due to a troubled production (which began in 1948 and truly ended in 1980); but the poetic story and design more than make up for it.

  • Darin

    The Sercret of NIMH. Flying dreams… gorgeous animation… Nicodemous’s fingers… love love love it

  • Marcel Rikken

    The Three Caballeros & Saludos Amigos! I still own the Laserdisc (remember that?) from the Exclusive Archive Collection. Both appeared on DVD but without many extra’s. Loved the “Caxanga: A Brazilian Symphony” short. The music was later re-used for Pluto’s Blu Note cartoon. Still hoping for a Blu-Ray release with ALL the extras from the Laserdisc… 4K might be wishfull thinking 😉

  • Amber

    Atlantis: The Lost Empire – A huge departure for Disney that was clever, funny, and heavily character-driven. I know there are cult fans out there, but it still deserves more love!
    Treasure Planet – Beautiful combo of 2D/3D animation, traditional Disney feel without the musical aspect, sweeping score, great characters.
    Epic – No one seems to know this movie exists. It wasn’t groundbreaking, but the visuals were excellent, the world-building was solid, and most of the characters were as good as in any Disney film.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I liked Epic as much as I liked Frozen

  • Jo

    Oliver and Company

  • David Kang

    Mulan 2, you might think, “you can’t be seious!” but I actually think this was a good movie. I remember laughing so hard at it. Umh…this song called “I wanna be like other girls” was just soooo funny that I remember singing along ’cause it was so funny.