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All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s

Updated June 14, 2019 29.7k votes 3.1k voters 33.1k views19 items

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Though Disney animated films dominated the '90s box office, the best non-Disney films from that era reveal a renaissance for animated content. Nearly every studio in Hollywood cashed in on the public's renewed interest in animated fare. Several invested in the Don Bluth business; the Land Before Time auteur directed four films in the decade, including Thumbelina for Warner Bros., and the well-received Anastasia for Fox. Meanwhile, An American TailAn American Tail: Fivel Goes West, produced by Steven Spielberg, marked the first entry from Spielberg's Amblimation studio, a short-lived company responsible for We're Back: A Dinosaur's Story and Balto; it eventually folded into DreamWorks Animation by the end of the decade. DreamWorks Animation, founded in 1997, is the only non-Disney success story of the '90s, releasing hits Antz and The Prince of Egypt in 1998, and laying the foundation for their reputation as the cheekier alternative to Disney's Pixar juggernaut.

The most revered non-Disney animated feature of the '90s, Warner Bros.' exciting and heartbreaking The Iron Giant, served as a cautionary tale that explains the entire decade in non-Disney animated films. Despite unanimous critical praise, without the Disney branding The Iron Giant flopped at the box office. A massive failure that, along with the failures of Osmosis Jones and Looney Tunes: Back in Action, stopped Warner Bros. Animation from making another movie for over a decade. Though they never matching the box office success, and rarely the critical success, of their Disney counterparts, animated films from the '90s not by Disney now hold a legacy of their own, and paved the way for films like Despicable Me, Kung Fu Panda, and Happy Feet.

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    Anastasia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
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    Anastasia

    Fantasy, Animation

    ActorsKirsten Dunst, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer, Lacey Chabert, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1997

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman, Susan Beak, Geoff Beak

    Anastasia is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy drama film produced by Fox Animation... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
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    The Iron Giant

    Animation, Crime Fiction

    ActorsJennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman, Harry Connick, Jr.

    Released1999

    Directed byBrad Bird

    The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Prince Of Egypt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
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    The Prince Of Egypt

    Animation, Musical Drama

    ActorsSandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer, Val Kilmer, Helen Mirren, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1998

    Directed byBrenda Chapman, Simon Wells, Steve Hickner

    The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 American animated epic musical biblical film and the first... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    FernGully: The Last Rainforest is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
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    ActorsRobin Williams, Tim Curry, Christian Slater, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong

    Released1992

    Directed byBill Kroyer

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    The Swan Princess is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
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    The Swan Princess

    Fantasy, Romance Film

    ActorsJohn Cleese, Jack Palance, Frank Welker, Steven Wright, Sandy Duncan

    Released1994

    Directed byRichard Rich

    The Swan Princess is a 1994 American animated musical fantasy film based on the ballet "Swan... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Balto is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
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    Balto

    Animation, Family

    ActorsKevin Bacon, Phil Collins, Bridget Fonda, Bob Hoskins, Jim Cummings

    Released1995

    Directed bySimon Wells

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    Thumbelina is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
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    Thumbelina

    Fantasy, Romance Film

    ActorsJohn Hurt, Gilbert Gottfried, Carol Channing, Charo, Kenneth Mars

    Released1994

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman

    Thumbelina is a 1994 American animated film directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman from a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    An American Tail: Fievel Goes  is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
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    ActorsJames Stewart, John Cleese, Jon Lovitz, Dom DeLuise, Amy Irving

    Released1991

    Directed bySimon Wells, Phil Nibbelink

    An American Tail: Fievel Goes West is a 1991 American animated western film produced by Steven... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Quest For Camelot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
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    Quest For Camelot

    Fantasy, Animation

    ActorsPierce Brosnan, Celine Dion, Gary Oldman, Jane Seymour, Don Rickles

    Released1998

    Directed byFrederik Du Chau

    Quest for Camelot is a 1998 American animated musical fantasy film from Warner Bros.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
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    ActorsJohn Goodman, Jay Leno, Martin Short, Larry King, Julia Child

    Released1993

    Directed byRalph Zondag, Don Bluth, Simon Wells, Phil Nibbelink, Dick Zondag

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    Once Upon A Forest is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
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    Once Upon A Forest

    Fantasy, Animation

    ActorsElisabeth Moss, Michael Crawford, Ben Vereen, Charlie Adler, Will Estes

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid Michener, Charles Grosvenor

    Once Upon a Forest is a 1993 animated film based on the Furlings characters created by Rae... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Rugrats Movie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
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    The Rugrats Movie

    Animation, Family

    ActorsWhoopi Goldberg, Tim Curry, Lenny Kravitz, Patti Smith, David Spade

    Released1998

    Directed byNorton Virgien, Igor Kovalyov

    The Rugrats Movie is a 1998 American animated adventure-comedy film, produced by Paramount... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Cats Don't Dance is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
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    Cats Don't Dance

    Fantasy, Animation

    ActorsNatalie Cole, Don Knotts, George Kennedy, Kathy Najimy, Frank Welker

    Released1997

    Directed byMark Dindal

    Cats Don't Dance is a 1997 American animated musical comedy film, distributed by Warner Bros.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Rock-A-Doodle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
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    Rock-A-Doodle

    Fantasy, Animation

    ActorsChristopher Plummer, Glen Campbell, Charles Nelson Reilly, Sandy Duncan, Ellen Greene

    Released1992

    Directed byDon Bluth

    Rock-a-Doodle is a 1991 British live-action animated musical comedy fantasy film loosely based... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
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    Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm

    Animation, Thriller

    ActorsMark Hamill, Dana Delany, Marilu Henner, Abe Vigoda, Stacy Keach

    Released1993

    Directed byBruce Timm, Eric Radomski

    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is a 1993 American animated superhero mystery film featuring the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Pokémon: The First Movie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
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    701

    ActorsMegumi Hayashibara, Mayumi Iizuka, Shin-ichiro Miki, Kōichi Yamadera, Hirotaka Suzuoki

    Released1998

    Directed byMichael Haigney, Kunihiko Yuyama

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    Antz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
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    Antz

    Fantasy, Animation

    ActorsJennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, Woody Allen, Christopher Walken

    Released1998

    Directed byTim Johnson, Eric Darnell

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    The Pebble And The Penguin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
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    ActorsTim Curry, Martin Short, Jim Belushi, Hamilton Camp, B. J. Ward

    Released1995

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman

    The Pebble and the Penguin is a 1995 animated musical comedy film, based on the true life... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    A Troll In Central Park is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
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    A Troll In Central Park

    Fantasy, Animation

    ActorsCloris Leachman, Dom DeLuise, Hayley Mills, Jonathan Pryce, Charles Nelson Reilly

    Released1994

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman

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