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

Clay Keller
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List Rules Vote up the animated films that don't need the Magic Kingdom.

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
Fantasy, Animation, Music
Anastasia is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy drama film produced by Fox Animation Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Directed by former Disney animation directors Don Bluth ...more

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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
Animation, Crime Fiction, Science Fiction
The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both traditional animation and computer animation, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and based on the 1968 ...more

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340 104
FernGully: The Last Rainforest is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
Fantasy, Animation, Thriller
FernGully: The Last Rainforest is a 1992 Australian-American animated fantasy environmental film directed by Bill Kroyer. It was produced by Peter Faiman and Wayne Young, with the screenplay ...more

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An American Tail: Fievel Goes ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
Animation, Western, Music
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West is a 1991 American animated western film produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblimation animation studio and released by Universal Pictures. It is the sequel to An ...more

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306 90
Balto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
Animation, Family, Adventure Film
Balto is a 1995 American live-action/animated historical adventure drama film directed by Simon Wells, produced by Amblin Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures. The film is loosely ...more

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287 95
The Prince of Egypt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
Animation, Musical Drama, Musical
The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 American animated epic musical biblical film and the first traditionally animated film produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures. The film is an adaptation of ...more

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226 114
The Rugrats Movie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
Animation, Family, Adventure Film
The Rugrats Movie is a 1998 American animated adventure-comedy film, produced by Paramount Pictures Corporation, and co-produced with Nickelodeon Movies and Klasky Csupo. The film was ...more

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227 123
Pokémon: The First Movie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
Fantasy, Anime, Science Fiction
Pokémon: The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back, commonly referred to as Pokémon: The First Movie, originally released as Pocket Monsters the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back!, is a 1998 ...more

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193 98
The Swan Princess is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
Fantasy, Romance Film, Animation
The Swan Princess is a 1994 American animated musical fantasy film based on the ballet "Swan Lake". Starring the voice talents of Jack Palance, John Cleese, Steven Wright, and Sandy ...more

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Thumbelina is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
Fantasy, Romance Film, Animation
Thumbelina is a 1994 American animated film directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman from a screenplay by Bluth based on Hans Christian Andersen's "Thumbelina". The film was produced by ...more

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We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
Fantasy, Animation, Family
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story is a 1993 American animated science fiction adventure film, produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblimation animation studio, distributed by Universal Pictures, and ...more

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203 120
Antz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
Fantasy, Animation, Family
Antz is a 1998 American computer animated adventure comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by DreamWorks Pictures. It features the voices of Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, ...more

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167 97
Quest for Camelot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
Fantasy, Animation, Music
Quest for Camelot is a 1998 American animated musical fantasy film from Warner Bros. Animation, based on the novel The King's Damosel by Vera Chapman, it stars Jessalyn Gilsig, Cary Elwes, Jane ...more

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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
Animation, Thriller, Action Film
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is a 1993 American animated superhero mystery film featuring the DC Comics character Batman, and is based on the 1990s Batman: The Animated Series. Produced by ...more

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136 94
Cats Don't Dance is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
Fantasy, Animation, Music
Cats Don't Dance is a 1997 American animated musical comedy film, distributed by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment and notable as the only fully animated feature produced by Turner Feature ...more

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152 110
Rock-a-Doodle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
Fantasy, Animation, Music
Rock-a-Doodle is a 1991 British live-action animated musical comedy fantasy film loosely based on Edmond Rostand's comedy Chantecler. This film was directed by Don Bluth, produced by Goldcrest ...more

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The Pebble and the Penguin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
Animation, Music, Musical
The Pebble and the Penguin is a 1995 animated musical comedy film, based on the true life mating rituals of the Adelie penguins in Antarctica, produced and directed by Don Bluth and Gary ...more

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Once Upon a Forest is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s
Fantasy, Animation, Family
Once Upon a Forest is a 1993 animated film based on the Furlings characters created by Rae Lambert. A Hanna-Barbera/HTV Cymru/Wales production released by 20th Century Fox, the film was directed ...more

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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
Fantasy, Animation, Family
A Troll in Central Park is a 1994 American animated musical fantasy-comedy film directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, creators of Thumbelina, The Land Before Time, All Dogs Go to Heaven, The ...more