Favorite Animated Movies

I wanted to give a shout-out to some lesser-known animated films. Here are some of my favorites – feel free to comment below with your favorites.

1. Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1992) – There’s something about dream sequences that I love, even though the majority will agree that they don’t always make for a good story. Little Nemo works quite well for a movie almost entirely made up of dream sequences. It’s about a little boy who has very vivid dreams, and they take him to an alternate world called Slumberland, where he must rescue the King before the world is wiped out by nightmares. The cast of strange characters, including a flying squirrel and a cigar-smoking clown, really makes this movie a hit.

2. The Brave Little Toaster (1987) – Similar to the Toy Story series, a little boy’s childhood possessions are abandoned and attempt to make their way back to him. I admire any movies that make inanimate objects sympathetic to the viewer.

3. The Secret of NIMH (1982) – By far my favorite childhood movie, the animation of this one was flawless for its time. The characters were well-drawn, sympathetic, and given good backstories. The only issue with the film’s plot was the “deus ex machina” at the end, brought on by fantastical elements that were not part of the book.

4. Once Upon a Forest (1993) – The more I think about this movie, the more I consider it environmentalist/animal rights propaganda. Some scenes may be a bit disturbing for the movie’s intended audience, but overall, it’s a sweet, “woodland creature” movie with some important lessons about friendship.

5. Watership Down (1978) – Despite this movie being animated, I would not recommend it to kids under age 10. It can be a bit violent at times; definitely not an innocent movie about sweet little bunnies. Even so, it’s got a lot of depth behind it – much more than your typical animated film.

10 thoughts on “Favorite Animated Movies”

  1. I loved Watership Down (the book). Not sure I ever saw the movie. I may add it to my queue.

    Some of my favorite animated films ~ Shrek, Madagascar, Wall-E, Monsters Inc., Up!

    Thanks, Maggie


    1. Watership Down the movie is pretty faithful to the book. (A rarity.) The first Shrek was really good, but it suffers from that “way too many sequels” syndrome. ๐Ÿ™‚


    2. Shrek (the original) is the one I meant. But, LOL, I just added Watership Down to my queue and SURPRISE! . . . it has 3 sequels too. ๐Ÿ˜€


  2. Once I read Watership Down, I had to see the film. My mum had the original and when I watched it I became an emotional wreck ๐Ÿ˜› The story was just amazing.


  3. There was another movie about dreams that was older than Little Nemo called “Twice Upon a Time” (I think it was from the 80s). It combined live action and animation… before “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”

    Also, any animated move directed by Hayao Miyazaki is great, such as “Spirited Away” (2002). Although many people may disagree, I think “9” is a good film, too. There’s just something about little rag dolls fighting robots in a post-apocalyptic world that’s so awesome. (No, this film is not for kids, either.) I could go on and on….


    1. I think I have to see all of those you mentioned… I keep hearing good things about Spirited Away. Thanks so much for the suggestions! ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. The “Watership Down” movie just didn’t work for me, but that’s likely because the book is so good. The film lacked the magic. “Shrek” sent me into fits of grumbling, thanks to its presentation of Robin Hood as French. That’s exactly wrong, but for reasons that few worry about these days.


    1. I was probably about 12 or 13 when I first saw Shrek, so I wasn’t worried about historical accuracy. :p


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