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June 17, 2018 5:39 pm

Forgotten Animated Movies That Aren’t Disney!


A collection of animated movies on DVD may line the shelves of TV rooms, but what about those forgotten VHS gems? When you had to “be kind and rewind” your Blockbuster rentals rather than stream movies instantly on Netflix. When family movie nights were the highlight of your week. When you never complained about poor Wi-Fi. Those were the days— now, relive them! Children from the 80’s and 90’s may remember the following movies, but these many of these classics are now forgotten animated movies. Do you think children today will still appreciate these movies? Comment and let us know, as well as which one you will be revisiting first!


An American Tail (1986, G)

Fivel and his family leave Russia to travel to the United States: the freedom land, a place without cats. But when a storm separates the small mouse from his family, he must continue the journey alone. This movie marked the first Steven Spielburg and Don Bluth collaboration, which gives the movie a darker but deeper look at themes of fear, abandonment and independence but in a teaching moment for children.

Land Before Time (1988, G)

With the recent Jurassic World buzz, let’s not forget other dinosaur movie treasures. Littlefoot begins a journey, inspired by his mother’s death, that introduces him to a range of dinosaurs as he travels to the Great Valley. Although orphans also appear in Disney movies, Bluth’s stories not only capture the pain of losing a parent, but also the importance of the lessons they leave behind. Bluth fans never forget to mention that the Land Before Time touches on the circle of life and death long before the Lion King’s release. If considering joining the five dinosaurs again, keep in mind that it’s available in Blu Ray now.

The Last Unicorn (1982, G)

Based on the beloved novel by Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn tries to find others of her kind after hearing an evil Red Bull may have herded them. Along her journey, magic transforms her into a human. She becomes distracted from her quest when she falls in love with a prince. Will she return to her mission and her previous unicorn form?

Cats Don’t Dance (1997, G)

Danny dreams of Hollywood, but his plans are thwarted by a child star who hates animals. Danny learns that show biz gives better roles to humans than adults, no matter an animal’s talent. But Danny’s ambition keeps him dedicated to pursuing stardom. He gathers other animals in hopes to catch humans’ attention and achieve his wildest dreams in this entertaining, lively movie.



Jacqueline Till

Dinner and a movie... and a blog post. Writing about the movies people can't stop talking about along with the movies people should be talking about.