Animated Movies NOT By Disney

Animated Movies NOT By Disney

During the Disney Renaissance, Walt Disney Animation Studios dominated the box office with a decade of high-quality, animated super hits of the late ’80s (The Little Mermaid, 1989) through the late ’90s (Tarzan, 1999). Before computer animated sensations (the Toy Story trilogy, Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon) made Pixar Animation Studio and DreamWorks Animation household names, Disney was the only company whose name was really synonymous with animated features, although many other studios were active at the time.

Below are a number of traditionally animated features of the ’80s and ’90s which are commonly mistaken for Disney films. The films may be fairy tales and epic adventures, but they’re not animated by Disney. Which ones are you surprised to discover aren’t Disney films?


ANIMATED MOVIES NOT BY DISNEY
The Secret of NIMH
(1982)
Produced by:
Aurora Productions
Don Bluth Productions

Distributed by:
MGM/UA Entertainment Co.
United Artists

The Care Bears Movie
(1985)
Produced by:
Nelvana Limited

American Greetings

Distributed by:
The Samuel Goldwyn Company
Astral Films
Criterion Pictures Corporation

An American Tail
(1986)
Produced by:
Amblin Entertainment
Sullivan Bluth Studios

Distributed by:
Universal Pictures

The Brave Little Toaster*
(1987)
Produced by:
Hyperion Pictures
The Kushner-Locke Company
Wang Film Productions

Distributed by:
Walt Disney Pictures
Hyperion Pictures

The Land Before Time
(1988)
Produced by:
Amblin Entertainment
Sullivan Bluth Studios

Distributed by:
Universal Studios

All Dogs Go to Heaven
(1989)
Produced by:
Sullivan Bluth Studios
Goldcrest Films

Distributed by:
United Artists
Goldcrest Films

Rock-A-Doodle
(1991)
Produced by:
Goldcrest Films
Sullivan Bluth Studios

Distributed by:
The Samuel Goldwyn Co.

FernGully: The Last Rainforest
(1992)
Produced by:
Kroyer Films
FAI Films

Distributed by:
20th Century Fox

We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story
(1993)
Produced by:
Amblimation

Distributed by:
Universal Pictures

The Pagemaster
(1994)
Produced by:
Turner Pictures

Distributed by:
20th Century Fox

The Swan Princess
(1994)
Produced by:
Nest Family Entertainment
Rich Animation Studios
Rankin/Bass

Distributed by:
New Line Cinema

Thumbelina
(1994)
Produced by:
Don Bluth Entertainment

Distributed by:
Warner Bros.

A Troll in Central Park
(1994)
Produced by:
Don Bluth Entertainment

Distributed by:
Warner Bros.

Balto
(1995)
Produced by:
Amblimation

Distributed by:
Universal Pictures

The Pebble and the Penguin
(1995)
Produced by:
Don Bluth Ireland
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Distributed by:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Anastasia
(1997)
Produced by:
Fox Animation Studios

Distributed by:
20th Century Fox

The Prince of Egypt
(1998)
Produced by:
DreamWorks Animation

Distributed by:
DreamWorks Pictures

Quest for Camelot
(1998)
Produced by:
Warner Bros. Feature Animation

Distributed by:
Warner Bros. Family Entertainment

The Iron Giant
(1999)
Produced by:
Warner Bros. Feature Animation

Distributed by:
Warner Bros.

The King and I
(1999)
Produced by:
Rich Animation Studios
Morgan Creek Productions
Rankin/Bass Animated Entertainment
Pentamedia Graphics
Warner Bros. Animation

Distributed by:
Warner Bros. Family Entertainment

*The rights to The Brave Little Toaster were originally bought by Walt Disney Studios in 1982. John Lasseter (now the CCO of Pixar Animation Studios) and Thomas L. Wilhite (producer) pitched the film to studio heads. Disney rejected the pitch and John Lasseter was subsequently fired. The development of the project transferred over to the new Hyperion Pictures, and as the rights owners, Disney continued to back the project and distribute it, although they did not animate the film.

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5 Responses to “Animated Movies NOT By Disney”

  1. @DevinMcLarty says:

    ‘Cats Don’t Dance’ is another great non-Disney animated movie that I loved.

  2. @DevinMcLarty says:

    ‘The Theif and the Cobbler’?

  3. Iona says:

    the road to el dorado !

  4. Samantha Caras says:

    I Love The Pebble and the Penguin, It’s the best movie musical ever, Will it be showing on broadway?……..

  5. Eva Dennis says:

    Oh man,looking at this list brings me back! I remember watching all of these as a kid, except The Secret of NIMH which I later saw in college. (shame shame, I know) And I also haven’t seen the Dinosaurs movie (I think), and The King and I.

    I don’t care how many people hate this film but I loved Fern Gully. While every little girl wanted to be Tinkerbell, I wanted to be Crysta, lol. I (maybe shamefully) still have Thumbelina, The Swan Princess and The Prince of Egypt on VHS. Hard to let go, heh.

    Even when I was younger, I knew these weren’t Disney movies. The only one I did think was Disney was The Brave Little Toaster. But then I see Disney distributed it, so that explains why the BLT trailer appeared in certain Disney movies back then.

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