We always talk about Disney when it comes to animated movies that define our childhoods, but there were plenty of classics not produced by the House of Mouse that often stuck with us just as much.
In particular, these 8 movies are still some of our favorites, and it's high time they got some appreciation.
1) The Land Before Time (1988)
Former Disney animator Don Bluth made some of the most memorable movies of our childhoods, and this early entry was one of his best.
The story of Littlefoot and his friends having to find The Great Valley and save themselves from predators and drought, it's a movie that's both epic and completely and utterly sad.
Bluth was the king of tugging at our heartstrings, but thankfully his stuff always had a happy ending.
2) The Iron Giant (1999)
The directorial debut of former The Simpsons writer Brad Bird (who would go on to direct The Incredibles and Ratatouille), The Iron Giant is an amazing movie that didn't get as much love as it should have.
It's a movie about a young boy who befriends a giant robot that mysteriously crashes in his small mid-western town, and while it might not sound like much, this movie is guaranteed to both entertain you and make you tear up. Fun fact: the robot is voiced by Vin Diesel.
3) Spirited Away (2001)
This is slightly cheating as this Japanese movie's North American release was handled by Disney, but all of its creativity is 100% the product of Studio Ghibli.
Ghibli has made some of the greatest animated films in history, with classics like Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki's Delivery Service cementing their legacy forever.
Spirited Away is considered by many to be their best. No matter your age or tastes, you're bound to love the story of young Chihiro having to take a job in a magical bathhouse in order to save her parents. Clearly the Academy loved it; it won the Oscar for Best Animated Film!
4) The Prince of Egypt (1998)
DreamWorks' second animated film after Jeffrey Katzenberg left Disney to form the studio, The Prince of Egypt is a gorgeous retelling of the Biblical story of Moses.
Featuring an absolutely massive cast of big name actors (including Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, and Jeff Goldblum). it's surprising that this movie doesn't get more love than it does.
It manages to be epic, reverent, touching, and haunting all at once, and comes highly recommended.
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