The most underrated/underappreciated animated films (in your opinion)

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  1. NemiMonkey

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    The Great Mouse Detective- rather dark for something Disney but I remember liking it a lot as a kid even though it did scare the heck out of me.
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    An American Tail
     
  2. Bumblethumper

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    I found American Pop to be among Bakshi's most coherent and dramatic films, although it probably loses points with some people for being rotoscoped. I thought the rotoscoping actually worked for that film, unlike the others.

    Another overlooked one was Hey Good Lookin'. I felt that was about as good as Heavy Traffic.

    Somewhat forgotten is 1985's Starchaser: The Legend of Orin. The film is Star Wars-influenced, with cel animated characters and some impressive early CGI spaceships. It was the first animated feature to be created in 3-D.

    Still hasn't been released on 3D-Bluray.

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    That's a good one, see also director Mark Dindal's previous film: Cat's Don't Dance.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pB0n7KTyEdI
     
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    The Secret of Nimh.

    Its so unfairly over shadowed by what disney has put out.
     
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    God I love Starchaser.
     
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    I'm not sure I'd consider The Iron Giant as underrated; time has been good to it. The Internet community still highly regards it as a masterpiece of a film, even if it underperformed initially.

    It was just so good. Even if the theme wasn't anything new, it was one I appreciate having around as a kid. "Stand together!" And how much more powerful could you get than showing a herd of herbivores fending off a carnivore by simply standing their ground and roaring together?

    Damn shame, too. Fantasia 2000, while pretty, was no Fantasia except in The Firebird Suite and the whale sequence.

    I loved Balto! I loved how different it's setting and atmosphere was. The Alaskan wilderness, caves, town, etc. And growing up, I also enjoyed Wolf Quest, even if it was, well, a DTV sequel.

    Derrick J. Wyatt said Ratigan is his favorite Disney Villain and after a rewatch, he's become one of my favorites, too. Definitely edgier, definitely darker, and just a ton of fun to watch.

    I've been meaning to give this beast a try; and I think what hurt it was just how dark it was. Yeah, kids can take it, but hell, even Rifftrax was scared of The Great Owl, and those guys heckle the likes of The Last Airbender on a regular basis.
     
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    Two that I almost never see anyone mention.......

    Animalimpics + Rock & Rule
     
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    All of these.

    I loved seeing Balto whenever Disney would air it. The sequels were better forgotten though, but that's most Disney sequels.
     
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    The Black Cauldron.
     
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    My God, that looks fucking awesome! Is it out on DVD at least?

    Balto wasn't Disney, it was Universal. However your comment rings true, it was a genuinely good movie and it's sequels are.......yeah. At least it never got as bad as the Land Before Time series of films, aside from the odd standout bit those movies feel like the company flipping the bird to Don Bluth out of spite.
     
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    At best I can "tolerate" the third Balto film, Wings of Change, but in a perfect world I would have preferred they just left the legacy of the original film alone.

    As for Don Bluth.
    One of the many things I like about Bluth is that he would focus on getting a story told from start to finish through his films and not to focus on making them obviously open ended for sequel milking. Then he would move on to a new project. But of course Hollywood always finds a way to dry out everything with multiple cash-cow sequels. Even The Secret of Nimh got itself an awful sequel.

    The only film Bluth himself did actually make a sequel/prequel to was Bartok The Magnificent and that film was... less than magnificent in my opinion.
    That sure was a direct to video production.
     
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    The Road to El Dorado

    My favorite animated film growing up.
     
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    TMNT 2007.

    There was never a sequel.
     
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    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is an animated movie that hasn't been added onto this list. Heck, it may be the best animated superhero movie out there still (at least to my knowledge). Oh Batman.....
     
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    I forgot to add my actual nomination to this exercise :p 

    The Last Starfighter - a cult gem of a sci-fi movie that tells a totally, straight faced tale of a young man recruited to pilot an interstellar space fighter thanks to beating a video game.

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    I fucking love this movie.
     
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    I never considered that it was under rated. It was the best batman movie from the 90's.
     
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    Wonderful film. Loved the music, fun, humor, and adventure.
     
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    Flight of Dragons- Such a great movie.
     
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    ummm, this right here.... The Iron Giant is neither underrated or unappreciated. It is well known as one of the greatest animated films ever.