10 Animated Films You May Not Have Seen (But Should)

You've seen Disney movies all your life, but have you watched some of these animated classics?

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You may think you know all the latest and greatest animated films, but unless you are a true cinephile who loves the medium, odds are, you've missed a few. Animation has long been one of the principal forms of motion picture entertainment, but there are many more studios than just Disney.

Back in the 1970s, animation was used for a plethora of films, but many of the movies that came out during that and subsequent decades were relegated to cult movie status. Despite this, fans of these movies have appreciated them for years, and it's highly likely you haven't seen all of them.

Whether a movie was animated via the talents of Don Bluth, Ralph Bakshi, Rankin-Bass, or many others, these films tell wonderful stories through the magic (and incredibly arduous work) of traditional cel animation.

What couldn't be done in live action, animation could do long before the advent of computer-generated imagery. The first Lord of the Rings film was animated by Bakshi, and if you haven't seen it, you probably should. LoTR isn't on this list, but there are some amazing classics on here. You may have seen some of them, but there's a high degree of probability you will discover something new and magical with these ten animated films.


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