Throughout the years, the world of animation has been dominated by iconic studios like Disney, Pixar, and Studio Ghibli. While these studios have undoubtedly brought the onslaught of modern animation, they aren’t the only ones with successful films under their belt.
From the likes of Warner Bros. to DreamWorks, here are some non-Pixar animated movies that you should definitely check out.
A dark fantasy horror film, Coraline’s release was met with widespread critical acclaim, even bagging an Oscar nom for Best Animated Feature. The unique stop-motion film follows a young girl named Coraline and the mysterious parallel universe that lurks behind a hidden door in her new home.
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Laugh and (possibly) cry with Hiccup and his village of Vikings hellbent on slaying every dragon in sight. Things take a complicated turn, however, when Hiccup befriends one of the most dangerous dragons known to man. This DreamWorks production had a special grip on audiences because of its emotional storytelling, action-packed sequences, and surprising heart. It’s no wonder it was nominated for two Academy Awards that year!
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
Rise of the Guardians was a hugely underrated film that was also ahead of its time for its gorgeously animated scenes and meaningful plot. In this DreamWorks film, audiences get to watch the “Guardians” (we’re talking Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and even the Tooth Fairy!) fight against an evil presence looking to plunge children around the world into deep nightmares.
The Lego Movie (2014)
It’s quirky, it’s funny, and it’s actually thoughtful — The Lego Movie from Warner Animation Group exceeded all expectations as the first animated film to be released from the studio. The film revolves around an ordinary Lego mini-figure who navigates through his destiny to save the Lego universe.
The Book of Life (2014)
Before there was Coco, there was The Book of Life. Produced by 20th Century Fox Animation, The Book of Life wowed audiences with its vibrant animated characters and heartwarming story. Children and adults alike will love the adventure that Manolo the bullfighter embarks on in the afterlife as he’s torn between the expectations of his family and the love of his life.