Inspired by my earlier post about Disney Animation and Pixar, I decided to create a list of my top 10 favourite computer animated movies that aren’t made by either of those studios. Part one of this piece will be taking a brief look at the the first five movies that made the cut.
#10 – Horton Hears a Who, Blue Sky (2008)
A slightly unusual story, great voice acting from Jim Carrey, and a Blue Sky movie that doesn’t involve the words “Ice” or “Age”. I enjoyed this movie because it was different from a lot of the animated movies that were released around the same time. I can’t remember exactly why I felt it was a bit lacking, but it’s definitely missing a bit of a spark that would have made it great.
#9 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Imagi Studios (2007)
This movie isn’t great, but it’s pretty good and caught way more flack than it deserved when it first came out. Firstly, it’s a Turtles movie, so that’s going to get a thumbs up from me. Also on the plus side, the action is great, the animation has aged extremely well, and the story is definitely aimed at an older audience. On the other hand, it does have some pacing issues, it does sideline Donatello and Michaelangelo a bit, and the story could have been a bit clearer for people who don’t know what’s going on in the comics.
#8 – Puss in Boots, Dreamworks (2011)
The main reason this movie made #8 is because of the title character. Puss almost stole the show in Shrek 2 with his charm and humour, so it was a no brainer that he would eventually get his own movie. Unfortunately, I feel that the story for Puss in Boots is quite weak. Thankfully Puss retains all the charm he had in Shrek 2, and the movie is also really funny so this balances out its somewhat unimpressive story.
#7 – Despicable Me 2, Illumination Entertainment (2013)
If there’s anything I can say about the Despicable Me movies, it’s that they’re a lot of fun. Despicable Me 2 is smarter than the first one, and has far more memorable characters. Just to put things into perspective I can’t even remember who was the villain in the first movie.
#6 – Surfs Up, Sony (2007)
Surfing penguins, a stoner chicken, and what appears to be a generic sports story? I expected Surfs Up to be pretty bad, and was very surprised that in the end it all came together really, really well. Fun and surprisingly well written characters, great humour and some excellent pacing make this a movie well worth watching.
And that wraps up part one of this list. Stay tuned for part two where I’ll take a look at the rest of my favourite computer animated movies that aren’t from Pixar or Disney Animation.