Top 5 Don Bluth Animated Movies

Written by Pam-Marie Gx November 25, 2011

When one thinks of traditionally animated movies, one name comes to mind. Love it or hate it, Disney has the monopoly on feature animations, and few have tried to compete. However, for much of the ‘80s there was one other big name in animation. One man to stand against the Disney monopoly. That man was Don Bluth, and here are his Top 5 movies.

5. All Dogs go to Heaven (1989)

A story of second chances, All Dogs go to Heaven follows a morally flawed dog named Charlie as he meets up with a little orphan girl name Anne-Marie and finds a way to profit off of her adorableness. The story ranges from bright and cheerful to dark and twisted, and most of the music suits the mood very well. However! This movie has one moment, one scene, that is so over-the-top it has been forever honoured as an official movie trope. The Big Lipped Alligator Moment. This piece of randomness brings the movie down a couple of pegs, making it hard for me to place it overly high on this list.

4. Anastasia (1997)

Yes, I know. This movie doesn’t really fall into the time frame I stated above, but damn is it good. With an all-star cast and some of the most delightful songs, this is definitely one of the better Don Bluth Movies. The reason it’s not my favourite is that it is far too Disney-formula. It’s almost as if after the horrible disaster that was Thumbelina he threw in the towel and admitted that Disney might have it right. However, it’s hard to deny that this is the last excellent Don Bluth movie.

3. An American Tail (1986)

Featuring our favourite Jewish mouse , Fievel (not that there was much competition…), this is a movie about triumph in the face of adversity, and the importance of never judging a book by its cover. Personally, I prefer the sequel (Fievel Goes West), but Don Bluth wasn’t directly involved in its making, so I don’t feel quite right putting it here. The first An American Tail definitely has some excellent moments, though, and has been firmly embedded as a childhood classic.

2. The Secret of NIMH (1982)

This movie features some of the best animation of all time. On top of that, the story is engrossing, dark and hauntingly realistic (for a story about talking mice and rats). While it does render the issue of animal testing as a bit more black-and-white than one might like, it still is a chilling tale of adversity and a mother’s determination when her family is in danger. The bird is slightly annoying, but there is a certain need for comedic relief in such a dark movie, so his inclusion is understandable.

1. The Land Before Time (1988)

Gods do I love this movie. Dinosaurs? Check. Amazing soundtrack? Check. Incredible artwork? Check. Did I mention there were dinosaurs? This movie makes me cry every time I watch it, and the ending makes me (discretely) whoop for joy. Maybe its something about the never-give-up attitude of Little Foot, or the extreme stubborness of Sarah, but this movie gets to me every time.

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Pam-Marie Gx

Reader, writer, student, movie-goer, drinker of rum - Pam-Marie is all these things, and more! She has a large appetite for both media and caffeine, and spends most of her time with some sort of electronic device close at hand. You can follow her on Twitter @PamMarieGx. She may even occasionally be amusing.

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