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Throwback Thursday is your weekly concentrated dose of nostalgia, where we round up the bests and worsts of all things 90s (and the early 2000s.) This week: The best animated (non-Disney) movies!

Often, the memory of the average 90s is kid is flooded by Disney.  Who your favorite Princess was, that time you got Mickey’s autograph at Disney World, and rocking your Winnie the Pooh gear everyday were pretty standard. Even today, Disney movies are one of the most popular topics of conversation. Disney is still cranking out the Princess movies, Millennials haven’t quite let Toy Story go yet, and I’m sure the Disney movies that are on Netfliz get watched plenty by the 20-something subscribers.  However, Disney movies didn’t completely rule our childhoods.  When you think long and hard about what movies you watched the most when you were a little kid, some of them might not even be Disney movies at all.  Like, Anastasia.  Not a Disney movie, but she sure as heck gives those Princesses a run for their money.  Like the Disney movies, these oft looked over classics featured songs and usually talking animals.  People, like psychologists, say that Disney movies possibly had harmful effects on the perceptions of children when they grew up, like Princesses creating unrealistic relationship expectations, but perhaps Disney movies shouldn’t be the focus of those studies.  Non-Disney animated movies are crazy! If we grew up watching these movies and turned out ok, there is nothing, Nothing, wrong with Beauty and the Beast. Watching these movies as an adult is plain horrifying, but as a kid, they were just fun and amazing.  Here are 5 of the best “Other” animated classics, enjoy the walk down memory lane, but proceed with caution if you get inspired to re-watch any of these films.

The Brave Little Toaster

The Brave Little Toaster was one of my favorites as a kid.  A singing toaster! Amazing! The whole concept of using objects that could sing and dance instead of animals and princesses is pretty original, and the electric blanket is so darn cute. Apart from being hysterical and cute, this movie is actually pretty depressing.  I mean, Brave little toaster and friends get abandoned by their family. Just sold, like a bunch of knick-knacks.  It is because the objects are so lonely that they make the tough journey through the woods to find their “master,” who is really just a little boy.  Even though it is depressing as heck, it is still a gem.  Don’t let the people of the Internet scare you, it is totally kid friendly.  I think.

The Land Before Time

Whoever produced this one had Disney beat, like hello, Dinosaurs! Disney didn’t make their dinosaur movie until 2000, and it wasn’t as cute and cuddly as TLBT.  It also competes with Disney at its own game, Little Foot’s mother dies pretty quickly.  So sad, sooo sad.  And then the little baby dinosaurs are left to hoof it on their own to find the Great Valley.  All of the Land Before Time Movies are wonderful, and I considered using the 2nd in this post, but decided to stick to the original.  The clip above might be the most touching part of the entire movie, and the Littlefoot-Ducky friendship is truly an inspiration.


I don’t even know where to start with Balto.  I watched my Balto VHS tape so many times that it broke, the film basically just got all scratched and eventually fell out.  I cried. Balto, voiced by Kevin Bacon, despite being shunned because he is only a half breed sled dog, goes on a brave rescue mission to find the sled dog team and make sure all the sick Alaskan children get their medicine on time.  Just as I cried when my Balto tape broke, I also cried during the movie.  Even as a child, this one really got to me.  If you haven’t seen Balto, you just don’t know good film.

All Dogs Go to Heaven

I’m going to let IMDb do all the work on summarizing this one.  “A dog returns from the dead looking for revenge on his killer using an orphan girl who can talk to animals.”  As an adult, this is mind blowing.   Kids love this because it is fun, and their are singing dogs. There are also some really great lessons about loyalty and love, and was incredibly successful in theaters.  Featuring the talents of Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise, this is one movie we really should keep around.


If you haven’t yet seen Thumbelina as an adult.  You should, it will blow your mind.  This story is creepy.  It is horrifying.  If you think the Princess movies are bad, you clearly have not seen this one.  Like Disney’s recent release Frozen, Thumbelina is also based on a Hans Christian Andersen story.  However, while Frozen adapted the story to make it Disney-proof, Thumbelina is still pretty raw.  She gets kidnapped, is almost forced into marriage, and more.  It is crazy.  Watch at your own risk.  But hey, kids don’t understand that stuff, and the tiny little fairies are so cool.  This one streams on Netflix, so you should add it to your que for some weird nostalgia.

What was your favorite animated movie?

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