Top 10 WORST Animated Movie Rip-Offs!



Top 10 WORST Animated Movie Rip-Offs!

VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton
Written by Alex Crilly-Mckean

Animated movies that are eerily familiar to some of Disney's, Pixars', or DreamWorks animation's greatest hits, mostly because they're a complete rip off. WatchMojo presents the top 10 animated movies that completely stole the ideas and even borrowed mroe than a couple plot elements from other animated movies. But what is the worst on our list? Ratatoing, the rip-off of Pixar's Ratatouille, the Cars rip-off, A Car's Life Sparky's Big Adventure, or The Frog and the Prince? Watch to find out!

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Oh come on, you’re not even trying! Welcome to and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Worst Animated Movie Rip-Offs.

For this list, we’re looking at movies that are considered by many to be pale imitations of classic animated features that were made solely for the purpose of cashing in on the popularity of famous films.

#10: “Bug Bites: An Ant’s Life” (1998)

Remember when people called “Antz” a rip-off of Pixar’s “A Bug’s Life?” Well after seeing this travesty, you’ll find a whole new appreciation for the DreamWorks film. With 3D animation that barely looks finished, awful voice acting, and irritating sound quality, this flick goes on for too long and amounts to nothing – at least according to critics and viewers. We guess it’s about a caterpillar and some ants trying to survive a gecko incursion? The plot sorta gets lost in all the chase scenes. Apparently the creators thought watching insects scuttle back and forth for half an hour counts as entertainment.

#9: “The Secret of Mulan” (1998)

Turns out that the company that made this “adaptation” has a long history of reworking beloved films into what’s become known as “The Secret of…” series. Entries include “The Secret of the Hunchback,” “The Secret of Anastasia,” and of course “The Secret of Mulan.” So how does it fare? Well, not only has the “Mulan” entry been called a bastardisation of one of animation’s greatest female characters; it goes a step further by throwing in elements right out of “A Bug’s Life.” Sorry, Flik, you and your friends have been rip-offed twice on this list…

#8: “What’s Up: Balloon to the Rescue” (2009)

This mockbuster not only dumps on the original Pixar epic; it’s also a confusing schlockfest. For some reason, the filmmakers behind “What’s Up” didn’t think a flying house was thrilling enough, so they tossed in magic. If you stick around long enough, you might find yourself asking why a magical stone’s sole function is to turn a house into part-hot air balloon, or why they go out of their way to be racist towards a supporting character that happens to be Chinese. However, we’ll forgive you if you don’t even make it that far after seeing the questionable 3D animation.

#7: “Kiara the Brave” [aka “Super K”] (2011)

Many consider this a terrible film that should have never been forced onto the viewing public. But, it’s also called a travesty because, when it was shipped to the United States, the distributors rebranded it to cash in on the latest Pixar release, “Brave.” Funnily enough, “Kiara the Brave” involves neither medieval Scotland nor a coming-of-age story where a strong female protagonist tries to forge her own path. What do we get instead? A superhero called Super K trying to defend the world of Dreamzone from the evil Badmess, while “Kiara” stands in the background doing pretty much nothing.

#6: “Tappy Toes” (2011)

Here we get a much needed break from horrendous 3D animation and are even treated to a higher standard of voice work. But, for most people, that doesn’t save “Tappy Toes” from being another trainwreck. The limits of flash animation become clear early on, as this short happily rips off the plot of “Happy Feet,” minus the stellar dance sequences and the Robin Williams. Sure, it tries to throw in some self-referential humor, but considering there’s an uncomfortable scene where a hermit crab threatens to pinch a sea lion in not-so-child-friendly places, “Tappy Toes” manages to tap itself out.

#5: “Chop Kick Panda” (2011)

It may only be 40-something minutes long, but out of the many “Kung Fu Panda” rip-offs, this is the one that made people feel like they’d gone several rounds with the Furious Five. Brought to us by the folks who created “Tappy Toes,” “Chop Kick Panda” is another entry where the animation is the high point; everything else is a panda-sized mesh of stupidity. Once again, it pretty much follows the original beat-for-beat, but the stupidity of its rushed plot and attempts to focus on humor over action leave “Chop Kick Panda” feeling disjointed and utterly pointless.

#4: “The Legend of Sarila” [aka “La Légende de Sarila”] (2013)

This Canadian animation incurred the wrath of Disney, and that’s not shocking considering its title was changed to “Frozen Land” for the U.S. market – subtle. Again, this is a pretty big blunder by the distributors, because – while the story focuses on the less-than-enthralling tale of an Inuit shaman and his animal friends – the name and even the signature logo were designed to match Disney’s “Frozen.” The company behind “Legend of Sarila” might’ve thought their film was just a blip on the radar, but in the end, the Mouse House sees all. The creators should’ve done themselves a favor and let it go.

#3: “The Frog Prince” (2009)

Based on the reviews, you can basically summarize this mockbuster in one word: lazy. Lazy because they only use a handful of locations; lazy because the voice work involves insulting imitations of supposedly black accents; and lazy because we immediately dislike many of the characters. While Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” gave us magic, great chemistry between the lead characters, and important life lessons, all we get here is a princess who throws tantrums, a King who resents his daughter’s independent attitude, and a frog who’ll say practically anything just to score.

#2: “Ratatoing” (2007)

They may trade Paris for Rio de Janeiro, but this rip-off remains just as blatant no matter where you set it. Obviously taking liberties from the five-star meal that is Pixar’s “Ratatouille,” the “plot” follows a rodent head chef who tries to keep his restaurant open and defeat his competitors. How does he do that? By stealing fresh ingredients from human kitchens in sequences that try to imitate spy capers of old and which – at least, according to most people who’ve watched it – fail miserably on every conceivable level. Do yourself a favor and skip this meal.

#1: “A Car’s Life: Sparky’s Big Adventure” (2006)

“Cars” wasn’t exactly the pinnacle of Pixar’s creativity, but it’s still a decent and entertaining film, especially in comparison to this. Throughout this chopped together mess, we’re subjected to protagonist/motorized douchebag Sparky, who only exists to cause chaos wherever he goes. Along the way, we’re treated to what could be described as an onslaught of terrible animation, awful voice acting, and a collection of some truly detestable automobiles. It’s about as cheap a mockbuster as you can get, so we’ll never understand how it managed to spawn multiple sequels!