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Top 10 Worst Animated Movies

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Corey Lanier
Script written by Corey Lanier. These feature-length cartoons are “ruin-your-childhood” bad. Join as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Worst Animated Movies. For this list, we’re looking at animated films that failed with fans, critics and at the box office, with stories that failed to keep crowds engaged and awake, and animation that makes you cringe.

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Top 10 Worst Animated Movies

These feature-length cartoons are “ruin-your-childhood” bad. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Worst Animated Movies.

For this list, we’re looking at animated films that failed with fans, critics and at the box office, with stories that failed to keep crowds engaged and awake, and animation that makes you cringe. We’re leaving rip-off movies though, since we’ve already covered that on another list.

#10: “Delgo” (2008)

According to critics, this is what happens when you decide to make a sci-fi movie, but don’t know how, so you steal everyone else’s ideas. Production on “Delgo” began in 1999, and over the next nine years the minds behind the film shamelessly blended elements from “Aladdin,” “Star Wars” and “Superman” for a final product that couldn’t even recuperate $1 million of its $40 million budget. With a cast that includes Freddie Prinze Jr, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Val Kilmer and Anne Bancroft in her final role, “Delgo”’s story of a teen and his friends trying to save their planet from war and destruction was universally panned, ultimately becoming the lowest-grossing computer-animated film ever.

#9: “Happily N’Ever After” (2007)

Here’s yet another unfortunate animated film to feature Freddie Prinze Jr. in a leading role, and to feature a legend in his final role. The box office flop that was “Happily N’Ever After” was sadly the last film on comedic legend George Carlin’s filmography. The film tried to cash in on the edgy fairytale hodgepodge craze that was all the rage back in 2007. The problem people had with this one, however, was that the filmmakers forgot the whole “edgy fairytale hodgepodge” thing. Even so, and despite the fact that it failed to make back its budget at the box office, the studio saw fit to make a sequel, but thankfully, it was a direct-to-video release.

#8: “Sir Billi” (2012)

Based on the size of his name on the movie poster, it’s obvious the filmmakers behind this animated feature were Sir Sean Connery’s name to sell the film – cause it certainly wasn’t gonna sell itself. “Sir Billi” sees Connery play an old eccentric skateboarding man who’s trying to save a fugitive that happens to be a beaver. The absurdity of the plot, along with the lackluster animation, meant this film was pretty much a laughingstock with critics, and it was the last film in Connery’s filmography before he retired from Hollywood entirely. What a way to go…

#7: “Eight Crazy Nights” (2002)

This movie is based on one line of Adam Sandler’s “Chanukah Song.” But, while that piece of music is actually funny and clever, this animated holiday feature is not – at least according to the few who saw it. Critics and audiences felt Sandler spent more time pushing the boundaries of his brand of toilet humor than actually promoting the Jewish holiday. Add to this the fact that “Eight Crazy Nights” was actually pretty depressing, was not actually aimed at kids and had more product placement than a Super Bowl commercial break, and audiences left theaters hoping for eight silent nights instead.

#6: “Norm of the North” (2016)

How’d the pitch for this one go: “okay, we’ll take a polar bear, and have him pretend to be a human pretending to be a polar bear so he can stop a luxury housing development in the Arctic.” Riiiight, real estate sabotage will have the kids running to theaters. Yet somehow, Lionsgate picked up “Norm of the North.” The movie follows the titular polar bear, voiced by Rob Schneider, as he stows away on a ship bound for New York to save his home from becoming a bunch of condos. As Rotten Tomatoes says, watch only “in case of parental emergency,” and even then, you can probably do better.

#5: “Strange Magic” (2015)

An animated fantasy by LucasFilm? Sounds promising! Featuring a star-studded voice cast? We like it! With a story created by George Lucas for a target audience of mostly young girls? We’ll give it a chance… But the kiss of death here is that it took 15 years to develop the film before production even began. That means that, while this take on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was as visually stunning as any Lucas joint, most of the criticism fell on the story. Well, the story, the music, the character design and the lack of jokes. Man, do you know how hard it is for a Disney/LucasFilm partnership to gross only $13.6 million at the box office?

#4: “Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back” (2010)

What’s worse than a bad movie about chimps in outer space? An unneeded sequel to a bad movie about chimps in outer space. To prove that his knack for producing bad animated films didn’t stop at “Happily N’Ever After,” John H. Williams set out to make this movie based around Comet, a techno-weenie who wants to be a full-fledged astronaut. While many people who’ve seen “Space Chimps 2” agree he’s annoying, it’s Kilowatt who made most movie goers want to abort mission. The result? The movie scored an impressive 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and became a direct-to-video title in America after it scored poorly in theaters in the UK.

#3: “Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World” (1998)

Remember those direct-to-video sequels Disney began churning out in the mid-‘90s? We can probably all agree they were hit-or-miss, with the “Mulan” and “Pocahontas” entries decidedly landing in the “miss” category. In fact, some critics even said these frivolous sequels tarnished the legacy of cherished historical figures. Take “Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World,” for example: Pocahontas is sent to England – and that’s where the historical accuracy ends. The rest of the film shows the titular character acting “uncivilized” and trying to stop a war. By the end, fans realized that what was just around the river bend was nothing more than a horrible affront to Native Americans.

#2: “Foodfight!” (2012)

Charlie Sheen certainly wasn’t winning when he signed on to star in this clunker. Conceptualized in 1999, “Foodfight!” was delayed when hard drives full of footage were stolen in a case of what was claimed to be “industrial espionage.” We wonder if the spies took all the good footage, cause what was released as “Foodfight!” in 2012 looks more like a high school 3D animation project than a feature film. When you factor in that this supposed kids’ flick has more double entendres than a softcore porn, and what’s been called a nonsensical and disjointed plot full of product placement, the only food fight you’ll wanna be involved in is the one where you throw tomatoes at the producers.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable, or in this case dishonorable, mentions:

“Tom and Jerry: The Movie” (1992)

“The Nut Job” (2014)

“Shark Tale” (2004)

#1: “Titanic: The Legend Goes On” (2000)

If you’ve never heard of this Italian animated film, consider yourself lucky that you missed this shipwreck. “Titanic: The Legend Goes On” is like a lot of animated movies, in that it features romance, attempts at historical accuracy and enchanted talking animals with horrible racial stereotypes. But without the necessary charm, “The Legend Goes On” sunk as fast as it would have had it struck the iceberg itself. Not only has it been dubbed one of the worst Titanic-inspired adaptations, critics also called it one of the worst animated films in the history of film.

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