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Obscure Animated Films

Post by mike_197 » Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:30 am

Just wondering if anyone knows any animated films that are relatively unknown but good. Anime is fine, and anything from Europe or anywhere else. Indie animations, weird and trippy animations, stop-motion, hand drawn, computers, anything. Or even if it's 'known' but maybe doesn't get the recommendation it deserves.
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Re: Obscure Animated Films

Post by Cloudwilk » Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:02 am

Welp, I don't know how obscure you're looking for, but I'll name some I don't see in the news:

>Of Stars and Men
>Watership Down
>Wizards
>Plague Dogs
>The Wind in the Willows
>Felidae (Rated R)
>Mary & Max (a movie suggested to me here, actually XD I think that's another Rated R one though.. maybe PG-13)
>My Dog Tulip (Rated R)
>Sita Sings the Blues (Not sure what rating that is...)
>The Reef
>The Secret of Kells
>The Triplets of Belleville (Not sure what rating this is..)
>The Velveteen Rabbit (Half animated)
>Toys in the Attic (Warning: This movie left me with a really empty feeling afterward.)
>A Cat in Paris
>Monsters in Paris
>Free Birds (? I mean, I didn't hear about it ... don't know if that's obscure or not XD)
>Persepolis (Pretty sure that was adult)
>The Legend of Sarila

Those are some... more obscure films. Of course, you can tackle challenges like watching all:
>Studio Ghibli Films
>Disney Animated Features
>Pixar
>DreamWorks
>Poke'mon movies
>Don Bluth films

There are so many animated movies XD You can pull up the Wikipedia list and just randomly pick from there as well. Well, good luck to you ^^ (Oh, I don't confirm that any of the above are good by the way...I'm rather picky so I'll leave opinion up to you. )
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Re: Obscure Animated Films

Post by mike_197 » Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:06 am

Wouldn't surprise me if I was the one who recommended Mary and Max, it's one of my favorite films :love: and I've seen The Secret of Kells, Watership Down, Plague Dogs, and Persepolis. BUT not any of those other ones, which gives me a very busy place to start, so thank you, kind stranger :)

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Re: Obscure Animated Films

Post by Lupana » Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:47 pm

The only ones I can think to add are Quest for Camelot and Cat's Don't Dance. I think there's one called Millionaire Dogs but I only saw it once and it was years ago. I should probably look into that one and watch it again.
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Re: Obscure Animated Films

Post by mike_197 » Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:14 am

Honestly never heard of Millionaire Dogs, might add that to my list as well.
I have a couple on my hard drive I haven't seen yet:

Idiots and Angels
Fantastic Planet
My Beautiful Girl Mari
Animated versions of The Hobbit and Return of the King from 1977 and 1980

I also watched a mediocre Korean anime called The King of Pigs, it's interesting and definitely a rather obscure film but it's really not very good. It's the kind of thing that some people might praise because it's gritty and adult-aimed despite being animated, but imo it's faux artsy and kind of silly.

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Re: Obscure Animated Films

Post by Lupana » Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:41 am

Titan A.E. Is also forgotten fairly often. It's a Don Bluth sci-fi film. Although the main character looks exactly like Demitri from Anastasia, which isn't even a stretch to say, so some people judge it pretty harshly just because of that. But it's not half bad.
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Re: Obscure Animated Films

Post by mike_197 » Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:55 am

I somehow haven't seen that yet. It is slightly obscure considering Don Bluth's status as a filmmaker. It's supposed to be pretty good though, right?

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Re: Obscure Animated Films

Post by FreckledOne » Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:25 pm

I don't know what other people think about it, but I thought it was a pretty good sci-fi film (better than Atlantis or Treasure Planet anyway). Though I wouldn't say Cale looks exactly like Dimitri.

Seconding Cats Don't Dance, but I would also suggest Paul McCartney:The Music and Animation Collection, especially Tropic Island Hum and Tuesday. I haven't heard anyone else talk about those.

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Re: Obscure Animated Films

Post by mike_197 » Sun Aug 24, 2014 12:18 am

Just looked up Toys in the Attic and it looks amazing. Like, watch-it-as-soon-as-possible amazing.

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Re: Obscure Animated Films

Post by Cloudwilk » Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:04 am

Maybe you'll like it.. I just thought that movie was creepy ^~^' Then again, I'm generally pretty averted from watching stop-motion movies... Doesn't mean that haven't been good one's... it's just usually creepy-looking to me.
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Re: Obscure Animated Films

Post by mike_197 » Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:08 am

Creepy can be good. I like stop-motion a lot, no idea why but it's very appealing. Maybe because I romanticize the difficulty the crew goes through to make those films :/

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Post by Cloudwilk » Sun Aug 24, 2014 4:42 pm

I agree.. I tend to love creepy-animated... but 2D creepy animated and done well. Badly done 3D and some stop motion just makes me feel sick on the inside. T.T I wished I liked stop motion more than I do. I feel like I should.
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Re: Obscure Animated Films

Post by SilverLuna » Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:07 pm

I think Richard Williams' The Thief and the Cobbler is a forgotten treasure. The original version was never finished, but there is a more "commercialized" version out there with most of the original animation replaced. The love the musical selections in the original (I just saw bits and pieces of it on YouTube a few nights ago), lots of great classical masterpieces :D
Here is the completely original version (with rough animation/layout and all) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_aHoRGr8KQ
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Re: Obscure Animated Films

Post by mike_197 » Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:20 pm

I've seen the rough cut of The Thief and the Cobbler and loved it! If finished it would easily be one of the greatest animated films ever. There's some really spectacular stuff in it (though I haven't seen the commercialized version and never plan to)

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