Best Animated Musical Movies That Aren’t Disney

When you think “animated musical,” you’re definitely picturing a Disney movie. After all, Disney has dominated the genre for longer than most of us have been alive. However, let’s not forget about all the other great animated musicals that have come out over the years. So here’s our list of some non-Disney animated musicals you should definitely check out if you haven’t already.

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Yellow Submarine (1968)

yellow submarine is a psychedelic animated film based on the music of The Beatles. The film follows the band as they embark on a journey to defeat the music-hating Blue Meanies and save Pepperland. While the Beatles were composing and performing the songs of Yellow Underwater, their characters have all been voiced by other people. However, in a live action segment at the end of the film, John, Ringo, Paul, and George make an appearance. yellow submarine was a huge hit in 1968, and its legacy lives on. The film has been credited as an animation landmark that proved the medium could appeal to older audiences. If you’re a Beatles fan and love stylish and surreal animations, you’ll enjoy Yellow submarine.


An American Tail (1986)

Created by the legendary animator Don Bluth, An American tail tells the story of a young immigrant mouse named Fievel as he searches for his family in America. At the time of its release, An American tail was the highest-grossing non-Disney animated film. The film is a charming and heartfelt tale, with great musical numbers. If you remember anything about An American tailit’s probably the song “Somewhere Out There”, performed by Fievel (Philip Glasser) and her sister Tonya (Betsy Catcart). “Somewhere Out There” was such a hit that it won Song of the Year at the 30th Grammy Awards.

Anastasia (1997)

No, despite the long-standing misconception, Anastasia is not a Disney Princess and the movie is not a Disney production. Anastasia was produced by Fox Animation Studios and directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. The film is an alternate history film centered on the real life of Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia. The animation and soundtrack are stellar, with one song, “Journey to the Past,” earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. History buffs may be upset by the story’s lack of historical accuracy, but common audiences, especially families, should love it. Anastasia.

The Prince of Egypt (1998)

The Prince of Egypt was the first traditional animated feature produced by DreamWorks, and they nailed it the first time. The film is an adaptation of the Bible’s Book of Exodus, which follows the life of Moses. Despite the religious context of the story, The Prince of Egypt can easily captivate any audience. The film is beautiful, the voice cast is superb and the soundtrack is unforgettable. There are so many intense and beautiful songs in The Prince of Egypt it’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite, but the song “When You Believe” was the film’s biggest commercial success. “When You Believe”, performed by Mariah Carey and whitney houstonalso received Best Original Song at the 71st Academy Awards.

South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999)

South Park: bigger, longer and uncut is a musical like no other. It features all the signature humor of the TV series with the added bonus of ridiculously catchy songs. The film comments on censorship and satirizes Disney animated films and the musical genre itself. You wouldn’t be blamed for thinking that South Park has never been nominated for an Oscar, but you are wrong! The film’s song, “Blame Canada,” was nominated for an Oscar. Although the song ultimately lost to Tarzan“You will be in my heart”.

The Road to El Dorado (2000)

While The road to El Dorado did not initially achieve the same level of acclaim as his older brother, The Prince of Egypt, the film has since developed a strong cult following. The soundtrack was produced with the help of Elton John, who also acts as the story’s singing narrator. Eldorado doesn’t feature many traditional musical numbers where the characters sing, but the songs are still exceptionally entertaining. Globally, Road to El Dorado is an energetic and fun musical that will leave you wanting more adventures with the characters.

Eight Crazy Nights (2002)

Adam SandlerThe humor of isn’t for everyone, so it’s no surprise that his first animated feature, eight crazy nightsremains a polarizing film. eight crazy nights is a musical holiday film centered around Jewish characters celebrating Hanukkah. The animation is shockingly good, with plenty of animators behind it the iron giant working on the movie. But despite the solid animation, Eight Crazy Nights was poorly received by critics. Still, there are plenty of catchy musical numbers in the movie that you’ll find yourself singing long after the credits roll.

Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5secret 5tar 5system (2003)

Interstellar 5555 is the incredible result of mixing Daft Punk music with sci-fi anime. Unlike most musicals, Interstellar has no dialog. The story is fully told through the visuals and the soundtrack. The film follows an alien pop band that has been abducted and controlled by an evil man named Earl from Darkwood. The film’s sleek animation and Daft Punk’s excellent music combine to create one of the most unique animated musicals ever produced. If you haven’t seen Interstellarit is really worth it.

Corpse Bride (2005)

Corpse Bride is very typical Tim Burton production, and that’s by no means a bad thing. It’s a stop motion musical film that follows a groom-to-be who is dragged into the land of the dead by a dead bride. The clay visuals are full of gothic charm and the music gives the film a light and fun feel. Corpse Bride is often eclipsed by the Nightmare Before Christmasbut there’s more than enough room for two scary stop-motion musicals on your shelves.

Rio (2011)

Rio takes place in Brazil during Carnival, so naturally the music plays a big role in the film. The film centers on two macaws who are the last of their kind as they escape smugglers and fall in love. The film did well at the box office and with critics, receiving praise for its visuals and fun, infectious music. Brazilian-inspired tunes are played throughout Rio giving the film a very unified feel. One song, “Real in Rio” was one of only two songs nominated for Best Original Song at the 84th Academy Awards, but lost out to its only contender, “Man or Muppet” by The Muppets​​​​​.

Sing (2016)

As one might expect, Sing is a film about singing. Specifically, it’s a singing contest held in a town full of anthropomorphic animals. The film features over 60 songs including many covers as well as an original song titled “Faith” performed by Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande. The film’s voice cast is filled with stars like Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth McFarlaneand Scarlett Johanssonand hearing them perform as singing animals is great fun. Sing should entertain any music lover.


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