You’re a Dead Guy if You Didn’t Watch These 10 Animated Films Growing Up

March 1, 2022

You watch some animated films and forget about them because as kids you probably didn’t know how good they were.  Some animated films change your life after you watch them and are so feel-good, you could see them ten more times and they would be just as good as the first time. Here are 10 of the best animated films you watched growing up, but probably forgot about. 

1. Atlantis

Atlantis had no business being as good as it was. Was it a story of another white man falling in love with a black woman and almost ruining her life? Yes, but Milo was cute, so no wahala. Also, Kida‌ had no business being that hot as an animated character, but am I complaining? Obviously not. 

2. Sinbad

I’ve never seen a cartoon character make as many bad choices as Sinbad. This man lied to his best friend, fell in love with his best friend’s fiance, made a pact with the devil (ahn ahn!). At least we got to witness Eris be the hottest thing since sliced bread. I too would have let her ruin my life.

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3. Treasure Planet

Nigerian parents probably watched this one because it was giving If-he-had-just listened-to-his-mum vibes at first. Treasure Planet made me question if people were good or bad because Silver tried to ruin Jim’s life and steal his treasure, especially after the poor boy had begun to trust him. But when it mattered most, he sacrificed himself and saved Jim’s life. If you watch hentai now, you can probably trace it back to seeing Captain Amelia for the first time. 

4. Anastasia

I always felt like this film was some sort of a fever dream because it was just too good. The Once upon a December song takes you on a trip, and while the animation style was certainly…interesting, the storyline gave everything it was supposed to give. 

5. 9

Was this film even for kids? Why did our parents let us watch it? If the producers were trying to make us anti-war, they did a pretty fantastic job. It had steampunk vibes, but I recently found out that the animation style used was stitch punk. Anyway, those rag dolls went through a lot, and for what? To traumatise kids?

6. Brother Bear

Every time I think of Brother Bear, it brings tears to my eyes. It also makes me feel like I could hug a bear and not die, which is probably not true. (Fun fact: I bet you didn’t know that Joaquin Phoenix was Kenai’s voice actor). Of course, he did an amazing job making us fall in love with a bear, but what do you expect?

7. The Road to El Dorado

The score of the movie was a masterpiece, and if you can’t remember at least one song, it means you were watching the back of the TV. Why did so many animated shows for kids have that many hot women? Sure, the storyline was great and Tulio and Miguel had good chemistry, but I lived for every scene with Chel. The Road to El Dorado was my second time seeing a babalawo in an animated film. The first was the monkey in Lion King and the second was Tezekel-Kan. Werey man. 

8. Monster House

How was this marketed for kids? It was so scary back then, but now it’s a joke because why would a house be pursuing you? Just walk into a river or set it on fire abeg.  Or turn around and say, “Kal-El no!”. 

9. Meet the Robinsons

This was one of those few Disney movies that understood the assignment and asked for extra sheet. It made me want to grow up and have a family and live a beautiful life with interesting family members, and a wife that trains frogs. It made sense that we all ended up feeling bad for the villain because the man truly deserved better. Also, Goob gave off Doofenshmirtz vibes. 

10. Astro Boy 

This movie had an all-star cast, so of course, the voice acting was perfect. It’s probably where most people’s interest in Japanese animation came from, because even though it was released over a decade ago, it looks like something that could have been animated in 2021. Charlize Theron narrated the story, and it hit me that I wanted her to narrate my life story, but for free. Tell her to call me. 

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