Horrible / Animated Films

'"What world created this? Aside from just making NO sense... AT ALL, the animation's choppy, the characters are forgettable, the songs are crap, it's just a stupid, stupid, STUPID movie, with virtually nothing redeemable about it whatsoever."

Sometimes, no matter how many animators, computers, or money they'll throw at a project, an animated film can still become such a gigantic mess of colors and lines that a group of monkeys locked in a room can draw a better film. Here are some of the worst animated atrocities categorized so far.

To see horribly made cartoon shows from television, check out the Horrible.Western Animation page.

Important Notes:

  1. Merely being offensive in its subject matter, a Box Office Bomb, or a film you don't plain like is not sufficient. Hard as it is to imagine at times, there is a market for all types of deviancy, no matter how small a niche it is. It has to fail to appeal even to that niche to qualify as this. (If you're unsure whether it belongs here or not, visit the discussion page and give us your input. Otherwise, if it's something you just plain don't like, please don't shoehorn it in, this isn't a page for complaining about things that fail to you.)

  2. It isn't a Horrible animated film just because The Mysterious Mr. Enter, Rebel Taxi, anyone from Channel Awesome, Ani Mat, Bobsheaux, Media Hunter, and/or any other Caustic Critic reviewed it. There needs to be independent evidence, such as reputable critics (emphasis on plural) for example, to list it. (Though once it is listed, they can provide the detailed review.)


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     Animation Studios 
  • Brightspark Productions Ltd. (not to be confused with Spark Plug Entertainment below) is a United Kingdom company that distributes films of various genres out to countries all over the world. However, what might be the absolute worst thing about them is that the fact that not only do they go the same route that Video Brinquedo and Spark Plug Entertainment go for some of their animated films (mainly ripping off well-established Disney and Pixar animated films), but there's the fact that some of those videos actually lie about what's in their movies, let alone what they're actually about! Not only did they go about and modify, if not downright steal, an otherwise decent Canadian made-for-TV Christmas film from 2005 called "A Fairy Tale Christmas" and somehow make their DVD box for it become Braver, but they also took a bunch of shorts from an early 1990's series made by Encyclopedia Britannica called Britannica's Tales Around the World (some of which don't relate to the actual source they're ripping off from altogether) and decided to release their shorts as Tangled Up. If you think this is a joke, watch I Hate Everything's "NOT DISNEY" Animated Extravaganza (specifically near the beginning and the end for Brightspark Productions' videos) and see if it's a joke now.
  • Dingo Pictures is an animation studio tied to "super-budget" producer Phoenix Games (and Midas). It features animated rip-offs of (mostly) Disney films such as 101 Dalmatians, Hercules, The Lion King, and Aladdin. Their plagiarism is overshadowed by the films' animation, which is so colossally awful on every level that they make the animation for the Legend of Zelda CD-i games look good. Seriously, just look at their film trailers. And for some reason, their films are being sold as video games, with a few generic mini-games being added to justify being the films being on Playstation or PlayStation 2 video game discs instead of DVDs (although some films would get English DVD releases later on). It's not a surprise how they're constantly mocked on parodies and reviews.
    • Most viewers will still agree that Animal Soccer World is quite possibly the most notorious of their films. It's not easy to tell just by looking at it, but it's superficially based on an animated sequence from Bedknobs and Broomsticks. What makes it particularly notorious, apart from its incomprehensible plot and laughable animation, is the voice acting, performed entirely by one or two voice actors bored out of their skulls and speaking with a ridiculous, impenetrable (presumably) Dutch accent. It's as if Tommy Wiseau started his own dub company, only less awesome. The short and rather unfitting jungle riff looping in the background nonstop over and over doesn't help either. Sitting through the film's 30-minute span is an excruciating experience; even the Phoenix Games/Code Monkeys opening logos to the game are more enjoyable!
    • Here you can see Caddicarus' takedown of Dalmatians 3, an atrocious train wreck obviously intended to fool unsuspecting buyers into confusing it with 101 Dalmatians.
    • The writing's about as terrible as the animation and voice acting. Watch in amazement as their version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame shows a heartless Esmeralda leaving Quasimodo to die in a dungeon. Clearly, the fact that he hanged himself in the original novel wasn't enough for them.
      • The sad thing to note, however, is that even though the quality is the worst of the Hunchback's adaptations, Dingo Pictures' version was one of the closest animated adaptations yet, as noted by Phelous here.
    • If you ever wondered what their first ever animated film was, look no further than their own adaptation of Pocahontas called the Legend of Pocahontas. Released back in 1995 (around the same time as the Disney version and maybe holding the media concept name if its DVD release was to be believed), the Dingo Pictures version showcases them being a bit more ambitious back in the day with them trying to produce actual songs for certain scenes, having the film be longer than most other films Dingo made (being 52 minutes long uncut), showcasing their first character designs that they'd later repeat for most of their later films, and even being the only film that lists who voiced which character instead of abruptly ending itself (with 14 different names involved, one of whom being related to someone else in the cast). That's not to say they were any better back then, since they still held the same problems found with their films, including the fact that everyone's a sociopath, repeated character stills in different frames (even when they shouldn't be on there), and backgrounds that don't look like they should be taking place in the story that's being told. And that's not even mentioning its own unique problems like how the sage fauna is an old bush named Old Bush that's considered pure Nightmare Fuel, how one scene didn't translate its transition effect at all for non-German speakers (for the DVD release), or even how one scene had an actual, living insect crawl up on the background when the animation was taking place! Phelous looked into the full, uncut DVD release of it here.
    • There also exists their take on Peter Pan. Once again, the cover-art seems to be designed to trick people into thinking they're getting a video game adaptation of Disney's take on the beloved story, and the obligatory cartoon reaches new levels of suck. The narration and all the voice-overs (including the girls) are now done by only one man who makes no effort to make anyone sound distinct from each other. Additionally, the voice-over is horribly dubbed in, leading to multiple instances of characters moving their mouths without actually saying anything. The plot introduces multiple elements that go nowhere, flies from one thing to the other like it's on a sugar rush, the moral of the story makes no sense, and the climatic battle with Captain Hook is an absolute joke. Caddicarus also reviewed this short, alongside Alex of I Hate Everything, here.
    • Snow White and the 7 Clever Boys is a shameless rip-off of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and it doesn't even do that right; the dwarves are replaced with generic boys, one of them having Blackface. Tennings has ripped this movie apart in this review, as has Caddicarus, with the latter review saying in terms of overall effort put onto a PS2 disc in 2007note , it's the worst "game" he's ever seen for it.
      • Moreover, Phoenix Games' "Snow White" is actually a bad PS2 port of an early '00s obscure educational Polish PC game (you could deduce that given the animated cursor is still present in the PS2 port) called "Królewna Śnieżka" made by Longsoft Multimedia as part of their Familijny CD-Romek series which in their original PC version made it also into Czech Republic.
  • If you see a Direct-to-Video release with The Dove Foundation's "Family Approved" logo, chances are that it's going to be a horrible animated movie. The Foundation certifies a film as "Family Approved" if it is not offensive to Judeo-Christian values. Most of the movies are imported from foreign countries. Unfortunately, most of these films are either horribly animated, badly written, or are clearly ripping off other animated films being released at that same time. And if that wasn't bad enough, The Dove Foundation's badge appears on theatrical releases like Saving Christmas (see here) and Norm of the North below. Just look up the trailers of some of their films in order to see how horrible they are.
  • Spark Plug Entertainment, the American equivalent of Video Brinquedo (see below). Exactly which one is worse is up for debate.
    • For example, if you watch the first few minutes of Spider's Web: A Pig's Tale, you get assaulted by a heavy-handed Aesop about dishonesty, characterization which only serves to make it more shallow (hate those guys, like these guys, watch this guy get Character Development, etc.), a nonsensical story, subpar acting, some absolutely shitty animation, a lot of repetition before anything happens (think of Goldilocks and the Three Bears), and some stupid songs with talentless singers and a rhyme scheme that makes your ears hurt. This probably isn't even the worst thing they've done. To save you the trouble of watching it yourself, Bobsheaux does it for you.
    • Plan Bee is an incredibly cheap cash-in on Bee Movie with animation so horrific the bees' wings just flicker rather than flap. Adding to that, the plot has no semblance of creativity, grating voices with one character being a Valley Girl for no reason, and a superfluous picture of George Washington just to hammer in that the "queen" bee is bad.
  • Vanguard Animation is an American Animation studio founded by John H. Williams (yes, THAT John H. Williams). While two of their works can be considered mediocre at best, they have created films that fall into this spectrum.
  • In modern-day Brazil, Video Brinquedo is to Pixar (and to a lesser extent, DreamWorks Animation) what Dingo Pictures was to Disney. Essentially, most of what they did were rip-offs. Just look at this scene from Ratatoing (reviewed by Film Brain here, and here by the Isle of Rangoon) — the English dub of that scene adds even more madness with random grunts that sound quite... suggestive. If you want to burn your eyes more, look at their trailers.
    • The trailers for Gladiformers 2 look like trailers for an unreleased Nintendo 64 game. The film was made in 2008! And the sad thing is, that one is their least eye-gouging work... The music's pretty good, though.
    • Oh, and for how bad the rip-offs are? Check The Little Cars. Bobsheaux has done several reviews of them.
    • Then there's their Up ripoff, What's Up? Balloon to the Rescue! Not only are the plot, animation, and voice acting all terrible, but their only attempts at being funny are racist jokes. Bobsheaux talks about it here.
    • Their most heinous work is The Little Panda Fighter. It's basically a rip-off of Kung Fu Panda in the worst form. The CGI is stiff, there's little to no creativity in the story, there's so much padding in here it's not even funny (no, really, there's an entire scene of the main character just walking to his boss's desk), the facial expressions can be downright terrifying, the English voice actors have done better work elsewhere (Good God, Maddie Blaustein is among them!), and worst of all, it has a MASSIVE Broken Aesop at the end. Watch The Cartoon Hero, I Hate Everything, Ani Mat, and Bobsheaux tear it to shreds. Also, even though the movie is called The Little Panda Fighter, the main character doesn't fight until the final five minutes of the movie!
    • Even the naming of the films is horrible. When not going for some obvious ripoff of the movie they are trying to rip off, they usually just go with the diminutive form of whatever creature the movie's about (which translates to English as "The Little [creature]".)

     Theatrical Shorts 
  • There are some Looney Tunes shorts that fit this trope, by sheer dint of how many were made:
    • The Tom Palmer-directed Looney Tunes Buddy cartoons, the first batch of cartoons rushed out of the Leon Schlesinger cartoon studio after Harman and Ising left in 1933, were so sloppily done and devoid of humor that Jack Warner himself rejected the cartoons on sight. Had Friz Freleng not returned to the studio in time to rework these Buddy cartoons into one somewhat coherent but still lousy cartoon ("Buddy's Day Out") the Looney Tunes studio as we know it would've been killed in its infancy! In fact, the Buddy cartoons were so bad that Warner Brothers Studios themselves acknowledged how dull and boring Buddy was in "The Warner's 65th Anniversary Special" from Animaniacs
    • The '60s: Whether the "Daffy vs. Speedy" series of cartoons (which pits Speedy Gonzales against a Daffy Duck who is reduced to a grouchy humorless foil) and "The Larriva Eleven" (a series of shoestring budget Wile E. Coyote & Road Runner cartoons made by former Warner Bros. animator Rudy Larriva) completely fall under this trope is debatable. However, almost everybody unanimously agrees that the final Daffy and Speedy cartoon, 1968's "See Ya Later, Gladiator", is horrible beyond belief. The cartoon is riddled with half-assed animation (even going so far as to reuse the exact same animation sequence twice for Daffy looking out of a window, even though he was in a completely different room both times), bad music, overuse of stock sound effects from the Hanna-Barbera library, lame and/or borderline non-existent gags, etc. PhantomStrider had a few words to say about this episode.
  • Many of the syndicated cartoons produced by Sam Singer (called "the Ed Wood of animation" by Animation Magazine) were notoriously shoddy.
    • Most animation buffs consider Bucky and Pepito the worst of the lot and frequently cite it as one of the worst cartoons ever made. Set against a bleak but beautifully-painted desert backdrop were the crudely-animated and thoroughly-unlikable title characters — an Anglo kid in a cowboy costume and his lazy Mexican sidekick. The plots often involved annoying animal pests and a tedious procession of contrived visual gags.
    • A DVD collection of the worst cartoons ever made featured not only two episodes of Bucky and Pepito, but also two episodes of another of Singer's cartoons, Paddy the Pelican. Paddy's cartoons were especially lousy because they were basically pencil tests submitted as finished cartoons. The artwork was generally decent... and that's about all that can be said for them. The picture was often blurry, each shot was made up of one or two seconds of animation looped back and forth, and there was no background. Perhaps even worse was the voice acting, all done by Singer himself in a single take with no script. The finished product sounds (appropriately) like an insane man talking to himself for eight minutes. The Mysterious Mr. Enter also reviewed one of its episodes here, where he calls it the worst cartoon of all time (in terms of production values).
  • The 1966 release of The Hobbit. The story goes that William L. Snyder (whose other claim to fame is producing the Gene Deitch-directed Tom and Jerry shorts) got the film rights to The Hobbit very cheaply because it was still largely unknown at the time, but a use-it-or-lose-it clause meant he had to release "a full-color movie" in order to extend the contract. He planned a full-length film, but after that project fell apart with only a month remaining on his option, he realized nothing in the contract specified how long the movie had to be. So he quickly threw together and released this, exercised the option to extend his rights, and then sold them for $100,000. It's 12 minutes long, composed entirely of crude drawings filmed in The Ken Burns Effect, and it would probably be quicker to list the things it has in common with the novel than the differences.
  • How bad is The Magic of Oz (an animated short based upon The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)? It's absolutely irredeemable, as it has virtually no plot, terrible sound quality and laughably ugly and dated animation. Background information about the film is also scarce. A Google search for many of the names featured at the beginning will bring up little results, and the cartoon studio that produced it is never stated — all it says at the end is "a cartoon film presentation". No date is even known for when this cartoon was released; the only approximate guess is about the early 1960s according to this Tumblr post. The film contains a lot of Limited Animation, and there's also a very out-of-place three-second shot of Dorothy bending down that's done, rather incompetently, in Rotoscope, despite the fact that the rest of the cartoon has none of it at all — clearly, just drawing Dorothy performing the action would've been too difficult. Despite being under ten minutes, it moves at a snail's pace and is totally incomprehensible, and the very poor sound makes it difficult to hear even with the volume on a computer turned up to its maximum level. All of this makes it a contender for the worst animated short of all time. The Autarch (or rather, Hades) has this to say.

     Standalone Examples 

Alternative Title(s): Animated Film