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"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 cash injections 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.

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  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, PhantomStrider, Saberspark, Schaffrillas Productions, and/or any other Caustic Critic reviewed it, or because it was featured on I Hate Everything's The Search for the Worst. 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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  • The Asylum is infamous for making terrible live-action mockbusters, and you can read all about them in the Live-Action Films subpage. Their ventures in animation have not been any better.
    • Izzie's Way Home is a flagrant Finding Nemo ripoff that was released suspiciously close to Finding Dory's theatrical release. The plot is similar to Nemo's, if it were done much worse. Characters frequently make stupid decisions just because the plot demands it, like when Izzie goes towards a hook without any bait for no apparent reason and gets stuck on it. The film also ends with a blatant Deus ex Machina, as Izzie's mother shows up out of nowhere to kill a snake threatening everyone. The characters are all either cardboard cutouts, incredibly annoying, absolutely awful, or some combination of the three, and some of them (including the closest thing the movie has to a Big Bad) get no comeuppance for their actions. The animation is very lazy (so bad, in fact, that at one point a man floats in a static position from one place to the other, and the fish characters often look like they're simply hovering in mid-air rather than in water), with camera perspectives so bad that they make it difficult to tell what's going on. The attempts at humor amount to nothing more than bog-standard Toilet Humour. The voice acting (which wastes the talents of Joey Fatone and Tori Spelling) is phoned in at best and horribly grating at worst. The film has a 1.6 on IMDb. Saberspark also tore into this one here.
    • Trolland, a 2016 rip-off of Trolls that has a beyond-amateurish take on perspective and animation. The characters themselves are animated worse than Garry's Mod characters (and mind you, most projects using that software do so for comedic effect). Some of the shots are outright bizarre - there's no clear sense of scale, as most of the models and props are simply superimposed over the settings. Speaking of models, recycling is so common that, multiple times throughout the film, the exact same model turns up twice in the same shot. And all of that is ignoring outright bizarre additions, such as a fake Game Boy early on and an actual photograph of Queen Elizabeth, which goes completely unmentioned. And all that aside, it's written as a Cliché Storm just like any other mockbuster, and they even screwed that part of it up beyond a minute's span. It's rather clear that whatever budget the film had was spent on getting the likes of Jerry O'Connell, Ja Rule, T-Boz, Chris Daughtry, Debi Derryberry, Greg Cipes, and Dick Van Dyke to work on the film. Saberspark looked into this film in greater detail here, having once declared it the nadir of animation, though until he saw The Misty Green Sky on Amazon Prime, he still thought it the worst animated movie of the 2010s.
    • Homeward is a blatant copy of Onward, but lacks any of that film's quality or emotion. The characters (an elf and his orc stepbrother) are both unlikeable, with the former being a giant snobby Jerkass, while the second is a total idiot. The plot is devoid of originality and feels like a copy of Bright. Several of the characters resemble characters from other, more famous animated films. For example, the orc brother resembles Ralph with fangs, while one of the girls resembles a recolored Mavis. The animation, while better than Trolland's, is still pretty bad, with problems such as models clipping through each other being common. Saberspark reviewed it here
    • Then there's CarGo, based off Cars. Despite coming out in 2017, the animation looks worse than in Van-Pires (a product of the '90s) and the character designs are either ugly, bizarre or just plain boring. The character's personalities are little better: One-dimensional rebellious son, one-dimensional love interest, cliché "Punk & bully who is actually a nice person deep down", cliché mob boss (yes, really)... The plot is slow and chock-full of Padding, even ignoring the characters' tendency to start musical numbers at the drop of a hat, and the whole movie seems little more than a vehicle for the creators to make as many ear-burningly bad car puns as possible. Ad onto that a heaping of truly disturbing Fridge Horror (seriously, Clunker Island is nightmarish) and a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment involving "The Spirit Of The Forest", and you have something that is truly awful to watch. Saberspark can be seen tearing into it here.
  • Deos Video Inc., a very obscure animation studio under the now-defunct home video distributor Simitar Entertainment, is only known to have produced two animated direct-to-video Christmas specials, neither of which are anywhere near masterpieces:
    • The Christmas Light, made in 1995, could very well be considered the CGI counterpart to The Christmas Tree. The premise is that after two Christmas Elves, Isaac and Burton, present alternative and quicker ways of making toys, Burton, the Jerkass rival elf who gets rejected by Santa Claus, falls into his buggy toy-making machine and is inexplicably transformed into a giant snowman warlock who threatens to ruin Christmas with a massive snowstorm in retaliation. Santa, Isaac, and a girl named Jennifer with a talent for singing set out to stop him and save Christmas. The already bizarre set-up just gets worse from there. The premise and plot make absolutely no sense (How did Burton become an evil snowman? Why does the girl need to come with Santa and Isaac to help stop him?). The voice acting sounds bored and lethargic (barring Burton's over-the-top rant at the beginning), narrator Dan Haggerty sounds drunk, and the characters themselves are either boring or downright unlikable. One of the worst parts of the whole thing is the animation and graphics, which are absolutely atrocious even for 1995 with stiff, robotic movements, vacant, expressionless faces, and flat, washed-out, and occasionally non-existent textures. Comparing the special and its animation to that of Toy Story (which came out the same year and which the special has the gall to compare itself to), the early episodes of VeggieTales (which still have livelier animation even two years prior for how badly their animation has aged), and the unfinished CGI film The Works (which began production in 1979) just shows how inept everything about this special is. RebelTaxi briefly covers the special in a Top 4 Best and Worst Christmas Movie countdown and Best of the Worst attempts to have some fun with it. Phelous also covered this messy Christmas movie and Saberspark does so as well.
    • Not only is its 1996 sequel (yes, it had one), The Christmas Brigade, no better than the first, but it somehow makes the first film look like Toy Story by comparison. The animation is only marginally better (not that that's saying much, plus the better lighting only serves to highlight how awful the character designs are), and not only are the characters still very hokey-looking and stiffly-animated, but the animation comes off as much lazier too - for example, the characters often spontaneously pop from one point to another and clip through walls and ceilings instead of walking or travelling, with the fairly weak justification of it being through gadget belts invented by the heroes. The voice acting is still very sub-par, with the voice actors who replaced ones from the first movie somehow sounding even more bored than the first ones. The dialogue is horrendously written and filled with unintentionally dirty-sounding or just outright-bizarre word choices or sentences. The story is dull, still nonsensical, and generic (involving a mission to stop the evil Dr. D from shrinking all of the world's popular landmarks to sell as trinkets), and so is the humor, mainly consisting of really bad puns and weak gags involving Shrink Rays. Probably the most damning issue with the movie is the decision to make it a 70+-minute feature film even though it's very clear that they did not have enough material for that amount of time. The main plot of the movie only takes up about 30 minutes, and the rest is just sheer padding consisting of characters celebrating Christmas with a party at the North Pole and/or Jennifer and her twin sister singing Christmas carols and almost the entirety of the first movie except now with Santa and Burton narrating over it. Even taking all of that away, the main plot is still padded out with shots that are drawn out as long as possible (to the point of often hanging over silent and/or still shots for upwards of five seconds), characters rambling about unimportant things for minutes on end, and an extended Big-Lipped Alligator Moment involving Santa and a trio of singing beetles. All of this adds up to a horrendously boring film that is nigh-impossible to sit through, with few of the unintentionally-silly moments that made the first movie tolerable. Phelous covered this the week after he reviewed Light, and sitting through it nearly drives him crazy to the point that he is screaming for the movie to end. RebelTaxi also briefly covered this as well a year after looking at The Christmas Light himself, later admitting that he took the former film for granted and saying this film is the worst Christmas film he's ever seen, even worse than that film, Rapsittie Street Kids, or even The Christmas Tree. This movie is so bad that, at the end of his review of the first movie, Saberspark refuses to review The Christmas Brigade as well.
  • Digital-World was a German "animation" studio created in the early 2000's that makes Dingo Pictures look like they live up to their super-budget claim by comparison. There were only four known films (one appearing to be a sequel to a film they did) that they created (though all of them are actually available on YouTube to watch for both the German versions and the few English versions available, if you choose to do so at your own risk), and each film Digital World created has ugly character models, stiff movement, and mouth movements that make their characters go even further into the Uncanny Valley than they probably should due to them talking either directly through their teeth or talking clearly without any teeth shown at all. Not only that, but two of their films had the unfortunate merit of having East West Entertainment dubbing their films to English, who also were the same people involved with a few of Dingo Pictures' most notorious dubbing flops around. They released their films in a two-year period from 2002-03, so it's likely their films would have forever faded into the ether of time itself had Phelous not encountered one of their films that he now considers the worst Christmas movie ever, a film that one must avoid going after...
    • Red Nose (A.K.A., Rudi Rotnase when translated in its native language or Rentier Weihnachten in the official German version) may have one of the better East West dubs around (if only because there's a little bit more of a vocal variety involved, including an actual woman for once), but not only are their dubbing issues still prominent even with a different company's films around, this film manages to make 43 minutes of time feel much longer than that, with Phelous arguing that its actual content fills only five minutes worth of story properly. Their conversion to DVD made the film darker and jumpier than it should be, but even if the quality conversion was done properly, it doesn't change the fact that the story goes by so slowly that it makes Deos Video's Christmas films feel naturally paced by comparison. This film tries to tell the classic story of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, but the plot points they highlight are either completely irrelevant to the story or are told in a completely amateurish manner (to the point where the fade-ins and fade-outs aren't even implemented properly). Combine that with animation that somehow does choppy movement under a ridiculously slow pace, and you got a film that's so hard to sit through, you'll be more likely to fall asleep to it by how incomprehensible and boring it is. Phelous reviewed it here on Christmas Eve in 2021, and he felt it works better as an art-house piece to test your will through animated garbage than as a proper Christmas movie.
  • Dingo Pictures was originally a German storybook turned animation studio created in the late 1980's or early 1990's 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 (1994), 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 were once sold as video games from the PlayStation era up until the Nintendo DS & Wii era, with a few generic mini-games being added to justify having the films be on PlayStation or PlayStation 2 video game discs instead of DVDs (although some films would get English DVD releases later on anyway). Their entire history is close to a hodgepodge of misinformation and pure mystery that seriously stumped Saberspark, a guy who likes finding out information on companies with how they originated and how long they existed if they're defunct. (However, a future documentary released by the new owners of Dingo Pictures will help clear up some of the confusing history the original company's had.) It's not a surprise how they're constantly mocked on parodies and reviews, sometimes being on worst animated films of all-time lists like with Saberspark saying the entire company's line was the second-worst animated film stuff he's ever seen behind only The Adventures of Açela.
    • Animal Soccer World is one of 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 from East West Entertainment that were bored out of their skulls and speaking with a ridiculous, impenetrable (presumably) Dutch accent, who sound 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. Caddicarus has covered it, and has declared it to be "The New Worst Game Ever Made", while Saberspark intended on reviewing this alongside two other films before giving up on it altogether after seeing only a preview of the film.
      • Interestingly enough, Phelous revealed in his own review of the movie that this film was actually made back in 1998... which makes the idea of selling Animal Soccer World on the PlayStation 2 even more confusing when considering it came out almost a decade later.
    • 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. For example, their version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame not only shows a heartless Esmeralda leaving Quasimodo to die in a dungeon, making it seem like the fact that he intentionally starved to death in the original novel wasn't enough for them, but also has the gall to declare this a happy ending just because Quasimodo has proof that Esmerelda is still alive.
    • Over here you can witness the entirety of Mouse Police, featuring commentary from Guru Larry and Octav1us Kitten. (Movie starts at 4:18.) It features all of Dingo's trademarks: sloppy voice acting from about three actors total, bad dialogue full of unintended non sequiturs, horribly ugly art, recycled character designs (the two protagonists are the same character model in gender-specific clothing), an utterly nonsensical plot, and animation that must be seen to be believed. Square Eyed Jak's praise for it was limited to its unintentional humor when he reviewed it via the PS2 "game" published by Phoenix Games and gave it a 1/10.
    • One of their earliest known film adaptations was The Legend of Pocahontas. Released back in 1995 (around the same time as the Disney version), 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 being the only film that lists who voiced which character instead of abruptly ending (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 revels in harming each other, 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 flora 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.
      • As if that weren't bad enough, Wabuu, the Captain Ersatz of the raccoon Meeko from the Disney film, as well as a good amount of screentime in other titles such as Countryside Bears and becoming the de facto mascot of Dingo in general, got his own spinoff film. It has one of Dingo's worst English dubs, and like the aforementioned Animal Soccer World said dub has an annoying background music track looping nonstop, this time being Creepy Circus Music. It also doesn't help that this, Aladin, and Animal Soccer World were all dubbed in English by someone's foreign-sounding father and his son from a different company for some odd reason instead (which results in even people watching Dingo for Bile Fascination jarred by the absence of the familiar, bad-Peter Lorre-impression-like voice that Wabuu had in his other appearances). Watch Phelous dissect it.
    • To call the English dub of Aladin hard to watch is Not Hyperbole. On top of the common issues with the company's other works, such as very limited animation, very small amount of voice actors, and unfitting music being looped through the entire film (including over other music), the voice acting is of even worse quality than usual, being recorded with very cheap equipment and often severely out of sync with the visuals (even ignoring the lack of any lip-syncing, often one character will be shown speaking while another's voice is heard, and bits of the original German audio can sometimes be heard, also out of sync), not helped by the voice actors obviously having a poor grasp of English and mispronouncing several words. Judging by the presence of a "Play" symbol at the start of the movie, the dub was produced by putting a camera in front of a TV playing a VHS of the German version, sitting two kids in the room, and having them read scripts live in a single take as the movie plays (at one point, you can hear one of them turning a page, and they also repeat some words they misread). And there are some musical numbers, but all the lyrics are in German, even in the English dub. All of this makes the story almost incomprehensible unless you put in effort to make out what's being said. Not that it matters, since one edition of the movie just ends early, cutting out a third of the story. See Phelous suffer through it here.
    • The real bottom of their barrel may be Perseus, an adaptation of the Greek hero legend that was apparently so awful that Dingo themselves disowned it, and nowadays is very rare. In fact, if it weren't for Phelous' review of the movie (even with it only having a proper Italian dub {with translated English subtitles done by a fan of his} at the time of his recording), it's likely their first ever real film they did would have remained in obscurity throughout all of time itself. As it was their first genuine, non-storybook-type film attempt back in 1992, Dingo managed to create everything with a program that Electronic Arts made at the time called Deluxe Paint, and it helps explain why most of the models they've made over the years were reused in their many later films. As for their backgrounds... let's just say that they might have had a genuine reason to resort to handmade backgrounds after this film instead, regardless of how worse some of their later films were in that end. Consider this film as the basis of everything Dingo Pictures had to work with moving forward.
    • As for their storybook-type films, the last one they released (as far as most people know of) was a 1994 "film" titled Bunny the Rabbit. The video itself is only 22 minutes long and like Perseus before it, Dingo also disowned it from their catalog, leaving Phelous to find an Italian dub to review it properly. This story has them back to their storybook roots (that is drawing each and every image with colored markers) just for an incoherent tale of Easter bunnies living in an insane world revolving around an apparent Easter egg hierarchy (with the antagonist saying that the eggs he wants to steal would get him out of egg painting duties) with a bevy of unlikable and unpleasant characters (one of the main characters is almost constantly angry and screams at her young niece and nephew over petty reasons), so one can see why it's easily forgotten about and how it's best to leave this one behind going forward.
    • The Bremen Town-Musicians is lazy even by Dingo Pictures standards, due to having many scenes reduced to just a live-action narrator talking about what happened so they wouldn't have to actually animate it. The English dub is done by one man (the narrator, who doesn't even try to match the actor's mouth movements or body language) and one boy (everyone else), with plenty of audio distortion to make the listening experience as unpleasant as possible, and also occasionally reverts to the German audio track (for Non-Dubbed Grunts, one instance of the narrator imitating the donkey's brayingnote , the band's musical performances, and one scene where they just forgot to replace the dialogue), which is jarring due to the constant buzzing noise cutting out for these moments.
  • Prevalant Entertainment, run by Robert D. Hanna (not to be confused with William Hanna from Hanna-Barbera). They have made two films, both of them written and directed by Hanna and both of them being terribly-written low-budget ripoffs:
  • Spark Plug Entertainment, the American equivalent of Video Brinquedo. 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, terrible CGI 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. The Cartoon Hero also reviewed this in a marathon of some of the worst animation out there. Saberspark also looked at it here, calling it worse than Joshua and the Promised Land, Trolland, and Ali Baba and the Gold Raiders (listed on Asian Animation).
    • Plan Bee is an incredibly cheap cash-in on Bee Movie with animation so horrific the bees' wings just flicker rather than flap. The messages are forced and bizarrely represented (such as a superfluous picture of George Washington just to hammer in that the "queen" bee is bad). Adding to that, the plot has no semblance of creativity and grating voices with one character being a Valley Girl for no reason. Watch Bobsheaux tear into it here.
    • A Car's Life: Sparky's Big Adventure's ugly animation might be the least of its problems. The main characters are particularly unlikable: Designated Hero Sparky loves to whine about his dad trying to "ruin his life" and is constantly rebelling, trying to prove that he can do things on his own while failing spectacularly. He also doesn't put things together that Diesel is trying to destroy his life and potentially kill him even though it's pretty obvious. His friend Speedy is even worse because of her extremely annoying loud, high-pitched voice and being borderline Too Dumb to Live. There's also Padding and an anvilicious moral about listening to your parents. Bobsheaux tore into this one as well. Oddly, it received two sequels that are slightly less awful - they at least have kinda-passable animation and made Speedy's voice far less annoying, at the cost of adding even more Padding.
  • Once known for beloved series such as Code Lyoko and Clifford the Big Red Dog note , Splash Entertainment has since worked on feature films. They aren't as good at telling compelling stories as they once were, to say the least.
  • Vanguard Animation is an American Animation studio founded by John H. Williams (of Shrek fame). While Valiant, Space Chimps, and Gnome Alone can be considered mediocre at best, they have created films that fall into this spectrum.
  • In Brazil, Vídeo Brinquedo was to Pixar (and to a lesser extent, DreamWorks Animation) what Dingo Pictures was to Disney. Essentially, most of what they did were rip-offs.
    • Ratatoing is a very dull Ratatouille knock-off with poor animation, lots of Padding, and an unlikable "hero". Some aspects of it might be So Bad, It's Good note , but as a whole the film is just boring and painful to sit through. Bobsheaux tears it apart here. Film Brain reviews here, and Schaffrillas Productions checks it out here. If you want to burn your eyes more, watch the whole thing here (in Portuguese, apparently uploaded by the company itself for some reason) or here (an unofficial upload of the English dub).
    • The trailers for Gladiformers 2 look like trailers for an unreleased Nintendo 64 game, when the film was made in 2008. And the sad thing is, that one is their least eye-gouging work... At least the soundtrack by Angra is pretty good, and there are some decent textures on the characters unlike their other works. Like he does with many of their movies, Bobsheaux has a review here.
    • How bad can the rip-offs be? Check The Little Cars. Bobsheaux and the Cinema Snob have done several reviews of them. Schaffrillas Productions gives his two cents here.
    • Then there's their Up ripoff, What's Up? Balloon to the Rescue!. The animation and camera movements are uncannily stilted, with the camera only moving after a character finishes talking. Despite featuring Yuri Lowenthal (whose role as Amanda's Chinese boyfriend Chin-Lin is uncredited), Mike Pollock, and Lisa Ortiz, the voice acting and dialogue are abysmal, with the main villain going unnoticed despite talking about his evil plans in front of the protagonists. In addition, the film features a multitude of stereotypical and racist jokes, with the main villain Jean-Pierre being a French Jerk and Chin-Lin being a shameless Chinese stereotype. Bobsheaux talks about it here. 24 Frames of Nick also talks about it here, as well as Saberspark here.
    • Their most heinous work is The Little Panda Fighter. It's 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 it's not even funny (no, really, there's an entire scene of the main character just walking to his boss' desk), the facial expressions can be downright terrifying, the English voice actors have done better work elsewhere (and Maddie Blaustein is among them), and worst of all it has a massive Broken Aesop at the end. The Cartoon Hero kicks off a marathon of horrible animation with this travesty. I Hate Everything, AniMat, Bobsheaux, and Schaffrillas also tore this to shreds. And even though the movie is called The Little Panda Fighter, the main character doesn't actually fight until the final five minutes of the movie.
    • They have even done 2D films, which are even more brain-frying. Here is their Mockbuster of Disney's Pinocchio, which features incredibly flat and un-detailed animation slapped together in Adobe Flash that makes the versions put out by Filmation and Golden Films look like Studio Ghibli in comparison. It has no respect whatsoever for the original book (that could be conceded to Roberto Benigni's film), both plot and writing are digressive, and the pacing is tedious. And here is The Frog Princess, their version of The Princess and the Frog, for good measure.
    • 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]".)
  • Besides the sexual abuse scandals surrounding one of its founders, The Weinstein Company was notorious for its bad track record with animated films, having been involved with the production and distribution of many stinkers, including:
  • Wolf Tracer Studios was founded by Colin Slater, who only has a minimal prescence on the Internet yet boasts about his talents as a music and television producer. The studio is only known to have made two animated projects, both of which were previously lost and only uncovered in the mid-2010s. Both were made with homemade software that allowed faster production time... and it shows. Slater even foolishly hoped to make franchises of these films. Also, there were rumors that the studio had ties with Scientology, which could explain how they got high-profile voice actors and Nancy Cartwright, who is a Scientologist herself, as a lead producer and actor.
  • WowNow Entertainment is a low budget American-Canadian animation studio (first thought to be in Hawaii before things mentioned mixed sources relating to Delaware, Ontario, and even Michigan) that might as well be the modern Vídeo Brinquedo in terms of valuing quantity over quality. All of their animated movies (they also do live action horror films, by the way) have terrible animation, nonsensical and boring plots, stolen assets, reused footage, and godawful voice acting, audio and dialogue. Some of their movies are nothing but characters dancing. They also use Blatant Lies on their website, such as saying to be quickly establishing itself as a high quality animation studio and claiming ownership of the popular-in-China Boonie Bears franchise and other Fantawild shows when in reality they are owned by Fantawild itself. Not only that, there's also a possibility of them inflating the ratings for their movies on IMDB. And for good measure, sometimes under different names like Dream Machine Animation, Brainy Pants, Toe Jamz, Family Entertainment.TV, DocTV, PupTV, and FreeMoviesAndTV (the last name is for YouTube), they have made multiple mockbusters of different, popular films that Disney and Dreamworks made like Kung Fu Panda and Finding Nemo. Not only that, they've also made movies meant for Christian families to pick up (or even both on rare occasions). Despite all of that, they were bought up in 2022 by International Media Network.
    • Bible Town is a "movie" released in 2017 where three teenagers hop in a hot air balloon that takes them to the titular Bible Town. Along the way, they each tell stories that are directly from The Bible before they meet an old lady in the town that tells her story from the Bible to them before they leave the Bible Town to end the movie right there and then. While the film really doesn't sound like anything special on the surface, the things that devolve it into horrible schlock that makes you wish you were reading the Bible instead of watching Bible Town are the computer graphic modeling of the people that have eyes, teeth and lips that make them part of the Uncanny Valley, awful voice acting and lip syncing (with one of the teens even having lower quality to her sound over every other character), and the fact that when they do tell the stories from the Bible... they're just showing standard 2D art pictures being panned all over the place from the beginning to the end of these stories! The fact that the dialogue spoken by the teenagers makes a standard person think they're mocking the Christian viewers for picking this film up (due to a condescending-sounding tone to some of the actors) and that they only stay in Bible Town (which inconsistently went from a farm setting to an actual town setting going from the air to the ground) for about 10 minutes made Saberspark think this is the worst Christian-based animated film he's ever seen now. So much so, in fact, that he not only believes he could make a better Christian-focused movie by a week's time, but he actually considered studios like The Asylum, Video Brinquedo, and Dingo Pictures to all be better than WowNow Entertainment, to the point where they're now his most-hated animation studio out there. PhantomStrider also saw it as one of the worst religious films he ever saw in this list here.
    • Día of the Dead is what happens when you try and turn the setting of Coco into an exposition dump that results in absolutely nothing of merit happening throughout the entire movie. How do they do that, you might ask? Simple: Take a story that arguably takes 15 minutes to complete into over an hour and 20 or so minutes long via tons of exposition said and animations repeated throughout, have a climax that's more ridiculous due how it does its concert, and concludes it with the luchador mother (Julieta) admiting that the concert that she spent two years preparing for was ultimately pointless on her end. Despite the mother being absent for said two years, though, the young child named Chiqui (who looks like a baby ripped from Cocomelon wearing a luchador mask regardless of whether he's supposed to be 6, 8, or even 10 years old) only recently misses his mother after she's been in "The Beyond" for two years, with the father being able to know how to get him and his son there like the mother apparently knew how to do two years beforehand as well. Once there, Chiqui and his father need to do two good deeds while out in "The Beyond" to help support Julieta in the "Greatest Singer Beyond the Beyond" legally (which leads to Chiqui and Julieta dancing after Julieta did her song, while the father dances the Gangnam Style dance) to beat a 10,000 year-long championship streak held by a skeleton woman that sings very awkwardly herself. Even ignoring how all over the place and absolutely pointless the actual plot is, the actual character designs are weirdly inconsistent in terms of designs (notably the skeletons that talk with only their top of the skulls talking sometimes and the aforementioned baby child model) and they repeat things so much that it'd earn its place here through that alone. Saberspark covered this film and lost his shit through it here.
    • The Fishtales franchise is a series of Finding Nemo rip-offs. The first film was just a group of poorly animated sea animals floating over live action footage of sea animals with an excuse of finding a lost octopus and has an opening that resembles a worse version of the "Crab Rave" music video. The sequels have nothing to do with the first movie. The franchise as a whole is animated in 100% eye-scorching CGI and focus on a female fish named Fifi and her friends, consisting solely of her and a bunch of characters staring at you as they swim and talk about random crap. The series claims to be an educational series of films about marine biology, but they can't even get the characters represented right, like the sequels having dolphins and whales having tail fins that go from side to side instead of up and down. Saberspark discusses it and other Finding Nemo rip-offs here.
    • And we're not done with Finding Nemo rip-offs yet! Somehow, WowNow decided to make a rip-off named, get this... Finding Jesus! It's a film about a couple of fish that, if you read the title, one would think they'd try to find Jesus Christ himself. But instead of that, it's actually a few short stories that makes one think they meant to have this on some sort of Christian TV channel as a series before someone rightfully cancelled that plan. One can assume that's the case due to the narrator resetting the story for a new lesson for the main characters to have with no real continuity planned for them whatsoever. While it might have a visually better style than most of their films, it's ridiculously limiting with the amount of movement the fish actually do in the movie, staying in one location with minimal movement possible for them for the majority of the movie. They have to shoehorn in Bible verses and stories (spoken in dull or insincere sounding voices) into the plots they actually do have for good measure, which includes stories like making "Scary Henry" the crab stop feeling depressed so much because the protagonists told him to and helping a little whale eat crustaceans later on. Combine all that with a racist Japanese caricature of a "character" named Mr. Sushi (who actually is a sushi roll underwater) for a film released in late 2020 and transitional moments that feel too close to SpongeBob SquarePants, and you get a film that feels a lot more sacrilegious than anything that'd be suitable for Christian audiences. Saberspark also looked into this film here, as did Brad Jones & Rob Walker here.
      • What's even worse is that there's actually a sequel to it. If you thought Finding Jesus even existing was bad enough, try watching Finding Jesus 2! This film came out by May 2021 after the first film was released in November 2020, so this feels like a combination of crunch management and just plain not caring with everything they've done for it. Some of the voice actors sound less enthusiastic with their line-readings than they did in the first film (and it's not like their acting was a positive either), with the scripting being a bit more mean-spirited for a Christian film than the original film was (including weird lines of the fish characters being "therapists for Jesus"), and the general tone almost feeling more like a poor man's attempt at South Park humor or satire than anything serious. Regardless of whether this is meant to be serious or not, it fails to separate itself from appealing to either possible scenario. Saberspark considers only its existence worst than his worst film he's ever watched (in terms of a technical level, at least) in The Adventures of Açela, to the point of even destroying the DVD and its casing. (Though he might consider Bible Town worse than either this series or all of those films mentioned now.)
    • Zoo Wars is what you'd get if Seltzer and Friedberg made a DreamWorks wannabe kids movie for Vídeo Brinquedo. Allegedly a Star Wars parody, the movie has the same problems that plague most of their movies, and most of the "jokes" consists of random references, characters saying names of sauces, and random insults. Most characters spend a good chunk of the movie sitting on chairs, to the point where A New Hope's Death Star trench run has more action than this entire movie. What's worse is that it even got a sequel.

    Theatrical Shorts 
  • The 1967 adaptation of The Hobbit by the late Gene Deitch constitutes an animated film only in the sense that it's voiced (by only one person, who narrates everything) and has drawn images moving around a screen. (Said images are poorly drawn and only moving because of The Ken Burns Effect.) Add that to the short run time (12 minutes, due to some Loophole Abuse in its production) and its lack of fidelity to the source material, and you've got something that will make even the worst aspects of Peter Jackson's take on the series seem like small potatoes in comparison. You can watch the Annotation crew tear it apart here. You can watch Dominic Noble talk about it here.
  • Looney Tunes is widely considered to be among the most influential cartoon series ever produced. However, they were not without their growing pains:
  • 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 features not only two episodes of Bucky and Pepito, but also two episodes of another of Singer's cartoons, The Adventures of Paddy the Pelican. Paddy's cartoons are especially lousy because they are pencil tests that were submitted as finished cartoons. The artwork is generally decent... and that's about all that can be said for them. The picture is often blurry, each shot is made up of one or two seconds of animation looped back and forth, and there is no background. On some occasions, there’s even a blank black screen where there should be a picture. Perhaps even worse is 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 reviewed one of its episodes here, where he calls it the worst cartoon of all time (in terms of production values).
  • 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 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 
  • The Cinematronics adaptation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The audio was taken directly from a 1948 radio drama (with this particular adaptation being released 62 years later) and the atrocious character designs (the Duchess, for example, is an overweight African-American woman with large lips that looks like she just came from the MS Paint engine) really say it all. The designs are loaded with blatant Artistic License: The griffin looks like a dragon, the Dodo looks more like a pelican and the Eaglet barely resembles a bird at all. The trailer is so bad that even a toddler would shake their head at it. Also, the description would love to remind you that it's trying to please the children with its art style and definitely not trying to emulate any other movies. The Cartoon Hero happened upon this... thing in his marathon of reviews of works listed on this page, and claims it to be THE worst thing he has ever or will ever review.
  • At the height of their popularity, Silly Bandz had an unauthorized feature film. Bands on the Run is a very cheaply produced, Direct to Video soulless mess of a film. In a blatant rip-off of Toy Story, a group of rubber bands, including one regular rubber band, come to life, (while most of the others in the same film don’t come alive) who desire to be played with by children and seek to get to a toy store so they can so. No small part of its failure owes to C.Y.UNS Information Technologies, Co Ltd., "quite possibly the cheapest, shoddiest, most fly-by-night animation studio in all of China", in the art director's words. The end product was ugly, badly animated, and had no sense of scale, with a Cliché Storm plot and talent hired from Craigslist. It was the first and only film made by Elastic Productions, who shut down immediately after releasing the film to a barely-there, unappreciative audience. Watch RebelTaxi and Digiman tear the film a new one right over here and here respectively. To add insult to injury, the DVD includes free bands and a warning to keep these bands away from little kids who could be harmed by eating them. But in the movie, you can see a baby playing with one of the rubber bands and becoming her new owner.
  • Bobbleheads: The Movie is once again proof that Netflix still remains a fertile breeding ground for this kind of bottom-of-the-barrel drivel. The characters' rough, unpolished, and rather ugly-looking designs and lackluster animation (even for a Direct-to-DVD movie) are only the beginning of this movie's many issues. In a plot you've likely heard a million times before, the eponymous bobbleheads come to life when nobody's looking and vie to protect their family's home from the dad character's trailer-trash brother. The movie initially seems like it's going to follow the equally worn-out "kid gets workaholic parents to pay attention to them" plot, but this is dropped quite early in and only given a brief nod later. The rest of the movie is a nonsensical, incoherent, and boring mess that tries to do entirely too much at once without making an effort to tie any of it together. The eponymous bobbleheads are either annoying or just flat-out unlikable and the movie's main antagonist comes off more as hapless than actually mean or nasty. The movie also mentions several supplementary materials and characters the bobbleheads were based on, but none of these elements are explained to the viewers in any way, only serving to make the plot even more confusing (and makes the out-of-nowhere appearance of a bobblehead version of Cher a flat-out Big-Lipped Alligator Moment). Put this multitude of shortcomings into a food processor, set to "puree" for a few minutes, and you get this bobbling, bubbling sludge pile of a movie as a result. Interestingly, several Disney alumni and the art director of Foodfight! were involved with this film. Tab Murphy, despite getting a "story by" credit, admitted that he had next to no creative control over the film. Watch Saberspark take it to task here and watch Stoned Gremlin Productions suffer through it here. Alex of I Hate Everything talks about it in his Search for the Worst here along with his Trying to Watch here.
  • Bolívar, el Héroe ("Bolívar the Hero"), a 2003 Colombian "animated" movie about the 19th-Century South American freedom fighter Simón Bolívar (who would most likely be spinning in his grave if Hugo Chavez hadn't had him exhumed), featuring barely animated, terribly drawn Animesque versions of Bolívar and his allies and enemies, MS Paint-worthy special effects, ridiculously bombastic acting, and generally pathetically low production "values". It's allegedly for kids, but adds far too much violence on occasions and feels too heavy to engage children. You can look at the trailer for this thing yourself... or just look at the IMDb reviews.
  • Caroline and the Magic Potion, or as it's known in its home country of Spain, Meigallos, is a film that tries to disguise itself as a much more well-known film by virtue of a retitling and a Gag Dub taking advantage of a passing resemblance between the main character, called Malva in the original, and that of the 2009 film. The distributors should be ashamed of themselves just for attempting to do so, for it can't even hold a candle to the original in any regard. The first problem one will see is the animation. The models themselves aren't so bad, even if they look kind of weird due to stylistic choices, but the real problem comes in once you see them in motion. The film uses an intentionally low framerate, likely in an attempt to mimic the medium of the film it's allegedly trying to copy (director Virginia Curiá has a background in claymation and this was her first CGI venture), but the result is that everything looks disjointed and choppy, and the characters' movements are sometimes really jittery as a result. Besides this, the mouths of characters are obviously just textures, which itself results in a Hong Kong Dub, models look like they're superimposed onto 2-D backgrounds, and they oftentimes aren't lit correctly. The voice acting makes it no less tolerable, as the delivery of lines are often stilted and strange, and Dull Surprise is commonplace, most notably the Big Bad, who positively oozes all three. But the writing and plot are what really drag the film into garbage fire territory. For example, the main character's love interest is a full-grown young adult while she's still a Kid Hero; he also stalks her caravan (which comes in handy when he has to catch up with them.) The Big Bad is also really stupid; she utilizes mind control, and forces one of her victims to ask Caroline's kidnapped grandmother for her secret potion recipe, instead of just mind-controlling the grandmother into giving it up. There are several plot threads that are introduced and then left hanging. For example, it's said that magic exists; that's it, it just exists, seemingly as a way to justify the main characters being able to use magic. Besides that, there's a juvenile Brick Joke about a cat peeing on the floor, an aggressively Totally Radical paraglider who only exists to pop in and solve stuff, an Anvilicious Green Aesop that comes right out of nowhere, and a stupid Running Gag about a police officer's chief asking about food every time he's called. Mix all of this up, plus the fact that it's trying to trick people into thinking that it's related to Coraline, and you get a catastrophic train wreck of a film that can't decide what it wants to be besides a third-rate simulacrum. See Saberspark's review of it here.
  • While the Cheech & Chong films are far from high art, they have a cult following and are usually considered funny movies. However, not even the highest stoner can praise their 2013 film Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie. The film is designed as a "best of" for their albums with animation even The Nutshack would make fun of and audio so bad the microphone unintentionally distorts at some points. Stoner website Mary Jane called it the worst Cheech & Chong film, telling its readers "Don't puff, just pass." Emer Prevost watched it here and regretted doing so.
  • Children VS Wizards (Дети против волшебников) is a 2016 Russian Orthodox Christian propaganda film based on a book of the same name written by obscure author Nikos Zervas, offered as a religious alternative and at the same time a jab to the Harry Potter books. It goes out of its way to teach children that Orthodox Christians are pure and have superior souls and that everyone else is Always Chaotic Evil. Other than that, it states that women should be completely loyal to their husbands and not have sex before marriage, and claims that the deaths of Serbian civilians during The Yugoslav Wars was their own fault. Its account of World War II is woefully inaccurate thanks to a mixture of Christian supremacism and Russian nationalism: the wizards are headquartered in a Scottish Nazi base note , and one claim about Russia defeating Nazi Germany completely ignores not only the UK's and USA's involvement in the war, but the fact the Russia involved in the war was the Soviet Union note . In addition, the military academy the main protagonists are attending in the present is praised to no end, raising suspicions that the whole thing was made to promote said academy in the first place. The animation in this film is utterly atrocious, note  making Video Brinquedo look good by comparison. The voice acting is awful, with the voice actors sounding uninterested with their delivery. It was panned by every critic in Russia and received a 1.0 on Kinopoisk (the Russian equivalent to IMDB), and not even Orthodox Christians liked it. Here is a review made made by Russian movie critic BadComedian (video contains English subtitles). Youtuber, Strange Aeons also criticized the English dub here.
  • The Christmas Tree is a 1991 animated TV Christmas Special with abysmal Limited Animation that falls head-first into the Uncanny Valley, filled with ugly character designs, awkward voice acting with voice actors that sound like they're half brain-dead (one of the characters is a little girl who's very clearly voiced by an 18-year-old woman and one of the little girls slurred and mumbled her lines, and there's also one who has an inexplicably pitch-shifted, almost artificial-sounding voice), and bad timing (at times there is no pause between sentences, leading to awkward tone-shifts when characters speak). And then there's the editing, which includes scenes that cut into other scenes randomly and without warning. Top it off with an Idiot Plot, various Plot Holes, and a botched black-and-white moral at the end, and you have one of the worst Christmas specials ever. The Nostalgia Critic, in his review, even labeled it as such. Phelous had a similar (if not quite as extreme) opinion in his own review, while Best of the Worst gets some mileage out of it. PeanutButterGamer has also reviewed this film and so did Saberspark.
  • Disney Princess: A Christmas of Enchantment, at first, sounded very promising judging by its trailer...that is, until you end up watching it for yourself anyway. A large portion consists of older Disney shorts which don't involve any of the princesses at all, only one of which — the Melody Time segment "Once Upon a Wintertime" — is both set during Christmastime, and presented uncut (except for the title card); the feature also includes a Recut of the Silly Symphonies telling of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, the uncensorednote  version of "The Cookie Carnival," apparently just because it has a gingerbread man, and a Pan and Scan, re-scored presentation of the Fantasia 2000 adaptation of The Steadfast Tin Soldier, apparently just because a certain Christmas legend also has a toy soldier.note  The Disney Princesses' segments include a musical sequence consisting of Stock Footage from Sleeping Beauty to the tune of "The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies", a watered-down version of Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, another musical sequence with clips of the princess' movies to the tune of a princess-themed "The 12 Days of Christmas", a short with Ariel reading an old Christmas book she starred in to the audience with the illustrations of the book instead of being actually animated, and a music video with the princesses singing a new and actually catchy song, but with horrible animation and more reused clips. You know you botched your movie up when Ariel's read-along and the princesses' new song were the highlight of this mess and the Framing Device is no better, as it also has very cheap animation and poor lip syncing... stuff that's not really expected out of Disney. (It also creates some Fridge Logic in depicting the Beast as a beast, even though at least one year has supposedly passed since The Enchanted Christmas.) Apparently the DVD bombed so bad that the next three Disney Princess DVDs were also the very last in the lineup, with Enchanted Tales being a Troubled Production with low sales - you can check out the negative reviews on Ultimate Disney or Amazon regarding this pretty pink cash-grab.
  • Dorbees: Making Decisions, a 1998 Christian kids' video that was meant to be the first in a series of Dorbees videos and reeks of desperately wanting to be the next VeggieTales. You know there's something wrong when the show's own theme song implies the characters are annoying and repulsive by saying "Why don't they go away?" (which is immediately followed by "We really mean it!"). The whole video is filled with abysmal CGI animation (even for the late 1990s) that somehow looks even worse than Jimmy Neutron Happy Family Happy Hour (whose animation style is entirely intentional), Parental Bonus jokes that make no sense, characters that are undeveloped, idiotic pacing mostly resulting from a framing device within another framing device, the six-minute Disney Acid Sequence that is Mr. Poe and Yogul (which amounts to nothing more than a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment that drags on for way too long), and some of the most demented attempts at An Aesop, such as implying that kids who skip school deserve to die (though the school portrayed in the film feeds the characters hilariously incorrect information - at one point a teacher states that all sides of a polygon are 90 degrees note , which makes the benefits of staying in class extremely questionable to say the least). This is what Mr. Enter thought about the video. PhantomStrider thought this was the second-ugliest cartoon of all time behind Angela Anaconda.
  • Dwegons and Leprechaunsnote , a 2014 CGI-animated kids film, is a failed attempt at an indie animated film, with cheaply-done, janky-looking animation, crappy voice acting that wastes the talents of Melissa Leo, character designs that range from cheap-looking to outright hideous and is especially bad with the animal characters, and a nonsensical plot involving descendants of leprechauns and fairies who live in an old house that a family inherits and moves into to turn it into a bed-and-breakfast, a pair of jewel thieves wanting to steal Dwegonland's riches, and a conflict and battle with an imprisoned villain named Darvagan and his cronies that is introduced at the last minute. Not only that, but despite the movie being titled Dwegons and Leprechauns, Leprechauns serve a very minimal role in the story, only appearing in a brief flashback scene that explains the origin story of the Dwegons. The second scene of the movie showed an old guy dying of a heart attack. It received a 1/5 by Common Sense Media. Watch Ace Backspace pick it apart here.
  • Elf Bowling the Movie: The Great North Pole Elf Strike is a Direct to Video Animated Adaptation of the supposedly-popular online Flash game of the same name. Some consider it to be twenty times worse than Foodfight!. The characters are unpleasant to look at, the plot is near-nonexistent, and Santa Claus is an unlikable asshole throughout to the point where his brother Dingle (voiced by Tom Kenny) seems much more reasonable (well, until he starts singing a Villain Song about how great slavery is). The movie also uses childish humor that falls flat as well as racial stereotypes, and worst of all the whole thing just makes no sense. To add insult to injury, a sequel titled Elf Bowling 2: The Great Halloween Pumpkin Heist was advertised at the end of the film and was slated for a Fall 2007 release, but it was presumably canned due to the failure of this film. The Cartoon Hero has put this movie on the #3 spot of his Worst Holiday Specials Video. Whyboy has a few things to say about it, as does Bobsheaux here, Mr. Enter here, Emer Prevost here, PhantomStrider here, Saberspark here, Musical Hell here, and The Nostalgia Critic here.
  • Hardly any discussion of awful animated films is complete without mention of The Emoji Movie. Mercilessly panned from the very instant it was announced, the film went on to prove all of its critics right. The story is ridiculously clichéd and unoriginal, insultingly predictable, embarrassingly unsubtle, Totally Radical, painfully unfunny, and it contradicts every one of its own messages. The subplot is barely even there to begin with. The characters are all one-note at best—more effort seems to have gone towards the relentless Product Placement. While Sony was absolutely certain it would win an Oscar, it instead became the first-ever animated film to get nominated for and win Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screen Combo, and Worst Screenplay at the Razzies. The film continued to be torn apart online by critic after critic, for months on end uninterrupted. note  About two years later, Possum Reviews gave his thoughts. Even Saberspark, who considered the hate for the film throughout 2017 to be way overblown, stated here that he considered it mediocre at best. Fun fact: The studio offered to cast Jordan Peele as the Poop Emoji—he cites this as a reason he retired from acting to direct. Its only saving grace is, unlike the other poorly-animated entries on this list, its beautiful animation and backgrounds.
  • Foodfight! has a very interesting story behind its production. Originally intended for a 2003 release, the discs containing its assets were stolen in what was supposedly an act of "industrial espionage". After spending six years in Development Hell (being completed in late 2009), it was finally released in 2012 and soon became infamous for how spectacularly awful it was. It was made on a budget of 45 million dollars and none of it shows. The animation is horrendous, with designs deep in the Uncanny Valley and some of the wonkiest movement you'll ever see on an animated character, and the writing's not much better, being largely ripped off from Casablanca and having the last third of the film being almost entirely Padding. The film is also infamous for blatant Product Placement, sexual innuendo that is incredibly inappropriate for a movie aimed at children, and the questionable message of ugly people being bad. All of this combines into a movie that was critically panned and has an abysmal 1.7 on IMDb. Watch JonTron, I Hate Everything, the Nostalgia Critic, Animat and Cynical Reviews rip this monstrosity of a film apart. Phelous, The Cinema Snob, and Obscurus Lupa also review it in two parts. Saberspark also looked at the film when ranking the worst of the 2010's decade's animated movies (at least those that he's seen), and he placed it at the absolute worst category, with only other animated movies created by The Asylum joining it.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Golden Films is almost certainly their worst work. While the majority of their films tend to be watchable if mediocre, this film has almost no redeeming qualities. It lacks a real plot or sense of conflict and the characters fail to be engaging. The story has no connection to Victor Hugo's book whatsoever aside from the Notre Dame Cathedral and a few In Name Only characters, and sometimes even the names are different (Esmeralda is changed to Melody and reduced to a witch; meanwhile, Frollo becomes Jean-Claude, who looks less like Frollo and more like Gaston from Beauty and the Beast with a curly mustache). The comic-relief instrument characters are even more annoying than the Gargoyles of the Disney version, since they delay the "story" with their pointless chit-chat and their hijacking of the spotlight in spite of their irrelevance to most of the movie. It's almost as if the Golden Films staff wanted to adapt this story, but didn't read the book due to its length and resorted to either a shallow read or skimming through the index. The animation of Golden Films tends to be rather flawed, but it's especially poorly edited here, even comparing it to other films in the collection. A scene of gypsies dancing and Melody shaking her hands is repeated countless times regardless of if it really fits. The worst part of this film is that Quasimodo is made handsome (for some inexplicable reason) and later spontaneously turns even more good-looking, which goes against the spirit of True Beauty Is on the Inside that this movie intends to teach and is an insult to handicapped people with the implications that a morale boost will be enough to heal them. If the staff wanted to avoid frightening children with a deformed man, their attempt to bowdlerize the story backfired greatly. Phelous adds his two cents to this movie, calling it the absolute worst adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame ever made and that he's confident saying such even without having seen every single adaptation of Hunchback. The Hunchblog also described everything wrong with this movie. Saberspark reviewed the movie, and he is left completely gobsmacked at how awful of an adaptation the movie is in almost every aspect. Musical Hell also takes a look at it here. CodedLockFilms also looked at the film himself, with him saying it's the worst film he's ever covered here.
  • This animated adaptation of the story of Joshua, Moses' apprentice, titled Joshua and the Promised Land. The character designs, which are supposed to be bipedal lions, are stiff and uninspired (and includes a female lion with a mane), the animation looks like it was done by a 6th grader using Autodesk Maya for the first time (the faces hardly show good expression, mouth movements are nonexistent, it's impossible to tell what various objects are at times due to horrid texturing, etc.), and the voices sound bored and sometimes fail to grasp the concept of audio levels (the kid who plays Joshua sometimes shouts his lines to the point of distortion). And then there's the story itself, which has its own slew of problems, including one of the most annoying examples of Mr. Exposition ever put to film. Voltalia gives her two cents about this abomination here, CuteFuzzyWeasel destroyed it here, Kyle Norty gave his take on it here and Cr1TiKaL, who's known for doing Let's Plays, had a few things to say about it. Saberspark ended up taking back what he said about Leo the Lion and declared this film the worst film he's ever seen here (at least before the aforementioned Trolland came along). The creator of the film, Jim Lion, admits that it wasn't very good and that the criticisms are very valid, but he doesn't regret making it as it allowed him to practice his animation skills.
  • Kis Vuk, titled A Fox's Tale for the English release, is a dreadful CGI-animated sequel to and cash-in on the classic 1981 Hungarian animated film Vuk the Little Fox. The CGI work with its awkward, choppy animation, bizarre character designs and amateurish rendering would have looked, let's say, passable in a cheap-o, late-1990s TV cartoon, but this was made in 2008 and screened in cinemas. The staggeringly cliché- and Plot Hole-ridden plot, utter lack of likable or original characters, gruesome scenes of animal cruelty, an anticlimactic Ass Pull of a climax, and a total shift in tone compared to the original led to the movie becoming a failure that screened to almost empty theaters (a major Schedule Slip also helped in this). Fans of the original work, critics, and reportedly even some little kids left screenings disgusted and disappointed, and upon release it went straight to the bottom of IMDb's movie list, where it lingered on for a good couple of weeks. Currently holds a rating of 2.3 as the third-worst animated movie with at least 1,000 votes. Read Duckyworth's unflattering thoughts on the film here.
  • The Littlest Light on the Christmas Tree, a 2004 animated movie made by Abrams/Gentile Entertainment, may be the turn of the millenium's equivalent to The Christmas Tree in terms of how low Christmas specials can really go. The plot is extremely schmaltzy in its attempts to get viewers to care about both its main human characters and a broken Christmas tree light, and that's assuming there's much of a plot to begin with (for instance, both the "Maggie dolls" and the effects of the family's father dying in a war are barely referenced after the opening narration; the only reason they're there at all is to try and get viewers to feel sorry for them). The animation is dreadful for 2004 (a year when movies like The Incredibles and Shrek 2 were in theaters), with characters moving like the town's water supply was laced with copious amounts of alcohol and mushrooms, made all the worse by the downright hideous character designs, with Timothy and the titular lightbulb being the worst offenders. Worse, there's a blank frame during the scene where Girthmore tosses away the broken light. Speaking of which, the movie's main villain, Girthmore, straddles the line between being so transparently and cartoonishly greedy that Lord Business would tell him to scale it back a bit and being a Designated Villain who's just trying to keep his business going and whose "evil" acts feel less like actual malice and more like small, petty attempts to reinforce his greed, all of which adds up to a nonsensical Heel–Face Turn that makes his position as the movie's Big Bad completely meaningless. The rest of the characters are barely fleshed out and irrelevant to the plot that you could remove most of them from the story and little, if anything, would change. What little "humor" there is is based around Girthmore referencing how fat he is during his Villain Songs (yes, he has more than one), but apart from that, the movie is completely devoid of any humor (or anything memorable, for that matter). The only saving grace is that it's mercifully short at forty-four minutes, but it's still torturous to sit through. Add in a completely pointless storybook version on the DVD version (which is just screenshots of the movie with narration), and you've got an absolutely terrible Christmas movie that can't even be enjoyed as a So Bad, It's Good hate-watch. The movie currently sits at a 3.1 rating on IMDb, and seems to have all but completely killed Abrams/Gentile Entertainment, as they haven't made anything since. This movie most likely would've gone unnoticed by the public if Bobsheaux hadn't drug this Yuletide garbage up from the abyss and given it its just dues. Phelous also takes a crack at it.
  • Despite being a modest success with audiences in its home country, the 1992 German animated movie Die Abenteuer von Pico und Columbus ("The Adventures of Pico and Columbus") received a Gag Dub for American audiences by Hemdale Film Corporations under the name The Magic Voyage, which dragged an already odd fictionalized take on the voyage of Christopher Columbus way down into the depths of this trope. The movie is meant to be a retelling of how Christopher Columbus discovered that the Earth was round. Unfortunately, this abomination of a dub stacks awful voice acting (despite the cast having Dom De Luise as Christopher Columbus) and constant noise (the latter of which wasn't present in the original German version) on top of the already present mediocre animation and strange plot. That's not even mentioning the horrible inconsistencies, such as Columbus thinking the world was square when he always thought it was round (like people in general did at this time in Europe). The other main character, Pico (voiced by Corey Feldman), is nothing more than an annoying little woodworm who is shoehorned into the story to make this film appeal more to kids and talks constantly. Overall, much like Doogal, The Magic Voyage is a shining example of what happens when a Gag Dub goes horribly wrong. The Nostalgia Critic reviewed it here, as did The Hardcore Kid here, and so did Animated Anarchy.
  • The comic strip Marmaduke has had two film adaptations, but while the 2010 live-action/CGI film was negatively received, the 2022 animated adaptation of Marmaduke, premiering on Netflix in 2022 after a three-year delay, had even fewer positive reviews from audiences and critics, with a 0% critical score on Rotten Tomatoes and a barely-better 19% audience score. The animation is cheap and overly exaggerated (such as characters having toothpick-thin legs and arms), most of the jokes rely on cheap slapstick and Toilet Humor, and the story is bland. The titular character (voiced by Pete Davidson) is meant to be a charming oaf, but instead comes across as unlikeably entitled and rude. Saberspark reviewed it here and Danny Gonzalez discussed it here.
  • Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins, which came out around the time the first live-action movie hit theaters. It was meant as some sort of prequel/retelling/sidestory of the video game and the movie (the film has No Ending, instead telling viewers to go see the movie). Chances are, you're better off enjoying the Gorn of the video games, the impressive stuntwork and exciting techno of the live-action movie, or the laughable stupidity of the Saturday-morning cartoon series; even Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Mortal Kombat: Special Forces, or Mortal Kombat Advance, which have all gotten entries for this trope, would be easier to enjoy than this. This trainwreck had horrible, repetitive, and downright-ugly animation haphazardly set against conspicuous outdated CGI backgrounds. The behind-the-scenes look at the movie at the end is interesting, but it's not worth watching the whole tape for. In fact, the only part of the animated movie alone worth watching is the "Meet the Mortal Kombatants" segment. The main reason to watch that was for the "hidden clues" for Mortal Kombat 3 at the end. Even then, the code was something of a fraud because one of the symbols used isn't in any version of the game. The Retsupurae duo give it their usual riffing treatment here, whilst Tooncrap, as part of Game Show Garbage, tears it apart here. Phelan gave his two cents on it in this video, citing it for having the very worst of 2D and 3D together, and Hardcore Gaming 101 gives it a Fatality here.
  • September 11, 2020 saw the release of a direct-to-Netflix film known as Pets United. Despite the deluge of middling to bad animated films on the platform, this one quite well proves it's a very special case among those examples. The animation is okay, but it occasionally looks really cheap or weird due to certain corner cuts. The voice acting is awful, with the voice actors (the voice cast includes Natalie Dormer and Eddie Marsan) sounding consistently bored and, rather ironically, more robotic than the actual robots in the film. But the writing is absolutely atrocious. The best way to describe it would be as if Next Gen and The Secret Life of Pets were haphazardly thrown into a blender with some assorted other films, and the resultant...thing is a confounding mess. Characters get introduced to the plot and disappear with almost no explanation, the main characters get almost no development, the plot takes all sorts of nonsensical twists and turns, and is generally incomprehensible. One could walk out of the room, come back, and still be just as confused as they were before. It also makes liberal use of offensive stereotypes; the "heroic" animals all have British accents and the "villainous" animals all have European accents, a red panda (who was presumed dead at the hands of the robots in the beginning of the film) has an Irish accent just because he has red fur, and a tarsier is depicted as a Chinese Old Master...for some reason. Interestingly, the film had a brief stint in Netflix's Trending list for a day or two after release. One can only assume that it was kept up there by Bile Fascination, judging by the reviews, earning a 3.4 on IMDb. Watch Stoned Gremlin Productions chip in here and Saberspark give his two cents here.
  • Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw features crappy musical numbers that are bad covers of songs such as "At the Hop" and "Duke of Earl", unexplained design changes to characters from the TV series, atrocious animation, and sub-par voice-acting. The main villain's name is Marvin McNasty (who absolutely cannot sing). It also features noticeable animation errors - for example, a scene where a character's nose disappears while he's talking. There's also a weird scene/musical number where the Pound Puppies wander through a forest filled with monsters. The Nostalgia Critic tore it apart here.
    • This movie was such a huge flop at the box office that TriStar would not produce their next animated feature until 2001, 13 years after this movie was released. It was also the only animated feature produced by Carolco Pictures.
    • On a side note, George Rose, the voice of McNasty, was actually an accomplished singer and stage performer who played (among many other roles) the Major General in The Pirates of Penzance, which makes his terrible singing in this film very hard to explain. This was his last screen role before he was murdered by his adopted son.
  • Silver Circle is a 2013 dystopian future film that was lost media until late 2021, and it probably would have been better if it stayed lost. The animation shows none of the estimated $1,600,000 budget and looks like something out of a bad PlayStation 2 game, with ugly character models and clunky movements that do the action scenes no favors. The political commentary has the subtlety of a hammer to the face, with the dystopian future of 2019 featuring rising price displays and the characters constantly giving speeches decrying paper money. Combined with a nonsensical plot, the film earned a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes and 21 on Metacritic, grossing only $4,080 worldwide.
  • Sir Billi is Scotland's first CGI feature film (it was originally promoted as Scotland's first animated feature in general, but ended up stuck in Development Hell for so long that The Illusionist managed to steal that title from it) and stars Sir Sean Connery as the titular character, an elderly, Totally Radical veterinarian who enjoys skateboarding in his spare time. It has bad animation, despite being worked on for seven years, atrocious character designs, an uninteresting story about the title character saving Scotland's last beaver, and plenty of unnecessary violent and sexual innuendos despite being marketed for children. This led to a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the combination of terrible animation, inappropriate humor, Troubled Production, and horrific reception has led to it being labeled the Scottish version of Foodfight!. On top of all that, this turned out to be Connery's final role. Notably, the directors were angry that the Scottish National Party promoted the American Brave instead of their movie. As is usual, Saberspark has you covered if you want a review of how thoroughly bad it is. Double Toasted has a disbelieving go at it here. Dazz calls it the worst film he’s seen yet.
  • Sunshine Barry & the Disco Worms, something that could be considered on par with Elf Bowling: The Movie: The Great North Pole Elf Strike in its terribleness. The animation? Horrible. The characters? One-note and uninteresting. A stupid plot, ugly and scary-looking character designs (most notably including human-like breasts on limbless invertebrates), unfortunate implications abound (especially with regards to the unintentionally-homophobic attitude towards the punk-rocker worm, as well as how the villain is not only heavily implied to be a paedophile, but also gets away with everything he does at the end, including blatantly paying off the judges in full view of everyone to ensure the heroes lose the contest), downright nightmare-inducing scenes, and clichés galore. All in all, it's no wonder Archer said it's worse than Foodfight!. See Archer and Musical Hell take it apart here.
  • Just slightly ahead of Delgo in terms of box office is an animated version of The Ten Commandments. With outdated CGI, art designs that would look at home on the original PlayStation, and dull voice acting from a talented cast that somehow includes Ben Kingsley and Christian Slater, one would have to wonder how this film made more money than Delgo. Compared to the 1956 live-action classic (91% on Rotten Tomatoes and 7.8 on IMDb), this 2007 animated movie bombed critically as well, earning a 14% on Rotten Tomatoes and a paltry 2.8 on IMDb. You can see Infamous Animation rip this film to shreds here. PhantomStrider picks this apart on his Top 6 Worst Religious Animated Movies list.
  • Tentacolino, released in the English-speaking market as In Search of the Titanic in 2005. Much like its predecessor, the domestic success La Leggenda Del Titanic, the film is a badly-animated, pandering Cliché Storm driven by Artistic License – History, Disneyfication, condescension, and a disrespect for the victims of the Titanic's sinking, but all of these qualities are taken to new heights in this film. On top of that, it's a gigantic Anachronism Stew with some of the worst Protagonist-Centered Morality this side of Sonichu, and its ties to Leggenda are at best skin-deep, without so much as a basic continuity in common. The Cartoon Hero is forced by Diamanda Hagan to review this in a story arc, which is apparently so bad that leads to a quick glimpse into an alternate universe. The Mysterious Mr. Enter rips the film apart here, and Bobsheaux does so as well here. Also, Infamous Animation returned with a review of this disaster after a two-year hiatus and Diva of Musical Hell had a few things to say about it as well. PhantomStrider ranked this as #7 of the Top 10 Worst Animated Movies of All Time. The Nostalgia Critic called it the worst Titanic-inspired animated movie he ever saw.
  • The original uncut version of Titanic: The Legend Goes On. Practically everything is plagiarized, and not just from Titanic (1997). The animation and sound editing are grievously mishandled, with frequent and blatant recycling and obvious mess-ups kept in. The voice acting borders on text-to-speech at points, and the music is cheap and obnoxious. The writing is loaded with plot holes and pandering, the plot is one giant Cliché Storm, and the script bears little-to-no resemblance to actual human speech. The ending in particular is incredibly disrespectful. There's a revised cut that took out or dubbed over some of the worst parts (even gaining a Signature Scene with the infamous rapping dog scene in the process despite utterly disregarding the film's 1912 setting), but even that's So Bad, It's Good at best. ShogunGin0 provides his thoughts toward the matter. This is also Musical Hell's first case.
  • There exists an obscure animated film (or rather, 3/4 of a movie and a short stitched out thing to the end in order to pad it out to feature length) called Wizard So-So: Fun Magical Adventure. Those unfortunate enough to have beheld it in all of its unholy glory, however, will wholeheartedly tell you that it is far worse than "so-so", as the name would imply. The animation is abysmal, especially for something that came out in 2008; movement is consistently jerky and stilted, and all the models look like something cheaply slapped together in Blender, which causes the characters to dive headlong into the chasms of the Uncanny Valley. The ugly character designs do it no favors, with such examples as two bugs "blinking" by having the models for their eyes get momentarily squished. The voice acting is horrendous, as despite there being multiple voice talent credits, everything still sounds like it was done by one or two guys that alternate between bored and drunk. The sound design is awful too, for the music smacks of cheap MIDI, grating Stock Sound Effects play at every turn, and characters' voices run the gamut between lazily pitch-shifted and too close to the mic. The writing is a confounding mess, with two nonsensical plots that run berserk like a headless chicken and ultimately end up in an entirely different direction from where they intended to go, two limp-dicked attempts at a moral, Padding galore, and strange lines as "Me too! I can't believe I butter," that makes one wonder if the movie was originally written for another language. Interestingly, there's a Sequel Hook at the end of the film that will obviously never come to fruition, as both the movie itself and the careers of everyone involved likely shriveled up and died with it. Overall, it's a garish, shoddy chimera of a film that manages to be such a failure in every regard that it makes one ponder about what kind of sordid story must have occurred to bring it to life. Reviews are here and here, and one can watch the whole ordeal here, if they dare.
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