Follow TV Tropes

There are subjectives, and then there are these. While you may believe a work fits here, and you might be right, people tend to have rather vocal, differing opinions about this subject.
Please keep these off of the work's page.

Following

Horrible / Animated Films

Go To

"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.

Advertisement:

To see horribly made cartoon shows from Television, check out the Horrible.Western Animation, Horrible.Anime And Manga, and Horrible.Asian Animation pages.

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 Cartoon Hero, RebelTaxi, The Mysterious Mr. Enter, JonTron, AniMat, Bobsheaux, Media Hunter, PhantomStrider, CellSpex, Saberspark, Phelous, 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).
Advertisement:

Examples:

    open/close all folders 

    Animation Studios 
  • The Asylum is infamous for making terrible mockbusters, and you can read all about them in the Horrible.Live Action Films subpage. Their ventures in animation have not been any better received.
  • Brightspark Productions Ltd. (not to be confused with Spark Plug Entertainment below) was a United Kingdom company that distributed films of various genres to countries all over the world. However, what might be the absolute worst thing about them is the fact that not only do they go the same route that Video Brinquedo and Spark Plug Entertainment went for some of their animated films (mainly ripping off well-established Disney and Pixar animated films, like The Little Cars), 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-1990s 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. I Hate Everything's "NOT DISNEY" Animated Extravaganza (specifically near the beginning and the end for Brightspark Productions' videos) has more proof on this.
    • To elaborate on how egregious Tangled Up is, each episode of Britannica's Tales Around the World compiles three short-story fairy tales: one anyone could recognize, and two variants of the tale from different countries. This is because it's about similarities between fairy tales in different cultures. They chose two episodes: the one covering Hansel and Gretel and similar stories, and the one covering Rapunzel (the story Tangled is based on) and similar stories. This means that out of six stories, only three have anything to do with Rapunzel, and out of those three only one actually is Rapunzel. Meaning for a "movie" trying to promote something based off of Rapunzel, you only get a few minutes where that story's actually shown in a 45-minute "film".
    • Phelous also looked at the DVD of Tangled Up with how it affected Brightspark before looking at a proper VHS tape of the original episode instead here. He even stated that the Tangled Up DVD was just good for nothing (besides name value) in said video.
  • 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 below-mentioned 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. Arguably the worst part 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 even 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 was its 1996 sequel (yes, it had one), The Christmas Brigade, no better than the first, but it somehow made 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 even 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 even 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 literally 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 down below. This movie is so bad that, at the end of his review of the first movie mentioned above, Saberspark refuses to review The Christmas Brigade as well.
  • 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 (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 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). Their entire history is close to a hodgepodge of misinformation and pure mystery that seriously stumped Saberspark, a guy who likes figuring out companies with how they originated and how long they existed if they're defunct. 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 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 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 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 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, got his own spinoff film. It has arguably Dingo's second-worst English dub after Aladin, 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. Doubly so for the fact that a good amount of Wabuu was also shown in another title called Countryside Bears, which actually had Dingo dub over those scenes properly, even with it being released as a video game. Watch Phelous dissect it.
    • 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 just about 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. And considering 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), one can see why it's easily forgotten about and how it's best to leave this one behind going forward.
  • 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 (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, 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 even Ali Baba and the Gold Raiders.
    • 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. 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 arguably 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 arguably 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. 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 and Isle Of Rangoon review it here and 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.
    • 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. 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 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 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, and Bobsheaux 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:
    • Doogal, the 2006 American English gag dub of The Magic Roundabout's feature film. It's baffling enough that this exists—but even more baffling in that it's an outright Macekre. It's chock full of banal jokes, awful dialogue, jarring pop-culture references, and frustrating affectations of self-awareness, none of which sync up to the original animation. Only two members of the original English actors reprised their roles, the rest replaced by the likes of Chevy Chase, Whoopi Goldberg, William H. Macy, Kevin Smith (whose character was silent in the original), and Jon Stewart (who broke out laughing when this came up on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and has since stopped doing movies, outside of Adam Westing and directing) Judi Dench Narrating the Obvious, and a pre-Career Resurrection Jimmy Fallon. Lead actor Daniel Tay lost his meager career before he even had it. The film was panned in Entertainment Weekly and numerous aggregators, and set a record (since broken; see below) for the worst Opening Weekend in Animated Film history. Watch Media Hunter's scathing review here. You can also watch the infamous Daily Show clip here. Even PhantomStrider said some words about this movie.. RebelTaxi trashes it here. AniMat watches the movie here in preparation for his Classic Reviews series which was posted the following day where he inevitably gave it the "Seal of Garbage".
    • While the first Hoodwinked! is generally considered to be a Cult Classic whose shortcomings (particularly in the animation department) are considered to be more charming than anything else, the sequel, Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, took everything that was well-liked about the first movie and wrung it out until there was nothing redeeming about it left. The animation, despite looking superficially better than the first, has a very generic direct-to-DVD feel that manages to look even more hokey than the first movie, and not in the charming way. (And bear in mind that this was a movie released in theaters.) For just one out of many glaring examples, the dialogue often doesn't even match the characters' mouth movements at all multiple times throughout the movie. The returning characters have had everything that made them likable in the first film removed in favor of Flanderizing them, and that's if they're not being written completely out of character for no reason note  if they appear at all, and the new characters are either uninteresting, pointless, or annoying. The "Rashomon"-Style plot that made the first movie interesting is gone in favor of a straightforward action-slash-Buddy Cop Show plot that lacks any of the charm and wit that made the first movie a classic and even recycles the big twist of the first movie. Generic, boring, and pointless, the movie ended up a shining example of Sequelitis, earning a paltry 11% on Rotten Tomatoes, and was also a massive Box Office Bomb to boot, making only just over half of its $30 million dollar budget. AniMat reviews it here, wherein this movie was the first one he ever gave his "Seal of Garbage" to.
    • Leo the Lion is a 2013 CGI Italian film that was distributed in America by the Weinstein Company and put on Netflix, and quickly gained infamy due to just how big of a colossal mess it was. The story involves a vegetarian lion named Leo as he sets out to escort a gaggle of young animals to a hidden paradise called "the heart of the jungle" while being pursued by an evil white elephant named Maximus. There are a buttload of problems with how nearly everything is executed, however: the character designs are amateur at best and completely hideous at worst note . The editing is sloppy, and some scenes are slowed down with little rhyme or reason. The story itself is a Random Events Plot of the highest order, featuring many plot elements that either amount to little or are just outright bizarre, and has many moments and characters that are derivative of, if not borderline plagiarizing, those of The Lion King (1994) note . The characters are either bland, obnoxious, useless, or some combination of the three. The attempts at humor all fall flat, and many moments in the plot are just off-putting. The few songs the movie has are dull with uninspired lyrics and unnatural rhyming. The acting (the Netflix English dub of which wastes the talents of familiar names such as Debi Derryberry and Matthew Mercer) is either wooden or ear-shattering, and the dialogue doesn't seem like it's even trying to be clever. One of the most infamous scenes revolves around the heroes subduing a terrified mother zebra and convincing her into providing milk for their young, and the way it's executed is so horribly botched that it almost plays out like a rape scene. At the end, Leo marries a female elephant who gives birth to hybrid babies that are absolutely hideous. The movie was quickly torn down by those who bothered to review it, getting an abysmal 1.7 on IMDB and a 1/5 on Common Sense Media. Matthew Mercer regards his role as the film's main antagonist as an Old Shame. Brian Feldman of New York Magazine rips the movie to shreds here. Saberspark likewise had no kind words for it, explaining why it's considered the worst animated film on Netflix (although he took it back after viewing the even more dreadful Mustafa and the Magician).
  • Wolf Tracer Studios was founded by Colin Slater, whose only information found on the Internet boast 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 recent years. 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 even Nancy Cartwright, who is a Scientologist herself, as a lead producer and actor.
  • Wownow Entertainment is a low budget animation studio that may as well be the modern Vídeo Brinquedo. All of their movies have terrible animation, nonsensical and boring plots, stolen assets, reused footage, and godawful voice acting, audio and dialogue. Heck, some of their movies are literally 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.
    • 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-soring 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.
    • Zoo Wars is basically what happens when Seltzer and Friedberg makes 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 1966 release of The Hobbit by the late Gene Deitch only constitutes as an animated film only in the sense that it's voiced, (by only one person, who narrates everything,) and its 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.
  • There are some Looney Tunes shorts that fit this trope, by sheer dint of how many were made:
    • The Buddy cartoons directed by Tom Palmer, the first batch of cartoons rushed out of the Leon Schlesinger cartoon studio after Harman and Ising left in 1933, taking their star character Bosko with them, were so sloppily done and devoid of humor that Jack Warner himself (who was normally very apathetic to his company's cartoons) 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. Even Warner Bros. themselves acknowledged how dull and boring Buddy was in the Animaniacs episode "The Warners’ 65th Anniversary Special" by portraying Buddy as the bad guy, and explaining (in-universe) that the Warners were created to spice up his dull cartoons by hitting Buddy in the head with a mallet. Over and over. The series would struggle along until 1935, when Porky Pig was introduced in Freleng’s “I Haven't Got a Hat”, becoming a hit with audiences.
    • The quality of the "Daffy vs. Speedy" series of cartoons (which pits Speedy Gonzales against Daffy Duck, who, in this era, is reduced to a grouchy, sadistic and humorless foil) and the "Larriva Eleven" (a series of eleven shoestring budget Wile E. Coyote & Road Runner cartoons outsourced to television animation studio Format Films and directed by former Warner animator Rudy Larrivanote ) from the series’ Dork Age in The '60s is debatable. However, almost everybody unanimously agrees that the final cartoon to use Daffy, Speedy, or any of the “classic” characters in general, 1968’s See Ya Later Gladiator, is horrible beyond belief. On top of Daffy’s Jerkass traits being turned Up to Eleven note , making him seem excessively bad-tempered even compared to prior shorts in the series, this cartoon is riddled with an uncharacteristic plot (which is about Daffy and Speedy accidentally being sent back in time to 65 A.D., Rome, where Emperor Nero plans to feed them to the lions as entertainment in a gladiator arena), half-assed, Off-Model animation (even going so far as to reuse the exact same background twice for Daffy looking out of a window, even though he was in a completely different room both times), bland, forgettable music courtesy of William Lava (lacking his usual dissonant and atonal style), overuse of stock sound effects from the Hanna-Barbera library, a lot of lame and/or borderline-nonexistent gags, etc. Not to mention a similar premise had already been done better in a 1955 Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam short called “Roman Legion-Hare”. When Mel Blanc is the only good thing about this short, putting in a great performance as always, then you got what is considered the absolute worst classic era Warner Bros. cartoon of all time on your hands. PhantomStrider had a few words to say about this mess. The only places to see high quality footage of the cartoon are two official Warner Bros. compilations: one ironically called "Best of Speedy Gonzales", and another called “Daffy Duck Has Had Enough”.
  • 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, The Adventures of 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. On some occasions, there’s even a blank black screen where there should be a picture. 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).
  • 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 
Advertisement:

Alternative Title(s): Animated Film

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report