I will always admit that, regardless of the language or the location, I am a huge fan of animation and cartoons. I’m confident that I’m not the only one who has an excessive interest in animations. So, I made the decision to gather data on underappreciated cartoons over the previous two decades. Of course, appreciating animations is a matter of taste and emotion, but I haven’t listed the following based on my preferences. It all comes down to the messaging the cartoons are trying to convey.
You do not really have to be a kid or highly sentimental to watch and enjoy cartoons; I’ll take this as an opportunity to remind whoever is reading this page! Many individuals might blame us for watching animations. This conduct constitutes harassment. Additionally, I don’t think seeing animations can upset anyone. Let’s go on to the list of the six most underrated animations of the last two decades.
My life as a zucchini (2016)
IMDb Rating: 7.7/10
My Life as a Zucchini is based on a true story taken from a Gilles Paris children’s book. The protagonist is a youngster named Zucchini who experiences harm in several facets of his life. Icare is the actual name of the Zucchini. It was just him and the mother when his father abandoned the family. Unsurprisingly, after raising him alone, his mom got an alcohol problem. After his mother passed away, or perhaps it would be more accurate to say she was accidentally killed by her son, the Zucchini was taken to an orphan house. Despite being based on a children’s book, the movie is not appropriate for young kids to watch.
IMDb Rating: 7.0/10
The movie 9 is yet another example of underrated animations in the last two decades. The main character in this film, 9, is born just after chaos on earth. All he can do to survive, now that humans are extinct, is to search for some living members of his species. He could finally find his friends, but they would hide in a shelter. His friends were terrified of strange machines that were attempting to wipe out the earth from any living species. The 9, although being a newcomer to the group, tries to convince the others that hiding would only make them feel lonelier and more frightened. He starts a strange and perilous journey with the other dolls to save the planet. I highly recommend you watch this movie!
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
IMDb Rating: 7.9/10
I can still clearly recall my first viewing of this masterpiece(Fantastic Mr. Fox). It was different from all I had previously missed. The very first stop-motion film I ever saw as a kid. The Amazing Mr. Fox is a married fox that resides in a neighborhood with his family and other animals. Our cunning fox made a vow to refrain from robbing human farms in front of his mate. But eventually, he loses control and resumes the raiding project. But he is not alone this time. He won the support of his buddies, which, as you may imagine, caused them some serious issues. The way people dress in the film is another intriguing aspect. This movie is perfect since not many had seen a fox wearing a tie before, and other animals acting, talking, and walking like people. Undoubtedly, these underappreciated and forgotten films were once excellent, but nobody has talked about them in years!!!
The wind rises (2013)
IMDb Rating: 7.7/10
The Wind Rises was the animator and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki’s final effort in the animation and film industry. This, in my opinion, is the finest plan for leaving on a high note. The film is based on a true story. The warplane designer for Japan during the Second World War played the main role in the movie “Jiro Horikoski.” Jiro, a little boy, spends the entire film daydreaming of flying. Upon finding out he cannot fly ever again, he meets an Italian designer and sets out to become an airplane designer. He battles for both his love and his nation. Yes, the film also discusses the love of the Japanese hero, I keep wondering why such a masterpiece should be found in any list of underrated animations!
Waltz with Bashir (2008)
IMDb Rating: 8.0/10
This one(Waltz with Bashir) differs from the others that are listed in this article. An Israeli soldier named Waltz who ,with Bashir, was engaged in combat in Lebanon in 1982. This film provides insightful information on conflicts and how they affect everyone’s lives. This film is renowned for both its eerie visuals and soundtrack. The director makes an effort to depict what transpired in Beirut in the 1980s. We can tell the movie was a big hit by taking a glance at the reviews. Despite the animation’s numerous accolades, not many people are aware that it even exists!
“You see the destruction you have caused when the morning light appears!” This quote by Bashir may indicate what damages an invasion can cause to everyone’s life.
IMDb Rating: 8.4/10
Another underrated animation undoubtedly is Wall-E. I’m not sure when was the last time I watched Wall-e, but I vividly remember everything that occurred in the cartoon! Robot Wall-e, which is the lead character, is designed to clean up areas and take out the trash. The earth transformed into a wasteland in the 29th century. There is trash pretty much everywhere. Having been evacuated 700 years prior, humans are now living in a massive spaceship through space far from the earth! Wall-e and other robots were left on earth to clean up the environment to make the planet sustainable again. Since Wall-E was the only robot capable of personality development, our little robot now possesses common sense. Wall-e, which is apparently the last living creature, has a cockroach as his friend. He has got a routine for himself until the EVE enters the planet to search for indications of life, and that is when the story begins.
These, in my opinion, are six of the best and underrated animations in the last 20 years. We are all highly influenced by art, be it a song, movie, picture, or anything or the sort. We even sometimes fall in love with the antagonists. They affect us, so why don’t we try to figure out the messages in the content? The mentioned animations all try to give us worthy information about our deeds, which can be starting a war, being an alcoholic, or even trying to encourage our friends. I believe we can learn a lot by watching animations. What do you think?