There is, of course, the multitude of highly popular Disney and Dreamworks movies out there - but what about the ones that slipped through the cracks, or didn't have the same longevity? Well, here is a list of a few you may have forgotten or have never even seen, that deserve a little more notoriety.
1. Quest for Camelot
This hidden gem of a movie stars the wonderful voices of Gary Oldman, Celine Dion, and Pierce Brosnan, among others. Quest for Camelot (sometimes titled as The Magic Sword) focuses on a young girl - Kayley, whose father was a knight of the round table before his untimely death. With dreams of becoming a knight herself, when Excalibur is lost in the Forbidden Forest Kayley uses this as an opportunity to prove herself. Once in the forest, our protagonist meets a blind man named Garrett who helps her on her quest. With hilarious characters such as Cornwall and Devon, you will be taken on an interesting journey that is bound to captivate you from start to finish. Definitely worth taking a look, if only for the crazed mad-man that Gary Oldman voices.
2. The Black Cauldron
This is probably my favourite on this list - mainly because I remember how much this movie both enchanted and scared me as a child. Centered around assistant pig-keeper, Taran, The Black Cauldron takes you on an epic adventure into the world of the Horned King. As with Kayley in Quest for Camelot, Taran is also on a mission to prove himself as a hero, and when given the opportunity to take his master's pig Hen Wen to safety, he doesn't shy away from the evil souls he encounters. He doesn't do this alone, however, and is joined by the lovely Princess Eilonwy (voiced by Susan Sheridan) and my favorite - Gurgi. If you watch any of the films on this list, make this one of them.
3. All Dogs Go to Heaven
This is a movie you've probably most likely seen as a child, but perhaps forgotten about. This movie can make me cry at the best of times. We're joined once again by the wonderful Gary Oldman when we meet a cast of lovable characters. Forsaking his spot in Heaven, Charlie (a German Shepherd) teams up with a young orphan named Anne-Marie, who teaches him about the importance of honesty and love in life. I don't know how to describe the plot of this story without giving too much away, so all I can say is watch it and let me know what you think!
Another dog animation, however, this one is based on a true story (as you can see by the above statue that stands in Central Park). Balto is a dog that helped rescue several children by bringing them the medicine they needed. Again, this is a movie that, if gone into too much detail will spoil the plot, however, what I can tell you is that Balto encounters love, tests of his loyalty, and has many amusing friends to keep you entertained as well as so many heart-wrenching moments.
5. Tom and Jerry - The Movie
I LOVED this movie as a child, however, it is difficult to find nowadays. I'm sure that most of you will remember the Tom and Jerry television show, but this movie is different - they can talk! Not only that, they team up to help save a young girl, Robyn, from her evil Aunt Pristine Figg (the name just makes you quake in your boots). Pretty different from the show but just as brilliant, this is a movie you don't want to miss.
Well I hope you liked my list, and I am interested to see what others I have missed as I am sure there are plenty more. Honorable mentions that I believe are under-appreciated include The Road to El Dorado, Sinbad, and The Prince of Egypt.
Have you seen any of the above movies? If so, comment what you think of them - write your own list or reviews for any people considering taking the time to watch them, and look out on my profile for any future posts I may make. Suggestions are welcomed...