Special Report

The Worst Animated Movies of All Time


45. Peter Pan 2: Return to Never Land (2002)
> Starring: Blayne Weaver, Harriet Owen, Corey Burton, Jeff Bennett
> Domestic box office: $76.5 millions

Set during the WWII bombing of London, this sequel to “Peter Pan” follows Wendy’s pragmatic daughter Jane, who is captured by Captain Hook and can’t escape Neverland (or Never Land) until she starts believing in magic. Although the concept is well executed, the film has been called “dull” and “uninspired” for lacking the charm of the original film.

Source: Courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures

44. Chicken Little (2005)
> Starring: Zach Braff, Joan Cusack, Garry Marshall, Don Knotts
> Domestic box office: $193.5 millions

This frenzied reimagining of the fairytale “Henny Penny” adds baseball and aliens to the original story. While it may be entertaining to young children who are easily thrilled by its colorful chaos, critics have pointed out its poor plot and lack of comedic or intellectual substance.

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

43. Monster Trucks (2016)
> Starring: Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Thomas Lennon, Barry Pepper
> Domestic box office: $35.3 millions

This movie about a young, restless junkyard worker befriending an oil-guzzling creature from the netherworld received many scathing reviews. Revealing their lack of faith in the film, Paramount Pictures took a $115 million writedown against expected losses before the movie was released.

Source: Courtesy of DreamWorks Distribution

42. Shark Tale (2004)
> Starring: Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Renée Zellweger, Angelina Jolie
> Domestic box office: $238.1 millions

Shark Tale is an underwater gangster movie that was strangely marketed as a family film. Children may fail to make sense of the characters’ struggles with relationships, debt, and the dangers of the mob. They may also miss the dozens of inside jokes aimed at fans of the 1972 R-rated film “The Godfather.”

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

41. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)
> Starring: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Caleel Harris
> Domestic box office: $47.0 millions

This sequel to the first “Goosebumps” feature film received criticism mainly for being a sequel, complete with all the second-rate qualities sequels are known for: lesser known actors, a lack of originality, and an inferior storyline compared to the first movie.

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