Special Report

The Worst Animated Disney Movies of All Time

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15. A Christmas Carol (2009)
> IMDb rating: 6.8
> Rotten tomatoes audience score: 58
> Worldwide ticket sales, adjusted for inflation: $385.6 million
> Starring: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Steve Valentine

The 3-D realism may be impressive technology, but it robs the story of emotion. Scrooge’s greed isn’t ugly enough, the ghosts aren’t frightening enough, and Christmas does not feel joyful. Even the brilliant cast couldn’t bring the animation to life.

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14. Oliver & Company (1988)
> IMDb rating: 6.7
> Rotten tomatoes audience score: 62
> Worldwide ticket sales, adjusted for inflation: $110.5 million
> Starring: Joey Lawrence, Billy Joel, Cheech Marin, Richard Mulligan

Even when the plot has only a loose basis in a classic novel, and is relocated to a different time and place, there is something disconcerting about cartoon animals playing some of literature’s most famous people. In this case, Oliver Twist is a kitten and the Artful Dodger is a mongrel dog, while Fagin and the ultimate bad guy, Bill Sykes, are the much less adorable humans.

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13. Dinosaur (2000)
> IMDb rating: 6.5
> Rotten tomatoes audience score: 48
> Worldwide ticket sales, adjusted for inflation: $605.3 million
> Starring: D.B. Sweeney, Julianna Margulies, Samuel E. Wright, Alfre Woodard

Dinosaur was praised for its eye-popping 3-D computer animation in combination with live action backgrounds filmed in exotic locations. Unfortunately, the story is like every other friendly dinosaur versus nasty dinosaur plot, with an anachronistic Disney twist: the hero, an orphaned iguanodon, is raised from an egg by a cute family of lemurs.

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12. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
> IMDb rating: 6.9
> Rotten tomatoes audience score: 53
> Worldwide ticket sales, adjusted for inflation: $301.6 million
> Starring: Michael J. Fox, Jim Varney, Corey Burton, Claudia Christian

Atlantis represents a break from the Disney musical, and a change to a more comic book visual style. It is also Disney’s first science fiction movie, an original tale about a nerdy linguist leading an expedition to find the lost island of Atlantis. He succeeds, of course, and also finds Atlantis natives who share secrets of longevity. They are spared destruction when our hero impales his mutinous commander with a crystal sword.

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11. Brother Bear (2003)
> IMDb rating: 6.8
> Rotten tomatoes audience score: 65
> Worldwide ticket sales, adjusted for inflation: $380.4 million
> Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Suarez, Rick Moranis, Jason Raize

An undistinguished followup to the Lion King, Brother Bear is another coming of age in the wild story. An Inuit boy, Kenai, is turned into a bear by the spirits, becomes friends with a real bear, and redeems himself for causing the death of his brother, Sitka, who, with Disney irony, had been mauled by a bear.