The 10 Worst Animated Films Of The Decade

With the new decade ahead of us filled with untold opportunities, it’s easy to forget the decade we left behind nearly two weeks ago. Over the span of a decade, between 2009 and 2019, we’ve seen our fair share of animated films hit the big screen. Some were good, others were all right, and these particular films below are the worst.

*Note: I’ve decided to only consider animated films that made it to the big screen. Straight-to-DVD’s are not part of this list, neither are anime movies. I’ve only taken into consideration the characters, their development, and the script as to which films are the worst.

Let’s begin…

10. Minions (2015)

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Capitalizing off the worldwide popularity of the Minions since the release of Despicable Me, Illumination dropped this cash grab of a film. With it’s two-dimensional characters and blasé storyline, this was a boring 91-minute ride to find out her the Minions met Gru. This whole point of this film, in my belief, was a set up to how the Minions met Gru, and that’s why they get the #10 spot.

9. The Lorax (2012)

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Coming off the bananas success of Horton Hears A Who, The Lorax fell short of what everyone was hoping the film would be. It did manage to shine the spotlight on humanity and how we keep screwing everything up, but the best thing to come out of this film was the casting of Danny DeVito as the Lorax.

8. The Grinch (2019)

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I don’t know what Illumination was thinking when they created this film, especially since Ron Howard’s version of the classic Dr. Seuss story is one of those all-time great holiday films like A Nightmare Before Christmas, Elf, and Jingle All The Way. This film was trying to be original while leaning heavily into another classic holiday film, It’s A Wonderful Life. Cumberbatch’s portrayal of the title character can only do so much for a relatively boring and unoriginal film.

7. Mars Needs Moms (2011)

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Based on the wildly successful book, this movie was a train wreck. I vaguely remember Disney bragging about this film’s animation being the next step in filmmaking, except the characters were ugly as hell, the storyline was boring, and voice acting was lackluster.

6. Sausage Party (2016)

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If I were to overlook the orgy, the sexual innuendos, the never-ending slew of drug references, and the toilet humor, this is actually a pretty good film about belief and atheism. The film does have it’s high moments, that kitchen scene is probably still the funniest thing I’ve seen.

5. Ugly Dolls (2019)

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This movie is boring, uninspiring, and a straight-up ripoff of Trolls. Visually it’s all right, but if I wanted to watch another animated musical, I could watch Trolls or Sing.

4. Lion King (2019)

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it one-hundred times. Lion King is a magicless, uninspiring cash grab. It is a ripoff of the original that copies scenes and dialog nearly word for word, adding nothing to the film to entice anyone who isn’t part of the one community of moviegoers Disney was catering too. Also, THIS ISN’T A LIVE ACTION FILM! The credits clearly say the characters were animated in London!

3. Planes (2013)

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This was Disney’s attempt to continue capitalizing on the wild success of Pixar’s Cars franchise by creating a film “inside the world of Cars,” except with planes. Dane Cook voices the main character who wants to race but is afraid of heights. I slapped my forehead far too many times during this film.

2. Cars 2 (2011)

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The worst Pixar film to date, this was a cash grab to continue shoving Cars merchandise down our throats. The movie is gorgeous with all the colors of Tokyo, but the story is obnoxious. I don’t want to watch 90 minutes of Larry the Cable Guy, I’d watch any of his movies.

1. Emoji Movie (2017)

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With a 7% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 12% on Metacritic, this movie isn’t necessarily for kids and is widely hated because of the way it misrepresents how teenagers communicate, and how it actually slips in real-world advertisements for adults.