The Best Non-Disney and Studio Ghibli Animated Films

Not all the best animated stories are monopolized by Disney and Studio Ghibli. Here are some of the best animated films you can watch with your family.

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
The young Spirit assumed the role as the leader of his herd, but his curiosity meant trouble for his fellow horses. In his wanderings, he was taken by humans and sent to a US cavalry post to be broken and tamed.

FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
A forest inhabited by fairies is threatened by a group of loggers who caused the entity named Hexxus to slowly take over their territory. The fairy Crysta and the logger Zak team up to save the forest from Hexxus.

The Swan Princess (1994)
Based on the ballet “Swan Lake,” it tells the story of Princess Odette who was caught in the schemes of the sorcerer Rothbart, who was banished by her father.

Thumbelina (1994)
Based on the book of the same title by Hans Christian Andersen, it features Thumbelina, a small girl who emerged from a seed given by a witch. Despite her loving family, Thumbelina feels lonely that she could not find anyone of her size.

All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
The dog Charlie B. Barkin was murdered by its friend Carface, but he decided not to go to heaven so that he can spend time with the orphan Itchy Itchford.

Wolf Children (2012)
Hana was left to raise her half-wolf half-human children when her husband died after a hunt. She decided to raise her children Yuki and Ame in the countryside even if she has no idea how to do it.

Balto (1995)
Based on a true story of a half-dog half-wolf, Balto saved the village of Nome in 1925 from the diphtheria epidemic when he made the epic journey of delivering the serum from Juneau.

Iron Giant (1999)
Hogarth Hughes befriends a giant robot, who was the subject of a search of a federal agent. Hughes enlisted the help of Dean McCoppin to stop the searchers from destroying the iron giant.

Once Upon a Forest (1993)
Abigail, Edgar, and Russell leave the forest so that they can find a cure for their friend Michelle, who was affected by the poison gas from a truck that had overturned.

Secret of NIMH (1982)
The film is an adaptation of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien. In the story, the mouse Mrs. Brisby learns the history of the place called the National Institute of Mental Health.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
Konno Makoto fell on a walnut-shaped object and discovered that she could rewind time if she could move fast enough.

Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
Three homeless people discovered an abandoned baby on Christmas Eve, but because they cannot care for her, they decided to look for her mother.

Watership Down (1978)
Based on the novel of the same title by Richard Adams, it features the brothers Fiver and Hazel who are trying to convince their fellow rabbits of an upcoming apocalypse.

The Best Asian Horror Films for Bored Fans

Some fans of the horror genre are already bored with the string of psychological thrillers and the familiar slasher films from the West. Asian films, however, offer a different experience because they incorporate elements from folk stories. These are the best the region has to offer.

Three… Extremes (2004)
This film is a collaboration of three directors from Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea which features three different stories, “Dumplings,” “Cut,” and “Box.”

Nang Nak (1999)
Based on a true story in Thailand, it tells the tale of a ghost wife, Nak, who is devoted to her husband, Mek. Mek fought in the war and was wounded, but when he returned home, he did not know that his wife died months ago.

Ring (1998)
Inspired by the novel of the same title by Kouji Suzuki and the tale “Banchou Sarayashiki,” it features a cursed videotape that allegedly caused the death of some people who watched it. The film was remade, but the original is still considered the better version.

Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)
Another film that was adapted by Hollywood, Ju-on tells the story of a family that disappeared because of murder-suicide. The house is still inhabited by the spirits of the family members who cannot find peace in the afterlife.

The Eye (2002)
This Hong Kong-Singaporean film was remade thrice. It tells the tale of the blind violinist Mun who was lucky to have had cornea transplant. Her happiness was short-lived, however, when she started seeing how people die.

4bia (2008)
This Thai film consists of 4 different stories; “Loneliness,” “Deadly Charm,” “The Man in the Middle,” and “Flight 244.”

Uzumaki (2000)
Based on the manga of the same name by Itou Junji, it chronicles the spiral into madness of the town Kurouzu after a resident became obsessed with spiral patterns.

A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
Based on the fairy tale “The Story of Rose and Lotus,” this Korean film tells the story of a recently-released patient from a mental institution who discovered her family’s terrible past.

The Maid (2005)
Rosa Dimaano, a Filipina maid, arrives at Singapore to serve the Teo family during the Chinese Ghost Month. Rosa’s employers were kind to her, but she started seeing strange creatures and is soon having nightmares.

Arang (2006)
Two detectives were able to make a connection between a recent homicide case and a murder than happened 10 years ago. Then one of the detectives, So-young, began having dreams of the girl murdered years ago.

Tomie (1998)
The first installment of the Tomie series, it is based on the manga of the same title by Itou Junji about a girl, Kawakami Tomie, who seems to possess immortality and is invincible even after she was murdered.