Top Ten Animated Movie Franchises Ruined by Their Sequels

The Top Ten

1 Ice Age Ice Age Product Image

Have to disagree on this one. As someone who always disliked the original Ice Age for its uninteresting and slightly bland plot, it should come off as natural that I found the sequels to be all in all better and more interesting (excluding Collision Course which in my opinion was a little worse than the rest). Especially third and fourth movies were the jam, as I like my dinos and pirates.

First one was great. After that it seems like they were desperate and when you throw in pirates and space even you know you’ve scrapped the bottom of the barrel

The cave painting scene in the original movie is one of the most underrated scenes in animated movie history. It's so beautiful and tragic, and tells you everything you need to know about Manny purely through visuals. The sequels are so bad that people forget that the original Ice Age is actually a legitimately great movie with compelling characters who go through arcs and actual drama.

The first one is one of my favorite childhood memories, the franchise has gone so low and lost the magic it once had. Dinosaurs then pirates then outer space ( really outer space? You know if a franchise goes on long enough, it will end up in space)

2 The Land Before Time The Land Before Time Product Image

14 Sequels are way too much - Gilad_Hyperstar

To many sequels for so many years killed it - RustyNail

One sequel was fine, two was kinda misleading, but FOURTEEN?!

They didn't even need to make one sequel. 14? Really?

3 Shrek Shrek Product Image

I liked 2nd and 3rd but the 4th..., that movie doesn't even expand on anything at all

Shrek 2 is the best Shrek movie.

Shrek 2 was okay but yeah the rest sucked...

I honestly think Shrek is overrated, but the first one is classic that changed movies, 2nd is great, 3rd is dependent upon the person, 4th...god. Plus puss in boots didn't help.

4 Madagascar Madagascar Product Image

Not actually. Because it was always a pretty alright franchise. Not amazing, the movies beared the mostly the same quality. It's the type of movie series that was always meant to be a trilogy as the 1st and 2nd movie didn't end with the friends returning to New York city. Although I must admit the 3rd one kinda ruined the franchise with the circus theme but it didn't totally jump the shark I'll admit that.

Madagascar - 7/10
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa - 7/10
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted - 5/10
Penguins of Madagascar - 3/10

The Third one is actually the best of them, by far

Loved the first two but the third one was one of the first terrible movies I remember watching.

5 Lilo and Stitch Lilo and Stitch Product Image

Just direct to DVD sequels here, and they sucked.

Leroy and Stitch wasn't too bad

This movie is an. Amazing underrated movie that is downright awesome... Then 2 stupid seq

This would’ve been better as a stand alone in my opinion

6 Despicable Me Despicable Me Product Image

The way I see it, the first movie was a fun movie overall. Nothing really shined but it was good. The 2nd and 3rd movie on the other hand had its really amazing parts, but were also accomponied by atrocious scenes like Gru's date with Shannon in the 2nd or the Margo's stalker in the 3rd movie. Overall, make of it what you will, but I liked the progression.

Despicable Me - Amazing
Despicable Me 2 - Good
Minions - I can't say it. There are kids around
Despicable Me 3 - A long lost twin? Like Treehouse of Horror VII hasn't already established that.

First two were good. 3rd one was a bit much. Minions is where I lost it. That’s called pushing the limits and now it seems moms everywhere are obsessed with minions

The stupid minions movie and their over media coverage. Cash grab sequels that nobody asked for. Its just despicable...sorry I had to do that.

7 Hotel Transylvania Hotel Transylvania Product Image

This is the only non-Disney or Dreamworks (possibly Cloudy too) franchise that I actually can respect. The first one is one of my favourite movies ever, and it's thus a bit hard to not like the rest. The 2nd movie was pretty good too. Although the 3rd one brought plot holes felt a bit annoying with its cliché villain and overly dramatic animation, it was fun nevertheless.

Hotel Transylvania - Amazing
Hotel Transylvania 2 - Okay at best
Hotel Transylvania 3 - Pretty bad

The best thing about this was it's soundtrack, and that's not saying much.

I actually liked the 2nd one better than the first in my opinion...

8 Cars Cars Product Image

How? The first and the third one were well made, and everyone probably has forgotten the plot of the trashy second movie.

The only movie here where the sequels were actually bad. Ice Age 2 and 3 are great and I loved Madagascar 2 but lets face it. Cars 2 and 3 are BAD


The second movie was awful. I loved the third.

9 Wreck-it Ralph Wreck-it Ralph Product Image

The sequel honestly proved how little Disney actually care about "Wreck-It Ralph". They only used a couple of that movie's characters to make what people would otherwise see as the blatant Tumblr pandering fest that it really is as something great.

Especially since it turned "Wreck-It Ralph" into Disney's vehicle for easy pandering.

The first movie rocked but Ralph Breaks the Internet was pure trash

I loved the original, but the sequel doesn’t stay true to the original at all. The original was about how the characters should never leave their game, but in the sequel Vanellope leaves her game completely ruining the point of the first movie.

10 Rio Rio Product Image

I loved the original. Second one was just underwhelming in all honesty

I loved the first movie. Although the 2nd movie isn't terrible, I was immensly disappointed with it

Come on People the second movie is simply just weaker the original but not to the point of being bad but I do agree that nonetheless the first movie is definitely better.

I loved the first movie when I was younger and I was excited when I heard they were making a sequel, but when the sequel did come out, I was bored by the 10 minute mark, even at 11.

The Contenders

11 Curious George Curious George Product Image
12 Kung Fu Panda Kung Fu Panda Product Image

No no no. 2nd movie is a legend! Although 3rd was a little flat compared to the rest, it still was amazing

I liked the second one, but it really didn't needed a third one.

I thought the first 2 were good. 3rd one not so much

That movie didn't deserve one sequel, let alone a 3rd and a T.V. show

13 The Hunchback of Notre Dame The Hunchback of Notre Dame Product Image

The first is one of my favorites, the second one I don't even remember.

14 The Swan Princess The Swan Princess Product Image

It got seven sequels! SEVEN! And five of them are unnecessary CGI ones! - PerfectImpulseX

15 Mulan Mulan Product Image

The second one and live action one were so unnecessary

16 The Secret of NIMH The Secret of NIMH Product Image

Timmy to the rescue is awful


17 How to Train Your Dragon How to Train Your Dragon Product Image

No explanation necessary. - Synchronocity

18 Open Season Open Season Product Image

I hated the original. Haven't seen the rest. by the way 3rd one rips off Madagascar 3.

This one was mediocre at decent but the sequels are pure trash.

19 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Product Image

The second one was pretty bad.

No. Loved 2 more than 1

20 Frozen Frozen Product Image

I am a big Frozen fan. I loved Frozen, Frozen Fever, Olaf's Frozen Adventure and the Lego Northern Lights series, but Frozen 2 really ruined everything I loved about the series and the characters.

Nah. 2 was fine

21 Toy Story Toy Story Product Image

From the last Movie

"SAY that again!"

22 Finding Nemo Finding Nemo Product Image

The 2nd movie is pretty good -Ginger22

23 Hoodwinked Hoodwinked Product Image

The sequel was awful

24 The Jungle Book The Jungle Book Product Image

I actually liekd 2 more

25 Fantasia Fantasia Product Image
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