Top Ten Animated Movie Franchises Ruined by Their Sequels

The Top Ten

1 Ice Age

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. - phillysports

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) - RustyNail

I don't like the latest sequel; it was nothing but a cash grab. It sucks that Blue Sky Animation doesn't have anything else as profitable. They need to focus on expanding their franchise and putting out quality films rather than running Ice Age into the ground. - Gg2000

I love the ice age franchise, but please don't make a 6th. - TeamRocket747

2 The Land Before Time

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 2 is the best Shrek movie. - phillysports

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. - RustyNail

The last two ruined it - iliekpiez

4 Madagascar

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 - Gilad_Hyperstar

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

Actually the third film was better than the previous two - Mcgillacuddy

5 Lilo and Stitch

Just direct to DVD sequels here, and they sucked. - PackFan2005

Leroy and Stitch wasn't too bad

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

6 Despicable Me

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.

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. - RustyNail

The first Despicable Me was mediocre, the second one was garbage, Minions was pointless, and the third one just might be the worst one of them all.

Okay, the first one had some effort put into it, but beyond that, the others are pretty bad, especially that wretched Minions movie. - PackFan2005

7 Cars

Cars - A childhood classic
Cars 2 - An underrated gem (don't judge me)
Cars 3 - A masterpiece finale

NO! TAKE THIS OUT OF THIS LIST NOW! THIS WAS NOT RUINED BY THEIR FRANCHISES! WRECK-IT RALPH 1 AND 2 RUINED DISNEY AND OTHER MOVIES ESPECIALLY THIS AMAZING FRANCHISE! THIS FRANCHISE DOESN'T RUIN ANYTHING THIS FRANCHISE IS NEEDED IN MANY WAYS! WRECK-IT RALPH 1 AND 2 ARE NOT NEEDED EVER!

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

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 - Spyrofan35

8 Hotel Transylvania

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

I actually liked the 2nd one better than the first in my opinion... - B1ueNew

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

Nah the 3rd one was ok - Not_A_Weeaboo

9 Wreck-it Ralph

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. - MysticalDream

10 Rio

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. - Mario8

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. - 3DG20

I think the first Rio movie is underrated, but I disliked the sequel. - PackFan2005

Why a sequel, such an amazing movie ruined by a crappie cash grab - RustyNail

The Newcomers

? Frozen

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.

? Fantasia

The Contenders

11 Curious George
12 The Swan Princess

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

13 Kung Fu Panda

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

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

14 The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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

15 The Secret of NIMH

Just like The Land Before Time a Don Bluth masterpiece yet it's ruined by its sugar-coated sequel. At least there isn't 14 of them! - Gabriola

Timmy to the rescue is awful

Wait...THIS HAD A SEQUEL?

16 Mulan
17 Finding Nemo

The 2nd movie is pretty good -Ginger22

18 How to Train Your Dragon

No explanation necessary. - Synchronocity

19 Open Season

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

20 Hoodwinked

The sequel was awful

21 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

The second one was pretty bad. - Yankees2003

22 Tinker Bell

All tinker bell movies are trash

23 Balto
24 Pokemon

Hoops and the Clash of Ages was awful

25 Surf's Up
26 The Jungle Book
27 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
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