Top 10 Worst Theatrical Animated Movies Based on Cartoons

We all know there are a lot of bad live action films based on cartoons, but there are also a lot of bad animated films based on cartoons.

The Top Ten

1 Teen Titans Go! to the Movies

Honestly, my view on TTG has slightly changed throughout the years. I've began to notice that it's incredibly self aware and it knows that it is a very mediocre show (and now movie..). I don't think that excuses it to be consistently terrible on purpose (except for the couple decent episodes), but at least they aren't delusional. I guess this applies to the movie too. - Phillip873

This is not the worst to be honest, there much worse animated films based on cartoons - Gangem

I haven't seen it but it's probably bad considering it's for Teen Titans Go, which is an already bad show.

I honestly am not sure if this movie was good or not since I haven't seen it. It's got good reviews from critics but, then again, I hardly ever trust critic with anything and this movie IS based on one of the worst cartoons of the 2010s - Mcgillacuddy

2 Doug’s 1st Movie

Nostalgia Critic did a great review on it. - Vancedapurpleguy

For me, the worst, but why are there only nine entries? - iliekpiez

I accidentally added a direct to dvd movie to the list. In fact, I had it at number 1. So I quickly asked admin to remove it. - MegaSoulhero

@Vancedapurpleguy - I haven’t seen his review but sure I will.

Doug is a cartoon that used to be owned by Nickelodeon. Until Disney got it from them. I didn’t hate this cartoon, but I just thought it was very bland. What did I think of the movie. It was also pretty bland. Gonna be honest, I don’t even really remember anything about it. There’s barely anything interesting that happens in it. It pretty much screams T.V. movie. Yet, somehow it got a theatrical release. I’ll never understand how. - MegaSoulhero

3 Tom and Jerry: The Movie

This film introduced me to Tony Jay who I ended up adoring. His voice acting in this film is AWESOME. This may be a silly film, but Tony Jay's acting is fantastic. Plus "We've got to have money" is like the best film line of any film. - girlcool

4 My Little Pony: The Movie (2017)

This movie wasn't that bad, honestly, but it was just disappointing. I think it's fine for kids to watch because it is a harmless movie. I mean, it ain't got gross out humor and poor adult comedy like most cartoons nowadays. - Mcgillacuddy

This film was a cute little film. Lovely animation, likeable characters, top notch voice acting from Emily Blunt and Tara Strong (my 2 favorite actresses), and catchy songs. - girlcool

5/10 dosen't mean trash. - Trollsfan536

In school 5/10 means failure, like rotten tomatoes. I didn't mind it though - RustyNail

I am a fan of the show. So I was excited for this movie. Unfortunately, the movie turned out to be trash. I don’t know what happened here. I felt like it was trying to be like a Disney film. There are a bunch of elements that reminded me of already existing Disney films. They introduce to new characters, but I just found myself hating almost all of them. I liked Tempest though. She was actually a pretty cool villain. Emily Blunt gave such an excellent performance. I look forward to seeing her in Mary Poppins Returns and Jungle Cruise. Anyway, even the Mane 6 weren’t exactly great. Twilight was very out of character, Pinkie Pie was even more annoying than usual, and the other characters weren’t really given much to do. It’s not like I can just pretend this movie isn’t canon. They actually bring up the events from this movie in the actual show. So it actually happened. So much wasted potential. - MegaSoulhero

5 Rugrats Go Wild

I actually remember watching Rugrats Go Wild a long time ago on Netflix, and while I used to like it back then, not only do I prefer the first two Rugrats movies a lot more, but it honestly feels a lot more stupid and pointless looking back on it. I love Rugrats, but I've never watched The Wild Thornberrys. But I do have to say that Nigel Thornberry meme is simply "smashing". Otherwise, while it makes sense for Klasky-Csupo to cross over two of their own original animated shows, the way they executed it feels contrived. The Rugrats cast getting stranded on an island from a cruise ship vacation and meeting the Thornberrys is a logical way to start the movie, but the rest of the movie is just a bunch of cringe-worthy songs that made me want to mute the T.V. every time they came on. That, and the ending felt half-baked too, so it only made the whole movie feel pointless. All in all, I don't hate Rugrats Go Wild with a burning passion, but while it has its moments, it honestly sucks in ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Rugrats is great and Wild Thornberrys is trash. So let’s give them a crossover for no reason. When this movie was released, they did this thing where the audience would have a scratch and sniff card and whenever a number appears on screen, the audience would scratch that number and it would give a scent. That must have confused people who don’t watch commercials. This was later used again for Spy Kids 4. Basically, if a movie uses the scratch and sniff thing, chances are it’s a bad movie. Which Rugrats Go Wild is. The first Rugrats movie was good, Rugrats in Paris was fine, both of those movies were a big part of my childhood, but WOW! Rugrats Go Wild was unnecessary and stupid! The dialogue is horrendous, the characters do a bunch of stupid things, and there are songs that really have no purpose. However, as bad as this movie is, I doubt that live action Rugrats movie that’s coming back will be any better. Why are they even making that? - MegaSoulhero

6 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

I thought this movie was pretty okay, sure it's kind of repetitive but the show itself can also get repetitive.

This is one of the best animated movies based on cartoons. - RalphBob

This is my favourite comedy and musical - iliekpiez

This movie actually was amazing in my opinion. - SailorSedna

7 Hey Arnold! the Movie

Pretty disappointing and generic, The Jungle Movie that came out last year is honestly a lot better than this...

I didn’t really watch much of Hey Arnold, but from what I’ve seen, it was decent. It even got a theatrical movie. Unfortunately, a lot of fans of the show hated the movie. Honestly, I can kind of see why. Most of the character don’t really have much of a purpose. Since the show has a lot of characters, it’s clear that they didn’t know what to do with all of them. There’s not really any development. Well actually, Helga reveals her feelings for Arnold, but that is handled very poorly. The story was very rushed and didn’t have the quality of a theatrical film. This should’ve been a T.V. movie. At least that Jungle Movie ended up being better. I wish that had gotten a theatrical release. - MegaSoulhero

8 Smurfs: The Lost Village

I remember not liking it, but I would have to say the first two live-action films are a lot worse.

Sony Pictures Animation is not that great at making movies. Their recent films were pretty bad. Especially the Emoji Movie and Hotel Transylvania 3. Those movies were atrocious! Smurfs: the Lost Village wasn’t AS bad as those two, but it’s still not very good. The animation is nice, but the story is weak. I thought it was very cliché and it uses a bunch of animated movie tropes that I have never been a fan of. For example, there’s pop music for some reason. I hate when animated movies try to force in pop music. The voice acting is pretty bad. Whenever the characters speak, all I can think about is the celebrities recording their lines. It becomes very distracting. Also, I hate how they portrayed Gargamel here. It just doesn’t feel like him. Despite not being a fan of the Smurfs cartoon, I thought this movie had a lot of potential. Unfortunately, it ended up being very mediocre. Still better than the live action films though. - MegaSoulhero

9 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

I really liked it - iliekpiez

It was ok I guess, but the first spongebob movie was totally better! - Phillip873

The plot is so bland, the villain barely has any personality, and the jokes were extremely unfunny.

However the worst part would have to be:
*spoliers* plankton giving the formula back to Mr. Krabs made absolutely NO SENSE!
I mean, Plankton set his life goal for stealing that secret formula from Mr. Krabs, and once he actually got a hold of it, he gave it back to Krabs because “It was the way it should be”. I mean come on! - Not_A_Weeaboo

It’s been a long time since SpongeBob was actually good. People say that the show has gotten good again, but I disagree. SpongeBob and Patrick flying their brains? People drinking Squidward’s ink? The show still sucks! So does the second movie! It doesn’t even really feel like a movie. Most of it is just the Bikini Bottom citizens going crazy due to the formula disappearing. The only part that actually feels like movie quality is when the main characters go on dry land. It’s a good scene, but it only lasts about 30 minutes despite being heavily advertised in the trailers. This movie is just clickbait. It just feels like an extended episode of the show. Too many filler moments, very few laughs, and an overall disappointment. - MegaSoulhero

10 The Lego Ninjago Movie

This movie was so bad I don't get how teen titans go was worse than this, as this film was just so boring, I saw it in the theater as soon as zane dabbed in the behind the scenes crap, that got popular, I was like this is one of them movies innit, and in the first few minutes I was already feeling cringe, so this stereotypes school teens basically, this was just boring, didn't make sense at all 1 single bit, this is just made for money and that is it - B1ueNew

The Contenders

11 Curious George

This came out BEFORE the show, it was based off the books. - Trollsfan536

It’s based on the books, not the cartoon.

12 Pokémon: The First Movie

But what about that ending? - Not_A_Weeaboo

I'm not even that big of a Pokémon, but this film is a masterpiece. It's the only film that made me cry. Mewtwo's progression as a character is emotionally moving. This film has brilliant dialogue like "The origins of ones birth are irrelevant. It's what you do with the gift of life that matters." - girlcool

The Japanese version is better, but I found some of the later Pokémon films superior. - SailorSedna

I hate Pokémon. This movie is no better. This is clearly a movie made specifically for the fans. Which I am not. So it’s not for me. I’m just gonna leave it at that. - MegaSoulhero

13 Winx Club: Magical Adventure
14 Winx Club: The Mystery of the Abyss
15 Felix the Cat: The Movie

This was released in European theatres (much to the nightmares of kids and adults who had the misfortune of seeing it), plus it sucks so badly.

16 Doogal

This and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut should switch places.

I want to barf when I was watching this movie.

What could be worse than this piece of crap?!


17 Jonah: A Veggietales Movie

To be honest, the reason why I did not like VeggieTales because I thought it was babyish for some reason.

This film is boring. The story meanders around with little happening. The repeat animation still gets on my nerves to this day. Almost every character is uninteresting. The songs are dull. The pacing is crap. What keeps me from enjoying this movie is a mixture of both legitimate complaints and just personal problems that get on my nerves. In the latter category, we have the repeat animation, which I noticed even as a kid. No matter what context I see it in, it always just feels lazy to me. In the legitimate complaints category, the story itself is paced like a snail riding on the back of a turtle. It just meanders around while never seeming to really go anywhere. Over time, it can make you dull-minded after a while. It also doesn’t help that most of the characters and the songs aren’t anything to write home about. Loved this as a young kid, but now...yeah.

What am I going to say about this movie is that I’m actually removing it for now.

NOTE: If you like this movie, I can handle your opinion.

Yeah, it’s childish.

18 Jetsons: The Movie

This was George O'Hanlon (voice of George Jetson) and Mel Blanc's last film. Because of that it has sentimental value. Mr. O'Hanlon sadly passed while working on the film in the studio, but according to Andrea Romano "he died doing what he loves." How could anybody hate this film? - girlcool

19 The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A Veggietales Movie

It’s not as good as Jonah. Once again, I’m going to remove this for now.

Yeah, this is a really stupid movie. I used to watch it a long time ago but I started to quit. Universal Studios wanted to release this dumb title, more like Universal Studios had ever released a dumb children’s movie like Barney’s Great Adventure which was originally released by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. They might release this stupid movie. So there you have it.

NOTE: If you like this movie, please respect my opinion.

This movie is a complete childhood abomination! Yeah, this is basically a little kids movie that’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen! I used to love this movie but now this movie is just complete abomination! I can’t believe Universal Pictures had to release this stupid movie along with Shopkins Chef Club. I’m too old for this movie. I mean that I’m 12 you know. I’m 12 years old. I don’t need to watch this movie. I’m too old for this. Yeah, I’m 12 years old. This movie is just complete garbage and will never be deserve to watch because this movie looks childish and horrible.

20 Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom
21 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters
22 The Simpsons Movie

I honestly kind of liked this movie, sure it was goofy and dumb but it still was enjoyable to me.

Used to like this film, but sadly it too has not aged well. An extended to 90 minutes episodes of the show. - SailorSedna

23 The Powerpuff Girls Movie

I really like this movie - iliekpiez

No, this movie actually was pretty damn good. - SailorSedna

24 Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw

Every single thing about this movie SUCKS!

25 Postman Pat
26 Gumby: The Movie
27 My Little Pony: Equestria Girls
28 My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks
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