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Books for Life is where I share bookish lists, recommendations, and favourites. You can also catch me talking about non-bookish things here, as well as my life outside of blogging. Today I’m talking about…

newer non-disney movies i love

A few weeks ago I made a post about my favourite newer Disney movies, and since then I’ve been thinking about some newer non-Disney movies that I love! I decided to do newer (2010 and onwards) because there are so many from the eighties, nineties, and noughties that I love and the post would be endless. Also, I didn’t include Studio Ghibli films in here because they’re all wonderful and technically Disney. Here we go:

kubo and the two strings


I actually wrote an entire post about why you should watch Kubo and the Two Strings but there’s also no way it couldn’t make this list as well because this movie is perfect. Not only is it one of my fave newer non-Disney movies, it’s one of my favourite movies of all time. And I had no idea it would be. I decided to watch it because I knew it was stop-motion animation. And that it looked cute. It’s so much more than its animation and its cuteness. There is a depth to this movie and it has such heart. And also humour.

rise of the guardians


This movie is just so beautiful? I remember going to see it in the cinema and not really knowing what to expect. And then when the credits started rolling I was just like wow. I hadn’t expected such a beautiful story. I know if I had seen this as a kid I would have been absolutely obsessed. Especially with the Tooth Fairy. Actually, I think I would have been head over heels for everything about this movie. Because I kind of am, anyway.

how to train your dragon


I don’t think any list about non-Disney animated films would be complete without this movie. It took me a few years to get around to watching the first How to Train Your Dragon but when I finally did watch it I obviously loved it. I loved that it was about family! And friends!! And dragons!!! In particular, an adorable and sassy black dragon. BLESS.



Just look at that adorable little flower girl dammit!!! Honestly, this movie was such an unexpected gem. More so than any other on this list. The trailers didn’t do it justice, and I was so heartbroken when nobody was talking about this movie. It’s like Fern Gully for a new generation! How could people not be on board with that?? I have no idea why everyone didn’t fall head over heels in love with Epic. I certainly did. This beautiful floral fairytale is one you shouldn’t miss.



This movie was so cute!! And sentimental!! I cried!! I super, super loved that this kid’s movie had a black heroine. It just made my heart so happy. But that wasn’t the only great thing about this movie. This movie is about friendship and acceptance and peace and understanding and family. And there’s a cat who is very cute!! Honestly, this movie is very, very lovely.


What are some newer non-Disney films you love? Do you love any of these ones?


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Posted on: June 12, 2018 • By: Chiara

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