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Here's my list of the five best non-Disney animated film scores, non-musical edition. List is in chronological order, not ranked. Note that excluding musicals eliminated one entry: Jimmy Webb, The Last Unicorn (1982).
1) James Horner, The Land Before Time (1988): Horner wrote the best score of his prolific career for this Don Bluth animated classic. This is one of my top three scores of all time.
2) Harry Gregson-Williams, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003): A gorgeous set of seafaring themes make this one of Gregson-Williams' best scores.
3) John Powell, How to Train Your Dragon (2010): Powell has written his share of clunkers for animated films, but the Celtic-influenced How to Train Your Dragon is one of his best.
4) Masakatsu Takagi, Wolf Children (2012): I haven't seen this film, but Takagi's minimalist, piano-centric score is one of the most innovative and tender animated soundtracks I've heard.
5) Mark McKenzie, Max and Me (2018): This low-budget religious film made in Mexico features a lush score that represents McKenzie's best work to date.
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