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Animated movie with fight scene in Big Ben

Possibly Disney's The Great Mouse Detective (1986)? The movie ends with a fight inside Big Ben in which the villain's cloak gets caught between some gears. Also ...
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Animated science fiction movie where a protagonist has a glowing round map on his hand

Titan A.E. fits the description, except it was released in 2000. The plot synopsis presented in the linked IMDB entry mentions a ring passed down from the protagonist's father and the search for the ...
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Animated movie about a giant metal robot that comes to Earth and befriends a boy

The Iron Giant sounds like it fits Set during the Cold War in 1957, the film is about a young boy named Hogarth Hughes, who discovers a giant metallic robot who fell from space. With the help of ...
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Movie with flying ship and color changing hair

Are you thinking Howl's Moving Castle? Sounds like it could be your film. Sofi is a teenage girl who is aged by a spell, and she reverts on occasion into her younger self, typically when she's with ...
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Animated film about giants abducting/eating children, and a girl being rescued by a benevolent older giant

This is surely the BFG (The Big Friendly Giant), an animated film released in 1989 based on the children's story by Roald Dahl. The older giant takes care of a young orphan girl named Sophie, and ...
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Animated film/TV series where fantasy sorcery was defeated by appeals to mundane science

This is the Rankin-Bass straight-to-video film The Flight of Dragons (1982). It aired as an ABC Saturday Night Movie on August 2, 1986. I believe this image is from a videotape cover. From the ...
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What is the earliest usage of the “Lightspeed” animation and why is it used so heavily?

A similar and extremely famous and influential special effect is the "beyond the infinite" or "through the monolith" effect from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1969). It doesn't have any ...
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Animated show where a slave boy tries to escape and is then told to find a robot fugitive

This sounds like episode 1 of Star Trek: Prodigy, which is a CGI animated series. It commences on a planet which is some kind of colony of enslaved laborers, the chief PoV character is a young non-...
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Old animated Disney movie that explained math problems

I think this might be what you remember: Donald in Mathmagic Land Specifically, it goes into things like the Golden Ratio and pentagrams. In fact, From the description in the wiki, it seems like the ...
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Animated movie where young boy is transported to another world and travels with a burly warrior and a owl like wise man

Sounds like the 1992 cartoon series Mighty Max, an action adventure cartoon starring a boy named Max that had a magical cap that let him open portals to other locations. He was accompanied by a giant ...
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Animated movie with a train that visits planets?

Since you say it was a movie, I believe what you saw was Galaxy Express 999: Can You Live Like a Warrior!? (1979) which was expanded from episodes 12 and 13 of Galaxy Express 999. The movie quickly ...
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Heavy Metal-ish animated picture with kidnapped princess

This is almost certainly 1983's Fire and Ice. Plot summary from Google: This fantastical animated movie by cult filmmaker Ralph Bakshi finds the villainous Nekron and his mother, Queen Juliana, ...
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Animation: floating island, flying pests

Skywhales from 1983. The story begins with a man warning the tribe of approaching skywhales. The drummers then warn everybody of the hunt as everyone get prepared to set "sail". Except one man is ...
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Animated movie with a train that visits planets?

I am guessing this is the anime series Galaxy Express 999, which is about a train that visits different planets (also possibly one of the anime films based on it). It is part of the continuity of ...
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Animated movie with fight scene in Big Ben

Honorable mention for the climactic clock-tower fight in Lupin the Third: Count of Cagliostro:
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Is the demon Luci two-dimensional?

His head is, but not his body. As can be seen in studio notes shared on Facebook, Luci’s body is able to move any direction it needs to (including going on all fours with all limbs visible, which ...
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An animated film where the enemy's minions fuse with their weapons

I suspect this is Quest for Camelot .... A decade later, Ruber's griffin attacks Camelot, stealing Excalibur. Merlin's pet falcon, Ayden, attacks the griffin, causing the sword to fall into the ...
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Help me find sci-fi animated short film with a killer effect for FTL transition and journey

I believe the film you're looking for is the title sequence for IFCC (Independent Festival of Creative Communication) 2017. It showcases a pilot in full space suit, walking towards a ship that ...
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90's US animated show, underwater lab is caving in, robot survives and is looking for "Joan"

I think it actually is Captain Future. Specifically an episode that translates to something like The Underwater Trap. I was able download a German version of it (it's apparently a cult classic there)...
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Early '90s CGI short film about insects living inside a computer

I just started searching for a VHS tape that I remember seeing as a child and I remember it containing the short you are looking for. After a lot of digging through the Mind's Eye series and spinoffs, ...
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An animated movie or series (anime?). A huge spaceship found in a desert and the whole of humanity is trying to fix it

Super Dimension Fortress Macross (1982–1983)...? From Wikipedia: Super Dimension Fortress Macross (Japanese: 超時空要塞マクロス, Hepburn: Chōjikū Yōsai Makurosu, lit. "Super Spacetime Fortress Macross&...
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Animated film about a society's offering for gods

This is Kaena: The Prophecy. The film begins with an alien ship crash landing on a desert planet. The alien survivors, known as Vecarians, are quickly killed by the planet's predatory native ...
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Animated 70s/80s movie or series with haunting soundtrack and an egg shaped spaceship

Could it be Space Mission Delta, a Romanian animation movie? Here you can also listen to some samples of its soundtrack (so you could easily realize if it is the title you're looking for) From imdb: ...
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Old animated movie about anthropomorphic animals (lion prince in love with enemy girl while engaged to snake princess)

I think it might be an Italian animated film from 2001, Aida of the Trees, AKA Aida degli alberi. It is based on the opera "Aida" by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), adapted to young audiences ...
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Animated featurette about a boy who befriends old junky, clumsy robot in a Jetsons-like future setting

I hadn't known that this had been animated until I did a search, but you're looking for "C.L.U.T.Z.", an animated segment on Season 2, Episode 1, of CBS Storybreak, and an adaptation of the ...
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Animated movie where a forest spirit deer thing gets its head cut off and its body become a wild demon

I just found it, Princess Mononoke from 1997. Thanks anyway.
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Science fiction cartoon movie taking place in an apocalyptic kind of world

The Jules Verne novel, Off on a Comet published in 1877 contains all the elements you mention. Remember a place with low gravity, still on earth. The world was apocalyptic; lots of lava, lots of ice ...
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Animated (or motion captured??) horror movie, Asian, where green fog (from the sea?) turns people into monsters

Could this be Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack (2012)...? From IMDB: The friends Kaori, Erika and Aki are on a vacation to celebrate their upcoming graduation, when suddenly an infestation of mysterious ...
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3D animated show with a magic wristwatch that spawns lamp posts

Could it be Reboot? It was one of the first 3D animated TV shows and aired in the late 90s on Cartoon Network. The setting was the inside of a computer. The characters were humanoid, but had blue or ...
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