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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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Weird 2D animated bug movie, possible lost media

Is this The Happy Cricket? When you wrote that the bug had an instrument, I thought it had to be a cricket. This movie was made in 2001, and I've never seen it - So I'm combing through the sparse free ...
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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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Weird 2D animated bug movie, possible lost media

You might be remembering the 2001 Brazilian animated movie O Grilo Feliz. The English-language version is titled The Happy Cricket. It is mostly 2D animation with some 3D mixed in. Wikipedia ...
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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 which involves a spherical floating robot and a little girl

According to a quick internet search, this is the background animation for the music track "Canon-D" from the arcade game Pump It Up Exceed 2 YouTube video: Canon D BGA for Pump it Up Exceed ...
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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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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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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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Old cartoon or anime about three superheroes living in a space ship and doing jobs for a Greek god

Many elements of this sound similar to Space Sentinels (1977). Three humans have been turned into superheroes and fight threats to Earth from their spaceship hidden in a volcano. They have a robot ...
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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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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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Strange 3D Animal Movie Set in Venice?

I'm guessing this is Pet Pals (2009). Summary: "The Wicked Crow Witch has a terrible plan in mind: tarmacking the lagoon of Venice, thus turning it into a town like all the others. Will the six ...
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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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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 space movie with an all-women crew who are killed except for one who has a son

You may be thinking of Gall Force: Eternal Story (1986). It's the first film in a series. From TV Tropes: Gall Force is a group of science fiction anime OAV series made starting in 1986 by the studio ...
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A video poem/story about a stranded astronaut digesting himself

This describes a comic, The Suit by Scott Base, exactly. And finally my eyes. So I never know if we make it home. There are several animated versions on YouTube; this one appears to be from the ...
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Animated movie with dragons and a boy and girl from warring factions/kingdoms

This is very likely Dragons: Fire and Ice. It's a direct-to-DVD computer-animated film from 2004 based on the Mega Bloks toyline, and aired on the Jetix children's television network in 2005. The ...
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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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