I'm talking about basically all traditional animation in the West.
Stupid generalisations ftl.
There has been some terrific western animation. They might not compare to the technical craftmanship of golden era animation but they often make up for it with great designs and imagination. Flapjack and Chowder are two that come to mind, sure they don't come close to the technical achievements of the golden era but they compensate by being original and colorful.
Bakshi's important for making cartoons creative again but I'm not really a fan. Scarfe's work is more interesting than most 80s stuff but I still think it's ugly--at least it's ugly in its own way.
Bakshi, the animated LOTR was decent, I really dig it's slow atmospheric pace and a lot of the visual ideas, but it's not his best work.
That would be Heavy Traffic, Fritz the Cat, Coonskin, Wizards, American Pop. They all have their flaws, some pretty massive ones at times, but goddamn if they don't have some VERY inspired stuff going on. It's a shame the guy always had budget issues, meaning his films never really turned out exactly the way he wanted. He often approaches "ugliness" intentionally, because he wanted to take animation into a completely different direction from the Disney standard, but he was still capable of pulling off some technically dazzling scenes, that crazy freakout scene from Heavy Traffic after that guy gets shot in the head for example.
Hell even Cool World, which was a pretty terrible movie, even it had some great ideas. I mean the design of Cool World itself is one of the most awesome things I've ever seen in a movie ever.
And of course Bakshi's original premise for the film (a horror film) was a lot better than the final result (which was a result of executive tampering).
As for Scarfe, his caricatures are "ugly" but they're such an intriguingly unique kind of ugly, and he was still capable of some truly beautiful animation. The whole "Empty Spaces/What shall we do now?" segment of The Wall is one of my favorite pieces of animation ever, truly stunning from beginning to end. Especially the beginning with the flowers.