Best Animation Movies of 1953
The Spirit of Christmas
This Christmas film, created as a special for television broadcast throughout the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania viewing region, was produced by puppeteer Mabel Beaton and her husband Les for Bell Telephone Company and first aired in 1953. Following a short live-action opening portion, featured are two extended marionette segments, the first dramatizing Clement Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas", the second reverently telling the Nativity story; the two stories are staged in classic, traditional style. From 1953 onward, for several years, The Spirit of Christmas was broadcast in the intended region multiple times per holiday season. It was also available as a 16mm film licensed to schools for showings to students. This film often is misstated to have originally been broadcast in 1950.
The Emperor's New Clothes
The king is offered a fine new suit that can only be seen by wise people, and walks naked in the procession.
A schooner anchors at the South Pole, and the skipper goes ashore and leaves the ship's mascot, a St. Bernard dog, to stand watch and guard the ship. A small penguin, Chilly Willy (the only penguin not equipped for cold weather...anywhere), sees the ship and tries to get warm by its stove. The watchdog attempts to get rid of him, but Willy manages to get the dog drunk from the rum in its own cask. The captain returns to find Willy saving the ship from sinking, while the dog is found sleeping it off. Willy is made mascot and the dog is tossed in the ship's brig.
Gerald McBoing-Boing's Symphony
Gerald McBoing Boing, a little boy who can't talk but can imitate any sound, is working as a one-man sound effects department for a radio station. When a scheduled symphony orchestra does not show up, Gerald replaces them. He is doing fine until he mixes up the score with the sound effects script, and creates an original symphony. He is fired, but the critics hail his work as that of a genius.
Barney inherited a map to treasure buried in his backyard, but his digging doesn't square with the plans of the gopher sleeping on the treasure.
Frightday the 13th
There's good boos tonight: Frightday the 13th. All the ghosts plan on going out to scare someone... except for Casper the Friendly Ghost, who goes out and makes friends with Lucky the black cat.
Casper, the friendly ghost, makes friends with a baby seal at the North Pole. Mama and Papa Seal are afraid of Casper, but the baby and Casper becomes playmates.
Casper, the Friendly Ghost, is thrown out of The Frightening Army by its Unfiendly Ghost's members, and wander on over to Fairy Tale Land, where he finds Little Bo Peep crying over her lost sheep.
Spook No Evil
Casper the Friendly Ghost has been found guilty of being too friendly by the other ghosts and is sentenced to walk the plank off a pirate ship.
The Plague Summer
Adaptation of Kenneth Patchen's novel, 'The Journal of Albion Moonlight'.