Best Animation Movies of 1961

1.

One Hundred and One Dalmatians

5.9
7.3/10 IMDB

When a litter of dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella De Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement. In a Disney animation classic, Dalmatian Pongo is tired of his bachelor-dog life. He spies lovely Perdita and maneuvers his master, Roger, into meeting Perdita's owner, Anita. The owners fall in love and marry, keeping Pongo and Perdita together too. After Perdita gives birth to a litter of 15 puppies, Anita's old school friend Cruella De Vil wants to buy them all. Roger declines her offer, so Cruella hires the criminal Badun brothers to steal them -- so she can have a fur coat.

Starring: Rod Taylor, J. Pat O'Malley, Betty Lou Gerson, Martha Wentworth, Ben Wright, Cate Bauer, David Frankham, Frederick Worlock, Lisa Davis, Tom Conway ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman
Release date: 1961-01-25
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : The Substitute
2.

The Substitute

3.6
7.2/10 IMDB

Simple story about the man who goes to the beach and uses inflatable objects for all of his needs.

Directed by: DuĊĦan Vukoti?
Release date: 1961-12-31
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Hamilton The Musical Elephant
3.

Hamilton The Musical Elephant

3.3
5.7/10 IMDB

Hamilton the elephant is being trained for the circus when he discovers his amazing musical ability; the ringmaster decides to exploit his new-found talent for jazz.

Directed by: John Halas
Release date: 1961-04-12
4.

Clash and Carry

3.3
6.8/10 IMDB

Chilly Willy the Penguin steals fish from a fish market.

Starring: Paul Frees ..
Directed by: Jack Hannah
Release date: 1961-04-25
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Kids Is Kids
5.

Kids Is Kids

3.2
9.2/10 IMDB

Prof. Ludwig Von Drake shares his knowledge on the subject of child psychology. He is particularly studying Donald Duck (whom Von Drake refers to as "Mr. X" to protect his identity) and offers advice on how to handle Huey, Dewey and Louie.

Starring: Walt Disney, Paul Frees, Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Hamilton Luske, Jack Hannah
Release date: 1961-12-10
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Catalog
6.

Catalog

3.2
6.9/10 IMDB

Collection of Computer Graphic effects.

Directed by: John Whitney Sr.
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Symmetry
7.

Symmetry

3.1
7.2/10 IMDB

Symmetry is one of five shorts featured in the film "Mathematical Peep Shows." The collection was made by Charles and Ray Eames for the IBM Mathematica Exhibit which opened in 1961. The degree to which an object is symmetrical is illustrated by the number of different positions in which it can fit into a box of its shape.

Directed by: Charles Eames, Ray Eames
Release date: 1961-03-22
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : The Abominable Snow Rabbit
8.

The Abominable Snow Rabbit

3.1
7.5/10 IMDB

Bugs and Daffy get lost on the way to Palm Springs and end up in the Himalayas, where they meet an Abominable Snowman who has always wanted a rabbit for a pet.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble
Release date: 1961-05-20
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Drums West
9.

Drums West

3.0
6.7/10 IMDB

This newly rediscovered short was created in Jim's home studio in Bethesda, MD around 1961. It is one of several experimental shorts inspired by the music of jazz great Chico Hamilton. At the end, in footage probably shot by Jerry Juhl, Jim demonstrates his working method.

Directed by: Jim Henson
Release date: 1961-12-31
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Zip 'n Snort
10.

Zip 'n Snort

3.0
7.6/10 IMDB

Wile E. Coyote tries to catch the Road Runner using a sling shot, a grenade in a toy airplane whose propeller detaches and leaves the plane behind.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Paul Julian ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1961-01-21
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Beep Prepared
11.

Beep Prepared

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

Wile E. Coyote tries and fails to catch the Road Runner using his foot extended to trip, an arrow, a hole in the road.

Directed by: Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble
Release date: 1961-11-11
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Compressed Hare
12.

Compressed Hare

3.0
7.6/10 IMDB

Bugs battles Wile E. Coyote. A ten trillion volt electric magnet draws everything imaginable.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble
Release date: 1961-07-29
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Daffy's Inn Trouble
13.

Daffy's Inn Trouble

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Daffy Duck vies with Porky Pig in the Western frontier hotel business. Porky has more success, attracting hordes of customers with a live-action saloon party. So, Daffy decides to undermine Porky's good fortune by planting a bomb beneath Porky's inn.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1961-09-22
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : The Saga of Windwagon Smith
14.

The Saga of Windwagon Smith

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

Sea Captain Windwagon Smith hits Westport, Kansas, the starting point of the old Oregon and Santa Fe Trails, and is quickly the laughing stock of the town; instead of traveling in the usual oxen-drawn covered wagon, he is at the helm and wheel of a Contestoga-type wagon with a full set of sails. He plans to go to Oregon by taking advantage of the prairie winds. First, he wins over the town mayor, falls in love with the mayor's beautiful daughter, Molly Crum, and then secures financial backing from the townspeople. He sets sail across the plains, with Molly Crum as a covered-wagon stowaway, and a Kansas twister looming on the horizon. And, then, the wind hits the sails. And the fan, too, if he had had one.

Starring: Rex Allen, Rex Allen, Pat Brady, Tommy Doss, Hugh Farr, Karl Farr, J. Pat O'Malley, Lloyd Perryman ..
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
Release date: 1961-03-16
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : The Pied Piper of Guadalupe
15.

The Pied Piper of Guadalupe

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Sylvester the cat imitates the Pied Piper of Hamelin to lure a group of mice into a jug that he seals with a cork. But Speedy Gonzales won't be hypnotized by Sylvester's flute and gradually rescues his friends from Sylvester's clutches.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt
Release date: 1961-08-19
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : The Last Hungry Cat
16.

The Last Hungry Cat

2.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Sylvester Cat slips when making a grab for Tweety Bird in Granny's flat, and falls dazed to the floor as one of Tweety's feathers lands in his mouth. Tweety runs off. Sylvester comes to and finds the feather lodged between his lips. He thinks he has swallowed and killed Tweety and suffers terrible remorse as an Alfred Hitchcock-like voice-over chides him for his "crime". Sylvester cracks, runs into the streets confessing, and returns to Granny's place, where he finds he didn't eat Tweety after all.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray, Ben Frommer ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt
Release date: 1961-12-01
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : 2n: A Story of the Power of Numbers
17.

2n: A Story of the Power of Numbers

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

2? is a story about the exponential growth of numbers raised to powers. Part of the Mathematica Peep Shows, one of five films made to accompany the Mathematica: A World of Numbers and Beyond exhibition at the California Museum of Science and Industry and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Directed by: Charles Eames, Ray Eames
Release date: 1961-03-22
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Prince Violent
18.

Prince Violent

2.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Viking Yosemite Sam arrives to storm the castle. But Bugs takes charge of the defenses, and between Bugs' cleverness and Sam's stupidity, the castle is never seriously threatened, even when Sam enlists the help of an elephant.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt
Release date: 1961-09-02
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Eratosthenes
19.

Eratosthenes

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

The Greek mathematician Eratosthenes estimates the circumference of the earth.

Directed by: Charles Eames, Ray Eames
Release date: 1961-04-04
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Rebel Without Claws
20.

Rebel Without Claws

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

The Confederate Army wants to get an important message through to General Lee, but all the carrier pigeons have been shot down. Tweety steps in.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1961-07-15
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Lickety-Splat
21.

Lickety-Splat

2.9
7.3/10 IMDB

Wile E. Coyote chases the Road Runner with roller skis, a bow, a rifle, a boomerang, an anvil, and several exploding darts let loose from a balloon.

Directed by: Chuck Jones, Abe Levitow
Release date: 1961-06-03
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Nelly's Folly
22.

Nelly's Folly

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

Nelly the Giraffe is discovered in Africa and leaves to begin a singing career, but finds that chasing fame brings her nothing but unhappiness.

Starring: Gloria Wood, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1961-12-30
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Aquamania
23.

Aquamania

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Mr. X buys a boat and inadvertantly enters the water skiing race. With Junior driving, with no experience, he's a bit out of his league.

Starring: Pinto Colvig, Kevin Corcoran, John Dehner ..
Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman
Release date: 1961-12-20
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Birds of a Father
24.

Birds of a Father

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Sylvester Cat discovers that his son, Junior, has a new best friend - a bird named Spike. Aghast, Sylvester decides to teach his son the facts of feline life and goes with him on a bird hunt, which, as usual, isn't Sylvester's forte. He is hit with a badminton racket after he mistakenly shoots a badminton birdie and then is blown up when he sends a model plane after Spike and is himself shot at by the out-of-control plane and forced to take refuge in an explosives store shed, with the plane slipping in behind him and firing at the TNT.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1961-04-01
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Allures
25.

Allures

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Allures is a spectacular sequence of moving figures and points, a film which reaches out to the cosmic and the spiritual, where the spatial dimension becomes transcendental.

Directed by: Jordan Belson
Release date: 1961-12-31
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Strangled Eggs
26.

Strangled Eggs

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Foghorn Leghorn courts Miss Prissy when a foundling is left on her doorstep. It is Henery the Chicken Hawk.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Julie Bennett ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1961-03-18
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Very Nice, Very Nice
27.

Very Nice, Very Nice

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Arthur Lipsett's first film is an avant-garde blend of photography and sound. It looks behind the business-as-usual face we put on life and shows anxieties we want to forget. It is made of dozens of pictures that seem familiar, with fragments of speech heard in passing and, between times, a voice saying, "Very nice, very nice." The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film.

Directed by: Arthur Lipsett
Release date: 1961-12-31
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Woody's Kook-Out
28.

Woody's Kook-Out

2.8
5.8/10 IMDB

In Florida, a starving Gabby Gator is fishing in the swamp for his dinner. He only succeeds in catching a news magazine which has an article about movie star.

Directed by: Jack Hannah
Release date: 1961-10-16
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Cannery Woe
29.

Cannery Woe

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

Speedy Gonzales helps provide cheese for the mayor's reelection campaign (and two hungry friends) by swiping it from the store guarded by Sylvester.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Tom Holland ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1961-01-07
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : A Scent of the Matterhorn
30.

A Scent of the Matterhorn

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

In the French Alps, an out-of-control street-painter's wagon sprays white paint onto a female cat's back.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1961-06-23
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Munro
31.

Munro

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

A four-year-old boy is drafted into the army.

Starring: Howard Morris, Seth Deitch, Jules Feiffer, Marie Deitch ..
Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1961-11-09
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : The Do-It-Yourself Cartoon Kit
32.

The Do-It-Yourself Cartoon Kit

2.7
6.8/10 IMDB

Directed by: Bob Godfrey
Release date: 1961-04-01
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : The Mouse on 57th Street
33.

The Mouse on 57th Street

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

A mouse in a yellow hat helps himself to what he thinks is a huge lump of cheese in a bakery but, after chewing a hole straight through it.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Julie Bennett ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1961-02-25
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Hoppy Daze
34.

Hoppy Daze

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

A pudgy but tough-guy cat recruits Sylvester as his stooge to catch a mouse for his dinner, under the pretense of training Sylvester to be a champion mouser. Sylvester enters a warehouse and runs into the baby kangaroo, Hippety Hopper, and thinks, as usual, that Hippety is a giant mouse that must be fought.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1961-02-11
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Franken-Stymied
35.

Franken-Stymied

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

In a thunderstorm, the tree in which Woody Woodpecker makes his home is struck by lightning and utterly destroyed. Completely dazed by his misfortune.

Starring: Grace Stafford, Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Jack Hannah
Release date: 1961-07-04
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Sufferin' Cats
36.

Sufferin' Cats

2.7
5.6/10 IMDB

Woody Woodpecker has been a source of aggravating annoyance to a certain householder, due to Woody's pecking the antenna of a TV set, ...

Starring: Grace Stafford, Dal McKennon ..
Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1961-05-29
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : D' Fightin' Ones
37.

D' Fightin' Ones

2.7
6.8/10 IMDB

Sylvester Cat and a scrawny bulldog escape from a truck headed for the city animal pound and make like convicts on the lam.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1961-04-22
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : The Litterbug
38.

The Litterbug

2.6
6.5/10 IMDB

Donald and his nephews are litterbugs: they drop garbage everywhere they go - even when they are out for a drive in Donald's car - until they are stopped by a policeman who makes them pick up everything they have dropped.

Starring: Clarence Nash, John Dehner ..
Directed by: Hamilton Luske
Release date: 1961-06-21
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Busman's Holiday
39.

Busman's Holiday

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

As the scene opens, window washer Woody washes the window of Pierre's bakery. His first mishap is to cause Pierre to mess up a cake that he's decorating, and Pierre tells him off. Since this job is finished, Woody gets on a bus with his automatic extension ladder, which keeps hitting the bus driver in the head every time that the bus stops. The driver finally throws Woody off, but Woody manages to get back on. The comedy with the ladder continues, finally involving a traffic cop, a motorcycle policeman and Pierre, as well as Woody and the driver. The story ends with all the participants, on the motorcycle, crashing into a brick wall.

Starring: Grace Stafford, Dal McKennon ..
Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1961-07-24
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Gabby's Diner
40.

Gabby's Diner

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

In a Florida swamp, starving Gabby Gator has a little diner. Things are slow; he is just waiting for a good meal to come along.

Starring: Grace Stafford, Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Jack Hannah
Release date: 1961-03-27
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Donald and the Wheel
41.

Donald and the Wheel

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

A father tells his son the invention of the wheel was most important; to prove it, the two hipsters visit the inventor caveman Donald Duck. There follows a survey of the progress of transportation, a digression into the basics of gear ratios, a series of live-action dancers to various styles of music inside a giant jukebox, an illustration of the use of wheels in power generation and space satellites, etc. Ultimately, Donald decides he doesn't want the responsibility, but certainly someone else would take on the task.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Bill Cole, Bill Lee, Thurl Ravenscroft, Max Smith ..
Directed by: Hamilton Luske
Release date: 1961-06-21
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : What's My Lion?
42.

What's My Lion?

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

It's open season for hunting, and Rocky the Mountain Lion takes refuge from gunfire by sneaking into a cabin owned by Elmer Fudd.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Hal Smith, Herb Vigran ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1961-10-20
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : It's Greek to Me-ow!
43.

It's Greek to Me-ow!

2.6
4.6/10 IMDB

This cartoon opens with a narrator introducing the ancient Greek Acropolis, describing its wealth and beautiful architecture. Tom is depicted as one of these inhabitants, an alley cat who lives in the shadows of Athens searching for food.

Starring: Allen Swift ..
Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1961-12-06
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Switchin' Kitten
44.

Switchin' Kitten

2.6
5.1/10 IMDB

Tom becomes fearless when he feels like going into the eerie castle.

Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1961-09-07
45.

Poop Deck Pirate

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

Woody is trying to sleep in the middle of the big city but there is way too much racket going on. He decides to vacation at the peaceful Tooti Fruiti Islands but there is even noise going on here...coming from a pirate (a literal "Sea dog") trying to bury his treasure. Craving rest and relaxation, Woody is determined to send the nautical canine on his way, eventually blowing him up with a shore mine. The pirate doesn't appreciate this and forces Woody to walk the plank... but, being none too smart, the old tar often ends up many times in the drink himself and not the woodpecker.

Starring: Grace Stafford ..
Directed by: Jack Hannah
Release date: 1961-01-09
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Phantom of the Horse Opera
46.

Phantom of the Horse Opera

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

In the ghost town of Spooksville, Arizona, Woody Woodpecker tangles with an outlaw who disguises himself as a ghost to scare Woody away.

Starring: Grace Stafford ..
Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1961-09-25
47.

St. Moritz Blitz

2.4
5.2/10 IMDB

The register of the hotel in St. Moritz is receiving its annual "dust off" in prepration for the influx of guests at the opening of the skating season.

Starring: Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1961-05-15
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Topology: Jordan's Curve Theory
48.

Topology: Jordan's Curve Theory

2.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Short animated film commissioned by IBM - to illustrate Camille Jordan's concept of topology - the fact that a simple closed curve divides a plane into an inside and an outside.

Directed by: Charles Eames, Ray Eames
Release date: 1961-03-26
49.

New York Lightboard Record

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

New Yorkers watch as Norman McLaren's animated promotional film for Canadian tourism plays on the giant pixelboard overlooking Times Square. The caption below the board reads: "Canada... Wonderful World At Your Doorstep". McLaren himself is a member of the crowd.

Starring: Norman McLaren ..
Directed by: Norman McLaren
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1961 : Down and Outing
50.

Down and Outing

2.3
4.7/10 IMDB

Tom accompanies his owner, Clint Clobber, who has severe anger management issues, on a fishing trip.

Starring: Allen Swift ..
Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1961-10-25

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