Best Animation Movies of 1962
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol
In this animated musical version of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", Ebenezer Scrooge - via Mr. Magoo's starring performance in a stage production of the classic - doesn't have a ghost of a chance unless he learns the true meaning of Christmas from the three spirits who haunt him one Christmas Eve.
Mewsette is a starry-eyed cat who grows weary of life on a French farm and heads for the excitement of 1890s Paris. Her tomcat suitor, Jaune-Tom, and his furry cohort, Robespierre, chase after Mewsette, but she's already fallen under the spell of a feline modeling-school racket run by Madame Rubens-Chatte and her slimy assistant, Meowrice.
The Plain Man's Guide to Advertising
A surreal mix of advertising tropes from the 1960s is very funny but has a neat anti-capitalist undertow.
A Sheep in the Deep
Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog punch into work, with Sam guarding a flock of sheep against Ralph's attempts to snatch some mutton for dinner. Ralph uses a lull-a-bye record to put Sam to sleep and steals one of the sheep, but the lamb unzips itself to reveal someone very unexpected beneath!
An experiment in pure design by film artists Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart. Lines, ruled directly on film, move with precision and grace against a background of changing colors, in response to music specially composed for the films.
Love Me, Love Me, Love Me.
A short film by Richard Williams.
Zoom at the Top
Wile E. Coyote tries and fails to catch the Road Runner using a bear trap with a bird seed bait, a jet rocket, an ice-making machine, and a boomerang.
Yosemite Sam marries a widow for her money, and once the honeymoon is over, the woman reveals her real bossy...
Blacque Jacque Shellacque dams the river and plans to charge everyone a fortune for water, but not if Bugs Bunny has anything to say about it.
Louvre Come Back to Me!
Pepe Le Pew, the eternally amorous skunk, is in Paris, where the smell of his odor sends a female cat upward to hit a freshly painted flagpole, which puts a white stripe on her back and causes Pepe to think she is a girl skunk. He lustfully pursues her into the Louvre art gallery, where his foul scent causes the images in several paintings to change poses to show their disgust. The female cat's feline lover has also come into the Louvre and challenges Pepe to a duel for possession of her, but is thwarted by Pepe's unbearable stench.
Adventures of the Road-Runner
Adventures of the Road-Runner is an animated film, directed by Chuck Jones and co-directed by Maurice Noble and Tom Ray. It was the intended pilot for a TV series starring Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, but was never picked up until four years later when Warner Bros. Television produced The Road Runner Show for CBS from 1966 to 1968 and later on ABC from 1971 to 1973. As a result, it was split into three further shorts. The first one was To Beep or Not to Beep (1963). The other two were assembled by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises in 1965 after they took over the Looney Tunes series. The split-up shorts were titled Road Runner a Go-Go and Zip Zip Hooray!.
Speedy Gonzales' lethargic cousin, Slowpoke Rodriguez, comes to visit Speedy's hacienda, to the delight of Sylvester Cat, who is confident he will be able to catch Slowpoke for dinner.
My Financial Career
A neurotic man relates his unsuccessful attempt to open a simple savings account at a bank.
Daffy Duck is ordered by his loud-mouthed wife to sit on their egg in a nest. When Daffy adjusts the nest to make it more comfortable, the egg rolls away from him and into a crocodile hatchery, where it is indistinguishable from all the other eggs. When Daffy picks what he think is his egg from the crocodile hatchery, a male crocodile gives chase and does battle with Daffy for the egg.
Fish and Slips
Sylvester Cat decides to take his son, Junior, on a fishing trip- inside a closed-to-business aquarium with all kinds of exotic fish, some not very friendly to Sylvester.
A spoiled-rotten monarch orders royal chef Yosemite Sam to make "Hasenpfeffer", the basic ingredient of which is rabbit. When Bugs comes to the door asking to borrow some carrots, Sam decides to cook him!
Bill of Hare
The Tasmanian Devil finds Bugs cooking dinner underneath a beach boardwalk.
Martian Through Georgia
Way out in space, on another world whose population is contented, one of its people decides that travel broadens the mind and relieves boredom. So, he flies to Earth in hope of helping the alien Earthlings improve their lot, only to cause panic and be declared a monster just because he looks different. So, he decides to return home, where, at least, he can find love.
Yogi's Birthday Party
The sponsors enlist Ranger Smith to throw a surprise party for Yogi Bear. Good luck keeping it a surprise! Yogi can smell a birthday cake miles away.
Short in the Saddle
Woody Woodpecker goes out West.
The first in a series of "Beary Family" cartoons, Walter Lantz's last original cartoon series. Bessie Beary, wife of Charlie Beary, introduces us to the family which also includes son, Junior, daughter, Suzy, and pet, Goose, which, as Bessie explains, does not get along with Charlie. The story which unfolds explains why. It was Suzy's birthday and Charlie went to get a goose for her birthday supper. Unfortunately, Suzy thought the goose was intended as a pet and untied it leaving Charlie at its mercy. Goose settles into the family unit although Charlie declares, "Someday I'm gonna cook that goose!"
Gabby Gator lives in the Okeedokee Swamp. Wally's watching one of those "cook" shows on TV about how to prepare a bird for dinner. Gabby's starving so bad that he licks the TV screen, but that doesn't help. He sends a telegram to Woody: his country needs him. Woody needs to try out the new "Atlas (But Not Least) Space Rocket." Woody arrives, suitcase in hand, ready for anything- except being an alligator's dinner...
Self Defense... for Cowards
In a series of vignettes, we see how to "win" a barroom fight by such tactics as going limp, garlic breath, screaming, enlisting the help of a large, intimidating friend, etc.
Mother Was a Rooster
Foghorn Leghorn is sound asleep when the barnyard dog places an ostrich egg beside him for a gag. When Foghorn awakes and sees the egg...
Calling Dr. Woodpecker
Woody impersonates a doctor with the usual madcap events.
Room and Bored
Woody decides to make a home in a telephone pole where he encounters Smedley, a lineman determined to stop his company's property from trespass.
Icarus Montgolfier Wright
The film focuses on the thoughts inside the head of a man, an astronaut scheduled to go to the Moon. As he ponders the flight, he laments having an “ordinary” name he fears will not resonate throughout history. His thoughts lead him to consider some of the pioneers of flight-Icarus and his wings, the Montgolfier brothers and their balloon and the Wright brothers and heavier than air flight. (IMDb)
The Jet Cage
Tweety sits in his house, forlorn over the fact he can't fly outside like other birds because of his hungry feline predator, Sylvester.
It's alligator hibernation season in the Everglades, but Gabby Gator is wide awake and eager to have Woody for dinner.
A Symposium on Popular Songs
Professor Ludwig von Drake plays a variety of popular music, all of which he wrote. First, ragtime: the Rutabaga Rag, with vegetables dancing in stop-motion. Next, the Charleston, with cut-out animation of a singer and dancers. Dixieland and more cut-out animation; the crooner/love ballad; 50's doo-wop; and finally, rockabilly.
The Slick Chick
Foghorn Leghorn makes the mistake of volunteering to mind Widow Hen's mischievous son while she's away.
Two Mexican crows, flying to Guadalajara on the wings of an airplane, spot a corn field on the ground below and dive into it...
The Monster of Highgate Ponds
The story of three children who find themselves with a friendly monster that grows at an alarming rate.
Woody wakes up from his home in the big city and tries to get some food. After being attacked by a little old lady (for trying to steal her popcorn), he flies to the country where he notices a farmer and his pet crow, Jubilee, the latter of which is well fed. Woody makes a deal with the crow (they'll trade places) and Jubilee heads to the city while Woody disguises himself as the crow. When Woody's disguise comes off, the farmer isn't impressed and plans to stuff and mount the bird. Woody manages to talk his way out of it and is free to go only to be clobbered by a vengeful returning Jubilee who also had eyes on the lady's popcorn!
Two men discuss the nature of accidents and the possibility of nuclear war.
Daffy Duck is a stow-away on a ship commanded by a portly, Captain Bligh-like figure, who orders his First Mate, a parrot named Mr. Tristan, to locate any stowaways aboard his ship and to provide a rope to hang the unwanted passengers. Daffy is found and sentenced to hang but offers to entertain the Captain with magic if the Captain will spare his life.
Little Woody Riding Hood
Woody's take on the story of Little Red Riding Hood, but Gabby Gator tries to steal the wolf's part.
Buddies Thicker Than Water
On a snowy night in the city, Jerry is comfortably asleep in his hole inside a penthouse, while Tom tries to keep from freezing to death in the alley below.
No. 12: Heaven and Earth Magic
The first part depicts the heroine's toothache consequent to the loss of a very valuable watermelon, her dentistry and transportation to heaven. Next follows an elaborate exposition of the heavenly land, in terms of Israel and Montreal. The second part depicts the return to Earth from being eaten by Max Müller on the day Edward VII dedicated the Great Sewer of London.
Smedley's the caretaker of Greenleaf Park, a job that he likes very much because he cares for all the trees, and he just loves trees.
Home Sweet Homewrecker
Woody has a tit-for-tat with Bucky Beaver as they attempt to destroy each other's house in this riotous cartoon.
A Christmas Fantasy
Impressions of the lights of Christmas as they transform a winter's night. The myriad lights of a city seen through frost-sparkling air, the wonder on children's faces, the lyrical music of harp, celesta and flute--all combine to create the nostalgic mood of Christmas.
Tall in the Trap
When Jerry rustles cheese from the Dry Gulch General Store, Sheriff Mutt Dillin hires Tom, the fastest trap in the West.
Woody goes to a magic show. He chomps popcorn and continually ribs the magician about his "easy" tricks, finally driving most of the audience away. Then the magician calls Woody on stage to "assist" him in a few "tricks," which enables him to get back at Woody for some of his taunts. Then Woody turns the tables, putting the magician under a magic spell. As the magician comes out of the spell, he tries to get rid of Woody by shooting him out of a cannon. But after the shot is fired, Woody's still there. In desperation, the magician climbs into the cannon and fires himself off the stage!
Fish and Chips
Smedley is guarding his master's estate when he receives a package in the mail containing Chilly Willy. Chilly immediately sets his sights on devouring the master's stuffed barracuda which Smedley does everything in his power to prevent...
The Tom and Jerry Cartoon Kit
A demonstration of how to make a "Tom & Jerry" cartoon.
Mouse Into Space
Jerry, tired of Tom's repeated attempts to kill him, leaves the house to join a space program. Tom tries to convince Jerry to stay, but to no avail.
Carmen Get It!
Jerry runs into the Metropolitan Opera, trying to evade Tom.
In a 19th century fishing harbor, the captain of the Komquot is obsessed with catching the great white whale Dicky Moe. His obsession unnerves his crew so badly that they all desert the ship. Shortly afterward, the captain finds Tom searching for food in the harbor, knocks him out, and takes him aboard. Tom believes at first that he is going on a cruise, but the captain soon puts him to work scrubbing the deck.
Tom's owner, Clint Clobber, is grilling steaks in his backyard. The steak's scent reaches Jerry, who is aroused by it and is led to the steak.