Best Animation Movies of 1963
The Sword in the Stone
Wart is a young boy who aspires to be a knight's squire. On a hunting trip he falls in on Merlin, a powerful but amnesiac wizard who has plans for him beyond mere squiredom. He starts by trying to give him an education, believing that once one has an education, one can go anywhere. Needless to say, it doesn't quite work out that way.
Bugs is given a room for the night at the castle of Count Bloodcount in Transylvania.
Coming Out Party
Its up to Inspector Willoughby to capture an escaped convict.
To Beep or Not to Beep
Wile E. Coyote hopes to stop and catch the Road Runner using a huge, boulder-throwing catapult. But no matter where Wile E. positions himself, the catapult drops the boulder on him.
The Great Toy Robbery
This short animation stars the world's most-wanted good guy: Santa Claus. In this spoof of the Wild West, good triumphs over evil, but not before the evil robbers and their innocent victims have romped through some odd situations.
Mad as a Mars Hare
Marvin the Martian is monitoring through his telescope a rocket launch on Earth. The rocket heads straight for him and lands on Mars. The only occupant is Bugs Bunny, lured into Cape Canaveral by a carrot and sent to Mars as an expendable "astro-rabbit". Bugs is to claim Mars in the name of the Earth, but Marvin won't allow an Earth creature to contaminate his atmosphere. He trains a time-projector gun on Bugs and reverts the bunny to a Neanderthal Rabbit, who crushes Marvin with one hand.
Now Hear This
In this surreal cartoon that plays with the idea of sound effects, a near-deaf old man finds one of the devil's lost horns and tries to use it as an ear trumpet.
In a spoof of TV's "Untouchables" Rocky and Mugsy chase "Elegant Ness" (Bugs) through the ACME cereal company.
An animated, dark satire of America's automobile-obsessed, consumerist culture. An anonymous, brilliant scientist toils tirelessly in his ivory tower satisfying the public's ever-increasing demands for novelty and status consciousness, with predictable environmental consequences.
Mel Brooks is an old man watching abstract animations.
The Monster Cockroach
Adaptation of a fairy tale Korney Chukovsky. As big and strong animals, succumbing to panic, obey little cockroach.
The Million Hare
Bugs races Daffy to get to the TV station first and win the prize on the "Beat Your Buddy" show.
Fast Buck Duck
Daffy Duck, in his flat in the midst of a junkyard, reads that a millionaire seeks a loyal, entertaining, and trustworthy boon companion.
Woolen Under Where
Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog are friends, housemates and coworkers who become bitter enemies, but strictly while they're on the clock. A suit of armor, a skin diving outfit, a unicycle and a makeshift tank figure in Ralph's schemes.
A horny hipster rooster, attracted to the hens in Foghorn Leghorn's barnyard, disguises himself as a baby foundling on Foghorn's doorstep. Foghorn adopts the girl-crazy rooster as his son, giving him access to all the chickens on the farm!
Glamorous screen star Woody Woodpecker is constantly beset by a publicity photographer who wants to take his picture. Finally, Woody gets away for a vacation in the woods, thinking that he has escaped the bright lights and publicity men for a while. However, who shows up but the pesky photographer? Woody tries a number of tricks to get rid of the photographer, including setting a grizzly bear on him. In the end, the photographer gets back at Woody with a cannonball in the rear end.
Three separate sequences related to Christmas, animated in different styles: cutout animation of children dancing in the snow to "Jingle Bells," stop-motion animation of toys come to life, and cel animation of a man who seeks the ideal star to top his Christmas tree.
Tom is living the life of luxury, high atop a fancy apartment building. Jerry is starving way down below when he spots a lunchbox on a girder at a construction site. Jerry goes in, the girder goes up, and the lunchbox falls off, landing on Tom, and the chase is on.
Speedy Gonzales helps his fellow mice get food from the Guadalajara Food Processing plant, guarded by Sylvester the Cat.
When Bugs takes Wile E. Coyote's place in a cartoon, the Bugs/Coyote roles and rules become confused.
Claws in the Lease
Sylvester Cat and his son, Junior, live in a dump, and Junior decides to find them a home. He does, but the fat lady who lives there only wants to adopt Junior and separates the kitten from his father. So, Sylvester makes a number of attempts to gain access to her house.
Lost in a desert, Daffy Duck finds a gold nugget and is unwilling to part with it even though he is in desperate need of water.
I Was a Teenage Thumb
George Ebenezer Thumb and his wife, Prunhilda, are a medieval, rural, English couple who desperately want a child...
Devil's Feud Cake
Another in a series of Warner's economy cartoons featuring clips from previous Bugs Bunny-Yosemite Sam cartoons. After Sam is killed in each pursuit, he meets with the devil, who goads him into continuing to chase the bunny. Eventually, Sam balks and, donning a devil's outfit, tells the devil, "If you want him, you can get him yourself! I'm staying!"
While flying south with a flock of ducks, Woody is shot at and hunted by a hunter and his dog.
Polish educational cartoon about dinosaurs
The Tenant's Racket
The cartoon starts off with Woody who, tired of flying, stops to rest on a cloud...
The False Note
A day in the life of an organ grinder, down on his luck, who wanders the streets of Paris, dreaming of what might be. He can't help but crank out the occasional false note, just often enough to enrage his listeners and discourage any donations. He dreams of playing a large pipe organ. The juke box drowns him out at a cocktail bar, a church organ drowns him out on a street, pinball machines drown him out at Luna Park. The city's neon lights and commercial posters overwhelm his small art. At the end of the day, he captures the tear of a calliope horse - his sole earnings for the day - which may prove magical.
A surrealistic fantasy based on the 15th century woodcuts of the dance of the dead. A film experiment that deals with the photoreality and the surrealism of life. A collage-animation that cuts up photos and newsreel film and reassembles them, producing an image that is a mixture of unexplainable fact (Why is Harpo Marx playing a harp in the middle of a battlefield?) with inexplicable act (Why is there a battlefield?). It is a black comedy, a fantasy that mocks death ... a parabolic parable.
Mexican Cat Dance
Mexican mice take over a bullfight ring after all the people have left, and they arrange their own entertainment, with Speedy Gonzales as a matador and Sylvester Cat substituting for a bull.
A mad scientist introduces himself to us ("Come! I show you around!") and explains his specialty is crossing things ("I cross a pine mit a apple and I get a pineapple!"). His biggest ambition is cross his pet ape with something but doesn't know what. Enter Woody who comes to his door selling magazines. The scientist decides to cross the ape with a woodpecker and create a flying ape. Woody naturally doesn't want the experiment to take place and tries to flee the scientist's house after being captured. In the end, though, it's the ape who gets the last laugh...
An animated film made by Walerian Borowczyk for W.D. & H.O. Wills. A very pompous cigar smoker reminisces about the good old days when the lower classes knew their place and stayed away from cigars meant only for the privileged. However, after he and his society for cigar smokers watch an advert by British tobacco importers W.D. & H.O. Wills explaining their successive methods of cigar-making, his elitist ideals are shaken.
Tepee for Two
When Woody makes way too much racket with his TV set and musical instruments, his neighbors have had enough and evict him from the entire city...
Philbert (Three's a Crowd)
In this live-action sitcom with animated elements, a cartoonist named Griff draws Philbert comics. Philbert has the ability to come to life in the form of a six-inch-tall cartoon character. Philbert tries to cause trouble between Griff and his girlfriend Angela when he overhears her plans to marry Griff.
Breer’s animation explores the theme and variation of the drawn line: a line in constant movement and transformation. With a very sketchy style, he demonstrates how a simple, abstract image can fill and satisfy the imagination of the film viewer. - MoMA
As Pesky Pelican flies south for the winter, his wings begin to ice up. He's puzzled until he finds the South Pole.
Fly With Von Drake
Ludwig Von Drake covers the history of aviation through live action and animated clips.
Chilly Willy goes deep sea fishing coming up with an old shoe which he proceeds to cook.
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
A nonsense song, sung by Burl Ives and given unrestrained interpretation by the cartoonist. Of course, by the time the song ends the old lady has swallowed much more than a fly. Written by Canadian folksinger Alan Mills.
Beetle's High Horps
Beatle, Zero and Sergeant Snorkle are assigned to deliver a statue of a famous Civil War general astride his horse for Camp Swamp's courtyard. After picking up the piece from the sculptor, the boys manage to break it. Fearful of the consequences, Sergeant Snorkle disguises himself as the long-dead General while Beetle and Zero masquerade as the horse. As usual, the deception is soon discovered. Meanwhile, To bring Camp Swampy to the attention of The Pentagon, Gen. Halftrack decides to put a man on the moon. And Beetle Bailey is chosen to volunteer.
One-Eyed Jack, great-great-grandson of that notorious pirate, Black Jack, hijacks a battleship, but he then has to face that internationally-famous detective, Inspector Willoughby in a battle of wits. Hopping into his outboard motorboat, he puts One-Eyed Jack under arrest, but One-Eyed Jack promptly sinks him and his boat with pistol fire. One-Eyed Jack laughs, but Willoughby arrests him again from the conning tower of a submarine.
A man's repeated attempts to retrieve an apple off a high tree branch all prove fruitless. What does he want the apple for? That would be Telling.
Greedy Gabby Gator
Gabby Gator tries to cook Woody for dinner, but he instead finds himself the pursued when an unfriendly cousin, a crocodile, decides that an alligator would be a tasty dish. Gabby's radar spies Woody heading toward the Okedokee Swamp, so he snares Woody in a set and tries to make Woody think that he's arrived at Gabby's Health Resort. Woody soon finds that he's destined to be the main ingredient in a Woodpecker stew. He managed to escape from Gabby with the help of the crocodile, who occupies Gabby with his own chase.
Woody flies onto a Hawaii-bound ocean liner, causing havoc for a captain and his dog. The ship's dog tries to catch him, with no luck.
Case of the Cold Storage Yegg
Notorious criminal Yeggs Benedict, having just pulled a $50,000 bank robbery, hears a radio report in his hideout that Inspector Willoughby has been assigned the case. Well aware of the Inspector's uncanny ability as a sleuth, Yeggs takes off for the Himalaya Mountains of Tibet. Yeggs no sooner reaches his cave hideout than he sees Willoughby approaching on yakback- the yak sniffing the trail a la bloodhound. Trapped on a dangerous, avalanche-threatened trail, Yeggs starts an avalanche, but it engulfs him instead.
The Case of the Kangeroo Kid
The plot of this particular episode revolves around a Kangaroo cub’s disappearance, concluding in a graveyard where ghost rabbits sing a song. This sequence really has nothing to do with the rest of the picture, of course, but somehow it seems par for the course in this world.
The Goose Is Wild
Charlie Beary, furiously plowing through a mountain of bills, vows that he's going to cut expenses.
Harry Happy puts on a bright smile to the world that does him wrong, while barking orders to his terrified wife at home. But a marriage counselor gives him a better idea.
In this one, Charlie is trying to go on a fishing trip but Bessie's mom is coming along to bark orders at him.
Goose in the Rough
It's spring! All the birds are nesting- that is, all but Goose Beary. She just sits, gazing longingly out the window at happy birds. A car horn and loud voice brings Charlie Beary to the window. It seems that Charlie and his friend Pete have a golf date. Charlie leaves his hatful of golf balls on a chair as he gets his clubs. Goose finds them and happily sits on them, mistaking them for goose eggs.