Best Animation Movies of 1964
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Sam the snowman tells us the story of a young red-nosed reindeer who, after being ousted from the reindeer games because of his glowing nose, teams up with Hermey, an elf who wants to be a dentist, and Yukon Cornelius, the prospector. They run into the Abominable Snowman and find a whole island of misfit toys. Rudoph vows to see if he can get Santa to help the toys, and he goes back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. But Santa's sleigh is fogged in. But when Santa looks over Rudolph, he gets a very bright idea...
The Pink Phink
A house painter can't understand why everything he paints blue turns pink.
Hey There, It's Yogi Bear
Yogi Bear and his pal Boo Boo are shipped off to the San Diego Zoo by Jellystone National Park's Ranger Smith who is tired of Yogi's "pick-a-nick" basket stealing. Yogi escapes by convincing a bear named Cornpone to switch places with him and go to sunny California and returns to the park. His girlfriend, Cindy, not realizing Yogi has escaped, goes looking for him and is kidnapped by a circus owne
The Incredible Mr. Limpet
Milquetoast Henry Limpet experiences his fondest wish and is transformed into a fish. As a talking fish he assists the US Navy in hunting German submarines during World War II.
Of Stars and Men
Of Stars and Men is a 1964 animated film from the Hubley family of animators, based on the 1959 book of the same name by astronomer Harlow Shapley, who also narrates. Made in the style of a documentary, it tells of humankind's quest (in the form of a child) to find its place in the universe, through themes such as outer space, physical matter, the meaning of life and the periodic table. There are no character voices; instead, they "talk" through their actions. It has been cited as an example of an "animated documentary".
Night has fallen, and the Pink Panther is looking for a place to sleep. A flop house denies him access, but he fortunately finds a key on the ground that gives him entry to a man's home, in which the Pink Panther helps himself to the man's shaving equipment, electric toothbrush, and bed. The man, a drunk, arrives home after one of his binges and, casting eyes on the pink feline in his bed, thinks he's having an alcoholic hallucination. He calls Alcoholics Anonymous to send someone to help him quit drinking. A man from A.A. throws all of the drunk's booze bottles into a garbage can, and they sit down to share a carton of milk. Then, both men see the Pink Panther walk past them! Befuddled, the two men rush to find the Department of Sanitation truck carrying the bottles of booze. After what they've seen, a drinking spree is in order!
The people of a town are condemned to die one by one by a mysterious stranger who erects a gallows in the town square.
War and Pieces
After another failed series of attempts to catch the ever-elusive Road Runner with a grenade, a bow, a rope, invisible paint, and a gun disguised as a peep show, Wile E. Coyote uses a rocket to chase after the bird. The rocket goes off course, crashes through the earth and sends Wile E. to China where a Chinese Road Runner greets him.
Dr. Devil and Mr. Hare
Bugs and the Tasmanian Devil battle it out in a jungle hospital, with Bugs convincing Taz that he's sicker than he thinks.
The Cat Above and the Mouse Below
Tom, famous baritone Signor Thomasino Catti-Cazzaza, enthralls a concert audience with his rendition of "Largo al factotum", from Rossini's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia", while Jerry strives for sleep under the stage.
Snowbody Loves Me
Waif mouse Jerry, encrusted with snow, peers through a warmly lit window at Tom asleep by the fire in a room full of cheese.
Clay or The Origin of Species
Traces the rise of life on earth from primordial ooze to the present.
Perhaps the only film whose content is totally based on the musical form known as canon. The first sequence is a simple demonstration of the canon "Frere Jacques" where four cubes dance and combine with one another on a checkerboard. The second sequence show four little human-like figures dancing in space. The third and most elaborate sequence shows a human going through several strange gesticulations. Through multiple printing we realize that the man, as in the previous sequences, is part of a visual canon and is making the gestures to himself. As we hear variations on the canonic theme so too do we witness visual variations: a woman and cat enters the canon. To show the musical technique of inversion, the image of the man is printed upside down.
Woody's Clip Joint
Woody is getting his hair cut at the local barber when suddenly, said barber walks right out on him (it's his lunch break)...
Is There a Doctor in the Mouse?
Jerry mixes and drinks a high-acceleration potion which renders him so fast that he eats all of Tom's food before the bewildered cat can even see him.
Deep Freeze Squeeze
Marooned on a ship in wintertime, Chilly Willy and Smedley try to eat one another.
Big Bad Wolf and his nephew use a club for rabbits, Club del Conejo, to try to catch Bugs.
A hot-tempered bandit, Pancho Vanilla, robs a Mexican bank and rushes to his hideout to count the loot. Speedy Gonzales, Mexico's fastest mouse, follows Pancho there, intending to return the money to the bank. He challenges Pancho to a duel and then speeds past him again and again, bringing every cent of the money back to the bank and causing a flustered and enraged Pancho to shoot himself in the feet.
A Message to Gracias
Sylvester Cat has caught and eaten every messenger the Mexican revolutionary mice send to General Gracias. So, Speedy Gonzales is summoned to outwit and outrun Sylvester and reach the General with an important message, which turns out to be a birthday greeting!
Nuts and Volts
Sylvester Cat turns to automation in hopes it will help him catch the fastest mouse in Mexico, Speedy Gonzales. He builds a robot to chase Speedy around their house, but Speedy outsmarts Sylvester's new mechanical stooge, reducing it to a heap of scrap metal.
How to Avoid Friendship
The Independent League of Loners, known as the ILL, has studied the problem of excess camaraderie and has formulated this happy guide to solitude. A case study of person types to avoid.
Alf, Bill and Fred
This is a short film about a man, a dog and a duck who enjoy bouncing together.
Much Ado About Mousing
When a bulldog tells Jerry to "just whistle" any time that he needs him, Tom's in for big trouble until he puts earmuffs on the mutt.
The Unshrinkable Jerry Mouse
Tom enjoys the role of top cat until an adorable red-and-white-haired kitten is brought into the house of a young blonde woman.
Mister Rossi on the Beach
Mister Rossi goes to the seaside.
Woody is freezing and hungry, too. To get warm, he burns his furniture and begins to burn pages from the family album... till he comes across one of his Uncle Scrooge Woodpecker. He goes to visit Uncle Scrooge in hopes of a handout and finds his house guarded by 10 crocodiles. Even worse than the crocodiles is Uncle Scrooge.
Woody is in Rome and is upsetting the Emperor, so he has his guard chase him down.
The Iceman Ducketh
When Daffy hears that the Klondike trading post is paying good money for furs, Bugs' pelt becomes endangered.
Señorella and the Glass Huarache
In a Mexican restaurant, a man named Jose tells to his friend, Manuel, the story of Senorella, a Mexican version of Cinderella. Senorella's dream of liberation from her slavish existence under the yoke of her wicked "Strap-mother" and "Strap-seesters", comes true after her fairy godmother grants her a night as a ravishing beauty at the fiesta at a bullfighter's father's estate.
Road to Andalay
Sylvester Cat uses a hunting bird, Malcolm Falcon, in another unsuccessful attempt to catch Speedy Gonzales, the fastest mouse in Mexico.
Bartholomew Versus the Wheel
The story of Bartholomew, a dog who hates wheels, as he grows from a puppy to a very large dog.
Biplane battles over France in World War I between Bugs and Baron (Yosemite) Sam Von Shamm.
Dirty McNasty wants Woody's horse and horsenaps it! Woody follows the villain into town and proceeds to wreck the place in order to get his horse back.
Hawaiian Aye Aye
Tweety Bird is on vacation with his mistress, Granny, in Hawaii, where Sylvester Cat is scrounging for food on a beach...
Learning to Live
The film twice states that it doesn't intend a moral injunction, but it clearly does with comments such as "our society... regards sexual intercourse outside marriage as irresponsible and possibly disastrous" and "you can use your knowledge with responsibility and real love or you can use it wantonly and with mere animal appetite". This is clearly marriage education not sex education.
Jordan’s imagery is exquisite and eloquent, concentrating on simple, repeated use of particularly poetic symbols and figures, a conglomerative effect of old Gustave Dore drawings, 19th century whatnot memorabilia, all fused to a totally aware perception. —Lita Eliseu, East Village Other
The construction of a freeway threatens to destroy Woody's home.
Sylvester Cat is a basket case, convinced that baby kangaroo Hippety Hopper is everywhere, around every corner, waiting to damage his pride yet again in front of his son. Junior takes his fearful father to a cat psychiatrist to whom Sylvester confides his constant frustration at being unable to defeat the "giant mouse".
Dumb Like a Fox
Woody and Fink Fox are teamed up as buddies roaming the Western Plains.
Two soldiers patrolling opposite sides of the border between two countries speculate on what the world would be like if there were more cooperation between individuals and nations.
Son of Tor
Carl Denham (returns to Tor's plateau ("Tor, King of Beasts" 1962) with a friend.
Tracks on the Asphalt
Once the boy Vova went off to ride a bicycle and disappeared for the whole day. His puppy was waiting for his master at the door, but he did not come. An adult dog, Barbos, passed by, who decided to ask the puppy why he was so sad. Since there was still nothing to do, he decided to help his little friend to find the boy. Soon they came on his trail and, thanks to their scent, were able to recreate all the events that occurred this day.
Rendezvous in Space
This documentary, the final film directed by Frank Capra, explores America's plans for the future of space exploration. It was produced by the Martin-Marietta Corporation for exhibition in the Hall of Science at the 1964 New York World's Fair.
The tattoos of two men lying on a beach come to life, and start playing tricks on the surrounding bathers.
Return to Oz
Rather than adapt a later or create a new Oz story, this production has Dorothy still in posession of the shoes, and she clings to an apple tree during a tornado which takes her back to Oz. The Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Lion (using the names created for the nearly-abstract television series, Tales of the Wizard of Oz, from which this was derived) have had their MGM gifts destroyed by the restored Wicked Witch, and the four proceed to the Wizard for help, who is ineffectual as usual.
And So Tibet
One in the "Modern Madcap" series.
Chilly tries to borrow some coal from the ski resort Smedley works at, but Smedley stops him.
Get Lost! Little Doggy
While walking past a pet shop, a dog catches Woody's attention, Woody buys him, names him Duffy and takes him home., Woody lives at Mrs. Meany's Boarding House and no dog are allowed, so Woody goes through many attempts to sneak Duffy in under Mrs. Meany's nose.
The Huffless, Puffless, Dragon
While all the other dragons are puffing away, one dragon refuses to smoke. They all think he's totally square and a number of them challenge him to fights, races, and arm-wrestling contests. As he defeats them all with his clean lungs and nicotine-free body, they begin to think that maybe he's the cool one after all.
Goodie's Good Deed
In his first outing at trying to do his first good deed as a Boy Scout, Goodie is tormented by the evil gremlins at every turn. The other gremlins hate Goodie because he won't let them have fun going bad things. When he stops two gremlins from starting a fight with two friendly neighbors, the evil sprites tie Goodie up and continue to make trouble with the neighbors. Getting some assistance from an unlikely source, Goodie foils the gremlins' scheme, and the two neighbors became pals once again.