Best Animation Movies of 1971

1.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Three children evacuated from London during World War II are forced to stay with an eccentric spinster (Eglantine Price). The children's initial fears disappear when they find out she is in fact a trainee witch.

Starring: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffe, John Ericson, Bruce Forsyth, Cindy O'Callaghan, Roy Snart, Ian Weighill, Tessie O'Shea ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1971-10-07
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : Here Comes Peter Cottontail
2.

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Peter Cottontail wants to be the #1 chief Easter Bunny, and everyone in April Valley agrees...except for Evil Irontail. Peter must deliver more eggs than this archrival to earn the top spot...and save Easter for children everywhere!

Starring: Danny Kaye, Vincent Price, Casey Kasem, Paul Frees, Joan Gardner, Iris Rainer, Greg Thomas ..
Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass
Release date: 1971-04-04
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : A Christmas Carol
3.

A Christmas Carol

3.8
7.6/10 IMDB

Ebenezer Scrooge, a skinflint visited by the spirits of Christmas past, present and future one fateful Christmas Eve. It's up to them to help the old crab see the error of his ways. And they do, to the delight of Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim.

Starring: Alastair Sim, Michael Redgrave ..
Directed by: Richard Williams
Release date: 1971-12-21
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : The Cat in the Hat
4.

The Cat in the Hat

3.7
7.4/10 IMDB

In a marvelously animated version of one of the most beloved of all Dr. Seuss tales, two youngsters find themselves at home with nothing to do on a rainy afternoon. But when the magical, mischievous Cat in the Hat arrives on the scene, they're all cat-apulted into a day of rousing, romping, outlandish antics they - and you - will never forget!

Starring: Allan Sherman, Daws Butler, Pamelyn Ferdin, Tony Frazier, Gloria Camacho, Thurl Ravenscroft, Gene Morford ..
Directed by: Hawley Pratt
Release date: 1971-07-04
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : The Island of Doctor Agor
5.

The Island of Doctor Agor

3.3
7.0/10 IMDB

An adaptation of the classic H.G. Wells story "The Island of Doctor Moreau".

Starring: Tim Burton ..
Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 1971-01-01
6.

Synchromy

3.1
7.1/10 IMDB

The film's soundtrack is an original musical composition produced with synthetic sound - through photographing unusual geometric shapes and running them through an optical sound head. The images are an artistic rendering of this soundtrack.

Directed by: Norman McLaren
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : How Death Came to Earth
7.

How Death Came to Earth

3.1
6.5/10 IMDB

How Death Came to Earth is a 14 minute cutout animation film by Ishu Patel produced in 1971 by the National Film Board of Canada. The film deals with an Indian myth of creation, and is notable for its trippy visual style.

Directed by: Ishu Patel
Release date: 1971-03-04
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : Play It Again, Charlie Brown
8.

Play It Again, Charlie Brown

2.9
7.4/10 IMDB

Play It Again, Charlie Brown is the seventh prime-time animated TV special based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. This non-holiday Peanuts special centers on Lucy, her infatuation with Schroeder, and her willingness to do anything to win his affections.

Starring: Danny Hjeim, Pamelyn Ferdin, Stephen Shea, Lynda Mendelson, Hilary Momberger-Powers, Chris Inglis, Christopher DeFaria, Bill Melendez ..
Directed by: Bill Melendez
Release date: 1971-03-28
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : Thank You Mask Man
9.

Thank You Mask Man

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

This short animation set to Lenny Bruce's live monologue tells how the Lone Ranger hooks up with Tonto. With Bruce doing all the voices, this animation begins with local folks upset at the Lone Ranger because he won't stay around to be thanked after a good deed. So, he stays and finds he likes hearing "Thank you mask man." When their attention starts to shift elsewhere, he shocks and disgusts the townspeople with a final request. According to the cartoon’s producer John Magnuson, at early showings of this, gay audiences were upset by its apparent “fag-bashing”. And it’s true, part of the fun of the piece is just crying out “Masked man’s a fag”, scandalising and defacing the image of this all-American hero. But it’s within the larger context of Bruce’s analysis of heroism, and that the towns people reject the Masked Man is because of their prejudices, not because Bruce is asking us to endorse them. (from: http://ukjarry.blogspot.de/2010/01/352-lenny-bruce-thank-you-mask-man.html)

Starring: Lenny Bruce ..
Directed by: John Magnuson, Lenny Bruce
Release date: 1971-09-28
10.

Pink Tuba-Dore

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

In the Alps, The Pink Panther's sleep is disturbed by a tuba player and his howling dog, and he decides to stop it.

Directed by: Arthur Davis
Release date: 1971-08-04

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