Best Animation Movies of 1971


Bedknobs and Broomsticks

7.0/10 IMDB

Three children evacuated from London during World War II are forced to stay with an eccentric spinster. 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

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

7.4/10 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

A Christmas Carol

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, Diana Quick, Joan Sims, Michael Hordern, Paul Whitsun-Jones, David Tate, Felix Felton, Annie West, Melvyn Hayes ..
Directed by: Richard Williams
Release date: 1971-12-21

The Point

7.5/10 IMDB

Years ago, there was a place called The Land of Point, because everything in The Land of Point had one: the barns, the houses, the cars, everything, even the people. Everyone in The Land of Point had a point at the top of its head. Everyone, that is, except Oblio, who was born round-headed. Since he had no point, Oblio, along with his trusty dog, Arrow, was banished to the Pointless Forest. Join them to see what wonders await these two intrepid travelers as they make their way on their amazing, song-filled journey of discovery!

Starring: Ringo Starr, Paul Frees, Lennie Weinrib, Buddy Foster, Joan Gerber, Mike Lookinland, Bill Martin, Alan Barzman, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Thicke ..
Directed by: Fred Wolf
Release date: 1971-02-02
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat

7.3/10 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


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

How Death Came to Earth

6.7/10 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

Play It Again, Charlie Brown

7.3/10 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

Hot Stuff

6.3/10 IMDB

This tongue-in-cheek cautionary tale by Croatian director Zlatko Grgic traces man's checkered history with fire, and shows how growing carelessness in the form of overloaded sockets, smoldering cigarettes and other fire hazards can have highly undesirable consequences.

Starring: Don Arioli, Gerald Budner, John Howe ..
Directed by: Zlatko Grgi?
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : Pink Tuba-Dore

Pink Tuba-Dore

6.2/10 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
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : Pink Pranks

Pink Pranks

6.0/10 IMDB

The Pink Panther arrives at Nome instead of Rome, and meets a friendly seal, an unfriendly polar bear and a hunter trying to catch the seal.

Directed by: Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1971-08-28
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : Eggs


6.8/10 IMDB

Starring: David Burns, Anita Ellis, Grady Tate ..
Directed by: John Hubley, Faith Hubley
Release date: 1971-10-01
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : Thank You Mask Man

Thank You Mask Man

6.5/10 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:

Starring: Lenny Bruce ..
Directed by: John Magnuson, Lenny Bruce
Release date: 1971-09-28
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : Gong with the Pink

Gong with the Pink

5.8/10 IMDB

The Pink Panther takes a job in a Chinese restaurant that places orders by gong beats, but annoys a man working at the glass shop above the restaurant. (Last Pink Panther cartoon directed by series creator Hawley Pratt.)

Directed by: Hawley Pratt
Release date: 1971-10-20
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : Curious Alice

Curious Alice

6.2/10 IMDB

The story “Alice in Wonderland” is used as a metaphor about the dangers of accidental drug use among children. Curious Alice's trip to Wonderland is not through the rabbit hole, but rather through her home, where the medicine and kitchen cabinets hold substances of lure but danger. After ingesting one of these substances, Alice, now in the Wonderland of her mind, has an altered sense of reality. In her new psychedelic world, she is exposed to more and more drugs, which she may take based on her impaired judgment from the initial drug use.

Starring: Elizabeth Jones ..
Directed by: Dave Dixon
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : The Pink Flea

The Pink Flea

6.3/10 IMDB

The Pink Panther is attacked by a dog flea and tries to get rid of it.

Directed by: Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1971-09-15


6.3/10 IMDB

A humourous illustration of the natural process of evolution.

Directed by: Michael Mills
Release date: 1971-11-04
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : The Selfish Giant

The Selfish Giant

7.2/10 IMDB

A giant builds a wall to keep children out of his garden, but then winter sets in permanently. Children's classic story by Oscar Wilde.

Starring: Paul Hecht ..
Directed by: Peter Sander
Release date: 1971-11-26
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : Pink Blue Plate

Pink Blue Plate

6.1/10 IMDB

The Pink Panther gets a job working in a busy café beside a building site, and has trouble serving food to the construction workers.

Directed by: Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1971-07-18

Woody's Magic Touch

5.9/10 IMDB

In medieval times, Woody goes on a quest to transform a dragon back into the king's son with the aid of a witch's magic wand.

Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1971-05-01
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : A Fly in the Pink

A Fly in the Pink

5.7/10 IMDB

A scientifically-enhanced fruit fly attacks the Pink Panther's apples, and he decides to get revenge.

Starring: Joe Siracusa ..
Directed by: Hawley Pratt
Release date: 1971-06-23

Lupin the Third: Part 1

7.9/10 IMDB

The adventures of the master thief Lupin III and his cohorts as they dive into various escapades, all the while in pursuit by the tenacious Inspector Zenigata.

Starring: Yasuo Yamada, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Gor? Naya, Chikao Ohtsuka, Yukiko Nikaido, Eimei Esumi, Reiko Muto, Junpei Takiguchi, Ichir? Nagai ..
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, Masaaki Osumi
Release date: 1971-10-24
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : Psst Pink

Psst Pink

5.7/10 IMDB

While changing a flat tire, the Pink Panther loses his spare tire and chases after it.

Directed by: Arthur Davis
Release date: 1971-09-15

Sleepy Time Chimes

5.4/10 IMDB

Woody, too tired to continue flying south, tries to get a night's rest in a bell tower.

Starring: Grace Stafford ..
Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1971-02-01

Shanghai Woody

5.2/10 IMDB

A Captain and his first mate shanghai Woody and with plans of having him swab the deck aboard their ship.

Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1971-06-18

The Snoozin' Bruin'

5.1/10 IMDB

Woody has a hibernating bear in his tree, one that won't stop snoring.

Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1971-06-18
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : Flim Flam Fountain

Flim Flam Fountain

5.2/10 IMDB

Woody Woodpecker Show - Flim Flam Fountain. "Flim Flam Fountain" is the 180th animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on 1970, the film was produced by Walter Lantz

Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1971-01-04

The Reluctant Recruit

5.1/10 IMDB

Woody accidently signs up for the Foreign Legion.

Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1971-06-18
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : UFOs


5.7/10 IMDB

Blasting off into cosmic visual abstraction, pioneering computer artist Lillian Schwartz’s UFOs is a kinetic tour-de-force whose innovative pixel pigmentation showcased advanced stereoscopic technology as art.

Directed by: Lillian Schwartz
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : Dresden Dynamo

Dresden Dynamo

5.1/10 IMDB

‘At the work's core is an experimental approach to the stuff of film and a fiercely political outlook. Dresden Dynamo is an abstract assault on the senses. Eschewing a camera, Rhodes affixed patterned Letratone stickers to the film itself and used filters to create red and blue colours. Stripes, dots and wavy lines surge across the screen, and their forms dictate the accompanying barrage of white noise and atonal bleeps.’ --Ben Luke London Evening Standard 26 January 2012

Directed by: Lis Rhodes
Release date: 1971-01-01

The Crunch Bird

5.3/10 IMDB

A woman goes into a pet store seeking a gift for her husband. She decides to get him a bird with a most unusual talent, but her gift brings about an unforeseen result.

Starring: Len Maxwell ..
Directed by: Ted Petok
Release date: 1971-05-11

Kitty from the City

4.4/10 IMDB

On vacation, a married city couple and their kitty, Precious, hop in their RV and drive out to the woods for camping trip. Seeing that Precious is a real scared y-cat, Woody takes advantage and plays jokes on the cat.

Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1971-06-18

How to Trap a Woodpecker

4.4/10 IMDB

George the woodsman's wife, fed up with life in the wilderness, shows him an ad for a fancy but expensive hat. She then kicks him out of his log cabin and sends him on a quest to trap Woody and obtain his feathers to make such a hat. However, all of George's attempts to trap Woody backfire on him. Woody then offers to sacrifice his feathers if George would stop trying to capture him. George accepts the offer, and Woody gives him a big present and tells him the coveted hat is in it. George then goes home and puts the "hat" (which is really a SKUNK!) on his wife's head. When she looks in the mirror and notices the truth, she screams and the skunk sprays her! George's wife is now thoroughly exasperated and promises to get even with him when she finishes her ensuing bath.

Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1971-06-18

Snake in the Gracias

5.4/10 IMDB

Crazylegs Crane gets an amnesia and Toro and Pancho tricks him into thinking he's a frog. They use him to guard them from the Blue Racer, the fastest snake in the west, who wants to have them for a meal.

Starring: Don Diamond, Tom Holland, Larry D. Mann ..
Directed by: Hawley Pratt
Release date: 1971-01-24


4.9/10 IMDB

Study in motion based on Muybridge’s photographs of man running.

Directed by: Lillian Schwartz
Release date: 1971-12-31
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : Pink-In


4.3/10 IMDB

The Pink Panther reads some old letters from his army friend Loud-Mouth Louie.

Starring: Marvin Miller ..
Directed by: Hawley Pratt, Gerry Chiniquy, Arthur Davis, Friz Freleng
Release date: 1971-10-20

Embrio No. M

5.0/10 IMDB

The story of a man who has reached the very top of society and eventually became a victim of his own ideology.

Directed by: Petar Gligorovski
Release date: 1971-07-27
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : The Foolish Frog

The Foolish Frog

7.7/10 IMDB

A farmer wanted words to go with the tune he was playing when he saw a frog sitting on the bank of the stream. The frog did something silly which gave the farmer the words for his song. The farmer went to the corner store to sing his song for people there.

Starring: Pete Seeger ..
Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : Treasure Island

Treasure Island

7.3/10 IMDB

This 1971 animated movie tells the well-known story of Jim Hawkins and his adventures in search of treasure of Treasure Island.

Starring: Ron Haddrick, John Kingley, John Llewellyn, Bruce Montague, Brenda Senders ..
Directed by: Zoran Janjic
Release date: 1971-11-28
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : Matrix


7.2/10 IMDB

A piece of abstract cinema by John Whitney. A series squares follow a 3-dimensional track, each one with a slight delay after the other.

Directed by: John Whitney Sr.
Release date: 1971-05-18
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : The Owl and the Lemming: An Eskimo Legend

The Owl and the Lemming: An Eskimo Legend

6.9/10 IMDB

Using life-like seal fur puppets, this animated short by Co Hoedeman tells the traditional Inuit tale of the owl and the lemming.

Starring: Julie Wildman, Patsy Kowtak, Susan Tagoona, Thomas Kudloo ..
Directed by: Co Hoedeman
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : Cycle


6.9/10 IMDB

A film of free-hand line animation, where the movement as much as the designs reflects the artist's thoughts on the life of humans and their universe. What evolves is a stream of ideas about the elemental situation of humankind, poised midway between the primary dust and the measureless universe yet unplumbed.

Directed by: Suzanne Gervais
Release date: 1971-03-16


6.7/10 IMDB

An Animated Short Film by Bruno Bozzetto

Directed by: Bruno Bozzetto
Release date: 1971-02-10
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : Zikkaron


6.6/10 IMDB

A craftsman's short poem on humanity, using painstaking cutout animation by animating thousands of small pieces of linoleum.

Directed by: Laurent Coderre
Release date: 1971-02-03
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : Crocus


6.4/10 IMDB

A woman’s nightly domestic rituals—from putting her baby to bed to making love—unspool in a playful parade of surreal, straight-from-the-id images.

Directed by: Suzan Pitt
Release date: 1971-03-13
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : A Picture For Harold's Room

A Picture For Harold's Room

5.8/10 IMDB

With his purple crayon, Harold draws a picture for his room - and then becomes part of it.

Starring: Charles Cioffi ..
Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : Tiki Tiki

Tiki Tiki

7.2/10 IMDB

Canadian filmmaker Gerald Potterton utilizes extensive footage from the Soviet adventure film Dr. Abolit in his Tiki Tiki. Abolit boards a rocket with two monkeys and blasts off into space, bent on rescuing a group of monkey kids from extraterrestrial bandits. Framing the live-action storyline are a few animated cartoon sequences involving the efforts of a producer to sell his concept to an apelike movie mogul. This device works as effectively here as it did thirty years earlier in W.C. Fields' Never Give a Sucker an Even Break. As a payoff, the studio boss is revealed to be King Kong, who sees a lot of potential in a story about heroic simians. (

Starring: Barry Baldaro, Gayle Claitman, Patrick Conlon, Peter Cullen, Jean Shepherd, Joan Stuart Morris, Ted Zeigler, Jean Shepherd ..
Directed by: Gerald Potterton
Release date: 1971-09-25
Best Animation Movies of 1971 : Doodle Film

Doodle Film

6.2/10 IMDB

The dossier of an inveterate doodler, a man whose compulsion to put scrawls and squiggles on everything at hand brings him to no good end, according to the narrator, at least. The commentary, delivered with the perspicacity of a coroner's report, follows the development of the doodler's mania from boyhood through adolescence to manhood, when it suddenly breaks all bounds. An amusing "case history" that some of us might identify with.

Directed by: Donald Winkler
Release date: 1971-01-01

Cattle Battle

6.1/10 IMDB

Rattfink tries to steal cattle guarded by Roland, but one of the herd- a bull- keeps ruining Rattfink's plan. Meanwhile, Roland's horse, who hates Roland's music, keeps destroying his equipment he plays. NOTE: Last "Roland and Rattfink" cartoon.

Starring: Lennie Weinrib ..
Directed by: Arthur Davis
Release date: 1971-08-04

From Bed to Worse

6.2/10 IMDB

After being run over by a truck, both the ant and the aardvark wind up in the hospital with broken legs. However that, along with sharing the room with an aggressive bulldog, doesn't stop the aardvark from continuing to pursue the ant as his dinner. NOTE: Last "Ant and the Aardvark" cartoon.

Starring: John Byner, Athena Lorde ..
Directed by: Arthur Davis
Release date: 1971-05-16

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