Best Animation Movies of 1972

1.

Fritz the Cat

4.5
6.2/10 IMDB

A swinging, hypocritical college student cat raises hell in a satirical vision of the 1960s.

Starring: Skip Hinnant, Rosetta LeNoire, John McCurry, Phil Seuling, Judy Engles, Ralph Bakshi, Mary Dean, Charles Spidar ..
Directed by: Ralph Bakshi
Release date: 1972-04-12
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : The Lorax
2.

The Lorax

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

The Once-ler, a ruined industrialist, tells the tale of his rise to wealth and subsequent fall, as he disregarded the warnings of a wise old forest creature called the Lorax about the environmental destruction caused by his greed.

Starring: Eddie Albert, Bob Holt, Athena Lorde, Harlen Carraher, Scatman Crothers, Vivian Vance, Thurl Ravenscroft ..
Directed by: Hawley Pratt
Release date: 1972-02-14
3.

Snoopy, Come Home

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

When Snoopy receives a letter from his original owner Lila, he goes to visit her in the hospital while Charlie Brown and the gang are on the lookout for him. Suddenly, Snoopy feels that he must go live with Lila, but must say goodbye to all his friends. In his adventure to the hospital, he encounters numerous "No Dogs Allowed" signs, an annoying little girl who desires to keep him, and more!

Starring: Chad Webber, Robin Kohn, Stephen Shea, David Carey, Johanna Baer, Hilary Momberger-Powers, Linda Ercoli, Lynda Mendelson, Bill Melendez, Christopher DeFaria ..
Directed by: Bill Melendez
Release date: 1972-09-08
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown
4.

You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown

3.7
7.4/10 IMDB

With the school election looming, Linus is talked into running for school president. With Lucy and Charlie Brown as his campaign manager and Snoopy and Woodstock assisting, he stands a decent chance of victory. Soon however, he makes unrealistic promises and learns the hard way that preaching about the Great Pumpkin can not be considered a sound campaign strategy.

Starring: Chad Webber, Robin Kohn, Stephen Shea, Hilary Momberger-Powers, Linda Ercoli, Vince Guaraldi, Brian Kazanjian, Brent McKay, Bill Melendez, Todd Barbee ..
Directed by: Bill Melendez
Release date: 1972-10-29
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : The Last of the Curlews
5.

The Last of the Curlews

3.4
8.5/10 IMDB

After being hunted to near-extinction, the last male Eskimo curlew searches for a mate while making the annual migration from the arctic tundra to the nesting grounds in Argentina.

Starring: Ross Martin, Ginny Tyler, Vincent Van Patten, Lee Vines ..
Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Release date: 1972-10-04
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : The Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters
6.

The Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

All of Universal's greatest classic monsters gather at the Transylvania Astoria Hotel for Frankenstein's monster and his bride's Friday the 13th midnight wedding.

Starring: Allen Swift, Bradley Bolke, Rhoda Mann, Bob McFadden ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1972-09-23
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't
7.

The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't

3.2
7.1/10 IMDB

A talking squirrel must save the holiday by rescuing a young Pilgrim boy and a young Native American boy that has gone missing in the woods on Thanksgiving day.

Release date: 1972-11-21
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Blue Racer Blues
8.

Blue Racer Blues

3.1
7.8/10 IMDB

Japanese Beetle helps the lonely Blue Racer make friends with humans. Beetle tries everything from making him a pet who can sing and do tricks, disguising him as a dog, and joining a hippie parade. However, all plans fail.

Starring: Larry D. Mann, Tom Holland ..
Directed by: Arthur Davis
Release date: 1972-12-31
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Street Musique
9.

Street Musique

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

Animator Ryan Larkin does a visual improvisation to music performed by a popular group presented as sidewalk entertainers. His take-off point is the music, but his own beat is more boisterous than that of the musicians. The illustrations range from convoluted abstractions to caricatures of familiar rituals. Without words.

Directed by: Ryan Larkin
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Matrix III
10.

Matrix III

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

An abstract computer-generated animation set to music by Terry Riley.

Directed by: John Whitney Sr.
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Balablok
11.

Balablok

2.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Blocks and balls fight simply because they are different, until their battle reduces everyone to the same shape.

Directed by: B?etislav Pojar
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Mutations
12.

Mutations

2.8
7.1/10 IMDB

“The changing dots, ectoplasmic shapes and electronic music of L. Schwartz’s ‘Mutations’ which has been shot with the aid of computers and lasers, makes for an eye-catching view of the potentials of the new techniques.” – A. H. Weiler, N. Y. Times

Directed by: Lillian Schwartz
Release date: 1972-03-01
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Robinson Crusoe
13.

Robinson Crusoe

2.8
7.3/10 IMDB

The only survivor of a ship's crew, Robinson finds himself alone with his dog, his cat and his parrot on an almost deserted island...

Starring: Alistair Duncan, Ron Haddrick, Mark Kelly, Owen Weingott, John Llewellyn ..
Directed by: Leif Gram
Release date: 1972-11-23
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Yogi's Ark Lark
14.

Yogi's Ark Lark

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Yogi, Boo Boo and many of his friends including Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss, Magilla Gorilla among others decide to build an ark to look for the mythical Perfect Place which is peaceful and hasn't been affected by man and pollution. They hire the Jellystone's janitor Noah Smith to act as captain and travel throughout the world looking for such a place. Even though they think every place they land is a "Perfect place", they soon find out that there is definitely no place like home.

Starring: Daws Butler, Henry Corden, Walker Edmiston, Allan Melvin, Don Messick, John Stephenson, Jean Vander Pyl, Lennie Weinrib, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Release date: 1972-09-16
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : A Computer Animated Hand
15.

A Computer Animated Hand

2.8
6.2/10 IMDB

Archive film showing possibly the first example of digital rendering, made by Pixar co-founders Ed Catmull and Fred Parke in 1972, was stumbled upon by the son of Robert B Ingebretsen, who also set up the world-famous U.S. studio. A six minute version shows additional CGI animation of an artificial heart valve, and human heads.

Directed by: Ed Catmull, Frederic Parke
Release date: 1972-12-31
16.

Pictures at an Exhibition

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Based on Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. This film used two pinscreens. In front of the main pinscreen, they installed a second, smaller one. This second pinscreen could be rotated thus giving more of an illusion of three-dimensionality

Directed by: Alexander Alexeieff, Claire Parker
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : French Windows
17.

French Windows

2.7
7.7/10 IMDB

An experimental animation for "One of These Days" by Pink Floyd.

Directed by: Ian Emes
Release date: 1972-07-01
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Tchou-tchou
18.

Tchou-tchou

2.7
7.3/10 IMDB

This short children's film by Co Hodeman tells the story of 2 children and their encounter with an angry dragon, all represented by colourful building blocks.

Directed by: Co Hoedeman
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : A Christmas Story
19.

A Christmas Story

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

The special is set in a town almost like in Disney's Lady and the Tramp, and it was Christmas Eve. In one house, a little boy named Timmy was read a Christmas story and tucked into bed. The resident mouse Gumdrop , while admiring the house all decorated for Christmas, noticed Timmy's letter to Santa on the floor. The letter must of have fallen off the table and never got mailed. So he and the family dog Gobber set outside to deliver the letter to Santa and save Christmas for Timmy.

Release date: 1972-12-01
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Superstar Goofy
20.

Superstar Goofy

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Release date: 1972-08-16
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Oliver and the Artful Dodger
21.

Oliver and the Artful Dodger

2.6
5.6/10 IMDB

An animated sequel to the story of "Oliver Twist". Oliver is adopted by Mr. Brownlow. When Mr. Brownlow dies, his will cannot be found so his nephew Sniperly tries to just take the money. Oliver has to stop him. Meanwhile, Artful Dodger now helps children escape from workhouses.

Starring: Michael Bell, Lucille Bliss, Richard Dawson, Michael Evans, Pamelyn Ferdin ..
Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Release date: 1972-08-21
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Gulls and Buoys
22.

Gulls and Buoys

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

An abstract view of a seacoast landscape, created by mixing original line drawings and rotoscoped imagery traced from live-action footage, presented against a sound track of seaside noises.

Directed by: Robert Breer
Release date: 1972-01-01
23.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

John Carradine narrates the Washington Irving story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.

Starring: John Carradine ..
Directed by: Sam Weiss
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Pink 8 Ball
24.

Pink 8 Ball

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

The Pink Panther goes hot on the trail of a basketball with a mind of its own. This lands our hero into an assortment of predicaments.

Directed by: Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1972-02-06
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Apotheosis
25.

Apotheosis

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

“Apotheosis, which is developed from images made in the radiation treatment of human cancer, is the most beautiful and the most subtly textured work in computer animation I have seen.” – Roger Greenspun, N. Y. Times Award Foothills-1973.

Directed by: Lillian Schwartz
Release date: 1972-03-31
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Show Biz Beagle
26.

Show Biz Beagle

2.5
5.5/10 IMDB

Buzz Buzzard scams Woody into buying a talking dog when actually, it's a mouse under the dog's hat who does the talking.

Starring: Grace Stafford ..
Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1972-06-18
27.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

This is an Australian made-for-television animated film from Burbank Films Australia. The film is an adaptation on Jules Verne's classic French novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870).

Starring: Tom Burlinson, Colin Borgonon, Paul Woodson, Liz Horne, Alistair Duncan, Gilbert Christian ..
Directed by: Warwick Gilbert
Release date: 1972-04-01
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Chili Con Corny
28.

Chili Con Corny

2.5
5.2/10 IMDB

A dune buggy-riding Woody tangles with Miss Meany and her extremely hot chili and beans.

Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1972-06-18
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Bye, Bye, Blackboard
29.

Bye, Bye, Blackboard

2.5
5.1/10 IMDB

Woody Woodpecker goes to school with his dog. Mrs. Meany tries to get the dog out of her classroom. The final theatrical Woody Woodpecker cartoon. The last theatrical cartoon released by the Walter Lantz studio.

Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1972-09-01
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : For the Love of Pizza
30.

For the Love of Pizza

2.5
5.2/10 IMDB

A woodpeckers take on the Red Riding Hood tale.

Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1972-06-18
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Gold Diggin' Woodpecker
31.

Gold Diggin' Woodpecker

2.4
5.2/10 IMDB

Woody Woodpecker in the ol' prospecting days.

Starring: Grace Stafford, Dal McKennon ..
Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1972-06-18
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Damon the Mower
32.

Damon the Mower

2.4
5.3/10 IMDB

Inspired by an Andrew Marvell poem, George Dunning sketched short phrases of animated movement on index cards, which were then stuck to a table top and filmed. Animation bared to the bone, and still extraordinary.

Directed by: George Dunning
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Nippon Tuck
33.

Nippon Tuck

2.4
5.9/10 IMDB

In a Mexican town, The Blue Racer flies in a plane and tries to hypnotize the Japanese Beetle.

Starring: Larry D. Mann, Tom Holland ..
Directed by: Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1972-07-16
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Love and Hisses
34.

Love and Hisses

2.3
5.6/10 IMDB

While feeling amorous, the Blue Racer hits on what he believes is a fellow snake but turns out to be a tough elephant's trunk. The elephant gives him a pounding but hurts his trunk in the process. Coming upon the Japanese Beetle, the pachyderm asks him to perform a little chiropractic karate on his sore trunk. The Beetle obliges, and in gratitude the elephant promises to protect him from a certain serpent.

Starring: Larry D. Mann, Tom Holland ..
Directed by: Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1972-08-03
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Hiss and Hers
35.

Hiss and Hers

2.3
5.6/10 IMDB

The Blue Racer's wife wakes the Blue Racer up and sends him out for food. He encounters the Japanese Beetle, tries to eat and capture the Beetle over and over, but fails. First "The Blue Racer" cartoon.

Starring: Larry D. Mann, Tom Holland ..
Directed by: Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1972-04-02
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Yokahama Mama
36.

Yokahama Mama

2.3
5.2/10 IMDB

Blue Racer finds out that the Japanese chicken in the local farm has laid an egg. Blue Racer wastes no time getting it. Unfortunatly, the egg's father is a champion fighting rooster and foiled his plans several times. In his final attempt, he trips the rooster, which, as a result, the egg rolled down to the ostrich farm. The rooster mistakes an ostrich egg as his and takes it home, only, it hatched. The chicken couple argues over it, in Japanese language. Blue Racer, watching the scene, tells the audience that this is the Be Kind to Egg week, "So take your egg out to dinner, or at breakfast."

Starring: Larry D. Mann, Mako ..
Directed by: Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1972-12-24
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : The Genie with the Light Touch
37.

The Genie with the Light Touch

2.3
4.5/10 IMDB

Buzz Buzzard attempts to con Woody once more, using a fake magic lamp and a mouse as the genie.

Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1972-06-18
38.

The Man Who Hated Laughter

2.3
6.5/10 IMDB

Popeye, Olive Oyl and all other King Features comic strip characters are invited on a cruise hosted by Professor Grimsby, a man who hates laughter

Starring: Bob McFadden, Corinne Orr, Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Jack Zander
Release date: 1972-10-07
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Support Your Local Serpent
39.

Support Your Local Serpent

2.3
5.4/10 IMDB

The Blue Racer is trying to catch Japanese Beetle. He first tries to catch him by hiding inside a hose, however, plan is backfired when Japanese Beetle turns on the faucet. Then he tries to catch him by hopping, but again, plan foiled because he ran across a rolling roller. While chasing the Beetle again, Blue Racer runs into a venus flytrap, which spits the snake out (the flytrap claims that it tasted awful). The Blue Racer decided he needs to fly in the air to catch the bug and sucks a can of helium, and floats in the air. However, when he opens his mouth, he flys off in the air and falls into a bag of genuine fertilizer.

Starring: Bob Holt ..
Directed by: Arthur Davis
Release date: 1972-07-09
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Camera Bug
40.

Camera Bug

2.2
5.1/10 IMDB

The Japanese Beetle goes to school to learn to be a photographer. The Blue Racer uses the opportunity to try and catch him.

Starring: Larry D. Mann, Tom Holland ..
Directed by: Arthur Davis
Release date: 1972-08-06
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Punch and Judo
41.

Punch and Judo

2.2
4.6/10 IMDB

The Japanese Beetle uses his karate skills to fight The Blue Racer.

Starring: Larry D. Mann, Tom Holland ..
Directed by: Arthur Davis
Release date: 1972-07-23
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : The Most Important Person - Where Does Food Go?
42.

The Most Important Person - Where Does Food Go?

1.8
8.3/10 IMDB

This short employs animation and live action to teach young children about their digestive system.

Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Scooby-Doo! Meets the Harlem Globetrotters
43.

Scooby-Doo! Meets the Harlem Globetrotters

1.8
7.8/10 IMDB

While visiting Shaggy's great uncle Nath, the gang bumps again into the Harlem Globetrotters and a Loch Ness monster.

Release date: 1972-12-23
44.

Changes, Changes

1.7
7.5/10 IMDB

Based on a 1971 wordless picture book by Pat Hutchins. "The little wooden couple are happy in their building-block house -- until it catches fire. The solution? They transform the house into a fire engine! But then there's so much water that they have to build a boat..." -- Amazon.com

Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : La sexilinea
45.

La sexilinea

1.7
7.4/10 IMDB

Using a line with disruptions, the artist creates a guy who thinks only of his sexuality.

Starring: Carlo Bonomi ..
Directed by: Osvaldo Cavandoli
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Wind
46.

Wind

1.7
7.3/10 IMDB

A child's first discovery of wind--the silent, invisible something that tickles his fancy, ruffles his hair, ripples the grass around him--portrayed here in winsome animated drawings. But the artist also shows the elemental force that carries all before it. Without words but with sound effects, this is a film of universal appeal.

Directed by: Ron Tunis
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Dig: A Journey Into Earth
47.

Dig: A Journey Into Earth

1.6
7.1/10 IMDB

A boy and his dog take a wondrous trip under the earth's crust and through the geological eras of time, introducing children to geology in the form of a musical fantasy.

Starring: Jack Warden, Ray Hubley, Maureen Stapleton, Morris Carnovsky, Phil Leeds, Harry Edison, Don Elliott, Ruth Price ..
Directed by: John Hubley
Release date: 1972-04-08
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : The Three Robbers
48.

The Three Robbers

1.6
7.2/10 IMDB

An animated adaptation of the picture book by Toni Ungerer

Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1972-01-01
49.

Jack O'Lantern

1.6
7.1/10 IMDB

A leprechaun, who had changed himself into a pumpkin seed to hibernate for the winter, comes to life as Mr. Jack O'Lantern, who then uses his pumpkin shell to help scare away Zelda the Witch and Archibald the Warlock.

Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1972-10-29
Best Animation Movies of 1972 : Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Goolies
50.

Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Goolies

1.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Daffy Duck is in Hollywood producing a movie about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Larry Storch, Howard Morris, Jane Webb ..
Directed by: Hal Sutherland
Release date: 1972-12-16

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