Best Animation Movies of 1974
It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown, Linus and the entire Peanuts gang are off on a lively Easter egg hunt. They suspect they've spotted the Easter Bunny … but the trouble is, he looks a lot like a certain beagle who's near and dear to Charlie Brown's heart. Is it truly the Easter Bunny, or is it just the irrepressible Snoopy playing a trick on the kids?
John & Faith Hubley combined animation with the voices of their preschool daughters (Georgia & Emily) to make this award winning short. (New York Animation Festval) Similar in concept to their earlier work "Moonbird".
Once Upon a Time
We are first presented a cobweb castle, filled with the haunting doubts of the young protagonist. Spirits appear on the screen and are heard on the soundtrack. Gradually a female guide emerges and escorts the young man into an antechamber to another (and possibly higher) world.
The Gift of Winter
Long, long ago the world didn't have any snow and winter was a time of wind, darkness and cold. One day a group of kids with a heartfelt cause to transform the season marched to the Ministry of Winter to persuade the all-powerful, icy-hearted Mr.Winter to use his magic and bestow the great gift of snowfall upon the world. It's a gift that makes the season full of wonder and joy, it is The Gift of Winter.
Jefferson Circus Songs
Created in the summer of 1973 in the basketball court of Jefferson High School in Minneapolis Jefferson Circus Songs uses both cut-out animation and pixilation to create a “circus” of surreal happenings. The actors are Minneapolis school children dressed in fantasy costumes- each child imagined the roll they wanted to play (princess, monkey, etc).
The Beast of Monsieur Racine
A suspicious pear-thieving beast becomes fast friends with a lonely man who proudly presents him to the prestigious Academy of Sciences.
Who Are We?
Canadians in search of the national identity will not find it fully fleshed in this film. An animated cartoon, it sees Canadians as pragmatists, adaptable to whatever climate or history place in their way. It is a boisterous, bubbling analysis of the Canadian character and, although it may not answer the question of the title, it does leave the feeling that being Canadian is not so exhausting as one might expect.
Animation based on Daniel Defoe's novel
Man, Monsters & Mysteries
Man, Monsters and Mysteries is a 1974 Disney educational animated featurette. It explains about man's intriguing questions about monsters, mysteries and even the enigmatic Loch Ness monster.
The Legend of John Henry
The folk legend of John Henry, and his contest with a steam engine to cut a railroad tunnel through a mountain, is told in song by Roberta Flack.