Best Animation Movies of 1974

1.

The Year Without a Santa Claus

4.6
7.8/10 IMDB

Feeling forgotten by the children of the world, old St. Nick decides to skip his gift-giving journey and take a vacation. Mrs. Claus and two spunky little elves, Jingle and Jangle, set out to see to where all the season's cheer has disappeared. Aided by a magical snowfall, they reawaken the spirit of Christmas in children's hearts and put Santa back in action.

Starring: Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, George S. Irving, Bob McFadden, Rhoda Mann, Bradley Bolke, Ron Marshall, Colin Duffy, Christine Winter ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1974-12-10
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too
2.

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too

4.1
7.8/10 IMDB

Rabbit is tired of Tigger always bouncing him, so he gets Pooh and Piglet together to come up with an idea to get the bounce out of Tigger. Then, Tigger and little Roo go out for a bounce and get caught in a tree.

Starring: Sebastian Cabot, Clint Howard, Dori Whitaker, Paul Winchell, Sterling Holloway, John Fiedler, Junius Matthews, Barbara Luddy, Timothy Turner ..
Directed by: John Lounsbery
Release date: 1974-09-20
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown
3.

It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

3.7
7.5/10 IMDB

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?

Starring: Todd Barbee, Melanie Kohn, Stephen Shea, Linda Ercoli, Lynn Mortensen, Bill Melendez, Jimmy Ahrens ..
Directed by: Phil Roman
Release date: 1974-04-09
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
4.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

When a town learns that Santa Claus has struck it off his delivery schedule due to an insulting letter, a way must be found to change his mind.

Starring: Joel Grey, George Gobel, Tammy Grimes, John McGiver ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1974-12-08
5.

The Beast of Monsieur Racine

3.7
7.4/10 IMDB

A suspicious pear-thieving beast becomes fast friends with a lonely man who proudly presents him to the prestigious Academy of Sciences.

Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : Icarus
6.

Icarus

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

The Greek myth retold with film animation, accompanied by music for flute. Music, drawing, colour and movement here follow a moving, classic restraint. Daedalus, inventor of many things, provides the wings to escape from Crete, but Icarus, his son, impetuously flies too close to the sun. In this film, artist and composer share equal pleasure in the telling, with a feeling the audience will share. A film without words.

Directed by: Paul Bochner
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : The City That Forgot About Christmas
7.

The City That Forgot About Christmas

3.5
6.4/10 IMDB

A young boy's grandfather tells him the story of a city that forgot about Christmas until a carpenter named Matthew comes to town and teaches the children about Christmas, much to the chagrin of the Mayor and his cronies.

Starring: Sebastian Cabot, Charles Nelson Reilly, Louis Nye, Casey Kasem ..
Release date: 1974-12-01
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : The Happy Prince
8.

The Happy Prince

3.2
8.6/10 IMDB

A royal statue makes friends with a small swallow.

Starring: Christopher Plummer, Glynis Johns, John Codner, Jill Frappier, Howard Ryshpan ..
Directed by: Michael Mills
Release date: 1974-12-02
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : Propaganda Message
9.

Propaganda Message

3.2
7.1/10 IMDB

A cartoon film about the whole heterogeneous mixture of Canada and Canadians, and the way the invisible adhesive called federalism makes it all cling together. That the dissenting voices are many is made amply evident, in English and French. But this animated message also shows that Canadians can laugh at themselves and work out their problems objectively.

Directed by: Barrie Nelson
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : Linda's Film on Menstruation
10.

Linda's Film on Menstruation

3.1
6.6/10 IMDB

This is an educational short released by the Los Angeles Public Library explaining what to expect when you get your first period.

Starring: Jonathan Banks, Mady Kaplan ..
Directed by: Linda Feferman
Release date: 1974-01-01
11.

Braverman's Condensed Cream of the Beatles

3.1
6.6/10 IMDB

Photos, animation, and music illustrate the story of the Beatles.

Starring: George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Ed Sullivan ..
Directed by: Gary Rocklen, Charles Braverman
Release date: 1974-10-03
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown
12.

It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown

3.0
7.5/10 IMDB

When Woodstock's fancy new nest disappears one afternoon, he turns to Snoopy for help. Adopting the guise of Sherlock Holmes (complete with cloak, deerstalker cap and bubble pipe), Snoopy and Woodstock go on the hunt for the missing nest.

Starring: Todd Barbee, Melanie Kohn, Stephen Shea, Donna Le Tourneau, Jimmy Ahrens, Lynn Mortensen, Tom Muller ..
Directed by: Phil Roman
Release date: 1974-02-01
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : Cockaboody
13.

Cockaboody

3.0
7.5/10 IMDB

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".

Starring: Emily Hubley, Georgia Hubley ..
Directed by: Faith Hubley, John Hubley
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : Free to Be… You and Me
14.

Free to Be… You and Me

3.0
7.8/10 IMDB

Free to Be…You and Me, a project of the Ms. Foundation for Women, is a record album, and illustrated book first released in November 1972, featuring songs and stories from many current celebrities of the day (credited as "Marlo Thomas and Friends") such as Alan Alda, Rosey Grier, Cicely Tyson, Carol Channing, Michael Jackson, and Diana Ross, among others. An ABC Afterschool Special using poetry, songs, and sketches, followed two years later in March 1974. The basic concept is to encourage a post-60's gender neutrality, while saluting values such as individuality, tolerance, and happiness with one's identity. A major thematic message is that anyone, whether a boy or a girl, can achieve anything.

Starring: Mel Brooks, Marlo Thomas, Alan Alda, Harry Belafonte, Billy De Wolfe, Rosey Grier, Roberta Flack, Michael Jackson, Kris Kristofferson, Bobby Morse ..
Directed by: Fred Wolf, Len Steckler, Bill Davis
Release date: 1974-03-11
15.

Mr. Rossi in Venice

2.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Mister Rossi goes to Venice.

Directed by: Bruno Bozzetto
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : Miracle of Flight
16.

Miracle of Flight

2.9
7.2/10 IMDB

We're given the history of man seeking flight, however not by the channels of 'do-it-yourself': men jump off of cliffs while trying to flap their arms, be them in armor or other outfits.

Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus
17.

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

2.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Partly based on a true story, a little girl writes to the editor of a newspaper concerning the existence of Santa Claus. Source : IMDB

Directed by: Bill Melendez
Release date: 1974-12-06
18.

Mr. Frog Went A-Courting

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

In this short film by animator Evelyn Lambart, a handsome frog courts and wins a mouse for his bride. The colourful animation does full justice to the events that take place during and after the wedding breakfast. Sung by Derek Lamb to lute accompaniment.

Directed by: Evelyn Lambart
Release date: 1974-01-01
19.

The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat

2.8
5.3/10 IMDB

Fritz, now married and with a son, is desperate to escape from the domestic hell he now finds himself in. Lighting up a joint, he begins to dream about his eight other lives, hoping to find one that will provide a pleasant distraction.

Starring: Skip Hinnant, Reva Rose, Bob Holt, Robert Ridgely ..
Directed by: Robert Taylor
Release date: 1974-09-18
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : Closed Mondays
20.

Closed Mondays

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

A man visiting a museum sees the works of art come to life.

Starring: Todd Oleson, Holly Johnson ..
Directed by: Bob Gardiner, Will Vinton
Release date: 1974-10-01
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : Trail of the Lonesome Pink
21.

Trail of the Lonesome Pink

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

With the help of some snapping turtles, The Pink Panther battles fur trappers Jacques and Jules after his tail gets snagged in one of their foothold traps.

Directed by: Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1974-06-27
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : The Gift of Winter
22.

The Gift of Winter

2.6
6.9/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Valri Bromfield, Gerry Salsberg ..
Directed by: John Leach, Isobel Jean Rankin
Release date: 1974-01-01
23.

Big Beef at the O.K. Corral

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Hoot Kloot is guarding the cattle from the notorious cattle rustler Billy the Kidder. Billy's strange goal? Steal the cows so he can set them free in the wild.

Starring: Bob Holt, Larry D. Mann ..
Directed by: Robert Balser
Release date: 1974-04-17
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : Jefferson Circus Songs
24.

Jefferson Circus Songs

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

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).

Starring: Alanna Fargo, Steve Clement, Pauline Raich, Lynn Oharin, Laurie Nichols, David Baker, Mike Wassener, Dawn Hartzell, Roy Johnson, Carol Schlafer ..
Directed by: Suzan Pitt
Release date: 1974-06-14
25.

Fuji

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

A live action footage of a smiling, bespectacled (presumably) Western tourist set against the familiar cadence of an accelerating train revving up as it leaves the station sets the mesmerizing tone for the film's abstract panoramic survey of an Ozu-esque Japanese landscape of electrical power lines, passing trains, railroad tracks, and the gentle slope of obliquely peaked, uniform rooflines as Breer distills the essential geometry of Mount Fuji into a collage of acute angles and converging (and bifurcating) lines .

Directed by: Robert Breer
Release date: 1974-12-31
26.

As the Tumbleweed Turns

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

Hoot Kloot is ordered to evict Widow Watley from her house so they can build railroad tracks, but Hoot can't seem to get past her aggressive dog.

Starring: Bob Holt, Hazel Shermet ..
Directed by: Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1974-04-08
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : Little Boa Peep
27.

Little Boa Peep

2.5
4.9/10 IMDB

Blue Racer sunks into depression when he realizes that he was a hideous snake, so he asks Dr. Owlsley-Hoot for suggestions. He tells Blue Racer that he is what he thinks he is, so Blue Racer decides to become a sheepdog. Unfortunatly, he doesn't know what sheep look like, so he mistakes an ant, an elephant, and a caterpillar for a sheep. He finally finds a sheep herd, and after stopping a wolf in a sheep's clothing, a real sheepdog helps him make his dream of being a sheepdog come true. Last "Blue Racer" cartoon.

Starring: Larry D. Mann ..
Directed by: Robert Balser
Release date: 1974-01-16
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : Café Bar
28.

Café Bar

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

A man and a woman converse at a cafe's bar in this animated short.

Directed by: Alison De Vere
Release date: 1974-01-01
29.

Phony Express

2.5
6.3/10 IMDB

Hoot Kloot is returning home to Cactus Goat after being at the sheriff's convention in San Francisco. He is also bringing the mail to his town. He gave his horse Fester track shoes which makes him ten times faster than he was before.

Starring: Bob Holt ..
Directed by: Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1974-01-04
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : Saugus Series
30.

Saugus Series

2.5
5.5/10 IMDB

Short film of 7 sections with each one using a different experimental film technique.

Directed by: Pat O'Neill
Release date: 1974-03-20
31.

Journey Back to Oz

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

Revisit the enchanting Land of Oz as Dorothy and Toto return to find the Scarecrow as ruler of the Emerald City. Unfortunately for the new mayor, the wicked Mombi is conspiring to take over the city for herself. With the help of the Tin Woodsman, the Cowardly Lion and other familiar friends, the brave lass from Kansas sets out to save Oz. This animated musical film features an impressive voice cast, including Liza Minnelli and Ethel Merman.

Starring: Liza Minnelli, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, Paul Lynde, Margaret Hamilton, Mickey Rooney, Herschel Bernardi, Paul Ford, Margaret Hamilton, Jack E. Leonard ..
Directed by: Hal Sutherland
Release date: 1974-12-05
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : Palmistry
32.

Palmistry

2.4
6.2/10 IMDB

a) a fat girl singing about not wanting to get thin just to please men. b) the first time for her and him. c) at the fortune-teller. A confrontation of horrible science and horrible superstition.

Starring: Dona Craig, George Heyward ..
Directed by: Maria Lassnig
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : The Lost Son
33.

The Lost Son

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

The Parable of the Lost/ Prodigal Son as told by Lotte Reiniger.

Directed by: Lotte Reiniger
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : Oliver Twist
34.

Oliver Twist

2.4
6.1/10 IMDB

In this animated version of Charles Dickens' classic novel, we see the story of young Oliver Twist, a boy orphaned at birth and left to grow up under the cruel tutelage of Mr. Bumble, the local parish beadle.

Starring: Josh Albee, Phil Clark, Cathleen Cordell, Michael Evans, Lola Fisher, Robert Holt, Davy Jones, Larry D. Mann, Dal McKennon, Billy Simpson ..
Directed by: Hal Sutherland
Release date: 1974-07-10
35.

Gold Struck

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

Everyone chickened out delivering bags of gold to Virginia City because to get there, you have to get past the Bad Land. Hoot decides to deliver it himself to the city. Hoot managed to get past the Bad Lands to a ghost town so Hoot decides to spend the night in the hotel, where a mischievous vampire trying to get the hands on the gold.

Starring: Bob Holt, Larry D. Mann ..
Directed by: Roy Morita
Release date: 1974-01-10
36.

By Hoot or By Crook

2.3
5.6/10 IMDB

While Hoot was chasing the notorious bank robber The Fox, his horse finds the Fox's costume, and for fun Hoot dressed up like the Fox. One of the delivery men, thinking Hoot was the Fox, gives him the strong box with the town's pay roll, so Hoot Kloot has to bring it back to the bank while dressed up like the Fox. The real Fox has another idea.

Starring: Bob Holt, Larry D. Mann ..
Directed by: Robert Balser
Release date: 1974-04-17
37.

Mesa Trouble

2.3
5.8/10 IMDB

Big Red is coming to Cactus Goat to give revenge on Hoot Kloot for sending him to the river. Hoot tried to get help from townsfolk, but everybody refuses, because they're afraid of Big Red.

Starring: Bob Holt, Larry D. Mann, Allan Melvin ..
Directed by: Sid Marcus
Release date: 1974-05-16
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : Pink Aye
38.

Pink Aye

2.3
5.5/10 IMDB

The Pink Panther stows away on the S.S. Luxitania, only to be chased by the ship's waiter (the Little Man).

Directed by: Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1974-05-16
39.

The Badge and the Beautiful

2.3
5.5/10 IMDB

Hoot Kloot is set to arrest Calamity Jane for disturbing peace, but Hoot finds out it won't be easy when Jane falls in love with him and makes him marry her. Hoot tries to get away, with every attempt failing.

Starring: Bob Holt, Larry D. Mann, Joan Gerber ..
Directed by: Robert Balser
Release date: 1974-04-17
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : Voyage to Next
40.

Voyage to Next

2.3
6.1/10 IMDB

Mother Earth and Father Time converse about the choices humans make.

Starring: Dizzy Gillespie, Maureen Stapleton ..
Directed by: John Hubley, Faith Hubley
Release date: 1974-10-01
41.

Strange on the Range

2.2
5.4/10 IMDB

One of Hoot's prisoners, Billy the Kidder, escapes and Hoot tries to capture him, but Billy keeps pulling practical jokes on Hoot.

Starring: Bob Holt ..
Directed by: Durward Bonaye
Release date: 1974-04-17
42.

Giddy Up Woe

2.2
5.1/10 IMDB

Hoot Kloot is mad at Confederate because he's so slow, so Hoot trades him with another horse. The new horse is fast, but keeps giving Hoot hard time. Hoot ended up trading the fast horse again and gets Confederate again.

Starring: Bob Holt ..
Directed by: Sid Marcus
Release date: 1974-01-10
43.

Saddle Soap Opera

2.2
5.2/10 IMDB

Hoot Kloot and Fester arrives at San Francisco to bring Judge Sayabe (the hanging judge) back to Cactus Goat. Unfortunately for the judge, Hoot Kloot goofs up along the way and the judge gets blown up, run over by a train, and falls down the cliff. They eventually return to the Cactus Goat, with the judge making a certain sheriff his enemy. Last "Hoot Kloot" cartoon.

Starring: Bob Holt, Larry D. Mann ..
Directed by: Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1974-05-16
44.

The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast

2.2
6.8/10 IMDB

A project assembled to musically support William Plomer's (1903-73) book of poems called 'The Butterfly Ball and Grasshoppers Feast'; in which Alan Aldridge had provided the illustrations. British Lion had secured the rights, and commissioned Glover, through Tony Edwards (the Deep Purple manager), to add the musical dimension that it required if it were to be made into a 26-part animated cartoon series, suitable for TV. (Discogs) This is the music video for the song Love Is All, performed by Ronnie James Dio.

Directed by: Lee Mishkin
Release date: 1974-01-01
45.

Down and Dirty Duck

2.1
5.2/10 IMDB

Willard, a mild mannered insurance adjuster, teams up with a foul-mouthed fowl who takes Willard on a surreal quest to become less uptight - and possibly get laid in the process.

Starring: Howard Kaylan, Mark Volman, Robert Ridgely, Cynthia Adler, Joëlle Le Quément, Lurene Tuttle, Walker Edmiston ..
Directed by: Charles Swenson
Release date: 1974-07-01
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : The Legend of John Henry
46.

The Legend of John Henry

2.0
6.8/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Roberta Flack ..
Directed by: Sam Weiss
Release date: 1974-10-01
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : The Little Mermaid
47.

The Little Mermaid

1.8
8.3/10 IMDB

Hans Christian Andersen's tale of the Little Mermaid who gave her life for the one she loved is brought to life with beautiful animation and narration by Richard Chamberlain.

Starring: Richard Chamberlain ..
Directed by: Peter Sander
Release date: 1974-01-01
48.

The Pony Runs in Circles

1.8
7.9/10 IMDB

The story is about a hard work days of sweet and beloved Tumblepony.

Directed by: Lev Atamanov
Release date: 1974-01-29
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : Climates
49.

Climates

1.7
7.6/10 IMDB

The 'climates' of this film allude to the relationships of a couple. Atmosphere and moods are induced by watercolour designs, mostly washes, suggesting landscapes through which faces and figures appear. The effect is dreamlike, an ebb and flow of colour, form and line, to the accompaniment of music. The animation is largely of textures rather than of design, washes of colour that come and go to the bidding of the music or the whim of the artist.

Directed by: Suzanne Gervais
Release date: 1974-06-11
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : Satellites of the Sun
50.

Satellites of the Sun

1.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Film animation and a knowledge of outer space bring to the screen this spectacular, awe-inspiring view of our solar system. Staggering distances are eliminated through the art of film: before our eyes is displayed the wonder of the universe. Moon, Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Venus, Earth and all the other satellites and lesser matter in space are seen in amazing detail and perspective in their eternal orbits around the sun.

Directed by: Sidney Goldsmith
Release date: 1974-07-10

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