Best Animation Movies of 1974


Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too

7.9/10 IMDB

Rabbit is tired of Tigger always bouncing him, so he get's Pooh and Piglet together to come up with an idea to get the bounce out of Tigger. Rabbit suggests they take him into the middle of nowhere and leave him overnight. The idea backfires and Rabbit, Piglet and Pooh find themselves lost, but Pooh's tummy guides them home. Then, Tigger and Roo go out for a bounce and get caught in a tree, which Tigger is too afraid to get out of, and Rabbit makes Tigger promise that if they help get Tigger down, that Tigger can never bounce again. So Tigger is rescued and feels sad that he can no longer bounce, but everyone, including Rabbit, agrees they liked the old bouncy Tigger better.

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 : The Year Without a Santa Claus

The Year Without a Santa Claus

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 ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1974-12-10
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

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
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

7.6/10 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


7.7/10 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 : Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

7.1/10 IMDB

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.

Directed by: Lawrence Jordan
Release date: 1974-03-14
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown

It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown

7.7/10 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

The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat

5.4/10 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 : The Gift of Winter

The Gift of Winter

7.0/10 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
Best Animation Movies of 1974 : Jefferson Circus Songs

Jefferson Circus Songs

6.0/10 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

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