Best Animation Movies of 1978

1.

Watership Down

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

When the warren belonging to a community of rabbits is threatened, a brave group led by Fiver, Bigwig, Blackberry and Hazel leave their homeland in a search of a safe new haven.

Starring: John Hurt, Richard Briers, Michael Graham Cox, John Bennett, Ralph Richardson, Simon Cadell, Terence Rigby, Roy Kinnear, Richard O'Callaghan, Denholm Elliott ..
Directed by: Martin Rosen
Release date: 1978-10-14
2.

The Lord of the Rings

4.7
6.2/10 IMDB

The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle-earth.

Starring: Christopher Guard, William Squire, Michael Scholes, John Hurt, Simon Chandler, Dominic Guard, Norman Bird, Michael Graham Cox, Anthony Daniels, David Buck ..
Directed by: Ralph Bakshi
Release date: 1978-11-15
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : The Small One
3.

The Small One

3.8
7.6/10 IMDB

Ordered by his father to sell his old, small donkey, Small One, a Hebrew boy in ancient Israel takes the donkey to the Jerusalem market. Finding no buyers there, the boy is about to give up when he meets a kind man named Joseph. Joseph buys Small One and uses him to take his pregnant wife Mary to Bethlehem.

Starring: Sean Marshall, William Woodson, Olan Soule, Joe Higgins, Gordon Jump, Hal Smith ..
Directed by: Don Bluth
Release date: 1978-12-16
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : Witch's Night Out
4.

Witch's Night Out

3.4
7.3/10 IMDB

A witch, disgruntled by the fact that no one takes Halloween seriously anymore, decides to stir things up and disrupt the social gathering in her old house as well as turn a couple of kids who love monsters into actual monsters.

Starring: Gilda Radner, Catherine O'Hara, John Leach, John Leach, John Leach, John Leach, Naomi Leach ..
Directed by: John Leach
Release date: 1978-10-27
5.

The Talking Parcel

3.2
8.1/10 IMDB

The Talking Parcel is based on a 1974 book by Gerald Durrell in which a young girl is transported to the fantasy land of Mythologia to save it from cockatrices. She is aided by a talking parrot and encounter many other magical creatures, including a mooncalf.

Starring: Lisa Norris, Freddie Jones, Mollie Sugden, Roy Kinnear, Michael Hordern, Windsor Davies, Peter Woodthorpe, Harvey Ashby, Edward Kelsey ..
Directed by: Brian Cosgrove
Release date: 1978-12-26
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : The Water Babies
6.

The Water Babies

3.2
6.0/10 IMDB

This children's fantasy tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who discovers a complex underwater world where young children are held prisoner by an evil shark and an eel.

Starring: James Mason, Bernard Cribbins, Billie Whitelaw, Tommy Pender, Samantha Gates, Joan Greenwood, David Tomlinson, Jon Pertwee, David Jason, Una Stubbs ..
Directed by: Lionel Jeffries
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : Puff, the Magic Dragon
7.

Puff, the Magic Dragon

3.1
7.5/10 IMDB

Jackie is a boy who is so trapped by his fears and doubts that he could not communicate with anyone. Then, a magic dragon named Puff comes to help Jackie by taking his soul force on a wonderous voyage to his island of Honah Lee. Along the way, they have adventures that nurture Jackie's imagination and courage in unorthodox ways.

Starring: Burgess Meredith, Philip Tanzini, Peter Yarrow, Maitzi Morgan, Robert Ridgely, Regis Cordic, Frank Nelson, Charles Woolf ..
Directed by: Charles Swenson, Fred Wolf
Release date: 1978-10-30
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown
8.

What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown

3.0
7.4/10 IMDB

What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown! is the 17th primetime animated TV specials based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, created by Charles M. Schulz. The plot is similar to that of Jack London's Call of the Wild.

Starring: Bill Melendez, Liam Martin ..
Directed by: Bill Melendez, Phil Roman
Release date: 1978-02-23
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : The Story of the Faithful Wookiee
9.

The Story of the Faithful Wookiee

3.0
6.1/10 IMDB

Originally a part of The Star Wars Holiday Special, this animated story follows Chewbacca as he searches for a cure to the virus which knocked out his friends, with the help of an unlikely ally – the bounty hunter Boba Fett.

Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, James Earl Jones, Don Francks ..
Directed by: David Acomba
Release date: 1978-11-17
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : Special Delivery
10.

Special Delivery

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

A hapless husband neglects to clear the icy walk, which leads to the mailman slipping and breaking his neck. A comedy of errors results from his attempts to hide the body.

Starring: Sandy Sanderson ..
Directed by: John Weldon, Eunice Macaulay
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : The Devil and Daniel Mouse
11.

The Devil and Daniel Mouse

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

When a young female mouse makes a deal with the devil to become a rock star and learns the price, her boyfriend has to help her avoid damnation.

Starring: Jim Henshaw, Annabel Kershaw, Martin Lavut, John Sebastian, Valerie Carter, Dianne Lawrence, Martin Lavut, Jim Henshaw, Valerie Carter, John Sebastian ..
Directed by: Clive A. Smith
Release date: 1978-10-05
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : A Pink Christmas
12.

A Pink Christmas

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

It's holiday time, and while New York City bustles with yuletide celebrations, the Pink Panther suffers one misadventure after another... all in hopes of finding a warm heart and a warm meal! Finally, the Panther learns the true meaning of Christmas... and friendship.

Directed by: Bill Perez
Release date: 1978-12-07
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : Make Me Psychic
13.

Make Me Psychic

3.0
6.6/10 IMDB

Anita the duck buys a psychic device at a novelty store in an alternate universe and creates mayhem at a crazy party.

Starring: Sally Cruikshank, Kim Deitch ..
Directed by: Sally Cruikshank
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : The Flintstones: Little Big League
14.

The Flintstones: Little Big League

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

Fred manages a little league baseball team that seems absolutely hopeless, except for a player that he blindly refuses to recognize.

Starring: Henry Corden, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl, Gay Autterson, Frank Welker, John Stephenson, Ted Cassidy, Herb Vigran, Lucille Bliss, Randy Gray ..
Release date: 1978-04-06
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : Black Beauty
15.

Black Beauty

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

This heart warming adaptation of the timeless novel tells the story of the courageous stallion Black Beauty, a well-bred horse in the 19th century England.

Starring: Laurie Main ..
Directed by: Chris Cuddington
Release date: 1978-10-28
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : Oh My Darling
16.

Oh My Darling

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

An Oscar nominated animated short about the relationship between children and their parents.

Directed by: Børge Ring
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : Afterlife
17.

Afterlife

2.8
7.2/10 IMDB

This animated short film attempts to answer the eternal questions, What is dying? and How does it feel? Based on recent studies, case histories and some of the ancient myths, the afterlife state is portrayed as an awesome but methodical working-out of all the individual's past experiences. Film without words.

Directed by: Ishu Patel
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : Raggedy Ann & Andy: The Great Santa Claus Caper
18.

Raggedy Ann & Andy: The Great Santa Claus Caper

2.8
7.0/10 IMDB

When inventor/efficiency expert Alexander Graham Wolf plots to take over Santa's workshop, Comet asks for help from Raggedy Ann, Andy and their dog, Raggedy Arthur.

Starring: June Foray, Daws Butler, Les Tremayne ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1978-11-30
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : Canada Vignettes: News Canada
19.

Canada Vignettes: News Canada

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Historical events are related through the medium of simulated news broadcasting in 1878.

Directed by: Yossi Abolafia
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : Rip Van Winkle
20.

Rip Van Winkle

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

Rip Van Winkle, a lazy American man, wanders off one day with his dog Wolf into the Kaatskill mountains where he runs into an odd group of men drinking and playing bowls. He drinks some of their mysterious brew and passes out. When he wakes up under a tree he is astonished to find that 20 years have passed and things are a lot different.

Starring: Will Geer, Tim Conner ..
Directed by: Will Vinton
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : The Metamorphosis of Mr. Samsa
21.

The Metamorphosis of Mr. Samsa

2.7
6.8/10 IMDB

An animation made of beach sand on a piece of glass - directed by Caroline Leaf. Based on Kafka's The Metamorphosis.

Directed by: Caroline Leaf
Release date: 1978-06-01
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : The Beach
22.

The Beach

2.7
5.5/10 IMDB

An experimental animation about four people at a beach, three men and one woman.

Directed by: Suzanne Gervais
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : A Connecticut Rabbit in King Arthur's Court
23.

A Connecticut Rabbit in King Arthur's Court

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

Bugs find himself in Camelot and is mistaken for a "dwagon" by Sir Elmer of Fudde.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1978-02-23
24.

Metamorphoses

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Several animated stories from "Metamorphoses," the Roman poet Ovid's narrative of legends, are presented.

Starring: Peter Ustinov ..
Directed by: Takashi Masunaga
Release date: 1978-05-03
25.

Animated Motion: Part 5

2.7
5.8/10 IMDB

In this fifth part, Norman McLaren deals not with motion (if motion is defined as a change of location in two- or three-dimensional space) but with change--change in the amount and color of light within an otherwise static screen. Normally, the animator combines such change with motion, but here it is studied in isolation.

Directed by: Grant Munro, Norman McLaren
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : Pet Pink Pebbles
26.

Pet Pink Pebbles

2.7
5.8/10 IMDB

The Pink Panther adopts a pet rock, who is more trouble than he is worth. (Reissue of "Rocky Pink" 1976).

Directed by: Art Leonardi, Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1978-12-09
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : Canada Vignettes: Fort Prince of Wales
27.

Canada Vignettes: Fort Prince of Wales

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

A Canada Vignette giving a humorous animated version of the history of Fort Prince of Wales from its construction to its capture by the French.

Starring: Len Cariou ..
Directed by: Brad Caslor
Release date: 1978-01-01
28.

Play Safe

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

Sponsored as part of the Electricity Council's 'Understanding Electricity' campaign, Play Safe is a series of three hard-hitting fillers designed to highlight to children the potentially fatal consequences of playing near overhead electric lines and substations. The carefree attitude of the youngsters as they fly their kites and radio-controlled planes in the open air is undermined by composer Harry Robinson's electronic soundtrack, which pulsates with menace throughout. — Katy McGahan

Starring: Bernard Cribbins, Brian Wilde, Jayne Tottman ..
Directed by: David Eady
Release date: 1978-01-02
29.

Dietetic Pink

2.6
5.5/10 IMDB

The Pink Panther decides to lose weight once believing he is 220 pounds when he really was 75 pounds.

Directed by: Sid Marcus
Release date: 1978-11-11
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : Canada Vignettes: Faces
30.

Canada Vignettes: Faces

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Animated images showing the variety of people who live in Canada.

Directed by: Paul Bochner
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : Ubu
31.

Ubu

2.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Ubu is a 1978 film made by Geoff Dunbar, based on Alfred Jarry's 1896 play Ubu Roi

Starring: Bill Mitchell ..
Directed by: Geoff Dunbar
Release date: 1978-11-02
32.

Sprinkle Me Pink

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

Trying to have a picnic, the Pink Panther tries to escape a cloud that keeps following and raining on him.

Directed by: Bob Richardson
Release date: 1978-11-11
33.

The Stingiest Man in Town

2.6
6.6/10 IMDB

This cartoon version of A Christmas Carol hails from the production house of Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass--the team that brought you just about every other Christmas special you saw as a kid (including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer). Reinvented as a 49-minute musical ghost story, Stingiest stars the voice of Walter Matthau as the bedeviled Scrooge and Tom Bosley as the Jiminy Cricket-type narrator, B. Humbug, Esq.

Starring: Walter Matthau, Tom Bosley, Theodore Bikel, Robert Morse, Dennis Day, Paul Frees, Sonny Melendrez, Bobby Rolofson ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1978-12-23
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : Canada Vignettes: Spence's Republic
34.

Canada Vignettes: Spence's Republic

2.5
6.7/10 IMDB

An animated vignette about the role of Thomas Spence in the formation and demise of the Republic of Manitoba at Portage la Prairie in 1867-68.

Starring: Len Cariou ..
Directed by: Brad Caslor
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : Tooth Brushing
35.

Tooth Brushing

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

Charlie Brown leaves his appointment with his dentist armed with an instructional pamphlet on proper tooth brushing technique. He endeavors to practice toothbrushing with Linus and his dog Snoopy.

Starring: Arrin Skelley, Daniel Anderson, Michelle Muller, Michelle Muller, Bill Melendez ..
Directed by: Bill Melendez
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : Pink S.W.A.T.
36.

Pink S.W.A.T.

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

The Pink Panther attempts to get rid of a fly in his home.

Directed by: Sid Marcus
Release date: 1978-11-22
37.

Canada Vignettes: Trees

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

Life in Canada is reflected by people's comments on trees as a tree is shown undergoing seasonal changes.

Starring: Michael Kane ..
Directed by: Robert Doucet
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : Canada Vignettes: Bill Miner
38.

Canada Vignettes: Bill Miner

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

Bill Miner was a train robber in British Columbia at the turn of the century. This animated film depicts a disastrous episode in his career.

Starring: Joe Austin ..
Directed by: Marv Newland
Release date: 1978-01-01
39.

Pink Arcade

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

The Pink Panther visits an amusement arcade after getting tons of quarters from a broken weight machine.

Directed by: Sid Marcus
Release date: 1978-10-25
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : Canada Vignettes: Logger
40.

Canada Vignettes: Logger

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

The history of the development of modern logging techniques on the British Columbia coast.

Directed by: Al Sens
Release date: 1978-01-01
41.

Canada Vignettes: Lady Frances Simpson

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

A humorous account of the pioneering journey of Lady Frances Simpson, along with her piano, from England to Manitoba.

Starring: Len Cariou ..
Directed by: Christopher Hinton
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : Pink Lemonade
42.

Pink Lemonade

2.5
5.4/10 IMDB

Taking refuge from the Dog Catcher in The Little Man's house, The Pink Panther pretends to be the daughter's latest soft toy and she fights over it with her brother.

Directed by: Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1978-11-03
43.

Pink Trumpet

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

Staying in a motel, the Pink Panther decides to practice his trumpet playing, while annoying the man next door in the motel.

Directed by: Arthur Davis
Release date: 1978-11-03
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : Pink Lightning
44.

Pink Lightning

2.5
5.3/10 IMDB

The Pink Panther buys Dr Jekyll's old car which he can't control (thanks to the doctor's formula in its gas tank).

Directed by: Brad Case
Release date: 1978-11-17
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : Pink Daddy
45.

Pink Daddy

2.5
5.3/10 IMDB

The stork gets lost in a thunderstorm, and delivers a baby alligator to the Pink Panther, whom had the wrong address.

Directed by: Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1978-11-18
Best Animation Movies of 1978 : Pink and Shovel
46.

Pink and Shovel

2.5
5.3/10 IMDB

The Pink Panther buries a $5 bill, and tries to get it back after a hotel is built on top of it.

Directed by: Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1978-11-25
47.

Pinktails for Two

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

The Pink Panther encounters a music-loving gorilla who dances whenever he hears music.

Directed by: Arthur Davis
Release date: 1978-12-22
48.

Pink U.F.O.

2.4
5.3/10 IMDB

The Pink Panther catches a butterfly for his collection, but it turns out to be a small UFO.

Directed by: David Detiege
Release date: 1978-11-17
49.

Pink in the Drink

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

The Pink Panther is scammed by a South Sea cruise, which turns out to be a pirate trap. He is then forced to do the captain's orders.

Directed by: Sid Marcus
Release date: 1978-12-20
50.

Star Pink

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

The Pink Panther operates a gas station for space ships, and ends up battling a space villain.

Directed by: Arthur Davis
Release date: 1978-12-23

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