Best Animation Movies of 1979

1.

The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie

4.5
7.2/10 IMDB

A collection of Warner Brothers short cartoon features, "starring" the likes of Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and Wile.E.Coyote. These animations are interspersed by Bugs Bunny reminiscing on past events and providing links between the individual animations which are otherwise unconnected. This 1979 feature-length compilation includes several of his best cartoons. Among the 11 shorts shown in their entirety are the classics "Robin Hood Daffy," "What's Opera, Doc?," "Bully for Bugs," and "Duck Amuck". The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Movie provides a showcase not only for Jones's razor-sharp timing, but for the work of his exceptional crew, which included designer Maurice Noble, writer Mike Maltese, composers Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn, and voice actor Mel Blanc.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan, Paul Julian, Nicolai Shutorev ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Phil Monroe
Release date: 1979-09-30
2.

Jack Frost

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

Pardon-me Pete, the official groundhog of Groundhog Day, tells the story of Jack Frost, who falls in love with a beautiful young woman and begs Father Winter to make him human so that she can see him. His request is granted, but only on the condition that by the spring he has a house, a bag of gold, a horse and a wife. But Jack finds that life as a human is more complicated then he thought.

Starring: Buddy Hackett, Robert Morse, Paul Frees, Larry Storch, Don Messick ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr., Masaki Izuka
Release date: 1979-12-13
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
3.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

This Emmy Award winner for Best Animated Special is based on the first book of C.S. Lewis' acclaimed series, "The Chronicles of Narnia." Four children pass through a mystic portal in a wardrobe and discover the magical kingdom of Narnia, a land of talking animals and mythical creatures. There, an evil witch's spell has cast the land into eternal winter. Fearing that an ancient prophecy is coming to fruition, and that the children are Narnia's rightful rulers, the White Witch tricks their youngest brother into betraying his family, enacting an ancient magic that she can use to halt the fulfillment of the prophecy. Now, only Aslan, noble lion and High King above all kings in Narnia, can help them defeat the witch, restore springtime to Narnia, and claim their rightful places on the throne.

Starring: Simon Adams, Sheila Hancock, Arthur Lowe, Leo McKern, Victor Spinetti, Susan Sokol, Reg Williams, Simon Adams, Victor Spinetti, Dick Vosburgh ..
Directed by: Bill Melendez
Release date: 1979-04-01
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : Charlie Brown Clears the Air
4.

Charlie Brown Clears the Air

3.6
6.7/10 IMDB

Another baseball season is ruined for Charlie Brown and his gang - but this time by pollution!

Directed by: Bill Melendez
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
5.

Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July

3.5
6.4/10 IMDB

Long ago the Lady Borealis placed the evil Winterbolt under a magic spell, and put the last of her magic into the nose of a newborn reindeer: Rudolph. But now Winterbolt's awake. He gives Frosty's family magic amulets to keep them from melting until the Fourth of July so that Frosty and Rudolph can help Lilly's circus and Milton can marry his girlfriend on the high-wire, and Santa will use his sleigh to make sure everybody gets back to the North Pole in time...which leaves Winterbolt alone at the North Pole on the Fourth...

Starring: Red Buttons, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Alan Sues, Jackie Vernon, Shelley Winters, Paul Frees, Billie Mae Richards, Harold Peary, Shelby Flint ..
Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass
Release date: 1979-07-01
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : The Little Convict
6.

The Little Convict

3.2
7.1/10 IMDB

In old New South Wales a new bunch of convicts arrives including the little convict, young Toby Nelson. Consigned to a Government farm they are subjected to the cruelty of Sergeant Billy Langdon and Corporal Weazel Wesley. Toby escapes and flees into the Australian bush where he is saved from death by the aboriginal boy, Wahroonga. Together, with another escapee, the highwayman, Jack Doolan, and Wahroonga’s animal friends, they launch a spectacular mission to rescue the blacksmith, Big George, and Toby’s sister, Polly.

Starring: Rolf Harris ..
Directed by: Yoram Gross
Release date: 1979-12-20
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : The New Misadventures of Ichabod Crane
7.

The New Misadventures of Ichabod Crane

3.2
8.1/10 IMDB

Sleepy Hollow, a town plagued by the Headless Horseman, hires the most educated person they can find to fight him - Ichabod Crane. He, talking horse and dog, and Rip van Winkle go on the quest. But the Horseman has a secret.

Starring: Kreskin, Pat Buttram, George Lindsey, Larry D. Mann, Hazel Shermet, Monty Morgan ..
Directed by: Vic Atkinson
Release date: 1979-01-01
8.

The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone

3.1
6.7/10 IMDB

The Flintstones and Rubbles win a trip on "Make a Deal or Don't" to Count Rockula's castle in Rocksylvania where they have an unpleasant meeting with the Count and his servant Frankenstone.

Starring: Henry Corden, Jean Vander Pyl, Mel Blanc, Gay Autterson, Casey Kasem, Ted Cassidy, John Stephenson, Don Messick, Lennie Weinrib ..
Directed by: Ray Patterson
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree
9.

The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree

3.1
7.2/10 IMDB

Papa Bear and the cubs search the woods for the perfect Christmas tree, but run afoul of the woodland animals who live in the trees they aim to cut down.

Starring: Ron McLarty, Gabriela Glatzer, Jonathan Lewis, Pat Lysinger ..
Directed by: Mordicai Gerstein
Release date: 1979-12-03
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : The Little Prince
10.

The Little Prince

3.1
7.2/10 IMDB

The Little Prince questions the universe in this story of innocence and wonder.

Starring: Cliff Robertson, Michele Mariana, Dal McKennon ..
Directed by: Will Vinton
Release date: 1979-05-07
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : Puff the Magic Dragon: The Land of the Living Lies
11.

Puff the Magic Dragon: The Land of the Living Lies

3.0
7.8/10 IMDB

Sandy is a little girl with a penchant for whoppers. However, when her lies start go so far as to implicate the innocent for her own misdeeds, Puff decides to step in. Using his magic, Puff takes Sandy to the Land of Living Lies where everyone tells the most ridiculous lies and honesty is persecuted. Only when Sandy realizes the need for honesty can she help Puff escape this insane world. Written by Kenneth Chisholm

Starring: Burgess Meredith, Mischa Bond, Alan Barzman, Ike Eisenmann, Joan Gerber, Gene Moss, Robert Ridgely, Peter Yarrow ..
Directed by: Charles Swenson, Fred Wolf
Release date: 1979-11-17
12.

Autobahn

3.0
7.4/10 IMDB

An animated visual interpretation of the song "Autobahn," by German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk. A fast-paced experimental film which proved to be a groundbreaking combination of electronic and manual animation. One of the first films produced specifically for video disk.

Directed by: John Halas, Roger Mainwood
Release date: 1979-01-01
13.

Asparagus

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

A symbolic reflection on issues of female sexuality, art and identity constructs.

Directed by: Suzan Pitt
Release date: 1979-03-17
14.

Canada Vignettes: Log Driver's Waltz

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

A short illustrating Wade Hemsworth's folk song about a woman's admiration for the agility of her boyfriend, the log driver.

Starring: Anna McGarrigle, Kate McGarrigle ..
Directed by: John Weldon
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales
15.

Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

A TV movie special that compiles of a few Looney Tunes episodes centered around an episode of a Christmas Carol, with the part of Scrooge played by Yosemite Sam.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng
Release date: 1979-11-27
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : Casper's Halloween Special
16.

Casper's Halloween Special

3.0
5.8/10 IMDB

On Halloween night, Hairy Scarey, Winifred Witch and Screech Ghost are plotting their mean-spirited spookings. Casper refuses to join them and decides to go trick-or-treating dressed as a real boy, but neighborhood kids see through his disguise and run away in fear. Casper is heartbroken until he meets a special group of orphans who accept him for who he is, a ghost. But their fun is soon spoiled as Hairy Scary and his ghostly crew interfere. Now it is up to Casper and his new friends to stop their ghastly games and save Halloween before it is too late. --Wikipedia

Starring: Greg Alter, Lucille Bliss, Diana McCannon, Julie McWhirter, Marilyn Schreffler, Michael Sheehan, Hal Smith, John Stephenson, Ginny Tyler, Frank Welker ..
Directed by: Carl Urbano
Release date: 1979-10-30
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown
17.

You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown

2.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Charlie Brown enters the Junior Olympics decathlon - and one of his rivals is a certain masked beagle!

Starring: Arrin Skelley, Patricia Patts, Casey Carlson, Michelle Muller, Daniel Anderson, Bill Melendez, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Phil Roman
Release date: 1979-03-19
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : Sunstone
18.

Sunstone

2.9
6.2/10 IMDB

Experimental computer animation from pioneering artist Ed Emshwiller.

Starring: Stoney Emshwiller ..
Directed by: Ed Emshwiller
Release date: 1979-12-31
19.

Cosmic Clock

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

A mind-twisting time-lapse beginning on a hill just outside town, doing for the concept of time what Charles and Ray Eames's 1968 film The Powers of Ten did for space. One billion years in two minutes.

Directed by: Al Jarnow
Release date: 1979-05-03
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : Storytime
20.

Storytime

2.9
7.3/10 IMDB

The first story-time segment is about a cheerful cockroach named Don, who scurries throughout his mansion home, walks beneath the floorboards and does unspeakable things in the darkness of the cupboard, before being splatted by somebody's foot. The second segment is about an ordinary man named Albert Einstein ("the only Albert Einstein not to have discovered the Theory of Relativity") whose hands have a life of their own, staying out late at night, misbehaving and committing adultery with feet. The third segment – hasn't much story to it at all, and instead concerns the inhabitants of the moving pictures on an over-sized Christmas card, who interact with each other in all sorts of bizarre ways.

Starring: Terry Gilliam ..
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Release date: 1979-11-08
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : The Wizard of Speed and Time
21.

The Wizard of Speed and Time

2.9
7.4/10 IMDB

In the original short film, a young man in a green wizard costume runs throughout America at super speed, much like the superhero The Flash. Along the way, he gives a pretty girl a swift lift to another city, gives golden stars to other women who want a trip themselves. He then slips on a banana peel and comically crashes into a film stage, which he then brings to life in magical ways.

Starring: Mike Jittlov, Toni Handcock ..
Directed by: Mike Jittlov
Release date: 1979-12-21
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : Casper's First Christmas
22.

Casper's First Christmas

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Huckleberry Hound and more Hanna-Barbera characters get lost and decide to spend Christmas by vising Casper, the friendly ghost. But soon they encounter a not-so-friendly ghost.

Starring: Daws Butler, Ida Sue McCune, Paul DeKorte, Julie McWhirter, Don Messick, John Stephenson, Hal Smith, Michael Redman ..
Directed by: Carl Urbano
Release date: 1979-12-18
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : Freeze Frame
23.

Freeze Frame

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Wile E. Coyote chases the Road Runner through some snowy mountaintops, leading to a series of snow-related traps such as the Acme Blizzard Machine which makes instant snow....a little too instant for the Coyote's taste.

Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1979-11-27
24.

Getting Started

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

A concert pianist prepares to begin his practising for a major concert coming up. Unfortunately, he has this procrastination problem that prevents him from getting any serious time done, even when his frustration with it literally driving him into a frenzy.

Starring: Richard Condie, Jay Brazeau ..
Directed by: Richard Condie
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy in the Pumpkin Who Couldn't Smile
25.

Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy in the Pumpkin Who Couldn't Smile

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Aunt Agatha threatens to call the police on innocent trick-or-treaters. Her nephew, Ralph, would love to be out with them. But what he wants most of all is a pumpkin. From across the street, Raggedy Ann and Andy watch the drama unfold. Andy is furious at Agatha for preventing the boy from enjoying the wonderful, horrible holiday. Ann, with her irritating insistence on fairness, decides that Agatha has merely forgotten what it's like to be young. The pressing matter ahead is getting Ralph a pumpkin. Andy scoffs at the idea of finding one at this late date. Ann reasons that if there's a little boy who needs a pumpkin, there must be a pumpkin who needs a little boy. She's right. Not far away, a miserable pumpkin is blubbering out pumpkin seed-tears because no one wants him for Halloween.

Starring: June Foray, Daws Butler, Stephen Rosenberg, Les Tremayne ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1979-10-31
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : Mr. Pascal
26.

Mr. Pascal

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Old Mr. Pascal dreams of his youth as he sits beside a crucifix. He then decides to liberate the tortured figure of Christ and the world about him is transformed.

Directed by: Alison De Vere
Release date: 1979-07-12
27.

Nitemare

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

A child, who is afraid, of the dark forms a unique relationship with the objects that once frightened him.

Directed by: John Lasseter
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : The Hanna-Barbera Hall of Fame: Yabba Dabba Doo II
28.

The Hanna-Barbera Hall of Fame: Yabba Dabba Doo II

2.7
7.2/10 IMDB

In this retrospective on creators Hanna and Barbera, Bill Bixby hosts a behind-the-scenes look at technical and sound artistry. Segments spotlight families and famous women in cartoons as well as romance.

Starring: Bill Bixby, Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Robert Guenette
Release date: 1979-10-12
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol
29.

Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Yosemite Sam is miserly Ebenezer Scrooge in this spoof of Charles Dickens' classic tale. Porky Pig, as Scrooge's clerk, Bob Cratchit, is fired on Christmas eve for the unpardonable act of using coal to keep warm. When Scrooge evicts Cratchit and his family from their modest dwelling, heroic Bugs Bunny decides to dress like a ghost and teach the hot-tempered miser a lesson on the meaning of Christmas.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1979-11-27
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : Every Child
30.

Every Child

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

This animated short follows an unwanted baby who is passed from house to house. The film is the Canadian contribution to an hour-long feature film celebrating UNESCO's Year of the Child (1979). It illustrates one of the ten principles of the Declaration of Children's Rights: every child is entitled to a name and a nationality. The film took home an Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film.

Starring: Bernard Carez, Sophie Cowling, Raymond Pollender ..
Directed by: Eugene Fedorenko
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : Caninabis
31.

Caninabis

2.7
5.6/10 IMDB

Driven by his love of cannabis, a street dog displays incredible promise for the drug squad when he chases down a local dealer. He makes headlines worldwide as he takes on smugglers and crime lords. But when his drug habit and his work inevitably collide, a clear message emerges: dogs and cannabis don't mix.

Starring: Patrice Arbour, Bernard Carez ..
Directed by: Kaj Pindal
Release date: 1979-02-10
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : Bugs Bunny's Thanksgiving Diet
32.

Bugs Bunny's Thanksgiving Diet

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Bugs Bunny's Thanksgiving Diet is a 1979 Looney Tunes Thanksgiving television special. It premiered on CBS on November 15th, 1979.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Robert McKimson, David Detiege, Friz Freleng
Release date: 1979-11-15
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : Nocturna Artificialia
33.

Nocturna Artificialia

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Enigmatic, stop-motion, animated story of a man's day.

Directed by: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : Canada Vignettes: Instant French
34.

Canada Vignettes: Instant French

2.6
5.7/10 IMDB

This film promotes, in the best K-Tel tradition, a new device used to speak French.

Starring: Rod Charlebois ..
Directed by: André Leduc
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : Fright Before Christmas
35.

Fright Before Christmas

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

The Tasmanian Devil escapes from a plane and lands in Santa's suit. After taking off in Santa's sleigh he lands on Bugs' roof where he tries to eat everything in sight including the present Bugs got for him.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1979-11-27
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : Gulliver's Travels
36.

Gulliver's Travels

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

Gulliver washes ashore on Lilliput and attempts to prevent war between that tiny kingdom and its equally minuscule rival, Blefuscu. This version of Gulliver's Travels aired in 1979 on CBS as part of "Famous Classic Tales".

Starring: Julie Bennett, Regis Cordic, Ross Martin, Don Messick, Hal Smith, John Stephenson ..
Release date: 1979-03-23
37.

Stalk of the Celery Monster

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

The only fragments remaining of the film today depict a dentist named Dr. Maxwell Payne making bloody experiments with his patients. He tries a woman, and after that the monster of the title shows up, roaring. In the following clip, the woman leaves, as Dr. Maxwell Payne searches for another victim.

Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 1979-01-16
38.

Canada Vignettes: Wop May

2.6
7.0/10 IMDB

This short animated film is about Wop May, one of Canada's leading bush pilots in the 1920s.

Starring: Donald Brittain ..
Directed by: Blake James
Release date: 1979-01-01
39.

Shooting Range

2.6
7.3/10 IMDB

An unemployed American gets a job in a shooting gallery as a live target. The greedy capitalist owner charges patrons double for the chance to shoot at a human being.

Directed by: Vladimir Tarasov
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : Toro Pink
40.

Toro Pink

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

Pink Panther once again becomes a toreador once the first one chickens out.

Directed by: Sid Marcus
Release date: 1979-04-04
41.

Lady and the Lamp

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

John Lasseter’s 1979 student film.

Starring: Jack Hannah, Nancy Beiman ..
Directed by: John Lasseter
Release date: 1979-05-31
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : It's Dental Flossophy, Charlie Brown
42.

It's Dental Flossophy, Charlie Brown

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

Lucy van Pelt instructs Charlie Brown and Snoopy in the finer points of proper flossing technique for healthy teeth and gums.

Starring: Arrin Skelley, Michelle Muller, Bill Melendez ..
Directed by: Phil Roman, Bill Melendez
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : Sea Dream
43.

Sea Dream

2.5
4.6/10 IMDB

An experimental animated film, adapted from a poem narrating a young child's dream.

Starring: Yvanna Kroiter ..
Directed by: Ellen Besen
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : Canada Vignettes: Dance
44.

Canada Vignettes: Dance

2.5
6.5/10 IMDB

The metamorphosis of a map of Canada into human forms who share the natural resources to the rhythm of a dance.

Directed by: Lise-Hélène Larin
Release date: 1979-01-01
45.

String Along in Pink

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

The Pink Panther follows a very long piece of string.

Directed by: Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1979-04-11
46.

Pink Pull

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

The Pink Panther uses a big magnet to find a lost coin that fell down a grate.

Release date: 1979-06-15
47.

It's So Nice to Have a Wolf Around the House

2.4
6.2/10 IMDB

An very very old man lives with his very old cat, his old old goldfish and his old dog on a houseboat, until one day the wolf Cuthbert Q Divine knocks on the door...

Starring: Jim Thurman, Jim Thurman ..
Directed by: Paul Fierlinger
Release date: 1979-01-01
48.

Doctor Pink

2.4
5.4/10 IMDB

As a hospital janitor the Pink Panther takes up first aid, to the disgust of the duty doctor.

Directed by: Sid Marcus
Release date: 1979-11-16
49.

Pink Suds

2.4
5.6/10 IMDB

The Pink Panther goes to the launderette, and causes mishaps to a customer there.

Directed by: Arthur Davis
Release date: 1979-12-19
Best Animation Movies of 1979 : Canada Vignettes: The Egg
50.

Canada Vignettes: The Egg

2.4
5.6/10 IMDB

An egg desperately tries to prevent being hatched. In this animated short from the Canada Vignette series, learn how societies in evolution are often in danger of self-destruction.

Directed by: Robert Bélisle, Jean-François Pouliot
Release date: 1979-01-01

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