Best Animation Movies of 1980

1.

Scooby Goes Hollywood

4.2
5.9/10 IMDB

The gang goes to Hollywood as Scooby-Doo stars in his first film. When a creepy creature wants to put a stop to the film, Scooby-Doo must solve the mystery to ensure his star status remains intact.

Starring: Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Frank Welker, Heather North, Patricia Stevens, Marilyn Schreffler, Rip Taylor, Michael Bell, Joan Gerber, Stan Jones ..
Directed by: Ray Patterson
Release date: 1980-01-01
2.

The Return of the King

3.8
5.6/10 IMDB

Two Hobbits struggle to destroy the Ring in Mount Doom while their friends desperately fight evil Lord Sauron's forces in a final battle.

Starring: Orson Bean, Theodore Bikel, William Conrad, John Huston, Roddy McDowall, Theodore Gottlieb, Paul Frees, Casey Kasem, Sonny Melendrez, Nellie Bellflower ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1980-05-11
3.

Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!!)

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Charlie Brown, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Marcie travel to France as foreign exchange students. Also along is Snoopy and Woodstock. While everyone is excited about the opportunity to travel to a foreign country, Charlie is disturbed by a letter he receives from a mysterious girl from France who invites him as a her guest only to find that he does not seem welcomed to her Chateau.

Starring: Arrin Skelley, Laura Planting, Casey Carlson, Daniel Anderson, Scott Beach, Debbie Muller, Laura Planting, Annalisa Bortolin, Laura Planting, Bill Melendez ..
Directed by: Bill Melendez, Phil Roman
Release date: 1980-05-30
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Animalympics
4.

Animalympics

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

Animalympics is all about the Animal Olympics Contest where all the animals around the world gather to take part in everything from skiing in North America to the very long marathon race in humid conditions.

Starring: Billy Crystal, Harry Shearer, Gilda Radner, Michael Fremer ..
Directed by: Steven Lisberger
Release date: 1980-02-01
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : The Trouble with Miss Switch
5.

The Trouble with Miss Switch

3.3
8.0/10 IMDB

When Rupert and his friend Amelia find the new substitute teacher doing odd things, they discover that she is actually a witch with a magical talking cat who sought them out in order to stop an evil coven of witches from destroying her.

Starring: Janet Waldo, Eric Taslitz, Nancy McKeon, June Foray, Frank Welker, Philip Tanzini, Alan Dinehart ..
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
Release date: 1980-02-16
6.

Easter Fever

3.3
7.9/10 IMDB

A jive-talking Easter Bunny named Jack decides to retire, so his friends throw him a crazy roast before he officially hangs up his basket. A series of kooky flashbacks tells of his life-story and career, but will all this reminiscing only convince him not to quit after all?

Starring: Garrett Morris, Maurice LaMarche, Melleny Melody, Jeri Craden, Don Ferguson, Catherine O'Hara ..
Directed by: Greg Duffell, John Celestri, Ken Stephenson
Release date: 1980-03-29
7.

Snuden 1 - Snuden rejser hjemmefra

3.1
6.6/10 IMDB

Snuden is a secret and peaceful animal who lives in a green bog. He is a friend to all animals. One day a hunter tries to shoot Snuden's best friend, the otter Otto. Snuden decides that he will try to find an explanation to why humans are that mad.

Directed by: Anders Sørensen
Release date: 1980-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : The Pied Piper of Hamelin
8.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

3.1
7.5/10 IMDB

In 1376, the city of Hamelin is freed from a plague of hungry rats by a mysterious Piper who plays a tune and leads the vermin on a mery dance out of town and straight in to the river. But the greedy city Governers refuse to pay their agreed fee, so the Piper wreaks a terible revenge. He plays his pipe once more, only this time he leads all the children of Hamelin away to a magical mountain portal, from which they never return...

Starring: Robert Hardy ..
Directed by: Mark Hall
Release date: 1980-03-12
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : The Christmas Raccoons
9.

The Christmas Raccoons

3.1
7.2/10 IMDB

In this prelude to the television series 'The Raccoons', Bert, Melissa, and Ralph Raccoon have their home accidentally stolen when it is cut down to become a Christmas tree.

Starring: Rich Little, Rita Coolidge, Rupert Holmes, Carl Banas, Tammy Bourne, Hadley Kay, Bobby Dermer, Len Carlson, Fred Little, Michael Magee ..
Directed by: Kevin Gillis, Paul Schibli
Release date: 1980-12-01
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You?
10.

Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You?

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

A young man wishes he could get away and his wish is granted in a globetrotting, song singing way.

Starring: Wayne Morton, Hal Smith, Don Messick, Joe Raposo, Ken Lundie, Sue Allen ..
Directed by: Gerard Baldwin
Release date: 1980-05-02
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Gnomes
11.

Gnomes

3.0
7.5/10 IMDB

A family of gnomes preparing for the wedding of their oldest son must engage in a battle of wits with an enemy family of vicious trolls.

Starring: Lee Richardson, Arthur Anderson, Rex Everhart, Anne Francine, Hetty Galen, Gordon Halliday, Bob McFadden, Corinne Orr, Joe Silver, Kjell Bergqvist ..
Directed by: Jack Zander, Lars Calonius
Release date: 1980-11-11
12.

Snuden 2 - Snuden i byen

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

Snuden has left his bog to visit the giant rat Rita in the big city.

Directed by: Anders Sørensen
Release date: 1980-01-01
13.

Snuden 3 - Snuden vender hjem

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

Snuden decides to leave the big city and return to his green bog.

Directed by: Anders Sørensen
Release date: 1980-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Scruffy
14.

Scruffy

2.9
7.6/10 IMDB

A puppy encounters a series of tragedies and losses brought on by the evils of uncaring humans as she tries to find a family and a place to call home.

Starring: Nancy McKeon, Michael Bell, June Foray, Alan Young, Frank Welker, Hans Conried, Michael Rye, Alan Dinehart, Frank Welker, Walker Edmiston ..
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
Release date: 1980-10-04
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown
15.

She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown

2.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Peppermint Patty is in zealous training for a figure skating competition, but with no help from her grumpy coach, Snoopy. He growls coaching tips that don't make sense, and Marcie can't sew the dress Peppermint Patty is dying to wear. Still determined to win, Peppermint Patty turns to Woodstock when disaster looms at the competition.

Starring: Patricia Patts, Casey Carlson, Arrin Skelley, Debbie Muller, Scott Beach, Tim Hall, Mary Ellen Kinsey, Daniel Anderson, Laura Planting, Bill Melendez ..
Directed by: Phil Roman
Release date: 1980-02-25
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : The Flintstones' New Neighbors
16.

The Flintstones' New Neighbors

2.9
6.3/10 IMDB

Fred is annoyed when an eerie new house is built next door, inhabited by the Frankenstone family.

Starring: Henry Corden, Mel Blanc, Gay Autterson, Jean Vander Pyl, Don Messick, John Stephenson, Patricia Parris, Jim MacGeorge, Julie McWhirter, Frank Welker ..
Directed by: Carl Urbano
Release date: 1980-09-26
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Yogi's First Christmas
17.

Yogi's First Christmas

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

Yogi, Boo Boo and Cindy are awakened from hibernation and join their friends' Christmas activities while interfering with 2 villians' efforts to ruin the holiday.

Starring: Daws Butler, Janet Waldo, Hal Smith, Don Messick, Marilyn Schreffler, John Stephenson, Sue Allen, John Richard Bolks, Paul DeKorte, Darlene Lawrence ..
Directed by: Ray Patterson, Hawley Pratt, Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1980-11-21
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Life Is a Circus, Charlie Brown
18.

Life Is a Circus, Charlie Brown

2.9
7.3/10 IMDB

When the circus comes to town, Snoopy naturally pays a visit. There he falls for a beautiful poodle performing there. He soon runs away to join it. While he quickly becomes a star performer, Charlie Brown is distraught by Snoopy's decision while Snoopy himself has to face some realities of show business himself.

Directed by: Phil Roman
Release date: 1980-10-24
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Pinocchio's Christmas
19.

Pinocchio's Christmas

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

Geppetto prepare for Christmas, Pinocchio joins a puppet show to earn money for a present. There he meets and elopes with the beautiful girl puppet Julietta, leaving Geppetto alone and worried.

Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1980-12-03
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Pink Panther in Olym-pinks
20.

Pink Panther in Olym-pinks

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

The Pink Panther tries his paw at various winter sports, getting ready for the Lake Placid Olympic Games

Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1980-02-22
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : The Flintstones: Fred's Final Fling
21.

The Flintstones: Fred's Final Fling

2.9
6.3/10 IMDB

Due to a mix-up at the doctor's office, Fred believes he has only 24 hours left to live.

Starring: Henry Corden, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl, Gay Autterson, John Stephenson, Don Messick ..
Directed by: Oscar Dufau, Ray Patterson
Release date: 1980-11-07
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Soup or Sonic
22.

Soup or Sonic

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

The coyote chases the road runner, but in this one he actually succeeds, to his bemusement.

Directed by: Chuck Jones, Phil Monroe
Release date: 1980-05-27
23.

Particles in Space

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Lye completed his last great film a few months before his death at the age of 78. The film returned to the black-and-white techniques of Free Radicals. Lye created what he called “vibrant little images” or “zig-zags” with a sense of “zizz”. The clusters of small scratches gave the film a unique texture – the images looked rough but were in fact extremely subtle. The title Particles in Space referred to flashes of energy of the kind sometimes seen by astronauts in space. The soundtrack combined “Jumping Dance Drums” from the Bahamas with drum music by the Yoruba of Nigeria and the sounds of Lye’s metal kinetic sculptures. The opening titles demonstrated Lye’s mastery of the scratching of letters and words on film, a method imitated by other film-makers such as Stan Brakhage.

Directed by: Len Lye
Release date: 1980-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : The Bugs Bunny Mystery Special
24.

The Bugs Bunny Mystery Special

2.8
7.0/10 IMDB

F.B.I. and C.I.A. agent Elmer Fudd is after a tall, dark, stranger who robbed a bank. He gets him confused with Bugs Bunny...the chase is on.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1980-10-26
25.

Swiss Army Knife with Rats and Pigeons

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

Utilising an apparently new-found obsession with the colour red and reinvigorating some of the circular imagery of A Man and His Dog Out for Air and 69, Breer delves into the very basis of animation to explore how a variety of easily recognisable objects can be portrayed and manipulated differently using pixillation and classically drawn animation. -Malcolm Turner

Directed by: Robert Breer
Release date: 1980-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Reasons to Be Glad
26.

Reasons to Be Glad

2.7
7.2/10 IMDB

I made this film while experimenting with a home made rotoscope. It was drawn on index cards. It's a sort of valentine to film, to life and to Xavier Cugat too. The original 16mm negative was lost when my lab at the time closed suddenly. Boy, I don't miss film at all. (JS)

Directed by: Jeff Scher
Release date: 1980-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century
27.

Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Duck Dodgers finds Marvin Martian's hideout.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1980-11-20
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Thanksgiving in the Land of Oz
28.

Thanksgiving in the Land of Oz

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

Dorothy is carried back to Oz by a green turkey balloon on the final Thanksgiving she is to spend with her aunt and uncle, who are moving to a retirement community. She meets Jack Pumpkinhead, The Hungry Tiger, and Tic Toc (sic), and must stop the evil Tyrone the Terrible Toy Tinkerer (looking suspiciously like John R. Neil's depiction of the Nome King), who brings the balloon to life.

Starring: Sid Caesar, Mischa Bond, Robert Ridgely, Frank Nelson, Joan Gerber ..
Directed by: Charles Swenson, Fred Wolf
Release date: 1980-11-25
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : The Gold Bug
29.

The Gold Bug

2.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Shortly after the Civil War, while exploring the long deserted and reputedly haunted Sullivan's Island off Charleston S.C., a boy encounters two obsessed eccentrics living there. These men chase him away and warn him never to return or to tell anyone about them. Soon, however, they locate him and summon him back, because he has unknowingly given them a clue vital to their quest and they need his help to unravel the rest of the mystery. If he can do so, they will find buried pirate treasure and all become rich. But in joining the search, he falls under the same obsession and curse -- an ominous fate suggested by the unearthly electronic music which contributes to the film's atmosphere.

Starring: Roberts Blossom, Geoffrey Holder, Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Moberly, Sudie Bond, Anne Haney, Alix Elias, Philip Bruns ..
Directed by: Robert Fuest
Release date: 1980-02-02
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Bugs Bunny's Bustin' Out All Over
30.

Bugs Bunny's Bustin' Out All Over

2.7
6.8/10 IMDB

Three all-new cartoons from animation legend Chuck Jones showcase Bugs Bunny and some of Jones' most famous characters. Springtime has arrived and stirred the birds, the bees and Bugs Bunny -- the time when an infant Elmer Fudd chased a youthful Bugs with his popgun, waiting for the start of "wabbit season"; when Bugs was held captive by Marvin Martian (in "Spaced Out Bunny"); and when, after 30 years of chases, Wile E. Coyote finally caught the Road Runner (in "Soup or Sonic").

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Phil Monroe
Release date: 1980-05-21
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Carabosse
31.

Carabosse

2.7
6.9/10 IMDB

Animation, also of a new order in the recent series of short works. Mostly on black space, the figures in blue perform a very compact and jewel-like opera in surreal form, again to Satie’s piano music. Ideally, the film should be projected on a 30" wide white card sitting on a music stand, center stage of a large auditorium or music hall, with sound from the projector piped into the big speaker system. The film is most effective this way, but can be shown normal-size also

Directed by: Lawrence Jordan
Release date: 1980-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Portrait of the Artist as a Young Bunny
32.

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Bunny

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Bugs Bunny gushes with excitement over the end of school, but while stopping to wonder why he's excited about this at his age, he runs into a tree and has a flashback to his youth, when he was just as excited about the end of school. But his nemesis, a young Elmer Fudd, is also out, and he's out to get the budding wascally wabbit.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Phil Monroe
Release date: 1980-05-27
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : The Solar Film
33.

The Solar Film

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Educational film about solar energy, told with striking imagery and animation.

Starring: Robert Millar ..
Directed by: Saul Bass, Elaine Bass
Release date: 1980-10-14
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Spaced Out Bunny
34.

Spaced Out Bunny

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Bugs Bunny is abducted by Marvin the Martian and brought to Mars to be the companion to his pet abominable snowman Hugo, who will "hug him and squeeze him and call him George."

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Phil Monroe
Release date: 1980-05-21
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Daffy Duck's Easter Egg-Citement
35.

Daffy Duck's Easter Egg-Citement

2.5
5.5/10 IMDB

Daffy is looking forward to celebrate Easter but his mysterious animator decides to make very bad things with the three completely new episodes. In the first, "The Yolks on You", Daffy seeks to outfox Sylvester the Cat for a golden egg laid by Prissy the Hen; the second story, "The Chocolate Chase", finds Daffy attempting to protect a chocolate factory from intruders; in the finale, "Daffy Flies North", Daffy attempts to hitchhike north for the winter.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Nancy Wible ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1980-03-31
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Mickey Mouse Disco
36.

Mickey Mouse Disco

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

A clip-show music video for the album of the same name and vintage. Includes 5 songs from the album ("Mousetrap", "Disco Mickey Mouse", "Watch Out For Goofy", "Macho Duck", "Welcome To Rio").

Directed by: David Hand, Ben Sharpsteen, Jack Kinney, Charles A. Nichols, Jack King, Riley Thomson, Norman Ferguson
Release date: 1980-06-25
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Daffy Duck's Thanks-for-Giving Special
37.

Daffy Duck's Thanks-for-Giving Special

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

A 1980 Looney Tunes Thanksgiving special, starring Daffy Duck. Cartoons featured "The Scarlet Pumpernickel" "Robin Hood Daffy" "Drip-Along Daffy" "His Bitter Half"

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Phil Monroe, Friz Freleng
Release date: 1980-11-20
38.

History of the World in Three Minutes Flat

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

Oscar nominated animated short from 1980, depicting a history of life on Earth compressed into three minutes.

Directed by: Michael Mills
Release date: 1980-08-01
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Quasi's Cabaret Trailer
39.

Quasi's Cabaret Trailer

2.5
6.1/10 IMDB

Created and produced as a sample of the proposed (never realized) animated feature. "It was like a 30's musical in which Anita left the alligator farm to pursue her dream of opening the ultimate tropical nightclub. I had a script and storyboard [...] Nightclub of the future with live alligators and a tipsy train that serves drinks." -SC

Directed by: Sally Cruikshank
Release date: 1980-07-02
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : The Yolks on You
40.

The Yolks on You

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

Foghorn Leghorn assigns Prissy, who's been laying some odd, unsatisfactory eggs, to lay turquoise eggs for Easter...

Starring: Mel Blanc, Nancy Wible ..
Directed by: Tony Benedict, Gerry Chiniquy, David Detiege, Arthur Davis
Release date: 1980-05-27
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Hurray for Betty Boop
41.

Hurray for Betty Boop

2.4
5.9/10 IMDB

Betty Boop runs for president in a loose storyline assembled from Fleischer cartoons redrawn by Korean animators.

Starring: Victoria D'Orazi, Tom Smothers, David Somerville, Dave Swanson, Danny Bravin, Tom Murphy, Tony Pope, Marcel Durham, Bud Groskopf, Hadria Shepard ..
Directed by: Dan Dalton
Release date: 1980-11-21
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Daffy Flies North
42.

Daffy Flies North

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

Refusing to go with the flock, Daffy seeks an easier way to travel north.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Tony Benedict, Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1980-05-27
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : The Chocolate Chase
43.

The Chocolate Chase

2.4
5.5/10 IMDB

Speedy Gonzales is once again called to get past Daffy Duck when he denies the mice of Mexico chocolate bunnies for Easter.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Nancy Wible ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1980-05-27
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Moon Breath Beat
44.

Moon Breath Beat

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

Moon Breath Beat is a hand-drawn experimental 2D film that depicts a woman and her two cats and how external forces such as birds and the moon impact their lives.

Directed by: Lisze Bechtold
Release date: 1980-12-31
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Supermarket Pink
45.

Supermarket Pink

2.4
5.2/10 IMDB

The Pink Panther goes to Tony's Supermarket, and is pursued by an employee (the Little Man). The final Pink Panther theatrical cartoon. Final original The Pink Panther short. Last cartoon directed by Brad Case. Last cartoon scored by Steve DePatie. Last cartoon released by United Artists.

Directed by: Brad Case
Release date: 1980-02-01
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : A Snow White Christmas
46.

A Snow White Christmas

2.3
5.9/10 IMDB

The wicked queen creates an ice storm meant to get rid of the younger Snow White, but instead freezes the whole village just barely missing her. Snow White travels to the land of the Seven Friendly Giants and makes friends with them. Snow White is never safe from the wicked queen because she'll always be able to find her. Can the giants save Snow White from her vengeance, or will she end up an icicle like her parents?

Directed by: Kay Wright
Release date: 1980-12-19
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : The World of Strawberry Shortcake
47.

The World of Strawberry Shortcake

2.2
6.3/10 IMDB

Welcome to Strawberry Land, the charming and peaceful home of Strawberry Shortcake and her fruit-filled friends, where rivers of strawberry juice flow past homes made of pastry! But all is not well in this picturesque paradise. The presence of the Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak and his beastly Berry Birds threatens their tranquil existence.

Release date: 1980-03-28
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Seaside Woman
48.

Seaside Woman

1.9
6.5/10 IMDB

Animated video to accompany the record of the same name, released under the pseudonym of Suzy and the Red Stripes, but in reality Wings' with Linda on lead vocals.

Directed by: Oscar Grillo
Release date: 1980-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Daddy Long Legs
49.

Daddy Long Legs

1.8
8.2/10 IMDB

In this animated version of the Jean Webster classic, living in an orphanage, Judy Abbot earns a scholarship to study at a prestigious American university thanks to a mysterious admirer.

Starring: Maria Scott, Laura Mendoza ..
Directed by: Bunker Jenkins
Release date: 1980-11-14
Best Animation Movies of 1980 : Last of the Red-Hot Dragons
50.

Last of the Red-Hot Dragons

1.7
8.5/10 IMDB

When the animals on their way to Noah's Ark find themselves stranded at the North Pole, an old dragon that has lost its ability to breathe fire sets out to help them.

Directed by: Shamus Culhane
Release date: 1980-04-01

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