Best Animation Movies of 1981

1.

The Fox and the Hound

5.9
7.3/10 IMDB

When a feisty little fox named Tod is adopted into a farm family, he quickly becomes friends with a fun and adorable hound puppy named Copper. Life is full of hilarious adventures until Copper is expected to take on his role as a hunting dog -- and the object of his search is his best friend!

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey, Jack Albertson, Sandy Duncan, Jeanette Nolan, Pat Buttram, John Fiedler, John McIntire, Richard Bakalyan ..
Directed by: Richard Rich, Ted Berman, Art Stevens
Release date: 1981-07-10
2.

Heavy Metal

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

A glowing orb terrorizes a young girl with a collection of stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.

Starring: Rodger Bumpass, Jackie Burroughs, Joe Flaherty, Harold Ramis, John Candy, Don Francks, Caroline Semple, Richard Romanus, Susan Roman, Harvey Atkin ..
Directed by: Gerald Potterton
Release date: 1981-08-07
3.

American Pop

3.9
7.3/10 IMDB

The history of American popular music runs parallel with the history of a Russian Jewish immigrant family, with each male descendant possessing different musical abilities.

Starring: Ron Thompson, Lisa Jane Persky, Jeffrey Lippa, Frank De Kova, Roz Kelly, Mews Small, Elsa Raven, Vincent Schiavelli, Richard Moll, Lynda Wiesmeier ..
Directed by: Ralph Bakshi
Release date: 1981-02-13
4.

The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Bugs Bunny hosts an award show featuring several classic Looney Tunes shorts and characters. This movie was released in 1981 by Warner Bros. and was produced by Friz Freleng. New footage was one of the final productions done by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises (also known as Marvel Productions beginning in the 1980s) and the film was re-released in the USA on April 28, 2009 from Warner Home Video.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray, Bea Benaderet, Stan Freberg, Ralph James, Frank Nelson, Frank Welker ..
Directed by: Phil Monroe, Gerry Chiniquy, Friz Freleng
Release date: 1981-11-20
Best Animation Movies of 1981 : The Enchanted Journey
5.

The Enchanted Journey

3.2
6.5/10 IMDB

Enthralled with tales of the Great North Forest conveyed to him by friendly carrier pigeon Pippo, young chipmunk Glikko leaves the safety of his comfortable cage to explore the world. Stars Jim Backus and Orson Welles.

Starring: Orson Welles, Lionel G. Wilson, Corinne Orr, Jim Backus ..
Directed by: Hideo Nishimaki
Release date: 1981-10-10
Best Animation Movies of 1981 : The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold
6.

The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold

3.1
6.6/10 IMDB

The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold Sent in search of a Christmas tree, cabin boy Dinty Doyl lands on a mysterious, uncharted Irish island where he accidentally releases a bad-tempered banshee from her pinetree prison. Leprechaun Blarney Kilakilarney knows that in order to survive, the banshee will try to swipe his clan's pot of Christmas gold. With some magical assistance from Lord Patrick, the king of the wee folk, Dinty and Blarney make a plan to outwit the gold-hungry hag before Christmas morning dawns.

Starring: Art Carney, Peggy Cass, Frankie Moronski ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1981-12-23
Best Animation Movies of 1981 : It's Magic, Charlie Brown
7.

It's Magic, Charlie Brown

3.0
7.4/10 IMDB

Charlie Brown suggests Snoopy go down to the library and take out some books. Snoopy gets there and finds only one book he likes; a book on magic. Upon learning enough, he builds a stage, and puts on a magic show as The Great Houndini, enlisting Marcie and Sally as assistants. Some tricks work and some don't (much to the delight of most of the audience either way), but the biggest surprise is when Charlie Brown is brought on-stage for the disappearing act...and the trick works. However, rain forces a sudden end to the show, and Charlie Brown is stuck invisible. Snoopy is now forced to figure out how to make him visible again. Meanwhile, as annoyed as Charlie Brown is at this predicament, he finds his chance to get back at Lucy for all the times she has pulled the football away from him.

Starring: Michael Mandy, Brent Hauer, Cindi Reilly, Rocky Reilly, Sydney Penny, Christopher Donahue, Shannon Cohn, Bill Melendez ..
Directed by: Phil Roman
Release date: 1981-04-28
8.

A Chipmunk Christmas

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

Alvin learns the true meaning of Christmas.

Starring: Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., Janice Karman, Frank Welker, Charles Berendt, R.J. Williams ..
Directed by: Phil Monroe
Release date: 1981-12-14
Best Animation Movies of 1981 : Zea
9.

Zea

2.8
7.2/10 IMDB

A superb visual trick that will mystify its audience, this animated film transforms the commonplace into magic.

Directed by: André Leduc, Jean-Jacques Leduc
Release date: 1981-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1981 : Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown
10.

Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown

2.6
7.5/10 IMDB

After Charlie Brown spots a girl briefly shown in a sports event broadcasting, he is smitten enough to go in search of her with the help of Linus. Unfortunately in his search, he has his usual amount of luck. As Charlie Brown is watching a football game, he spots a girl in the stands that he immediately attaches himself to. When the game ends, he is desperate to find her, so he enlists Linus to help him and, because of his absolute nervousness, to do the talking for him. However, that move could wind up spelling doom for the love-starved Charlie Brown once they finally find her.

Starring: Grant Wehr, Jennifer Gaffin, Rocky Reilly, Melissa Strawmyer, Nicole Eggert, Bill Melendez ..
Directed by: Phil Roman
Release date: 1981-10-30

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