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.

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
3.

The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie

3.6
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
4.

Zea

3.1
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 : The Fantastic Adventures of Unico
5.

The Fantastic Adventures of Unico

3.1
7.5/10 IMDB

Unico the Unicorn has the amazing power to make anyone he meets happy. Whether it's because of his personality or the powers of his horn, no one knows. However, the gods become jealous of Unico, thinking that only they should be able to decide or allow people to be happy. Unico is banished to the Hill of Oblivion, and the West Wind is ordered to take him there. She can't stand giving this fate to Unico, so Unico's adventures begin, as the West Wind takes him from one place and time to the next, in a neverending journey to escape the wrath of the gods.

Directed by: Osamu Tezuka, Toshio Hirata
Release date: 1981-03-14
Best Animation Movies of 1981 : The Trolls and the Christmas Express
6.

The Trolls and the Christmas Express

3.1
7.3/10 IMDB

The Trolls and the Christmas Express is an animated classic about six roguish trolls who are determined to sabotage Christmas by infiltrating Santa's village disguised as elves. After a week of wreaking havoc but still not completely ruining Christmas, they are about to give up when they get a devilishly clever idea. On the day before Christmas Eve they get the reindeer dancing and singing songs all night long. The poor reindeer are so tired the next day that they cannot find the energy to pull Santa's sleigh. Christmas looks like it has finally been ruined - but everyone knows you can't stop Christmas! The elves quickly devise a plan to link the train from Santa's village with tracks that travel all over the world. Santa can deliver the toys using the Christmas Express.

Starring: Roger Miller, Hans Conried, Len Carlson, Billie Mae Richards, Carl Banas, Paul Soles ..
Directed by: John R. Gaug
Release date: 1981-11-26
Best Animation Movies of 1981 : It's Magic, Charlie Brown
7.

It's Magic, Charlie Brown

3.1
7.3/10 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
Best Animation Movies of 1981 : Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City
8.

Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City

2.9
7.4/10 IMDB

Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City chronicles Strawberry Shortcake's trip to Big Apple City, so she can compete in a baking contest at "the little theater off Times Pear". Strawberry's journey, however, is in jeopardy due to the constant interference of the Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak, who is her only competition in the bake-off. The Pieman counts on his kohlrabi cookies and a little trickery to beat Strawberry and her famous shortcake.

Starring: Russi Taylor, Robert Ridgely, Diana McCannon, Bob Holt, Romeo Muller, Julie McWhirter, Joan Gerber ..
Directed by: Hal Silvermintz
Release date: 1981-04-10
9.

Faeries

2.9
7.4/10 IMDB

The king of the faeries sends for a young hunter after his shadow escapes and threatens his kingdom.

Starring: Hans Conried, Craig Schaefer, Morgan Brittany, June Foray ..
Directed by: Lee Mishkin
Release date: 1981-02-25
Best Animation Movies of 1981 : The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold
10.

The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold

2.8
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

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