Best Animation Movies of 1982



8.3/10 IMDB

Young Vincent Malloy dreams of being just like Vincent Price and loses himself in macabre daydreams that annoy his mother.

Starring: Vincent Price ..
Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 1982-10-01

The Snowman

8.2/10 IMDB

A young boy makes a snowman one Christmas Eve, which comes to life at midnight and takes him on a magical adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.

Starring: David Bowie, Raymond Briggs, Mel Smith, David Bowie, Raymond Briggs ..
Directed by: Dianne Jackson, Jimmy T. Murakami
Release date: 1982-12-26

The Secret of NIMH

7.5/10 IMDB

A widowed field mouse must move her family -- including an ailing son -- to escape a farmer's plow. Aided by a crow and a pack of superintelligent, escaped lab rats, the brave mother struggles to transplant her home to firmer ground.

Starring: Derek Jacobi, Elizabeth Hartman, Arthur Malet, Dom DeLuise, Hermione Baddeley, Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton, Jodi Hicks, Ian Fried, John Carradine ..
Directed by: Don Bluth
Release date: 1982-06-17

The Last Unicorn

7.3/10 IMDB

From a riddle-speaking butterfly, a unicorn learns that she is supposedly the last of her kind, all the others having been herded away by the Red Bull. The unicorn sets out to discover the truth behind the butterfly's words. She is eventually joined on her quest by Schmendrick, a second-rate magician, and Molly Grue, a now middle-aged woman who dreamed all her life of seeing a unicorn. Their journey leads them far from home, all the way to the castle of King Haggard.

Starring: Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Tammy Grimes, Angela Lansbury, Christopher Lee, Nellie Bellflower, Don Messick, Keenan Wynn, Robert Klein ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1982-11-19

The Dark Crystal

7.1/10 IMDB

On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal and restore order to his world, before the grotesque race of Skeksis find and use the crystal for evil.

Starring: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Brian Muehl, Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell, Billie Whitelaw, Percy Edwards ..
Directed by: Frank Oz, Jim Henson
Release date: 1982-12-17

The Plague Dogs

7.7/10 IMDB

Two dogs, Rowf and Snitter, stuggle to survive in the countryside after escaping from an animal research laboratory. They are pursued by search parties and then the military after rumors spread that they could be carrying the bubonic plague.

Starring: John Hurt, Christopher Benjamin, James Bolam, Nigel Hawthorne, Warren Mitchell, Judy Geeson, Patrick Stewart, Brian Stirner, Penelope Lee, Geoffrey Matthews ..
Directed by: Martin Rosen
Release date: 1982-10-21

Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales

7.0/10 IMDB

If Bugs Bunny were to direct his signature inquiry--"What's up, doc?"--toward the modern-day Warner Bros. creative team, he wouldn't be far off. For 1001 Rabbit Tales, they've doctored up a batch of classic cartoons featuring the carrot muncher and his bumbling comrades and bundled them, near seamlessly, into a feature-length film. Here's the premise: Bugs and Daffy, both book salesmen, are competing to sell the most copies of a kids' book. Instead of burrowing a beeline to his sales territory (he should have made a left at Albuquerque), Bugs ends up in the castle of Yosemite Sam, here a harem-leading honcho. Sam's pain-in-the-spurs son, Prince Abalaba, needs somebody to read him stories; Bugs, who'd sooner take the job than suffer the alternative, that involving being boiled in oil, signs on.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan, June Foray, Shepard Menken, Lennie Weinrib, Bea Benaderet ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Robert McKimson
Release date: 1982-11-19

The Flight of Dragons

7.6/10 IMDB

The realm of magic is being threatened by the realm of logic, so Carolinus, the green wizard decides to shield it for all time. Ommadon, the evil red wizard, stands in his way. Carolinus then calls for a quest that is to be led by a man named Peter Dickinson, who is the first man of both the realms of science and magic. It is Peter's job to defeat Ommadon.

Starring: James Earl Jones, Harry Morgan, John Ritter, James Gregory, Bob McFadden, Alexandra Stoddart, Victor Buono, Nellie Bellflower, Don Messick, Larry Storch ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1982-08-17
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : Miss Switch to the Rescue

Miss Switch to the Rescue

7.8/10 IMDB

One dark and stormy night, Rupert is called on by a mysterious stranger who gives him a ship in a bottle...with a tiny living man onboard! He frees the man, who turns out to be the evil warlock, Mordo, who kidnaps Amelia and takes her back in time to 1640. Rupert calls on Miss Switch for help in this new adventure.

Starring: Janet Waldo, Eric Taslitz, Nancy McKeon, Hans Conried, Alan Dinehart, Walker Edmiston, June Foray, Anne Lockhart, Hal Smith, Philip Tanzini ..
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
Release date: 1982-01-16
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : Ziggy's Gift

Ziggy's Gift

7.9/10 IMDB

Ziggy gets a job to be a street Santa on Christmas Eve from a crooked boss, but the magic of the season allows the lovable loser to do more good than anyone expects.

Starring: David Arias, Perry Botkin Jr., Katrina Fried, Natasha Tabori Fried ..
Directed by: Richard Williams
Release date: 1982-12-02
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : Disney's Halloween Treat

Disney's Halloween Treat

8.5/10 IMDB

Contains memorable scenes from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Fantasia," "Lady and the Tramp," "Peter Pan," "One Hundred and One Dalmatians," and "The Sword in the Stone."

Starring: Hal Douglas, Bobby Driscoll, Peggy Lee, Bing Crosby, Cate Bauer, Kathryn Beaumont, Billy Bletcher, Adriana Caselotti, Paul Collins, Pinto Colvig ..
Release date: 1982-10-30
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : Woody Woodpecker and Friends

Woody Woodpecker and Friends

7.1/10 IMDB

A compilation of ten classic Walter Lantz cartoons: Knock Knock (1940), The Bandmaster (1947), Ski for Two (1944), Hot Noon or 12 O'Clock for Surf (1953), The Legend of Rockabye Point (1955), Wet Blanket Policy (1948), To Catch a Woodpecker (1957), Musical Moments from Chopin (1946), Bats in the Belfry (1960), and Crazy Mixed Up Pup (1955). Also includes the interesting documentary short on Walter Lantz's career "Walter, Woody and the World of Animation". Note: This is NOT the 2007 and 2008 DVD collections titled "The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection" shown as the cover image.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Daws Butler, Paul Frees, Walter Lantz, Grace Stafford, Ben Hardaway ..
Release date: 1982-01-02
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

6.6/10 IMDB

In this timeless Charles Dickens Story, Ebenezer Scrooge, a mean, miserly merchant, lacking in any Christmas Spirit, receives ominous warnings from the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future as they each take him on strange and magical journeys to show him that even the poor, the crippled and the sick are rich in love and goodwill at Christmas time - an experience that will change Scrooge forever.

Starring: Ron Haddrick, Robin Stewart, Barbara Frawley, Sean Hinton, Phillip Hinton, Liz Horne, Derani Scarr, Bill Conn, Anne Haddy ..
Release date: 1982-07-31
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : Puff the Magic Dragon: The Incredible Mr. Nobody

Puff the Magic Dragon: The Incredible Mr. Nobody

7.7/10 IMDB

The magic dragon teaches a boy to believe in his own creative abilities.

Starring: Burgess Meredith, David Mendenhall, Joan Gerber, Bob Holt, Billy Jayne, Diana Dumpis, Hal Smith, Robert Ridgely ..
Directed by: Fred Wolf
Release date: 1982-05-17

Hey Good Lookin'

6.1/10 IMDB

An outrageous, affectionate look at coming of age in the Eisenhower era in Brooklyn.

Starring: Richard Romanus, David Proval, Jesse Welles, Tina Romanus, Danny Wells, Larry Bishop, Tabi Cooper, Juno Dawson, Shirley Jo Finney, Martin Garner ..
Directed by: Ralph Bakshi
Release date: 1982-10-01
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : Babobilicons


7.9/10 IMDB

"Daina Krumins's 1982 Babobilicons is a spectacular special-effects study of molds, mushrooms and similar vegetation." Richard Shephard

Directed by: Daina Krumins
Release date: 1982-10-01
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : The Smurfs Springtime Special

The Smurfs Springtime Special

7.1/10 IMDB

The evil wizard Gargamel--who hates spring because it makes the Smurfs happy, and he hates happy--devises a scheme to put Mother Nature to sleep.

Starring: Michael Bell, Lucille Bliss, William Callaway, June Foray, Alan Oppenheimer, Frank Welker, Paul Winchell ..
Directed by: Gerard Baldwin
Release date: 1982-04-07
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : A Disney Christmas Gift

A Disney Christmas Gift

6.9/10 IMDB

A Disney Christmas Gift is a 47-minute Christmas television special which aired on December 4, 1982 on CBS' Walt Disney Presents television program. It was a Christmas-themed compilation of animated shorts featuring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck combined with excerpts from Disney feature films, made as a result of Disney being forced to delay the original premiere of Mickey's Christmas Carol due to an animator's strike. The opening and closing numbers, featuring the song "On Christmas Morning", showcased Christmas at Disneyland. The special was nominated for the 1984 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour); however, it lost to Garfield on the Town. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the original full-length and shortened versions of the special were rebroadcast on CBS and the Disney Channel.

Release date: 1982-12-04
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : Bunnicula, the Vampire Rabbit

Bunnicula, the Vampire Rabbit

6.7/10 IMDB

When strange accidents happen at the factory where Mr. Monroe works, and vegetables are drained of their juices, the neighbors as well as Harold the dog and Chester the cat suspect that the new-found family bunny is really a vampire.

Starring: Jack Carter, Willie Tyler, Howard Morris, Joshua Milrad, Pat Petersen, Janet Waldo, Alan Young, Alan Dinehart ..
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
Release date: 1982-01-09
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat

The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat

6.6/10 IMDB

The Cat in the Hat is all set for a lovely picnic, but the evil Grinch changes his plans by inventing a contraption that captures noise and makes it sound ferocious. The Cat has to save the world from the clutches of the Grinch and the only way to do it is to reach Grinch's soft spot.

Starring: Mason Adams, Bob Holt, Frank Welker, Joe Eich ..
Directed by: Bill Perez
Release date: 1982-05-20

Arcade Attack

7.3/10 IMDB

Heroes of the Pinball Arcade race to stop the invasion of the Video Game terrors

Starring: Geoff Harvey, Tommy Hogan, Tommy Hogan, Stephen Highfield ..
Directed by: Mike Wallington
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper

Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper

6.7/10 IMDB

Yogi escapes from Jellystone and hides out in a department store - posing as the Store's Santa. Along the way, he helps a little girl to rediscover her faith in Christmas.

Starring: Daws Butler, Mel Blanc, Henry Corden, Georgi Irene, Allan Melvin, Don Messick, Hal Smith, John Stephenson, Janet Waldo, Jimmy Weldon ..
Directed by: Steve Lumley
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : A Charlie Brown Celebration

A Charlie Brown Celebration

7.1/10 IMDB

Several new different Peanuts sketches are featured in this TV special, adapted from the comic strip, including Peppermint Patty's stint at dog training school and Charlie Brown spending time in the hospital.

Starring: Casey Carlson, Shannon Cohn, Christopher Donohoe, Kristen Fullerton, Brent Hauer, Michael Mandy, Cindi Reilly, Rocky Reilly, Bill Melendez, Lee Mendelson ..
Directed by: Bill Melendez
Release date: 1982-05-24
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : Here Comes Garfield

Here Comes Garfield

7.6/10 IMDB

The first TV special starring the rotund comic strip staple Garfield the Cat. Here, he and his dull-witted canine cohort Odie end up at the pound.

Starring: Lorenzo Music, Sandy Kenyon, Hal Smith, Hank Garrett, Gregg Berger, Angela Lee, Henry Corden, Sandy Kenyon, Angela Lee Sloan ..
Directed by: Phil Roman
Release date: 1982-10-25
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : Fun with Mr. Future

Fun with Mr. Future

5.8/10 IMDB

An animatronic talking-head replica of Abraham Lincoln (voiced by Phil Proctor) hosts a tour of what the future will look like.

Starring: Vincent Price, Phil Proctor ..
Directed by: Darrell Van Citters
Release date: 1982-10-26
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : Malice in Wonderland

Malice in Wonderland

6.8/10 IMDB

A jet-propelled white rabbit flies through the vulva of a supine woman into a wonderland where people and objects turn inside out, changing shapes and identities at warp speed. Events roughly follow Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland." The caterpillar and the queen make appearances, as does Alice. Images and symbols are often sexual. At the end, Alice asks, "Who has had such a curious dream?"

Directed by: Vince Collins
Release date: 1982-08-11
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : Bugs Bunny's Mad World of Television 

Bugs Bunny's Mad World of Television 

6.5/10 IMDB

The president of QTTV is thrown out the window since the shows under his reign got nothing but bad ratings. So the executives decide that it is time to find a new president who understands entertainment. That's when they turn to Bugs Bunny. The network calls Bugs Bunny and asks him to be the new president. They also ask him how he came to be and that's when the special shows scenes from What's Up Doc?. Eventually, Bugs accepts the job.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Kathleen Helppie-Shipley, Ken Sansom ..
Directed by: David Detiege, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, Robert McKimson
Release date: 1982-01-11
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : Christmas Comes to Pac-land

Christmas Comes to Pac-land

5.7/10 IMDB

Pac-Man and friends try to help Santa fix his sleigh and save Christmas!

Starring: Peter Cullen, Marty Ingels, Barbara Minkus, Russi Taylor, Barry Gordon, Chuck McCann, Neil Ross, Susan Silo, Frank Welker ..
Directed by: Ray Patterson
Release date: 1982-12-16
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : The Smurfs Christmas Special

The Smurfs Christmas Special

6.3/10 IMDB

The Smurfs come to the rescue of two children and their grandfather when an evil mysterious stranger shows up and causes their sleigh to turn over, forcing them to seek help and inadvertently bring Gargamel in on the action.

Starring: René Auberjonois, Michael Bell, Lucille Bliss, William Callaway, Hamilton Camp, June Foray, Danny Goldman, David Mendenhall, Don Messick, Alan Oppenheimer ..
Directed by: Gerard Baldwin
Release date: 1982-12-13
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All

Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All

7.6/10 IMDB

Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov travel to the planet Mongo to fight the evil emperor Ming the Merciless.

Starring: Robert Ridgely, Diane Pershing, Bob Holt, David Opatoshu, Vic Perrin, Melendy Britt, Ted Cassidy, Robert Douglas ..
Directed by: Gwen Wetzler
Release date: 1982-08-21
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : Mighty Mouse in the Great Space Chase

Mighty Mouse in the Great Space Chase

5.6/10 IMDB

Shorts from "The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle" Saturday morning cartoon show edited together into a movie. Space cat villain Harry the Heartless holds space mouse Queen Pureheart. Only Mighty Mouse can save her.

Starring: Lou Scheimer, Diane Pershing, Alan Oppenheimer ..
Directed by: Gwen Wetzler, Marsh Lamore, Ed Friedman, Lou Kachivas, Kay Wright, Louis Zukor
Release date: 1982-12-10
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : The Great Cognito

The Great Cognito

6.0/10 IMDB

The film tells of a music hall impressionist who caricatures personalities from the second world war. Animated by Barry Bruce at Will Vinton Productions.

Directed by: Will Vinton
Release date: 1982-01-01

Heidi's Song

6.2/10 IMDB

Orphan Heidi lives with her grandpa in Swiss Alps. She brings joy to all there. However, her aunt takes her to the city to live as a servant girl to a cold rich strict family and their nice but sad handicapped daughter.

Starring: Lorne Greene, Sammy Davis Jr., Margery Grey, Pamelyn Ferdin, Michael Bell, Peter Cullen, Roger DeWitt, Richard Erdman, Fritz Feld ..
Directed by: Robert Taylor
Release date: 1982-11-19
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : Sarah: The Seventh Match

Sarah: The Seventh Match

6.1/10 IMDB

This moving film tells the story of Sarah, a little girl who is orphaned by the war. She hides out in the forest and tries to end the war by sabotaging a railway bridge that is used by munitions trains. Slowly and painfully, throughout a freezing winter, she prises bricks from the supporting columns. In a sudden Spring thaw an ice floe crashes into the weakened column of the bridge and it plunges into the river. Sadly, she realizes that the end of the bridge does not mean the end of the war and she rejoins the creatures of the wild, disappearing into the forest forever.

Starring: Mia Farrow, Joan Bruce, John Faasen, Ron Haddrick, Shane Porteous ..
Directed by: Yoram Gross
Release date: 1982-08-01

Oliver Twist

6.9/10 IMDB

This animated version of the classic Charles Dickens book faithfully follows the adventures of the young orphan Oliver Twist.

Starring: Barbara Frawley, Robin Stewart, Wallas Eaton ..
Directed by: Ryszard S?apczy?ski
Release date: 1982-12-15
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : Fourteen Rats & a Rat-Catcher

Fourteen Rats & a Rat-Catcher

8.0/10 IMDB

Find out what happens when a nice-or nasty-old woman calls on a rat-catcher to catch a nasty-or nice-family of rats living below her floor.

Directed by: Francesco Tenze
Release date: 1982-07-09
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : Morris's Disappearing Bag

Morris's Disappearing Bag

8.0/10 IMDB

Morris impresses his older siblings when he opens the last box under the Christmas tree... and disappears.

Directed by: Michael Sporn
Release date: 1982-12-15
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : Stanley, the Ugly Duckling

Stanley, the Ugly Duckling

8.0/10 IMDB

In this adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, Stanley the duck timidly leaves the only home he's ever known -- the egg he hatched from -- to learn more about himself and search for his family. Along the way, he meets Nathan, a happy-go-lucky fox who teaches Stanley not to worry about his exterior, noting that one shouldn't pass judgment on others based on looks alone. Features the voices of Wolfman Jack, Rick Dees and Susan Blu.

Starring: Susan Blu, Jack DeLeon, Wolfman Jack, Brian Cummings, Lee Thomas, Rick Dees, Julie McWhirter ..
Directed by: John Wilson
Release date: 1982-05-01
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : The Berenstain Bears' Comic Valentine

The Berenstain Bears' Comic Valentine

7.7/10 IMDB

The Berenstain Bears Comic Valentine is an animated television special based on the Berenstain Bears children's book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain. Produced by Buzz Potamkin and directed by Mordicai Gerstein and Al Kouzel, the program made its debut on NBC on February 13, 1982.

Directed by: Al Kouzel, Mordicai Gerstein
Release date: 1982-02-13
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : Curious George Goes to the Hospital

Curious George Goes to the Hospital

7.9/10 IMDB

Uh-oh! That silly monkey's Curiosity leads him on another adventure when he swallows a puzzle piece. Rushed to the emergency room, George soon forgets his fears as he learns how hospitals help people feel better.

Directed by: John Clark Matthews
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : Space Adventure Cobra Gekijôban

Space Adventure Cobra Gekijôban

7.7/10 IMDB

A completely original pilot made to test the Space Adventure Cobra franchise for the American market.

Starring: Michael Bell ..
Directed by: Osamu Dezaki
Release date: 1982-07-03

A Star For Jeremy

7.2/10 IMDB

A boy wishes on a Christmas Star and finds out that his wish is granted.

Starring: Leif Ancker, James Gleason ..
Directed by: Barry Mowat
Release date: 1982-12-01
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : Dreamland Express

Dreamland Express

7.6/10 IMDB

A young boy is taken by a train on a mysterious journey. BAFTA-winning 14-minute adaptation of H.R. Millar's 1927 book, 'Dreamland Express.

Directed by: David Anderson
Release date: 1982-04-07

The Hat

7.5/10 IMDB

The Hat is the story of a poor, disabled veteran, named Benito Badoglio, who finds a magical hat (actually, it finds him) and how that changes his life.

Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : The Sound Collector

The Sound Collector

7.2/10 IMDB

This animated short features Leonard, a 6-year-old boy with the unusual hobby of collecting sounds. Transforming household noises around him into exciting fantasies, he creates an adventure story for his older brother in which knights chase away monsters and perform other daring deeds.

Directed by: Lynn Smith
Release date: 1982-11-10
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : Tennis Club

Tennis Club

6.7/10 IMDB

A brief overview of the history of the game of tennis from its origin in "4572 A.C." and follows its development through Roman times, the Age of Chivalry and up to the modern game as played today.

Directed by: Bruno Bozzetto
Release date: 1982-01-01

Sladkiy rodnik

6.5/10 IMDB

The donkey descends from the mountains to the spring, picks up two large jugs of water drop by drop and carries them to the aul to distribute sweet water to everyone who needs it. But his greedy neighbor, the boar, does not allow him to pass, claiming that the path is his, because he passes near his gate. A boar drinks one jug and pours a second one, and the inhabitants of the aul - a rooster, a sheep and a bull-calf - get only drops.

Directed by: Ivan Aksenchuk
Release date: 1982-07-22

High Fidelity

6.4/10 IMDB

Early computed animation in which two characters meet and fall in love.

Directed by: Randy Roberts
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : The Fat Albert Easter Special

The Fat Albert Easter Special

6.0/10 IMDB

Easter is fast approaching, and in this animated primetime special, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids find their efforts to do something nice for Mudfoot thwarted by a practical joke gone horribly awry. The gang is cleaning Mudfoot's place and paying his bills when Rudy plays a prank that quickly backfires. In the aftermath of the botched practical joke, the Cosby kids learn an important life lesson that's sure to stick. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Release date: 1982-04-03
Best Animation Movies of 1982 : The Trout That Stole the Rainbow

The Trout That Stole the Rainbow

6.0/10 IMDB

The vibrant images of this beautifully illustrated animation film will captivate all audiences, and will be particularly useful in the classroom to teachers of art and language arts. In this original fable the world loses its colours when a trout, obsessed by the beauty of the rainbow, steals it from the sky.

Directed by: Eva Szasz
Release date: 1982-01-01

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