Best Animation Movies of 1984

1.

G.I. Joe: The Revenge of Cobra

4.2
7.9/10 IMDB

G.I. Joe: The Revenge of Cobra is the second G.I. Joe miniseries based on the successful Hasbro Toys and Marvel Comics property. Using a laser core stolen from G.I.Joe, Cobra activates the Weather Dominator, an incredible weapon which controls the forces of Nature itself, Cobra Commander targets Washington for destruction, but the Joe team repels the attack and the Weather Dominator explodes into three parts setting off a chain reaction of natural disasters around the world. Can G.I.Joe recover the Weather Dominator in time to beat Cobra and save the world. It aired in 1984 and most of the 1984 and even some 1985 products are given plenty of screen time. Like the first miniseries, A Real American Hero, The Revenge of Cobra was written by Ron Friedman who created the series for television, and wrote all four miniseries.

Starring: Frank Welker, Michael Bell, Kene Holiday, Neil Ross, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Gregg Berger, Chris Latta, Will Ryan, Arthur Burghardt, Bill Ratner ..
Directed by: John Walker, Sam Weiss, Jeff Hale, Norm McCabe, Kent Butterworth, Dave Brain, Dan Thompson
Release date: 1984-09-10
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Scooby-Doo's A Nutcracker Scoob
2.

Scooby-Doo's A Nutcracker Scoob

3.7
7.9/10 IMDB

The evil is set to damper another Christmas season for the children's home. Can the Scooby gang warm his heart?

Starring: Casey Kasem, Frank Welker, Heather North, Don Messick ..
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
Release date: 1984-12-01
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : The Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye
3.

The Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye

3.5
7.6/10 IMDB

The Autobots are running low on Energon, they leave their home planet of Cybertron to search for more sources. The Decepticons follow them and attack the Autobot's ship. The ship crashes on Earth and ends up inside a volcano. Millions of years later, Teletran One, the ship's computer activates and revives them. The Decepticons are determined to exploit Earth's resources for their own needs. The Autobots are just as determined to stop them.

Starring: Peter Cullen, Scatman Crothers, Michael Bell, Corey Burton, Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Chris Latta ..
Directed by: John Gibbs
Release date: 1984-09-17
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : G.I. Joe: The Revenge of Cobra
4.

G.I. Joe: The Revenge of Cobra

3.5
7.9/10 IMDB

G.I. Joe: The Revenge of Cobra is the second G.I. Joe miniseries based on the successful Hasbro Toys and Marvel Comics property. Using a laser core stolen from G.I.Joe, Cobra activates the Weather Dominator, an incredible weapon which controls the forces of Nature itself, Cobra Commander targets Washington for destruction, but the Joe team repels the attack and the Weather Dominator explodes into three parts setting off a chain reaction of natural disasters around the world. Can G.I.Joe recover the Weather Dominator in time to beat Cobra and save the world. It aired in 1984 and most of the 1984 and even some 1985 products are given plenty of screen time. Like the first miniseries, A Real American Hero, The Revenge of Cobra was written by Ron Friedman who created the series for television, and wrote all four miniseries.

Starring: Michael Bell, B. J. Ward, Christopher Collins, Arthur Burghardt, Zack Hoffman, Bill Ratner, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Neil Ross, Kene Holiday, Morgan Lofting ..
Release date: 1984-09-10
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Real Inside
5.

Real Inside

3.4
7.1/10 IMDB

Hopeful job candidate Buck Boom is dynamic, forceful, confident and creative. But can he convince Mr. Mudgin, the personnel manager, to hire him? You see, Boom is an animated character in a live-action world and Mudgin is not used to dealing with someone who is different.

Starring: Colin Fox, Martin Doyle, Linda Clark, Dustin Waln ..
Directed by: David Verrall, John Weldon
Release date: 1984-10-01
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Little Ears: The Velveteen Rabbit
6.

Little Ears: The Velveteen Rabbit

3.4
7.7/10 IMDB

First published in 1922, Margery Williams' enchanting story about a toy rabbit is a classic of children's literature. This gentle rendition comes alive through Meryl Streep's soothing narration, George Winston's beautiful music score, and David Jorgensen's charming illustrations.

Starring: Meryl Streep ..
Directed by: Mark Sottnick
Release date: 1984-12-31
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : The Bunjee Venture
7.

The Bunjee Venture

3.2
6.8/10 IMDB

Two 20th century youngsters, Andy and Karen, are accidentally transported back to the year 100,000,000 B.C. by their father's time machine. While dodging dinosaurs, the kids find a loyal friend in the form of Bunjee, a lovable, purple-haired creature who resembles an elephant with suction cups for feet. After escaping danger, Andy and Karen bring Bunjee with them when they return to the present. Alas, Bunjee is hardly ready for modern civilization, and vice versa.

Starring: Frank Welker, Nancy Cartwright, Robbie Lee, Michael Rye, Linda Gary, John Stephenson ..
Directed by: Steve Lumley
Release date: 1984-03-24
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Fountain of Dreams
8.

Fountain of Dreams

3.1
7.4/10 IMDB

A bold synchronization to the transcendental music of Franz Liszt.

Directed by: Jordan Belson
Release date: 1984-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Garfield in the Rough
9.

Garfield in the Rough

3.1
7.6/10 IMDB

Garfield is taken on a camping trip by Jon, much against his will. A series of very funny disasters follow. But not all is well, as a panther has escaped from the local zoo and is stalking them. Will our hero survive to eat another lasagna and kick Odie off the table again?

Starring: Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger, George Wendt, Hal Smith, Orson Bean, Desiree Goyette ..
Directed by: Phil Roman
Release date: 1984-10-26
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer
10.

The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

In Prague, a professorial puppet, with metal pincers for hands and an open book for a hat, takes a boy as a pupil. First, the professor empties fluff and toys from the child's head, leaving him without the top of his head for most of the film. The professor then teaches the lad about illusions and perspectives, the pursuit of an object through exploring a bank of drawers, divining an object, and the migration of forms. The child then brings out a box with a tarantula in it: the professor puts his "hands" into the box and describes what he feels. The boy receives a final lesson about animation and film making; then the professor gives him a brain and his own open-book hat.

Directed by: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay, Keith Griffiths
Release date: 1984-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Life Is Flashing Before Your Eyes
11.

Life Is Flashing Before Your Eyes

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

Colorful hallucinogenic trip in a cartoon fantasy world, or, as Timothy Leary put it, "Cheery pop images and mellow lyrics".

Directed by: Vince Collins
Release date: 1984-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Charade
12.

Charade

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

A talented, but doomed, gentleman tries to participate in a properly British game of charades.

Starring: John Minnis ..
Directed by: John Minnis
Release date: 1984-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Paradise
13.

Paradise

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

An Oscar-nominated short from 1985 by Ishu Patel, which raises the question – which is preferable, a beautiful gilded cage, or your freedom?

Directed by: Ishu Patel
Release date: 1984-01-01
14.

Futuropolis

2.9
7.3/10 IMDB

The heroes of futuropolis are Captain Garth, Spud, Liutenant Luna and Cosmo. These four space cadets are sent to investigate series of mutations and destructions of peaceful worlds. The brain behind this chaos is Lord Egghead, the inventor of the "mutation ray".

Starring: Tom Campagnoli, Mike Cody, Stan Garth, Catherine Schultz, Cassandra Cossitt, Kirk Condyles, Kelly Alder, Denise Aloma, Dave Braken, Mark Copeland ..
Directed by: Steve Segal, Phil Trumbo
Release date: 1984-09-13
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : My Little Pony
15.

My Little Pony

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

The story begins as the peaceful ponies of Dream Valley are attacked by monsters, led by Scorpan, who kidnap several ponies and take them away to Midnight Castle. Enraged, Firefly, a Pegasus pony, takes to the skies to try to find someone who can help them defeat Tirek, a centaur-like demon whose plan is to use these ponies to pull his chariot of darkness. On her way, she crashes into 12-year-old Megan's well and asks her for her help. Megan is at first reluctant to go but after being confronted by the monsters, she sets out with the ponies to rescue them.

Starring: Sandy Duncan, Tony Randall, Charlie Adler, Tammy Amerson, Laura Dean ..
Directed by: John Gibbs
Release date: 1984-09-14
16.

Donald Duck's 50th Birthday

2.8
5.9/10 IMDB

Donald is shown in both animated and costumed form, interacting with emcee Dick Van Dyke and other cast members. The film not only shows Donald's life, but also depicts an extensive international tour that Donald went on in 1984 as well as showing various celebrities of the day wishing Donald happy birthday. The tour culminates in a parade in Donald's honor at Disneyland.

Starring: Dick Van Dyke, Ed Asner, Caitlyn Jenner, Cloris Leachman, Kenny Rogers, Donna Summer, Andy Warhol, Henry Winkler, John Ritter, Anthony Daniels ..
Directed by: Andrew Solt, Phil Savenick
Release date: 1984-11-13
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Alvin and the Chipmunks: A Chipmunk Valentine
17.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: A Chipmunk Valentine

2.7
6.9/10 IMDB

In this musical adventure, Alvin develops an alter ego after Brittany rejects his offer to the Valentine Ball. In a dream state, he becomes a dashing Don Juan, the Valentine heartbreaker extraordinaire CAPTAIN CHIPMUNK. Brittany is quickly won over and eagerly accepts his offer to the Valentine Ball. Hilarious consequences follow when Alvin wakes up at the dance and realizes he’s not the dashing debonair Captain Chipmunk.

Release date: 1984-02-12
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown
18.

It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown

2.7
6.8/10 IMDB

The story begins at a big football game where Snoopy wins a game from Peppermint Patty's team. That night, Snoopy gets out a radio, learns some 80's dance moves, and becomes Flashbeagle

Starring: Brett Johnson, Heather Stoneman, Jeremy Schoenberg, Gary Goren, Gini Holtzman, Keri Houlihan, Bill Melendez, Fergie, Desiree Goyette, Joey Scarbury ..
Directed by: Bill Melendez, Sam Jaimes
Release date: 1984-04-16
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Cabbage Patch Kids: First Christmas
19.

Cabbage Patch Kids: First Christmas

2.7
6.8/10 IMDB

The Cabbage Patch Kids have their first Christmas adventure!

Starring: Hal Smith, Tress MacNeille, Arthur Burghardt, Neil Ross, Sparky Marcus, Scott Menville, Josh Rodine, David Mendenhall, Penina Segall, Ebonie Smith ..
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
Release date: 1984-12-07
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Object Conversation
20.

Object Conversation

2.7
6.9/10 IMDB

A series of source objects are presented, defined, demonstrated, discussed, spoken about, juxtaposed and progressively re-invented during the course of a multi-layered visual and aural "conversation".

Directed by: Paul Glabicki
Release date: 1984-01-01
21.

One Hundred Years

2.7
7.1/10 IMDB

A short animation set to and inspired by The Cure's One Hundred Years. Max Anderssons debut animation film won 1st Prize at Melbourne international Film Festival, 2nd Prize at Los Angeles Animation Celebration and a special prize at Berlin Film Festival.

Directed by: Max Andersson
Release date: 1984-10-01
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Hair Piece - A Film for Nappy Headed People
22.

Hair Piece - A Film for Nappy Headed People

2.6
6.7/10 IMDB

(1985) An animated satire on the question of self image for African American women living in a society where beautiful hair is viewed as hair that blows in the wind and lets you be free. Lively tunes and witty narration accompany a quick-paced inventory of relaxers, gels and curlers. Such rituals are all-too familiar to African American women-and indeed to all women confronted with an unattainable ideal of beauty. This short film has become essential for discussions of racism, African American cinema and empowerment. Used by hundreds of groups as diverse as museums, churches, hospitals and hair stylists. (http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c297.shtml)

Directed by: Ayoka Chenzira
Release date: 1984-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Gallavants
23.

Gallavants

2.6
6.6/10 IMDB

"In life you have to work fo what you want," Shando's wise old teacher tells him. Shando wants to become a music ant but first he must earn the kabump that all working adult ants have. However, Shando spends his time daydreaming and instead of earning his kabump, he acquires a fake one. He soon learns that true success comes only with hard work and honesty.

Starring: Robert Lydiard, Vic Perrin, Peter Cullen, Joyce Gittlin, Frank Welker, Fred Travalena, Barry Gordon, Diane Pershing, Jane Hamilton, B. J. Ward ..
Directed by: Art Vitello
Release date: 1984-10-10
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Dot and the Koala
24.

Dot and the Koala

2.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Dot comes to the aid of her native animal friends when Bruce the koala tells her of plans to build a massive dam that will destroy their environment. But the local farm animals believe that the creation of the dam will catapult their small country town into the 21st Century. With both sides fighting for what they believe is right, Dot’s plans to wipe out the dam are jeopardised by the local detectives Sherlock bones and his offsider Watson the cat!

Starring: Keith Scott, Robyn Moore ..
Directed by: Yoram Gross
Release date: 1984-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Doctor De Soto
25.

Doctor De Soto

2.2
6.7/10 IMDB

A kind-hearted mouse dentist and his wife find a clever way to treat a crafty fox who comes to them with a sore tooth in this Oscar nominated short, adapted from William Steig's children's book.

Starring: Ian Thompson, Ian Thompson ..
Directed by: Michael Sporn
Release date: 1984-01-05
26.

Rock, Rhythm & Blues

1.9
8.6/10 IMDB

Compilation of D-TV music videos, combining rock and R&B tunes with footage of Disney animation.

Release date: 1984-09-01
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : The Phantom Treehouse
27.

The Phantom Treehouse

1.9
8.1/10 IMDB

Two Australian children chase a cat and a dog into a swamp near thier homes. Here they find a treehouse which they never noticed before. Inside the treehouse is a trapdoor which brings them to a wild and wonderful world with pirates, talking trees and bunyips!

Directed by: Paul Williams
Release date: 1984-12-25
28.

The Adventures of the Get Along Gang

1.9
8.2/10 IMDB

The Gang participates in the annual scavenger hunt to win their own ice cream flavor but the stakes are made even higher when Bingo makes a bet with Catchum that if he wins, he and Leland get the Gang's clubhouse.

Starring: Charles Haid, Dave Thomas, Julie Cohen, Gloria Figura, Mark Gordon, Dan Hennessey, Jim Henshaw, Mara Hobel, Marla Lukofsky, Bruce Pirrie ..
Directed by: Raymond Jafelice
Release date: 1984-05-06
29.

Rose Petal Place

1.8
8.2/10 IMDB

Rose-Petal Place is an abandoned Victorian mansion surrounded by a garden. Little Rose-Petal was created one day when her mistress, in a moment of distress, cried upon her garden and her tears crystallized, bringing her to life.

Starring: Marie Osmond, Susan Blu ..
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
Release date: 1984-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Poochie
30.

Poochie

1.8
8.1/10 IMDB

Poochie, a little pink dog who runs a newspaper advice column for her owner, receives a letter from a little boy who has literally lost his father in Cairo, Egypt. Poochie and her robotic servant, Hermes, travel there to help him and end up finding a lost city that would prefer to keep its secrets.

Directed by: Kazuo Terada
Release date: 1984-06-01
31.

Common Air

1.7
7.6/10 IMDB

The frantic opacity of being alive.

Directed by: Joseph Bernard
Release date: 1984-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
32.

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

1.7
7.4/10 IMDB

An adaptation of the book by Verna Aardema

Starring: James Earl Jones, Viktor Preiss ..
Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1984-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Which Witch is Which
33.

Which Witch is Which

1.6
7.2/10 IMDB

The Ranger is throwing a big Halloween party and Buttons and Rusty wanna come, but instead they gotta thwart the evil plans of two criminals camping out in the park.

Release date: 1984-12-05
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : The Camel Boy
34.

The Camel Boy

1.6
7.3/10 IMDB

Young Ali and his camel-driver grandfather Moussa take part in an expedition through the Australian Outback. Faced with prejudice, Moussa's knowledge and the hardiness of his camels in the punishing conditions quickly prove vital to both the success of the expedition and the survival of its members.

Starring: Barbara Frawley, Ron Haddrick, John Meillon ..
Directed by: Yoram Gross
Release date: 1984-05-08
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : A Merry Mirthworm Christmas
35.

A Merry Mirthworm Christmas

1.6
7.1/10 IMDB

A Merry Mirthworm Christmas is an animated television special, produced by Perennial Pictures. It premiered on the Showtime Cable Network in 1984. The film features a cast of Mirthworms which are described as cuddly little critters about two inches long, who live in the tiny town of Wormingham.

Starring: Rachel Rutledge, Peggy Nicholson, G. Brian Reynolds, Russ Harris, Miki Mathioudakis ..
Directed by: G. Brian Reynolds, Russ Harris
Release date: 1984-12-01
36.

The Magic Egg

1.6
7.2/10 IMDB

A digitally made short film, compiled from short clips made by different institutions.

Release date: 1984-12-12
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Hooray for Sandbox Land
37.

Hooray for Sandbox Land

1.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Animated short by Marv Newland

Directed by: Marv Newland
Release date: 1984-08-09
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : The Boy and the Snow Goose
38.

The Boy and the Snow Goose

1.6
6.8/10 IMDB

This animated short tells the story of a young boy who finds an injured snow goose and nurses it back to health. Constant companions through the sun-filled days of summer, the two sadly separate in the fall when the bird obeys the call to join its flock for the annual flight south. Will the friendship endure?

Directed by: Gayle Thomas
Release date: 1984-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Ace of Light
39.

Ace of Light

1.5
6.6/10 IMDB

"Light animation and original poetry in this initiatic journey by Dennis Pies, who is now known as Sky-David." - Daily Psychedelic

Directed by: Sky-David
Release date: 1984-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Masquerade
40.

Masquerade

1.5
6.5/10 IMDB

The magical fingers of master animator Co Hoedeman, whose film The Sand Castle won an Oscar in 1979, has created yet another world of piquant creatures. Papier mâché puppets ride machines and manipulate robots strange to the human eye. A great masquerade is in the planning, and the air crackles with excitement. Plunged into the joys and frustrations of creating costumes, the zealous puppets produce a bumper crop, each one more elaborate than the last. The film illustrates the creative process, with its inevitable pitfalls and rewards. It says that to create is to be alive.

Directed by: Co Hoedeman
Release date: 1984-09-23
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
41.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

1.5
6.6/10 IMDB

The adventures of a teen-aged boy and his friend, a runaway slave, as they float down the Mississippi River on a raft.

Release date: 1984-11-23
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : The Old Curiosity Shop
42.

The Old Curiosity Shop

1.5
6.3/10 IMDB

The classic fictional tale of Little Nell and her grandfather, animated by Burbank Films Australia.

Starring: John Benton, Penne Hackforth-Jones, Wallas Eaton, Doreen Harrop, Jason Blackwell, Brian Harrison ..
Release date: 1984-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : A Matter of Form
43.

A Matter of Form

1.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Set to the rousing notes of Schubert's Military March, this animation film is an ingenious example of how a single point can be the building-block for a multiplicity of shapes and configurations. Lines and forms grow out of the point, eventually covering the entire screen in splashes of colour. This is geometric wizardry at its colourful best. A film without words.

Directed by: René Jodoin
Release date: 1984-10-23
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Robo Force: The Revenge of Nazgar
44.

Robo Force: The Revenge of Nazgar

1.4
6.5/10 IMDB

TV Short for Robo Force, included in Challenge of the Gobots DVD set.

Release date: 1984-12-08
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : A Tale Of Two Cities
45.

A Tale Of Two Cities

1.4
5.9/10 IMDB

One of the most famous works in the history of fictional literature is brought to life in this animated feature. This is the classic tale of a selfless Englishman who generously gave his life for one courageous French nobleman. Learn about the heroic men and women who struggled for their freedom during the French Revolution.

Starring: Henri Szeps, Phillip Hinton, Ken Wayne, Liz Horne, Robin Stewart, Moya O'Sullivan ..
Release date: 1984-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Ah, Amerika!
46.

Ah, Amerika!

1.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Documentary with animated sequences about that massive Hungarian exodus to the US which went on from the end of 19th century till the outbreak of WW1. The history of the nameless crowds presented in the film submerged under the surface of official history.

Directed by: István Orosz
Release date: 1984-03-11
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Chameleon
47.

Chameleon

1.3
5.9/10 IMDB

An animated allegory densely packed with fast-moving images, this film is about fear. A dissenter masks his true colours. Chameleon-like, he blends in with his surroundings. Because he lacks the courage to act on his beliefs, he cheats himself and others. He dies as he has lived, unnoticed.

Directed by: Stefan Anastasiu
Release date: 1984-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : Stomp
48.

Stomp

1.1
4.5/10 IMDB

Polish avant-garde animation featuring vanishing staircases and desperate searchlights with occasional breaks for a digital clock and a stone face.

Directed by: Maciej Cwiek
Release date: 1984-01-02
49.

Menagerie

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Inspired by a trip to the London Zoo, Menagerie reflects on the experience of animals in captivity.

Directed by: Jonathan Hodgson
Release date: 1984-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1984 : The Smurfic Games
50.

The Smurfic Games

0.0
7.1/10 IMDB

The Smurfs engage in athletic competition to settle a dispute between both ends of the village over misquoted compound words, which turns deadly when the medal Clumsy is awarded actually causes an earthquake.

Starring: Michael Bell, Lucille Bliss, William Callaway, Hamilton Camp, Julie McWhirter, June Foray, Alan Oppenheimer, Frank Welker, Paul Winchell ..
Directed by: Gerard Baldwin
Release date: 1984-05-20

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