Best Animation Movies of 1984
The Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye
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.
G.I. Joe: The Revenge of Cobra
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.
Scooby-Doo's A Nutcracker Scoob
The evil is set to damper another Christmas season for the children's home. Can the Scooby gang warm his heart?
Little Ears: The Velveteen Rabbit
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.
Fountain of Dreams
A bold synchronization to the Transcendental music of Franz Liszt.
Garfield in the Rough
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?
The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer
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.
The Bunjee Venture
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.
An Oscar-nominated short from 1985 by Ishu Patel, which raises the question – which is preferable, a beautiful gilded cage, or your freedom?
Life Is Flashing Before Your Eyes
Colorful hallucinogenic trip in a cartoon fantasy world, or, as Timothy Leary put it, "Cheery pop images and mellow lyrics".