Best Animation Movies of 1985


The Black Cauldron

6.3/10 IMDB

Taran is an assistant pigkeeper with boyish dreams of becoming a great warrior. However, he has to put the daydreaming aside when his charge, an oracular pig named Hen Wen, is kidnapped by an evil lord known as the Horned King. The villain hopes Hen will show him the way to The Black Cauldron, which has the power to create a giant army of unstoppable soldiers.

Starring: Grant Bardsley, Susan Sheridan, John Byner, Nigel Hawthorne, John Hurt, Freddie Jones, Phil Fondacaro, Arthur Malet, Lindsay Rich, Brandon Call ..
Directed by: Ted Berman, Richard Rich
Release date: 1985-07-24

Garfield's Halloween Adventure

8.1/10 IMDB

Garfield and his pup pal Odie go trick-or-treating, only to wind up in a house haunted by ghostly pirates.

Starring: Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger, C. Lindsay Workman, Desiree Goyette, Lou Rawls ..
Directed by: Phil Roman
Release date: 1985-10-30

The Adventures of Mark Twain

7.2/10 IMDB

Based on elements from the stories of Mark Twain, this feature-length Claymation fantasy follows the adventures of Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn as they stowaway aboard the interplanetary balloon of Mark Twain. Twain, disgusted with the human race, is intent upon finding Halley's Comet and crashing into it, achieving his "destiny." It's up to Tom, Becky, and Huck to convince him that his judgment is wrong and that he still has much to offer humanity that might make a difference. Their efforts aren't just charitable; if they fail, they will share Twain's fate. Along the way, they use a magical time portal to get a detailed overview of the Twain philosophy, observing the "historical" events that inspired his works.

Starring: James Whitmore, Michele Mariana, Gary Krug, Chris Ritchie, Wilbur Vincent, Dal McKennon, Carol Edelman, John Morrison ..
Directed by: Will Vinton
Release date: 1985-03-01

He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword

7.2/10 IMDB

After experiencing traumatic nightmares of a time now past, the Sorceress summons Prince Adam and Cringer to Castle Grayskull to give Adam a precious, jeweled sword and send the pair to the planet Etheria to investigate its secrets.

Starring: John Erwin, Melendy Britt, Alan Oppenheimer, Linda Gary, George DiCenzo, Erika Scheimer, Lou Scheimer ..
Directed by: Ed Friedman, Lou Kachivas, Marsh Lamore, Bill Reed, Gwen Wetzler
Release date: 1985-03-22
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : The Big Snit

The Big Snit

7.2/10 IMDB

A couple has a fight over a game of Scrabble unaware that a full-scale nuclear war has started.

Starring: Jay Brazeau, Ida Osler, Randy Woods, Bill Guest ..
Directed by: Richard Condie
Release date: 1985-06-01
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : The Body Electric

The Body Electric

7.6/10 IMDB

Red Sector A was a paradise...for man's machines. The domed city was home to the last of the human race, where they lived in comfort, served by their robotic servants. Until one day a mysterious force turns the robots against their masters, and the machines cast the people out of Red Sector A into the wastelands outside. Years later, the robots have collapsed into dust without human maintenance, leaving two young people - Woody and Andrea - to live in the city. But the city is on the verge of a exploding as the shield generator approaches meltdown. Andrea and Woody have a few hours to escape Red Sector A, but the unknown force that caused the revolution is still present, and has it's own plans for them.

Starring: Noel Counsil, Lorraine Ansell, John Nolan ..
Directed by: David Feiss
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special

He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special

6.6/10 IMDB

In this special Christmas episode of the He-Man and She-Ra cartoons, their sidekick Orko accidentally gets beamed to Earth during a test of a new spy satellite. Orko manages to get back Planet Eternia, but brings along two Earth children, Alisha and Manuel, with him. Since it's Christmastime on Earth, the kids are naturally filled with the holiday spirit, but this overflowing goodwill attracts the unwelcome attention of the Horde Prime and Skeletor. Will the combined power of He-Man, She-Ra and the spirit of Christmas be enough to stop them?

Starring: John Erwin, Alan Oppenheimer, Linda Gary, Lana Beeson, Melendy Britt, George DiCenzo, Erika Scheimer, R.D. Robb ..
Directed by: Bill Reed, Ernie Schmidt
Release date: 1985-12-25

Starchaser: The Legend of Orin

6.4/10 IMDB

Set on the subterranean Mine-World, a band of human worker are treated like slaves under the power of the evil overlord Zygon until one, Orin, unearths the hilt of a mythical sword that only he can master. Escaping the planet, he runs into the rogue smuggler Dagg and a pair of helpful droids and the princess, who all team up to return to the Mine-World with a plan to defeat Zygon and free Orin's enslaved people.

Starring: Dennis Alwood, Carmen Argenziano, Daryl Bartley, Tyke Caravelli, Joe Colligan, Noelle North, Anthony De Longis, Les Tremayne, Ken Sansom, John Moschitta Jr. ..
Directed by: Steven Hahn
Release date: 1985-01-01

Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer

6.7/10 IMDB

Rainbow Brite, and her magical horse Starlite, must stop an evil princess and her underlings from taking over the planet Spectra. When they meet Orin, the wise Sprite tries to make the two children get along and work together to stop the evil Princess. Orin tells them that they can only destroy her by combining their own powers against her. Getting in the way of their mission is the sinister Murky Dismal and his bumbling assistant Lurky who, as usual, are lavishing in the new gloom created by the darkening of Spectra, as well as trying to steal Rainbow's magical color belt.

Starring: Bettina Bush, Pat Fraley, Peter Cullen, Robbie Lee, Andre Stojka, David Mendenhall, Rhonda Aldrich, Les Tremayne, Mona Marshall, Jonathan Harris ..
Directed by: Bernard Deyriès, Kimio Yabuki
Release date: 1985-11-15
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus

The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus

7.3/10 IMDB

The Great Ak calls a council of the Immortals to ask that Santa Claus be given immortality. And to justify it, he tells the history of Santa Claus. The Ak found an abandoned baby and gave it to a lioness and a fairy to raise, who named him Claus. When Claus grew up, the Great Ak showed him the evil and hardship in the world and Claus decides to live there and relieve some of the suffering. He decides to make toys for orphans, but King Awgwa, the ruler of the valley where Claus lives doesn't want the children to be happy, and there is a great battle among Immortals.

Starring: Earl Hammond, Earle Hyman, Larry Kenney, Lynne Lipton, Bob McFadden, Lesley Miller, Peter Newman, Joey Grasso, J.D. Roth, Alfred Drake ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1985-12-17
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : For Better or For Worse: The Bestest Present

For Better or For Worse: The Bestest Present

7.6/10 IMDB

The Patterson family learns the true meaning of Christmas when Lizzie loses her stuffed bunny.

Starring: Billy Van, Abby Hagyard, Bill Stevens Jr., Aaron Kim Johnston, Katherine Johnston ..
Directed by: Sebastian Grunstra
Release date: 1985-12-05
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : Codename: Robotech

Codename: Robotech

7.7/10 IMDB

Codename: Robotech is an animated pilot that preceded the original 1985 Robotech television series. It is set within the events of the First Robotech War.

Starring: Tony Oliver, Rebecca Forstadt, Melanie MacQueen, Dan Woren, Iona Morris, Greg Finley, Gregory Snegoff, Cam Clarke ..
Directed by: Robert V. Barron
Release date: 1985-03-01
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : Strawberry Shortcake Meets the Berrykins

Strawberry Shortcake Meets the Berrykins

7.6/10 IMDB

Strawberry rids Strawberryland of a strange, horrible smelling purple cloud with the help of her new friends, the Berry Princess and her helpers, the Berrykins.

Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : Blowin' in the Wind

Blowin' in the Wind

4.9/10 IMDB

Blowin' in the Wind is a 1985 short animated film directed by Bill Reeves that was made as an animation test at Lucasfilm for what would eventually become Pixar. It is of a field of grass blowing in the wind below a blue sky set to Bob Dylan's iconic song.

Starring: Bob Dylan ..
Directed by: Bill Reeves
Release date: 1985-01-01

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

7.5/10 IMDB

The Peanuts gang perform the classic Broadway musical. In addition to the classic songs, we see Charlie Brown and his friends perform the various comedy sketches of the play.

Starring: Kevin Brando, Brad Kesten, Jeremy Scott Reinbolt, Tiffany Reinbolt, Robert Towers, David Wagner, Jessica Lee Smith, Michael Dockery, Brad Kesten, Jeremy Scott Reinbolt ..
Directed by: Sam Jaimes
Release date: 1985-11-06
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : George and the Christmas Star

George and the Christmas Star

7.3/10 IMDB

George cuts out a paper star to top his Christmas tree but, dissatisfied, decides to go for the real thing - an unusually bright star that seems to beckon him from the sky.

Starring: George Geertsen, Dave Broadfoot, Lynne Kolber, John Morgan ..
Directed by: Gerald Potterton
Release date: 1985-12-15
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : Prehistoric Beast

Prehistoric Beast

7.4/10 IMDB

In a dense forest, a monoceratops-type plant-eating dinosaur is stalked by a carnivorous Tyrannosaurus rex.

Directed by: Phil Tippett
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : Molly and the Skywalkerz in

Molly and the Skywalkerz in "Happily Ever After"

6.2/10 IMDB

A young third grader named Molly Conway suffers depression when she finds out about her parents are getting divorced. She tries everything to get them together, but mostly backfires and eventually accepts their departure.

Starring: Carol Burnett, Danny DeVito, Carrie Fisher, Rhea Perlman, Henry Winkler, Cassandra Coblentz, Gini Holtzman, Jeremy Schoenberg, Danny Colby, Karrie Ullman ..
Directed by: Bill Melendez, Steven Cuitlahuac Melendez
Release date: 1985-10-20
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown

Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown

7.2/10 IMDB

After Snoopy displays his usual level of courage and runs away from his sentry duty, he happens to run into a beautiful female. Smitten, he decides to marry her. Now, the gang, and Snoopy's cousin, Spike, want to help in an affair that has the usual complications

Starring: Danny Colby, Fergie, Gini Holtzman, Keri Houlihan, Brett Johnson, Brad Kesten, Dawnn D. Leary, Bill Melendez, Jeremy Schoenberg, Carl Steven ..
Release date: 1985-03-20
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : A Jetson Christmas Carol

A Jetson Christmas Carol

6.7/10 IMDB

In a take-off of Charles Dickens "The Christmas Carol," Mr. Spacely is being so greedy and selfish that he would even make Ebenezer Scrooge blush.

Starring: George O'Hanlon, Penny Singleton, Daws Butler, Don Messick, Janet Waldo, Jean Vander Pyl, Mel Blanc, Allan Melvin ..
Release date: 1985-12-13

The Care Bears Movie

5.6/10 IMDB

The Care Bears have their work cut out for them, because Nicolas, a lonely magician's assistant, is about to fall under the evil influence of a bad spirit who lives in an ancient magic book -- it seems Nicolas will do just about anything for friends. Aside from Nicolas, Kim and Jason are in trouble because they are starting not to trust people after suffering many disappointments.

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Jackie Burroughs, Georgia Engel, Sunny Besen Thrasher, Eva Almos, Patricia Black, Melleny Melody, Bob Dermer, Jayne Eastwood, Billie Mae Richards ..
Directed by: Arna Selznick
Release date: 1985-03-23

The GLO Friends Save Christmas

7.5/10 IMDB

Blanche, the Wicked Witch of the North Pole, is jealous of Santa Claus. She imprisons him and his reindeer in an icy cage on a raging river, so they can't deliver their presents on Christmas Eve. Her timid sidekick, Moose the unimaginatively-named moose, tries to stop her, but she zaps him far away with her magic. The Glo Friends find out what she's done, and they set out to try and save Santa. They rescue Moose from a tree along the way, and Blanche tries to imprison them in ice flowers. But her schemes fail, as they reach Santa anyway, and face her in a final showdown to rescue him.

Starring: Carroll O'Connor, Sally Struthers, Charlie Adler, Susan Blu, Pat Fraley, Lorenzo Music ..
Directed by: Terry Lennon
Release date: 1985-12-21
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : A Chipmunk Reunion

A Chipmunk Reunion

7.2/10 IMDB

The Chipmunks are discussing when they were born and began to argue. They wanted to go and find their mother but Dave doesn't let them. The Chipettes are invited round while the Chipmunks go and look for their mother but Dave finds out and gets worried...

Starring: Janice Karman, Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., June Foray ..
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
Release date: 1985-04-13
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : Sylvia


7.6/10 IMDB

A mother chooses her dream of the day from the shelves of magazines: she will therefore be “Sylvia, the-beautiful-heroine-courted-by-two-men”.

Directed by: Michel Murray
Release date: 1985-02-10
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : This Unnameable Little Broom

This Unnameable Little Broom

7.1/10 IMDB

Stop-motion animated short film in which a puppet on a trike captures a puppet bird-man.

Directed by: Timothy Quay, Stephen Quay, Keith Griffiths
Release date: 1985-01-01

Tony de Peltrie

7.4/10 IMDB

An aging piano player looks back on his life.

Starring: Ronald France ..
Directed by: Philippe Bergeron, Daniel Langlois, Pierre Lachapelle, Pierre Robidoux
Release date: 1985-07-09
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : Frog and Toad Are Friends

Frog and Toad Are Friends

7.9/10 IMDB

Claymation adventures based on the popular children's book series of Frog and Toad by author Arnold Lobel

Starring: Arnold Lobel, Will Ryan, Hal Smith ..
Directed by: John Clark Matthews
Release date: 1985-05-23
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : Hoomania


6.6/10 IMDB

When Kris tells Sam Weatherfield, the inventor, about breaking his parent’s window and running away, Sam has Kris play a strange, colorful game called HOOMANIA. As Kris places his piece on the board, he is zapped INSIDE the game, full of life-sized animated characters like the daffy Dodo Bird or the goodie-gobbling sluggards. These crazy creatures, and others, either help or hinder Kris in his race to Mount Wisdom. Through his fantastic adventure, Kris learns the true meaning of “wisdom”.

Starring: Jan Rabson, Danny Nash, Haskell Hal Heimlick, Frank Poynton, Brian Cummings, Jini Williams Robie ..
Directed by: Rick Garside
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : The Romance of Betty Boop

The Romance of Betty Boop

6.4/10 IMDB

In 1930s, hard-working girl Betty Boop sings at nights at her uncle Mischa's popular NY nightclub and dreams of marrying a posh rich playboy, Waldo. Gangster Johnny "Throat" and a nice hard-working ice-seller, Freddy, also woo her.

Starring: Desiree Goyette, Sean Allan, Derek McGrath, George Wendt, Sandy Kenyon, Frank Buxton, Robert Towers, Ron Friedman, John Stephenson, Marsha Meyers ..
Directed by: Bill Melendez
Release date: 1985-03-20

Get a Job

6.7/10 IMDB

A young dog struggles to learn how to find a job.

Starring: Al Simmons ..
Directed by: Brad Caslor
Release date: 1985-01-01

Rupert and the Frog Song

7.7/10 IMDB

Rupert Bear goes on a walk in the hills near his home, where he encounters a community of frogs who join together in a musical extravaganza.

Starring: Paul McCartney ..
Directed by: Geoff Dunbar
Release date: 1985-04-18
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : 78 Tours

78 Tours

6.5/10 IMDB

A waltz played with an accordion starts a short story about the running time.

Directed by: Georges Schwizgebel
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : The Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit

7.7/10 IMDB

A boy receives a Velveteen Rabbit for Christmas. The Velveteen Rabbit is snubbed by other more expensive or mechanical toys, the latter of which fancy themselves real. One day while talking with the Skin Horse, the Rabbit learns that a toy becomes real if its owner really and truly loves it. The Skin Horse makes the Velveteen Rabbit aware that "...once you are Real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always."

Starring: Christopher Plummer, Chuck Collins, Charity Brown, Rick Jones, James Bradford, Don Westwood, Bernard McManus, Eddie Dunn ..
Directed by: Pino Van Lamsweerde
Release date: 1985-04-02

Big Foot And The Muscle Machines

6.3/10 IMDB

a graduate student named Jennifer pursued by goons of millionaire industrialist Adrian Ravenscroft, who hides Ponce de Leon's map to the Fountain of Youth inside Bigfoot in the midst of a stunt driving show. This forces Yank Justice and Bigfoot, Red & Redder and Black Gold, and Professor D. & Dilly and the Orange Blossom Special, into a cross-country trek to rendezvous with Ravenscroft at the Fountain and stop him. Ravenscroft is so powerful he can impose his will onto county sheriff's offices and get the group arrested. They are saved by Close McCall and his souped-up stunt car War Lord, so he joins the team after initial resistance the first time he tried.

Starring: Susan Blu, Wally Burr, Peter Cullen, Lance LeGault ..
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : Traveling Light

Traveling Light

7.3/10 IMDB

Lights and shadows travel across the outside and inside of a house.

Directed by: Jane Aaron
Release date: 1985-01-02
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : Robin Hood

Robin Hood

6.6/10 IMDB

With good King Richard away at war, the greedy Sheriff has forced the residents of Nottingham to pay all their money to him. But Robin Hood, with the help of his friend Maid Marion, a spy in the Sheriff's castle, is out to thwart the evil Sheriff and return the Kind to his rightful throne.

Starring: Robert Coleby, Helen Morse, George Stephenson, Wallas Eaton ..
Directed by: Warwick Gilbert, Geoff Collins
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : Canada Vignettes: Catapult Canada

Canada Vignettes: Catapult Canada

5.6/10 IMDB

This model-animation vignette takes a humorous look at the theme of transportation.

Directed by: Bill Maylone
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : My Little Pony: Escape from Catrina

My Little Pony: Escape from Catrina

6.8/10 IMDB

All the little ponies and their young friend Megan must save Baby Surprise and their ponies, magical rainbow locket from the evil Cartrina. If they don't, Catrina will force all the baby ponies to become her slaves. It's a battle the little ponies must win or life in Dream Valley will never be the same!

Starring: Tammy Grimes, Paul Williams, Charlie Adler, Tammy Amerson, Laura Dean, Ivy Austin ..
Directed by: John Gibbs
Release date: 1985-03-23
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : Epic


5.7/10 IMDB

During a massive flood, two children are rescued by a family of dingoes, which subsequently raises them as their own. When the children come of age, they must go out into the world and collect the "secrets of life", before becoming the new king and queen of the dingoes.

Starring: Benita Collings, John Huston, Ross Higgins, Robyn Moore, Keith Scott ..
Directed by: Yoram Gross
Release date: 1985-05-13

Drawing Lesson #2

6.5/10 IMDB

While giving an art lesson, the Magic Line is distracted by thoughts of his true love and former model, Vera, with whom he'd had a wild and passionate affair.

Starring: Chris Hoffman, Linda Eklund, Eve Chwast, Kathryn Schwertman ..
Directed by: Bill Plympton
Release date: 1985-01-01

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

5.9/10 IMDB

This is an Australian made-for-television animated film from Burbank Films Australia. The film is an adaptation on Jules Verne's classic French novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870).

Starring: Tom Burlinson, Colin Borgonon, Paul Woodson, Liz Horne, Alistair Duncan, Gilbert Christian ..
Directed by: Warwick Gilbert
Release date: 1985-12-17
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : Drawing on My Mind

Drawing on My Mind

7.1/10 IMDB

Animated versions of George Carlin's wacky "news items".

Starring: George Carlin ..
Directed by: Bob Kurtz
Release date: 1985-03-01
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : Boomtown


6.1/10 IMDB

The Android Sisters sing about the alarming increase in U.S. defense spending during the cold war and its effect on various aspects of the domestic economy.

Starring: Ruth Maleczech, Valeria Vasilevski ..
Directed by: Bill Plympton
Release date: 1985-01-01

Second Class Mail

5.7/10 IMDB

A lonely woman sends off for a special mail-order package.

Directed by: Alison Snowden
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : Where Did I Come From?

Where Did I Come From?

6.2/10 IMDB

An animated sex education video for children based on the best-selling book of the same title. It tells the story of conception through birth in a humorous, sensitive way, answering all the awkward questions parents have found difficult to respond to in an informative and entertaining way

Starring: Howie Mandel ..
Release date: 1985-05-06

Nicholas Nickleby

6.4/10 IMDB

One twenty-year old boy, driven by what is right and just, overcomes the forces of unconscionable greed. This classic tale of human nature is brought to the screen in this entertaining animated feature.

Release date: 1985-03-16
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : Tuber's Two Step

Tuber's Two Step

6.1/10 IMDB

Little Tuber learns to walk -- and more -- in this early computer animated film from Chris Wedge, the eventual founder of Blue Sky Studios.

Directed by: Chris Wedge
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : The Bear and the Fly

The Bear and the Fly

9.0/10 IMDB

A bear tries to catch a fly with disastrous results.

Directed by: Daniel Ivanick
Release date: 1985-08-13
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : The Walt Disney Comedy and Magic Revue

The Walt Disney Comedy and Magic Revue

8.9/10 IMDB

No one tops the Disney magicians when it comes to creating laughter and enchantment! In this exclusive video program, expect the unexpected. Soar through the skies with a most unusual assortment of people and objects! Race off on a highway of madcap chases. Witness mystical transformation. Journey under the seas of captivating adventures. It's all that you remember and love from the Disney film wiards! Includes sequences from these Disney films: "Magician Mickey", "Pinocchio", "Modern Inventions", "Robin Hood", "Mickey's Trailer", "Chip 'N' Dale", "The Eyes Have It", "Thru the Mirror", "Bedknobs and Broomsticks", "Mary Poppins", "Escape to the Witch Mountain", "Babes in Toyland", "The Absent-Minded Professor", "Return from Witch Mountain", "Return to Oz", "The Happiest Millionaire", "That Darn Cat", "Herbie Rides Again", "Hot Lead & Cold Feet", "The North Avenue Irregulars", "Son of Flubber"

Release date: 1985-10-15
Best Animation Movies of 1985 : Robotman & Friends

Robotman & Friends

8.1/10 IMDB

Robotman, Stellar, and Oops are mechanical beings from the planet Robot Land who embark on a mission to help earthlings in need. Their mission is jeopardized by Roboron, an evil robot seeking to capture them and reprogram them to hate, not love.

Directed by: Bernard Deyriès
Release date: 1985-01-01

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