Best Animation Movies of 1988
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
'Toon star Roger is worried that his wife Jessica is playing pattycake with someone else, so the studio hires detective Eddie Valiant to snoop on her. But the stakes are quickly raised when Marvin Acme is found dead and Roger is the prime suspect.
The Land Before Time
An orphaned brontosaurus named Littlefoot sets off in search of the legendary Great Valley. A land of lush vegetation where the dinosaurs can thrive and live in peace. Along the way he meets four other young dinosaurs, each one a different species, and they encounter several obstacles as they learn to work together in order to survive.
Oliver & Company
This animated take on Oliver Twist re-imagines Oliver as an adorable orphaned kitten who struggles to survive in New York City and falls in with a band of canine criminals led by an evil human. First, Oliver meets Dodger, a carefree mutt with street savoir faire. But when Oliver meets wealthy Jenny on one of the gang's thieving missions, his life changes forever.
Babies are hardly monster-like, unless you're a toy. After escaping a drooling baby, Tinny realizes that he wants to be played with after all. But in the amount of time it takes him to discover this, the baby's attention moves on to other things only an infant could find interesting.
Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School
Scooby, Shaggy and Scrappy Doo are on their way to a Miss Grimwood's Finishing School for Girls, where they have been hired as gym teachers. Once there, however, they find that it is actually a school for girl ghouls.
Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf
Shaggy is turned into a werewolf, and it's up to Scooby, Scrappy and Shaggy's girlfriend to help him win a race against other monsters, and become human again.
Daffy Duck's Quackbusters
In this feature-length film combining footage from classic Warner Brothers cartoon shorts with newly animated bridging sequences, Daffy Duck, after having induced laughter in an ailing millionaire and forestalled the millionaire's death for a time (as chronicled in Daffy Dilly (1948), is the beneficiary for the deceased millionaire's assets. But the millionaire's will clearly stipulates that Daffy must use the money for the common good, by providing a service, and should Daffy think of pursuing selfish aims, the millionaire's ghost will "repossess" his millions by making them disappear from Earthly existence. Under the pretense of community service, Daffy opens an exorcism agency and employs Porky Pig, Sylvester Cat, and Bugs Bunny to track and eliminate ghosts, ghouls, and other monsters, while Daffy secretly schemes to use his learned "ghost-busting" talents to rid himself of the millionaire's nagging spirit.
Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: Phoenix and New Frontier
Four elite Galaxy Rangers with unique abilities defend law & order among the space colonies and protect humanity from the evil Crown Empire.
The Caterpillar and the Polliwog
Impressed by the proud caterpillar's boast that she will turn into a butterfly when she grows up, a polliwog determines to watch the caterpillar very carefully and turn into a butterfly too.
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
The final 17 years of American singer and musician Karen Carpenter, performed almost entirely by modified Barbie dolls.
Clifford's Fun with Letters
An animated film starring Clifford, the Big Red Dog. He and his pal, Emily Elizabeth, want to go to the circus but they have no money for tickets. They decide to earn money by opening a message service, but finding all the letters and spelling all the messages can be tricky. This program is designed to provide a child with some of the essential tools for learning to read.
The Cat Came Back
A pesky yellow cat becomes the bane of Mr. Johnson's life as it constantly outsmarts his increasingly desperate attempts to get rid of it.
Mickey's Magical World
Mickey's Magical World is a 1988 home video compilation from Walt Disney Home Video, originally released on May 31, 1988, as released as part of the Walt Disney Mini-Classics series, in honor to celebrate Mickey Mouse's 60th anniversary. Jiminy Cricket hosted this show with clips from the following classic Disney cartoon shorts: Thru the Mirror (1936) The Worm Turns (1937) Lonesome Ghosts (1937) The Band Concert (1935) Gulliver Mickey (1934) (colorized version) Magician Mickey (1937) The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1940) (from Fantasia) In between the cartoon short clips featuring Mickey Mouse, clips from This is Your Life, Donald Duck, Pinocchio, Orphan's Benefit, The Mickey Mouse Club and From All of Us to All of You are also used.
Cathy's Last Resort
Cathy's preparations for an idyllic, romantic vacation with her boyfriend, Irving, go awry.
BraveStarr: The Legend
Marshall Bravestarr is the lawman of the wild-west planet "New Texas" with help from Thirty-Thirty, his cybernetic talking horse and Deputy Fuzz, his sidekick and Shaman, his mentor. Bravestarr with his special powers fights the outlaw Tex-Hex, the leader of the Carrion Bunch, who are after the mineral Kerium, Bravestarr sets out to set things right and enforce peace and justice on "New Texas".
The Fourth Dimension
Shows a couple (Adam and Eve) and various objects, simultaneously, in time, space and movement.
All is peaceful in the lovely land of RARG, that is, until an old professor & a tiny baby make an alarming discovery about the nature of dreams...
Disney's Sing-Along Songs: Very Merry Christmas Songs
It's the happiest time of the year! And the season of Santa, reindeer and gift-wrapped surprises will be even jollier with this joyful volume of DISNEY'S SING-ALONG SONGS: VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS SONGS. Gather up the family and enjoy a fun-filled collection of the most beloved Christmas songs and carols, accompanied by a wonderland of wintry holiday scenes! It's a kaleidoscope of sights and sounds that is sure to make everyone's holiday very, very merry! Voices ready? Let's all sing!
A stranger comes to a peaceful village bearing gifts that bear a terrible price.
Robotech II: The Sentinels
Robotech II: The Sentinels was an attempt to continue the original 1985 Robotech television series. The project was cancelled in 1986. The aborted Sentinels series would have followed the ongoing adventures of Rick Hunter and Lisa Hayes and the rest of the Robotech Expeditionary Force (REF) during the events of The Robotech Masters and The New Generation series.
Meet the Raisins!
Meet the Raisins! spoofs musical documentaries with its use of anthropomorphic food characters. Through its historical perspective, the special also provided an opportunity to elaborate on the personalities and introduce names of the simple yet popular characters. It follows the California Raisins' humble beginnings, rise to musical success, fall from stardom, and eventual comeback. This includes "home movie" clips, scenes of the group's early days as the Vine-Yls, concert footage, and interviews with the people behind the success of the California Raisins including manager Rudy Begaman. The group is also shown performing various hit songs
The Flintstone Kids' "Just Say No" Special
A special that shows the young Flintstones trying to raise money so they can go to a concert. The story takes a turn when older kids try to push drugs on them.
One summer afternoon in 1907, Abel and his wife (both mice) are picnicking, when they become separated during a violent rainstorm. After flying some distance, Abel discovers himself alone on a river island, unable to swim due to the powerful current. Abel periodically attempts to leave the island by various means: flying on a leaf, rowing a crudely fashioned boat, etc. Meanwhile, he tries to create a normal life of sorts, even learning to enjoy a new hobby: sculpture. Still, Abel's goal is to escape the island and rejoin his wife in the city.
Face Like a Frog
A frog is driving his alligator-shaped car when he is stopped by a shapely she-frog who steps into the road. She tells him that her house is haunted, so he goes along to assist.
Snoopy: The Musical
The animated adaption of the second stage musical based on the "Peanuts" comics strip, focusing on Snoopy.
Garfield: His 9 Lives
Garfield plays multiple roles including ancient Egyptian royalty, a fairyland kitten, a movie 'stunt cat" and more!
Mickey's 60th Birthday
This film combines live action/original animation and library animation. Mickey steals a magic hat from a Sorcerer and is put under a spell by the angry magi so that no one will recognize him until he finds his own magic within. While Mickey is on his quest, network news teams around the country desperately try to find the famous, beloved mouse who has mysteriously disappeared. On his quest, Mickey goes into the "Cheers" bar, meets up with the characters from "Family Ties", and winds up on Disneyland's Main Street the night before his Birthday celebration is to take place. It is there that he finds he has all the magic inside him that he will ever need. The spell is broken and the Birthday bash commences as the whole World celebrates the beloved Mickey Mouse.
Arnold Escapes from Church
Our favorite football head Arnold goes to church and daydreams about the 23rd psalm.
Bluetoes, the Christmas Elf
It's Christmas Eve and all of Santa's helpers are busy packing the sleigh... all except one unnamed elf who is too young and too clumsy to help. But in a dream come true he is riding with Santa helping deliver the toys and making a sacrifice which earns him his name "Bluetoes."
The Black Arrow
One plotting politician, Sir Daniel Brackley, is using the royal unrest to his advantage and unwittingly giving rise to the arrival of a medieval hero, Black Arrow, whose steel cross bow and stout heart are pitted against the kingdom's villains. Black Arrow is saving one final arrow for the assassin who murdered his good friend, Harry Shelton, and left young Richard Shelton fatherless. Join the exciting adventures of Richard Shelton and the mysterious Black Arrow, brought together through turmoil and tragedy to begin the adventure of a lifetime.
The Phantom of the Opera
An animated version of Gaston Leroux's everlasting tale of "The Phantom of the Opera". Christine has been acting strange the last few days: she, first of all, got the lead part on a new opera and she's arrogant with people. A masked Phantom lurking in the shadows is haunting her, keeping her away from other men, striking revenge on the world above, but he also has a good side, a side that was tortured since childhood.
One Of Those Days
A day in the life of the world's unluckiest guy. Starting the morning off with a shaving nick from hell, he endures fires, mad dogs, rampaging vacuum cleaners, horny neighbors, kids with ray guns and, of course, a steam-roller.
The Good, the Bad and Huckleberry Hound
It's the gold rush era in the Wild West. A mysterious stranger (Huckleberry Hound) arrives in a small desert town carrying a huge golden nugget. The notorious Dalton brothers steal it. The town asks "the stranger" to go after them.
A dirge-like hula song illustrates humanity's woes.
This is America, Charlie Brown
In this CBS animated miniseries of eight episodes, the Peanuts gang (created by Charles M. Schulz) visit important events in United States history.
In a Parisian girls school, our perky, popular heroine charms her eleven classmates with funny pranks and youthful wit. But when Madeline needs her appendix out, it's she who needs charm and humor for a speedy recovery.
Roger Rabbit and the Secrets of Toon Town
A behind-the-scenes documentary hosted by Joanna Cassidy on the making of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
The Persistent Peddler
Featuring a salesman and a consumer, this animated short is a humorous study of the patterns that define buyer-seller relationships. The Persistent Peddler is based on Claude Cloutier's hit comic strip La Légende des Jean-Guy, first introduced in Quebec humour magazine Croc.
Famous for combining extremely simple line drawings with biting humour she lays bare the frustrations encountered by ordinary women in their daily lives. Candy Guard once disarmingly described her job as "writing funny stories and then drawing pictures to go with them", which goes some way towards explaining her success as both an animator and newspaper cartoonist.
Around the World in 80 Days
English Lord Phileas Fogg has just become the main suspect in a daring bank robbery. Meanwhile, he has made a wager with several other lords that he will be able to travel around this world in a mere 80 days. Joined by his butler Passepartout, Fogg begins his journey. However, hot on his heels is Scotland Yard detective Mr. Fix.
Stille Nacht I: Dramolet
A magnet moves on a floor. A moth beats against a window. A doll child watches the magnet; threads of metal filings gather around the magnet.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Case of the Killer Pizzas
This time, the evil Shredder has devised one of his scariest scenarios.
Inspired by the Greek myth of Prometheus, a Titan who created the first mortals from clay and stole fire from the gods, Prometheus' Garden immerses viewers in a cinematic universe unlike any other. The dark and magical images of this haunting film unfold in a dreamlike stream of consciousness revealing an unlikely cast of characters engaged in a violent struggle for survival.
Death and the Mother
Black-and-white, etched-wood animation tale about the Grim Reaper. In a remote forest, Death in disguise calls on a woman and her baby daughter.
Yes We Can
Gaia, our living Earth, joyously balances life and death until human beings begin to plunder her resources. Gaia retreats in despair. When women and men reach out to one another and remember their primal love, Gaia returns.
A Bitter Message of Hopeless Grief
Living in a fictional world all their own, the machines of Survival Research Laboratories act out scenarios of perpetual torment, exasperating consumption, and tragic recognition
Pas à deux
An animated short film of dancers from Monique Renault and Gerrit van Dijk.
Madonna, Our New High-School Queen
Mako, a sexy young teacher, comes to Gyunabe high school to enlighten young minds. What she wasn't counting on was a class full of misfits lead by the delinquent Obayashi. If their never ending quest to see her underwear and embarrass her in front of the whole school doesn't force her to quit, then her principal's brilliant idea of making her the new rugby coach will.
Care Bears Nutcracker Suite
An animated version, starring the Care Bears, of the fairy tale that inspired the famous ballet.
Bugs vs. Daffy: Battle of the Music Video Stars
Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are dueling VJs in this showcase of musical segments from classic Warner Brothers shorts.