Best Animation Movies of 1989


The Little Mermaid

7.6/10 IMDB

This colorful adventure tells the story of an impetuous mermaid princess named Ariel who falls in love with the very human Prince Eric and puts everything on the line for the chance to be with him. Memorable songs and characters -- including the villainous sea witch Ursula.

Starring: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Pat Carroll, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Kenneth Mars, Buddy Hackett, Jason Marin, René Auberjonois, Paddi Edwards, Ben Wright ..
Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
Release date: 1989-11-17

Knick Knack

7.4/10 IMDB

Life on a shelf as a snowman trapped in a snow-globe blizzard can become wearing, especially when you're surrounded by knickknacks from sunnier locales. When the jaded snowman finally breaks free of his glass house, his vacation plans are cut short.

Directed by: John Lasseter
Release date: 1989-11-23

All Dogs Go to Heaven

6.7/10 IMDB

When a casino-owning dog named Charlie is murdered by his rival Carface, he finds himself in Heaven basically by default since all dogs go to heaven. However, since he wants to get back at his killer, he cons his way back to the living with the warning that doing that damns him to Hell. Once back, he teams with his old partner, Itchy, to prep his retaliation. He also stumbles onto an orphan girl who can talk to the animals, thus allowing him to get the inside info on the races to ensure his wins to finance his plans. However, all the while, he is still haunted by nightmares of what's waiting for him on the other side unless he can prove that he is worthy of Heaven again.

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Judith Barsi, Melba Moore, Daryl Gilley, Candy Devine, Charles Nelson Reilly, Vic Tayback, Rob Fuller, Earleen Carey ..
Directed by: Dan Kuenster, Don Bluth, Gary Goldman
Release date: 1989-11-17

Meet the Feebles

6.6/10 IMDB

Heidi, the star of the "Meet The Feebles Variety Hour" discovers her lover Bletch, The Walrus, is cheating on her. And with all the world waiting for the show, the assorted co-stars must contend with drug addiction, extortion, robbery, disease, drug dealing, and murder. Meanwhile the love between two of the stars is threatened by Trevor the Rat, who wishes to exploit the young starlet for use in his porno movie.

Starring: Donna Akersten, Stuart Devenie, Mark Hadlow, Brian Sergent, Ross Jolly, Peter Vere-Jones, Mark Wright, Danny Mulheron, Jay Snowfield, Doug Wren ..
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Release date: 1989-08-12


6.7/10 IMDB

Sophie is snatched from her orphanage early one morning by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), whom she witnesses engaged in mysterious activities. She is soon put at ease, as she learns that BFG's job is to collect, catalog and deliver pleasant dreams to children. She joins him that night, but a mean giants follow them, planning to eat the children of the world.

Starring: David Jason, Amanda Root, Angela Thorne, Ballard Berkeley, Michael Knowles, Don Henderson, Mollie Sugden, Frank Thornton, Myfanwy Talog, Jimmy Hibbert ..
Directed by: Brian Cosgrove
Release date: 1989-12-25
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers to the Rescue

Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers to the Rescue

7.7/10 IMDB

Chip and Dale, Disney's favorite chipmunk team, form their own protection agency for their fellow animals, where they seek to help the helpless and protect those in peril from those who would exploit them.

Starring: Tress MacNeille, Corey Burton, Peter Cullen, Jim Cummings ..
Release date: 1989-09-30
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Creature Comforts

Creature Comforts

7.7/10 IMDB

A humorous and thought-provoking view of what animals in zoos might be thinking about their captivity and surroundings.

Starring: Julie Sedgewick ..
Directed by: Nick Park
Release date: 1989-07-15
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Garfield's Thanksgiving

Garfield's Thanksgiving

7.7/10 IMDB

Garfield's Thanksgiving finds Jon with a love interest - a veterinarian who orders Garfield on a diet - and then comes for Thanksgiving dinner!

Starring: Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger, Pat Carroll, Julie Payne ..
Directed by: Phil Roman
Release date: 1989-11-22

The Simpsons Christmas Special

8.1/10 IMDB

According to Bart Simpson, "If TV taught me anything , it's that miracles always happen to poor kids at Christmas. It Happened to Tiny Tim, it happened to the Smurfs, and it's going to happen to us." But it better happen fast. The Simpsons are in a Yuletide jam-there's no money for presents, and they may have to cancel Christmas! Before the crisis ends, Homer gets a job as a part-time Santa, Bart gets a tattoo, and the whole family- even Grandpa and Marge's nasty sisters- gets into the holiday spirit when they discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Starring: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer, Hank Azaria, Jo Ann Harris, Pamela Hayden, Christopher Collins ..
Directed by: David Silverman
Release date: 1989-12-17
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Tummy Trouble

Tummy Trouble

7.2/10 IMDB

Roger Rabbit once again is chosen for the dangerous task of babysitting Baby Herman and everything is going to be just fine.

Starring: Charles Fleischer, April Winchell, Lou Hirsch, Corey Burton, Kathleen Turner, Sol Pavlovsky, William Bronder, Bob Hoskins, Charles Noland, Richard Williams ..
Directed by: Frank Marshall, Rob Minkoff
Release date: 1989-06-23
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Beetle Bailey

Beetle Bailey

7.2/10 IMDB

When a group of generals from the Pentagon notify General Halftrack that they want to inspect a model of the modern soldier, Beetle Bailey probably wasn't what they had in mind.

Starring: Greg Whalen, Henry Corden, Frank Welker, Linda Gary, Larry Storch, Bob Bergen, Mendi Segal ..
Directed by: Mitch Rochon, Robert Shellhorn, Mike Svayko
Release date: 1989-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Hanna-Barbera's 50th

Hanna-Barbera's 50th

7.6/10 IMDB

The special is hosted by Tony Danza and Annie Potts celebrating 50 years of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's partnership in animation. This is the first animated project to be broadcast in Dolby Surround sound system.

Starring: Tony Danza, Annie Potts, Shari Belafonte, Sammy Davis Jr., Phyllis Diller, Whoopi Goldberg, Valerie Harper, Tommy Lasorda, Betty White, Jonathan Winters ..
Directed by: Marshall Flaum
Release date: 1989-07-17
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Cathy's Valentine

Cathy's Valentine

6.8/10 IMDB

As Valentine's Day approaches, Cathy, ever the romantic, becomes passionately consumed with thoughts of hearts, flowers and candle-lit dinners.

Starring: Kathleen Wilhoite, Rob Paulsen, Shirley Mitchell, William L. Guisewite, Allison Argo, Gregg Berger, Sheryl Bernstein, Loren Dunsworth, Jerry Houser, Emily Levine ..
Directed by: Evert Brown
Release date: 1989-02-10
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men

X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men

6.5/10 IMDB

Pryde of the X-Men was a short-lived series about the X-Men, with the main character being Kitty Pryde (whose alias is Shadow Cat, though she never becomes Shadow Cat in the series), which is why the series is titled Pryde of the X-Men. The show was produced by Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions, who made a pilot for NBC. The pilot aired, but for unknown reasons, it was never turned into a full-blown series. Despite it not becoming a full series, the pilot has aired in syndication, and was later released on video.

Starring: Michael Bell, Kath Soucie, Andi Chapman, Patrick Pinney, Earl Boen, Neil Ross, Dan Gilvezan, Ron Gans, Pat Fraley, Alan Oppenheimer ..
Directed by: Ray Lee
Release date: 1989-07-01
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Bugs and Daffy: The Wartime Cartoons

Bugs and Daffy: The Wartime Cartoons

8.4/10 IMDB

Leonard Maltin introduces us to and takes us back to a theatre showing Wartime cartoon shorts and explains how Bugs and Daffy and the gang, through a collection/sampling of 11 cartoon shorts which served the war effort.

Starring: Leonard Maltin ..
Directed by: Donald R. Beck
Release date: 1989-03-07

The Magic Portal

8.4/10 IMDB

Aboard a humongous space ship, an astronaut discovers a magic, glowing portal that brings him to a land of wonder and amazement. Filmed with the Lego line of construction toys, the film is considered to be a significant example of early brickfilms.

Starring: Ingle Knight, Bernie Davis, Ross Bryant, Tina Williams, Lindsay Fleay ..
Directed by: Lindsay Fleay
Release date: 1989-10-09
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Mickey's Safety Club: Street Safe, Street Smart

Mickey's Safety Club: Street Safe, Street Smart

5.9/10 IMDB

Mickey and his friends take a close look at important street safety situations and tips.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Jack Angel ..
Directed by: Gino Ricotta
Release date: 1989-09-01

The Teddy Bears' Picnic

8.0/10 IMDB

One magical day each year the teddy bears of the world come alive to gather in the forest for food, fun and games. One year, with the help of two warmhearted teddy bears, a sad, little girl got a special look at this joyful event.

Starring: Jonathan Crombie, Stuart Stone, Tracey Moore, Elissa Marcus, Marsha Moreau ..
Directed by: Bill Speers
Release date: 1989-07-14

You Take Care Now

7.5/10 IMDB

You Take Care Now, an early student film, is a perfect exemplar of Ann Marie Fleming's idiosyncratic vision and stands as one of her signature works. Made on 16mm, and incorporating found footage, original material, animation, and processed images (Vancouver's groundbreaking avant-garde cinema of the 1970s is a decided influence here), Fleming's film offers a visually dazzling, emotionally wrenching, oddly humorous account of two profound personal traumas.

Directed by: Ann Marie Fleming
Release date: 1989-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Garfield's Babes and Bullets

Garfield's Babes and Bullets

8.0/10 IMDB

Garfield the cat daydreams that he's an old-time private detective.

Starring: Lorenzo Music, Gregg Berger, Desiree Goyette, Thom Huge, Nino Tempo, C. Lindsay Workman, Julie Payne ..
Directed by: John Sparey, Phil Roman
Release date: 1989-05-23
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Little Golden Book Land

Little Golden Book Land

8.1/10 IMDB

A storm threatens the already damaged harbor breakwater, and Beamer, the Lighthouse, fears for the safety of all who live in Little Golden Book Land! When Scuffy overhears Beamer sharing bad news with the big ships anchored nearby, he promises to help. Undaunted, Scuffy recruits Tootle the Train, Poky Little Puppy, and Shy Little Kitten to join him on his mission.

Starring: Tony Ail, Graham Andrews, Tony Balshaw, Dillan Bouey, Tony Dakota, Lelani Marrell, Imbert Orchard, Emily Perkins, Chiara Zanni ..
Directed by: Al Zegler
Release date: 1989-09-01
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Babar: The Movie

Babar: The Movie

6.3/10 IMDB

Children's book authors Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff's most beloved elephant comes to the big screen in this animated family tale. Elephant monarch King Babar tells the tale, that unfolds via flashback, of how a much-younger Barbar and his girlfriend Celeste save her village from the pugnacious rhinoceroses that have come to raid it.

Starring: Gordon Pinsent, Elizabeth Hanna, Lisa Yamanaka, Marsha Moreau, Bobby Becken, Amos Crawley, Gavin Magrath, Sarah Polley, Charles Kerr, Ray Landry ..
Directed by: Alan Bunce
Release date: 1989-07-28
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : The Story of the Dancing Frog

The Story of the Dancing Frog

6.8/10 IMDB

Short - This delightful adaptation follows Gertrude and George the Dancing Frog on a whirlwind theatrical tour. - Amanda Plummer, Heidi Stallings, Edna Harris

Starring: Amanda Plummer, Heidi Stallings, Edna Harris, Flavio Romeo, Bridget Thorne, Ian Thomson, Steven Harris ..
Directed by: Michael Sporn
Release date: 1989-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Back to Neverland

Back to Neverland

7.3/10 IMDB

Legendary TV news anchor Walter Cronkite takes ecstatic Disneyland tourist Robin through the process of Disney's hand drawn animation and makes Robin's wish of visiting the animated world of Peter Pan (1953) come true.

Starring: Walter Cronkite, Corey Burton, Bruce W. Smith, Robin Williams ..
Directed by: Jerry Rees
Release date: 1989-04-30
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Hägar the Horrible

Hägar the Horrible

6.9/10 IMDB

Made-for-TV special of popular comic strip.

Starring: Peter Cullen, Lainie Kazan, Lydia Cornell, Jeff Doucette, Don Most, Josh Rodine, Hank Saroyan, Jack Tice, Frank Welker ..
Directed by: Ray Patterson
Release date: 1989-11-01
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : The Butter Battle Book

The Butter Battle Book

7.6/10 IMDB

The Zooks and the Yooks are at war over the butter and bread - on which side should one spread?

Starring: Charles Durning, Chris Latta, Miriam Flynn, Clive Revill, Joseph Cousins, Christopher Collins ..
Directed by: Ralph Bakshi
Release date: 1989-11-13
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : The Hill Farm

The Hill Farm

6.7/10 IMDB

A country couple and their shepherd endure drought, flood, a monstrous bear, hunters and tourists during a somewhat odd few days in their normally quiet life.

Directed by: Mark Baker
Release date: 1989-01-02

He Was Once

6.6/10 IMDB

This bizarre parody of the animated religious children’s show Davey and Goliath uses actors but looks like Claymation because of the stop motion, distorted voices, giant prosthetic ears and hair and sets that make Pee-Wee’s Playhouse look realistic. Davey’s father whips him with a belt for saying that he saw a bear, though he really did see a bear, while his sister looks on in glee. His dog Goliath, actually a leopard-skin footrest with a grotesque tail, tries to help but gets whipped too. Oedipal dream sequences and Davey’s revenge are also highlights in this unforgettable and darkly hilarious suburban nightmare.

Starring: Todd Adams, Salvador Barone, Susan Norman, Emma Strahs, Melissa Gardner, Todd Haynes, Julia Haltigan, Cyril Autun, Rob LaBelle ..
Directed by: Mary Hestand
Release date: 1989-11-01

Happily Ever After

5.5/10 IMDB

The Wicked Queen is dead but her brother, Lord Maliss, seeks for revenge. Using the Magic Mirror to locate Snow White and the Prince, he transforms into a dragon and attacks. Maliss takes the Prince to the Realm of Doom. Snow White, with the aid of the Seven Dwarfesses, cousins of the Sevens Dwarves, must embark on a quest to save her true love.

Starring: Irene Cara, Malcolm McDowell, Dom DeLuise, Carol Channing, Phyllis Diller, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Linda Gary, Ed Asner, Jonathan Harris, Sally Kellerman ..
Directed by: John Howley
Release date: 1989-06-30

Here There Be Tygers

7.1/10 IMDB

Set in the future, a rocket ship from Earth travels to a far universe and touches down on an unknown planet with a mission to exploit its natural resources. However, this is planet is like no other, it seems to be alive.

Directed by: Vladimir Samsonov
Release date: 1989-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : 25 Ways to Quit Smoking

25 Ways to Quit Smoking

6.8/10 IMDB

The perilous road to kicking the habit is explored in twenty-six vignettes that include various professionals and contraptions.

Starring: Bill Plympton ..
Directed by: Bill Plympton
Release date: 1989-06-01
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Betty Boop's Hollywood Mystery

Betty Boop's Hollywood Mystery

6.6/10 IMDB

In Los Angeles, Betty Boop works as a waitress and her friends Koko and Bimbo in the kitchen of a dinning place, which is permanently crowded. The greatest attraction for clients is Betty Boop singing, while dreaming to be a Hollywood star.

Starring: Melissa Fahn ..
Directed by: George Evelyn
Release date: 1989-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Bugs Bunny's Wild World of Sports

Bugs Bunny's Wild World of Sports

6.5/10 IMDB

A TV special that aired on February 15, 1989 on CBS. It was the final production in which Mel Blanc voiced the Looney Tunes before his death on July 10, 1989

Starring: Mel Blanc, Roy Firestone, Paul Kuhn, Randi Rosenholtz ..
Directed by: Terry Lennon, Greg Ford
Release date: 1989-02-15

The Miracles of Jesus

6.7/10 IMDB

The Miracles of Jesus is an exciting panorama of Jesus’ most touching miracles. Healing the sick and afflicted, raising Jairus’ dead daughter, casting out demons and calming the storm are attributed to the principle of faith. “All things are possible to those who believe,” Jesus tells us. The stories of Christ’s miracles increase our faith and teach character building virtues such as love, mercy and service.

Release date: 1989-06-01

Scaredy Cat!

5.5/10 IMDB

The movie begins with a mountain lion on the prowl. He climbs to the top of a cliff and looks down to see something delicious---Bambi. Will it be curtains for Bambi or will a miracle occur?

Directed by: Paul Claerhout
Release date: 1989-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Granpa


8.1/10 IMDB

Granpa tells stories to his granddaughter Emily, who imagines them as crayon drawings in motion.

Starring: Peter Ustinov, Emily Osborne ..
Directed by: Dianne Jackson
Release date: 1989-12-31
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : At One View

At One View

6.6/10 IMDB

Two men in chairs by the open hearth; photos move in front of their heads.

Starring: Paul de Nooijer, Menno de Nooijer ..
Directed by: Menno de Nooijer, Paul de Nooijer
Release date: 1989-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Animated Self-Portraits

Animated Self-Portraits

6.5/10 IMDB

An animated film compiled by David Ehrlich consisting of 27 animators from different countries all explaining themselves through their animation.

Directed by: Ji?í Barta, Sally Cruikshank, Borivoj Dovnikovi?-Bordo, Jan Švankmajer, Kihachiro Kawamoto, Renzo Kinoshita, Pavel Koutský, Candy Kugel, Mati Kütt, Nikola Majdak, Joško Maruši?, Bill Plympton, Priit Pärn, Maureen Selwood, Osamu Tezuka, Riho Unt, Hardi Volmer, Dušan Vukoti?, David Ehrlich
Release date: 1989-06-01
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Hyper Psychic Geo Garaga

Hyper Psychic Geo Garaga

5.1/10 IMDB

The year is 2755. As a result of a system malfunction, the cargo ship XeBeC goes off-course in a warp gate and ends up within the orbit of the distant planet Garaga. After crashing on Garaga's surface, the crew must find ways to survive from hideous monsters, rabid ape soldiers, and a race of mysterious psychics.

Starring: Toshio Furukawa, Michie Tomizawa, Ichir? Nagai, Eiko Yamada ..
Directed by: Hidemi Kubo
Release date: 1989-10-21
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Fifty Years of Bugs Bunny in 3 1/2 Minutes

Fifty Years of Bugs Bunny in 3 1/2 Minutes

7.0/10 IMDB

The history of Bugs Bunny in under four minutes using clips from various cartoons.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Noel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Workman
Release date: 1989-12-01
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : The Corsican Brothers

The Corsican Brothers

5.4/10 IMDB

A vendetta between two Corsican families is the background to Alexandre Dumas' story of the strange bond between twin brothers, who are separated at birth.

Release date: 1989-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Richard Scarry's Best Counting Video Ever!

Richard Scarry's Best Counting Video Ever!

8.3/10 IMDB

Lily Bunny counts from 1 to 20 in this exciting counting adventure. Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm, Bananas Gorilla, and others help Lily find funny things to count everywhere. Learning to count has never been more fun.

Starring: Jim Thurman, P.J. Brown, Colin Carman, Michael Fass, Amy Gross, Alison Hashmall, Agnes Herrmann, Ron Marshall ..
Directed by: Tony Eastman
Release date: 1989-08-31
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Star Wars: Droids - Treasure of the Hidden Planet

Star Wars: Droids - Treasure of the Hidden Planet

5.6/10 IMDB

Mungo Baobab and his droids, Threepio and Artoo, are trailing the Rainbow comets of Manda in search of the fabled Roon system. Before they get there, they make an enemy out of the greedy Governor Koong. On Roon, they meet Auren Yomm and join her Umbo racing team in the Roon Games. Mungo takes up his old uncle Ogger's quest of finding the source of the valuable Roonstones. Meanwhile, Koong uses germ warfare against the rebellious province of Umboo and it becomes a race against time to find a cure for the Rooze infection. Written by Il Tesoro

Starring: Anthony Daniels ..
Release date: 1989-10-02
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Juke-Bar


6.6/10 IMDB

With the arrival of a new juke-box in a snack-bar, the cockroaches' life becomes suddenly a little more animated.

Starring: Martin Barry, Brigitte Poudrier, Monique Villeneuve, François Bottega, Pierre Mailloux, Luiz Saraïva ..
Directed by: Martin Barry
Release date: 1989-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Palm Springs

Palm Springs

5.8/10 IMDB

This short is about a purple dinosaur named Sigmund, who likes to bounce on top of trees.

Starring: Pete Docter, Ken Truhan ..
Directed by: Pete Docter
Release date: 1989-01-01

The Chore

7.4/10 IMDB

A harried husband is asked by his wife to put the family cat outside. He comes up with a novel solution to the problem.

Starring: Joe Murray ..
Directed by: Joe Murray
Release date: 1989-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : War Story

War Story

6.5/10 IMDB

This claymation short film uses a real interview for dialogue. Bill Perry relates stories about his youth, his tilted house, and adventures during WWII in Bristol, England during the blitz.

Starring: Bill Perry, Peter Lawrence ..
Directed by: Peter Lord
Release date: 1989-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : Hound Town

Hound Town

6.1/10 IMDB

The misadventures of a small mutt named Rusty and his human family and canine friends.

Starring: Charles Adler, Jennifer Darling, Paul Eiding, Jeannie Elias, Miriam Flynn, Michael Manasseri, Clive Revill, Christopher Rich, Charlie Adler ..
Directed by: Ralph Bakshi
Release date: 1989-10-31

Quiet Please

6.4/10 IMDB

A violent man wants some quiet time and he makes sure he gets it no matter what.

Starring: Rod Filbrandt ..
Directed by: Michael Grimshaw
Release date: 1989-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1989 : The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan

6.9/10 IMDB

The Good Samaritan tells the most touching parable that Jesus ever taught. The story begins with the lawyer’s trick question, “What is the greatest commandment?” As Jesus answers with the story of the robbers, the Rabbi, the Levite and the wounded traveler becomes real. Imagine the traveler’s emotion as his own countrymen pass by while his enemy, a Samaritan, stops to help him. Jesus teaches us to love and serve one another no matter how we differ.

Starring: Ivan Crosland, David Spencer, Michael McGlone, Walt Price, Michael Bennett, Lisa Michelson, James Horrocks, Tamara Fowler, John Runnels, Jayne Luke ..
Directed by: Richard Rich
Release date: 1989-06-01

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