Best Animation Movies of 1991
Beauty and the Beast
Follow the adventures of Belle, a bright young woman who finds herself in the castle of a prince who's been turned into a mysterious beast. With the help of the castle's enchanted staff, Belle soon learns the most important lesson of all -- that true beauty comes from within.
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
Some time after the Mousekewitz's have settled in America, they find that they are still having problems with the threat of cats. That makes them eager to try another home out in the west, where they are promised that mice and cats live in peace. Unfortunately, the one making this claim is an oily con artist named Cat R. Waul who is intent on his own sinister plan.
Chanticleer is a foolhardy farm rooster who believes his crows can actually make the sun come up and shine. When the sun rises one morning without Chanticleer's crow, he leaves the farm in disgrace and runs off to become a rock 'n' roll singer. But in his absence, a sinister, sunshine-hating owl prepares to take over.
Roger Mellie: The Man on the Telly
Foul-mouthed, alcoholic, misogynistic, bigoted (and occasionally violent) cocaine enthusiast Roger Mellie takes on various tasks to get a new TV show.
No Neck Joe
No Neck Joe is a kid, maybe 10 years old, whose torso and head are one piece. Five vignettes document the travails and triumphs of having no neck. First, two punks give Joe a wrapped present; he opens the gift to discover a shirt and tie.
After a hard night's work, Father Christmas decides to go on a "blooming vacation", builds his sledge into a caravan and holidays in France, Scotland and Las Vegas before coming home and settling down, with a bit of grumbling, to answer the mail, get the gifts ready, deliver them and get to the Snowmen's party on time - only he's forgotten something.
Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too
Pooh is so busy gathering up his friends' wish lists for Santa that he forgets to include his own. After retrieving the list and adding his own desires, he realizes he's late getting it where it needs to go. Off he goes to the North Pole on Christmas Eve, with pals Eeyore, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, and Christopher Robin missing him
Aliens' First Christmas
Christmas comes to the Cosmos when Roger and Fran Peoples and their son Benny try to celebrate the holidays in their new home on the planet Zolognia. Everything seems to go wrong until their alien neighbors, the Zox's step in to help. Misunderstanding just about everything about Christmas, Charlick and Mavo add bizarre and funny twists to old Yuletide traditions, and find out that in the end, that it's truly the thought that counts.
The Dark Knight's First Night
"The Dark Knight's First Night" is the name given to the short two-minute pilot used by Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski to show Fox executives what they were planning to do with "Batman: The Animated Series".
The Princess and the Goblin
The story is about the Princess Irene and a young warrior boy named Curty. Irene must use her magic power to fight off goblins and save the kingdom.
While drinking a beer and watching TV, a man sees an unusually aggressive commercial for a local health food store.
Rex the Runt: Dreams
Our plasticine pooch pal Rex welcomes us to his dreamworld.
The Wish That Changed Christmas
Ivy, an orphan wants a grandmother and a doll for Christmas. She mistakes a sign greeting her into a town, she jumps off a bus and shouts, "It's me, Ivy!". In the cold she looks for a grandma unsucessfully. She finally finds a woman who always wanted children and a doll, Holly. Based on the book The Story of Holly and Ivy.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
The story focuses on a family of anthropomorphic rabbits, the widowed mother rabbit cautioning her young against entering a vegetable garden grown by a man named Mr. McGregor, telling them: "your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor". Whereas her three daughters obediently refrain from entering the garden, going down the lane to pick blackberries, her rebellious son Peter enters the garden to snack on some vegetables. Peter ends up eating more than is good for him and goes looking for parsley to cure his stomach ache.
Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions
Nightmarish pilot about Robert Potemkin, a man with deformed back, who lives in the attic of his family's house. One night, his siamese sisters plan a prank on him, but sentient lizards send him to a parallel world to save photo-people.
Medieval times. A jester is heading to the castle, but can't help running into a fruit tree in his path. Again and again. After a while, he lands nose-down and when he gets up, his nose remains stuck in the ground. He gives up, and we see that "wise" people aren't faring much better. He returns to his master, who gives him a replacement nose and sets off on an easier path.
Steadfast Tin Soldier
Animation based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen
Every Dog's Guide to the Playground
In this animated film our hero, Wally the Safety Dog, continues to suffer a host of injuries as he instructs his master in the rules of playground safety. This is the second film in which Wally provides a proper example to young adults, parents, and caregivers in the area of child safety.
Sensing that his canine companion is a bit down in the mouth, Charlie Brown organizes a Daisy Hill Puppy Farm reunion for Snoopy and his seven siblings in this animated special based on the Charles M. Schulz comic strip. While Charlie Brown is dismayed to see that the bucolic farm has disappeared in a sea of urban sprawl, Snoopy and gang are simply delighted to be in one another's company. Pulling out their instruments, they jam on the sidewalk.
A porcelain doll’s explorations of a dreamer’s imagination.
Bugs Bunny's Overtures to Disaster
Bugs Bunny conducts an orchestra of all his greatest operatic hits.
Darkwing Duck - Darkly Dawns the Duck
The legendary masked avenger, Darkwing Duck battles the notorious Taurus Bulba, the bullish kingpin who steals the government's top secret weapon -- the Ram Rod -- and kidnaps the mischievous Gosalyn, the only one who knows the arming code.
Rover, a street-smart dog owned by a Las Vegas showgirl is dumped off Hoover Dam by the showgirl's boyfriend. Rather than drowning, Rover winds up in your basic idyllic farm in a classic city-boy-in-country shtick.
The Little Engine That Could
Eric, a young boy, is excited about his birthday after reading a book and believes that a train will come for him, despite his sister Jill's disbelief.
This animated short focuses on the lives of three eccentric people living on a farm in the Russian countryside. Told in a non-linear, stream of consciousness style, the film depicts the deceitful relationship between a master and his two servants.
The pseudo-spiritual ramblings of a self-proclaimed ‘wiseman’ are interspersed by bizarre things happening to his head.
A Wish for Wings That Work
Opus the Penguin struggles to achieve his seemingly impossible dream to be able to fly.
Bugs Bunny's Lunar Tunes
Bugs has to defend the Earth's right to exist in an intergalactic court.
The Wizard of Oz
This whaked out anime short pulls out all the stops, making fun of every aspect of the story and filmmaking in general. Britain Dunham speaks like Arnold Schwarzenegger as "The Tinmanator" in this adaptation of the L. Frank Baum classic of the girl carried to a fantastic realm who must seek out the Wizard to get home.
A behind-the-scenes look at the making of "The Bugs Bunny 51st-and-a-Half Anniversary Spectacular," complete with shaky camera and a variety of outtakes from stars Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, and Yosemite Sam.
Front and Back
An educational short film featuring the character of Luxo Jr. demonstrating the concept of "front" and "back."
Arnold Rides His Chair
Beginning of the story of the all-known football-headed boy. (Hey Arnold)
Lord of the Sky
In this animated environmental parable, we find a people living in harmony with nature, until carelessness leads to the ravens' revenge. We follow a boy's courageous journey to the spirit world to find the only one who can save his village from the resulting darkness--the Lord of the sky. An artistic unity of form and content, Lord of the Sky is a dazzling combination of 3-D models, puppets, special effects and cut-out paper animation. Its intricate, beautifully rendered drawings reflect the natural environment and cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest. The film speaks strongly of the need for ecological balance in the world.
Garfield Gets a Life
Garfield and his owner, Jon Arbuckle, are in a rut. Life for them is a complete bore. They both need a life. Jon tries several unsuccessful times to get a date. Then he attends a class for the personality impaired where he meets a young woman and all seems to be great for Jon, but Garfield starts to feel neglected and left out.
With harpsichord music in the background, a dandy, seated at a table, plucks a quill pen from a ceiling full of them above him, dips it in ink, thinks, then draws a straight line down the page in front of him, out of which sprout six more quill pens, each held by a hand. The calligrapher moves all the hands and pens in unison, drawing an elaborate feathered wing, which comes to live, peeling off the page, and, now a quill pen, slips in to his hand. He tucks it behind his left ear.
The Last Halloween
Four Martians crash-land on Earth in search of candy for their home planet.
Born of legendary origins, the young Madara has grown up in obscurity as an apprentice blacksmith. An encounter with the demonic Mouki reveals his destiny, and catapults him into the middle of a mystic quest. Madara fights for revenge with the help of freedom fighters, magical swords and Kirin, the master of the Majin. His goal is to defeat his brother and then overthrow his father, the despotic Miroku.
A discarded cartoon character and some spilt ink combine and interact as if the cartoonist had drawn their actions. Discovering them, the cartoonist then joins in the interaction.
Up and Down
An educational short film directed featuring the Luxo Jr. discovering the concept of "Up" and "Down" with the help of his dad, Luxo Sr.
A young surveyer, new to Ontario, encounters the blackflies. Over and over again, he encounters those blackflies.
Claymation Comedy of Horrors
Wilshire Pig and Sheldon Snail discover a map to uncover Doctor Frankenswine's monster. All kinds of mishaps ensue in their quest.
This film explores the distant relationship between an elderly amateur musician, the woman who lives in the apartment above him and the leaky bathtub that is bothering them both.
The Honky Problem
A Texas honky tonk concert reveals a major problem.
A heavyset woman who keeps being harassed by her aerobics instructor and her attempts to get even with him on a Body Beautiful contest.
Cowboys: That's Nothin'
Cowboys trade lewd stories in the spirit of one-upmanship. Beer guzzling, bestiality and hellfire: it must be a Phil Mulloy cartoon.
A man wearing a colorful hat dances on a small island. All is well until the Grim Reaper appears in a small boat, beckoning the dancer to come with him. Does this mean the end for the dancer's joyous footsteps?
Push Comes to Shove
It's the little things that really hurt.
I Met a Man
I Met a Man is a piece of whimsy inspired by the ever present whistling wind on the Irish coast of County Cork where the filmmaker was living when she made the film. The film is scratched in 35mm film stock with color added in video postproduction.
Nilus the Sandman: The Boy Who Dreamed Christmas
A little boy is taken by the Sand Man to Santa's workshop, only to discover that it has been taken over and industrialized by an evil robot.
Light and Heavy
An educational short film featuring the character of Luxo Jr. discovering and showcasing a "light" and "heavy" with the help of his dad, Luxo Sr.