Best Animation Movies of 1991


Beauty and the Beast

8.0/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Angela Lansbury, Rex Everhart, Jesse Corti, Bradley Pierce, Hal Smith ..
Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Release date: 1991-10-22

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West

6.4/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Phillip Glasser, James Stewart, Erica Yohn, Cathy Cavadini, Nehemiah Persoff, Amy Irving, John Cleese, Dom DeLuise, Sherry Lynn, Mickie McGowan ..
Directed by: Phil Nibbelink, Simon Wells
Release date: 1991-11-21


6.0/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Glen Campbell, Eddie Deezen, Toby Scott Ganger, Kathryn Holcomb, Christopher Plummer, Phil Harris, Stan Ivar, Jack Angel, Ellen Greene, Charles Nelson Reilly ..
Directed by: Gary Goldman, Don Bluth
Release date: 1991-08-02
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Roger Mellie: The Man on the Telly

Roger Mellie: The Man on the Telly

8.2/10 IMDB

Foul-mouthed, alcoholic, misogynistic, bigoted (and occasionally violent) cocaine enthusiast Roger Mellie takes on various tasks to get a new TV show.

Starring: Peter Cook, Harry Enfield ..
Release date: 1991-12-30

No Neck Joe

6.9/10 IMDB

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.

Directed by: Craig McCracken
Release date: 1991-03-10
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : The Sandman

The Sandman

7.4/10 IMDB

A young child and his mother face a visit from the terrifying sandman.

Directed by: Paul Berry
Release date: 1991-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too

Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too

7.3/10 IMDB

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

Starring: Jim Cummings, Peter Cullen, John Fiedler, Michael Gough, Paul Winchell, Edan Gross, Ken Sansom, Michael Gough, Nicholas Melody, Patricia Parris ..
Directed by: Jamie Mitchell
Release date: 1991-12-14

Father Christmas

7.5/10 IMDB

Classic animation based on Raymond Briggs' book. What does Father Christmas do with himself for the other 364 days of the year ?

Starring: Mel Smith ..
Directed by: Dave Unwin
Release date: 1991-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : The Comb

The Comb

7.2/10 IMDB

A porcelain doll’s explorations of a dreamer’s imagination.

Starring: Joy Constaninides, Witold Schejbal ..
Directed by: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay
Release date: 1991-10-11
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : The Dark Knight's First Night

The Dark Knight's First Night

7.7/10 IMDB

"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".

Starring: Eric Radomski, Bruce Timm ..
Directed by: Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski
Release date: 1991-01-12

The Best of Disney: 50 Years of Magic

8.0/10 IMDB

Celebrities salute Disney Studios' 50th year in Burbank, California.

Starring: Harry Connick Jr., Teri Garr, Daryl Hannah, Sandy Duncan, Neil Patrick Harris, Barbara Walters, Wayne Allwine, Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Walt Disney ..
Directed by: Don Mischer
Release date: 1991-05-20

The Princess and the Goblin

6.7/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Joss Ackland, Claire Bloom, Roy Kinnear, Sally Ann Marsh, Peggy Mount, Peter Murray, Victor Spinetti, Mollie Sugden, Robin Lyons, Rik Mayall ..
Directed by: József Gémes
Release date: 1991-12-20
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Huh?


7.0/10 IMDB

While drinking a beer and watching TV, a man sees an unusually aggressive commercial for a local health food store.

Starring: Mike Judge ..
Directed by: Mike Judge
Release date: 1991-04-05
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Rex the Runt: Dreams

Rex the Runt: Dreams

5.6/10 IMDB

Our plasticine pooch pal Rex welcomes us to his dreamworld.

Starring: Andrew Franks, Kevin Wrench, Elizabeth Hadley ..
Directed by: Richard Starzak
Release date: 1991-08-24
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : The Wish That Changed Christmas

The Wish That Changed Christmas

8.1/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Jonathan Winters, Paul Winfield, Tress MacNeille, Beverly Garland, Brittany Thornton, Marc Robinson, Lea Floden ..
Directed by: Catherine Margerin
Release date: 1991-12-20
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

7.4/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Carol Burnett, Harry Barandes, Ivy Austin, Fran Brill, Kevin Clash, Margery Gray, Tracey Moore ..
Directed by: Clive A. Smith
Release date: 1991-06-11
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions

Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions

6.8/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Mark Steger, Hannah Sim ..
Directed by: Henry Selick
Release date: 1991-08-21

The Apprentice

5.2/10 IMDB

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.

Directed by: Richard Condie
Release date: 1991-10-01
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Steadfast Tin Soldier

Steadfast Tin Soldier

8.5/10 IMDB

Animation based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen

Starring: Tim Curry ..
Release date: 1991-01-25
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Every Dog's Guide to the Playground

Every Dog's Guide to the Playground

6.4/10 IMDB

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.

Directed by: Les Drew
Release date: 1991-01-01

Snoopy's Reunion

7.3/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Philip Shafran, Josh Keaton, Kaitlyn Walker, Laurel Page, Steve Stoliar, Megan Parlen, Bill Melendez ..
Directed by: Sam Jaimes
Release date: 1991-05-01
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Bugs Bunny's Overtures to Disaster

Bugs Bunny's Overtures to Disaster

7.1/10 IMDB

Bugs Bunny conducts an orchestra of all his greatest operatic hits.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Jeff Bergman, June Foray, Stan Freberg ..
Directed by: Greg Ford, Terry Lennon
Release date: 1991-04-17

Rover Dangerfield

5.9/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Rodney Dangerfield, Ronnie Schell, Ned Luke, Susan Boyd, Sal Landi, Shawn Southwick, Gregg Berger, Dana Hill, Barbara Goodson, Bob Bergen ..
Directed by: James L. George, Bob Seeley
Release date: 1991-08-02

Darkwing Duck - Darkly Dawns the Duck

7.9/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Jim Cummings, Christine Cavanaugh, Terence McGovern ..
Directed by: Tad Stones, Alan Zaslove
Release date: 1991-09-06

Timmy's Gift: A Precious Moments Christmas

7.2/10 IMDB

This is the story about an ordinary someone, much like you or me, who is called upon to accomplish a very important task. Little Timmy the Angel is given the greatest honor in all of Heaven to deliver the jeweled crown to the newborn Prince. But he s sure they ve made a mistake. He s much too little for such a long journey. And who knows what frightful things lie ahead...

Starring: Dom DeLuise, Don Knotts, Roddy McDowall, Zachary Bostrom ..
Directed by: Rick Reinert
Release date: 1991-12-22

The Little Engine That Could

7.0/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Kath Soucie, Frank Welker ..
Directed by: Dave Edwards
Release date: 1991-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Snuffy, the Elf Who Saved Christmas

Snuffy, the Elf Who Saved Christmas

4.8/10 IMDB

From the producers and singer of Easter Egg Mornin' and Lumpkin the Pumpkin comes the story of Snuffy, one of Santa's older helpers, slating for retirement, and the younger elves think he is obsolete. However, when all the other elves fall asleep after a visit from the sandman (Bobby Goldsboro), Snuffy, Gilbert the penguin and the reindeer finish the toys and save Christmas.

Starring: Bobby Goldsboro, Christie Westmoreland ..
Directed by: Dan Peeler
Release date: 1991-09-04
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Andrey Svislotskiy

Andrey Svislotskiy

7.3/10 IMDB

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.

Directed by: Igor Kovalyov
Release date: 1991-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : The Wiseman

The Wiseman

6.6/10 IMDB

The pseudo-spiritual ramblings of a self-proclaimed ‘wiseman’ are interspersed by bizarre things happening to his head.

Directed by: Bill Plympton
Release date: 1991-01-18
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : A Wish for Wings That Work

A Wish for Wings That Work

7.6/10 IMDB

Opus the Penguin struggles to achieve his seemingly impossible dream to be able to fly.

Starring: Michael Bell, Joe Alaskey, John Byner, Tress MacNeille, Alexaundria Simmons, Dustin Hoffman, Frank Welker, Andrew Hill Newman, Robin Williams ..
Directed by: Skip Jones
Release date: 1991-12-18
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Bugs Bunny's Lunar Tunes

Bugs Bunny's Lunar Tunes

6.8/10 IMDB

Bugs has to defend the Earth's right to exist in an intergalactic court.

Starring: Jeff Bergman, Joe Alaskey, Katy Dierlam, June Foray, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Nancy Beiman, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, Abe Levitow, Robert McKimson, Maurice Noble
Release date: 1991-01-01

The Wizard of Oz

5.5/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Norma MacMillan, Lee Tockar, Christine Lippa, Scott McNeil, Cathy Weseluck, Kate Robbins, Ian James Corlett, Britain Durham, Barbara Whiting, Doug Parker ..
Release date: 1991-10-12
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : (Blooper) Bunny!

(Blooper) Bunny!

7.1/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Jeff Bergman, Gordon Hunt ..
Directed by: Greg Ford, Terry Lennon
Release date: 1991-08-02
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Front and Back

Front and Back

6.1/10 IMDB

An educational short film featuring the character of Luxo Jr. demonstrating the concept of "front" and "back."

Starring: Craig Good ..
Directed by: John Lasseter
Release date: 1991-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Arnold Rides His Chair

Arnold Rides His Chair

6.2/10 IMDB

Beginning of the story of the all-known football-headed boy. (Hey Arnold)

Directed by: Craig Bartlett
Release date: 1991-08-28
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Garfield Gets a Life

Garfield Gets a Life

7.1/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger, Frank Welker, June Foray, Kim Campbell, Kevin Campbell, Julie Payne ..
Directed by: John Sparey
Release date: 1991-05-08
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Lord of the Sky

Lord of the Sky

7.0/10 IMDB

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.

Directed by: Ludmila Zeman, Eugen Spaleny
Release date: 1991-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : The Last Halloween

The Last Halloween

7.2/10 IMDB

Four Martians crash-land on Earth in search of candy for their home planet.

Starring: Rhea Perlman, William Hanna, Will Estes, Sarah Martineck, Stan Ivar, Michael D. Roberts, Richard Moll, Eugene Roche, Don Messick, Paul Williams ..
Directed by: Savage Steve Holland
Release date: 1991-10-28

The Calligrapher

6.5/10 IMDB

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.

Directed by: Timothy Quay, Stephen Quay
Release date: 1991-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Aliens' First Christmas

Aliens' First Christmas

6.8/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: G. Brian Reynolds, Brett Sears, Rachel Rutledge, Will Gould, Russ Harris ..
Directed by: Russ Harris, G. Brian Reynolds
Release date: 1991-11-01
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Madara


6.4/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Kappei Yamaguchi, Naoki Tatsuta, Kazuki Yao, Chieko Honda ..
Directed by: Yuji Moriyama
Release date: 1991-03-20
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Manipulation


6.8/10 IMDB

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.

Directed by: Daniel Greaves
Release date: 1991-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Up and Down

Up and Down

5.7/10 IMDB

An educational short film directed featuring the Luxo Jr. discovering the concept of "Up" and "Down" with the help of his dad, Luxo Sr.

Starring: Craig Good ..
Directed by: John Lasseter
Release date: 1991-12-31
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Will Vinton's Claymation Comedy of Horrors

Will Vinton's Claymation Comedy of Horrors

6.4/10 IMDB

Wilshire Pig and Sheldon Snail discover a map to uncover Doctor Frankenswine's monster. All kinds of mishaps ensue in their quest.

Starring: Tim Conner, Brian Cummings, Todd Tolces, Michele Mariana, Krisha Fairchild, Kiefer Davis ..
Directed by: Barry Bruce
Release date: 1991-05-29
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Blackfly


6.5/10 IMDB

A young surveyer, new to Ontario, encounters the blackflies. Over and over again, he encounters those blackflies.

Starring: Wade Hemsworth ..
Directed by: Christopher Hinton
Release date: 1991-12-28
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Strings


6.5/10 IMDB

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.

Directed by: Wendy Tilby
Release date: 1991-10-01
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Body Beautiful

Body Beautiful

6.2/10 IMDB

A heavyset woman who keeps being harassed by her aerobics instructor and her attempts to get even with him on a Body Beautiful contest.

Directed by: Joanna Quinn
Release date: 1991-03-10

Cowboys: "That's Nothin'"

5.9/10 IMDB

Cowboys trade lewd stories in the spirit of one-upmanship. Beer guzzling, bestiality and hellfire: it must be a Phil Mulloy cartoon.

Directed by: Phil Mulloy
Release date: 1991-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : The Honky Problem

The Honky Problem

5.9/10 IMDB

A Texas honky tonk concert reveals a major problem.

Starring: Mike Judge ..
Directed by: Mike Judge
Release date: 1991-12-27
Best Animation Movies of 1991 : Nilus the Sandman: The Boy Who Dreamed Christmas

Nilus the Sandman: The Boy Who Dreamed Christmas

6.8/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Zachary Bennett, Frank Mackay, Michael Fawkes, Larysa Fenyn, Elizabeth Rukavina, Chris Delaney, Murray Cruchley, Long John Baldry ..
Directed by: Chris Delaney
Release date: 1991-12-11

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