Best Animation Movies of 1993
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tired of scaring humans every October 31 with the same old bag of tricks, Jack Skellington, the spindly king of Halloween Town, kidnaps Santa Claus and plans to deliver shrunken heads and other ghoulish gifts to children on Christmas morning. But as Christmas approaches, Jack's rag-doll girlfriend, Sally, tries to foil his misguided plans.
The Wrong Trousers
Wallace rents out Gromit's former bedroom to a penguin, who takes up an interest in the techno pants created by Wallace. However, Gromit later learns that the penguin is a wanted criminal.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
When a powerful criminal, who is connected to Bruce Wayne's ex-girlfriend, blames the Dark Knight for killing a crime lord, Batman decides to fight against him.
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story
Captain New Eyes travels back in time and feeds dinosaurs his Brain Grain cereal, which makes them intelligent and non-violent. They agree to go to the "Middle Future" in order to grant the wishes of children in New York City. They are to meet Dr. Bleeb of the Museum of Natural History, but get sidetracked with their new children friends and run into the Captain's evil brother, Professor Screweyes.
Once Upon a Forest
A young mouse, mole and hedgehog risk their lives to find a cure for their badger friend, who's been poisoned by men.
Tom and Jerry: The Movie
The popular cartoon cat and mouse are thrown into a feature film. The story has the twosome trying to help an orphan girl who is being berated and exploited by a greedy guardian.
Nanna & Lil' Puss Puss in 'Who Calcutta the Cheese'
Nanna gets a visit from her Indian neighbor, Soggi. Nanna wants to chat but Soggi is somewhat in a gaseous state of mind.
The Thief and the Cobbler
It is written among the limitless constellations of the celestial heavens, and in the depths of the emerald seas, and upon every grain of sand in the vast deserts, that the world which we see is an outward and visible dream, of an inward and invisible reality ... Once upon a time there was a golden city. In the center of the golden city, atop the tallest minaret, were three golden balls. The ancients had prophesied that if the three golden balls were ever taken away, harmony would yield to discord, and the city would fall to destruction and death. But... the mystics had also foretold that the city might be saved by the simplest soul with the smallest and simplest of things. In the city there dwelt a lowly shoemaker, who was known as Tack the Cobbler. Also in the city... existed a Thief, who shall be... nameless.
The Halloween Tree
Four children learn the origins of Halloween customs while trying to save the life of their friend.
As Christmas approaches, Frannie Stein learns from her snide friend Gloria Oestriger that there is no Santa Claus. Frannie's disbelieving, but her father confirms the horrible truth. Frannie enlists the help of her younger brother, Kenny, and they go to a graveyard to dig up some parts, which they assemble in the Stein basement. Soon, they've finished their creation and are ready for revenge on Gloria. Who says there's no Santa?
Nebuchadnezzar orders that all Hebrew boys be brought to his palace in Babylon. Daniel, along with Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, are captured and taken to the palace. They are to be trained alongside Babylonian boys to become wise men and are given Babylonian names. David demands that the Israelites be given their own food, and they become much healthier than their Babylonian counterparts. God gives Daniel and his friends great wisdom. To Daniel, God gives the special power to interpret dreams. The King has frightening dream and when Daniel interprets the dream, the King makes Daniel and the Hebrews his closest advisors. The King has a magnificent golden statue built and demands that all worship the idol. When Daniel's three friends refuse, Nebuchadenzzar has them thrown into a fiery oven. An angel of God appears and protects them in the furnace. Time passes. Daniel becomes the closest advisor to Darius, the new king...
During a picnic, Baby Herman follows a beaver into a perilous sawmill - with Roger Rabbit in frantic pursuit.
The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb
A boy born the size of a small doll is kidnapped by a genetic lab and must find a way back to his father in this inventive adventure filmed using stop motion animation techniques.
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
The Duncan family is beside itself when son Sylvester turns himself into a rock to escape the jaws of a hungry lion.
A Cool Like That Christmas
A funky hip-hop holiday special featuring a teenage boy named Orlando who lives in an underprivileged neighborhood.
The Junky's Christmas
Burroughs takes down a book and reads us the story of Danny the Carwiper, who spends Christmas Day trying to score a fix, but finds the Christmas spirit instead.
Young Duke Ernest wants to become a good knight. The circumstances are not in his favor: The emperor wants to claim the Duke´s castle and marry his mother. He has Ermest wrongfully accused of murder and thrown in the dungeon. Duke Ernest´s only chance to escape a death sentence is to join the army and to go to the orient in search of the legendary Carbuncle Stone. He´ll have to overcome carnivorous rocks, magnetic mountains, the giant bird Rock and many more.
Like Fantasia (1940) or Allegro Non Troppo (1977), L'Opéra Imaginaire (1993) is an assembly of animated short films based on classic music greats. Directed by some of the best European animators and artists, L'Opéra Imaginaire takes us through dance, theater, music and painting masterpieces. It uses several animation techniques, like stop-motion clay animation or CG characters.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Alvin's Christmas Carol
In this story inspired by the timeless classic, A Christmas Carol, Alvin finds himself center stage as a Scroogelike little chipmunk. Ghostly visits from Dave, Theodore and Simon as the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future help him understand the true meaning of the Holiday.
Jonny's Golden Quest
In the first feature-length animated movie based on the Hanna-Barbera series, Jonny Quest fans get to meet the women behind the adventurous men. Joining scientist Benton Quest, his plucky son Jonny, bodyguard Race Bannon and Jonny's young pal Hadji are Benton's biologist wife Rachel, Race's ex-wife Jade and young 12-year-old Jessie, who harbors a big secret. Throughout, Team Quest battles the evil schemes of modern-day alchemist Dr. Zin, who has cloned himself and created an army of mutant reptiles in the Peruvian rain forest. The clash there results in a tragedy that changes Jonny's life forever - and later leads to a worldwide pursuit of Zin that includes examining rare Leonardo da Vinci documents in Paris, exploring the Roman catacombs and a final confrontation in the Australian outback.
The Incredible Crash Dummies
The animated short was entirely composed of computer generated imagery and centered on the adventures of Slick and Spin. A fellow Dummy named Ted has been chosen to use a new, indestructible torso module (Torso-9000), but his head is mixed up with an evil dummy's head, leading to the birth of Junkman. Slick and Spin try to free the kidnapped Dr. Zub from Junkman before the villain can extract the knowledge of how to mass-produce the torso.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories is a compilation of five of Eric Carle’s most popular stories. In The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar eats and eats... and eats his way through the week; Papa, Please Get The Moon For Me shows a young girl asking her father for the moon, but he discovers that the moon is very, very big. The Very Quiet Cricket is about a cricket who finally finds his voice and The Mixed-Up Chameleon learns an important lesson about being himself. Finally, I See A Song invites audiences on a magical musical journey. But can you really see a song?
A village is ruled by the church, but is filled with hypocritical sinners who constantly spy on each other.
The Town Santa Forgot
A spoiled brat sends a very long list to Santa Claus who misdelivers the gifts to a town with the same name as the boy, who learns it's better to give than receive.
The Quays' interest in esoteric illusions finds its perfect realization in this fascinating animated lecture on the art of anamorphosis. This artistic technique, often used in the 16th- and 17th centuries, utilizes a method of visual distortion with which paintings, when viewed from different angles, mischievously revealed hidden symbols.
Loves Me... Loves Me Not
A young man is in love with an image in a picture frame. To find out if the love he feels is returned he picks a flower and starts picking the petals off it.
A parody of a classical action film. The sequence of events is launched by a huge cabbage growing on a plot of land that belongs to a poor Estonian peasant woman. This super-cabbage attracts adventures from America, China and Soviet Russia
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Narrated by a partridge, this charming animated tale explains the lengthy and confusing Christmas carol of the same name. The bold and brave Sir Carolboomer loves the melancholy Princess Silverbell. In order to win her heart he steals what he thinks is her Christmas list but what turns out to be the answers to the King's crossword puzzle. He mistakingly enlists his servant Hollyberry to find every item on her bizarre list, including a partridge in a pear tree, eight maids a milking, four calling birds...you get the basic idea. After twelve days of this gift giving, the Princess falls in love not with Carolboomer, but with the one who actually did the work, the noble Hollyberry.
Stille Nacht IV: Can't Go Wrong Without You
Short animated film featuring the song "Can't Go Wrong Without You" by His Name Is Alive.
Not Without My Handbag
A bizarre, anarchic animation, in which a young girl sees her aunt dragged to hell for missing a payment on the washing machine, only for the undead relative to return from the netherworld to collect her handbag.
Have you ever been haunted by terrible nightmares about doctors? All the evil spirits led by Wiy the radiologist and all the worst from the field of medicine await you in the animation "Clinic".
"FaerieFilm" is Eugene Salandra's 1993 animated documentary short about the Radical Faeries. Audio interviews with seven members of the New York Faerie community in the early 1990's are combined with colorful animated images.
The Flintstones : Hollyrock a Bye Baby
Newlyweds Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm Bamm Rubble are expecting a newborn, so Fred and Wilma head for Hollyrock to help them cope.
Nick & Noel
A 1993 short Christmas film about a cat and a dog.
Samuel the Boy Prophet
Eli, the high priest of Israel, knowingly disobeys the Lord, and he and his sons are punished. Hannah fulfills her promise to God, and gives up her son to His service. In return, God blesses Hannah by making her son, Samuel, the chosen Prophet of the people of Israel. At the tabernacle of Ark of the Covenant, Hannah prays for a son. She promises God that she will offer the boy up to His service. Eli, the high priest, overhears her prayer and sends her off with vague promises. Eli's sons abuse their position and steal from those who come to offer sacrifice.
The Legend of Lochnagar
Prince Charles tells a group of children the story of the Old Man of Lochnager, based on the book he wrote.
A Flintstone Family Christmas
While the Flintstones and the Rubbles are waiting for Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm and the twins to begin the holiday festivities, they end up tring to teach a homeless boy about values.
VeggieTales: Where's God When I'm Scared
Whether it's a giant Frankencelery from a scary movie or a hungry den of lions from Ancient Babylon, Junior Asparagus learns we can trust God with all of our fears and that He really is "bigger than the boogey-man!"
Mia is a young girl with a knack for getting herself into trouble. One night, when her mother falls asleep while reading "Thumbelina" to her, Mia is magically transformed into the two-inch tall character. As she journey's through "the Unknown Country of Wonderland," Mia will be forced to overcome obstacles that help her grow as a person.
Christopher the Christmas Tree
Animated Christmas special about a tree selected to be a Christmas Tree.
The Other Side
A simple life of simple creatures in a wonderful and awful world.
Mink - the daughter of a dragon and a retired dragonslaying knight - sets out on a journey to get tickets for a concert held by Dick Saucer, world-famous teen idol and dragon hunter. Meanwhile, the corrupt king of the land is trying to take her hostage to get at her mother, and his magic-using daughter seeks to foil Mink's quest out of sheer spite.
The history of empire. A British bulldog answers his mistress's call. He tacks down the Union Jack to cover the British Isles, then begins playing with a small ball that's the world. At first it's innocent play. The dog discovers tea in India; then, the dog shakes gold out of Africa. Gradually, innocence gives way to more and more ferocious play with the ball. We see terrorized women and children as the dog becomes an enslaving potentate. Harmless English archetypes benefit from colonial riches. Then the world begins to grow, and the dog changes too, from bulldog to effete lap dog.
A narrator relates the Japanese tale of two lovers who defy their families and society to be together. The tale ends happily, until something happens to make this tale truly Japanese in character.
The Adventures of Ricardo
A day in the life of young boy with a distorted vision of the world. 3 short little claymation episodes - Ricardo Discovers "Sex," Ricardo's Hero and Ricardo's Birthday.
Stille Nacht III: Tales from Vienna Woods
Near an extraordinary chair with many legs, a hand is visible gripping an edge. The hand is weathered, the fingers cracked and scarred. The end of a rifle appears and a shot fires. The bullet is visible whirling through space; it caroms and then goes through a pine cone. A long spoon emerges from a drawer in the chair and stretches toward the hand. The bullet is on the spoon. Later, the hand holds the bullet between two fingers; another shot is fired.
I Yabba Dabba Do!
A grown-up Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm decide to get married.
A blind man awakes in what may be a forest. (What he touches or hears is in color; the rest of the world, when it is visible to us, is in black and white.) First he explores his surroundings. Then fear takes over, what he hears and touches and imagines, frightens him. He gathers his courage to assert himself, almost with bestial intensity. He realizes that people have gathered to watch him as a policeman tries to coax him out of danger.
A group of '90s-looking anthropomorphic dinosaur kids must come up with a way to get rid of their trash without just throwing it away or their favorite playfield will be turned into a landfill. One of them, Recycle Rex, has an idea.
An animated version of the classic David Copperfield story. Filled with music, color, and anthropomorphic versions of the classic characters.