Best Animation Movies of 1997

1.

Hercules

6.2
7.3/10

Bestowed with superhuman strength, a young mortal named Hercules sets out to prove himself a hero in the eyes of his father, the great god Zeus. Along with his friends Pegasus, a flying horse, and Phil, a personal trainer, Hercules is tricked by the hilarious, hotheaded villain Hades, who's plotting to take over Mount Olympus!

Starring: Tate Donovan, Josh Keaton, Roger Bart, Danny DeVito, James Woods
Directed by: John Musker, Ron Clements
Release date: 1997-06-20
2.

Anastasia

6.1
7.1/10

This animated adventure retells the story of the lost daughter of Russia's last czar. The evil Rasputin places a curse on the Romanov family, and Anastasia and her grandmother, Empress Maria, get separated. After growing up in an orphanage, Anastasia encounters two Russian men seeking a reward offered by Empress Maria for the return of her granddaughter. The trio travels to Paris, where they find that the empress has grown skeptical of imposters.

Starring: Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd, Angela Lansbury, Hank Azaria
Directed by: Gary Goldman, Don Bluth
Release date: 1997-11-20
3.

Geri's Game

5.6
7.9/10

An aging codger named Geri plays a daylong game of chess in the park against himself. Somehow, he begins losing to his livelier opponent. But just when the game's nearly over, Geri manages to turn the tables.

Starring: Bob Peterson
Directed by: Jan Pinkava
Release date: 1997-11-24
4.

Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin

4.3
7.1/10
Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin
A full length animated film for all the family to enjoy. Pooh gets confused when Christopher Robin leaves him a note to say that he has gone back to school after the holidays. So Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and Rabbit go in search of Christopher Robin which leads to a big adventure.
Starring: Jim Cummings, John Fiedler, Ken Sansom, Paul Winchell, Peter Cullen
Directed by: Karl Geurs
Release date: 1997-08-05
5.

Æon Flux

3.9
7.7/10
Æon Flux
Æon Flux is set in a bizarre, dystopian future world. The title character is a tall, leather-clad secret agent from the nation of Monica, skilled in assassination and acrobatics. Her mission is to infiltrate the strongholds of the neighboring country of Bregna, which is led by her sometimes-nemesis and sometimes-lover Trevor Goodchild. Monica represents a dynamic anarchist society, while Bregna embodies a police state[4]—referred to on one occasion as a republic by Goodchild.[5] Although Bregna is shown to be repressive, in the first full-length episode, "Utopia or Deuteranopia?", Clavius, the president deposed by Goodchild, is described by a questioning journalist as having been democratically elected. In the same episode, an upper house of parliament is also mentioned by the character Gildemere.
Starring: Denise Poirier, John Rafter Lee, Julia Fletcher, Steffan Chirazi, Alex Fernandez
Directed by: Peter Chung
Release date: 1997-09-03
6.

The Swan Princess: Escape from Castle Mountain

3.8
5.8/10

The first wedding anniversary of Princess Odette and Prince Derek is distracted by field fires set by Knuckles. His master Clavius, wants to conquer the world, and he needs to capture a giant orb to do that. Clavius kidnaps Queen Uberta and Odette with Derek have to save her.

Starring: Michelle Nicastro, Douglas Sills, Steve Vinovich, Joseph Medrano, James Arrington
Directed by: Richard Rich
Release date: 1997-01-01
7.

Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas

3.8
6.1/10

Belle prepares the castle for Christmas against Beast's wishes, trying to bring him happiness for the season...

Starring: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Bernadette Peters
Directed by: Andrew Knight
Release date: 1997-11-11
8.

Lily and Jim

3.7
7.3/10
Lily and Jim
Lily and Jim are interviewed about their disastrous blind date.
Starring: Robert May, Karin Anger
Directed by: Don Hertzfeldt
Release date: 1997-01-01
9.

Cats Don't Dance

3.7
6.9/10

Danny, an ambitious singing/dancing cat, goes to Hollywood and overcomes several obstacles to fulfill his dream of becoming a movie star.

Starring: Scott Bakula, Jasmine Guy, Natalie Cole, Ashley Peldon, Lindsay Ridgeway
Directed by: Mark Dindal
Release date: 1997-03-26
10.

The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island

3.7
6.0/10

This fourth sequel in the series finds "leaf gobblers" eating all the vegetation in Great Valley, driving Littlefoot, the young brontosaurus, and the other dinosaur inhabitants out. Arguments break out among the adults during migration, and Littlefoot and his friends decide to take matters in their own hands by crossing the "big water" to an unknown island. There they meet an old friend from The Land Before Time II--Chomper, the T-rex, who has to protect the gang from his own, carnivorous parents. Plenty of drama in this one, and as the series has been wont to do from the beginning, it shows adults as sometimes being less than perfect.

Starring: John Ingle, Brandon Lacroix, Aria Noelle Curzon, Rob Paulsen, Anndi McAfee
Directed by: Charles Grosvenor
Release date: 1997-09-12
11.

Annabelle's Wish

3.6
7.2/10

A lovable calf named Annabelle born on Christmas Eve has a very special wish... to fly like one of Santa's reindeer. Based on the farm legend that Santa gives voices to the animals for one day each year, this tender tale of friendship and compassion begins when Annabelle makes friends with Billy, a young boy who cannot talk, and a friendly bunch of barnyard animals. Together they contend with Billy's mean aunt and the bullies in the neighborhood. Annabelle shows everyone the true meaning of Christmas by making one very special wish come true.

Starring: Randy Travis, Kath Soucie, Aria Noelle Curzon, Jerry Van Dyke, Jennifer Darling
Directed by: Roy Wilson
Release date: 1997-10-21
12.

Bride of Resistor

3.5
6.8/10
Bride of Resistor
Mr. Resistor tries to catch himself a woman.
Directed by: Mark Gustafson
Release date: 1997-01-01
13.

Spider-Man The Return of the Green Goblin

3.3
8.2/10
Spider-Man The Return of the Green Goblin
The Webslinger faces the ultimate challenge when his arch-nemesis discovers his identity and kidnaps his one true love, Mary Jane Watson.
Starring: Christopher Daniel Barnes, Sara Ballantine
Release date: 1997-07-12
14.

The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue

3.3
6.3/10

Those fun-loving eletrical appliances from the acclaimed animated hit 'The Brave Little Toaster' are back in an action-packed adventure with four all-new songs. This heartfelt and humorous full-length feature reunites Toaster, Blanky, Lampy, Radio and Kirby the vacuum cleaner--the beloved household gadgets of college student Rob. When Toaster and the gang spark freindships with the playful animals at the veterinary hospital, they soon discover their new pals are about to be sent to a testing laboratory. Through teamwork (and combined voltage), they embark on a hilarious rescue to save all the animals, including Sebastion, a wise monkey, and Maisie, the doting mother cat with kittens.Treat your entire family to 'The Brave Little Toaster To The Rescue', an imaginative film bursting with colorful animation, high-energy music and characters that'll warm your heart at the push of a button!

Starring: Jessica Tuck, Chris Young, Roger Kabler, Deanna Oliver, Eric Lloyd
Directed by: Robert C. Ramirez
Release date: 1997-11-01
15.

Terry Pratchett's Discworld - Wyrd Sisters

3.2
7.1/10
Terry Pratchett's Discworld - Wyrd Sisters
The Discworld, that is, as created by Terry Pratchett in his riotous series of sci-fi/fantasy books. Discworld is populated by a cast of characters straight out of folklore and mythology, only a whole lot funnier. Take the Wyrd Sisters, for instance (they don't like that handle one bit, by the way), whose story is brought to life in this animated series. A motley trio of hardworking witches, they get mixed up in a royal mess when a murdered king's baby son is entrusted to their care. Though they hate meddling, the witches must wrest the kingdom from the loopy duke and his she-devil wife.
Release date: 1997-01-01
16.

Soul Music

3.1
7.5/10

The young druid Imp y Celyn comes to Ankh-Morpork to become a famous musician, but a new guitar from a mysterious shop possesses him with a new kind of music - the Music with Rocks In. To make matters worse, Death, saddened by the death of his adopted daughter, has gone away to try and forget, and his granddaughter Susan suddenly has the family duty passed on to her.

Starring: Christopher Lee, Graham Crowden, Andy Hockley, Debra Gillett, Neil Morrissey
Directed by: Jean Flynn
Release date: 1997-05-12
17.

Stage Fright

2.9
6.8/10

Out of favour and out of luck, dog-juggling vaudevillian Tiny has one last shot at redemption, if he can overcome the menace of the dark-hearted silent movie star Arnold Hew.

Starring: Graham Fellows
Directed by: Steve Box
Release date: 1997-11-19
18.

The Man in the Lower-Left Hand Corner of The Photograph

2.9
6.9/10
The Man in the Lower-Left Hand Corner of The Photograph
A man in a decaying room looks at an old photograph of himself and tries to recreate the happiness he once felt.
Directed by: Robert Morgan
Release date: 1997-07-17
19.

Anastasia

2.8
5.5/10
Anastasia
Young Russian Princess Anastasia is the cherished daughter of the mighty Czar Nicholas. Anastasia’s perfect world changes forever when the evil monk Rasputin topples the Czar from power. Anastasia falls in love with the dashing young soldier, Alexander, who helps the young princess flee for her life.
Directed by: Diane Eskenazi
Release date: 1997-05-20
20.

White Fang

2.7
5.8/10
White Fang
Adventure awaits in the story of White Fang, a peaceful courageous wolf who overcomes all odds in this animated tale for children based on Jack London's original classic. A young wolf pup and his mother are forced to join a Native American tribe to survive after their pack leader perishes. He is reluctantly traded to a greedy businessman in compensation for a grievance and entrained in a corrupt dog fighting ring. Rescued by a compassionate young man, White Fang begins a lifelong bond, finds puppy love and room for more adventures...
Directed by: Michael Sporn
Release date: 1997-01-01

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