Best Family Movies of 1971

1.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

6.3
7.8/10 IMDB

Eccentric candy man Willy Wonka prompts a worldwide frenzy when he announces that golden tickets hidden inside five of his delicious candy bars will admit their lucky holders into his top-secret confectionary. But does Wonka have an agenda hidden amid a world of Oompa Loompas and chocolate rivers?

Starring: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear, Denise Nickerson, Leonard Stone, Julie Dawn Cole, Nora Denney, Peter Capell, Tim Brooke-Taylor ..
Directed by: Mel Stuart
Release date: 1971-06-29
2.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Three children evacuated from London during World War II are forced to stay with an eccentric spinster (Eglantine Price). The children's initial fears disappear when they find out she is in fact a trainee witch.

Starring: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffe, John Ericson, Bruce Forsyth, Cindy O'Callaghan, Roy Snart, Ian Weighill, Tessie O'Shea ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1971-10-07
Best Family Movies of 1971 : Here Comes Peter Cottontail
3.

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Peter Cottontail wants to be the #1 chief Easter Bunny, and everyone in April Valley agrees...except for Evil Irontail. Peter must deliver more eggs than this archrival to earn the top spot...and save Easter for children everywhere!

Starring: Danny Kaye, Vincent Price, Casey Kasem, Paul Frees, Joan Gardner, Iris Rainer, Greg Thomas ..
Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass
Release date: 1971-04-04
Best Family Movies of 1971 : The Point!
4.

The Point!

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

Years ago, there was a place called The Land of Point, because everything in The Land of Point had one: the barns, the houses, the cars, everything, even the people. Everyone in The Land of Point had a point at the top of its head. Everyone, that is, except Oblio, who was born round-headed. Since he had no point, Oblio, along with his trusty dog, Arrow, was banished to the Pointless Forest. Join them to see what wonders await these two intrepid travelers as they make their way on their amazing, song-filled journey of discovery!

Starring: Ringo Starr, Paul Frees, Lennie Weinrib, Buddy Foster, Joan Gerber, Mike Lookinland, Bill Martin, Alan Barzman, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Thicke ..
Directed by: Fred Wolf
Release date: 1971-02-02
Best Family Movies of 1971 : A Christmas Carol
5.

A Christmas Carol

3.8
7.6/10 IMDB

Ebenezer Scrooge, a skinflint visited by the spirits of Christmas past, present and future one fateful Christmas Eve. It's up to them to help the old crab see the error of his ways. And they do, to the delight of Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim.

Starring: Alastair Sim, Michael Redgrave ..
Directed by: Richard Williams
Release date: 1971-12-21
Best Family Movies of 1971 : The Cat in the Hat
6.

The Cat in the Hat

3.7
7.4/10 IMDB

In a marvelously animated version of one of the most beloved of all Dr. Seuss tales, two youngsters find themselves at home with nothing to do on a rainy afternoon. But when the magical, mischievous Cat in the Hat arrives on the scene, they're all cat-apulted into a day of rousing, romping, outlandish antics they - and you - will never forget!

Starring: Allan Sherman, Daws Butler, Pamelyn Ferdin, Tony Frazier, Gloria Camacho, Thurl Ravenscroft, Gene Morford ..
Directed by: Hawley Pratt
Release date: 1971-07-04
7.

The Barefoot Executive

3.0
6.0/10 IMDB

In the great Disney tradition of wild family fun, a young Kurt Russell stars as Steven Post - an ambitious mailroom clerk at a second-rate TV network. With his eye on the boardroom, and getting nowhere with the studio's top dog, he makes a career-changing discovery. His girlfriend's lovable pet chimp can pick a hit show every time! His secret for success turns into a madcap monkey business when he makes vice president and jealous rivals want in on the act. Ride along with narrow escapes and a classic cast featuring Joe Flynn and Harry Morgan in a comedic climb up the corporate ladder that will leave you howling for more!

Starring: Kurt Russell, Joe Flynn, Harry Morgan, Wally Cox, Heather North, Alan Hewitt, Hayden Rorke, John Ritter ..
Directed by: Robert Butler
Release date: 1971-03-17
Best Family Movies of 1971 : The Million Dollar Duck
8.

The Million Dollar Duck

3.0
5.9/10 IMDB

Professor Dooley takes home a duck from his research laboratory as a toy for his son, but soon finds out that it lays golden eggs.

Starring: Dean Jones, Sandy Duncan, Joe Flynn, Tony Roberts, Lee Montgomery, Jack Kruschen, Virginia Vincent, Jack Bender, Billy Bowles, Sammy Jackson ..
Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Release date: 1971-06-30
Best Family Movies of 1971 : Play It Again, Charlie Brown
9.

Play It Again, Charlie Brown

2.9
7.4/10 IMDB

Play It Again, Charlie Brown is the seventh prime-time animated TV special based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. This non-holiday Peanuts special centers on Lucy, her infatuation with Schroeder, and her willingness to do anything to win his affections.

Starring: Danny Hjeim, Pamelyn Ferdin, Stephen Shea, Lynda Mendelson, Hilary Momberger-Powers, Chris Inglis, Christopher DeFaria, Bill Melendez ..
Directed by: Bill Melendez
Release date: 1971-03-28
10.

Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince

2.9
8.0/10 IMDB

A retelling of the classic fairy tale of The Frog Prince featuring Kermit the Frog, Kermit's nephew Robin, Sweetums, and a princess cursed to say everything wackbards...I mean backwards.

Starring: Gordon Thomson, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Carl Banas, Jerry Juhl, Trudy Young ..
Directed by: Jim Henson
Release date: 1971-05-12

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