Best Family Movies of 1981

1.

The Fox and the Hound

5.9
7.3/10 IMDB

When a feisty little fox named Tod is adopted into a farm family, he quickly becomes friends with a fun and adorable hound puppy named Copper. Life is full of hilarious adventures until Copper is expected to take on his role as a hunting dog -- and the object of his search is his best friend!

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey, Jack Albertson, Sandy Duncan, Jeanette Nolan, Pat Buttram, John Fiedler, John McIntire, Richard Bakalyan ..
Directed by: Richard Rich, Ted Berman, Art Stevens
Release date: 1981-07-10
2.

The Great Muppet Caper

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Kermit and Fozzie are newspaper reporters sent to London to interview Lady Holiday, a wealthy fashion designer whose priceless diamond necklace is stolen. Kermit meets and falls in love with her secretary, Miss Piggy. The jewel thieves strike again, and this time frame Miss Piggy. It's up to Kermit and Muppets to bring the real culprits to justice.

Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Charles Grodin, Diana Rigg, John Cleese, Robert Morley, Peter Ustinov ..
Directed by: Jim Henson
Release date: 1981-06-26
3.

Clash of the Titans

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

To win the right to marry his love, the beautiful princess Andromeda, and fulfil his destiny, Perseus must complete various tasks including taming Pegasus, capturing Medusa's head, and battling the Kraken monster.

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Claire Bloom, Maggie Smith, Jack Gwillim, Harry Hamlin, Ursula Andress, Burgess Meredith, Susan Fleetwood, Pat Roach, Judi Bowker ..
Directed by: Desmond Davis
Release date: 1981-06-12
4.

Time Bandits

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Young history buff Kevin can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being, they've purloined a map charting all of the holes in the fabric of time and are using it to steal treasures from different historical eras. Taking Kevin with them, they variously drop in on Napoleon, Robin Hood and King Agamemnon before the Supreme Being catches up with them.

Starring: Craig Warnock, David Rappaport, Kenny Baker, Mike Edmonds, Malcolm Dixon, Tiny Ross, Jack Purvis, Ian Holm, John Cleese, Sean Connery ..
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Release date: 1981-07-13
5.

The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie

4.4
7.2/10 IMDB

Bugs Bunny hosts an award show featuring several classic Looney Tunes shorts and characters. This movie was released in 1981 by Warner Bros. and was produced by Friz Freleng. New footage was one of the final productions done by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises (also known as Marvel Productions beginning in the 1980s) and the film was re-released in the USA on April 28, 2009 from Warner Home Video.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray, Bea Benaderet, Stan Freberg, Ralph James, Frank Nelson, Frank Welker ..
Directed by: Phil Monroe, Gerry Chiniquy, Friz Freleng
Release date: 1981-11-20
Best Family Movies of 1981 : The Wave
6.

The Wave

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

A teacher plays a mental game with some of his students. Based on a true story.

Starring: Bruce Davison, Lori Lethin, John Putch, Johnny Doran ..
Directed by: Alexander Grasshoff
Release date: 1981-10-04
7.

Roar

3.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Roar follows a family who are attacked by various African animals at the secluded home of their keeper.

Starring: Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith, Jerry Marshall, Kyalo Mativo, Rick Glassey, Steve Miller, Noel Marshall, John Marshall, Zakes Mokae, Will Hutchins ..
Directed by: Noel Marshall
Release date: 1981-11-12
Best Family Movies of 1981 : The Trolls and the Christmas Express
8.

The Trolls and the Christmas Express

3.4
8.8/10 IMDB

The Trolls and the Christmas Express is an animated classic about six roguish trolls who are determined to sabotage Christmas by infiltrating Santa's village disguised as elves. After a week of wreaking havoc but still not completely ruining Christmas, they are about to give up when they get a devilishly clever idea. On the day before Christmas Eve they get the reindeer dancing and singing songs all night long. The poor reindeer are so tired the next day that they cannot find the energy to pull Santa's sleigh. Christmas looks like it has finally been ruined - but everyone knows you can't stop Christmas! The elves quickly devise a plan to link the train from Santa's village with tracks that travel all over the world. Santa can deliver the toys using the Christmas Express.

Starring: Roger Miller, Hans Conried, Len Carlson, Billie Mae Richards, Carl Banas, Paul Soles ..
Directed by: John R. Gaug
Release date: 1981-11-26
Best Family Movies of 1981 : Of Muppets & Men: The Making of the Muppet Show
9.

Of Muppets & Men: The Making of the Muppet Show

3.3
8.3/10 IMDB

Documentary about the work of puppeteer Jim Henson and his team in creating The Muppet Show.

Starring: Dave Goelz, Jim Henson, Richard Hunt, Jerry Juhl, Kathryn Mullen, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz ..
Directed by: Harley Cokeliss, Peter Berry
Release date: 1981-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1981 : The Fantastic Adventures of Unico
10.

The Fantastic Adventures of Unico

3.1
7.5/10 IMDB

Unico the Unicorn has the amazing power to make anyone he meets happy. Whether it's because of his personality or the powers of his horn, no one knows. However, the gods become jealous of Unico, thinking that only they should be able to decide or allow people to be happy. Unico is banished to the Hill of Oblivion, and the West Wind is ordered to take him there. She can't stand giving this fate to Unico, so Unico's adventures begin, as the West Wind takes him from one place and time to the next, in a neverending journey to escape the wrath of the gods.

Directed by: Osamu Tezuka, Toshio Hirata
Release date: 1981-03-14

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