Best Fantasy Movies of 1979

1.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

This Emmy Award winner for Best Animated Special is based on the first book of C.S. Lewis' acclaimed series, "The Chronicles of Narnia." Four children pass through a mystic portal in a wardrobe and discover the magical kingdom of Narnia, a land of talking animals and mythical creatures. There, an evil witch's spell has cast the land into eternal winter. Fearing that an ancient prophecy is coming to fruition, and that the children are Narnia's rightful rulers, the White Witch tricks their youngest brother into betraying his family, enacting an ancient magic that she can use to halt the fulfillment of the prophecy. Now, only Aslan, noble lion and High King above all kings in Narnia, can help them defeat the witch, restore springtime to Narnia, and claim their rightful places on the throne.

Starring: Simon Adams, Sheila Hancock, Arthur Lowe, Leo McKern, Victor Spinetti, Susan Sokol, Reg Williams, Simon Adams, Victor Spinetti, Dick Vosburgh ..
Directed by: Bill Melendez
Release date: 1979-07-10
2.

Jack Frost

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Pardon-me Pete, the official groundhog of Groundhog Day, tells the story of Jack Frost, who falls in love with a beautiful young woman and begs Father Winter to make him human so that she can see him. His request is granted, but only on the condition that by the spring he has a house, a bag of gold, a horse and a wife. But Jack finds that life as a human is more complicated then he thought.

Starring: Buddy Hackett, Robert Morse, Paul Frees, Larry Storch, Don Messick ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr., Masaki Izuka
Release date: 1979-12-13
Best Fantasy Movies of 1979 : Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
3.

Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Long ago the Lady Borealis placed the evil Winterbolt under a magic spell, and put the last of her magic into the nose of a newborn reindeer: Rudolph. But now Winterbolt's awake. He gives Frosty's family magic amulets to keep them from melting until the Fourth of July so that Frosty and Rudolph can help Lilly's circus and Milton can marry his girlfriend on the high-wire, and Santa will use his sleigh to make sure everybody gets back to the North Pole in time...which leaves Winterbolt alone at the North Pole on the Fourth...

Starring: Red Buttons, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Alan Sues, Jackie Vernon, Shelley Winters, Paul Frees, Billie Mae Richards, Harold Peary, Shelby Flint ..
Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass
Release date: 1979-07-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1979 : Beauty and the Beast
4.

Beauty and the Beast

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

A beautiful girl agrees to marry a hideous, deformed beast and live in his castle in order to save her father's life.

Starring: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Virginia McKenna, Bernard Lee, Patricia Quinn ..
Directed by: Fielder Cook
Release date: 1979-04-05
Best Fantasy Movies of 1979 : Casper's First Christmas
5.

Casper's First Christmas

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Huckleberry Hound and more Hanna-Barbera characters get lost and decide to spend Christmas by vising Casper, the friendly ghost. But soon they encounter a not-so-friendly ghost.

Starring: Daws Butler, Ida Sue McCune, Paul DeKorte, Julie McWhirter, Don Messick, John Stephenson, Hal Smith, Michael Redman ..
Directed by: Carl Urbano
Release date: 1979-12-18
6.

The Wizard of Speed and Time

2.9
7.4/10 IMDB

In the original short film, a young man in a green wizard costume runs throughout America at super speed, much like the superhero The Flash. Along the way, he gives a pretty girl a swift lift to another city, gives golden stars to other women who want a trip themselves. He then slips on a banana peel and comically crashes into a film stage, which he then brings to life in magical ways.

Starring: Mike Jittlov, Toni Handcock ..
Directed by: Mike Jittlov
Release date: 1979-12-21
Best Fantasy Movies of 1979 : Schalcken the Painter
7.

Schalcken the Painter

2.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Can Schalcken save his love, Rose, from the clutches of a ghastly suitor before it is too late?

Starring: Jeremy Clyde, Maurice Denham, Cheryl Kennedy, John Justin, Anne Tirard, Anthony Sharp, Val Penny, Roy Evans, Eric Francis, Charles Gray ..
Directed by: Leslie Megahey
Release date: 1979-12-22
8.

Unidentified Flying Oddball

2.8
5.2/10 IMDB

A NASA spacecraft proves Einstein right when, traveling faster than light, it ends up near King Arthur's Camelot. On board are big-hearted Tom Trimble and Hermes, the look-alike robot he built. Tom immediately makes friends with pretty Alisande while becoming enemies with the evil knight Sir Mordred. It seems Mordred has joined up with the Sorcerer Merlin and they are both up to no good. It is now up to Tom to try and use 20th century technology to foil their plans.

Starring: Jim Dale, Kenneth More, Ron Moody, John Le Mesurier, Rodney Bewes, Dennis Dugan, Pat Roach, Sheila White ..
Directed by: Russ Mayberry
Release date: 1979-07-10
Best Fantasy Movies of 1979 : Serena: An Adult Fairy Tale
9.

Serena: An Adult Fairy Tale

2.7
4.7/10 IMDB

A retelling of the Cinderella story with a twist, as the heroine gets sold into prostitution by her evil stepfather.

Starring: Serena, China Leigh, Jamie Gillis, Valerie Darlyn, Dorothy LeMay, Natasha Raphael, Marlene Munroe, Paul Thomas, Blair Harris, Gary Baron ..
Directed by: Fred J. Lincoln
Release date: 1979-11-30
10.

Arabian Adventure

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

An evil caliph (Christopher Lee) offers his daughter’s hand in marriage to a prince if he can complete a perilous quest for a magical rose. Helped by a young boy and a magic carpet, Prince Hasan (Oliver Tobias), has to overcome genies, fire breathing monsters and treacherous swamps to reach his prize and claim the hand of the Princess Zuleira (Emma Samms).

Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Mickey Rooney, Oliver Tobias, John Ratzenberger, Milo O’Shea, Emma Samms, Puneet Sira, Capucine, John Wyman ..
Directed by: Kevin Connor
Release date: 1979-07-08

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