70s The Best 70s Cartoon Movies  

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The greatest ‘70s cartoon movies are an interesting mix of fun, family-friendly entertainment like The Aristocats - the charming story of four cats who must find their way home to Paris after a kidnapping gone awry - along with slightly heavier fare, like Watership Down. Released in 1978, Watership Down tells the tale of a group of rabbits engaged in a struggle to survive. The film has its lighter moments, but is pervaded by themes of tyranny, freedom, reason, and emotion. It was the first animated film presented in Dolby surround sound.
 
In the ‘70s, J.R.R. Tolkien’s high fantasy epic narrative classic, The Lord of the Rings, was also adapted into an animated movies. The franchise was later taken to new heights by director Peter Jackson’s live-action take.On this list, you'll also find folk heroes like the titular character of Disney's classic, Robin Hood, which debuted in 1973. You’ll also find loveable bands of animated friends in films like like The Rescuers, Charlotte's Web, and Scooby Doo.

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Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Ringo Starr, Peter Ustinov, Graham Chapman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Robin Hood is a 1973 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions which was first released in the United States on November 8, 1973. The 21st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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The Rescuers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page The Rescuers is a 1977 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on June 22, 1977 by Buena Vista Distribution. The 23rd film in the Walt Disney ...more

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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson Charlotte's Web is a 1973 American animated musical film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Sagittarius Productions and based upon the 1952 children's book of the same name by E. B. ...more

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Snoopy, Come Home is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Bill Melendez, Christopher DeFaria, Linda Ercoli Snoopy, Come Home! is a 1972 animated musical film, released by National General Pictures, produced by Cinema Center Films and Lee Mendelson Films, directed by Bill Meléndez, and based on ...more

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The Aristocats is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers The Aristocats is a 1970 American animated feature film produced and released by Walt Disney Productions and features the voices of Eva Gabor, Hermione Baddeley, Phil Harris, Dean Clark, ...more

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The Many Adventures of Winnie ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Clint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a 1977 American animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions and distributed by Buena Vista Distribution. It is the 22nd animated feature ...more

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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Bill Melendez A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is the tenth prime-time animated TV special based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It was originally aired on the CBS network on November ...more

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Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Clint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too is a 1974 animated feature from Disney released as a double feature with The Island at the Top of the World. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best ...more

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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire, Keenan Wynn Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town is a 1970 stop motion television special, made by Rankin-Bass. The film stars actor Fred Astaire as the narrator S.D. Kluger, Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle/Santa ...more

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Race for Your Life, Charlie Br... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Bill Melendez, Gail Davis, Jackson Beck Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown is a 1977 animated film produced by United Feature Syndicate for Paramount Pictures, directed by Bill Meléndez, and the third in a series of films based ...more

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You're a Good Sport, Charlie B... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Gail Davis, Liam Martin, Melanie Kohn You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown is the 14th prime-time animated TV specials based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It was originally aired on the CBS network on ...more

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The Year Without a Santa Claus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth, Dick Shawn Mrs. Claus shares the story about the year Santa decided to take a vacation when he becomes convinced that there is no more Christmas spirit and people no longer care. Mrs. Claus sends Jingle ...more

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You're Not Elected, Charlie Br... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Bill Melendez, Linda Ercoli, Chad Webber You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown is the eighth prime-time animated TV special produced based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz, and the 10th one to air. It originally ...more

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It's the Easter Beagle, Charli... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Bill Melendez, Linda Ercoli, Todd Barbee It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown is the 12th prime-time animated TV special based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. It originally debuted on the CBS network on ...more

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The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Daws Butler, Pamelyn Ferdin, Allan Sherman The Cat in the Hat is an animated musical television special first aired on CBS on March 10, 1971, based on the 1957 Dr. Seuss children's book of the same name, and produced by DePatie-Freleng ...more

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The Lorax is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Danny DeVito The Lorax is a 1972 animated musical television special produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises. It first aired on CBS on February 14, 1972 based on the book of the same name by Dr. Seuss. It ...more

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Here Comes Peter Cottontail is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Vincent Price, Danny Kaye, Casey Kasem Here Comes Peter Cottontail is a 1971 Easter stop-motion television special made by Rankin-Bass, based on a 1957 novel by Priscilla and Otto Friedrich entitled The Easter Bunny That Overslept. ...more

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Lupin the Third: The Secret of... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Hidekatsu Shibata, Gorō Naya, Eiko Masuyama The Mystery of Mamo, also known as The Secret of Mamo, is a 1978 Japanese animated science fiction comedy adventure film; it is the first animated film of the Lupin III franchise created by ...more

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Scooby-Doo in Ghastly Ghost To... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Scooby-Doo in Ghastly Ghost Town

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The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
John Hurt, Annette Crosbie, Peter Woodthorpe J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is a 1978 American animated fantasy film directed by Ralph Bakshi. It uses a hybrid of traditional cel animation and rotoscoped live action footage. It is ...more

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Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
John Hurt, Denholm Elliott, Richard Briers Watership Down is a 1978 British animated adventure drama film written, produced and directed by Martin Rosen and based on the novel of the same name by Richard Adams. It was financed by a ...more

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Wizards is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Mark Hamill, Ralph Bakshi, David Proval Wizards is a 1977 American animated post-apocalyptic science fantasy film about the battle between two wizards, one representing the forces of magic and one representing the forces of industrial ...more

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The Phantom Tollbooth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Mel Blanc, June Foray, Daws Butler The Phantom Tollbooth, also known as The Adventures of Milo in the Phantom Tollbooth, is a 1970 live-action/animated film based on Norton Juster's 1961 children's book The Phantom Tollbooth. ...more

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The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
nick-slade added John Huston, Otto Preminger, Don Messick The Hobbit is a 1977 animated musical television special created by Rankin/Bass, a studio known for their holiday specials, and animated by Topcraft, a precursor to Studio Ghibli, using lyrics ...more

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The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Mov... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Mel Blanc, Nicolai Shutorov The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie is a 1979 Looney Tunes film with a compilation of classic Warner Bros. cartoon shorts and animated bridging sequences, hosted by Bugs Bunny. The bridging ...more

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The Twelve Tasks of Asterix is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Terry Scott, Alice Sapritch, Roger Carel The Twelve Tasks of Asterix is a 1976 French animated feature film based on the Asterix comic book series. René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, the creators of the series, wrote the story and ...more

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Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Mel Blanc, June Foray Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales is an animated Christmas television special featuring Bugs Bunny and other Looney Tunes characters, in three newly-created cartoon shorts with seasonal

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Fritz the Cat is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Ralph Bakshi, Rosetta LeNoire, Skip Hinnant Fritz the Cat is a 1972 American adult animated comedy film written and directed by Ralph Bakshi as his feature film debut. Based on the comic strip of the same name by Robert Crumb, the film ...more

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Leslie Phillips, June Whitfield, Arthur Lowe The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is an animated television film that was broadcast on CBS in 1979, based on the novel by C. S. Lewis.

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Heavy Traffic is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Jamie Farr, Frank de Kova, Robert Easton Heavy Traffic is a 1973 American adult animated comedy-drama film written and directed by Ralph Bakshi. The film, which begins, ends, and occasionally combines with live-action, explores the ...more

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The Castle of Cagliostro is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
nick-slade added Ichirō Nagai, Sumi Shimamoto, Gorō Naya The Castle of Cagliostro is a 1979 Japanese animated film co-written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It is the second film featuring Monkey Punch's master thief Arsène Lupin III, from his ...more

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Jack and the Beanstalk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Masachika Ichimura Jack and the Beanstalk is a 1974 Japanese animated feature film produced by Group TAC and Nippon Herald Films and directed by Gisaburō Sugii. Styled after classical Western animation, it is a ...more

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The Smurfs and the Magic Flute is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Jacques Marin, Henri Cremieux, Ginette Garcin Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Smurfs and the Magic Flute is a 1976 Belgian animated film starring the Smurfs, directed by their creator, Peyo. Though the film premiered in 1976 in Belgium, and 1979 in the United Kingdom, ...more

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The Hedgehog in the Fog is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Aleksey Batalov, Maria Vinogradova, Vyacheslav Nevinny Hedgehog in the Fog is a 1975 Soviet/Russian animated film directed by Yuriy Norshteyn, produced by the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow. The Russian script was written by Sergei Kozlov, who also ...more

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Tintin and the Lake of Sharks is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Henri Virlogeux, Jacques Ciron, Pierre Collet Tintin and the Lake of Sharks is an animated film based on The Adventures of Tintin, directed by Raymond Leblanc. It was not written by Hergé, but by the Belgian comics creator Greg, a ...more

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Stalk of the Celery Monster is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Tim Burton Stalk of the Celery Monster is a 1979 short animated film written, directed and animated entirely in pencil by Tim Burton during his time as a student with the California Institute of the Arts. ...more

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Shinbone Alley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
Shinbone Alley Carol Channing, John Carradine, Hal Smith Shinbone Alley is a 1971 animated musical comedy film based on the Joe Darion, Mel Brooks, and George Kleinsinger musical of the same name as well as the original Archy and Mehitabel stories by ...more