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The Best 70s Cartoon Movies

Updated June 15, 2019 2.0k votes 379 voters 7.9k views37 items

List RulesVote up your favorite animated films that were released in the 1970s

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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    Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    Charlotte's Web

    Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce

    Released1973

    Directed byCharles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

    Charlotte's Web is a 1973 American animated musical film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    Robin Hood

    Ringo Starr, Peter Ustinov

    Released1973

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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    The Aristocats is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    The Aristocats

    Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi

    Released1970

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    The Aristocats is a 1970 American animated feature film produced and released by Walt Disney... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Rescuers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    The Rescuers

    Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, Art Stevens

    The Rescuers is a 1977 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Many Adventures of Winnie  is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

    Clint Howard, Howard Morris

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman

    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a 1977 American animated musical film produced by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies

    Released1973

    Directed byBill Melendez, Phil Roman

    A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is the tenth prime-time animated TV special based upon the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Snoopy, Come Home is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    Snoopy, Come Home

    Bill Melendez, Christopher DeFaria

    Released1972

    Directed byBill Melendez

    Snoopy, Come Home! is a 1972 animated musical film, released by National General Pictures,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too

    Clint Howard, Howard Morris

    Released1974

    Directed byJohn Lounsbery

    Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too is a 1974 animated feature from Disney released as a double... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

    Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire

    Released1970

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town is a 1970 stop motion television special, made by Rankin-Bass.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Year Without a Santa Claus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    The Year Without a Santa Claus

    Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth

    Released1974

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    The Year Without a Santa Claus is a 1974 Christmas stop motion animated television special... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    You're a Good Sport, Charlie B is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown

    Gail Davis, Liam Martin

    Released1975

    Directed byPhil Roman

    You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown is the 14th prime-time animated TV specials based upon the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Lorax is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    The Lorax

    Danny DeVito

    Released1972

    Directed byHawley Pratt

    The Lorax is a 1972 animated musical television special produced by DePatie-Freleng... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Race for Your Life, Charlie Br is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown

    Bill Melendez, Gail Davis

    Released1977

    Directed byBill Melendez, Phil Roman

    Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown is a 1977 animated film produced by United Feature Syndicate... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    It's the Easter Beagle, Charli is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

    Bill Melendez, Linda Ercoli

    Released1974

    Directed byPhil Roman

    It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown is the 12th prime-time animated TV special based upon... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    The Cat in the Hat

    Daws Butler, Pamelyn Ferdin

    Released1971

    Directed byHawley Pratt

    The Cat in the Hat is an animated musical television special first aired on CBS on March 10,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Here Comes Peter Cottontail is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    Here Comes Peter Cottontail

    Vincent Price, Danny Kaye

    Released1971

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    Here Comes Peter Cottontail is a 1971 Easter stop-motion television special made by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    You're Not Elected, Charlie Br is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown

    Bill Melendez, Linda Ercoli

    Released1972

    Directed byBill Melendez

    You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown is the eighth prime-time animated TV special produced based... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    Watership Down

    John Hurt, Denholm Elliott

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Hubley, Martin Rosen

    Watership Down is a 1978 British animated adventure drama film written, produced and directed... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Wizards is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    Wizards

    Mark Hamill, Ralph Bakshi

    Released1977

    Directed byRalph Bakshi

    Wizards is a 1977 American animated post-apocalyptic science fantasy film about the battle... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    The Hobbit

    John Huston, Otto Preminger

    Released1977

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    The Hobbit is a 1977 animated musical television special created by Rankin/Bass, a studio... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    The Lord of the Rings

    John Hurt, Annette Crosbie

    Released1978

    Directed byRalph Bakshi

    The Lord of the Rings is a 1978 animated high fantasy film directed by Ralph Bakshi. It is an... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Mov is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie

    Mel Blanc, Nicolai Shutorov

    Released1979

    Directed byChuck Jones

    The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie is a 1979 Looney Tunes film with a compilation of classic... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Lupin the Third: The Secret of is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    Lupin the Third: The Secret of Mamo

    Hidekatsu Shibata, Gorō Naya

    Released1978

    Directed bySōji Yoshikawa

    The Mystery of Mamo, also known as The Secret of Mamo, is a 1978 Japanese animated science... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Allegro Non Troppo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    Allegro Non Troppo

    Maurizio Nichetti, Mirella Falco

    Released1976

    Directed byBruno Bozzetto

    Allegro Non Troppo is a 1976 Italian animated film directed by Bruno Bozzetto. Featuring six... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Scooby-Doo in Ghastly Ghost To is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 70s Cartoon Movies
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    Scooby-Doo in Ghastly Ghost Town

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