If the Academy Awards had made Best Animated Feature early. It's nominations would look like this Part 1: 1961 to 1979

by AlexHartsell | created - 20 Oct 2011 | updated - 09 Jan 2012 | Public

Hi folks, it's Alex Hartsell again. I have being think that the first Best Animated Feature should have being made in 1961 (AKA the 34th Academy Awards) and should have had it first called Best Animated Picture. Also have another Best Animated Feature category called Best Foreign Animated Film and have the title Best Animated Picture chance to Best Animated Film for the 55th Academy Awards. We began on Part 1 of what would it look like if it was made in 1961 and who would be the winner and nominations of it. Also some of the titles in here may have being released after that year or appeared on TV first, but let's just think and imaging if the Academy saw them first before the year and what if the TV movies decide to have them in theaters (after showed on TV). if the first Best Animated Feature was released in 1961. Part Two will be posted after this one.

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1. Of Stars and Men (1962)

53 min | Documentary, Animation

A unique documentary that uses animation and narration set to a classical music soundtrack to convey what science teaches us about matter, energy, space, time, and life and using this knowledge to ponder man's place in the universe.

Director: John Hubley | Stars: Harlow Shapley, Mark Hubley, Ray Hubley

Votes: 80

Nominated for Best Animated Picture (if it was made) at the 34th Academy Awards. Also, if Best Animated Picture was made, this film's company would show this film before being released in 1964 (also I check PBS' website and I think this film was released in 1961).

2. One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

G | 79 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

When a litter of Dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella de Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Rod Taylor, Betty Lou Gerson, J. Pat O'Malley, Martha Wentworth

Votes: 144,243 | Gross: $144.88M

Winner of Best Animated Picture (if it was made) at the 34th Academy Awards.

3. Gay Purr-ee (1962)

Approved | 85 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Mouser Jaune Tom and house cat Mewsette are living in the French countryside, but Mewsette wants to experience the refinement and excitement of the Paris living. But upon arrival she falls ... See full summary »

Director: Abe Levitow | Stars: Judy Garland, Robert Goulet, Red Buttons, Paul Frees

Votes: 1,570

Winner of the 35th Academy Awards' Best Animated Picture (if it was made).

4. Heaven and Earth Magic (1962)

66 min | Animation

A sequence of surreal cutout animation imagery, largely without a discernible narrative.

Director: Harry Smith

Votes: 565

Nominated for Best Animated Picture (if it was made) at the 35th Academy Awards.

5. Little Prince and the Eight Headed Dragon (1963)

83 min | Animation, Family, Adventure

Prince Susano's mother dies; when his father tells him she has gone to another place, he sets off in search of her. He builds a boat and goes to see, first, his brother, in his crystal ... See full summary »

Director: Yûgo Serikawa | Stars: Morio Kazama, Yukiko Okada, Chiharu Kuri, Masato Yamanouchi

Votes: 156

Nominated for Best Animated Picture (if it was made) at the 36th Academy Awards. Also, if Best Animated Picture was made the Academy would see this film before it's release in America and would have being the first foreign animated film nominated.

6. The Sword in the Stone (1963)

G | 79 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

A poor boy named Arthur learns the power of love, kindness, knowledge and bravery with the help of a wizard called Merlin in the path to become one of the most beloved kings in English history.

Directors: Wolfgang Reitherman, Clyde Geronimi, David Hand | Stars: Rickie Sorensen, Sebastian Cabot, Karl Swenson, Junius Matthews

Votes: 84,033 | Gross: $22.18M

Winner of the 36th Academy Awards' Best Animated Picture (if it was made).

7. Hey There, It's Yogi Bear (1964)

G | 89 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

As the movie opens, Spring has arrived in Jellystone Park. Just as fast as tourists arrive, Yogi is up to his usual act of stealing their picnic baskets and any other food he encounters. ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Friz Freleng, Abe Levitow | Stars: Daws Butler, Don Messick, Julie Bennett, James Darren

Votes: 826 | Gross: $2.44M

Nominated for Best Animated Picture (if it was made) at the 37th Academy Awards.

8. The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)

G | 99 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Meek and mild mannered bookkeeper Henry Limpet has few passions in life. It's mid-1941 and he would love to join the Navy but has been rated 4F. His friend George Stickle is in the Navy and... See full summary »

Directors: Arthur Lubin, Gerry Chiniquy, Robert McKimson, Hawley Pratt, Bill Tytla | Stars: Don Knotts, Carole Cook, Jack Weston, Andrew Duggan

Votes: 4,584

Winner of the 37th Academy Awards' Best Animated Picture (if it was made).

9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 TV Movie)

TV-G | 47 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

Director: Larry Roemer | Stars: Billie Mae Richards, Burl Ives, Larry D. Mann, Paul Soles

Votes: 24,571

Nominated for Best Animated Picture (if it was made) at the 37th Academy Awards and if Best Animated Picture was made, this film would have been the first animated TV movie to be nominated.

10. The Man from Button Willow (1965)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

The first undercover agent helps Western settlers.

Director: David Detiege | Stars: Dale Robertson, Edgar Buchanan, Barbara Jean Wong, Herschel Bernardi

Votes: 106

Nominated for Best Animated Picture (if it was made) at the 38th Academy Awards.

11. Willy McBean and His Magic Machine (1965)

94 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Little Willy McBean joins up with a Mexican monkey named Pablo to travel back in time and stop the evil Prof. von Rotten from changing history.

Director: Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Larry D. Mann, Billie Mae Richards, Alfie Scopp, Paul Kligman

Votes: 73

Winner of the 38th Academy Awards' Best Animated Picture (if it was made).

12. The Daydreamer (1966)

Unrated | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

An anthology of fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen: "The Little Mermaid," "The Emperor's New Clothes," "Thumbelina" and "The Garden of Paradise."

Director: Jules Bass | Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, Victor Borge, Patty Duke, Jack Gilford

Votes: 255

Nominated for Best Animated Picture (if it was made) at the 39th Academy Awards.

13. The Man Called Flintstone (1966)

Unrated | 89 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In this feature-length film based on the "Flintstones" TV show, secret agent Rock Slag is injured during a chase in Bedrock. Slag's chief decides to replace the injured Slag with Fred ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Stars: Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl, Gerry Johnson

Votes: 1,383

Winner of the 39th Academy Awards' Best Animated Picture (if it was made).

14. The Jungle Book (1967)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

65 Metascore

Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization.

Directors: Wolfgang Reitherman, James Algar, Jack Kinney | Stars: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima, Bruce Reitherman

Votes: 157,302 | Gross: $141.84M

Winner of the 40th Academy Awards' Best Animated Picture (if it was made).

15. Mad Monster Party? (1967)

Unrated | 94 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

When Dr Frankenstein decides to retire from the monster-making business, he calls an international roster of monsters to a creepy convention to elect his successor. Everyone is there ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Bass | Stars: Boris Karloff, Allen Swift, Gale Garnett, Phyllis Diller

Votes: 2,594

Nominated for Best Animated Picture (if it was made) at the 40th Academy Awards.

16. Horus: Prince of the Sun (1968)

Not Rated | 82 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A boy with a mythical sword wants to protect a Norse village from an evil ice wizard and his minions, who destroyed his family's village. However, the villagers don't fully trust him and a mysterious girl with a dark secret befriends him.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Mikijirô Hira, Etsuko Ichihara, Eijirô Tôno, Masao Mishima

Votes: 1,973

Nominated for Best Animated Picture (if it was made) at the 41st Academy Awards and if Best Animted Picture was made, the Academy would see this film before it's American release.

17. Yellow Submarine (1968)

G | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

79 Metascore

The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred (Lance Percival) in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music hating Blue Meanies.

Director: George Dunning | Stars: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon

Votes: 23,425 | Gross: $0.99M

Winner of the 41st Academy Awards' Beat Animated Picture (if it was made).

18. Tintin and the Temple of the Sun (1969)

77 min | Adventure, Family, Mystery

Tintin travels to Peru to rescue some archaeologists from an old inca curse.

Director: Eddie Lateste | Stars: Philippe Ogouz, Claude Bertrand, Lucie Dolène, Albert Augier

Votes: 1,683

Nominated for Best Animated Picture (if it was made) at the 42nd Academy Awards.

19. Puss in Boots (1969)

80 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

While being on the run for saving a mouse, the famous Puss in Boots, Pero, helps a young peasant boy win the heart of a lovely princess, while trying to rescue her from an evil wizard.

Director: Kimio Yabuki | Stars: Susumu Ishikawa, Toshiko Fujita, Rumi Sakakibara, Asao Koike

Votes: 721

Winner of the 42nd Academy Awards' Best Animated Picture (if it was made). Also if Best Animated Picture was made, the Academy would see this film before it's release in America.

20. The Aristocats (1970)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 87,440 | Gross: $37.68M

Nominated for Best Animated Picture (if it was made) at the 43rd Academy Awards.

21. A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969)

G | 86 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Charlie Brown makes his way to the national spelling bee finals.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Peter Robbins, Pamelyn Ferdin, Glenn Gilger, Andy Pforsich

Votes: 4,191 | Gross: $13.08M

Winner of Best Animated Picture (if it was made) at the 43rd Academy Awards.

22. The Phantom Tollbooth (1970)

G | 90 min | Family, Adventure, Animation

Milo is a boy who is bored with life. One day he comes home to find a toll booth in his room. Having nothing better to do, he gets in his toy car and drives through - only to emerge in a world full of adventure.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Abe Levitow, Dave Monahan | Stars: Butch Patrick, Hans Conried, Mel Blanc, Daws Butler

Votes: 2,761

Nominated for Best Animated Picture (if it was made) at the 43rd Academy Awards.

23. Animal Treasure Island (1971)

78 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A group of kids compete with a team of bumbling pirates to find buried treasure.

Director: Hiroshi Ikeda | Stars: Minori Matsushima, Fusako Amachi, Asao Koike, Kôsei Tomita

Votes: 356

Nominated for Best Animated Picture (if it was made). Also if Best Animated Picture was made, the Academy would see this movie before it's release in America and would start making a new Best Animated Picture catagory called Best Foregin Animated Film after this film should have been nominated.

24. The Point (1971)

Not Rated | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A father tells his son a bedtime story about young Oblio (Mike Lookinland), who believes that having no point in the fantastical kingdom of pointed heads and things, still has a point.

Director: Fred Wolf | Stars: Ringo Starr, Dustin Hoffman, Paul Frees, Lennie Weinrib

Votes: 2,194

Winner of the 44th Academy Awards' Best Animated Picture (if it was made) and the movie's company would have the Academy see it on the big screen (after it was on TV), if the darn Best Animated Picture was made.

25. Shinbone Alley (1970)

G | 85 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

A newspaper man is reincarnated as a cockroach and makes friends with a free-spirited female alley cat.

Directors: John Wilson, David Detiege | Stars: Carol Channing, Eddie Bracken, Alan Reed, John Carradine

Votes: 142

Nominated for Best Animated Picture (if it was made) at the 44th Academy Awards.

26. Fritz the Cat (1972)

Unrated | 78 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960s.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Skip Hinnant, Rosetta LeNoire, John McCurry, Judy Engles

Votes: 10,553 | Gross: $25.00M

Winner of the 45th Academy Awards' Best Animated Picture (if it was made) and would have being the first X-Rated animated movie to be nominated and win if Best Animated Picture was made.

27. Snoopy Come Home (1972)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

When Snoopy receives a letter from a girl named Lila, who's in a hospital, he goes on a journey with Woodstock to see her.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Chad Webber, Robin Kohn, Stephen Shea, David Carey

Votes: 3,935

Nominated for Best Animated Picture (if it was made) at the 45th Academy Awards.

28. Charlotte's Web (1973)

G | 94 min | Animation, Family, Musical

A gentle and wise grey spider with a flair for promotion pledges to save a young pig from slaughter for dinner food.

Directors: Charles A. Nichols, Iwao Takamoto, John Carnochan, Andreas Deja, Joe Ranft | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Henry Gibson, Paul Lynde, Rex Allen

Votes: 16,040 | Gross: $5.23M

Nominated for Best Animated Picture (if it was made) at the 46th Academy Awards.

29. Heavy Traffic (1973)

R | 77 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

An "underground" cartoonist contends with life in the inner city, where various unsavory characters serve as inspiration for his artwork.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Joseph Kaufmann, Beverly Hope Atkinson, Frank DeKova, Terri Haven

Votes: 2,722

Nominated for Best Animated Picture (if it was made) at the 46th Academy Awards.

30. Robin Hood (1973)

G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

57 Metascore

The story of the legendary outlaw is portrayed with the characters as humanoid animals.

Directors: Wolfgang Reitherman, David Hand | Stars: Brian Bedford, Phil Harris, Roger Miller, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 108,673 | Gross: $32.06M

Winner of the 46th Academy Awards' Best Animated Picture (if it was made).

31. Fantastic Planet (1973)

PG | 72 min | Animation, Sci-Fi

On a faraway planet where blue giants rule, oppressed humanoids rebel against their machine-like leaders.

Director: René Laloux | Stars: Barry Bostwick, Jennifer Drake, Eric Baugin, Jean Topart

Votes: 22,089

Winner of the first Best Foreign Animated Film (if it was made) at the 46th Academy Awards.

32. Once Upon a Time (1973)

G | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

"Once Upon a Time" is a mix of the fairy tales Mother Holle and Cinderella. Maria, Bello, and Mr. Bottle are quite happy. However, life changes when a wandering con artist tricks Mr. Bottle... See full summary »

Director: Rolf Kauka | Stars: Ursula Heyer, Martin Hirthe, Tilly Lauenstein, Arnold Marquis

Votes: 135

Nominated for Best Foreign Animated Film (if it was made) at the 46th Academy Awards.

33. Journey Back to Oz (1972)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

During a twister, Dorothy is hit on the head by a gate and once again whisked away to the land of Oz. But this time, on her way to the Emerald City, she discovers a terrible plot by the ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Sutherland | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Milton Berle, Margaret Hamilton, Herschel Bernardi

Votes: 461

Winner of the 47th Academy Awards' Best Animated Picture (if it was made).

34. The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (1974)

R | 77 min | Animation, Comedy

Fritz the Cat may have lost one of his lives in the comics, but in his new movie, he has eight more lives left to go! While his wife screams at him, Fritz lights up a joint and reminiscences about what could have been.

Director: Robert Taylor | Stars: Skip Hinnant, Reva Rose, Bob Holt, Robert Ridgely

Votes: 2,434

Nominated for Best Animated Picture (if it was made) at the 47th Academy Awards.

35. Jack and the Beanstalk (1974)

G | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A young peasant boy named Jack climbs a giant beanstalk and stumbles upon a city in the clouds ruled by an evil queen.

Director: Gisaburô Sugii | Stars: Tonpei Hidari, Masachika Ichimura, Nobue Ichitani, Kazuo Kamimura

Votes: 777

Winner of the 47th Academy Awards' Best Foreign Animated Film (if it was made).

36. The Three Wise Men (1976)

85 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

Kings Gaspar, Melcior, and Balthazar are on their way to Bethlehem to worship the newborn baby Jesus, but the Devil is determined to stop them by disrupting their journey every foot of the ... See full summary »

Directors: Fernando Ruiz, Adolfo Torres Portillo | Stars: Carlos David Ortigoza, Jorge Sánchez Fogarty, Azucena Rodríguez, José Lavat

Votes: 41

Nominated for Best Foreign Anaimted Film (if it was made) at 47th Academy Awards and even though I look at this film's release year on Wikipedia, I think it should be nominated on that event and the Academy sees this before it was release in 1976 and if Best Foreign Animated Film was made.

37. Coonskin (1975)

R | 100 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Rabbit, a country-born trickster, takes over the organized crime racket in Harlem, facing opposition from the institutionalized racism of the Mafia and corrupt police.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Barry White, Charles Gordone, Scatman Crothers, Philip Michael Thomas

Votes: 2,424

Nominated for Best Animated Picture (if it was made) at the 48th Academy Awards.

38. Everybody Rides the Carousel (1976)

72 min | Animation

Show is an animated tracing of the eight stages of life, from infancy to old stage, as they have been described in the works of psychoanalyst Erik H. Erikson.

Director: John Hubley | Stars: Alvin Epstein, Judith Coburn, Ray Hubley, Lou Jacobi

Votes: 143

Winner of 48th Academy Awards' Best Anmiated Picture (if it was made).

39. Tubby the Tuba (1975)

G | 81 min | Animation, Family, Musical

When Tubby the Tuba sets out to find a melody all of his own, his journey results in this enchanting and exciting musical tale. Tubby joins the circus and striving to be part of an ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Schure | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Pearl Bailey, Ruth Enders, Jack Gilford

Votes: 91

Nominated for Best Animated Picture (if it was made) at the 48th Academy Awards.

40. Dick Deadeye, or Duty Done (1975)

G | 81 min | Animation, Musical

Able Seaman Dick Deadeye is charged by Queen Victoria to find the stolen Ultimate Secret. His ugliness means that his life has always been lonely but a buxom barmaid takes a shine to him. ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Victor Spinetti, Peter Reeves, George A. Cooper, Miriam Karlin

Votes: 42

Nominated for Best Foreign Animated Film (if it was made) at the 48th Academy Awards.

41. The Humpbacked Horse (1975)

G | 73 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Enthrallingly and fervently, colorfully and directly narration about the surprising adventures of little Ivanushka and his true friend - magic Horse, outwitting a foolish and greedy tsar.

Directors: Ivan Ivanov-Vano, Boris Butakov | Stars: Jim Backus, Aleksey Gribov, Mariya Vinogradova, Georgiy Vitsin

Votes: 846

Winner of the 48th Academy Awards' Best Foreign Animated Film (if it was made) even though it was release after 1975 (if the Academy Awards sees it before and Best Foreign Animated Film was made).

42. The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (1975)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Reodor Felgen decides that he will enter a car race to defeat his former friend who has stolen his plans for a car.

Director: Ivo Caprino | Stars: Wenche Foss, Per Theodor Haugen, Harald Heide-Steen Jr., Leif Juster

Votes: 12,065

Nominated for Best Animated Picture (if it was made) at the 48th Academy Awards.

43. Master of the World (1976 TV Movie)

60 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Based on the Jules Verne novel "Master of the World". Robur, from his dirigible, plans to become the master of the world.

Director: Leif Gram | Stars: John Ewart, Tim Elliott, Matthew O'Sullivan, Ron Haddrick

Votes: 12

Nominated for Best Animated Picture (if it was made) at the 49th Academy Awards and should have being nominated if Best Animated Picture was made and if it was on the big screen after being on TV.

44. Rudolph's Shiny New Year (1976 TV Movie)

TV-G | 60 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Rudolph must find Happy, the baby New Year, before midnight on New Year's Eve.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Red Skelton, Frank Gorshin, Morey Amsterdam, Harold Peary

Votes: 3,261

Winner of 49th Academy Awards' Best Animated Picture (if it was made) and like the one before this in the list, it should be nominated after being on the big screen and TV and if Best Animated Picture was made. Also if Best Animated Picture was made, the Academy would still allow animated TV films to win for a short while.

45. Il signor Rossi cerca la felicità (1976)

80 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Mr. Rossi is a cartoon character of the Italian cartoonist Bruno Bozzetto.

Director: Bruno Bozzetto | Stars: Carlo Romano, Grazia Pivetti, Gianfranco Mauri, Carlo Bonomi

Votes: 287

Nominated for Best Foregin Animated Film (if it was made) at the 49th Academy Awards.

46. Mattie the Goose-Boy (1977)

70 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.3