1980s Short Movies

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Mickey's Christmas Carol(1983)

3.8/5 (with 315 votes)

It is an adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, featuring Scrooge McDuck as his namesake and inspiration Ebenezer Scrooge and Mickey Mouse as Bob Cratchit. This film was based on a 1972 audio musical entitled Disney's A Christmas Carol. It is a twenty-four minute animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions as an accompaniment to a re-release of The Rescuers.

Directed by Burny Mattinson

Kimagure Orange Road(1987-1988)

3.6/5 (with 5 votes)

Kyosuke Kasuga, fifteen, moves to a new city and falls for Madoka Ayukawa. She's friendly when they're alone, but acts like a delinquent when in front of others. Kyosuke meanwhile struggles not to break the heart of Hikaru Hiyama, who fell in love after seeing him make an impossible basketball shot. To add the cherry to this particular sundae, Kyosuke and his family (sisters, grandfather, and cousins) all have various powers. And while Kyosuke's desperate to keep those powers a secret, his younger sisters (among others) aren't quite as concerned about it.

A Grand Day Out(1990)

3.8/5 (with 279 votes)

Wallace and Gromit have run out of cheese and this provides an excellent excuse for the animated duo to take their holiday on the moon, where, as everyone knows, there is ample cheese. The moon is inhabited by a mechanical caretaker, who is not too happy about the two visitors from earth that nibble on the moon.

Directed by Nick Park

Tin Toy(1988)

3.2/5 (with 141 votes)

Babies are hardly monster-like, unless you're a toy. After escaping a drooling baby, Tinny realizes that he wants to be played with after all. But in the amount of time it takes him to discover this, the baby's attention moves on to other things only an infant could find interesting.

Directed by John Lasseter

Knick Knack(1989)

3.6/5 (with 181 votes)

Life on a shelf as a snowman trapped in a snow-globe blizzard can become wearing, especially when you're surrounded by knickknacks from sunnier locales. When the jaded snowman finally breaks free of his glass house, his vacation plans are cut short.

Directed by John Lasseter

Michael Jackson's Thriller(1983)

14min | Horror, Music
4.1/5 (with 175 votes)

A night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by a hoard of bloody-thirsty zombies.

Directed by John Landis - With Ola Ray, Vincent Price

Luxo Jr.(1986)

3.6/5 (with 199 votes)

A baby lamp finds a ball to play with and it's all fun and games until the ball bursts. Just when the elder Luxo thinks his kid will settle down for a bit, Luxo Jr. finds a ball ten times bigger.

Directed by John Lasseter


3.5/5 (with 124 votes)

When young Victor's pet dog Sparky (who stars in Victor's home-made monster movies) is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked "monster" wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor's neighbors, he has to convince them (and his parents) that despite his appearance, Sparky's still the good loyal friend he's always been.

The Adventures of André and Wally B.(1984)

2.7/5 (with 90 votes)

There's nothing like a restful nap in a pleasant wooded valley. But when André awakens and is greeted by a pesky yellow-and-black striped insect with a nasty stinger, he ends up taking a quick (and painful) hike.

Directed by Alvy Ray Smith

Red's Dream(1987)

3.1/5 (with 99 votes)

Life as the sole sale item in the clearance corner of Eben's Bikes can get lonely. So Red, a unicycle, dreams up a clown owner and his own juggling act that steals the show. But all too soon, the applause turns into the sound of rainfall, as reality rushes back. Red must resign himself to sitting in the corner and await his fate.

Directed by John Lasseter

The Snowman(1982)

3.8/5 (with 91 votes)

A young boy makes a snowman one Christmas Eve, which comes to life at midnight and takes the boy on a magical adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.

Directed by Dianne Jackson

Creature Comforts(2003-2006)

10min per episode | Animation, Comedy
3.8/5 (with 10 votes)

Stop-motion animated series with a cast of animals, sound-biting on a specific topic each episode, such as creatures' sporting adventures, Christmas, and visits to veterinarians. The show satirizes modern man on the street and documentary interviews, responding to unseen questioners. The voices of the characters, such as recurring dog and cat duo Trixie and Captain Cuddlepuss, are supplied by everyday people speaking varied regional accents, credited as The Great British Public. The creatures are portrayed in their own habitats. Creature Comforts was originally a short film, then a series of highly popular commercials, later a U.S. series.

Directed by Nick Park
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Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore(1983)

3.2/5 (with 16 votes)

Winnie the Pooh and friends decide to throw a birthday celebration for gloomy, old Eeyore.

Directed by Rick Reinert

Isle of Flowers(1989)

13min | Documentary
4.0/5 (with 59 votes)

A tomato is planted, harvested and sold at a supermarket, but it rots and ends up in the trash. Ends? No. Isle of Flowers follows it up until its real end, among animals, trash, women and children. And then the difference between tomatoes, pigs and human beings becomes clear.

Directed by Jorge Furtado

Captain EO(1986)

3.0/5 (with 37 votes)

In this 3-D science fiction film that was shown at Disney theme parks, the infamous Captain EO and his ragtag crew are sent on a diplomatic mission through space to deliver a gift to the mysterious and menacing Supreme Leader of a desolate industrial planet.

The Crimson Permanent Assurance(1983)

| 16min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 36 votes)

A group of down-and-out accountants mutiny against their bosses and sail their office building onto the high seas in search of a pirate's life.

Meat Love(1989)

3.4/5 (with 24 votes)

Two meaty characters meet, fall in love, and exprience a heartbreaking ending to their love story.

Directed by Jan Švankmajer

The Garden of Earthly Delights(1981)

3.1/5 (with 9 votes)

A collage of two-dimensional images of vegetation, each appearing only for a moment, sometimes as a single image, more often with other bits of stem, leaf, bud, or petal. Often we see only the outline of objects against a black background. Black and green are occasionally joined by fragments of orange or of white and blue. The objects in the frame don't move but they are quickly replaced by another collage, giving the feel of rapid motion. Each collage is crisp, its lines etched against the background of black and later of white. Whitman anyone, or Hieronymus Bosch? Although there is no soundtrack, the rapidity of changing images and colors suggests a riot.

Directed by Stan Brakhage


50min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 26 votes)

Carefully picked scenes of nature and civilization are viewed at high speed using time-lapse cinematography in an effort to demonstrate the history of various regions.

Directed by Ron Fricke

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story(1988)

| 43min | Drama, Music, Animation
3.6/5 (with 19 votes)

The final 17 years of American singer and musician Karen Carpenter, performed almost entirely by modified Barbie dolls. The first film from Todd Haynes (Velvet Goldmine, I'm Not There), Superstar is a hauntingly beautiful biopic that garnered immediate praise among the local film community but quickly received 2 cease-and-desist letters from Mattel, the maker of Barbie, and Karen Carpenter's family. To this day, this movie has not seen further release.

Directed by Todd Haynes

Rocky VI(1986)

9min | Comedy
2.7/5 (with 19 votes)

Not to be confused with any of the sequels to Sylvester Stallone's classic Oscar-winning Rocky, this short film from Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki is actually meant as a parody of the late Cold War-era Rocky IV, which saw Stallone's character taking on a juiced-up Russian fighter played by Dolph Lundgren. In this 1986 send-up, Rock'y, played by Silu Seppala, goes head to head with Soviet Igor (Sakari Kuosmanen) and loses.

The Pit, the Pendulum and Hope(1983)

3.6/5 (with 12 votes)

A short film based on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" and Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam's "A Torture by Hope".

Directed by Jan Švankmajer

The Dream Is Alive(1985)

37min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 4 votes)

The Dream Is Alive takes you into space alongside the astronauts on the space shuttle. Share with them the delights of zero gravity while working, eating and sleeping in orbit around the Earth. Float as never before over the towering Andes, the boot of Italy, Egypt and the Nile. Witness firsthand a tension-filled satellite capture and repair and the historic first spacewalk by an American woman.

Directed by Graeme Ferguson - With David Leestma

The Return of Bruno(1987)

56min | Comedy, Music
2.8/5 (with 5 votes)

A "documentary" about the major influence that a '60s rock singer named Bruno has had on rock music, as attested to by such rock legends as Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson and the Bee Gees, among others.

Directed by James Yukich - With Bill Graham, Brian Wilson, Bruce Willis, Clive Davis, Dick Clark, Elton John, ...


4.4/5 (with 2 votes)

An short experimental film by Japanese underground filmmaker Shozin Fukui. The film follows a young woman on the Tokyo subway, who may be possessed.

Directed by Shozin Fukui

The Appointments of Dennis Jennings(1988)

| 29min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 3 votes)

Dennis Jennings (Steven Wright) is an introverted daydreamer, sleepwalking through life. He is a professional waiter and has an equally-dull girlfriend, Emma. In an attempt to release his pent-up feelings of isolation, he begins seeing a psychiatrist (Rowan Atkinson), only to discover that the doctor is somewhat less than interested in what he has to say. After finding his doctor sharing his intimate secrets with a group of fellow psychiatrists at a bar, and then finding that his girlfriend is cheating on him with the doctor, Dennis decides he has had enough. He hunts the doctor down in the woods and shoots him, ending up in jail with an equally uncaring prison shrink.


3.3/5 (with 12 votes)

A boy is tired of failing geometry, so he summons a demon.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro

Black Angel(1980)

3.5/5 (with 9 votes)

A knight returns home from the Crusades to find his village devastated by disease and his family gone. He roams the forest searching for them, until he finds a mysterious maiden who is being held prisoner by a black knight. In order to free her, he must confront her captor.

Directed by Roger Christian

The Great Cognito(1982)

4min | Animation
2.8/5 (with 6 votes)

The film tells of a music hall impressionist who caricatures personalities from the second world war. Animated by Barry Bruce at Will Vinton Productions.

Directed by Will Vinton

A Shocking Accident(1982)

25min | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 2 votes)

Oscar-winning short film based on the short story by Graham Greene.

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