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5 Classic Animated Features That Will Bring Back All The Feels

If you were born and grew up in the 80s—perhaps even as way back as the 60s—it’s more than likely you’ve seen Sesame Street, Don Bluth and Disney animated features, or Looney Tunes.  In the 80s, a couple anime series also hit it big locally and Hannah-Barbera cartoons even had many sequences which were farmed out for animation and coloring by teams in the Philippines.  There  is something quite nostalgic and charming about the jitter of running sketched frames, the unsteady lines, the hand-painted matte backgrounds, painted characters, and the flawed glory in the strokes of 2D animation resonates with a mostly analog era we knew once existed.  We recall a few poignant, noteworthy animation features that, by comparison, were quite under the radar.  Some of these beguiled us on our Saturday mornings on TV or Sunday evenings with the family on Betamax from the nearest rental store.


1. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Narrated by the one and only Orson Welles, this Rudyard Kipling literary classic of an adopted mongoose was brought to life by the legendary animator Chuck Jones and distributed by Family Home Entertainment.  Chuck Jones intimately studied the movements of a mongoose (especially in battle with snakes) and found a way to transform this stunning and cunning creature into a relatable, lovable character onscreen.


image from Chuck Jones Museum via



2. The White Seal

In the same shorts series as Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, also a Chuck Jones animated feature, the adventure of Kotik the White Seal.  His adventure is just as memorable as the tale of the beloved mongoose. 



Kotik is unusual in his herd because he is white yet finds it uniquely in himself to search for a safer location for his family herd to live in—protected from dangerous human beings.



3. Sesame Street Shorts

“Sunny days, sweeping the clouds away…”, that opening song just totally got us off the edges of our seats when we were little.  Sesame Street time was always preciously carved out of the day.  Other than the famous beloved puppet characters brought to life by Jim Henson, Sesame Street had many animated segments that pretty much tattooed themselves on our minds.  A lot of them are still available to view online.  

One in particular that we personally cannot forget—apt, come to think of it, since it’s all about not being forgetful—is this charming clip of a doodled mother and daughter in an exchange about the groceries and not forgetting what’s on that list.



4. "Numbers Song", Sesame Street

No one, for that matter also, can forget the iconic Sesame street Numbers song which follows the vibrant and colorful path of a pinball inside a pinball machine.



5. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe 

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis is a collection of six books that has captivated the hearts of children and adults for many decades.  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the second and most popular book in the series.  Before the major cinema feature in the early 2000s was this extremely minimalist animated feature produced in 1979 by CBS and would go on to win an Emmy in September 1979.  Unlike many features today all gunning to rev up your emotions into high gear, this doesn’t have swells of music charging you throughout the entire feature—just in key parts.  In fact, its slow-cooked start may drag on for those of you who are used to fast editing, but we’d like to think some simple scenes leave more room for the imagination.  It’s a less spoon-fed manner of presentation.