Chronology of Animation 1986
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January
Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary Special (tvsp), Gary Weis /Warner Bros.
history special with interviews with various Warner Bros. animation artists

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (tvsp), Bill Melendez /Mendelsohn-Melendez.
(drawn animation)


January
Jimbo and the Jet Set (tvss), Peter Maddocks and Keith Learner /Maddocks Cartoon Productions. (Great Britain)
(drawn animation)

January
"The Adventures of An American Rabbit" (f), Fred Wolf and Nobutaka Nishizawa /Toei.
(drawn animation)

Ai no Wakakusa Monogatari ("Love's Tale of Young Grass"), (tv), Nippon Animation.
(drawn animation)

Ai Shoujo Pollyanna Monogatari [愛少女ポリアンナ物語] ("Story of Pollyanna, Girl of Love") (tv), Kôzô Kuzuha /Nippon Animation.
(drawn animation)

Maple Town Monogatari [メイプルタウン物語] ("Maple Town Stories"; "Maple Town") (tv), Toei.
(drawn animation)

Robotan [ロボタン] (tv)/(tvss), Masaharu Okuwaki /TMS.
(drawn animation)

Uchusen Sagittarius [宇宙船サジタリウス] ("Spaceship Sagittarius") (tv), Kazuyoshi Yokota /Nippon Animation.
(drawn animation)

J.C. Staff founded in Tokyo by Tomoyuki Miyata.


February
Stephen Jobs buys Lucasfilms' Computer Division and establishes it as Pixar Studio.



February
Dragon Ball [ドラゴンボール] (tv), Toei.
(drawn animation)
(1986-1989)
the first of three Dragon Ball tv series and a large number of movies

Dragon Ball imageDragon Ball
Urusei Yatsura: Lum the Forever (f), Kazuo Yamazaki /Kitty.
(drawn animation)

Zelda no Densetsu [ゼルダの伝説] ("The Legend of Zelda") (vg), Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka /Nintendo.
(drawn animation)
first Zelda no Densetsu series (1986 to the present)


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March
Gobots: Battle of the Rock Lords (f), Ray Patterson /Hanna-Barbera.
(drawn animation)

Kissyfur: The Birds and the Bears (tvsp), Marija Miletic Dail and Bernard Deyriès /DIC Entertainment.
(drawn animation)

March
The Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation (f), Dale Schott /Nelvana. (Canada)
(drawn animation)


March
Arion (f), Mamoru Hamatsu and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko /Nippon Sunrise and TMS.
(drawn animation)

Kido Senshi Gundam ZZ [機動戦士ガンダムZZ] ("Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ") (tv), Yoshiyuki Tomino /Nippon Sunrise.
(drawn animation)

Mahou no Idol Pastel Yumi [魔法のアイドル パステルユーミ] ("Magical Idol Pastel Yumi") (tv), Akira Sugino /Pierrot.
(drawn animation)

Maison Ikkoku [めぞん一刻] (tv), Kazuo Yamazaki, Takashi Anno, and Takayuki Yoshinaga /Studio Deen.
(drawn animation)
(1986-1988)

Megazone 23 (oav), Noburu Ishiguro /Artmic and AIC.
(drawn animation)
first Megazone 23 series




April
Bertha (tvss), Ivor Wood and Derek Mogford (animation director) /Woodland Animations. (Great Britain)
(model animation)

April
Ginga Nagareboshi Gin [銀牙流れ星銀] ("Galactic Meteor Gin [Silver]", "Silver Fang") (tv), Toei.
(drawn animation)

Go-Q-Choji Ikkiman [剛Q超児イッキマン] (tv), Nobutaka Nishizawa /Toei.
(drawn animation)

Lupin III: Dead or Alive [ルパン三世 DEAD OR ALIVE] (f), Monkey Punch /TMS.
(drawn animation)

Manga Naruhodo Monogatari [まんがなるほど物語] ("Animated Stories to Understand Things") (tv)/(edu), Dax.
(drawn animation, some live action)
(1986-1988)

Seishun Anime Zenshu [青春アニメ全集] ("Youth Anime Complete Collection") (tv), Fumio Kurokawa /Nippon Animation.
(drawn animation)

Ultraman Kids no Kotozawa Monogatari [ウルトラマンキッズのことわざ物語] ("Ultraman Kids' Proverb Stories") (tv), Masayoshi Ozaki /Trans Arts.
(drawn animation)

Wonder Beat S [ワンダービートS] ("Wonder Beat Scramble") (tv), Satoshi Dezaki and Seiji Arihara /Mushi.
(drawn animation)

Studio 4ºC founded by Koji Morimoto, Eiko Tanaka, and Yoshiharu Sato.


United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
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Australasia (excluding Japan)
May
The Flintstones' 25th Anniversary Celebration (tvsp), Hanna-Barbera.
history of the series composed of new animation with clips from the series, some live action

Garfield in Paradise (tvsp), Phil Roman /Film Roman.
(drawn animation)

Herschel Bernardi (October 30, 1923-May 9, 1986) (voice actor) dies in Los Angeles, California of a heart attack.

May
Sledgehammer (mv), Stephen Johnson, Peter Lord, David Sproxton, Stephen Quay, and Timothy Quay /Aardman. (Great Britain)
(clay animation, pixallation, some live action)


May
Hikari no Densetsu [光の伝説] ("Legend of Light"; "Hikari's Legend") (tv), Tomomi Mochizuki /Tatsunoko.
(drawn animation)

Sokihei MD Geist [装鬼兵MDガイスト ] ("Demon Armour MD Geist"; "MD Geist: The Most Dangerous Ever" (oav), Hayato Ikeda /Production Wave.
(drawn animation)


June
Kissyfur: The Lady Is a Chump (tvsp), Bernard Deyries /DIC Entertainment.
(drawn animation)

My Little Pony (f), Michael Jones /Sunbow.
(drawn animation)

June
The Great Heep (tvsp), Clive A. Smith and Gord Stanfield /Nelvana. (Canada)
(drawn animation)


June
Hadashi no Gen II [はだしのゲン2] ("Barefoot Gen II") (f), Toshio Hirata /Gen Production.
(drawn animation)

Project A-ko [プロジェクトA子] (f), Katsuhiko Nishijima /APPP.
(drawn animation)
first of the Project A-ko series of movies and oavs


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July
The Great Mouse Detective (f), John Musker, Ron Clements, Dave Michener, and Barry Mattinson /Disney.
(drawn animation)

Kissyfur: We Are the Swamp (tvsp), DIC Entertainment.
(drawn animation)



July
Ai City ("Love City") (f), Koichi Mashimo /Ashi.
(drawn animation)

Amon Saga (oav), Shunji Oga /Centre Studio and Toei.
(drawn animation)

Call Me Tonight (oav), Tatsuya Okamoto /AIC.
(drawn animation)

Gall Force--Eternal Story (f), Katsuhito Akiyama /Animate Film, Artmic, and AIC.
(drawn animation)
first of the Gall Force series of movies and oavs

Machine Robo-Cronos no Dai Gyakushu [マシンロボ クロノスの大逆襲] ("Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos") (tv), Ashi.
(drawn animation)

Nayuta [那由他] (oav), Masami Hata.
(drawn animation)

Super Mario Brothers Peach Hime Kyushutsu Daisakusen ("Super Mario Brothers--Plan to Free Princess Peach") (f), Masami Hata.
(drawn animation)

Windaria ("Once Upon A Time") (oav), Kunihiko Yuyama /Kaname.
(drawn animation)

Taiji Yabushita (Yabushita Taiji 薮下泰司) (February 1, 1903-July 15, 1986) (director, producer, animator) dies.


August
The Flight of Dragons (tvsp), Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass /Rankin-Bass.
(drawn animation)

Jem (tv), Marvel.
(drawn animation)

Luxo Jr. (ss), John Lasseter /Lucasfilm.
(cgi animation)

The Transformers: The Movie (f), Nelson Shin and Kozo Morishita /Sunbow (Toei).
(drawn animation)


August
Le croc-note show ("The Hook-Note Show") (tvss), Belokapi. (France)
(drawn animation)

August
Tengku no Shiro Laputa [天空の城ラピュタ] ("Castle in the Sky Laputa"; "Castle in the Sky") (f), Hayao Miyazaki /Ghibli.
(drawn animation)


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September
The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers (tv), Robert Mandell /Transcom Media (Tokyo Movie Shinsha (Japan)).
(drawn animation)

Cap'n O.G. Readmore Meets Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (tvsp)/(edu), Dave Bennett /Rick Reinert Productions.
(drawn animation)

Chuck Norris' Karate Kommandos (tv), Ruby-Spears.
(drawn animation)

Defenders of the Earth (tv), Marvel.
(drawn animation)

Dennis the Menace (tv), DIC Entertainment.
(drawn animation)

The Flintstone Kids (tv), Hanna-Barbera.
(drawn animation)
contains: The Flintstone Kids (tv), Captain Caveman and Son (tvss), Dino's Dilemmas (tvss), and Flintstone Funnies (tvss).

Foofur (tv)/(tvss), Hanna-Barbera.
(drawn animation)

Glo Friends (tv), Marvel.
(drawn animation)

Ghostbusters (tv), Filmation.
(drawn animation)

Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats (tv), DIC Entertainment.
contains Heathcliff (tvss) and The Catillac Cats (tvss)

The Inhumanoids (tv), Marvel.
(drawn animation)

Jonny Quest (tv), Hanna-Barbera.
(drawn animation)

Kissyfur (tv), DIC Entertainment.
(drawn animation)

Lazer Tag Academy (tv), Ruby-Spears.
(drawn animation)

My Little Pony 'N' Friends (tv), Marvel.
(drawn animation)
contains My Little Pony (tvss), Moondreamers (tvss), Potato Head Kids (tvss), and Glo Friends (tvss)

Pound Puppies (tv), Hanna-Barbera.
(drawn animation)

Rainbow Brite (tv), DIC Entertainment.
(drawn animation)

The Real Ghostbusters (tv), DIC Entertainment.
(drawn animation)

SilverHawks (tv), Rankin-Bass.
(drawn animation)

Wildfire: King of the Horses (tv), Hanna-Barbera.
(drawn animation)


September
Cadichon ou les Memoires d'un Ane ("Tales of Cadichon") (tv)/(tvss), Marcel Seren /Juana Productions. (France)
(drawn animation)

Krysar ("Pied Piper of Hamlin") (sf), Jiri Barta /Bratri v triku. (Czechoslovakia [Czech Republic])
(model animation, some live action)

Popples (tv), DIC International and Madhouse. (France/Japan)
(drawn animation)

September
Roots Search: Shokushin Buttai X [ルーツ・サーチ 食心物体X] ("Roots Search: Life Devourer X"; "Roots Search") (oav), Hisashi Sugai and Hiroshi Negishi /Production Wave.
(drawn animation)

September
Teen Wolf ("The Cartoon Adventures of Teen Wolf") (tv), Southern Star and Hanna-Barbera Australia. (Australia/United States)
(drawn animation)
(1986-1989)

October
Liberty and the Littles (tvsp), DIC Entertainment.
(drawn animation)

ThunderCats Ho! (tvsp), Rankin-Bass.
(drawn animation)

David Hand (David Dodd Hand) (January 23, 1900–October 11, 1986) (director, animator, producer) dies in Cambria, California.


October
The Bluffers (tv), Frank Fehmers /Frank Fehmers Productions. (Netherlands)
(drawn animation)

Valhalla (f), Peter Madsen and Jeffrey James Varab /Swan Film. (Denmark)
(drawn animation)

October
Anmitsu Hime [あんみつ姫] ("Princess Anmitsu") (tv), Masami Anno /Pierrot.
(drawn animation)

Bosco Daiboken [ボスコアドベンチャー] ("Bosco Adventure") (tv), Taku Sugiyama /Nippon Animation.
(drawn animation)

Dorimogu Daa!! [ドリモグだぁ!!] ("Mock & Sweet), (tv), Japcon-Mart.
(drawn animation)

Doteraman [ドテラマン] ("Kimono Man") (tv), Tatsunoko.
(drawn animation)

Ganbare! Kickers ("Fight! Kickers") (tv), Akira Sugino /Pierrot.
(drawn animation)

Heart Cocktail [(tv), Meruhen.
(drawn animation)
(1986-1988)

Oh! Family [ボスコアドベンチャー] (tv), Masamune Ochiai /Knack.
(drawsn animation)

Oz no Mahoutsukai [オズの魔法使い] ("The Wizard of Oz"; "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz") (tv), Panmedia and Cinar (Itoman). (Japan/Canada)
(drawn animation)

Saint Seiya [聖闘士星矢] (tv), Kozo Morishita and Kazuhito Kikuchi /Toei Doga.
(drawn animation)
(1986-1989)


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November
Disney's Fluppy Dogs (tvsp), Fred Wolf /Disney Television.
(drawn animation)

The Great Christmas Race (tvsp), Guy R. Mazzeo /Blair Entertainment.
(drawn animation)

HBO Storybook Musicals (tv), Home Box Office.
(drawn animation)
Collection of short musicals made by various studios. Some of the individual programs are listed as television specials in this chronology.

Inspector Gadget's Field Trip (tv)/(edu), DIC Entertainment.
(drawn animation, some live action)

The Kingdom Chums: Little David's Adventure (tvsp)/(edu), Rick Reinert /DIC Entertainment.
(drawn animation, some live action)

Santabear's First Christmas (tvsp), Mark Sottnick /Rabbit Ears.
(drawn animation)

Scatman Crothers (Benjamin Sherman Crothers) (May 23, 1910-November 22, 1986) dies in Van Nuys, California.

Paul Frees (Solomon Hersh Frees) (June 22, 1920–November 2, 1986) (voice actor) dies of heart ailments in Tiburon, California.


November
An American Tail (f), Don Bluth /Bluth and Amblin. (Ireland/Great Britain)
(drawn animation)

November
11 Iru [11人いる!] ("Junichinin Iru"; "They Were 11"; "They Were Eleven") (f), Tetsu Dezaki and Tsuneo Tominaga /Kitty Film.
(drawn animation)

Tobira o Akete [扉を開けて] ("Open the Door") (f), Keizu Shimizu /Magic Bus.
(drawn animation)

November
Ang Panday (tv), RPN 9. (Philippines)
(drawn animation)

December
Christmas Every Day (tvsp), Ed Newmann and Monica Kendall /Orkin-Flaum Productions.
(drawn animation)

December
Babar and Father Christmas (tvsp), Gerry Capelle /Atkinson Film-Arts. (Canada)
(drawn animation)

December
Astérix chez les Bretons ("Asterix in Britain") (f), Pino Van Lamsweerde /Gaumont. (France)
(drawn animation)

Andy Heyward buys DIC Audiovisuel from Radio Television Luxembourg and renames it DIC Animation City. Its headquarters is moved to Los Angeles. (Luxembourg/France/United States).

December
Dragon Ball: Shenlong no Densetsu ("Dragon Ball: The Legend of Shenlong"; "Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies") (sf), Daisuke Nishio /Toei.
(drawn animation)

Galaxy High School (tv), TMS.
(drawn animation)

Grey Digital Target [Grey デジタル・ターゲット] (oav), Satoshi Dezaki /Magic Bus.
(drawn animation)

Hi no Tori: Houou Hen ("Phoenix: Karma Chapter") (f), Rintaro /Madhouse.
(drawn animation)

Outlanders [アウトランダーズ] (oav), Katsuhisa Yamada /Tatsunoko.
(drawn animation)

Toki no Tabito Time Stranger [時空の旅人 Time Stranger] ("The Time Travellers, Time Stranger") (f), Mamoru Masaki /Project Team Argos and Madhouse.
(drawn animation)

Wanna-Be's [ウォナビーズ] (oav), Katsuhito Akiyama /Artmic and Animate Film.
(drawn animation)


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no date
Kroyer Films founded by Bill and Sue Kroyer to make films that combined cgi and hand drawn techniques.

no date
Every Dog's Guide to Complete Home Safety (ss), Les Drew /NFB. (Canada)
(drawn animation)
first Blue Dog series

L'Heure des anges // Nightangel (ss), Jacques Drouin and Bretislav Pojar /NFB. (Canada)
(pinscreen and model animation)

As novas aventuras da turma da Monica ("The New Adventures of Monica and Her Friends") (f), Mauricio de Sousa Productions. (Brazil)
(drawn animation)

Os Trapalhoes no Rabo do Cometa ("The Trapalhoes in the Tail of the Comet") (f), Dede Santana /Renato Aragão Produções. (Brazil)
(drawn animation, part live action)

no date
Ali und der Hexenmeister ("Ali and the Sorcerer") (ss), Manfred Henke /DEFA Animation. (People's Republic of Germany [Germany]).
(silhouette animation)

Bolek i Lolek na dzikim Zachodzie ("Bolek and Lolek in the Wild West") (f), Stanislaw Dulz /Filmow Rysunkowych. (Poland)
(drawn animation)

Dick Spanner, P.I. (tvss), Terry Adlam and Steven Begg /Virgin. (Great Britain)
(model animation)

Feenvögel ("The Fairy Birds") (ss), Monika Krauße-Anderson /DEFA Animation. (People's Republic of Germany [Germany])
(model animation)

Fireman Sam (tvss), Bumper Films. (Great Britain)
(model animation)
(1986-1991)

Die Gänsemagd ("The Goose Girl") (ss), Horst J. Tappert /DEFA. (People's Republic of Germany [Germany])
(silhouette animation)

Gréti (Egy kutya feljegyzései) (tv), József Nepp /Pannoniafilm. (Hungary)
(drawn animation)

Jak Zofka poradala sportovni den ("Sophie, the Sports Day Organizor") (ss), M+B+D (Milos Macourek, Adolf Born, Doubrava) /Bratri v triku. (Czechoslovakia [Czech Republic])
(drawn animation)
early "Adventures of Sophie, the Monkey" series (1986-1996)

L'oiseau des mers (tvss). (France)
(drawn animation)

Éljen Szervác! ("Long Live Servatius") (f), Ottó Foky /Pannoniafilm. (Hungary)
(drawn animation)

"The Magic Lollipop Adventure" (tvsp), Pannoniafilm. (Hungary)
(drawn animation)

Mimi Cracra (tvss), Chantal Morel /Bayard. (France)
(drawn animation)

Pingu et sa famille ("Pingu and His Family") (tv)/(tvss), Otmar Gutmann /Trickfilmstudio. (Switzerland)
(model animation)

The Pondles (tvss), Terry Ward /Flicks Films. (Great Britain)
(drawn animation)

Smatchkan sviat ("A Crushed World") (ss), Boyko Kanev /Sofia Films. (Bulgaria)
(model animation)
Annecy Festival Grand Prize winner

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Dobro Pozhalovat'i [Добро пожаловать] ("Welcome", "Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose") (ss), Alexei Karev /Sverdlovsk Film Studio. (Soviet Union [Russia])
(painting on glass)

Street of Crocodiles (ss), Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay /Konick. (Great Britain)
(model animation)

Tajna Snezhnoj Korolevy [Тайна Снежной Королевы] ("The Secret of the Snow Queen") (tvsp), Nikolai Aleksandrovich /Ekran. (Soviet Union [Russia])
(live action, some drawn animation)

Velka syrova loupez ("The Great Cheese Robbery") (sf), Vaclav Bedrich /Kratky Film and WDR. (Czechoslovakia [Czech Republic]/Federal Republic of Germany [Germany])
(drawn animation)

Wil Cwac Cwac (tvss), Beth McFall /Siriol Animation (McFall Middelboe Animation).
(drawn animation)

no date
Baribari no Densetsu Part 1 Tsukubahen ("Legend of the Rolling Wheels Part 1 Tsukuba Chapter") (oav), Pierrot.
(drawn animation)
first Baribari no Densetsu series

Kizuoibito ("The Scarred Man") (oav), Toshio Takeuchi /Madhouse.
(drawn animation)
first Kizuoibito series (1986-1988)

Shonan Bakusozoku--Nokosareta Hashiryatachi ("Wild Explosive Motorbike Gang from Shonan--Superstitious Motorcyclists" or "Bomber Bikes of Shonan") (oav), Nobutaka Nishizawa /Toei.
(drawn animation)
first Shonan Bakusozoku series

Violence Jack Bangaihen Vol. 1 Harlem Bomber ("Violence Jack Epilogue Vol. 1 Harlem Bomber") (oav), Ichiro Itano /Kazufumi Nomura.
(drawn animation)
first Violence Jack Bangaihen series

no date
Dot and Keeto (f), Yoram Gross /Yoram Gross. (Australia)
(drawn animation, live action backgrounds)

Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tail Tale (f), Murray Ball /On the Ball Productions. (New Zealand)
(drawn animation)

Sang ("Light") (ss), Nguyen Tai /Xi nghiep phim Tong hop thanh pho Ho Chi Minh. (North Viet Nam)
(drawn animation)

The Huge Adventures of Trevor the Cat (ss) John Taylor. (Australia)
(drawn animation)

"Super-Soap" (ss), A Da and Ma Kexuan /Shanghai Animation. (China)
(drawn animation)

Fil-Cartoons founded in Manila by Jerry Smith as a subsidiary of Hanna-Barbera. (Philippines)

Hong Long Studio founded by Bobby Hseih in Taipei. (Taiwan)


Note: Unfortunately I lack the time or resources to help people find copies of animated films and television programs. I have put together a web List of Online Video and Book Stores that will be useful to find copies in the United States. There are other similar stores on the Internet around the world that might be able to supply the DVDs, LDs, or video tapes that are desired. Check my Animation on the World Wide Web pages for links to animation studios and other Internet resources that may have further information. I am not involved in trading materials from my own collection. I am still waiting to see most of the programs in this Chronology and would be happy to find sources for many of them.

Because of these circumstances I will not respond to requests for help to find these types of materials.


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