Events in 1971 in animation.
|Years in animation:||1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974|
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|Years:||1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974|
- April 15: 43rd Academy Awards: Is It Always Right to Be Right? by Nick Bosustow wins the Academy Award for Best Animated Short.
- November 10: Frank Zappa's film 200 Motels premieres which features an animated sequence by Cal Schenkel.
- January 1 – Prince Ho-Dong and Princess Nak-Rang (South Korea)
- March 6 – Benny's Bathtub (Denmark)
- March 17 – Attack No. 1: Immortal Bird (Japan)
- March 20 – Animal Treasure Island (Japan)
- June 18 – The Poor Miller's Boy and the Kitten (East Germany)
- July 15 – The Christmas Present (Brazil)
- July 18 – Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Japan)
- July 23 – Lightning Atom (South Korea)
- September 24 – Do It! Yasuji's Pornorama (Japan)
- September 25 – Tiki Tiki (Canada)
- November 29 – The Wardrobe of Time (Spain)
- December 13 – Bedknobs and Broomsticks (United States)
- December 15 – Daisy Town (France) & (Belgium)
- January 1 - Kaba Totto debuts on Fuji TV (Japan, 1971-1972).
- January 3 - Andersen Monogatari debuts on Fuji TV (Japan, 1971).
- January 5 - The Magic Ball debuts on ITV (United Kingdom, 1971-1972).
- February 5 - Chingo Muchabei debuts on TBS (Japan, 1971).
- February 25 - Mr Benn debuts on BBC1 (United Kingdom, 1971-1972).
- April 3 - Animentari Ketsudan debuts on Fuji TV (Japan, 1971).
- April 8 - Wandering Sun debuts on Fuji TV (Japan, 1971).
- September 1 - Shin Obake No Q-tarô debuts on Nippon TV (Japan, 1971-1972).
- September 11:
- Archie's TV Funnies debuts on CBS (United States, 1971–1973).
- Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch! debuts on CBS (United States, 1971–1972).
- The Funky Phantom debuts on ABC (United States, 1971–1972).
- The Jackson 5ive debuts on ABC (United States, 1971–1973).
- The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show debuts on CBS (United States, 1971–1972).
- September 25 - Tensai Bakabon debuts on Yomiuri TV (Japan, 1971-1972).
- October 1 - Sekai Monoshiri Ryokô debuts on First-run syndication (Japan, 1971-1974).
- October 2 - Marvelous Melmo debuts on TBS (Japan, 1971-1972).
- October 4 - Sarutobi Ecchan debuts on TV Asahi (Japan, 1971-1972).
- October 6 - Apache Yakyû-gun debuts on TV Asahi (Japan, 1971-1972).
- October 7:
- October 24 - Lupin III 1 debuts on Yomiuri TV (Japan, 1971-1972).
- October 30 - Genshi Shônen Ryû debuts on TBS (Japan, 1971-1972).
- Specific date unknown - La Linea debuts on RAI (Italy, 1971-1986).
- February 2 - The Point!, a television special, airs on ABC (United States).
- March 10 – The Cat in the Hat, a television special, airs on CBS (United States).
- April 4 – Here Comes Peter Cottontail, an Easter television special, airs on ABC (United States).
- November 14 - The Legend of Robin Hood, a television special, airs on CBS (Australia).
- November 28 - Treasure Island, a television special, airs on CBS (Australia).
- January 8: Zac Moncrief, American animator, writer, storyboard artist, producer and director (Johnny Bravo, Family Guy, Phineas and Ferb).
- January 15: Regina King, American actress and director (voice of Huey Freeman and Riley Freeman in The Boondocks, Kreela in The Ant Bully, Dynamite in Planes: Fire & Rescue).
- January 16: Steven Darancette, American television writer (Warner Bros. Animation, Pet Alien, Zorro: Generation Z, Lalaloopsy, Tumble Leaf, Bob the Builder).
- February 1: Hynden Walch, American actress, voice actress, singer and writer (Starfire in Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go!, Penny Sanchez in ChalkZone, Princess Bubblegum in Adventure Time).
- February 12: Scott Menville, American voice actor (voice of Robin in Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go!, Brian in Rainbow Brite, Danny in My Little Pony 'n Friends, Red Herring in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Ma-Ti in Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Zack in Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?, Bucky Barnes in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Sneezy in The 7D, Bucky Hensletter in Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja).
- February 15: Alex Borstein, American actress and comedian (voice of Lois Griffin in Family Guy).
- February 22: Lea Salonga, Filipina singer and actress (singing voice of Jasmine in Aladdin and the title character in Mulan).
- February 26: Oren Jacob, American technical director (Pixar).
- March 5: Yuri Lowenthal, American voice actor (voice of Sasuke Uchiha in Naruto, Suzaku Kururugi in Code Geass, Simon in Gurren Lagann, Haru Glory in Rave Master, the title character in the Ben 10 franchise, Superman in Legion of Super Heroes), producer and screenwriter.
- March 12: Patric Caird, Canadian composer and musician (The Brothers Grunt, Cartoon Sushi, Ed, Edd n Eddy).
- March 15: Chris Patton, American voice actor.
- March 16: Alan Tudyk, American actor (voice of King Candy in Wreck-It Ralph, Duke of Wesleton in Frozen, Alistair Krei in Big Hero 6 and Big Hero 6: The Series, Duke Weaselton in Zootopia, Ludo and River Butterfly in Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Superman in Justice League: War, and the Joker and Clayface in Harley Quinn).
- March 22: Jay Stephens, Canadian cartoonist (creator of JetCat, Tutenstein and The Secret Saturdays).
- March 29: Scott M. Gimple, American television writer (Jungle Cubs, Timon & Pumbaa, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Pepper Ann, American Dragon: Jake Long, ¡Mucha Lucha!, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, Robot Chicken, creator of Fillmore!).
- March 31: Craig McCracken, American animator, producer, writer, director, animator, storyboard artist (2 Stupid Dogs) and designer (creator of The Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Wander Over Yonder, and Kid Cosmic).
- April 18: David Tennant, Scottish actor (voice of Scrooge McDuck in DuckTales, The Fourth Doctor in The Infinite Quest, and Dreamland, Huyang in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Dread in Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Fugitoid in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Igor the Door in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Spitelout in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, Charles Darwin in The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!, Lord Commander in Final Space, Angus in The Loud House Movie).
- May 17: Haruka Nakamura, Japanese former voice actor (voice of the title character in Super Milk Chan).
- May 19: Stephanie Nadolny, American voice actress (voice of the child versions of Goku and Gohan in the Dragon Ball franchise).
- May 26: Matt Stone, American actor, comedian, animator, screenwriter, producer, and composer (South Park).
- June 23:
- Doug Gallery, American sheet timer (Futurama, The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie, Cartoon Network Studios, Dead Space: Downfall, King of the Hill, The Cleveland Show, Sanjay and Craig, Turbo Fast, Pig Goat Banana Cricket, American Dad!, Bob's Burgers, Big Mouth, Central Park) and storyboard artist (Futurama).
- Marc Alberich Lluís, Spanish comics artist and animator, (d. 2020).
- June 28: Elon Musk, American entrepreneur and business magnate (voiced himself in The Simpsons episode "The Musk Who Fell to Earth", and the South Park episodes "Members Only", "Not Funny" and "The End of Serialization as We Know It", voice of Elon Tusk in the Rick and Morty episode "One Crew over the Crewcoo's Morty").
- July 16: Corey Feldman, American actor (voice of young Copper in The Fox and the Hound, SPRX-77 in Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, Slash in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and himself in Robot Chicken).
- July 27: James O'Brien, American animator (The Simpsons), (d. 2005).
- August 12: Yvette Nicole Brown, American actress (voice of Principal Amanda Waller in DC Super Hero Girls, Luna in Elena of Avalor, Rhoda Roundhouse in New Looney Tunes, Captain Tully in The Chicken Squad, Cora Beakman in T.O.T.S., Cookie in Pound Puppies).
- September 9: Matt Selman, American writer and producer (The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie).
- September 12: Adam Burke, American animator (Pixar), (d. 2018).
- September 15: Colleen O'Shaughnessey, American actress (voice of Sora Takenouchi in Digimon, Ino Yamanaka in Naruto, Tails in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, Jazz Fenton in Danny Phantom, Wasp in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes).
- September 16: Amy Poehler, American actress and comedian (voice of Joy in Inside Out, and creator of and voice of Bessie Higgenbottom in The Mighty B!)
- September 19: Sanaa Lathan, American actress (voice of Monica in The Golden Blaze, Donna Tubbs in The Cleveland Show and Family Guy, Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Harley Quinn).
- October 2: Chris Savino, American animator (creator of The Loud House).
- October 4: Richard Manginsay, American animator (Anastasia, Bartok the Magnificent, Futurama, King of the Hill, The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie), (d. 2015).
- October 17: Chris Kirkpatrick, American musician, actor and member of NSYNC (voiced himself in The Simpsons episode "New Kids on the Blecch", Chip Skylark and Skip Sparkypants in The Fairly OddParents, Josh Jason Justin in the Stripperella episode "Eruption Junction, What's Your Function?").
- October 22: Jennifer Lee, American screenwriter and film director (Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, Zootopia, Frozen II).
- October 29: Winona Ryder, American actress (voice of Allison Taylor in The Simpsons episode "Lisa's Rival", Elsa Van Helsing in Frankenweenie, voiced herself in the Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist episode "Monte Carlo").
- October 30: Mike Moon, American animator (Hanna-Barbera, Warner Bros. Animation, Timon & Pumbaa), background artist (The Simpsons, Batman: The Animated Series, Taz-Mania, Cartoon Network Studios), art director (Mickey Mouse Works, House of Mouse, The Powerpuff Girls Movie, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends), director (House of Mouse) and producer (Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends).
- November 1: Chris Prynoski, American animator, director, and producer (Metalocalypse, Freaknik: The Musical, Motorcity, Megas XLR, Beavis and Butthead Do America), co-founder of Titmouse, Inc..
- November 18: Matthew Schofield, Australian-born American animator (Cats Don't Dance, Quest for Camelot, The Prince of Egypt, The Iron Giant) and director (The Simpsons).
- November 20: Enrico Casarosa, Italian-American storyboard artist (101 Dalmatians: The Series, PB&J Otter, Ice Age, Robots), film director (Luca) and writer (Pixar).
- November 22: Crystal Scales, American voice actress (voice of Calvin in The PJs, Drifter Girl in Titan A.E., Abby Jones in The Electric Piper, Daisy Watkins in Static Shock, Lonnie in As Told by Ginger, Buster Carmichael in the Rugrats episode "A Rugrats Kwanzaa", Libby Folfax in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, Daisy in Oswald, Bernadette, Girl and Kid Driver in All Grown Up!, Cleo Carter in Tutenstein, R. Kelly Supporter and Thelma Freeman in The Boondocks, Tamika and other various characters in Class of 3000, Meesh in Batman: Gotham Knight, Crystal in Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo).
- November 27: John Banh, American animator and storyboard artist (King of the Hill, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Me, Eloise, Family Guy).
- December 13: Van Partible, Filipino-born American animator, storyboard artist (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), writer (Yin Yang Yo!), director (Pete the Cat, Wolfboy and the Everything Factory) and producer (creator of Johnny Bravo).
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- February 5: Ramey Idriss, American songwriter, author, composer and musician (co-wrote The Woody Woodpecker Song), dies at age 59.
- February 20: William Lava, American composer (Looney Tunes, The Pink Panther), dies at age 59.
- March 12: Roy Glenn, American actor (voice of the Bullfrog in Song of the South), dies at age 56 from a heart attack.
- May 8: Larry Morey, American lyricist and screenwriter (The Wise Little Hen, The Grasshopper and the Ants, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Ferdinand the Bull, The Reluctant Dragon), dies at age 66. 
- July 6: Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter, composer and singer (played a huge head in the skies in the Betty Boop cartoon I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You), dies at age 69.
- July 7: Ub Iwerks, American animator and comics artist (Walt Disney Company, Ub Iwerks Films, co-creator of Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit), dies at age 70.
- July 15: Bill Thompson, American actor (voice of Droopy, Adolf Wolf in Blitz Wolf, White Rabbit and Dodo in Alice in Wonderland, Mr. Smee in Peter Pan, Jock, Bull, Dachsie, Joe the cook and the Irish policeman in Lady and the Tramp, King Hubert in Sleeping Beauty, Ranger J. Audubon Woodlore in Humphrey the Bear cartoons, Professor Owl in Melody and Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom, Uncle Waldo in The Aristocats, Tom's cousin George in the Tom & Jerry short Timid Tabby, Touché Turtle in Touché Turtle and Dum Dum), dies at age 58.
- July 17: Cliff Edwards, American singer, musician and actor (voice of Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio, Fun and Fancy Free and From All of Us to All of You, and Jim Crow in Dumbo), dies at age 76 from cardiac arrest.
- Specific date unknown: Julius Svendsen, Norwegian-American comics artist and animator (Walt Disney Animation Studios), dies at age 51 or 52.
- September 7: Spring Byington, American actress (model for Merryweather in Sleeping Beauty), dies at age 84.
- September 16: William Garity, American inventor and audio engineer (developed Fantasound), dies at age 72.
- September 23: Billy Gilbert, American comedian and actor (voice of Sneezy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Willie the Giant in Fun and Fancy Free), dies at age 77.
- October 9: Billy Costello, American actor (original voice of Popeye the Sailor) dies at age 73.
- October 25: Paul Terry, American animator, film director, film producer and comics artist (Terrytoons, Farmer Alfalfa, Mighty Mouse, Heckle and Jeckle, Deputy Dawg), dies at age 84.
- October 31: Robert Gribbroek, American animator, lay-out artist and background painter (Warner Bros. Cartoons), dies at age 65.
- December 13: Warren Foster, American screenwriter, animator and composer (Warner Bros. Cartoons, Hanna-Barbera), dies at age 67.
- December 20: Roy Disney, American film producer (Walt Disney Company) and brother of Walt Disney, dies at age 78 from an intracranial hemorrhage.
- December 28: Burt Gillett, American animator and film director (Walt Disney Company, Walter Lantz Productions), dies at age 80 from a heart attack.
- "The 43rd Academy Awards (1971) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on July 2, 2015. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
- The Jackson 5ive at IMDb
- Bedknobs and Broomsticks at IMDb
- 200 Motels at IMDb
- "Cal Schenkel". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
- A Christmas Carol at IMDb
- "Marc Alberich". Lambiek.net. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
- Richard Manginsay at IMDb
- Auteurs - Près de 800 paroles de chansons de Walt Disney !
- Meckna, Michael; Satchmo, The Louis Armstrong Encyclopedia, Greenwood Press, Connecticut & London, 2004.
- Krebs, Albin. "Louis Armstrong, Jazz Trumpeter and Singer, Dies", The New York Times, July 7, 1971. Accessed October 1, 2009. "Louis Armstrong, the celebrated jazz trumpeter and singer, died in his sleep yesterday morning at his home in the Corona section of Queens."
- "Ub Iwerks". lambiek.net. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
- "Julius Svendsen". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
- "Billy Gilbert". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
- "Paul Terry". lambiek.net. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
- Jones, Jack (December 21, 1971). "Roy O. Disney". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 24, 2014.