--Animated Shorts 1940's

by Landy99 | created - 19 Feb 2017 | updated - 11 Oct 2017 | Public

A list I compiled by using 14 lists from 10 web sites and separating them into decades. First iteration... Recommendations very much appreciated!

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1. A Wild Hare (1940)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Family, Short

Elmer is a dimwitted hunter who's "wooking for wabbits." Bugs proceeds to confuse, bamboozle, and otherwise humiliate the poor simp.

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 1,274

2. Knock Knock (1940)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

Andy Panda attempts to find out if he can catch a woodpecker by putting salt on its tail.

Directors: Walter Lantz, Alex Lovy | Stars: Mel Blanc, Sara Berner, Bernice Hansen

Votes: 160

3. Mr. Duck Steps Out (1940)

TV-G | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Donald is headed for Daisy. However, his nephews are too.

Director: Jack King | Star: Clarence Nash

Votes: 704

4. Puss Gets the Boot (1940)

Approved | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Tom (Jasper) gets told that if he breaks one more thing he is getting thrown out, so Jerry tries his best to make Jasper "Get the Boot".

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Rudolf Ising | Star: Lillian Randolph

Votes: 1,671

5. The Milky Way (1940)

Approved | 8 min | Comedy, Animation, Fantasy

The Three Little Kittens tie helium balloons to a basket and travel up to the Milky Way, which is filled with all the milk they can drink.

Director: Rudolf Ising | Star: Bernice Hansen

Votes: 570

6. You Ought to Be in Pictures (1940)

Approved | 10 min | Animation, Family, Comedy

Daffy Duck convinces Porky Pig to quit the cartoon biz and try his luck in the features. Porky's adventures begin when he tries to enter the studio.

Director: Friz Freleng | Stars: Mel Blanc, Leon Schlesinger, Henry Binder, Gerry Chiniquy

Votes: 1,372

7. Hollywood Steps Out (1941)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Short

A tour of Ciro's Nightclub packed with caricatures of many top stars, including (in order) Cary Grant, Greta Garbo, Edward G. Robinson and Ann Sheridan, Johnny Weissmuller, James Cagney, ... See full summary »

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Dave Barry, Sara Berner, Mel Blanc, Kent Rogers

Votes: 767

8. Lend a Paw (1941)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Pluto saves the life of a kitten, and later feels jealous towards the kitten after Mickey Mouse takes the kitten in.

Director: Clyde Geronimi | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney

Votes: 1,078

9. Rhapsody in Rivets (1941)

7 min | Animation, Family, Short

A construction foreman conducts his workers like a symphony orchestra as they build a skyscraper, musically.

Director: Friz Freleng

Votes: 414

10. Superman (1941)

Passed | 10 min | Animation, Short, Action

The Man of Steel fights a mad scientist who is destroying Metropolis with an energy cannon.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer

Votes: 2,581

11. The Art of Skiing (1941)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Goofy, staying at the Sugar Bowl resort, demonstrates the basics of downhill skiing, which the titles and announcer insist is pronounced "SHEEing". The equipment is, of course, of the era. ... See full summary »

Directors: Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts | Stars: George Johnson, John McLeish, Hannes Schroll

Votes: 1,044

12. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company 'B' (1941)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Hot Breath Harry is a hot trumpeter at a jazz club. He finds himself drafted into the Army, where he's assigned to be the bugler of an African-American company. But everyone hates the ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lantz | Star: Danny Webb

Votes: 136

13. The Fox and the Grapes (1941)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Illustrating the origin of what sour grapes are (post-Aesop, that is), Crow gets Fox to trade him his picnic lunch for some grapes high on a vine. After many difficulties, the fox manages to get to them but discovers they are sour indeed.

Director: Frank Tashlin | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 49

14. The Midnight Snack (1941)

Approved | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Jerry's raiding the fridge, carrying off a giant wedge of cheese. Tom's feeling playful, so he piles the cheese high with dishes, builds a set of bread-slice steps, and ends them on a ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Rudolf Ising | Star: Lillian Randolph

Votes: 1,223

15. The Night Before Christmas (1941)

Passed | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Well, a mouse *is* stirring... And he's having fun playing with the toys, until he mistakes Tom for a stuffed toy and wakes him up.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Rudolf Ising | Stars: The Debutantes, Frank Graham, The King's Men

Votes: 1,594

16. Wabbit Twouble (1941)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Family, Short

Elmer Fudd expects to find "west and wewaxation" during his visit to Jellostone National Park, but he sets up camp in Bugs' backyard, and the rabbit (and a neighboring bear) definitely don't have leisure in mind.

Director: Robert Clampett | Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 1,171

17. Blitz Wolf (1942)

Passed | 10 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

Yet another variation on the Three Little Pigs theme, this time told as WW2 anti-German propaganda (the US had just entered the war), with the wolf as a thinly-disguised Hitler.

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Sara Berner, Leone Le Doux, Pinto Colvig, Frank Graham

Votes: 1,166

18. Me Musical Nephews (1942)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Popeye's nephews have been practicing their music and are getting good, but it's bedtime. After Popeye puts them to bed, they discover that many of the things in their bedroom can also be ... See full summary »

Director: Seymour Kneitel | Star: Jack Mercer

Votes: 143

19. Song of Victory (1942)

9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A vulture, a gorilla and a hyena (with no small resemblances to actual dictators) bully the woodland animals, who eventually fight back, using the letter V as their victory symbol.

Director: Bob Wickersham | Star: Bill Thompson

Votes: 25

20. The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall (1942)

Approved | 9 min | Comedy, Short, Animation

Three fun-loving, morally upright brothers from Pimento University save their fiancée from their fiendish archenemy, Dan Backslide, in this spoof of the Rover Boys.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Clyde Geronimi, Dick Lundy, Riley Thomson | Stars: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, John McLeish, Tedd Pierce

Votes: 1,335

21. The Ducktators (1942)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito are portrayed as ducks taking over a barnyard.

Director: Norm McCabe | Stars: Mel Blanc, Michael Maltese, John McLeish

Votes: 527

22. The Mouse of Tomorrow (1942)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The origin story of Super Mouse (later changed to "Mighty Mouse").

Director: Eddie Donnelly | Star: Tom Morrison

Votes: 55

23. The Wacky Wabbit (1942)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Bugs arrives in the desert to find Elmer prospecting for gold. Fudd is finally driven to pull his own gold tooth.

Director: Robert Clampett | Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 797

24. Tulips Shall Grow (1942)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Family

A young boy and girl, dressed in costumes based on Dutch traditional clothes, find their idyllic, windmill-laden countryside is being over-run by unfeeling, unthinking mechanical men that ... See full summary »

Director: George Pal | Stars: Rex Ingram, Victor Jory

Votes: 447

25. A Corny Concerto (1943)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Short

Elmer Fudd introduces two pieces of classical music: "Tales of the Vienna Woods" and "The Blue Danube", and acted out by Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and a flock of ducks.

Director: Robert Clampett | Stars: Arthur Q. Bryan, Bea Benaderet

Votes: 1,627

26. Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (1943)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

So White flees from the wicked Queenie, wins over the thugs from Murder Inc. and meets her overrated Prince Chawmin'.

Director: Robert Clampett | Stars: Ivie Anderson, Mel Blanc, Ruby Dandridge, Vivian Dandridge

Votes: 1,269

27. Der Fuehrer's Face (1942)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Short, War

Donald Duck has a nightmare that he lives in Germany slaving under the Nazi regime.

Director: Jack Kinney | Stars: Billy Bletcher, Clarence Nash

Votes: 3,735

28. Donald's Tire Trouble (1943)

7 min | Family, Comedy, Animation

Donald drives too fast and blows out a tire. Of course, with this clown, changing it is not a simple operation. First he has to fight the jack, then the heavily patched inner tube, then the... See full summary »

Director: Dick Lundy | Star: Clarence Nash

Votes: 488

29. Dumb-Hounded (1943)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Comedy

The Wolf escapes from prison but is hounded by the police dog named Droopy. Wherever The Wolf goes, the little fellow is there, too.

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Bill Thompson, Frank Graham

Votes: 857

30. Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi (1943)

Approved | 10 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A young German boy is indoctrinated into conforming with the Nazi social mindset.

Director: Clyde Geronimi | Star: Art Smith

Votes: 1,259

31. My Boy Johnny (1944)

7 min | Animation, Short

An animated WWII propaganda short film that shows, in fantastical comedic fashion, what every US soldier (or "Jonny") can come to expect on their victorious return home to the USA.

Director: Eddie Donnelly

Votes: 55

32. Porky Pig's Feat (1943)

Approved | 9 min | Animation, Family, Comedy

Porky Pig and Daffy Duck owe an outrageous sum to the Broken Arms Hotel. The manager thwarts their efforts to escape without paying their bill.

Director: Frank Tashlin | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 728

33. Red Hot Riding Hood (1943)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

The characters of the traditional fairy tale demand a new approach to the story as a sexy urban comedy with Red as an adult nightclub dancer.

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Sara Berner, Daws Butler, June Foray, Frank Graham

Votes: 2,136

34. The Yankee Doodle Mouse (1943)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Action

In honor of the U.S. military during WWII, Tom and Jerry do battle in the basement, using household items as war weapons and vehicles.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 1,352

36. Willoughby's Magic Hat (1943)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Delilah knits the hair from Samson into a hat. The hat gives its wearer super strength: Hercules, Samson, and in the modern day, the nebbishy Willoughby Wren. Willoughby decides he needs to... See full summary »

Director: Bob Wickersham

Votes: 25

37. Hell-Bent for Election (1944)

Not Rated | 13 min | Animation, Short

A villainous Thomas E. Dewey supporting sprite tries to influence a sleepy Union rail switchman to derail Franklin D. Roosevelt's campaign train.

Director: Chuck Jones

Votes: 115

38. Little Red Riding Rabbit (1944)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

Bugs, the Wolf and bobby-soxer Red chase each other around while Grandma is off working at Lockheed aircraft.

Director: Friz Freleng | Stars: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, Billy Bletcher

Votes: 1,563

39. Mouse Trouble (1944)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Tom's new book on "how to catch a mouse" doesn't prove too helpful against Jerry; actually, Jerry seems to make better use of it than Tom.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Stars: William Hanna, Harry Lang

Votes: 1,535

40. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1943)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy

This lavish, impudent, adult fairy tale takes the viewer from 18th-century Braunschweig to St. Petersburg, Constantinople, Venice, and then to the moon using ingenious special effects, stunning location shooting.

Director: Josef von Báky | Stars: Hans Albers, Wilhelm Bendow, Michael Bohnen, Hans Brausewetter

Votes: 1,726

41. The Barber of Seville (1944)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

An opera-singing Woody Woodpecker takes over a barbershop and harasses the customers.

Director: Shamus Culhane | Stars: Mel Blanc, Ben Hardaway, Kent Rogers, Lee Sweetland

Votes: 640

43. Gypsy Life (1945)

6 min | Animation, Short

A Mighty Mouse cartoon which sees Mighty Mouse protect a group of gypsy travelling mice from a colony of bats.

Director: Connie Rasinski | Stars: Betty Jaynes, Tom Morrison

Votes: 110

44. Hare Trigger (1945)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Yosemite Sam means to hold up the Superchief and Bugs is out to stop him.

Director: Friz Freleng | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 621

45. Hockey Homicide (1945)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Two hockey teams of Goofies play a game that quickly degenerates into a riot.

Director: Jack Kinney | Stars: Doodles Weaver, Pinto Colvig

Votes: 547

46. Quiet Please! (1945)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy