Best Animation Movies of 1930

1.

King of Jazz

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

Made during the early years of the movie musical, this exuberant revue was one of the most extravagant, eclectic, and technically ambitious Hollywood productions of its day. Starring the bandleader Paul Whiteman, then widely celebrated as the King of Jazz, the film drew from Broadway variety shows to present a spectacular array of sketches, performances by such acts as the Rhythm Boys (featuring a young Bing Crosby), and orchestral numbers—all lavishly staged by veteran theater director John Murray Anderson.

Starring: Paul Whiteman, John Boles, Laura La Plante, Jeanette Loff, Glenn Tryon, William Kent, Slim Summerville, The Rhythm Boys, Kathryn Crawford, Carla Laemmle ..
Directed by: John Murray Anderson
Release date: 1930-04-20
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Grand Uproar
2.

Grand Uproar

3.2
5.1/10 IMDB

Bimbo sings a funny take-off of "Gay Caballero" and the comedy construction is adequate to the situation.

Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1930-10-03
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Sky Scraping
3.

Sky Scraping

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

A Dave Fleischer's Talkartoon Sound Cartoon Featuring Bimbo.

Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1930-10-31
4.

Caviar

3.2
4.9/10 IMDB

The first Terrytoons animated short

Directed by: Frank Moser
Release date: 1930-02-23
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Swing You Sinners!
5.

Swing You Sinners!

3.1
7.6/10 IMDB

Bimbo is seen late at night trying to steal a chicken. He runs away from a policeman and enters a haunted cemetery. Various ghosts and monsters harass him and tell him that he will be punished for his sin before he is chased into a cave

Starring: Billy Murray ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1930-09-23
6.

Farm Foolery

2.9
4.3/10 IMDB

The farm animals sing, dance and flirt in this Van Beuren cartoon.

Directed by: John Foster
Release date: 1930-09-13
7.

Study No. 6

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

The first Studies were synchronized with records (Fischinger made a total of 13 Studies all without sound). It was only with the introduction of sound, beginning with Study No 6 that the films did full justice to this musical principle. The play of the white lines, the arcs, and the upside-down U’s running hither and thither like ballet dancers was brought into perfect synchronization with the music, and thus the films offered an abstract illustration of the melodies. Study No 6 is certainly the best of his films in terms of forms. - Hans Scheugl and Ernst Schmidt, Jr.

Directed by: Oskar Fischinger
Release date: 1930-10-01
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Mysterious Mose
8.

Mysterious Mose

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Betty Boop (with dog's ears) can't sleep on a scary night, so she sings the title song and meets the gentleman in question...a surreal version of Bimbo.

Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1930-12-26
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : The Fire Fighters
9.

The Fire Fighters

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Mickey and others are firemen; they slide down an ostrich's neck when the alarm sounds. A squealing cat whose tail Mickey pulls acts as the siren. The nearest hydrant isn't working too well, so Horace Horsecollar takes drinks from a pond and uses that water to put out the fire. Minnie is trapped on an upper floor; Mickey climbs the neighboring building fire escape and uses a clothesline to cross to Minnie's building.

Starring: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner ..
Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1930-07-24
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Up To Mars
10.

Up To Mars

2.8
5.8/10 IMDB

In this one, Bimbo is playing fireworks in an abandoned yard except for a mouse (who suspiciously looks like Mickey in one close-up scene) who laughs derisively at him.

Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1930-11-21
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Wise Flies
11.

Wise Flies

2.8
5.8/10 IMDB

A hillbilly sleeps; atop his bald head, flies have constructed a playground. Other flies ski-jump off his nose...

Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1930-07-17
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Playful Pan
12.

Playful Pan

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

The mythological satyr plays some tunes on his pipes and gets various flora and fauna dancing to them. Two clouds also dance; they bump into each other, causing lightning strikes that start a forest fire. The animals rush to escape the fire. Finally, an animal comes to tell Pan of the fire; he rushes to it, and gets it to dance to his tune, right into the lake.

Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1930-12-27
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Autumn
13.

Autumn

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

The season series of Silly Symphonies continues, with squirrels storing nuts and corn, crows stealing it, beavers building a dam, ducks migrating, and the like, as the first snows fall.

Directed by: Ub Iwerks
Release date: 1930-02-15
14.

Hells Heels

2.7
5.8/10 IMDB

Three desperadoes come to Heela City to rob a bank. One of them is the tough-acting, but ultimately cowardly, Oswald the Rabbit. His two fellow bad men - a dog with an eye patch and another with a peg-leg - force him to blow up the town bank with dynamite. Oswald ends up surviving the explosion that turns the other two villains into animate skeletons. The bank is destroyed, but the safe remains. Oswald tries to open it, but turning the dial only gives him a radio broadcast. And then out of the safe pops the bulldog sheriff. The sheriff runs him out of town. Unluckily for the supposedly lucky rabbit, he comes across a wailing baby out in the desert. The baby, in a gruff voice, reveals that his father is the sheriff Oswald just escaped. Oswald is forced to return to town, not so much by his conscience as by the baby's force of will.

Directed by: Walter Lantz
Release date: 1930-06-06
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Dizzy Dishes
15.

Dizzy Dishes

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

The Fleischer's Talkartoon short that debuted the now infamous Betty Boop.

Starring: William 'Billy' Costello, William 'Billy' Costello, Margie Hines, Billy Murray ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1930-08-08
16.

Spooks

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

Late in the evening, just as a skeleton puts out its cat for the night, the masked Phantom stalks the graveyard, pausing only to insult an overly inquisitive owl. The Phantom enters the local opera house and falls in love with Kitty, a feline singer who is terribly jealous of the star of the show, a husky-voiced hippo. The Phantom falls in love with Kitty at first sight. For her sake, he sabotages the hippo (by popping and deflating her). Then he puts a phonograph player down Kitty's skirt. She walks out and pretends the recording is her own voice. Even though the record skips and, moments later, slows down to a stop (forcing the Phantom to crank the machine for her), Kitty is a hit. But does she appreciate the Phantom? No. Backstage, she jumps into the arms of Oswald the Rabbit. Enraged, the Phantom grabs Kitty and takes her down with him to the catacombs underneath the stage. Oswald goes on a rescue mission.

Starring: Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Walter Lantz
Release date: 1930-07-13
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : The Gorilla Mystery
17.

The Gorilla Mystery

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

A gorilla has escaped; Mickey, panicked, calls Minnie, but she plays a song to show she is not afraid. That is, until the gorilla comes up behind her and grabs her. Mickey rushes right over to save her.

Starring: Marcellite Garner, Walt Disney ..
Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1930-10-09
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Hearts and Flowers
18.

Hearts and Flowers

2.7
5.8/10 IMDB

Two men compete over winning the heart of their common love interest.

Starring: Dolly Daisy ..
Directed by: Howard S. Moss
Release date: 1930-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Sinkin' in the Bathtub
19.

Sinkin' in the Bathtub

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

The film opens with Bosko taking a bath while whistling "Singin' in the Bathtub". A series of gags allows him to play the shower spray like a harp, pull up his pants by tugging his hair, and give the limelight to the bathtub itself which stands on its hind feet to perform a dance.

Starring: Carman Maxwell, Rochelle Hudson ..
Directed by: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1930-04-19
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : The Chain Gang
20.

The Chain Gang

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Mickey Mouse and several other characters are on a prison chain gang, guarded by Pegleg Pete. They break rocks for a while, then Mickey breaks out a harmonica and everyone starts making music and/or dancing. Soon there's a jail-break, and Mickey's on the run, tracked by bloodhounds (including his future pet, Pluto, in his first appearance). He falls off a cliff and right into a jail cell.

Starring: Walt Disney, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1930-09-04
21.

Frolicking Fish

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

The title pretty much says it: fish and other marine life dance and frolic to various tunes. An octopus keeps spoiling the fun in various ways.

Starring: Alberta Perkins, Anna Mae Fritz, Cora Hunter Parks, Danny Spinney, Ted Freese, Cody Bing, Melvin J. Gibby ..
Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1930-05-08
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Midnight in a Toy Shop
22.

Midnight in a Toy Shop

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

A spider seeks shelter inside an old toy store, where he soon discovers that the merchandise comes to life after dark.

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson
Release date: 1930-07-03
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : The Cactus Kid
23.

The Cactus Kid

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Mickey walks into the tavern where Minnie is dancing, and begins to dance and play piano himself. Pegleg Pete comes in and treats Minnie badly. Mickey tries to defend her, but Pete steals her away. Mickey, riding Horace Horsecollar, gives chase. He manages to throw Pete off a cliff.

Starring: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner ..
Directed by: Walt Disney
Release date: 1930-05-14
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : The Picnic
24.

The Picnic

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

Summertime, and Mickey takes Minnie on a picnic. While Pluto is chasing a rabbit, and Mickey and Minnie are doing a courtship dance, every animal in the woods is busy making off with their picnic food. And then the rain comes.

Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1930-10-22
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : The Barnyard Concert
25.

The Barnyard Concert

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

Mickey leads an 8-piece orchestra (that's counting the bass played by three birds as one) through the most recognizable parts of the Poet and Peasant Overture. The setting, as the title implies, is a barnyard, and some of the instrumentation reflects that (including various animals used as instruments, like a tuned group of piglets whose tails Mickey pulls).

Starring: Walt Disney ..
Directed by: Walt Disney
Release date: 1930-04-04
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Stone Age Stunts
26.

Stone Age Stunts

2.5
4.5/10 IMDB

A cave man gets up in the morning to walk around hitting things with his club. After knocking a huge dinosaur out cold, he uses the stiff dino's body as a saw, using the spiny back bones as the saw's teeth. He battles another Neanderthal for the prize of a pretty cave girl, but she uses a club on him after he wins.

Directed by: John Foster, Mannie Davis
Release date: 1930-12-07
27.

Arctic Antics

2.5
5.5/10 IMDB

A collection of arctic animals (seals, walruses, polar bears, penguins) float by on ice floes and on shore, performing various musical numbers.

Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1930-06-05
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Gypped in Egypt
28.

Gypped in Egypt

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

Waffles the Cat and Don Dog find themselves at the mercy of animate skeletons inside an Egyptian tomb.

Directed by: Mannie Davis, John Foster
Release date: 1930-11-08
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Monkey Melodies
29.

Monkey Melodies

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

The monkeys are swinging; their song and dance routine has other jungle creatures joining in. And two monkeys in love chase and kiss. But the hungry crocodiles lie in wait (and dance the soft shoe).

Starring: Melvin J. Gibby, Phil Dunham, Edward Gargan, Pinto Colvig, William Haade, Danny Spinney ..
Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1930-08-09
30.

The Cuckoo Murder Case

2.5
6.7/10 IMDB

The Cuckoo Bird residing in an old clock in a creepy old mansion is shot dead by an unknown assailant; Flip the Frog is called in to investigate (and finds more than he bargained for). |

Directed by: Ub Iwerks
Release date: 1930-10-17
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Winter
31.

Winter

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

In the last of the Silly Symphonies season cycle, bears hibernate (or try to), raccoons sneeze, moose swim, and pretty much everyone ice skates. Everyone gathers around the groundhog to see what happens.

Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1930-10-30
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Barnacle Bill
32.

Barnacle Bill

2.5
6.3/10 IMDB

Sailor Bimbo (as Barnacle Bill) jumps ship with his little black book and visits his lady friend, Betty Boop (with dog's ears).

Starring: Ann Little, Billy Murray ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1930-08-29
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : The Office Boy
33.

The Office Boy

2.4
5.0/10 IMDB

This blatant rip-off of Disney's Mickey Mouse is indeed a fascinating effort. Not only is it most agreeably quaint, but it's remarkably fast-paced. And even better still, it's visually well-stocked with a host of neat gags. The superbly integrated music score rates as an outstandingly entertaining bonus.

Directed by: John Foster, Harry Bailey
Release date: 1930-11-22
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Pioneer Days
34.

Pioneer Days

2.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Mickey and Minnie are on a wagon train; they camp for the night, unaware that Indians have spotted them and are doing a war dance. The attack comes, and Minnie is captured.

Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1930-12-05
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Summer
35.

Summer

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

In the logical sequel to Springtime, a new set of insects (mostly) dances to a new set of tunes, while doing summer activities. The insects include dung beetles, dragonflies, butterflies, a walking stick, bees, and various other beetles and flies.

Directed by: Ub Iwerks
Release date: 1930-01-16
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : The King of Bugs
36.

The King of Bugs

2.4
4.8/10 IMDB

Early sound cartoon with an all-insect cast. An eager-to-please young bugler inadvertently annoys the king during a parade and tournament, but redeems himself by rescuing the king's daughter, who's been abducted by a really horrid-looking spider.

Directed by: Harry Bailey, John Foster
Release date: 1930-12-20
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Night
37.

Night

2.4
6.1/10 IMDB

The moon and two owls sing to the Blue Danube Waltz, celebrating the night. Moths dance around a candle flame, fireflies glow, frogs chorus, and so forth.

Directed by: Walt Disney
Release date: 1930-07-31
38.

Scotch Highball

2.4
5.4/10 IMDB

Various anthropomorphic animals flock to the stadium to watch a horse race. Released November 16, 1930

Directed by: Frank Moser
Release date: 1930-11-16
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Box Car Blues
39.

Box Car Blues

2.4
5.4/10 IMDB

Bosko and his porcine friend are hobos in a runaway boxcar.

Starring: Johnny Murray ..
Directed by: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1930-12-15
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Come Take a Trip in My Airship
40.

Come Take a Trip in My Airship

2.4
5.4/10 IMDB

Kitty, a girl black cat, gets a piano delivered to her rooftop apartment by two Bimbo-like piano movers, using a pulley to hoist it up the outside.

Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1930-05-22
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Cannibal Capers
41.

Cannibal Capers

2.4
5.5/10 IMDB

A group of cannibals gather together for a tribal dance. In the middle of their gala, they are interrupted by a ferocious lion!

Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1930-03-13
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : The Shindig
42.

The Shindig

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

Another barn dance. Minnie plays piano; Mickey plays fiddle, then percussion, then harmonica. Mickey dances with the huge Patricia Pig.

Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1930-07-28
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : The Haunted Ship
43.

The Haunted Ship

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

Waffles and Don explore a sunken ship where they meet drunk turtles singing "Sweet Adeline" and a skeletal Davy Jones.

Directed by: John Foster, Harry Bailey
Release date: 1930-04-26
44.

Circus Capers

2.4
5.3/10 IMDB

The animated short starts with the circus parade, then goes to the circus master, who blows his whistle and points to a horse rider who looks a lot like Minnie Mouse.

Directed by: John Foster, Harry Bailey
Release date: 1930-09-27
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Hold Anything
45.

Hold Anything

2.3
5.5/10 IMDB

Bosko is a construction worker who impresses Honey by making music from everything in sight, including a decapitated mouse, a typewriter and a goat filled with hot air.

Starring: Rochelle Hudson, Johnny Murray ..
Directed by: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1930-11-01
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Crying for the Carolines
46.

Crying for the Carolines

2.3
4.8/10 IMDB

Spooney Melodies were a series of live-action musical shorts produced by the Leon Schlesinger Studios during the 1930s that capitalized on the popularity of organ music played in Palace-style movie theaters and were intended to be played as the short before the main feature. This short film is the only surviving example of the series, which was something of a precursor to the animated "Merrie Melodies" cartoons that followed later.

Starring: Milton Charles ..
Release date: 1930-04-22
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Congo Jazz
47.

Congo Jazz

2.3
5.7/10 IMDB

Bosko hunts in the jungle, but ends up playing music with the animals.

Starring: Johnny Murray ..
Directed by: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1930-08-07
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Fiddling Around
48.

Fiddling Around

2.3
5.3/10 IMDB

Mickey comes onstage to the applause of an unseen audience and plays various classical tunes on the violin, after some minor mishaps. During a sad song, he is overcome with emotion and has to stop.

Starring: Walt Disney ..
Directed by: Walt Disney
Release date: 1930-03-20
Best Animation Movies of 1930 : Tee Dance
49.

Tee Dance

2.3
4.3/10 IMDB

Stuff dances about.

Directed by: Hans Fischerkoesen
Release date: 1930-01-01
50.

A Romeo Robin

2.2
4.9/10 IMDB

A happy-go-lucky musical where various characters, mostly birds I guess (tough to tell with all dressed up in hats and clothes), play instruments, sing or dance.

Directed by: Mannie Davis, John Foster
Release date: 1930-06-21

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