Best Animation Movies of 1934

1.

The Grasshopper and the Ants

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

As in the classic fable, the grasshopper plays his fiddle and lives for the moment, while the industrious ants squirrel away massive amounts of food for the winter. With his song, he's able to convince at least one small ant until the queen arrives and scares him back to work. The queen warns the grasshopper of the trouble he'll be in, come winter. Winter comes, and the grasshopper, near starvation, stumbles across the ants, who are having a full-on feast in their snug little tree. They take him in and warm him up. The queen tells him only those who work can eat so he must play for them. Written by Jon Reeves

Starring: Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson
Release date: 1934-02-10
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Gulliver Mickey
2.

Gulliver Mickey

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Mickey is first seen reading Gulliver's Travels while the mice orphan children are pretending to be sailors. After ruining their game Mickey tries to make it up to them by retelling the Liliput sequences of Gulliver's Travels pretending it was a real event that happened to him by portraying the role of Gulliver. The story ends with Mickey saving the town from a giant spider (Pete). However after telling the story, one of the children dangles a fake spider attached to a fishing rod which scares Mickey out of his witts.

Starring: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner, Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1934-05-19
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : The Wise Little Hen
3.

The Wise Little Hen

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Join Donald Duck in his debut in the classic animated short The Wise Little Hen. The Little Hen is planting corn and would like to have help from Peter Pig and Donald Duck, but they refuse stating they each have a "tummy ache." When it comes time to harvest the corn, Peter Pig and Donald still refuse to help the Hen, so she and her chicks do the harvest by themselves. Finally, the hen cooks the corn and offers some to Donald and Peter Pig, but when they look more carefully they discover a surprise.

Starring: Florence Gill, Clarence Nash, Purv Pullen, Mae Questel, The Three Rhythm Kings ..
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson
Release date: 1934-06-08
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : The Big Bad Wolf
4.

The Big Bad Wolf

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

The Big Bad Wolf torments Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs.

Starring: Mary Moder, Dorothy Compton, Pinto Colvig, Billy Bletcher, Sara Berner, Ruth Clifford ..
Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1934-04-14
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : The Goddess of Spring
5.

The Goddess of Spring

3.3
6.6/10 IMDB

The goddess is greeted by dancing flowers and fairies. The devil comes and takes her away to be his queen. She's despondent, as winter settles in above ground. But the devil isn't happy either, and offers anything to make her happy. They reach an agreement: she'll spend six months above ground and six below. Thus we have seasons.

Starring: Kenny Baker, Tudor Williams, Jessica Dragonette, Purv Pullen, Diana Gaylen ..
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson
Release date: 1934-11-03
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Can You Take It
6.

Can You Take It

3.1
7.2/10 IMDB

Popeye sees Olive going into the Bruiser Boys Club, where she works in the hospital ward. Their motto, "Can you take it?", is a clear challenge to Popeye. President Bluto puts Popeye through the tests, and while he fares better than most, he still ends up in the hospital ward, until he eats his spinach and goes after the members.

Starring: Mae Questel, William 'Billy' Costello, William Pennell ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-06-26
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Betty in Blunderland
7.

Betty in Blunderland

3.1
7.2/10 IMDB

Betty falls asleep doing a jigsaw puzzle and finds herself through the looking glass into a modern, urban wonderland. The shrinking potion comes from a "Shrinkola" dispenser. When most of the characters assemble, Betty sings "How Do You Do" to them. But the jabberwock steals Betty away, and everyone comes to her rescue.

Starring: Bonnie Poe ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-04-06
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Axe Me Another
8.

Axe Me Another

3.1
7.2/10 IMDB

Pierre Bluto, running a logging camp, has thrown Olive into the river because he didn't like her spinach. Popeye rescues her and proceeds to beat Bluto in a lumberjack contest.

Starring: William 'Billy' Costello, William Pennell, Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-08-29
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Red Hot Mamma
9.

Red Hot Mamma

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

Betty Boop, sleepless on a freezing night, builds a nice hot fire which proves too much of a good thing; in a dream she visits Hell, sings "Hell's Bells," and makes Hell freeze over!

Starring: Bonnie Poe ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-02-02
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : We Aim to Please
10.

We Aim to Please

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Popeye and Olive open a diner, singing the title song. Alas, their first two customers are Wimpy (who actually gets them to fall for the "gladly pay you Tuesday" schtick) and Bluto, who orders 6 sandwiches and refuses to pay for them. This leads, of course, to a fight, which Popeye needs his spinach to win.

Starring: Mae Questel, William 'Billy' Costello ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-12-27
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : The Dognapper
11.

The Dognapper

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Mickey and an early version of Donald Duck are police officers chasing dognapper Pegleg Pete. Despite their bumbling, they manage to repeatedly get the drop on Pete at his sawmill hideout, though they ultimately make a shambles of the place.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Clarence Nash, Billy Bletcher, Purv Pullen ..
Directed by: David Hand
Release date: 1934-11-17
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Sock-a-Bye, Baby
12.

Sock-a-Bye, Baby

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

When Popeye takes the baby for a walk in the stroller, the little one won't be quiet unless he's sleeping. Of course there's no end of noisiness. This include a Harpo Marx lookalike playing the harp; a music school with many practicing students inside; a ship blowing its horn; a radio outside a radio store; a building construction site; and blaring car horns in traffic. Popeye doesn't hesitate to shut them all up.

Starring: William 'Billy' Costello, Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-01-18
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : The Man on the Flying Trapeze
13.

The Man on the Flying Trapeze

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

Popeye comes to ask Olive out, but finds she's gone off with the title character. Popeye goes to the circus (ringmaster Wimpy) looking for her, to find she's part of the act; an aerial battle ensues.

Starring: William 'Billy' Costello, William Pennell, Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-03-15
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Funny Little Bunnies
14.

Funny Little Bunnies

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

We see bunny rabbits preparing for Easter, by making chocolate eggs and rabbits, decorating eggs, and weaving and filling baskets.

Starring: Mary Moder, Dorothy Compton, Florence Gill, Anna Mae Fritz, Alberta Perkins, Cora Hunter Parks, Mae Questel, Margaret Lawrence, Louise Myers, Dot Farley ..
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson
Release date: 1934-03-24
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : A Dream Walking
15.

A Dream Walking

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

Popeye and Bluto each wants to save Olive as she sleepwalks onto a construction site. But most of their efforts go into preventing each other from being the hero.

Starring: William 'Billy' Costello, William Pennell, Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-09-27
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Shiver Me Timbers!
16.

Shiver Me Timbers!

2.9
7.3/10 IMDB

Popeye, Olive, and Wimpy stumble across a ghost ship. They climb aboard, and it proceeds to scare them in various ways.

Starring: William 'Billy' Costello, Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-07-26
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Poor Cinderella
17.

Poor Cinderella

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

In the only Betty Boop color cartoon, Cinderella (Betty) goes to the ball thanks to her fairy godmother. Later, only her foot fits the glass slipper.

Starring: Mae Questel, Bonnie Poe, Jack Mercer, Dorothy Compton ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-08-03
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : The Dance Contest
18.

The Dance Contest

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

Popeye and Olive visit a dance hall, where a contest is in progress.

Starring: William 'Billy' Costello, Mae Questel, William Pennell ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-11-23
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Shanghaied
19.

Shanghaied

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

Pirate Pete has kidnapped Mickey and Minnie and has them tied up. As Pete prepares to have his way with Minnie, Mickey escapes and gets a swordfish off the wall; a swordfight with Pete ensues. Mickey gets out of the cabin and on deck; he hoists Minnie up onto the mast. Pete summons his crew, and Mickey fights them off with a cannon, shooting pots and pans, a stove, and ultimately a harpoon before winning Minnie and the ship back for good.

Starring: Elvia Allman, Billy Bletcher, Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner ..
Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1934-01-13
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Shoein' Hosses
20.

Shoein' Hosses

2.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Wimpy is such a terrible helper that blacksmith Olive fires him. Both Popeye and Bluto see the help wanted sign; they compete for the position. Of course, their competition wrecks the shop.

Starring: William 'Billy' Costello, William Pennell, Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-06-01
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Ha! Ha! Ha!
21.

Ha! Ha! Ha!

2.8
7.1/10 IMDB

After drawing Betty Boop, Max Fleischer (live-action) leaves the studio; Betty and Koko try amateur dentistry, releasing enough laughing gas to convulse the 'real world.'

Starring: Mae Questel, Clarence Nash, Margaret Wright, Jack Mercer, Dorothy Compton, Elvia Allman, Max Terhune, Jean MacMurray ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-03-02
22.

Don Quixote

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

A comically ridiculously altered version of the classic tale, in which Don Quixote is victorious over his imaginary enemies and emits Tarzan-like yells of triumph.

Directed by: Ub Iwerks
Release date: 1934-11-15
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Two-Gun Mickey
23.

Two-Gun Mickey

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Minnie rides into town and takes a large sack of money out of the bank. Pegleg Pete gathers his gang to take it from her, and they chase her out of town. Lonesome cowboy Mickey, who met Minnie earlier and was told she could take care of herself, sees this chase unfolding from his high perch, and rides down to save the day.

Starring: Billy Bletcher, Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner ..
Directed by: Ben Sharpsteen
Release date: 1934-12-15
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : The Two-Alarm Fire
24.

The Two-Alarm Fire

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Popeye and Bluto run adjoining (and competing) fire companies. When Olive's huge house catches fire, they are soon more interested in fighting each other than the fire. When Bluto goes to the roof to rescue Olive, the fire strands him there. Popeye eats his spinach and rescues them, but it's too late for the house.

Starring: William 'Billy' Costello, William Pennell, Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-10-25
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Let's You and Him Fight
25.

Let's You and Him Fight

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Bluto is the boxing champ, Popeye his challenger, Wimpy the timekeeper. Popeye is pounded mercilessly until Olive comes by with a can of spinach.

Starring: William 'Billy' Costello, William Pennell, Bonnie Poe ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-02-15
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : The Old Pioneer
26.

The Old Pioneer

2.7
5.7/10 IMDB

In this first entry in MGM's Happy Harmonies series, an old man tells a newsboy about his adventures with Native Americans in the Old West.

Starring: Carman Maxwell, Elmore Vincent ..
Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1934-09-29
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Camping Out
27.

Camping Out

2.7
6.9/10 IMDB

The gang is sitting around their campsite when a mosquito spoils their fun. And then he gets hundreds of his friends and they really cause trouble. Horace squirts some with molasses, which helps a bit. Everyone retreats to the tent, where they still get stung but can fight back a bit, eventually trapping all the mosquitoes in a pair of bloomers and sending them on their way.

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson
Release date: 1934-02-17
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Strong to the Finich
28.

Strong to the Finich

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Olive runs some kind of boarding school. She serves her charges a huge bowl of spinach, but they are less than enthusiastic about it. Popeye comes by and demonstrates the values of spinach: he feeds some to a tree, which grows huge and sprouts a variety of fruit; he feeds a hen, which lays a dozen eggs, and he eats some himself to resist a prizefighter passing by.

Starring: William 'Billy' Costello, Bonnie Poe, Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-06-28
29.

The Flying Mouse

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

To the tune "I Would Like to Be a Bird," a young mouse fashions wings from a pair of leaves, to the great amusement of his brothers when his attempts to use them fail. When the butterfly he rescues from a spider proves to be a fairy, he wishes for wings. But his bat-like appearance doesn't fit in with either the birds or the other mice, and he finds himself friendless; even the bats make fun of him. Written by Jon Reeves

Starring: Billy Sheets, The Three Rhythm Kings, Marion Darlington, Marcellite Garner, Clarence Nash, Lois January, Marcellite Garner, Alyce Ardell, The Four BlackBirds, Marion Darlington ..
Directed by: David Hand
Release date: 1934-07-14
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : The China Shop
30.

The China Shop

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

The elderly owner of a china shop leaves for the night, and the various figurines and decorated mugs come to life. A demonic figure captures an upper-class lady and does battle with her lord, damaging much of the shop. But the demon proves to have a glass jaw and, literally, a yellow streak, and the happy couple is soon reunited. No dialogue, but some signs are in English, particularly the final punch-line.

Starring: Jean MacMurray, Clarence Nash, Julie Pawn, Mary Moder, Dorothy Compton, Anna Mae Fritz, Alberta Perkins, Cora Hunter Parks, Shirley Gill, Linda Perry ..
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson
Release date: 1934-01-13
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Betty Boop's Life Guard
31.

Betty Boop's Life Guard

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Betty takes a trip to the beach and needs the assistance of a big, hunky lifeguard when she rides her rubber horsy out too far!

Starring: Bonnie Poe ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-07-12
32.

Little Dutch Mill

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

A miserly mill-keeper kidnaps two Dutch children, but their pet duck runs for help like Lassie.

Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-10-27
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Jack Frost
33.

Jack Frost

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

A young grizzly bear, undaunted by his mother's warnings of the coming winter, runs away from home only to be confronted by Old Man Winter himself.

Directed by: Ub Iwerks
Release date: 1934-12-22
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Betty Boop's Trial
34.

Betty Boop's Trial

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

A traffic cop tries to make time with Betty; she speeds to get away, is arrested, and undergoes a musical trial.

Starring: Jack Mercer, Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-06-14
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Betty Boop's Little Pal
35.

Betty Boop's Little Pal

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Pudgy the Pup makes a mess of Betty Boop's picnic, is sent home, and runs afoul of the dog catcher.

Starring: Mae Questel, Mary Moder ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-09-21
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Betty Boop's Rise to Fame
36.

Betty Boop's Rise to Fame

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

A reporter interviews Max Fleischer about his creation, and Betty illustrates with excerpts from three prior cartoons.

Starring: Cab Calloway, Mae Questel, Max Fleischer ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-05-18
37.

The Discontented Canary

2.7
5.8/10 IMDB

A canary is frustrated by being caged. One day the kind old lady who owns him opens a nearby window, and also leaves the door to the cage open. Freedom! But it's not all it's cracked up to be.

Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1934-09-15
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : The Brave Tin Soldier
38.

The Brave Tin Soldier

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A musical rendition of the Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tale where a brave tin soldier with only one leg and a toy ballerina find happiness.

Directed by: Ub Iwerks
Release date: 1934-04-06
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Orphan's Benefit
39.

Orphan's Benefit

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

Donald and Mickey put on a charity show, for some orphans.

Starring: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Florence Gill, Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1934-08-10
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : There's Something About a Soldier
40.

There's Something About a Soldier

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Betty Boop recruits for the Army by offering inductees a kiss. The recruits march off to war with a force of giant mosquitoes!

Starring: Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-08-16
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Betty Boop's Prize Show
41.

Betty Boop's Prize Show

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

In a melodrama at the Slumbertown Theatre, Freddie is the sheriff and Betty is a school-marm desired by outlaw "Phillip the Fiend."

Starring: Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-10-18
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Mickey's Steam Roller
42.

Mickey's Steam Roller

2.6
6.5/10 IMDB

While streetworker Mickey romances Minnie, Mickey's nephews Morty and Ferdie take control of his steamroller and it's full speed ahead on a very destructive ride.

Starring: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner ..
Directed by: David Hand
Release date: 1934-06-16
43.

Toyland Premiere

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Santa Claus gets a telegram from Oswald the Rabbit, telling him the city is ready for his Toyland Parade and that there will be a reception in the big department store. Santa is a jolly elf indeed until he discovers that moths have eaten every last shred of his Santa suit. The day is saved when quick thinking on the part of an old elf, armed with red paint and popcorn, turns Santa's ordinary light-blue outfit into a real Santa suit. The parade is a big success, and the reception promises to be even better. Frankenstein's monster, Tarzan, Lupe Velez, Shirley Temple, Al Jolson and Bing Crosby are all there to greet Santa. Laurel and Hardy nearly spoil the day when they dress in a dragon's costume and try to steal the chocolate cake.

Starring: Tex Avery ..
Directed by: Walter Lantz
Release date: 1934-12-06
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Keep in Style
44.

Keep in Style

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Betty Boop puts on a musical show of new inventions and styles; her creation of "ankle skirts" sweeps the nation.

Starring: Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-11-15
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : The Hot Choc-late Soldiers
45.

The Hot Choc-late Soldiers

2.6
6.5/10 IMDB

A group of confectionary soldiers go to war against a neighboring cookie castle.

Starring: Don Wilson ..
Directed by: Walt Disney
Release date: 1934-05-24
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Playful Pluto
46.

Playful Pluto

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Mickey's trying to do some yardwork, but Pluto wants to play. They end up indoors; Mickey breaks a screen, spreads flypaper, and they both get stuck.

Starring: Walt Disney, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1934-03-03
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Peculiar Penguins
47.

Peculiar Penguins

2.6
6.5/10 IMDB

Penguins dance and play in Antarctica.

Starring: Joe London, Purv Pullen, Julie Pawn, Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson
Release date: 1934-09-01
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : The Stolen Heart
48.

The Stolen Heart

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

A wicked giant attempts to steal all of the instruments from a small town.

Directed by: Lotte Reiniger
Release date: 1934-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : She Wronged Him Right
49.

She Wronged Him Right

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Betty Boop appears on stage with Freddie in an old-fashioned mortgage melodrama.

Starring: Bonnie Poe ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer, Roland Crandall
Release date: 1934-01-05
Best Animation Movies of 1934 : Jolly Little Elves
50.

Jolly Little Elves

2.5
6.0/10 IMDB

A poor shoemaker and his wife have only a stale donut and a cup of coffee left to share. An elf drops by, and they offer to share with him. He teaches them (in song) to dunk the donut in the coffee. Later, as they sleep, he brings several other elves back, and they work through the night making shoes in humorous ways. The shoes are a success. Soon, the shoemaker and his wife are quite prosperous. They treat the elves to a feast of donuts and coffee, and the elves treat us to another chorus of "Dunk! Dunk! Dunk!".

Starring: Bernice Hansen ..
Directed by: Manuel Moreno
Release date: 1934-10-01

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