Best Animation Movies of 1938


Ferdinand the Bull

7.2/10 IMDB

This Oscar-winning short tells of a bull who preferred to sit under trees and smell flowers to clashing horns with his fellow animals. As luck would have it, an untimely bee reveals Ferdinand's ferocious side via pained howls and wild stomping. This lands him in the bull-fighting arena amidst characters based on Walt's animators with a matador reportedly modeled after Walt himself.

Starring: Milt Kahl, Don Wilson, Walt Disney ..
Directed by: Dick Rickard
Release date: 1938-11-23
Best Animation Movies of 1938 : Mickey's Trailer

Mickey's Trailer

8.0/10 IMDB

Goofy's in the driver's seat, Mickey's in the kitchen, and Donald's in bed in Mickey's high-tech house trailer. When Goofy comes back to eat breakfast, leaving the car on autopilot, it takes them onto a dangerous closed mountain road. When Goofy realizes this, he accidentally unhooks the trailer, sending it on a perilous route. They come very close to disaster several times, while the oblivious Goofy drives on and hooks back up to them.

Starring: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Ben Sharpsteen
Release date: 1938-05-06
Best Animation Movies of 1938 : Porky in Wackyland

Porky in Wackyland

7.7/10 IMDB

Porky Pig goes on a hunt to catch the surreal elusive last Do-Do bird.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher, Sara Berner, Ruth Clifford, Lee Millar, Bud Collyer, Anna Mae Fritz, Mae Questel, Bill Thompson ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1938-09-24
Best Animation Movies of 1938 : Brave Little Tailor

Brave Little Tailor

7.6/10 IMDB

When a giant threatens the land, the cityfolk mistake Mickey's boast of killing seven flies with one blow to be giants. He is then forced to fight the giant for real.

Starring: Walt Disney, Eddie Holden, Marcellite Garner ..
Directed by: William Roberts
Release date: 1938-09-23
Best Animation Movies of 1938 : Boat Builders

Boat Builders

7.3/10 IMDB

Mickey buys a boat kit, and enlists Goofy and Donald to help assemble it. The plans say, "so simple a child could do it", so of course, they have their share of troubles. But before long, they're ready to launch the Queen Minnie, with appropriate fanfare, at which time, all the collapsible parts collapse.

Starring: Walt Disney, Pinto Colvig, Clarence Nash, Marcellite Garner ..
Directed by: Ben Sharpsteen
Release date: 1938-02-25

Ideas in Search of Light

7.2/10 IMDB

Black-and-white abstract animated short of light, shadows, and reflections by The Dodals (Karel Dodal (1900-1986) in collaboration with his wife, Irena Dodalov√°).

Directed by: Karel Dodal, Irena Dodalov√°
Release date: 1938-08-31
Best Animation Movies of 1938 : Goonland


7.7/10 IMDB

Popeye sails to Goon Island in search of his Pappy. He finds the place populated by the imposing, but ugly, goons, and a "no humans" sign. His imprisoned pappy at first ignores him, but when Popeye is caught by the goons and carried off, his can of spinach lands near Pappy and it works just as well on him as it does on Popeye.

Starring: Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1938-10-21
Best Animation Movies of 1938 : Plumbing Is a 'Pipe'

Plumbing Is a 'Pipe'

7.1/10 IMDB

Olive has a small leak in a pipe; she makes the mistake of calling Wimpy to fix it, and the even bigger mistake of asking Popeye to help her do something until Wimpy can arrive. Meanwhile, Wimpy keeps realizing he's forgotten his tools, his gloves, etc. and going back. Popeye finally eats his spinach and manages some fixes to the system.

Starring: Jack Mercer, Margie Hines ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1938-06-17
Best Animation Movies of 1938 : Bulldozing the Bull

Bulldozing the Bull

7.1/10 IMDB

Popeye visits the bullfight only because of lovely Senorita Olive. He finds himself accidentally in the toreador box, even though he doesn't want to fight because it's cruelty to animals. Popeye rides the bull like a bronco, then gets tossed around a bit. The bull plants Popeye in the ground and attacks; the crowd turns on Popeye. Olive comes down to help and the bull chases her. The crowd throws vegetables at Popeye, including (fortunately) spinach.

Starring: Jack Mercer, Margie Hines ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky
Release date: 1938-08-19
Best Animation Movies of 1938 : Daffy Duck & Egghead

Daffy Duck & Egghead

7.1/10 IMDB

Daffy taunts a hunter in Tex Avery's classic, meta short.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Danny Webb ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1938-01-01

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