Best Animation Movies of 1939

1.

The Ugly Duckling

4.5
7.6/10 IMDB

An outcast duckling's search for a family to accept him leads to constant rejection before learning his true identity as a swan.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Purv Pullen, Melvin J. Gibby, Louise Myers ..
Directed by: Jack Cutting, Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1939-04-07
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Peace on Earth
2.

Peace on Earth

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Two baby squirrels ask grandpa to explain what "men" are when he comes in singing "peace on earth, goodwill to men". Grandpa tells the story of man's last war. This classic animation short was an Academy Award Best Short Subject, Cartoons nominee.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Sara Berner, Bernice Hansen ..
Directed by: Hugh Harman
Release date: 1939-12-09
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : The Hockey Champ
3.

The Hockey Champ

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

Donald shows his nephews the moves that won him his hockey trophy. But the boys have a few moves of their own.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Clarence Nash, Clarence Nash, Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Jack King
Release date: 1939-04-28
4.

Gulliver's Travels

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Gulliver washes ashore on Lilliput and attempts to prevent war between that tiny kingdom and its equally-miniscule rival, Blefiscu, as well as smooth the way for the romance between the Princess and Prince of the opposing lands. In this he is alternately aided and hampered by the Lilliputian town crier and general fussbudget, Gabby. A life-threatening situation develops when the bumbling trio of Blefiscu spies, Sneak, Snoop, and Snitch, manage to steal Gulliver's pistol.

Starring: Lanny Ross, Sam Parker, Pinto Colvig, Jack Mercer, Cal Howard, Tedd Pierce, Livonia Warren, Jessica Dragonette, Max Smith, Gus Wickie ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1939-11-10
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Beach Picnic
5.

Beach Picnic

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Donald Duck is at the beach and tries to ride a rubber horse. He notices Pluto sleeping at the shore and decides to have some fun with him by sending the rubber horse over to Pluto which completely mesmerizes him. Meanwhile, a tribe of ants abduct Donald's picnic lunch. Donald lays out fly paper to stop the ants. Pluto follows one of the ants and, of course, he and later Donald become enmeshed in the fly paper

Starring: Clarence Nash, Lee Millar ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1939-06-09
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp
6.

Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp

3.2
7.5/10 IMDB

Olive Oyl's screenplay for an Aladdin movie comes to life and Popeye battles for control of a genie in this, the last of the three Popeye color films.

Starring: Jack Mercer, Mae Questel, Margie Hines, Carl Meyer ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1939-04-07
7.

One Mother's Family

3.1
6.2/10 IMDB

A mother hen is taking her brood for a walk. They encounter obstacles along the way, such as traffic. There's one clumsy chick who repeatedly has more trouble than the rest.

Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1939-09-30
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Jeepers Creepers
8.

Jeepers Creepers

3.0
6.7/10 IMDB

Police officer Porky is called to investigate strange noises at a house that might be haunted. Before he arrives, we tour the house and hear some evil-sounding cackles, which, it turns out, are coming from a radio one that a ghost was listening to. The ghost then sings the title song while getting ready for a night of haunting, just as Porky arrives. The ghost invites him in with a woman's voice, then disappears. Porky comes in and gets spooked by some flapping curtains. When he comes back in, the ghost puts a couple frogs into a pair of shoes and sets them loose; they collect a hatrack and a curtain, forming a sort of black ghost that ultimately scares Porky upstairs right into the arms of the ghost.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1939-09-23
9.

Philips Cavalcade

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

In this Puppetoon animated short film, a variety of music styles are heard as, in various locations, characters dance or sing.

Directed by: George Pal
Release date: 1939-02-02
10.

The Little Goldfish

3.0
6.6/10 IMDB

A goldfish dreams of living in the ocean, and ends up getting there after being accidentally washed down the drain, then finds that it’s too scary.

Starring: Jeanne Dunne, Cora Hunter Parks, Alberta Perkins, Anna Mae Fritz ..
Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1939-04-15
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : The Autograph Hound
11.

The Autograph Hound

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

While trying to collect autographs at a Hollywood studio, Donald meets a number of movie stars, and runs afoul of a security guard.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Billy Bletcher, Sara Berner ..
Directed by: Jack King
Release date: 1939-09-01
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : The Fresh Vegetable Mystery
12.

The Fresh Vegetable Mystery

3.0
6.6/10 IMDB

Crime strikes the vegetable world when Mrs. Mama Carrot awakens and finds her children have been carrot-napped. She summons the Irish-Potato Police and they are soon on the trail of the culprit. But the various suspects they round up, and grill, aren't the criminals. They finally track down the guilty parties, who turn out to be a gang of mice in disguise. Thrown into a third-degree mousetrap, the mice soon confess. Bleeding Heart Warning: This cartoon contains racial stereotypes (an Irish potato), and cruelty to vegetables...and mice.

Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1939-09-29
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Wise Quacks
13.

Wise Quacks

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

Mr. (and Mrs.!) Daffy Duck are expecting four ducklings; Daffy plays the nervous father, and Porky drops by to offer congratulations. Soon, a bald eagle hijacks the runt of the litter, and Daffy gives chase (despite the fact he's been celebrating the birth a little too much).

Starring: Mel Blanc, Robert Clampett ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1939-08-04
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Wotta Nitemare
14.

Wotta Nitemare

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Popeye is having a dream. In it, Bluto interupts his and Olive's flirtations with one another and keeps having the upper hand.

Starring: Jack Mercer, Pinto Colvig, Margie Hines ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky
Release date: 1939-05-19
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Hello How Am I
15.

Hello How Am I

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Olive invites Popeye over for a hamburger dinner. His roommate Wimpy hears this and disguises himself as Popeye. Wimpy fast-talks himself into the dinner, but eventually falls victim to spinach.

Starring: Jack Mercer, Margie Hines ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer, William Henning
Release date: 1939-07-14
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : The Practical Pig
16.

The Practical Pig

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

After his two brothers are captured, the third little pig invents a machine to capture the big bad wolf.

Starring: Billy Bletcher, Mary Moder, Dorothy Compton, Tommy Wiggins, Tom Buchanan, Ralph Hansell, Dick Holland, Leone LeDoux, Pinto Colvig, Tracie Freese ..
Directed by: Dick Rickard
Release date: 1939-02-24
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : A Day at the Zoo
17.

A Day at the Zoo

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

A tour of the zoo, in typical Tex Avery style: a series of one-liners and sight gags, punctuated by Egghead teasing a lion at intervals, despite the admonishments of the narrator.

Starring: Tex Avery, Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1939-03-11
18.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

An MGM cartoon adaptation of the classic fairy tale featuring Hugh Harman's Bear Family.

Directed by: Hugh Harman
Release date: 1939-07-15
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Goofy and Wilbur
19.

Goofy and Wilbur

2.8
7.0/10 IMDB

Goofy goes fishing with his best friend, Wilbur, a grasshopper.

Starring: George Johnson ..
Directed by: Dick Huemer
Release date: 1939-03-17
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Society Dog Show
20.

Society Dog Show

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Rather out of place at a swanky dog show, Pluto flirts with Fifi, a dainty Pekingese. The judge orders Mickey and Pluto to leave, but when a fire breaks out Pluto rescues Fifi and is proclaimed a hero.

Starring: Walt Disney, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: William Roberts
Release date: 1939-02-03
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : The Film Fan
21.

The Film Fan

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Porky Pig is on his way to the store to pick up some groceries for his mother when he walks by a sign saying that the local movie theater is having a "kids admitted free" day. The excited Porky rushes in and views a series of spoofs of newsreels, movie trailers, feature films, and even the Lone Ranger!

Starring: Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher, Robert C. Bruce ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1939-12-16
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Thugs with Dirty Mugs
22.

Thugs with Dirty Mugs

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Killer Diller and his gang are robbing every bank in town in numerical order (except the 13th National Bank, which they skip out of superstition). Despite their predictable actions, the police are unable to catch them...until they get a tip from an unlikely source.

Starring: Tex Avery, Mel Blanc, John Deering ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1939-05-06
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Donald's Cousin Gus
23.

Donald's Cousin Gus

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Donald's cousin Gus Goose arrives unexpectedly. Despite the note from his mother saying "he don't eat much," he's soon eating Donald out of house and home.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Jack King
Release date: 1939-05-19
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Donald's Lucky Day
24.

Donald's Lucky Day

2.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Donald Duck, delivery boy, is hired to deliver a mysterious package on Friday the Thirteenth. He is hindered by a bothersome black cat -- and by the fact that the package contains a live bomb.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Purv Pullen ..
Directed by: Jack King
Release date: 1939-01-13
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Polar Pals
25.

Polar Pals

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Porky Pig inhabits an igloo in the Arctic, where he beds with a covering a several live, furry polar bears, bathes in a shower whose water instantly freezes into long icicles, and dances in the ice and snow with the native fauna. When a greedy fur trapper named I. Killem arrives to threaten Porky's walrus, bear, and seal friends, Porky acts to repel the trapper by firing a musket which spits out buckshot and explosives. Killem flees in what he thinks is a kayak but is actually a whale.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1939-06-03
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : The Little Lion Hunter
26.

The Little Lion Hunter

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Out hunting in the jungle with his spear, African native boy Inki keeps narrowly missing his prey: a parrot, a giraffe, even a butterfly. Then there's that weird black bird with the syncopated hop who keeps popping up out of nowhere, only to disappear mysteriously once again. Back to big game hunting, Inki puts his ear to the ground, not noticing the ferocious lion sneaking up on him.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1939-10-06
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Never Sock a Baby
27.

Never Sock a Baby

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

Popeye spanks Swee'pea and sends him to bed without supper. He wrestles with his conscience over this, while Swee'pea packs a bundle and runs away from home. They apparently live in the wilderness, since Swee'pea crosses a rope bridge that collapses, narrowly misses a landslide, and is soon on a narrow mountain path. Popeye finds him and rescues him from a waterfall but his spinach can is empty. Fortunately, this was all a bad dream from Popeye's conscience.

Starring: Jack Mercer, Margie Hines ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1939-11-03
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur
28.

Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Casper Caveman is hungry, so he tries to hunt for a duck, Daffy Duck.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Jack Lescoulie ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1939-04-22
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Sea Scouts
29.

Sea Scouts

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Donald is an admiral on a seagoing voyage with his nephews in which they encounter a ravenous shark.

Starring: Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Dick Lundy
Release date: 1939-06-30
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Prest-O Change-O
30.

Prest-O Change-O

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

On a dark and stormy night, the Two Curious Puppies wander into an old dark house, and fall victim to the tricks of a mischievous magician's rabbit.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Purv Pullen, Count Cutelli, Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1939-03-25
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Leave Well Enough Alone
31.

Leave Well Enough Alone

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

Popeye, feeling sorry for the puppies in the window of Olive's pet shop, buys all the animals (mostly dogs) and sets them all free. All except for one bird, who refuses to go, singing the title song to explain why he likes it just fine in the shop. And sure enough, we see the dogs not faring particularly well, and getting rounded up by the dogcatcher and taken to the dog pound.

Starring: Jack Mercer, Margie Hines ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1939-04-27
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Seal Skinners
32.

Seal Skinners

2.8
5.4/10 IMDB

A trained seal has escaped from the Jingling Brothers circus; there's a $100,000 reward. Both the Captain and John Silver hear this news, as does the seal. They show up, offering the seal a ride to wherever she wants to go; home to the arctic, as it happens. The Captain wins round one, grabbing the seal while John is engaged in a fight with yet another reward seeker.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1939-01-28
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Dangerous Dan McFoo
33.

Dangerous Dan McFoo

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

An arctic saloon. The tiny dog, Dan McFoo, is playing a pinball-like marble game in the back. His girlfriend, Sue, sounding like Katharine Hepburn, stands by. A stranger comes in with eyes for Sue; he begins a boxing match with Dan. After Dan gets knocked down, he accuses the stranger of having something in the glove; the ref finds four horseshoes and a horse. After the fight goes on a while with no conclusion, the narrator tosses a couple of guns, the lights go out, and Dan is shot or is he?

Starring: Tex Avery, Sara Berner, Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1939-07-15
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Hare-um Scare-um
34.

Hare-um Scare-um

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Facing high meat prices, a man decides to take his dog and go hunt for his own. But the crazy rabbit they are after is not very easy to catch.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Cal Dalton, Ben Hardaway
Release date: 1939-08-12
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Scalp Trouble
35.

Scalp Trouble

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

General Daffy Duck's fort is plagued by Indian raids.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1939-06-23
36.

The Sleeping Princess

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

A Princess is born in the castle, but through an accident the Destiny fairy fails to get an her invitation and is furious. She tricks the little princess into hurting herself and puts her to sleep. Years later the invitation sent Destiny if found under a rug in her palace, and she immediately rectifies her action by sending a prince to awaken the sleeping princess.

Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1939-11-08
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Love on the Wing
37.

Love on the Wing

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Animation featuring dancing black and white shadows.

Directed by: Norman McLaren
Release date: 1939-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Porky's Tire Trouble
38.

Porky's Tire Trouble

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Porky works at the Snappy Rubber Company. His dog, Flat Foot Flookey, is determined to follow him into the plant, despite the rules. And Flookey's clumsiness means he's not exactly going to be able to sneak in like when he falls into a vat of rubberizing solution, and molds his face into a number of then-popular movie stars, or makes Porky's boss (a walrus) drop a stack of tires.

Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1939-02-17
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Porky's Movie Mystery
39.

Porky's Movie Mystery

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

Mr. Motto (Porky) is called back from vacation to catch the invisible man.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1939-03-10
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Porky's Hotel
40.

Porky's Hotel

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Porky runs a smalltown hotel. A goat with gout checks in for a rest, but a talkative goose child will prevent him from getting it.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Cora Hunter Parks, Alberta Perkins, Anna Mae Fritz ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1939-09-02
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Dog Gone Modern
41.

Dog Gone Modern

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

The Two Curious Puppies visit a model home with a panoply of modern inventions, including an annoying robot that sweeps up anything that touches the floor.

Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1939-01-13
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : It's the Natural Thing to Do
42.

It's the Natural Thing to Do

2.7
6.9/10 IMDB

Popeye's fan club sends a telegram asking them to tone down the violence and act civilized. So everyone dresses up and acts formal - for a while, at least.

Starring: Jack Mercer, Margie Hines, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1939-07-30
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : It's an Ill Wind
43.

It's an Ill Wind

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

Porky and his friend Dizzy Duck go fishing, but their trip is cut short by a thunderstorm. They take refuge in an old building that appears haunted, though the biggest hazards are an old bearskin that lands on a swivel chair, a dog that gets tangled up in chains and a diving helmet, and their own clumsiness generally.

Directed by: Ben Hardaway, Cal Dalton
Release date: 1939-01-27
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Sioux Me
44.

Sioux Me

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

When there is a drought on an Indian reservation, everyone is in desperate need of water so that they can quench their thirst, their crops can grow, the animals will provide them food, etc. But rather than having to wait for the rain to come the old-fashioned way, a weather pill pertaining to that is used to bring instant showers.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher, Robert C. Bruce, Thurl Ravenscroft ..
Directed by: Ben Hardaway, Cal Dalton
Release date: 1939-09-08
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : The Bear That Couldn't Sleep
45.

The Bear That Couldn't Sleep

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Barney's settling in for the winter. But water leaks, a loose shutter, a noisy fire, a teakettle left on, and some stray embers all get in the way, and Barney also locks himself out. And that's just the beginning.

Starring: Rudolf Ising ..
Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1939-06-10
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Fresh Fish
46.

Fresh Fish

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

A tour of the waters near a South Sea island, introducing us to the various kinds of marine life, including the pickled herring, the hermit crab, the starfish, a seahorse race, and many other puns. Among the running gags, a two-headed fish who keeps asking for directions to Mr. Ripley and a professor in a diving sphere looking for a rare wim-wam whistling shark.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Sara Berner, Tex Avery, Robert C. Bruce, Kent Rogers ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1939-11-03
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Officer Duck
47.

Officer Duck

2.7
7.0/10 IMDB

Officer Donald Duck (Officer #13) is assigned to apprehend a criminal named Tiny Tom. Donald assumes by the name that he'll be a pushover but when he reaches Tom's hideout, he discovers "Tiny" Tom is actually a hulking Pete who immediately disposes of Donald. Donald decides to use strategy and is able to reenter Pete's house disguised as a baby who Pete surprisingly warms to. When Pete discovers Donald, he chases him down the street but is finally apprehended by Donald's marching police colleagues who make the arrest.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Billy Bletcher, Cody Aldrich ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1939-10-10
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Hamateur Night
48.

Hamateur Night

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

It's amateur night at the local theatre, and a procession of bad acts comes and goes: various musicians, a magician, and some actors. But they keep getting interrupted by Egghead singing "She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain".

Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1939-01-27
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : Believe It or Else
49.

Believe It or Else

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

In this spoof of the newsreel series, we meet a man who drinks large amounts of milk, a snake charmer, a man building a ship in a bottle, the world's loudest hog caller, a man who hasn't left his room for years, a human basketball, an optical illusion, a new giant telescope showing life on Mars and none on the moon, a wishing well in Egypt, the world's fastest woodcutter, the country's most accurate knife thrower, the sounds made by ants, and a man who saws people in half. Egghead keeps saying he doesn't believe it.

Starring: Tex Avery, Mel Blanc, Cliff Nazarro ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1939-06-03
Best Animation Movies of 1939 : The Good Egg
50.

The Good Egg

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A hen adopts an abandoned egg which hatches into a turtle. The baby turtle becomes the butt of all the real chicks' jokes until danger threatens.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Sara Berner, Bernice Hansen ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1939-10-20

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