Best Animation Movies of 1941

1.

Dumbo

5.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Dumbo is a baby elephant born with over-sized ears and a supreme lack of confidence. But thanks to his even more diminutive buddy Timothy the Mouse, the pint-sized pachyderm learns to surmount all obstacles.

Starring: Sterling Holloway, Herman Bing, John McLeish, Edward Brophy, James Baskett, Billy Bletcher, Jim Carmichael, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton, Noreen Gammill ..
Directed by: Ben Sharpsteen, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, William Roberts, Jack Kinney, Samuel Armstrong
Release date: 1941-10-01
2.

The Reluctant Dragon

4.2
6.8/10 IMDB

Humorist Robert Benchley attempts to find Walt Disney to ask him to adapt a short story about a gentle dragon who would rather recite poetry than be ferocious. Along the way, he is given a tour of Walt Disney Studios, and learns about the animation process.

Starring: Robert Benchley, Frances Gifford, Buddy Pepper, Nana Bryant, Claud Allister, Barnett Parker, Billy Lee, Florence Gill, Clarence Nash, Ward Kimball ..
Directed by: Hamilton Luske, Alfred L. Werker
Release date: 1941-06-19
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : The Night Before Christmas
3.

The Night Before Christmas

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

It's snowy and cold outside, and warm inside where Jerry squeezes past a mousetrap to cavort under a present-laden Christmas tree. Mistaking the sleeping Tom for a plush toy, Jerry wakes him and a mad chase ensues.

Starring: Frank Graham ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1941-12-06
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : The Midnight Snack
4.

The Midnight Snack

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

Jerry takes a midnight snack from the fridge unaware that Tom is watching him.

Starring: Lillian Randolph, Thea Vidale, Harry Lang ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1941-07-19
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : Tortoise Beats Hare
5.

Tortoise Beats Hare

3.8
7.7/10 IMDB

An upset Bugs challenges the slick Cecil Turtle to a race.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1941-03-15
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : Wabbit Twouble
6.

Wabbit Twouble

3.8
7.6/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan, Arnold Stang ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1941-12-20
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : The Mechanical Monsters
7.

The Mechanical Monsters

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Superman battles a criminal mastermind and his robot army.

Starring: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Julian Noa, Mel Blanc, Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1941-11-28
8.

Superman: The Mad Scientist

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

After The Daily Planet receives a letter from a mad scientist threatening to wreak destruction with his Electrothanasia Ray, Lois Lane heads out in the hopes of getting more information for a news story.

Starring: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Julian Noa, Jack Mercer, Jackson Beck, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1941-09-26
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : The Art of Skiing
9.

The Art of Skiing

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

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. As you can imagine, Goofy has much trouble keeping his skis parallel and pointing downhill. The final ski jump conveniently lands Goofy right back in bed.

Starring: John McLeish, Hannes Schroll ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1941-11-14
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : Chef Donald
10.

Chef Donald

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Donald decides to try cooking along with a radio show.

Starring: Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Jack King
Release date: 1941-12-05
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : Early to Bed
11.

Early to Bed

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Donald has to get up early, but everything seems to be working to keep him awake. His loudly ticking alarm clock resists several attempts to quiet it. Donald ultimately swallows it; the glow-in-the-dark dial can be seen through his feathers. Then his folding bed folds up on him. Springs start popping out of it; Donald builds an elaborate framework to hold it down. Finally, enough of the clock reassembles itself to sound the alarm and night is over.

Starring: Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Jack King
Release date: 1941-07-10
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : Lend a Paw
12.

Lend a Paw

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Jealous over Mickey's attention to a kitten, Pluto's devil-self argues with his angel-self over whether or not to rescue the kitten when it falls into a well. The angel-self wins, and Pluto is treated like a hero. In the end, he and the kitten become friends.

Starring: Walt Disney, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1941-10-03
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : Mr. Bug Goes to Town
13.

Mr. Bug Goes to Town

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

The happy tranquility of Buggsville is shattered when the populace learns that a colossal skyscraper is to be built over their tiny town.

Starring: Kenny Gardner, Gwen Williams, Jack Mercer, Tedd Pierce, Stan Freed, Carl Meyer, Pauline Loth, Pinto Colvig, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1941-12-09
14.

Swing Cleaning

3.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Gabby is a servant in a castle and is required to do a little housework.

Starring: Pinto Colvig, Jack Mercer, Bill Thompson ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1941-04-10
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : The Little Whirlwind
15.

The Little Whirlwind

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Mickey wants some of the cake Minnie has just baked, so he offers to clean up her yard. As he's working, a tiny tornado (smaller than him) with a mind of its own comes along and causes trouble. After Mickey finally chases the little twister off, it gets its big brother, which makes a grand mess of the yard. Most of the cartoon, except for the opening and closing, has no dialogue.

Starring: Walt Disney, Thelma Boardman ..
Directed by: Riley Thomson
Release date: 1941-02-14
16.

Gabby Goes Fishing

3.4
5.7/10 IMDB

Gabby teaches a young boy how to fish, even though the boy was doing much better without him.

Starring: Pinto Colvig, Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1941-07-17
17.

Dance of the Weed

3.2
6.2/10 IMDB

A clumsy yokel of a male weed courts a delicate female flower ballerina by trying to dance with her.

Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1941-06-07
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : The Screwdriver
18.

The Screwdriver

3.1
6.4/10 IMDB

Woody Woodpecker is driving through the countryside and is, shall we say, not a stickler for the rules. He's practically asking for trouble when he confronts a traffic cop who explains he is looking for speeders. Woody reveals himself to be a speeder by driving to Alaska and back in less than a minute. The cop tries to arrest him but Woody states, "I bet ya wouldn't be so tough without that uniform." The officer undresses but Woody attacks him with a boxing glove camera. Woody also gets his goat by dressing as a farmer on horse-and-buggy and as a Chinaboy with rickshaw. Finally, the cop flips out and is sent to a mental hospital with Woody as his caretaker.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Walter Lantz
Release date: 1941-08-10
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : The Heckling Hare
19.

The Heckling Hare

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

Bugs is being chased by hunting dog Willoughby, and outsmarts him at every turn, until the end, where they outsmart the audience together.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Tex Avery ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1941-07-05
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : Woody Woodpecker
20.

Woody Woodpecker

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

Woody Woodpecker spends his day singing loudly and pecking holes in trees. He infuriates the other woodland creatures - when he isn't baffling them with his bizarre behavior. Woody overhears a squirrel and a group of birds gossiping about him. Even though he just sang a song proclaiming his craziness, he denies their whispered accusations that he's nuts. But after they trick him into knocking his head on a statue, the poor bird hears voices in his head and decides the animals might be right. He decides to see a doctor. But leave it to Woody to choose Dr. Horace N. Buggy, a Scottish-brogue-burring fox, who is, if it's impossible, even madder than he is.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Sara Berner, Danny Webb ..
Directed by: Walter Lantz
Release date: 1941-07-16
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : The Reluctant Dragon
21.

The Reluctant Dragon

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

Starring: Claud Allister, Billy Lee, Barnett Parker ..
Directed by: Hamilton Luske
Release date: 1941-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : Nix on Hypnotricks
22.

Nix on Hypnotricks

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

The villain: Professor I. Stare, hypnotist, frustrated by not having anyone to practice on. He cold-calls Olive at random while Popeye is pitching woo and hypnotizes her over the phone into coming to his office.

Starring: Jack Mercer, Margie Hines ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1941-12-19
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : Hollywood Steps Out
23.

Hollywood Steps Out

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

A tour of Ciro's Nightclub packed with caricatures of many top stars.

Starring: Sara Berner, Mel Blanc, Kent Rogers, Dave Barry, Ruth Clifford, Esther Lawlor, Bea Benaderet, Victor Rodman, Clarence Nash, Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1941-05-24
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : The Alley Cat
24.

The Alley Cat

2.9
6.1/10 IMDB

An alley cat spies a high-class female cat on her balcony and falls for her. Her butler sends the family bulldog to deal with the alley cat, but the cat's too clever.

Starring: Harry Lang ..
Directed by: Hugh Harman
Release date: 1941-07-03
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : Rhapsody in Rivets
25.

Rhapsody in Rivets

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

A construction foreman conducts his workers like a symphony orchestra as they build a skyscraper to Franz Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2."

Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1941-12-06
26.

The Field Mouse

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

It's about these children mice on a farm doing work for their mama and grandpop. The mom catches one of her offspring, Herman, sleeping late and wakes him up by spanking him. After he cries to Grandpa, the ground starts shaking. The tractor is on the way!

Directed by: Hugh Harman
Release date: 1941-12-26
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : Porky's Preview
27.

Porky's Preview

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

The audience enters Porky's movie theater, with a collection of quick gags: A firefly acting as usher, a kangaroo taking tickets and putting the stubs in her pouch, a chicken buying child tickets for her eggs. A skunk tries to buy a ticket, costing a nickel, but he only has one scent. He looks for a way to sneak in. Meanwhile, Porky introduces the show: a collection of cartoons, drawn as stick figures. At the end, the audience is all gone because the skunk managed to sneak in. Porky's cartoons include: Circus Parade, Choo-Choo Train, Soldiers (Marchin), Horse Race, and Dances (hula, Mexican hat, and ballet). All accompanied by a self-parody musical score.

Starring: Sara Berner, Mel Blanc, Cliff Nazarro ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1941-04-19
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : Timber
28.

Timber

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Hobo Donald steals dinner off Pegleg Pete's table. Pete gives Donald a stick of dynamite. Then he puts Donald to work chopping trees. To say Donald is an inept lumberjack is understating the case. After several mishaps, Pete/Pierre chases Donald on railroad handcars.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: Jack King
Release date: 1941-01-10
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : Elmer's Pet Rabbit
29.

Elmer's Pet Rabbit

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

Elmer Fudd gets more than he bargained for from his new pet rabbit.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1941-01-04
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : Truant Officer Donald
30.

Truant Officer Donald

2.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Donald catches his nephews swimming on a school day. He thinks he's made an easy catch, but the boys are much more resourceful than that. When he tries to smoke them out of their clubhouse, they put three roast turkeys in their bed and dress one boy as an angel.

Starring: Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Jack King
Release date: 1941-08-01
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : The Trial of Mr. Wolf
31.

The Trial of Mr. Wolf

2.8
7.0/10 IMDB

The Big Bad Wolf, villain of children's stories for years, is on trial for crimes committed against Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother. When given a chance to speak in his defense, Mr. Wolf explains the supposed real story behind the fairy tale, in which he is the victim and Red and her grandma are the ones to blame. Will the jury buy his story?

Starring: Mel Blanc, Sara Berner ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1941-04-25
32.

The Fox and the Grapes

2.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Illustrating the origin of the term 'sour grapes', (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.

Directed by: Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1941-12-04
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : How to Ride a Horse
33.

How to Ride a Horse

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Aided by his horse, Percy, Goofy takes horsemanship to a new level.

Starring: Pinto Colvig, John McLeish ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1941-06-19
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : The Mighty Navy
34.

The Mighty Navy

2.8
7.1/10 IMDB

Newly inducted into the U.S. Navy, Popeye is on a training ship, but his seat-of-the-pants ways don't fit in with modern equipment.

Starring: Jack Mercer, Tedd Pierce ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1941-11-14
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : The Art of Self Defense
35.

The Art of Self Defense

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Goofy takes a lighthearted look at self defense through the ages: cavemen, knights, the age of chivalry, and finally boxing.

Starring: John McLeish, George Johnson ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1941-12-26
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : Canine Caddy
36.

Canine Caddy

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

Mickey's going golfing, and Pluto is his caddy. Besides the usual caddy duties, Pluto runs to the ball and points to it. But when the ball lands in a gopher hole, Pluto's got another task: chase the gopher. They eventually chase each other through a number of holes in a knoll where Mickey is trying to putt out, causing the knoll to collapse.

Starring: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1941-05-30
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : The Henpecked Duck
37.

The Henpecked Duck

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Mrs. Duck sues Daffy for divorce in Judge Porky Pig's courtroom, charging her husband with losing their egg in an abortive magic trick.

Starring: Sara Berner, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1941-08-30
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : All's Well
38.

All's Well

2.8
5.6/10 IMDB

When Gabby tries to make everything well, he comes to fussy baby and attempts to change the baby's diaper. Can Gabby change the baby's diaper? Find out on Gabby's "All's Well"

Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1941-01-16
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : Fire Cheese
39.

Fire Cheese

2.8
6.0/10 IMDB

Gabby makes good on his pledge to 'be helpful' by assisting the local fire department while they put out a fire. When the chief incapacitates himself by getting Gabby's hat stuck over his head, Gabby takes charge with with disastrous consequences.

Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1941-06-19
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : A Good Time for a Dime
40.

A Good Time for a Dime

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Donald visits a penny arcade where he sees a risque Daisy dancing in one of the nickelodeon shows and later has trouble with the airplane ride.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Elvia Allman, Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney ..
Directed by: Dick Lundy
Release date: 1941-05-09
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : The Cagey Canary
41.

The Cagey Canary

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

A cat (not Sylvester) tries to capture a little canary bird (not Tweety), and not get caught by protective Granny.

Starring: Elvia Allman, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1941-11-22
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : Donald's Camera
42.

Donald's Camera

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Inspired by a store display, Donald decides to "hunt" some wildlife with his camera. First, he encounters a too-friendly chipmunk, then a large group of shy animals, then some animals in a dark cave. But his biggest challenge is a woodpecker, who finds a number of ways to torment him, even though Donald does manage to trick him briefly using some toothpaste that pretends to be a worm.

Starring: Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Dick Lundy
Release date: 1941-10-24
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : The Nifty Nineties
43.

The Nifty Nineties

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Mickey courts Minnie in the Gay Nineties: they take in a vaudeville show and go for a drive in his horseless carriage, to the strains of "While Strolling Through the Park" and "In the Good Old Summertime". Goofy rides by on a penny-farthing bicycle, and the whole Duck family rides by on a bicycle built for five.

Starring: Walt Disney, Thelma Boardman, Florence Gill, Ward Kimball, Fred Moore, Silvia Obsen, Elvia Allman, Ward Kimball, Fred Moore ..
Directed by: Riley Thomson
Release date: 1941-06-29
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : Pluto's Playmate
44.

Pluto's Playmate

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Pluto is playing with a ball on the beach. The ball goes into the water and starts moving in strange ways, because a sea lion is playing with it. Pluto does not want to share the ball, and eventually tries to bury it, but the sea lion is too clever. Pluto goes after the sea lion, but has to tangle with a persistent octopus. The sea lion saves Pluto, and resuscitates him, so Pluto agrees to play.

Directed by: Norman Ferguson
Release date: 1941-01-24
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : Olive's $weep$take Ticket
45.

Olive's $weep$take Ticket

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Olive gets a phone call that she has won first prize in a sweepstakes, but she can't find her ticket. She finds it, only to have it blow out the window into a woman's belt, into the sea, a fish's mouth, the railroad tracks, a flagpole, etc.

Starring: Margie Hines, Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1941-03-07
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : Problem Pappy
46.

Problem Pappy

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

Popeye's Pappy takes a flagpole sitting job atop a tall building without telling Popeye. Popeye goes to rescue him, but he doesn't want to go until an electrical storm hits.

Starring: Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1941-01-10
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : Flies Ain't Human
47.

Flies Ain't Human

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

Popeye is trying to take a nap, but he's plagued by house flies that keep landing on him. He gets rid of most of them, but one in particular seems bent on making Popeye's life miserable, particularly after Popeye makes the mistake of flicking it into a can of spinach.

Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1941-04-04
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : A Gentleman's Gentleman
48.

A Gentleman's Gentleman

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Mickey Mouse lies in bed like a lord, getting served breakfast by man's (and mouse's?) best friend Pluto as gentleman's gentleman. Next duty is to fetch the paper, but also pay for it with a coin for the vending machine, and those round things have a nasty habit of escaping a dog's teeth and bouncing over the pavement till they end up in the gutter. After enough attempts to fish and spend the penny, Pluto has a newspaper to carry the same way. The wind has a nasty way to get a better grip on page after page then the dog, so by the time he delivers the daily dose of printed news it's an embarrassingly muddy mess.

Starring: Walt Disney, Lee Millar ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1941-03-28
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : Pantry Panic
49.

Pantry Panic

2.7
6.8/10 IMDB

Woody's friends warn him that the groundhog has predicted a blizzard. Unconcerned, Woody decides not to go South with his pals. Soon enough, the blizzard sweeps in and destroys the loony woodpecker's stash of food. Facing starvation, a glimmer of hope arrives in the form of a cat. The cat is also starving and it turns into a match of brawn and wits to see who eats who.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Ben Hardaway, Kent Rogers, Sara Berner, Bernice Hansen, Danny Webb ..
Directed by: Walter Lantz
Release date: 1941-11-23
Best Animation Movies of 1941 : Rhythm in the Ranks
50.

Rhythm in the Ranks

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

A toy soldier, distracted by a beautiful ice skater, is derelict in his duty and gets discharged. Later, when the screwball army declares war, he lucks into a chance to redeem himself.

Directed by: George Pal
Release date: 1941-12-26

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