Best Animation Movies of 1942

1.

Bambi

5.9
7.3/10 IMDB

Bambi's tale unfolds from season to season as the young prince of the forest learns about life, love, and friends.

Starring: Donnie Dunagan, Peter Behn, Stan Alexander, Cammie King, Will Wright, Hardie Albright, Ann Gillis, Tim Davis, Sam Edwards, Sterling Holloway ..
Directed by: David Hand, James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Graham Heid, William Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Norman Wright
Release date: 1942-02-11
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : The Bowling Alley-Cat
2.

The Bowling Alley-Cat

4.0
7.7/10 IMDB

Tom and Jerry are in a bowling alley. Both spend a lot of time sliding on the well-polished lanes. Eventually, Jerry takes up residence among the pins and Tom tries to bowl him down.

Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1942-07-18
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Donald's Snow Fight
3.

Donald's Snow Fight

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

It's snowed, and Donald Duck is going sledding. Meanwhile, his nephews have built a snowman at the bottom of the hill. Donald aims his sled at their snowman and demolishes it, so the boys get even by including a boulder in the bottom of their next snowman. This means war, so they retreat to opposing snow forts for battle.

Starring: Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Jack King
Release date: 1942-04-10
4.

Saludos Amigos

3.9
6.1/10 IMDB

Live-action segments show members of the Disney staff touring South America and recording their impressions in sketches. These segue into four animated sections: "Lake Titicaca" depicts tourist Donald Duck's troubles with a stubborn llama; and in "Aquarela do Brasil," Jose Carioca shows Donald the sights and sound of Rio de Janeiro.

Starring: José Oliveira, Fred Shields, Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Clarence Nash, Lee Blair ..
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, William Roberts, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney, Norman Ferguson
Release date: 1942-08-24
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Fraidy Cat
5.

Fraidy Cat

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Tom hears a ghost story on the radio and is spooked by it; Jerry notices this and takes advantage of it, using a variety of tricks to scare Tom.

Starring: William Hanna, Lillian Randolph, Martha Wentworth ..
Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1942-01-17
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Fine Feathered Friend
6.

Fine Feathered Friend

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

Chased by Tom around the barnyard, Jerry takes refuge under a hen, who, in her nest, is sitting on eggs. Tom has to figure out ways to get Jerry out from under the protective hen.

Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Release date: 1942-10-10
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Dog Trouble
7.

Dog Trouble

3.8
7.7/10 IMDB

Tom's chasing Jerry when he runs right into a sleeping dog and the two of them must work together to fend him off.

Starring: Lillian Randolph, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Michael Lah
Release date: 1942-04-18
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid
8.

Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid

3.7
7.4/10 IMDB

Mama Buzzard wants her children to learn to bring back meat for dinner. One buzzardling is shy and has to be kicked out of the nest. He's told to at least bring back a rabbit.

Starring: Sara Berner, Kent Rogers, Mel Blanc, Arnold Stang, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1942-07-11
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Case of the Missing Hare
9.

Case of the Missing Hare

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

After a traveling magician puts a poster over his home, Bugs visits his act to get revenge.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1942-12-12
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : How to Play Baseball
10.

How to Play Baseball

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Goofy shows us the national pastime. After a brief overview, we have a demonstration of the many possible pitches. On to the World Series, where we go through an eventful inning, culminating in a baseball that disintegrates when being hit.

Starring: George Johnson, Fred Shields ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1942-09-04
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Puss n' Toots
11.

Puss n' Toots

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Tom is playing with Jerry when a cute lady cat is delivered to Mammy for her to take care of. Tom is smitten at first sight.

Starring: Lillian Randolph ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Michael Lah
Release date: 1942-05-30
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : A Tale of Two Kitties
12.

A Tale of Two Kitties

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Two alley cats, Babbitt and Catsello, decide to make a meal out of Orson as he sleeps in his nest atop a telephone pole. The gullible (and loud) Catsello is repeatedly gulled into trying to "get the bird," earning a variety of thrashings from the casually murderous little canary. Catsello finally resorts to an air strike (with a pair of wooden boards for wings), but it's wartime, and Orson has the cat blasted out of the sky by anti-aircraft guns.

Starring: Tedd Pierce, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1942-11-21
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : The Wabbit Who Came to Supper
13.

The Wabbit Who Came to Supper

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Bugs Bunny exploits the situation when an uncle leaves Elmer Fudd three million dollars on the condition that he harm no animals, especially rabbits.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1942-03-28
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : The Dover Boys at Pimento University
14.

The Dover Boys at Pimento University

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Three fun-loving, morally upright brothers from Pimento University save their fiancée from their fiendish archenemy, Dan Backslide, in this spoof of the Rover Boys.

Starring: Mel Blanc, John McLeish, Tedd Pierce, Sara Berner ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1942-09-19
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : How to Swim
15.

How to Swim

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Goofy's plans to give a swimming lesson and enjoy a day at the beach go awry.

Starring: George Johnson, John McLeish ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1942-10-23
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Blitz Wolf
16.

Blitz Wolf

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Yet another variation on the Three Little Pigs theme, this time told as WW2 anti-German propaganda (the US had just entered the war), with the wolf as a thinly-disguised Hitler.

Starring: Pinto Colvig, Frank Graham ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1942-08-22
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : The Olympic Champ
17.

The Olympic Champ

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A narrator explains the history of the Olympic Games while Goofy demonstrates events.

Starring: George Johnson, John McLeish ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1942-10-09
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : How to Fish
18.

How to Fish

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Goofy's demonstration of fishing is fouled up by his clumsy casting and fly fishing, and problems with his boat.

Starring: George Johnson, John McLeish ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1942-12-04
19.

Radio Dynamics

3.2
7.0/10 IMDB

An experiment into what the director termed 'colour rhythm'.

Directed by: Oskar Fischinger
Release date: 1942-11-14
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : The Hungry Wolf
20.

The Hungry Wolf

3.1
6.5/10 IMDB

It's the dead of winter, a hungry wolf is out of food, and he's desperate.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Hugh Harman
Release date: 1942-02-21
21.

The Raven

3.1
6.6/10 IMDB

A vacuum cleaner selling raven pesters the inhabitant of a castle.

Starring: Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1942-10-20
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Superman: Volcano
22.

Superman: Volcano

3.1
7.0/10 IMDB

Superman comes to the rescue when a volcano erupts.

Starring: Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Bud Collyer, Julian Noa ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1942-07-10
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : My Favorite Duck
23.

My Favorite Duck

3.1
7.5/10 IMDB

Porky tries to relax on a hunting and fishing trip, but Daffy, smugly pointing out the "No Duck Hunting" signs, subjects him to constant irritation. Then the "Duck Hunting Season Open" signs start going up.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1942-12-05
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : The Magnetic Telescope
24.

The Magnetic Telescope

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

When police interfere with a reckless scientist's experiment, it creates a deadly meteor shower only Superman can stop.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1942-04-24
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Symphony Hour
25.

Symphony Hour

3.0
7.4/10 IMDB

Mickey guest-directs a radio orchestra. The sponsor loves the rehearsal, but come the actual performance, Goofy drops all the instruments under an elevator, so they sound like toys. The sponsor hates it, but the audience loves it anyway.

Starring: Walt Disney, Billy Bletcher, Pinto Colvig, Florence Gill, Clarence Nash, John McLeish ..
Directed by: Riley Thomson
Release date: 1942-03-20
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Aquarela do Brasil
26.

Aquarela do Brasil

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

José Carioca, showing Donald Duck around South America and introducing him to the samba

Starring: José Oliveira, Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson
Release date: 1942-08-24
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : The Bear and the Beavers
27.

The Bear and the Beavers

3.0
6.2/10 IMDB

Barney has run out of firewood in mid winter. His quest for more is not too successful. Meanwhile, the beavers have been busily cutting and stacking their wood, which proves too tempting for Barney. The beavers are not pleased.

Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1942-03-28
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Billion Dollar Limited
28.

Billion Dollar Limited

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Robbers target a special train carrying a billion dollars worth of gold, and the only one who can stop them is Superman!

Starring: Joan Alexander, Bud Collyer, Julian Noa, Jackson Beck ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1942-01-09
29.

Chips Off the Old Block

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

Butch, a beaten up pug of a tomcat, is having a good day, and everything is peaceful. Then the doorbell rings. He finds the unexpected present of four kittens left on his doorstep (and from their coloring, there's little question as to who's the father). Butch spends his time trying to hide the mischievous kittens from his owner.

Directed by: Robert Allen
Release date: 1942-09-12
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : The Hare-Brained Hypnotist
30.

The Hare-Brained Hypnotist

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

Elmer Fudd goes after Bugs using hypnotism, only the plan backfires.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1942-10-31
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : The Wacky Wabbit
31.

The Wacky Wabbit

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

The Wacky Wabbit is a Warner Bros. cartoon in the Merrie Melodies series. It was released on May 2, 1942. It was directed by Robert Clampett. It stars Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd (both are voiced by Mel Blanc and Arthur Q. Bryan).

Starring: Arthur Q. Bryan, Mel Blanc, Arnold Stang ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1942-05-02
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Tulips Shall Grow
32.

Tulips Shall Grow

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

In this Puppetoon animated short film (an Academy Award Best Short Subject, Cartoons nominee), a young Dutch couple find their idyllic countryside being overrun by unfeeling, unthinking mechanical men and machines that lay waste to everything in their path. In 1997 this film, deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant," was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

Starring: Victor Jory ..
Directed by: George Pal
Release date: 1942-01-26
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Superman: The Arctic Giant
33.

Superman: The Arctic Giant

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

A frozen Tyrannosaurus rex is found and put on display in a museum, but when he thaws out and revives, Superman has to stop his rampage!

Starring: Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Bud Collyer, Julian Noa ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1942-02-26
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Superman: The Bulleteers
34.

Superman: The Bulleteers

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Criminals with rocket powered car loot and extort the city, and only Superman can stop them!

Starring: Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Bud Collyer, Julian Noa ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1942-03-26
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Superman: Electric Earthquake
35.

Superman: Electric Earthquake

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

A scientist uses an earthquake machine to threaten the city, and only Superman can stop his extortion plan!

Starring: Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Bud Collyer, Julian Noa ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1942-05-15
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Superman: Terror on the Midway
36.

Superman: Terror on the Midway

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

When things go wrong at the circus, it's up to Superman to stop the escaped animals.

Starring: Joan Alexander, Bud Collyer, Jack Mercer, Julian Noa ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1942-08-30
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Horton Hatches the Egg
37.

Horton Hatches the Egg

2.9
7.3/10 IMDB

Horton the elephant agrees to watch over lazy Maisie bird's egg while she vacations. Much later, after...

Starring: Sara Berner, Mel Blanc, Frank Graham, Kent Rogers, Purv Pullen, Margaret Wright ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1942-04-11
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : The Mouse of Tomorrow
38.

The Mouse of Tomorrow

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

The origin story of Super Mouse (later changed to "Mighty Mouse").

Directed by: Eddie Donnelly
Release date: 1942-10-16
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : The Hep Cat
39.

The Hep Cat

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

A cat-about-town fancies himself such an irresitible "hunk" he momentarily resembles Victor Mature. His wooing of a cute kitten gets derailed by a prankster dog using a cat hand puppet to trap him.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1942-10-03
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Me Musical Nephews
40.

Me Musical Nephews

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Popeye's nephews have been practicing their music and are getting good, but it's bedtime. After Popeye puts them to bed, they discover that many of the things in their bedroom can also be used to make music. And they are also blessed with an uncanny ability to appear to sleep every time Popeye comes to check on them.

Starring: Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Seymour Kneitel
Release date: 1942-12-25
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Fresh Hare
41.

Fresh Hare

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Bugs Bunny is wanted "dead or alive" by the Mounted Police, led by Elmer Fudd. The "Fresh Hare" episode was banned from television for almost 30 years because it was considered too racey for the time.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan, The Sportsmen Quartet ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1942-08-21
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Lake Titicaca
42.

Lake Titicaca

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

Donald is visiting South America, where he is first overcome by altitude sickness. He spends some time in the picturesque market. Then he take a llama up into the mountains, with exciting results.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Fred Shields ..
Directed by: William Roberts
Release date: 1942-08-24
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Hold the Lion, Please
43.

Hold the Lion, Please

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

A lion wants to prove he's still "King of the Jungle" and, to prove it, he hunts rabbit.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Tex Avery, Tedd Pierce, Harry Lang ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1942-06-06
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Olive Oyl and Water Don't Mix
44.

Olive Oyl and Water Don't Mix

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Popeye and Bluto agree that women are too much trouble, so they agree to swear off them, which lasts about five seconds, until Olive comes on board ship for a tour. The boys vie for her attention.

Starring: Margie Hines, Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1942-05-08
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Superman: Showdown
45.

Superman: Showdown

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

Superman's reputation is tarnished when a crook begins committing crimes in a Superman costume.

Starring: Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Bud Collyer, Jack Mercer, Julian Noa ..
Directed by: Izzy Sparber
Release date: 1942-10-16
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Pluto at the Zoo
46.

Pluto at the Zoo

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Pluto walks past the zoo and sees the huge bone the sleeping lion has but getting it out is easier said than done. He gets it out of the lion's cage, but then has to face the kangaroo and its playful joey. Next is the gorilla, then the crocodiles.

Directed by: Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1942-11-20
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : The Vanishing Private
47.

The Vanishing Private

2.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Private Duck is a camouflage painter. He paints a giant cannon with some very gaudy colors, until Sergeant Pete explains that the point is to make it so the cannon can't be seen. Donald finds a bucket of experimental invisible paint and makes the cannon disappear. Pete isn't happy with this, and knocks Donald into the paint, then chases him, until he runs into the general. As Pete tries to explain, Donald prods him with a cactus, then goes off to steal some pies. Eventually, Pete goes berserk and starts throwing grenades willy-nilly and gets in more trouble with the general.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: Jack King
Release date: 1942-09-25
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Bellboy Donald
48.

Bellboy Donald

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Donald tries his best to be polite and dignified as a hotel bellboy. But when his first guest is Pete Junior, the job is next to impossible.

Starring: Clarence Nash, John McLeish ..
Directed by: Jack King
Release date: 1942-12-18
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Pigeon Patrol
49.

Pigeon Patrol

2.8
6.0/10 IMDB

A pigeon wants to be a carrier pigeon for the Military so he can win the heart of his sweetheart.

Directed by: Alex Lovy
Release date: 1942-08-02
Best Animation Movies of 1942 : Superman: Destruction, Inc.
50.

Superman: Destruction, Inc.

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

Superman has to thwart wartime saboteurs tampering with things at the Metropolis Munitions Plant...who have captured Lois Lane and loaded her into a torpedo!

Starring: Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Bud Collyer, Mel Blanc, Julian Noa, Jack Mercer, Purv Pullen ..
Directed by: Izzy Sparber
Release date: 1942-12-25

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