Best Animation Movies of 1943

1.

Der Fuehrer's Face

4.5
7.5/10 IMDB

A marching band of Germans, Italians, and Japanese march through the streets of swastika-motif Nutziland, serenading "Der Fuehrer's Face." Donald Duck, not living in the region by choice, struggles to make do with disgusting Nazi food rations and then with his day of toil at a Nazi artillery factory. After a nervous breakdown, Donald awakens to find that his experience was in fact a nightmare.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1943-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Red Hot Riding Hood
2.

Red Hot Riding Hood

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

Tired of always playing the same roles, Little Red Riding Hood, her grandmother and the Wolf demand a new version of the tale. The story then plays out in a more contemperary urban environment, with Little Red Riding Hood working as a pin-up girl in a night club.

Starring: Sara Berner, Daws Butler, June Foray, Frank Graham, Kent Rogers, Connie Russell, Patricia Alphin, Anna Mae Fritz ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1943-05-08
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : The Yankee Doodle Mouse
3.

The Yankee Doodle Mouse

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

As Tom and Jerry stage their typical fight sequences, the patriotic soldier theme of the title is evidenced by such things as a carton of eggs labeled "Hen Grenades"; Jerry dropping light bulbs from an airplane like bombs; and Jerry sending a telegram with the message "Sighted Cat - Sank Same." Musical phrasings from various patriotic war songs are heard throughout.

Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1943-06-26
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Tortoise Wins by a Hare
4.

Tortoise Wins by a Hare

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

Bugs challenges Cecil Turtle to race, only this time he's wearing an aerodynamic suit like Cecil's. Unfortunately, the gambling ring has bet everything on the rabbit, and Bugs now looks like a tortoise.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Michael Maltese, Tedd Pierce ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1943-02-20
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : The Lonesome Mouse
5.

The Lonesome Mouse

3.8
7.7/10 IMDB

Jerry crashes a vase onto Tom's head, which gets Mammy to throw Tom out. Jerry revels in his freedom, among other things turning Tom's picture into a Hitler caricature then spitting on it. But he soon tires of this, and under a flag of truce, hatches a plan with Tom. The abnormally talkative duo stage a grand chase, but whenever they're out of sight of Mammy, they fake it, pausing for patty-cake, a turkey leg, and a drum jam session. Eventually, Tom chases Jerry under a rug, then swaps in a tomato, which Mammy crushes. With Jerry apparently vanquished, Tom is rewarded with a pie, but when Jerry tries to claim his share, Tom shuts him out.

Starring: Lillian Randolph, William Hanna, Frank Graham ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1943-05-22
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Wackiki Wabbit
6.

Wackiki Wabbit

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

On a tropical island a pair of castaways look to Bugs as a source of food.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Michael Maltese, Tedd Pierce, Augie Goupil ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1943-07-03
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Sufferin' Cats!
7.

Sufferin' Cats!

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Tom fights with another cat over Jerry.

Starring: William Hanna, Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1943-01-16
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Dumb-Hounded
8.

Dumb-Hounded

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

The wolf escapes from prison but can't get away from police dog Droopy no matter how hard he tries. This is the first cartoon starring Droopy.

Starring: Bill Thompson, Frank Graham ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1943-03-20
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Falling Hare
9.

Falling Hare

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Relaxing with a carrot at an army air field, Bugs is reading "Victory Through Hare Power," and scoffs at the notion of "gremlins," little creatures who wreak havoc on planes with their "dia-bo-lickal sabo-tay-gee." His reading is interrupted by a clanging sound, and it turns out to be a little wing-headed being pounding on a bockbuster bomb with a mallet.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Robert Clampett ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1943-10-30
10.

A Corny Concerto

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

A Corny Concerto is an American animated cartoon short produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. It was directed by Bob Clampett, written by Frank Tashlin, animated by Robert McKimson and released as part of the Merrie Melodies series on September 25, 1943. A parody of Disney's 1940 feature Fantasia, the film uses two of Johann Strauss' best known waltzes, Tales from the Vienna Woods and The Blue Danube, adapted by the cartoon unit's music director, Carl Stalling and orchestrated by its arranger and later, Stalling's successor, Milt Franklyn. Long considered a classic for its sly humor and impeccable timing with the music, it was voted #47 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field in 1994

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan, Bea Benaderet ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1943-09-25
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi
11.

Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

A propaganda film during World War II about a boy who grows up to become a Nazi soldier.

Starring: Adolf Hitler, Art Smith ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1943-01-15
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Baby Puss
12.

Baby Puss

3.7
7.4/10 IMDB

Tom is dressed up and treated like a baby by the little girl of the house, and he hates it aside from the bottle of milk, that is. Jerry brings in some alley cats, who tease Tom.

Starring: Sara Berner, Billy Bletcher, William Hanna, Jack Mather ..
Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Release date: 1943-12-25
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Yankee Doodle Daffy
13.

Yankee Doodle Daffy

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Daffy is an agent representing Sleepy LaGoof trying to sell him to talent scout Porky. Daffy spends a great deal of time and energy explaining and demonstrating what the kid can do, while the kid sits on a couch licking a giant sucker.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1943-07-03
14.

Victory Through Air Power

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

This is a unique film in Disney Production's history. This film is essentially a propaganda film selling Major Alexander de Seversky's theories about the practical uses of long range strategic bombing. Using a combination of animation humorously telling about the development of air warfare, the film switches to the Major illustrating his ideas could win the war for the allies.

Starring: Alexander P. de Seversky, Art Baker ..
Directed by: James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, H. C. Potter
Release date: 1943-07-17
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Porky Pig's Feat
15.

Porky Pig's Feat

3.1
7.7/10 IMDB

Porky Pig and Daffy Duck owe an outrageous sum to the Broken Arms Hotel. The manager thwarts their efforts to escape without paying their bill.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1943-07-17
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs
16.

Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs

3.1
6.1/10 IMDB

Spoof of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)' with an all-black cartoon cast. Many WWII references, including rationing (the evil Queen is a hoarder of sugar and rubber tires) and Jeep vehicles (the Sebben Dwarfs come to the rescue in three of them).

Starring: Ivie Anderson, Mel Blanc, Ruby Dandridge, Vivian Dandridge, Lillian Randolph, Zoot Watson, Danny Webb ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1943-01-16
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : The Wise Quacking Duck
17.

The Wise Quacking Duck

3.1
7.2/10 IMDB

An exceedingly mild-mannered man is sent out to kill a duck for dinner by his wife. Unfortunately for him, he picks Daffy Duck as his victim. The two face off and do battle for the remainder of the cartoon.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1943-05-01
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Chicken Little
18.

Chicken Little

3.1
7.4/10 IMDB

It's a peaceful day at the local poultry farm until Foxy Loxy happens along intent on a chicken dinner. He takes the advice of a book on psychology by striking "the least intelligent" first and convinces dim witted Chicken Little the sky is falling. Chicken Little spreads the word but when head man Cocky Locky proves the story to be false, Foxy Loxy spreads rumors that Cocky Locky isn't the smart chicken he appears to be, which leads to the ultimate undoing of the chickens at the hands of Foxy Loxy.

Starring: Frank Graham, Florence Gill, Clarence Nash, Jean MacMurray, Purv Pullen, Elvia Allman, Joe London ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1943-12-17
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : An Itch in Time
19.

An Itch in Time

3.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Elmer threatens to give his dog a bath if he doesn't stop scratching, but the poor pooch is the victim of a hungry flea whose tools of the trade include pickaxes and dynamite.

Starring: Sara Berner, Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1943-12-04
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Hiss and Make Up
20.

Hiss and Make Up

3.1
6.9/10 IMDB

An old woman has a cat, a dog, and a canary. The cat and dog fight even worse than normally; fed up, she tells them both off, then threatens to throw them both out if there's any more trouble. The two then spend the rest of the picture framing each other and summoning their master.

Starring: Bea Benaderet, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1943-09-10
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk
21.

Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

Bugs fights the legendary giant. In the historical context of World War II much fun is made of the giant's claimed superiority over the more clever and fun-loving rabbit.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1943-06-12
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Who Killed Who?
22.

Who Killed Who?

3.0
7.4/10 IMDB

A murder has occurred at Gruesome Gables, and the dog detective trying to find the killer has to deal with some suspicious suspects and a haunted house.

Starring: Robert Emmett O'Connor, Tex Avery, Sara Berner, Billy Bletcher, Richard Haydn, Kent Rogers ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1943-06-19
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Pigs in a Polka
23.

Pigs in a Polka

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

Dressed in a tuxedo, the Big Bad Wolf announces the evening's program: the tale of the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs, set to the music of Johannes Brahms's Hungarian Dances. Queue the fairy tale: we watch each pig build his house, the first two pigs dance and play, the wolf arrives and, wearing a gypsy woman's disguise, almost catches them. They run to hide in the brick house, where the wolf tries various ruses to gain entry, including dressing as a poverty-stricken old woman reduced to playing a violin for donations. He fools the two simple pigs and gets inside. Will he dine on pork? The house has an elevator, the wolf gets the shaft.

Starring: Sara Berner, Bea Benaderet, Mel Blanc, Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1943-02-01
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Super-Rabbit
24.

Super-Rabbit

3.0
7.4/10 IMDB

Bugs Bunny becomes a superhero who does battle with a rabbit hating cowboy and horse.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Tedd Pierce, Kent Rogers ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1943-04-03
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : What's Buzzin' Buzzard?
25.

What's Buzzin' Buzzard?

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

Two buzzards suffer from acute food shortage and make up for it by cooking each other, or at least trying to.

Starring: Daws Butler, Dick Nelson ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1943-11-27
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Puss n' Booty
26.

Puss n' Booty

2.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Woman wonders why her little pet birds keep disappearing. Rudolph the cat knows, but other than burping feathers, he's not saying. But it looks like he's met his match when the woman orders another bird from the pet shop: a little yellow canary named "Petey".

Starring: Bea Benaderet, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1943-12-10
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : To Duck.... Or Not to Duck
27.

To Duck.... Or Not to Duck

2.9
7.3/10 IMDB

Daffy challenges duckhunter Elmer to a boxing match, rigged in his favor with the collusion of the duck referee. In the stands, Elmer's dog Larrimore suspects that something funny is going on, but he's drowned out by Daffy's all-duck cheering section.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1943-03-06
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : The Aristo-Cat
28.

The Aristo-Cat

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Meadows the butler quits after being tormented by the spoiled family cat, who finds he is unable to survive on his own, especially after meeting the mice Hubie and Bertie.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Michael Maltese, Tedd Pierce ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1943-06-18
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Daffy - The Commando
29.

Daffy - The Commando

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Commando Daffy Duck goes behind enemy lines and causes havoc for a Nazi German officer and his troops.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1943-11-20
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : The Underground World
30.

The Underground World

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

Superman has to save Lois Lane from a cult of hawk-people in an homage to Edgar Rice Burroughs's "At the Earth's Core".

Starring: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Julian Noa ..
Directed by: Seymour Kneitel
Release date: 1943-06-18
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Superman: Secret Agent
31.

Superman: Secret Agent

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

A double agent trying to deliver information to Washington, D.C. is chased by Nazi operatives.

Starring: Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Bud Collyer, Jack Mercer, Julian Noa, Sam Parker ..
Directed by: Seymour Kneitel
Release date: 1943-07-30
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Room and Bored
32.

Room and Bored

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

Fox has a furnished apartment which he desires to rent to a nice, quiet, respectable citizen like himself, and he especially wants no riff-raff tenant. What he wants and what he gets are two different things as along comes Crow with his own furnishings and decides to move in. Crow proceeds to make himself at home by tossing out Fox's fine furniture and fixings' and brings in his own junk, including a player piano, a juke box and a set of drums, all of which the jitter-bugging Crow plays all night. The Fox tries to evict him the next morning, but the crow simulates a raging snowstorm outside his window and the soft-hearted landlord allows him to stay. And then, although it is mid-July and hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk, Fox hustles down to the basement and starts shoveling coal into the furnace.

Directed by: Bob Wickersham
Release date: 1943-09-29
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Scrap Happy Daffy
33.

Scrap Happy Daffy

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

During World War Two, Daffy Duck owns a junkyard which collects scrap metal to use in building weapons to continue the Allied fight against the Axis powers. Hitler reads about Daffy's scrap pile and about Daffy's stated intent to win the war with junk and, after throwing a fit and chewing a carpet like a mad dog, orders Daffy's scrap pile destroyed...

Starring: Mel Blanc, Dorothy Lloyd, Tedd Pierce ..
Directed by: Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1943-08-20
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : The Mummy Strikes
34.

The Mummy Strikes

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

Egyptologists are attacked by mummies, drawing the attention of Superman.

Starring: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Julian Noa ..
Directed by: Izzy Sparber
Release date: 1943-02-19
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Victory Vehicles
35.

Victory Vehicles

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

Goofy demonstrates a number of crazy vehicles.

Starring: George Johnson, Fred Shields ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1943-07-30
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Fall Out - Fall In
36.

Fall Out - Fall In

2.8
7.0/10 IMDB

Private Donald Duck is on a long, long training march, growing steadily more exhausted. Finally, they reach their camp location, and despite Donald's desire for dinner, he follows orders to pitch his tent first. He finally gives up on the tent as night falls. But as he tries to get to sleep, the loud shoring of the other soldiers forces him to bury his head. Finally, he gets to sleep, just as reveille sounds and the march continues.

Starring: Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Jack King
Release date: 1943-04-22
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Spies
37.

Spies

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

The doltish but self-confident and self-congratulatory Private Snafu is in possession of a military secret during World War II. Over the course of the day, spouting rhymed couplets, he divulges the secret a little at a time to listening Axis spies. He tells his mom some of the secret when he calls her from a phone booth; the rest he spills to a dolly dolly spy who plies him with liquor. Snafu's loose lips put himself at risk.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1943-08-01
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Reason and Emotion
38.

Reason and Emotion

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

A World War II propaganda film about the need to remain calm and logical during wartime.

Starring: Frank Graham ..
Directed by: William Roberts
Release date: 1943-08-27
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : The Gold Brick
39.

The Gold Brick

2.8
5.8/10 IMDB

A fairy encourages Snafu to duck out of his training regime for his own reasons.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1943-09-01
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Private Pluto
40.

Private Pluto

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Pluto is in the infantry guarding a pillbox from saboteurs.

Starring: Pinto Colvig, James MacDonald, Dessie Flynn ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1943-04-02
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Rumors
41.

Rumors

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

Snafu inadvertantly starts a panic on his base when he begins a mistaken rumour that the base is about to be bombed.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Frank Graham, Michael Maltese, Tedd Pierce ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1943-12-01
42.

Bury the Axis

2.8
6.0/10 IMDB

The cartoon chronicles Hitler's birth, brief childhood and eventual rise to power.

Directed by: Lou Bunin
Release date: 1943-02-03
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Spinach Fer Britain
43.

Spinach Fer Britain

2.8
5.9/10 IMDB

A German sub destroys a rowboat, a buoy, and another German sub. Meanwhile, Popeye, with a boat full of "spinach fer Britain", rams into the sub by accident. The sub cuts Popeye's ship in half with machine-gun fire, separating him from the spinach; it then sends a torpedo into the remains, which Popeye collects in a rowboat. Popeye spins the sub upside down, then ends up in a mine field.

Starring: Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Izzy Sparber
Release date: 1943-01-21
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Ration Bored
44.

Ration Bored

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

"Is this trip really necessary?" asks a road sign. "Sure, it's necessary," replies Woody Woodpecker. "I'm a necessary evil." Patriotic gestures are evidently not Woody's strong suit. When he goes to the gas station for a refill, he doesn't even know what a ration book is. The attendant thinks Woody is a wise guy and takes a large mallet and knocks him and his car into a junkyard several miles away. What luck! The old cars still have a bit of gas in them. Woody takes a rubber hose and siphons the gasoline from some of them. Unluckily, one of the cars he picks is brand new. And it's a cop car. Woody is soon at odds with a bulldog police officer.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Kent Rogers ..
Directed by: Milt Schaffer, Emery Hawkins
Release date: 1943-07-25
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Donald's Tire Trouble
45.

Donald's Tire Trouble

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Donald, driving in the country, is frustrated in his attempts to fix a flat tire. The jack breaks, the radiator explodes, then the remaining three tires go flat. Donald gives up in disgust and drives on with the flats. The film features references to the rubber shortage during World War II.

Starring: Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Dick Lundy
Release date: 1943-01-29
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : One Ham's Family
46.

One Ham's Family

2.7
6.8/10 IMDB

A hungry wolf with ham in the shape of a pig kid stands in for Santa Claus.

Starring: Pinto Colvig, Kent Rogers, Sara Berner ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1943-08-14
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Cartoons Ain't Human
47.

Cartoons Ain't Human

2.7
6.8/10 IMDB

Popeye sits down to make a cartoon. He shows the results to Olive and his nephews: it's a damsel-in-distress scenario, starring him and Olive, with live music and sound effects by Popeye.

Starring: Margie Hines, Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Seymour Kneitel, Orestes Calpini
Release date: 1943-09-02
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : The Unbearable Bear
48.

The Unbearable Bear

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Sniffles the mouse's non-stop talking foils both the burglar and a tipsy Officer Bear, who's trying to sneak past his rolling pin-toting, sleepwalking wife.

Starring: Sara Berner, Mel Blanc, June Foray, Marjorie Tarlton ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1943-04-16
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Gripes
49.

Gripes

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

Private Snafu learns the hard way about the need for military dicipline and procedures to maintain an effective army.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1943-07-01
Best Animation Movies of 1943 : Pedro
50.

Pedro

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Pedro, a small airplane from Chile, engaging in his very first flight to pick up air mail from Mendoza, with near disastrous results.

Starring: Fred Shields ..
Directed by: Hamilton Luske
Release date: 1943-02-19

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