Best Family Movies of 1940

1.

Fantasia

6.2
7.8/10 IMDB

Walt Disney's timeless masterpiece is an extravaganza of sight and sound! See the music come to life, hear the pictures burst into song and experience the excitement that is Fantasia over and over again.

Starring: Deems Taylor, Walt Disney, Julietta Novis, Leopold Stokowski, Bela Lugosi ..
Directed by: Samuel Armstrong, James Algar, William Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Hamilton Luske, Jim Handley, Ford Beebe, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Ben Sharpsteen
Release date: 1940-11-13
2.

Pinocchio

5.9
7.4/10 IMDB

Lonely toymaker Geppetto has his wishes answered when the Blue Fairy arrives to bring his wooden puppet Pinocchio to life. Before becoming a real boy, however, Pinocchio must prove he's worthy as he sets off on an adventure with his whistling sidekick and conscience, Jiminy Cricket.

Starring: Dickie Jones, Cliff Edwards, Christian Rub, Clarence Nash, Evelyn Venable, Walter Catlett, Mel Blanc, Charles Judels, Frankie Darro, Don Brodie ..
Directed by: Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen
Release date: 1940-02-23
3.

The Thief of Bagdad

4.6
7.5/10 IMDB

When Prince Ahmad is blinded and cast out of Bagdad by the nefarious Jaffar, he joins forces with the scrappy thief Abu to win back his royal place, as well as the heart of a beautiful princess.

Starring: Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez, Rex Ingram, John Justin, Miles Malleson, Morton Selten, Mary Morris, Hay Petrie, Adelaide Hall ..
Directed by: Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan
Release date: 1940-12-25
Best Family Movies of 1940 : You Ought to Be in Pictures
4.

You Ought to Be in Pictures

4.0
7.6/10 IMDB

Daffy Duck convinces Porky Pig to quit the cartoon biz and try his luck in the features. Porky's adventures begin when he tries to enter the studio.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Leon Schlesinger, Henry Binder, Gerry Chiniquy, Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones, Michael Maltese ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1940-05-18
Best Family Movies of 1940 : Tom Brown's School Days
5.

Tom Brown's School Days

3.6
6.7/10 IMDB

When private tutor Thomas Arnold (Sir Cedric Hardwicke) becomes headmaster at Rugby, a boy's preparatory school in England, he puts into place a policy of strict punishment for unruliness and bulying. Arnold finds an ally in Tom Brown (Jimmy Lydon), a new student who is subjected to hazing and abuse by a group of older boys and is pressured by his friends to keep quiet about it. Fed up, he leads his fellow classmates in an underground rebellion against their tormentors. But certain unspoken rules still apply at the school and Brown loses his hero status when he is accussed of breaking the Rugby code of silence.

Starring: Cedric Hardwicke, Freddie Bartholomew, Jimmy Lydon, Josephine Hutchinson, Billy Halop, Polly Moran, Hughie Green, Ernest Cossart, Alec Craig, Gale Storm ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1940-06-26
Best Family Movies of 1940 : The Blue Bird
6.

The Blue Bird

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

Set in mid-Europe sometime in the late 18th century where Mytyl (Shirley Temple), the bratty daughter of a woodcutter (Russell Hicks), finds a unique bird in the Royal Forest and selfishly refuses to give it to her sick friend. That night, she is visited in a dream by a fairy named Berylune (Jessie Ralph ) who sends her and her brother Tyltyl (Johnny Russell) to search for the Blue Bird of Happiness. To accompany them, the fairy magically transforms their dog Tylo (Eddie Collins), cat Tylette (Gale Sondergaard), and lantern ("Light") into human form. The children have a number of adventures. The dream journey makes Mytyl awake as a kinder and gentler girl who has learned to appreciate all the comforts and joys of her home and family.

Starring: Shirley Temple, Spring Byington, Nigel Bruce, Gale Sondergaard, Eddie Collins, Sybil Jason, Jessie Ralph, Helen Ericson, Johnny Russell, Laura Hope Crews ..
Directed by: Walter Lang
Release date: 1940-01-19
Best Family Movies of 1940 : Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip
7.

Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip

2.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Mickey is heading out on vacation from Burbank to Pomona, taking the train. The conductor, Pete, won't let him on with Pluto, so he hides Pluto in his suitcase, and tries to hide him all throughout the trip without much luck. But Pete wins when Pluto is hooked by a mail hook. Or does he?

Starring: Walt Disney, Lee Millar, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1940-11-01
Best Family Movies of 1940 : Tugboat Mickey
8.

Tugboat Mickey

2.8
7.1/10 IMDB

Mickey is performing routine maintenance on his tugboat (with interference from a pelican) when a call comes on the radio that there's a sinking ship needing assistance. Sadly, Mickey's crew consists of Donald and Goofy, so getting underway to help is not easy. Goofy has to fight a boiler's door to get it stoked with coal (and when he succeeds, he overfills it) and Donald gets tangled up in the machinery. Not to mention that nobody casts off, so they drag half the dock along with them. The overworked boiler soon explodes.

Starring: Walt Disney, Pinto Colvig, Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1940-04-26
Best Family Movies of 1940 : Good Bad Boys
9.

Good Bad Boys

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

Alfalfa and the gang decide to turn to a life of crime, but Spanky tries to trick them with a fake burglary.

Starring: Carl Switzer, Robert Blake, George McFarland, Billie Thomas, Leonard 'Percy' Landy, George Lessey ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1940-09-07
Best Family Movies of 1940 : Five Little Peppers in Trouble
10.

Five Little Peppers in Trouble

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

The last of the four "Five Little Peppers" films finds the children having a hard time adjusting to their new boarding school.

Starring: Dorothy Peterson, Edith Fellows, Charles Peck, Tommy Bond, Bobby Larson, Dorothy Ann Seese, Ronald Sinclair, Pierre Watkin, Rex Evans, Kathleen Howard ..
Directed by: Charles Barton
Release date: 1940-09-01

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