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
Best Family Movies of 1940 : You Ought to Be in Pictures
3.

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, Fred Jones ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1940-05-18
Best Family Movies of 1940 : Tom Brown's School Days
4.

Tom Brown's School Days

3.2
6.6/10 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 : Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip
5.

Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip

2.9
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 : Good Bad Boys
6.

Good Bad Boys

2.8
6.2/10 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
7.

Five Little Peppers in Trouble

2.8
6.0/10 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
Best Family Movies of 1940 : Goofy's Glider
8.

Goofy's Glider

2.8
7.0/10 IMDB

Yet another sport is made 'easy' for us by Goofy's demonstration how- never, ever, to try anything for real, least of all with a glider-flying machine he launches in ways that would kill anything but a cartoon character, such as a giant catapult and even a canon. Meanwhile Goofy proves totally incapable to control any of its movements in the air, let alone the 'landing' which is too messy even for a bombshell.

Starring: John McLeish, George Johnson ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1940-11-01
Best Family Movies of 1940 : Window Cleaners
9.

Window Cleaners

2.8
7.0/10 IMDB

Donald is washing windows on a high-rise; Pluto is his assistant, hauling the rope for the platform and refilling buckets but mostly sleeping. And when things are finally going well, Donald makes the mistake of tormenting a bee.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Lee Millar ..
Directed by: Jack King
Release date: 1940-09-20
10.

Bedtime for Sniffles

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Christmas eve, and Sniffles is determined to stay awake to see Santa. Not an easy task.

Starring: Margaret Hill-Talbot ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1940-11-23

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