Best Family Movies of 1940

1.

Fantasia

6.2
7.7/10 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

5.2
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, Robert Clampett, Chuck Jones, Michael Maltese, Fred Jones ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1940-05-18
5.

Puss Gets the Boot

3.9
7.8/10 IMDB

Jasper is given an ultimatum by his master: break one more thing and you're out. Rodent Jerry does his best to make sure that his tormentor "gets the boot".

Starring: Lillian Randolph, June Foray, Thea Vidale, Harry Lang, William Hanna ..
Directed by: Rudolf Ising, William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1940-02-10
Best Family Movies of 1940 : Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip
6.

Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip

3.6
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 : The Blue Bird
7.

The Blue Bird

3.2
6.4/10 IMDB

An ungrateful girl and her little brother are transported in their dreams by a fairy to a wonderland, tasked with finding the mythical blue bird of happiness, meeting friends and foes along the way.

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: 1940-01-15
Best Family Movies of 1940 : Keeping Company
8.

Keeping Company

2.9
5.9/10 IMDB

Wholesome comedy about newlyweds (and the bride's understanding--but sometimes interfering--parents) discovering married life isn't always bliss.

Starring: Frank Morgan, Ann Rutherford, John Shelton, Irene Rich, Virginia Weidler, Gloria DeHaven, Gene Lockhart, Virginia Grey, Dan Dailey, Sara Haden ..
Directed by: S. Sylvan Simon
Release date: 1940-12-27
Best Family Movies of 1940 : Goofy's Glider
9.

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 : Tugboat Mickey
10.

Tugboat Mickey

2.8
7.0/10 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

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