Best Family Movies of 1941

1.

Dumbo

5.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Dumbo is a baby elephant born with over-sized ears and a supreme lack of confidence. But thanks to his even more diminutive buddy Timothy the Mouse, the pint-sized pachyderm learns to surmount all obstacles.

Starring: Sterling Holloway, Herman Bing, John McLeish, Edward Brophy, James Baskett, Billy Bletcher, Jim Carmichael, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton, Noreen Gammill ..
Directed by: Ben Sharpsteen, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, William Roberts, Jack Kinney, Samuel Armstrong
Release date: 1941-10-01
2.

How Green Was My Valley

5.4
7.7/10 IMDB

At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans (he stern, she gentle) raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life.

Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp, Anna Lee, John Loder, Sara Allgood, Barry Fitzgerald, Patric Knowles, Morton Lowry ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1941-10-28
3.

The Reluctant Dragon

4.2
6.8/10 IMDB

Humorist Robert Benchley attempts to find Walt Disney to ask him to adapt a short story about a gentle dragon who would rather recite poetry than be ferocious. Along the way, he is given a tour of Walt Disney Studios, and learns about the animation process.

Starring: Robert Benchley, Frances Gifford, Buddy Pepper, Nana Bryant, Claud Allister, Barnett Parker, Billy Lee, Florence Gill, Clarence Nash, Ward Kimball ..
Directed by: Hamilton Luske, Alfred L. Werker
Release date: 1941-06-19
Best Family Movies of 1941 : The Night Before Christmas
4.

The Night Before Christmas

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

It's snowy and cold outside, and warm inside where Jerry squeezes past a mousetrap to cavort under a present-laden Christmas tree. Mistaking the sleeping Tom for a plush toy, Jerry wakes him and a mad chase ensues.

Starring: Frank Graham ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1941-12-06
Best Family Movies of 1941 : Tortoise Beats Hare
5.

Tortoise Beats Hare

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

An upset Bugs challenges the slick Cecil Turtle to a race.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1941-03-15
Best Family Movies of 1941 : Wabbit Twouble
6.

Wabbit Twouble

3.8
7.6/10 IMDB

Elmer Fudd expects to find "west and wewaxation" during his visit to Jellostone National Park, but he sets up camp in Bugs' backyard, and the rabbit (and a neighboring bear) definitely don't have leisure in mind.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan, Arnold Stang ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1941-12-20
Best Family Movies of 1941 : Lend a Paw
7.

Lend a Paw

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Jealous over Mickey's attention to a kitten, Pluto's devil-self argues with his angel-self over whether or not to rescue the kitten when it falls into a well. The angel-self wins, and Pluto is treated like a hero. In the end, he and the kitten become friends.

Starring: Walt Disney, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1941-10-03
Best Family Movies of 1941 : Adventures of Captain Marvel
8.

Adventures of Captain Marvel

3.6
7.2/10 IMDB

On a scientific expedition to Siam young Billy Batson is given the ability to change himself into the super-powered Captain Marvel by the wizard Shazam, who tells him his powers will last only as long as the Golden Scorpion idol is threatened. Finding the idol, the scientists realize it could be the most powerful weapon in the world and remove the lenses that energize it, distributing them among themselves so that no one would be able to use the idol by himself. Back in the US, Billy Batson, as Captain Marvel, wages a battle against an evil, hooded figure, the Scorpion, who hopes to accumulate all five lenses, thereby gaining control of the super-powerful weapon

Starring: Tom Tyler, Frank Coghlan Jr., William Benedict, Louise Currie, Robert Strange, Harry Worth, Bryant Washburn, Kenne Duncan, George Lynn, George Pembroke ..
Directed by: John English, William Witney
Release date: 1941-03-28
Best Family Movies of 1941 : Mr. Bug Goes to Town
9.

Mr. Bug Goes to Town

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

The happy tranquility of Buggsville is shattered when the populace learns that a colossal skyscraper is to be built over their tiny town.

Starring: Kenny Gardner, Gwen Williams, Jack Mercer, Tedd Pierce, Stan Freed, Carl Meyer, Pauline Loth, Pinto Colvig, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1941-12-09
10.

Gabby Goes Fishing

3.4
5.8/10 IMDB

Gabby teaches a young boy how to fish, even though the boy was doing much better without him.

Starring: Pinto Colvig, Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1941-07-17
11.

It's a Hap-Hap-Happy Day

3.3
5.4/10 IMDB

Gabby goes camping with the Mayor.

Starring: Pinto Colvig, Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1941-08-14
12.

Dance of the Weed

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

A clumsy yokel of a male weed courts a delicate female flower ballerina by trying to dance with her.

Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1941-06-07
Best Family Movies of 1941 : The Reluctant Dragon
13.

The Reluctant Dragon

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

Starring: Claud Allister, Billy Lee, Barnett Parker ..
Directed by: Hamilton Luske
Release date: 1941-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1941 : Nix on Hypnotricks
14.

Nix on Hypnotricks

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

The villain: Professor I. Stare, hypnotist, frustrated by not having anyone to practice on. He cold-calls Olive at random while Popeye is pitching woo and hypnotizes her over the phone into coming to his office.

Starring: Jack Mercer, Margie Hines ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1941-12-19
Best Family Movies of 1941 : Hollywood Steps Out
15.

Hollywood Steps Out

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

A tour of Ciro's Nightclub packed with caricatures of many top stars.

Starring: Sara Berner, Mel Blanc, Kent Rogers, Dave Barry, Ruth Clifford, Esther Lawlor, Bea Benaderet, Victor Rodman, Clarence Nash, Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1941-05-24
Best Family Movies of 1941 : How to Ride a Horse
16.

How to Ride a Horse

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Aided by his horse, Percy, Goofy takes horsemanship to a new level.

Starring: Pinto Colvig, John McLeish ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1941-06-19
Best Family Movies of 1941 : The Mighty Navy
17.

The Mighty Navy

2.8
7.1/10 IMDB

Newly inducted into the U.S. Navy, Popeye is on a training ship, but his seat-of-the-pants ways don't fit in with modern equipment.

Starring: Jack Mercer, Tedd Pierce ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1941-11-14
Best Family Movies of 1941 : The Henpecked Duck
18.

The Henpecked Duck

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Mrs. Duck sues Daffy for divorce in Judge Porky Pig's courtroom, charging her husband with losing their egg in an abortive magic trick.

Starring: Sara Berner, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1941-08-30
Best Family Movies of 1941 : The Nifty Nineties
19.

The Nifty Nineties

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Mickey courts Minnie in the Gay Nineties: they take in a vaudeville show and go for a drive in his horseless carriage, to the strains of "While Strolling Through the Park" and "In the Good Old Summertime". Goofy rides by on a penny-farthing bicycle, and the whole Duck family rides by on a bicycle built for five.

Starring: Walt Disney, Thelma Boardman, Florence Gill, Ward Kimball, Fred Moore, Silvia Obsen, Elvia Allman, Ward Kimball, Fred Moore ..
Directed by: Riley Thomson
Release date: 1941-06-29
Best Family Movies of 1941 : Robot Wrecks
20.

Robot Wrecks

2.7
5.9/10 IMDB

Spanky and the gang discover a demonstration of a "human-like" robot named Volto and are inspired to create a robot themselves to do their chores for them. Slicker Walburn convinces them they will need "invisible rays" to bring it to life which he just happens to have to sell to them. As they rush off to get their money, Slicker gets Boxcar Smith to wear the robot's outer body so when he "brings" the robot to life, it will be Boxcar bringing it to life. The gang unsuspectedly gets their robot to mow the lawn at Froggy's house, but with a signal from Slicker, Boxcar runs amok and mows down everything in his path. Froggy gets to explain what happened to his parents who bust up the fraud and get the miscreants to work with the gang to clean up the mess.

Starring: Robert Blake, Darla Hood, Billy Laughlin, George McFarland, Billie Thomas, Margaret Bert, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1941-07-12
Best Family Movies of 1941 : The Cat's Tale
21.

The Cat's Tale

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

The mouse, tired of being chased by the cat, convinces him there's no reason for it, and that the cat should talk to the dog and convince him too. The talks are not successful...

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1941-03-01
Best Family Movies of 1941 : Sniffles Bells the Cat
22.

Sniffles Bells the Cat

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Sniffles the mouse's friends talk him into putting a bell around the neck of the troublesome house cat.

Starring: Margaret Hill-Talbot, Marjorie Tarlton ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1941-02-01
Best Family Movies of 1941 : Baggage Buster
23.

Baggage Buster

2.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Goofy has to get a box belonging to a magician in time for the next train to pick the baggage. Clumsy Goofy drops the box and a lot of magician's props appear.

Starring: George Johnson, Purv Pullen, Dorothy Lloyd, Florence Gill, Melvin J. Gibby, Louise Myers, Mae Questel, Clarence Nash, Max Terhune, Lee Millar ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1941-04-18
Best Family Movies of 1941 : The Brave Little Bat
24.

The Brave Little Bat

2.6
5.7/10 IMDB

When his car breaks down out in the country, Sniffles the mouse takes shelter in an old mill, where he meets up with "Batty," a non-stop-talking little bat who later save Sniffles from a hungry cat.

Starring: Marjorie Tarlton, Margaret Hill-Talbot ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1941-09-26
Best Family Movies of 1941 : Orphans' Benefit
25.

Orphans' Benefit

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Mickey and friends put on a revue for the orphans. Donald recites nursery rhymes, but the orphans torment him. Horace, Goofy, and Clarabelle do a dance number. Donald tries again. Clara clucks a song while Mickey plays piano (with support from an unseen orchestra). Donald returns, and the orphans finally send a parade of bricks and eggs on balloons over him and use slingshots to drop them on his head.

Starring: Walt Disney, Clarence Nash, Florence Gill ..
Directed by: Riley Thomson
Release date: 1941-08-11
26.

Little Cesario

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

Little Cesario, a clumsy, and not too bright, St. Bernard puppy, is the junior member of a family of decorated life-savers.

Directed by: Robert Allen
Release date: 1941-08-30
Best Family Movies of 1941 : Toy Trouble
27.

Toy Trouble

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

Sniffles the mouse and his friend the Bookworm try to evade a cat in a the toy department of Lacy's department store.

Starring: Margaret Hill-Talbot ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1941-04-11
Best Family Movies of 1941 : Officer Pooch
28.

Officer Pooch

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

Officer Pooch is called out to rescue a kitten that is repeatedly chased up telephone poles and trees by an aggressive little dog.

Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Release date: 1941-09-06
Best Family Movies of 1941 : The Rookie Bear
29.

The Rookie Bear

2.4
6.2/10 IMDB

In a humorous report, "Strife" magazine follows a bear who gets drafted and goes through the rigors of Army basic training.

Starring: Gayne Whitman, Rudolf Ising ..
Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1941-11-01
Best Family Movies of 1941 : Robinson Crusoe Jr.
30.

Robinson Crusoe Jr.

2.3
5.5/10 IMDB

Stranded on an island after his ship was wrecked by a hurricane, Porky meets a friendly African Native. They build a house, and Porky begins to explore the island. On his way we see various sight gags.

Directed by: Norm McCabe
Release date: 1941-10-24
Best Family Movies of 1941 : Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat
31.

Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat

2.1
4.9/10 IMDB

Lazy black folks in Lazy Town (Pop. 123½) are napping and attracting flies. They are so lethargic they even fight in slow motion. Then a riverboat arrives with a red hot mama on board. Faster than you can say "Jim Crow", she has everyone moving to a Harlem boogie beat, dancing, scrubbing clothes, and eating watermelon. As the boogie-woogie comes to a close, Mammy hoists her skirt. Her big bottom reads "The End".

Starring: Ivie Anderson, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Walter Lantz
Release date: 1941-03-27
Best Family Movies of 1941 : Baby Blues
32.

Baby Blues

1.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Mickey's mom is about to give birth, but he gets worried when he reads that every fourth child born is Chinese. Spanky and the gang then visit a Chinese friend and learn that kids are kids, no matter where they are from.

Starring: George McFarland, Robert Blake, Billie Thomas, Billy Laughlin, Janet Burston ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1941-02-15
Best Family Movies of 1941 : 1-2-3-Go!
33.

1-2-3-Go!

1.2
5.2/10 IMDB

While playing baseball, Mickey runs into the street to catch a fly ball and is struck by a car. When the gang visit him in the hospital they are appalled to find the ward populated by many other children injured in automobile accidents. The Our Gang kids resolve to do something about the problem, and thus the "1-2-3-Go Safety Society" is born.

Starring: Robert Blake, Billy Laughlin, George McFarland, Billie Thomas ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1941-04-26

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