Best Family Movies of 1942



7.3/10 IMDB

Bambi's tale unfolds from season to season as the young prince of the forest learns about life, love, and friends.

Starring: Donnie Dunagan, Peter Behn, Stan Alexander, Cammie King, Will Wright, Hardie Albright, Ann Gillis, Tim Davis, Sam Edwards, Sterling Holloway ..
Directed by: David Hand, James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Graham Heid, William Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Norman Wright
Release date: 1942-02-11

The Pride of the Yankees

7.6/10 IMDB

The story of the life and career of the baseball hall of famer, Lou Gehrig.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth, Walter Brennan, Dan Duryea, Elsa Janssen, Ludwig Stössel, Virginia Gilmore, Ernie Adams, Hardie Albright ..
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1942-07-14
Best Family Movies of 1942 : Donald's Snow Fight

Donald's Snow Fight

7.9/10 IMDB

It's snowed, and Donald Duck is going sledding. Meanwhile, his nephews have built a snowman at the bottom of the hill. Donald aims his sled at their snowman and demolishes it, so the boys get even by including a boulder in the bottom of their next snowman. This means war, so they retreat to opposing snow forts for battle.

Starring: Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Jack King
Release date: 1942-04-10

Saludos Amigos

6.1/10 IMDB

Live-action segments show members of the Disney staff touring South America and recording their impressions in sketches. These segue into four animated sections: "Lake Titicaca" depicts tourist Donald Duck's troubles with a stubborn llama; "Pedro" tells of a little mail plane's adventures flying over the treacherous Andes; "El Gaucho Goofy" transplants an American cowboy into the Argentine pampas; and in "Aquarela do Brasil," Jose Carioca shows Donald the sights and sounds of Rio de Janiero.

Starring: José Oliveira, Fred Shields, Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Clarence Nash, Lee Blair ..
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, William Roberts, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney, Norman Ferguson
Release date: 1942-08-24
Best Family Movies of 1942 : Fine Feathered Friend

Fine Feathered Friend

7.5/10 IMDB

Chased by Tom around the barnyard, Jerry takes refuge under a hen, who, in her nest, is sitting on eggs. Tom has to figure out ways to get Jerry out from under the protective hen.

Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Release date: 1942-10-10
Best Family Movies of 1942 : Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid

Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid

7.4/10 IMDB

Mama Buzzard wants her children to learn to bring back meat for dinner. One buzzardling is shy and has to be kicked out of the nest. He's told to at least bring back a rabbit.

Starring: Sara Berner, Kent Rogers, Mel Blanc, Arnold Stang, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1942-07-11
Best Family Movies of 1942 : Case of the Missing Hare

Case of the Missing Hare

7.2/10 IMDB

After a traveling magician puts a poster over the entrance to his home, Bugs visits his act to get revenge.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1942-12-12
Best Family Movies of 1942 : A Tale of Two Kitties

A Tale of Two Kitties

7.2/10 IMDB

Two alley cats, Babbitt and Catsello, decide to make a meal out of Orson as he sleeps in his nest atop a telephone pole. The gullible (and loud) Catsello is repeatedly gulled into trying to "get the bird," earning a variety of thrashings from the casually murderous little canary. Catsello finally resorts to an air strike (with a pair of wooden boards for wings), but it's wartime, and Orson has the cat blasted out of the sky by anti-aircraft guns.

Starring: Tedd Pierce, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1942-11-21
Best Family Movies of 1942 : The Wabbit Who Came to Supper

The Wabbit Who Came to Supper

7.1/10 IMDB

Bugs Bunny exploits the situation when an uncle leaves Elmer Fudd three million dollars on the condition that he harm no animals, especially rabbits.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1942-03-28
Best Family Movies of 1942 : How to Fish

How to Fish

6.8/10 IMDB

Goofy's demonstration of fishing is fouled up by his clumsy casting and fly fishing, and problems with his boat.

Starring: George Johnson, John McLeish ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1942-12-04

Jungle Book

6.7/10 IMDB

Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book is given the full treatment in this lavish retelling filled with huge sets, exotic animals, a large cast and the incomparable Sabu, starring as Mowgli, the young orphan boy raised by wolves. Curious to reconnect with his human village, Mowgli returns only to find disappointment in the greed and treachery of man. Over time, Mowgli and the village members do grow to trust one another, but not before the village finds itself under siege. It's up to Mowgli and his jungle friends to save the day.

Starring: Joseph Calleia, John Qualen, Frank Puglia, Sabu, Rosemary DeCamp, Patricia O'Rourke, Ralph Byrd, Faith Brook, Noble Johnson, John Mather ..
Directed by: Zoltan Korda
Release date: 1942-04-03
Best Family Movies of 1942 : The Hungry Wolf

The Hungry Wolf

6.5/10 IMDB

It's the dead of winter, a hungry wolf is out of food, and he's desperate.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Hugh Harman
Release date: 1942-02-21
Best Family Movies of 1942 : South of the Border with Disney

South of the Border with Disney

5.8/10 IMDB

Disney short.

Starring: Walt Disney, Heitor Villa-Lobos ..
Directed by: Jack Cutting, Norman Ferguson
Release date: 1942-11-23
Best Family Movies of 1942 : Symphony Hour

Symphony Hour

7.4/10 IMDB

Mickey guest-directs a radio orchestra. The sponsor loves the rehearsal, but come the actual performance, Goofy drops all the instruments under an elevator, so they sound like toys. The sponsor hates it, but the audience loves it anyway.

Starring: Walt Disney, Billy Bletcher, Pinto Colvig, Florence Gill, Clarence Nash, John McLeish ..
Directed by: Riley Thomson
Release date: 1942-03-20
Best Family Movies of 1942 : The Bear and the Beavers

The Bear and the Beavers

6.2/10 IMDB

Barney has run out of firewood in mid winter. His quest for more is not too successful. Meanwhile, the beavers have been busily cutting and stacking their wood, which proves too tempting for Barney. The beavers are not pleased.

Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1942-03-28

Chips Off the Old Block

6.8/10 IMDB

Butch, a beaten up pug of a tomcat, is having a good day, and everything is peaceful. Then the doorbell rings. He finds the unexpected present of four kittens left on his doorstep (and from their coloring, there's little question as to who's the father). Butch spends his time trying to hide the mischievous kittens from his owner.

Directed by: Robert Allen
Release date: 1942-09-12
Best Family Movies of 1942 : The Hare-Brained Hypnotist

The Hare-Brained Hypnotist

7.2/10 IMDB

Elmer Fudd goes after Bugs using hypnotism, only the plan backfires.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1942-10-31
Best Family Movies of 1942 : The Wacky Wabbit

The Wacky Wabbit

7.3/10 IMDB

The Wacky Wabbit is a Warner Bros. cartoon in the Merrie Melodies series. It was released on May 2, 1942. It was directed by Robert Clampett. It stars Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd (both are voiced by Mel Blanc and Arthur Q. Bryan).

Starring: Arthur Q. Bryan, Mel Blanc, Arnold Stang ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1942-05-02
Best Family Movies of 1942 : The Hep Cat

The Hep Cat

6.6/10 IMDB

A cat-about-town fancies himself such an irresitible "hunk" he momentarily resembles Victor Mature. His wooing of a cute kitten gets derailed by a prankster dog using a cat hand puppet to trap him.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1942-10-03
Best Family Movies of 1942 : Olive Oyl and Water Don't Mix

Olive Oyl and Water Don't Mix

7.0/10 IMDB

Popeye and Bluto agree that women are too much trouble, so they agree to swear off them, which lasts about five seconds, until Olive comes on board ship for a tour. The boys vie for her attention.

Starring: Margie Hines, Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1942-05-08
Best Family Movies of 1942 : Baby Wants a Bottleship

Baby Wants a Bottleship

6.6/10 IMDB

Olive is going shopping and drops Swee'pea off for Popeye to watch. Popeye carves a sailboat for him, but the tyke spots Popeye's battleship, and the puny toy boat will no longer do. He climbs aboard, and there's the expected mayhem. Notable sequences include a stint on the ship's cannon's control board, with Popeye caught on the barrel, then in the gears; also, at the end, Swee'Pea hitches a ride atop a torpedo just as Olive is returning and Popeye's out cold.

Starring: Jack Mercer, Margie Hines ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1942-07-03
Best Family Movies of 1942 : Many Tanks

Many Tanks

6.5/10 IMDB

Bluto's in the Army; he tries to sneak off base, but can't. Popeye passes by, Bluto invites him in, then swaps uniforms. Popeye ends up in a tank drill.

Starring: Jack Mercer, Margie Hines, Tedd Pierce ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1942-05-15

Andy Hardy's Double Life

6.5/10 IMDB

Andy is about to head off to college but he's got a few things to take care of before leaving. For starters, he must try and sell his junk car for $20 to pay for a bill and he must convince his father not to go with him to college. Worst of all is that Polly wants to make up but her best friend decides to give Andy a test.

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Ann Rutherford, Esther Williams, Lewis Stone, Cecilia Parker, Fay Holden, Sara Haden, William Lundigan, Robert Pittard, Robert Blake ..
Directed by: George B. Seitz
Release date: 1942-12-01
Best Family Movies of 1942 : Mickey's Birthday Party

Mickey's Birthday Party

6.5/10 IMDB

The gang throws Mickey a surprise birthday party; his present is an electric organ, which Minnie plays while Mickey does a jazzy dance. Goofy bakes the cake, but keeps having trouble with it falling. The gang does a conga line to a Latin tune.

Starring: Walt Disney, Thelma Boardman, Pinto Colvig, Florence Gill, Clarence Nash, Mae Questel, Bill Thompson ..
Directed by: Riley Thomson
Release date: 1942-02-07
Best Family Movies of 1942 : T-Bone for Two

T-Bone for Two

6.4/10 IMDB

Pluto finds a bone - but also finds Butch the bulldog, who claims it for himself. Idea: Pluto paces off a distance, buried treasure style, and digs a large bone-shaped hole. Butch falls for it, and while he's digging deeper, Pluto almost makes off with the bone. Butch catches on just in time and chases Pluto, who ducks into a junkyard. The bone gets sucked into in a squeeze-bulb horn, which Pluto does battle with.

Starring: Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1942-08-14
Best Family Movies of 1942 : A Yank at Eton

A Yank at Eton

6.1/10 IMDB

An American playboy is sent to a British boarding school to learn discipline.

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Edmund Gwenn, Ian Hunter, Freddie Bartholomew, Marta Linden, Juanita Quigley, Alan Mowbray, Peter Lawford, Raymond Severn, Harry Duff ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1942-09-01

Bats in the Belfry

5.3/10 IMDB

A trio of belfry-dwelling bats explain to us, musically (and demonstrate), why they are associated with nuttiness. Especially the smallest.

Directed by: Jameson Brewer, Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1942-07-04

The First Swallow

6.6/10 IMDB

The story of a single swallow who, taking a rest from southward flight at a mission in California, ultimately brings about the famed migration of swallows to the mission at San Juan Capistrano.

Starring: Pedro de Cordoba ..
Directed by: Rudolf Ising, Jerry Brewer, Jameson Brewer
Release date: 1942-03-14
Best Family Movies of 1942 : Melodies Old and New

Melodies Old and New

6.5/10 IMDB

The gang prevails upon old-time minstrel impresario Walter Wills to help them stage a fund-raising musical show.

Starring: Janet Burston, Robert Blake, Billy Laughlin, George McFarland, Billie Thomas, Walter Wills ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1942-01-24

Little Gravel Voice

5.8/10 IMDB

A little burro is beloved by all the cute wild creatures until he opens his mouth and they hear the horrible braying.

Starring: William Hanna ..
Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1942-05-16
Best Family Movies of 1942 : Keeping Fit

Keeping Fit

5.8/10 IMDB

Topical wartime short depicting the plight of civilians who must stay in shape in order to fight the good fight.

Starring: Robert Stack, Broderick Crawford, Andy Devine, Anne Gwynne ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1942-10-26
Best Family Movies of 1942 : Surprised Parties

Surprised Parties

5.6/10 IMDB

Since Froggy was born on Leap Year Day, he's upset that he only gets a birthday party once every four years. So, the gang decide to have a surprise party for him.

Starring: George McFarland, Billie Thomas, Robert Blake, Janet Burston, Billy Laughlin ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1942-05-30

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