Best Family Movies of 1943

1.

Tortoise Wins by a Hare

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

Bugs challenges Cecil Turtle to race, only this time he's wearing an aerodynamic suit like Cecil's. Unfortunately, the gambling ring has bet everything on the rabbit, and Bugs now looks like a tortoise.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Bob Clampett
Release date: 1943-02-20
Best Family Movies of 1943 : The Yankee Doodle Mouse
2.

The Yankee Doodle Mouse

3.8
7.8/10 IMDB

As Tom and Jerry stage their typical fight sequences, the patriotic soldier theme of the title is evidenced by such things as a carton of eggs labeled "Hen Grenades"; Jerry dropping light bulbs from an airplane like bombs; and Jerry sending a telegram with the message "Sighted Cat - Sank Same." Musical phrasings from various patriotic war songs are heard throughout.

Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1943-06-26
3.

Lassie Come Home

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Hard times come for the Carraclough family and they are forced to sell their dog, Lassie, to the rich Duke of Rudling. Lassie, however, is unwilling to remain apart from young Carraclough son Joe and sets out on a long and dangerous journey to rejoin him.

Starring: Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp, Dame May Whitty, Edmund Gwenn, Nigel Bruce, Elsa Lanchester, Elizabeth Taylor, Ben Webster, J. Pat O'Malley, Alan Napier ..
Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox
Release date: 1943-10-07
Best Family Movies of 1943 : Pigs in a Polka
4.

Pigs in a Polka

3.2
7.1/10 IMDB

Dressed in a tuxedo, the Big Bad Wolf announces the evening's program: the tale of the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs, set to the music of Johannes Brahms's Hungarian Dances. Queue the fairy tale: we watch each pig build his house, the first two pigs dance and play, the wolf arrives and, wearing a gypsy woman's disguise, almost catches them. They run to hide in the brick house, where the wolf tries various ruses to gain entry, including dressing as a poverty-stricken old woman reduced to playing a violin for donations. He fools the two simple pigs and gets inside. Will he dine on pork? The house has an elevator, the wolf gets the shaft.

Starring: Sara Berner, Bea Benaderet, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1943-02-01
Best Family Movies of 1943 : The Wise Quacking Duck
5.

The Wise Quacking Duck

3.1
7.3/10 IMDB

An exceedingly mild-mannered man is sent out to kill a duck for dinner by his wife. Unfortunately for him, he picks Daffy Duck as his victim. The two face off and do battle for the remainder of the cartoon.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Bob Clampett
Release date: 1943-05-01
Best Family Movies of 1943 : Chicken Little
6.

Chicken Little

3.1
7.4/10 IMDB

It's a peaceful day at the local poultry farm until Foxy Loxy happens along intent on a chicken dinner. He takes the advice of a book on psychology by striking "the least intelligent" first and convinces dim witted Chicken Little the sky is falling. Chicken Little spreads the word but when head man Cocky Locky proves the story to be false, Foxy Loxy spreads rumors that Cocky Locky isn't the smart chicken he appears to be, which leads to the ultimate undoing of the chickens at the hands of Foxy Loxy.

Starring: Frank Graham, Florence Gill, Clarence Nash, Jean MacMurray, Purv Pullen, Elvia Allman, Joe London ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1943-12-17
Best Family Movies of 1943 : An Itch in Time
7.

An Itch in Time

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

Elmer threatens to give his dog a bath if he doesn't stop scratching, but the poor pooch is the victim of a hungry flea whose tools of the trade include pickaxes and dynamite.

Starring: Sara Berner, Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Bob Clampett
Release date: 1943-12-04
8.

Air Raid Wardens

2.9
6.3/10 IMDB

Two bumblers, failures as businessmen and air raid wardens, stumble across a nest of Nazi saboteurs bent on blowing up the local magnesium plant.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Jacqueline White, Stephen McNally, Nella Walker, Donald Meek, Henry O'Neill, Howard Freeman, Paul Stanton ..
Directed by: Edward Sedgwick
Release date: 1943-04-04
Best Family Movies of 1943 : Scrap Happy Daffy
9.

Scrap Happy Daffy

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

During World War Two, Daffy Duck owns a junkyard which collects scrap metal to use in building weapons to continue the Allied fight against the Axis powers. Hitler reads about Daffy's scrap pile and about Daffy's stated intent to win the war with junk and, after throwing a fit and chewing a carpet like a mad dog, orders Daffy's scrap pile destroyed...

Starring: Mel Blanc, Dorothy Lloyd, Tedd Pierce ..
Directed by: Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1943-08-20
Best Family Movies of 1943 : Yankee Doodle Daffy
10.

Yankee Doodle Daffy

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Daffy is an agent representing Sleepy LaGoof trying to sell him to talent scout Porky. Daffy spends a great deal of time and energy explaining and demonstrating what the kid can do, while the kid sits on a couch licking a giant sucker.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1943-07-03

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