Best Family Movies of 1943

1.

The Yankee Doodle Mouse

3.9
7.7/10 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
Best Family Movies of 1943 : Tortoise Wins by a Hare
2.

Tortoise Wins by a Hare

3.9
7.6/10 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, Michael Maltese, Tedd Pierce ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1943-02-20
Best Family Movies of 1943 : Wackiki Wabbit
3.

Wackiki Wabbit

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

On a tropical island a pair of castaways look to Bugs as a source of food.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Michael Maltese, Tedd Pierce, Augie Goupil ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1943-07-03
Best Family Movies of 1943 : Dumb-Hounded
4.

Dumb-Hounded

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

The wolf escapes from prison but can't get away from police dog Droopy no matter how hard he tries. This is the first cartoon starring Droopy.

Starring: Bill Thompson, Frank Graham ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1943-03-20
5.

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, 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: 1943-12-01
6.

The Human Comedy

3.5
7.0/10 IMDB

Teenager Homer Macauley stays at home in small-town Ithaca to support his family while his older brother Marcus prepares to go to war.

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Frank Morgan, James Craig, Marsha Hunt, Fay Bainter, Ray Collins, Van Johnson, Donna Reed, Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins, Dorothy Morris ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1943-03-02
Best Family Movies of 1943 : Yankee Doodle Daffy
7.

Yankee Doodle Daffy

3.5
6.8/10 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
Best Family Movies of 1943 : The Wise Quacking Duck
8.

The Wise Quacking Duck

3.1
7.2/10 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: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1943-05-01
Best Family Movies of 1943 : Chicken Little
9.

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
10.

An Itch in Time

3.1
7.1/10 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: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1943-12-04
Best Family Movies of 1943 : Pigs in a Polka
11.

Pigs in a Polka

3.0
6.9/10 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, Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1943-02-01
Best Family Movies of 1943 : Super-Rabbit
12.

Super-Rabbit

3.0
7.4/10 IMDB

Bugs Bunny becomes a superhero who does battle with a rabbit hating cowboy and horse.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Tedd Pierce, Kent Rogers ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1943-04-03
Best Family Movies of 1943 : What's Buzzin' Buzzard?
13.

What's Buzzin' Buzzard?

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

Two buzzards suffer from acute food shortage and make up for it by cooking each other, or at least trying to.

Starring: Daws Butler, Dick Nelson ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1943-11-27
Best Family Movies of 1943 : The Aristo-Cat
14.

The Aristo-Cat

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Meadows the butler quits after being tormented by the spoiled family cat, who finds he is unable to survive on his own, especially after meeting the mice Hubie and Bertie.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Michael Maltese, Tedd Pierce ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1943-06-18
15.

Air Raid Wardens

2.9
6.1/10 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
16.

Scrap Happy Daffy

2.9
6.9/10 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 : My Friend Flicka
17.

My Friend Flicka

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Ken McLaughlin (Roddy McDowall) is a precocious 10-year-old who lives with his family on a remote Wyoming ranch. When Ken returns home from school with failing grades, his father, Rob (Preston Foster), blames the boy's lack of personal responsibility. At the suggestion of his wife, Nell (Rita Johnson), Rob allows Ken to choose a single colt from the herd to raise as his own. Much to his father's dismay, Ken chooses a fiery mustang filly -- but the two soon become fast friends.

Starring: Roddy McDowall, Preston Foster, Rita Johnson, James Bell, Patti Hale, Jeff Corey ..
Directed by: Harold D. Schuster
Release date: 1943-05-26
Best Family Movies of 1943 : The Unbearable Bear
18.

The Unbearable Bear

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Sniffles the mouse's non-stop talking foils both the burglar and a tipsy Officer Bear, who's trying to sneak past his rolling pin-toting, sleepwalking wife.

Starring: Sara Berner, Mel Blanc, June Foray, Marjorie Tarlton ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1943-04-16
Best Family Movies of 1943 : The Uninvited Pest
19.

The Uninvited Pest

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Barney is settling in for his hibernation when a squirrel spots his bedtime snack: a bowl of walnuts. The squirrel sneaks in and wakes Barney up. Barney chases out the squirrel, who proceeds to drop first the nut, then himself, down Barney's noisy tin roof.

Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1943-07-17
Best Family Movies of 1943 : Inki and the Minah Bird
20.

Inki and the Minah Bird

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Once again, the mysterious minah bird hops his syncopated way into Inki's lion-hunting expedition. This time the little black bird has a new reality- defying way to disappear: he hops into a haystack which gradually (and with the same catchy hip-hop) shrinks down to a single straw, which vanishes.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1943-11-12
Best Family Movies of 1943 : Family Troubles
21.

Family Troubles

2.2
5.3/10 IMDB

Our Gang member Janet Burston believes that her family is neglecting her, so she decides to run away from home. The other gang members try to help Janet get adopted (or "adapted") by a more agreeable family, choosing a kindly elderly couple (Sarah Padden and Harry C. Bradley) for the honor.

Starring: Robert Blake, Janet Burston, Billy Laughlin, Billie Thomas, Mickey Laughlin, Beverly Hudson, Barbara Bedford, Harry C. Bradley, Elspeth Dudgeon, Sarah Padden ..
Directed by: Herbert Glazer
Release date: 1943-04-03
Best Family Movies of 1943 : Three Smart Guys
22.

Three Smart Guys

0.9
4.2/10 IMDB

Froggy hatches a plan to get Mickey, Buckwheat, and himself sent home from school early so they can go fishing. When the plan backfires, the boys decide to play hooky the next day. At the fishing hole, there are plenty of lunkers just waiting for the bait, but the boys have some comic trouble. After Buckwheat finds a new way to catch fish, an old man gives them a life lesson. Will they keep fishing or change their ways?

Starring: Robert Blake, Billy Laughlin, Billie Thomas, Janet Burston ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1943-10-23
Best Family Movies of 1943 : Election Daze
23.

Election Daze

0.0
5.9/10 IMDB

Mickey and Froggy are candidates running to be president of the Gang's club. When the vote continues to end in a tie, the club winds up split. Buckwheat then reminds everyone of the lessons learned from Abraham Lincoln when America was once divided.

Starring: Robert Blake, Billy Laughlin, Billie Thomas, Janet Burston ..
Directed by: Herbert Glazer
Release date: 1943-07-31

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