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, 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
4.

The Human Comedy

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Homer Macauley remains in a small town looking after his widowed mother and younger brother. Homer's older brother is fighting the war in Europe.

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
5.

Yankee Doodle Daffy

3.5
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
Best Family Movies of 1943 : Pigs in a Polka
6.

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, Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1943-02-01
Best Family Movies of 1943 : Wackiki Wabbit
7.

Wackiki Wabbit

3.1
7.5/10 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 : The Wise Quacking Duck
8.

The Wise Quacking Duck

3.0
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 : An Itch in Time
9.

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
Best Family Movies of 1943 : What's Buzzin' Buzzard?
10.

What's Buzzin' Buzzard?

3.0
7.3/10 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

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