Best Family Movies of 1952


Rabbit Seasoning

8.2/10 IMDB

The cartoon finds a row of signs saying it's rabbit season ("If you're looking for fun, you don't need a reason. All you need is a gun, it's Rabbit Season!"). Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck again are arguing over which of them is “in season” (it is really Duck Season, as Daffy says in the beginning), while a befuddled Elmer Fudd tries to figure out which animal is telling the truth. Between using sneaky plays-on-words, and dressing himself in women's clothing (including a Lana Turner-style sweater), Bugs manages to escape unscathed, while Daffy repeatedly has his beak blown off, upside-down, and sideways by Elmer.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1952-09-20

The Greatest Show on Earth

6.6/10 IMDB

To ensure a full profitable season, circus manager Brad Braden engages The Great Sebastian, though this moves his girlfriend Holly from her hard-won center trapeze spot. Holly and Sebastian begin a dangerous one-upmanship duel in the ring, while he pursues her on the ground.

Starring: Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Charlton Heston, Dorothy Lamour, Gloria Grahame, Henry Wilcoxon, Lyle Bettger, Lawrence Tierney, James Stewart, Emmett Kelly ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1952-02-16
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Feed the Kitty

Feed the Kitty

8.1/10 IMDB

A bulldog adopts a small cat, but he can't let his owner know.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1952-02-02
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Water, Water Every Hare

Water, Water Every Hare

7.9/10 IMDB

Bugs Bunny is too sound a sleeper to notice that a rainstorm has flooded his rabbit hole and sent his mattress floating downstream toward the castle of an evil scientist who needs a brain for his mechanical monster. Bugs tries to escape and save his brain from the clutches of Rudolph, the scientist's giant orange monster.

Starring: Mel Blanc, John T. Smith ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1952-04-19
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Beep, Beep

Beep, Beep

7.7/10 IMDB

The Coyote chases the Road Runner through a maze of mine shafts, with their positions made visible only by the lamps on their helmets.

Starring: Paul Julian ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1952-05-23

Pluto's Christmas Tree

7.6/10 IMDB

Pluto comes bounding outside to help Mickey get a Christmas tree. Chip 'n Dale see him and make fun of him, but the tree they take refuge in is the one Mickey chops down. They like the decorations, especially the candy canes and Mickey's bowl of mixed nuts. But Pluto spots them and goes after them long before Mickey spots them. Minnie, Donald, and Goofy drop by to sing carols.

Starring: James MacDonald, Dessie Flynn, Clarence Nash, Ruth Clifford, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Jack Hannah
Release date: 1952-11-21
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Magical Maestro

Magical Maestro

7.7/10 IMDB

After he is rejected by the Great Poochini as an opening act, Mysto the Magician gets his revenge by conducting his next operatic performance.

Starring: Daws Butler, Oscar Ramirez, Carlos Ramírez, Mary Kaye, Norman Kaye, Frank Ross, Paul Frees ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1952-02-09
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

7.2/10 IMDB

When the nephews come to Donald's house in their Halloween costumes he dumps water on them and laughs at his trick. A witch sees this and decides to help the kids. By magic she gives Donald a bad time and the kids finally get their treats.

Starring: Clarence Nash, June Foray, Thurl Ravenscroft ..
Directed by: Jack Hannah
Release date: 1952-10-10

The Card

7.1/10 IMDB

A charming and ambitious young man finds many ways to raise himself through the ranks in business and social standing - some honest, some not quite so. If he can just manage to avoid a certain very predatory woman...

Starring: Alec Guinness, Glynis Johns, Valerie Hobson, Petula Clark, Edward Chapman, Veronica Turleigh, George Devine, Joan Hickson, Frank Pettingell, Gibb McLaughlin ..
Directed by: Ronald Neame
Release date: 1952-02-25
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Rabbit's Kin

Rabbit's Kin

7.0/10 IMDB

Shorty, a school-age rabbit with a high-pitched voice, jumps into Bugs Bunny's rabbit hole to escape the clutches of the villainous, but extremely stupid, Pete Puma, whose distinctive speech climaxes in an ear-splitting screech. Pete tries to trick Bugs and Shorty with an exploding cigar. Doesn't work. The cigar says "El Explodo" right on the wrapper. He tries to trick them by disguising himself as Shorty's mother. Doesn't work either. His rabbit ears are leaves that are inelegantly affixed to his hat. How can this poor, pathetic puma win the day? Smarter opponents than he have failed to outwit the wily Bugs Bunny.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Stan Freberg ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1952-11-15

Room for One More

7.1/10 IMDB

Anne and "Poppy" Rose have three quirky kids. Anne has a generous heart and the belief in the innocence of children. To the unhappy surprise of her husband she takes in the orphan Jane, a problem child who already tried to kill herself once.

Starring: Cary Grant, Betsy Drake, Lurene Tuttle, Randy Stuart, John Ridgely, Irving Bacon, Mary Treen, Iris Mann, George Winslow, Clifford Tatum Jr. ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1952-01-10
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen

6.8/10 IMDB

A small-town shoemaker with a knack for spinning yarns, Hans encounters happiness and heartbreak on his road to becoming a full-fledged writer.

Starring: Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, Zizi Jeanmaire, Joseph Walsh, Philip Tonge, John Qualen, Erik Bruhn, Roland Petit, John Brown, Jeanne Lafayette ..
Directed by: Charles Vidor
Release date: 1952-12-19
Best Family Movies of 1952 : The Hasty Hare

The Hasty Hare

7.7/10 IMDB

A fey little Martian, with his green dog-soldier, K-9, arrive on Earth with instructions to bring back an Earth creature. He chooses Bugs Bunny.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1952-06-07

Jack and the Beanstalk

5.8/10 IMDB

A young boy trades the family cow for magic beans.

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Buddy Baer, Shaye Cogan, James Alexander, Dorothy Ford, Barbara Brown, David Stollery, William Farnum, Almira Sessions ..
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Release date: 1952-04-07
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Going! Going! Gosh!

Going! Going! Gosh!

7.4/10 IMDB

The Coyote makes various attempts to get the Road Runner with an explosive-tipped arrow, by shooting himself out of a sling shot and by covering the road with quick drying cement.

Starring: Paul Julian ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1952-08-23
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Little Runaway

Little Runaway

7.6/10 IMDB

A baby seal escapes from the circus and ends up in Jerry's backyard pool. Tom finds out soon enough, and when the circus offers a $10,000 reward, his goal is clear.

Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1952-06-14
Best Family Movies of 1952 : The Flying Cat

The Flying Cat

7.6/10 IMDB

Tom sets out to capture and eat a sleeping canary. Jerry is walking out, preparing for a new day, when he spots the vulpine manner in which Tom is acting. As Tom steals the canary in its cage, Jerry trips the cat and Tom loses the canary. The cage rolls into the tree, jolting the canary and waking it up. The first thing he sees is the ongoing chase and he helps Jerry out by tangling Tom in the drying lines and sectioning him. Tom instead chases the canary with an axe, but misses and chops down a pole, which hits Tom on the head and comically nails Tom into the ground. As Jerry is being pursued, the canary motions for him to join him up in the birdhouse. Tom follows him up, but the canary gives him a 2,000-lb weight and Tom plummets. The two shake hands but the peace doesn't last long as Tom erects a ladder and starts to climb it. But before Tom can reach the top, the canary lights a match to it. Tom and the ladder are left burned and completely black.

Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1952-01-12
Best Family Movies of 1952 : The Dog House

The Dog House

7.5/10 IMDB

Spike is building the doghouse of his dreams. However, Tom chases Jerry through the chassis of the house and also pulls a board off it to attack the mouse with. When Jerry perches on Spike's head, even lying on top of his dream house does not stop it from being smashed. Tom bolts, but Spike stomps on his tail, then dusts himself off and wrenches the cat facing in his direction. He issues Tom an ultimatum: leave his dream house alone or suffer the consequences ("Wait a minute pussycat! Ever since I was a pup I've wanted a place of my own and I still want it! But if one thing happens to my little dreamhouse...there's goin' to be moider!").

Starring: Daws Butler ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1952-11-29
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Little Red Rodent Hood

Little Red Rodent Hood

6.9/10 IMDB

An elderly mouse tells the bedtime story of Little Red Riding Hood to her grandson, who visualizes the tale in cat-and-mouse terms, with himself as Red and Sylvester as the Big Bad Wolf.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1952-05-03
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Little Beau Pepé

Little Beau Pepé

6.8/10 IMDB

After driving the Foreign Legionnaires from their fort with his aroma, lovesick skunk Pepe falls for the camp mascot, a cat who's accidentally gotten a white stripe painted down her back.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Michael Maltese ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1952-03-28
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Donald Applecore

Donald Applecore

7.0/10 IMDB

Donald the apple farmer notices his apples have been nibbled on and catches Chip n' Dale in the act. In the ensuing battle, Donald uses a helicopter to spray them (but they have tiny gas masks). And then he brings in the really heavy artillery.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Dessie Flynn, James MacDonald ..
Directed by: Jack Hannah
Release date: 1952-01-18
Best Family Movies of 1952 : One Cab's Family

One Cab's Family

7.0/10 IMDB

A happily married pair of taxicabs are delighted when Junior enters their lives, but this delight turns to consternation when he states his ambition to become a hotrodder..

Starring: Daws Butler, June Foray, Joan Alexander, Bill Thompson ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1952-05-17
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Ain't She Tweet

Ain't She Tweet

7.3/10 IMDB

Sylvester Cat discovers Tweety Bird in a pet store window. Tweety is taken to be delivered by truck to a new owner - Granny. Sylvester chases the delivery truck to Granny's home, where Granny has a huge, fenced-in area for her army of bulldogs. Sylvester makes several unsuccessful attempts to pass the dogs and reach Tweety inside Granny's house.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1952-06-21
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Uncle Donald's Ants

Uncle Donald's Ants

7.0/10 IMDB

Donald spills some sugar on his sidewalk, and soon the ants are in complete control of his home, stealing the cake he was baking, building a pipeline from his maple syrup to their hill, and causing general mayhem.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Jack Hannah
Release date: 1952-07-18
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Kiddin' the Kitten

Kiddin' the Kitten

6.8/10 IMDB

A lazy and fat cat, named Dodsworth, is ordered by his mistress to catch mice that have invaded her home and are terrorizing her. Dodsworth doesn't want to condescend to personal physical effort to catch the mice, so dons a professor's hat and dupes a kitten into doing the job for him, on the pretext that he's a teacher who is giving the kitten a valuable learning experience.

Starring: Bea Benaderet, Mel Blanc, Sheldon Leonard ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1952-04-05
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Water Birds

Water Birds

6.6/10 IMDB

Water Birds is a 1952 short documentary film directed by Ben Sharpsteen. The film delves into the still waters of lagoons and marshes to the wild blue wilderness of the vast oceans, to experience the beauty and variety of their majestic birds, each perfectly designed for its habitat. It won the Oscar for Best Short Subject, Two-Reel.

Starring: Winston Hibler ..
Directed by: Ben Sharpsteen
Release date: 1952-06-26
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Madeline


6.6/10 IMDB

This short from the UPA studio was nominated for the 1952 Oscars. Based on the Madeline series of children's books.

Starring: Gladys Holland ..
Directed by: Robert Cannon
Release date: 1952-11-27
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Francis Goes to West Point

Francis Goes to West Point

6.3/10 IMDB

Francis the talking mule gets his owner in and out of trouble while he is taking basic training at West Point.

Starring: Donald O'Connor, Lori Nelson, Alice Kelley, Gregg Palmer, William Reynolds, Les Tremayne, Otto Hulett, David Janssen, James Best, Leonard Nimoy ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1952-07-01
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Duck and Cover

Duck and Cover

6.0/10 IMDB

An instructional short aimed at school-aged children of the early 1950s that combines animation and live-action footage with voice-over narration to explain what to do to increase their chances of surviving the blast from an atomic bomb.

Starring: Robert Middleton ..
Directed by: Anthony Rizzo
Release date: 1952-01-07
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Busybody Bear

Busybody Bear

6.1/10 IMDB

Barney gets involved in Good Neighbor Week by helping out the local beaver - help the beaver could do without.

Starring: Paul Frees ..
Directed by: Dick Lundy
Release date: 1952-12-20
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Rover Makes Good

Rover Makes Good

5.6/10 IMDB

How a sheep dog is responsible for the rescue of two children trapped in an old mine.

Starring: Felicity Alway, Malcolm Doney, Francis Lunt, Jean A'beckett, Will Northmore ..
Directed by: John Dooley
Release date: 1952-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Aladdin and His Lamp

Aladdin and His Lamp

5.6/10 IMDB

A poor young man finds a lamp with a genie trapped inside. The genie promises to grant the man three wishes if he frees him from the lamp.

Starring: Johnny Sands, Patricia Medina, Richard Erdman, John Dehner, Billy House, Nedrick Young, Noreen Nash, Rick Vallin, Charles Horvath, Sujata Rubener ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1952-02-24
Best Family Movies of 1952 : A Star Shall Rise

A Star Shall Rise

7.3/10 IMDB

Story of the Three Magi's search for the Christ child following their discovery of a new star foretold in Jewish scripture and Zoroastrain religious texts.

Starring: Raymond Burr, Richard Hale, Morris Ankrum, Anthony Caruso, John Crawford, Donna Martell ..
Directed by: John Brahm
Release date: 1952-12-25
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Abbott and Costello Christmas Show

Abbott and Costello Christmas Show

0.0/10 IMDB

Christmas themed episode of the colgate comedy hour.

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Margaret Whiting, Sid Fields ..
Directed by: Ed Sobol
Release date: 1952-02-22

The Stolen Plans

0.0/10 IMDB

Story of young boy and girl who help aircraft designer to outwit gang of spies trying to steal secret plans.

Starring: Mavis Sage, Lance Secretan, Peter Neil, Pamela Edmunds ..
Directed by: James Hill
Release date: 1952-01-01

Swift Water

0.0/10 IMDB

Terry from London, on holiday in Devonshire, is introduced to sailing and bird watching on the River Dart.

Starring: Dorothy Hannaford, Jasper Jewitt, Guthrie Mason, George Passmore ..
Directed by: Tony Thompson
Release date: 1952-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1952 : Curious George Rides a Bike

Curious George Rides a Bike

0.0/10 IMDB

Fan of the ingenious little monkey will not be disappointed as he embarks on a wild series of adventures in a traveling circus.

Release date: 1952-01-01

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