Best Animated Movie of the Decade (1940s)

The 1940s were an interesting time for animation. Animation was basically a new form and with that, came new ideas. The 1940s were filled with Disney movies, almost 1 every year. The Fleischer Brothers came back for a second round. They are the second American animators after Disney. The first animated movie from China and in Asia was created. Also, the first animated movie from Spain. The first traditionally animated movie from the Soviet Union (Russia) and the first from the popular Russian studio, Soyuzmultifilm. The first anime and Japan’s first animated movie. The first animated movie from Denmark, Belgium, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic), and Italy.

While, the 1940s were the first for a lot of things in animation, it wasn’t probably the best decade for the animators. World War 2 happened in the 1940s and this was a financial disaster for many of the animation companies. Along, with being a new form that many people didn’t seem to believe in, didn’t help much.

Summary of 1940’s movies:

  1. Pinocchio: Jiminy Cricket, a vagabond insect, spends a rainy night at the shop of toymaker Geppetto. The Blue Fairy brings a marionette to life after Geppetto wishes on a star for a son, and Jiminy Cricket is appointed the new boy’s conscience. He has a devil of a time keeping up as Pinocchio is willingly lured through various forms of temptation, the most frightening of which leads him to Pleasure Island, where he drinks, smokes, and is almost turned into a jackass.

There are 4 key qualities that I believe that makes a great animated movie: Animation, Characters, Story, and Music/Scores. Pinocchio passes all 4 of the qualities; it not only passes, but exceeds the qualities. The characters are what make Pinocchio and they are marvelously done. The voice actors were perfect for the job. The animation is beautiful and the work they put into Pinocchio clearly shows. The story is perfect the way it is. The songs and the scores are well done and help move the movie along. Pinocchio is flawless. Overall, it is an amazing movie which I recommend to children and adults, and give it an A+.


  1. Fantasia

An innovative and revolutionary animated classic from Walt Disney, combining Western classical music masterpieces with imaginative visuals, presented with Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra. The eight animation sequences are colorful, impressive, free-flowing, abstract, and often surrealistic pieces. They include the most famous of all, Paul Dukas’s “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” with Mickey Mouse as the title character battling brooms carrying endless buckets of water. Also included are J.S. Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor”; Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite”; dinosaurs and volcanoes in Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”; the delightful “Dance of the Hours” by Ponchielli with dancing hippos, crocodiles, ostriches, and elephants; and Mussorgsky’s darkly apocalyptic “Night on Bald Mountain.”

Fantasia is a beautiful movie combined with art and classical music. Fantasias helped by showing what animation can really do. Animation isn’t only for children, but also for adults. Toccata and Fugue is a good beginning piece. It helps you get a feel for the movie, and introduces an art form that isn’t as well known. The piece is simple, but charming. The next segment is The Nutcracker suite. We meet all kinds of interesting characters. The art is absolutely stunning. The music fits the piece very well, and contains some of classical music’s best work. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice reinstated Mickey’s popularity, and without it, Mickey might’ve not ended up being as popular as he is. The story while quite simple is very entertaining. The Rite of Spring while an enchanting piece, it is also very long. The scene can fill you with many emotions and makes you want to know what happens next. The Intermission isn’t really a necessary part for DVD viewers. The Pastoral Symphony is an exquisite piece. The characters are the best part. You are enchanted the entire time, and don’t want it to end. The art is spectacular. Ballet plus animation plus animals equals astounding, and that is what The Dance of the Hours. It is a great piece and probably the second most memorable pieces. The Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria is absolutely stunning. It’s extremely impressive. It’s absolutely terrifying, and it looks like Chernabog is looking right at you. The Ave Maria segment is beautiful. The message is quite clear that light will always defeat dark. The music is stunning and the art is absolutely magical. Fantasia is absolutely brilliant and it is truly marvelous as to what they created. It is a work of art and a must watch. Overall, I rate it an A+.


  1. Dumbo

The stork delivers a baby elephant to Mrs. Jumbo, veteran of the circus, but the newborn is ridiculed because of his truly enormous ears and dubbed “Dumbo”. After being separated from his mother, Dumbo is relegated to the circus’ clown acts; it is up to his only friend, a mouse, to assist Dumbo to achieve his full potential.

While, Dumbo might not have beautiful music like Snow White, a complicated story like Pinocchio, or stunning animation like Fantasia, it is still an amazing movie. It’s charming and cute, and is a movie that knows how to use all of your emotions. It’s a classic movie that has been and will be loved for decades. There’s no surprise as to why it’s Walt’s favorite movie. Overall, I recommend it to children and adults, and give it an A-.


  1. Mr. Bug Goes to Town

Hoppity the grasshopper finds that all is not well when he returns home to the lowlands, a vacant lot just 45 inches from Broadway. A skyscraper is scheduled to be built on the site, throwing all his friends and relatives from their homes. Not only that, his girlfriend Honey Bee is being forced to marry the villainous C. Bagley Beetle. All will be saved if only Dick and Mary, the songwriting humans who own the land, can find the money to build the home of their dreams, thereby also providing a new home for the lowlands residents. But Beetle has other ideas and, with the help of his bumbling but hearts-of-gold henchmen Swat and Smack, intercepts Dick’s hefty royalty check.

While, the movie might not be bad, it isn’t that great either. The story is pretty good, and the animation is good. The characters and music are alright. The movie does have unnecessary stereotypes, but the movie is set in the 1940s, which were common in that era. I just didn’t see any point to having it especially in a movie about bugs. The movie isn’t bad, and it’s better than their first film. Yet, again I don’t find the film to be very memorable. I personally wouldn’t recommend it unless you like movies from that era or are into the old cartoons like Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry. I think a young child might like the film though. Overall, I rate it a C-.


  1. Princess Iron Fan

Three travelers needing to pass through a fiery mountain seek the magical fan of a princess, but she does not wish to part with it.

Overall, I dislike this film strongly. I have so many unanswered questions. The animation wasn’t good. The characters were bland and their voice actors weren’t good. It does have good scores and one of the scenes with the Princess dancing looks really good. Other, than that I don’t like this film and I don’t recommend it. Overall, I rate it a D-.


  1. The Reluctant Dragon

Humorist Robert Benchley attempts to find Walt Disney to ask him to adapt a short story about a gentle dragon who would rather recite poetry than be ferocious. Along the way, he is given a tour of Walt Disney Studios, and learns about the animation process.

The Reluctant Dragon is a movie that was mainly created to help bring in some money, so the studio could get out of debt. The movie basically explains how the studio makes movies. It includes four shorts: Casey Junior, Baby Weems, How to Goofy, and The Reluctant Dragon. The entire movie is charming and cute. It did what it was supposed to do. So, going in and expecting the usual Disney movie is the wrong idea. It is a cute movie, and it could be for everyone, but it seems more suited for a much younger audience. Overall, it is a charming movie and I rate it a B+.


  1. Bambi

The animated story of Bambi, a young deer hailed as the ‘Prince of the Forest’ at his birth. As Bambi grows, he makes friends with the other animals of the forest, learns the skills needed to survive, and even finds love. One day, however, the hunters come, and Bambi must learn to be as brave as his father if he is to lead the other deer to safety.

Bambi is basically a coming-of-age story. It has top notch animation, beautiful music, brilliant characters, great voice actors, and a fantastic story. The only downside to Bambi is how it basically skips Bambi’s mothers death scene and the impact it had on Bambi. Besides, that the film is perfect the way it is. It is one of Walt Disney’s greatest films and will always be a memorable classic. It is great for children and adults alike. Overall, I recommend the movie and rate it an A.


  1. Saludos Amigos

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.

Saludos Amigos is a movie that helped shift Americans views toward Latin America. It helped popularize one of the most well-known Brazilian songs. It gave us a great new character, Jose. Along, with introducing some of our favorite characters, Donald and Goofy, to the big screen. It gave important, interesting facts about South America. The animation is beautiful particularly the Aquarela de Brasil scene. The songs are very catchy, and the characters are great. Besides, the last segment, the film is pretty boring and unmemorable. I think it is a good idea to use to introduce people to South America, who might not know much about the countries, because it is very informative. Overall, I do think it is good for children and at least a one-time watch for adults. I rate it a B.


  1. Victory Through Air Power

This is a unique film in Disney Production’s history. This film is essentially a propaganda film selling Major Alexander de Seversky’s theories about the practical uses of long range strategic bombing. Using a combination of animation humorously telling about the development of air warfare, the film switches to the Major illustrating his ideas could win the war for the allies.

Victory through Air Power is a very informative movie. It helps you learn many new things that you might not know. It also has a pretty cool battle at the end of the movie between the bald eagle and the octopus. My interpretation of that was that the bald eagle represents the United States and the octopus represents Japan. Since, the bald eagle won the battle; it means that the United States beat Japan. The movie is in black-and-white and extremely long. The movie would’ve worked better if it was 40 minutes like Saludos Amigos. That way you don’t lose interest. I am sorry Disney, but I hate this film. I tried to like it, and I understand why they made it. But, it doesn’t take away the fact that I was incredibly bored and couldn’t wait for the film to end. I do think that Disney/animation enthusiasts, history majors, and people that love airplanes might like this film. Besides, that I don’t think other people might like it and I don’t think it could hold a child’s interest, nor would I want to watch the film again. So, with knowing the history and such behind the movie, and since it is very informative, although I hate it I’ll give it a higher grade than I was planning to. Overall, I rate it as a C-.


  1. The Three Caballeros

A large box arrives for Donald on his birthday, three gifts inside. He unwraps one at a time, and each takes him on an adventure. The first is a movie projector with a film about the birds of South America; Donald watches two cartoons, one tells of a penguin who longs to live on a tropical isle and the other about a gaucho boy who hunts the wild ostrich. The second gift is a pop-up book about Brazil. Inside is Jose Carioca, who takes Donald to Brazil’s Bahia for a mix of animation and live action: the two cartoon birds sing and dance with natives. The third gift is a piñata, accompanied by Panchito. A ride on a magic serape takes the three amigos singing and dancing across Mexico. ¡Olé!

The Three Caballeros is an interesting movie. The Three Caballeros contains seven segments, and is half live-action. The film contains great characters, music, and is beautifully animated. The segments are short and simple, helping to keep your focus on the movie. It is very informative, and you learn many new things about Latin America. It brings back our old friends Donald and Jose, and adds two new great characters Panchito and Aracuan bird. The only bad thing about the film is the second half. The movie would’ve been a lot stronger if they either took out the last 20 minutes of the film, and kept it short like Saludos Amigos or added other shorts of some more countries like the first half of the movie. I did prefer The Three Caballeros over Saludos Amigos, and really liked this film (besides the second half). I think it’s great for children and adults. Overall, I rate it a B+.


  1. Garbancito de la Mancha

Garbancito is an orphan whose friends, Kiriqui and Chirili, are kidnapped by the giant Caramanca. To rescue his friends, Garbancito is assisted by a goat named Peregrina, his Fairy Godmother, and an enchanted sword.

While, the music serves no purpose in the movie, it is still pretty. The animation is pretty good for the most part, but occasionally something will look weird. Most of the character designs aren’t very good. While, the movie is in Spanish, for the most part, you can understand the movie. The story of the movie isn’t very good though. There are a lot of scenes that don’t really serve any purpose to the movie. The villains are pretty good, although the movie doesn’t seem to explain why they are villains or anything like that. The movie resembles a Disney movie by a few things, like the blue fairy and the music.  It also seems similar to one of the Fleischer movies, where it would’ve worked a lot better as a cartoon rather than a movie. I did like the movie for the most part and I think both children and adults might like it. Overall, I rate it as a B-.


  1. The Lost Letter

Hot August, to the queen, with the hetman diploma send to the capital of the Cossack. On the road he strikes up acquaintance to the loose Zaporozhets. On a halt the new friend told that sold soul to a devil and waits for payment. At night the Cossack didn’t become goes to bed, decided to look that will be farther. As darkened, to the place of a halt the devil came, took away the horse, and with her and the imperial diploma. It was necessary to look for to the messenger loss in the wood overflowed with evil spirit. For the morning the Cossack said goodbye to the acquaintance and, already without stops, rushed off to St. Petersburg.

While, the animation is great, that seems to be the only good thing about this movie. There is no actual story to this film. Basically, it’s about a man who gets drunk, hallucinated demons, wakes up, and delivers a letter. It’s one of the dumbest things I’ve seen. There is no character development at all. None of the characters even have names, nor is the main character likeable. There isn’t really any point to this film at all. I hate it and I don’t recommend it to anyone. Overall, I rate it an F-.

  1. Momotaro’s Divine Sea Warriors

This animated film–Japan’s first–was a propaganda piece made to show the Japanese public how the Japanese military had achieved such decisive victories in the South Pacific. It tells the story of young Japanese boys from their school days to their joining the army and fighting against Japan’s “enemies” and shows how the animals in the jungle–meant to symbolize the residents of the Asian countries the Japanese conquered–welcomed the Japanese army’s “liberating” them from their western masters.

Momotaro’s Divine Sea Warriors is a propaganda film. It was created for the sole reason to make people want to join the war. I do understand why it was created, but it doesn’t make the message any less disturbing. The animation is quite well done.  The characters don’t really have any independent characteristics. They basically seem to be copies of each other, just in different animal forms. The film also doesn’t really have an actual story and is very boring. I don’t really recommend the film. Overall, I rate it a C-.


  1. The Tinderbox

The Tinderbox is a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. It is about a soldier who acquires a magic tinderbox capable of summoning three powerful dogs to do his bidding. When the soldier has one of the dogs transport a sleeping princess to his room, he is sentenced to death but cunningly summons the dogs to save his life.

The Tinderbox is a Danish animated film. It’s very difficult to find, barely any information on it, and has no English subtitles. The music is pretty and seems to be inspired by Disney. The animation is beautiful and the character designs are nice. The characters don’t actually have any personality though. The plot is very simple, which leads to being bored throughout most of the movie. The movie leaves you confused, and you’re not sure if it’s a language barrier or a problem with the movie itself. I sort of liked it, but I didn’t like it. Honestly, I’m not sure if I would recommend the movie. It isn’t a bad movie, but it isn’t a good movie. Overall, the movie is okay and I rate it a B-.


  1. Make Mine Music

“The Martins and the Coys”- Ted Weems and band provide the music while the King’s Men sing about feuding mountaineers; “Blue Bayou”- a tone poem, reflecting the mystery and brilliance of a bayou scene, sung by the Ken Darby chorus; “All the Cats Join In”- animated bobby-soxers cutting a rug to the music of Benny Goodman and his Orchestra; “Without You”- a blues number by Ray Gilbert with Andy Russell on the vocals; “Casey at the Bat”- riotous slapstick with Jerry Colonna reciting Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s famous baseball poem; “Two Silhouettes”- music by Charles Walcott and Ray Gilbert, sung by Dinah Shore as Riabouchinska & Lichine dance amidst a lyrical background; “Peter and the Wolf”- Sterling Holloway narrates the orchestral fable by Prokofieff; “After You’re Gone”- a musical interpretation by the Benny Goodman Quartete supported visually by animation; “Johnny Fedora and Alice Bluegown”- a musical fantasy, sung by the Andrews Sisters, by Ray Gilbert and Allie Wrubel about male and female hats (a fedora and a bonnet) that fall in love; “The Whale Who Wanted To Sing at the Met”- Nelson Eddy provides the singing.

Make Mine Music is an interesting movie, but it’s not really a movie. It’s similar to Fantasia in a way, but doesn’t have Fantasia’s elegance or charm to it. While, the first two package films (Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros) had segments. Their segments sort of blended together, and worked well together; while, Make Mine Music doesn’t do that. Some are great pieces, but none of them go together. Make Mine Music starts off with a hillbilly version of Romeo and Juliet, an egret longing to be loved, a jazzy piece of teenagers dancing, two abstract art pieces, a baseball short, ballerinas, a Russian story, a love story between hats, and a singing whale. Some pieces are really great while some aren’t that great. Most of the music is amazing and the animation is great. I recommend at least seeing it once and its fine for children. Overall, I rate it as a B-.


  1. Song of the South

Uncle Remus draws upon his tales of Brer Rabbit to help little Johnny deal his confusion over his parents’ separation as well as his new life on the plantation. The tales: The Briar Patch, The Tar Baby and Brer Rabbit’s Laughing place.

Song of the South is Disney’s most controversial film. Yet, it isn’t even a controversial film. The film isn’t racist at all. It shows the characters, particularly Uncle Remus in a positive light. It might not be blatantly obvious about the time frame of the movie, but it does show subtle hints of when the movie is, and it is obvious the characters aren’t slaves. The little animation that is in the movie is fantastic. The songs are catchy and the characters are great. The only problem with the movie is that it is extremely boring. So, no Song of the South isn’t a racism film, but it is a boring one. So, I’ll leave it up to the person to decide if they want to watch it. Overall, I rate it a C+.


  1. Fun and Fancy Free

Jiminy Cricket hosts two Disney animated shorts: “Bongo,” about a circus bear escaping to the wild, and “Mickey and the Beanstalk,” a take on the famous fairy tale.

Fun and Fancy Free is an interesting movie. It’s a good, bad, and plain old weird movie. The Bongo segment isn’t very good. It starts off good showing the trouble of the circus life for the animals. If, they had expanded on that more, and excuded the second half of Bongo, that segment would’ve been a lot stronger; or they could’ve used that as just a normal cartoon short, and either made the Mickey segment longer (making it its own movie) or put in a different segment. The Bongo segment did have two adorable characters and a few good songs, but it’s a pretty forgetful segment. The weird part is where me get stuck in a room with Mr. Bergen (a grown man), Luana (a little girl), and some puppets. While, Luana is adorable and a great actress, and so is Mr. Bergen. The section is extremely weird and creepy. The movie would’ve been so much better if they just left out this part. The good is The Mickey and the Beanstalk segment. It has great characters, great animation, great songs, and a great story. It’s full of suspense, it’s hilarious, and it’s incredibly entertaining to watch. If only Mickey and the Beanstalk was by itself, because it’s great, and I can’t give it the grade I want to, because the first half isn’t great. I do recommend the movie. Overall, I rate it a B+.


  1. Melody Time

Segments: “Once Upon a Wintertime,” two lovers rescued from an icy river by friendly animals; “Bumble Boogie,” bee beset by musical instruments and symbols come to life; “Johnny Appleseed,” story of the legendary pioneer tree-planter; “Trees,” mood piece set to musical treatment of Joyce Kilmer’s poem; “Little Toot,” story of a heroic little tugboat who saves an ocean liner; “Blame it on the Samba,” Donald Duck and Jose Carioca have the blues blown away at a Latin cafe; “Pecos Bill,” story of the legendary cowpoke, his trusty mount Widowmaker and his sweetheart Slue Foot Sue.

Melody Time is one of the worst Disney films. Besides Pecos Bill and Johnny Appleseed, the other segments aren’t that good. The other segments work better as stand-alone cartoons, but not in the movie. If, they left those as cartoons, and kept Pecos Bill and Johnny Appleseed, along with adding other classic American legends (Paul Bunyan, Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Martha Jane Canary, John Henry, etc.) and made them into one movie, Melody Time could’ve actually been really good and informative. Some of the music is really good like in Johnny Appleseed and some of the animation like in Trees is really good. Then, there are others aren’t that good. A lot of the segments felt like repeats of other Disney movies or cartoons, but the original ones were done a lot better. Unless you’re a Disney/animation enthusiast, I don’t think you’ll enjoy the film and I don’t really recommend it. Overall, I rate it as a D.


  1. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

Two stories. The Wind in the Willows: Concise version of Kenneth Grahame’s story of the same name. J. Thaddeus Toad, owner of Toad Hall, is prone to fads, such as the newfangled motor car. This desire for the very latest lands him in much trouble with the wrong crowd, and it is up to his friends, Mole, Rat and Badger to save him from himself. – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Retelling of Washington Irving’s story set in a tiny New England town. Ichabod Crane, the new schoolmaster, falls for the town beauty, Katrina Van Tassel, and the town Bully Brom Bones decides that he is a little too successful and needs “convincing” that Katrina is not for him.

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is the best of the package films. It offers romance, comedy, horror, and utter nonsense. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad are two segments: The Wind in the Willows and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The Wind in the Willows segment has great music and a great song, but it falls short on its character development and story. It’s story doesn’t really have a point to it, and the main character learns nothing from his actions. The villain isn’t interesting either, and neither are the supporting characters. The Sleepy Hollow segment is amazing though. The music is absolutely brilliant and the animation is fantastic. The characters, especially the villain, are great. While, I might not like the first half that much, I do love the second half, and the second half makes up for the first half. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is a great film and a must see for all ages. Overall, I rate it as an A-.


  1. Alice in Wonderland

This exceptional theatrical version of Lewis Carroll’s 1865 classic features a combination of live characters and puppets.

This has to be the worst animated movie I’ve ever seen so far and I’ve seen a lot of animated movies. Alice in Wonderland is an incredibly weird movie. It is kind of scary. I wouldn’t recommend it to children, because they’d most likely be terrified of it. I’m an adult and I found the movie to be very creepy. The puppets are disturbing. Alice is meant to be a child, but in this movie she is an adult. It is a very strange choice. But, Alice’s actress was the only good thing about the movie. She is an amazing actress and singer. Most of the songs are really bad. The animation isn’t very good. There are parts where it doesn’t “come together.” It would sort of skip parts and it didn’t really work in the movie’s favor, especially the ending. The movie is also extremely boring. I was counting down the entire time for the movie to be over. I hate this movie and I do not recommend it at all. Overall, I rate it as an F-.


  1. The Dynamite Brothers

The Dynamite Brothers is about three brothers who are abandoned as babies. Then they are raised by a rich woman. They are talented musicians who love to play pranks on people. Clowns kidnap the children and take them to hell where they are abused by the Devil. The Devil meets his end and the Dynamite Brothers spend the rest of the movie playing pranks.

The Dynamite Brothers is a weird movie. It isn’t bad, but it is just strange. There are a lot of things that people could take offense to. There is children drinking, sort of nudity, and possible stereotypical characters. There are children that are ghosts, child slavery, animal abuse, hell and the devil, violence, guns, and death. So, if any of those things offend you, then you should probably not watch the film. The movie is a little scary and there are a few shocking scenes. The movie is also funny. It has a lot of pranks similar to Looney Tunes. The movie is good for the first 40 minutes, but then it drags on. There are a few unanswered questions, but they aren’t that important. Also, there isn’t really a lesson to the movie. There isn’t exactly a point to the movie. Now, there are some things the movie is good at. The animation can be quite beautiful. They do a really good job. The animal and female characters are really well designed. The music is beautiful. Well, I wouldn’t recommend the movie to children. I don’t think it is really appropriate, but I think the movie is good for adults. It isn’t something that I would want to watch again, but it isn’t a bad film. Overall, I rate it as a B-.


  1. The Singing Princess

An insane woman brings peace to her village by being the most ultimate singer around.

If you like Disney’s Snow White and Aladdin combined with its own uniqueness, than I think you will like this movie. The Singing Princess is definitely Disney inspired. The singing is fantastic. The songs all sound the same though. The backgrounds are absolutely stunning. They look like they came from a Disney movie. The character designs are great, especially the Princess. The characters themselves aren’t that good. They are very one-dimensional and most lack personality. There may or may not be possible racism. Also, the animation is good for the most part, besides a few scenes where you can tell the animators started getting lazy. The story is pretty good, and even though it is in Italian, you can still understand the story for the most part. I really want to watch it in English now. So, I might buy it. I do recommend it to both adults and children. I enjoyed it. Overall, I rate it an A-.


Other movies of the 1940s: The Crab with the Golden Claws and The Humpbacked Horse

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Movies I would watch again: Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, ½ of Fun and Fancy Free, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, and The Singing Princess

(Also: For future reference, I won’t be including the half live-action in the best decade. I don’t believe that it is fair. But, neither The Reluctant Dragon, Victory through Air Power, or Song of the South is in that category anyways.)

So, remember these are just my opinions. There are some movies that I like that you may dislike or that I may dislike and that you like. So, please don’t get offended if something on the list is not what you would do. I do try to be objective when making the lists, but it is hard and sometimes personal preferences enter the list. So, here are my thoughts on the best and worst animated movies of the 1940s.

Top 5 Worst Animated Movies of 1940:

  1. Momotaro’s Divine Sea Warriors: The film is so incredibly boring and un-memorable. The message behind the movie is just creepy. The characters are one-dimensional and there are a few plot holes. But, the main thing that makes this movie so terrible is that it is just so boring. The one thing I do remember while watching this is that I kept looking at the time to see how much longer until it ends.

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  1. Melody Time: Melody Time is one of Disney’s worst movies. While, I would rather watch it over Momotaro, it still isn’t any good. The reason that it is higher is because; I expect a lot more from Disney. I know that it isn’t a typical Disney movie and I know the reason it was made was to generate money, but none of the other package films are this bad. It honestly didn’t seem like they were trying. The stories had nothing to do with each other. It looks like they just put it together. The worst part is that it had so much potential to actually be really good, but they failed.Princess Iron Fan: This movie was really bad. I tried to like it and I tried really hard to find something good about this film, but I couldn’t. The animation is really bad. The characters, their actors, and the story were really bad. The only good thing about it was that it did have a nice score. The movie was so incredibly boring and confusing.

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  1. Princess Iron Fan: This movie was really bad. I tried to like it and I tried really hard to find something good about this film, but I couldn’t. The animation is really bad. The characters, their actors, and the story were really bad. The only good thing about it was that it did have a nice score. The movie was so incredibly boring and confusing.

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Honestly, these last two choices could definitely be #1. I hated both of them.

  1. The Lost Letter: Honestly, this movie I wouldn’t even consider an actual movie. It was only like 40 minutes long. This is the movie that made me decide not to review every movie. The story makes absolutely no sense, none what so ever. I was so confused. The animation is beautiful, but that is the only good thing. The characters have no personality. They don’t even have names. This movie was just terrible and I would never watch it again.

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  1. Alice in Wonderland: I absolutely hate this movie. I have seen a lot of animated movies, but so far this is my least favorite. The movie is extremely creepy. It includes a grown woman playing Alice and some very creepy looking puppets. The actress that plays Alice is a great actress and singer, and is the only good thing I could say about the movie. The songs and the animation are so terrible. And, it is so boring. I couldn’t wait for it to be over. But, I’m not sure if it is the movie’s fault. I have never read Lewis Carroll’s book. I love Disney, but I’m not the biggest fan of their Alice in Wonderland either. I don’t hate it, but I never could like it. So, maybe it is just the book it is based on. I don’t know, but I do know that I hate this movie.

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Top 5 Best Animated Movies of 1940:

  1. The Singing Princess: The Singing Princess is so far the only non-Disney animated movie that I like and I would watch it again. It’s an interesting mix of Snow White and Aladdin, but is still its own movie. There are some things that I don’t like about the movie, but the issues aren’t dominant in the movie. So, they don’t really bother me. The movie lacks personality, but it makes up for it with beautiful designs, music, and a good story.

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  1. Dumbo: One of Walt Disney’s favorite movies and everyone’s favorite movie about an elephant. Dumbo is absolutely adorable. The best word to describe the movie is charming. While, Dumbo isn’t as strong as Disney’s previous films, it is still a strong contender and a very good movie. The silent elephant has filled and will continue to be in the hearts of many.

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  1. Bambi: Bambi, the movie that made children cry for decades. Its impact is unquestionable. Bambi is one of the most beautifully animated movies to ever exist. It has great characters and great music. It is memorable and it even did well in the real world. Before Smoky the Bear, there was Bambi.

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The last two movies are both movies that could easily be #1. I debated for a while about which one should earn the top spot.

  1. Pinocchio: Pinocchio is as close to perfect as you can get in a movie. The songs, animation, character, and story are all perfect. Pinocchio provides horror, comedy, drama, and action. It may not have romance, but it doesn’t need it. Pinocchio is a great father and son story. One of Pinocchio’s theme songs is the Disney theme song and the name of my blog. Pinocchio is a fantastic movie.

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  1. Fantasia: Fantasia is a masterpiece. It is one of my favorite movies, but even if you don’t like it, you must see the genius behind it. Fantasia is stunning. It is absolutely beautiful. It isn’t your typical movie. It is literally one of a kind. There has never and probably never will be anything like it.

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Thank you for reading. Did you agree or disagree? What are your favorite and least favorite movies of the 1950s?

A new era of animation is approaching. It is considered the golden age of Hollywood. Disney releases a few animated movies that are all financial successes and some of the most well-known movies.  Lady and the Tramp holds the title for the first animated movie to be in widescreen. Brazil enters the ring with its first animated feature. RKO Radio pictures releases its first animated movie and is the third American animation. Hemo the Magnificent is the first animated feature made for TV. The first anime in color is released. Another American animation comes along (Columbia Pictures/UPA) with 1001 Arabian Nights.

There are a total of 29 surviving animated movies from the 1950s. We start off with one of the most well-known Disney classics, Cinderella. Cinderella might take me longer than usual to do. The reasons for this is because, when I research a movie; I try to find out as much information as I can which takes a long time. Disney movies take even longer, because there is so much information on it. And, Cinderella is one of the most well-known Disney movies, so I’m pretty sure there will be a lot of information on it. Also, I just got the book that Cinderella is based off and I want to read it before I do the review. So, it will take me awhile. Well, thank you for reading and until next time, Adieu.

(I do not own pictures, video, etc. The plot summaries came from Wikipedia and IMDB except The Dynamite Brothers which I wrote. The overall opinions and everything else are my opinions obviously.)

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4 thoughts on “Best Animated Movie of the Decade (1940s)

  1. Alice in Wonderland is a book which is nearly impossible to adapt, since what makes it good is the way how it plays with language as well as its commentary on Victorian Society. Hell, you need a list of references to understand the book nowadays because I guess a lot of people don’t know that “mad as a cat”, “mad as a hatter” and “mad as march hare” are all English sayings (to bring up an easy example). Disney actually did the best by putting things like the Caterpillar and his smoke into the movie in an attempt to visualize that aspect in the movie.

    But I am personally not a big fan of Alice in Wonderland stories either.

    I also picked Fantasia as the best of the decade. It is such a unique movie.

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    1. I’ve heard that a lot. I figured. I’ve seen a few other adaptions of it, and they’re always just so weird. That’s why I kind of figured that I might not like the book. Really? lol even I know those are English lol.
      I did like Disney’s caterpillar too. They put him in this movie too, but he wasn’t really effective and he was creepy for the few minutes he was in. That’s what makes it so great.


    1. Yes lol it was her first role ever. (She was like probably 14 or something when she did it.) and it was her first role in voice-acting. I watched the Italian version, so I didn’t see her in it. But, I think I might buy the movie, so I can watch it in English and her lol.

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