Vote up the best '40s kids movies below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. The best 1940s kids movies are iconic, and definitely family friendly. Classic characters, such as Bambi, Dumbo, and Pinocchio, were introduced in the ‘40s, cementing their place in pop culture history. All produced by Disney, these pictures represented a golden age of Disney animation, one that wouldn’t reoccur again until the end of the 20th century.
Also on this list of the greatest 1940s kids movies, you'll find Fantasia, the most legendary Disney animated film. Featuring numerous short sketches set to classical music, Fantasia brought Mickey Mouse, who had declined in popularity, back into the public eye. The movie won numerous awards and is regarded as one of the greatest animated films ever made.
In addition, the 1940s saw the rise of the family-friendly dog movie. Movies like My Pal Wolf and A Boy and His Dog were immensely popular in the ‘40s. Familiar canine pals such as Lassie also had major movie careers in the ‘40s. Paired up with big stars of the day, like Elizabeth Taylor and Roddy McDowell, Lassie appeared in numerous popular children’s films in the decade.
The best 1940s kids movies are iconic, and definitely family friendly. Classic characters, such as Bambi, Dumbo, and Pinocchio, were introduced in the ‘40s, cementing their place in pop culture history. All produced by Disney, these pictures represented a golden age of Disney animation, one that wouldn’t reoccur again until the end of the 20th century.
Directed by: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Paul Satterfield, Bill Roberts, Norman WrightBambi is a 1942 American animated drama film directed by David Hand, produced by Walt Disney and based on the book Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten. The film was released by... more
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, T. Hee, Bill Roberts, Hamilton Luske, Ben SharpsteenPinocchio is a 1940 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based on the Italian children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It was the... more
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, T. Hee, Ford BeebeFantasia is a 1940 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released by Walt Disney Productions. With story direction by Joe Grant and Dick Huemer, and production supervision by Ben... more
Directed by: George SeatonMiracle on 34th Street is a 1947 Christmas film written and directed by George Seaton and based on a story by Valentine Davies. It stars Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn. The... more
Directed by: Bill Roberts, Hamilton Luske, William Morgan, Jack KinneyFun and Fancy Free is a 1947 animated feature produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures on September 27, 1947. It was one of the "package films" the studio produced in the 1940s. It... more
Directed by: Clyde GeronimiPeter and the Wolf is an 1946 animated short based on the 1936 musical composition/fairy tale by Sergei Prokofiev, produced by Walt Disney and narrated by Sterling Holloway. It was originally... more
Directed by: Bill Roberts, Hamilton LuskeDisney Learning Adventures: Mickey and the Beanstalk is a segment of 1947 animated feature Fun and Fancy Free, written by Joe Rinaldi, Bill Peet and Homer Brightman, and directed by Hamilton Luske... more
Directed by: Robert Cormack, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Joshua Meador, Jack KinneyMake Mine Music is an 1946 American animated anthology film produced by Walt Disney and released to theatres on April 20, 1946. It is the 8th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics... more
Directed by: Fred M. WilcoxThe Secret Garden is a 1949 US drama film. It is the second screen adaptation of the classic 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The screenplay by Robert Ardrey was directed by Fred M. Wilcox. It... more
Directed by: Lewis MilestoneThe Red Pony is a 1949 Western drama film based on one of John Steinbeck's short stories published in the 1930s under the title The Red Pony. Steinbeck also wrote the screenplay for this film.... more
Directed by: S. Sylvan SimonSon of Lassie is a 1945 Technicolor feature film produced by MGM based on characters created by Eric Knight, and starring Peter Lawford, Donald Crisp, June Lockhart and Pal. A sequel to Lassie Come... more
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Jack KinneyMelody Time, a 1948 film, is the 10th theatrically released animated feature produced by Walt Disney and released to theatres by RKO Radio Pictures on May 27, 1948. Made up of several sequences set... more
Directed by: Louis Eugene King, Louis KingThunderhead, Son of Flicka is a 1945 Technicolor family film directed by Louis King. It was adapted to screen by Dwight Cummins and Dorothy Yost from the novel by Mary O'Hara, and is based on the... more
Directed by: Fred M. WilcoxLassie Come Home is a 1943 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Technicolor feature film starring Roddy McDowall and canine actor, Pal, in a story about the profound bond between Yorkshire boy Joe Carraclough and his... more
Directed by: James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack KinneyThe Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is a 1949 animated package film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The film consists of two segments – the first is based... more
Directed by: Fred M. WilcoxHills of Home is a 1948 Technicolor drama film, the fourth in a series of seven MGM Lassie films. It starred Edmund Gwenn, Donald Crisp, and Tom Drake.... more
Directed by: Alfred L. WerkerMy Pal Wolf is a 1944 family film based on the story by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan, written by Lillie Hayward, John Paxton and Leonard Praskins and directed by Alfred L. Weker.... more
Directed by: Zoltan KordaJungle Book is a 1942 independent Indian/American Technicolor action-adventure film by the Hungarian Korda brothers, based on a screenplay adaptation by Laurence Stallings of the Rudyard Kipling... more
Directed by: Fred M. WilcoxCourage of Lassie is a 1946 Technicolor MGM feature film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Morgan, and dog actor Pal in a story about a collie named Bill and his young companion, Kathie Merrick. When... more
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Harve FosterSong of the South is a 1946 American live-action/animated musical film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures, based on the Uncle Remus stories collected by Joel Chandler Harris.... more
Directed by: LeRoy PrinzA Boy and His Dog is a 1946 American short drama film directed by LeRoy Prinz. It won an Academy Award at the 19th Academy Awards in 1947 for Best Short Subject. The decades-deceased short-story... more
Benjamin Franklin, Jr.Benjamin Franklin Jr. is a 1943 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Herbert Glazer. It was the 211th Our Gang short that was released.... more
My Dog RustyDwayne Hickman, John Litel
Directed by: Lew LandersMy Dog Rusty is a 1948 drama and family film written by Brenda Weisberg, William Sackheim, and Al Martin and directed by Lew Landers....
Directed by: Claude BinyonFamily Honeymoon is a 1949 domestic comedy film made by Universal International, directed by Claude Binyon, and written by Dane Lussier, based on novel by Homer Croy. It was shot in Grand Canyon... more