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1930s Short Movies

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Ferdinand the Bull(1938)

3.3/5 (with 58 votes)

This Oscar-winning short tells of a bull who preferred to sit under trees and smell flowers to clashing horns with his fellow animals. As luck would have it, an untimely bee reveals Ferdinand's ferocious side via pained howls and wild stomping. This lands him in the bull-fighting arena amidst characters based on Walt's animators with a matador reportedly modeled after Walt himself.

Directed by Dick Rickard

Three Little Pigs(1933)

3.4/5 (with 135 votes)

The two pigs building houses of hay and sticks scoff at their brother, building the brick house. But when the wolf comes around and blows their houses down (after trickery like dressing as a foundling sheep fails), they run to their brother's house. And throughout, they sing the classic song, "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?".

Directed by Burt Gillett

The Grasshopper and the Ants(1934)

NR
| 8min | Animation
3.2/5 (with 35 votes)

- No description / details available yet. -

Directed by Wilfred Jackson

The Tortoise and the Hare(1935)

3.3/5 (with 54 votes)

The Tortoise and the Hare is an animated short film released on January 5, 1935 by United Artists, produced by Walt Disney and directed by Wilfred Jackson. Based on an Aesop's fable of the same name, The Tortoise and the Hare won the 1934 Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons. This cartoon is also believed to be one of the influences for Bugs Bunny.

Directed by Wilfred Jackson

The Wise Little Hen(1934)

3.2/5 (with 35 votes)

Join Donald Duck in his debut in the classic animated short The Wise Little Hen. The Little Hen is planting corn and would like to have help from Peter Pig and Donald Duck, but they refuse stating they each have a "tummy ache." When it comes time to harvest the corn, Peter Pig and Donald still refuse to help the Hen, so she and her chicks do the harvest by themselves. Finally, the hen cooks the corn and offers some to Donald and Peter Pig, but when they look more carefully they discover a surprise.

Santa's Workshop(1932)

NR
| 7min | Animation
3.3/5 (with 43 votes)

Santa's little helpers must hurry to finish the toys before Christmas Day.

Directed by Wilfred Jackson

Flowers and Trees(1932)

NR
| 8min | Animation
3.3/5 (with 52 votes)

A jealous stump threatens two trees that are in love by starting a forest fire. When the rain comes and puts out the fire the forest revives and celebrates the wedding.

Directed by Burt Gillett

Lonesome Ghosts(1937)

NR
| 9min | Animation, Comedy
3.3/5 (with 48 votes)

On a dark and stormy night, four bored ghosts decide to have some fun by calling the "Ajax Ghost Exterminators." Shriek with laughter as ghost hunters Mickey, Donald and Goofy are scared silly by the hilarious haunts and taunts of these spirited pranksters!

Directed by Burt Gillett

County Hospital(1932)

NR
| 19min | Comedy
3.6/5 (with 27 votes)

Ollie is in the hospital with a broken leg. When Stan comes to visit him, total chaos ensues.

The Big Bad Wolf(1934)

NR
| 9min | Animation
3.2/5 (with 37 votes)

The Big Bad Wolf torments Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs.

Directed by Burt Gillett

Modern Inventions(1937)

3.3/5 (with 21 votes)

Donald Duck goes to a museum of modern inventions. After getting in without paying, he meets a robot butler who takes Donald's hat every time he sees him. Donald is very annoyed by this and magically fixes himself a new hat every time this happens and strolls on. Ignoring the sign not to touch it, Donald starts playing with a wrapping machine and ends up being wrapped himself. He also encounters and tries out a robot nursemaid and a fully automatic barber chair. They both don't do him much good.

Directed by Jack King

Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor(1936)

3.2/5 (with 36 votes)

Two sailors Sindbad and Popeye decide to test themselves in order to prove their supremacy. Popeye is then presented with a series of daunting tasks by Sindbad.

Directed by Dave Fleischer
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The Pied Piper(1933)

3.0/5 (with 14 votes)

The people of Hamelin, overrun with rats, offer a bag of gold to anyone who can get rid of the rats. A piper offers to do the job, and successfully lures the rats into a mirage of cheese, which disappears. The citizens, disappointed that all he did was play a tune, offer only pocket change. The piper, angered, plays a new tune that has all the children of the city follow him, even the new twins the stork is preparing to deliver.

Directed by Wilfred Jackson

Snow-White(1933)

3.4/5 (with 39 votes)

Trouble starts when the queen's magic mirror says Betty Boop is fairest.

Directed by Dave Fleischer

Hawaiian Holiday(1937)

G
| 8min | Animation
3.2/5 (with 27 votes)

Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto experience all that Hawaii has to offer. Donald tries hula dancing, Pluto explores the beach and Goofy takes up surfing!

Directed by Ben Sharpsteen

The Golden Touch(1935)

NR
| 10min | Animation, Comedy
3.2/5 (with 28 votes)

King Midas is visited by an elf; the elf turns his cat to gold, then claps his hands and it changes back. Midas begs for the golden touch, but the elf warns him it would be a curse to him. Midas insists. He dances about joyfully at first, but discovers the drawbacks when he sits down to dinner. Fearing death by starvation, he summons the elf and agrees to surrender everything he owns to have the curse lifted.

Directed by Walt Disney

A Day in the Country(1946)

3.7/5 (with 72 votes)

The family of a Parisian shop-owner spends a day in the country. The daughter falls in love with a man at the inn, where they spend the day.

Three Blind Mouseketeers(1936)

3.3/5 (with 21 votes)

As the title implies, the three blind mice are musketeers. The cat sets a number of traps for them, which they all evade (apparently without realizing it) while he sleeps. The cat eventually wakes up and begins chasing them unsuccessfully, thanks to their teamwork.

The Old Mill(1937)

NR
| 9min | Animation
3.7/5 (with 57 votes)

Night in an old mill is dramatically depicted in this Oscar-winning short in which the frightened occupants, including birds, timid mice, owls, and other creatures try to stay safe and dry as a storm approaches. As the thunderstorm worsens, the mill wheel begins to turn and the whole mill threatens to blow apart until at last the storm subsides.

Babes in the Woods(1932)

NR
| 8min | Animation
3.0/5 (with 18 votes)

Two children wander the forest and get lured into a witch's house.

Directed by Burt Gillett

Three Little Wolves(1936)

NR
| 9min | Animation
3.3/5 (with 23 votes)

Two little pigs cry wolf on their brother and then an actual wolf comes.

Directed by David Hand

Beau Hunks(1931)

NR
| 37min | Comedy
3.6/5 (with 17 votes)

Stan and Ollie join the French Foreign Legion after Ollie's sweetheart rejects him.

The Stolen Jools(1931)

NR
| 20min | Comedy
2.9/5 (with 10 votes)

Famous actress Norma Shearer's jewels are stolen… (Star-packed promotional short film intended to raise funds for the National Variety Artists Tuberculosis Sanatorium.)

The Goddess of Spring(1934)

NR
| 9min | Animation, Music
2.9/5 (with 15 votes)

The goddess is greeted by dancing flowers and fairies. The devil comes and takes her away to be his queen. She's despondent, as winter settles in above ground. But the devil isn't happy either, and offers anything to make her happy. They reach an agreement: she'll spend six months above ground and six below. Thus we have seasons.

Directed by Wilfred Jackson

Towed in a Hole(1932)

NR
| 21min | Comedy
3.7/5 (with 25 votes)

Although they are successful fishmongers, Stan convinces Ollie that they should become fishermen too, but making a boat seaworthy isn't an easy task.

Toby Tortoise Returns(1936)

NR
| 7min | Animation
2.9/5 (with 15 votes)

Toby Tortoise is back, and this time he and Max Hare box instead of racing.

Directed by Wilfred Jackson

Brats(1930)

NR
| 21min | Comedy
3.6/5 (with 23 votes)

Stanley and Oliver are trying to spend a relaxing night at home playing checkers, but the antics of their mischievous sons keep interrupting their recreation.

Busy Bodies(1933)

NR
| 19min | Comedy
3.9/5 (with 30 votes)

In this short film, Laurel and Hardy wage battle with inanimate objects, their co-workers, and the laws of physics during a routine work day at a sawmill.

I Love to Singa(1936)

3.4/5 (with 28 votes)

I Love to Singa depicts the story of a young owl who wants to sing jazz, instead of the classical music that his German parents wish him to perform. The plot is a lighthearted tribute to Al Jolson's film The Jazz Singer.

Directed by Tex Avery

Tit for Tat(1935)

NR
| 19min | Comedy
3.6/5 (with 26 votes)

Stan and Ollie have set up their own electrical repair store. Unfortunately for them, the grocery store opposite is run by the man and wife whom they encountered in "Them Thar Hills" (1935). Stan and Ollie go and visit to offer the hand of friendship, but the grocer becomes convinced that Ollie is trying to seduce his wife.

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