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Ferdinand the Bull(1938)

3.3/5 (with 52 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

The Tortoise and the Hare(1935)

NR
| 9min | Animation
3.3/5 (with 49 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

Three Little Pigs(1933)

3.4/5 (with 122 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

Flowers and Trees(1932)

NR
| 8min | Animation
3.4/5 (with 47 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

A Day in the Country(1946)

3.8/5 (with 59 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.

The Old Mill(1937)

NR
| 9min | Animation
3.7/5 (with 53 votes)

We see the various birds, mice, and bats that have moved into an old windmill, followed by the frogs, crickets, and fireflies making their music in an adjacent pond. Then a storm comes, shaking loose parts in mill and threatening everything we've seen.

The Wise Little Hen(1934)

3.2/5 (with 27 votes)

Donald and his friend Peter Pig try to avoid work by faking stomach aches until Mrs. Hen teaches them the value of labor.

The Ugly Duckling(1939)

3.4/5 (with 45 votes)

An outcast duckling's search for a family to accept him leads to constant rejection before learning his true identity as a swan.

Directed by Jack Cutting

Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor(1936)

3.1/5 (with 28 votes)

Sailors Popeye and Sindbad (Bluto) do battle to see which is the greatest.

Directed by Dave Fleischer

Beach Picnic(1939)

NR
| 8min | Animation
2.9/5 (with 17 votes)

Donald Duck is at the beach and tries to ride a rubber horse. He notices Pluto sleeping at the shore and decides to have some fun with him by sending the rubber horse over to Pluto which completely mesmerizes him. Meanwhile, a tribe of ants abduct Donald's picnic lunch. Donald lays out fly paper to stop the ants. Pluto follows one of the ants and, of course, he and later Donald become enmeshed in the fly paper.

Directed by Clyde Geronimi

The Grasshopper and the Ants(1934)

NR
| 8min | Animation
3.3/5 (with 31 votes)

As in the classic fable, the grasshopper plays his fiddle and lives for the moment, while the industrious ants squirrel away massive amounts of food for the winter. With his song, he's able to convince at least one small ant until the queen arrives and scares him back to work. The queen warns the grasshopper of the trouble he'll be in, come winter. Winter comes, and the grasshopper, near starvation, stumbles across the ants, who are having a full-on feast in their snug little tree. They take him in and warm him up. The queen tells him only those who work can eat so he must play for them. Written by Jon Reeves.

Directed by Wilfred Jackson

The Big Bad Wolf(1934)

NR
| 9min | Animation
3.2/5 (with 27 votes)

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

Directed by Burt Gillett
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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.

Santa's Workshop(1932)

NR
| 7min | Animation
3.2/5 (with 35 votes)

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

Directed by Wilfred Jackson

The Moose Hunt(1931)

7min | Animation
2.5/5 (with 7 votes)

Mickey's hunting, along with a characteristically playful and distracted (and uncharacteristically talkative) Pluto. Pluto fetches a forked branch, and Mickey shoots, mistaking it for antlers, but Pluto is OK. Then they find a moose, and Mickey's gun fails but they escape when Pluto does an impression of Dumbo, with Mickey riding.

Directed by Burt Gillett

Three Blind Mouseketeers(1936)

3.3/5 (with 18 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.

Thicker Than Water(1935)

NR
| 21min | Comedy
3.7/5 (with 14 votes)

Oliver's in trouble with his wife after missing a payment on their furniture, having given the money to Stanley, who used it instead to pay Mrs. Hardy for his room and board. At Stan's suggestion Ollie then withdraws the couple's savings from the bank to pay for the furniture and inadvertently pays virtually the whole amount at an auction for a grandfather clock which is soon crushed under a passing truck. Mrs Hardy then unintentionally causes serious injuries to Ollie requiring him to be rushed to hospital for a blood transfusion. The doctor conscripts Stan to be the unwilling blood donor. Problems occur with the transfusion and when Stan and Ollie leave the hospital they appear to have morphed into each other.

Three Orphan Kittens(1935)

NR
| 9min | Animation
3.4/5 (with 21 votes)

Three orphan kittens are entering a society house in winter and ruin the furniture. But when they're caught by the maid, the young daughter of the house "rescues" them from the cold out outside.

Directed by David Hand

The Country Cousin(1936)

NR
| 9min | Animation
3.1/5 (with 21 votes)

Morty Citymouse invites his cousin Abner Countrymouse for a visit and shows him the ways of the big city, including traps, eating quietly, and busy traffic.

Snow-White(1933)

3.5/5 (with 32 votes)

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

Directed by Dave Fleischer

Towed in a Hole(1932)

NR
| 21min | Comedy
3.7/5 (with 21 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.

County Hospital(1932)

NR
| 19min | Comedy
3.6/5 (with 24 votes)

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

The Golden Touch(1935)

NR
| 10min | Animation, Comedy
3.1/5 (with 19 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

Busy Bodies(1933)

NR
| 19min | Comedy
3.9/5 (with 26 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.

Hawaiian Holiday(1937)

NR
| 8min | Animation
3.1/5 (with 19 votes)

The gang is on vacation. Goofy has some surfing problems, Donald learns why you don't wear a grass skirt near a fire, Pluto and a starfish have a tiff, followed by an encounter with a hermit crab.

Directed by Ben Sharpsteen

Peace on Earth(1939)

9min | Animation, War
3.6/5 (with 19 votes)

Two baby squirrels ask grandpa to explain what "men" are when he comes in singing "peace on earth, goodwill to men". Grandpa tells the story of man's last war. This classic animation short was an Academy Award Best Short Subject, Cartoons nominee.

Directed by Hugh Harman

Elmer Elephant(1936)

G
| 8min | Animation
2.9/5 (with 14 votes)

Little Elmer Elephant has a crush on Tillie Tiger and his affection is reciprocated. Trouble is, the pint-sized pachyderm is beset by bullies who ridicule his trunk and make his life miserable. Then a conflagration breaks out at Tillie's tree house.

Directed by Wilfred Jackson

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 Practical Pig(1939)

NR
| 8min | Animation
3.3/5 (with 10 votes)

After his two brothers are captured, the third little pig invents a machine to capture the big bad wolf.

Directed by Dick Rickard

The Stolen Jools(1931)

NR
| 20min | Comedy
2.8/5 (with 8 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.)

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