While most of these Kid Movies of the 1930s and 1940s are remade or digitally remastered, you may be surprised to find that they become family favorites! When my Generation looks back to the past, the Television Shows we think of are Howdy Doody and The Ed Sullivan Show – but most of us don’t consider that the movies for kids that are so popular today were based on these pioneers! Good clean, sweet fun! We think of simple stories told in a sweet voice. We think of wood stoves and hanging clothes on the line.
Kid Movies of the 1930s and 1940s!
Simple… Let’s give our kids some of the magic that we never experienced and our parents never experienced, but that we have heard our Grandparents talk about for years and that were staples in our VHS Kid Movies Collections!
1. 1938 – “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs “-Disney Genre: Animation Stars the voices of Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell and Lucille La Verne. Directed by David Hand. – Audio commentary with Walt Disney – “Making of” featurette – Production timeline and preliminary designs – Excerpts from camera tests, voice talent and live-action footage – Deleted scenes – Vintage animated and black and white shorts – Radio theater broadcasts and commercials – All-new rendition of “Some Day My Prince Will Come” by Barbra Streisand – Set Top Game “Dopey’s Wild Mine Ride” – DVD-ROM enhancements – Original English mono track and all-new fully restored 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound ©2001 Disney Enterprise, Inc.
2. 1939 – When it was released during Hollywood’s golden year of 1939, The Wizard of Oz didn’t start out as the perennial classic it has since become. The film did respectable business, but it wasn’t until its debut on television that this family favorite saw its popularity soar. And while Oz’s TV broadcasts are now controlled by media mogul Ted Turner (who owns the rights), the advent of home video has made this lively musical a mainstay in the staple diet of great American films. Young Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland), her dog, Toto, and her three companions on the yellow brick road to Oz–the Tin Man (Jack Haley), the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), and the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger)–have become pop-culture icons and central figures in the legacy of fantasy for children. As the Wicked Witch who covets Dorothy’s enchanted ruby slippers, Margaret Hamilton has had the singular honor of scaring the wits out of children for more than six decades. The film’s still as fresh, frightening, and funny as it was when first released. It may take some liberal detours from the original story by L. Frank Baum, but it’s loyal to the Baum legacy while charting its own course as a spectacular film. Shot in glorious Technicolor, befitting its dynamic production design (Munchkinland alone is a psychedelic explosion of color and decor), The Wizard of Oz may not appeal to every taste as the years go by, but it’s required viewing for kids of all ages. –Jeff Shannon
3. 1940 – Celebrate the 70th anniversary of Walt Disney’s Pinocchio. The legendary masterpiece that inspired millions to believe in their dreams has reawakened with an all new, state of the art digital restoration that shines brilliantly on 2-disc DVD. Now, for the first time ever, the richly detailed animation, unforgettable award winning music When You Wish Upon A Star and heartwarming adventure filled story comes to life like never before. Plus, all-new dazzling bonus features transport you into Pinocchio’s fantastic world! Join Geppetto’s beloved puppet with Jiminy Cricket as his guide on a thrilling quest that tests Pinocchio’s bravery, loyalty and honesty, virtues he must learn to become a real boy. The one and only Pinocchio will live on forever in the heart of anyone who has wished upon a star.
4. 1940 – Walt Disney’s timeless masterpiece is an extravaganza of sight and sound, now brilliantly presented in high definition with an all-new digital restoration. With Blu-ray you can finally experience Fantasia the way Walt envisioned. Plus, an exploration of the new Disney Family Museum and dynamic bonus features allow generations of moviegoers to enjoy this musical masterpiece like never before. No family’s Disney Blu-ray collection is complete without Fantasia so see the music come to life, hear the pictures burst into song and experience the excitement that is Fantasia over and over again through the magic of Blu-ray.
5. 1941 – With high-flying entertainment and messages about friendship, acceptance, courage, and believing in yourself, Walt Disney’s DUMBO is “a timeless classic for children of all ages. Walt Disney at his finest” (Us Weekly). Meet Dumbo, Mrs. Jumbo’s sweet little “Baby Mine” who charms all who see him . . . until it’s discovered that he has huge floppy ears! With the support of his very best friend, Timothy the mouse, Dumbo soon learns that his spectacular ears make him unique and special, allowing him to soar to fame as the world’s only flying elephant. You’ll love all the daring adventure, colorful characters, award-winning music, and a circus tent full of fun bonus features! Go behind the scenes with DisneyPedia’s “My First Circus,” an all-new activity where you can learn about your favorite circus animals. This Big Top Edition also features Sing-Along Songs, a DVD Storybook, a new digital transfer, and much more.
6. 1942 – For the first time ever, the wonder, music and majesty of one of Walt Disney’s greatest triumphs comes alive in glorious detail through the magic of Blu-ray high definition! Now Bambi, Walt Disney’s beloved coming-of-age story, will thrill a new generation of fans with its breathtakingly beautiful animation, soaring music and characters who will touch your heart-Bambi, the wide-eyed fawn, his playful pal Thumper, the loveable skunk Flower and wise Friend Owl. Plus, all-new immersive game and special features that reveal the extraordinary creative process behind the making of this timeless classic take you deeper into Bambi’s world than ever before.
Walt Disney’s Bambi is an experience you will never forget-now more brilliant than ever on Blu-ray.
7. 1945 – Donald receives birthday gifts that take him on adventures through South America and Mexico.
8. 1947 – George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all – and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all of his good deeds over the years. Will Clarence be able to convince George to return to his family and forget suicide?
9. 1947 – Six year old Susan has doubts childhood’s most enduring miracle Santa Clause. Her mother told her the “secret” about Santa a long time ago, so Susan doesn’t expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special departement stare Santa who’s convinced he’s the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all – something to believe in.
I hope you and your kids have fun learning about these Kid Movies of the 1930s and 1940s during your next few Family Movies Nights!