Oscar for Best Animated Short Film [Nominated]

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1. Mickey's Orphans (1931)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Comedy, Animation

At Christmastime, Mickey Mouse, Minnie and Pluto are beset by an enormous litter of bratty orphan cats.

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner

Votes: 634

2. It's Got Me Again! (1932)

7 min | Family, Musical, Animation

Late at night, the mice come out and sing and play to the title tune, among others. That is, until the cat arrives, but he's quickly sent packing.

Director: Rudolf Ising

Votes: 428

3. Building a Building (1933)

Not Rated | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey Mouse operates a steam shovel; Pegleg Pete is his foreman; Minnie Mouse sells box lunches. Mickey must save the day when Pete makes advances to Minnie.

Director: David Hand | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner

Votes: 648

4. The Merry Old Soul (1933)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Oswald the Rabbit gathers some of the greatest entertainers of the age to cure Old King Cole of the blues.

Directors: Walter Lantz, William Nolan

Votes: 183

5. Holiday Land (1934)

Passed | 8 min | Animation, Short, Family

Scrappy does not want to get up and go to school. As the days peel off his calendar, the dates representing holidays come to life. Father time, in particular, takes Scrappy on a tour of the... See full summary »

Director: Sid Marcus | Stars: Marie Arbuckle, Connee Boswell, Beatrice Hagen, Barbara Whitson

Votes: 107

6. Jolly Little Elves (1934)

Passed | 9 min | Animation, Musical, Short

A poor shoemaker and his wife have only a stale donut and a cup of coffee left to share. An elf drops by, and they offer to share with him. He teaches them (in song) to dunk the donut in ... See full summary »

Directors: Walter Lantz, Manuel Moreno | Star: Bernice Hansen

Votes: 146

7. The Calico Dragon (1935)

Passed | 8 min | Animation, Family, Short

A little girl reads a story about a dragon; as she falls asleep, her doll rides off on his calico horse through a calico land to do battle with a three-headed singing calico dragon.

Director: Rudolf Ising

Votes: 266

8. Who Killed Cock Robin? (1935)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Robin is crooning to a Mae West-like Jenny Wren when he is shot with an arrow. A court is convened; the judge, an owl, keeps singing the title. A variety of birds are brought to the witness... See full summary »

Director: David Hand | Stars: Billy Bletcher, Pinto Colvig, Clarence Nash, Purv Pullen

Votes: 649

9. The Old Mill Pond (1936)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Music

The fish and frogs gather at the old mill pond to hear a jazz concert. Performers include caricatures of Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, and tap dancer Bill Robinson ("Bojangles").

Director: Hugh Harman | Stars: Norm Blackburn, The Four Blackbirds

Votes: 192

10. Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936)

Approved | 16 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

The legendary sailors Popeye and Sindbad do battle to see which one is the greatest.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky | Stars: Jack Mercer, Mae Questel, Lou Fleischer, Gus Wickie

Votes: 2,144

11. Educated Fish (1937)

Not Rated | 7 min | Animation, Short

A rebellious fish refuses to listen to his teacher until he ventures out into the real world and discovers the importance of education.

Director: Dave Fleischer

Votes: 171

12. The Little Match Girl (1937)

8 min | Animation, Short, Drama

A small girl makes her living selling matches on the streets of New York. It's winter, and the hustling crowds at best ignore her, and some are outright rude. She takes shelter and, to try ... See full summary »

Directors: Arthur Davis, Sid Marcus

Votes: 248

13. Brave Little Tailor (1938)

Approved | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

When a giant threatens the land, the city folk mistake Mickey's boast of killing seven flies with one blow to be giants. He is then forced to fight the giant for real.

Director: Bill Roberts | Stars: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner, Eddie Holden

Votes: 2,400

14. Mother Goose Goes Hollywood (1938)

Approved | 8 min | Comedy, Family, Animation

Various Mother Goose rhymes are portrayed by Hollywood stars for example, Old King Cole's fiddlers three are the Marx Brothers, and Humpty Dumpty is W.C. Fields, who falls while tormenting ... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson | Stars: Al Bernie, Thelma Boardman, Ann Lee, Dave Weber

Votes: 465

15. Good Scouts (1938)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Comedy, Animation

Donald Duck is Scoutmaster of his nephews on a camping trip at Yellowstone National Park, but his lack of leadership skills results in the Scouts having to help the Scoutmaster out of one predicament after another.

Director: Jack King | Star: Clarence Nash

Votes: 859

16. Hunky and Spunky (1938)

Not Rated | 9 min | Animation, Short, Western

A short film about a mother and her son, she teaches him life skills later on the son gets niked by a man so the young donkey can be his work slave and his mother saves him.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Star: Jack Mercer

Votes: 204

17. Detouring America (1939)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

This travelogue across America is filled with sight gags such as the 'Old Reliable' geyser spitting into a spittoon, cliff-dwelling Indians who walk horizontally up and down the faces of ... See full summary »

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce

Votes: 223

18. Peace on Earth (1939)

Passed | 9 min | Animation, Short, Drama

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.

Director: Hugh Harman | Stars: Mel Blanc, Sara Berner, Bernice Hansen, The Hollywood Choir Boys

Votes: 1,267

19. The Pointer (1939)

Approved | 9 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Mickey and Pluto go hunting for quail. Pluto scares away the first ones they see; Mickey scolds him, then relents. He shows Pluto how to be a pointer, and they set off after another quail, ... See full summary »

Director: Clyde Geronimi | Stars: Walt Disney, Lee Millar

Votes: 524

20. Puss Gets the Boot (1940)

Approved | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Tom (Jasper) gets told that if he breaks one more thing he is getting thrown out, so Jerry tries his best to make Jasper "Get the Boot".

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Lillian Randolph

Votes: 1,721

21. A Wild Hare (1940)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Family, Short

Elmer is a dimwitted hunter who's "wooking for wabbits." Bugs proceeds to confuse, bamboozle, and otherwise humiliate the poor simp.

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 1,302

22. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company 'B' (1941)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Hot Breath Harry is a hot trumpeter at a jazz club. He finds himself drafted into the Army, where he's assigned to be the bugler of an African-American company. But everyone hates the ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lantz | Star: Danny Webb

Votes: 141

23. Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt (1941)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Short

Bugs reads "Hiawatha" and winds up being hunted by him.

Director: Friz Freleng | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 609

24. How War Came (1941)

8 min | Animation, Short

An animated documentary describing the involvement of Japan, Italy and Nazi Germany as the aggressors and instigators of World War II.

Director: Paul Fennell | Stars: Raymond Gram Swing, Mel Blanc

Votes: 61

25. The Night Before Christmas (1941)

Passed | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Well, a mouse *is* stirring... And he's having fun playing with the toys, until he mistakes Tom for a stuffed toy and wakes him up.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Rudolf Ising | Stars: The Debutantes, Frank Graham, The King's Men

Votes: 1,653

26. Rhapsody in Rivets (1941)

7 min | Animation, Family, Short

A construction foreman conducts his workers like a symphony orchestra as they build a skyscraper, musically.

Director: Friz Freleng

Votes: 423

27. The Rookie Bear (1941)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Family, Short

In a humorous report, "Strife" magazine follows a bear who gets drafted and goes through the rigors of Army basic training.

Director: Rudolf Ising | Stars: Rudolf Ising, Gayne Whitman

Votes: 176

28. Rhythm in the Ranks (1941)

Approved | 10 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A toy soldier, distracted by a beautiful ice skater, is derelict in his duty and gets discharged. Later, when the screwball army declares war, he lucks into a chance to redeem himself.

Director: George Pal | Star: Billy Bletcher

Votes: 50

29. Superman (1941)

Passed | 10 min | Animation, Short, Action

The Man of Steel fights a mad scientist who is destroying Metropolis with an energy cannon.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Steve Muffati | Stars: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer

Votes: 2,634

30. Truant Officer Donald (1941)

8 min | Animation, Family, Comedy

Donald catches his nephews swimming on a school day. He thinks he's made an easy catch, but the boys are much more resourceful than that. When he tries to smoke them out of their clubhouse,... See full summary »

Director: Jack King | Star: Clarence Nash

Votes: 710

31. All Out for 'V' (1942)

7 min | Animation, Short

When war is announced, all the forest animals, birds and bugs go into manufacturing of armaments, helmets and the like, with an annoying jingle about the country's instruction to step up production musically repeated.

Director: Mannie Davis

Votes: 75

32. Blitz Wolf (1942)

Passed | 10 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

Yet another variation on the Three Little Pigs theme, this time told as WW2 anti-German propaganda (the US had just entered the war), with the wolf as a thinly-disguised Hitler.

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Sara Berner, Leone Le Doux, Pinto Colvig, Frank Graham

Votes: 1,191

33. Juke Box Jamboree (1942)

Passed | 7 min | Animation, Musical, Short

A mouse, sleeping in the Zowie Cafe, has his sleep disturbed by the jukebox. He crawls into the machine, but the mechanism flings him out the coin return. The mouse lands in a glass of ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Lovy | Stars: Mel Blanc, Zedra Conde

Votes: 74

34. Pigs in a Polka (1943)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Musical

The story of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf, this time performed as pantomime to the Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms.

Director: Friz Freleng | Stars: Bea Benaderet, Sara Berner, Mel Blanc

Votes: 731

35. Tulips Shall Grow (1942)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Family

A young boy and girl, dressed in costumes based on Dutch traditional clothes, find their idyllic, windmill-laden countryside is being over-run by unfeeling, unthinking mechanical men that ... See full summary »

Director: George Pal | Stars: Rex Ingram, Victor Jory

Votes: 462

36. The Dizzy Acrobat (1943)

7 min | Family, Animation, Short

Woody Woodpecker sneaks in to see the circus as an usher attempts to stop him. Both of them end up on the trapeze and the high wire.

Director: Alex Lovy | Stars: Mel Blanc, Kent Rogers

Votes: 165

37. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (1943)

9 min | Animation, Short

Bartholomew Cubbins has SO MANY HATS. Every time he removes one in the presence of the King, it is replaced magically with another. This enrages the King, who brings him to trial, and to the ultimate sentence.

Director: George Pal | Stars: Billy Bletcher, Robert C. Bruce

Votes: 74

38. Greetings Bait (1943)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

A worm reminiscent of Jerry Colonna is lowered into the water and uses various guises to lure fish. He also tangles with a crab.

Director: Friz Freleng | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 173

39. Imagination (1943)

8 min | Animation, Short, Musical

A color rhapsody cartoon with wonderful music and a story about a boy and girl doll the the evil toy who wants to come between them.

Director: Bob Wickersham

Votes: 73

40. Reason and Emotion (1943)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Family, Short

A film about the need for emotional control for the war effort.

Director: Bill Roberts | Stars: Frank Graham, Clarence Nash

Votes: 402

41. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1944)

10 min | Animation, Short

George Pal's Puppetoon adaptation of the Dr. Seuss story.

Director: George Pal | Star: Gary Gray

Votes: 68

42. Dog, Cat, and Canary (1945)

6 min | Animation, Short

A cat is apparently looking for lunch after chasing a mouse, some birds and a squirrel. It then spies in a backyard (SPOILERS?) a canary and a dog. The cat is initially successful at outwitting the dog, but mayhem then ensues.

Director: Howard Swift

Votes: 66

43. Fish Fry (1944)

7 min | Family, Animation, Short

An alley cat attempts to steal the goldfish Andy Panda just bought from a pet shop, but the fish proves too clever for him.

Director: Shamus Culhane | Stars: Grace Stafford, Lionel Stander, Walter Tetley

Votes: 97

44. How to Play Football (1944)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

It's Taxidermy Tech vs. Anthropology A&M for this introduction to college football (first piece of special equipment needed: a campus covered in ivy). Among the names borrowed for players: ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Kinney | Star: Pinto Colvig

Votes: 777