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What’s up, doc? The Golden Age of Animation from the mid-1920s to the mid-1960s gave us some of the most iconic cartoon characters in film history. This list of the greatest ‘40s cartoon movies contains classic figures like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and the ubiquitous Bugs Bunny. Many of these characters were voiced by acting legend Mel Blanc, who brought a unique, radio-trained sensibility to Warner Bros.


Also on this list, you'll find some of the first instances of an animated Superman. The Superman short films of the ‘40s propelled the Man of Steel to new cultural heights. Famous directors like Tex Avery, and Looney Tunes creator, Chuck Jones, have numerous entries on this list. Other top ‘40s cartoon movies include
Fantasia, featuring Mickey Mouse in one of his last major appearances until the mid-’50s. Other classic tales like Bambi, Dumbo, and Pinocchio are also featured.


Vote up the best '40s cartoon movies, and let us know which ones are your favorites in the comment section! 

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Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Pinocchio Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro

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Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Fantasia Walt Disney, Corey Burton, Leopold Stokowski

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Bambi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Bambi Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King

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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Dumbo Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton

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Fun and Fancy Free is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Fun and Fancy Free Walt Disney, Dinah Shore, Dennis Day

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Song of the South is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Song of the South John Lee Hooker, Hattie McDaniel, Bobby Driscoll

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The Three Caballeros is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
The Three Caballeros Sterling Holloway, Pinto Colvig, Frank Graham

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Saludos Amigos is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Saludos Amigos Walt Disney, Milton Berle, George Burns

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Donald's Snow Fight is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Donald's Snow Fight Clarence Nash

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The Adventures of Ichabod and ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, J. Pat O'Malley

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Der Fuehrer's Face is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Der Fuehrer's Face Clarence Nash

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Baseball Bugs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Baseball Bugs Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, Tedd Pierce

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Screwball Squirrel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
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Mr. Bug Goes to Town is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Hernan Hernandez added Mr. Bug Goes to Town Jack Mercer, Jean Rhys, Tedd Pierce

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Abou Ben Boogie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
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The Screwball is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Hernan Hernandez added The Screwball Mel Blanc, Harold Peary, Kent Rogers

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Abou Ben Boogie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
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Rhapsody Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Rhapsody Rabbit Mel Blanc

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The Cat Concerto is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies

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Hair-Raising Hare is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Hair-Raising Hare Mel Blanc

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A Wild Hare is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
A Wild Hare Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

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Wabbit Twouble is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Wabbit Twouble Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

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Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears Mel Blanc, Stan Freberg, Bea Benaderet

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Yankee Doodle Daffy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Yankee Doodle Daffy Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher

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Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid Mel Blanc, Sara Berner, Kent Rogers

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Fast and Furry-ous is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Fast and Furry-ous Paul Julian

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Porky Chops is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Porky Chops Mel Blanc

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The Mechanical Monsters is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
The Mechanical Monsters Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander

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Daffy Duck Hunt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Daffy Duck Hunt Mel Blanc

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Superman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Superman Carol Forman, Forrest Taylor, Kirk Alyn

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The Heckling Hare is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
The Heckling Hare Mel Blanc, Tex Avery, Kent Rogers

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The Great Piggy Bank Robbery is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies

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High Diving Hare is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
High Diving Hare Mel Blanc

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The Hare-Brained Hypnotist is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
The Hare-Brained Hypnotist Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

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Scaredy Cat is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Scaredy Cat Mel Blanc

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Hare Tonic is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Hare Tonic Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

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Tortoise Wins by a Hare is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Tortoise Wins by a Hare Mel Blanc, Michael Maltese, Tedd Pierce

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Long-Haired Hare is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Long-Haired Hare Mel Blanc, Nicolai Shutorov

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The Foghorn Leghorn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies

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The Bulleteers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
The Bulleteers Bud Collyer, Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander

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Frigid Hare is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Frigid Hare Mel Blanc

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Red Hot Riding Hood is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Red Hot Riding Hood June Foray, Bea Benaderet, Frank Graham

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Little Rural Riding Hood is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Little Rural Riding Hood Daws Butler, Pinto Colvig, Imogene Lynn

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The Bashful Buzzard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
The Bashful Buzzard Mel Blanc, Sara Berner, Kent Rogers

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The Arctic Giant is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
The Arctic Giant Bud Collyer, Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander