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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 Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based on the Italian children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It was the ...more

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Bambi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Bambi Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King Bambi is a 1942 American animated drama film directed by David Hand, produced by Walt Disney and based on the book Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten. The film was ...more

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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Dumbo Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton Dumbo is an American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and premiered on October 23, 1941, by RKO Radio Pictures. Sound was recorded conventionally using the RCA System. One voice ...more

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Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Fantasia Walt Disney, Corey Burton, Leopold Stokowski Fantasia is a 1940 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released by Walt Disney Productions. With story direction by Joe Grant and Dick Huemer, and production supervision by Ben ...more

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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 Fun and Fancy Free is a 1947 animated feature produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures on September 27, 1947. It was one of the "package films" the studio produced in ...more

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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 Song of the South is a 1946 American live-action/animated musical film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures, based on the Uncle Remus stories collected by Joel Chandler ...more

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Donald's Snow Fight is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Donald's Snow Fight Clarence Nash Donald's Snow Fight is an animated short film featuring classic cartoon character Donald Duck in a civil war-esque snowball fight with his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie. It was released in 1942 ...more

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The Three Caballeros is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
The Three Caballeros Sterling Holloway, Pinto Colvig, Frank Graham The Three Caballeros is a 1944 American animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions. The film premiered in Mexico City on December 21, 1944. It was released in the United States on ...more

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Saludos Amigos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Saludos Amigos Walt Disney, Milton Berle, George Burns Saludos Amigos is a 1942 animated feature package film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures. It is the sixth animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. ...more

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Der Fuehrer's Face is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Der Fuehrer's Face Clarence Nash Der Fuehrer's Face is a 1943 American animated propaganda short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released in 1943 by RKO Radio Pictures. The cartoon, which features Donald Duck in a ...more

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The Adventures of Ichabod and ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, J. Pat O'Malley The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is a 1949 animated package film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The film consists of two segments – the first is ...more

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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 Baseball Bugs is a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon short released on February 2, 1946, starring Bugs Bunny.

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Mr. Bug Goes to Town is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Hernan Hernandez added Mr. Bug Goes to Town Jack Mercer, Jean Rhys, Tedd Pierce Mr. Bug Goes to Town, also known as Hoppity Goes to Town and Bugville, is an animated feature produced by Fleischer Studios and released to theaters by Paramount Pictures on December 5, 1941. It ...more

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Rhapsody Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Rhapsody Rabbit Mel Blanc Rhapsody Rabbit is a 1946 Merrie Melodies animated short subject, featuring Bugs Bunny and directed by Friz Freleng. The short was originally released to theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures on ...more

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Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears Mel Blanc, Stan Freberg, Bea Benaderet Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears is a Warner Brothers Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoon short released in 1944, directed by Chuck Jones and written by Tedd Pierce. This short marks the first ...more

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Screwball Squirrel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Hernan Hernandez added Screwball Squirrel Screwball "Screwy" Squirrel is a cartoon character, an anthropomorphic squirrel created by Tex Avery for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, generally considered the wackiest of the screwball cartoon ...more

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Abou Ben Boogie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
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The Screwball is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Hernan Hernandez added The Screwball Mel Blanc, Harold Peary, Kent Rogers The Screwball is the seventh animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on February 15, 1943, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and ...more

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Abou Ben Boogie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
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A Wild Hare is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
A Wild Hare Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan A Wild Hare is a 1940 Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies animated short film. It was produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions, directed by Tex Avery, and written by Rich Hogan. It was originally ...more

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The Cat Concerto is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
The Cat Concerto In this episode, Tom plays as a concert pianist who plays beautifully, but keeps getting interrupted when Jerry is inside of the piano, making Tom hit the wrong keys. Throughout the episode, Tom ...more

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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 Wabbit Twouble, as referred to Elmer Fudd's speech impediment, is a Merrie Melodies cartoon starring Bugs Bunny, produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions and released on December 20, 1941 by ...more

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Hair-Raising Hare is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Hair-Raising Hare Mel Blanc Hair-Raising Hare is a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon, released in 1946. It was directed by Chuck Jones and written by Tedd Pierce. It stars Bugs Bunny and features the first appearance of ...more

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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 Daffy Duck, agent to the stars, complete with business card that flashes like a theater marquis, does everything he can to convince Porky Pig of "Smeller Productions" that his ...more

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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 Bugs Bunny Gets The Boid is a 1942 Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Bob Clampett, produced by Leon Schlesinger, and released to theatres by Warner Bros. Pictures. It marks the first ...more

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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 Fast and Furry-ous is a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoon, released on September 17, 1949, directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese. It was later reissued as a Blue Ribbon Merrie ...more

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The Mechanical Monsters is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
The Mechanical Monsters Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander The Mechanical Monsters is the second of the seventeen animated Technicolor short films based upon the DC Comics character Superman. Produced by Fleischer Studios, the story features Superman ...more

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The Great Piggy Bank Robbery is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
The Great Piggy Bank Robbery Mel Blanc The Great Piggy Bank Robbery is a Warner Brothers Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon short, produced in early 1945, and released in 1946. It was directed by Robert Clampett, and features Daffy Duck ...more

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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 Daffy Duck Hunt is a 1949 animated Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoon, directed by Robert McKimson, and starring Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and Barnyard Dawg. Porky is hunting duck for dinner, and ...more

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Porky Chops is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Porky Chops Mel Blanc Porky Chops is a Looney Tunes cartoon released on February 12, 1949.

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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 The Heckling Hare is a Merrie Melodies cartoon, released on July 5, 1941 and featuring Bugs Bunny and a dopey dog named Willoughby. The cartoon was directed by Tex Avery, written by Michael ...more

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Superman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Superman Carol Forman, Forrest Taylor, Kirk Alyn Superman is a 15-part black-and-white Columbia film serial based on the comic book character Superman starring an uncredited Kirk Alyn and Noel Neill as Lois Lane. Like Batman, it is notable as ...more

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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 High Diving Hare is a 1948-produced Warner Brothers Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon short starring Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam. Released to theaters on April 30, 1949, the short is an expansion ...more

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Scaredy Cat is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Scaredy Cat Mel Blanc Scaredy Cat is a 1948 Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Chuck Jones and produced and released by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was the first of three Jones cartoons which placed Porky Pig and ...more

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Hare Tonic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Hare Tonic Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan Hare Tonic is a 1945 Warner Bros. cartoon in the Looney Tunes series, directed by Chuck Jones and written by Tedd Pierce. It stars Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd making this the second cartoon ...more

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The Hare-Brained Hypnotist is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
The Hare-Brained Hypnotist Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan The Hare-Brained Hypnotist is a Bugs Bunny cartoon in the Merrie Melodies series, released on October 31, 1942. The cartoon stars Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. This cartoon's plot was re-worked for ...more

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Red Hot Riding Hood is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Red Hot Riding Hood June Foray, Bea Benaderet, Frank Graham Red Hot Riding Hood is an animated cartoon short subject, directed by Tex Avery and released with the movie Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case on May 8, 1943 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In 1994 it was ...more

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Tortoise Wins by a Hare is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Tortoise Wins by a Hare Mel Blanc, Michael Maltese, Tedd Pierce Bugs is fed up with Cecil winning all the races they compete in. So, Bugs decides to cheat with having different gadgets and costumes on, making Cecil have to finish last for once (maybe).

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Long-Haired Hare is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Long-Haired Hare Mel Blanc, Nicolai Shutorov Long-Haired Hare is a Warner Brothers Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon short released in 1949, directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese. In addition to including the homophones ...more

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The Foghorn Leghorn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
The Foghorn Leghorn Mel Blanc The Foghorn Leghorn is a Henery Hawk/Foghorn Leghorn animated short film from Warner Bros. released in 1948 and directed by Robert McKimson. Foghorn has to convince an unbelieving Henery Hawk ...more

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The Bulleteers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
The Bulleteers Bud Collyer, Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander The Bulleteers is the fifth of the seventeen animated Technicolor short films based upon the DC Comics character of Superman, originally created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. This animated ...more

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Frigid Hare is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '40s Cartoon Movies
Frigid Hare Mel Blanc Frigid Hare is a 1948 Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies short, released in 1949, and was directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese. The title can be seen as a simple play on "frigid ...more

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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 Little Rural Riding Hood is a 1949 animated cartoon short subject directed by Tex Avery, conceived as a follow-up to his 1943 cartoon Red Hot Riding Hood. In 1994, the cartoon was ranked in 23rd ...more

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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 The Bashful Buzzard is a 1945 7-minute animated cartoon directed by Robert Clampett, which featured Beaky Buzzard. This was the last cartoon Kent Rogers did voices for, as he died in a training ...more

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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 The Arctic Giant is the fourth of seventeen animated Technicolor short films based upon the DC Comics character of Superman, originally created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. This animated ...more