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The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s  

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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 Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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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Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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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Bambi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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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Donald's Snow Fight is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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) 5 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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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Fun and Fancy Free is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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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Saludos Amigos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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) 8 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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) 9 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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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Rhapsody Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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) 11 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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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Baseball Bugs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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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The Cat Concerto is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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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The Screwball is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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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Screwball Squirrel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
Hernan Hernandez added
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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A Wild Hare is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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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Wabbit Twouble is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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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Hair-Raising Hare is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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) 20 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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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Daffy Duck Hunt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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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Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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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The Great Piggy Bank Robbery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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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Fast and Furry-ous is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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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High Diving Hare is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s
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