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The Best Cartoon Movies of the 1940s

Updated October 15, 2019 2.5k votes 362 voters 5.8k views44 items

List RulesVote up your favorite animated films that were released in the 1940s

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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  • Pinocchio1
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    Pinocchio

    Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards

    Released1940

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, T. Hee, Bill Roberts, Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen

    Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Bambi2
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    17

    Bambi

    Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards

    Released1942

    Directed byJames Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Paul Satterfield, Bill Roberts, Norman Wright

    Bambi is a 1942 American animated drama film directed by David Hand, produced by Walt Disney... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Fantasia3
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    21

    Fantasia

    Walt Disney, Corey Burton

    Released1940

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, T. Hee, Ford Beebe

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    Fantasia is a 1940 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released by Walt Disney... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Baseball Bugs4
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    19

    Baseball Bugs

    Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet

    Released1946

    Directed byFriz Freleng

    Baseball Bugs is a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon short released on February 2,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears5
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    Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears

    Mel Blanc, Stan Freberg

    Released1944

    Directed byChuck Jones

    Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears is a Warner Brothers Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoon short... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Rhapsody Rabbit6
    51
    16

    Released1946

    Directed byFriz Freleng

    Rhapsody Rabbit is a 1946 Merrie Melodies animated short subject, featuring Bugs Bunny and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Cat Concerto7
    In this episode, Tom plays as a concert pianist who plays beautifully, but keeps getting... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Der Fuehrer's Face8
    46
    15

    Der Fuehrer's Face

    Clarence Nash

    Released1943

    Directed byJack Kinney

    Der Fuehrer's Face is a 1943 American animated propaganda short film produced by Walt Disney... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Donald's Snow Fight9
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    Donald's Snow Fight

    Clarence Nash

    Released1942

    Directed byJack King

    Donald's Snow Fight is an animated short film featuring classic cartoon character Donald Duck... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Three Caballeros10
    50
    19

    The Three Caballeros

    Sterling Holloway, Pinto Colvig

    Released1944

    Directed byHarold Young, Norm Ferguson

    The Three Caballeros is a 1944 American animated musical film produced by Walt Disney... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad11
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    The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

    Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone

    Released1949

    Directed byJames Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney

    The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is a 1949 animated package film produced by Walt Disney... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Fun and Fancy Free12
    49
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    Fun and Fancy Free

    Walt Disney, Dinah Shore

    Released1947

    Directed byBill Roberts, Hamilton Luske, William Morgan, Jack Kinney

    Fun and Fancy Free is a 1947 animated feature produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Saludos Amigos13
    47
    22

    Saludos Amigos

    Walt Disney, Milton Berle

    Released1942

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Bill Roberts, Hamilton Luske, Norm Ferguson, Jack Kinney

    Saludos Amigos is a 1942 animated feature package film produced by Walt Disney and released by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • A Wild Hare14
    38
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    A Wild Hare

    Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

    Released1940

    Directed byTex Avery

    A Wild Hare is a 1940 Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies animated short film. It was produced by... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Daffy Duck Hunt15
    32
    14

    Released1949

    Directed byRobert McKimson

    Daffy Duck Hunt is a 1949 animated Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoon, directed by Robert... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Screwball Squirrel16
    Screwball "Screwy" Squirrel is a cartoon character, an anthropomorphic squirrel created by Tex... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Screwball17
    29
    12

    The Screwball

    Mel Blanc, Harold Peary

    Released1943

    Directed byAlex Lovy

    The Screwball is the seventh animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series.... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Dumbo18
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    Dumbo

    Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards

    Released1941

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Samuel Armstrong, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, Norm Ferguson

    Dumbo is an American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and premiered on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Great Piggy Bank Robbery19

    Released1946

    Directed byBob Clampett

    The Great Piggy Bank Robbery is a Warner Brothers Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon short,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid20
    29
    15

    Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid

    Mel Blanc, Sara Berner

    Released1942

    Directed byBob Clampett

    Bugs Bunny Gets The Boid is a 1942 Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Bob Clampett, produced... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Hair-Raising Hare21
    31
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    Released1946

    Directed byChuck Jones

    Hair-Raising Hare is a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon, released in 1946. It was directed... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Heckling Hare22
    27
    16

    The Heckling Hare

    Mel Blanc, Tex Avery

    Released1941

    Directed byTex Avery

    The Heckling Hare is a Merrie Melodies cartoon, released on July 5, 1941 and featuring Bugs... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Wabbit Twouble23
    44
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    Wabbit Twouble

    Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

    Released1941

    Directed byBob Clampett

    Wabbit Twouble, as referred to Elmer Fudd's speech impediment, is a Merrie Melodies cartoon... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Yankee Doodle Daffy24
    39
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    Yankee Doodle Daffy

    Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher

    Released1943

    Directed byFriz Freleng

    Daffy Duck, agent to the stars, complete with business card that flashes like a theater... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Fast and Furry-ous25
    25
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    Released1948

    Directed byChuck Jones

    Fast and Furry-ous is a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoon, released on September 17, 1949,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button