Cartoons The Best '50s Cartoon Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite animated films that were released in the 1950s

What's up, doc? The best '50s cartoon movies are all instant classics that have withstood the test of time, in regards to both animation and plot lines. Voiced by Mel Blanc, Bugs Bunny has remained a cultural icon since the 1940s. Classic Bugs Bunny shorts that appear on this list include Rabbit of Seville and What’s Opera, Doc? Legendary animation director Fritz Frelang contributed many short films to this list, as did renowned animator Chuck Jones.


Aside from the Looney Tunes shorts that dominate this list of the top ‘50s cartoon movies, there are also a handful of classic Disney films, such as
Lady and the Tramp, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. Animated versions of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland also came out in the ‘50s, and are still considered two of the most popular Disney films of all time to this day. 


Here, you will also encounter an animated adaptation of George Orwells’ classic allegorical novel
Animal Farm. Vote up the best cartoon movies from the 1950s, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
Sleeping Beauty Marvin Miller, Mary Costa, Verna Felton Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based on The Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault and Little Briar Rose by The Brothers Grimm. The 16th ...more

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Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
Lady and the Tramp Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated romantic musical comedy film produced by Walt Disney and released to theaters on 22 June 1955, by Buena Vista Distribution. The 15th film in the ...more

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
Cinderella June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the fairy tale "Cendrillon" by Charles Perrault, it is ...more

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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
Alice in Wonderland Ed Wynn, Heather Angel, Sterling Holloway Alice in Wonderland is a 1951 American animated musical fantasy comedy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based primarily on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ...more

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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
Peter Pan June Foray, Bobby Driscoll, Heather Angel Peter Pan is a 1953 American animated fantasy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney and based on the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up by J. M. Barrie. It is the 14th film in the ...more

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Rabbit Seasoning is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
Rabbit Seasoning Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan Rabbit Seasoning is a 1952 Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Chuck Jones, and starring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. It is the sequel to Rabbit Fire, and the second entry in the "Hunting ...more

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Rabbit of Seville is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
Rabbit of Seville Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan Rabbit of Seville is a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon short released in 1950. It was directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese. The cartoon, in a plotline reminiscent ...more

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Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
Animal Farm Maurice Denham, Gordon Heath Animal Farm is a 1954 British animated drama film by Halas and Batchelor, based on the book Animal Farm by George Orwell. It was the first British animated feature to be released. The C.I.A. ...more

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One Froggy Evening is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
One Froggy Evening Jeff McCarthy One Froggy Evening is an approximately seven-minute long Technicolor animated short film written by Michael Maltese and directed by Chuck Jones, with musical direction by Milt Franklyn. The ...more

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Duck Amuck is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
Duck Amuck Mel Blanc Duck Amuck is a surreal animated cartoon directed by Chuck Jones and produced by Warner Bros. Cartoons. The short was released in early 1953 by The Vitaphone Corporation, the short subject ...more

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What's Opera, Doc? is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
What's Opera, Doc? Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan What's Opera, Doc? is a 1957 American animated cartoon short in the Merrie Melodies series, directed by Chuck Jones for Warner Bros. Cartoons. The Michael Maltese story features Elmer Fudd ...more

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Rabbit Fire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
Rabbit Fire Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan Rabbit Fire is a 1951 Looney Tunes cartoon starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd. Directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese, the short is notable for being the first film ...more

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Roman Legion-Hare is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
Roman Legion-Hare Mel Blanc Roman Legion-Hare is a Looney Tunes animated short released in 1955. The title is a play on the words Roman Legionnaire. After being ordered by Emperor Nero to find a victim to be tossed to the ...more

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Water, Water Every Hare is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
Water, Water Every Hare Mel Blanc Water, Water Every Hare is a Looney Tunes cartoon released in 1952 featuring Bugs Bunny and Gossamer. The title is a pun on the line "Water, water, everywhere / Nor any drop to drink" ...more

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Ali Baba Bunny is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
Ali Baba Bunny Mel Blanc Ali Baba Bunny is a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies short featuring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, directed by Chuck Jones and released in 1957. In 1994, it was voted #35 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of ...more

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Feed the Kitty is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
Feed the Kitty Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet Feed the Kitty is a Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese, in which bulldog Marc Antony adopts a small cat, Pussyfoot, and tries to hide it from his ...more

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Broom-Stick Bunny is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
Broom-Stick Bunny Mel Blanc, June Foray Broom-Stick Bunny is a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes short released in 1956 and directed by Chuck Jones.

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Robin Hood Daffy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
Robin Hood Daffy Mel Blanc Robin Hood Daffy is a 1958 Warner Brothers theatrical cartoon comedy short, part of the Merrie Melodies series, directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese. It was the last Chuck ...more

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Deduce, You Say! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
Deduce, You Say! Mel Blanc, June Foray Deduce, You Say! is a 1956 Warner Bros. cartoon short of the Looney Tunes series, directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese, with musical arrangements by Milt Franklyn. It features ...more

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Three Little Bops is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
Three Little Bops Stan Freberg Three Little Bops is a 1957 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Friz Freleng, with voices by Stan Freberg and music by jazz composer/trumpeter Shorty Rogers. A funny animal takeoff on The Three ...more

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Ballot Box Bunny is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
Ballot Box Bunny Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet Ballot Box Bunny is a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoon short released in 1951, directed by Friz Freleng and written by Warren Foster.

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The Scarlet Pumpernickel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
The Scarlet Pumpernickel Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet The Scarlet Pumpernickel is a animated Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon short released in 1950, directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese. In 1994 it was voted #31 of ...more

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Duck! Rabbit, Duck! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
Duck! Rabbit, Duck! Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan Duck! Rabbit, Duck! is a 1953 Merrie Melodies comedy cartoon, directed by Chuck Jones, and starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd. It is the sequel to Rabbit Seasoning, and the third and ...more

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Bully for Bugs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
Bully for Bugs Mel Blanc Bully for Bugs is a 1953 Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon short. It was directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese.

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Drip-Along Daffy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
Drip-Along Daffy Mel Blanc Drip-Along Daffy is a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoon short released in 1951, directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese. This cartoon was produced as a parody of the ...more

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1001 Arabian Nights is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
1001 Arabian Nights Jim Backus, Daws Butler, Hans Conried

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Tweety's S.O.S. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
Tweety's S.O.S. Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet Tweety's S.O.S. is a Merrie Melodies cartoon featuring Sylvester and Tweety. It was directed by Friz Freleng. It was released on September 22, 1951.