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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
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
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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Rabbit Seasoning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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) 6 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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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Rabbit of Seville is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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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Duck Amuck is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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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Rabbit Fire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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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One Froggy Evening is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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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What's Opera, Doc? is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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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Water, Water Every Hare is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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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Robin Hood Daffy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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) 14 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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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Ballot Box Bunny is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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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Duck! Rabbit, Duck! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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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Ali Baba Bunny is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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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Bully for Bugs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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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Three Little Bops is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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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Roman Legion-Hare is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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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Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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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Broom-Stick Bunny is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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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Feed the Kitty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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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Drip-Along Daffy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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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The Scarlet Pumpernickel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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