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The Best '50s Cartoon Movies

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List RulesVote 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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    Rabbit Seasoning is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    Rabbit Seasoning

    Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

    Released1952

    Directed byChuck Jones

    Rabbit Seasoning is a 1952 Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Chuck Jones, and starring Bugs... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    Lady and the Tramp

    Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg

    Released1955

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

    Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated musical romance film directed by Clyde... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    Sleeping Beauty

    Marvin Miller, Mary Costa

    Released1959

    Directed byClyde Geronimi

    Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Rabbit of Seville is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    Rabbit of Seville

    Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

    Released1950

    Directed byChuck Jones

    Rabbit of Seville is a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon short released in 1950. It... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    Peter Pan

    June Foray, Bobby Driscoll

    Released1953

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney

    Peter Pan is a 1953 American animated fantasy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney and based... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Rabbit Fire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    Rabbit Fire

    Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

    Released1951

    Directed byChuck Jones

    Rabbit Fire is a 1951 Looney Tunes cartoon starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd.... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    Alice in Wonderland

    Ed Wynn, Heather Angel

    Released1951

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

    Alice in Wonderland is a 1951 American animated musical fantasy comedy-adventure film produced... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Duck Amuck is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    Duck Amuck

    Mel Blanc

    Released1953

    Directed byChuck Jones

    Duck Amuck is a surreal animated cartoon directed by Chuck Jones and produced by Warner Bros.... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    What's Opera, Doc? is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    What's Opera, Doc?

    Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

    Released1957

    Directed byChuck Jones

    What's Opera, Doc? is a 1957 American animated cartoon short in the Merrie Melodies series,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Water, Water Every Hare is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies

    Released1952

    Directed byChuck Jones

    Water, Water Every Hare is a Looney Tunes cartoon released in 1952 featuring Bugs Bunny and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Robin Hood Daffy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    Released1958

    Directed byChuck Jones

    Robin Hood Daffy is a 1958 Warner Brothers theatrical cartoon comedy short, part of the Merrie... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    Cinderella

    June Foray, Mike Douglas

    Released1950

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

    Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    One Froggy Evening is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    One Froggy Evening

    Jeff McCarthy

    Released1955

    Directed byChuck Jones

    One Froggy Evening is an approximately seven-minute long Technicolor animated short film... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Duck! Rabbit, Duck! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    Duck! Rabbit, Duck!

    Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

    Released1953

    Directed byChuck Jones

    Duck! Rabbit, Duck! is a 1953 Merrie Melodies comedy cartoon, directed by Chuck Jones, and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Ali Baba Bunny is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    Released1957

    Directed byChuck Jones

    Ali Baba Bunny is a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies short featuring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Ballot Box Bunny is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    Ballot Box Bunny

    Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet

    Released1951

    Directed byFriz Freleng

    Ballot Box Bunny is a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoon short released in 1951,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Bully for Bugs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    Released1953

    Directed byChuck Jones

    Bully for Bugs is a 1953 Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon short. It was directed... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Deduce, You Say! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    Deduce, You Say!

    Mel Blanc, June Foray

    Released1956

    Directed byChuck Jones

    Deduce, You Say! is a 1956 Warner Bros. cartoon short of the Looney Tunes series, directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Broom-Stick Bunny is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    Broom-Stick Bunny

    Mel Blanc, June Foray

    Released1956

    Directed byChuck Jones

    Broom-Stick Bunny is a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes short released in 1956 and directed by Chuck... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Roman Legion-Hare is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    Released1955

    Directed byFriz Freleng

    Roman Legion-Hare is a Looney Tunes animated short released in 1955. The title is a play on... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 21
    Three Little Bops is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    Three Little Bops

    Stan Freberg

    Released1957

    Directed byFriz Freleng

    Three Little Bops is a 1957 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Friz Freleng, with voices by Stan... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Feed the Kitty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    Feed the Kitty

    Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet

    Directed byChuck Jones

    Feed the Kitty is a Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Drip-Along Daffy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    Released1951

    Directed byChuck Jones

    Drip-Along Daffy is a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoon short released in 1951,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Tweety's S.O.S. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    Tweety's S.O.S.

    Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet

    Directed byFriz Freleng

    Tweety's S.O.S. is a Merrie Melodies cartoon featuring Sylvester and Tweety. It was directed... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Scarlet Pumpernickel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '50s Cartoon Movies
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    The Scarlet Pumpernickel

    Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet

    Released1950

    Directed byChuck Jones

    The Scarlet Pumpernickel is a animated Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon short... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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