Best Animation Movies of 1949

1.

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

4.8
6.9/10 IMDB

The Wind in the Willows: Concise version of Kenneth Grahame's story of the same name. J. Thaddeus Toad, owner of Toad Hall, is prone to fads, such as the newfangled motor car. This desire for the very latest lands him in much trouble with the wrong crowd, and it is up to his friends, Mole, Rat and Badger to save him from himself. - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Retelling of Washington Irving's story set in a tiny New England town. Ichabod Crane, the new schoolmaster, falls for the town beauty, Katrina Van Tassel, and the town Bully Brom Bones decides that he is a little too successful and needs "convincing" that Katrina is not for him.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, Eric Blore, J. Pat O'Malley, John McLeish, Colin Campbell, Campbell Grant, Claud Allister, The Rhythmaires, Oliver Wallace ..
Directed by: James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney
Release date: 1949-10-05
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
2.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

4.8
7.8/10 IMDB

Washington Irving's tale of Ichabod Crane and the headless horseman is brought to life, narrated by Bing Crosby.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Pinto Colvig, The Rhythmaires, Clarence Nash, The Rhythmaires ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney, Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1949-10-08
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Long-Haired Hare
3.

Long-Haired Hare

4.6
8.0/10 IMDB

Bugs Bunny vs. a famous opera singer at the Hollywood Bowl.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Nicolai Shutorev ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1949-06-25
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : The Road Runner Show
4.

The Road Runner Show

4.1
7.9/10 IMDB

The desert in the U.S. southwest is the natural habitat of the Road Runner, a high-octane, cartoon bird who runs so fast on the desert's roadways that he leaves a trail of flame or causes pavement to ripple, distort, or roll up like a carpet. This speedy bird is unrelentingly chased by a hungry coyote named Wile E., who, though believing himself to be a genius, repeatedly fails to catch the Road Runner with his endless supply of ACME Corporation gadgets, weapons, and other paraphernalia. Episodes of this television series contain three theatrical cartoons, one with the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, one with Tweety Bird and Sylvester Cat, and one with other characters from Warner Brothers' cartoon classics.

Starring: Paul Julian, June Foray ..
Directed by: Mel Blanc
Release date: 1949-02-01
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Heavenly Puss
5.

Heavenly Puss

4.0
8.1/10 IMDB

During yet another pursuit of Jerry, Tom ends up being killed when an upright piano slides down the stairs and slams into him. He meets a feline St. Peter at the gate of the Heavenly Express, but is initially turned away due to his constant torture. However, he will be allowed onto the train if he can have Jerry sign a letter of forgiveness within one hour. If not, it's Hell for Tom. Will he go up or down?

Starring: Billy Bletcher, Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Release date: 1949-07-09
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : High Diving Hare
6.

High Diving Hare

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

Yosemite Sam tries to force Bugs Bunny to do a high-diving act when the regular act cancels.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1949-04-30
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Fast and Furry-ous
7.

Fast and Furry-ous

3.9
7.9/10 IMDB

This was the debut for Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. It was also their only cartoon made in the 1940s. It set the template for the series, in which Wile E. Coyote (here given the ersatz Latin name Carnivorous Vulgaris) tries to catch Roadrunner (Accelleratii Incredibus) through many traps, plans and products, although in this first cartoon not all of the products are yet made by the Acme Corporation.

Starring: Paul Julian, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1949-09-17
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Daffy Duck Hunt
8.

Daffy Duck Hunt

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

Porky Pig goes to a marsh on a hunting expedition, accompanied by his dog (who resembles the barnyard dog from the Foghorn Leghorn series), and they bring home a live Daffy Duck. They put Daffy into a freezer to keep him fresh until cooking time, but Daffy keeps jumping out of the freezer to heckle Porky and the dog.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1949-03-26
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Bad Luck Blackie
9.

Bad Luck Blackie

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

A kitten who is being tormented by a bulldog finds a savior in a black cat (from the "Black Cat Bad Luck Company") who merely has to cross the dog's path for something very unlucky to happen to the bully.

Starring: Tex Avery, Dick Nelson, William Hanna, Pat McGeehan, Harry Lang ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1949-01-22
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Rabbit Hood
10.

Rabbit Hood

3.8
7.7/10 IMDB

While unwittingly trespassing in the royal gardens in search of carrots, Bugs runs afoul of the Sheriff of Nottingham, who tries to apprehend him for poaching. The royal grounds are, in fact, amply posted with "No Poaching" signs (one reads "Not even an egg"), but Bugs either didn't see or ignored them. Of course, Bugs sets out to endlessly turn the tables on the hapless sheriff, at one point talking him into building a six-room Tudor home in the middle of the King's gardens. The dueling pair are periodically interrupted by a fat, dopey Little John who proclaims, each time he appears, "Don't you worry never fear, Robin Hood will soon be here". In the end, the merriest of merry men does appear and it's...it's...oh, see it yourself. Bugs goes in disguise as the King, who then knights the Sheriff ("Arise, Sir Loin of Beef...").

Starring: Mel Blanc, Errol Flynn ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1949-12-24
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : The Little Orphan
11.

The Little Orphan

3.8
7.7/10 IMDB

The Bide A Wee Mouse Home has sent the orphan mouse Nibbles to spend Thanksgiving with Jerry. Unfortunately, Nibbles is always hungry.

Starring: William Hanna ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1949-04-30
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Toy Tinkers
12.

Toy Tinkers

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

When Donald Duck chops a Christmas tree, the inquisitive chipmunks Chip and Dale follow and see him decorate it with nuts and sweets. So they sneak in his home, determined to 'harvest' it all, using the toys for the Duck nephews, as if Christmas came early for them, so to say. Donald puts up an equally 'playful' yet grim defense, so it all rapidly escalates into a bitter miniature two-to-one-giant war over the Christmas-treats.

Starring: Clarence Nash, James MacDonald, Dessie Flynn ..
Directed by: Jack Hannah
Release date: 1949-12-16
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Dough for the Do-Do
13.

Dough for the Do-Do

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Porky has an adventure in Wackyland while searching for the last Do-Do bird.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng, Robert Clampett
Release date: 1949-09-03
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Frigid Hare
14.

Frigid Hare

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

Bugs rescues a penguin from an Inuit hunter at the South Pole and becomes obligated to it beyond his wildest dreams.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1949-10-07
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Hatch Up Your Troubles
15.

Hatch Up Your Troubles

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

A baby woodpecker mistakes Jerry for his mother. The mouse rejects the newly hatched bird but soon finds himself protecting it against his feline nemesis, Tom.

Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Release date: 1949-05-14
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : The Cat and the Mermouse
16.

The Cat and the Mermouse

3.7
7.5/10 IMDB

Tom drowns in a lake and sinks to the bottom. There, he finds a mermouse, which he tries to capture and eat.

Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1949-09-03
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Polka-Dot Puss
17.

Polka-Dot Puss

3.7
7.6/10 IMDB

Tom pretends to have a cold in order to trick Mammy into letting him stay inside for the night. Jerry tricks Tom by making him think he really is sick - with the measles.

Starring: Lillian Randolph, Thea Vidale ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1949-02-26
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : For Scent-imental Reasons
18.

For Scent-imental Reasons

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Pepé Le Pew invades a Parisian perfumery, where he sniffs the various scents. The shopkeeper runs in horror and recruits a female cat to run the skunk out of the shop. She tosses the cat inside, and a bottle of dye falls over, accidentally painting a white stripe down the cat's back. Pepé gives chase...

Starring: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1949-11-12
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Winter Storage
19.

Winter Storage

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

It's October 7th and Chip is working industriously to store enough acorns in the tree for the winter. Dale would rather sleep in his matchbox, but an angry kick from Chip gets him working furiously. But there's only so much they can do. Their tree is nearly out of acorns. Luckily, the two semi-intelligible chipmunks happen to see the half-unintelligible Donald Duck, a park ranger, planting acorns. They immediately set to steal his bag of the precious nuts. Donald soon realizes what they are up to, and sets out a box propped up with a stick. It's a crude trap, with an acorn as bait; but it's not too crude to fool Dale, who upsets it and traps Chip. Soon, Donald finds he can have fun instigating a fight between these two quarrelsome chipmunks, but he underestimates their friendship and their ability to work as a team against a common enemy: in this case, a bad-tempered duck.

Starring: Clarence Nash, James MacDonald, Dessie Flynn ..
Directed by: Jack Hannah
Release date: 1949-06-03
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : The Wind in the Willows
20.

The Wind in the Willows

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

This animated fairy tale for kids tells the classic story of a dapper, automobile loving fellow named Mr. Toad, whose passion becomes a problem when he's framed for stealing cars by a band of rogue weasels.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Eric Blore, J. Pat O'Malley, Campbell Grant, Claud Allister, Colin Campbell, Oliver Wallace, John McLeish, Leslie Denison, Edmond Stevens ..
Directed by: James Algar, Jack Kinney
Release date: 1949-05-10
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : All in a Nutshell
21.

All in a Nutshell

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Donald steals Chip and Dale's nuts for his nut-butter shop, which is shaped like a giant walnut, Chip and Dale, roll and "shoot" Donald into a nearby lake.

Starring: Clarence Nash, James MacDonald, Dessie Flynn ..
Directed by: Jack Hannah
Release date: 1949-09-02
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Little Rural Riding Hood
22.

Little Rural Riding Hood

3.6
7.2/10 IMDB

The last of Tex Avery's variations on "Red Hot Riding Hood" (1943), in which the country wolf visits his city cousin, who tries to teach him the rudiments of civilized behavior when watching girls in nightclubs - without, it has to be said, a great deal of success...

Starring: Daws Butler, Colleen Collins, Pinto Colvig, Imogene Lynn ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1949-09-17
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Popeye's Premiere
23.

Popeye's Premiere

3.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Popeye and Olive are at the premiere of Popeye's new movie. He gets a little too wrapped up in the movie, interacting with it at various points, and even handing the screen version of himself a can of spinach. The movie itself is the story of Aladdin, minus the songs and about half the footage of the short it's cut from.

Starring: Jack Mercer, Mae Questel, Jackson Beck ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1949-03-22
24.

It's a Lovely Day

3.4
6.0/10 IMDB

Squirrel Ginger Nutt is annoyed by a crow, a rabbit and a mole as he attempts to go fishing.

Directed by: Bert Felstead
Release date: 1949-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Rebel Rabbit
25.

Rebel Rabbit

3.3
7.7/10 IMDB

The signs indicate current bounty prices: $50 for a fox, $75 for a bear, only 2 cents for a rabbit. Bugs is insulted.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1949-04-09
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : The Windblown Hare
26.

The Windblown Hare

3.2
7.6/10 IMDB

Bugs buys the homes of the three little pigs and the wolf starts blowing them down. Of course you know "this means war."

Starring: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1949-08-27
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Hare Do
27.

Hare Do

3.2
7.6/10 IMDB

Elmer Fudd chases Bugs Bunny all the way from the woods to a local movie theater, where cinema-related hijinks ensue.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1949-01-15
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Mouse Wreckers
28.

Mouse Wreckers

3.1
7.5/10 IMDB

Mice Hubie and Bertie drive Claude the cat insane through an escalating series of head games.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Stan Freberg ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1949-04-23
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Love That Pup
29.

Love That Pup

3.1
7.6/10 IMDB

When a bulldog threatens Tom to keep away from his puppy, Jerry realizes that sticking close to the boy is the best way to keep away his feline tormentor. But Tom is not about to let the mouse evade him so easily.

Starring: Daws Butler ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1949-10-01
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Tennis Chumps
30.

Tennis Chumps

3.1
7.5/10 IMDB

Tom plays championship tennis against a cigar-smoking bully, but both cats find themselves battling Tom's much-abused lackey, Jerry Mouse, for the trophy.

Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Release date: 1949-12-10
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Henhouse Henery
31.

Henhouse Henery

3.1
7.4/10 IMDB

Little Henery the Chicken Hawk goes hunting chickens with a hammer and clunks Foghorn Leghorn on the noggin. Foghorn sends Henery after the barnyard dog by misleading him into thinking the dog is a chicken. The dog sets Henery straight and helps him build a tree trap to catch Foggy for supper.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1949-07-01
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Mississippi Hare
32.

Mississippi Hare

3.1
7.4/10 IMDB

After getting mixed in with a bale of cotton, Bugs ends up on a Mississippi riverboat, where he meets up with the notorious gambler Col. Shuffle.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1949-02-26
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Doggone Tired
33.

Doggone Tired

3.1
7.3/10 IMDB

A rabbit tries all he can to keep a hunting dog awake before tomorrow's big hunt.

Starring: Bea Benaderet, Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1949-07-30
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Goofy Gymnastics
34.

Goofy Gymnastics

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

Inspired by a magazine ad, Goofy sends for a mail order body building course. First is weight lifting; after Goofy finally gets the weights up, a fly lands and sends him crashing through several floors in the apartment building. Chinups: the bar itself goes up and down. Then a rubber-band stretch device, which Goofy quickly tangles up in, sending him crashing through the building and several other pieces of equipment.

Starring: Pinto Colvig, John McLeish ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1949-09-23
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : The House of Tomorrow
35.

The House of Tomorrow

3.0
7.4/10 IMDB

Tex Avery's narrator shows us the amazing features of the ultra-modern House of Tomorrow.

Starring: Frank Graham, Joi Lansing, Don Messick ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1949-06-11
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : The Grey Hounded Hare
36.

The Grey Hounded Hare

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

Bugs goes to the dog track, falls in love with the mechanical rabbit there, and has to outsmart the dogs to get to her.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1949-08-06
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Bowery Bugs
37.

Bowery Bugs

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

After a man down on his luck comes looking for a rabbit's foot, Bugs Bunny embarks on a campaign of terror that eventually provokes him to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: Arthur Davis
Release date: 1949-06-04
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Wags to Riches
38.

Wags to Riches

3.0
7.4/10 IMDB

Droopy inherits a fortune, but the will says that if he meets an untimely death all the money will go to Spike, who spends the entire film trying to make this happen.

Starring: Bill Thompson ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1949-08-13
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Knights Must Fall
39.

Knights Must Fall

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

Bugs must joust with Sir Pantsalot of Drop Seat Manor when he tosses a partially eaten carrot into a suit of armor.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1949-07-16
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Bye, Bye Bluebeard
40.

Bye, Bye Bluebeard

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

Porky has a series of altercations with a mischievous mouse and a vicious serial killer.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Arthur Davis
Release date: 1949-10-22
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Out-Foxed
41.

Out-Foxed

3.0
7.4/10 IMDB

Droopy is part of a pack of English hunting hounds trying unsuccessfully to catch a tricky, tea-drinking fox.

Starring: Bill Thompson, Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1949-11-05
42.

Ragtime Bear

3.0
6.6/10 IMDB

At the Hodge Podge Lodge, a crotchety, near-sighted Mister Magoo takes a banjo-playing bear to be his nephew, Waldo.

Starring: Jim Backus, Jerry Hausner ..
Directed by: John Hubley
Release date: 1949-09-29
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Señor Droopy
43.

Señor Droopy

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

The wolf, the champion toreador, and Droopy, the challenger, are competing to see who is best in the bullring in the hopes of winning the hand of actress Lina Romay (who appears in a live action shot).

Starring: Lina Romay, Bill Thompson, Tex Avery, Nestor Paiva ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1949-04-09
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Wise Quackers
44.

Wise Quackers

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

Daffy Duck falls from the sky onto Elmer Fudd's farm. Rather than be shot, he begs Elmer to accept him as a personal slave. After torturing Elmer with his type of kindness, slave Daffy puts a whip in Elmer's hands, then instantly dresses like Abraham Lincoln to scold Elmer for "whipping slaves".

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1949-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Holiday for Drumsticks
45.

Holiday for Drumsticks

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

The patriarch of a family of farming hill billies is fattening a turkey to slaughter for Thanksgiving Day dinner, and he is fattening the fowl by providing him with a veritable feast of roast beef, ham, fruits, vegetables, cakes, and pies. A jealous Daffy Duck, one of the turkey's fellow farm animals, wants to have all the food for himself. So, Daffy pretends to care for the turkey's welfare and warns the turkey off the food, and he urges the turkey to lose weight so that the hill billies won't want to slaughter him. Daffy gorges himself on the food while acting as coach to the turkey, who is frantically and strenuously trying to reduce himself. When Thanksgiving comes, the turkey is toothpick-thin, and the hillbilly father turns his hungry sights on an overweight Daffy!

Directed by: Arthur Davis
Release date: 1949-01-22
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Donald's Happy Birthday
46.

Donald's Happy Birthday

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

It's March 13, Donald's birthday. The boys are going to buy him a box of cigars, but they're broke. They do a quick bout of yardwork and hit Donald up for the price of the cigars (without telling him why), but he makes them put it in a piggy bank. The problem: how to get the money without Donald catching them. Donald catches them buying the cigars but thinks they are buying them for themselves and forces them to smoke until they are sick the whole box.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Clarence Nash, Clarence Nash, Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Jack Hannah
Release date: 1949-02-11
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Pluto's Sweater
47.

Pluto's Sweater

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

Minnie Mouse knits a sweater for Pluto. When she puts it on him, Pluto does whatever he can to try to get it off, eventually shrinking it to the perfect size for Figaro.

Starring: Ruth Clifford, Pinto Colvig, Clarence Nash, Florence Gill, Esther Campbell, Elvia Allman ..
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
Release date: 1949-04-29
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Each Dawn I Crow
48.

Each Dawn I Crow

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

Chided by a narrator, John Rooster thinks Elmer Fudd is going to slaughter him with an axe for Sunday dinner and is willing to do anything to prevent his hour of doom.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan, Frank Graham ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1949-09-23
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Often an Orphan
49.

Often an Orphan

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Abandoned in the country by his old master, Charlie Dog tries to force himself upon farmer Porky Pig, playing upon his sympathies with a histrionic rendition of the horrors of big-city life.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1949-08-12
Best Animation Movies of 1949 : Bad Ol' Putty Tat
50.

Bad Ol' Putty Tat

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

Sylvester Cat starts to saw down Tweety Bird's house. Tweety flees into a badminton court, where he becomes the birdie in the game. Sylvester disguises himself as a player, and Tweety drops a TNT stick into Sylvester's mouth.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1949-07-23

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