Best Animation Movies of 1958

1.

Hare-Way to the Stars

4.0
8.0/10 IMDB

Bugs Bunny, groggy from a rabbit hangover, climbs out of his hole and into a rocket ship parked directly above. He thinks that he's still in his rabbit hole. Reaching the top, he unwittingly stows away aboard the rocket to Mars and is carried off by a satellite onto a futuristic landscape of panels suspended in outer space.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1958-03-29
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Robin Hood Daffy
2.

Robin Hood Daffy

3.9
7.9/10 IMDB

Daffy attempts to convince Porky, as Friar Tuck, that he really is Robin Hood.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1958-03-08
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Knighty Knight Bugs
3.

Knighty Knight Bugs

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

King Arthur's kingdom and the knights of the Round Table are in the doldrums since the Dark Knight stole the Singing Sword and put it under the protection of a fire-breathing dragon. The king's jester, Bugs Bunny, says only a fool would try to steal it back, so the king orders him to try. The jester boldly enters the Dark Knight's castle, initially catching his adversaries napping, but when the Singing Sword wakes the knight and the dragon, can Bugs complete his mission? He's a clever fool. A moat, portcullis, and catapult all figure in the face off.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1958-08-23
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : From All of Us to All of You
4.

From All of Us to All of You

3.4
8.2/10 IMDB

Hosted by Jiminy Cricket along with Mickey Mouse and Tinker Bell, this special combines newly produced animation with clips from vintage animated Disney shorts and feature films, presented to the viewer as «Christmas cards» from the various characters starring in each one. «From All of Us to All of You» is an animated television Christmas special, produced by Walt Disney Productions and first presented on December 19, 1958 on ABC as part of the Walt Disney Presents anthology series. The show has been shown infrequently in the US in recent years, but in the Nordic countries (Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Iceland) the show has been broadcast every year since 1959, and has become a holiday classic.

Starring: Cliff Edwards, Walt Disney, Clarence Nash, James MacDonald, Dessie Flynn ..
Directed by: Jack Hannah
Release date: 1958-12-19
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Free Radicals
5.

Free Radicals

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

In this powerful abstract film with a soundtrack of African drum music, Lye scratched "white ziggle-zag-splutter scratches" on to black leader, using a variety of tools from saw teeth to arrow heads. The first version of the film won a major award at the International Experimental Film Festival Held in Brussels in 1958 in association with the World's Fair. Stan Brakhage described the film as "an almost unbelievably immense masterpiece".

Directed by: Len Lye
Release date: 1958-04-23
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Polar Pests
6.

Polar Pests

3.3
5.6/10 IMDB

When a penguin escapes from the zoo, another one must be captured. Will it be Chilly Willy? Don't bet on it.

Starring: Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Alex Lovy
Release date: 1958-04-20
7.

Little Televillain

3.3
5.5/10 IMDB

Smedley (a dog), the hottest thing on television and the star of his own I Love Smedley show, achieved his present status quite by accident.

Starring: Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Alex Lovy
Release date: 1958-12-07
8.

The Unchained Goddess

3.1
7.4/10 IMDB

A scientist and a writer explain the various meteorological phenomena to Meteora, the goddess of weather, while giving an insight into the technology involved in predicting them and warning about the threat of global climate change.

Starring: Frank Baxter, Richard Carlson, Mel Blanc, Hans Conried, Jay Novello, Franklin Pangborn, Lurene Tuttle ..
Directed by: Richard Carlson, William T. Hurtz
Release date: 1958-02-12
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Whoa, Be-Gone!
9.

Whoa, Be-Gone!

3.1
7.4/10 IMDB

Wile E. Coyote's plans for catching the Road Runner involve a giant elastic spring, a gun and trampoline, TNT sticks in a barrel, and tornado seeds. The last of these schemes results in the Coyote being swept up by a twister and carried into a mine field.

Starring: Paul Julian ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1958-04-11
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : The Little Island
10.

The Little Island

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

Depicts the dreams, ideas, and struggles of three men (representing "truth," "beauty," and "good") who settle on a tiny island.

Directed by: Richard Williams
Release date: 1958-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Sheep Wrecked
11.

Sheep Wrecked

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

Droopy is guarding his flock of sheep from the rebel wolf.

Starring: Bill Thompson, Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Michael Lah
Release date: 1958-02-07
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Hook, Line and Stinker
12.

Hook, Line and Stinker

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Wile E. Coyote hopes to catch the Road Runner using a mallet, a cooking pan, a TNT stick, a balloon, and a piano dropped from a precipice. The last of these results in Wile E. falling to the road below along with the piano and ending up with 88 teeth.

Starring: Paul Julian ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1958-10-11
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Hip Hip-Hurry!
13.

Hip Hip-Hurry!

2.9
7.3/10 IMDB

Wile E. Coyote is once again after the Road Runner, this time resorting to hand grenades, dynamite, falling rocks and a speed potion (which contains vitamins R, P and M).

Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1958-11-05
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Royal Cat Nap
14.

Royal Cat Nap

2.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Jerry and his little French mouse friend are raiding while the king sleeps. They awaken him and he calls for Tom to give him an ultimatum: One more sound from the mice and it's off with Tom's head. The mice hear this and team up to torment Tom.

Starring: Francoise Brun-Cottan ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1958-03-07
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Happy Go Ducky
15.

Happy Go Ducky

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

The Easter bunny brings an egg for Tom and Jerry that hatches into the little duckling. He keeps getting into water he shouldn't: the aquarium, water cooler, bathtub, sink, as the boys keep rescuing it. They try to give the duck back to the Easter bunny - no go. They leave it in the pond at the park and think they're home free, until the duckling brings his friends home.

Starring: Red Coffey ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1958-01-03
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Now, Hare This
16.

Now, Hare This

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

Big Bad Wolf and his little nephew try to trap Bugs Bunny by making like fairy tale characters.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1958-05-31
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Paul Bunyan
17.

Paul Bunyan

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

A retelling of the classic Canadian / American tall tale of the enormous lumberjack and his loyal companion, an equally huge blue ox.

Starring: Thurl Ravenscroft, The Mellomen, Max Smith, Bob Stevens, Parley Baer, Dal McKennon ..
Directed by: Les Clark
Release date: 1958-08-01
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : The Vanishing Duck
18.

The Vanishing Duck

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

George gives Joan a baby duck for her birthday. While they are out celebrating, Tom goes after the duck but his plans are thwarted when the duck (and, later, Jerry) finds a jar of vanishing cream and uses it to well, vanish, and get even with Tom (for a while, at least).

Starring: Red Coffey, June Foray, George O'Hanlon ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1958-05-02
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Tal Farlow
19.

Tal Farlow

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

Lye created a series of scratched images in the 1950s – more regular or geometric than his usual style – to accompany Rock ‘n’ Rye, a track by jazz guitarist Tal Farlow, but he did not get far with the editing. He returned to the material in 1980 but died before it was completed. His assistant Steven Jones finished the film under the supervision of Lye’s widow Ann, who had been closely involved with all of Lye’s American films. - Harvard Film Archive

Directed by: Len Lye
Release date: 1958-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Hare-Less Wolf
20.

Hare-Less Wolf

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

An absent-minded wolf sets out to catch Bugs for dinner but keeps forgetting what he was heading out to shoot in the first place.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1958-02-01
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Robin Hoodwinked
21.

Robin Hoodwinked

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Jerry and a friend overhear that Robin Hood is imprisoned; they set off to free him, but first they have to contend with his guard, Tom.

Starring: Bill Thompson, Lucille Bliss ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1958-06-06
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Cat Feud
22.

Cat Feud

2.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Bulldog Marc Anthony is a guard at a construction site. He finds a kitten, Pussyfoot, to whom he affectionately gives a wiener for lunch. A hungry, grown cat sees the wiener and tries to take it from Pussyfoot. So, in defense of his kitten friend, Marc Anthony fights the cat on the steal beams of the partly constructed skeleton of a building.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1958-12-20
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : To Itch His Own
23.

To Itch His Own

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Mighty Angelo the Flea takes a vacation on a dog in the country. The muscular insect becomes the little mutt's protector when he is bullied by Butcher the bulldog.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1958-06-27
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Half Empty Saddles
24.

Half Empty Saddles

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

Woody Woodpecker is wandering around the wild west again seeking to find some buried gold and he tangles with a crook who wishes to find the gold for himself. Woody finally disposes of the villain by shooting him into outer space via a rocket, another favorite method used by Woody to rid himself of whatever he wanted rid of at the moment. The horse steals the film.

Starring: Grace Stafford, Dal McKennon ..
Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1958-06-15
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Weasel While You Work
25.

Weasel While You Work

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Amid a snowy barnyard, Foghorn Leghorn deflects the carniverous attentions of a lip-smacking weasel.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1958-09-06
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Gopher Broke
26.

Gopher Broke

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

The Goofy Gophers are about to harvest the vegetables on the farm when the farmhands beat them to the punch. Worried that their food source is being "vandalized," they follow the truck to the barn so they can recover what they consider to be their food.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Stan Freberg ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1958-11-14
27.

Salmon Yeggs

2.8
5.7/10 IMDB

Instead of fishing for salmon in the stream Windy the bear tries to show his son Breezy a shortcut method...by looting a cannery. The guard makes this a difficult task.

Starring: Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1958-03-24
28.

Cat and Mouse

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Polish short animation that plays with the idea of lineless animation vs lined animation. A lined cat chases an lineless mouse.

Directed by: W?adys?aw Nehrebecki
Release date: 1958-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Tortilla Flaps
29.

Tortilla Flaps

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

A hungry crow intrudes on a party honoring Speedy Gonzales, Mexico's fastest mouse, and tries to catch and eat some of Speedy's friends. Speedy leads the crow on a frustrating and violent chase that demoralizes the crow into surrendering and joining in Speedy's party, as the center of a dart board, and the target of a ball-throw.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1958-01-17
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Don't Axe Me
30.

Don't Axe Me

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Farmer Elmer Fudd agrees to provide a duck to his wife for dinner. Daffy Duck has been a moocher on Elmer's farm and has therefore not endeared himself to Fudd or to Fudd's dog.

Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1958-01-03
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Mutts About Racing
31.

Mutts About Racing

2.8
6.2/10 IMDB

Droopy and Butch are competing race car drivers in a road race. While Butch has the faster car, his cockiness and the time he spends on unsuccessful schemes to stop Droopy work against him.

Starring: Vic Perrin, Bill Thompson ..
Directed by: Michael Lah
Release date: 1958-04-04
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Tot Watchers
32.

Tot Watchers

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

The lady of the house has gone out for a few hours, leaving her baby in the care of a stereotypical 1950s teenager, who immediately begins calling her friends. Tom and Jerry must call a truce to their constant chases as the baby, unsupervised, continually gets loose. When the baby escapes out the front door, Tom and Jerry chase it to a construction site, where they frantically try to keep it from harm.

Starring: Daws Butler, Janet Waldo, Bill Thompson ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1958-08-01
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : A Bird in a Bonnet
33.

A Bird in a Bonnet

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

The chase continues between Tweety Bird and that persistant puddy tat, Sylvester. Tweety hides in a millinery store (where Granny happens to be shopping) and hides on a hat.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray, Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1958-11-26
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : The Tender Game
34.

The Tender Game

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Inspired by the song Tenderly Jack Lawrence and Walter Gross, a tender animation on a florist and a sweeper that she falls madly in love.

Directed by: John Hubley
Release date: 1958-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Tree's a Crowd
35.

Tree's a Crowd

2.7
5.8/10 IMDB

Woody takes a trip to an arboretum where all birds are welcome... except woodpeckers.

Starring: Grace Stafford, Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1958-09-07
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Droopy Leprechaun
36.

Droopy Leprechaun

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

Droopy, on an Irish stopover of an international flight, buys a souvenir leprechaun hat, and is mistaken for a real leprechaun by Spike.

Starring: Lucille Bliss, Bill Thompson ..
Directed by: Michael Lah
Release date: 1958-07-04
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Misguided Missile
37.

Misguided Missile

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

Woody is hungry and needs food. And to get food, you need money. And to get money, you need a job. So he applies to be an insurance salesman and attempts to sell insurance to Dooley.

Starring: Grace Stafford, Dal McKennon ..
Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1958-01-26
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Everglade Raid
38.

Everglade Raid

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

Woody gets a job as an alligator bagger, but the alligator has similar plans for the woodpecker.

Starring: Grace Stafford, Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1958-07-24
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : His Better Elf
39.

His Better Elf

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

Woody Woodpecker lives in a slum, and is fed up with his bills, wishing aloud that he were rich. At that moment, a four-leaf clover appears in the floorboards, and transforms into a leprechaun woodpecker, which grants Woody three wishes. Woody immediately wishes for immense wealth, and he gets it-- by robbing a bank without realizing it. A police chase follows; will Woody escape, and what will his other two wishes be?

Starring: Grace Stafford, Dal McKennon ..
Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1958-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Jittery Jester
40.

Jittery Jester

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

A stuffy king decides his jester Dooley is worthless and unfunny. He spots Woody pecking at a tree and singing, and decides he would make a great jester. Thusly, the king kicks Dooley's unfunny arse out of the castle and orders him to fetch Woody. Hilarity ensues.

Starring: Grace Stafford, Dal McKennon ..
Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1958-11-02
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Pre-Hysterical Hare
41.

Pre-Hysterical Hare

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

Bugs discovers a Micronesian Film Documentary in "Cromagnonscope" showing Elmer Fuddstone and a sabertooth bunny in 10,000 BC.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Dave Barry ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1958-11-01
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Dog Tales
42.

Dog Tales

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Man's best friend is the subject of a series of blackout gags, climaxing with the bogus heroism of a dog who travels across the country for an unexpected purpose.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce, Mary Jane Croft, June Foray ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1958-07-25
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : A Pizza Tweety-Pie
43.

A Pizza Tweety-Pie

2.6
6.5/10 IMDB

Another wet and wild Sylvester Cat-Tweety Bird chase, this time in the flooded areas of Venice, Italy, where Granny has taken Tweety on vacation.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Daws Butler, June Foray ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1958-02-21
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Watch the Birdie
44.

Watch the Birdie

2.6
5.7/10 IMDB

Deep in the woods, a birdwatcher is studying the various bird species found there. First, he discovers "love birds" (a henpecked husband bird and his grumbling bird spouse), and a "humming bird" (who hums rock tunes). Then he discovers Woody who gives him all sorts of trouble such as attaching his stethoscope to a running faucet, stretching the lens on his camera and then snapping it back on him, and sending all manner of trees tumbling down onto him.

Starring: Grace Stafford, Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Alex Lovy
Release date: 1958-02-23
45.

The Bongo Punch

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

Boxing bantam Pepe Chickeeto is continually bested in the boxing ring and considers retiring. Fortunately, he and his wife are expecting a son who, Pepe hopes, will carry on his great boxing legacy. He is quite disappointed when the son, Pepito by name, much prefers playing bongo drums to any kind of pugilism.

Starring: Grace Stafford, June Foray, Hal Smith ..
Directed by: Alex Lovy
Release date: 1958-12-29
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Sidney's Family Tree
46.

Sidney's Family Tree

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

Sidney the elephant is looking for a mother, even though he's 44. The hippo and giraffe turn him down.

Directed by: Gene Deitch, Art Bartsch
Release date: 1958-12-10
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Feather Bluster
47.

Feather Bluster

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

Geriatrics Foghorn Leghorn and the barnyard dog recount their years of violent, mutual heckling, unaware that outside the window of their house their grandsons are behaving the same. The short is essentially a clip show, in that the majority of the footage is reused from earlier cartoons.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1958-05-09
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : A Waggily Tale
48.

A Waggily Tale

2.3
6.4/10 IMDB

A boy named Junior, who treats his dog, Elvis, cruelly, is scolded by his mother and sent to his room to have a nap.

Starring: Dal McKennon, Lucille Bliss, Daws Butler, June Foray ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1958-04-25
Best Animation Movies of 1958 : Date with Dizzy
49.

Date with Dizzy

2.3
6.5/10 IMDB

A Hubley stand-in instructs iconic trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie on scoring a short commercial for an instant rope ladder.

Starring: Ralph Hertz, Don Keefer, Dizzy Gillespie, Sahib Shihab, Wade Legge, Nelson Boyd, Charlie Persip ..
Directed by: John Hubley
Release date: 1958-01-01
50.

Which Is Witch?

2.1
5.5/10 IMDB

When Spooky learns that Casper has a date with Wendy to the beach instead of playing baseball, he plays tricks on them.

Directed by: Seymour Kneitel
Release date: 1958-05-01

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