Best Animation Movies of 1959

1.

Sleeping Beauty

5.8
7.2/10 IMDB

A beautiful princess born in a faraway kingdom is destined by a terrible curse to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a deep sleep that can only be awakened by true love's first kiss. Determined to protect her, her parents ask three fairies to raise her in hiding. But the evil Maleficent is just as determined to seal the princess's fate.

Starring: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Barbara Luddy, Barbara Jo Allen, Taylor Holmes, Bill Thompson, Billy Bletcher, Marvin Miller ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman, Les Clark, Eric Larson
Release date: 1959-02-17
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Donald in Mathmagic Land
2.

Donald in Mathmagic Land

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

Disney used animation here to explain through this wonderful adventure of Donald how mathmatics can be usuful in our real life. Through this journey Donald shows us how mathmatics are not just numbers and charts, but magical living things.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Paul Frees ..
Directed by: Les Clark, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman, Joshua Meador
Release date: 1959-06-26
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Tweet and Lovely
3.

Tweet and Lovely

3.1
7.0/10 IMDB

Sylvester Cat's new hang-out is an inventor's lab, which is near Tweety Bird's house atop a pole.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1959-07-17
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : How to Have an Accident at Work
4.

How to Have an Accident at Work

3.1
6.8/10 IMDB

J.J. Fate again shows us how accidents aren't his fault, but instead are the result of carelessness. Donald is Mr. Careful at home, but at work, he starts right off by falling down the stairs. He has run-ins with a punch press, flammable paint, a conveyor belt, loose clothing, a monkey wrench, and other problems.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Bill Thompson ..
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
Release date: 1959-09-02
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Wild About Hurry
5.

Wild About Hurry

3.1
7.3/10 IMDB

Wile E. Coyote tries to catch the Road Runner by enclosing himself inside an "Indestructo Steel Ball", over which he has no directional control!

Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1959-10-09
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : The Alphabet Conspiracy
6.

The Alphabet Conspiracy

3.1
7.5/10 IMDB

Dr. Frank Baxter, with the help of The Mad Hatter and Jabberwock, takes young Judy exploring the world of language, in which she finds out that language is for doing more than just talking.

Starring: Frank Baxter, Daws Butler, Hans Conried, Stanley Adams, Cheryl Callaway, Cactus Mack, Shorty Rogers, Dolores Starr ..
Directed by: Robert B. Sinclair
Release date: 1959-01-26
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : The Mouse That Jack Built
7.

The Mouse That Jack Built

3.0
7.5/10 IMDB

In this spoof of "The Jack Benny Program", a mouse with Jack Benny's personality and poor violin playing ability lives, along with a mouse version of Benny's valet, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, in a hole in a wall of Jack Benny's own home. Jack the rodent takes a mouse version of 'Mary Livingstone (I)' out to dinner, and the two unwittingly walk right into the disguised mouth of an orange cat!

Starring: Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Don Wilson, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1959-04-03
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Apes of Wrath
8.

Apes of Wrath

3.0
7.5/10 IMDB

The drunken stork loses his baby ape for Mr. and Mrs. Elvis Ape on a jungle island so he knocks out Bugs Bunny and delivers him instead.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1959-04-17
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : People Are Bunny
9.

People Are Bunny

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

Daffy Duck manages to get Bugs into a TV studio in order to win the thousand dollar bounty.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1959-12-19
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Bonanza Bunny
10.

Bonanza Bunny

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

Bugs fights with Blacque Jacque Shellacque over Klondike gold.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1959-09-05
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Really Scent
11.

Really Scent

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Pepe le Pew arrives in New Orleans, where Fabrette the black cat has been cursed with white stripes like a skunk, interfering with her chances to get married. Of course, a skunk is her perfect match... if she can stand the smell!

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Abe Levitow
Release date: 1959-06-26
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Wild and Woolly Hare
12.

Wild and Woolly Hare

3.0
7.5/10 IMDB

In an old west shootout Bugs and Yosemite Sam duel with trains.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1959-08-01
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : The Christmas Visitor
13.

The Christmas Visitor

3.0
6.5/10 IMDB

T'was the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

Directed by: John Halas
Release date: 1959-01-01
14.

Short and Suite

2.9
7.3/10 IMDB

A color cocktail by Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart, translating into moving patterns of color and light the moods of music written for a jazz ensemble by Eldon Rathburn. Inscribed and colored directly on film.

Directed by: Norman McLaren, Evelyn Lambart
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Baton Bunny
15.

Baton Bunny

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

Bugs conducts the Warner Brothers Symphony in Franz von Suppé's "Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna" while reacting to a bothersome fly.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Abe Levitow
Release date: 1959-01-10
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : A Mutt in a Rut
16.

A Mutt in a Rut

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Elmer Fudd's dog, Rover, is made to believe by a TV show that all dog owners are evil men who do away with their old, expired mutts by taking them on a one-way hunting trip. When Elmer suggests they go hunting, Rover automatically jumps to the conclusion that Elmer intends to put him down. So, when they set out on their hunting expedition, Rover decides to strike first at his master.

Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1959-05-22
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Hot-Rod and Reel!
17.

Hot-Rod and Reel!

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Wile E. Coyote's failed efforts to catch the Road Runner involve the use of roller skates, a gun in a camera, a trampoline, a dynamite stick on a crossbow, a bogus railroad crossing, and a jet-powered unicycle.

Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1959-05-09
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Rhapsody of Steel
18.

Rhapsody of Steel

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

Animated industrial movie about the steel industry.

Starring: Gary Merrill ..
Directed by: Carl Urbano
Release date: 1959-12-04
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Mouse-Placed Kitten
19.

Mouse-Placed Kitten

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

A kitten is dropped in a sack out of a car and rolls down a hill, to arrive at the door of Clyde and Matilda Mouse...

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1959-01-23
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Mexicali Shmoes
20.

Mexicali Shmoes

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

A pair of not-too-bright Mexican cats, one shorter-tempered than the other, decide to chase Speedy Gonzales, the fastest mouse in all Mexico.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Tom Holland ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1959-07-04
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : A Broken Leghorn
21.

A Broken Leghorn

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

On Old MacDonald's farm, an egg hatches in slow-witted hen Miss Prissy's nest, and out of the shell comes a baby rooster. Fearing he will be replaced by the kid rooster and sent to be slaughtered, Foghorn Leghorn plots to do away with the little tyke.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1959-09-26
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : A Witch's Tangled Hare
22.

A Witch's Tangled Hare

2.8
7.0/10 IMDB

Rabbit - in this case Bugs - is an important needed ingredient in Witch Hazel's brew.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray ..
Directed by: Abe Levitow
Release date: 1959-10-31
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Tweet Dreams
23.

Tweet Dreams

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

Warners' "economy cartoon," repackaging footage from earlier Tweety and Sylvester chases with new footage. In this one, Sylvester tells a psychiatrist of his frustration at not being able to catch Tweety, his repeated failures illustrated through past cartoons featuring the canary and puddy tat.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray, Bea Benaderet ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1959-12-04
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Backwoods Bunny
24.

Backwoods Bunny

2.8
7.0/10 IMDB

When Bugs vacations in the Ozarks he is pursued by hungry buzzards.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1959-06-13
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Cat's Paw
25.

Cat's Paw

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Sylvester Cat goes bird-stalking in the mountains with his son, Junior. A dwarf eagle proves too much for Sylvester, beating him to a pulp. Ashamed for his father, Junior puts a paper bag over his head and walks away.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1959-08-14
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Here Today, Gone Tamale
26.

Here Today, Gone Tamale

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

Sylvester Cat won't allow starving Mexican mice access to a cache of cheeses on a ship and prompts a challenge by Speedy Gonzales, the fastest mouse in Mexico. Speedy makes several raids on the ship's stores by outsmarting Sylvester again and again.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1959-08-28
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Unnatural History
27.

Unnatural History

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Are animals human? Or vice versa? This is the question asked by a professor, Dr. Beest Lee, who appears on a stage in a theater to give a lecture and show a film about the human-like qualities of various cartoon animals, among them a beaver who "damns" a troublesome river, a groundhog who uses technology to predict the coming of spring, and a dog who scolds his neglectful master.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray, Ed Prentiss ..
Directed by: Abe Levitow
Release date: 1959-11-13
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Tomcat Combat
28.

Tomcat Combat

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

Woody Woodpecker is engaged in combat with a big tomcat and after several break-even escapades, Woody finally tricks the cat into a dogcatcher's truck which is filled with dogs with a sour disposition, especially regarding cats. Woody finally shoots the cat off into outer space using a giant rocket (not from Acme).

Starring: Daws Butler, Grace Stafford ..
Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Trick or Tweet
29.

Trick or Tweet

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

Sylvester Cat and a goony orange cat pretend not to let their rivalry over trying to catch Tweety Bird interfere with their friendship...

Starring: Mel Blanc, Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1959-04-20
30.

Not Ghoulty

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

His fellow ghosts bring Casper up on charges for breaking the Ghostly Laws ,since he will not scare people, and he loses his ghostly powers. He realizes he needs to do something drastic, so he, disguised as a man, invades a meeting of ghosts planning a scare-campaign, and gives them a taste of their own medicine. He regains his standing in the Ectoplasm Society.

Directed by: Seymour Kneitel, Frank Endres
Release date: 1959-06-04
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : China Jones
31.

China Jones

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Daffy Duck is China Jones, a fortune-seeking Irish private eye working in the Far East. He finds a call for help in a Chinese fortune cookie and decides to investigate. Acting on a tip displayed on a solo musician's drum, Daffy/Jones goes to a pub owned by Limey Louie to look for clues. Louie is, in fact, an ex-convict who blames Jones for sending him to jail. Louie disguises himself as a grieving widow and arranges a series of mishaps for the web-footed sleuth. Porky Pig also appears in this cartoon as Charlie Chung, the plain-clothes Chinese detective.

Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1959-02-13
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Woodpecker in the Moon
32.

Woodpecker in the Moon

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

The local rocket society is looking for a new volunteer to blast to the moon, the only other person having been sent there being Professor Dingledong who has not returned thus far. They decide to send mailman Woody Woodpecker who, upon landing on the moon's surface, encounters the aforementioned Dingledong who demands possession of Woody's rocket so that he may return to Earth. After many a tussle, Woody and Dingledong are both returned to Earth's atmosphere whereupon Dingledong takes revenge on the rocket society chairman by blasting *him* into space!

Starring: Dal McKennon, Grace Stafford ..
Directed by: Alex Lovy
Release date: 1959-07-12
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Hare-Abian Nights
33.

Hare-Abian Nights

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Bugs entertains the Sultan with tales from his cartoons: "Bully for Bugs", "Sahara Hare" and "Water, Water Every Hare".

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Ken Harris, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones
Release date: 1959-02-28
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Romp in a Swamp
34.

Romp in a Swamp

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

Woody tricks Ali Gator into a swampland chase.

Starring: Grace Stafford, Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1959-10-04
35.

Serenal

2.6
6.6/10 IMDB

A gay fantasia of patterned sound in which Norman McLaren salutes the West Indies, painting the spirit of fiesta on film to the lively beat of an island tune by Trinidad's Grand Curacaya Orchestra.

Directed by: Norman McLaren
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Cat's Cradle
36.

Cat's Cradle

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

Images of two women, two men, and a gray cat form a montage of rapid bits of movement. A woman is in a bedroom, another wears an apron: they work with their hands, occasionally looking up. A man enters a room, a woman smiles. He sits, another man sits and smokes. The cat stretches. There are close-ups of each. The light is dim; a filter accentuates red. A bare foot stands on a satin sheet. A woman disrobes. She pets the cat.

Starring: Stan Brakhage, Jane Brakhage, Carolee Schneemann, James Tenney ..
Directed by: Stan Brakhage
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : 1001 Arabian Nights
37.

1001 Arabian Nights

2.5
6.1/10 IMDB

In this animated retelling of the classic tale, Abdul Aziz Magoo -- an ancestor of Mr. Magoo -- is the lamp-selling uncle of Aladdin. Tired of his nephew's laziness, Abdul insists that Aladdin find a wife. To his uncle's surprise, Aladdin falls in love with the beautiful Princess Yasminda. Before he can make his move, however, Aladdin is whisked away by the evil Wazir on a quest to find a magic lamp that will grant its owner unlimited power in the form of three magic wishes.

Starring: Jim Backus, Kathryn Grant, Dwayne Hickman, Hans Conried, Herschel Bernardi ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1959-12-01
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Log Jammed
38.

Log Jammed

2.5
5.5/10 IMDB

Woody Woodpecker gets into a mêlée with a lumberjack in the north woods. When the woodchopper chops down Woody's tree.

Starring: Daws Butler, Grace Stafford ..
Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1959-04-19
39.

Panhandle Scandal

2.5
5.4/10 IMDB

Bandit Denver Dooley travels to a lawless western town where he notices a sign, "No Bandits Allowed. Signed, Marshall Woody Woodpecker".

Starring: Grace Stafford, Dal McKennon ..
Directed by: Alex Lovy
Release date: 1959-05-17
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : The Tee Bird
40.

The Tee Bird

2.5
5.4/10 IMDB

On the Pebbley Beach Golf Course, Dapper Denver Dooley and Woody Woodpecker are in a championship playoff. The prize: $25,000. After both contenders make holes in one, a psychological battle begins. Woody crunches celery. Dapper drives himself into a sand trap. Woody proves himself too light for quicksand; Dapper sinks. At every turn, Dapper proceeds to lure and trick poor Woody until Woody's game seems lost. All that Dapper needs to win is a short putt into the cup, but he's seized with a magnificent case of hiccups. Woody wins and hiccups dollar bills!

Starring: Grace Stafford, Dal McKennon ..
Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1959-08-10
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Kiddie League
41.

Kiddie League

2.5
5.4/10 IMDB

The final (and championship) baseball game of the Kiddie League pits pitcher Woody Woodpecker and his team (the Woody Woodpeckers) against a zany team, the Bubble Gummers. The game begins with the Bubble Gummers at bat and Woody pitching. A little tyke wearing diapers is first up. Before batting, he gulps down a bottle of milk for strength. The first ball is called a strike....

Starring: Grace Stafford, Dal McKennon ..
Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1959-11-02
42.

A La Mode

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

A short surreal animation created with fashion magazine clippings and sound collages.

Directed by: Stan VanDerBeek
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Harold and the Purple Crayon
43.

Harold and the Purple Crayon

2.4
7.1/10 IMDB

This is the ingeniously imaginative story of a small boy who, with his magic crayon, draws himself in and out of a series of adventures.

Starring: Bruce Bayley Johnson, Norman Rose ..
Directed by: David Piel
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : The Violinist
44.

The Violinist

2.4
5.9/10 IMDB

Oscar-nominated animated short from 1959. Harry is a violinist who loves to play, but without feeling. When he is told that he plays terribly he tries to change how he plays, learning a very important lesson.

Starring: Carl Reiner ..
Directed by: Ernest Pintoff
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Noah's Ark
45.

Noah's Ark

2.3
6.3/10 IMDB

The Biblical story of Noah's ark full of animals gets the Disney treatment in this animated short.

Starring: Jerome Courtland, Paul Frees, James MacDonald, Thurl Ravenscroft ..
Directed by: Bill Justice
Release date: 1959-11-10
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Eyewash
46.

Eyewash

2.3
5.5/10 IMDB

A free flow from photography to geometric abstraction hand-painted by Breer. - Harvard Film Archive

Directed by: Robert Breer
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Animation Movies of 1959 : Moonbird
47.

Moonbird

2.3
5.2/10 IMDB

Two boys go outside at night to capture a bird.

Starring: Mark Hubley, Ray Hubley ..
Directed by: John Hubley
Release date: 1959-01-01
48.

Mail Early for Christmas

2.0
5.2/10 IMDB

In this pre-Christmas reminder to mail early, filmmaker Norman McLaren used an electric vibra-drill to engrave the images on black film, and included the occasional "subliminal" burst of lettering, which he hand-scratched on a few frames.

Directed by: Norman McLaren
Release date: 1959-01-01
49.

Yukon Have It

1.8
6.6/10 IMDB

A hungry Chilly Willy notices the good food the mounties get and enrolls for the job. Unfortunately, his enrollment photo is placed over a wanted poster for criminal Caribou Lou and officer Smedley presumes Chilly is Lou and gives chase.

Starring: Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Alex Lovy
Release date: 1959-04-05
50.

Venus and The Master Cyclinder

1.5
6.7/10 IMDB

The Professor sends Poindexter to help the Master Cylinder on Venus. Felix rockets to the planet to save him.

Starring: Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Joseph Oriolo
Release date: 1959-01-01

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