Reliving the Golden Age: Top Animated Cartoons of the 50s
The 1950s saw the emergence of some of the most iconic and beloved animated cartoon series. While they were initially aimed at children, their witty dialogue and entertaining storylines captured the hearts of audiences of all ages. These classic cartoons have stood the test of time and continue to be popular even today.
Here’s a look at some of the top animated cartoon series of the 50s that have left an indelible mark on popular culture.
The Woody Woodpecker Show
The Woody Woodpecker Show was created by Walter Lantz and made its debut in the late 1950s. The show’s titular character, Woody Woodpecker, quickly became a fan favorite with his zany antics and was voiced by several actors over the years. While the show may have ended in the 70s, Woody’s popularity endures to this day. In fact, a live-action, CGI movie featuring Woody Woodpecker is currently in development.
Mighty Mouse, originally called Super Mouse, made its debut in 1942. Created by I. Klein, the show’s titular character was voiced by Roy Halee and Tom Morrison. The show was a hit with audiences and ran for almost 30 years, with episodes airing on CBS starting in 1955. The show’s popularity led to a variety of merchandise, including comic books and toys.
Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry is one of the most well-known and beloved animated cartoon series of all time. Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the show began as a series of animated shorts for MGM during the 1940s. Tom and Jerry went on to win seven Academy Awards for Animated Short Film. Today, the show remains a favorite with children and is still aired on various networks around the world.
The Heckle and Jeckle Show
Originally known as the Talking Magpies, The Heckle and Jeckle Show was renamed in the 1950s. The show’s titular characters, Heckle and Jeckle, were unique in that they worked together to outsmart others, rather than trying to outsmart each other. The show was a hit with audiences and ran for several years.
Bugs Bunny made his debut in the Tex Avery cartoon A Wild Hare in 1940. The character quickly became one of the most iconic in popular culture, with his signature catchphrase “Eh… What’s up, doc?” and his love of carrots. Bugs Bunny has appeared in countless TV series, feature films, video games, comic books, and more. He even has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Felix the Cat
Felix the Cat was created by Joe Oriolo and ran for 260 episodes produced by Famous Studios, now known as Paramount Cartoon Studios. The show’s plot revolved around Felix and his magic bag of tricks, which helped him get out of tight spots. The show became a favorite with audiences of all ages and spawned various merchandise, including comic books, toys, and more.
The Huckleberry Hound Show
The Huckleberry Hound Show debuted in 1958 and consisted of three segments, one of which featured the eponymous character, voiced by Daws Butler. The show also featured other popular characters such as Yogi Bear and Boo Boo, Pixie and Dixie, and Mr. Jinks. The show was the first animated program to be honored with an Emmy Award.
Yogi Bear made his debut as a supporting character in the Huckleberry Hound Show in 1958. Since then he became Hanna-Barbera’s first breakout character. He became very popular he appeared in several animated television shows, films, and comic books. He even became more popular than Huckleberry Hound.
The Ruff and Reddy Show
The Ruff and Reddy Show aired in 1957 and had fifty episodes until 1960. The series follows the adventures of a smart and persistent cat named Ruff, and a brave and kind-hearted dog named Reddy. The show is also known for being one of the first users of limited animation techniques.
Reliving the Classics
These are the top cartoons of the 50s that have continued to captivate audiences over the years. While some of these shows may have been created over 60 years ago, they remain beloved by fans of all ages.
With modern streaming services and online platforms making it easier than ever to access classic shows, there’s never been a better time to revisit these animated classics. Whether you’re introducing them to a new generation or reliving childhood memories, these classic cartoons are sure to bring a smile to your face.