These 10 classic cartoon movies, also known as animated features, offer a history of cinema animation. Early animated classic cartoon movies were all hand done and took years to complete. Workers drew lines on plastic, known as cels, and then photographed the movie one cel at a time. Rapid action was shot as a single or double exposure, while the main part of the film was shot using one image for four shots, called "shooting on fours." Many of the main animators for the classic cartoon movies are now known and include Tex Avery, Joseph Barbera, Chuck Jones, Ollie Johnson, William Hanna, Friz Freleng, Walt Disney, Bill Melendez and Ward Kimball, just to name a few. 


Classical music and Disney animation combine in this classic cartoon movie. The 1940 film was only the third big-screen release for the budding Disney organization. If only Walt could have seen the sheer volume of animated features yet to come from his organization. Samuel Armstrong and James Algar did the direction and music condition was done by Leopold Stokowski. 


More animated features on the ten classic cartoon movie list for Disney. This fairy tale about a girl losing her glass slipper and the prince's hunt for his true love who disappeared after a mystical night of dance was released in 1950.


A young fawn and a baby bunny named Thumper take the lead in this Disney cartoon released in 1942. Modern animators look to this classic to study the technique of animating realistic sequences with water. 

"Toy Story."

A modern classic cartoon movie released in 1995 spawned a host of sequels, the toy adventures track classic children's toys on the move, both inside and outside the house. The toys end up traveling on trash trucks and heading down the street for wild times. Woody, a talking doll, Buzz Lightyear, a talking space doll and Mr. Potato Head lead the cast. Voice over artists include actors Tom Hanks and Tim Allen and also comedian Don Rickles. 


This 1927 animated film by Fritz Lang gave moviegoers in the 1920s a story of what the future would look like, at least an animated image of tomorrow. Robots and impersonal cities were what audiences were told to expect. 

"Beauty and the Beast."

Disney films released this classic tale of a beautiful woman falling in love for a less than traditional, monster type in 1991. As with all Disney cartoon animation, classic tunes moved the plot along. Robby Benson, Paige O'Hara and Jerry Orbach did the over overs for the animated acting staff. 

"Alice in Wonderland."

The classic story of bored girl looking for adventure in a rabbit hole chronicled by Lewis Carroll was remade by Disney in 1951. The rabbit with the watch and the Mad Hatter and friends at the tea party give Alice an almost out-of-body experience. Although the film has been remade recently starring Johnny Depp, the classic cartoon movie is the standard by which all others are judged. 

"The Nightmare Before Christmas."  

Harry Selick took the directing duties for this classic cartoon movie released in 1993. Danny Elfman, Catherine O'Hara and Chris Sarandon did the voices for the strange animated images that have skeletal characteristics. Tim Burton did art direction for the cartoon feature. 

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

White and her small friends may not be as politically correct in the twenty-first century as one would hope, but the classic cartoon movie is a masterpiece of hand-drawn animation technique. 

"The Little Mermaid."

Disney up on base again on the list of the ten classic cartoon movies with this under the sea animated feature.