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Subject: Top 50 Greatest Cartoons

Written By: woops on 11/30/09 at 3:57 am

50 Greatest Cartoons

source: Wiki
The 50 Greatest Cartoons: As Selected by 1,000 Animation Professionals is a 1994 book by animation historian Jerry Beck, consisting of articles about, and rankings of fifty highly-regarded animated short films made in North America, as well as many other notable cartoons. It generated a significant amount of notice and discussion at the time, and is still commonly cited. The list itself aimed to be authoritative by taking votes from 1000 people working in the animation industry.

Plus, some video links from Kids WB,, etc. and YouTube

48  A Unicorn in the Garden
45  Book Revue
44  The Man Who Planted Trees
43  The Barber of Seville
42  "The Cat Concerto" (from TCM site)
41  Rooty Toot Toot
40  Peace on Earth
39  Little Red Riding Rabbit  
38  Bambi Meets Godzilla
37  Bimbo's Initiation
36  Feed the Kitty  
35  Ali Baba Bunny  (clip below)
34  You Ought to Be in Pictures (from Kids WB site)  
32  "The Cat Came Back" (from
31  The Scarlet Pumpernickel (from Kids WB site)
30  Rabbit Seasoning
29  Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Bloom
28  Northwest Hounded Police
27  Clock Cleaners
26  Brave Little Tailor
25   "The Big Snit" (from
24  The Tell-Tale Heart
23  Little Rural Riding Hood
22  Der Fuehrer's Face
21  Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs  
18  The Skeleton Dance
17 "Popeye the Sailor meets Sinbad the Sailor" (from
16  The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
15  Bad Luck Blackie
14  The Old Mill
13  Steamboat Willie
12  Rabbit of Seville
11  Three Little Pigs
10  King Size Canary
9  Gerald McBoing Boing
8 Porky in Wackyland (from Kids WB site)  
7  Red Hot Riding Hood
5  One Froggy Evening
4  Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century  
3  The Band Concert
2  Duck Amuck
1  What's Opera, Doc?

Subject: Re: Top 50 Greatest Cartoons

Written By: woops on 12/01/09 at 3:37 pm

Some thoughts:

Don't know why some Canadian shorts from the '80's were mentioned since they were still "new" (considering the list is from 1994) and why from  not other countries like the UK  or Italy? Or a follow up with international animation.

Not sure if the AFI have listed indie movies in their list of the 100 Greatest Films (doubt it since it would've been mentioned), but that's also debatable. While animation is an art form, theatrical shorts were more mainstream  &  independent animation was only shown in film festivals or "art house" theatres (or "MTV's Liquid Television"). Honestly, it gives more variety on the list since there's more to animation.

Only two silent era cartoons, granted that animation was at it's infancy but "Trolley Troubles" (Oswald Rabbit) had great angles and "roller coaster" like visuals. Also some of the Fleischer "Out of the Inkwell" series  as well (not into them, though still a part of animation history). Also stop motion like George Pal's "Puppetoons".

17 Looney Tunes
9 Disney
5 Fleischer
3 Canadian (2 different studios)
2 indie
1 Lantz
1 Windsor McKay
1 Otto Messmer

Subject: Re: Top 50 Greatest Cartoons

Written By: hot_wax on 12/01/09 at 9:59 pm

Hi Woops, this a a great post you put together. I remember many of these cartoons and it seems like yesterday that we got to see 25 of them 2 movies for 25 cents on the Saturday matinees back in the 50's...good job and thanks for the memories! HW

Subject: Re: Top 50 Greatest Cartoons

Written By: nally on 12/02/09 at 12:04 pm

The clip you have at #35 was a Looney Tunes clip that I've seen a few times. ;) The rest, I remember some of them, and a few others I'm not quite familiar with. But it is a good list. 8)

Subject: Re: Top 50 Greatest Cartoons

Written By: woops on 12/06/09 at 4:33 pm

The audio for "You Oughta Be In Pictures" from the Kids WB site is messed up...  :P (a bit late posting ..I know)

Most of the cartoons are on YouTube, Daily Motion, and available on video tape & DVD.

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