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The 50 Greatest Cartoons

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The 50 Greatest Cartoons: As Selected by 1,000 Animation Professionals
50 Greatest Cartoons cover.jpg
EditorJerry Beck
PublisherTurner Publishing
Publication date
October 1, 1994
LC ClassNC1766.U5 F54 1994

The 50 Greatest Cartoons: As Selected by 1,000 Animation Professionals is a 1994 book by animation historian Jerry Beck.


It consists of articles about 50 highly regarded animated short films made in North America and other notable cartoons, which are ranked according to a poll of 1,000 people working in the animation industry.[1]

Each cartoon is under 30 minutes long and cel animated (with the exception of Gertie the Dinosaur). Seventeen of the selected films were produced for Warner Bros.'s Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series, ten of which were directed by Chuck Jones (including the #1 cartoon on the list, What's Opera, Doc?). All of the selected cartoons were created and released before 1960, except for the 1985 short The Big Snit (No. 25),[2] the 1988 short The Cat Came Back (No. 32), the 1969 short Bambi Meets Godzilla (No. 38), the 1987 short The Man Who Planted Trees (No. 44), and the 1975 short Quasi at the Quackadero (No. 46).[3]

The book's front and rear cover art shows a variety of famous cartoon stars seated in a nightclub.[4]


The following cartoons received a substantial number of mentions on voter ballots[5] but were ultimately not nominated:

Title Director Characters Year
Disney Studios
Education for Death Clyde Geronimi 1943
Ferdinand the Bull Dick Rickard 1938
Flowers and Trees Burt Gillett 1932
Lonesome Ghosts Burt Gillett Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy 1937
Mickey's Service Station Ben Sharpsteen Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pete 1935
Mickey's Trailer Ben Sharpsteen Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy 1938
Mother Goose Goes Hollywood Wilfred Jackson 1938
Moving Day Ben Sharpsteen Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pete 1936
Music Land Wilfred Jackson 1935
Plane Crazy Ub Iwerks, Walt Disney Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse 1928
The Pointer Clyde Geronimi Mickey Mouse, Pluto 1939
Thru the Mirror David Hand Mickey Mouse 1936
Who Killed Cock Robin? David Hand 1935
Fleischer Studios
Koko's Earth Control Dave Fleischer Koko the Clown 1928
The Mechanical Monsters Dave Fleischer Superman 1941
The Old Man of the Mountain Dave Fleischer Betty Boop 1933
Poor Cinderella Dave Fleischer Betty Boop 1934
Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves Dave Fleischer Popeye, Olive Oyl, Wimpy and Bluto as Ali Baba 1937
Winsor McCay
Little Nemo Winsor McCay Little Nemo 1911
MGM Studios
Blitz Wolf Tex Avery Wolf 1942
Mouse Cleaning William Hanna, Joseph Barbera Tom & Jerry 1948
Screwball Squirrel Tex Avery Screwy Squirrel 1944
Señor Droopy Tex Avery Droopy 1949
Swing Shift Cinderella Tex Avery Red, Wolf 1945
National Film Board of Canada
The Street Caroline Leaf 1976
Flebus Ernest Pintoff, Gene Deitch 1957
Ub Iwerks Studio
Balloon Land Ub Iwerks 1935
When Magoo Flew Pete Burness Mr. Magoo 1954
Van Beuren Studios
The Sunshine Makers Burt Gillett, Ted Eshbaugh 1935
Walter Lantz Studios
Woody Woodpecker Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker 1941
Warner Bros. Studios
Baseball Bugs Friz Freleng Bugs Bunny 1946
The Big Snooze Bob Clampett Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd 1946
Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid Bob Clampett Bugs Bunny 1942
Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears Chuck Jones Bugs Bunny 1944
Fast and Furry-ous Chuck Jones Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner 1949
Gorilla My Dreams Robert McKimson Bugs Bunny 1947
Hair-Raising Hare Chuck Jones Bugs Bunny 1946
I Love to Singa Tex Avery 1936
Kitty Kornered Bob Clampett Porky Pig, Sylvester 1946
The Old Grey Hare Bob Clampett Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd 1944
Rabbit Hood Chuck Jones Bugs Bunny 1949
Rhapsody in Rivets Friz Freleng 1941
Rhapsody Rabbit Friz Freleng Bugs Bunny 1946
Scaredy Cat Chuck Jones Porky Pig, Sylvester 1948
A Tale of Two Kitties Bob Clampett Babbit and Catstello, Tweety 1942
Tweetie Pie Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng Sylvester, Tweety 1947
A Wild Hare Tex Avery Bugs Bunny 1940
Allegretto Oskar Fischinger 1936
The Box Fred Wolf 1967
Crac Frédéric Back 1981
The Crunch Bird Ted Petok 1971
Ersatz Dušan Vukotić 1961
Frank Film Caroline Mouris, Frank Mouris 1973
Furies Sara Petty[6] 1976[7]
Lupo the Butcher Danny Antonucci 1987
Moonbird John Hubley 1959
Your Face Bill Plympton 1987

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