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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.

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. All of the selected cartoons were created and released prior to 1960, except for the 1985 short The Big Snit (#25), the 1988 short The Cat Came Back (#32), the 1969 short Bambi Meets Godzilla (#38), the 1987 short The Man Who Planted Trees (#44), and the 1975 short Quasi at the Quackadero (#46).

Top 50 Best Cartoons

Order Title Studio Year Director
1 What's Opera, Doc? Warner Bros. 1957 Chuck Jones
2 Duck Amuck Warner Bros. 1953 Chuck Jones
3 The Band Concert Disney 1935 Wilfred Jackson
4 Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century Warner Bros. 1953 Chuck Jones
5 One Froggy Evening Warner Bros. 1955 Chuck Jones
6 Gertie the Dinosaur Winsor McCay 1914 Windsor McCay
7 Red Hot Riding Hood MGM 1943 Tex Avery
8 Porky in Wackyland Warner Bros. 1938 Bob Clampett
9 Gerald McBoing-Boing UPA 1950 Robert Cannon
10 King-Size Canary MGM 1947 Tex Avery
11 Three Little Pigs Disney 1933 Burt Gillett
12 Rabbit of Seville Warner Bros. 1950 Chuck Jones
13 Steamboat Willie Disney 1928 Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks
14 The Old Mill Disney 1937 Wilfred Jackson
15 Bad Luck Blackie MGM 1949 Tex Avery
16 The Great Piggy Bank Robbery Warner Bros. 1946 Bob Clampett
17 Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor Fleischer 1936 Dave Fleischer
18 The Skeleton Dance Disney 1929 Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks
19 Snow White Fleischer 1933 Dave Fleischer
20 Minnie the Moocher Fleischer 1932 Dave Fleischer
21 Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs Warner Bros. 1943 Bob Clampett
22 Der Fuehrer's Face Disney 1943 Jack Kinney
23 Little Rural Riding Hood MGM 1949 Tex Avery
24 The Tell-Tale Heart UPA 1953 Ted Parmelee
25 The Big Snit NFB 1985 Richard Condie
26 Brave Little Tailor Disney 1938 Bill Roberts
27 Clock Cleaners Disney 1937 Ben Sharpsteen
28 Northwest Hounded Police MGM 1946 Tex Avery
29 Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom Disney 1953 Ward Kimball and Charles A. Nichols
30 Rabbit Seasoning Warner Bros. 1952 Chuck Jones
31 The Scarlet Pumpernickel Warner Bros. 1950 Chuck Jones
32 The Cat Came Back NFB 1988 Cordell Barker
33 Superman Fleischer 1941 Dave Fleischer
34 You Ought to Be in Pictures Warner Bros. 1940 Friz Freleng
35 Ali Baba Bunny Warner Bros. 1957 Chuck Jones
36 Feed the Kitty Warner Bros. 1952 Chuck Jones
37 Bimbo's Initiation Fleischer 1931 Dave Fleischer
38 Bambi Meets Godzilla Independent 1969 Marv Newland
39 Little Red Riding Rabbit Warner Bros. 1944 Friz Freleng
40 Peace on Earth MGM 1939 Hugh Harman
41 Rooty Toot Toot UPA 1951 John Hubley
42 The Cat Concerto MGM 1946 William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
43 The Barber of Seville Lantz 1944 James Culhane
44 The Man Who Planted Trees Frédéric Back 1987 Frédéric Back
45 Book Revue Warner Bros. 1946 Bob Clampett
46 Quasi at the Quackadero Independent 1975 Sally Cruikshank
47 A Corny Concerto Warner Bros. 1943 Bob Clampett
48 The Unicorn in the Garden UPA 1953 William T. Hurtz
49 The Dover Boys Warner Bros. 1942 Chuck Jones
50 Felix in Hollywood Pat Sullivan 1923 Otto Messmer

Other Great Cartoons

In addition to the main list, the book also recommends other cartoons that were nominated for the main list. They are placed in alphabetical order.

Title Studio Year Director
Allegretto Independent 1936 Oskar Fischinger
Balloon Land Celebrity Pictures 1935 Ub Iwerks
Baseball Bugs Warner Bros. 1946 Friz Freleng
The Big Snooze Warner Bros. 1946 Bob Clampett
Blitz Wolf MGM 1942 Tex Avery
The Box Independent 1967 Fred Wolf
Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears Warner Bros. 1944 Chuck Jones
Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid Warner Bros. 1942 Bob Clampett
Crac Independent 1981 Frédéric Back
The Crunch Bird Independent 1971 Ted Petok
Education for Death Disney 1943 Clyde Geronimi
Ersatz Zagreb Film 1961 Dušan Vukotić
Fast and Furry-ous Warner Bros. 1949 Chuck Jones
Ferdinand the Bull Disney 1938 Dick Richard
Flebus Terrytoons 1957 Ernest Pintoff and Gene Deitch
Flowers and Trees Disney 1932 Burt Gillet
Frank Film Independent 1973 Frank Mouris
Furies Independent 1978 Sara Petty
Gorilla My Dreams Warner Bros. 1948 Robert McKimson
Hair-Raising Hare Warner Bros. 1946 Chuck Jones
I Love to Singa Warner Bros. 1936 Tex Avery
Kitty Kornered Warner Bros. 1946 Bob Clampett
Ko-Ko's Earth Control Fleischer 1928 Dave Fleischer
Little Nemo Winsor McCay 1911 Winsor McCay
Lonesome Ghosts Disney 1937 Burt Gillet
Lupo the Butcher Rocketship Ltd, 1987 Danny Antonucci
The Mechanical Monsters Fleischer 1941 Dave Fleischer
Mickey's Service Station Disney 1935 Ben Sharpensteen
Mickey's Trailer Disney 1938 Ben Sharpensteen
Moonbird Independent 1959 John Hubley and Faith Hubley
Mother Goose Goes Hollywood Disney 1938 Wilfred Jackson
Mouse Cleaning MGM 1948 William Hanna and Joeseph Barbera
Moving Day Disney 1936 Ben Sharpensteen
Music Land Disney 1935 Wilfred Jackson
The Old Grey Hare Warner Bros. 1944 Bob Clampett
Old Man of the Mountain Fleischer 1933 Dave Fleischer
Plane Crazy Disney 1928 Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks
The Pointer Disney 1939 Clyde Geronimi
Poor Cinderella Fleischer 1934 Dave Fleischer
Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves Fleischer 1937 Dave Fleischer
Rabbit Hood Warner Bros. 1949 Chuck Jones
Rhapsody in Rivets Warner Bros. 1941 Friz Freleng
Rhapsody Rabbit Warner Bros. 1946 Friz Freleng
Scaredy Cat Warner Bros. 1948 Chuck Jones
Screwball Squirrel MGM 1944 Tex Avery
Señor Droopy MGM 1949 Tex Avery
The Street NFB 1976 Caroline Leaf
The Sunshine Makers Van Beuren 1935 Ted Eshbaugh
Swing Shift Cinderella MGM 1945 Tex Avery
A Tale of Two Kitties Warner Bros. 1942 Bob Clampett
Thru the Mirror Disney 1936 David Hand
Tweetie Pie Warner Bros. 1947 Friz Freleng
When Magoo Flew UPA 1955 Peter Burness
Who Killed Cock Robin? Disney 1935 David Hand
A Wild Hare Warner Bros. 1940 Tex Avery
Woody Woodpecker Lantz 1941 Walter Lantz
Your Face Independent 1987 Bill Plympton


  • Beck, Jerry (ed.) (1994). The 50 Greatest Cartoons: As Selected by 1,000 Animation Professionals. Atlanta: Turner Publishing. ISBN 1-878685-49-X.
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