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Literature: The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes

"In a world of rascally rabbits, megalomaniacal ducks, and stuttering pigs, what defines greatness? This question was posed to thousands of cartoon fans, historians, and animators to create The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons, the definitive Looney Tunes collection. Evaluated on their comedic brilliance, innovative animation, historical significance, and creative merit, cartoon historian Jerry Beck and the Cartoon Brew team of animation experts reveal the amusing anecdotes and secret origins behind such classics as What's Opera, Doc?, One Froggy Evening, and Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century . Featuring more than 300 pieces of original art from private collectors and the Warner Bros. archives, The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons settles the debate on the best of the best, and poses a new question: Is your favorite one of the greatest?"
Description from the back of the book.

The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons is a 2010 book authored and edited by Jerry Beck. As the title states, it covers a list of one hundred of the greatest Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons, hand picked by fans of the series. Jerry quipped on one forum that he felt the book should have been called The 100 Looney Tunes You Must See, implying that there are far more great shorts that didn't make it.

The list features a wide output from seven of the original directors: 37 Chuck Jones shorts, 21 Bob Clampett shorts, 21 Friz Freleng shorts, seven Frank Tashlin shorts, six Tex Avery shorts, six Robert McKimson shorts, and two Art Davis shorts.

Compare to The 50 Greatest Cartoons.

The List (In alphabetical order)

  1. Acrobatty Bunny (1946, Mckimson)
  2. Ali Baba Bunny (1957, Jones)
  3. The Aristo Cat (Jones)
  4. Baby Bottleneck (1946, Clampett)
  5. Back Alley Oproar (Freleng)
  6. Baseball Bugs (Freleng)
  7. A Bear For Punishment (Jones)
  8. The Big Snooze (1946, Clampett)
  9. Birds Anonymous (Freleng)
  10. Book Revue (1946, Clampett)
  11. Bucanneer Bunny (Freleng)
  12. Bully for Bugs (Jones)
  13. Bunny Hugged (Jones)
  14. Bugs And Thugs (Freleng)
  15. Bugs Bunny Gets The Boid (1942, Clampett)
  16. Canned Feud (Freleng)
  17. Chow Hound (Jones)
  18. Cinderella Meets Fella (Avery)
  19. Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (1943, Clampett)
  20. A Corny Concerto (1943, Clampett)
  21. Deduce You Say (Jones)
  22. Dog Gone South (Jones)
  23. Dog Pounded (Freleng)
  24. Dough Ray Me Ow (Davis)
  25. The Dover Boys at Pimento University (1942, Jones)
  26. Draftee Daffy (1945, Clampett)
  27. Drip Along Daffy (Jones)
  28. Duck Amuck (1953, Jones)
  29. Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953, Jones)
  30. Duck Rabbit Duck (Jones)
  31. Easter Yeggs (Mckimson)
  32. Eatin On The Cuff (or, The Moth Who Came to Supper) (Clampett)
  33. 8 Ball Bunny (Jones)
  34. Falling Hare (Clampett)
  35. Fast And Furry Ous (Jones)
  36. Feed the Kitty (Jones)
  37. From A To Z-Z-Z-Z (Jones)
  38. Gorilla My Dreams (Mckimson)
  39. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946, Clampett)
  40. A Gruesome Twosome (Clampett)
  41. Guided Muscle (Jones)
  42. Hair-Raising Hare (Jones)
  43. A Ham In A Role (Mckimson)
  44. Haredevil Hare (Jones)
  45. A Hare Grows In Manhattan (Freleng)
  46. The Hep Cat (Clampett)
  47. High Diving Hare (Freleng)
  48. High Note (Jones)
  49. Hillbilly Hare (Mckimson)
  50. Hollywood Steps Out (Avery)
  51. Honey's Money (Freleng)
  52. The Hypo Chondri Cat (Jones)
  53. An Itch In Time (Clampett)
  54. I Love to Singa (1936, Avery)
  55. Kitty Kornered (1946, Clampett)
  56. Little Red Riding Rabbit (1944, Freleng)
  57. Long Haired Hare (Jones)
  58. Mexican Schmoes (Freleng)
  59. Much Ado About Nutting (Jones)
  60. Nasty Quacks (Tashlin)
  61. Old Glory (1939, Jones)
  62. The Old Grey Hare (Clampett)
  63. One Froggy Evening (1955, Jones)
  64. Operation Rabbit (Jones)
  65. Page Miss Glory (Avery)
  66. A Pest In The House (Jones)
  67. Pigs In A Polka (Freleng)
  68. Pigs Is Pigs (Freleng)
  69. Plane Daffy (Tashlin)
  70. Porky Pigs Feat (Tashlin)
  71. Porky in Wackyland (1938, Clampett)
  72. Rabbit Fire (Jones)
  73. Rabbit of Seville (Jones)
  74. Rabbit Seasoning (Jones)
  75. Rhapsody Rabbit (Freleng)
  76. Robin Hood Daffy (Jones)
  77. Rocket-bye Baby (Jones)
  78. Russian Rhapsody (Clampett)
  79. Satan's Waitin' (Freleng)
  80. Scaredy Cat (Jones)
  81. Scrap Happy Daffy (Tashlin)
  82. The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950, Jones)
  83. Show Biz Bugs (Freleng)
  84. Slick Hare (Freleng)
  85. Steal Wool (Jones)
  86. The Stupid Cupid (Tashlin)
  87. The Stupor Salesman (Davis)
  88. Swooner Crooner (Tashlin)
  89. A Tale Of Two Kitties (1942, Clampett)
  90. The Three Little Bops (Freleng)
  91. Thugs With Dirty Mugs (Avery)
  92. Tin Pan Alley Cats (Clampett)
  93. Tortoise Wins By A Hare (Clampett)
  94. Tree For Two (Freleng)
  95. Wabbit Twouble (1941, Clampett)
  96. Walky Talky Hawky (Mckimson)
  97. What's Opera, Doc? (1957, Jones)
  98. Wholly Smoke (Tashlin)
  99. A Wild Hare (1940, Avery)
  100. You Ought to Be in Pictures (Freleng)


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