The 50 Greatest Cartoons

The 50 Greatest Cartoonsnote  is a list compiled in 1994 by animation historian Jerry Beck of Cartoon Brew, along with many others in the animation field. The criteria were that each cartoon be under 30 minutes long and cel animated (with Gertie the Dinosaur being the sole exception, since it predates cels). Tellingly, 43 of the shorts are from The Golden Age of Animationnote ; 17 of those are from the Warner Bros. studio (a full fifth of the list having been directed by Chuck Jones).

Compare to The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes list.

The Main List:

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

The Runners-Up

Besides the main list, the book also included a list of 57 runner up cartoons that almost made it to the list, but ultimately didn't get enough votes. Unsurprisingly, 45 of these shorts are also from The Golden Age of Animation. For convenience, they are posted below: