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An animated series featuring a collection of short subjects. These come in two flavors: compilation works that repackage older material, usually theatrical animation or individual segments of a company's older Two Shorts series, and Variety Show-style works comprised of newer material made specifically for the show or acquired for it, and often presented in a Three Shorts format.

Programs in the latter format may also serve as a showcase for numerous pilot episodes, skipping focus testing to gain direct audience reaction on whether or not they should become standalone series. More standard shows without that goal may also vary the relative lengths of the shorts under their umbrella, and it's not uncommon to see either style of series have episodes be themed around a certain subject.

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See also: Anthology Film, Animation Tropes.


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Classic Compilations:

  • Tom and Jerry
  • Casper the Friendly Ghost
  • Most of the early Cartoon Network line-up, prior to developing original content, presented much of its programming in this manner. These included shows themed around certain directors (The Bob Clampett Show,
    • The Tex Avery Show, and The Chuck Jones Show) and more general collections like Toon Heads.
    • Popeye. In previous decades, anthologies of Popeye cartoons would have unique live-action hosts with different gimmicks.
  • From 1983 to 1997, the Disney Channel had a few shows in this format for showcasing its theatrical shorts from the 1920s to the '50s, such as Donald Duck Presents.
    • After the channel was split into three separate blocks in 1997, Disney created an early morning cartoon anthology series called The Ink and Paint Club that focused on a different subject matter each episode. It was discontinued in 2002, after Disney decided to stop airing their "classic" programming on the network.
  • Rolfs Cartoon Time
  • Stay Tooned
  • Woody Woodpecker Show
  • The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show
  • The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show
  • The Mouse Factory: A 1970s syndicated series where classic Disney cartoons were shown, with each show hosted by a different guest star and costumed versions of Disney characters.
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  • The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends: A British animated series from the early 90's which usually has two stories combined into one episode based on the stories by Beatrix Potter.
  • Totally Tooned In

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