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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). Of the 50 cartoons that made it onto the list, however, only nine were produced by Walt Disney Animation.
Top 50 Greatest Cartoons
Other Great Cartoons
In addition to the main list, the book also recommends other cartoons that were nominated for the main list. The Disney cartoon shorts listed here are:
- Education for Death (1943, Clyde Geronimi)
- Ferdinand the Bull (1937, Dick Richard)
- Flowers and Trees (1932, Burt Gillet)
- Lonesome Ghosts (1937, Burt Gillet)
- Mickey's Service Station (1935, Ben Sharpensteen)
- Mickey's Trailer (1938, Ben Sharpensteen)
- Mother Goose Goes Hollywood (1938, Wilfred Jackson)
- Moving Day (1936, Ben Sharpensteen)
- Music Land (1935, Wilfred Jackson)
- Plane Crazy (1928, Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks)
- The Pointer (1939, Clyde Geronimi)
- Thru the Mirror (1936, David Hand)
- Who Killed Cock Robin? (1935, David Hand)
- 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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