50 Greatest Cartoon Shorts

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1. What's Opera, Doc? (1957)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Elmer Fudd is again hunting rabbits - only this time it's an opera. Wagner's Siegfried with Elmer as the titular hero and Bugs as Brunnhilde. They sing, they dance, they eat the scenery.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 9,636

2. Steamboat Willie (1928)

TV-Y7 | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey Mouse is a mischievous deckhand on a riverboat that is under the command of the tyrannical Captain Pete.

Directors: Ub Iwerks, Walt Disney | Star: Walt Disney

Votes: 8,411

3. One Froggy Evening (1955)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Action

A man futilely struggles to make his fortune with a frog that sings and dances, but only when it is alone with the owner.

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: William Roberts

Votes: 5,446

4. Der Fuehrer's Face (1942)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Donald Duck has a nightmare that he lives in Germany slaving under the Nazi regime.

Directors: Jack Kinney, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Charles Judels, Billy Bletcher, Clarence Nash

Votes: 4,103

5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 26 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam | Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray, Dal McKennon

Votes: 46,315

6. Tin Toy (1988)

G | 5 min | Animation, Short, Family

A tin one-man-band toy tries to escape a destructive baby.

Director: John Lasseter | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 10,153

7. Red Hot Riding Hood (1943)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

The characters of the traditional fairy tale demand a new approach to the story as a sexy urban comedy with Red as a nightclub singer.

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Sara Berner, Daws Butler, June Foray, Frank Graham

Votes: 2,433

8. Duck Amuck (1953)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The short-tempered Daffy Duck must improvise madly as the backgrounds, his costumes, the soundtrack, even his physical form, shifts and changes at the whim of the animator.

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 8,288

9. Geri's Game (1997)

G | 4 min | Animation, Short, Family

Geri sets up a chess game to play his greatest opponent - himself.

Director: Jan Pinkava | Star: Bob Peterson

Votes: 23,794

10. Gertie the Dinosaur (1914)

Not Rated | 12 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The cartoonist, Winsor McCay, brings the Dinosaurus back to life in the figure of his latest creation, Gertie the Dinosaur.

Director: Winsor McCay | Stars: Winsor McCay, George McManus, Roy L. McCardell, Thomas A. 'Tad' Dorgan

Votes: 3,139

11. The Cat Concerto (1947)

Passed | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Tom Cat is a concert pianist who plays beautifully until he is interrupted by Jerry Mouse.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 4,114

12. The Band Concert (1935)

Approved | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey is a frustrated bandleader dealing with obnoxious peanut vendor and flute player Donald, who tries to persuade the band to play "Turkey in the Straw," and a cyclone hits before his concert of "William Tell Overture" is completed.

Director: Wilfred Jackson | Star: Clarence Nash

Votes: 3,182

13. The Skeleton Dance (1929)

Approved | 6 min | Animation, Family, Short

The clock strikes midnight, the bats fly from the belfry, a dog howls at the full moon, and two black cats fight in the cemetery: a perfect time for four skeletons to come out and dance a bit.

Director: Walt Disney | Stars: Walt Disney, Carl W. Stalling

Votes: 4,439

14. Minnie the Moocher (1932)

Passed | 8 min | Animation, Short, Family

Betty Boop and Bimbo run away from home, but that night they are scared by a chorus of ghosts singing the title song.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky | Stars: Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra, Cab Calloway, Billy Murray, Mae Questel

Votes: 1,499

15. Peace on Earth (1939)

Passed | 9 min | Animation, Short, Drama

Two baby squirrels ask grandpa to explain what "men" are when he comes in singing "peace on earth, goodwill to men". Grandpa tells the story of man's last war.

Director: Hugh Harman | Stars: Mel Blanc, Sara Berner, Bernice Hansen, The Hollywood Choir Boys

Votes: 1,424

16. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Movie)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Depressed at the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find a deeper meaning to Christmas.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, Bill Melendez

Votes: 33,731

17. Rabbit Fire (1951)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Action

Daffy Duck and Bugs argue back and forth whether it is duck season or rabbit season. The object of their arguments is hunter Elmer Fudd.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 3,736

18. You Ought to Be in Pictures (1940)

Approved | 10 min | Animation, Family, Comedy

Daffy Duck tries to usurp Porky Pig's job through devious means in this wild blend of live action and animation.

Director: Friz Freleng | Stars: Mel Blanc, Leon Schlesinger, Henry Binder, Gerry Chiniquy

Votes: 1,539

19. Three Little Pigs (1933)

Passed | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The Three Little Pigs each build a house of different material. The Big Bad Wolf comes along and blows away the straw and stick homes, but is unable to destroy the house of bricks.

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Billy Bletcher, Pinto Colvig, Dorothy Compton, Mary Moder

Votes: 5,511 | Gross: $0.25M

20. Paperman (2012)

G | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

An office worker meets the girl of his dreams and uses a fleet of paper airplanes to get her attention.

Director: John Kahrs | Stars: John Kahrs, Kari Wahlgren, Jack Goldenberg, Jeff Turley

Votes: 32,040

21. Storytime (1968)

9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A bizarre comedy short by Terry Gilliam telling various absurdly comic stories.

Director: Terry Gilliam

Votes: 858

22. Feed the Kitty (1952)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A bulldog, charmed by a kitten, tries to keep her hidden from his human guardian.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Bea Benaderet, Mel Blanc

Votes: 3,108

23. Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Duck Dodgers and Marvin Martian wage war over Planet X.

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 5,817

24. Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968)

G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Winnie the Pooh and his friends experience high winds, heavy rains, and a flood in Hundred Acre Wood.

Directors: Wolfgang Reitherman, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Sebastian Cabot, Sterling Holloway, John Fiedler, Jon Walmsley

Votes: 4,866

25. Madame Tutli-Putli (2007)

17 min | Animation, Short, Thriller

Exhausted and profoundly melancholic, anachronistic Madame Tutli-Putli wants to board a train. And, surrounded by a lifetime's worth of personal belongings, she waits patiently. Is she running away from her past?

Directors: Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski | Star: Laurie Maher

Votes: 2,650

26. The Big Snit (1985)

10 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A couple have a fight over a scrabble game unaware that a full scale nuclear war has started.

Director: Richard Condie | Stars: Jay Brazeau, Ida Osler, Randy Woods, Bill Guest

Votes: 1,781

27. Superman (1941)

Passed | 10 min | Animation, Short, Action

The Man of Steel fights a mad scientist who is destroying Metropolis with an energy cannon.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Steve Muffati | Stars: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer

Votes: 2,908

28. The Man Who Planted Trees (1987)

30 min | Animation, Short, Drama

The story of a shepherd's single handed quest to re-forest a barren valley.

Director: Frédéric Back | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 5,588

29. King-Size Canary (1947)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A mangy cat on the verge of starvation finds a tiny canary and a bottle of 'Jumbo-Gro' fertilizer, which gives him an idea that leads to giant cats, dogs, mice and canaries chasing each other round Lilliputian towns and cities...

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Sara Berner, Pinto Colvig, Frank Graham

Votes: 1,643

30. Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969)

Not Rated | 2 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Bambi is contentedly nibbling the grass, seemingly unaware of his impending encounter with Godzilla. What will happen when the two finally meet?

Director: Marv Newland

Votes: 6,016

31. Brave Little Tailor (1938)

Approved | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Inspired by the Grimm's fairy tale, this classic 1938 Mickey cartoon finds our hero (voiced by Walt Disney) battling a hilariously huge "problem.

Directors: Burt Gillett, Bill Roberts | Stars: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner, Eddie Holden

Votes: 2,722

32. Fast and Furry-ous (1949)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

Wile E. Coyote makes 11 disastrous attempts to catch the Road Runner.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Paul Julian

Votes: 2,020

33. Vincent (1982)

G | 6 min | Animation, Short, Family

Young Vincent Malloy dreams of being just like Vincent Price and loses himself in macabre daydreams which annoys his mother.

Director: Tim Burton | Star: Vincent Price

Votes: 22,269

34. For the Birds (2000)

G | 3 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A group of snooty birds roosting on a telephone wire get their just deserts when a goofy bird drops in.

Director: Ralph Eggleston | Star: Ralph Eggleston

Votes: 30,303

35. The Two Mouseketeers (1952)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

This Tom and Jerry cartoon is set in 17th century France. Tom, who is a soldier in the King's castle, is assigned to guard the food laid out on a banquet table. Jerry and a smaller mouse ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Francoise Brun-Cottan

Votes: 1,460

36. Clock Cleaners (1937)

Approved | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are cleaning a large clock. Among the complications: Mickey fights a sleeping stork that doesn't want to leave, Donald gets tangled up in the main-spring, and Goofy is inside the bell when the clock strikes four.

Director: Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, James MacDonald, Clarence Nash

Votes: 2,322

37. Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936)

Approved | 16 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

The legendary sailors Popeye and Sindbad do battle to see which one is the greatest.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky | Stars: Jack Mercer, Mae Questel, Lou Fleischer, Gus Wickie

Votes: 3,097

38. Presto (2008)

G | 5 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A stage magician's rabbit gets into a magical onstage brawl against his neglectful guardian with two magic hats.

Director: Doug Sweetland | Star: Doug Sweetland

Votes: 23,417

39. Flowers and Trees (1932)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A jealous stump threatens two trees that are in love by starting a forest fire. When the rain comes and puts out the fire the forest revives and celebrates the wedding.

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Esther Campbell, Marion Darlington

Votes: 2,768

40. A Grand Day Out (1989)

Not Rated | 23 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Wallace takes a break from trying to decide on a holiday destination only to find he has no cheese for his crackers. The solution to both problems is a trip to the moon, with dog Gromit, because everybody knows the moon's made of cheese.

Director: Nick Park | Stars: Peter Sallis, Peter Hawkins

Votes: 32,452

41. Porky in Wackyland (1938)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Porky Pig goes on a hunt to catch the surreally elusive last Do-Do bird.

Director: Robert Clampett | Stars: Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher, Stan Freberg

Votes: 1,995

42. Gerald McBoing-Boing (1950)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

The story of a little boy who would only talk in sound effects. With story by Dr. Seuss (and Bill Scott of Rocky and Bullwinkle fame) this cartoon won the Oscar for best short subject (animated) for 1950.

Directors: Robert Cannon, John Hubley | Star: Marvin Miller

Votes: 1,836

43. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

After reading his favorite Dick Tracy comic, Daffy Duck has a surreal dream in which he is Duck Twacy, a private eye on the trail of an army of horrifyingly grotesque villains who stole every piggy bank in town, including his own.

Director: Robert Clampett | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 1,972

44. Harvie Krumpet (2003)

TV-14 | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

The odd biography of a man who has Tourette's Syndrome, chronic bad luck, menial jobs, nudist tendencies, and a book of "fakts" hung around his neck.

Director: Adam Elliot | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Kamahl, John Flaus, Julie Forsyth

Votes: 8,343

45. The Old Man and the Sea (1999)

20 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

An old fisherman goes out on his fishing trip and makes a huge catch, the biggest of his life.

Director: Aleksandr Petrov | Stars: Gordon Pinsent, Kevin Duhaney, Yôji Matsuda, Rentarô Mikuni

Votes: 4,011

46. Lifted (2006)

G | 5 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A teenage alien is trying to abduct a sleeping human, but doesn't know which switch to use.

Director: Gary Rydstrom | Stars: Sheb Wooley, Jack Angel

Votes: 18,638

47. The Little Orphan (1948)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Short, Animation

7.8