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Help Select the 100 Greatest Looney Tunes

I’m working on a new book project with Insight Editions (the same folks who published The Hanna Barbera Treasury) – and I need your help.

The concept is similar to my long out-of-print book, The 50 Greatest Cartoons (1994), only this time its all Warner Bros. Cartoons and we will highlight the top one hundred. I am personally contacting some of the top historians, animators, critics, filmmakers and authorities for their opinion. But why stop there? In 1994, for my previous book, we didn’t have the Internet to do the poll (nor did I have a blog). It should be exciting to see what the consensus of the online world is.

I’m asking all participants to list their “greatest” nominees in the comments section below. You can list your top ten, twenty or fifty – but please, no more than that. List them in order of greatness, #1 being the most important. I’ll cull the final one hundred out of what titles we receive by January 9th. Please include your real name if you wish to be acknowledged in the book.

This is open to the 1001 (or so) theatrically released Warner Bros. cartoons (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies) created between 1930 and 1969 (though I tend to doubt we’ll receive too many entries from the 1960s). No government sponsored films (sorry Snafu), industrial or made-for-TV animation accepted. The classic shorts. You know what I mean. Here’s the complete list of eligible film titles.

What defines greatness? That’s up to you. I’m throwing the door wide open. Historical significance, biggest laughs, greatest character animation, important milestones… make a list and check it twice. And post it below.

  • Okay, I’ll kick it off. My top 39 or so. These are in order and just off the top. No real thought involved here, just real solid cartoons that came to mind when I free associate great WB animation.

    1. What’s Opera, Doc?
    2. Duck Amuck
    3. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    4. Birds Anonymous
    5. Coal Black & De Sebben Dwarfs
    6. Rabbit Fire
    7. Kitty Kornered
    8. Bully for Bugs
    9. Porky Pig’s Feat
    10. High Diving Hare
    11. One Froggy Evening
    12. Daffy Duck in Hollywood
    13. Book Revue
    14. Little Red Riding Rabbit
    15. Porky’s Romance
    16. Daffy Dilly
    17. Three Little Bops
    18. For Scent-imental Reasons
    19. Buccaneer Bunny
    20. Long Haired Hare
    21. Thugs With Dirty Mugs
    22. Pigs In A Polka
    23. Little Red Walking Hood
    24. Wabbit Twouble
    25. Fast and Furry-ous
    26. Baseball Bugs
    27. The Big Snooze
    28. Knighty Knight Bugs
    29. A Wild Hare
    30. Bowery Bugs
    31. Baton Bunny
    32. Yankee Doodle Daffy
    33. Super Rabbit
    34. The Old Grey Hare
    35. The Hole Idea
    36. Leghorn Swoggled
    37. Norman Normal
    38. People Are Bunny
    39. Miss Glory

    Just a nitpick: if “industrial” animation is not to be considered, should the three Sloan Foundation shorts be off the list? (By Word of Mouse/Heir Conditioned/Yankee Dood It)

  • Callum Barker

    1. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    2. Coal Black And De Sebben Dwarfs
    3. Book Revue
    4. Porky Pig’s Duck Hunt
    5. Porky In Wackyland
    6. A Tale of Two Kitties
    7. The Hep Cat
    8. Hollywood Steps Out
    9. Herr Meets Hare
    10. Elmer’s Candid Camera
    11. The Hep Cat

  • Dennis S.

    01 Duck! Rabbit, Duck!
    02 Bully For Bugs
    03 Drip-Along Daffy
    04 Rabbit Of Seville
    05 Robin Hood Daffy
    06 Duck Dodgers In The 24-1/2th Century
    07 Ali Baba Bunny
    08 Golden Yeggs
    09 One Froggy Evening
    10 Birds Anonymous

    I still know some the funny dialogue.

  • Well…..


    I will send more cartoons along the next days, Jerry. It’s a pretty long list and I need to look at it in greater detail.

    Good luck with your book.

    Christopher Atkins

    Madison, WI

  • Outside of the obvious, What’s Opera Doc, Baby Bottleneck, etc…

    I love Baseball Bugs, Early to Bet, Daffy Doodles.

    And WIDELY over looked Nasty Quacks, which has one of the funniest, least utilized versions of Daffy: An obnoxious bachelor. I never understood how an entire series of these never got made.

  • Terry

    Rabbit Fire
    Duck Amuck
    Rabbit Seasoning
    What’s Opera Doc
    One Froggy Evening
    Early to Bet
    Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century
    Feed the Kitty
    Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    Claws for Alarm
    A Tale of Two Kitties
    The Honey-Mousers

  • 1. A Pest in the House
    2. A Gruesome Twosome
    3. Louvre come back to me!
    4. Russian Rhapsody
    5. Feed the Kitty
    6. Porky Pig’s Feat
    7. Buckaroo Bugs
    8. The Aristo-cat
    9. The Bashful Buzzard
    10. Swallow the leader
    11. Bear Feat
    12. Dog Gone South
    13. One Froggy Evening
    14. Duck Amuck
    15. Robin Hood Daffy

  • Ok, I’m forgetting a lot of important ones and a few great characters (sorry, Wile E. Coyote, I love you but I find formulaic plots a little boring in cartoons). I also admit I didn’t pay so much attention to the order after the first 25 or so, but here it’s anyway. It was exciting to do it, though a more thoughtful list would have taken me all the day.

    1-The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    2- The Big Snooze
    3- Baby Bottleneck
    4-Book Revue
    5-Porky In Wackyland
    6-A Tale of Two Kitties
    7-A Gruesome Twosome
    8-Hair-Raising Hare
    9- Plane Daffy
    10-The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    11-Kitty Kornered
    12-The Heckling Hare
    13-A Wild Hare
    14-A Corny Concerto
    15-Coal Black and The Seven Dwarfs
    16-Horton Hatched The Egg
    17-Duck Amuck
    18-Duck Dodgers in the 24 ½ Century
    19-Falling Hare
    20-What’s Opera Doc?
    21-Eigth Ball Bunny
    22-Slick Hare
    23-One Froggy Evening
    24-The Old Gray Hare
    25-Porky’s Party
    26-Nasty Quacks
    27-A Hare Grows in Manhattan
    28-Hare Trigger
    29-Bird Anonymous
    30-Claws For Alarms
    31-Tortoise Wins By A Hare
    34-Cats Aweigh
    35-Bacall to Arms
    36-Russian Rhapsody
    37-Draftee Daffy
    38-The Henpecked Duck
    39-A Coy Decoy
    40-I Love To Singa
    41-Rabbit Of Seville
    42-Naughty Neighbours
    43-Bedeviled Bunny
    44-Baseball Bugs
    45-Bugs’ Bonnets
    46-Three Little Bops
    47-The Stupid Cupid
    48-Crowing Pains
    49-For Scent-imental Reasons
    50-Beanstalk Bunny

  • Jess Price

    Let me just throw out one cartoon that I think gets overlooked because there are no “star” characters… Chuck Jones’ Go Fly a Kit (1957).

    Michael Maltese’s story is quite creative and very charming. A flying cat? What a unique character! Plus, I like the sound his tail makes as he putters about the sky.

    I think this short deserves a spot somewhere in the top 100, Jerry. It’s one of Chuck Jones’ unheralded greats.

  • What’s Opera, Doc?
    Rabbit of Serville
    One Froggy Evening
    Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z-z
    Duck Dogers in the 24 1/2th Century
    Hair-Raising Hare
    The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    Operation: Rabbit
    Feed the Kitty
    The Dover Boys
    Baby Bottleneck
    Little Red Riding Rabbit
    Wackiki Rabbit
    Odor-Able Kitty
    Haredevil Hare
    Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid
    You Ought to Be in Pictures
    Pigs in a Polka
    Book Revue
    Scaredy Cat
    Rabbit Hood
    Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    High Diving Hare
    The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    Rabbit Fire
    Rabbit Seasoning
    Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    Duck Amuck
    The Daffy Doc
    Russian Rhapsody
    Much Ado About Nutting
    Bully for Bugs
    The Aristo-Cat
    A Corny Concerto
    Tortoise Wins by a Hare
    A Tale of Two Kitties
    Stage Door Cartoon
    Tweety Pie
    Baseball Bugs
    Daffy Doodles
    Rhapsody Rabbit
    Broom Stick Bunny
    Bugs Bunny & The Three Bears
    Hare Tonic
    Hare Conditioned
    Long-Haired Hare
    The Hypo-Chondri-Cat
    Two’s A Crowd
    Horton Hatches the Egg
    I Love to Singa
    Beep Beep
    From A to Z-Z-Z
    The Big Snooze
    Wabbit Twouble
    Porky in Wackyland
    The Pest That Came to Dinner
    Porky Pig’s Feat
    A Wild Hare
    Cinderella Meets Fella
    Porky’s Duck Hunt
    Bowery Bugs
    Ali Baba Bunny
    Daffy Duck in Hollywood
    Bewitched Bunny
    Drip-Along Daffy
    Mutiny on the Bunny
    The Henpecked Duck
    Three Little Bops
    8 Ball Bunny
    Cheese Chasers
    Stop! Look! Hasten!
    Walky Talky Hawky
    The Foghorn Leghorn
    Hurdy-Gurdy Hare
    Kitty Kornered
    Slick Hare
    Robin Hood Daffy
    Hare-Way to the Stars
    Mississippi Hare
    Draftee Daffy
    Porky & Daffy
    For Scent-imental Reasons
    Homeless Hare
    The Ducksters
    Baton Bunny
    The Bashful Buzzard
    Bad Ol’ Putty Tat
    A Bear for Punishment
    Fresh Hare
    A Pest in the House
    The Ducksters
    Kiss Me Cat
    Claws for Alarm
    The Stupor Salesman
    Porky’s Badtime Story
    The Hasty Hare
    The Unruly Hare
    Beanstork Bunny

  • zavkram

    I’m going to confine my listing to just 10. I will also offer an explanation of the reason for each of my choices.

    1. The Rabbit of Seville (Chuck Jones, 1951): This for me is THE perfect Warner Bros. cartoon. Everything works well here: the animation, the gags and the razor-sharp timing of the action to Rossini’s score. Carl Stalling’s contributions to this cartoon cannot be overlooked and his interpolation of Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” at the end of the cartoon is particularly apt.

    2. What’s Opera Doc? (Chuck Jones, 1957): Why this was never even considered for an Oscar-nomination is beyond me… The visuals are stunning (I’m fortunate to have seen 35mm screenings on the big screen) and the singing by Mel Blanc and Arthur Q. Bryan remains in the memory long after the final iris-out.

    3. Coal Black an’ de Sebben Dwarfs (Robert Clampett, 1943): Despite the controversey it has spawned over the decades, this cartoon is nothing short of miraculous. Warren Foster’s dialogue-in-verse is droll and idiomatic; Rod Scribner’s animation is a tour-de-force and that hot jazz trumpet solo as the Prince tries to awaken “So White” has got to be one of the finest performances to ever come from the Warner Bros. Studio Orchestra.

    4. Porky Pig’s Feat (Frank Tashlin, 1943): This is my all-time favorite Frank Tashlin cartoon. I particularly like the cinematic conventions that are used throughout: The panning shot to Porky’s grimace as the Hotel Manager slaps the black right off of Daffy’s face; the reflection of said Manager in the irises of Porky and Daffy as he careens down a spiral staircase… I could go on! Porky and Daffy’s personalities and their chemistry as a team are well-defined here. The cameo appearance of Bugs Bunny in the closing gag is a deft touch.

    5. Three Little Bops (Friz Freleng, 1957): Stan Freberg finally gets a chance to shine here, and he delivers Warren Foster’s verse with great gusto. Shorty Rogers does an outstanding job as well. With great animation and layouts to boot, this has to be one of the finest of Freleng’s music-based cartoons.

    6. A Wild Hare (Fred “Tex” Avery, 1940): Aside from the fact that it codified the physical appearance and mannerisms of Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, this is also a FUNNY cartoon. Bugs is a scream as he nonchalantly asks Elmer, “Whadd’ya mean, ‘Wabbit’?” The production values in this cartoon are also very high. The layout and backgrounds are superb, as is the attention to detail (the characters cast their own shadows on the ground, in the finest Disney manner).

    7. Pigs in a Polka (Friz Freleng, 1943): This is another one of Freleng’s finest cartoons; he marries the action to Brahms’s “Hungarian Dances” flawlessly. The “Histerine” mouthwash gag is one of my all-time favorites!

    8. Thugs with Dirty Mugs (Fred “Tex” Avery, 1939): This, I think, is one of Avery’s finest WB cartoons because he so deftly parodies the gangster-film conventions that were codified by Warner Bros. and First National during the early 1930’s. The most memorable scene, I think, is when “Killer” and his gang are robbing the wall safe and accidentally turn on a radio dial. The layout here is most impressive and exemplifies the amount of attention that Avery paid to the live-action films that he spoofs.

    9. What’s Up Doc? (Robert McKimson, 1950): This is one of McKimson’s greatest cartoons, not least for the memorable song-and-dance numbers. Mckimson, I think, has been seriously underrated as a cartoon director. He made many fine cartoons for Warner Bros. (far too many to mention here). I would even go so far as to say I think that, had he been given the opportunity, he would also have made a fine live-action director (as Tashlin eventually became).

    10. Dripalong Daffy (Chuck Jones, 1951): This might seem like an odd choice for a top-ten listing, but I stand by my choice. The gags and verbal repartee by Daffy and Porky are sublime and the scene of the final shootout actually generates real tension. This is a hilarious send-up of the entire Hollywood Western genre.

  • >>And WIDELY over looked Nasty Quacks, which has one of the funniest, least utilized versions of Daffy: An obnoxious bachelor. I never understood how an entire series of these never got made.>>

    I agree. I did include this one in my list before I even read your comment. ;)

    I love Frank Tashlin’s cartoons, I need to watch more of them. But at least one of his cartoons should be in a list of this kind.

  • Sean Montgomery

    Duck Amuck
    Feed The Kitty
    One Froggy Evening
    Homeless Hare
    Rabbit Seasoning
    Long-Haired Hare
    Early To Bet
    Chow Hound
    Hillbilly Hare
    Bowery Bugs
    Steal Wool
    Fast and Furry-ous
    A Bear For Punishment
    Operation: Rabbit
    8-Ball Bunny
    Rabbit of Seville
    Bully For Bugs
    No Barking
    Rabbit Hood
    From A to Z-Z-Z-Z

  • 1- rabbit of seville
    2-? – all the other WB toons in 50 GREATEST CARTOONS (out of print???)
    then… in no particular order…
    Draftee Daffy
    Falling Hare
    Tale of two kitties
    For Scent-imental reasons
    rhapsody rabbit
    hair-raising hare
    now hear this
    porky’s duck hunt
    daffy the commando
    three little bops
    the one where Wile E Coyote explains to kids why he chases the Roadrunner

  • ok, it’s true that cartoons like the ones with Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner are not the best quoted here, since the reason is that the plot is-basically- always the same (the concept of chasing the pray). So I won’t be surprise to find none of them or at least one, despite we must admit that it’s one of the most beloved cartoon duo and the cartoon’s philosophy has become one of the trademarks of the Looney Tunes;

    I don’t have a precise list, Jerry, but I’d like to suggest you to insert the 1952’s cartoon Operation: Rabbit for 4 simple reasons:

    – it’s the very first time that Bugs Bunny and the Coyote feature togheter in a cartoon, so there’s a fresh, unique and spontaneous interchange between them; this sense of novelty in the 1952’s cartoon is decrease in the other (and few) cartoons in which Jones tried to put again togheter this couple for emulate the success of their first meeting withoust satisfising results

    – The terrific work of Mel Blanc impersonating the charachter of Wile E. Coyote from the first and well-known cue “Allow me to introduce myself…” until the 07.19 minutes of the end he developed an excellent Climax from a calm and stable situation untill to distress the relaxing and dozy green-skied landscape of the desert with an obsession. Later this performance will consacrate the charachter of Wile E. Coyote

    – it was one of the “old style” cartoons produced by the team of Jones/Maltese

    – the magnificent layouts of Robert Gribboek

    Hope my arguments will be enough for your final choice! Thank you very much for reading!

    Silvia L.

  • What’s Opera, Doc?
    Rabbit of Seville
    Duck Amuck
    Duck Dodgers of the 24 1/2 Century
    Drip Along Daffy
    Book Revue
    The Great Piggybank Robbery
    The Scarlett Pumpernickel
    Long Haired Hare
    Tweetie Pie
    I Love to Singa
    The Old Grey Hare
    Speedy Gonzales
    Gee Whiz-z-z-z
    From A to Z-z-z-z
    For Scent-imental Reasons
    The Foghorn Leghorn
    Hillbilly Hare
    Bully For Bugs
    Porky in Wackyland

    That barely scratches the surface for me. It would be easier for me to make a list of Looney Tunes I DON’T like. I guess I’ll stop there. Good luck with your book, Jerry.

  • It was difficult to limit these to 50, but here are many of my favs. Jerry, you’ve got your hands full collating all these.

    1 Duck Amuck
    2 One Froggy Evening
    3 Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century
    4 Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs
    5 Rabbit of Seville
    6 Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    7 The Dover Boys
    8 From A to Z-z-z-z
    9 A Wild Hare
    10 Russian Rhapsody
    11 Kitty Kornered
    12 Porky Pig’s Feat
    13 Little Red Riding Rabbit
    14 High Note
    15 Porky’s Party
    16 The Daffy Doc
    17 Baby Bottleneck
    18 Long-Haired Hare
    19 Bear For Punishment
    20 Three Little Bops
    21 Porky In Wackyland
    22 Hillbilly Hare
    23 Bully for Bugs
    24 A-Lad-In His Lamp
    25 Wagon Heels
    26 The Aristo-Cat
    27 Corny Concerto
    28 Wabbit Twouble
    29 Pigs In a Polka
    30 Draftee Daffy
    31 A Gruesome Twosome
    32 Tin Pan Alley Cats
    33 Broom-Stick Bunny
    34 Claws for Alarm
    35 Falling Hare
    36 What’s Opera Doc?
    37 Book Revue
    38 Hair-Raising Hare
    39 High Diving Hare
    40 Jumpin’ Jupiter
    41 Mouse Wreckers
    42 Tortoise Beats Hare
    43 An Itch In Time
    44 Inki And The Minah Bird
    45 Rhapsody in Rivets
    46 Scrap Happy Daffy
    47 Porky’s Romance
    48 The Old Grey Hare
    49 Tweety Pie
    50 Walky Talky Hawky

    How about the best Disney shorts after this?

  • Chuck R.

    Jerry, This isn’t the answer you’re looking for, but my vote is to re-print “The 50 Greatest Cartoons”. It’s a great book that is overwhelmingly WB -oriented already. I’m willing to bet that this new concept will retread most of the same ground. With the incredible Looney Tunes DVD’s and all the bonus material to go with them, there are few stones unturned in WB history. Your earlier book was great in that it featured a few exemplary LT cartoons and used those to expose fans to other great underrated shorts like The Big Snit and The Cat Came Back.

    Here’s my top 5:

    1. Reprint “The 50 Greatest Cartoons”

    2. Update “The 50 Greatest Cartoons” so that Pixar shorts and Independent shorts not covered in the previous book can be eligible.

    3. Do a book on the best moments or sequences in animation.

    4. Do a book about John Hubley

    5. Do a book that centers on certain cliches or re-used gags in Animation and give a history of each, e.g. discuss the cartoon “take” and show how it originated and was pushed by Clampett and Tex Avery. Maybe a chapter on inanimate things coming to life, or who was the first to drop an anvil, etc.

    You have such remarkable skill, I’m sure you could take something really off-the-wall and make it work.

  • 1. Duck Amuck
    2. One Froggy Evening
    3. Rabbit Fire
    4. Rabbit Seasoning
    5. Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    6. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    7. Hare Trigger
    8. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century
    9. Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid
    10. Tortoise Wins By a Hare
    11. Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs
    12. A Tale of Two Kitties
    13. Wabbit Twouble
    14. Daffy Duck in Hollywood
    15. The Old Grey Hare
    16. Kitty Kornered
    17. Falling Hare
    18. Buckaroo Bugs
    19. The Bashful Buzzard
    20. Baby Bottleneck
    21. What’s Opera, Doc?
    22. Russian Rhapsody
    23. Porky’s Duck Hunt
    24. Back Alley Op-Roar
    25. The Aristo-Cat
    26. Haredevil Hare
    27. Hair-Raising Hare
    28. Feed the Kitty
    29. Robin Hood Daffy
    30. A Wild Hare
    31. The Dover Boys
    32. Draftee Daffy
    33. Walky Talky Hawky
    34. Birds Anonymous
    35. The Three Little Bops
    36. The Hypo-Chondri-Cat
    37. Bully For Bugs
    38. Porky in Wackyland

  • What the hey, I’ll get in on this. Though I am sure a lot of my picks will be on other’s lists…I’m fairly certain I have a few that will raise eyebrows. I chose’em for various reasons regarding either art direction/design or character/story originality. (Or lack thereof.) :-)

    1. What’s Opera, Doc?
    2. Duck Amuck
    3. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    4. Coal Black & De Sebben Dwarfs
    5. One Froggy Evening
    6. Rabbit Fire
    7. Kitty Kornered
    8. Bully for Bugs
    9. Rabbit of Seville
    10. High Diving Hare
    11. Paging Miss Glory
    12. Daffy Duck in Hollywood
    13. Book Revue
    14. Little Red Riding Rabbit
    15. Porky in Wackyland
    16. Hair-Raising Hare
    17. Three Little Bops
    18. For Scent-imental Reasons
    19. I Love To Singa
    20. Long Haired Hare
    21. Thugs With Dirty Mugs
    22. Pigs In A Polka
    23. Little Red Walking Hood
    24. Wabbit Twouble
    25. Fast and Furry-ous
    26. Bowery Bugs
    27. The Big Snooze
    28. Knighty Knight Bugs
    29. A Wild Hare
    30. Southern Fried Rabbit
    31. Baton Bunny
    32. Yankee Doodle Daffy
    33. Super Rabbit
    34. The Old Grey Hare
    35. The Hole Idea
    36. Leghorn Swoggled
    37. Quentin Quail
    38. The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    39. Shuffle Off To Buffalo
    40. Wackiki Wabbit
    41. Transylvania 6-5000
    42. Tortoise Wins By A Hare
    43. Tortoise Beats Hare
    44. Toy Trouble
    45. Toy Town Hall
    46. A Witch’s Tangled Hare
    47. Have You Got Any Castles
    48. Detouring America
    49. Billboard Frolics
    50. Senorella And The Glass Huarache

  • Jason

    I’m not much for Looney Tune titles, so I’ll just have to post descriptions:

    1. My absolute fave is the one that tells about Bug’s rise to stardom. It was a clever parody of all the star bios popular at the time, like the Jolson Story, the Eddie Cantor Story, etc. Brilliant.

    2. The Daffy Duck Robin Hood short.

    3. Just about any Pepe Le Pew short. I love that guy.

    4. The two shorts where Sylvester is Porky’s cat and keeps trying to warn him of the weird stuff that’s happening around them and Porky keeps scolding him and/or ignoring him. Those are both hilarious. And it’s cool to see Sylvester doing something besides chasing that bird around. Porky’s great in them too. A very underrated character IMO.

    5. ANY ep with Martin the Martian. That voice KILLS me.

    6. The one with Bugs trying to get the penguin back to the Arctic. I think that was the first short that established Bugs as more than just a smart-alec. He became kind of a nice guy, and that expanded his appeal (and differentiated him from lesser lights such as Woody Woodpecker).

    7. And yes, What’s Opera Doc?

  • K. Borcz

    I’m voting for the obvious.
    Duck Amuck
    What’s Opera Doc!

    I also like the one with the big red monster and Bugs, tho I forget what its called. I’m sure someone’s listed it.

    Oh and the one where the guys are trapped on a deserted Island. I liked that one.

  • Thank you Larry Levine!! It took ten posts littered with titles before you mentioned “Wakiki Wabbit”.

    If I had time to make a list that would be at the top. Its a perfect cartoon.

  • 1. Duck Amuck
    2. Robin Hood Daffy
    3. Duck Dodgers
    4. One Froggy Evening
    5. No Barking
    6. Much Ado about Nutting
    7. The Scarlett Pumpernickel
    8. Assault and Peppered
    9. Mexicali Schmoes
    10. Bear for Punishment
    11. Golden Yeggs
    12. Rabbit of Seville
    13. Birds Anonymous
    14. Feed the Kitty
    15. Knighty knight bugs
    16. Dog Gone South
    17. Transylvania 6-5000
    18. Walky Talky Hawky
    19. The Unmentionables
    20. Tortilla Flaps
    21. Herr Meets Hare
    22. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    23. The Eager Beaver
    24. Drip-Along Daffy
    25. Hair-Raising Hare
    26. Apes Of Wrath
    27. Nelly’s Folly
    28. Three Little Bops
    29. Satan’s Waitin’
    30. Road To Andalay
    31. Sahara Hare
    32. Bonanza Bunny
    33. From A To Z-z-z-z-z

  • Tom Pope

    Real short list of one’s I could watch over and over.

    1. Kitty Kornered,
    2. Tortoise vs. Hare.
    3. Piggy Bank Robbery.
    4. A Tale of Two Kitties.
    5. Book Revue.

    Super-honorable Mention to Robin Hood Daffy.

    Yoicks and away!

  • 1. Duck Amuck
    2. One Froggy Evening
    3. What’s Opera, Doc?
    4. Draftee Daffy
    5. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century!
    6. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    7. Robin Hood Daffy
    8. Falling Hare
    9. Beep, Beep
    10. The Scarlet Pumpernickle

    Honorable Mention: Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs

  • Mike Johnson

    Lots of good, solid choices so far. Here are my 2 cent’s worth:

    1) What’s Opera, Doc?
    2) Drip-Along-Daffy
    3) The Scarlett Pumpernickel
    4) Robin Hood Daffy
    5) Bear For Punishment
    6) Knighty Knight Bugs
    7) Rabbit of Seville
    8) Porky in Wackyland
    9) One Froggy Evening
    10) Feed the Kitty

  • I would say that “Wackiki Wabbit” and “Duck! Rabbit, Duck!” are two of the best ever, and are representative of the whole cannon of films. As much as I like them, other shorts such as “Horton Hatches The Egg” and even “What’s Opera, Doc” should not be included. They are pretty much one off cartoons, that have little or nothing to do with the others, with Horton using Seuss characters and “What’s Opera, Doc” being all musical and strange settings.

  • Hameed Shaukat

    My top 10:

    1. Duck Amuck
    2. Rabbit Seasoning
    3. What’s Opera, Doc?
    4. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century
    5. Falling Hare
    6. One Froggy Evening
    7. Little Boy Boo
    8. Rabbit Fire
    9. I Love to Singa
    10. Haredevil Hare

  • Saturnome

    It’s fun to see the top tens, some are Clampett oriented, other are Jones oriented… I can’t do a top. I can’t decide which is my favorite…

  • 01. Falling Hare
    02. Draftee Daffy
    03. Super Rabbit
    04. The Dover Boys
    05. Coal Black and The Seven Dwarfs
    06. Russian Rhapsody
    05. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    06. Porky In Wackyland
    07. A Tale of Two Kitties
    08. A Gruesome Twosome
    09. Plane Daffy
    10. A Corny Concerto
    11. Book Revue
    12. Tortoise Wins By A Hare

  • Brien

    1. Porky Pig’s Feat
    2. The Hep Cat
    3. Draftee Daffy
    4. The Heckling Hare
    5. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    6. The Stupor Salesman
    7. Strife with Father
    8. A Pest in the House
    9. Horton Hatches the Egg
    10. The Foghorn Leghorn

  • Here are my nominees:

    1. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    2. A Gruesome Twosome
    3. Porky Pig’s Feat
    4. Drip-Along Daffy
    5. Cheese Chasers
    6. The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    7. Baby Bottleneck
    8. Feed the Kitty
    9. Mexican Joyride
    10. Rebel Rabbit
    11. Red Riding Rabbit
    12. Plane Daffy
    13. A Bear for Punishment
    14. Buckaroo Bugs
    15. Walky Talky Hawky
    16. Dough Ray Me-Oww
    17. Chow Hound
    18. Porky and Daffy
    19. Birds Anonymous
    20. I Got Plenty of Mutton

  • Well, to get started:

    1 Duck Amuck
    2 Book Revue
    3 Hillbilly Hare
    4 Bewitched Bunny
    5 Baby Bottleneck
    6 Rabbit of Seville
    7 Hare-Raising Hare
    8 What’s Opera Doc
    9 Goldimouse and the Three Cats
    10 A Gruesome Twosome

    I will make a second post soon…

  • Here’s my fifteen top:

    1. One Froggy Evening
    2. What’s Opera, Doc?
    3. Rabbit of Seville
    4. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century
    5. Deduce, You Say?
    6. Broom-Stick Bunny
    7. Feed the Kitty
    8. Robin Hood Daffy
    9. Three Little Bops
    10. Bully For Bugs
    11. Duck Amuck
    12. Long Haired Hare
    13. Bear for Punishment
    14. Fast and Furry-ous
    15. Herr Meets Hare

    Pretty hard to choose. :)

  • uncle wayne

    Hmmmm….that’s like asking who’s the prettiest girl on the nudist beach? ‘

    Imposs!! But I’ll bite!:

    “Rebel Rabbit”
    “Long-Haired Hare”
    “One Froggy Evening”
    “Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives”
    “Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!”
    “Rabbit of Seville”
    “Hot-Cross Bunny”
    “No Barking”
    “Fast & Furry-ous”
    “Bedtime for Sniffles”

  • boxmyth

    Duck Amuck is a personal favorite of mine.

  • 1. One Froggy Evening
    2. Duck Amuck
    3. Porky in Wackyland
    4. Rabbit Seasoning
    5. Birds Anonymous
    6. A Wild Hare
    7. Bosko The Talk-Ink Kid
    8. The Abominable Snow Rabbit
    9. Mississippi Hare
    10. Barbary Coast Bunny

  • Ron Price

    Oh, how I love “best of” lists…

    1. One Froggy Evening
    2. What’s Opera, Doc
    3. Duck Amuck
    4. Deduce, You Say (am I really the only one who LOVES this one?)
    5. Porky In Wackyland

  • tommy

    Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarves
    What’s Opera Doc?
    Tortoise Wins by a Hare
    The Great Piggybank Robbery
    Book Revue
    Falling Hare
    The Rabbit of Seville
    Kitty Kornered
    Duck Amok
    Porky in Wackyland

  • Autumn

    I can’t believe you’re making me choose…

    1. What’s Opera Doc? FOR SURE

    2. Baseball Bugs

    3. Rabbit of Seville

    4. Robin Hood Daffy

    5. Duck Amuck

    6. Duck Dodgers

    7. Bully for Bugs

    8. Feed the Kitty

    9. Jumpin Jupiter

    10. Rabbit Fire

    11. Three Little Bops

    12. Long Haired Hare

    13. Scarlet Pumpernickel

    14. Scrap Happy Daffy

    15. Super Rabbit

    I’m sitting here making this list and I suddenly realize I could be here all day, listing WAY more than 100 cartoons that I LOVE so much. All the ones I chose sound so obvious and they’re what everyone seems to choose, but it’s because they are the BEST

  • Jimchig

    No time to create a list right now, but I have to throw out a title I have not seen here, AT ALL?

    Rocket Bye Baby – the human/martian baby mix up. One of my favs.

  • I was just thinking of this Jerry, what a coincidence.

    1.Kitty Kornered
    2.Broom-Stick Bunny
    3.Russian Rhapsody
    4.Claws for Alarm
    5.Transylvania 6500
    6.Rabbits Kin
    7.Bugsy and Mugsy
    8.The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    10.Robin Hood Daffy
    11.Dover Boys
    12.Daffy Duck Slept Here
    13.Mouse and Garden
    14.Hyde and Hair
    15.Ballot Box Bunny
    16.Knighty-Knight Bugs
    17.Hair Trimmed
    18.14 Carrot Rabbit
    19.Barbary Coast Bunny
    20.Mississippi Hare
    21.Southern Fried Rabbit

    21! Hardy Har-Har, Hardy Har-Har

  • Alex Kirwan

    Here’s an imperfect top 30
    Duck Amuck
    What’s opera doc
    Great piggy Bank Robbery
    One Froggy Evening
    Duck Dodgers in the 24th1/2 century
    Kitty Kornered
    Baby Bottle-Neck
    Hair-Raising Hare
    Feed the Kitty
    Falling Hare
    A Hare Grows in Manhattan
    You Ought to be in Pictures (why is this one only on one other list!?)
    Porky Pig’s Feet
    Bully for Bugs
    Coal Black and the Sebben Dwarves
    Porky in Wackyland
    The Dover Boys
    Claws for Alarm
    Case of the Missing Hare
    Rocket-Bye Baby
    Little Red Rabbit Hood
    Old Gray Hare
    Book Revue
    Pest in the House
    The Heckling Hare
    Gorilla my Dreams
    Baseball Bugs
    I love to Singa (I do not need to defend this selection)
    Miss Glory
    Fast and Furry-ous

  • Michael stewart

    I know very chuck Jones Heavy, but you could do a best of book on just his works alone

    1) Rabbit of seville
    2) Duck amuck
    3)What’s opera Doc
    4)Drip along Daffy
    5) 3 little Bops
    6) Bully for Bugs
    7)The Abominable Snow Rabbit
    8) Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century
    9) One Froggy evening
    10) The High note

  • TMBG05

    1 Duck! Rabbit!, Duck!
    2 Rabbit of Seville
    3 Feed the Kitty
    4 Duck Amuck
    5 Robin hood daffy
    6 Bugs Bonnets
    7 Pizzicato Pussycat
    8 Porky’s Preview
    9 Pigs in a Polka
    10 Horton hatches the egg
    11 Hollywood steps out
    12 Chow Hound
    13 Dog Gone south
    14 Hillbilly Bunny
    15 Odor of the day
    16 Tabasco Road
    17 Satan’s Waitin’
    18 the Turn tale wolf
    19 An itch in time
    20 She was an acrobat’s Daugther

  • Wm C.Wallace

    This is like comparing apples and oranges.Since most of the top ones are by Bob Clampett or Chuck Jones…… why not just do books devoted to them?A book of the 50 “worst” cartoons might be a good idea too.

  • Darryl Grossi

    Here’s my top 25:

    1. Rabbit Of Seville
    2. Dover Boys
    3. Duck Dodgers
    4. Rabbit Seasoning
    5. A Bear for Punishment
    6. Bully for Bugs
    7. Case of the Stuttering Pig
    8. Crowing Pains
    9. Swooner Crooner
    10. Russian Rhapsody
    11. A Tale of Two Kitties
    12. Tortoise Wins by a Hare
    13. One Froggy Evening
    14. Baby Bottleneck
    15. Gruesome Twosome
    16. Scarlet Pumpernickel
    17. Bunny Hugged
    18. Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    19. My Bunny Lies Over the Sea
    20. Kitty Kornered
    21. Henpecked Duck
    22. Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    23. What’s Opera Doc?
    24. Catch as Cats Can
    25. Long Haired Hare

    BTW, great site, been visiting it since the beginning.

  • Thad

    Amazingly, I haven’t seen A TALE OF TWO MICE, INKI AT THE CIRCUS, or FELINE FRAME-UP show up here yet, three undiscovered gems that would definitely be on my ‘desert island picks’.

  • One Froggy Evening

    Duck Amuck

    Robin Hood Daffy

    Whats Opera Doc?

    Hare-Raising Hare

  • Zane Kohler

    1.Duck Amuck
    2.One Froggy Evening
    3.What’s Opera, Doc?
    4.Feed The Kitty
    5.Rabbit Fire
    6.Duck Dodgers In The 24 and a Half Century
    7.Super Rabbit
    8.Rabbit Seasoning
    9.Easter Yeggs
    10.Duck! Rabbit! Duck!

  • Causal Cartoon Fan

    Hard… From what haven’t been mentioned: “Punch Trunk” and “Gold Diggers of ’35”

  • I was lucky enough to stumble across a copy of 50 Greatest Cartoon at a car boot sale sometime last year and love the book to pieces. Can we hope for a cover as brilliant as the one that book had? As for my list of Looney Tunes shorts, I’ll get back to you on that, so very hard to put them in any kind of order. =P

  • Michael Rosenberg

    Hi Jerry–
    I can’t wait for your new book!

    Here’s my list:

    1. Porky Pig’s Feat (1943/Tashlin)
    2. Baby Bottleneck (1944/Clampett)
    3. Bye Bye Bluebeard (1946/Davis)
    4. Thugs with Dirty Mugs (1939/Avery)
    5. Porky in Wackyland (1938/Clampett)
    6. Feed the Kitty (1951/Jones)
    7. Bully for Bugs (1951/Jones)
    8. Bugs and Thugs (1954/Freleng)
    9. Rabbit Fire (1951/Jones)
    10. The Wearing of the Grin (1950/Jones)
    11. Hare Trigger (1944/Freleng)
    12. Bugs Bunny Catches the Boyd (1942/Clampett)
    13. Coal black and de Sebben Dwarfs (1944/Clampett)
    14. Dough Ray Meow! (1948/Davis)
    15. Crowing Pains (1946/McKimson)
    16. The Big Snooze (1946/Clampett)
    17. Hare Ribbin’ (1944/Clampett)
    18. Porky’s Preview (1941/Avery)
    19. Eatin’ off the Cuff (1942/Clampett)
    20. Scrap Happy Daffy (1943/Tashlin)
    21. A Bone for a Bone (1951/Freleng)
    22. 8 Ball Bunny (1950/Jones)
    23. Little Boy Boo (1954/Mckimson)
    24. Robinson Crusoe Jr. (1942/McCabe
    25. We the Animals Squeak (1941/Clampett)
    26. Water, Water Every Hare (1952/Jones)
    27. Cracked Quack (1952/Freleng)
    28. Tin Pan Alley Cats (1944/Clampett)
    29. Barber of Seville (1950/Jones)
    30. Norman Normal (1968/Lovy)

    Whew, that concludes my top 30 Looney Tunes.
    I want to thank you for this opportunity, Jerry.

    -Michael Rosenberg

    P.S. I would love to have my name acknowledged in the book. Thanks!

  • Some Toon

    Oh, I’ll be quick:

    3) “A Wild Hare” – The first official Bugs cartoon and still the definitive one.
    2) “What’s Opera Doc?” – The “Stairway to Heaven” of cartoons <:D
    1) “Duck Amuck” – With “Opera”, easily Chuck Jones’ crowning moment of awesome.

  • zavkram

    Oh, what the heck… I’ll add another 15 to my first listing; as I’ve had time to mull over some others I’d also like to see included. I’m sure most of these have already been mentioned. I’m also aware that this list is more “Jones-centric”; but, again, I stand by my choices:

    11. Feed the Kitty (Jones, 1952): That ANY animated cartoon can elicit such contrasting emotions from an audience (anytime I’ve ever seen this run in movie houses, most people begin crying when Marc Anthony does) is a tribute in and of itself to its creator.

    12. Operation: Rabbit (Jones, 1952): I chose this for the very same reasons previously stated above.

    13. The Dover Boys (Jones, 1942): Never mind the fact that Jones and John McGrew were producing UPA-style cartoons before that studio was even created; this is one hilarious short. Mel Blanc’s over-the-top performance as “Dan Backslide” has yet to be equalled, IMHO. This is also, I think, one of Tedd Pierce’s best cartoons.

    14. You Ought To Be In Pictures (Freleng, 1940): A very clever and funny cartoon; with a wonderful blend of animation and live-action. Michael Maltese is great as the Studio Cop, but Leon Schlesinger also turns in a fairly decent performance.

    15. Cross-Country Detours (Avery, 1940): The funniest and most successful, IMHO, of the Avery “travelogue” parodies. My favorite gag? The “frog croaking”, of course!

    16. The Henpecked Duck (Clampett, 1941): One of my favorite Daffy Duck vehicles (Daffy as the put-upon spouse wasn’t done nearly enough, I think); watching his attempts to hide his indiscretions from his wife never fails to crack me up! Great production values and flashback sequences.

    17. Fast and Furryous (Jones, 1949): I’ll go ahead and throw a “Road-Runner” cartoon into the mix; since at this posting it doesn’t look like many have been mentioned. This was, of course, the first one in the series and I feel that Jones and Co. got it right from the very start.

    18. Duck Dodgers in the 24-1/2 Century (Jones, 1953): Another hilarious send-up of a well-established film genre. Mike Maltese’s dialogue and visual gags are priceless and Maurice Noble’s layouts could give Salvadore Dali a run for his money.

    19. Bully for Bugs (Jones, 1953) Bullfight cartoons aren’t funny?! Shame on you, Eddie Seltzer!

    20. Riff Raffy Daffy (Art Davis, 1948): This is one of my favorite cartoons that team Daffy and Porky together and one of the best from the short-lived Davis unit; with great writing by Bill Scott and Lloyd Turner (it’s a shame that they eventually got split up). This cartoon reinforces my opinion that a lot of the Warner Bros. cartoons are comparable to the best of the live-action comedy shorts that were produced in Hollywood during the 1930’s and 40’s.

    21. Bad Ol’ Putty Tat (Freleng, 1949): Freleng’s comedic style has been likened by one critic to that of Ernest Lubitsch; in that part of the humor derives more from what he DOESN’T show the audience. A case in point is the very opening of this cartoon; in which Sylvester can be seen lying prostrate on the ground at the bottom of Tweety’s barbed-wire-reinforced birdhouse. He is covered in scrapes and bruises and tapping his fingers in an annoyed fashion. This scene speaks volumes about what has just happened with the utmost economy of action.

    22. Duck! Rabbit! Duck! (Jones, 1953): The best, I think, of the three Bugs-Daffy-Elmer hunting cartoons. Daffy’s histrionics are side-splitting!

    23. High-Diving Hare (Freleng, 1949): I was torn at first between this one and “Bugs Bunny Rides Again”; but this one won out for me on the merit of its blackout gags and timing.

    24. One Froggy Evening (Jones, 1955): So much has already been said about this great animated parable that anything I add would be redundant.

    25. Bowery Bugs (Davis, 1949) This was Davis’s only Bugs Bunny cartoon (and it’s a pity he never got to do more). Bugs is simply great, in his various disguises, as he proceeds to put Brody through the wringer!

  • Matthew Yorston

    Well, here’s my top 50 in random order…..

    1) Often an Orphan
    2) The Dover Boys
    3) Wagon Heels
    4) A Wild Hare
    5) Scaredy Cat
    6) Baseball Bugs
    7) Bugs and Thugs
    8) Duck Amuck
    9) Wabbit Twouble
    10) The Heckling Hare
    11) Porky’s Duck Hunt
    12) The Blow Out
    13) Porky Pig’s Feat
    14) Brother Brat
    15) Plane Daffy
    16) The Unruly Hare
    17) Nasty Quacks
    18) The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    19) Porky in Wackyland
    20) Rabbit Punch
    21) Rebel Rabbit
    22) The Hasty Hare
    23) His Bitter Half
    24) Speedy Gonzales
    25) Fast and Furry-ous
    26) Zipping Along
    27) What’s Brewin’, Bruin?
    28) Dough Ray Me-ow
    29) Mouse Menace
    30) The Stupor Salesman
    31) Rabbit Hood
    32) Super Rabbit
    33) The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    34) Daffy Duck and Egghead
    35) Horton Hatches the Egg
    36) Canned Feud
    37) Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    38) One Froggy Evening
    39) Bugs’ Bonnets
    40) Now Hear This
    41) Hopalong Casualty
    42) Cheese Chasers
    43) Thugs With Dirty Mugs
    44) Porky’s Romance
    45) Porky’s Preview
    46) Pizzicato Pussycat
    47) Ain’t She Tweet
    48) Fair and Worm-er
    49) The Eager Beaver
    50) Norman Normal

  • My top 5:
    1- Baby Bottleneck
    2- Crowing Pains
    3- Falling Hare
    4- Dover Boys
    5- Rabbit of Seville

  • I forgot my complete name is Roberto González. I would love to have my name acknowledged in the book, too. I have a couple of your books and they are very informative and entertaining.

  • John Papovitch

    Gee, I’d never be able to pick so many favorites, most of them would be ones people already said, but amoung my favorites are of course:

    1. What’s Opera Doc
    2. One Froggy Evening
    3. Duck Amuck
    4. Porky in Wackyland
    5. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    6. Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs
    7. Crowing Pains
    8. Horton Hatches the Egg
    9. Rabbit Seasoning
    10. The Old Grey Hare
    11. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century
    12. Hair-Raising Hare
    13. Fast and Furry-ous
    14. Baby Bottleneck
    15. Falling Hare

  • Zoran Taylor

    1. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    2. Draftee Daffy
    3. What’s Opera, Doc?
    4. The Dover Boys At Pimento University
    5. Duck Amuck
    6. The Foghorn Leghorn
    7. Baby Bottleneck
    8. Falling Hare
    9. The Hep Cat
    10. A Bear For Punishment

  • Here’s five of my real favourites WB cartoons of all-time:

    “A Wild Hare” – Not only it’s the real first Bugs Bunny cartoon ever released but it shows some of the best dialogue and gags moments in cartoon history. It’s a great Tex Avery during his best years at Warner Bros.

    “Fast and Furry-ous” – Often considered like a real favourite of mine, i like mostly the speed animation of this cartoon. If it was not made into a cartoon series, it was probably the best one-shot ever released at WB.

    “Duck! Rabbit! Duck!” – The most strong Duck season/Rabbit season cartoon ever released into a different season. This make also some of memorable quotes, but unfortunately forgotten by the fanboys/fangirls.

    “The Foghorn Leghorn” – Surely one of the best Foghorn cartoons ever released. The animation is gorgeous and stunning and the autumn backgrounds is wonderful and amazingly detailed.

    “Long-Haired Hare” – Well know Warner Bros. cartoon with Bugs playing at banjo, it was a saturday morning favourite during 40 years and a personal appreciated cartoon of mine. A instant classic.

  • Justin J Times & Co

    1. Duck Dodgers in the 24th 1/2 century
    2. Falling Hare
    3. Feather Dusted
    4. What’s Opera, Doc?
    5. My Green Fedora

  • Robert M

    1. Wet Hare
    2. From Hare to Heir
    3. Stupor Duck
    4. Daffy Duck Hunt
    5. Shishka Bugs
    6. Bonanza Bunny
    7. Cat Tails for Two
    8. Boston Quackie
    9. China Jones
    10. Design for Leaving

  • 1. Duck Amuck
    2. What’s Opera, Doc
    3. Birds Anonymous
    4. Rabbit Fire
    5. Daffy Duck & Egghead
    6. Horton Hatches the Egg
    7. One Froggy Evening
    8. Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarves
    9. A Tale of Two Kitties
    10. Hare Ribbin
    11. Dough for the Do-Do
    12. Show Biz Bugs
    13. Cinderella Meets Fella
    14. The Impatient Patient
    15. Fast and Furry-ous
    16. Operation Rabbit
    17. A Wild Hare
    18. Rabbit of Seville
    19. Puss N’ Booty
    20. Scrap Happy Daffy

    Real Name: Brandon Pierce

  • Brian

    in no order:

    Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs
    The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    Porky In Wackyland
    Now Hear This!
    What’s Opera Doc?
    Porky Pig’s Feat
    Duck Amuck
    Little Red Riding Rabbit
    Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century
    Hip! Hip! Hurry!
    No Barking
    Russian Rhapsody
    The Old Grey Hare
    Porky’s Duck Hunt
    The Village Smithy
    Porky’s Preview
    The Big Snooze
    Baby Bottleneck
    Book Revue
    One Froggy Evening
    Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    Hare Tonic
    Tortoise Wins by a Hare
    Clean Pastures
    High Diving Hare
    You Ought To Be In Pictures
    A Cartoonist’s Nightmare
    Puss ‘n’ Booty

  • jay Brennan

    1. Duck Amuck
    2. Rabbit Seasoning
    3. What’s Opera, Doc?
    4. Duck Rabbit Duck
    5. Rabbit of Seville
    6. One Froggy Evening
    7. Broom Stick Bunny
    8. Rabbit Fire
    9. I Love to Singa
    10. Coal Black and de Sebben Darwves
    11. A Corny Concerto
    12. Rhapsody Rabbit
    13. This is a Life?
    14. Little Red riding Rabbit
    15. Easter Yeggs
    16. A Lad in his Lamp
    17. Water, water every hare
    18 Long Haired Hare
    19. Rabbit fire
    20 Punch Trunk
    21. Hobo Bobo
    22. Falling Hare

  • Paul Naas

    Top 10:

    1. Duck Amuck
    2. What’s Opera, Doc?
    3. Rabbit of Seville
    4. Wabbit Twouble
    5, 6, 7. The “rabbit season, duck season” trilogy, in no particular order
    8. I Love To Singa
    9. Feed the Kitty
    10. You Ought To Be In Pictures (I met Friz not long before he died, and he still remembered loads of details about how they put this one together.)

    I’d also like to lobby for a couple of cartoons that don’t get mentioned often. Don’t care where they end up; I’d just like to see them get their (over)due:

    “Fair and Worm-er”: hands-down the best chase cartoon ever.
    “Goopy Geer”: Great black-and-white era cartoon.

  • Michael

    1. Duck Amuck
    2. Skyscraper Caper
    3. A Wild Hare
    4. Fast and Furry-Ous
    5. Beep Prepared
    6. The Wild Chase
    7. Chasers on the Rocks
    8. Compressed Hare
    9. A Sheep in the Deep
    10. Rabbit Stew and Rabbits Too
    11. Doggone People
    12. Bear Feat
    13. Norman Normal
    14. A Cartoonists Nightmare
    15. Rabbit Fire
    16. Sinkin’ in the Bathtub
    17. Bosko’s Picture Show
    18. Really Scent
    19. Wise Quackers
    20. Mexican Boarders
    21. Gonzales Tamales
    22. Bugged by a Bee
    23. Strangled Eggs
    24. Little Boy Boo
    25. Tortose Wins by a Hare
    26. Birds Anonymous
    27. Design for Leaving
    28. Hyde and Go Tweet
    29. Trip for Tat
    30. Duck Dogers and the 24th and a Half Century
    31. You Ought to be in Pictures
    32. Porky’s Pooch
    33. Quacker Tracker
    34. What’s Cookin’, Doc?
    35. You Don’t Know What You’re Doin’
    36. Egghead Rides Again
    37. Eatin’ on the Cuff or The Moth Who Came to Dinner
    38. Show Biz Bugs
    39. The Million Hare
    40. Early to Bet
    41. Raw! Raw! Rooster
    42. Pop ‘Im Pop
    43. Scrap Happy Daffy
    44. What’s Up, Doc?
    45. A Hound for Punishment
    46. Tortilia Flaps
    47. Tweety and the Beanstalk
    48. Norman Normal
    49. Daffy Rents
    50. Mother Was a Rooster

  • 1. The Isle of Pingo Pongo
    2. Slightly Daffy
    3. Fast Buck Duck
    4. Circus Today
    5. Wacky Wildlife
    6. Picador Porky
    7. Saps in Chaps
    8. Bugs and Thugs
    9. Wabbit Twouble
    10. My Bunny lies over the sea
    11. Sahara Hare
    12. Bugs Bunny nips the nips
    13. A Coy Decoy
    14. Daffy Duck and Egghead
    15. High Diving Hare
    16. Horse Hare
    17. Porky’s Hare Hunt
    18. This is a life?
    19. Jack Wabbit and the Beanstalk
    20. Hip! Hip! Hurry
    21. To Hare is Human
    22. Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt
    23. I Love to Singa
    24. The Foxy Duckling
    25. The Daffy Duckaroo
    26. Rover’s Rivel
    27. Dime to Retire
    28. Farm Frolics
    29. Wet Hare
    30. Porky’s Duck Hunt
    31. What’s Opera Doc?
    32. Thugs with Dirty Mugs
    33. Of Fox and Hounds
    34. Prest-o Change-o
    35. Bird in a Guilty Cage
    36. Detouring America
    37. Thumb Fun
    38. Walky Talky Hawky
    39. Book Revue
    40. Wacky Blackout
    41. Horton Hatches the Egg
    42. The Bird came C.O.D
    43. A Day at the Zoo
    44. Porky the Fireman
    45. A Gruesome Twosome
    46. An Itch in Time
    47. Dangerous Dan Mcfoo
    48. The Unruly Hare
    49. Porky and Gabby
    50. Yankee Doodle Daffy

  • Naomi Perl

    Surprised nobody’s really promoting the nice old banned ones.
    Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips. It’s got to be in there.
    Russian Rhapsody, too.

  • Glowworm

    Hmm-this is difficult and next to impossible so I will mention 15-all deserving to be in this book but not neccessarilly in the order mentioned-and yet ones I love.

    Feed the Kitty
    The Rabbit of Seville
    Bad Ol’ Putty Tat
    Banty Raids
    Operation Rabbit
    What’s Opera Doc
    Book Revue
    Much Ado About Nutting
    Scaredy Cat
    Eating off the Cuff or the Moth who Came to Dinner
    The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    Early to Bet
    It’s Hummertime
    Buccaneer Bunny
    Bugs Bunny Rides Again

    Of course I have tons of favorites so it’s very hard to select cartoons like that.

  • Here are 25 of my favorites, FWIW:

    The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    Nasty Quacks
    Russian Rhapsody
    A Wild Hare
    Porky Pig’s Feat
    Pigs In A Polka
    Chow Hound
    Kitty Kornered
    Book Revue
    Puss ‘n’ Booty
    The Heckling Hare
    Porky’s Preview
    Scaredy Cat
    Roughly Squeaking
    Thugs With Dirty Mugs
    Cinderella Meets Fella
    Porky In Egypt
    Porky In Wackyland
    Porky’s Romance
    Baby Bottleneck
    Dog Gone South
    Mississippi Hare
    Coal Black And De Sebben Dwarves
    Water, Water Every Hare
    No Barking

  • Grant Tregloan

    OK. My list is pretty much made up of things already written.
    I only pick a top 5 for the order, as I don’t thin anyone else has put Three Little Bops at the top

    1. 3 LITTLE BOPS

    Also I’m a big fan of the WB cartoons that feature no characters (you know what I mean) but are more like documentaries, but I’m not at that level of WB fan to know their names.


    PS: I never realised what a fan I am of Daffy until I looked at this list

    PPS: Can’t wait to buy this book.

  • OM

    …The Top Ten, in order:

    1) “What’s Opera, Doc?”

    2) “Duck Dodgers in the 24th and a Half Century!”

    3) “Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarves!”

    4) “Paging Miss Glory”

    5) “Horton Hatches The Egg!”

    6) “One Froggy Evening”

    7) “The Hypochondri-Cat”

    8) “Wabbit Seasoning”

    9) “Chow Hound”

    10) “Porky in Wackyland”

    …Honorable mention to the Jack Benny as a Mouse one, “I Love Ta Singa”, and “Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips!”, the latter I’d love to see Jerry have the balls to list anywhere in his top 100!

  • Steve Siegert

    My top 40

    1. What’s Opera, Doc?
    2. Duck Amuck
    3. One Froggy Evening
    4. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    5. Porky in Wackyland
    6. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century
    7. A Wild Hare
    8. Fast and Furry-ous
    9. For Scent-Imental Reasons
    10. Rabbit Fire
    11. Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs
    12. Tweetie Pie
    13. Porky’s Duck Hunt
    14. Walky Talky Hawky
    15. Feed the Kitty
    16. Scrap Happy Daffy
    17. Ali Baba Bunny
    18. The Big Snooze
    19. Robin Hood Daffy
    20. From A to Z-z-z-z
    21. Three Little Bops
    22. Rhapsody Rabbit
    23. The Dover Boys
    24. Speedy Gonzales
    25. Bully for Bugs
    26. Scaredy Cat
    27. Porky Pig’s Feat
    28. Birds Anonymous
    29. High Diving Hare
    30. Rabbit Seasoning
    31. Kitty Kornered
    32. Horton Hatches the Egg
    33. Russian Rhapsody
    34. The Big Snooze
    35. A Corny Concerto
    36. Plane Daffy
    37. Knighty Knight Bugs
    38. Falling Hare
    39. Gee Whiz-z-z-z
    40. Draftee Daffy

  • Brian Crist

    One that never fails to amuse is THE HEP CAT, with a catchy song, great animation, a decidedly “adult” quality to it, and lotsa laughs!

  • Here are my Top 20 …

    1. What’s Opera, Doc?
    2. Duck Amuck
    3. Baby Bottleneck
    4. Porky in Wackyland
    5. Rabbit Fire
    6. Rabbit Seasoning
    7. Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    8. Buckaroo Bugs
    9. Falling Hare
    10. Rabbit of Seville
    11. Draftee Daffy
    12. Feed the Kitty
    13. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    14. Little Red Riding Rabbit
    15. You Ought to be in Pictures
    16. Rhapsody Rabbit
    17. Porky in Egypt
    18. Duck Dodgers in the 24 – ½ Century
    19. Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur
    20. Rhapsody in Rivets

  • Michael

    My list:

    1. Duck Amuck
    2. Skyscraper Caper
    3. Fast and Furry-Ous
    4. Beep Prepared
    5. The Wild Chase
    6. Chasers on the Rocks
    7. A Sheep in the Deep
    8. Rabbit Stew and rabbits, Too!
    9. A Wild Hare
    10. Mexican Borders
    11. Rabbit Fire
    12. Mucho Loco
    13. Wise Quackers
    14. Aqua Duck
    15. Porky Pig’s Feat
    16. Sinkin’ in the Bathtub
    17. Bosko’s Picture Show
    18. Really Scent
    19. Little Boy Boo
    20. Bugs and Thugs
    21. Southern Fried Rabbit
    22. Daffy Rents
    23. Porky’s Badtime Story
    24. Bugged by a Bee
    25. Dumb Patrol (with Bugs and Sam)
    26. Wild Wife
    27. Bear Feat
    28. What’s Cookin’, Doc?
    29. Gonzales Tamales
    30. Trip for Tat
    31. Early to Bet
    32. Bushy Hare
    33. Russian Rhapsody
    34. Design for Leaving
    35. Feudy Cat
    36. You Don’t Know What You’re Doin’
    37. Mr. and Mrs. Is the Name
    38. Birds Anonymous
    39. Now Hear This
    40. Strangled Eggs
    41. The Dangerous Dan McFoo
    42. Hyde and Go Tweet
    43. The Hole idea
    44. Buddy’s Beer garden
    45. You Ought to be in Pictures
    46. Eatin’ on te Cuff or The Moth Who Came to Dinner
    47. Bacall to Arms
    48. Porky’s Pooch
    49. Duck Dogers and the 24th and a Half Century
    50. The Ducksters

  • Joe Valdivia

    ok, to save time, a top 5-
    1. “Duck Amuck”- the perfect cartoon, daffy is one of the most entertaining characters (live or animated) ever introduced to the silver screen, and this short shows why.
    2. “Whats Opera Doc?”- of course a universal list topper, and deservedly so. the best parody of an opera (and anythning for that matter) if i ever saw one.
    3. “I like to singa”- i have a soft spot for the musical shorts, and this one is definitely my favorite, with an underlying theme for accepting those who are different.
    4. “Goofy Groceries”- still funny after 50+ decades and some of the best animation I’ve ever seen, a definite example of the golden age of animation.
    5. “Daffy Duck and Egghead”- the word “Looney Tooney” and a variation for the theme song jingle for looney tunes are both in this short, along with some of the most memorable gags in cartoon history.
    6. “3 Little Bops”- a wonderful spin on the old “3 little pigs story’. its definitely a time piece for the early years of jazz, but still manages entertain, even today.
    7. “Rabbit Fire”- the now famous love/hate (more hate than love actually) relationship between Daffy and Bugs in the first of the “hunting trilogy”.
    ok, its a top 7, but i couldn’t help it, i love every loney tunes and merrie melodies shorts.

  • There’s only one choice: 1. Feed the Kitty

    This creation flows from being to end . . . not a hint of flatness or forcing the momentum. It simply is.

    I suspect many children and perhaps a good number of adults, experienced emotional arousal and satisfaction from an animated creation for the first time with this work.

    The order from 2 – 100 will be more difficult.

  • Joe Harmatiuk

    #1 One Froggy Evening

  • Nic Kramer

    I know a couple of 1960’s cartoons to be on the list: “Now Hear This!” (1963) and “The Last Hungrey Cat” (1961).

  • Daffy47

    1. Duck Amuck
    2. Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    3. Falling Hare
    4. Three Little Bops
    5. Duck Dogers in the 24 1/2 Century
    6. What’s Opera Doc?
    7. Ali Baba Bunny
    8. Bully for Bugs
    9. Feed The Kitty
    10. Rabbit Fire
    11. The Rabbit of Seville
    12. Operation: Rabbit
    13. I Love To Singa
    14. Robin Hood Daffy
    15. Porky in Wackyland

    — Kathy Dolan

  • Kurt Frank

    My top 5 in order….

    1. Three Little Bops
    2. Bully For Bugs
    3. Duck Dodgers in the 24th and A Half Century
    4. Porky in Wackyland
    5. What’s Opera Doc?

  • Trent Hawkins

    Bunny Hugged

    Hands down the funniest Bugs Bunny cartoon ever.

  • Ron Ladouceur

    15 top choices, more or less in order:

    Russian Rhapsody
    Swooner Crooner
    Rocket-Bye Baby
    Baseball Bugs
    Brother Brat
    Duck Dodgers in the 24-1/2th Century
    Duck Amuck
    Rabbit of Seville
    High-Diving Hare
    Water, Water Every Hare
    Hillbilly Hare
    The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    Little Red Riding Rabbit
    Plane Daffy
    Knighty Knight Bugs

  • GregS

    1. What’s Opera Doc?
    2. Baseball Bugs
    3. The one where Bugs says” I am Elmer Fudd, I own a mansion and a yacht…”

  • My favourite of all the Road Runner shorts is Lickety Splat. I nearly killed myself laughing at it when I was 12 or so. I could say more, but just in case anyone reading this hasn’t seen it: get thee to youtube!

  • Merlin Haas

    A couple that I haven’t seen mentioned yet:

    Daffy the Commando (my favorite WW II-related cartoon)

    Jumpin’ Jupiter (Porky and Sylvester abducted by aliens)

    Rabbit of Seville would top my list.

  • Anna

    Hair-Raising Hare.
    What’s Opera, Doc?
    Hare-Way to the stars
    Bewitched Bunny
    Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century
    The Adventures Of The Road Runner

  • Well… The obvious: I’d put the “rabbit season” trilogy at the top, followed closely by What’s Opera, Seville, Duck Amuck, Froggy Evening, and Duck Dodgers.

    But as for the second tier of greats, I nominate:
    -Long-Haired Hare
    -Hair-Raising Hare
    -I Love To Singa
    -The Dover Boys
    -Back Alley Uproar (PERFECT comedic timing)
    -High Diving Hare (the only time I think Freleng really mastered the frenetic lunacy bit)
    -To Beep Or Not To Beep (the rapid-fire catapult gags at the end make it all worthwhile)
    -A Corny Concerto

    I know there’s no Tweety, Pepe, Foghorn, or Speedy toons on this list, but hey, can’t have it all.

  • Pat O’Neill

    A few I didn’t see in the above lists:

    Joe the Firefly
    The Porky one with Uncle Sam
    Singin’ in the Bathtub (for historical significance if nothing else)
    Gremlins from the Kremlin

  • Pat O’Neill

    I don’t know if this went through the first time, but here a few I haven’t seen mentioned:

    Joe the Fire Fly
    the Porky one with Uncle Sam
    Singin’ in the Bathtub (for historical reasons if nothing else)
    Gremlins from the Kremlin

  • What’s Opera, Doc
    Rabbit Seasoning
    Bully for Bugs
    Rabbit of Seville
    Hillbilly Hare

  • PCUnfunny

    I myself wouldn’t even agree with my own list. There is just too many cartoons oh well, here I go:

    1. Coal Black and The Seben Dwarfs
    2. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    3. What Makes A Daffy Duck (very underrated IMO)
    4. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century
    5. My Favorite Duck
    6. The Dover Boys
    7. Porky Pig’s Feat
    8. The Stupor Sales Man
    9. Duck Amuck
    10. Birds Anonymous

  • Daniel

    I’m glad to see much love given to “Feed the Kitty.”

    “Fresh Airedale” is woefully underappreciated.

  • Melanie Fletcher

    Water, Water Every Hare (1952)!!!!

  • Paul Camp

    What’s Opera, Doc?
    The Rabbit of Seville

  • Jonathan

    -BEEP! BEEP!

  • Wow. I don’t even know where to start…wait, yes I do.

    1. Rabbit of Seville. I’m going to echo the earlier poster and claim that this, in fact, is the perfect toon. It is the combination of masterful use of source material, music and animation timing, and the most important (for me) component of a cartoon – the *contest*. Because the best Looney Toons, for me, always involved a contest, from which sprung the traps, gags, chases, escapes, and every other setup.

    2. What’s Opera, Doc? Same as above, but carrying a bit *too* much baggage to make the top spot. Still, every time I watch it, I see Warner animators sitting glassy-eyed at the opera their wives dragged them to, thinking furiously, hands itching for pencils.

    3. Rabbit Seasoning. The best use of both the deadpan replay (just in front of Robin Hood Daffy) and of Daffy Physics.

    4. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century. Marvin. Nuff said.

    5. Robin Hood Daffy.

    6. Bully for Bugs. Proof that even incidental characters can be made of win, and one of the ur-Contest toons.

    7. Rabbit Transit. Nothing *but* a chase. Plus, Cecil.

    8. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery. Daffy par excellence.

    9. Hair-raising Hare – Peter Lorre, Gossamer, *and* Bugs doing his thing, fourth-wall violation and all.

    10. Long-haired Hare. Again, incidental character contest for the win.

    And of course, those are just the ones that I keep on my phone at all times just in case.

  • Drip-Along Daffy without a doubt…the scene where Nasty Canasta drinks his frothing drink to the sound of “gurkel, gurkel, gurkel” and then his hat does a little flip. Pure comedic genius. A close second is the classic “One Froggy Evening” but then that will be in most folk’s top 10.

  • Grian Browe

    1. Duck Amuck
    2. Robin Hood Daffy
    3. Rocket Squad
    4. Rabbit Seasoning
    5. Rabbit Fire
    6. Duck Rabbit Duck
    7. Bully For Bugs
    8. Drip Along Daffy
    9. Steal Wool
    10. One Froggy Evening
    11. The Dover Boys
    12. Coal Black
    13. Bugs Bunny Nips The Nips

  • 1. Boyhood Daze
    2. Bully for Bugs
    3. Duck Dodgers in the 24th1/2 century
    4. Duck Amuck
    5. Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    6. One Froggy Evening
    7. What’s Opera Doc?
    8. Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarves
    9. From A to Z-Z-Z-Z
    10. A Wild Hare

  • Jeff K

    The top 10 were easy enough to come up with… the rest of them are in a reasonable order – hard to quantify whether I like #23 or #24 better, you know…

    01) What’s Opera Doc?
    02) Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    03) Duck Amuck
    04) Duck Dogers in the 24 1/2 Century
    05) Robin Hood Daffy
    06) The Long-Haired Hare
    07) From Hare to Heir
    08) One Froggy Evening
    09) Ali Baba Bunny
    10) Drip-Along Daffy
    11) The Abominable Snow Rabbit
    12) Hare-Way to the Stars
    13) The Big Snooze
    14) Knighty Knight Bugs
    15) Little Red Riding Rabbit
    16) Rabbit of Seville
    17) Fast and Furry-ous
    18) The Dover Boys
    19) Rabbit’s Kin
    20) Jack Wabbit and the Beanstalk
    21) Falling Hare
    22) Hare Remover
    23) Don’t Give Up the Sheep
    24) Hyde and Go Tweet
    25) Tortoise Beats Hare
    26) Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears
    27) The Hare-Brained Hypnotist
    28) Transylvania 6-5000
    29) The Three Little Bops
    30) Porky in Wackyland

    And the last name is “Kochosky”, for purposes of acknowledgment. Thank you for the opportunity to help you out in this project.

  • Ted Hering

    My favorites – in no particular order:

    Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears (1944)
    Claws for Alarm (1954)
    Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (1943)
    A Corny Concerto (1943)
    Daffy – The Commando (1943)
    Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953)
    Duck! Rabbit, Duck! (1953)
    Hair-Raising Hare (1946)
    Hillbilly Hare (1950)
    Hollywood Steps Out (1941)
    The Honey-Mousers (1956)
    Little Red Riding Rabbit (1944)
    Long-Haired Hare (1949)
    One Froggy Evening (1955)
    Porky in Wackyland (1938)
    Rabbit of Seville (1950)
    Robin Hood Daffy (1958)
    Rocket Squad (1956)
    Slick Hare (1947)
    What’s Opera, Doc? (1957)
    What’s Up Doc? (1950)
    The Windblown Hare (1949)

  • Thornae

    Hm, tough call. I can’t remember the titles of a large number of the multitude of WB shorts I watched as a wee ‘un.
    Research time!

    … Okay, here, in a not very coherent order, are the most memorable for me:

    1. What’s Opera, Doc?
    2. The Three Little Bops
    3. Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    4. One Froggy Evening
    5. Bully For Bugs
    6. Ali Baba Bunny
    7. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century
    8. Feed the Kitty
    9. The Rabbit of Seville
    10. Dough For The Do-Do
    11. Hare-Way to the Stars
    12. Duck Amuck
    13. Robin Hood Daffy
    14. Scaredy Cat

  • Guy

    Top Three:

    #1 – Rabbit Seasoning – “Pronoun Problems”. ’nuff said.

    #2 – Hillbilly Hare – The square dance is genius.

    #3 – Rabbit of Seville and What’s Opera, Doc? tied for third.

  • Steven Losco

    1. Duck Dodgers In The 24-1/2th Century
    2. Bug’s recount of how he became famous
    3. I’m a sucker for the one with the singing frog
    4. Jekell and Hyde Tweety one
    5. The one in which Tweety wears the little cap and slyvester is designing all these gadgets.

    Sorry I couldn’t give you most of the names. It has been awhile

  • JoeBuddha

    Only one for me: Duck, Rabbit Duck. I put that up with the best bits of all times, right up there with Who’s On First, the Parrot Sketch, and WKRP’s Turkey Drop. I pretty much agree with everything else mentioned here…

  • – Falling Hare

  • Daryl Della

    1. Bully For Bugs
    2. Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    3. One Froggy Evening
    4. Book Revue
    5. Ali Baba Bunny
    6. Duck Amuck
    8. Hare Trigger
    9. Tortoise Wins By A Hare
    10. Rabbit Fire
    11. High Diving Hare
    12. Rabbit Of Seville
    13. Three Little Bops
    14. Drip Along Daffy
    15. A Corny Concerto
    16. Operation: Rabbit
    17. A Tale Of Two Kitties
    18. Transylvania 6500
    19. Easter Yeggs
    20. Fast And Furry-ous

  • captain murphy

    I’m terribly afraid the list might be the same ole same ole we have seen multitudes of times in every best of collection WB has ever released. Great as they might be, the ones that often end up being the best to me are the ones I have never seen before.

  • Bugs & Thugs

    Not necc the best, but I’ve always enjoyed it, and a lot of people are overlooking it.

  • Please include “Deduce, you say”. One off my all-time favorites, and I didn’t see it on anyone’s list. I think it’s a perfect cartoon!

  • Sean McAlpine

    1. Rabbit Of Seville
    2. Hillbilly Hare
    3. One Froggy Evening
    4. What’s Opera, Doc?
    5. High Diving Hare
    6. Long Haired Hare
    7. Duck Dodgers In The 24-1/2th Century
    8. Bully For Bugs
    9. Hare We Go
    10. Duck Amuck
    11. Bonanza Bunny
    12. Hare Brush
    13. Hare Do
    14. Knighty-Knight Bugs
    15. The Foghorn Leghorn
    16. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    17. What’s Up, Doc?
    18. Hare-Way to the Stars
    19. The Abominable Snow-Rabbit
    20. Ali Baba Bunny
    21. Bugs And Thugs
    22. Super Rabbit
    23. Operation: Rabbit
    24. Bunny Hugged
    25. Rabbit Seasoning
    26. The Old Grey Hare
    27. Russian Rhapsody
    28. Baseball Bugs
    29. Coal Black And De Sebben Dwarfs
    30. Bugs Bunny Nips The Nips

  • 1. Duck Amok
    2. A Tale of Two Kitties
    3. Dover Boys
    4. Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs
    5. One Froggy Evening
    6. What’s Opera Doc?
    7. Baby Bottleneck
    8 Rabbit of Seville
    9. Porky in Wackyland
    10. Duck Dogers and the 24th and a Half Century
    11. Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    12. Dripalong Daffy

    Man so many good cartoons, that I’m leaving out. I can’t say I have anything too obscure or controversial on here. Dover Boys is ranked pretty high just because I like it.

    I guess Coal Black is obscure if you’re not into cartoons all that obsessively. I really hope it makes the book.

  • OK. I made a second list with 20, because 10 was driving me crazy. Its difficult, but I consolidated what I felt was necessary in just 20.

    1 Duck Amuck ~ Naturally.

    2 What’s Opera Doc ~ Chuck Jones’s masterpiece, no less.

    3 Hillbilly Hare ~ One of Mel Blanc’s best performances in my opinion.

    4 Book Revue ~ So many funny screams, its hard to ignore this one. Not to mention one of the best takes (eyeball!),

    5 Rabbit Rampage ~ I know its Duck Amuck with Bugs Bunny, but this one cracks me up severly.

    6 Duck Dodgers In the 24th 1/2 Century ~ Heaven is Maurice Noble.

    7 Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips ~ You need at least one war cartoon, no matter how offensive.

    8 Bewitched Bunny ~ Please don’t leave the incompetent witch out.

    9 The Abominable Snow Rabbit ~ A funny cartoon with great Noble style and a suprisingly tragic ending.

    10 Baby Bottleneck ~ One of Clampett’s masterpieces in my opinion. And one of Mel Blanc’s finest hours.

    11 Little Red Riding Rabbit ~ I have three Red Riding Hood cartoons here. Each one is just so hard to ignore.

    12 A Tale of Two Kitties ~ Babbit and Catstello. And nasty little Tweety.

    13 Rabbit of Seville ~ A prime example of Jones’s thematic sensibility.

    14 Hair-Raising Hare ~ The Red Monster’s debut cannot be ignore. The Mirror take is still funny.

    15 Foney Fables ~ No stars in this one. Just severe abrasions.

    16 Red Riding Hoodwinked ~ Its hard to decide what makes Sylvester and Tweety shorts so special. This one, because of fisty cuffed granny.

    17 Hare Trigger ~ I will not ignore Yosemite Sam.

    18 The Hep Cat ~ Bob Clampett’s mood piece with a touch of subdued eroticism.

    19 Easter Yeggs ~ I’m not a big fan of Bob McKimson’s cartoons. Some of them had an animation style that was disturbing. If I had to choose one I liked, this would be it. My #3 is McKimson, but with better looking animation.

    20 Little Beau Pepe ~ Never forget Pepe Le Peu. One of the few cartoons, where the tables get turned.

  • Stephanie Vincent

    After much thought here is my list…I tried to make it a combination of what I feel is historically significant as well as cartoons that capture the “looney” spirit of Warner Bros: the no-holds-barred, we-don’t have-to-be-like-Disney wacky kind of freedom.

    Here goes:
    1. Rabbit Of Seville
    2. Duck Dodgers In The 24-1/2th Century
    3. What’s Opera, Doc?
    4. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    5. Book Revue
    6. Rabbit Seasoning
    7. A Wild Hare
    8. Tortoise Beats Hare
    9. Tweetie Pie
    10. I Love to Sing-a
    11. A Corny Concerto
    12. Duck Amuck
    13. Hollywood Steps Out
    14. I Haven’t Got A Hat
    15. Buccaneer Bunny
    16. Daffy Duck and Egghead
    17. You Ought to be in Pictures
    18. Gold Diggers of ’49
    19. High Note
    20. Wabbit Twouble

  • Peter Lish

    Under represented here are the Road Runner cartoons. The main reason give is that the all have the same chase the prey plot. But that’s not a good reason. It’s a great basic motivator to set the plot in motion and calls for endless inventiveness.

    They were universally funny — not dependent on language or cultural references — and used the most beautiful landscapes in cartoons (outside of Disney), the American southwest. These were borrowed (as homage?) from George Herrmann’s Krazy Kat and forced the animators to produce exquisite pans.

    They also led to the best use of sound in cartoons period. Some of the great ones were :

    Ready, Set, Zoom!,
    Guided Muscle,
    Going! Going! Gosh!,
    Fast and Furry-ous.

    But I think the single best Warner Brothers cartoon of all time is one that doesn’t appear on your list of eligible ones even though it’s a Warner Brothers cartoon. They produced as a feature but treated like another disposible product of Termite Terrace:

    Iron Giant.

  • There is only one best Looney Tunes cartoon

    Rabbit Of Seville

  • 1) What’s Opera,Doc?
    2)Lourve come back to me!
    3) Feed the Kitty
    4) Rabbit of Seville
    5) Bewitched Bunny
    6) Honey’s Money
    7)Bedeviled Rabbit
    8) My Little Duckaroo
    9) Long Haired Hare
    10) Bunny Hugged
    11) Rabbit Fire
    12) Robin Hood Daffy
    13) Rackateer Rabbit
    14) Bugsy and Mugsy
    15) The Old Grey Hare
    16) Drip-Along Daffy
    17) Mexicali Shmoes
    18) Mutiny on the Bunny
    19) Mad as a Mars Hare
    20)Hare Trimmed
    21) Really Scent!
    22) Cat Feud
    23) Past Perfumance
    24) Hare Trimmed
    25) Go Fly A Kit
    26) Ali Baba Bunny
    27) Knighty Knight Bugs
    28) Forward March Hare

  • No big surprises here, I think…

    1. Feed the Kitty
    2. One Froggy Evening
    3. Rabbit Of Seville
    4. What’s Opera, Doc?
    5. I Love To Singa
    6. Wabbit Twouble
    7. Duck Dodgers In The 24-1/2th Century
    8. Hair-Raising Hare
    9. Ali Baba Bunny
    10. Robin Hood Daffy
    11. Tortoise Wins By A Hare
    12. Bugs Bunny And The Three Bears
    13. Bugs Bunny Gets The Boid
    14. Deduce, You Say
    15. High Diving Hare
    16. Baseball Bugs
    17. The Foghorn Leghorn
    18. For Scent-imental Reasons

  • Okay, this is tecnically not a truly great cartoon as far as style and execution goes, but if a cartoon is judged simply by its ability to get a good laugh, Robert McKimson’s Rabbit’s Kin certainly belongs on the list. And most of that thanks to the voice of Stan Freberg as the moronic Pete Puma. I give this one 3 or 4 lumps out of five. BANGBANGBANGBANGBANGBANG!!!!

  • Randy K

    Sounds like a great project.

    If I can note one thing I appreciate most about the WB teams’ work, it’s their consistent and compelling portrayal of the characters’ reactions: Claude the Cat’s horror that he’s going insane in “Mouse Wreckers”; the dog’s look of helpless dread in the closing scene of “Chow Hound” (“This time we didn’t forget the gravy”); the Barnyard Dawg’s outrage when he’s awakened out of a peaceful doze by a random arse-whupping from Foghorn Leghorn (“Walky Talky Hawky”); Sylvester’s imploring look of dread as he sinks into the dog pound; Yosemite Sam’s classic slow burns; Daffy berating the “schlock artist” in “Duck Amuck”; and of course, Sylvester’s D.T. symptoms in “Birds Anonymous.” Dark, sophisticated, and hilarious stuff.

    Here’s a top 25:

    Duck Amuck
    What’s Opera, Doc?
    Rabbit of Seville
    Mouse Wreckers
    Chow Hound
    Knighty Knight Bugs
    Birds Anonymous
    Dog Pounded
    Stupor Duck
    All a Bir-r-r-rd
    Transylvania 6-5000
    Walky Talky Hawky
    To Beep or Not to Beep
    One Froggy Evening
    Three Little Bops
    Hare Brush
    All a Bir-r-r-rd
    Long-Haired Hare
    Roman Legion-Hare
    Apes of Wrath
    Hare-Less Wolf
    Bonanza Bunny
    Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z-z-z
    Haredevil Hare
    Duck! Rabbit, Duck!

  • smitty

    what’s opera, doc?
    rabbit of seville
    duck dodgers in the 24 1/2th century
    yankee doodle daffy
    one froggy evening

  • 1. “Duck Amuck”
    -If we’re going for “greatest and most significant” here, this gets my vote. It incorporates everything that makes Warner Bros. cartoons, and cartoons in general, great. Personality, gags, originality, and a nice nod to the concept of cartoon imagination and lack of a real “4th wall’ pioneered by the likes of Winsor McCay, the Fleischers and Walt Disney. For my personal favorite in terms of flat-out laughs, see #4.

    2. “A Wild Hare””
    -The Bugs Bunny blueprint that revolutionized Warner cartoons. It may have been Tex Avery’s most significant contribution to the studio ever.

    3. “Gee Whizzz”
    -Perhaps the definitive Road Runner cartoon. There isn’t a bad gag in this one, and it has some of the most attractive animation for Wile E. and the Road Runner ever drawn.

    4. “Feline Frame-Up”
    Why not more love for this neglected classic? Chuck Jones at his peak with excellent animation, perfect timing, memorable characters and funny gags. What’s not to love? Just one of those days, I guess!

    5. “Porky in Wackyland”
    -Bob Clampett at his most imaginative and insane. Truly inspired cartoon, with influences ranging from Salvador Dali to Lewis Carroll to Milt Gross.

    6. “Draftee Daffy”
    7. “A Tale Of Two Kitties”
    8. “Crowing Pains”
    9. “Operation Rabbit”
    10. “Porky Pig’s Feat”
    11. “Rabbit Fire”
    12. “Louvre Come Back To Me”
    13. “Pied Piper of Guadelupe”
    14. “Tweetie Pie”
    15. “Birds Anonymous”
    16. “Fresh Airedale”
    17. “Bugs Bunny Rides Again”
    18. “Show Biz Bugs”
    19. “One Froggy Evening”
    20. “You Don’t Know What You’re Doin’”

  • Richard

    I want to know Jerry’s favorites! Hopefully he prints his list in the book, worth the price of the book alone.

  • Ryan Howard

    Here is my selection for some of the greatest 100 cartoons:

    1. Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarves
    2. Hillbilly Hare
    3. Tin Pan Alley Cats
    4. Old Glory
    5. Tom thumb in Trouble
    6. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    7. Mississippi Hare
    8. My Bunny lies over the Sea
    9. Ballot Box Bunny
    10. His Bitter Half
    11. Porky in Wackyland
    12. Eatin’ on the Cuff
    13. A Bear for Punishment
    14. Little Red Riding Rabbit
    15. Porky’s Romance
    16. Wholly Smoke
    17. Wabbit Twouble
    18. Crowing Pains
    19. The Hole Idea
    20. A Wild Hare
    21. A Gander at Mother Goose
    22. Lady Play your Mandolin
    23. Wake up the Gypsy in Me
    24. Book Revue
    25. The Big Snooze
    26. Rhapsody Rabbit
    27. Tweetie Pie
    28. Robin Hood Daffy
    29. Dough Ray Meow
    30. Back Alley Oproar
    31. The Honey Mousers
    32. Swooner Crooner
    33. Duck Rabbit Duck
    34. Birds Anonymous
    35. The Wacky Wabbit
    36. Herr Meets Hare
    37. Porky Pig’s Feat
    38. Puss N Booty
    39. A Gruesome Twosome
    40. Little Red Walking Hood

  • Pat Alder

    Ali Baba Bunny
    Barbary Coast Bunny
    Bowery Bugs
    The Lion’s Busy
    Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt
    Buccaneer Bunny
    Buckaroo Bugs
    Goldilocks And The Jivin’ Bears
    The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    Scent-imental Over You
    The Wabbit Who Came To Supper
    Sniffles And The Bookworm
    Sniffles Bells The Cat
    The Goofy Gophers
    Goofy Groceries
    Gopher Broke
    Gopher Goofy

    I kept it to these, although the entire list are my faves! I also want to add the house of the future with that little robotic sweeper who comes out every time something hits the floor. Riot!

    I am such a Bugs Bunny fan. Best of luck with this work…it’s like asking a parent “Who’s your best child?”

  • Duane Fulk

    For shear simplicity, think responses should be limited to 10 or 15 cartoons. Here are my favorites in order –
    1 A Lad In Bagdad
    2 Porky’s Hare Hunt
    3 You Ought To Be In Pictures
    4 Little Red Walking Hood
    5 Polar Pals
    6 Pigs Is Pigs
    7 A Wild Hare
    8 The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    9 A Cartoonist’s Nightmare
    10 Book Review
    11 Porky In The North Woods
    12 Tortoise Beats Hare
    13 Porky’s Double Trouble
    14 I Love To Singa
    15 Cinderella Meets Fella

  • I see this cartoon has made a lot of the lists posted in the comments here but I just wanted to stress that Little Red Riding Rabbit is a great WB cartoon. It was made right around the time where Bugs looks the best and his character is pretty fleshed out. Finally, the ending is my favorite of any cartoon short.

  • JC Limoges

    Duck Amuck
    Lumber Jerks
    Cat Feud
    What’s Opera Doc?
    For Scent-imental Reasons
    Rabbit Seasoning
    Fast and Furry-ous
    One Froggy Evening
    Rabbit of Seville
    My Bunny lies over the Sea

  • Hollywood Steps Out (HILARIOUS parodies of Hollywood’s golden era celebrities)
    Falling Hare
    The Big Snooze
    Baby Bottleneck
    Coal Black and the Sebben Dwarfs
    (can you tell i love Clampett??)

  • #1 What’s Opera, Doc?

    There can be only one.

  • Tex

    A couple off the beaten path here:

    It’s Hummer Time


    Chow Hound

    2 of my all-time faves.

  • Kal

    Well the top nine need to be

    1. Feed the Kitty – the moment when the woman gives Marc Anthony the kitty shaped cookie is a moment of sublime comedy genius and always elicits a belly laugh from me
    2. Bully For Bugs – a near perfect battle of wills between two strong adversaries – the moment when the bull realizes he can fire bullets out of his horns and that smile crosses his face makes him Bug’s greatest foil and equal. Come on it took a Rube Goldberg device to bring Bully down.
    3.Bugsy and Mugsy – “I don’t know how yahs done it but I know yahs done it!!” nuff said
    4.Hillbilly Hare – when you can sing the song at a college reunion and everyone smiles you know you have a classic on your hands
    5. Bunny Hugged – “Well Crusher…its GOOD to see you.”
    6. What’s Opera Doc? – everything we know about opera we learned from this one cartoon…Wagner is not rolling in his grave from shame but from laughter
    7. Duck! Rabbit! Duck! -the strongest of the hunting trilogy and there is lots of room on the top 100 list for the genius that is Daffy
    8. Dripalong Daffy – proff that Porky was never a headliner but the best straight man in the business
    9. Operation Rabbit – “Wille E Coyote SUUUUPER Genius…I like that way that rolls out” – Proff that no matter who he is in conflict with the Coyote is all show and no go and deserves all the grief he gets. Makes me wish he talked in every cartoon.

  • 1. What’s Opera, Doc?
    2. Rabbit Seasoning
    3. The Rabbit of Seville
    4. One Froggy Evening
    5. A Corny Concerto

  • 30 titles From the top of my head eh,
    “A Gruesome Twosome”
    “Book Revue”
    “Tabasco Road”
    “Crowing Pains”
    “Feed the Kitty”
    “Gee Whiz-z-z-z”
    “The Bee-Deviled Bruin”
    “Bugs Bunny Rides Again”
    “The Birth of a Notion”
    “Russian Rhapsody”
    “Kitty Kornered”
    “The Lion’s Busy”
    “Rhapsody in Rivets”
    “Rhapsody Rabbit”
    “Rabbit of Seville”
    “Pigs in a Polka”
    “Hare-Breadth Hurry”
    “The Hep Cat”
    “An Itch in Time”
    “Wagon Heels”
    “Rabbit Transit”
    “Duck! Rabbit! Duck!”
    “Show Biz Bugs”
    “Hare-less Wolf”
    “Tortilla Flaps”
    “Fastest with the Mostest”
    “Bonanza Bunny”
    “Stooge for a Mouse”
    “Wild Wife”
    “Sahara Hare”
    All of those listed so far has given me plenty of laughs. There are lots more that I could list, but my fingers would fall off.

  • hhex65

    I love them all but I’ll take:

    It’s Hummer Time (Robert McKimson, 1950)

    as my favorite.

    “No! Not The Thinker! Not The Thinker!”

  • Ted Pratt

    1. Katnip Kollege
    2. Rabbit Seasoning
    3. Little Red Riding Rabbit
    4. The Three Little Bops
    5. I Love to Singa
    6. High Diving Hare
    7. What’s Opera Doc?
    8. Back Alley Uproar
    9. Long-haired Hare
    10. Duck Amuck
    11. Duck Dodgers in the 24th 1/2 Century
    12. Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    13. From A to Z-z-z-z
    14. Alibaba Bunny
    15. Baseball Bugs

  • mtchdtn

    must be on the list!

  • Andrew

    Favourite line of all time: “Never send a monster to do the work of an evil scientist.”

    1. Water, Water, Every Hare
    2. Rabbit of Seville
    3. What’s Opera, Doc?
    4. Hillbilly Hare
    5. Transylvania 6-5000
    6. Mississippi Hare
    7. One Froggy Evening
    8. Hare-Way to the Stars
    9. Pizzicato Pussycat
    10. Long-Haired Hare
    11. Roman Legion-Hare

  • Everybody will be voting for the classics, but here are 5 I want to make sure get on the list:

    The Dover Boys
    Duck Amuck
    Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    Draftee Daffy
    Horton Hatches The Egg

  • 1. What’s Opera, Doc?
    2. Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs
    3. Rabbit of Seville
    4. Drip-Along Daffy
    5. Slick Hare
    6. Hot Cross Bunny
    7. Birds Anonymous
    8. Feed the Kitty
    9. French Rarebit
    10. Odor-able Kitty

  • Alfons Moline

    My top 20 list:

    1-Rabbit of Seville
    2- Duck Amuck
    3- Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs
    4- Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century
    5- Robin Hood Daffy
    6- One Froggy Evening
    7- I Love to Singa
    8- Porky in Wackyland
    9- What´s Opera, Doc?
    10- Now Hear This
    11- Fast and Furry-Ous
    12- For Scenti-imental Reasons
    13- Hillbilly Hare
    14- Birds Anonymous
    15- Chow Hound
    16- From A to Z-Z-Z-Z
    17- Three Little Bops
    18- Bear Feat
    19- A Hound for Trouble
    20- A Ham in a Role

  • Hans Walther

    1. One Froggy Evening
    2. What’s Opera, Doc?
    3. Knighty-Knight Bugs
    4. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century
    5. Duck Amuck

  • Stephen Coats

    Another day maybe a different list.
    1. Feed the Kitty
    2. One Froggy Evening
    3. Porky in Wackyland
    4. High Diving Hare
    5. What’s Opera Doc
    6. Dover Boys
    7. Draftee Daffy
    8. A Bear for Punishment
    9. Wackiki Rabbit
    10. Rabbit Seasoning
    11. NO Barking
    12. Tortilla Flaps
    13. Knighty Knight Bugs
    14. Ali Baba Bunny
    15. Bewitched Bunny
    16. Boyhood Daze
    17. Go Fly a Kit
    18. Baton Bunny
    19. Back Alley Oproar
    20. I love to Singa

  • Since everyone has already voted for ‘Whats Opera Doc ‘ and ‘Duck Amuck’ , I’d vote for ‘Baseball Bugs’, ‘Hillbilly Hare’ and ‘Hare on the Moon’ .

  • Ian Cairns

    I just have one that I think should be on the list, my all time favorite cartoon

    Hyde and Go Tweet

    I just love the bit when the giant Tweety eats Sylvester

    look forward to the book

  • Fred Patten

    1. One Froggy Evening
    2. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century
    3. Porky Pig’s Feat
    4. What’s Opera, Doc?
    5. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    6. Book Revue
    7. Duck Amuck
    8. Rabbit of Seville
    9. Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs
    10. Fast and Furry-Ous
    11. Porky in Wackyland
    12. Russian Rhapsody
    13. The Aristo-Cat
    14. A Wild Hare
    15. Long-Haired Hare
    16. Kitty Kornered
    17. A Tale of Two Kitties
    18. For Scent-imental Reasons
    19. A Corny Concerto
    20. The Goofy Gophers
    21. Herr Meets Hare
    22. The Dover Boys
    23. Tortoise Beats Hare
    24. You Ought to be in Pictures
    25. The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    26. Swooner Crooner
    27. Mouse Wreckers
    28. Bully for Bugs
    29. Feed the Kitty
    30. Porky’s Romance31. The Little Lion Hunter
    32. The Brave Little Bat
    33. I Haven’t Got a Hat
    34. Smile, Darn Ya, Smile
    35. Speedy Gonzales

  • Milena

    1. What’s Opera, Doc?
    2. Duck Amuck
    3. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 century
    4. Feed the Kitty
    5. One Froggy Evening

  • Sean Gaffney

    1) Dock Dodgers in the 24th1/2 Century
    2) Porky in Wackyland
    3) Little Red Riding Rabbit
    4) Rebel Rabbit
    5) The Case of the Stuttering Pig
    6) Golddiggers of ’49
    7) You Don’t Know What You’re Doin’!
    8) Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs
    9) Three Little Bops
    10) Book Revue
    11) Rabbit of Seville
    12) Falling Hare
    13) Birth of a Notion
    14) My Favorite Duck
    15) Feed the Kitty
    16) Rabbit Fire
    17) Stop, Look, and Hasten!
    18) Walky Talky Hawky
    19) Birds Anonymous
    20) You Ought To Be In Pictures

  • Sam Filstrup

    1. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    2. Three Little Bops
    3. Duck Amuck
    4. Rabbit of Seville
    5. Rebel Rabbit
    6. Porky in Wacky Land
    7. Broom Stick Bunny
    8. Rabbit Fire
    9. Knighty Knight Bugs
    10. The Ducksters
    11. Boobs in the Woods
    12. Drip Along Daffy
    13. What’s Opera Doc?
    14. Deduce, You Say?
    15. Robin Hood Daffy
    16. What’s Up Doc?
    17. Rabbit Hood
    18. Bugs and Thugs
    19. Duck Dogers in the 24th and a Half Century
    20. Bugs Hugged
    21. Lumber Jack-Rabbit
    22. Water, Water, Every Hare
    23. Rabbit’s Kin
    24. Hillbilly Hare
    25. High Diving Hare
    26. Wabbit Twouble
    27. Long-Haired Hare
    28. Bully for Bugs
    25.One Froggy Evening
    26.The Foghorn Leghorn
    27. My Bunny Lies Over the Sea
    28. Porky Pig’s Feat
    29. Yankee Doodle Daffy
    30. Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    31. Mutiny on the Bunny
    32. The Million Hare
    33. Operation Rabbit
    34. Book Revue
    35. Birds Anonymous
    36. Buccaneer Bunny
    37. Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    38. Hare Tonic
    39. The Old Grey Hare
    40. Baseball Bugs
    41. Stuper Duck
    42. Fast And Furry-ous
    43. Fresh Hare
    44. French Rarebit
    45. Ali Baba Bunny
    46. Falling Hare
    47. Devil May Hare
    48. Barbary Coast Bunny
    49. Haredevil Hare
    50. Speedy Gonzales
    51. Baby Bottleneck
    52. The Honey-Mousers
    53. Feed the Kitty

    I’m probably forgetting some well I know I am haha. After the first 25 the exact ordering could be a little but in the end it’s so hard to nail down what was the best. So many memorable cartoons were produced from that studio it’s even hard just to name them all.

  • Jim Bricker

    An almost all-Jones Top 10. Good luck with the book, Jerry.

    1. One Froggy Evening
    2. Duck Amuck
    3. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century
    4. Feed the Kitty
    5. Bully for Bugs
    6.What’s Opera Doc
    7. Rabbit Fire
    8. Porky Pig’s Feat
    9. The Dover Boys
    10. Bunny Hugged

  • Daniel Adler

    The Top 10 Warner Brothers Cartoons:

    1. What’s Opera Doc(it was #1 on the 50 Greatest Cartoons, and #1 for me as well)
    2. Back Alley Oproar(“You’ll never know where you go until you get there”)
    3. Dog Gone South(“OHH BELVIDERE”)
    4. Little Red Riding Rabbit (Bea Benederet at her finest)
    5. A Hare Grows in Manhattan(Shows Bugs Bunny as a pansy as well as a smartass)
    6. Daffy Duck Slept Here(Pure hillarity, at every minute)
    7. Old Grey Hare(“What’s up prune face”)
    8. Windblown Hare(best satire on fairy tales ever)
    9. Hollywood Steps Out(caricatures of finest actors of Golden Age)
    10. Duck Amuck (come on, it’s Daffy being harassed by Bugs Bunny)

  • My Top 12
    1. Bug Bunny Gets The Boid
    2. The Case of The Stuttering Pig
    3. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    4. Bye Bye Bluebeard
    5. Porky’s Preview
    6. Scrap Happy Daffy
    7. Duck Amuck
    8. Hillbilly Hare
    9. Stupor Duck
    10. Get Rich Quick Porky
    11. Have You Got Any Castles?
    12. Farm Frolics
    Warners was an excellent animation studio.

  • Where to start!

    1. Duck Amuck
    2. Rabbit Seasoning
    3. What’s Opera Doc!
    4. Duck Dodgers in the 24th and a halfth Century
    5. Devil May Hare
    6. Porky in Wackyland
    7. One Froggy Evening
    8.Beep Beep
    9. The Great piggy Bank Robbery
    10. Draftee Daffy
    11. The Rabbit of Seville
    12. The Honey-Mousers
    13. Duck! Rabbit Duck!
    14. Robi Hood Daffy
    15. Porky’s Romance
    16. KnightyKnight Bugs

    If I think of any more I’ll let you know.

  • Jimchig

    The usual disclaimers – impossible to choose, they’re all great, tomorrow my top ten might be different, etc. But right now, here’s a top ten for your purposes, Jerry.

    1. Feed the Kitty
    2. Three Little Bops
    3. Rocket Bye Baby
    4. Duck, Rabbit, Duck
    5. Duck Amuck
    6. What’s Opera, Doc
    7. Walky Talky Hawky
    8. Bugs and Thugs
    9. Rabbit Hood
    10. One Froggy Evening

    Jim Kubisch

  • Jeff Hunsel

    Rabbit of Seville
    What’s Opera Doc?
    One Froggy Evening
    Hillbilly Hare
    Old Gray Hare
    Rabbit Seasoning
    Rabbit Fire
    Three Little Bops
    Fast and Furryous
    Baseball Bugs
    I Love to Singa
    Corny Concerto
    What’s Up Doc?
    Hair-raising Hare
    Big Snooze
    Wabbit Twouble
    Rabbit’s Kin
    Little Red Riding Rabbit
    Rabbit Hood
    High Diving Hare
    These are just off the top of my head. A little heavy on Bugs, I know. Wish I could remember some more Porky-Daffy cartoons….

  • molly

    The Abominable Snow Rabbit has to be at the top of the list. The allusion to Of Mice and Men is wonderful. “I will love him and pat him…and I will call him George.” Pure art.

  • Man, Nobody is picking Wholly Smoke. You cant go wrong. Smoking pigs…. Seriously it is my absolute favorite cartoon. It will never see airing on television in this day and age.

  • Alec

    My all-time favorite is probably “Bunny Hugged”.

    In alpha order:

    Ali Baba Bunny
    Baby Buggy Bunny
    Baseball Bugs
    Big House Bunny
    Big Top Bunny
    Bowery Bugs
    Bunker Hill Bunny
    Bunny Hugged
    Captain Hareblower
    Case Of The Missing Hare
    Compressed Hare
    Daffy Duck Slept Here
    Devil May Hare
    8 Ball Bunny
    Falling Hare
    Feed The Kitty
    The Foghorn Leghorn
    14 Carrot Rabbit
    Forward March Hare
    French Rarebit
    Gorilla My Dreams
    The Grey-Hounded Hare
    Hair-Raising Hare
    Hare Remover
    Hare Tonic
    Haredevil Hare
    His Hare Raising Tale
    Homeless Hare
    Hyde and Hare
    Knight-Mare Hare
    Knighty Knight Bugs
    Long Haired Hare
    Million Hare
    Mutiny on the Bunny
    No Parking Hare
    One Froggy Evening
    Rabbit of Seville
    Rabbit Seasoning
    Rhapsody Rabbit
    The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    Show Biz Bugs
    Slick Hare
    Southern Fried Rabbit
    Upswept Hare
    Wabbit Twouble
    Wackiki Wabbit
    Water, Water Every Hare
    What’s Opera, Doc?

  • Jack Lechner

    Only one other person has mentioned my favorite neglected one-off, “High Note.” To me, it’s the embodiment of the genius of Chuck Jones.

  • Erik

    Feed the Kitty
    Rabbit of Seville
    Water water every Hare
    Duck Dodgers in 24 1/2 cent

  • Duck Dodgers In The 24-1/2th Century
    Duck Amuck
    The Solid Tin Coyote
    Rabbit Fire
    Fast And Furry-ous
    Hare Tonic
    The Rabbit of Seville

    Man, there’s so many. Some I don’t know the name of. I always loved the ones where they explain a subject. Like transportation, which had a recurring bit about a guy getting stuck in a cloverleaf and asking a hot dog stand for directions. Another with a kid that can’t stop imagining, he had red hair and wanted to fly. Another with a grown man who grew wings.

  • Donald

    Just an observation. All these posts are from GUYS. Aren’t there any women out there who love Warner Bros. cartoons (the ultimate male fantasy)

  • mrgoberg

    Rabbit of Seville
    Big Snooze
    Bully For Bugs
    Duck Amuck
    Old Grey Hare

  • Ken Bondor

    1. Dime to retire

    A great work of art, a great work of American art. The philosophical implications alone are staggering as Daffy sends one animal on the evolutionary chain after another up to Porky’s room. This cartoon is the perfect representation of the banality of all human endeavor.

  • Mark Simons

    Here is a short list of my favorites:

    1. I Love to Singa
    2. One Froggy Evening
    3. Duck Amuck
    4. Porky in Wackyland
    5. Boyhood Daze

  • Tony N.

    Here is my Top 20, where to begin?!?:
    1. Bully for Bugs
    2. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    3. Fresh Hare
    4. Duck Amuck
    5. Duck Dodgers and the 23rd and a Half Century
    6. Porky Pig’s Feat
    7. Rabbit Fire
    8. Rabbit Seasoning
    9. Duck, Rabbit, Duck!
    10. Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    11. A Corny Concerto
    12. Back Alley Oproar
    13. Rabbit’s Kin
    14. A Tale of Two Kitties
    15. Wacky Wabbit
    16. Book Review
    17. Buckaroo Bugs (bring me all the jeers you want!)
    18. The Wild Hare
    19. Fast And Furry-Ous
    20. Puss n’ Booty

    NOTE: For 16 and 18, I put down the BR titles as a gag.

  • Chuck King

    I am a huge fan, but not scholar, of Looney Tunes. I know a handful of titles, all of which have already been mentioned many times—usual suspects like Robin Hood Daffy, One Froggy Evening, The Rabbit of Seville, What’s Opera Doc… all of which I’m sure are safely ensconced near the top of any list. But what I remember from Looney Tunes are scenes and lines. Here are a bunch of favorites, which may inspire people who actually do know the titles:

    The one where Yosemite Sam had to be nice to rabbits to get an inheritance.

    The one with the opera singer… you know, “Leopold!” “Leopold!” “Leopold!”

    All Marvin the Martian cartoons. Each and every one of them belongs high on the list.

    The Ant Hill Harry, alias Baby Face Finster story. “How many times have I told you not to play with the dirty money?!?”

    At least one “Morning, Ralph” “Morning, Sam” sheepdog vs. coyote show.

    The one where Bugs and Daffy, having missed that left turn at Albuquerque, end up in a cave full of treasure featuring Daffy’s lines, “Go go go! Down down down! Mine mine mine!” and “I’m rich! I’m wealthy! I’m socially secure!” and “I’m rich! I’m a happy miser!”

    At least one, “You’re a chicken, I’m a chickenhawk” episode.

    The Tasmanian Devil “wild turkey surprise” episode.

    At least one (maybe more) Pepe Le Pew episode—preferably an earlier one where he’s not interacting with the other usual suspects.

    The Pete Puma story! “How many lumps?” “Oh, three or four.” WHAM WHAM WHAM WHAM. “I don’t like tea. It gives me a headache.”

    The wrestling episode featuring Ravishing Ronald vs. the Crusher.

    The Bugs vs. Yosemite Sam for Mayor episode. (“New mare?” “Dark horse?”)

    The episode featuring the proto-Yosemite-Sam-esque Scotsman and Bugs (“Oh no! That lady’s being attacked by a horrible monster!” (re Sam playing bagpipes).)

    The episode where Sam is the chef and is ordered to make “hossenfeffer?”

    The one with the two squirrels or chipmunks or whatever they were that go after their tree when it’s chopped down and end up with the pile of furniture.

    The Road Runner episodes featuring the following:
    Dehydrated boulders
    Acme Bat-Man Suit
    Earthquake pills
    Acme rocket skates
    The two kids watching the show. “I’m gonna be a p-sychiatrist. Or a p-sychoanalyst.” “I’m gonna be a road runner. Beep beep!”

    The one where Bugs visits the witch. “Who undoes your hair?” “Do you like it?” “Like it? Why, it’s absolutely HIDEOUS!”

    A whole bunch of Foghorn Leghorn episodes. Definitely including:
    “I’m not a chicken, I’m a dog. THERE’s a chicken.”
    The one where the kid proved by calculus that Foghorn was somewhere else even though he hid in the bin.

    The one with the Bing Crosby-esque crooning chicken, “I’ve got a bunch of beautiful babies, and each and every one of them is a boy…”

    “You and me’s pals, ain’t we, Spike?”

    The Bugs vs. Dracula episode: “Abraca-pocus! Hocus-cadabra!”

  • Joe Heffernan

    Well – for me it’s a toss-up between Ali-Baba Bunny and Feed the Kitty.

    Ali-Baba Bunny is not only well written and funny, but it nails both characters of the Bunny and the Duck perfectly.

    Feed the Kitty tears at your heartstrings. I still get a little tear in the corner of my eye everytime I see it…and I’m old…REAL OLD!

    Best of Luck with the book – I know I’ll be buying a copy as soon as it comes out!

  • J Hobart B

    Well, no real surprises in my Top 10 (Hey, they’re obvious for a reason):

    1. Porky In Wackyland
    2. Rabbit Fire
    3. One Froggy Evening
    4. The Great Piggybank Robbery
    5. Book Revue
    6. What’s Opera Doc
    7. Feed the Kitty
    8. The Foghorn Leghorn
    9. Duck Amuck
    10. For Scent-imental Reasons

    But I also want to put in a vote for Goofy Gophers and Lumber Jerks — I love those guys.

  • Nicole

    One Froggy Evening
    Walky Talky Hawky
    Don’t Give Up the Sheep
    Hareway to the Stars
    What’s Opera Doc
    Bugs and Thugs

  • Darth Vegas

    1. Hair Raising Hare
    2. Duck Amuck
    3. What’s Opera, Doc?
    4. The Foghorn Leghorn
    5. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century
    6. Falling Hare
    7. Operation: Rabbit
    8. Rabbit Fires
    9. Little Red Riding Rabbit
    10. Rabbit Hood

  • Lynn Anderson

    Early to Bet
    What’s Opera Doc!
    One Froggy Evening

  • Merrill McCarthy

    01 What’s Opera, Doc?
    02 Bully For Bugs
    03 Rabbit Of Seville
    04 Duck! Rabbit, Duck!
    05 Duck Amuck
    06 Mouse Wreckers
    07 Duck Dodgers In The 24-1/2th Century
    08 Hare-Way to the Stars
    09 Ali Baba Bunny
    10 One Froggy Evening

    honorable mention – Devil May Hare; Bedeviled Rabbit (Mmmmm…wild turkey surprise”

  • Robert Taylor

    Its difficult to whittle it down but here are a list of my favorites at the moment.

    1. I love to Singa
    2. What’s Opera, Doc?
    3. Duck Amuck
    4. High Diving Hare
    5. One Froggy Evening
    6. Porky in Wackyland
    7. The Three Little Bops
    8. Daffy Duck in Hollywood
    9. Walky Talky Hawky
    10. Tweetie Pie
    11. For Scent-imental Reasons
    12. Speedy Gonzales
    13. Pigs in a Polka
    14. Swooner Crooner
    15. Knighty Knight Bugs
    16. Birds Anonymous

    Duck Dodgers In The 24-1/2th Century

  • Tony Teresa

    1. The Rabbit of Seville
    2. Rabbit Seasoning
    3. Porky in Wackyland
    4. Duck Dodgers in the 24th 1/2 Century
    5. Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs
    6. The Big Snooze
    7. Rebel Rabbit
    8. Duck Amuck
    9. Feed the Kitty
    10. What’s Opera Doc?

  • Jim Wilson

    My top ten:

    1. Bully for Bugs
    2. Long-Haired Hare
    3. Duck Amuck
    4. What’s Opera Doc
    5. Baseball Bugs
    6. The Rabbit of Seville
    7. Easter Yeggs
    8. Little Red Riding Rabbit
    9. I Love to Singa
    10. Duck! Rabbit! Duck!

  • Duck Amuck,
    Rabbit Seasoning, and
    Feed the Kitty.

    These are the three I can watch over and over and over again. The dialogue in “Duck” and Rabbit Seasoning” is brilliant, and the silent gags of “Feed the Kitty” (as well as the hilarious character arc of hapless bulldog Marc Antony as he protects his adorable adopted kitty) are sure-fire. Good luck with the book!

  • RJ

    Favorites, in no order:

    Rabbit Transit
    Tortoise Wins By A Hare
    What’s Opera, Doc?
    The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    Rabbit of Seville
    Robin Hood Daffy
    Wackiki Wabbit
    Super Rabbit
    The Unruly Hare
    Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid
    Often An Orphan
    Operation: Rabbit
    Rabbit Seasoning
    Bunnt Bugged
    You Ought to Be in Pictures
    Falling Hare
    Kitty Kornered – “I like cheese!” :)

  • 1.Great Piggybank Robbery
    2.Back Alley Oproar
    3.Duck Amuck
    4.What’s Opera, Doc?
    5. Porky in Wackyland
    6. Falling Hare
    7. The Draft Horse
    8. You Oughta Be in Pictures
    9. Hare Trigger
    10. Duck Dodgers in the 24th 1/2 Century
    11. Robin Hood Daffy
    12. Easter Yeggs
    13. Odorable Kitty
    14. From A to ZZZZ
    15. One Froggy Evening

  • Thom Purdy

    Beyond the obvious, What’s Opera Doc, Rabbit of Seville, Ali Baba Bunny, One Froggy Evening… there are two that I dearly love that
    haven’t even appeared on the Loony Tunes Golden Collections yet,
    but for me are absolute classics.

    The first is HARE BRUSH, in which Bugs and Elmer switch roles through pretense(ELMER) and hypnosis(BUGS). It also has, what
    I consider, the GREATEST closing line of all time: “I may be a sqwewy wabbit, but I’m not goin’ to Alkatwaz”! Brilliant

    The second is CHOW HOUND, about a bulldog who pulls of a
    series of scams with the unwilling help of a cat and a mouse.
    Two classic lines come from this one: “WHAT?! NO GRAVY??!”
    and the hilarious, yet chilling, : “This time we didn’t forget the gravy”

    Great stuff. When I have time, I’ll chime in with more underrated gems.

  • As much as I love my Clampett, McKimson, and Freleng, I’m a Chuck Jones guy too. It’s not just the strong posing that gets me, but also the perfect synergy with every aspect of production – the writing, the backgrounds, the music. I have a clear (and probably interchangeable) top four.

    1. One Froggy Evening
    2. Duck Amuck
    3. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century
    3. What’s Opera, Doc?
    5. A Gruesome Twosome
    6. From A to Z-Z-Z-Z
    7. Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z-z
    8. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    9. Rabbit Seasoning
    10. Birds Anonymous

    I don’t pretend I’ve seen every Looney Tunes short there is, of course – far from it. And I give a lengthier explanation of my picks here, if anyone is interested.

  • Lawrence Boocker

    I only want to mention 2 cartoons that may get overlooked. The first is about a squirrel trying to open a coconut. I believe the title is “Nuts to you”. The other is about a dog forcing a cat to bring him food until he OD’s on gravy. I believe that’s “Chow Hound”. These never seem to make any top cartoon lists. Of course I wouldn’t put them above Rabbit of Seville, One Froggy Evening and all the other usual suspects.

  • Tony McCarson

    here is a list by me, tony mccarson, one the the greatest cartoon fans and enthusiasts. this is just a list, not the top list (you know,top 10 or top 20).

    1.what’s opera doc
    2.carrotblanca (if it’s possible to put in this book)
    3.devil may hare
    4.rabbit fire
    5.horton hatches the egg
    6.rhapsody in rivets
    7.a wild hare
    8.you ought to be in pictures
    9.thugs with dirty mugs
    10.elmer’s candid camera
    11.ghost wanted
    12.the ducktators
    13.fifth column mouse
    14.porky pig’s feat
    15.cool cat
    16.I got plenty of mutton
    17.what’s cookin’ doc?
    18.show biz bugs
    19.the great piggy bank robbery
    20.fair and worm-er
    21.kitty kornered
    22.often an orphan
    23.haredevil hare
    24.mouse wreckers
    25.chow hound (the villain deserves it in the end!)
    26.the wearing of the grin
    27.tree for two
    28.zipping along
    29.the last hungry cat
    30.tweet and lovely
    31.knighty knight bugs
    32.curtain razor
    33.much ado about nutting
    34.fox pop
    35.high note
    36.now hear this
    37.bartholomew versus the wheel
    38.mouse-taken identity
    39.birds of a father
    40.the mouse on 57th street
    41.honey’s money
    42.banty raids (“crazy man!”)
    43.the honey-mousers
    44.feed the kitty
    45.kiss me cat
    46.lumber jerks
    47.grey hounded hare
    48.eatin’ on a cuff
    49.trap happy porky
    50.dog tales
    51.the three little bops
    52.rabbit’s kin
    53.a tale of two mice
    54.the hole idea
    55.person to bunny
    56.the adominable snow rabbit
    57.bugs bonnets
    58.hollywood canine canteen
    59.from hand to mouse
    60.lights fantastic
    61.cat tails for two
    62.ding dong daddy
    63.porky’s preview
    64.the bear’s tale
    65.robin hood makes good
    66.toy trouble
    67.the mouse-merized cat
    68.there auto be a law
    69.foxy by proxy
    70.duck amuck

    I have more of my favorite cartoons but there is just too many!

    please pick most of these cartoons!

  • Brian D. Scott

    Rabbit’s Kin
    Hush My Mouse
    Back Alley Oproar
    The Hep Cat
    The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    Brother Brat
    Hare Meets Herr
    Tortoise Wins By A Hare
    Dough For the Do-Do
    Porky Pig’s Feat
    We The Animals Squeak (me and two friends of mine remember the lead mouse’s ramblings over the plan to a T)

  • Ted Herrmann

    The one where Sylvester builds a pair of stilts to he can walk across the yard without getting bit by all the dogs. And then you only hear the sound of all the dogs chewing the bottom off the stilts, while Sylvester slowly sinks out of sight beneath the picket fence. Priceless!

  • Vince

    I want to lean toward animation, but with Looney Tunes, it’s always more about storytelling and character with a good dash of atmosphere. Ergo:

    Rabbit of Seville
    Ali Baba Bunny
    Rabbit Seasoning
    What’s Opera Doc
    Bugs and Thugs
    Baseball Bugs
    Little Red Riding Rabbit
    Bowery Bugs
    Gorilla My Dreams
    Homeless Hare
    A Hare Grows in Brooklyn

    I have always been a fan of Road Runner, it’s easy formula honed Chuck Jones’s genius to razor sharpness. In terms of raw character and scripting though, it is tough to leave out Ol’ Foghorn.

  • Charlie Jacob

    This wasn’t easy but…(starting with number 50)
    Ducking The Devil
    Birds Anonymous
    Ali Baba Bunny
    Coal Black And De Sebben Dwarfs
    Mississippi Hare
    Scaredy Cat
    Duck! Rabbit, Duck!
    The Honey Mousers
    I Love to Singa
    Pigs in a Polka
    Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence
    Porky in Wackyland
    Much Ado About Nutting
    Rhapsody Rabbit
    Rabbit of Seville
    Rabbit Seasoning
    Duck Amuck
    Little Red Riding Rabbit
    Baby Bottleneck
    Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    A Gruesome Twosome
    Porky’s Duck Hunt
    Dog Gone South
    Easter Yeggs
    Bear Feat
    Two Gophers from Texas
    The Hep Cat
    I Taw a Putty Tat
    The Draft Horse
    Draftee Daffy
    Doggone Cats
    Hillbilly Hare
    The Ducktator
    French Rarebit
    The Ducksters
    Daffy the Commando
    Wideo Wabbit
    The Stupor Salesman
    Herr Mets Hare
    Cheese Chasers
    A Bone for A Bone
    A Hare Grows in Manhattan
    My Bunny Lies Over the Sea
    From Hare to Heir
    Ballot Box Bunny
    Porky Pig’s Feat
    Dough Ray Me-Ow
    Rabbit Hood
    Now Hear This
    and MY favorite LT/MM cartoon is…

    Back Alley Oproar!

  • 1. Porky In Wackyland
    2. Book Revue
    3. Duck Amuck
    4. One Froggy Evening
    5. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    6. Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs
    7. Plane Daffy
    8. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century
    9. You Ought To Be In Pictures
    10. Stupid Cupid
    11. The Heckling Hare
    12. Rabbit Of Seville
    13. Baseball Bugs
    14. Rabbit Punch
    15. What’s Opera, Doc
    16. Russian Rhapsody
    17. Tin Pan Alley Cats
    18. Swooner Crooner
    19. Kitty Kornered
    20. Nasty Quacks

    The “most historically significant” list would be different, and loaded with Tex Avery cartoons – A Wild Hare, Porky’s Duck Hunt, Porky The Wrestler, etc.

  • chris cressionnie

    bugs bunny singing
    carmen miranda’s
    mama eu cuero…

  • Scott Kelly

    1) Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    2) Operation: Rabbit
    3) Duck Amuck
    4) Robin Hood Daffy
    5) Rabbit of Seville
    6) Bully for Bugs
    7) What’s Opera, Doc?
    8) Long-Hared Hare
    9) Duck Soup to Nuts
    10) Fast and Furry-ous
    11) Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century
    12) Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    13) The Foghorn Leghorn
    14) Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid
    15) Hare Trigger
    16) Roughly Squeaking
    17) The Hardship of Miles Standish
    18) Swooner Crooner
    19) I Love to Singa
    20) What’s Up, Doc?
    21) Racketeer Rabbit
    22) Baseball Bugs
    23) Tick Tock Tuckered
    24) Rabbit Fire
    25) Claws for Alarm
    26) Rabbit Seasoning
    27) The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    28) Kitty Kornered
    29) Ali Baba Bunny
    30) Back Alley Uproar
    31) Miss Glory
    32) The Henpecked Duck
    33) The Big Snooze
    34) A Wild Hare
    35) The Case of the Stuttering Pig
    36) Gorilla My Dreams
    37) My Little Duckaroo
    38) Porky Pig’s Feat
    39) The Heckling Hare
    40 Let it Be Me
    41) Buccaneer Bunny
    42) A Tale of Two Kitties
    43) Don’t Give Up the Sheep
    44) From A to Z-Z-Z-Z
    46) Egghead Rides Again
    47) Walky Talky Hawky
    48) For Scent-imental Reasons
    49) Bunny Hugged
    50) You Ought to Be in Pictures

  • Dave Filipi

    1. Duck Amuck
    2. One Froggy Evening
    3. Hillbilly Hare
    4. The Rabbit of Seville
    5. What’s Opera Doc
    6. Beanstock Bunny
    7. Draftee Daffy
    8. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century
    9. Cheese Chasers
    10. Gee Whiz-z-z-z
    11. Scaredy Cat
    12. The Mouse that Jack Built
    13. Slick Hare
    I’ll stop at a baker’s dozen…this is too hard.

  • Gary Wolff

    1. Feed The Kitty
    2. One Froggy Evening

  • Peter Whittaker

    1. Bully For Bugs
    2. Rabbit Of Seville
    3. Long Haired Hare
    4. Transylvania 6-5000
    5. Feed The Kitty
    6. Drip-Along Daffy
    7. What’s Opera Doc
    8. One Froggy Evening

    The expressions and the music do it for me. The look on the bull’s face when it realizes it has firepower. Bugs’ look of boredom as he massages tonic into Elmer’s head. Marc Antony’s look of terror, so well mimicked by Sully so many years later.

    And then there’s parry-thrust-spin and “yikes and away”. Sometimes, sheer daffiness wins out. And, of course, all the things one can do with abracapocus.

    After that, almost any “Ralph and Sam”, a few Pepe’s, Black Jack Shellac, Nasty Canasta,

  • 1. What’s Opera, Doc?
    2. Porky In Wackyland
    3. Bully For Bugs
    4. Operation Rabbit
    5. The Dover Boys
    6. Duck Amuck
    7. Birds Anonymous
    8. 8 Ball Bunny
    9. Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century
    10. Long Haired Hare

  • Donna

    1. Feed the Kitty
    2. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century
    3. Duck Amuck
    4. What’s Opera Doc
    5. Hillbilly Hare
    6. Bad Ol’ Puddytat
    7. A Tale of Two Kitties
    8. The Mouse That Jack Built
    9. Robin Hood Daffy
    10. For Scent-imental Reasons

  • woodyNYC

    ok. I think Duck Amuck and What’s Opera Doc are way overrrated. As a matter of fact, Chuck Jones, talented as he was, is overrrated at this point. I’d like to suggest Charles McKimson who in my opinion is way underrated. You could pick almost any 40s short but I submit “The Foghorn Leghorn”. Compared to McKimson’s frenetic work ( every freakin frame is different!) Jone’s stuff is dead and cloying.


    1. REBEL RABBIT because I believe it’s the first use of live action in an animated WB short, and it’s so anarchically funny.

  • tallman

    Three little bops.

  • Larry Geng

    Any WB cartoon from the late ’30’s to the late ’40’s from Merry Melodies
    and Looney Toons. Bugs, Daffy, Roadrunner, Sam, Foghorn, Porky,
    Tweety & Sylvester; all priceless, all masterpieces. After the ’40’s it was
    all down hill.

    Compare anything today to What’s Opera, Doc? or The Rabbit of Seville.

  • Scott French

    1 Rabbit of Seville
    2 Robin Hood Daffy (Ho! Haha! Guard! Turn! Parry! Dodge!)
    3 Rabbit Fire
    4 Duck Dodgers In The 24-1/2th Century
    5 Hare-Way to the stars

  • Robert Hill

    Wow, this is going to be hard, because I’ll have to leave out a LOT of classics that belong on the list as well. I’ll go the full 50 since Jerry says that is the limit, but I could easily put many more. Here goes:

    1. Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs (enough of that “politically incorrect” nonsense and release this on a future LT DVD collection, along with all the other classics from the Censored Eleven and more)
    2. Rabbit Hood
    3. Nasty Quacks
    4. Hare Trigger
    5. Buccaneer Bunny
    6. Robin Hood Daffy
    7. What’s Opera Doc?
    8. Dog Gone People
    9. A Wild Hare (the most important Looney Tune or Merrie Melodie and one of the greatest! ESPECIALLY the magnificently restored version on the WB Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection – 15 Winners, 26 Nominees. This is the most overlooked DVD release of 2008 and should be purchased by everyone. “A Wild Hare” ALONE is worth getting it for, not to mention a beautifully restored “Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt.” Both films are fully restored with original opening & closing titles.)
    10. Rabbit Seasoning
    11. Chow Hound
    12. Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    13. Gift Wrapped
    14. Ducking the Devil
    15. Drip-Along Daffy
    16. Little Red Riding Rabbit
    17. A Mouse Divided
    18. Zipping Along
    19. Racketeer Rabbit
    20. Russian Rhapsody
    21. Tin Pan Alley Cats
    22. Which is Witch?
    23. Hare Brush
    24. Wise Quackers
    25. The Cat’s Tale
    26. Trap Happy Porky
    27. Lickety Splat
    28. Sunday Go to Meetin’ Time
    29. Hare Force
    30. Design For Leaving
    31. Have You Got Any Castles (especially now that we have seen it uncut on LTGC, Volume 2)
    32. Bewitched Bunny
    33. Goldilocks and the Jivin’ Bears
    34. Each Dawn I Crow
    35. Fresh Hare
    36. China Jones
    37. Duck Amuck
    38. Pigs in a Polka
    39. Hillbilly Hare
    40. Speaking of the Weather
    41. All This and Rabbit Stew
    42. Tom Thumb in Trouble
    43. Southern Fried Rabbit
    44. Bugs Bunny Nips The Nips
    45. Muscle Tussle
    46. Punch Trunk
    47. Wabbit Twouble
    48. The Trial of Mr. Wolf
    49. Jungle Jitters
    50. Show Biz Bugs

    That went fast because I hate to leave these off the list: Bunker Hill Bunny; Horse Hare; Scrap Happy Daffy; The Wabbit Who Came to Supper; His Bitter Half; Robot Rabbit; Little Red Walking Hood; My Little Duckaroo; Clean Pastures; Little Boy Boo; Foxy By Proxy; The Old Grey Hare; Mississippi Hare; September in the Rain; Herr Meets Hare; Scrambled Aches; Roman Legion Hare; Rabbit of Seville; Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt; Quack Shot. Wow, that’s over 20 more. I better stop!

  • Brannon

    These are the ones that stick with me from childhood, that seem to encapsulate the qualities I find most memorable and hilarious about each character.

    1. What’s Opera, Doc?
    2. The Rabbit of Seville
    3. Rabbit Seasoning
    4. Duck Dodgers In The 24-1/2th Century
    5. Hare-Way to the Stars
    6. One Froggy Evening
    7. Robin Hood Daffy
    8. For Scent-imental Reasons
    9. Beep Beep
    10. The Abominable Snow-Rabbit

  • Alan Hutchinson

    I’m going to avoid most of the obvious choices because they’ll get plenty of votes no matter what. Many of my favorites became favorites back in the early days of VCRs when many an hour was spent taping WB cartoons from WGN, WTBS and WOR, the only really out-of-town stations our cable company provided. So some of these are a little obscure, but really, really funny. Many of the others became favorites from watching the Saturday morning Bugs Bunny Show year after year. And then there are a couple that are sure to be in everyone’s Top Ten.

    Meatless Flyday
    A Tale of Two Mice
    Hush My Mouse
    I Taw a Putty Tat
    Hot Cross Bunny
    A-Lad-in a Lamp
    My Bunny Lies Over the Sea
    The Awful Orphan
    Mouse Wreckers
    High Diving Hare
    The Rabbit of Seville
    Long-Haired Hare
    The Windblown Hare
    A Ham in a Role
    The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    It’s Hummer Time
    Hillbilly Hare
    A Fox in a Fix
    Early to Bet
    Cheese Chasers
    A Bear for Punishment
    Much Ado About Nutting
    Hare Trimmed
    I Gopher You
    Claws for Alarm
    Little Boy Boo
    One Froggy Evening
    Wideo Wabbit
    The Honey-Mousers
    Show Biz Bugs

  • Norman L. Cook

    1. What’s Opera, Doc?
    2. Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century
    3. Duck Amuck
    4. Rabbit of Seville
    5. Robin Hood Daffy
    6. Rabbit Seasoning
    7. Claws for Alarm
    8. High Note
    9. Duck! Rabbit, Duck!
    10. One Froggy Evening
    11. Rabbit Fire
    12. Feed the Kitty
    13. Bully for Bugs
    14. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    15. Hair-Raising Hare
    16. The Old Grey Hare
    17. From A to Z-Z-Z-Z
    18. Kiss Me Cat
    19. Long-Haired Hare
    20. Water, Water Every Hare
    21. Three Little Bops
    22. Racketeer Rabbit
    23. Ali Baba Bunny
    24. Fast and Furry-ous
    25. Hare-Way to the Stars
    26. Operation: Rabbit
    27. Book Revue
    28. Show Biz Bugs
    29. Birds Anonymous
    30. Back Alley Oproar
    31. A-Lad-in His Lamp
    32. Rabbit’s Feat
    33. Double or Mutton
    34. Haredevil Hare
    35. Rhapsody Rabbit
    36. Bugs and Thugs
    37. Mouse Wreckers
    38. Sahara Hare
    39. The Mouse That Jack Built
    40. Along Came Daffy
    41. The Fair Haired Hare
    42. No Parking Hare
    43. Punch Trunk
    44. Tree for Two
    45. Hillbilly Hare
    46. Little Red Riding Rabbit
    47. Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    48. Don’t Give Up the Sheep
    49. Knighty Knight Bugs
    50. Rocket Squad

  • Mariah Abell

    The Bugs-Daffy-Elmer trilogy
    Bully for Bugs
    Duck Amuck
    Cheese Chasers
    The Big Snooze
    A Wild Hare
    Robin Hood Daffy
    Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century
    From Hare to Heir
    The Abominable Snow Rabbit
    Falling Hare
    A Bird in Guilty Cage
    Book Revue
    Rabbit of Seville
    Daffy Doodles
    The Ducksters
    The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    Kitty Kornered
    Patient Porky
    Brother Brat
    Yankee Doodle Daffy

  • PCUnfunny

    “The “most historically significant” list would be different, and loaded with Tex Avery cartoons – A Wild Hare, Porky’s Duck Hunt, Porky The Wrestler, etc.”

    Pretty much. Tex invented the very foundation of cartoons.

  • PCUnfunny


    I think Chuck Jones most underrated characters are the following: The Three Bears, Claude Cat, Hubie, Bertie, and Marc Anthony. They are all the most brilliantly created characters outside Bugs and Daffy. Unfortunately, Chuck stuck with Pe Pe Le Pew and The Road Runner and Coyote shorts. I am sorry but there is a single cartoon I like with any of them, they are just so stuck to a formula that nothing new could be done with them after one cartoon.

  • Corey K.

    Hurray, two votes for “Hush My Mouse”! I’ll make it a third. A funny Sniffles cartoon may seem like a contradiction in terms, but in his final outing, Sniffles is finally given smarts, wit and guile to offset his cutesy persona, makng him over into an ersatz Tweety. And the dialogue is sharp and funny, especially the endless stream of malapropisms from “Artie da manager.” (“If it ain’t Eddie G. Robincat, in da flesh and fantasty!” “Better late than forever, t’phrase a coin.” “Filligan, here I am with me life in piccady, and you have da VERVE to tell me we ain’t got no mouse knuckles!”) I laugh at this one every time.

  • Motherbear

    Water, Water Every Hare
    Broom-Stick Bunny
    Bully for Bugs
    Knighty Knight Bugs
    Transylvania 6-5000
    Bunny Hugged
    Rhapsody Rabbit
    Rabbit of Seville
    Hillbilly Hare
    Devil May Hare

  • Mike Pelensky

    My Top 10:

    1. Duck Amuck. I don’t think I need to explain *why* I love it, even if people disagree. They will never write a better cartoon, and Chuck’s drawings and Maurice’s layouts give it titanium legs.
    2. Kitty Kornered. They will never animate a better cartoon. I apologize to the Clampett elitists for not making it #1, but remember, there is nothing elitist about a Clampett cartoon, even if the art is divine.
    3. Duck Dodgers in the 24th-1/2 Century. This one is quintessential to an understanding of Daffy’s character with slightly less pronounced theatrics.
    4. A Tale of Two Kitties. Tweety was in top form here.
    5. Porky Pig’s Feat. When the manager falls down a bajillion flights of stairs, backed by brilliantly redundant bouncing animation and Mel Blanc’s anguished yowls, my sides split. Daffy attempting an abstractly ethnic accent is almost as funny.
    6. The Heckling Hare. It’s never been so hilarious to watch a smart-alecky trickster trample all over of an adorable simpleton.
    7. The Scarlet Pumpernickel. Jones combined his faux-heroic Daffy with Clampett’s self-consciously goofy Daffy, and the results were terrific.
    8. Rabbit Seasoning. This cartoon features the quintessential argument inversion, “pronoun trouble” or none.
    9. To Beep or Not to Beep. My personal favorite Road Runner cartoon. It shouldn’t matter if the structure is the same in a series if the gags are always new and funny, but Chuck managed a bit of structure here as well, with the increasingly ridiculous variations on Wile E.’s malfunctioning rock-catapult thingamajig.
    10. What’s Opera, Doc? Elmer’s rabid pursuit of Bugs escalates to literally operatic heights.

  • 1. Duck Amuck
    2. Porky in Wackyland/Dough for the Do-Do
    3. What’s Opera Doc?
    4. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    5. Rabbit of Seville
    6. The Big Snooze
    7. One Froggy Evening
    8. Rabbit Seasoning
    9. A Tale of Two Kitties
    10. Feed the Kitty
    11. The Old Grey Hare
    12. Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarves
    13. Bully for Bugs
    14. Book Revue
    15. Robin Hood Daffy
    16. Baby Bottleneck
    17. Rhapsody Rabbit
    18. Scrambled Aches
    19. Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    20. Russian Rhapsody
    21. Now Hear This
    22. Back Alley Oproar
    23. Operation: Rabbit
    24. Porky’s Preview
    25. Rabbit Fire
    26. It’s Hummer Time
    27. A Bear for Punishment
    28. Drip-Along Daffy
    29. The Daffy Doc
    30. The Ducksters
    31. Bunny Hugged
    32. Scrap Happy Daffy
    33. Falling Hare
    34. Buccaneer Bunny
    35. Baseball Bugs
    36. Show Biz Bugs
    37. Daffy Duck Slept Here
    38. Long Haired Hare
    39. Thugs with Dirty Mugs
    40. Duck Dodgers in the 24th ½ Century
    41. The Grey-Hounded Hare
    42. Ali Baba Bunny
    43. Hare Brush
    44. The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    45. Rabbit Hood
    46. Stop! Look! and Hasten!
    47. Little Red Riding Rabbit
    48. Norman Normal
    49. A Ham in a Role
    50. What’s Cookin’ Doc?

    Hard one – left off another 30 or so I would have been SURE had to be on there . . .

    I also posted the list over at my blog with links to the Wikipedia/IMDb entries and YouTube videos (available for all but 3 of the above).

    Thanks for including the fans, Jerry,

    Ian W. Hill
    Brooklyn, NY

  • Will Mendes

    Feed The Kitty
    The Rabbit of Seville
    I Love To Singa
    Dog Collared
    Nasty Quacks
    Rebel Rabbit
    An Itch In Time
    A Fractured Leghorn
    The Three Little Bops
    Porky Pig’s Feat
    Gorilla My Dreams
    Bugs Bunny Nips The Nips
    Rhapsody In Rivets
    Fresh Airedale
    Bully For Bugs
    A Gruesome Twosome
    You Ought To Be In Pictures
    The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives
    One Froggy Evening
    Racketeer Rabbit
    Hittin’ The Trail For Hallelujah Land

    Have fun writing your book, Jerry. I hope we haven’t given you too many suggestions.

  • Brian D. Scott

    OK, I added my originally list hastily while I was at work, but let me expound on my choices (and I really tried hard not to look at everyone else’s choices):

    Rabbit’s Kin – Stan Freberg’s Pete Puma is just hands down one of the funniest characters I’ve ever seen in a cartoon! I always use his “I know you-u” line when I run into someone I haven’t seen in a while.

    Hush My Mouse – Art, Filigan, Edward G. Robincat (love that name) and Sniffles with the higher pitched, faster voice with the flute playing in the background – I love this one and I’m glad I have it on my Looney Tunes laserdisc still.

    Back Alley Oproar – I know this is a remake of an earlier cartoon with Porky and a nondescript cat, but Sylvester’s songs, Elmer’s reactions to everything (when he’s blown up and becomes an angel, he just shrugs his shoulders and says “Oh well, at least now I can get some west”), and the stand-in cat just has me on the floor!

    The Hep Cat – the cat’s mannerisms and facial expressions in this are hysterical, especially when he first meets the puppet, rubs her back, feels the dog’s nose and says “Well, something new has been added!”

    The Great Piggy Bank Robbery – Daffy at his daffiest; I love the rundown of the criminals, especially Rubberhead and Neon Noodle!

    Brother Brat – All the character’s in this are hilarious, especially Bea Benederette (Betty Rubble) as the Blockheed-working mom!

    Hare Meets Herr – The best “line” in this is when Gehring tells the falcon to find a “rabbit-za”, looks at the audience with a straight deadpan expression and pulls out a sign that says “Evidently this guy is a foreigner”! Classic!

    Tortoise Wins By A Hare – OK, just because of the role reversal this one would be a winner, but all of the dimwitted rabbits in this one crack me up, especially when they’re beating up Bugs because they think he’s the “toitle”! “Take that ya doity toitle, take that!” “Toitle-schmoitle, I’m da rabbit!”

    Dough For the Do-Do – Again, another remake, but it’s the dodo beating up Porky while he’s dancing that just makes me laugh!

    Porky Pig’s Feat – Classic! Everything from Daffy losing the money, to the bill items (hot and dirty running water, sunshine, good will, Louis XIV bed (without Louis)), to the staircase fall – everything about this one is funny!

    We The Animals Squeak – Kansas City Kitty’s radio appearance, but it’s the lead mouse’s ramblings over the plan that make this one a hit for me (“Not forgetting to apasititan with the forty year precitory, in addition to the rigatory…”)! Two old friends of mine can recite the whole monologue with me to this day!

    Scaredy Cat – Without dialog, Sylvester steals the show, especially when he’s lowered in his basket to who knows where, and hours later he’s returned stark white and frightened out of his wits! Don’t get me started on the Chopin’s Death March scenes with the other cat and then Porky!

    A Pest In The House – The poor sap in this one had to stay at Elmer’s hotel with Daffy as the bellhop! I love the fact that the guy just kept taking his aggravation out on Elmer, even at the end! “Noisy little chap, isn’t he?!?”

  • Brannigan’s Law

    As long as one of the Ralph Phillip shorts make it on there I’ll be happy.

  • Not sure this went through the first time, so let me try again:

    01. Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    02. Rabbit Seasoning
    03. Rabbit Fire
    04. What’s Opera, Doc?
    05. Duck Amuck
    06. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    07. Show Biz Bugs
    08. One Froggy Evening
    09. Little Red Riding Rabbit
    10. Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs
    11. Rabbit of Seville
    12. Book Revue
    13. Duck Dodgers in the 24th 1/2 Century
    14. Porky Pig’s Feat
    15. Birds Anonymous
    16. Fast and Furry-ous
    17. High Diving Hare
    18. The Foghorn Leghorn
    19. For Scent-imental Reasons
    20. Rabbit Hood
    21. The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    22. The Old Grey Hare
    23. Nasty Quacks
    24. Long-Haired Hare
    25. Slick Hare
    26. Water, Water Every Hare
    27. Feed the Kitty
    28. Porky in Wackyland
    29. Beanstalk Bunny
    30. The Dover Boys

    Can’t wait for the book. Good luck.

  • Marbles

    Here are the 50 I probably like the most, in the order I thought of them:

    1. Scaredy Cat
    2. Daffy Duck Slept Here
    3. Pest in the House
    4. Haredevil Hare
    5. Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    6. Tortise Wins By a Hare
    7. Hare Trigger
    8. To Duck or Not To Duck
    9. Porky Pig’s Feat
    10. Rabbit Punch
    11. Rebel Rabbit
    12. No Barking
    13. Baton Bunny
    14. One Froggy Evening
    15. The Hypo-Chondri Cat
    16. My Favorite Duck
    17. Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarves
    18. Eight-Ball Bunny
    19. Rabbit Fire
    20. Rabbit Seasoning
    21. Duck Rabbit Duck!
    22. The Abominable Snow Rabbit
    23. What Makes Daffy Duck
    24. Book Revue
    25. A Tale of Two Kitties
    26. Tin Pan Alley Cats
    27. I Taw a Putty Tat
    28. Rhapsody Rabbit
    29. Racketeer Rabbit
    30. Baby Bottleneck
    31. The Bee-Deviled Bruin
    32. Inki and the Lion
    33. Inki at the Circus
    34. Chow Hound
    35. Claws For Alarm
    36. Daffy Dilly
    37. The Dover Boys
    38. The Ducksters
    39. Golden Yeggs
    40. Who’s Kitten Who?
    41. I Love To Singa
    42. Yankee Doodle Daffy
    43: You Ought To Be In Pictures
    44. Baseball Bugs
    45. Draftee Daffy
    46. Drip-Along Daffy
    47. Wagon Heels
    48. Hyde And Go Tweet
    49. Porky In Wackyland
    50. Boobs In The Woods

    Some of these might not be picked by anyone else, but what da hey.

  • Vic Cromarty

    The Warner cartoons! They twisted my young unformed brain and created an animation fan(atic). Some favourites that can still make me laugh out loud include:

    Duck Amuck – “Ain’t I a stinker?”
    The Rabbit of Seville – “Next!”
    One Froggy Evening – “Hello my baby!”
    Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century – “Illudium Phosdex, the shaving cream atom!”
    What’s Opera, Doc? – “Kill da wabbit! Kill da wabbit!”
    Bully for Bugs – “What a gulli-bull… what a nin-cow-poop!”
    Baseball Bugs – “Yerrr OUT!”
    Hareway to the Stars – “Where’s the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!”
    Bewitched Bunny – Love those hairpins…
    I Gopher You – Raymond Scott’s tune “Powerhouse”…
    Bunny Hugged – “Aw, you look tired, Crusher. Why don’t you rest up on this nice, soft floor for a few minutes…”
    Three Little Bops – “Didn’t go to Heaven, was the other place!”
    Porky In Wackyland – This weirdness still makes me laugh!
    Ain’t She Tweet – Stilts!
    Fast and Furry-Ous – Cartoon-physics painted tunnels!
    The Hole Idea – As a kid I always wanted to invent a Portable Hole.
    Robin Hood Daffy – “Ho! Haha! Guard! Turn! Parry! Dodge! Spin!”

    Tons more would bubble to the surface if I thought hard enough, but these are the ones that come to mind right away.

    Best of luck with the book. Look forward to buying one soon!

  • George Zadorozny

    The Shell-Shocked Egg.

    Nobody ever seems to talk about it, but it’s absolutely perfect. One of the funniest and most delightful films (animated or live) that I’ve ever seen.

  • Michael E. Ellis

    1. What’s Opera Doc?
    2. Rabbit Seasoning
    3. Duck Amuck
    4. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    5. Russian Rhapsody
    6. Little Boy Boo
    7. Feed The Kitty
    8. I Love To Singa
    9. One Froggy Evening
    10. Duck Dodgers in the 24th ½ Century

  • Charles

    It probably wouldn’t make anyone’s top 50 but if you measured it by how hard I laughed Art Davis’s “Stupor Salesman” would be the best.

    Artistically nothing comes close to Jones and Clampett, though.

    Top five in no order:

    Feed The Kitty
    Russian Rhapsody
    Tortoise Wins By A Hare
    The Dover Boys
    Kitty Kornered

  • sam

    1:Rabbit Of Seville

    no contest here,

  • Jennifer Tangeman

    My top fourteen…

    1. Porky’s Pooch
    2. To Duck… or not to Duck
    3. The Hep Cat
    4. A Tale of Two Kitties
    5. Porky in Wackyland
    6. Hair-Raising Hare
    7. Jeepers Creepers
    8. One Froggy Evening
    9. I Love to Singa
    10. The Abominable Snow Rabbit
    11. Swooner Crooner
    12. What’s Opera, Doc?
    13. Scaredy Cat
    14. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery

  • Looney Lover

    I’m sorry but I am sickened by how many people on this blog think that “What’s Opera Doc?” is the greatest Looney Tune ever made. My opinion is it has nice Layouts! That’s it!. Story is a redo of “Heir Meets Hare”, the animation is not really top notch at this point for Warners, and above all things the characters have lost a lot of their personality by the late 50’s. Bugs and Fudd seem like they are performers in an opera, not cartoon characters making fun of opera.
    Friz knew how to direct the characters and the music together to make the whole thing a really fun cartoon.
    Clampett’s “Corney Concerto” is a Great Looney Tune! Funny animation, good in character acting (ie Fudd as the host), and funny sound effects that plus the cartoonie musical score. A great kick at Disney’s Fantaisa.

    Chuck’s “Rabbit Of Seville” is a much better cartoon.

    None of the mentioned cartoons should be number 1 on the list. I’m just ranting about how shocking it is to see so many cartoon lovers, pick “what’s opera doc?” as number 1. I always thought the kind of people who love “What’s Opera Doc?” were those who only watched Looney Tunes on the Bugs and Tweety show and had never really seen the pre 1948 Warner’s cartoons.

    My number one is either “A Wild Hare” or “Porky’s Ducky Hunt”.

    I’ll have to re-watch them both and get back to you.

    I look forward to your new book Jerry. Thank You for involving Cartoon Brew.

  • Curt Brown

    There is such a great legacy of animation from Warner Brothers and this list hopefully will be the defintive collection of the top 100.

    The only comment I would like to add to this list is to recognize what a horribly overrated cartoon “What’s Opera, Doc?” is and for people to reevaluate its quality and importance in the collection.

    Here’s my list of reasons:

    1. This cartoon’s design is derivative of original style (by ripping off UPA stylized trend) and very sadly marks the definitive end to Warners truly wonderfully designed and animated characters from the 40s-50s.

    2. The characters are really poorly animated and at this point so dreadfully stylized off character, most notably with the emphasis of Chuck Jones’ “oversiized dewy eyed” Bugs and Elmer.

    3. Its storyline is mundane and dialog is stilted, even for a late period Warners cartoon.

    4. It is seriously self important and pretentious piece of “art”.
    What is more dreadful for a classic cartoon series which specialized in witty dialog and chaotic mayhem than to be turned into a 50s college “intoduction to Opera 101” course. Poor Chuck must have been desparate for personal validation that he is a serious artist.

    5. Painfully bad ending, “What did you expect a Happy Ending?..”. no, something very funny and clever!!!

    6. Rabbit of Seville, just watch this and you’ll realize that this was the perfect marriage of classic opera and animation. Brilliantly fast and addictive storyline…. wonderful animation… most importanly it is hilarious to watch over and over again…. this short is an amazing classic.


    6. Finally, and again most important. This short is seriously unfunny and is sadly plays like a train accident for all of the talented careers of the Warner Brothers Animation Studio.

  • Robert Schaad

    1. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    2. Falling Hare
    3. Baby Bottleneck
    4. Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid
    5. A Corny Concerto
    6. Yankee Doodle Daffy
    7. What’s Cookin’ Doc?
    8. Kitty Kornered
    9. The Big Snooze
    10. Book Revue
    11. Wackiki Wabbit
    12. Nasty Quacks
    13. Draftee Daffy
    14. Little Red Riding Rabbit
    15. Case of the Missing Hare
    16. Daffy Duck Slept Here
    17. Hare Tonic
    18. Buckaroo Bugs
    19. Odor of the Day
    20. Ding Dog Daddy
    21. Tick Tock Tuckered
    22. Porky’s Preview
    23. Hamateur Night
    24. Porky in Wackyland
    25. Dover Boys
    26. Tortoise Beats Hare
    27. Super Rabbit
    28. A Gruesome Twosome
    29. Daffy Doodles
    30. Easter Yeggs
    31. Porky Pig’s Feat
    32. Fresh Fish
    33. What’s Opera Doc?
    34. Wagon Wheels
    35. Greetings Bait
    36. The Wacky Worm
    37. Ghost Wanted
    38. A Tale of Two Kitties
    39. Hare Splitter
    40. Bowery Bugs
    41. Homeless Hare
    42. Wild, Wild World
    43. Feed The Kitty
    44. Believe it or Else
    45. Fresh Airedale
    46. Into Your Dance
    47. The Hole Idea
    48. Three Little Bops
    49. I Love to Singa
    50. Hold the Lion, Please!

  • I have narrowed my favorites list down to 5:

    1. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    2. Baby Bottleneck
    3. A Gruesome Twosome
    4. Duck! Rabbit, Duck!
    5. One Froggy Evening

  • Tor

    Off the top of my head:

    Tom Turk and Daffy (Jones)
    Porky Pig’s Feat (Tashlin)
    Fool Coverage (McKimson)
    Feed the Kitty (Jones)
    Buckaroo Bugs (Clampett)
    The Ducksters (Jones)
    Wabbit Twouble (‘Cwampett’)
    The Rabbit of Seville (Jones)
    A Tale of Two Kitties (Clampett)
    Duck! Rabbit! Duck! (Jones)
    Dripalong Daffy (Jones)
    Robin Hood Daffy (Jones)
    Draftee Daffy (Clampett)
    Bugs and Thugs (Freleng)
    Easter Yeggs (McKimson)
    The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (Clampett)
    Duck Amuck (Jones)
    Lickety Splat (Jones)
    Stupor Duck (McKimson)
    A Bear for Punishment (Jones)

  • Austin Papageorge

    1. Tin Pan Alley Cats
    2. Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs
    3. Hollywood Steps Out
    4. Falling Hare
    5. What’s Opera, Doc
    6. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    7. Hair-Raising Hare
    8. Slick Hare
    9. A Corny Concerto
    10. The Adventures Of The Road Runner
    11. An Awful Orphan
    12 Canned Feud
    13 A Gruesome Twosome
    14 Kitty Kornered
    15. Broom-Stick Bunny

  • Rich Fogel

    I agree with most of the above, but I would also add A Rhapsody in Rivets — a pure piece of Freeling magic!

  • Tough assignment. I had to go through the entire filmography you compiled with Will Friedman, Jerry. I picked out the ones I found the most memorable, weeded out the fifty that I simply could not eliminate and then tried to rank them. *whew*. So here’s my top fifty. I decided to go ahead and list my runners-up afterward, but only the first fifty are intened for your consideration. (As to the Roadrunner debate: I love them far too much to eliminate them. Formulaic or not.)

    The Top Fift:
    1 Rabbit Seasoning
    2 Duck Amuck
    3 What’s Opera, Doc?
    4 One Froggy Evening
    5 High Note
    6 Jumpin’ Jupiter
    7 Feed the Kitty
    8 Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century
    9 Gee Whiz-z-z
    10 Robin Hood Daffy
    11 The Rabbit of Seville
    12 Bewitched Bunny
    13 Wild and Wooly Hare
    14 Hare-Way to the Stars
    15 Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    16 Claws For Alarm
    17 Long-Haired Hare
    18 Two’s a Crowd
    19 Boobs in the Woods
    20 Zoom and Bored
    21 Hillbilly Hare
    22 What’s Up Doc?
    23 Bully for Bugs
    24 Knighty-Knight Bugs
    25 Dr. Jerkyl’s Hide
    26 Dog Gone South
    27 High Diving Hare
    28 Beanstalk Bunny
    29 The Ducksters
    30 Rabbit’s Kin
    31 The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    32 Stop, Look and Hasten
    33 Scaredy Cat
    34 Sahara Hare
    35 Pappy’s Puppy
    36 Jeepers Creepers
    37 Deduce, You Say
    38 Operation: Rabbit
    39 The Hasty Hare
    40 Going! Going! Gosh!
    41 Double or Mutton
    42 My Bunny Lies Over the Sea
    43 The Abominable Snow Rabbit
    44 Porky in Wackyland
    45 Roman Legion Hare
    46 Little Red Riding Rabbit
    47 Mutiny on the Bunny
    48 From A to Z-Z-Z-Z
    49 To Itch His Own
    50 Three Little Bops

    The Runners-Up (alphabetically):
    A-Lad-In His Lamp
    Apes of Wrath
    Awful Orphan
    Baby Buggy Bunny
    Back Alley Oproar
    Bad Ol’ Puttty Tat
    A Bear For Punishment
    Bedevilled Bunny
    The Big Snooze
    Birds Anonymous
    Broom-Stick Bunny
    Bugs and Thugs
    Cheese Chasers
    Daffy Duck Slept Here
    Devil May Hare
    The Foghorn Leghorn
    For Scent-imental Reasons
    Golden Yeggs
    Greedy For Tweety
    Hare Brush
    Hare Trimmed
    Haredevil Hare
    I Gopher Your
    Lovelorn Leghorn
    Often an Orphan
    Past Perfumance
    Porky Pig’s Feat
    Rabbit Romeo
    Red Riding Hoodwinked
    Riff Raffy Daffy
    A Streetcat Named Sylvester
    Tick Tock Tuckered
    Tweety’s S.O.S.
    Walky Talky Hawky
    Water, Water Every Hare
    A Wild Hare

  • Danny Spelman

    I’m only going to pick one cartoon. The Henpecked Duck, 1941, Dr. Robert Clampett. The main reason is how the character of Daffy is handled. We’re given a very unfunny situation; a missing baby. It’s made hilarious just by the way in which Daffy reacts to the emergency. What must be going through his head. “The wife’s gonna kill me, I’m going to jail, I lost my son!!!” Not only that, but the cartoon also highlights Daffy’s soft side. There’s real drama here! Look at the way his wife cries as she screams “I wanna divorce!” for the last time. It’s ever so slightly tear jerking and also hilarious!

  • One Froggy Evening
    Rabbit Of Seville
    Duck Rabbit Duck
    A-Lad And His Lamp
    Duck Dodgers In The 24 1/2 Century
    Canned Feud
    Drip Along Daffy
    Feed The Kitty
    The Wearing Of The Grin
    Duck Amuck

  • I know the lines, that anyone who is a fan will be able to relate it to the cartoons.

    It’s funny, I can recite most of them line by line, but barely know any of the actual names of the cartoons, I’ll post the lines sticking in my head right now, so here goes:

    Hassan Chop!

    I never forget a face, but in your case, I’ll make an exception.

    You know, sometimes I’m so smart it frightens me.

    Consequences Shmonsequences, as long as I’m rich.

    Don’t you believe I’m a fish? Well then I don’t believe you’re a pig!

    Acoustically sound no doubt.

    Stop breathing in my cup!

    Stop steaming up my glasses!

    Hare! Die! Hair Dye! That’s a joke son. You missed it!

    I’ll perplex him with my slow ball.

    First base Bugs Bunny. Second base Bugs Bunny. Third base Bugs Bunny. etc.

    Hello my Baby, Hello my Darling…

    Good morning Ralph. Good Morning Sam.

    Beep Beep

    Wiley E Coyote. Super Genius. I like the way that rolls out.

    Delays. Nothing but Delays.

    Having re-re-disposed of the monster, exit our hero…

    Dogpile on the rabbit! Dogpile on the rabbit!

    Well now I wouldn’t say that.

    Tell me Sylvester, is there a history of insanity in your family?

    Duck Season. Rabbit Season.

    Ah Ha! Pronoun trouble.

    Funny, I didn’t think molasses would run in January.

    Kill the rabbit! Kill the rabbit! (opera)

    It must be The Human Fly!

    I will jump 1000 feet into a damp sponge.

    I need air. My lungs Crave air!

    When it disintegrates, brother it disintegrates. What do you know? It disintegrated.

    Ho, Haha, Guard, Turn, Parry, Dodge, Spin, Ha, Thrust!

    Don’t worry sweetheart! I’ll save you!

    Stop steaming up my tail. What do you want to do? Wrinkle it?

    You’re a big boy now. Take your finger out of your mouth.

    Leopold. Leopold. Leopold.

    Modern Design

    Nothing beats a hot dog cooked out of doors.

    I told you rabbits weren’t very bright.

    Now what did you go and do that for?

    What that first step. It’s a lulu!


    Shutup Shutting up.

    Were not stuck rabbit. you’re stuck.

    You heard the boss Mugsy. Let me have it.

    How many lumps would you like?

    I’ll love him and squeeze him and call him George

    You don’t say? You don’t say? Who was it? He didn’t say!

    My name is Elmer J Fudd. Millionaire. I own a mansion and a yacht, again.

    My what a huge carrot.

    It specifically states in my contract that I am to be drawn as a duck.

    I’m allergic to pain.

    I’m financially secure. I’m socially well off.

    What a way for a duck to travel. Underground.

    The Crusher!

    Gremlins Ha ha. Little men.

    Ok – my fingers are cramping up, but that was fun going through them again in my head.

    Bounus Question for a true Daffy fan. What is his middle name? Only one cartoon shows it, but it is never even mentioned.

  • Picking the best Looney Tunes seems an exercise in futility but gosh it’s fun to try. I’m only going to list three:

    The Rabbit of Seville –wonderfully absurdist humor set to music.

    Drip-Along Daffy –It was either this or Deduce, You Say. I think Daffy and Porky are at their best here.

    A Bear for Punishment –Oh those three bears. Precursor to “All in the Family” and “The Simpsons” if ever there was one. Of the three bears films this is the best.

    Nothing necessarily groundbreaking about any of them but easily the snappiest, funniest Looney Tunes ever. If these picks label me as a Chuck Jones fanboy well so be it. (I’m also a McKimson fanboy but these edged his out by that much).

    All these picks are killer. Looking forward to seeing which picks make the final cut!

  • What’s Opera Doc, Rabbit of Seville, Duck Dodgers In The 24-1/2th Century, One Froggy Evening, Duck Amuck, Louvre come back to me!, Double or Mutton, Bewitched Bunny, Feed The Kitty, Hair Raising Hair

  • hmmm, not the easiest thing in the world to declare, but I would have to say at least the following:

    8 Ball Bunny
    One Froggy Evening
    Dough Rey Me
    24 Carrot Bunny
    Hare Raising Hare
    The Foghorn Leghorn
    Baby Bottleneck
    Pest in the House
    The Big Snooze
    The Hep Cat
    Three Little Bops
    Little Red Riding Rabbit
    Scaredy Cat
    Water, Water Every Hare
    Easter Yeggs
    Duck, Rabbit, Duck
    Bugs and Thugs

    Can’t wait to see the outcome.


  • Matt

    Wakiki Rabbit ftw!

  • Michael

    Ahh, one of my all-time favourite topics – Bugs Bunny cartoons. The very first TV show I ever watched (I

    was 8 at the time) was the Bugs Bunny show which in 1961 was running on the local station at 7pm week


    My favourite individual ones in approximate order are:

    Duck Fire (I say it’s duck season and I say fire!)
    Duck Rabbit Duck
    The Ali Baba one in the cave – Hassan chop! (icketty-ackity-ook) (consequences, schmonsequences, as long

    as I’m rich)
    Duck Dodgers (yessir, your heroship sir)
    The one where Porky Pig is the game show host and Daffy is the contestant (ohhh, I’m sorry, you must pay

    the penalty! 1000 gallons of genuine Niagara Falls)
    Drip-a-long Daffy
    Robin Hood Daffy (yoiks and away)
    The Foreign Legion (whoa camel..I wonder if he’s silly enough to open all those doors..)
    Red Riding Hood with the drippy wolf and Sylvester
    High divin’ act (I paid mah 4 bits to see the high-divin act..)
    The bull fight (of course you know this means war..)
    The Marriage of Figaro one with PP and BB
    The one where BB is tormenting DD with the animation (gee ain’t I a stinker)
    Cut! Bring on zee double with DD & BB (I dare you…I DARE you..i dare YOU)
    The Golden Egg with DD and the gangsters (ehh, make wit the atmosphere)
    Foghorn Leghorn and the Dog (tie down the pumpkins)
    DD and the the talent agent (he blows himself up)
    Marvin Martian (there’s supposed to be an earth-shattering ka-boom)
    This time we didn’t forget the gwavy
    Sylvester and PP in the haunted house


    Best of list would have to include:

    The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    Porky in Wackyland
    What’s Opera Doc
    Rabbit Seasoning

  • Jeff

    1 – Duck Amuck
    2 – What’s Opera, Doc?
    3 – Robin Hood Daffy
    4 – To Beep or Not to Beep
    5 – Haredevil Hare
    6 – Three Little Bops

  • Vince

    Many folks are weighing in on the “overrated-ness” (perhaps correctly) of What’s Opera Doc. Even though it is in my top 5, it is for reasons I stated–lots of atmosphere, plus it is very self referential and satirical. It plays on the Bugs v. Elmer shtick in a way that broke, by then, a very tired formula. That, and the horse’s ass makes me laugh out loud every time…

  • Joe Mathis

    Ok, here’s my list. Like any other list of this nature, I can hear yall saying: “How could he leave out…” and “How can he put so and so ahead of such and such.
    24-8 BALL BUNNY

  • Brian D. Scott

    Anthony Russo…

    The answer is “Dumas”, from the Scarlet Pumpernickel!

  • Nicole Mendes

    Scaredy Cat
    Feed The Kitty
    Cheese Chasers
    Design For Leaving
    Greedy For Tweety
    Chow Hound
    Dog Gone South
    The Wild Chase
    Bear Feat
    Goldimouse and the Three Cats
    Fresh Airedale

  • @ Brian. Very impressed. Few people I know of that ever know Dumas is Daffy Duck’s middle name.

  • Kel

    1. Rabbit of Seville
    2. One Froggy Evening
    3. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    4. Duck Amuck
    5. Tortoise Wins By A Hare
    6. Fast and Furry-ous
    7. Baby Bottleneck
    8. The Wise Quacking Duck
    9. Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears
    10. Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs
    11. I Taw a Putty Tat
    12. The Foghorn Leghorn
    13. For Scent-imental Reasons
    14. The Trial of Mr. Wolf
    15. What’s Opera Doc
    16. Hillbilly Hare
    17. High Diving Hare
    18. Trap Happy Porky
    19. Porky’s Tire Trouble
    20. Back Alley Oproar
    21. The Cat’s Bah
    22. Little Orphan Airedale
    23. Rebel Rabbit
    24. Duck Dodgers
    25. Long Haired Hare
    26. Three Little Bops
    27. Each Dawn I Crow
    28. A Ham in a Role
    29. Early to Bet
    30. The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    31. Kitty Kornered
    32. Rabbit Seasoning
    33. Chow Hound
    34. The Hypo-condri-cat
    35. Feed the Kitty
    36. Corny Concerto
    37. Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    38. Little Lion Hunter
    39. You ought to be in Pictures
    40. A Wild Hare
    41. Little Red Walking Hood
    42. Of Fox and Hounds
    43. The Old Gray Hare
    44. Fractured Leghorn
    45. The Dover Boys
    46. To Duck or Not to Duck
    47. Daffy Doodles
    48. Lovelorn Leghorn
    49. Shop Look and Listen
    50. Corn Plastered

  • PCUnfunny

    “Few people I know of that ever know Dumas is Daffy Duck’s middle name.”

    I think that was just a gag for the film, not really his full name. Dumas sounds like….you know.

  • Tom

    List has to include “Bugs Nips the Nips,” everyone’s favorite xenophobic rabbit fighting the Japs!

  • bakamitai

    Tough to choose! This is my best-guess list, in as near an order of preference as I can manage:

    Rabbit Seasoning
    Bully for Bugs
    Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    Hare-Way to the Stars
    Duck Dodgers In The 24-1/2th Century
    What’s Opera, Doc?
    Porky In Wackyland
    Rabbit Rampage
    Rabbit Of Seville
    Rabbit Hood
    Hair-Raising Hare
    Operation: Rabbit
    To Hare Is Human
    Compressed Hare
    A-Lad-In His Lamp
    Robin Hood Daffy
    Knights Must Fall
    Knight-mare Hare
    Bunny Hugged
    Bowery Bugs
    Homeless Hare
    Roman Legion-Hare
    Long-Haired Hare
    8 Ball Bunny
    Forward March Hare
    No Parking Hare
    Knighty Knight Bugs
    Devil May Hare
    Broom-Stick Bunny
    Little Red Riding Rabbit
    Transylvania 6-5000
    Mad as a Mars Hare
    Baton Bunny
    Water, Water Every Hare
    The Hasty Hare
    Bonanza Bunny
    Wet Hare
    Ali Baba Bunny
    Bedeviled Rabbit
    Dr. Devil and Mr. Hare
    Oily Hare
    Mutiny on the Bunny
    Buccaneer Bunny
    Hare We Go
    14 Carrot Rabbit
    Hare Lift

  • Harris

    1. What’s Opera, Doc? (obviously)
    2. Duck Amuck

  • Here you go Jerry. My top twenty
    1. Duck Dodgers and the 24 1/2 Century
    2. Rabbit Seasoning
    3. What’s Opera Doc?
    4. Duck Amuck
    5. Birds Anonymous
    6. One Froggy Evening
    7. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    8. The Rabbit of Seville
    9. Bully For Bugs
    10. The one with the opera singer
    11. The Wild Race
    12. Hareway to the Stars
    13. Knighty Night Bugs
    14. The Wild Hare
    15. Walky Talky Hawky
    16. Drip Along Daffy
    17. Baby Bottleneck
    18. A Tale of Two Kitties
    19. Porky’s Duck Hunt
    20. Devil Make Hare

  • Chill

    1. Porky Pig’s Feat
    2. A Sheep in the Deep
    3. Three Little Bops
    4. Boyhood Daze
    5. Eight-Ball Bunny
    6. Rabbit Fire
    7. It’s Hummer Time
    8. Lickety-Splat
    9. Ballot Box Bunny
    10. The Unruly Hare

  • BJ Swartz

    One Froggy Evening – my all time favorite!

    And, in alphabetical order:

    Ali Baba Bunny
    Duck Dodgers In The 24th And ½ Century
    Easter Yeggs
    Inki And The Minah Bird
    Rabbit Of Seville
    The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    What’s Opera, Doc?

  • Bill Cross

    I post on most animation threads as “FleischerFan” but obviously I am a huge fan of Looney Tunes (who isn’t?). I was going to post my “Top 25” but just couldn’t decide what film to bump, so here are my top 26 (and thanks, Jerry, for giving those of us in the hoi-paloi some input into this book – can’t wait to see it):

    1. What’s Opera, Doc?
    2. Duck Amuck
    3. A Wild Hare
    4. Deduce, You Say
    5. Birds Anonymous
    6. Sahara Hare
    7. One Froggy Evening
    8. Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs
    9. Book Revue
    10. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    11. Porky’s Duck Hunt
    12. You Oughta Be in Pictures
    13. (Page) Miss Glory
    14. Duck Dodgers in the 24½ Century
    15. Robin Hood Daffy
    16. Corny Concerto
    17. Ali Baba Bunny
    18. Fast and Furry-ous
    19. Broomstick Bunny
    20. The Big Snooze
    21. The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    22. Dough for the Do-do
    23. Scaredy Cat
    24. The Dover Boys at Pimento U.
    25. Speaking of the Weather
    26. Duck! Rabbit! Duck!

  • Jack Gruber

    Here’s my 50.

    How did I select them?

    I typed up 60 outstanding cartoons, printed it out,
    cut up the list, and shuffled them until I was happy with the results.

    Although there are some included because they feature
    the debut of a character, my basic criteria was the cartoon
    had to be entertaining to me right now.
    A few years down the road, I sure my list would have changes.

    I also stuck two in because I wanted very early warner represented.
    I must say I’m suprised some of the results; no Jones in the top 10?
    Freleng at number 2?

    Book Review
    Little Red Riding Rabbit
    Baby Bottleneck
    Porky Pig’s Feat
    The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    A Gruesome Twosome
    The Foghorn Leghorn
    Baseball Bugs
    Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    Walky Talky Hawky
    The Bears Tale
    Duck Amuck
    Hare Raising Hare
    Easter Yeggs
    Porky In Wackyland
    Back Alley Uproar
    Hurdy-Gurdy Hare
    Drip-Along Daffy
    Falling Hare
    Fast And Furry-ous
    A Wild Hare
    Rhapsody In Rivets
    A Corny Concerto
    Thugs With Dirty Mugs
    A Tale Of Two Kitties
    Dough Ray Me-Ow
    Gorilla My Dreams
    The Case Of The Stuttering Pig
    Rabbit Fire
    Scaredy Cat
    Plane Daffy
    The Dover Boys
    Draftee Daffy
    Canned Feud
    The Bashful Buzzard
    Buckaroo Bugs
    Slick Hare
    The Stupid Cupid
    An Itch In Time
    Porky’s Duck Hunt
    Hare Force
    The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    Broomstick Bunny
    Porky’s Romance
    The Wacky Wabbit
    Hollywood Steps Out
    Lady Play Your Mandolin
    Congo Jazz
    I Haven’t Got A Hat

    – Jack Gruber, studing cartoonist, lover of animations golden age

    I’m using my real name insetead of my usual online name.

  • Brian D. Scott


    Yeah, it was a gag for the film, because Alexandre Dumas wrote The Three Musketeers, but not the Scarlet Pimpernel.

  • Austin papageorge

    “I think that was just a gag for the film, not really his full name. Dumas sounds like….you know.”

    Actually Dumas sounds like Alexandre Dumas, writer of The Three Musketeers. You know how Chuck Jones was about that literary stuff.

    And By The way Jerry, please add Baby Bottleneck as my #16 on my list. Thank you.

  • Austin Papageorge

    Please add Baby Bottleneck on my #16.

  • Here goes, in descending order:

    Baby Bottleneck
    The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    Super Rabbit
    Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    Porky Pig’s Feat
    The Dover Boys
    Baseball Bugs
    Hillbilly Hare
    Kitty Kornered
    Long-Haired Hare
    The Stupor Salesman
    Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs
    The Heckling Hare
    A Gruesome Twosome
    Wagon Heels
    Rabbit Hood
    Back Alley Oproar
    Gorilla My Dreams

  • Ira

    1. The Rabbit of Seville
    2. Rabbit Seasoning
    3. Ali Babba Bunny
    4. Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    5. Bugs and Thugs
    6. Bunny Hugged
    7. Hare-Raising Hare
    8. Operation Rabbit
    9. A Hare Grows in Manhattan
    10. Duck Amuck
    11. Gorilla My Dreams
    12. Little Red Riding Rabbit
    13. What’s Opera, Doc?
    14. Baseball Bugs
    15. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    16. Buccanneer Bunny
    17. Leghorn Swoggled
    18. Homeless Hare
    19. Slick Hare
    20. Rabbit Hood
    21. Bully for Bugs
    22. The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    23. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century
    24. Long Haired Hare
    25. Rabbit Fire & Duck Rabbit Duck

  • Jim K

    Not my site, but I want to thank all of you for your input and views.

    It’s forced me to go back and rewatch the 5 WB sets I have and perhaps see some in a different light. (In anticipation of #6 coming in 4 days!)

    Of course, it also makes me question, or perhaps regret my picks. However, time was a factor and I’ll stand by my picks.

  • loretta giron

    feed the kitty
    feed the kitty
    feed the kitty
    if you did not tear up at that cartoon
    you are a evil robot-
    nice robots love feed the kitty

  • Tony Perodeau

    Here are my choices:

    Miss Glory
    I Love To Singa
    The Dover Boys
    Coal Black And De Sebben Dwarfs
    Falling Hare
    Herr Meets Hare
    Hare Conditioned
    Slick Hare
    Back Alley Oproar
    You Were Never Duckier
    Mouse Wreckers
    Long Haired Hare
    Fast And Furry-Ous
    The Lion’s Busy
    Homeless Hare
    8 Ball Bunny
    Hare We Go
    The Wearing Of The Grin
    Drip Along Daffy
    Operation: Rabbit
    The Hasty Hare
    Snow Business
    Duck Amuck
    Bully For Bugs
    Beanstalk Bunny
    The Hole Idea
    Double Or Mutton
    Guided Muscle
    One Froggy Evening
    Three Little Bops
    What’s Opera, Doc?
    Birds Anonymous
    Robin Hood Daffy
    Hare-Way To The Stars
    Baton Bunny
    High Note
    Now Hear This
    The Unmentionables
    Transylvania 6-5000

  • Jeanne Loewenstein

    #1 Bestest is Feed the Kitty.
    When the dog puts the cat cookie on his back, I always tear up. You just can’t top that!

  • David

    1. Scaredy Cat
    2. Bully For Bugs
    3. Feed The Kitty
    4. Rabbit Seasoning
    5. A Bear for Punishment
    6. Robin Hood Daffy
    7. Bunker Hill Bunny
    8. Operation: Rabbit
    9. Duck Amuck
    10. Rabbit of Seville

  • J. J. Hunsecker

    1. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    2. Duck Amuck
    3. Baby Bottleneck
    4. A Gruesome Twosome
    5. Kitty Kornered
    6. Coal Black and de Seben Dwarf
    7. Horton Hatches the Egg
    8. A Corny Concerto
    9. Tortoise Wins By A Hare
    10. The Bashful Buzzard
    11. Book Revue
    12. A Tale of Two Kitties
    13. The Old Grey Hare
    14. Russian Rhapsody
    15. Draftee Daffy
    16. The Rabbit of Seville
    17. Bully for Bugs
    18. Long Haired Hare
    19. The Dover Boys
    20. Cheese Chasers
    21. Chow Hound
    22. The Ducktators
    23. Scrap Happy Daffy
    24. Porky Pig’s Feat
    25. One Froggy Evening
    26. Fresh Airedale
    27. What’s Cookin’, Doc?
    28. Falling Hare
    29. Porky in Wackyland
    30. Baseball Bugs
    31. Little Red Riding Rabbit
    32. Bunny Hugged
    33. Feed the Kitty
    34. Daffy Doodles
    35. Acrobatty Bunny
    36. Racketeer Rabbit
    37. One Meat Brawl
    38. The Birth of a Notion
    39. Easter Yeggs
    40. What’s Opera, Doc?
    41. Scaredy Cat
    42. Bee Deviled Bruin
    43. The Hep Cat
    44. The Stupor Salesman
    45. Dough Ray Me-Ow
    46. Duck! Rabbit, Duck!
    47. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century
    48. Hollywood Steps Out
    49. Confederate Honey
    50. You Ought to be in Pictures

  • Rachelle

    Bully for Bugs
    What’s Opera, Doc?
    Rabbit of Seville
    Baseball Bugs
    One Froggy Evening
    Fast and Furrious
    Duck Dogers in the 24 1/2th Century
    Hair-Raising Hare
    Operation: Rabbit
    Feed the Kitty
    Baby Bottleneck
    Little Red Riding Rabbit
    Wackiki Rabbit
    Odor-Able Kitty
    Haredevil Hare
    the Transylvania one
    Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid
    Scaredy Cat
    Rabbit Hood
    Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    High Diving Hare
    The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    Rabbit Fire
    Rabbit Seasoning
    Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    Duck Amuck
    The Daffy Doc
    The Aristo-Cat
    A Corny Concerto
    Tortoise Wins by a Hare
    A Tale of Two Kitties
    Stage Door Cartoon
    Tweety Pie
    Rhapsody Rabbit
    Broom Stick Bunny
    Bugs Bunny & The Three Bears
    Hare Tonic
    Hare Conditioned
    Long-Haired Hare
    The Hypo-Chondri-Cat
    Beep Beep
    From A to Z-Z-Z
    The Big Snooze
    Wabbit Twouble
    The Pest That Came to Dinner
    A Wild Hare
    Ali Baba Bunny
    Bewitched Bunny
    Drip-Along Daffy
    Mutiny on the Bunny
    The Henpecked Duck
    Three Little Bops
    8 Ball Bunny
    Walky Talky Hawky
    Slick Hare
    Robin Hood Daffy
    Hare-Way to the Stars
    The Ducksters
    Baton Bunny
    The Bashful Buzzard
    Bad Ol’ Putty Tat
    A Bear for Punishment
    Fresh Hare
    The Stupor Salesman
    The Hasty Hare
    The Unruly Hare
    Beanstork Bunny

  • Shame that the list is limited to the classic Looney Tunes theatrical shorts, otherwise I could’ve added “Chariots of Fur” to my list.

    I’ll have my list up in the next day or so.

  • At this point, it’s getting clear what the popular vote would be for the top 10, or even the top 50. So let me suggest some lesser known faves:

    Wholly Smoke
    Miss Glory
    Now That Summer Is Gone
    Design for Leaving
    Birds Anonymous
    Porky’s Romance
    Porky’s Preview
    She Was An Acrobat’s Daughter
    Fox Pop
    Inki and the Mynah Bird
    Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears
    Dime to Retire
    The Hole Idea
    The Dover Boys
    Porky in Wackyland
    Hillbilly Hare
    The Big Snooze
    The High and the Flighty

  • Joonas Vainikainen

    Here’s my list:

    1. Duck Amuck (1953/Jones)
    2. What’s Opera, Doc? (1957/Jones)
    3. Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953/Jones)
    4. Porky in Wackyland (1938/Clampett)
    5. The Dover Boys… (1942/Jones)
    6. Rabbit Fire (1951/Jones)
    7. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946/Clampett)
    8. A Corny Concerto (1943/Clampett)
    9. One Froggy Evening (1955/Jones)
    10. Wackiki Wabbit (1943/Jones)
    11. I Love to Singa (1936/Avery)
    12. Long Haired Hare (1949/Jones)
    13. Porky Pig’s Feat (1943/Tashlin)
    14. Hare-way to the Stars (1958/Jones)
    15. Daffy Duck in Hollywood (1938/Avery)
    16. Lumber Jerks (1955/Freleng)
    17. Bugs and Thugs (1954/Freleng)
    18. A Wild Hare (1940/Avery)
    19. Deduce, You Say (1956/Jones)
    20. Rabbit Seasoning (1952/Jones)
    21. Daffy the Commando (1943/Freleng)
    22. Robin Hood Daffy (1958/Jones)
    23. Herr Meets Hare (1945/Freleng)
    24. Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (1944/Clampett)
    25. Southern Fried Rabbit (1953/Freleng)
    26. The Wacky Wabbit (1942/Clampett)
    27. You Ought to Be in Pictures (1940/Freleng)
    28. The Wise Quacking Duck (1943/Clampett)
    29. Hillbilly Hare (1950/McKimson)
    30. Rebel Rabbit (1949/McKimson)
    31. The Foghorn Leghorn (1948/McKimson)
    32. For Scent-imental Reasons (1949/Jones)
    33. Operation: Rabbit (1952/Jones)
    34. Bugs Bunny Rides Again (1948/Freleng)
    35. Henpecked Duck (1941/Clampett)
    36. Tortoise Beats Hare (1941/Avery)
    37. 8 Ball Bunny (1950/Jones)
    38. Duck! Rabbit, Duck! (1953/Jones)
    39. Speedy Gonzales (1955/Freleng)
    40. The Ducktators (1942/McCabe)
    41. Porky’s Duck Hunt (1937/Avery)
    42. Fast and Furry-ous (1949/Jones)
    43. Plane Daffy (1944/Tashlin)
    44. A Feud There Was (1938/Avery)
    45. The Wabbit Who Came to Supper (1942/Freleng)
    46. Russian Rhapsody (1944/Clampett)
    47. Scrap Happy Daffy (1943/Tashlin)
    48. Yankee Doodle Daffy (1943/Freleng)
    49. I Haven’t Got a Hat (1935/Freleng)
    50. Porky’s Preview (1941/Avery)

  • Susan J

    Duck Amuck
    What’s Opera Doc
    Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century
    Rabbit of Seville
    Feed the Kitty
    etc etc

    the top two tie IMHO

  • Heavy on the Daffy, but then I notice I’m not alone in that regard!

    1. Robin Hood Daffy
    2. One Froggy Evening
    3. Duck Amuck
    4. Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    5. What’s Opera, Doc?

  • David

    This is just my top ten of the shorts I think of when I think of Warner Bros. cartoons:

    1. Canned Feud (Freleng, 1951). Reason: this has everything most people think of when they think of a Hollywood cartoon; a cat and mouse, a piano and characters falling down stairs. But in Friz’s hands, the timing is razor-sharp and the short builds and builds with Sylvester’s desperation until the explosive finale, and he still doesn’t win!
    2. The Big Snooze (Clampett, 1946). Reason: This was Bob Clampett’s last hurrah at Warner’s and unlike “Bacall to Arms” which got butchered at the last minute, this one got out pretty much intact. I think it’s one of the last really “Looney” Looney Tunes, with wild colors, fast edits and Bugs-as-heckler doing anything and everything he wants to poor Elmer. Special mention, I love Carl Stalling’s use of “Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals” when Bugs pulls out the Nightmare Paint.
    3. Mouse Warming (Jones, 1952). Reason: This short doesn’t get mentioned very often compared to Jones other masterpiece from ’52, “Feed the Kitty.” But I feel this short perfectly melds together the sentimental Jones of the 30s with the wiseacre Jones of the 40s and 50s. The gags keep you laughing, but you can’t help but smile when the boy finally gets the girl at the end.
    4. Porky’s Romance (Tashlin, 1937). Reason: Tashlin seemed to be the Friz of the 30’s with his timing and editing skills and this sendup of romantic comedies is one of his best; the syrupy sweet chorus at the opening scenes, the jilted lover that tries to “end it all,” and the blissful marriage that turns into a nightmare.
    5. Thugs with Dirty Mugs (Avery, 1938). Reason: Tex Avery definately needs a spot on on the top five, and although today you sometimes need to know some history to really enjoy it, it’s still very funny, even the throwaway moments such as when Flat Foot Floogie (with a Floy Floy!) stops throwing cheese at the rat and mentions that he needs the rest for his lunch.
    6. Henhouse Henery (McKimson, 1949). Reason: One of my favorite Foghorn Leghorn shorts, when they were still fast-paced and energetic, from the opening title music (one of my favorite pieces) to Foggy making a baseball bat in ten seconds flat, in addition to some great character animation such as Barnyard Dog leaning on the fence nonchalantly swinging his now-detatched collar before lunging at Foggy (“Hello Bre’r Dog!”).
    7. Three Little Bops (Freleng, 1957). Reason: Freleng did musical shorts like nobody’s business, and this I feel is the culmination of all of them. It’s modern (for 1957) yet it doesn’t feel too dated. Stan Freberg’s narration is fun to listen to, and once again Friz’s impeccable timing shines through.
    8. A Wild Hare (Avery, 1940). Reason: It’s a cliche, sure, but you can’t deny the historical import of this one, which managed to cement both Bugs and Elmer’s characters for all time in one fell swoop.
    9. The Hunter Trilogy (Jones 1951-53). Reason: Another cliche, and I feel these three shorts need to be considered as a unit, but these three showed that not everything had to move in Warner Bros. cartoons all the time, that you could get huge laughs just by standing and talking rings around your opponent.
    10. His Bitter Half (Freleng, 1950). Reason: Another one that isn’t mentioned often, but besides being a great Daffy short, this one has one of my father’s favorite gags: “Shaddap or I’ll smack your mouth clean off’n your face!”, “I’d like to see ya!” [SMACK] “I see ya!” That line has entered our family lexicon.

    I hope I haven’t seemed too cliched, but there you have it, a small sample of shorts I consider to be the greatest the Warner Bros. animation department put out. All are shorts that make me stop and watch whenever they are on (if they were still airing that is).

    I have no qualms about my name being used (in fact, I’d consider it a great honor!)

    Signed, David Dobrydney

  • Matt

    My favourites (in order):

    Rabbit of Seville
    Three little Bops
    Bully for Bugs
    A Bear for Punishment
    Duck Amuck
    Ali Barber Bunny
    Feed the Kitty
    One Froggy Evening
    Rocket squad
    Chow Hound
    Deduce you Say
    Drip Along Daffy

  • Tony

    1. One Froggy Evening
    2. Early to Bet
    3. Duck Amuck
    4. Chow Hound
    5. A Bear for Punishment
    6. Rabbit Seasoning
    7. Tortoise Beats Hare
    8. Ali Baba Bunny
    9. Little Red Riding Rabbit
    10. Easter Yeggs

  • EGM

    Water Water Every Hare – the absolute #1 – without doubt. Accept no substitutions. Do what you want with the rest of the list, but this is the prototypic cartoon upon which all other cartoon greatness should be modeled. *grin*

  • Matt

    I would definitely vote for The Wearing of the Grin. I think the several creepy Porky and Sylvester ones where they run into terrifying yet silly experiences are the best.
    And any of the Chuck Jones subversive 3 Bears ones. Jeez, I still can’t believe those were ever made! But they break me up every time.

  • Ann E. R. Duff

    I love “What’s Opera, Doc?”. “Kill the wabbit….”

  • Bill Perkins

    Hi Jerry.
    Here’s my ten in the order they came too me.
    Claws for Alarm.
    A Bear for Punishment.
    One Froggy Evening.
    Feed the Kitty.
    Knighty Knight Bugs
    The Three Little Bops
    Coal Black and De Sebbin Dwarfs.
    Duck Amuck
    The Wearing of the Grin
    For Scent-imental Reasons

  • Vlad B

    1) Porky’s Pig Feat
    2) Rhapsody Rabbit
    3) Slick Hare
    4) Book Revue
    5) Hillbilly Hare
    6) Three Little Bops
    7) Gruesome Twosome
    8) Russian Rhapsody
    9) Little Red Riding Rabbit
    10) Big Snooze
    11) Plane Daffy
    12) Bear for Punishment
    13) Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears
    14) Bugs Bunny gets da Boid
    15)What’s Opera Doc
    16) Ham in Role
    17) Great Piggybank Robbery
    18) Buckaroo Bugs
    19) Super Rabbit
    20) Acrobatty Bunny
    21) Old Grey Hare
    22) Dripalong Daffy
    23) Long Haired Hare
    24) Hep Cat
    25) Hare Grows in Manhattan
    26) Corny Concerto
    27) Rabbit Fire
    28) Baby Bottleneck
    29) Rabbit of Seville
    30) Baseball Bugs
    31) Henhouse Henry
    32) Daffy Doc
    33) My Bunny Lies Over the Sea
    34) Rabbit Hood
    35) Duck Dogers in the 24th 1/2 Century
    36) Of Rice and Hen
    37) Windblown Hare
    38) Tortilla Flaps
    39) Rabbit’s Kin
    40) You Ought to be in Pictures
    41) Swooner Crooner
    42) Kitty Cornered
    43) Hare Tonic
    44) My Favorite Duck
    45) Unruly Hare
    46) Hare Conditioned
    47) Crowing Pains
    48) Feed the Kitty
    49) Birds Anonymous
    50) Unbearable Bear

  • MGH
  • Frank Capalbo

    Hey Jerry,
    Thanks for taking on this fantastic project, and for asking us die-hard Loonies for our pix. Here’s 30 for ya:

    1. bugs and thugs
    2. rabbit of seville
    3. ali baba bunny
    4. rabbit seasoning
    5. bugs bunny rides again
    6. little red riding rabbit
    7. bowery bugs
    8. bunny hugged
    9. a hare grows in manhattan
    10. racketeer rabbit
    11. The Great Piggy Bank Caper
    12. rabbit hood
    13. baby buggy bunny
    14. hare trigger
    15. gorilla my dreams
    16. hare tonic
    17. baseball bugs
    18. water water every hare
    19. rabbit punch
    20. operation: rabbit
    21. knight mare hare
    22. long-haired hare
    23. hare conditioned
    24. Duck Dodgers in the 24th and a half century
    25. hurdy gurdy hare
    26. homeless hare
    27. French Rarebit
    28. broom stick bunny
    29. slick hare
    30. buckaneer bunny

  • Todd Masters

    My top 20, in roughly the order of greatness, I think:

    01 The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    02 Rabbit of Seville
    03 One Froggy Evening
    04 Bosko, The Talk-Ink Kid
    05 Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarves
    06 Nasty Quacks
    07 What’s Up Doc
    08 You Ought to Be in Pictures
    09 Porky In Wackyland
    10 High Note
    11 Book Revue
    12 Porky Pig’s Feat
    13 I Love to Singa
    14 Rhapsody in Rivets
    15 Hare Brush
    16 Hittin’ The Trail to Hallelujah Land
    17 Ding Dog Daddy
    18 Norman Normal
    19 Wholly Smoke
    20 Page Miss Glory

  • Edited, re-edited, and re-re-edited, here is my list.

    1. A Wild Hare (Avery, 1940)
    2. Rabbit Fire (Jones, 1951)
    3. Ali Baba Bunny (Jones, 1957)
    4. Tortoise Wins by a Hare (Clampett, 1943)
    5. Boobs in the Woods (McKimson, 1950)
    6. Duck Amuck (Jones, 1953)
    7. Now Hear This (Jones, 1963)
    8. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (Clampett, 1946)
    9. A Hare Grows in Manhattan (Freleng, 1947)
    10. Acrobatty Bunny (McKimson, 1946)
    11. Easter Yeggs (McKimson, 1948)
    12. Racketeer Rabbit (Freleng, 1946)
    13. Birth of a Notion (McKimson, 1947)
    14. Thugs with Dirty Mugs (Avery, 1939)
    15. Slick Hare (Freleng, 1947)
    16. Russian Rhaspody (Clampett, 1944)
    17. Puss n’ Booty (Tashlin, 1943)
    18. One Froggy Evening (Jones, 1955)
    19. Hare Trigger (Freleng, 1945)
    20. Hillbilly Hare (McKimson, 1950)
    21. Tweetie Pie (Freleng, 1947)
    22. Walky Talky Hawky (McKimson, 1946)
    23. Rhaspody Rabbit (Freleng, 1947)
    24. Feed the Kitty (Jones, 1952)
    25. Baseball Bugs (Freleng, 1946)
    26. The Heckling Hare (Avery, 1941)
    27. Draftee Daffy (Clampett, 1945)
    28. Daffy Duck in Hollywood (Avery, 1938)
    29. The Bashful Buzzard (Clampett, 1945)
    30. Lickety Splat (Jones, 1961)
    31. Now That Summer is Gone (Tashlin, 1937)
    32. A Tale of Two Kitties (Clampett, 1942)
    33. Water Water Every Hare (Jones, 1952)
    34. Hare-way to the Stars (Jones, 1958)
    35. I Love to Singa (Avery, 1936)
    36. Porky in Wackyland (Clampett, 1938)
    37. Porky’s Preview (Avery, 1941)
    38. Hare Tonic (Jones, 1945)
    39. It’s Hummer Time (McKimson, 1950)
    40. Bewitched Bunny (Jones, 1954)
    41. The Impatient Patient (McCabe, 1942)
    42. Brother Brat (Tashlin, 1944)
    43. The Hole Idea (McKimson, 1955)
    44. Robin Hood Daffy (Jones, 1958)
    45. Windblown Hare (McKimson, 1949)
    46. The Dover Boys (Jones, 1942)
    47. Back Alley Op-roar (Freleng, 1948)
    48. A Scent of the Matterhorn (Jones, 1961)
    49. Falling Hare (Clampett, 1943)
    50. Horton Hatches the Egg (Clampett, 1942)

    A few notes:

    -The apparent qualifications in my list were levels art, story, humor, and innovation. But the key ingredient was entertainment, even if it breaks the mainstream conventions of a Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoon.

    -Most of my picks feature none other than Bugs Bunny.

    -Like many, most of the cartoons on my list are from Chuck Jones. (Maybe next time we do such a survey, it will be narrowed down even further to the Best of Chuck Jones.)
    Also, Robert McKimson gets some sorely-needed recognition.

  • zavkram

    I forgot to mention in my previous two posts that my real name is Mark Vaz (and, no, I am NOT the author “Mark Cotta Vaz” who wrote all those “The Art of…” books). My user name is simply an anagram of my real name; not very imaginative, I’ll admit… but it was all I could think of at the time.

    I just wanted to add 5 more to my previous lists of cartoon titles:

    26. Congo Jazz: The second in the “Bosko” series, but one of the best of the early ones, IMH. This cartoon is a lot of fun to watch!

    27. Horton Hatches the Egg: This is only one of two cartoons adapted from another property (the other one was from Jimmy Swinnerton’s “Canyon Kiddies” comic strip), but Bob Clampett and Co. did an admirable job!

    28. Eatin’ On the Cuff, Or, The Moth Who Came To Dinner: I think this is another one of Bob Clampett’s finest Looney Tunes; the combination of photographed backgrounds and animation is unique and the animation is top-noch. I particularly love the Black Widow Spider character.

    29. Clean Pastures: Despite the stereotypical depiction of African-Americans, this cartoon has some great musical numbers and an offbeat story.

    30. Book Revue: This is the best, I think, of the whole “book/magazine titles come to life” cartoons that were done at Termite Terrace. I love Daffy Duck’s imitation of Danny Kaye and his incredible “takes” when the wolf appears!

  • Daniel Sendker

    Making this list was one of the hardest and funnest things I’ve ever done.

    1. What’s Opera, Doc?
    2. Duck Amuck
    3. Feed the Kitty
    4. Rabbit Fire
    5. One Froggy Evening
    6. Whoa, Be Gone!
    7. Porky Pig’s Feat
    8. Robin Hood Daffy
    9. Guided Muscle
    10. High Note
    11. Boyhood Daze
    12. Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    13. From A to Z-z-z-z
    14. Birds Anonymous
    15. Daffy Dilly
    16. Going! Going! Gosh!
    17. Two Crows from Tacos
    18. Rabbit Hood
    19. Mouse and Garden
    20. Pigs in a Polka
    21. Hyde and Go Tweet
    22. Fast and Furry-ous
    23. Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    24. My Favorite Duck
    25. Baseball Bugs
    26. Stop! Look! And Hasten!
    27. Of Rice and Hen
    28. Double or Mutton
    29. Rabbit’s Feat
    30. Gee Whiz-z-z-z
    31. Abominable Snow Rabbit, The
    32. Stork Naked
    33. Wabbit Who Came For Supper, The
    34. Tick Tock Tuckered
    35. Boobs in the Woods
    36. I Got Plenty of Mutton
    37. Hypo-Chondri-Cat, The
    38. Tweet Tweet Tweety
    39. Touché and Go
    40. Robot Rabbit
    41. Canary Row
    42. Ready, Set, Zoom!
    43. Beep, Beep
    44. Wabbit Twouble
    45. Cannery Woe
    46. Homeless Hare
    47.Ducking the Devil
    48. Southern Fried Rabbit
    49. Design for Leaving
    50. Rabbit’s Kin

    Thanks for doing this Jerry! You’re the best!

    Dan Sendker

  • L. Uney Tunes

    Too many to pick, but here’s a try.

    1: The Rabbit of Seville
    2: Bugs and Thugs
    3: Baby Buggy Bunny
    4: Ali Baba Bunny
    5: Rabbit Seasoning
    6: Little Boy Boo

  • Glowworm

    five more I’d like to add
    Tom Thumb in Trouble-easily overlooked due to its Disney like storyline but the animation is gorgeous-not to mention the story is adorable and touching-I love the bird resting in Tom’s father’s beard at the end.

    The Wearing of the Grin-I just love the leprechauns-especially how they stand on top of one another to make up one person-not to mention the animation sequence of Porky dancing against his will and futilely attempting to run away from the dreaded green shoes is wonderful-love the Dali-like influence on the background with all the harps and pipes.

    A Mouse Divided-classic-can’t go wrong with the adorable baby mouse,the drunk stork, and Santa cat being blown out of the chimney-the dialogue is hillarious too.

    Holiday for Shoestrings-a wonderful musical cartoon-each piece of music wonderfully matches the animated sequences with the helpful elves-my favorite part is the elf attempting to button a boot to the tune of “Chinese Dance” from the Nutcracker except that there is one button too many

    The Oily American-I just find this cartoon to be a riot-from the little moose to the poor butler getting hit with everything. “Your arrow,sir”

  • Yves Kerremans

    01 Coal Black And De Sebben Dwarfs
    02 Duck Dodgers In The 24-1/2th Century
    03 The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    04 Ali Baba Bunny
    05 The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    06 What’s Opera, Doc?
    07 Porky In Wackyland
    08 Hair-Raising Hare
    09 Rabbit Of Seville
    10 One Froggy Evening

  • Mark Sonntag

    This is a tough one, here are 10 of my favorites:


  • I don’t have a personale favorite. I think they are all masterpieces.

    1 The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    2 Duck Amuck
    3 the foghorn leghorn
    4 Rabbit Seasoning
    5 What’s Opera Doc
    6 One Froggy Evening
    7 Hair-Raising Hare
    8 Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century
    9 Feed the Kitty
    10 A Gruesome Twosome
    11 A Tale of Two Kitties
    12 Tortoise wins by a Hare
    13 Bugs Bunny Rides again
    14 The Dover Boys
    15 A Bear for punishment
    16 Duck!Rabbit!Duck!
    17 Ali Baba Bunny
    18 Hair-Raising Hare
    19 From A to Z-z-z-z
    20 Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs
    21 Horton Hatches the Egg
    22 Broomstick Bunny
    23 For Scent-imental reasons
    24 Rabbit of Seville
    25 Robin Hood Daffy

  • Joseph Fobbs

    I tried to reduce it down to ten, but could not get past these fifteen. I chose the films with the funniest gags and the ones that stood out artistically. (And the for those who aren’t into titles, here’s my favorite line from each film):

    Birdy And The Beast
    “Heeelp! The Putty Tat is on fire!”

    What’s Up Doc?
    “Hey, Pinhead, do you know how to make antifreeze?”
    “Yeah. Hide her nightgown. Yuk, yuk, yuk, yuk, yuk!”

    What’s Opera Doc?
    “Spear and magic helmet?”

    The Heckling Hare
    “Eh, but the jerk had it coming to him. He should have watched his step.”

    Operation: Rabbit
    “I like the way that rolls out. Wile E. Coyote; Supergenius!”

    Mississippi Hare
    “I’ve got SIX aces, sir.”

    Design For Leaving
    “But what happens to the downstairs?”

    Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    “Don’t rush me. I’m-a thinking! And my head hurts.”

    Broomstick Bunny
    “You remind me of..of Paul; My pet tarantula”

    She Was An Acrobat’s Daughter
    “One look at her face made guys keep their place; Please do not spit on the floor”

    Baby Buggy Bunny
    “Finster shaving at his age? And tattooed? And smoking a cigar?

    The Aristo-Cat
    “Hey Bert! Come here! I want you should meet a friend of mine”

    Hare Force
    “Gee. Ain’t I a stinker?”

    Puss N’ Booty
    “Hello pet shop? Have you anymore canaries?”

    Wabbit Twouble
    “That’ll hold him alright; Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh.”

  • The Wearing of the Grin
    Bugs Bunny Catches the Boyd
    Crowing Pains
    Eatin’ off the Cuff
    Hare Trigger
    Rabbit Fire
    Porky’s Preview
    Hare Ribbin’
    Dough Ray Meow!
    Coal black and de Sebben Dwarfs
    The Big Snooze

  • Here’s my list:

    1) One Froggy Evening
    2) What’s Opera,Doc?
    3) Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs
    4) Duck Amuck
    5) Book Revue
    6) Robin Hood Daffy
    7) Kitty Kornered
    8) Porky Pig’s Feat
    9) Rabbit of Seville
    10) Ali Baba Bunny
    11) Fresh Airedale
    12) Drip-Along Daffy
    13) The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    14) Russian Rhapsody
    15) Puss ‘n’ Booty
    16) Porky in Wackyland
    17) Duck Dodgers in the 24 and 1/2 Century
    18) Rhapsody Rabbit
    19) Three Little Bops
    20) Scrap Happy Daffy
    21) Satan’s Waitin’
    22) Chow Hound
    23) Canned Feud
    24) Little Red Riding Rabbit
    25) Plane Daffy
    26) Show Biz Bugs
    27) The Old Grey Hare
    28) Much Ado about Nutting
    29) A Tale of Two Mice
    30) Lost and Foundling
    31) Rabbit Seasoning
    32) You Ought to be in Pictures
    33) A Gruesome Twosome
    34) Feed the Kitty
    35) Two Gophers from Texas
    36) Rhapsody in Rivets
    37) Bird Anonymous
    38) Rabbit Fire
    39) A Corny Concerto
    40) Porky’s Duck Hunt
    41) A Bear for Punishment
    42) Tortoise wins by a Hare
    43) The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    44) A Mouse Divided
    45) Porky’s Romance
    46) A Wild Hare
    47) Hillbilly Hare
    48) Claws for Alarms
    49) House Hunting Mice
    50) The Dover Boys

  • Thanks so much for letting us be a part of this, Jerry! Here’s my list, with commentary where needed:

    1. Duck Amuck – Since this is cartoon-making at its most “meta” – character vs. animator – this has to be the best cartoon of all time, Warner’s or otherwise. (Plus, it’s just so dang funny!)
    2. What’s Opera Doc? – The “Citizen Kane” of cartoons.
    3. One Froggy Evening
    4. Rabbit Fire – How do you pick just one of the “Duck Season-Rabbit Season” cartoons? I’ll start with this one since it’s the first, and it has the funniest twist ending of all three.
    5. Duck Rabbit Duck
    6. Rabbit Seasoning
    7. Rabbit of Seville – There are a lot of “operatic” cartoons near the top of this list, but there’s just something funny about something so refined and sophisticated being completely turned on its head.
    8. Rabbit Hood – I value cartoons that make me laugh out loud over cartoons of historical significance, and the “Sir Loin of Pork” routine (among others) guaranteed a high placement for this one.
    9. High-Diving Hare – Not much talked-about, but a great Sam cartoon.
    10. Long-Haired Hare
    11. The Old Grey Hare – My only complaint is that old Bugs-Elmer and young Bugs-Elmer are such great ideas, they each deserved their own short.
    12. Baton Bunny
    13. Bunny Hugged – “Uhhh, just passin’ by. Uhhh, thought I’d drop in and say hellooo.”
    14. Drip-along Daffy
    15. The Big Snooze
    16. The Hare-Brained Hypnotist
    17. Show Biz Bugs – The Bugs-Daffy rivalry at its core.
    18. Captain Hareblower – The best of the Pirate Sam cartoons, and very underrated. Friz Freleng shows us just how many variations on a cannon-in-the-face gag there can be.
    19. Porky in Wackyland
    20. Porky Pig’s Feat
    21. Operation: Rabbit – I may be the only person who liked the Bugs-Coyote matchups, but everything from “Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius” to “Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Mud” slays me in this cartoon.
    22. The Scarlet Pumperknickel
    23. Duck Dodgers in the 24th ½ Century
    24. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    25. Ali Baba Bunny
    26. Deduce You Say
    27. Robin Hood Daffy
    28. Porky’s Romance
    29. Porky’s Duck Hunt – One can only imagine what the Warner’s studio would have turned out like if Tex Avery had stuck around.
    30. Daffy Duck in Hollywood
    31. Book Revue
    32. What’s Up Doc? – The best of the Bugs Bunny “life stories.” Brilliant self-parody.
    33. Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    34. The Last Hungry Cat – A pitch-perfect Hitchcock parody, and an overlooked Tweety & Slyvester gem.
    35. The Abominable Snow-Rabbit
    36. Super Rabbit – The Superman parody is serviceable, and the gags are fun, but it’s the ending when Bugs marches off to war – “Sorry, boys, this calls for a REAL superman” – that gives me chills every time.
    37. The Wabbit Who Came to Supper
    38. Fast and Furry-ous – As great as the Road Runner cartoons are, they all blend together after a while, so I’ll just pick the first.
    39. A Mouse Divided – A rare non-Tweety cartoon that allows Slyvester to shine (as opposed to, say, Hippety Hopper).
    40. Little Red Rabbit Hood
    41. Birds Anonymous
    42. Back Alley Uproar
    43. You Ought to Be in Pictures
    44. Wabbit Twouble
    45. Broomstick Bunny
    46. Daffy Doodles – Robert McKimson in rare zany mode, creating one of his funniest cartoons.
    47. Hair-Raising Hare
    48. Tick-Tock-Tuckered – I give the edge to the remake rather than the original (Porky’s Badtime Story) because Daffy is more interesting to watch than some generic goat.
    49. A Wild Hare – Only so far down on the list because every Bugs Bunny cartoon that followed it built on it in some way and made the concept even funnier. But this is the cartoon equivalent of the first wheel.
    50. Translyvania 6-5000 – My guiltiest pleasure on this list. Come on, how can “Abra-ca-pocus” and “Hocus-ca-dabra” NOT be funny?
    And my honorable mention:
    51. Box Office Bunny – Jerry says only cartoons up to 1969. But since this one kicked off a new round of theatrical cartoons, I have to give it a quick shout-out.

    Whew! I’m done. : – )

  • Andrew Gilmore

    Phew! It was really, really difficult to narrow it down to the maximum of 50, but I did it. I admit, the order is slightly random except for the top 20 or so, because it would be impossible for me to really put them in order of greatness and say “number 38 is significantly BETTER than number 39” and so forth. But enough babbling from me, here’s my list:

    1. Porky In Wackyland
    2. Ballot Box Bunny
    3. The Case Of The Stuttering Pig
    4. Porky Pig’s Feat
    5. Draftee Daffy
    6. What’s Opera, Doc?
    7. High Diving Hare
    8. Feed The Kitty
    9. Duck Amuck
    10. Coal Black And De Sebben Dwarfs
    11. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    12. Kiss Me Cat
    13. A Wild Hare
    14. Tortoise Wins By A Hare
    15. The Dover Boys
    16. I Love To Singa
    17. Birds Anonymous
    18. Daffy Duck Slept Here
    19. Pigs In A Polka
    20. Rabbit Hood
    21. Little Red Riding Rabbit
    22. Baby Bottleneck
    23. Big House Bunny
    24. Katnip Kollege
    25. The Ducksters
    26. Super Rabbit
    27. Captain Hareblower
    28. Daffy Doodles
    29. Boobs In The Woods
    30. The Draft Horse
    31. Buckaroo Bugs
    32. The Daffy Doc
    33. Hare Do
    34.The Hare-Brained Hypnotist
    35. Kitty Kornered
    36. Porky’s Duck Hunt
    37. A Mouse Divided
    38. Rabbit Of Seville
    39. You Were Never Duckier
    40. To Duck Or Not To Duck
    41. Rabbit Seasoning
    42. Rabbit Fire
    43. The Wise Quacking Duck
    44. The Stupid Cupid
    45. Tom Turk and Daffy
    46. The Stupor Salesman
    47. Behind the Meat Ball
    48. Odor Of The Day
    49. Porky’s Preview
    50. Now Hear This

  • Feed The Kitty

  • Clinton D

    1. Three Little Bops
    2. One Froggy Evening
    3. Bully for Bugs
    4. Early To Bet
    5. Chow Hound
    6. Ali Barber Bunny
    7. A Bear for Punishment
    8. A Sheep in the Deep
    9. Duck Dodgers in the 24-1/2 Century
    10. Duck! Rabbit! Duck!

  • Jeffrey Lewis

    Just for the fun of it, I threw in the approximate production dates instead of release dates. Maybe, we’ll get extra “background information” on the making of these classics.

    1.) Catch As Cats Can (Davis, 1946)… OK, probably not an “established classic”, but one that needs more attention and one that is clearly a product of the noirish 1940s. Art Davis may not have been the studio’s best director, but, with the proper story-man and animators, he could certainly fire one into orbit.
    2.) Coal Black And De Sebben Dwarfs (Clampett, 1942)
    3.) One Froggy Evening (Jones, 1953-55)
    4.) Duck Amuck (Jones, 1951)
    5.) Bugs And Thugs (Freleng, 1952-53) (“Racketeer Rabbit” would make the top 100, but this remake apes it considerably.)
    6.) Booby Traps (Clampett, 1943), the best of the Snafu’s
    7.) Russian Rhapsody (Clampett, 1943-44)
    8.) Rabbit Seasoning (Jones, 1950-51)
    9.) Porky In Wackyland (Clampett, 1938)
    10.) Kitty Kornered (Clampett, 1945)
    11.) Beanstalk Bunny (Jones, 1953-54)
    12.) Ali Baba Bunny (Jones, 1955-56)
    13.) Feed The Kitty (Jones, 1950-51)
    14.) Hair Raising Hare (Jones, 1945)
    15.) A Corny Concerto (Clampett, 1943)
    16.) Operation Rabbit (Jones, 1949-50)
    17.) Dripalong Daffy (Jones, 1950)
    18.) The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (Clampett, 1945)
    19.) Book Revue (Clampett, 1944-45)
    20.) Tortoise Wins By A Hare (Clampett, 1942)
    21.) Robin Hood Daffy (Jones, 1956-57)
    22.) Along Came Daffy (Freleng, 1946)
    23.) You Oughta Be In Pictures (Freleng, 1939-40)
    24.) The Bee-Deviled Bruin (Jones, 1947-48)
    25.) Draftee Daffy (Clampett, 1944)
    26.) Rabbit Fire (Jones, 1949-50)
    27.) Duck! Rabbit! Duck! (Jones, 1951-52)
    28.) Long-Haired Hare (Jones, 1947)
    29.) Rabbit Of Seville (Jones, 1949)
    30.) What’s Up, Doc? (McKimson, 1948-49)
    31.) Horton Hatches The Egg (Clampett, 1941-42)
    32.) Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z-z (Jones, 1955)
    33.) A Wild Hare (Avery, 1940)
    34.) Dough Ray Me-Ow (Davis, 1947-48)
    35.) The Dover Boys (Jones, 1942)
    36.) The CooCoo Nut Grove (Freleng, 1936)
    37.) Gift Wrapped (Freleng, 1950)
    38.) Rhapsody In Rivets (Freleng, 1941)
    39.) Bugs Bunny Rides Again (Freleng, 1947)
    40.) High Diving Hare (Freleng, 1947-48)
    41.) Roughly Squeaking (Jones, 1945-46)
    42.) A Ham In A Role (McKimson, 1948)
    43.) Thugs With Dirty Mugs (Avery, 1939)
    44.) Canned Feud (Freleng, 1949)
    45.) Wackiki Wabbit (Jones, 1943)
    46.) A Bear For Punishment (Jones, 1950)
    47.) The High And The Flighty (McKimson, 1955)
    48.) Mouse Wreckers (Jones, 1947)
    49.) Claws For Alarm (Jones, 1952-53)
    50.) “What’s Opera, Doc?” and every other classic I couldn’t squeeze in.

  • Nicole Alvarado

    Here is my list … Good luck with the book!

    1- Book Revue
    2- Duck Amuck
    3- Feed the Kitty
    4- The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    5- One-Froggy Evening
    6- What’s Opera Doc?
    7- Ali Babba Bunny
    8- Duck Dodgers
    9- Daffy Duck in Hollywood
    10- Rhapsody Rabbit
    11- Porky in Wackyland
    12- Scarlet Pumpernickel
    13- Rabbit of Sevelle
    14- The Big Snooze
    15- To Beep, or Not to Beep
    16- Odor-Able Kitty
    17- Robin Hood Daffy
    18- 8 Ball Bunny
    19- I Love to Singa
    20- Coal Black an’ de Sebben Dwarfs
    21- Drip Along Daffy
    22- Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    23- Birds Anonymous
    24- Hair-Raising Hare
    25- Horton Hatches the Egg

  • Mike

    Hillbilly Hare is my all time fave, so I’ll cast a bullet ballot here for that one.

  • Whit

    I won’t pretend to know what the “greatest” Looney Tunes cartoons are. My list contains those that make me laugh harder than the rest. I look forward to reading your book.

    My Bunny Lies Over the Sea
    Duck Dodgers in the 24th 1/2 Century
    Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears
    Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid
    Tortoise Wins by a Hare
    Kitty Cornered
    The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    What’s Opera, Doc
    Hillbilly Hare
    Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    Robin Hood Daffy
    The Windblown Hare
    Operation: Rabbit
    Buckaroo Bugs
    The Bashful Buzzard

  • Boy, this studio created some of the best cartoons around and it really becomes hard to whittle down a favorites list, so I chose these on the basis of either whether or not they are genuinely funny or whether they had any qualities (an interesting look that I could remember, a fascinating score) that appealed to me on some level. After all, we’re always saying that a cartoon is a work of art and, so, is as valid and diverse as all other kinds of filmmaking or photography. This made it harder still to pick my favorites, but here is as close to a paired down list as I could muster up—I’ll give specific reasons where appropriate; otherwise, I just find the titles selected here to be the best that the studio could give us at any time in its history.

    Here goes:

    FIN ‘N’ CATTY (1943) In my humble opinion, I would almost have to say that this is a perfect cartoon, with a magnificent score that accents the comic timing, and loads of subtle artistic touches in the character animation and even special effects to enhance one climactic moment that turns the tables for both characters involved here.

    SINKING IN THE BATHTUB (1930); What can I say? I like just about anything from the wide-eyed 1930’s, and there is nothing like a legendary studio’s animation beginnings. Bosko was often compared to Disney’s MICKEY MOUSE, unfairly so, because Bosko was a lot more fun and mischievious than Disney’s mouse would ever dare to be and, well, I just liked him much more. He appeals to the kid inside of me, even when he’s supposedly an adult.

    LADY PLAY YOUR MANDOLIN (1931); This is not the first cartoon that most people think of when they think of Rudy Ising’s FOXY character, even though it is the very first such cartoon in the MERRIE MELODIES series and the very first FOXY cartoon. I like its suggestive adult nature, especially all the bits involving the title song and the hooch that is consumed by all manner of creatures.

    YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING! (1931); And the same goes with this jaunty little cartoon, also by Rudy Ising, playing upon a then popular song. The cartoon gets more and more surreal as it goes on!

    NELLIE’S FOLLY (1962); This is a bizarre Chuck Jones experiment, poking fun at the true Hollywood story, long, long before such a thing was inherent in our daily TV watching or pop culture as it is today, or so it seemed. There were outlets for gossip, and there were biopics made around this time, but we still were not flooded with the phenomenon. All the mock emotional elements are here as one might include in such a story, with Chuck Jones’ usual touches of brilliance, even in this more stylized form of the art.

    A WAGGILY TAIL (1958): This is a great mock morality tale about an unconsciously abusive little kid who learns what it is like to be on the other end of the leash real fast. I like the voice work in this cartoon, especially by Daws Butler.

    LIFE WITH FEATHERS (1945): This cartoon is hilarious as a forelorn love bird decides to commit suicide because he had *GOTTEN* the love of his life! My favorite odd little animation touch is an almost emaciated, stringy Sylvester, continuing to starve himself because he thinks that the love bird’s offering himself to the cat automatically means that he surely *MUST* be poison and, once the love bird decides Sylvester doesn’t have to eat him upon getting a letter from his former love that she has left him for good, he rapidly puts beautiful plates of food between him and a salivating Sylvester, who is now just bound and determined to eat the squab, regardless of how much better all those full dinners surely must be! Hilarious!

    AN ITCH IN TIME (1943): While MGM’s “CIRCUS DAZE” is my favorite insect attack cartoon as climax to other related events, I like this Warner Brothers Bob Clampett classic expressly because of its sadistic little character and the character animation around the dog who really is hurting with each of the insect’s blows but cannot show it for fear of enduring another scrubbing by Elmer Fudd. Terrific!

    TOKIO JOKIO (1943): I like this cartoon as propaganda lampoon. It sets itself up as an “example” of “JapaNazi propaganda” and is filmed in our own style of such films. Genuinely of its time with some interesting scoring throughout by Carl Stalling.

    HE WAS HER MAN (1937): This is a near perfect example of a cartoon that takes cherubic characters and places them oddly in a setting that tells an adult story of its time. Even at its cutest, no one could ever mistake LOONEY TUNES or MERRIE MELODIES for the more sugary Disney style of story-telling.

    SHANG-HIED SHIPMATES (1936): And, while we’re at it, this is a very dark cartoon, showing that some of the animators at Warner Brothers had high hopes of somehow advancing the art of animation and producing other kinds of films or at least allowing animation to mirror the diversity of live action films of any given studio around that time.

    ALL THIS AND RABBIT STEW (1941): Although this cartoon might be deemed insensitive because of its protagonist, a Steppin Fetchit-like pint-sized hunter who is after Bugs Bunny, that “li’l ol’ rabbit”, this Tex Avery masterpiece is one of the first in which we begin to see Avery’s mastery of the wild take show itself, and the chases get wilder, here, as well. Before you see “THE BIG SNOOZE”, you owe it to yourself to see this one!

    BEHIND THE MEATBALL (1945): This is a cartoon of its time, too, but the joke is better understood if one knows of meat rationing during wartime. I love the dog’s rant near the cartoon’s opening (“It’s getting dark…darker…darker…darker! I need dark meat!!!”), and the climactic moment in this Frank Tashlin classic where we learned just which of the three dogs devours the entire juicy steak!

    EACH DAWN I CROW (1949): While this is an ELMER FUDD cartoon, the spotlight, in a way, is shared here by the frightened rooster (named John) and Frank Graham’s talents as a narrator and conveyer of Rooster John’s emotions. Animation is less detailed here, but the comedy still rings true! This was a favorite of mine since it was shown on “THE BUGS BUNNY SHOW” in its original run in the 1960’s.

    THE HOLE IDEA (1955): This was another favorite dating back to its initial airings on the original “BUGS BUNNY SHOW” half hours in prime time TV 1960’s. Always wish I had those portable holes to make my get-away many, many times.

    I LIKE MOUNTAIN MUSIC (1933): Again, I like wide-eyed 1930’s cartoons with a lot of music in them, and the pleasure was doubled here with this being one of the first cartoons taking place in a store when the doors were closed up tight, this time with images of greeting cards coming to life and acting out the scenario here.

    PEOPLE ARE BUNNY (1959): A great BUGS BUNNY/DAFFY DUCK vehicle whose focus and comedy is also built around the behind-the-scenes world of classic TV.

    TOY TROUBLE (1941): I like just about every SNIFFLES cartoon because it displayed Chuck Jones’ incredible knack for allowing the viewer to see the world through a small creature’s eyes, and the humor is added here by the very expressive pantomiming of Sniffles’ little friend, a Book Worm with a pair of rimless glasses and a derby. There is really no logical need for this character to be here, but he tells so much of the story in his comedic body language.

    WEARIN’ OF THE GRIN” (1952): I come close to liking this entry out of all of the Chuck Jones gothics, perhaps because it is possibly the most surreal of all of them, with a great score!

    BOSKO’S PICTURE SHOW (1933): Here is Bosko as total entertainer, even adding controversy here by mouthing a word that has many on cartoon-related internet sites talking and even had those at Nickelodeon scratching their heads as to what he might be sputtering at his adversary. Good ol’ Bosko!!

    FISH TALES (1936): While this cartoon is somewhat uneven in its pace, I like a few gruesome scenes here, especially Porky holding on for dear life in a runaway motor boat and the undersea creatures who decide to make a fishy meal of the fisherman, here.

    FALLING HARE (1943): Bob Clampett created the best of all interplanetary creatures, didn’t he? Yeah, I like Chuck Jones’ Marvin the Martian, too, but just not as much as this little Gremlin!

    HOLD THE LION, PLEASE (1942): There is such an amazing range of expression in this Chuck Jones classic and some very interesting changes of scene that allow images to blend one moment into another, like the laughing animals slowly dissolving into the waving foliage of the next scene.

    THE MOUSE THAT JACK BUILT (1959): I always liked much of Warners’ Hollywood caricature cartoons, and this treasure includes a live action appearance by at least one of those caricatures’ inspirations. This cartoon also has the principle players doing their original radio voices.

    BUDDY’S BEAR CATS (1934): This is a rousing production that salutes the game of baseball when it was fun. The cartoon is at its best in the midst of the production number which gives the cartoon its title, with all the stadium workers singing about their trade before the two teams are introduced.

    ALOHA HOOEY (1942): A great cartoon with Pinto Culvig as guest voice for the rural bird who gets trapped on an island…and gets the goil in the end.

    GOPHER GOOFY (1942): Ah, now here is a pair of vagabond gophers who are a lot more likable to me than the later Goofy Gophers, two burrowers from Brooklyn, New York (“I like Central Pawwk, bettah!”) who decide to drive a suburbanite crazy, although the sadistic suburbanite isn’t far from falling off the edge as we first meet him, glowering at the two invaders.

    THOSE BEAUTIFUL DAMES (1934): Just a terrific Busby Berkeley-ish production number from beginning to end around various little dolls for sale.

    FROM A TO Z-Z-Z-Z (1954): This terrific cartoon introduces Ralph Phillips and his dream world that gets him through the tightest spots—more eerie viewpoints of a child overwhelmed by the ominous world around him.

    A-LAD-IN HIS LAMP (1948): A great BUGS BUNNY cartoon featuring the guest voice of character actor Jim Backus. I like this character over Mr. Magoo and Mr. Howell (on the live action “GILLIGAN’S ISLAND”) put together!!

    A PEST IN THE HOUSE (1947): This cartoon is another example of an animated film that I would almost dub perfect! There are those elements of brilliant timing here, especially the climactic moment where the furious camera-cutting shows us the frenetic yowling face of Daffy Duck and the bloodshot, angry eyes of the tired businessman who throws a punch at Elmer Fudd’s face every chance he gets.

    SITTIN’ ON A BACKYARD FENCE (1933): I have always liked alley cat cartoons. I like “THE ALLEY CAT” from MGM, and I like this somewhat similar cartoon from Warner Brothers with two alley cats facing off against each other for the affections of a female…and with a great old song featured throughout.

    BUDDY’S ADVENTURES (1934): A wildly uneven cartoon with a few great moments, not the least of which is the climactic musical number that loosens up the icy demeanor of a planet whose inhabitants feel that “Life is just a bowl o’ lemons!”

    SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN (1937): This cartoon has great music and some terrific famous caricatures as well. It is a wonderful time capsule so much of its time and place!

    SNIFFLES TAKES A TRIP (1940): Another great Jones classic around Sniffles, this time taking his own journey into the wilderness and experiencing it the way some of us might have done so many, many years ago when we weren’t so embracing of things going bump in the night. I’m sure that there are horror filmmakers that wish they could add comedy to their films as easily as it is done, here.

    BUDDY’S BEER GARDEN (1933): The very second cartoon made in the BUDDY series with the character actually topping Bosko by performing here in surprise drag to save his little Cookie from a lustful predator. Many of the cartoons of this period had such a simple drawing style, but they were still proving themselves more sophisticated than other animation studios.

    A CARTOONIST’S NIGHTMARE (1935): And here’s another cartoon from that era that proved that the more simple style worked in a certain context, with an animator’s drawings taking hold of his drowsy dreams and the characters he’d created having to get him out of a jam. Inspired, in part, by the silent Max Fleischer KOKO THE CLOWN cartoons.



    UNCLE TOM’S BUNGALOW (1937): Three cartoons that remain time capsules as are the bits of literature at which each poke light fun. The first two not only mock the stories, but make reference to the blockbuster live action movies that were also made as only those at Termite Terrace could lampoon them!

    PORKY’S DUCK HUNT (1937):

    PORKY THE RAIN-MAKER (1936): Two more Tex Avery classics that prove him the King of Cartoons, alongside his co-worker on these cartoons, Bob Clampett, who took the closing moments of “DUCK HUNT” and gave Daffy Duck his signature craziness that would identify him through his best years onscreen!

    HARE RIBBIN’ (alternate ending) (1944): This is indeed a Bob Clampett classic for so many reasons, running with a Tex Avery premise from a previous cartoon (“HECKLING HARE”) and sending it beneath the waves with Bugs Bunny in drag as a mermaid and also performing yet another of his famous death scenes with hilarious results—especially hilarious in this “director’s cut”, now seen as a special feature on LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION, VOL. 5. Surely, Clampett must have been thinking, as Bugs did in this cartoon, “this is the best disguise I ever t’unk up!”

    BUDDY’S BUG HUNT (1935): Yes, this whole concept has been done many times before and after with possibly better results. It was even the premise of a silent OUR GANG comedy called “CAT, DOG & COMPANY”, but this, to me, is a surreal animated classic as Buddy is ridden with guilt when he is put on trial by insects whom he had abused. I don’t even think that Nickelodeon aired this one at all!

    FLOWERS FOR MADAM” (1935): This, too, is another 1930’s cartoon from Warner Brothers that was always rather ominous. There were times, as the fire eats its way through the flower and vegetable garden, as little embers with evil faces, when you don’t know where the flames will jump out at you next. I like the small cactus that turns to taunt the flames by sticking its tongue at the on-coming crackling flames, only to be jumped from behind by one of those flames causing it to scream, but the flowers and potential food wins out in the end.

    PORKY’S ROMANCE (1937): I always liked the opening moments of this cartoon as we are actually introduced to Petunia Pig…ah, those unpredictable early years of theatrical animation brilliance!

    WAGON HEELS (1945):

    NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH (1948): Two cartoons starring PORKY PIG that lampoon the history of the Old West—the first being one of Bob Clampett’s wildest, this time in full color, and the second actually has a hilarious reference to Humphrey Bogart starring in “THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE”.

    I’VE GOT TO SING A TORCH SONG (1933): Yet another of those great early 1930’s musical cartoons. This one doesn’t even really portray its caricatures well, but the music is wonderful.

    KATNIP KOLLEGE (1938): One final musical cartoon that mirrors the live action musicals of the day, with a very memorable song and the voices of Johnny “Scat” Davis and Melba Todd, sounding better than they ever were given the chance to sound in live action films! Beautiful and swingin’!!

    Kevin Wollenweber

  • Sammy Castanon

    So many great Looney Tunes … so many wonderful memories! Here’s my top 10:

    1. The Old Grey Hare
    2. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    3. Book Revue
    4. The Big Snooze
    5. The Wacky Wabbit
    6. Baseball Bugs
    7. Wabbit Twouble
    8. Bugs Bunny Gets The Boid
    9. Back Alley Oproar
    10. A Gruesome Twosome

  • Steve Carras

    Here’s mine. SOME will (and this is the understatement of undersatements) will be very surprisng.

    With directors, release date, and such.

    1.”From Hare to heir” [Friz Freleng [also writer], 9/9/60]. Good old Sam. Ya gotta give ‘im credit for TRYING to keep temper when Bugs Bunny has [with only the turkey “Daffy’s Fantastic Isle” giving a outline when this was “showcased” a la Love Boat/Fantasy isle”] promised to offer money to Sam but only if calm..and quiet..and well…Sam=angers. Ergo….Sam+BUGS BUNNY=OUTRAGE. [Some scenes like repeating a gag I won’t give away involing a fall to death, and the staircase, are just extra fun..] and a very funny ening..

    2.”A Hick, A Slick, and a Chick” [Arthur Davis, 3/13/48, Color and Reissue Prints by Technicolor(r), Original release prints by Cinecolor, Inc.]
    “It IS 2706..twasn’t so much of a much”. Country bumpkin [sounding a bit like Walt Disney’s Goofy} “Elmo” [NOT that annoying SESEME ST. sockpuppet!!] [Stan Freberg and Mel Blanc] is a c-ourting his lady love Daisy Lou [voiced by Bea Benadaret], buts finds her at slicker Blackie [Mel Blanc, using one of his most famous supporting character voices–interestingly, he has Barney Rubble talking in it as a HICK in a Flintstones involving Pebbles as a baby in society–don’t ask] who, as the old Irving Berlin standard says, can do anything Elmo can do [to impress Daisy] better [And Daisy isn’t any less fickle than Disney’s duck of that name back then], and after a while challenged his wise-donkey rival Blackie to get ermine, and sets out on a quest that, uh, yields catty and surprsing results.

    3.”Miss Glory” [Dir.Tex Avery; Title Song by Harry Warren & Al Dubin , 3/07/36]. Leadora Congdon was the Art Deco designer for this one. Hick from Hicksville ABner dreams while he’s waiting Miss Glory’s arrival that he’s in a Frted Asatire and Ginger Rogers world in a NEw York glamour hotel, iwith monocoled New Yorker/Monopoly characters, and Miss Glory, a blonde fashion model, type, but wait till Abner wakes up! Voices include Bernice Hansen, Elmore Vincent.

    4.”Corn Plastered” [Directed by Bob McKimson; 3/3/51]. A Takeoff on the old Edgar Bergen radio sidekick Pat Patrick’s “Ersel Twing” zany, the cartoons feastures as such and with Pat Patrick ashimself as the voice of a multiple propeller beanby topped crow [who even uses the actor-comic’s aforementioned radio character’s “Godbye Yi-Yi-Yi ” tag], who’s pestering for fun a Farmer Al Fala type Farmer [Mel Blanc]. A sometimes very odd cartoon to many.:)

    5.”Chow Hound” [Directed by Chuck Jones; 6/16/51].”WHAT. NO GRAVY”. Okay, here’s the first Jones short, an evil bulldog takes a cat and occasionally a mouse to do his evil work for him, to get food on various go rounds. Amazing, for a cartoons not boasting a host of caricatures of famous celebrities, this one has a large cast and seems to have as many as four actors: John Smith [Dog], Mel Blanc [I THINK as the other males], Bea Benadaret again in her later years at WB as the “requistite lady of the house who owns the pet” [the one calls who calls the cat Harold], and POSSIBLY as the zookeeper, Disney legend STERLING HOLLOWAY! [At least it soudned that way to ME!]

    6.”Three Little Bops” [Directed by Friz Freleng, 1/5/57]. okay, here’s another from Friz, Freberg’s first (and any non-Blanc actors) first voice onscreen, btw despite another poster’s comment, this is the early years of, specifically, MODERN jazz, not jazz in generla, tyhe wolf’s Harry James trumpet and such were called jazz in World War II and earlier. Freleng must have insisted on Freberg’s screen credit. I wonder why there was no end standard WB graphic at the end,
    only the “The End” legend there.

    7.”Hare Do” [Dir.Freleng, 1/15/49]. Elmer Fudd is hunting Bugs through a grand motion picture theatre with a gruesome end to the hijinx. One of the dozen or so shorts never to be released early enough to enter the former pre-1948 [the old Associated Artists Productions catalog from 1957 to 1997] to still have the older “Bugs on shield” open, due to Tech. backlogging and also yet another Jack Benny reference , the “Excuse me, beg your pardon” bit through the aisle..I do that ritual a lot when I go to movies (which is every day almost). Some excellent Freleng direction of the famous vending machine bit, and the also well-known grand perspective shot whenever Bugs Bunny’s looking from the mezzanine through the audience with binoculaurs.

    8.”I Haven’t Got A Hat” [Dir.by Freleng, 3/9/05. In two-color Technicolor. It’s a debut of the first superstar WB character,Porky, voiced by bit player “Joe Dougherty” [who really stuttered’] Also featured Little Kitty and Ham and Ex [all voiced by Bernice Hansen, using the same squeaky voice, a true hallmark of versatality…—NOT!], and Miss Cud [veteran of old time radio and sitcoms–like “I Love Lucy”, Elvia Allman].

    9-10.Both those Jones shorts harrassed by irresponsbiel animators shorts “Duck Amuck” [2/27/53, with Daffy] and “Rabbit Rampage” [1955,with Bugs].

    11. “Weasel While You Work” [Directed by McKimson, 9/27/58]. The first of six cartoons using the “JohN Seely Associates” [from Capitol Hi Q, actually culled here mostly from the EMI Photoplay London library of Phil Green], which is the ONLY wintry Foghorn Leghorn short. The canned score, which included “Comedy Circus” [Used most memorably on “Snoop and Blab” and “Quick Draw” on the latter’s eponymous series, but also a few times on “Augie Doggie”, and on several of Jay Ward’s “Fractured Fairy Tales”,”Cinderella Returns” & “Ugly Duckling”, and playerd in some times], and also John Seely’s own “Zany Comedy” from Huck and friends’s show, in anohter scene, strangley seems to ENHANCE this [“Weasel While you work”], though many understandably disagree and it ain’t [in context of this being WB[ Stalling or Franklyn. A Musicians strike went on around then.

    12.”The Up-Standing Sitter” [Director:McKimson; 7/3/48, last made of the A.A.P. library shorts, third last released, not a 7/13/47 short as many references seem to indicate], Back to the Stalling/Franklyn scored shorts..Daffy takes a job as a sitter in this early example of him losing, though he’s still a dedicated sitter, even trusted by his porcine agent [who is not Porky] and the hen who hires hm, and only misunderstoof by the guard bulldog and the innocent stranger-avoiding chicken [unlike the later shortts where everybody’s seemingly TRULY against Daffy]. Interestinly, it’s not till 2nd.half that he spends some time in black outs catching the hatchling chick ‘[who has Mel Blanc’s Henery Hawk voice] on a wire!

    13.”Aristo-Cat”[Dir.Chuck Jones, 1943], introduced Hubie [Mike Maltese] and Bertie [Tedd Pierce], those irreresible mice, wiith a cat with Blanc tlaking in Marvin the Martian’s later voce {the mice’s voices of course were legendary storymen] and funny lines abound her elike in the “HE’s a AWFUL big mouse” in regard to well, you have to guess.

    14.”Bear for Punishment” [Dir.Jones, 1951]. Stan Freberg,m Bea BEnadaret, and Billy Blethcer as the three bears, the shorter Pa who just wants peace, and the more upbeat Junyer and Ma who try to help him. After a few more years I think would be Jones’s jumping the shark point that many often debate, but this ealry fifties short should be mentioned..

    15.”Nasty Quacks”[Dir.Frank Tashlin,1945]. Daffy as an ealry day verison of his later self centered self combined with the more ear;lier liekable traits while keeping the neccary later ones just to make the story work. He’s the duck of a little girl named Agnes, and gorws up when she;s still little BUT the dad doesn;t want him so..,

    Since it is 1:00 where I am (Southern Calif.) I will post more later.:)

    (And some from Clampett and Harman and ising).

  • Geoff Gardner

    Thank you very much Jerry for inviting all of us to participate! Following are my top 50 picks, starting with 50 and going down to # 1 (my pick for the best). Basically I went thru the library and selected those which I clearly recognized by name as, in some cases, historically significant, but mostly either made me laugh out loud or blew me away. Then came the tough part: paring it down to 50 and then putting them in order. Anyway, here they are. My top 10 is Chuck Jones-heavy, but hey – it is what it is.

    50. “I Love to Singa” (1936) – Avery
    49. “Thugs With Dirty Mugs” (1939) – Avery
    48. “The Dover Boys” (1942) – Jones
    47. “A Wild Hare” (1940) – Avery
    46. “Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid” (1942) – Clampett
    45. “The Case of the Stuttering Pig” (1937) – Tashlin
    44. “Back Alley Oproar” (1948) – Freleng
    43. “Porky in Wackyland” (1938) – Clampett
    42. “You Ought to Be in Pictures” (1940) – Freleng
    41. “Porky Pig’s Feat” (1943) – Tashlin
    40. “Swooner Crooner” (1944) – Tashlin
    39. “Baseball Bugs” (1946) – Freleng
    38. “Hair-Raising Hare” (1946) – Jones
    37. “Kitty Kornered” (1946) – Clampett
    36. “Tweetie Pie” (1947) – Freleng
    35. “What’s Up, Doc?” (1950) – McKimson
    34. “A Corny Concerto” (1943) – Clampett
    33. “8 Ball Bunny” (1950) – Jones
    32. “Hillbilly Hare” (1950) – McKimson
    31. “Operation: Rabbit” (1952) – Jones
    30. “Tree For Two” (1952) – Freleng
    29. “Rabbit’s Kin” (1952) – McKimson
    28. “From A to Z-Z-Z-Z-Z” (1954) – Jones
    27. “Broom-Stick Bunny” (1956) – Jones
    26. “A Star is Bored” (1956) – Freleng
    25. “Three Little Bops” (1957) – Freleng
    24. “Ali Baba Bunny” (1957) – Jones
    23. “Birds Anonymous” (1957) – Freleng
    22. “Draftee Daffy” (1945) – Clampett
    21. “Robin Hood Daffy” (1958) – Jones
    20. “Knighty-Knight Bugs” (1958) – Freleng
    19. “A Bear For Punishment” (1951) – Jones
    18. “The Old Grey Hare” (1944) – Clampett
    17. “Hyde and Go Tweet” (1960) – Freleng
    16. “Book Revue” (1946) – Clampett
    15. “Little Red Riding Rabbit” (1944) – Freleng
    14. “No Barking” (1954) – Jones
    13. “Roman Legion-Hare” (1955) – Freleng
    12. “Beep Beep” (1952) – Jones
    11. “Wabbit Twouble” (1941) – Clampett
    10. “Rabbit of Seville” (1950) – Jones
    9. “Rabbit Fire” (1951) – Jones
    8. “Long Haired Hare” (1949) – Jones
    7. “High Diving Hare” (1949) – Freleng
    6. “Duck Amuck” (1953) – Jones
    5. “Feed the Kitty” (1952) – Jones
    4. “The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946) – Clampett
    3. “Duck Dodgers in the 241/2 Century” (1953) – Jones
    2. “One Froggy Evening” (1955) – Jones
    1. “What’s Opera Doc?” (1957) – Jones

  • DJonas

    1. One Froggy Evening
    2. Feed the Kitty
    3. The Dover Boys
    4. It’s Hummer Time
    5. Mississippi Hare
    6. You Ought to be in Pictures
    7. Porky Pig’s Feat
    8. Porky in Wackyland
    9. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    10. Boobs in the Woods
    11. His Bitter Half
    12. Rabbit Fire
    13. Rabbit Seasoning
    14. Rabbit of Seville
    15. A Tale of Two Kitties
    16. A Gruesome Twosome
    17. A Fractured Leghorn
    18. Little Boy Boo
    19. A Bear For Punishment
    20. The Bee-deviled Bruin

  • Edward Zuk

    I could go on and on about some of my favourites from the list: the imaginative rescoring of “The Barber of Seville,” the gags from “Hair-Raising Hare” that are loosely based around a set of recurring themes, the incredible dance animations from “A Bear for Punishment” or “Hillbilly Hare,” etc. But I’ll hold back and simply give my list. Good luck with the book!

    1. The Rabbit of Seville
    2. The Heckling Hare
    3. Swooner Crooner
    4. Hair-Raising Hare
    5. Little Red Riding Rabbit
    6. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    7. Rabbit Fire
    8. Duck Amuck
    9. What’s Opera, Doc?
    10. One Froggy Evening
    11. Tortoise Beats Hare
    12. Pigs in a Polka
    13. Ain’t She Tweet
    14. Hillbilly Hare
    15. Fast and Furry-ous
    16. The Three Little Bops
    17. Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    18. She Was an Acrobat’s Daughter
    19. Porky’s Preview
    20. A Bear for Punishment
    21. Puss ‘N Booty
    22. The Aristo-Cat
    23. The Dover Boys
    24. A Tale of Two Kitties
    25. You Ought to Be in Pictures

  • Thank you for this opportunity, Jerry. But never mind my trying to single out a #1 Greatest WB Cartoon of Them All. This is as close to a descending list as my own decades-old appreciation of Looney Tunes will allow…

    20 Greatest Black-and-White LTs:

    Porky in Wackyland
    You Ought to Be in Pictures
    Porky Pig’s Feat
    Porky’s Romance
    Scrap Happy Daffy
    Eatin’ on the Cuff
    Golddiggers of ’49
    Porky’s Hare Hunt
    The Ducktators
    The Henpecked Duck
    Daffy’s Southern Exposure
    Porky’s Preview
    The Daffy Doc
    Porky’s Hero Agency
    The Case of the Stuttering Pig
    Joe Glow, the Firefly
    Bosko’s Party
    It’s Got Me Again
    Hollywood Capers
    A Cartoonist’s Nightmare

    30 Greatest Color LT/MMs:

    The Old Grey Hare
    Duck Amuck
    A Hare Grows in Manhattan
    The High and the Flighty
    The Hole Idea
    One Froggy Evening
    A Corny Concerto
    Feed the Kitty
    Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs
    Little Red Riding Rabbit
    Book Revue
    From A to Z-Z-Z-Z
    Kitty Kornered
    Back Alley Oproar
    The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    Crowing Pains
    Three Little Bops
    Tortoise Beats Hare
    Hollywood Steps Out
    Horton Hatches the Egg
    The Dover Boys
    A Tale of Two Kitties
    Case of the Missing Hare
    Old Glory
    Scaredy Cat
    Speedy Gonzales
    Rabbit Seasoning
    Slick Hare
    Much Ado About Nutting
    Have You Got Any Castles?

  • Nothing on my list that hasn’t been mentioned by others, so I’ll just toss in a few favorites:

    Book Revue
    Horton Hatches the Egg
    The Dover Boys
    Porky & Daffy
    Baby Bottleneck
    I Love To Singa
    A Coy Decoy
    Bugs Bunny Gets The Boid
    The Old Gray Hare
    Tin Pan Alley Cats
    Devil May Hare
    Tortoise Wins By A Hare
    Porky In Wackyland
    Wagon Heels
    Porky’s Hero Agency
    Nasty Quacks
    Slick Hare
    Porky Pig’s Feat
    Porky’s Preview
    Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    Bear Feat
    Chow Hound
    Hillbilly Hare
    The Ducksters
    A Pest in the House
    A Bear For Punishment
    A Kiddie’s Kitty
    Wearin’ of the Grin
    Draftee Daffy
    Easter Yeggs
    Operation: Rabbit
    Wackiki Wabbit
    Daffy Duck Slept Here
    The Henpecked Duck
    The Great Piggybank Robbery
    Holiday For Drumsticks
    Three Little Bops
    Kitty Kornered
    Often An Orphan
    Malibu Beach Party
    September in the Rain
    Miss Glory
    Porky The Wrestler
    Canned Feud
    The Big Snooze
    Eight-Ball Bunny
    Feed the Kitty
    Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs
    Haredevil Hare
    Russian Rhapsody
    All A B-i-r-r-r-d
    Hot Cross Bunny
    Ducking the Devil – Notable for being one of the last cartoons where Daffy was allowed to come out a winner.

  • Robert Kass

    This is pretty hard, Jerry, but if forced to pick 20, here’s my list:

    1. Porky In Wackyland
    2. What’s Opera Doc?
    3. Nasty Quacks
    4. Stage Door Cartoon
    5. Porky Pig’s Feat
    6. Broomstick Bunny
    7. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    8. I Love to Singa
    9. Book Revue
    10. Super Rabbit
    11. The Bashful Buzzard
    12. Draftee Daffy
    13. Tortoise Meets Hare
    14. Buckaroo Bugs
    15. Tin Pan Alley Cats
    16. You Ought to be in Pictures
    17. Porky’s Preview
    18. Design for Leaving
    19. Water Water Every Hare
    20. Homeless Hare

    Robert Kass,
    Boston, MA

  • Just five:
    1. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century
    2. Duck Amuck
    3. What’ Opera, Doc?
    4. Fast and Furry-ous
    5. Hare-Way to the Stars

    Thanks and good luck tallying the results!

  • B. Baker

    Not much here that hasn’t been cited elsewhere. Compiling this, it occurred to me that someone (are you there, Jerry?) really ought to write a book about the black-&-white Porky LTs — most of these seem like real gems. Anyway, for the record, in preferential order:

    I Love to Singa
    One Froggy Evening
    Cross-Country Detours
    Tin Pan Alley Cats
    You Ought to Be in Pictures
    Thugs With Dirty Mugs
    She Was an Acrobat’s Daughter
    Porky’s Duck Hunt
    The Film Fan
    The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    What’s Opera, Doc?
    Porky in Wackyland
    Duck Amuck
    Miss Glory
    Porky’s Railroad
    Nasty Quacks
    A Wild Hare
    Chow Hound
    Book Revue
    Porky’s Preview
    Coal Black And De Sebben Dwarfs
    Lights Fantastic
    The Penguin Parade
    Billboard Frolics
    The Daffy Doc
    How Do I Know It’s Sunday?
    Porky’s Romance
    Feed the Kitty
    To Beep or Not to Beep
    Rabbit Fire
    Rabbit Seasoning
    Duck! Rabbit, Duck!
    The Blow-Out
    Porky Pig’s Feat
    A Bear for Punishment
    8 Ball Bunny
    Baseball Bugs
    Rabbit Hood
    Rabbit of Seville
    Duck Dodgers In The 24-1/2th Century
    Bowery Bugs
    Fast and Furry-ous
    Drip-Along Daffy
    Get Rich Quick Porky
    Robin Hood Daffy
    High Diving Hare
    Russian Rhapsody
    Draftee Daffy
    Tortoise Beats Hare
    The Great Piggy Bank Robbery

  • Chris

    My top whatevers:
    2. Duck Dodgers in the 24.5th century
    3. What’s Opera Doc?
    4. Rabbit Fire
    5. Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    6. The Rabbit of Seville
    7.One Froggy Evening
    8.Ali Babba Bunny
    9.Drip Along Daffy
    10.The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    11.Robin Hood Daffy
    12.Horton Hatches the Egg
    13.The Dover Boys
    14. Fast and Furrious
    15. Wearin’ of the Grin
    16. Knighty-Knight Bugs
    17. Feed the Kitty
    18. Drip-Along Daffy
    19. For Scent-imental Reasons
    20. The Foghorn Leghorn

  • precode

    Jeez, what a chore narrowing it down to just fifty. They’re in order of best to not as best, but it’s a bit capricious–tomorrow it might be different. Oh, well…–Mike Schlesinger


  • Ben W

    1. The Dover Boys
    2. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    3. A Coy Decoy
    4. A Ham in a Role
    5. Big Top Bunny
    6. Hair-Raising Hare
    7. Hare Conditioned
    8. Book Revue
    9. Walky Talky Hawky
    10. Mississippi Hare
    11. Daffy Doodles
    12. A Gruesome Twosome
    13. Lovelorn Leghorn
    14. Scrap Happy Daffy
    15. Russian Rhapsody
    16. Tortoise Wins by a Hare
    17. Canned Feud
    18. Patient Porky
    19. Porky’s Preview
    20. A Corny Concerto
    21. Easter Yeggs
    22. The Hole Idea
    23. Scaredy Cat
    24. One Froggy Evening
    25. Hare Trigger
    26. Buccaneer Bunny
    27. A Tale of Two Kitties
    28. Kitty Kornered
    29. Daffy Duck and Egghead
    30. A Broken Leghorn
    31. Robin Hood Daffy
    32. The Hypochondri-Cat
    33. Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid
    34. Hare Ribbin’
    35. The Film Fan
    36. Mouse Wreckers
    37. What’s Up Doc?
    38. I Got Plenty of Mutton
    39. Rebel Rabbit
    40. The Old Grey Hare
    41. Buckaroo Bugs
    42. Horton Hatches the Egg
    43. Draftee Daffy
    44. Super Rabbit
    45. Boobs in the Woods
    46. Wagon Heels
    47. You Were Never Duckier
    48. Porky in Egypt
    49. Porky’s Party
    50. Fresh Airedale

    I could spend all day re-ranking those, but they were the first 50 I thought of.

  • Patrick Peters

    I have a clear #1, just for the impact it made on my widdle mind:

    Wackiki Wabbit

  • Glenn Ehlers

    Jerry, thanks for invite. I can think of a couple hundred almost immediately; it’s hard to rank with so many masterpieces in the Looney Tunes library……Good luck with the book and I can’t wait for the read.

    1. Duck Amuck
    2. What’s Opera Doc
    3. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century
    4. Rabbit of Seville
    5. High Diving Hare
    6. Rabbit Seasoning
    7. Feed the Kitty
    8. Rhapsody Rabbit
    9. Long Haired Hare
    10. Bully For Bugs
    11. You Ought to be in Pictures
    12. One Froggy Evening
    13. Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    14. Hillbilly Hare
    15. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    16. The Dover Boys
    17. Baseball Bugs
    18. Bird’s Anonymous
    19. Corny Concerto
    20. Porky in Wackyland
    21. Drip-A-Long Daffy
    22. What’s Up Doc
    23. Little Red Riding Rabbit
    24. A Wild Hare
    25. Tweety Pie
    26. From A to Z-Z-Z
    27. Porky Pig’s Feat
    28. Rhapsody in Rivets
    29. Porky’s Duck Hunt
    30. Show Biz Bugs
    31. Rabbit Fire
    32. Heckling Hare
    33. A Tale of Two Kitties
    34. Sahara Hare
    35. Haredevil Hare
    36. Fast and Furry-ous
    37. Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs
    38. I Love to Singa
    39. High Note
    40. Buccaneer Bunny
    41. Robin Hood Daffy
    42. Ali Baba Bunny
    43. Hole Idea
    44. Devil May Hare
    45. Knighty Knight Bugs
    46. Scaredy Cat
    47. Hyde and Go Tweet
    48. Scarlet Pumpernickel
    49. Three Little Bops
    50. The Draft Horse

  • Nick Schafer


    I found a link to this project a few weeks ago on USAToday.com and have been thinking about my choices ever since. I tried to watch as many of the other nominated shorts as possible, in addition to re-watching my own favorites before choosing my Top 50. I even created a spreadsheet to organize my personal rankings AND incorporate the rankings and vote totals made at the Internet Movie Database. Obviously, I weighted my own personal rankings much more heavily than the IMDB data (which probably won’t surprise some of the more “purist” posters when they see my #1 pick was created in…GASP!…1963!). In my defense, however, only 3 cartoons on my list came from the 60s (bizarrely, all from 1963) as compared to 9 from the 40s.

    I based my choices on the cartoons I found to be the funniest and most entertaining. Having read the entire thread of posts, I was really surprised that my #1 choice wasn’t nominated more often (and even more surprised that all three shorts in the Witch Hazel trilogy aren’t more popular). Ah well, I don’t imagine that all 50 of my choices will make the cut, no matter how much I think they deserve it. In any case, here they are:

    01 Transylvania 6-5000 (1963)
    02 Broom-Stick Bunny (1956)
    03 A Witch’s Tangled Hare (1959)
    04 Bewitched Bunny (1954)
    05 One Froggy Evening (1955)
    06 Duck! Rabbit, Duck! (1953)
    07 Rabbit of Seville (1950)
    08 Three Little Bops (1957)
    09 Rabbit Seasoning (1952)
    10 Sahara Hare (1955)
    11 Bully For Bugs (1953)
    12 Hillbilly Hare (1950)
    13 Hare Trimmed (1953)
    14 Rabbit Fire (1951)
    15 Claws For Alarm (1954)
    16 Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century (1953)
    17 Drip-Along Daffy (1951)
    18 Little Boy Boo (1954)
    19 Robin Hood Daffy (1958)
    20 My Bunny Lies Over the Sea (1948)
    21 Knighty Knight Bugs (1958)
    22 Hare-Way to the Stars (1958)
    23 Rabbit Hood (1949)
    24 To Hare Is Human (1956)
    25 What’s Opera Doc? (1957)
    26 Duck Amuck (1953)
    27 Devil’s Feud Cake (1963)
    28 Steal Wool (1957)
    29 Long-Haired Hare (1949)
    30 Wild and Woolly Hare (1959)
    31 The Hasty Hare (1952)
    32 Bonanza Bunny (1959)
    33 Hair-Raising Hare (1946)
    34 Deduce, You Say (1956)
    35 14 Carrot Rabbit (1952)
    36 Double or Mutton (1955)
    37 Mad as a Mars Hare (1963)
    38 Feed the Kitty (1952)
    39 The Fair Haired Hare (1951)
    40 Operation: Rabbit (1952)
    41 Mouse Wreckers (1948)
    42 Roman Legion-Hare (1955)
    43 Don’t Give Up the Sheep (1953)
    44 Little Red Riding Rabbit (1944)
    45 Scrambled Aches (1957)
    46 The High and the Flighty (1956)
    47 For Scent-imental Reasons (1949)
    48 The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950)
    49 Scaredy Cat (1948)
    50 The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946)

    And the 10 that just missed the cut, sorry MY cut:

    51 Birds Anonymous (1957)
    52 High Diving Hare (1949)
    53 Water, Water Every Hare (1952)
    54 Tortoise Beats Hare (1941)
    55 Red Riding Hoodwinked (1955)
    56 Show Biz Bugs (1957)
    57 Ali Baba Bunny (1957)
    58 Gee Whiz-z-z-z (1956)
    59 Hyde and Hare (1955)
    60 The Foghorn Leghorn (1948)

    I’m excited to have learned about this project in time to be acknowledged in the book. Thanks for the opportunity!


    Nick Schafer

  • Robert Reynolds

    My list:

    1-I Love To Singa
    2-Rhapsody In Rivets
    3-Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarves
    4-The Dover Boys
    5-Rabbit Fire
    6-Have You Got Any Castles?
    7-Swooner Crooner
    8-Porky In Wackyland
    9-You Ought To Be In Pictures
    10-Detouring America
    11-Greetings Bait
    12-A Wild Hare
    13-Rabbit’s Kin
    14-Porky’s Romance
    15-It’s Got Me Again
    16-Speaking of the Weather
    17-High Note
    18-A Bear For Punishment
    19-Golddiggers of ’49
    20-Double or Mutton
    21-Chow Hound
    22-Hollywood Steps Out
    23-Now Hear This
    24-Smile, Darn Ya, Smile
    25-Old Glory
    26-The Ducktators
    27-One More Time
    28-All This and Rabbit Stew
    29-Puss n’ Booty
    30-Lady, Play Your Mandolin
    31-Pigs In a Polka
    32-Horton Hatches the Egg
    33-Hamateur Night
    34-Brother Brat
    35-Walky Talky Hawky
    36-Scrap Happy Daffy
    37-Thugs With Dirty Mugs
    38-Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt
    39-Tabasco Road
    40-Russian Rhapsody
    41-The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    42-Three Little Bops
    43-Corny Concerto
    44-Dangerous Dan McFoo
    45-Boobs In the Woods
    46-A Feud There Was
    47-Stop, Look and Hasten
    48-Book Revue
    49-A Ham In a Role
    50-Sandy Claws

    I deliberately left out One Froggy Evening, Rabbit of Seville, What’s Opera Doc?, the other two “Hunting Trilogy” shorts and a few other obvious choices, in order to have space for other shorts less obvious, but no less deserving of some notice.

    May this find you happy and healthy.

    Robert Reynolds
    Tucson AZ

  • 1. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    2. Coal Black & De Sebben Dwarfs
    3. Duck Amuck
    4. The Dover Boys
    5. Feed The Kitty

    6. Plane Daffy
    7. Nasty Quacks
    8. Scrap Happy Daffy
    9. The Aristo-Cat
    10. Book Revue

    11. The Heckling Hare
    12. A Wild Hare
    13. A Corny Concerto
    14. Barbary Coast Bunny
    15. One Froggy Evening

    16. What’s Opera, Doc?
    17. Porky in Wackyland
    18. Wabbit Twouble
    19. A Bear for Punishment
    20. Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur

    21. Wackiki Wabbit
    22. The Bashful Buzzard
    23. Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid
    24. Slick Hare
    25. Hollywood Steps Out

    26. The Big Snooze
    27. To Duck or Not to Duck
    28. Henpecked Duck
    29. Tale of Two Kitties
    30. Tortoise Wins By A Hare

    31. Tortoise Beats Hare
    32. Kitty Kornered
    33. I love to Singa
    34. Falling Hare
    35. Fast and Furry-ous

    36. Rabbit of Seville
    37. Rabbit Seasoning
    38. Draftee Daffy
    39. Porky’s Pig Feat
    40. Bunny Hugged

    41. Baby Bottleneck
    42. Broomstick Bunny
    43. Daffy the Commando
    44. From A to Z-Z-Z-Z
    45. Hair-Raising Hare

    46. Super Rabbit
    47. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century
    48. Baton Bunny
    49. Rhapsody Rabbit
    50. Hen House Henery

    I separated the list into groups of five because I thought it might be easier on the eyes. It helped me when I was putting together the list.
    Best wishes on your new book!

    – Zach Cole

  • Rob Tomshany

    Hi, I usually post here as “Rob T.” (when I post at all–not much). Here’s my list, emphasizing stuff I’ve known and loved since watching Warner Bros. cartoons as a kid in the 1970’s on TV (after school for the older stuff, on Saturday mornings for the later work).

    1. Duck Amuck
    2. One Froggy Evening
    3. Porky in Wackyland
    4. Baseball Bugs
    5. Book Revue
    6. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    7. Rabbit of Seville
    8. Rabbit Seasoning
    9. The Dover Boys
    10. Long-Haired Hare

    11. Pigs in a Polka
    12. Hillbilly Hare
    13. Plane Daffy
    14. Duck Dodgers in the 241/2th Century
    15. Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid
    16. Rhapsody in Rivets
    17. Mutiny on the Bunny
    18. A-Lad-in His Lamp
    19. Hare-Way to the Stars
    20. Bully for Bugs

    21. The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    22. Daffy Duck in Hollywood
    23. What’s Up, Doc?
    24. I Gopher You
    25. What’s Opera, Doc?
    26. A Corny Concerto
    27. My Bunny Lies Over the Sea
    28. A Wild Hare
    29. Horton Hatches the Egg
    30. Tortoise Wins by a Hare

    31. Little Boy Boo
    32. Rhapsody Rabbit
    33. Feed the Kitty
    34. Rabbit Fire
    35. Ali Baba Bunny
    36. Zoom and Bored
    37. I Love to Singa
    38. Thugs with Dirty Mugs
    39. Devil May Hare
    40. Russian Rhapsody

    41. Kitty Kornered
    42. The Old Grey Hare
    43. Cinderella Meets Fella
    44. Little Red Riding Rabbit
    45. You Ought to Be in Pictures
    46. Coal Black and the Sebben Dwarfs
    47. Swooner Crooner
    48. Robin Hood Daffy
    49. The Daffy Doc
    50. The Fog Horn Leghorn

  • John Hartnett

    -“universality”: whatever that may mean to you, to me it means that pretty much any human will “get” it, from Brooklyn to the North Pole to Albuquerque to the moon and beyond.

    – “wit”: to wit, intellectual humor. This does predispose any list towards Bugs Bunny, but then, it’s Daffy who has the honor of saying “Pronoun trouble.” Too, wit does not have to be spoken in cartoons. In “High Diving Hare”, of the nine times that Sam takes the plunge, in two of them you never see or hear the gag that results in Sam’s descent, and those are all the funnier for it.

    – “inversion”: oh gee, too high falutin’ a word here, but no other better describes taking the audience’s expectation and twisting it gleefully or taking the story or gag’s direction and sending it oppositely. Hubie and Bert want to be eaten by the cat. Comedy Relief Porky saves the day after all of Dripalong Daffy’s vainglorious failures. A lowly “minah” bird is apparently an untouchable god.

    – “voice”: Warner’s had so many voices; clear, strong sensibilities that though the cartoons were the result of teamwork, still they bore the unmistakable imprint of the director, not the generic honk of a committee.

    – “laughs”; yeah, just being funny. Different things will elicit different kinds of laughter from different people. But the Warner cartoons, the greats, all had a higher payoff of laughs per second than any other media that I’m aware of.

    Now, with all that said, the following list is in my personal, idiosyncratic best-of in order of greatness from 1 to 50. The cartoons all have at least one element that I’ve discussed, most have more than one element.

    Can I dissect the cartoons to discern what proportion of elements each cartoon has? Nein, herr Doktor, else the frog vill croak.

    I’ll let the magic of Termite Terrace speak for itself. Ya gotta let the frog sing and dance, and appreciate it for that.

    Rabbit Seasoning
    Rabbit Fire
    High Diving Hare
    Buccaneer Bunny
    Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    A Bear For Punishment
    Robin Hood Daffy
    Drip Along Daffy
    Duck Amuck
    Feed the Kitty
    Fair And Worm-er
    Chow Hound
    Fresh Airedale
    Cheese Chasers
    The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    Ali Baba Bunny
    Dover Boys
    Bully For Bugs
    Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    One Froggy Evening
    Operation: Rabbit
    Scaredy Cat
    Little Red Rabbit Hood
    Wackiki Wabbit
    Bunker Hill Bunny
    Baseball Bugs
    Daffy Duck And The Dinosaur
    Porky Pig’s Feat
    The Big Snooze
    The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    Inki And The Minah Bird
    Bugs Bunny And The Three Bears
    The Hypo-Chrondri-Cat
    Boyhood Daze
    Deduce, You Say
    Bunny Hugged
    Bugs Bunny Gets The Boid
    Coal Black an’ de Sebben Dwarfs
    Daffy the Commando
    The Three Little Bops
    Canned Feud
    Ballot Box Bunny
    Big House Bunny
    Super Rabbit
    It’s Hummer Time
    I Love To Singa
    Tortoise Wins By A Hare
    The Hare Brained Hypnotist
    Rhapsody In Rivets
    Hare-Way to the Stars

    Best wishes to you, Mr. Beck, and thank you.

  • Steve

    Hi, Guys:

    Can’t resist, but I trust no surprises:

    Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    Duck Amuck
    Coal Black
    Big Snooze
    Book Revue
    Tortoise Wins by a Hare
    Kitty Kornered
    Porky Pig’s Feat
    Gruesome Twosome
    Corny Concerto
    Falling Hare
    Old Grey Hare
    Draftee Daffy
    Dover Boys
    Swooner Crooner
    Hare-Raising Hare
    Long-Haired Hare
    Scrap-Happy Daffy
    Rhapsody Rabbit
    Wabbit Twouble
    Acrobatty Bunny
    Gorilla My Dreams
    What’s Up, Doc?
    Tin Pan Alley Cats
    Porky’s Preview
    Fair and Wormer
    Rhapsody in Rivets
    A Lad-in-His Lamp
    Bushy Hare
    Rabbit Seasoning
    Operation: Rabbit
    What’s Opera, Bub?
    One Froggy Etc.
    Russian Rhapsody
    Baby Bottleneck
    Bear for Punishment
    Bowery Bugs
    Rabbit Transit
    Daffy Doodles
    A Ham in a Role
    Feed the Kitty
    Porky in Wackyland
    Bunny Hugged
    Rabbit Punch
    Baseball Bugs
    Hillbilly Hare
    You Oughta Be On This List
    Thugs w/Dirty Mugs
    The Aristo-Cat
    Mississippi Hare
    Slick Hare
    Horton Hatches the Egg
    High Note

  • Joshua Kreitzer

    There’s some arbitrariness in these selections and their order, and I suspect if I compiled my rankings again a week later, there would be quite a bit of variations.

    1. Hare Do
    2. The Three Little Bops
    3. One Froggy Evening
    4. The Old Grey Hare
    5. Rabbit of Seville
    6. What’s Opera, Doc?
    7. Duck Amuck
    8. Tweetie Pie
    9. A Wild Hare
    10. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    11. Tortoise Beats Hare
    12. Porky in Wackyland
    13. Rabbit Seasoning
    14. Tortoise Wins by a Hare
    15. Book Revue
    16. Knighty Knight Bugs
    17. You Ought to Be in Pictures
    18. Hillbilly Hare
    19. Big Snooze, The
    20. Hare Tonic
    21. Dover Boys, The
    22. Bugs and Thugs
    23. Crowing Pains
    24. Hare-Way to the Stars
    25. I Haven’t Got a Hat

    Thanks for taking this poll.

  • This is one of the most difficult yet thoroughly enjoyable tasks I’ve done in a while, choosing what I consider to be the fifty greatest cartoons produced by Warner Bros. It wasn’t easy, picking just fifty out of the thousand-plus shorts. Where does one even begin??

    I certainly didn’t want to just play favorites, and I wanted to make sure every major director and character were represented. There were so many tough choices to make, and I definitely mourned a number of cartoons I had to exclude.

    A scant few entries for historical or technical significance aside, I tried to compile the list purely on entertainment value. Hopefully I’ve been able to cover the gamut of the studio’s output and form a list of the very cream of the crop…the greatest of Warner Bros.’ greatest hits.

    1. What’s Opera, Doc? (1957)
    2. Duck Amuck (1953)
    3. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946)
    4. One Froggy Evening (1955)
    5. Porky in Wackyland (1938)
    6. Rhapsody Rabbit (1946)
    7. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century (1953)
    8. Book Revue (1946)
    9. Porky’s Duck Hunt (1937)
    10. The Rabbit of Seville (1950)
    11. You Ought to Be in Pictures (1940)
    12. Rabbit Seasoning (1952)
    13. I Love to Singa (1936)
    14. Robin Hood Daffy (1958)
    15. Rabbit Fire (1951)
    16. Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (1943)
    17. Bugs Bunny Rides Again (1948)
    18. Drip-Along Daffy (1951)
    19. The Three Little Bops (1957)
    20. A Corny Concerto (1943)
    21. Long-Haired Hare (1949)
    22. The Big Snooze (1946)
    23. Tweetie Pie (1947)
    24. Bully For Bugs (1953)
    25. The Old Grey Hare (1944)
    26. Show Biz Bugs (1957)
    27. The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950)
    28. Baseball Bugs (1946)
    29. The Dover Boys (1942)
    30. What’s Up, Doc? (1950)
    31. For Scent-imental Reasons (1949)
    32. Hopalong Casualty (1960)
    33. Little Red Riding Rabbit (1944)
    34. From A to Z-z-z-z (1954)
    35. A Wild Hare (1940)
    36. Greedy For Tweety (1957)
    37. Tortoise Wins By a Hare (1943)
    38. Porky Pig’s Feat (1943)
    39. Kitty Kornered (1946)
    40. To Beep or Not to Beep (1963)
    41. Porky’s Preview (1941)
    42. Tree For Two (1952)
    43. Mouse Wreckers (1949)
    44. Speedy Gonzales (1955)
    45. Detouring America (1939)
    46. Dough Ray Me-Ow (1948)
    47. The Foghorn Leghorn (1948)
    48. The Hole Idea (1955)
    49. Picador Porky (1937)
    50. Sinkin’ in the Bathtub (1930)

    Thank you so much, Mr. Beck, for this opportunity for all of us!

  • 1 One Froggy Evening
    2 Coal Black And De Sebben Dwarfs
    3 The Great Piggy-Bank Robbery
    4 What’s Opera, Doc?
    5 Porky In Wackyland
    6 Duck Amuck
    7 Book Revue
    8 Three Little Bops
    9 Rhapsody Rabbit
    10 A Corny Concerto
    11 Porky’s Romance
    12 Rabbit Of Seville
    13 The Heckling Hare
    14 A Gruesome Twosome
    15 A Bear For Punishment
    16 Pigs In A Polka
    17 Duck Dodgers In The 24 1/2th Century
    18 Kitty Kornered
    19 The Case Of The Stuttering Pig
    20 Fast And Furry-ous
    21 Tortoise Wins By A Hare
    22 I Love To Singa
    23 The Dover Boys
    24 Porky Pig’s Feat
    25 Baby Bottleneck
    26 Porky’s Duck Hunt
    27 Feed The Kitty
    28 Birdy And The Beast
    29 Long Haired Hare
    30 Scaredy Cat
    31 The Daffy Doc
    32 Rabbit Fire
    33 Two Gophers From Texas
    34 Scrap Happy Daffy
    35 Puss ‘N Booty
    36 You Ought To Be In Pictures
    37 Inki and the Minah Bird
    38 Hillbilly Hare
    39 Have You Got Any Castles
    40 A Wild Hare
    41 Tweetie Pie
    42 Miss Glory
    43 Joe Glow The Firefly
    44 Clean Pastures
    45 The Ducktators
    46 Satan’s Waitin’
    47 Robin Hood Daffy
    48 Old Glory
    49 Now Hear This
    50 I Haven’t Got A Hat

  • Ranking cartoons as great as those from Warner’s (and a good many of them qualify as “great”) is a nearly impossible task, as I’ve come to discover. To my surprise the “usual suspects” didn’t come up very often. There are no Freleng cartoons in this top 25, no groundbreaking cartoons like A WILD HARE. There are many artistically interesting Warner’s cartoons that belong on a more comprehensive list, but for my “best of” compilations, I am overwhelmingly, unashamedly biased toward the funny cartoons. I sought to include those I thought woefully underrepresented, like Art Davis, and have even included a Bosko cartoon here. (You’ll see why shortly). At any rate, here are my top 25:

    1. COAL BLACK AND DE SEBBEN DWARFS (1943, Clampett):

    I know, I know. This cartoon is at the top of just about anyone’s list, but it deserves to be. This is Bob Clampett’s magnum opus: we’re fooled into thinking it’s going to be a standard Warner Bros. fairy-tale parody–for about a nanosecond. Then all bets are off. An exercise in just how enegertic a cartoon can get before our nervous systems collapse, it combines Clampett’s faster-than-lightspeed pacing with Rod Scribner’s elastic animation and the musical and voice talents of the best black talent of the day for seven minutes of absolute perfection. It has everything a Warner’s cartoon should have–pop-culture references from Disney to wartime rationing to “Citizen Kane”, a hip, wiseguy attitude and a healthy amount of sex. Pity that most of us can only see grainy, umpteenth-generation copies, if we’re lucky.

    2. THE GREAT PIGGYBANK ROBBERY (1946, Clampett):

    What can one say about a cartoon in which Daffy Duck gives us a dozen different expressions–and emotions–in half as many seconds? (Probably an exaggeration, but only slightly). Then tops that with a Chester Gould-style rogues’ gallery the “Dick Tracy” creator couldn’t have imagined if he were on psychadelic drugs? Only this–“why isn’t there more of it?” Ag-o-ny, a-go-NEE!!

    3. EASTER YEGGS (1947, McKimson):

    What? A Bob McKimson cartoon in the top three? You better believe it! Bugs substitutes for a sad-sack Easter Bunny (with the voice of Mel Blanc’s “Happy Postman” character from the Burns and Allen radio show) and quickly wishes he hadn’t. He not only inevitably runs afoul of Elmer Fudd (intent on turning him into “Easter Wabbit stew”) but in a running gag, he tries to shake off a pint-size Dead End Kid (“I wanna Easter egg! I wanna Easter egg!”) McKimson was fond of sticking the normally unflappable Bugs into nutty situations that tested the limits of the rabbit’s patience, and he never did it better than in this cartoon. You’ll definitely “keep smiling.”

    4. BABY BOTTLENECK (1946, Clampett):

    The premise is simple enough–the stork, overwhelmed with orders for babies, brings in Porky Pig and Daffy Duck to speed up production. A fairly standard cartoon in the hands of most animation directors–but this is Bob Clampett we’re talking about. In this, one of his last cartoons before leaving Warner’s, Clampett really turned his animators and background artists loose. The result can be seen in backgrounds that are often little more than a large area of color, and characters for whom “anatomy” is a foreign concept. (Daffy’s leg gets stretched to about 500 yards long at one point). Chracters walk through doors by literally walking THROUGH them (a wonderful bit of animation by the late Bill Melendez). In short, it’s a LU-LU!

    5. (tie) RABBIT SEASONING, RABBIT FIRE, and DUCK! RABBIT DUCK! (1951-52, Jones)

    Not so much three separate cartoons as one super-extended running gag, Jones–like Clampett before him–wrung considerable humor from Daffy Duck’s frazzled state of mind. Unlike Clampett, however, he could do it with the flick of an eye or the disgusted cluck of a tongue. (Well, that and seeing just how many ways a duck’s bill can be shot cockeyed). The earliest cartoons to pair Daffy with Bugs, they established the relationship between the two characters for all time. (Though with the unfortunate result of eventually making Daffy far less daffy). Elmer Fudd, the poor dope caught in the middle, plumbs new depths of imbecility–and for once, it works. Thanks to writer Mike Maltese, however, the dialogue is as memorable as the gags (such as the famous “pronoun trouble” line in RABBIT SEASONING) a rare feat for any cartoon. Yet Maltese and Jones pulled it off three times.

    8. DOUGH RE ME-OW (1948, Davis):

    Pity poor Art Davis, the Rodney Dangerfield of the animation industry. Director of the unfairly-overlooked LITTLE MATCH GIRL at Mintz and some wonderfully odd but hilarious cartoons for a few years at Warner’s, he never got quite the recognition of directors like Jones, Freleng, McKimson or even Clampett. This is probably the best of his brief directorial stint at Warner Bros., and proof that a mere “one-shot” can also be a classic. (If this cartoon isn’t proof enough, see below). The main character here, a newly-rich cat named Heathcliff, enters uncharted territories of “dumb”–so stupid he crushes nuts by holding them in his mouth and putting his head in a vise, and even has trouble remembering to breathe. Yet as if to prove the saying “God protects drunks, children, and fools,” he’s also virtually indestructable, as the parrot trying to do him in finds out.

    9. RABBIT’S KIN (McKimson, 1952):

    To steal the spotlight from Bugs Bunny is quite a feat for any character, let alone a “one-shot,” but a certain Pete Puma did just that. Perhaps the most popular “one-shot” character in animation history (next to a certain dancing Chuck Jones frog, of course) our Pete was helped along in no small measure by Stan Freberg’s Crazy Guggenheim-imitation voice and Pete’s own exceptional stupidity. Not to mention a “whole lotta lumps.” Freberg–and Pete–saved this cartoon from mediocrity and certain obscurity.

    10. KITTY KORNERED (1946, Clampett):

    Once Bob Clampett made COAL BLACK, going back to making conventional cartoons would have been like trying to put toothpaste back into the tube. From that point on, therefore, one could expect anything to happen, and no person, animal, or object would hold its shape for long. Against a seemingly mundane “Porky putting the cats out for the night” plot, characters stretch even beyond the normal bounds of animated physics. When the quartet of cats tries to trick Porky by posing as men from Mars, Porky’s subsequent bug-eyed take not only fills the screen, but his head seems to rise three stories as he screams in terror. Everything–and everyone–has a wonderful plasticine quality as characters jump through keyholes and send themselves down drains. Clampett had always had good ideas, but only now were his animators fully able to bring them to life. Notable also for the appearance of what seems to be a prototype Sylvester, showing Clampett not only created Tweety, but Tweety’s future nemesis as well.

    11. BOOK REVUE (1946, Clampett):

    The last–and perhaps the best–of the “labels/signs/magazine covers come to life” cartoons, if only for an appearance by Daffy Duck (who pops out from an issue of Looney Tunes comics). Daffy’s turn as an imitation Danny Kaye and his unique “one huge eyeball” take are the standout bits in this entry. (TINY TOON ADENTURES paid tribute to the “huge eyeball” take by dubbing it a “Clampett Corneal Catastrophe”and making it the plot point of one episode).

    12. A BEAR FOR PUNISHMENT (1951, Jones):

    The last of five Chuck Jones “Three Bears” cartoons, it might perhaps be better titled “Chuck Jones’ Revenge On Fathers’ Day” for what he has Papa Bear go through at the hands of Mama Bear and lummox son Junior (or is it Junyer?). Just think–if Chuck’s daughter had just given him a tie, we wouldn’t have seen this cartoon or the ridiculous “tribute” the bear family puts on for “good ol’ Pa!” Moral: don’t have Junior Bear fill your pipe for you or you’ll learn WHY smoking is hazardous to your health (“G-U-N-P-O-W-D-E-R…tobacco!”)

    13. KATNIP KOLLEGE (1938, Dalton/Howard):

    As with Harman and Ising’s cartoons, it took some time for this little gem to work its charm on me–but thanks to old recordings made by Benny’s Goodman’s band, I fell in love with swing, acquiring a newfound love for this cartoon in the process. Like this cartoon’s little Harold Lloyd-like protagonist, the “rhythm bug” bit me, too. The vocals by Johnny “Scat” Davis and Mabel Todd certainly helped.

    14. BOOBS IN THE WOODS (1950, McKimson):

    This manages to rise a step or two above the average “Daffy drives Porky bananas” cartoon by its sheer silliness, from Daffy’s nonsensical opening ditty (“…oh, you can’t bounce a meatball, you’ll try with all your might/Turn on the radio, I want to fly a kite!”) to his various attempts to frustrate Porky’s landscape-painting efforts (“I’m the old man of the mountains, and I DON’T WANT ‘EM painted!!”). Then there’s the “license” running gag (Porky has a license to sell hair tonic to bald eagles in Omaha, Nebraska, among others). I should also mention my favorite, the “John Smith and Pocahontas” bit, and…oh, trust me, it’s funny. To those who long for the earlier, crazier Daffy, cartoons like this are what they’re talking about.

    15. THE STUPOR SALESMAN (Davis, 1948)

    My favorite Art Davis Daffy, as the little black duck is still in his “annoying pest” phase. (Chuck Jones’ dubious personality makeover of the character is still a couple of years away.) And what better job for this version of Daffy than a door-to-door salesman? Daffy being Daffy, he WOULD find the only house around for miles, which just happens to be occupied by Slug McSlug, a bank robber on the lam. As with any Davis cartoon, the characters’ expressions put it over (I’m thinking of the “have I brass knuckles?” scene in particular, as Daffy scratches his head in bewilderment). The closing line deserves to be recognized as classic, just after the robber’s hideout gets blown to smithereens: “Hey, bub! You need a HOUSE to go with this doorknob!”

    16. TORTOISE WINS BY A HARE (Clampett, 1943)

    People used to the cool, self-assured Bugs Bunny might be shocked seeing this cartoon. He’s practically bipolar here, shifting from spittle-spraying fury to euphoria (“I’m gonna win! I’m gonna win!! Yeah–modern design!!”) and back–due in no small measure to the acting ability of voice man Mel Blanc. Not the Bugs we know, yet in this cartoon, it wouldn’t work to have him any other way. This was Clampett’s answer to–and vast improvement on–Tex Avery’s earlier TORTOISE BEATS HARE. Here, not only does Cecil Turtle engineer Bugs’ undoing, so do (unwittingly) members of the rabbit underworld, who think they’re actually helping “their” boy. Yes, Bugs loses–but like Wile E. Coyote a few years later, he defeats himself more than anyone else does.

    17. AN ITCH IN TIME (Clampett, 1943):

    “Hey, I better cut this out–I might get to like it!!” Need I say more?

    18. TWO GOPHERS FROM TEXAS (1948, Davis)

    While I never so much cared for the Alphonse and Gaston-like Goofy Gophers, I AM fond of the character who acted as their antagonist in the earliest Gophers cartoons (unnamed as far as I know–I just refer to him as the Shakespearean Dog). This series of cartoons had been begun by Bob Clampett shortly before his departure, and even at this late date one can still see some crazy, loose Clampettian touches in the animation (thanks to Emery Hawkins and Bill Melendez) that can most clearly be seen in the dog’s wild-eyed expressions. These alone elevate this from an average proto-Road Runner spot gag cartoon to one of the studio’s best. Watch the dog’s face as he tries to mow down the two gophers with a series of (deadly) musical instruments, while at the same time belting out some pretty good jazz. His expressions magnify the humor of the gag tenfold. Best bit: The Shakespearean Dog, having plummeted down a treacherous hill in a baby carriage, dusts himself off and remarks, “Obviously they did not rrreckon me great inner strrrength!” Thud.

    19. BOSKO IN PERSON (1933, Hugh Harman):

    It comes as a surprise, I’m sure, to see a Harman-Ising Warner’s toon on the list, and admittedly Bosko cartoons are an acquired taste. But the usually nondescript, happy-go-lucky Bosko and Honey exhibit a personality and charm here not seen in many Looney Tunes of this period (thanks largely to a young animator named Bob McKimson). It’s hard not to like the ventriloquist-like bit Bosko does with an anthropomorphic version of his own glove, and Honey’s brief little bluesy rendition of “That’s The Human Thing To Do”. It makes one wonder how the characters might have progressed had Harman and Ising stayed with Schlesinger.

    20. ALI BABA BUNNY (1957, Jones)

    One of the few late Jones cartoons I can actually tolerate, and the best use of Jones’ “greedy self-preservationist” version of Daffy. Jones often said his Daffy is what we would be if we could, and in this cartoon I can believe it. Who wouldn’t, upon seeing a cave bursting with more treasure than all four Indiana Jones movies put together, be tempted to scream, “It’s mine, you understand? Get back in there! Mine mine MINE! Down down down! Go go GO!!” Tell me you wouldn’t, I dare you. Note: I was always a bit tickled by the sound the Sultan’s tiny camel made at the beginning–Treg Brown apparently dubbed in a noise that sounds like a tricycle with a squeaky wheel.

    21. (tie) BUCKAROO BUGS and THE OLD GREY HARE (both 1944, Clampett):

    It proved impossible to determine which was the better of the two here–both have a sense of the screwball, with the dumb-beyond-dumb Red Hot Ryder of the first cartoon, and the warped lunacy and milestones of the second (OLD GREY HARE was the first to provide Bugs and Elmer with a backstory, and even gives us a glimpse into their doddering, decrepit future). BUCKAROO BUGS not only provided us with an obligatory Clampett “naughty” joke (when asked who he is, Red Hot Ryder briefly points to his horse’s rear before pointing to himself, implying he’s a horse’s…well, you know) but as John Kricfalusi has been known to point out, gave us some of the funniest drawings seen in a Warner’s cartoon at that time. THE OLD GREY HARE left an impression on me when I first viewed it thirty or so years ago–not just because it goes outside the usual Bugs-and-Elmer formula, but because of the originality of the gags (a final explosion does not go off until the “That’s All Folks” appears on-screen, vibrating the tital card).

    23. THE SCARLET PUMPERNICKEL (1950, Jones)

    Attention, Hollywood–here’s why you shouldn’t let actors make their own films. Daffy, upset with “J.L.” over being continually typecast, provides an overblown costume epic worthy of Mel Gibson, with an animated “cast of thousands” and the inevitable overwrought climax (floods, volcano eruptions and overpriced kreplach). The subtleties, if such a cartoon can be called subtle, appealed to me here, such as the Grand Duke’s (Sylvester’s) Yiddish-inflected response when told by Daffy what happens to the villain in costume pictures (“So what’s to know?”). Possibly the first appearance of the conceited, incompetent Jones version of Daffy, and one of the funniest.

    24. HILLBILLY HARE (1950, McKimson)

    You’ll never look at square dancing quite the same way again, as Bugs leads two hillbillies bent on plugging “that thar rabbit critter” through the most brutal dance routine ever seen: “Grab a fencepost, hold it tight, whomp your partner with all your might/Hit him the shin, hit him in the head, hit him again, the critter ain’t dead…” One of a special, select group of Warner’s cartoons that made me laugh out loud when I first saw it–and still does today.

    25. HORTON HATCHES THE EGG (1942, Clampett):

    I’ve loved Dr. Seuss from the moment I could hold a book, so this is a remarkable little piece of “Seussiana”, if only because it’s so unusual. The cartoon melds Bob Clampett’s sense of humor with Seuss’ whimsy, giving us a wonderfully odd little combination of Warner’s and Seuss (Maisie Bird’s sudden Katherine Hepburn imitations, and my personal favorite, the Peter Lorre fish). On the surface it seems like mixing mustard and ice cream, but we end up with a more than palatable combination.

  • El Kabong

    Since you posted this, I wanted to rewatch some of the older stuff I’m less familiar to, but didn’t have the time…
    So I think I’ll just stick with the more common ones, which are my favorites anyway, so…

    1) Duck Amuck – cannot think about any better way to use the potential of the animation medium
    2) What’s Opera Doc?
    3) Feed the Kitty
    4) Rabbit Fire – I’ll just pick my favorite of the three
    5) Bully for Bugs
    6) Duck Dodgers in….
    7) Birds Anonymous
    8) For Scent-imental Reasons
    9) One Froggy Evening
    10) The Lion’s Busy – far from perfect, but I liked it a lot when I was a kid

    Real name: Gabriele Francolini

  • 1- One Froggy Evening
    2- Porky in Wackyland
    3- The Rabbit of Seville
    4- Book Revue
    5-Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs
    6- Porky Pig’s Feat
    7- You Ought to Be in Pictures
    8- The Dover Boys
    9- The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    10- What’s Opera, Doc?
    11- High Diving Hare
    12- Duck Amuck
    13- Porky’s Romance
    14– Porky’s Duck Hunt
    15- What’s Up, Doc?
    16- Fast and Furry-ous
    17- The Three Little Bops
    18- Birds Anonymous
    19- The Foghorn Leghorn
    20- What Makes Daffy Duck?
    21- Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    22- Baby Bottleneck
    23- A Wild Hare
    24- Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid
    25- A Tale of Two Kitties
    26- Case of the Missing Hare
    27- Daffy Doodles
    28- Slick Hare
    29- Haredevil Hare
    30- Mouse Mazurka
    31- Bowery Bugs
    32- Rabbit Fire
    33- For Scent-imental Reasons
    34- The Heckling Hare
    35- The Hole Idea
    36- The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    37- Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century
    38- Kitty Kornered
    39- Inki and the Mynah Bird
    40- Porky’s Preview
    41- I Love to Singa
    42- Russian Rhapsody
    43- Racketeer Rabbit
    44- The Aristo-Cat
    45- The Swooner Croone
    46- Rebel Rabbit
    47- Bear Feat
    48- Bad Ol’ Putty Tat
    49- Devil May Hare
    50- Speedy Gonzales

  • Roberto Naldi

    A Tale of two Kitties
    The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    Kitty Kornered
    Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs
    Porky in Wackyland
    Book Revue
    Russian Rapsody
    A gruesome twosome
    Baby Bottleneck
    The Hep Cat
    The Henpecked Duck
    Big Snooze
    Eating On the Cuff
    One Froggy Evening

  • I tried to pick 5, then 10, so here’s 15:
    One Froggy Evening
    The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    Duck Dodgers In The 24 and A Half Century
    Feed The Kitty
    Bully For Bugs
    Coal Black An De Sebben Dwarfs
    Porky In Wacky Land
    A Wild Hare
    The Rabbit Of Seville
    Zoom And Bored
    I Love To Singa
    Tweety Pie
    Hillbilly Hare
    Rocket bye Baby
    Hare-Um, Scare-Um

  • I’ve been putting this off because, as others have rightly said, not only is it impossible to select a mere handful from an outstanding thirty-plus year history, but every person’s list changes from minute to minute as moments of other cartoons drift into view. but here are ten that have astonished and will continue to astonish me with their brilliance. So here in alphabetical order is my top ten (had to limit myself to ten, otherwise I’d list them all), trying to avoid the ones everyone else has already voted for a million times already…

    Ali Baba Bunny: Just as funny and character-driven as the more recognised rabbit seasoning, and more visually interesting. (It was a toss up between this and Show Biz Bugs, but this is one is just set in such a unique location.)

    Bugs Bunny Nips The Nips: A cartoon as funny and ingenious as the best of this period, yet often overlooked for obvious reasons, and rendered hard to see for the same reasons. That said, those reasons do add a novelty value most other cartoons don’t have. Just be careful where you show it!

    The Ducksters: This is some weird stuff! So sharp, so satirical, so media-savvy, so insane! It’s about twenty years before Monty Python, and even precedes MAD.

    Falling Hare: Bugs is great in a rare outing as put-upon stooge, and it’s even rarer he meets a character wackier than himself. As used in Gremlins 2: the New Batch (home video version only).

    Hyde and Hare: There is nothing more perfect than the way Bugs’ piano playing changes from delightful to horrified, without even turning around. Literally nothing!

    The Hypo-Chondri-Cat: Psychological manipulation is not what you expect from a cat and mouse cartoon. Hubie and Bertie were always in more intelligent shorts than the norm, and had such great voices and mannerisms too (I still say “Riot!” whenever highly amused), but this cartoon wins because of the surreal fever dream sequence.

    I Love To Singa: It’s a parody! It’s a morality tale! It’s funny, it’s sad, it’s toe-tapping! It’s the feelgood owl-based musical of the century! It’s Billy West’s favourite cartoon! It’s absolutely faultless (and only just knocks One Froggy Evening off the list for its quotability: “Stop, stop! Enough is too much!”).

    Plane Daffy: Suicide, seduction, poetry and Nazis. This is a cartoon about a zany duck?? (This knocked The Great Piggy Bank Robbery off this list, but only for the novelty of having sex and swastikas all over it.)

    Three Little Bops: So unlike anything else, yet a perfect demonstration of how much hipper Warner was than any other cartoon studio..

    Zoom and Bored: Hard to pick one Wile E Coyote/Road Runner over the others as they all follow the same basic structure, but this one features a twist ending and the instantly-exploding bomb, which may very well be the best set-up of a visual gag in motion pictures.

  • Paul J. Mular

    What’s Opera, Doc?
    Rabbit of Serville
    One Froggy Evening
    Duck Dogers in the 24 1/2th Century
    The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    A Cartoonist’s Nightmare
    It’s Hummer Time
    Feed the Kitty
    The Dover Boys
    Baby Bottleneck
    Baby Buggy Bunny
    Bartholomew Versus The Wheel
    Little Red Riding Rabbit
    You Ought to Be in Pictures
    Porky In Wackyland
    Robin Hood Daffy
    The Daffy Doc
    Rabbit Hood
    Rabbit Fire
    Duck A Muck
    Drip-A-Long Daffy
    Stupor Duck
    The High Note
    Now Hear This
    Pigs in a Polka
    Wholly Smoke
    Book Revue
    Billboard Frolics
    Birth Of A Notion
    Scaredy Cat
    Boobs In The Woods
    Boston Quackie
    The Cat’s Bah
    Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    Russian Rhapsody
    Much Ado About Nutting
    A Corny Concerto
    Tortoise Wins By A Hare
    A Tale of Two Kitties
    Stage Door Cartoon
    Tweety Pie
    Daffy Doodles
    The Ducksters
    The Ducktators
    Broom Stick Bunny
    Bugs Bunny & The Three Bears
    Hare Tonic
    Hare Conditioned
    The Hypo-Chondri-Cat
    Horton Hatches the Egg
    I Love to Singa
    From A to Z-Z-Z
    The Big Snooze
    Wabbit Twouble
    The Pest That Came to Dinner
    Porky Pig’s Feat
    A Wild Hare
    Cinderella Meets Fella
    Porky’s Duck Hunt
    Banty Raids
    Ali Baba Bunny
    Daffy Duck in Hollywood
    Bewitched Bunny
    Bugs And Thugs
    Mutiny on the Bunny
    Three Little Bops
    Stop! Look! Hasten!
    Walky Talky Hawky
    The Foghorn Leghorn
    Slick Hare
    Hare-Way to the Stars
    Mississippi Hare
    Draftee Daffy
    Porky & Daffy
    For Scent-imental Reasons
    Homeless Hare
    The Ducksters
    Baton Bunny
    The Bashful Buzzard
    Bad Ol’ Putty Tat
    A Bear for Punishment
    A Pest in the House
    The Ducksters
    Kiss Me Cat
    Claws for Alarm
    The Stupor Salesman
    Porky’s Badtime Story
    The Hasty Hare
    The Unruly Hare
    Beanstock Bunny
    Wearing of the Grin
    Wet Hare

  • Gary Hoffman

    Offered without comment (because I was adding the comments online after having cut-and-pasted the pure list, and then my fingers slipped on a banana peel next to some birdseed…)

    Rabbit Fire
    Rabbit Seasoning
    Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    Rabbit of Seville
    Duck Amuck
    Hyde & Go Tweet
    Tortoise Beats Hare
    Robin Hood Daffy
    Tweety and the Beanstalk
    Birds Anonymous
    I Love to Singa
    The Coo Coo Nut Grove
    Horton Hatches the Egg
    Double Chaser
    The Hole Idea
    One Froggy Evening
    The Honey-Mousers
    Cheese It, The Cat!
    The Mouse That Jack Built
    High Note
    Now Hear This
    Scaredy Cat
    A Tale of Two Kitties
    Tree For Two
    Fool Coverage
    Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century
    Dime To Retire
    Deduce, You Say
    Often an Orphan
    Feed the Kitty
    Feline Frame-Up
    Walky Talky Hawky
    A Fractured Leghorn
    Leghorn Swoggled
    Wabbit Twouble
    Baseball Bugs
    High Diving Hare
    Long-Haired Hare
    Operation: Rabbit
    Hillbilly Hare
    Bully For Bugs
    Cheese Chasers
    Terrier Stricken
    No Barking
    You Ought to Be in Pictures
    Believe It or Else
    Jumpin’ Jupiter
    Bugs And Thugs
    Lumber Jerks
    Don’t Give Up The Sheep

  • Daniele Iaschi

    On my laugh-o-meter:

    1 – Haredevil Hare
    2 – Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century
    3 – Robin Hood Daffy
    4 – Hair-Raising Hare
    5 – Falling Hare
    6 – Slick Hare
    7 – Devil May Hare
    8 – Rabbit Fire
    9 – Fast and Furry-ous
    10 – A Pizza Tweety Pie

    (I know: the last one is not everyone’s pick. I haven’t seen it in years, but you know, the mere hearing of someone singing “Santa Lucia” still makes me laugh at this day)

  • My list has been slightly updated:

    1. Duck Amuck
    2. One Froggy Evening
    3. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    4. Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs
    5. Robin Hood Daffy
    6. What’s Opera, Doc?
    7. Draftee Daffy
    8. Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century!
    9. Falling Hare
    10. The Scarlet Pumpernickle

    I’ve actually made a YouTube playlist of them (Duck Dodgers and Falling Hare had been pulled):

  • A couple of my favorites:

    Fast and Furryous
    Tortoise Beats Hare
    From A to Z-Z-Z-Z

    and everyone knows without saying, but:

    One Froggy Evening
    What’s Opera Doc?
    Duck Amuck
    Duck Dodgers in the 24th and 1/2 Century
    Feed the Kitty

    As long as all of these make the team I’m happy.

  • Jim

    I only have a Top 1 list: Feed the Kitty is the alpha and omega of Warner Bros. cartoons.

  • ** A Bear for Punishment **
    The Rabbit of Seville
    The Dover Boys
    Rabbit Fire
    Long Haired Hare
    One Froggy Evening
    A Wild Hare
    Yankee Doodle Daffy
    Easter yeggs
    Mississippi hare

  • David L. Crooks, Jr.

    This is hard…It was hard to pick just 50, and it’s hard to put them in any kind of order! I think it changes with my mood…
    Here’s the order of the moment:
    1. Three Little Bops
    2. Russian Rhapsody
    3. Scaredy Cat
    4. Claws for Alarm
    5. Terrier Stricken
    6. Baby Bottleneck
    7. Chow Hound
    8. The Case of the Stuttering Pig
    9. Bully for Bugs
    10. Hillbilly Hare
    11. Mouse Wreckers
    12. Much Ado About Nutting
    13. It’s Hummer Time
    14. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    15. Porky in Wackyland
    16. The Big Snooze
    17. Book Revue
    18. Daffy Doodles
    19. High Note
    20. Jumpin’ Jupiter
    21. Robin Hood Daffy
    22. Operation: Rabbit
    23. Rabbit of Seville
    24. Duck Dodgers in the 24-1/2th Century
    25. Duck Amuck
    26. Daffy the Commando
    27. The Dover Boys
    28. Early to Bet
    29. The Wearing of the Grin
    30. Injun Trouble (1938)
    31. Coal Black and de Debben Dwarfs
    32. Cinderella Meets Fella
    33. Dough for the Do-Do
    34. House Hunting Mice
    35. The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    36. Tortoise Wins by a Hare
    37. I Love to Singa
    38. The Hypo-Chondri-Cat
    39. Little Orphan Airedale
    40. Dangerous Dan McFoo
    41. Don’t Give Up the Sheep
    42. Hyde and Go Tweet
    43. Duck! Rabbit, Duck!
    44. Rabbit Seasoning
    45. The Aristo-Cat
    46. Horton Hatches the Egg
    47. Ali Baba Bunny
    48. The Coo-Coo Nut Grove
    49. One Froggy Evening
    50. What’s Opera, Doc?

  • Peter Neski

    1-Thugs With Dirty Mugs
    2-Coal Black & De Sebben Dwarfs
    3-Polar Pal’s
    4-The Blow Up
    5-Rover’s Rival
    6-Porkys’ Tire Trouble
    7-The Hardship of Miles Standish
    8-Baby Bottleneck
    9-Fresh Airedale
    10-Prehistoric Porky
    11-The Fighting 691/2th
    12-Goofy Groceries
    13-We the Animals Squeak
    14-Brother Brat
    15-Lights Fantastic
    16-Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid
    17-Miss Glory
    18-Porky’s Poultry Plant
    19-The Hep Cat
    20-Little Red Riding Rabbit
    21-Porky’s Romance
    22-Tortoise Wins By A Hare
    23-I Love To Singa
    24-Pigs In A Polka
    25-Wabbit Twouble
    26-Baseball Bugs
    27-Coo Coo Nut Grove
    28-Pigs Is Pigs
    29-Porky the fireman
    30-Porky’s Building
    31-Porky’s Spring Planting
    32-Super Rabbit
    33-Rhapsody in Rivets
    34-The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    35- Brother Brat
    36-Porky Pig’s Duck Hunt
    37-Porky In Wackyland
    38-A Tale of Two Kitties
    39-Hollywood Steps Out
    40-Duck Dodgers In The 24-1/2th Century
    41-One Froggy Evening
    42-The Penguin Parade(
    43-Horton Hatched The Egg
    44-Porky’s Party
    45-A Hare Grows in Manhattan
    46-Naughty Neighbours
    47-The Dover Boys
    48-Buccaneer Bunny
    49-The Daffy Doc
    50-Wagon Heels

    Gee I am Sure I forgot some

  • Chris DeWitt

    1. Rabbit Of Seville
    2. One Froggy Evening
    3. What’s Opera, Doc?
    4. Duck Dodgers In The 24-1/2th Century
    5. Duck! Rabbit, Duck!
    6. Tweet Tweet Tweety
    7. The Foghorn Leghorn
    8. The Dover Boys…
    9. 8 Ball Bunny
    10. Rocket-Bye Baby
    11. Sock A Doodle Do
    12. Stupor Duck
    13. Tokio Jokio
    14. Two Gophers From Texas
    15. Rhapsody Rabbit
    16. Run Run Sweet Road Runner
    17. Sahara Hare
    18. Yankee Doodle Bugs
    19. Yankee Doodle Daffy
    20. You Ought To Be In Pictures

  • Windy Lawley

    1. Whats Opera Doc
    2. Odor-Able Kitty
    3. The Abominable Snow-Rabbit
    4. You Ought to be in pictures
    5. Wideo Wabit
    6. Transylvania 6-5000
    7. Slap Happy Pappy
    8. A Sheep In the Deep
    9. Rhapsody In Rivets
    10. Rabbit Stew And Rabbits Too!

  • Joey Waggoner

    1. Hair-Raising Hare
    2. Rabbit Fire
    3. Duck Amuck
    4. You Ought To Be in Pictures
    5. The Big Snooze
    6. Falling Hair
    7. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    8. Fast and Furry-ous
    9. S.S. Tweety
    10. For Scent-imental Reasons

  • gdX

    Mostly 40s, lotsa Clampett:

    1 Coal Black & De Sebben Dwarfs
    2 Baby Bottleneck
    3 Plane Daffy
    4 Haredevil Hare
    5 Nasty Quacks
    6 The Daffy Doc
    7 Wagon Heels
    8 Easter Yeggs
    9 The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    10 Crowing Pains
    11 Duck Amuck
    12 Kitty Kornered
    13 Porky Pig’s Feat
    14 Swooner Crooner
    15 Hair-Raising Hare
    16 Two Gophers From Texas
    17 Pigs In A Polka
    18 Doggone Cats
    19 Rabbit of Seville
    20 Duck Dogers in the 24 1/2th Century
    21 Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    22 The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    23 The Big Snooze
    24 Porky in Wackyland
    25 A Pest in the House
    26 Gruesome Twosome
    27 An Itch In Time
    28 I Taw a Putty Tat
    29 Fair and Worm-er
    30 Russian Rhapsody
    31 Feed the Kitty
    32 One Froggy Evening
    33 Scrap Happy Daffy
    34 Gee Whiz-z-z-z
    35 You Don’t Know What You’re Doin’
    36 Robin Hood Daffy
    37 A Corny Concerto
    38 Hillbilly Hare
    39 Racketeer Rabbit
    40 Back Alley Oproar
    41 The Dover Boys
    42 Baseball Bugs
    43 Cheese Chasers
    44 Tweety Pie
    45 Ready, Set, Zoom!
    46 Hamateur Night
    47 Drip-Along Daffy
    48 Hop, Look and Listen
    49 Buccaneer Bunny
    50 Scaredy Cat

  • I hope it’s not too late. Not in order, but here’s a hundred, grouped in different categories (the categories themselves are in order of best areas of ideas).
    Hundred didn’t cover as much as I thought. so much had to be cut out!


    Rabbit Fire (Jones
    Duck! Rabbit, Duck! (Jones
    Rabbit Seasoning (Jones
    Bugs Bonnets (Jones
    Fair and Worm-er (Jones

    POPULAR REFERENCES (spoofs, etc)

    Thugs with Dirty Mugs (Avery
    Nutty News (Clampett
    Horton Hatches the Egg (Clampett
    Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (Clampett
    A Corny Concerto (Clampett
    Little Red Riding Rabbit (Freleng
    What’s Cookin’ Doc? (Clampett
    The Swooner Crooner (Tashlin
    Super Rabbit (Jones
    Book Revue (Clampett
    Hollywood Canine Canteen (McKimson
    Hollywood Daffy
    The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (Clampett
    Slick Hare (Freleng
    The Windblown Hare (McKimson
    The Scarlet Pumpernickel (Jones
    What’s Up Doc? (McKimson
    Rabbit of Seville (Jones
    The Turn-Tale Wolf (McKimson
    Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century (Jones
    This is a Life? (Freleng
    Red Riding Hood winked (Freleng
    Three Little Bops (Freleng
    What’s Opera, Doc? (Jones
    Birds Anonymous (Freleng
    The Last Hungry Cat (Freleng
    Goldimouse and the Three Cats (Freleng
    Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers (Ford and Lennon


    Hare We Go (McKimson
    Yankee Doodle Bugs (Freleng
    Napoleon Bunny-Part (Freleng
    Rebel Without Claws (Freleng
    Old Glory (Jones


    I Love to Singa (Avery
    Daffy Duck and Egghead (Avery
    The Henpecked Duck (Clampett
    Daffy’s Southern Exposure (McCabe
    The Wacky Wabbit (Clampett
    The Squawkin’ Hawk (Jones
    The Hare-Brained Hypnotist (Freleng
    Tortoise Wins by a Hare (Clampett
    The Wise Quacking Duck (Clampett
    An Itch in Time (Clampett
    Tick Tock Tuckered (Clampett
    Kitty Kornered (Clampett)
    Hare Ribbin’ (Clampett
    Brother Brat (Tashlin
    The Stupid Cupid (Tashlin
    Draftee Daffy (Clampett
    The Unruly Hare (Tashlin
    Life With Feathers (Freleng
    Ain’t That Ducky (Freleng
    Wagon Heels (Clampett
    Hare Tonic (Jones
    The Bashful Buzzard (Clampett
    Nasty Quacks (Tashlin
    Baby Bottleneck (Clampett
    Hare Remover (Tashlin
    Walky Talky Hawky (McKimson
    The Mouse-Merized Cat (McKimson
    One Meat Brawl (McKimson
    The Birth Of A Notion (McKimson
    Rabbit Transit (Freleng
    Easter Yeggs (McKimson
    Nothing But the Tooth (Davis
    What Makes Daffy Duck? (Davis
    Hot Cross Bunny (McKimson
    Hippety Hopper (McKimson
    8 Ball Bunny (Jones
    Cheese Chasers (Jones
    Operation: Rabbit (Jones
    Gift Wrapped (Freleng
    Rabbit Rampage (Jones
    Don’t Axe Me (McKimson
    Birds of a Father (McKimson
    The Abominable Snow Rabbit (Jones
    Hoppy Go Lucky (McKimson
    Wet Hare (McKimson
    Roadrunner A Go Go (Jones


    A [The] Wild Hare (Avery
    Of Fox and Hounds (Avery
    Porky’s Pooch (Clampett
    Porky Pig’s Feat (Tashlin
    Falling Hare (Clampett
    Buckaroo Bugs (Clampett
    The Old Grey Hare (Clampett
    Stage Door Cartoon (Freleng
    Baseball Bugs (Freleng
    Hair-Raising Hare (Jones
    The Big Snooze (Clampett
    A Hare Grows In Manhattan (Freleng
    Hare Do (Freleng
    Hare Brush (Freleng
    Hyde and Hare (Freleng
    Foxy By Proxy (Freleng

  • If there’s still time (and I hope there is, because here is where the list really gets interesting, I think) I’d like to post the latter 25 of my list. Here’s hoping Jerry has some use for it:

    26. DAFFY DUCK SLEPT HERE (1948, McKimson):

    Another of the “screwball/annoying pest” Daffys among my favorites, this appeals more than

    anything to my love for non-sequitur humor, particularly its riff on “Harvey” (Daffy’s

    friend is a six-foot invisible kangaroo named “Hymie”) and its out-of-nowhere conclusion. A

    ruse by Daffy (Porky’s made to think it’s morning and he needs to catch his train, despite

    being about ten stories up) gets turned on its head when Daffy spies Porky waving,

    inexplicably, from the window of a train that happens to be passing by! Daffy, unfazed by

    this sudden insanity, simply remarks, “That’s just plain silly! I should have bought some

    magazines for him to read on the trip!!” Sometimes it’s just best not to question “toon

    27. A PEST IN THE HOUSE (1947, Jones):

    Anyone seeing this cartoon is bound to get a certain sense of impending dread whenever they

    hear “Pop Goes The Weasel.” Elmer Fudd certainly did, as a hotel manager charged to make

    sure a certain testy customer gets his rest, a task Daffy innocently sabotages. “Innocently”

    is the operative word here: for once, Daffy isn’t being a pest on purpose–he is what he is,

    and can’t understand why everyone else is so upset with him. Therefore, he can do no wrong,

    while poor Elmer gets the sock in the nose to the tune of the aforementioned melody. In

    reviewing this cartoon for my podcast, it struck me just how well-timed it is–the irate

    customer just sleepily plods downstairs every time he’s disturbed, never breaking

    rhythm–one, two, three, then POW! as he flattens poor Elmer with another punch. An oddly

    overlooked Jones cartoon, an experiment in pacing that puts me in hysterics.

    28. MOUSE WRECKERS (1948, Jones):

    Chuck Jones was always at his best when he probed the psychological states of his

    characters, which would serve him well in the Road Runners later on. But he uses it to much

    greater effect here, as mice Hubie and Bertie (two characters who definitely deserved more

    cartoons) slowly drive a cat insane with such gimmicks as an “upside down” room. The

    penultimate shot, with the cat’s huge frightened eyes peering out of a tree, is priceless,

    as is his sudden burst of nervous laughter when trying to convince himself it’s all a

    dream.Here again, Jones’ timing strengthens the gag, as we hear the cat laugh once…then a

    pause…then another tiny nervous giggle.

    29. ROUGHLY SQUEAKING (1946, Jones)

    Very nearly on a par with MOUSE WRECKERS, funny not for what happens to the main characters

    (a cat whom the mice convince is a lion, and a dog whom they convince is a gazelle, then a

    pelican) but the reaction of a unnamed bird bystander. The frozen, slightly cross-eyed stare

    of the bird as he sees the latest bit of craziness put this cartoon on the list more than

    anything else.

    30. BUGS BUNNY RIDES AGAIN (1948, Freleng):

    I had debated putting HARE TRIGGER somewhere on this list, but this cartoon (the second

    Yosemite Sam) is far funnier. It sends up the creakiest of Western cliches, including a

    scene in which Sam commands Bugs to “dance”–which he does, vaudeville-style, and so well he

    cons Sam into the “act.” And down the nearest mine shaft. Incidentally, the sight of Sam’s

    tiny feet tapping furiously always made me laugh out loud.

    31. NASTY QUACKS (1946, Tashlin)

    Yet another from the “obnoxious pest” period of my favorite duck, but notable for Tashlin’s

    trademark cinematic touches, as when the irate father of the little girl who owns Daffy

    finally kicks him out of the house: the camera, in one long continuous shot, follows Daffy

    out the front door and up in air, following him as he buries his bill in a telephone pole.

    To this day I don’t know how Tashlin pulled off that shot.

    32. LITTLE RED RIDING RABBIT (1944, Freleng):

    How could I NOT include this? I’m not a fan of Freleng generally, but his fairy-tale

    parodies rank with the best of Clampett and Avery. This ain’t the Red Riding Hood you’re

    used to, folks–she doesn’t even have the saving grace of being gorgeous, like Avery’s Red.

    A skinny, bobby-soxed teen with the voice of an out of tune air-raid siren, she’s nothing

    but a pest to not only Bugs, but the wolf who’s supposed to eat her. So much so, Bugs and

    the wolf eventually team up to shut her up, contetedly sharing a carrot as they watch her

    slow torture. Believe me, if you see this, you’ll think they were too easy on her.

    33. (tie) A HARE GROWS IN MANHATTAN (1947, Freleng) and WHAT’S UP, DOC? (1950, McKimson)

    I rather like the cartoons that give Bugs a “real” history, as if he were just another

    Warner’s contract player (and I very nearly put THE BIG SNOOZE here for that reason) but

    this ultimately came out better. WHAT’S UP DOC not only explains Elmer’s later animosity

    toward Bugs (he upstaged Elmer in their vaudeville act) but uses repetition to good effect,

    as Bugs performs the same tired routine as an anonymous member of the chorus again and

    again–and again, only to do the same in what was supposed to be HIS showcase number at the

    end. The annoyed expression he has on his face at the end is a nice touch. Best line: “Then

    it hit me–I was a rabbit in a human woild…”HARE GROWS IN MANHATTAN, meanwhile, puts Bugs

    in his true home–not a hole in the ground, but the streets of New York (as does BOWERY

    BUGS, which I’ll discuss shortly). I always felt the only hole Bugs belonged in had a subway

    running through it.

    35. RABBIT OF SEVILLE (1950, Jones):

    Friz Freleng may have been known for his ability to blend animation to music, but Chuck

    showed he was equally up to the challenge here, as he has Bugs give Elmer the “treatment” of

    his life, without missing one beat of the accomanying Rossini piece. The action accelerates

    as we reach the climax, with an ever-growing series of weapons (also right on-beat) until in

    an odd ending, Bugs actually proposes to and marries the stunned hunter (an ending that in a

    way, prefigures SOME LIKE IT HOT by a decade). After seeing this cartoon, you likely won’t

    be able to hear “The Barber of Seville” without also hearing “welcome to my shop/let me cut

    your mop/let me shave your crop…”, thanks to Chuck.

    36. HAREDEVIL HARE (1948, Jones)

    The cartoon that introduces us to Marvin Martian, even if Mel didn’t quite get the voice

    right yet. I included it here for one gag and one alone: Bugs, trying desperately to contact

    Earth, instead gets a radio jingle (“….looks delicious on your vest/Serve them to unwanted

    guests/Stuff the mattress with the rest!”)

    37. PORKY PIG’S FEAT (1943, Tashlin)

    Yet another cartoon it took me many decades to appreciate, as my first exposure to it was as

    a teenager, viewing the dreadful hand-colored version. This begs to be seen in its original

    black and white, as to alter one frame would destroy Tashlin’s cinematic camera angles and

    gags (particularly when we see, reflected in Porky and Daffy’s pupils, the hotel manager

    bounce down the stairs for the umpteenth time–the shot’s nearly destroyed in the

    retracing). Yet another of Tashin’s trademark long pans here, as Porky and Daffy flee the

    hotel on a rope of knotted sheets with a “GERONIMO!” They don’t merely swing past the

    camera, but toward it in an arc, then away from it, then toward the window of an adjoining

    building–where the manager awaits. Neither too short a scene, nor too long, and visually


    38. RUSSIAN RHAPSODY (1944, Clampett):

    Only Clampett could make a cartoon this funny with Adolf Hitler as the “star.” Of course, he

    had some help from a few dozen assorted “Gremlins from the Kremliin”, bent on wrecking Der

    Fuehrer’s plane. The best routine in this overlooked wartime classic is the scene in which

    the gremlins give the dictator the shock of his life–literally, causing him to assume the

    shape of a neon swastika and a jackass in an impressive bit of animation. Sort of a

    screwball version of the “pink elephants on parade” sequence in Disney’s DUMBO, one might


    39. UNCLE TOM’S BUNGALOW (1937, Avery)

    I first saw this courtesy of a grainy, black-and-white copy on YouTube (before it was

    unceremoniously yanked down by Warner’s lawyers) but even in that imperfect form, you could

    see the beginnings of Avery’s genius. Some of the gags prefigure cartoons like RED HOT

    RIDING HOOD (the “cast” directly addressing the camera, the two-mile long car Uncle Tom

    drives in the end). But who, upon seeing this, can forget the immortal line, “My body may

    belong to you, but my soul belongs to Warner Bros.!” Personally, I got a few chuckles out of

    Little Eva being portrayed as a chatty six-year-old, done perfectly by Sara Berner (“I’m six

    years old, an’ I got a dolly, an’ a teddy bear, an’ I got lace on my panties, see?”)

    40. PORKY’S DUCK HUNT (1937, Avery)

    Here mainly because it’s a groundbreaking cartoon (the introduction of Daffy Duck to the

    ususpecting world). My favorite scene is not what you might expect (the scenes of Daffy

    “hoo-hooing” across the lake, and in the end credits) but an unexpected gag in which fish,

    rendered tipsy by spilled liquor, climb into a boat and give us a drunken version of

    “Moonlight Bay” in four-part harmony. If ever there was a watershed moment, the precise

    period in which Looney Tunes got looney, this is it. For the first time, we could see what

    the combination of Mel Blanc’s vocal talent, Carl Stalling’s music and Avery’s humor could

    bring us–and it changed cartoons forever.

    41. DAFFY DUCK AND EGGHEAD (1938, Avery)

    Pretty much follows the same formula as the previous cartoon on the list, but with a much

    better closing gag: Egghead actually catches Daffy, only to be interrupted by a duck version

    of the men in white coats, who thank him for capturing the crazy duck: “He’s wing-dingy,

    looney-tuney, and oofty-ma-goofty!” (A more appropriate term for that lunatic of a duck I

    can’t imagine). Of course, they all prove to be as crazy as Daffy, driving poor Egghead

    crazy with them.

    42. FAIR AND WORM-ER (1946, Jones)

    This doesn’t get anywhere near the attention it should, and that’s a shame, since like the

    Road Runner cartoons a few years later, this plays with the standard formula of the chase

    cartoon (already a cliche by then). We don’t merely have one animal chasing another, but a

    bird after a worm, a cat after the bird, a dog after the cat, the dogcatcher after the dog,

    the dogcatcher’s wife after the dogcatcher, and a mouse after her (got that?) As if that

    weren’t enough, the whole hierarchy gets disrupted by the arrival of a proto-Pepe Le Pew.

    You’ll go dizzy following this, but it’s well worth it.

    43. THE DOVER BOYS (1942, Jones)

    Even if you don’t know the source material it parodies (I certainly didn’t when I first saw

    it) you’ll find this funny, for the stiff poses the characters assume in imitation of

    Victorian photographs. Much has been written about how much this style departed from the

    usual animated fare of the time, so I won’t comment on that here. But little touches like

    Dora, the Dover Boys’ “fiance”, moving as if her feet were on little wheels is what endeared

    me to this cartoon.

    44. I LOVE TO SINGA (1936, Avery)

    Very atypical of Avery for the most part, more charming than raucous or sarcastic (though

    there are a few signature Averyisms here and there). I admit I have a soft spot for little

    “Owl Jolson”, the cute little owl who knows how to croon a tune. A parody of the “Jazz

    Singer” (and far more watchable) the best element, aside from the little owl’s singing, is

    the uncredited voice work of Billy Bletcher as the music snob Papa Owl (“You jazz

    singer…you hotcha…you crooner…you..you…!” he blusters). Avery’s timing does get

    bogged down because of the generally slow pace of thirties cartoons, the only reason this

    didn’t rank higher. When the little owl switches back and forth between the signature song

    and “Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes”, Avery would have done it far faster and funnier six

    or seven years later. As with UNCLE TOM’S BUNGALOW, though, you could tell just where

    Avery–and cartoons in general–would be heading in the next few years.

    45. BOWERY BUGS (1949, Davis):

    Bugs in his element, relating the story of Steve Brody and what really drove the guy to jump

    off the Brooklyn Bridge. (Three guesses–the first two don’t count). It’s really the best of

    both worlds, as it has Bugs in an urban setting, like Freleng’s or McKimson’s cartoons, yet

    has his residence in the “forest primeval” as Jones would have it (in this case, the wilds

    of Flatbush). One series of lines from this cartoon seems to have gained a certain

    popularity on the Internet when an unpopular listmember shows up: “At it again, eh?” I’ll

    have to call the bouncer–HEY, GORILLA!”

    46. THE MOUSE THAT JACK BUILT (1959, McKimson)

    A cartoon that sadly is lost on the current generation, having little knowledge of radio and

    early television, where Jack Benny and his fellow former vaudevillians ruled the airwaves.

    The best and most memorable of the McKimson TV parodies, as he used the voices of the actual

    cast. The end gag, in which a live action Benny awakens from his “dream” to see his cartoon

    counterpart scamper into a mousehole–is the perfect ending, as we see the signature Benny

    “look.” (Something McKimson was able to replicate pretty well in the cartoon Benny, by the


    47. THE CASE OF THE MISSING HARE (1942, Jones)

    You know, I watched this for years, over and over, and never noticed how the backgrounds

    would change without warning, going from one solid area of color to another (such as in the

    scene in which the magician “Ala Bahma” hammers boards over his magic hat, trying to trap

    Bugs inside. The color changes with every hit). It only goes to show what a proper

    restoration can do, as I never noticed this stylistic quirk until a restored version of the

    cartoon appeared on one of the Golden Collections.

    48. WALKY TALKY HAWKY (1946, McKimson)

    Foghorn Leghorn, in typical fashion for him, burst on the scene in this cartoon, and nearly

    fully formed as the loudmouthed rooster we know (though it took Mel a bit to refine the

    voice). So overbearing (yet lovable in a strange way) was he that he stole the show from the

    cartoon’s supposed star, Henery Hawk.

    49. FEED THE KITTY (1953, Jones)

    Volumes have been written about this already, so I have little to add, except to say this is

    one of the few Jones cartoons to portray a dog in a sympathetic light, if not the only one

    (they’re usually con artists, like the “hero” of FRESH AIREDALE, or Charlie Dog). You really

    start to feel for the poor bulldog as he watches what he thinks is his friend the kitten

    being made into cookies. The scene in which he carries a kitten-shaped cookie on his back,

    just like his friend, may well have you crying and laughing at the same time. Jones could be

    a bit too self-consciously “artistic” with his expressions and poses, but here it truly

    gives dimension to the characters.

    50. BUDDY THE GEE MAN (1935, King)

    Buddy? Here? Okay, before you gag, hear me out: while not uproariously funny, this does for

    Buddy what BOSKO IN PERSON did for Bosko–it gave him a little bit of personality, as a

    government employee investigating a notorious prison. Ultimately, though, this isn’t Buddy’s

    cartoon: the highlight is the convicts’ rendition of “Lulu’s Back In Town” (which the warden

    gruffly interrupts–the meanie!) The end gag is pretty good for the time, as new warden

    Buddy transforms the hellhole of a prison into a Club Med behind bars. It’s so wonderful a

    tough convict even tears up his parole to stay there. For once I could watch a Buddy cartoon

    without feeling *I* was being sentenced.

  • Darren Gauthier

    No surprises here:

    Wabbit Twouble
    Duck Amuck
    What’s Opera Doc
    One Froggy Evening
    High Diving Hare
    Three Little Bops
    Long Haired Hare
    Birds Anonymous
    The Mouse That Jack Built
    Rabbit of Seville
    Horton Hatches The Egg
    Robin Hood Daffy
    Rabbit Seasoning
    Little Red Riding Rabbit
    Old Glory
    The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    What’s Up Doc
    Easter Yeggs
    Racketeer Rabbit
    The Ducksters
    The Foghorn Leghorn
    Porky in Wackyland
    8 Ball Bunny
    Porky’s Preview
    Bugs Bunny Nips The Nips (yes, it’s un-PC but its not un-funny)

  • T. Nandi

    I don’t want to list the obvious choices, instead some cartoons I would like to see in the top100, because they are quite undeappreciated.

    Chuck Jones:
    Mississippi Hare
    Claws for Alarm
    The Bee-deviled Bruin
    Chow Hound
    A Pest in the House

    Bob Clampett:
    The Henpecked Duck
    Porky’s Party

    Bob McKimson:
    Boobs in the Woods
    A Fractured Leghorn
    It’s Hummer Time
    Dog Collared

    Frank Tashlin:
    Porky’s Romance
    Plane Daffy

    Friz Freleng:
    His Bitter Half
    Cracked Quack
    Golden Yeggs
    Hyde and Go Tweet

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Shame to be a tad late with my list here, but I blame the weather for having put it past my mind Here’s mine just in case…

    1. What’s Opera Doc
    2. Duck Amuck
    3. Rabbit Fire
    4. Fast and Furry-ous
    5. Duck Dodgers of the 24th 1/2 Century
    6. Rabbit Fire
    7. Feed The Kitty
    8. One Froggy Evening
    9. Show Biz Bugs
    10. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    11. Coal Black and de Sebben Drawfs
    12. The Wild Hare
    13. For Scent-imental Reasons
    14. The Rabbit of Seville
    15. The Dover Boys
    16. Ali Baba Bunny
    17. This is a Life?
    18. The Mouse That Jack Built
    19. Sinkin’ in the Bathtub
    20. Porky’s Duck Hunt
    21. Now Hear This
    22. From A to Z-Z-Z-Z
    23. Norman Normal
    24. Nelly’s Folly
    25. Bartholomew Versus The Wheel

  • jose

    Buckaroo Bugs
    hare trigger
    bugs bunny rides again

  • Nick Reymann

    I wish I’d known about this sooner, but what the heck.

    1. Duck Amuck
    2. Duck Dodgers In The 24-1/2th Century
    3. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    4. One Froggy Evening
    5. Feed The Kitty
    6. What’s Opera, Doc?
    7. The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    8. Rabbit Of Seville
    9. Ali Baba Bunny
    10. The Dover Boys

  • Nelson G. Sosa

    I’m looking for a particular cartoon and can’t find it. The plot is a dog is served a can of dog food and he start eating thingking there is meat in it, he does not taste the meat and reads all ingridients on the can at the botton is said No meat! he starts illusinating about meat, a tennis raquet then a meat truck passes by and it drops a whole steak and he thinks is another mirage, start laughing and this little dog comes along and get the steak, another dog this one is a much bigger one and all three start taking it from each other there is a brawl at the end big cloud of dust when clear the smaller dog has eating the steak and it has a big belly and burps. the other two dogs hit themselfes with mallot and start dreaming about steaks.
    Need help what is the name of the cartoon?

  • Nelson – The cartoon you are looking for is called BEHIND THE MEAT BALL (1945), directed by Frank Tashlin.

  • DaVon M. Walker

    1. Injun Trouble (w/Cool Cat)
    2. Dough For The Do-Do
    3. Who’s Who In The Zoo
    4. A Day At The Zoo
    5. The Dover Boys
    6. Johnny Smith And Poker-Huntas
    7.Porky Pig’s Feat
    8 .Daffy Duck And Egghead
    9. Bugged By A Bee
    10. Elmer’s Candid Camera

  • DaVon M. Walker

    Sorry, for the first one I should’ve typed “Injun Trouble (1969)”. I didn’t check the eligible Warner Bros. shorts list, because I thought it might have been just a list of those that made the final cut already. Didn’t think it would matter how I specified which Injun Trouble exactly. But any way, that one is definitely among my wish list to make the list in the book.

  • DaVon M. Walker

    Okay, this time it will officially be my last posting/commenting on here. I have 40 other WB animated shorts that I’d like to add and that are considered my favorites. I’d just like to go ahead and name my top 50 anyway. Keep in mind that though I may have many favorites, there are some I like more than others. So making a longer list was somewhat hard for me. Here goes:

    1. Injun Trouble (1969)
    2. Dough For The Do-Do
    3. Who’s Who In The Zoo
    4. A Day At The Zoo
    5. The Dover Boys
    6. Johnny Smith’s And Poker-Huntas
    7. Porky Pig’s Feat
    8. Daffy Duck And Egghead
    9. Bugged By A Bee
    10. Elmer’s Candid Camera
    11. Norman Normal
    12. Duck Amuck
    13. Sport Chumpions
    14. Boobs In The Woods
    15. Hare Tonic
    16. Wagon Heels
    17. The Lion’s Busy
    18. Super Rabbit
    19. A Feather In His Hare
    20. The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    21. One Froggy Evening
    22. Sioux Me
    23. Now Hear This
    24. Nothing But The Tooth
    25. Rabbit’s Kin
    26. Falling Hare
    27. The Ducktators
    28. The Old Grey Hare
    29. Sweet Sioux
    30. One Step Ahead Of My Shadow
    31. Three Little Bops
    32. A Great Big Bunch Of You
    33. Wakkiki Wabbit
    34. The Mouse That Jack Built
    35. You Ought To Be In Pictures
    36. Wake Up The Gypsy In Me
    37. The Weakly Reporter
    38. Scaredy Cat
    39. Feed The Kitty
    40. Transylvania 6-5000
    41. A Tale Of Two Kitties
    42. Notes To You
    43. Inki And The Lion
    44. Horton Hatches The Egg
    45. A-Lad In Bagdad
    46. From A To Z-Z-Z-Z
    47. The Timid Toreador
    48. Lumber Jerks
    49. Tom Turk And Daffy
    50. Senorella And The Glass Huarache

  • ONLY 100? Okay…

    First, include every cartoon nominated or winner of an Academy Award.

    Coal Black.

    Give special consideration to the non-classic characters. The one-shot cartoons like Nelly’s Folly, or The Dover Boys, or Chow Hound, or High Note. Ralph Philips, The Three Bears, Bert and Herbie, Ralph and Sam…

    So, I saw the book at Book Expo in May… but no data online. When’s it slated to be published?

  • Ian Neumann

    Here’s my favorite Looney Tunes Cartoons:

    Fast & Furry-Ous
    Operation: RABBIT
    Beep, Beep
    Going! Going! Gosh!
    Zipping Along
    Stop! Look! And Hasten!
    Ready– Set– ZOOM!
    Guided Muscle
    Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z-z-z
    There They GO-GO-GO!
    To Hare Is Human
    Scrambled Aches
    Zoom & Bored
    Whoa, Be-Gone!
    Hook, Line And Stinker
    Hip- Hip- HURRY!
    Hot-Rod & Reel
    Wild About Hurry
    Fastest With The Mostest
    Rabbit’s Feat
    Hopalong Casualty
    Zip ‘N’ Snort
    Lickety- SPLAT!
    COMpressed Hare
    Beep Prepared
    Zoom At The Top
    Hare-Breadth Hurry
    To Beep Or Not To Beep
    War & Pieces
    Freeze Frame
    Soup or Sonic
    Chariots of Fur
    Little Go Beep
    Whizzard of OW!
    Don’t Give Up The Sheep
    Sheep Ahoy
    Double or Mutton
    Steel Wool
    Ready, Woolen and Able
    A Sheep In The Deep
    Woolen Under Where
    Bird Anonymous
    Trick or Tweet
    Tugboat Granny
    The Rebel Without Claws
    Hyde & Go Tweet
    Trip For Tat
    Hawaiian Aye Aye
    Cat-Tails For Two
    Speedy Gonzales
    Tabasco Road
    Gonzales’ Tamales
    Tortilla Flaps
    Mexicali Schmoes
    Here Today, Gone Tamale
    West of the Pesos
    Cannery Woe
    The Pied Piper of Guadalupe
    Mexican Boarders
    Mexican Cat Dance
    Chili Weather
    A Message To Gracias
    Nuts & Volts
    Scaredy Cat
    Claws for Alarm
    Jumpin’ Jupiter
    Duck Amuck
    Rocket Squad
    Robin Hood Daffy
    Deduce, You Say
    Duck Dodgers
    Drip Along Daffy
    The Dixie Fryer
    The High & The Flighty
    Mother Was A Rooster
    Pullet Surprise
    Crowing Pains
    Really Scent
    Scent-Immental Over You
    Touche and Go
    Devil May Hare
    Bedeviled Rabbit
    Ducking the Devil
    Bill of Hare
    Dr. Devil & Mr. Hare
    From Hare To Heir
    Knighty-Knight Bugs
    Wild and Wooly Hare
    Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    Hare Trigger
    From Hare To Eternity
    Piker’s Peak
    Lighter Than Hare
    Honey’s Money
    Wideo Wabbit
    Person to Bunny
    Rabbit Romeo
    Rabbit Rampage
    Rabbit Fire
    Rabbit Seasoning
    Duck! Rabbit! Duck!
    Show Biz Bugs
    Dog-Gone People
    What’s My Lion?
    Ali Baba Bunny
    People Are Bunny
    A Star Is Bored
    Stupor Duck
    Superior Duck
    Hyde and Hare
    Mad As A Mars Hare
    Hare-Way To The Stars
    The Hasty Hare
    Haredevil Hare
    This is a Life?
    Rackateer Rabbit
    Golden Yeggs
    Catty Cornered
    Bugs and Thugs
    Bugsy and Mugsy
    Dumb Patrol (1960’s Sam & Bugs)
    French Rarebit
    Hyde & Hare
    Transylvania 6-5000
    Hare-Raising Hare
    Water, Water, Every Hare
    The Abominable Snow-Rabbit
    Box-Office Bunny
    The Unmentionables
    Bunny & Claude: We Rob Carrot Patches
    The Great Carrot-Train Robbery
    The Slop-Hoppy Mouse
    The Unexpected Pest
    Mouse-Taken Identity
    Goldimouse and the 3 Cats
    Mouse and Garden
    Bonanza Bunny
    Knight-Mare Hare
    Roman-Legion Hare
    Baby Buggy Bunny
    Rushing Roulette
    Highway Runnery
    Tired and Feathered
    Just Plane Beep
    Boulder- WHAM!
    Shot and Bothered
    Run, Run, Sweet Road Runner
    Harried and Hurried
    Chaser on the Rocks
    Out and Out Rout
    Clippety Clobbered
    The Solid Tin Coyote
    Road Runner A-Go Go
    Zip- Zip- Hooray!
    Adventures of Road Runner
    Daffy’s Diner
    Go Go Amigo
    Two Crows From Tacos
    Crow’s Feat
    Apes of Wrath
    Backwoods Bunny
    Hare-Less Wolf
    A Pizza Tweety Pie
    Bugs’ Bonnets
    Broom-Stick Bunny
    Raw! Raw! Rooster!
    Beanstalk Bunny
    Sahara Hare
    Dime To Retire
    Daffy’s Inn Trouble
    One Froggy Evening
    My Little Duckaroo
    Southern Fried Rabbit
    Bully For Bugs
    Bunny Hugged
    The Wearing of the Grin
    Big Top Bunny
    Baton Bunny
    Big House Bunny
    8 Ball Bunny
    Frigid Hare
    Bunker Hill Bunny
    Rabbit of Seville
    Mississippi Hare
    High Diving Hare
    The Windblown Hare
    Dough for the Do-Do
    Rabbit Punch
    A Hare Grows In Manhattan
    What’s Up Doc?
    Along Came Daffy
    Easter Yeggs
    Kitty Kornered
    Arcobatty Bunny
    The Big Snooze
    The Great Piggy Bank Robbery

  • J.F

    1. Duck Amuck
    2. One Froggy Evening
    3. Book Revue
    4. The Big Snooze
    5. What’s Opera, Doc?
    6. Birds Anonymous
    7. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
    8. Rabbit of Seville
    9. Hair-Raising Hare
    10. Tweetie Pie
    11. Knighty Knight Bugs
    12. Scaredy Cat
    13. A Tale of Two Kitties
    14. Bully for Bugs
    15. Fast and Furry-ous
    16. You Ought to Be in Pictures
    17. Herr Meets Hare
    18. Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarf
    19. Speedy Gonzales
    20. For Scent-imental Reasons
    21. Little Red Riding Rabbit
    22. Falling Hare
    23. Feed the Kitty
    24. Rhapsody Rabbit
    25. Pigs In A Polka

  • javier

    hello,i,m javier from spain
    my list of favorites cartoons from looney tunes is:

    1-Daffy Duck And Egghead
    2-Porky In Wackyland
    3-Prest-O Change-O
    4-You Ought To Be In Pictures
    5-Ready, Woolen And Able
    6-Tortoise Beats Hare
    7-All This And Rabbit Stew
    8-The Cagey Canary
    9-Rhapsody In Rivets
    10-Aloha Hooey
    11-Hyde And Go Tweet
    12-The Wacky Wabbit
    13-The Dover Boys At Pimento University (Or The Rivals At Roquefort Hall)
    14-A Tale Of Two Kitties
    15-Coal Black And De Sebben Dwarfs
    16-The Mouse That Jack Built
    17-A Corny Concerto
    18-Falling Hare
    19-High Note
    20-Daffy-The Commando
    21-Puss ‘N Booty
    22-The Swooner Crooner
    23-Lost And Foundling
    24-The Stupid Cupid
    25-Book Revue
    26-Rhapsody Rabbit
    27-pigs in a polka
    28-Catch As Cats Can
    29-Three Little Bops
    30-Back Alley Oproar
    31-Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    32-Paying The Piper
    33-Long Haired Hare
    34-Swallow The Leader
    35-Louvre Come Back To Me
    36-The Scarlet Pumpernickel
    37-Bunker Hill Bunny
    38-Caveman Inki
    39-Rabbit Of Seville
    40-Leghorn Swoggled
    41-Drip-Along Daffy
    42-Rabbit Seasoning
    44-Duck Amuck
    45-Duck Dodgers In The 24½th Century
    46-Easy Peckin’s
    47-The Pied Piper Of Guadalupe
    48-Claws For Alarm
    49-Beep Prepared
    50-One Froggy Evening