Melissa's Top 20 Animated Shorts

Melissa discusses her 20 favorite animated short films.
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1.
Duck Amuck (1953 Short Film)
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The short-tempered Daffy Duck must improvise madly as the backgrounds, his costumes, the soundtrack, even his physical form, shifts and changes at the whim of the animator. (7 mins.)
Stars: Mel Blanc
“ Daffy Duck displays his range, adaptability and temper as a madcap animator manipulates the scene around him. ” - Sweet_Melissa
 
2.
Lend a Paw (1941 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Pluto saves the life of a kitten, and later feels jealous towards the kitten after Mickey Mouse takes the kitten in. (8 mins.)
“ This handsomely drawn remake of the earlier 'Mickey's Pal Pluto' tells a sweet story of kindness all over again. A special card in the title sequence dedicated the film to the Tailwagger Foundation "in recognition of its work in lending a paw to man's animal friends." It's the only Mickey Mouse cartoon to ever win an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. ” - Sweet_Melissa
 
3.
Flowers and Trees (1932 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An evil tree stump, jealous of two trees in love, starts a forest fire. (8 mins.)
“ This first recipient of the Best Animated Short Oscar is also one of the best of Disney's 75 Silly Symphonies. Nature is anthropomorphized here in a beautiful and romantic ballet of flora. ” - Sweet_Melissa
 
4.
Pluto's Christmas Tree (1952 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Pluto comes bounding outside to help Mickey get a Christmas tree. Chip 'n Dale see him and make fun of him... (7 mins.)
Director: Jack Hannah
“ Chip 'n Dale cause mischief when Mickey and Pluto chop down a Christmas tree that the chipmunks inhabit. The film is funny, richly animated and a wonderful way to get in to the Christmas spirit. ” - Sweet_Melissa
 
5.
Geri's Game (1997 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Geri sets up a chess game to play his greatest opponent - himself. (4 mins.)
Director: Jan Pinkava
“ Geri is one of the most expressive human beings I've ever seen in animation. Additionally, he's funny, clever and just a little bit senile. ” - Sweet_Melissa
 
6.
Germans in the Woods (2008 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
World War II veteran Joseph Robertson remembers a German soldier he killed at the Battle of the Bulge; a story from the archives of America's national oral history project StoryCorps. (3 mins.)
Director: Tim Rauch
“ This powerful, Oscar-winning piece animates the memories of WWII veteran Joseph Robertson, who recalled the Battle of the Bulge for StoryCorps. ” - Sweet_Melissa
 
7.
Mickey's Gala Premier (1933 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A host of movie stars show up for the premiere of Mickey and Minnie's newest cartoon. (7 mins.)
“ Several classic cartoons contained very effective celebrity caricatures. This is the best such film from Disney. Celebrities walk the red carpet at the premier of Mickey Mouse's latest film. Disney characters mingle with uncanny likenesses of the Marx brothers, Greta Garbo, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Mae West, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable and many, many more. We're then rewarded with a film-within-a-film as the celebrities screen Mickey's new picture. ” - Sweet_Melissa
 
8.
Up Is Down (1969 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A boy who walks on his hands enjoys a different view of the world. (5 mins.)
“ The simple but unique animation in this poignant story of a boy who walks on his hands allows the viewer to enjoy the same alternative perspective of the world as the story's hero. In only five minutes, Millie Goldsholl manages to tell a beautiful story of nonconformity and tolerance, dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. ” - Sweet_Melissa
 
9.
Presto (2008 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A stage magician's rabbit gets into a magical onstage brawl against his neglectful guardian with two magic hats. (5 mins.)
Director: Doug Sweetland
“ Pixar blends magic and slapstick humor with such class and hilarity that Bugs Bunny would tip his hat. ” - Sweet_Melissa
 
10.
I Love to Singa (1936 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A spoof of Al Jolson's "The Jazz Singer", a strict piano teaching owl is cursed with a son who "loves to singa", but only jazz. (8 mins.)
Director: Fred Avery
“ This cartoon pays wonderful homage to jazz music, comedy and some notable celebrities of the day. It's one of Tex Avery's best. ” - Sweet_Melissa
 
11.
Tortoise Beats Hare (1941 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An upset Bugs challenges the slick Cecil Turtle to a race. (7 mins.)
Director: Fred Avery
Stars: Mel Blanc
“ This is another Tex Avery masterpiece that shows the best of Bugs Bunny's bravado and has our hero break the fourth wall in a very interesting way. ” - Sweet_Melissa
 
12.
The Old Mill (1937 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
We see the various birds, mice, and bats that have moved into an old windmill, followed by the frogs... (9 mins.)
“ The Old Mill is one of the last and finest Silly Symphonies in the series. The scenery blends with the music in a seamless and organic manner. The use of multiplane camera created unprecedented depth. The story, which takes place inside an unused mill house during a severe storm, is remarkably dark in atmosphere at points. The picture as a whole offers a truly immersive experience. ” - Sweet_Melissa
 
13.
Out of the Inkwell (1938 Short Film)
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At the Fleischer studio, a black janitor, learning to hypnotize, conjures Betty Boop out of the inkwell and tries some suggestions on her... (6 mins.)
Director: Dave Fleischer
“ Betty Boop defies cartoon physics as she stars opposite a live-action janitor who attempts to hypnotize her. This cartoon is evidence of the Fleischer studio creatively outperforming their peers well in to the late 1930s. ” - Sweet_Melissa
 
14.
Mickey's PhilharMagic (2003 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Stagehand Donald Duck secretly puts on Mickey's sorcerer's hat and conducts an anthropomorphic symphony orchestra... (10 mins.)
“ A ticket to the Magic Kingdom is a steep admission price for this movie housed in Fantasyland, but the 3D musical spectacular is one of the best attractions in the Walt Disney World complex. ” - Sweet_Melissa
 
15.
Day & Night (2010 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The personifications of daytime and nighttime learn to get along. (6 mins.)
Director: Teddy Newton
Stars: Wayne Dyer
“ The blending of 2D and 3D animation in this innovative Pixar short are not to be missed. Nor is its message of acceptance and diversity. ” - Sweet_Melissa
 
16.
The Mad Doctor (1933 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Mickey must save Pluto from a mad doctor's lair. (7 mins.)
“ That Walt Disney does horror so well makes the rare spooky cartoon like 'The Skeleton Dance' and 'The Mad Doctor' even more enjoyable. Here the contrast of happy-go-lucky Mickey Mouse and a madman performing evil science experiments on poor Pluto are a delightful contradiction. ” - Sweet_Melissa
 
17.
Bugs and Thugs (1954 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When Bugs calls a cab he doesn't know it's the getaway car for a couple of bankrobbers (he does know the capital of Nevada). (7 mins.)
Director: I. Freleng
Stars: Mel Blanc
“ Bugs Bunny uses comedy and cleverness to get the upper hand on a couple of bank robbing fugitives, but he's not the only funny man in this caper. This movie earns a place on my list solely because it taught me to "shut up shuttin' up!" ” - Sweet_Melissa
 
18.
Betty in Blunderland (1934 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The White Rabbit materializes from a jigsaw puzzle and leads Betty Boop through the looking glass into Wonderland. (7 mins.)
Director: Dave Fleischer
Stars: Bonnie Poe
“ I love any reference to Alice in Wonderland, and Betty Boop's dreamy recounting of Alice's adventures is especially delightful. ” - Sweet_Melissa
 
19.
Song of the Birds (1949 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Little Audrey shoots a baby bird with her air rifle and is mortified when the bird's mother, and all the other woodland animals, go into mourning. (7 mins.)
Director: Bill Tytla
“ Little Audrey cartoons have a cloyingly sweet tone that is very much appreciated by my own girlish nature. The normally lighthearted, fantastical atmosphere of Little Audrey's stories makes 'Song of the Birds' all the more poignant. It is not unusual for a film to bring me to tears. It's less common with cartoon shorts, however. Yet seeing Audrey shoot a baby bird and then watch the creatures of the forest mourn him made me feel her grief and remorse as deeply as she did. It's an unexpectedly powerful piece. ” - Sweet_Melissa
 
20.
Babes in the Woods (1932 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two Dutch children stumble on a clearing in the woods where gnomes are going about their business. The gnomes are friendly to the children... (8 mins.)
“ I have to end with something sickeningly cute. 'Babes in the Woods' combines some of my favorite things: adorably drawn characters, colorful backgrounds, Disney, candy and witches. ” - Sweet_Melissa