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Of all the 100 Greatest lists on Channel 4, this was one of the most essential, finding out the most popular cartoon of the British public. Hosted by Jimmy Carr was just quality giggles, and with contributions by Joel Stein, Ben Norris, Jane Horrocks, Rob Rouse, Simon Donald, Justin Lee Collins, Harry Enfield, Rob Deering, Dick Fiddy, Agnes Poirier, Paul Tonkinson, Gigi Morley, Leonard Maltin, Ian Hyland, Billy West, Richard Bence, Mike Reiss, Terry Alderton, Brendan Burns, Andrew Maxwell, Paul Cackett, Richard Briers, Dave Foley, Roy Disney (walt's nephew), Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes, Andi Peters, Caprice, Trey Parker & Matt Stone, David Mitchell, Jim Hill, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Elizabeth Daily, Bill Oddie, Harvey, Javine Hylton, Cacey Kasem, Dan Balaam, Cheryl Chase, Seth MacFarlane, Noel Blanc (Mel's son), Joe Alaskey, Matt Groening, Peter Sallis, Tim Burton, Brad Bird, Jason Lee, Daniel Lennard, Nancy Cartwright and many more. The cartoon nominees that featured were some cult classics, children's favourites, adult, foreign and many other themes and feels. They included Wacky Races, The Pink Panther Show, Betty Boop, Queer Duck, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels, Droopy Dog, Dumbo, The Adventures of Tintin, Legend of the Overfiend, Alice in Wonderland, The Snowman, A Bug's Life, Top Cat, Foghorn Leghorn, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Chicken Run, The Powerpuff Girls, The Jungle Book, Fantasia, 2DTV, The Little Mermaid, Donald Duck, Scooby-Doo, Road Runner, Pokémon, Rugrats, 101 Dalmatians, Sylvester and Tweety Pie, Mickey Mouse, Daffy Duck, SpongBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja/ Hero Turtles, Futurama, Pinocchio, Monsters Inc, Looney Tunes/ Merrie Melodies, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, The Ren and Stimpy Show, Aladdin, Aardman Animations (Creature Comforts, Wallace and Gromit), The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Flintstones, Bugs Bunny, Spirited Away, The Lion King, Shrek 1 & 2, Family Guy, Toy Story 1 and 2, South Park, Tom and Jerry, and the obvious and deserved winner, The Simpsons! Outstanding!
As with all of Channel 4's numerous 'Top 100s' you really should read it as 'A hundred, generally good cartoons'. Otherwise the viewer will be sorely confused when top-notch computer animated films such as 'A Bug's Life' are upstaged by nonsensical Japanimation of indiscernible quality. Overall, you have to give the show its dues, The Simpsons did cap it all off, as it should. Plus it managed to give valuable airtime to Z-List quasi-celebrities. I'll leave it up to you to decide who I'm referring to. Jimmy Carr, England's latest comic talent, does not exactly send viewers laughing away on a tugboat of hilarity, but still has the odd spark of genius. I challenge any viewer to watch this and not want to give the 'Top 100' animation a good kicking after two hours of repetitive variations.
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