As a man who lives in a world of references (albeit partially by my own nature), I’m always amused when a something pops up that surprises me.  Yesterday, it was a sudden appearance by Dan Backslide shouting “I’LL STEAL IT!” at the sight of an expensive sports car in the middle of an otherwise bizarre conversation thread, leading me to Google “The Dover Boys at Pimento University” or “The Rivals of Roquefort Hall.”  Is it the best cartoon of all time?  Well, when you talk about the greatest cartoonists of all time, Chuck Jones will always top my list (even though Bob Clampett’s hillbilly wolf informs a little bit of my Torq voice), leading to today’s public domain query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds anyone who questions my Chuck pick that he did ‘Duck Amuck’, which may actually be better than ‘Dover Boys’, but would ruin my whole point if it were, so let’s just move on, asking: What single animated thingama is the GREATEST cartoon of all time in your eyes?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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5 Comments

  1. Frank
    July 7, 2017 at 2:32 pm — Reply

    Chuck Jones’ Rabbit of Seville.
    Great Music, great animation, great writing.

  2. Mike
    July 7, 2017 at 3:02 pm — Reply

    Chuck Jones’ “What’s Opera Doc?”

    Cannot beat it. First cartoon to ever be included in the National Film Registry!

  3. July 7, 2017 at 4:06 pm — Reply

    I don’t think I have ever been with an audience that laughed as much as when I first saw “Somethin’s Cookin'”:

    https://youtu.be/oQe0OWZvwWo

  4. Ron
    July 7, 2017 at 8:49 pm — Reply

    “The Great Piggy Bank Robbery” is Bob Clampett’s best use of Daffy Duck in a cartoon. The runner-up is Robert McKimson’s “Birth Of A Notion” also featuring the aforementioned fowl.

  5. b003
    July 7, 2017 at 9:07 pm — Reply

    Almost any Fliescher Brothers especially Gulliver.

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