Have you got any castles, an animated short by Frank Tashlin, Friz Freleng (uncredited), 1938

Have you got any castles, an animated short by Frank Tashlin, Friz Freleng (uncredited), 1938

Have you got any castles, 1938

An animated short by Frank Tashlin, Friz Freleng (uncredited)

“Another entry in the “books come alive” subgenre, with possibly more books coming alive than any other. We begin with some musical numbers, notably the various pages of Green Pastures all joining in on a song, The Thin Man entering The White House Cookbook and exiting much fatter, and The House of Seven (Clark) Gables singing backup to Old King Cole. The Three Musketeers break loose, become Three Men on a Horse, grab the Seven Keys to Baldpate, and set the Prisoner of Zenda free…” (IMDB)

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A is for Atom, an animated documentary short by Carl Urbano, 1953

A is for Atom, an animated documentary short by Carl Urbano, 1953

A is for Atom, 1953

An animated documentary short by Carl Urbano

For its time this animation is a well-presented, short documentary about atomic science, which explains how nuclear energy is harnessed for peace-time use. Though it briefly mentions the atomic bomb, it doesn’t cover the horrors of nuclear war or the environmental down-side of nuclear power, which was just in its infancy at that time.

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Chicken A La King, an animated short by Dave Fleischer, 1937

Chicken A La King, an animated short by Dave Fleischer, 1937

Chicken A La King, 1937

An animated short by Dave Fleischer

“A rooster sultan is bored by his harems. A duck strongly resembling ‘Mae West’ entices him. Her lover arrives, and they do battle; the lovers leave, and the sultan, humiliated, turns to his harem, who beat him up…” (IMDB)

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Santa’s New Ride, an animated short by Sven van der Hart, 2003

Santa's New Ride, an animated short by Sven van der Hart, 2003

Santa’s New Ride, 2003

An animated short by Sven van der Hart

In this cute stop motion animation made with Playmobil toys, Santa is tempted by something bright, red and shiny while out delivering presents with the rain deer. This may explain why some of us didn’t get many toys this year.

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Felix the Cat in Neptune Nonsense, an animated short by Burt Gillett, 1936

Felix the Cat in Neptune Nonsense, an animated short by Burt Gillett, 1936

Felix the Cat in Neptune Nonsense, 1936

An animated short by Burt Gillett

“Felix is feeding his various pets: a bird, two dogs, and a goldfish. But Annabelle the goldfish is unhappy; she’s lonely. Felix sets out to catch her a friend. The fish drag him underwater. After a bit of searching, he finds a goldfish, but the fish cries for help, and Felix finds himself on trial before King Neptune. He’s accused of wanting to eat the fish, but after he explains himself, Neptune gives him a fish from the fish orphanage, and everyone lives happily.” (IMDB)

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Space Angel: Space Hijackers, an animated short by Dick Darley, Alex Toth, 1962

Space Angel: Space Hijackers, an animated short by Dick Darley, Alex Toth, 1962

Space Angel: Space Hijackers, 1962

An animated short by Dick Darley, Alex Toth

An early cartoon made expressly for the burgeoning television market in the 1960s, this space opera follows the adventures of Scott McCloud (aka Space Angel) an agent for the Earth Bureau of Investigation.

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Little Lulu: Cad and Caddy, an animated short by Famous Studios, 1947

Little Lulu: Cad and Caddy, an animated short by Famous Studios, 1947

Little Lulu: Cad and Caddy, 1947

An animated short by Izzy Sparber (as I. Sparber)

“Lulu plans her revenge against a distressed golfer who refuses to give her a lollipop after he promised her one for caddying for him.” (IMDB)

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