By Nancy Basile
Lists of Top Picks
Lists are fun, especially when they pull together the best of cartoons. Use these lists to get a snapshot of the best cartoons have to offer.
- Top 50 Cartoon Characters
- Best Cartoons for Binge-Watching
- Top 10 Movies Made from Cartoons
- Best of Dr. Seuss Characters
- Top 10 Sexiest Cartoon Characters
- Top 10 People in Animated TV
- Cartoons Canceled Too Soon
- Best of Stop-Motion Animation DVDs
- Top Picks for Magical Cartoons
- Best of Cartoon Vampires
- Get Cheap or Free DVDs
Early 20th Century
Classic cartoons evolved from animated shorts shown before feature films in movie theaters. These show guides will give you the history of some of the most popular classic cartoons.
The decade of big hair and parachute pants also saw a boom in Saturday morning cartoons.
Nickelodeon stormed onto the TV scene, ushering in a new era of classic cartoons. Cartoon Network wasn't far behind.
Many classic cartoons are holiday specials for Christmas, Halloween, Easter and other holidays. They become classics because networks can air them year after year, enchanting a new generation each time. Learn more about holiday-themed cartoons.
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
- It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown
- A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
- Here Comes Peter Cottontail
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- The Year Without Santa Claus
- Top 10 Christmas Cartoons
- Best of Halloween Cartoons
- Spooky Cartoon Series
Classic cartoon pictures are fun to browse because they bring with them a fond nostalgia. Use these picture galleries to re-discover your favorite classic cartoons.
Creating cartoons for TV today is much different than it was only a couple of decades ago. Learn more about classic cartoons in these interviews.
- Peter Fernandez (Original Voice of Speed Racer)
- Joe Harris (Creator of Underdog)
- Butch Hartman (Creator of Fairly Oddparents)
Animation for Beginners
Want to dig deeper into the world of animation? Use these articles to go behind the scenes.