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Top 50 Cartoons

Top 50 Cartoons

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       Gotta love them.

  1. South Park
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           South Park is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central television network. Intended for mature audiences, the show has become famous for its crude language and dark, surreal humor that satirizes a wide range of topics. The ongoing narrative revolves around four boys—Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick—and their bizarre adventures in and around Southpark, Colorado. Parker and Stone developed the show from two animated shorts they created in 1992 and 1995. The latter became one of the first Internet viral videos, which ultimately led to its production as a series. South Park debuted in August 1997 with great success, consistently earning the highest ratings of any basic cable program. The pilot episode was produced using cutout animation. All subsequent episodes are created with software that emulates the cutout technique, and Parker and Stone still perform most of the voice acting. Since 2000, each episode is typically written and produced during the week preceding its broadcast, with Parker serving as the primary writer and director. There have been a total of 247 episodes over the course of the show’s 17 seasons. The series has received numerous accolades, including five Primetime Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and numerous inclusions in various publications’ lists of greatest television shows. The show’s popularity resulted in a feature-length theatrical film, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut which was released in June 1999, less than two years after the show’s premiere, and became a commercial and critical success.
    Links: Top Ten South Park Episodes, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_park,
  2. The Simpsons
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           The Simpsons is an American adult animated sitcom created by Matt Groening. The series is a satirical parody of a middle class American lifestyle, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture, society, television, and many aspects of the human condition. The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a solicitation for a series of animated shorts with the producer James L. Brooks. Groening created a dysfunctional family and named the characters after members of his own family, substituting Bart for his own name. The shorts became a part of The Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987. After a three-season run, the sketch was developed into a half-hour prime time show and was an early hit for Fox, becoming the network’s first series to land in the Top 30 ratings in a season (1989–1990). Since its debut on December 17, 1989, the show has broadcast 539 episodes and the 25th season began on September 30, 2013. The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program, and in 2009 it surpassed Gunsmoke as the longest-running American primetime, scripted television series. The Simpsons Movie, a feature-length film, was released in theaters worldwide on July 26 and July 27, 2007, and grossed over $527 million. The Simpsons is widely considered to be one of the greatest television series of all time. Time magazine’s December 31, 1999, issue named it the 20th century’s best television series, and on January 14, 2000, the Simpson family was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It has won dozens of awards since it debuted as a series, including 27 Primetime Emmy Awards, 30 Annie Awards and a Peabody Award. Homer’s exclamatory catchphrase “D’oh!” has been adopted into the English language, while The Simpsons has influenced many adult-oriented animated sitcoms.
    Links: Top Ten Simpsons Episodeshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simpsons,
  3. Looney Tunes
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    Looney Tunes is a series of Warner Bros. animated comedy short films. It was produced from 1930 to 1969 during the golden age of American animation, alongside its sister series, Merrie Melodies. Looney Tunes originally showcased Warner-owned musical compositions through the adventures of cartoon characters such as Bosko and Buddy. Later Looney Tunes films featured such popular characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Tweety, Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner. The characters themselves are commonly referred to as the “Looney Tunes.” The series’ name is a parody of Silly Symphonies, the name of Walt Disney’s concurrent series of music-based short films. From 1942 into the 1960s, Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies were the most popular cartoon shorts in movie theaters, exceeding the works of Disney and other popular competitors, including Paramount’s Famous Studios, Universal’s Walter Lantz Productions and MGM. Since its success during the short film era of cartoons, Looney Tunes has become a worldwide media franchise; spawning several television series, feature films, comic books, music albums, video games, and amusement park rides. Many of the characters have made and continue to make cameo appearances in various other television shows, films, and advertisements. The most popular Looney Tunes character, Bugs Bunny, is regarded as a cultural icon and has appeared in more films than any other cartoon character. Several Looney Tunes films are regarded as some of the greatest animated cartoons of all time.
    Links: Top Ten Looney Tunes Episodes, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Looney_tunes,
  4. Family Guy
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           Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; their children Meg, Chris, and Stewie; and their anthropomorphic pet dog Brian. The show is set in the fictional city of Quahog, Rhode Island, and exhibits much of its humor in the form of cutaway gags that often lampoon American culture. The family was conceived by MacFarlane after developing two animated films, The Life of Larry and Larry & Steve. MacFarlane redesigned the films’ protagonist, Larry, and his dog, Steve, and renamed them Peter and Brian, respectively. MacFarlane pitched a seven-minute pilot to Fox on May 15, 1998 and the show was given the green light. Shortly after the third season of Family Guy aired in 2001, Fox cancelled the series, putting the series to a 2-year hiatus. However, favorable DVD sales and high ratings for syndicated reruns on Adult Swim convinced the network to renew the show in 2004 for a 4th season, which began airing on May 1, 2005. Family Guy has been nominated for 12 Primetime Emmy Awards and 11 Annie Awards, and has won three of each. In 2009, it was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, the first time an animated series was nominated for the award since The Flintstones in 1961.
    Links: Top Ten Family Guy Episodes, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_guy,
  5. Futurama
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    Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen. The series follows the adventures of a late-20th-century New York City pizza delivery boy, Philip J. Fry, who, after being unwittingly cryogenically frozen for one thousand years, finds employment at Planet Express, an interplanetary delivery company in the retro-futuristic 31st century. The series was envisioned by Groening in the late 1990’s while working on The Simpsons, later bringing Cohen aboard to develop storylines and characters. The series aired on Fox from March 28, 1999, to August 10, 2003, before ceasing production. Futurama was then aired in reruns on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim from 2003 to 2007, until the network’s contract expired. It was revived in 2008 as four direct-to-video films; the last of which was released in early 2009. Comedy Central entered into an agreement with 20th Century Fox Television to syndicate the existing episodes and air the films as 16 new, half-hour episodes, constituting a fifth season. In June 2009, producing studio 20th Century Fox announced that Comedy Central had picked up the show for 26 new half-hour episodes, which began airing in 2010 and 2011. The show was renewed for a seventh season, with the first half airing in June 2012 and the second set for early summer 2013. It was later revealed that the seventh season would be the final season, as Comedy Central announced that they would not be commissioning any further episodes. The series finale aired on September 4, 2013, though Groening has said he will try to get it picked up by another network. Throughout its run, Futurama has received critical acclaim. The show has been nominated for 17 Annie Awards and 12 Emmy Awards, winning seven of the former and six of the latter. It has also been nominated four times for a Writers Guild of America Award, winning two for the episodes “Godfellas” and “The Prisoner of Benda,” been nominated for a Nebula Award and has received Environmental Media Awards for episodes “The Problem with Popplers” and “The Futurama Holiday Spectacular.”
    Links: Top Ten Futurama Episodes, Top Ten Robots, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futurama,
  6. Avatar: The Last Airbender
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    Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American animated television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. The series was created and produced by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who served as executive producers along with Aaron Ehasz. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asian influenced world wherein some are able to manipulate the classical elements by use of psychokinetic variants of Chinese martial arts known as “bending.” The show combined the styles of anime and American cartoons, and relied on the imagery of various East Asian, Inuit, Southeast Asian, South Asian and New World societies. The series follows the adventures of twelve-year old Aang and his friends, who must bring peace and unity to the world by ending the Fire Lord’s war against the other three nations. The pilot episode first aired on February 21, 2005 and the series concluded with a widely praised two-hour episode on July 19, 2008. Praises went to the art direction, humor, cultural references, and themes. It was also commercially successful, garnering 5.6 million viewers on its best-rated showing and receiving high ratings in the Nicktoons lineup, even outside its 12–18-year-old demographic. The series has been nominated for and won awards from the Annual Annie Awards, the Genesis Awards, the primetime Emmy awards and a Peabody Award among others. The first season’s success prompted Nickelodeon to order second and third seasons.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbender,
  7. Flintstones
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    The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time American television sitcom that was broadcast from September 30, 1960, to April 1, 1966, on ABC. The show was produced by Hanna-Barbera. The Flintstones was about a working-class Stone Age man’s life with his family and his next-door neighbor and best friend. The show’s continuing popularity rested heavily on its juxtaposition of modern everyday concerns in the Stone Age setting. The Flintstones was the most financially successful network animated franchise for three decades, until The Simpsons debuted. In 2013, TV Guide ranked The Flintstones the second Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time (after The Simpsons ranked at first).
    Links: Top Ten Flintstones Episodes, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flintstones,
  8. Brickleberry
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    Brickleberry is an American adult animated sitcom that premiered on Comedy Central on September 25, 2012. The series is created by Roger Black and Waco O’Guin (creators of MTV2’s Stankervision) and executive produced by Black, O’Guin and Daniel Tosh. On October 30, 2013, the series was renewed for a third season by Comedy Central. The series is rated TV-MA in the US.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brickleberry,
  9. Ren and Stimpy
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    The Ren & Stimpy Show, often simply referred to as Ren & Stimpy, is an American animated television series, created by Canadian animator John Kricfalusi. The show premiered on August 11, 1991, on Nickelodeon as part of its Nicktoons block along with Rugrats and Doug. The series focuses on the titular characters: Ren Höek, an emotionally unstable chihuahua, and Stimpson J. Cat, a good-natured, dimwitted cat. The show ran for five seasons on the network. The show has received critical acclaim and developed a cult following during and after its run, while some critics credit it along with The Simpsons for leading the way for satirical animated shows like Beavis and Butt-head and South Park, and playing a significant role in television animation. Throughout its run, The Ren & Stimpy Show was controversial for its off-color humor, sexual innuendo, and violence which were rare for television animation of the time. This controversy contributed to the production staff’s altercations with Nickelodeon’s Standards and Practices department. A spin-off for adult audiences, Ren & Stimpy “Adult Party Cartoon,” aired in 2003 on Spike, but was cancelled soon after its debut.
    Links: Top Ten Ren and Stimpy Episodeshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren_and_stimpy,
  10. X-Men
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    X-Men, also known as X-Men: The Animated Series, is an American-Canadian animated television series which debuted on October 31, 1992, in the US on the Fox Network as part of its Fox Kids Saturday morning lineup. X-Men was Marvel Comics’ second attempt at an animated X-Men TV series after the pilot X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men was not picked up.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-Men_(TV_series),
  11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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    The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a fictional team of four teenage turtles, who were trained by their rat sensei in the art of ninjutsu and named after four Renaissance artists. From their home in the storm sewers of New York City, they battle petty criminals, evil overlords and alien invaders, all while remaining isolated from society-at-big. The characters appeared in comic books before their expansion to cartoons, video games, films, toys and other general merchandise. During the peak of its popularity in the late 1980’s through early 1990’s, the franchise gained considerable worldwide success and fame.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teenage_mutant_ninja_turtles,
  12. Archer
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           Archer is an American animated comedy television series created by Adam Reed for the FX network. A preview of the series aired on September 17, 2009. The first season premiered on January 14, 2010. The inspiration for Archer came to Reed while in a cafe in Salamanca, Spain. Finding himself unable to approach a beautiful woman seated nearby, Reed conjured up the idea of a spy who “would have a perfect line.” Reed conceived the show’s concept while walking along the Vía de la Plata in 2008. He pitched his idea to FX, which accepted it and ordered six episodes, along with an additional four scripts.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archer_(TV_series),
  13. Scooby Doo
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    Scooby-Doo is an American animated cartoon franchise, comprising several animated television series produced from 1969 to the present day. The original series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, was created for Hanna-Barbera Productions by writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears in 1969. This Saturday morning cartoon series featured four teenagers—Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley and Norville “Shaggy” Rogers—and their talking brown Great Dane dog named Scooby-Doo, who solve mysteries involving supposedly supernatural creatures through a series of antics and missteps. Following the success of the original series, Hanna-Barbera and its successor Warner Bros. Animation have produced numerous follow-up and spin-off animated series and several related works, including television specials and telefilms, a line of direct-to-video films, and two Warner Bros.–produced theatrical feature films. Some versions of Scooby-Doo feature different variations on the show’s supernatural theme, and include characters such as Scooby’s cousin Scooby-Dum and nephew Scrappy-Doo in addition to or instead of some of the original characters. Scooby-Doo was originally broadcast on CBS from 1969 to 1976, when it moved to ABC. ABC aired the show until canceling it in 1986, and presented a spin-off featuring the characters as children, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, from 1988 until 1991. Two new Scooby-Doo series, What’s New, Scooby-Doo? and Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, aired as part of Kids WB on The WB network and its successor, The CW network, from 2002 until 2008. The most recent Scooby-Doo series, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, aired on Cartoon Network from 2010 to 2013. Repeats of the various Scooby-Doo series are broadcast frequently on Cartoon Network and Boomerang in the US as well as other countries.
    Links: Top Ten Scooby Doo Mysterieshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scooby_doo,
  14. Beavis and Butthead
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    Beavis and Butt-head is an American teen animation series created and designed by Mike Judge. The series originated from “Frog Baseball,” a 1992 short film by Judge originally aired on Liquid Television. After seeing the short, MTV signed Judge to develop the concept. The Beavis and Butt-Head television show first ran from March 8, 1993 to November 28, 1997. It was revived in 2011 and new episodes began airing on MTV from October 27, 2011 to December 29, 2011. The series has retained a cult following. Later, reruns aired on other Viacom properties, including MTV2, Comedy Central and UPN. In 1996, the series was adapted into the animated feature film Beavis and Butt-Head Do America
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beavis_and_butthead.,
  15. Robot Chicken
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    Robot Chicken is an American stop-motion claymation comedy television series created and executive produced by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich along with co-head writers Douglas Goldstein and Tom Root. The writers, especially Green, also provide many of the voices. Senreich, Goldstein and Root were formerly writers for the popular action figure hobbyist magazine ToyFare. Robot Chicken has won an Annie Award and three Emmy Awards.
    Links: Top Ten Robot Chicken Episodes, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot_Chicken,
  16. Gargoyles
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    Gargoyles is an American cartoon series produced by Disney Television Animation and Buena Vista Television, and originally aired from October 24, 1994 to February 15, 1997. The series is credited for its relatively dark tone, complex story arcs, and melodrama; character arcs were heavily employed throughout the series, as were Shakespearean themes. A Gargoyles video game adaptation and a spin-off comic series were also created in 1995. The show’s storyline continued from 2006–2009 in a comic book series of the same name, written by Greg Weisman and produced by Slave Labor Graphics.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gargoyles_(TV_series),
  17. King of the Hill
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    King of the Hill is an American adult animated sitcom created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels that ran from January 12, 1997, to May 6, 2010, on Fox. It centers on the Hills, a middle-class Methodist family in the fictional small town of Arlen, Texas. It attempts to retain a naturalistic approach, seeking humor in the conventional and mundane aspects of everyday life. Unlike other animated programs, plots were often cumulative, much like a prime-time drama. In addition, the show was known for its dramatic cliffhangers during season finales. This style of storytelling was unusual for an animated program at the time King of the Hill aired. Judge and Daniels conceived the series after a run with Judge’s Beavis and Butt-head on MTV, and the series debuted on the Fox network as a mid-season replacement on January 12, 1997, quickly becoming a hit. The series’s popularity led to worldwide syndication, and reruns air nightly on Adult Swim. The show became one of Fox’s longest-running series, 2nd longest as an animated series. In 2007 it was named by Time magazine as one of the top 100 greatest television shows of all time. The title theme was written and performed by The Refreshments. King of the Hill won two Emmy Awards and was nominated for seven. The series has a total of 259 episodes over the course of its thirteen seasons. The series finale aired on the Fox Network on September 13, 2009. Four episodes from the final season were to have aired on Fox, but later aired in syndication on local stations from May 3 to 6, 2010, and on Adult Swim from May 17 to 20, 2010. King of the Hill was a joint production by 3 Arts Entertainment, Deedle-Dee Productions, Judgemental Films, and 20th Century Fox Television and syndicated by 20th Television.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_of_the_hill,
  18. Pirates of Dark Water
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    The Pirates of Dark Water is a fantasy/adventure animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera in 1991.
    Links: Top Ten Pirate Filmshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirates_of_Dark_Water,
  19. Aladdin
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    Aladdin is an animated television series made by Walt Disney Television which aired from 1994 to 1995, based on the original 1992 feature of the same name. It was animated at the Slightly Offbeat Productions Studios in Penrose, Auckland, New Zealand. Coming on the heels of the direct-to-video sequel The Return of Jafar, the series picked up where that installment left off, with Aladdin now living in the palace, engaged to beautiful and spunky Princess Jasmine. “Al” and Jasmine went together into peril among sorcerers, monsters, thieves and more. Monkey sidekick Abu, the animated Magic Carpet, and the fast-talking, shape-shifting Genie came along to help, as did sassy, complaining parrot Iago, formerly Jafar’s pet but now an antihero. Jafar, having previously been destroyed in the second movie, returns in only one episode which also serves as a crossover with Hercules: The Animated Series. Many of the films’ stars provided the voices of their TV counterparts, with the notable exception of Dan Castellaneta filling in for Robin Williams in the Genie role (like in The Return of Jafar). The series originally aired as a preview on The Disney Channel in early 1994, and in September of that year it began airing concurrently on the syndicated The Disney Afternoon block and on Saturday mornings on CBS. Disney Channel reran the series in the late-1990’s.
    Links: Top Ten Disney Animated Films, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aladdin_(TV_series),
  20. Mighty Max
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    Mighty Max is an American animated action/sci-fi television series that aired from 1993 to 1994 to promote the British Mighty Max toys, an outgrowth of the Polly Pocket line, created by Bluebird Toys in 1992. It ran for two seasons, with a total of 40 episodes airing during the show’s run.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mighty_Max_(TV_series),
  21. Batman: The Animated Series
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    Batman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. The series was produced by Warner Bros. Animation and originally aired on the Fox Network from September 5, 1992 to September 15, 1995. The visual style of the series, dubbed “Dark Deco,” was based on the film noir artwork of producer and artist Bruce Timm. The series was widely praised for its thematic complexity, dark tone, artistic quality, and faithfulness to its title character’s crime-fighting origins. The series also won four Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Animated Program. When the first season of the series aired on weekday afternoons, it lacked an on-screen title in the opening theme sequence (for episode recaps shown at the beginning of the second half of two-part episodes, the narrator would simply say “Previously on Batman…”). When the series’ timeslot was moved to weekends during its second season, it was given the on-screen title The Adventures of Batman & Robin. The series was the first in the continuity of the shared DC animated universe, and spawned the theatrical film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993).
    Links: Top 100 Fictional Heroes, Top 100 Fictional Villains,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman:_The_Animated_Series,
  22. Rocky and Bullwinkle
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    The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show is an American animated television series that originally aired from November 19, 1959, to June 27, 1964, on the ABC and NBC television networks. Produced by Jay Ward Productions, the series is structured as a variety show, with the main feature being the serialized adventures of the two title characters, the anthropomorphic moose Bullwinkle and flying squirrel Rocky. The main adversaries in most of their adventures are the Russian-like spies Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale. Supporting segments include Dudley Do-Right (a parody of old-time melodrama), Peabody’s Improbable History (a dog and his pet boy Sherman traveling through time), and Fractured Fairy Tales (classic fairy tales retold in comic fashion), among others. Rocky & Bullwinkle is known for quality writing and wry humor. Mixing puns, cultural and topical satire, and self-referential humor, it appealed to adults as well as children. In 2013, Rocky and His Friends and The Bullwinkle Show were ranked the sixth Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time by TV Guide.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_and_bullwinkle,
  23. The Jetsons
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    The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in primetime from 1962-1963, then later as part of the weekday/weekend morning programming block called The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera, until 1987. New episodes were produced from 1984-1987 as well. It was Hanna-Barbera’s Space Age counterpart to The Flintstones. While the Flintstones live in a world with machines powered by birds and dinosaurs, the Jetsons live in the year 2062 in a futuristic utopia (100 years in the future at the time of the show’s debut) of elaborate robotic contraptions, aliens, holograms and whimsical inventions. The original series comprised 24 episodes and aired on Sunday nights on ABC beginning September 23, 1962, with primetime reruns continuing through September 8, 1963. At the time of its debut, it was the first program ever to be broadcast in color on ABC-TV. (Only a handful of ABC-TV stations were capable of broadcasting in color in the early 1960’s.) In contrast, The Flintstones, while always produced in color, was broadcast in black-and-white for its first two seasons. Following its primetime run, the series aired on Saturday mornings for decades, starting on ABC for the 1963-64 season and then in future seasons on CBS and NBC. Further episodes were produced for syndication between 1985 and 1987 as one the original lineup of the weekday/weekend morning programming block known as The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jetsons,
  24. Cowboy Bebop
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    A genuine work of art and one of the greatest anime series of all time, Cowboy Bebop is a 1998 Japanese anime series developed by Sunrise. It featured a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane, and composer Yoko Kanno. The 26 episodes (sessions) of the series are set in the year 2071. It follows the adventures, misadventures and tragedies of a bounty hunter crew travelling on the Bebop, their starship. Cowboy Bebop explores philosophical concepts including existentialism, existential ennui, loneliness and the past’s influence. The series premiered in Japan from April 3 until June 26, 1998, broadcasting only 12 episodes and a special due to its controversial adult-themed content. A film was later released to theaters worldwide. The anime series was dubbed in the English language by Animaze and ZRO Limit Productions, and was licensed by Bandai Entertainment in North America and is now licensed by Funimation. In 2001, Cowboy Bebop became the first anime title to be broadcast on Adult Swim in the US. Cowboy Bebop became a critical and commercial success both in Japanese and international markets, most notably in the US. The series garnered several major anime and science fiction awards from Japanese publications, and received universal praise for its style, characters, story, voice acting, animation and soundtrack. In the years since its release, critics and reviewers, from the US in particular, have hailed Cowboy Bebop as a masterpiece and frequently cite it as one of the greatest anime series of all time. Credited with helping introduce anime to a new wave of Western viewers in the early 2000’s, Cowboy Bebop has also been labelled a gateway series for the medium as a whole.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowboy_Bebop,
  25. Neon Genesis Evangelion
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    Neon Genesis Evangelion (“Gospel of a New Century”), is a Japanese science-fantasy mecha dystopia genre animation series that first aired from October 1995 to March 1996. The 26 episode series was created by the anime studio Gainax and was both directed and written by Hideaki Anno. The original Japanese cast of the show includes the voice actors and singers Megumi Ogata as Shinji Ikari, Megumi Hayashibara as Rei Ayanami, and Yūko Miyamura as Asuka Soryu. The music was composed by Shirō Sagisu and would top the Oricon charts upon release; the theme song continues to receive recognition for its lasting impact in the decades after its release. The Evangelion franchise also includes a movie tetralogy called Rebuild of Evangelion, as well as several other spin-off anime, manga and video game series. Evangelion is an apocalyptic anime in the mecha genre. The series is set in a futuristic Tokyo, 15 years after a worldwide cataclysm. The main story centers around Shinji, a teenage boy who is recruited by the shadowy organization NERV to pilot a giant bio-machine called an Evangelion in combat against monstrous beings known as Angels. The series explores the experiences and emotions of other Evangelion pilots and members of NERV as they attempt to prevent another catastrophe. Evangelion prominently features religious symbolism and themes throughout the series, including Kabbalah, Christianity, Judaism and Shinto imagery. Evangelion is one of the most successful and critically acclaimed anime television series of the 1990’s. Considered both a critique and deconstruction of the mecha genre, the series has become a cultural icon and has resulted in the artistic and technical revival of the anime industry. The show’s characters, music and individual scenes have been recognized by the Japanese public, and homage to its controversial ending resulted in the creation of two movies; each provided an alternate ending for the abstract and psychological analysis of the characters for episodes 25 and 26. The subsequent film, manga, home video and other products in its franchise have achieved record sales in Japan and strong sales in overseas markets, with revenues grossing over 150 billion yen by 2013.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neon_Genesis_Evangelion,
  26. Superman (1940’s)
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    The Fleischer & Famous Superman cartoons are a series of 17 animated Technicolor short films released by Paramount Pictures and based upon the comic book character Superman. The pilot and first eight shorts were produced by Fleischer Studios from 1941 to 1942, while the final eight were produced by Famous Studios, a successor company to Fleischer Studios, from 1942 to 1943. Superman was the final animated series initiated under Fleischer Studios, before Famous Studios officially took over production in May 1942. Although all entries are in the public domain, ancillary rights such as merchandising contract rights, as well as the original 35mm master elements, are owned today by Warner Bros. Animation. Warner has owned Superman publisher DC Comics since 1969.
    Links: Top 100 Superheroes, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman_(1940s_cartoons),
  27. Spiderman
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    Spider-Man, also known as Spider-Man: The Animated Series, is an American animated television series based on the Marvel Comics superhero, Spider-Man. The show ran on Fox Kids from November 19, 1994, to January 31, 1998. The producer/story editor was John Semper, Jr. and the production company was Marvel Films Animation. The instrumental theme song for the series (including the lyrics) was performed by Joe Perry of Aerosmith. Starting May 6, 2014, reruns will air on Disney XD to promote The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider-Man_(1994_TV_series),
  28. Aqua Teen Hunger Force
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    Aqua Teen Hunger Force is an American animated television series on Cartoon Network’s late night programming block, Adult Swim. The series made its official debut on September 9, 2001 on Adult swim after the pilot episode had aired as a special sneak peek on Cartoon Network on December 30, 2000. The show is about the surreal adventures of three anthropomorphic fast food items: Master Shake, Frylock and Meatwad, and their human nextdoor neighbor, Carl Brutananadilewski. Aqua Teen Hunger Force is one of the spin-offs of the show Space Ghost Coast to Coast, and as of 2014, the longest running original series on Adult Swim, as well as one of the top 10 longest-running American animated television series of all time. Each episode is written and directed by series creators Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro, who also provide several voices. As of 2011 each season is given a different alternative title accompanied by a different opening sequence as a running gag by the creators. Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, a film adaption of the series was released in theaters on April 13, 2007, marking the first time an Adult Swim series has been adapted into a movie. There have been a total of 130 episodes during the show’s nine seasons. An episode titled “Boston” was scheduled to air during the fifth season, but was pulled to avoid further controversy surrounding the 2007 Boston bomb scare, and has never aired or been released to the public in any format. Since its release, the series has developed a cult following, and its popularity resulted in three different spin-offs: Spacecataz, Carl’s Stone Cold Lock of the Century of the Week, and Soul Quest Overdrive. Maiellaro has stated that there are no plans to end the series at any time in the foreseeable future. The series also airs in syndication in other countries and has been released on various DVD sets and other forms of home media, including on demand streaming of the first season on Netflix.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquateen_hunger_force,
  29. TaleSpin
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    TaleSpin is a half-hour animated adventure series based in the fictional city of Cape Suzette, that first aired in 1990 as a preview on The Disney Channel and later that year as part of The Disney Afternoon, with characters adapted from Disney’s 1967 animated feature The Jungle Book, which was theatrically rereleased in the summer before this show premiered in the fall. The name of the show is a play on “tailspin,” the rapid descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral. The two words in the show’s name, tale and spin, are a way to describe telling a story. The show is one of the nine Disney Afternoon shows to use established Disney characters as the main characters, with the others being Darkwing Duck, DuckTales, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, Goof Troop, Bonkers, Quack Pack, Aladdin and The Lion King’s Timon and Pumbaa.
    Links: Top Ten Disney Animated Filmshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talespin,
  30. Tom and Jerry
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    Tom and Jerry is a series of theatrical animated cartoon films created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, centering on a rivalry between a cat (Tom) and a mouse (Jerry) whose chases include slapstick comedy. Hanna and Barbera ultimately wrote, produced, and directed 114 Tom and Jerry shorts at the MGM cartoon studio in Hollywood from 1940 to 1957. The original series is notable for having won seven Academy Awards, tying with Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies as the theatrical animated series with the most Oscars. A longtime television staple, Tom and Jerry has a worldwide audience and has been recognized as one of the most famous and longest-lived rivalries in American cinema. MGM released an additional 13 entries in 1961 produced by Rembrandt Films led by Gene Deitch in central Europe. Chuck Jones’ Sib-Tower 12 Productions produced another 34 entries between 1963–1967, creating a total of 161 theatrical entries. Tom and Jerry resurfaced in made-for-television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Filmation Studios starting in the 1970’s.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_and_jerry,
  31. Justice League/Justice League Unlimited
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    Justice League is an American animated television series which ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network. It is part of the DC animated universe. The show was produced by Warner Bros. Animation. It is based on the Justice League of America and associated comic book characters published by DC Comics. After the second season, the series was renamed Justice League Unlimited, and aired for an additional three seasons.
    Links: Top 100 Superheroes, Top 100 Fictional Villainshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justice_League_(TV_series),
  32. Voltron: Defender of the Universe and Transformers
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    Voltron is the name of a giant robot in a cartoon television series that features a team of space explorers known as the Voltron Force. The space explorers pilot robot lions who join together to form the giant robot with which they defend their galaxy from evil. Initially produced as a joint venture between World Events Productions and Toei Animation, the original television series aired in syndication from September 10, 1984 to November 18, 1985. The program was entitled Voltron: Defender of the Universe. The Transformers is the first animated television series in the Transformers franchise. The series depicts a war among giant robots that can transform into vehicles and other objects. Written and recorded in America, the series was animated in Japan and South Korea. The entire series was based upon the Diaclone and Microman toy lines originally created by Japanese toy manufacturer Takara, which were developed into the Transformers toy line by American company Hasbro. Following the conclusion of the series in 1987 but in 1988 the 5th & last season of the series is the retelling story of the TV series rerun Episodes with power master optimus prime as the host of the 5th season of TV series with a boy named Tommy; the Japanese created Transformers: The Headmasters, a sequel series.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voltronhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Transformers_(TV_series),
  33. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
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    He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is an American animated television series produced by Filmation based on Mattel’s successful toy line Masters of the Universe. The show, often referred to as simply He-Man, was one of the most popular animated children’s shows of the 1980’s, and has retained a heavy cult following to this day. It made its television debut in 1983 and ran until 1985, consisting of two seasons of 65 episodes each. Reruns continued to air in syndication until 1988, at which point USA Network bought the rights to the series. USA aired He-Man until September 1990.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He-Man_and_the_Masters_of_the_Universe,
  34. ThunderCats
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    ThunderCats is an American animated series based on a group of cat-like humanoid aliens. The show was created by Tobin “Ted” Wolf and animated by Japanese animation studio, Pacific Animation Corporation. The characters were originally featured in an animated TV series named ThunderCats, running from 1985 to 1989.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ThunderCats,
  35. Chip N’ Dale Rescue Rangers
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    Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers is an American animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. Created by Tad Stones and Alan Zaslove, it featured the established Disney characters Chip ‘n’ Dale in a new setting. The series premiered on The Disney Channel on March 4, 1989, after a preview episode (“Catteries Not Included”) was aired on August 27, 1988. The series premiered with a two-hour movie special, Rescue Rangers: To the Rescue, which was later broken up into five parts to air as part of the weekday run. The final episode aired on November 19, 1990. On September 18, 1989, the series entered national syndication. From 1998 to 1999, reruns of the show were aired as a part of the Disney Afternoon line up.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chip_’n_Dale_Rescue_Rangers,
  36. DuckTales
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    DuckTales is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation. It premiered on September 18, 1987 and ended on November 28, 1990 with a total of four seasons and 100 episodes. An animated theatrical spin-off film based on the series, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, was released widely in the US on August 3, 1990. The voice cast from the series reprised their roles for the film. DuckTales is based on Uncle Scrooge and other Duck universe comic books, created by Carl Barks. The viewer follows the adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his three grandnephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Important secondary characters, that often take part in the adventures, include Donald Duck, Scrooge’s pilot Launchpad McQuack and butler Duckworth, the inventor Gyro Gearloose, and the nanny Mrs. Beakley and her granddaughter Webby. The most notable antagonists in the series are the Beagle Boys, the witch Magica De Spell, and the industrialist Flintheart Glomgold. In a typical story, the villains are after McDuck’s fortune or his Number One Dime; another common theme is a race after some sort of treasure. Although some stories are original or based on Barks’ comic book series, others are pastiches on classical stories or legends, including characters based on either fictional or historical persons. The series is known for its many references to popular culture, including Shakespeare, Jack the Ripper, Greek mythology, James Bond, Indiana Jones, and Sherlock Holmes.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ducktales,
  37. The Venture Bros.
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    The Venture Bros. is an American animated television series that premiered on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim on February 16, 2003. The series mixes action and comedy together while it chronicles the adventures of the Venture family: well-meaning but incompetent teenagers Hank and Dean Venture; their emotionally insecure, ethically challenged, under-achieving super-scientist father Dr. Thaddeus “Rusty” Venture; the family’s bodyguard, originally the ultra-violent and macho secret agent Brock Samson and his subsequent replacement, the reformed super villain and “cured” pederast Sergeant Hatred; and the family’s self-proclaimed arch-nemesis, The Monarch, a butterfly-themed super villain. Christopher McCulloch, otherwise known as Jackson Publick, announced on March 22, 2011, that the show had been renewed for seasons 5 and 6, with pre-production to have begun in June 2011. Season five began airing on June 2, 2013.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venture_Bros.,
  38. Darkwing Duck
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    Darkwing Duck is an American animated action-adventure television series produced by The Walt Disney Company that first ran from 1991–1992 and then continued airing as reruns until 1995 on both the syndicated programming block The Disney Afternoon and Saturday mornings on ABC. It featured the eponymous anthropomorphic duck superhero whose alter ego is mild-mannered Drake Mallard. It was a spin-off of DuckTales.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darkwing_Duck,
  39. Yogi Bear
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    Yogi Bear is a family cartoon character, created by Hanna-Barbera Productions, who has appeared in numerous comic books, animated television shows and films. He made his debut in 1958 as a supporting character in The Huckleberry Hound Show. Yogi Bear was the first breakout character created by Hanna-Barbera and was eventually more popular than Huckleberry Hound. In January 1961, he was given his own show, The Yogi Bear Show, sponsored by Kellogg’s, which included the segments Snagglepuss and Yakky Doodle. Hokey Wolf replaced his segment on The Huckleberry Hound Show. A musical animated feature film, Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear!, was produced in 1964. Yogi was one of several Hanna-Barbera characters to have a collar. This allowed animators to keep his body static, redrawing only his head in each frame when he spoke. This reduced the number of drawings needed for a seven-minute cartoon from around 14,000 to around 2,000.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yogi_bear,
  40. G.I. Joe
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    G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero is a half-hour American animated television series based on the successful toyline from Hasbro and the comic book series from Marvel Comics. The cartoon had its beginnings with two five-part mini-series in 1983 and 1984, then became a regular series that ran in syndication from 1985 to 1997. Ron Friedman created the G.I. Joe animated series for television, and wrote all four miniseries. The fourth mini-series was intended to be a feature film, but as noted subsequently was released as a television mini-series instead because of production difficulties.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G.I._Joe:_A_Real_American_Hero_(1985_TV_series),
  41. Alvin and the Chipmunks
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    Alvin and the Chipmunks is an American animated music group created by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. for a novelty record in 1958. The group consists of three singing animated anthropomorphic chipmunks: Alvin, the mischievous troublemaker, who quickly became the star of the group; Simon, the tall, bespectacled intellectual; and Theodore, the chubby, impressionable one. The trio is managed by their human adoptive father, David (Dave) Seville. In reality, “David Seville” was Bagdasarian’s stage name, and the Chipmunks themselves are named after the executives of their original record label. The characters became a success, and the singing Chipmunks and their manager were given life in several animated cartoon productions, using redrawn, anthropomorphic chipmunks, and eventually films. The voices of the group were all performed by Bagdasarian, who sped up the playback to create high-pitched voices. This oft-used process was not entirely new to Bagdasarian, who had also used it for two previous novelty songs, including “Witch Doctor,” but it was so unusual and well-executed it earned the record two Grammy Awards for engineering. Bagdasarian, performing as the Chipmunks, released a long line of albums and singles, with “The Chipmunk Song” becoming a number-one single in the US. The project has earned five Grammy awards, an American Music Award, a Golden Reel Award, and three Kids’ Choice Awards, and has been nominated for three Emmy awards. A CGI-animated TV series revival, titled ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks, is currently in production. Scheduled to run for 52 11-minute episodes, it will premiere on a yet-to-be-announced cable channel in early 2015. After a 25-year hiatus, the premiere of this series will mark its first television debut since their last TV appearance ended in 1990.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_and_the_Chipmunks,
  42. The Maxx
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    The Maxx is an American comic book series created by Sam Kieth and published originally monthly by Image Comics and now collected in trade paperback collections from DC Comic’s Wildstorm imprint. The comic book, which stars a character of the same name, spawned an animated series that aired on MTV. The first appearance of The Maxx was in Primer #5, published by Comico Comics. The series follows the adventures of the titular hero in the real world and in an alternate reality, referred to as the Outback. In the real world the Maxx is a vagrant, a “homeless man living in a box,” while in the Outback he is the powerful protector of the Jungle Queen. The Jungle Queen exists in the real world as Julie Winters, a freelance social worker who often bails the Maxx out of jail. While the Maxx is aware of the Outback, Julie is not, though it is integral to both of their stories.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Maxx,
  43. Doug
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    Doug is an American animated sitcom created by Jim Jinkins and co-produced by his studio, Jumbo Pictures. The show focuses on the surreal and imaginative exploits of its title character, Douglas “Doug” Funnie, who experiences common predicaments while attending school in his new hometown of Bluffington, Virginia. The series lampoons several topics, including puppy love, bullying and rumors. Numerous episodes center around Doug’s attempts to date his classmate Patti Mayonnaise. Doug originally aired on Nickelodeon in the US of America. It, along with Rugrats and The Ren & Stimpy Show, comprised the original three Nicktoons, premiering simultaneously on August 11, 1991 and ending on January 2, 1994. Following the acquisition of the former Jumbo Pictures by Disney in 1996, the series aired on ABC as part of the former Disney’s One Saturday Morning programming block. The second series premiered on September 7, 1996, and ended on June 26, 1999 while having a feature film adaption. In 2011, the Nickelodeon series became syndicated on TeenNick’s then newly debuted The ’90s Are All That block.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug,
  44. The Critic
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    The Critic is an American prime time animated series revolving around the life of New York film critic Jay Sherman, voiced by actor Jon Lovitz. It was created by writing partners Al Jean and Mike Reiss, who had previously worked as writers and showrunners (seasons 3 and 4) on The Simpsons. The Critic had 23 episodes produced, first broadcast on ABC in 1994, and finishing its original run on Fox in 1995. Episodes featured movie parodies with notable examples including a musical version of Apocalypse Now, Howard Stern’s End (Howards End), Honey, I Ate the Kids (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids/The Silence of the Lambs), The Cockroach King (The Lion King), Abe Lincoln: Pet Detective (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective), Scent of a Jackass and Scent of a Wolfman (Scent of a Woman). The show often referenced popular movies such as Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and The Godfather, and routinely lampooned actor Marlon Brando and actor/director Orson Welles. Despite the ratings improving, The Critic was cancelled after only two seasons. It continued to air through reruns on Comedy Central and then on Locomotion. From 2000 to 2001, ten web episodes were later produced using Adobe Shockwave, and were broadcast on AtomFilms.com and Shockwave.com.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Critic,
  45. Jonny Quest
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    Jonny Quest is a media franchise that revolves around a boy named Jonny Quest who accompanies his father on extraordinary adventures. The franchise started with a 1964-1965 television series and has come to include two subsequent television series, two television films, and three computer games.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonny_Quest,
  46. Sponge Bob Square Pants
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    SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series, created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg. The series chronicles the adventures and endeavors of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The series’ popularity has made it a media franchise, as well as Nickelodeon network’s highest rated show, and the most distributed property of MTV Networks. The media franchise has generated $8 billion in merchandising revenue for Nickelodeon. Many of the ideas for the series originated in an unpublished, educational comic book titled The Intertidal Zone, which Hillenburg created in 1984. He began developing SpongeBob SquarePants into a television series in 1996 upon the cancellation of Rocko’s Modern Life, and turned to Tom Kenny, who had worked with him on that series, to voice the titular character. SpongeBob was originally to be named SpongeBoy, and the series was to be called SpongeBoy Ahoy!, but these were changed, as the name was already in use for a mop product. The pilot episode first aired on Nickelodeon in the US on May 1, 1999, following the television airing of the 1999 Kids’ Choice Awards. A feature film, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, was released in theaters on November 19, 2004, and a sequel is currently in development, with a projected release date of February 13, 2015. On July 21, 2012, the series was renewed and aired its 9th season, beginning with the episode “Extreme Spots.” Despite its widespread popularity, the series has been involved in several public controversies, including one centered around speculation over SpongeBob’s intended sexual orientation. The series has been nominated for 15 Emmy Awards, and won for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program in 2010. It has received several additional awards and nominations, including 16 Annie Award nominations (out of which it has won six times), and four BAFTA Children’s Award nominations (out of which it has won twice). In 2011, a newly described species of mushroom, Spongiforma squarepantsii, was named after the cartoon’s title character.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sponge_Bob,
  47. Rocko’s Modern Life
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    Rocko’s Modern Life is an American animated series created by Joe Murray. The show aired for four seasons between 1993 and 1996 on Nickelodeon. Rocko’s Modern Life is based around the surreal, parodic adventures of an anthropomorphic, Australian-immigrant wallaby named Rocko, and his new life in the city of O-Town. The show explores his American life as well as the lives of his friends: the gluttonous steer Heffer, the neurotic turtle Filburt, and Rocko’s faithful dog, Spunky. The show is laden with adult humor, including double entendres, innuendos, and satirical social commentary. Joe Murray initially created the title character for an unpublished comic book series in the late 1980’s, and later reluctantly pitched the series to Nickelodeon, who were looking for edgier cartoonists for their new Nicktoons block. The network gave the staff a large amount of creative freedom, the writers targeting both children and adults. The show’s animation stylistically features crooked architecture. In addition, Murray picked many newcomer voice actors, such as Tom Kenny and Carlos Alazraqui, who have gone on to become very popular. The show was the 4th Nicktoon to premiere. Kenny described the show’s impact in an interview, saying, “Rocko’s Modern Life was just one of those shows that were the first break for a lot of people who went on to do other stuff in the business.” Produced by Games Animation and Joe Murray Productions, the show premiered on September 18, 1993 and ended on November 24, 1996 with reruns until mid-2000. After the show’s completion, much of the staff regrouped to work on SpongeBob SquarePants, created by producer Stephen Hillenburg. Rocko’s Modern Life generally received positive reviews during its original broadcast run and in recent years has seen renewed praise for sophisticated and subversive humor.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockos_Modern_Life,
  48. Woody Woodpecker
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    Woody Woodpecker is a funny animal cartoon character, who appeared in theatrical short films produced by the Walter Lantz animation studio and distributed by Universal Pictures. Though not the first of the screwball characters that became popular in the 1940’s, Woody is perhaps the most indicative of the type. Woody was created in 1940 by Lantz and storyboard artist Ben “Bugs” Hardaway, who had previously laid the groundwork for two other screwball characters, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, at the Warner Bros. cartoon studio in the late 1930’s. Woody’s character and design would evolve over the years, from an insane bird with an unusually garish design to a more refined looking and acting character in the vein of the later Chuck Jones version of Bugs Bunny. Woody was originally voiced by prolific voice actor Mel Blanc, who was succeeded by Ben Hardaway and later by Grace Stafford, wife of Walter Lantz. Lantz produced theatrical cartoons longer than most of his contemporaries, and Woody Woodpecker remained a staple of Universal’s release schedule until 1972, when Lantz finally closed down his studio. The character has been revived since then only for special productions and occasions, save for one new Saturday morning cartoon television series, The New Woody Woodpecker Show, for the Fox Network in the late 1990’s/early 2000’s. Woody Woodpecker cartoons were first broadcast on television in 1957 under the title The Woody Woodpecker Show, which featured Lantz cartoons bookended by new footage of Woody and live-action footage of Lantz. Woody has a motion picture star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 7000 Hollywood Boulevard. He also made a cameo alongside many other famous cartoon characters in the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woody_the_Woodpecker,
  49. Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain
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           Pinky and the Brain is an American animated television series. It was the first animated television series to be presented in Dolby Surround and the fourth collaboration of Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros. Animation. The characters first appeared in 1993 as a recurring segment on Animaniacs and then from 1995 to 1998, they were spun off into their own show on The WB Television Network, Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky and the Brain, with 65 episodes produced. Later, they appeared in the unsuccessful series, Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain. Pinky and Brain are genetically enhanced laboratory mice who reside in a cage in the Acme Labs research facility. Brain is self-centered and scheming; Pinky is good-natured but feebleminded. In each episode, Brain devises a new plan to take over the world, which ultimately ends in failure, usually due to Pinky’s idiocy, the impossibility of Brain’s plan, Brain’s own arrogance, or just circumstances beyond their control. In common with many other Animaniacs shorts, many episodes are in some way a parody of something else, usually a film or novel. The opening song is preceded by the following dialogue: Pinky: “Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?” The Brain: “The same thing we do every night, Pinky—try to take over the world!”
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinky_and_the_Brain,
  50. Popeye
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    Popeye the Sailor Man is a cartoon fictional character created by Elzie Crisler Segar, who has appeared in comic strips and theatrical and television animated cartoons. He first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929; Popeye became the strip’s title in later years. Although Segar’s Thimble Theatre strip was in its tenth year when Popeye made his debut, the sailor quickly became the main focus of the strip and Thimble Theatre became one of King Features’ most popular properties during the 1930s. Thimble Theater was continued after Segar’s death in 1938 by several writers and artists, most notably Segar’s assistant Bud Sagendorf. The strip continues to appear in first-run installments in its Sunday edition, written and drawn by Hy Eisman. The daily strips are reprints of old Sagendorf stories. In 1933, Max and Dave Fleischer’s Fleischer Studios adapted the Thimble Theatre characters into a series of Popeye the Sailor theatrical cartoon shorts for Paramount Pictures. These cartoons proved to be among the most popular of the 1930’s, and the Fleischers—and later Paramount’s own Famous Studios—continued production through 1957. The shorts are now owned by Turner Entertainment, a subsidiary of Time Warner, and distributed by sister company Warner Bros. Entertainment. Over the years, Popeye has also appeared in comic books, television cartoons, arcade and video games, hundreds of advertisements and peripheral products and a 1980 live-action film directed by Robert Altman that starred comedian Robin Williams as Popeye.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popeye,
  51. Sealab 2021
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    Sealab 2021 is an American animated television series. It was shown on Cartoon Network’s adult-oriented programming block, Adult Swim. Cartoon Network aired the show’s pilot season in December 2000 before the official inception of the Adult Swim channel on September 2, 2001, with the final episode airing on April 25, 2005. Sealab 2021 is one of the four original Williams Street series that premiered in 2000 before Adult Swim officially launched, the others being Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Brak Show, and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law. Much like Adult Swim’s Space Ghost Coast to Coast, the animation used stock footage from a 1970s Hanna-Barbera cartoon, in this case the short-lived, environmentally themed Sealab 2020, along with original animation. While there was initial resistance from several of the original series’ creators to the reuse of their characters, production moved forward on the series. Sealab 2021 was produced by 70/30 Productions, which eventually closed in January 2009.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sealab_2021,
  52. Mighty Mouse
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           Mighty Mouse is an American animated anthropomorphic superhero mouse character created by the Terrytoons studio for 20th Century Fox. The character made its first appearance in 1942 (originally named Super Mouse), and subsequently appeared in 80 theatrical films produced between 1942 and 1961. These films later appeared on American television from 1955 through 1967 on the CBS television network on Saturday mornings. The character went through two later revivals, once by Filmation Studios in 1979, and again in 1987 at the hands of animation director Ralph Bakshi, who had worked at the Terrytoons studio during his early career. Mighty Mouse has also appeared in comics and other media.
    Links: Top 100 Fictional Heroeshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mighty_mouse,
  53. Underdog
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    Underdog is an American animated television series that debuted October 3, 1964, on the NBC network under the primary sponsorship of General Mills, and continued in syndication until 1973 (although production of new episodes ceased in 1967), for a run of 124 episodes. Underdog, Shoeshine Boy’s heroic alter-ego, appeared whenever love interest Sweet Polly Purebred was being victimized by such villains as Simon Bar Sinister or Riff Raff. Underdog nearly always speaks in rhyme, as in, “There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here!” His voice was supplied by Wally Cox.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underdog_(TV_series),
  54. Peanuts
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    Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday American comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, which ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000, continuing in reruns afterward. The strip is the most popular and influential in the history of the comic strip, with 17,897 strips published in all, making it “arguably the longest story ever told by one human being.” At its peak, Peanuts ran in over 2,600 newspapers, with a readership of 355 million in 75 countries, and was translated into 21 languages. It helped to cement the four-panel gag strip as the standard in the US, and together with its merchandise earned Schulz more than $1 billion. Reprints of the strip are still syndicated and run in almost every US newspaper. Peanuts achieved considerable success with its television specials, several of which, including A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, won or were nominated for Emmy Awards. The holiday specials remain popular and are currently broadcast on ABC in the US during the corresponding seasons. Peanuts has been described as “the most shining example of the American success story in the comic strip field”; this is ironic, given its theme is “the great American unsuccess story.” The main character, Charlie Brown, is meek, nervous, and lacks self-confidence. He is unable to fly a kite, win a baseball game, or kick a football. In 2013, TV Guide ranked Peanuts the fourth Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peanuts,
  55. Smurfs
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    The Smurfs is a Belgian comic and television franchise centered on a group of Smurfs: small blue fictional creatures that live in mushrooms. The Smurfs were first created and introduced as a series of comic characters by the Belgian comics artist Peyo (pen name of Pierre Culliford) in 1958. The word “Smurf” is the original Dutch translation of the French “Schtroumpf,” which, according to Peyo, is a word invented during a meal with fellow cartoonist André Franquin, when he could not remember the word salt. There are more than one hundred Smurfs, whose names are based on adjectives that emphasize their characteristics, e.g. “Jokey Smurf,” who likes to play practical jokes on his fellow smurfs, “Clumsy Smurf,” who has a habit of creating havoc unintentionally, and “Smurfette”—the first female Smurf to be introduced in the series. The Smurfs wear Phrygian caps, which represented freedom in Roman times. The Smurf franchise began as a comic and expanded into advertising, movies, TV series, ice capades, video games, theme parks and dolls.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smurfs,
  56. Inspector Gadget
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    Inspector Gadget is an animated television series that revolves around the adventures of a clumsy, dim-witted cyborg detective named lnspector Gadget – a human being with various bionic gadgets built into his body. Gadget’s nemesis is Dr. Claw, the leader of an evil organization, known as “M.A.D.” This is the first syndicated cartoon show from DIC Entertainment. lt originally ran from 1983 to 1986 and remained in syndication into the late 1990’s. The series was produced by companies in France, Canada, the US, Taiwan and Japan. It was a co-production between DIC Entertainment in France and Nelvana in Canada; the animation work was outsourced to foreign studios such as Tokyo Movie Shinsha in Japan and Cuckoo’s Nest Studio in Taiwan. It was the first animated television series to be presented in stereo.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inspector_Gadget,
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Top Ten Marlon Brando Films

Top Ten Marlon Brando Films

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       Marlon Brando, Jr. (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004) was an American screen and stage actor, widely regarded as one of the greatest stage performers of the modern era. While he became notorious for his “mumbling” diction and exuding a raw animal magnetism, his mercurial performances were nonetheless highly regarded. Director Martin Scorsese said of him, “He is the marker. There’s ‘before Brando’ and ‘after Brando’.” An enduring cultural icon, Brando became a box office star during the 1950’s, during which time he racked up five Oscar nominations as Best Actor, along with three consecutive wins of the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He initially gained popularity for recreating the role as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), as well as his Academy Award-winning performance as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront (1954), and his iconic portrayal of the rebel motorcycle gang leader Johnny Strabler in The Wild One (1953). The 1960’s proved to be a fallow decade for Brando, and after 10 years in which he did not appear in a commercially successful movie, he won his second Academy Award for playing Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather (1972), a role critics consider among his greatest. The movie, which became the most commercially successful film of all time when it was released revitalized Brando’s career and reestablished him in the ranks of top box office stars. He finished out the decade of the 1970’s with his controversial performance as Colonel Walter Kurtz in another Coppola film, Apocalypse Now (1979), a box office hit. Beyond the big screen, Brando was also an activist, supporting many issues, notably the African-American Civil Rights Movement and various American Indian Movements.

  1. The Godfather
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           The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy from a screenplay by Mario Puzo and Coppola. Based on Puzo’s 1969 novel of the same name, the film stars Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as the leaders of a powerful New York crime family. The story, spanning the years 1945 to 1955, centers on the transformation of Michael Corleone (Pacino) from reluctant family outsider to ruthless Mafia boss while also chronicling the Corleone family under the patriarch Vito Corleone (Brando). The Godfather is widely regarded as one of the greatest films in world cinema—and as one of the most influential, especially in the gangster genre. Now ranked as the second greatest film in American cinema (behind Citizen Kane) by the American Film Institute, it was selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry in 1990. The film was for a time the highest grossing picture ever made, and remains the box office leader for 1972. It won three Oscars that year: for Best Picture, for Best Actor (Brando) and in the category Best Adapted Screenplay for Puzo and Coppola. Its nominations in seven other categories included Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall for Best Supporting Actor and Coppola for Best Director. The success spawned two sequels: The Godfather Part II in 1974, and The Godfather Part III in 1990.
    Links: Top Ten Gangster FilmsTop Ten Francis Ford Coppola Films,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_godfather, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0150742/,
  2. On the Waterfront
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           On the Waterfront is a 1954 American crime drama film about union violence and corruption among longshoremen. The film was directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg. It stars Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, and, in her film debut, Eva Marie Saint. The soundtrack score was composed by Leonard Bernstein. It is based on “Crime on the Waterfront”, a series of articles in the New York Sun by Malcolm Johnson. The series won the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. The stories detailed widespread corruption, extortion and racketeering on the waterfronts of Manhattan and Brooklyn. On the Waterfront received 12 Academy Award nominations, winning eight, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Brando, Best Supporting Actress for Saint, and Best Director for Kazan. It is Leonard Bernstein’s only original film score not adapted from a stage production with songs.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Waterfront, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047296/,
  3. Apocalypse Now
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           Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic war film set during the Vietnam War, directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and Martin Sheen. The film follows the central character, US Army special operations officer Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Sheen), of MACV-SOG, on a mission to kill the renegade and presumed insane US Army Special Forces Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Brando). The screenplay by John Milius and Coppola came from Milius’s idea of adapting Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness into the Vietnam War era. Brando’s showing up on the set overweight, Sheen suffered a heart attack, and severe weather destroyed several expensive sets. The film’s release was postponed several times while Coppola edited millions of feet of footage. Upon release, Apocalypse Now earned widespread critical acclaim and its cultural impact and philosophical themes have been extensively discussed since. Honored with the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, the film was also deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry in 2000.
    Links: Top Ten War Filmshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apocalypse_Now, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078788/,
  4. A Streetcar Named Desire
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           A Streetcar Named Desire is the 1951 film adaptation of the 1947, Pulitzer Prize winning stage play by Tennessee Williams. Williams collaborated with Oscar Saul on the screenplay and Elia Kazan who directed the stage production went on to direct the film. Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden, all members of the original Broadway cast, reprised their roles for the film. Vivien Leigh, who had appeared in the London theatre production, was brought in for the film version in lieu of Jessica Tandy, who had created the part of Blanche DuBois on Broadway. A Streetcar Named Desire holds the distinction of garnering Academy Award wins for actors in three out of the four acting categories. Oscars were won by Vivien Leigh, Best Actress, Karl Malden, Best Supporting Actor, and Kim Hunter, Best Supporting Actress. Marlon Brando was nominated for his performance as Stanley Kowalski, and although lauded for his powerful portrayal, did not win the Oscar for Best Actor. The film is also noteworthy for being the first film to honor actors in both the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress category.
    Links: PlaysTop Ten PlaysTop Ten Broadway PlaysTop Ten Playwrights,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Streetcar_Named_Desire_(1951_film),
  5. Viva Zapata!

           Viva Zapata! is a 1952 biographical film starring Marlon Brando and directed by Elia Kazan. The screenplay was written by John Steinbeck, using as a guide Edgcomb Pinchon’s book, Zapata the Unconquerable, a fact that is not credited in the titles of the film. The cast includes Jean Peters and, in an Academy Award-winning performance, Anthony Quinn. The movie is a fictionalized account of the life of Mexican Revolutionary Emiliano Zapata from his peasant upbringing, through his rise to power in the early 1900’s, to his death. To give the film as authentic a feel as possible, Kazan and producer Darryl F. Zanuck studied the numerous photographs that were taken during the revolutionary years, the period between 1909 and 1919 when Zapata led the fight to restore land taken from the people during the dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz. Kazan was especially impressed with the Agustin Casasola collection of photographs and he attempted to duplicate their visual style in the film. Kazan also acknowledged the influence of Roberto Rossellini’s Paisan.
    Links: Top Ten Revolutionaries,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viva_Zapata!, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045296/,
  6. Julius Caesar
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           Julius Caesar is a 1953 MGM film adaptation of the play by Shakespeare, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who also wrote the uncredited screenplay, and produced by John Houseman. The original music score is by Miklós Rózsa. The film stars Marlon Brando as Mark Antony, James Mason as Brutus, John Gielgud as Cassius, Louis Calhern as Julius Caesar, Edmond O’Brien as Casca, Greer Garson as Calpurnia, and Deborah Kerr as Portia.Links: Top Ten Emperors,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Caesar_(1953_film)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045943/,
  7. The Young Lions
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           The Young Lions (1958) is a film starring Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift and Dean Martin, about three soldiers in WWII. Christian Diestl is at first a sympathetic German drawn to Nazism by despair for his future but willing to sacrifice Jews if necessary; Noah Ackerman is an American Jew facing discrimination of the American kind; and Michael Whitacre is an American WASP (White Anglo Saxon Protestant) who struggles with his lack of meaning arising from his lack of struggles. The three have very different wars that see Christian Diestl become less sympathetic as he willingly sacrifices more and more merely to survive. Noah Ackerman finally overcomes the discrimination of his fellows in the army only to be nearly undone by the horror of the camps. While Michael Whitacre, still without meaning in his life, survives them both.
    Links: Warfare, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Young_Lionshttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052415/,
  8. Guys and Dolls

    Guys and Dolls is a 1955 musical film starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine. The film was made by Samuel Goldwyn Productions and distributed by MGM. It was directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who also wrote the screenplay. The film is based on the 1950 Broadway musical by composer and lyricist Frank Loesser, with a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows based on “The Idyll Of Miss Sarah Brown” and “Blood Pressure,” two short stories by Damon Runyon. Upon Samuel Goldwyn’s and Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s requests, Frank Loesser wrote three new songs for the film: “Pet Me Poppa”, “(Your Eyes Are the Eyes of) A Woman in Love”, and “Adelaide,” the last written specifically for Sinatra. Five songs in the stage musical were omitted from the movie: “A Bushel and a Peck”, “My Time of Day” (although these are heard instrumentally as background music), “I’ve Never Been In Love Before”, “More I Cannot Wish You” and “Marry the Man Today”.
    Links: Top Ten Musicalshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guys_and_Dolls_(film)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048140/,
  9. One Eyed Jacks (Actor and Director)
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           One-Eyed Jacks, a 1961 Western, is the only film directed by actor Marlon Brando. The picture was originally planned to be directed by Stanley Kubrick from a screenplay by Sam Peckinpah, but studio disputes led to their replacement by Brando and Guy Trosper. Brando portrays the lead character Rio, and Karl Malden plays his partner “Dad” Longworth. The supporting cast features Katy Jurado, Ben Johnson, and Slim Pickens.
    Links: Top Ten Western Films, Top Ten Stanley Kubrick Filmshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-Eyed_Jackshttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055257/,
  10. Mutiny on the Bounty

           Mutiny on the Bounty is a 1962 film starring Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard based on the novel Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall. The film retells the 1789 real-life mutiny aboard HMAV Bounty led by Fletcher Christian against the ship’s captain, William Bligh. It is the second American film to be made from the novel, the first being Mutiny on the Bounty (1935). It was directed by Lewis Milestone, who replaced Carol Reed early on location shooting. The screenplay was written by Charles Lederer (with uncredited input from Eric Ambler, William L. Driscoll, Borden Chase, John Gay and Ben Hecht). Mutiny on the Bounty was filmed in the Ultra Panavision 70 widescreen process, the first motion picture so credited. It is notable for its location photography in the South Pacific and its musical score by Bronisław Kaper. Behind the scenes, it became notorious for the way Marlon Brando effectively took over directing duties himself and caused it to become far behind schedule and over budget.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutiny_on_the_Bounty_(1962_film)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056264/,
  11. The Men
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           The Men is a 1950 film directed by Fred Zinnemann. It tells the story of a WWII lieutenant, who is seriously injured in combat, and the struggles he faces as he attempts to re-enter society. It stars Marlon Brando, Teresa Wright, and Everett Sloane. The movie was written by Carl Foreman who had previously scripted Champion and Home of the Brave. Although not a commercial success, this film was notable for being Marlon Brando’s movie debut.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Men_(film)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042727/,
  12. Sayonara
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    Sayonara is a 1957 color (Technicolor) American film starring Marlon Brando. The picture tells the story of an American Air Force flier who was an ace fighter pilot during the Korean War. Sayonara won four Academy Awards, including acting honors for co-stars Red Buttons and Miyoshi Umeki. The film’s screenplay was adapted by Paul Osborn from the novel by James Michener, and was produced by William Goetz and directed by Joshua Logan. Unlike most 1950s romantic dramas, Sayonara deals squarely with racism and prejudice. The supporting cast also features Patricia Owens, James Garner, Martha Scott, and Ricardo Montalban.
    Links: Top Ten Fighter Pilotshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sayonarahttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050933/,
  13. The Fugitive Kind
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           The Fugitive Kind is a 1959 American drama film starring Marlon Brando and Anna Magnani, and directed by Sidney Lumet. The screenplay by Meade Roberts and Tennessee Williams was based on the latter’s 1957 play Orpheus Descending, itself a revision of his unproduced 1939 work Battle of Angels. Despite being set in the Deep South, the United Artists release was filmed in Milton, New York. At the 1960 San Sebastián International Film Festival, it won the Silver Seashell for Sidney Lumet and the Zulueta Prize for Best Actress for Joanne Woodward.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fugitive_Kindhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052832/,
  14. The Wild One
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           The Wild One is a 1953 American outlaw biker film directed by László Benedek and produced by Stanley Kramer. It is famed for Marlon Brando’s iconic portrayal of the gang leader Johnny Strabler.Links: Motorcycles, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_wild_onehttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047677/,
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Top Ten James Bond Films

Top Ten James Bond Films

James Bond

       James Bond, code name 007, is a fictional character created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in twelve novels and two short-story collections. Six other authors have written authorized Bond novels or novelizations since Fleming’s death in 1964: Kingsley Amis, Christopher Wood, John Gardner, Raymond Benson, Sebastian Faulks, and Jeffery Deaver; a new novel, written by William Boyd, is planned for release in 2013. The fictional British Secret Service agent has also been adapted for television, radio, comic strip, and video game formats in addition to having been used in the longest continually running and the second-highest grossing film franchise to date, which started in 1962 with Dr. No, starring Sean Connery as Bond. As of 2013, there have been twenty-three films in the Eon Productions series. The most recent Bond film, Skyfall (2012), stars Daniel Craig in his third portrayal of Bond; he is the sixth actor to play Bond in the Eon series. There have also been two independent productions of Bond films: Casino Royale (a 1967 spoof) and Never Say Never Again (a 1983 remake of an earlier Eon-produced film, Thunderball).

  1. Goldfinger
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           Goldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series and also the third to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Released in 1964, it is based on the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. The film also stars Honor Blackman as Bond girl Pussy Galore and Gert Fröbe as the title character Auric Goldfinger, along with Shirley Eaton as famous Bond girl Jill Masterson. Goldfinger was produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman and was the first of four Bond films directed by Guy Hamilton. The film’s plot has Bond investigating gold smuggling by gold magnate Auric Goldfinger and eventually uncovering Goldfinger’s plans to attack the US Bullion Depository at Fort Knox. Goldfinger was the first Bond blockbuster, with a budget equal to that of the two preceding films combined. Principal photography took place from January to July 1964 in the UK, Switzerland and the American states of Kentucky and Florida. Many of the elements introduced in the film appeared in many of the later James Bond films, such as the extensive use of technology and “gadgets” by Bond and an extensive pre-credits sequence that was not a major part of the main storyline. Goldfinger was the first Bond film to win an Academy Award and opened to largely favorable critical reception. The film was a financial success, recouping its budget in just two weeks and is hailed as the series’ quintessential episode, still being acclaimed as one of the best films in the entire Bond canon.
    Links: Top Ten Sean Connery Filmshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldfinger_(film), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058150/,
  2. From Russia With Love
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    From Russia with Love is the second spy film in the James Bond series, and the second to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Released in 1963, the film was produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, and directed by Terence Young. It is based on the 1957 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. In the film, James Bond is sent to assist in the defection of Soviet consulate clerk Tatiana Romanova in Turkey, where SPECTRE plans to avenge Bond’s killing of Dr. No. Following the success of Dr. No, United Artists approved a sequel, doubling the budget available for the producers. In addition to filming on location in Turkey, the action scenes were shot both in Scotland and Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire. Production ran over budget and schedule, and had to rush to finish by its scheduled October 1963 release date. From Russia with Love was a critical and commercial success, taking over $78 million in worldwide box office receipts: more than its predecessor Dr. No.
    Links: Top Ten Sean Connery Filmshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/From_Russia_with_Love_(film),
     http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057076/,
  3. Golden Eye

           GoldenEye (1995) is the 17th spy film in the James Bond series, and the first to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 officer James Bond. The film was directed by Martin Campbell and is the first film in the series not to take story elements from the works of novelist Ian Fleming. In the film, Bond fights to prevent an arms syndicate from using the GoldenEye satellite weapon against London in order to cause a global financial meltdown. GoldenEye was released in 1995 after a six-year hiatus in the series caused by legal disputes, during which Timothy Dalton resigned from the role of James Bond and was replaced by Pierce Brosnan. M was also recast, with actress Judi Dench becoming the first woman to portray the character, replacing Robert Brown. GoldenEye was the first Bond film made after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, which provided a background for the plot. Some critics viewed the film as a modernisation of the series, and felt Brosnan was a definite improvement over his predecessor. The film also received award nominations for “Best Achievement in Special Effects” and “Best Sound” from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The name “GoldenEye” pays homage to James Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming. While working for British Naval Intelligence as a lieutenant commander, Ian Fleming liaised with the American OSS to monitor developments in Spain after the Spanish Civil War in an operation codenamed Operation Golden Eye. Fleming used the name of his operation for his estate in Oracabessa, Jamaica.
    Links: Top Ten N64 VideogamesTop Ten Pierce Brosnan Filmshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GoldenEye,
     http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113189/,
  4. Casino Royale

    Casino Royale is the 21st film in the Eon Productions James Bond film series and the first to star Daniel Craig as fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Casino Royale is set at the beginning of Bond’s career as Agent 007, just as he is earning his licence to kill. After preventing a terrorist attack at Miami International Airport, Bond falls for Vesper Lynd, the treasury employee assigned to provide the money he needs to bankrupt terrorist financier Le Chiffre by beating him in a high-stakes poker game. The story arc continues in the following Bond film, Quantum of Solace (2008). Casino Royale reboots the series, establishing a new timeline and narrative framework not meant to precede or succeed any previous Bond film, which allowed the film to show a less experienced and more vulnerable Bond. Casting the film involved a widespread search for a new actor to portray James Bond, and significant controversy surrounded Craig when he was selected to succeed Pierce Brosnan in October 2005.
    Links: Top Ten Daniel Craig Filmshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casino_Royale_(2006_film), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0381061/,
  5. Dr. No

    Dr. No is a 1962 British spy film, starring Sean Connery; it is the first James Bond film. Based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. In the film, James Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the death of a fellow British agent. The trail leads him to the underground base of Dr. Julius No, who is plotting to disrupt an early American manned space launch with a radio beam weapon. Although the first of the Bond books to be made into a film, Dr. No was not the first of Fleming’s novels, Casino Royale being the debut for the character; however, the film makes a few references to threads from earlier books. Dr. No was produced with a low budget, and was a financial success. While critical reaction at release was mixed, over time the film received a reputation as one of the series’ best installments. Dr. No also launched a genre of “secret agent” films that flourished in the 1960’s. Many of the iconic aspects of a typical James Bond film were established in Dr. No: the film begins with an introduction to the character through the view of a gun barrel and a highly stylized main title sequence, both created by Maurice Binder.
    Links: Top Ten Sean Connery Filmshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._No_(film), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055928/,
  6. The Spy Who Loved Me
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           The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) is the 10th spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Roger Moore as the fictional secret agent James Bond. It was directed by Lewis Gilbert and the screenplay was written by Christopher Wood and Richard Maibaum. The film takes its title from Ian Fleming’s novel The Spy Who Loved Me, the tenth book in the James Bond series, though it does not contain any elements of the novel’s plot. The storyline involves a reclusive megalomaniac named Karl Stromberg who plans to destroy the world and create a new civilisation under the sea. Bond teams up with a Russian agent Anya Amasova to stop Stromberg. Curd Jürgens and Barbara Bach co-star. It was shot on location in Egypt and Italy, with underwater scenes filmed at the Bahamas, and a whole new soundstage being built at Pinewood Studios for a massive set which depicted the interior of a supertanker. The Spy Who Loved Me was highly acclaimed by critics. The soundtrack, composed by Marvin Hamlisch, also met with success. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards amidst many other nominations and novelized in 1977 by Christopher Wood as James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spy_Who_Loved_Me_(film)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076752/,
  7. Live and Let Die

           Live and Let Die (1973) is the 8th spy film in the James Bond series to be produced by Eon Productions, and the first to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Although the producers had wanted Sean Connery to return after his role in the previous Bond film Diamonds Are Forever, he declined, sparking a search for a new actor to play James Bond. Moore was signed for the lead role. In the film, a Harlem drug lord known as Mr. Big plans to distribute two tons of heroin free to put rival drug barons out of business. Mr. Big, however, is revealed to be the disguised alter ego of Dr. Kananga, a corrupt Caribbean dictator, who rules San Monique, the fictional island where the heroin poppies are secretly farmed. Bond is investigating the death of three British agents, leading him to Kananga, where he is soon trapped in a world of gangsters and voodoo as he fights to put a stop to the drug baron’s scheme. Live and Let Die was released during the height of the blaxploitation era, and many blaxploitation archetypes and clichés are depicted in the film, including derogatory racial epithets (“honky”), black gangsters, and “pimpmobiles.” It departs from the former plots of the James Bond films about megalomaniac super-villains, and instead focuses on drug trafficking, depicted primarily in blaxploitation films. It is set in African American cultural centers such as Harlem and New Orleans, as well as the Caribbean Islands. It was also the first James Bond film featuring an African American Bond girl to be romantically involved with 007, Rosie Carver, who was played by Gloria Hendry.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_and_Let_Die_(film)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070328/,
  8. The Man with the Golden Gun
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           The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) is the 9th spy film in the James Bond series and the second to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. A loose adaptation of Ian Fleming’s novel of same name, the film has Bond sent after the Solex Agitator, a device that can harness the power of the sun, while facing the assassin Francisco Scaramanga, the “Man with the Golden Gun.” The action culminates in a duel between them that settles the fate of the Solex. The film was set in the face of the 1973 energy crisis, a dominant theme in the script—Britain had still not yet fully overcome the crisis when the film was released in December 1974. The film also reflects the then-popular martial arts film craze, with several kung-fu scenes and a predominantly Asian location, being shot in Thailand, Hong Kong and Macau. The film saw mixed reviews, with Christopher Lee’s performance as Scaramanga, intended to be a villain of similar skill and ability to Bond, being praised; but reviewers criticized the film as a whole, particularly the comedic approach.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_with_the_Golden_Gun_(film)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071807/,
  9. For Your Eyes Only
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           For Your Eyes Only (1981) is the 12th spy film in the James Bond series, and the fifth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It marked the directorial debut of John Glen, who had worked as editor and second unit director in three other Bond films. In the plot, Bond attempts to locate a missile command system while becoming tangled in a web of deception spun by rival Greek businessmen along with Melina Havelock, a woman seeking to avenge the murder of her parents. After the over-the-top, science fiction-focused Moonraker, the producers wanted a conscious return to the style of the early Bond films and the works of 007 creator Fleming. For Your Eyes Only followed a more gritty, realistic approach, and an unusually strong narrative theme of revenge and its consequences. Filming locations included Greece, Italy, Spain and England, with underwater footage being shot in The Bahamas. For Your Eyes Only was released on 24 June 1981 to a mixed critical reception; the film was a financial success, generating $195.3 million worldwide. This was the last Bond film to be distributed solely by United Artists; the studio merged with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer soon after this film’s release.
    Links: Top Ten Monasteries, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_Your_Eyes_Only_(film)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082398/,
  10. Diamonds are Forever

           Diamonds Are Forever (1971) is the 7th spy film in the James Bond series and the final to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The story has Bond impersonating a diamond smuggler to infiltrate a smuggling ring, and soon uncovering a plot by his old nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld to use the diamonds and build a giant laser. Bond has to battle his nemesis for one last time, in order to stop the smuggling and stall Blofeld’s plan of destroying Washington DC, and extorting the world with nuclear supremacy. After George Lazenby left the franchise, producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli tested other actors, but studio United Artists wanted Sean Connery back, paying a then-record $1.25 million salary for him to return. The producers were inspired by Goldfinger, eventually hiring that film’s director, Guy Hamilton. Locations included Las Vegas, California, Amsterdam and Lufthansa’s hangar in Germany. Diamonds Are Forever was a commercial success, but received criticism for its humorous camp tone.
    Links: Top Ten Sean Connery Filmshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamonds_Are_Forever_(film),
  11. Moonraker

    Moonraker (1979) is the 11th spy film in the James Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger Moore. Bond investigates the theft of a space shuttle, leading him to Hugo Drax, the owner of the shuttle’s manufacturing firm. Along with space scientist Dr. Holly Goodhead, Bond follows the trail from California to Venice, Rio de Janeiro, and the Amazon rainforest, and finally into outer space to prevent a plot to wipe out the world population and to re-create humanity with a master race. Moonraker was intended by its creator Ian Fleming to become a film even before he completed the novel in 1954, since he based it on a screenplay manuscript he had written even earlier. The film’s producers had originally intended to film For Your Eyes Only, but instead chose this title due to the rise of the science fiction genre in the wake of the Star Wars phenomenon. Moonraker was noted for its high production cost of $34 million, spending almost twice as much money as predecessor The Spy Who Loved Me, and it received very mixed reviews. However, the film’s visuals were praised, with Derek Meddings being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, and the film eventually became the highest grossing film of the series with $210,300,000 worldwide, a record that stood until 1995’s GoldenEye.
    Links: The Universe, Top Ten Moonshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moonraker_(film),
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Top Ten Humphrey Bogart Films

Top Ten Humphrey Bogart Films

       Humphrey DeForest Bogart (December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957) was an American actor and is widely regarded as an American cultural icon. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Bogart as the greatest male star in the history of American cinema. After trying various jobs, Bogart began acting in 1921 and became a regular in Broadway productions in the 1920’s and 1930’s. When the stock market crash of 1929 reduced the demand for plays, Bogart turned to film. His first great success was as Duke Mantee in The Petrified Forest (1936), and this led to a period of typecasting as a gangster with films such as Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) and B-movies like The Return of Doctor X (1939). Bogart’s breakthrough as a leading man came in 1941, with High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon. The next year, his performance in Casablanca raised him to the peak of his profession and, at the same time, cemented his trademark film persona, that of the hard-boiled cynic who ultimately shows his noble side. Other successes followed, including To Have and Have Not (1944); The Big Sleep (1946); Dark Passage (1947) and Key Largo (1948), with his wife Lauren Bacall; The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948); In a Lonely Place (1950); The African Queen (1951), for which he won his only Academy Award; Sabrina (1954); and The Caine Mutiny (1954). His last movie was The Harder They Fall (1956). During a film career of almost 30 years, he appeared in 75 feature films.

  1. Casablanca
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    Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and based on the unpublished stage play Everybody Comes to Rick’s by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison. The film stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid; and features Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson. Set during World War II, it focuses on a man torn between, in the words of one character, “love and virtue”. He must choose between his love for a woman and helping her Czech Resistance leader husband escape the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.
    Links: Top 100 FilmsTop Ten Classic Filmshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casablanca_(film), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034583/,
  2. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
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    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a 1948 American movie written and directed by John Huston, a feature film adaptation of B. Traven’s 1927 novel of the same name, in which two impecunious Americans, Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) and Bob Curtin (Tim Holt), during the 1920’s in Mexico join with an old-timer, Howard (Walter Huston, the director’s father), to prospect for gold. The old-timer accurately predicts trouble, but is willing to go anyway. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre was one of the first Hollywood films to be filmed almost entirely on location outside the US (in the state of Durango and street scenes in Tampico, Mexico), although the night scenes were filmed back in the studio. The film is quite faithful to the novel. In 1990, this film was selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
    Links: Top Ten Treasure Troveshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Treasure_of_the_Sierra_Madre_(film),
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040897/,
  3. The Maltese Falcon
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    The Maltese Falcon (1941) is a Warner Bros. film noir based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett. Directed by John Huston, the film stars Humphrey Bogart as private investigator Sam Spade and Mary Astor as his “femme fatale” client. Gladys George, Peter Lorre, and Sydney Greenstreet co-star, with Greenstreet appearing in his film debut. The Maltese Falcon was Huston’s directorial debut and was nominated for three Academy Awards. The story follows a San Francisco private detective and his dealings with three unscrupulous adventurers, all of whom are competing to obtain a jewel-encrusted falcon statuette. The Maltese Falcon has been named as one of the greatest films of all time by Roger Ebert and Entertainment Weekly, and was cited by Panorama du Film Noir Américain as the first major film noir. The film premiered on October 3, 1941 in New York City, and was selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 1989.
    Links: Top Ten Film Noir Films, Artifacts, Top 100 ArtifactsTop 100 Birdshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Maltese_Falcon_(1941_film), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033870/,
  4. The Big Sleep
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    The Big Sleep is a 1946 film noir directed by Howard Hawks, the first film version of Raymond Chandler’s 1939 novel of the same name. The movie stars Humphrey Bogart as detective Philip Marlowe and Lauren Bacall as the female lead in a film about the “process of a criminal investigation, not its results.” William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman co-wrote the screenplay. In 1997, the U.S. Library of Congress deemed the film “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” and added it to the National Film Registry.
    Links: Top Ten Film Noir Filmshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_Sleep_(1946_film),
     http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038355/,
  5. The African Queen
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    The African Queen is a 1951 adventure film adapted from the 1935 novel of the same name by C. S. Forester. The film was directed by John Huston and produced by Sam Spiegel and John Woolf. The screenplay was adapted by James Agee, John Huston, John Collier and Peter Viertel. It was photographed in Technicolor by Jack Cardiff and had a music score by Allan Gray. The film stars Humphrey Bogart (who won the Academy Award for Best Actor – his only Oscar), and Katharine Hepburn with Robert Morley, Peter Bull, Walter Gotell, Richard Marner and Theodore Bikel. The African Queen has been selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry, with the Library of Congress deeming it “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_African_Queen_(film), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043265/,
  6. The Caine Mutiny

    The Caine Mutiny is a 1954 American drama film set during WWII, directed by Edward Dmytryk and produced by Stanley Kramer. It stars Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson and Fred MacMurray, and is based on the 1951 Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Herman Wouk The Caine Mutiny. The film depicts a mutiny aboard a fictitious WWII US Navy destroyer minesweeper, the USS Caine (DMS-18), and the subsequent court-martial of two officers.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Caine_Mutiny_(film)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046816/,
  7. To Have and Have Not
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    To Have and Have Not is a 1944 romance-war-adventure film. The movie was directed by Howard Hawks and stars Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, and Lauren Bacall in her first film. Although it is nominally based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway, the story was extensively altered for the film.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Have_and_Have_Not_(film)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037382/,
  8. Key Largo
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    Key Largo is a 1948 film noir directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and Lauren Bacall and featuring Lionel Barrymore and Claire Trevor. The movie was adapted by Richard Brooks and Huston from Maxwell Anderson’s 1939 play of the same name, which played on Broadway for 105 performances in 1939 and 1940. Key Largo was the fourth and final film pairing of married actors Bogart and Bacall. Trevor won the 1948 Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_Largo_(film)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040506/,
  9. In A Lonely Place
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    In a Lonely Place (1950) is a film noir directed by Nicholas Ray, and starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame, produced for Bogart’s Santana Productions. The script was adapted by Edmund North from the 1947 novel In a Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes. Bogart stars in the film as Dixon Steele, a cynical screenwriter suspected of murder. Grahame co-stars as Laurel Gray, a neighbor who falls under his spell. Beyond its surface plot of confused identity and tormented lust, the film is a mordant comment on Hollywood mores and the pitfalls of celebrity and near-celebrity, in much the same vein as two other more widely publicized American films released that same year, Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard and Joseph Mankiewicz’s All About Eve. Although not as well known as his other work, Bogart’s performance in this film is considered by many critics to be among his finest and the film’s reputation itself has grown over time along with Ray’s.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_A_Lonely_Placehttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042593/,
  10. The Roaring Twenties
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    The Roaring Twenties is a 1939 crime thriller starring James Cagney, Priscilla Lane, Humphrey Bogart and Gladys George. The epic movie was directed by Raoul Walsh, and written by Jerry Wald, Richard Macaulay and Robert Rossen based on the story “The World Moves On” by Mark Hellinger. The Roaring Twenties was the last film that Cagney and Bogart made together. The Roaring Twenties is based on “The World Moves On”, a short story by Mark Hellinger, a columnist who had been hired by Jack Warner to write screenplays. The movie is hailed as a classic in the gangster movie genre, and considered an homage to the classic gangster movie of the early 1930’s.
    Links: Top Ten Gangster Filmshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Roaring_Twentieshttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031867/,
  11. Sabrina
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    Sabrina is a 1954 American romantic comedy film directed by Billy Wilder, adapted for the screen by Wilder, Samuel A. Taylor, and Ernest Lehman from Taylor’s play Sabrina Fair. It stars Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, and William Holden. This was Wilder’s last film released by Paramount Pictures, ending a 12-year relation with Wilder and the company.
    Links: Top Ten Audrey Hepburn Films, Top Ten Actresseshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabrina_(1954_film)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047437/,
  12. Sahara
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    Sahara is a 1943 war film directed by Zoltán Korda. Humphrey Bogart stars as a US tank commander in Libya during the Western Desert Campaign of WWII. The movie earned three Academy Award nominations: Best Sound, Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Actor by J. Carrol Naish for his role as an Italian prisoner. The story is credited to an incident depicted in the 1936 Soviet film The Thirteen by Mikhail Romm. Later, Sahara was remade by André de Toth as a Western with Broderick Crawford called Last of the Comanches (1953) and by Brian Trenchard-Smith as the Australian film Sahara, with James Belushi in Bogart’s role. In the movie it depicts events which point to the Battle of Gazala which was an important battle of the Western Desert Campaign of the WWII, fought around the port of Tobruk in Libya which Bogart makes reference to which occurred in May-June 1942.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sahara_(1943_film),
  13. The Harder They Fall
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    The Harder They Fall (1956) was directed by Mark Robson, featuring Humphrey Bogart in his last film before his death in 1957. The film was written by Philip Yordan and based on the 1947 novel by Budd Schulberg. The drama tells a “thinly disguised à clef account of the Primo Carnera boxing scandal,” with the challenger based on Carnera and the champ based on Max Baer; previously both Baer and Carnera had starred in the 1933 movie The Prizefighter and the Lady, in which Carnera is the world champ and Baer is his challenger. Bogart’s character, Eddie Willis, is based on the career of boxing writer and event promoter Harold Conrad.
    Links: Top Ten Boxing Films, Top Ten Boxershttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Harder_They_Fallhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049291/,
  14. Links: Film, Top Ten Actors, Top 100 Filmshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humphrey_Bogart,

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Top Ten 3D Film Classics

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       In the 1950’s, families were abandoning city theater seats for suburban lawn chairs, a Supreme Court decision toppled the studio system and a little medium called television was becoming the biggest thing since, well, the movies. So Hollywood tried to entice audiences with marvels that only movies could offer, including 3D. Stereoscopic 3D had been around since the late 1800’s, but it was with 1952’s Bwana Devil that moving pictures in three dimensions became a sweeping fad. It didn’t hang around long, the format was too cumbersome and inconvenient, but 3D has been revived and revised several times since. Here’s the best of the classics.

  1. House of Wax (1953)
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    House of Wax is the greatest 3D film of all time not only because it combined stereoscopic effects without sacrificing story (Vincent Price as a wax sculptor whose art is also his means to crime), it’s the greatest 3D film helmed by a director unable to see out of one of his eyes. Director André de Toth was hired by Warner Bros. to translate the studio’s first 3D production onto the screen despite having lost sight in one eye. Somehow de Toth knew what he was doing and crafted a film that cannily used 3D (including a paddleball sequence where a ball rapidly bounces toward and away from the audience), even if he couldn’t see the results himself.
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  2. Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)
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    Of all the id-like monsters that terrorized movie screens during the 1950’s stereoscopic craze, none is more famous than the titular Gill-man from Creature from the Black Lagoon. Creature perfected the B-movie King Kong formula of a misunderstood human-like beast pursued by man and enraptured by woman, and was boosted in its horrors by 3D, which allowed the creature to invade the viewer’s comfort zone. A sequel, Revenge of the Creature, was also in 3D.
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  3. Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein (1973)
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    The avant-garde has had a fascinating tradition of expanding normal movie-watching formats, and legendary modern artist/filmmaker Andy Warhol was no stranger to the practice, often using multiple projectors and live performances to take the experience to new, unconventional places. Warhol’s protégé Paul Morrissey actually wrote and directed the film, but Warhol’s stamp of macabre humor and ironic detachment is all over this irreverent take on the horror classic, and its unflinching gore is done justice by its Space-Vision 3D.
    Links: Top Ten Paintings by Andy Warhol, Top Ten Frankenstein Movies,
  4. Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
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    The Friday the 13th Part III represents the finest of its many, many sequels in no small part due to the 3D effects that make it a gruesome little novelty. One of the seemingly ubiquitous horror movie installments to use 3D during the format’s brief revival in the ‘80s (Jaws 3-D, Amityville 3-D), Friday the 13th Part III shows greater invention over its rivals: An arrow shot through one of Jason’s victim’s as well as an inevitable scene in which someone’s eyes pop out of his head.
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  5. Dial M for Murder (1954)
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    3D is often associated with contrived spectacle: How will the filmmakers find inventive excuses to have objects leap off the screen? But Alfred Hitchcock had other ideas in directing the stagey Agatha Christie-like mystery Dial M for Murder for both regular and 3D formats. Instead of gimmickry, Murder uses 3D for purposes of subtle maneuvers through space, with only one or two shocks (those scissors!) meant to startle audiences. Seen mostly in its flat version at the time of its release, revivals of the 3D version have proved much more popular in years since.
    Links: Top Ten Alfred Hitchcock Films, Top Ten Directors,
  6. The French Line (1954)
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    Only larger than life aviator, mogul film dabbler Howard Hughes would produce a 3D movie starring amply endowed Jane Russell and advertise the results with the tagline: “It’ll knock both of your eyes out!” Like Hughes’ production code-baiting, The Outlaw, The French Line was made more to challenge the MPAA’s censorship rules with titillating dialogue and Russell revealing costumes that provide a classy night out at your local theater and the sexual provocation was nicely helped by 3D.
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  7. The Mask (1961)
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    3D had been more or less pronounced dead by the ‘60s, but a few low-budget horror films kept it alive, including a Canadian cheapo flick called The Mask (also known as Eyes of Hell) that featured several surreal 3D sequences. When urged to “Put the mask on, NOW!” viewers would slip on their glasses (in the shape of the title artifact) and share Paul Stevens’ scientist character’s hallucinatory experiences brought on by wearing an ancient mask containing mysterious properties.
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  8. Spooks! (1953)
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    A number of big stars embraced the 3D fad of the early ‘50s: John Wayne, Rita Hayworth… and the Three Stooges. Unleashing their violent brand of slapstick in three glorious dimensions, the Stooges made two of their almost 200 shorts in 3D, including Spooks!, a Jekyll-Hyde send-up that employed stereoscopic vision to enhance their trademark eye poking and pie throwing.
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  9. Bwana Devil (1952)
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    A brainchild birthed by Milton Gunzburg, whose Natural Vision 3D invention was passed over by a handful of studios toying with other gimmicks, and Arch Oboler, who wrote, directed, and produced the Africa adventure film, Bwana Devil was a clumsy first attempt at 3D in the 1950s. Not usually remembered for its own merits but absolutely instrumental in putting the process on the map, it was enough of a success for films like House of Wax to employ Natural Vision and advance the art of 3D even further.
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  10. Jaws 3D
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  11. Amityville Horror

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  12. Links: Films, Top Ten 3D Filmshttp://www.filmcritic.com/features/2008/07/top-ten-3d-movies/,

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       Foosball or biliardino, is a table-top game and sport that is loosely based on soccer, or football. Although patents for similar games may exist from as far back as the 1890’s, the game of Table Football as we know it today was first invented by Harold Searles Thornton of the UK in 1921 and patented in 1923. The concept was conceived after Harold had been to a Tottenham Hotspur F.C. football match (he was an avid supporter). He wanted to provide a game that replicated football that could be played at home. The inspiration came from a box of matches: by laying the matches across the box he had formed the basis of his game. His uncle, Louis P. Thornton, visited Harold and took the inspiration back to the USA where it was patented in 1927. In 2002, the International Table Soccer Federation (ITSF) was established in France with the mission of promoting the sport of Table Soccer as an organizing sports body, regulating international competitions, and establishing the game with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and General Association of International Sport Federation (GAISF).

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