Clearly of for and by those who love cartoon shorts. Can 1,000 animation professionals be wrong? In this case, the only quibble might be the order of the fifty or that the book limits the greatest to only fifty.This book delves into the making of each of the fifty. It provides all the details of the craftsmanship including drawings and cells. It explains technology and innovation. I learned that almost a century ago animated shorts were entertaining the public at the movies. By 1937 Walt Disney had created his first feature length animation, Snow White. But this book is about shorts. The ones that even now can be seen on The Cartoon Network; ones that formed the basis for kids TV from the 1950s on. (The Warner Bros. shorts including Bugs Bunny were a daytime, night-time and weekend feature from the late 1960s to the mid 1980s...far after Warner Bros. had given up doing quality animation.) Many have been compiled into a series of DVDs called Looney Tunes the Golden Collection. I highly recommend it, if you want to own many of the best.This book gives due credit to the other great animation studios including Walter Lantz, United Productions, Film Board of Canada, Terrytoons, Paramount, MGM, Hanna-Barbera and the Fleischer Brothers. It even suggests how the reader can get a chance to view these great cartoons. But, for anyone who is a fan of this genre, Warner Bros. wins with both its quantity and quality. Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Wiley Coyote, the Roadrunner, Sylvester, Tweety-Pie, Speedy Gonzales as well as iconic single, Michigan J. Frog. Mickey and Donald and Goofy and Pluto are not in the same category; nor are Superman, Mighty Mouse, Quickdraw McGraw, Yogi Bear, DuckTales, Rootie Kazootie, Clutch Cargo and Crusader Rabbit. This book is a fine place to start if you want to understand why.There are plenty of quotations from those in the industry that helped determine the final fifty. Jerry Beck does a fine job with documentation and references. That makes it impossible to give it less than five stars.