While Adult Swim is generally regarded as the pioneer of irreverent short-form animation -- especially for 'toons that reimagine past hits -- it wasn't always the king. In fact, the late-night programming block arguably found its birth in a series of short toons and interstitials that ran in the heyday of its daytime alter ego, the venerable Cartoon Network. The brainchild of C.N. Creative Director Michael Ouweleen and Hanna-Barbera chief Fred Seibert, these cartoons reinterpreted the network's properties through stock footage, indie music, and original animation in a wide variety of styles, as well as introducing prototypes of characters that would become some of the most famous in the history of American animation. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
The 50 Greatest Cartoons Ever: the List - including links to the full-length videos of the corresponding toons on YouTube and Google, etc. Based on a twelve year-old-vote by the animation industry, which explains why there are no appearances by Cartman, Bart, or Fry.
A Vast Repository of Toonological Knowledge I found this while I was googling for Howard the Duck. Enjoy!
Everyone knows the Transformers and Batman, but what about the Black Hood and King Leonardo? The Pie Face Prince of Pretzelberg? Millie the Model? Reagan's Raiders? Those characters -- and many, many more -- are profiled at Don Markstein's Toonopedia, one man's ongoing attempt to document the history of newspaper comics, comic books, and animation, from Adam Strange to Zot!.