Title - From A to Z-Z-Z-Z
Director - Chuck Jones
Released - 1953
Interesting Fact -- Nominated for Academy Award for Short Subject, Cartoons
Reason for Placement --
Let's face it, as kids we all had a tendency to daydream a bit, but I dare any of you to admit that you reached the high point of Ralph Phillips' daydreams. Ralph, one of Jones' most endearing creations, just can't seem to focus on his work in elementary school, continually lapsing into some of the most vivid daydreams imaginable.
This was one of my favorite shorts growing up, probably because I did more than my fair share of daydreaming in school as well. But it's not just how we relate to the character: it's also the amazing dreams Ralph experiences. These are not just everyday/boredom dreams, these are incredible adventures that put Walter Mitty to shame, elaborate creations that most modern-day Hollywood directors wish they could create. When he goes up to solve a math problem, he imagines himself actually fighting off the numbers (see above photo); when he is put in the corner for not paying attention, he sees himself as a boxer, getting ready to fight his opponent.
In a word: amazing.