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The results of this search turn up Three Little Pigs (1933), The Band Concert (1935), and The Tortoise and the Hare (1935) as the top three. None of these films were produced or distributed by MGM. In fact, all of them, as well as the rest of the top ten, were produced by Walt Disney Productions. And these three films don't have MGM as a distributor either; their original distributor was United Artists (through which Disney's films were distributed for part of the 1930s), and the other listed distributors are RKO Radio Pictures (in one case) and Walt Disney Home Video.
There is a very tenuous connection to MGM for these films: in 1981 (more than 40 years after these films were released), MGM bought United Artists. But they didn't acquire any rights to the Disney films in that deal; in the 1930s, UA had acted primarily as a distributor, with most rights to the films UA released being retained by the independent production companies -- and that certainly applies to Disney.
MGM did distribute many animated shorts, most famously the Tom and Jerry cartoons directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, as well as a variety of cartoons directed by Tex Avery. For example, Hanna and Barbera's The Cat Concerto (1947) has Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) listed as both the production company and the original distributor. Similarly, Avery's Red Hot Riding Hood (1943) has Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) listed as the production company and the only distributor. Yet neither of those films shows up in the search above as one of the most voted animated shorts from MGM, even though they are listed as animated, listed as shorts, and have MGM as a production company and distributor.
In fact, if there are any "classic-era" MGM animated shorts on the list of MGM animated shorts generated by that search, I didn't see them.
So, in short, we have films that were never produced or distributed by MGM dominating the list of animated shorts from MGM, while other films that were produced and distributed by MGM are omitted from the list.
Could the staff please take a look at this situation? Or if anyone else has any explanation for this, I would like to know what that might be.