These days the comedy of transgression has become an exercise in diminishing returns: laughter is sparked by surprise, but as the surprises grow increasingly cruel and we grow increasingly jaded, any humor drowns in a sea of ennui. How else can one explain that the most captivating entry in this compilation of 18 shorts is Snow-White, a richly drawn and highly surreal 1933 Betty Boop cartoon by Max and Dave Fleischer? Finishing a close second is Bill Plympton’s Eat, a beautifully painted fantasia set in a fine restaurant; in one striking shot a lonely man is framed by the wineglass set in front of him, and the poured vino turns his image upside down. By far the funniest and most shocking entry is Don Hertzfeldt’s Oscar-nominated Rejected, which begins with a series of grotesque or baffling stick-figure animations purportedly made for the “Family Learning Channel”; intertitles claim that Hertzfeldt’s career took a nosedive afterward, and his emotional breakdown is paralleled in the subsequent cartoons by increasingly torn, crumpled, and striated paper. With few exceptions, the remaining entries substitute attitude for wit, and their shoddy video animation makes The Flintstones look like something by Monet. 70 min.