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Animation Challenge; Official April 2017
Topic Started: Mar 31 2017, 06:57:33 PM (2,769 Views)
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6. When Marnie Was There (2014)

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29. Le magasin des suicides (2012)
30. La tortue rouge (2016)
31. Kaze tachinu (2013)
32. It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
(s7c) Balance (1989) 7 min.
33. Neco z Alenky (1987) - and with that I've seen every animation film (features & shorts) on 10+ official lists. OK, it's only 32 in total, but still a goal :)
34. Futurama: Bender's Big Score (2007)
(s7d) Futurama: The Lost Adventure (2008) 30 min. (56)
35. Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs (2008)

Directors: Norman McLaren 4, Tex Avery 2, Ralph Bakshi 2, Dave Fleischer 2, Len Lye 2, Yuriy Norshteyn 2, Jan Svankmajer 2, Genndy Tartakovsky 2
Features (29): USA: 18; Japan: 3; France: 2; UK: 2; Australia: 1; Brazil: 1; Czechoslovakia: 1: Ireland: 1
Shorts (36): USA: 12; Canada: 7; Germany 4; UK: 3; Czechoslovakia 2; France: 2; Soviet: 2; Austria 1; Japan: 1; Norway: 1; Russia: 1
Unofficial lists completed: Aardman, Pixar, Disney (canon)
356 animated features and shorts in official lists left.

A life more animated
Same challenge in 2016: 14 seen (ranked: 9th)
All animations seen in challenges

!seen 35

New awards this month:
Silver: Top 100 Animated Features of All Time, 2000s
Bronze: Best Cartoons Ever - A Gift List From Jerry Beck
Closest awards (off. chall.): 1 Animation imdb, 7 Animated BFI, 9 Jerry Beck, 11 Top 100 Animated, 15 Annecy, 16 César, 31 100 French Times, 37 100 French TimeOut
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01. 1.0* - Doragon Bôru Z 8: Moetsukiro!! Nessen Retsusen-chô Gekisen (1993)
02. 0.5* - Robots (2005)
03. 4.0* - Hamoni (2015)

Nice to see the return of more conceptual animes. For the past 10 years everyone wanted to be Ghibli, Arias and Nakamura take it back to 15-20 years ago when anime still loved to ponder ideas. Also a Studio 4°C product, a mark of quality if there ever was one.
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3. Dead Leaves (2004)
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3. Dead Leaves (2004)
Dead Leaves :D One of my all-time favorites!
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01. 1.0* - Doragon Bôru Z 8: Moetsukiro!! Nessen Retsusen-chô Gekisen (1993)
02. 0.5* - Robots (2005)
03. 4.0* - Hamoni (2015)

Nice to see the return of more conceptual animes. For the past 10 years everyone wanted to be Ghibli, Arias and Nakamura take it back to 15-20 years ago when anime still loved to ponder ideas. Also a Studio 4°C product, a mark of quality if there ever was one.
Should've led with Studio 4°C. I'm definitely interested in this one now.
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Myeah ... but not too many know 4°C. Then again, those who do are usually pretty big fans :)
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Apr 6 2017, 10:48:21 AM
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3. Dead Leaves (2004)
Dead Leaves :D One of my all-time favorites!
:thumbsup: Loved it. My sort of crazy. I will be giving it a high vote for sure in this year's Canon Doubling.
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36. Sita Sings the Blues (2008)
37. (s7e) The Snowman (1982) 26 min. (22) - any movie with Walking in the Air is a 10 in my book. Well, not really, but it does help.
38. Shin seiki Evangelion Gekijô-ban: Shito shinsei (1997)
39. The Book of Life (2014) - not exactly Grim Fandango...
40. Astérix et les Vikings (2006)
41. Astérix: Le domaine des dieux (2014) - The 2006 is the last of the 2D animations and is terrible. They have updated some elements to 2006 which is of course over 1000 years wrong in this scenario. And creating some conflicts that simply didn't exist at that time. This is simply false history. Asterix' strength is that it is fantasy within historic events, so this was sad to see. The 2014 version is their first venture into 3D, and it looks plastic and weird. Don't really see the need for this change. The story has returned to former glory though.

Directors: 4: Norman McLaren
Directors: 2: Tex Avery, Ralph Bakshi, Dave Fleischer, Len Lye, Jimmy T. Murakami, Yuriy Norshteyn, Jan Svankmajer, Genndy Tartakovsky

Features (33): USA: 20; Japan: 4; France: 3; UK: 2; Australia: 1; Brazil: 1; Czechoslovakia: 1: Ireland: 1
Shorts (37): USA: 12; Canada: 7; Germany 4; UK: 4; Czechoslovakia 2; France: 2; Soviet: 2; Austria 1; Japan: 1; Norway: 1; Russia: 1
Unofficial lists completed: Aardman, Pixar, Disney (canon)
354 animated features and shorts in official lists left.

A life more animated
Same challenge in 2016: 14 seen (ranked: 9th)
All animations seen in challenges

!seen 41

New awards this month:
Silver: Top 100 Animated Features of All Time, 2000s
Bronze: Best Cartoons Ever - A Gift List From Jerry Beck, Shorts
Closest awards (off. chall.): 1 Animation imdb, 6 Animated BFI, 9 Jerry Beck, 11 Top 100 Animated, 15 Annecy, 16 César, 31 100 French Times, 37 100 French TimeOut
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8. (s2a) Hedgehog in the Fog 1975 - 11 min.
8. (s2b) Symphonie Diagonale 1924 - 8 min. (Rewatch)
8. (s2c) Lichtspiel: Opus I 1921 - 10 min. (Rewatch)
8. (s2d) Opus II 1922 - 4 min. (Rewatch)
8. (s2e) Opus III 1924 - 3 min. (Rewatch)
8. (s2f) Opus IV 1925 - 4 min. (Rewatch)
8. (s2g) The Rediscovered Paradise 1925 - 4 min. (Rewatch)
8. (s2h) The Miracle 1922 - 3 min.
8. (s2i) The Victor 1921 - 3 min.
8. (s2j) Rhythmus 21 1921 - 3 min. (Rewatch)
8. (s2k) Rhythmus 23 1923 - 4 min. (Rewatch)
8. (s2l) Muratti Privat 1935 - 4 min. ( Total 61 min)
9. (s3a) An Optical Poem 1937 - 6 min. (Rewatch)
9. (s3b) Mosaic 1965 - 5 min.
9. (s3c) Perspectrum 1974 - 6 min.
9. (s3d) Short and Suite 1959 - 5 min.
9. (s3e) Rythmetic 1956 - 9 min.
9. (s3f) Blackbird 1958 - 4 min.
9. (s3g) Lines: Horizontal 1962 - 6 min.
9. (s3h) Canon 1964 - 10 min.
9. (s3i) Synchromy 1971 - 7 min.
9. (s3j) Dots 1940 - 3 min. ( Total 61 min)
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19. Golgo 13 (1983)
This is one of those hyper-violent early 80's anime I always used to see in the Manga Video promos with exploding heads and severed limbs that would shout out stuff like "Animation's not just for kids anymore!" along with stuff like Akira, Wicked City and Vampire Hunter D. For some reason, I watched all of those but never really saw this one until just recently. It plays out like an ultra-grim nihilistic sniper James Bond. The plot's not the best but it held my attention.

20. The Little Prince (2015)
This one's a little misleading if you go in expecting a straight adaptation of the book The Little Prince. It's in there but nested inside a melancholy but sweet story of a little girl who befriends an old man who tells her the story of the little prince as an expression of being true to yourself. At least the first half is. The movie lost me a little in the second half when they girl goes on her own little prince-like dream voyage. The metaphors seem to get a little mixed at that point. Still, it's nice to see a children's film that doesn't rely on constant dumb jokes and pop song montages.

21. Super Mario Brothers: Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach (1986)
Well, aside from being notable as the first video game movie, I guess its better than the live action version. For a sense of how this one plays out, it basically feels like a longer version of an episode of the American cartoon.

22. Gyo (2012)
I had the read the manga a few years ago, so I knew the unpleasantness I was getting myself into. Overall it wasn't bad but I felt the direction was pretty lacking in intensity in places. When it should be in the middle of the action it often takes a disinterested medium shot instead. Also, not so much a fault of the movie as the source material (and is pretty common with a lot of Ito stories), the ending just kind of falls all without much fanfare.

23. Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
It's an Ice Age movie with pirates.... That's pretty much it. Not terrible but not amazing. Could've definitely cut the whole Peaches subplot. Contributed nothing to the movie.

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42. Arthur et les Minimoys (2006) - terrible, just terrible. And there are two more of these...
43. Une vie de chat (2010)
44. L'illusionniste (2010)
46. (s8a) Once Upon a Line (2016) 8 min.
46. (s8b) Une tête disparaît (2016) 10 min.
46. (s8c) Happy End (2015) 6 min.
46. (s8d) Asteria (2016) 5 min.
45. Shin seiki Evangelion Gekijô-ban: Air/Magokoro wo, kimi ni (1997)
46. (s8d) Huset på Kampen (1998) 7 min.
46. (s8e) Through My Thick Glasses aka Gjennom mine tykke briller... (2004) 13 min. (11)
47. Frankenweenie (2012)

Directors: 4: Norman McLaren
Directors: 2: Hideaki Anno, Tex Avery, Ralph Bakshi, Dave Fleischer, Len Lye, Jimmy T. Murakami, Yuriy Norshteyn, Pjotr Sapegin, Jan Svankmajer, Genndy Tartakovsky

Features (39): USA: 21; France: 7; Japan: 5; UK: 2; Australia: 1; Brazil: 1; Czechoslovakia: 1: Ireland: 1
Shorts (43): USA: 13; Canada: 8; France: 4; Germany 4; UK: 4; Czechoslovakia 2; Norway: 2; Soviet: 2; Austria 1; Czech Rep. 1; Japan: 1; Russia: 1
Unofficial lists completed: Aardman, Pixar, Disney (canon)
351 animated features and shorts in official lists left.

A life more animated
Same challenge in 2016: 14 seen (ranked: 9th)
All animations seen in challenges

!seen 47

New awards this month:
Gold: Animation, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Silver: Top 100 Animated Features of All Time, Action, 2000s
Bronze: Best Cartoons Ever - A Gift List From Jerry Beck, Shorts
Closest awards (off. chall.): 4 Animated BFI, 5 Animation imdb, 9 Jerry Beck, 11 Top 100 Animated, 15 Annecy, 16 César, 31 100 French Times, 37 100 French TimeOut
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1. Sita Sings the Blues (2008) * 81 min.


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25. Gundam: Char's Counter Attack (1988)
Having not watched the original Gundam series that acted as a precursor to this movie, I was a little lost early on, and the movie really doesn't hold your hand much either. Regardless, I was able to figure out who's who. In general I thought it was a pretty solid if overly burdened narrative with a very good ending.

26. Momotaro's Divine Sea Warriors (1945)
Notable as the first full-length anime, if not for it's quality... It basically acts as a propaganda film for WWII Japan. I will say, it was kind of interesting seeing the other side's view though (oddly enough I think this would make a reasonable pairing with The Wind Rises).

27a. Gift of the Night Fury (2011)
27b. Book of Dragons (2011)
A couple of How To Train Your Dragon shorts... Neither one did a whole lot for me although at least Gift of the Night Fury had a slight plot. Book of Dragons was just a fluff piece of a couple of the characters giving more detail about the dragons. I suppose it could be interesting if you are REALLY into these movies.

27c. Donald in Mathmagic Land (1959)
I really liked this one. Can't really say exactly why but I have always liked Disney's educational shorts (they really do make them fun!).

28. Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa (2005)
Another movie based on a series I haven't watched (annoying the new Paste anime list has several like this), this movie did at least seem to be pretty stand alone and while I was probably missing some of the more subtle characterization, the movie had a pretty intriguing vibe to it with a steampunk meets fantasy epic with a dose of body horror thrown in. It all flowed pretty well though. Not sure if it really added up to much in the end though (which seems to be pretty common with a lot of these stand-alone stories spun off of TV series).

29. Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space (2002)
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

...

Ok. I dig it.

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5. Jack et la mécanique du coeur /Jack and the cuckoo-clock heart (Fr 13)

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5. Gamba: Ganba to nakamatachi [Air Bound] (2015, Tomohiro Kawamura & Yoshihiro Komori) - 4/10
--- A Japanese mouse tale from 2015 recently released as Air Bound with English voice overs. And it's alright.... under doubt. 2nd or 3rd tire animation film, but packed with enough adventure to entertain for it's duration. In no way a must-see cartoon feature, but if nothing else to watch one can give it a try.


6. Lu Lin Da Mao Xian Zhi Tang Guo Shi Jie [Jungle Master 2 - Candy Planet] (2016, Xu Kerr) - 3/10
--- A Chinese animation film primarely for young kids with it's overdose of candy and video game style adventure. Honestly, there is very little for adults at all here, but it kept the young audience here quiet with it's energy and color.


7. La Leyenda del Chupacabras [The Legend of Chupacabras] (2016, Michael Gallock & Alberto Rodriguez) - 3/10
--- Starts out promising with fine cartoonish animation and what seemed like a good old fashioned story.... then.... a mess. Why can't one write a straight forward script these days?!


8. Bunyan and Babe (2017, Louis Ross) - 2/10
--- Unadventurous brushing off of an old legend, bringing Paul Bunyan to the modern world for a (not so) hypnotizing land scheme. This was a project that was originally going to be released back in 2009, but because of financial trouble has been postponed, sold and re-directed for a 2017 drop. And you can feel the pace being slow and dated compared to current animation films. Not that this was ever the most ambitious project to begin with. Does get voice-overs from John Goodman, Kelsey Grammer and a few others, but that's the only real positive about Bunyan and Babe (2017).


9a. Bob's Burgers - S07 - E14 - Aquaticism (26.03.17)
9b. Bob's Burgers - S07 - E15 - Ain't Miss Debatin' (26.03.17)
9c. Bob's Burgers - S07 - E16 - Eggs for Days (02.04.17)


10a. Family Guy - S15 - E17 - Peter's Lost Youth (26.03.17)
10b. The Simpsons - S28 - E19 - The Caper Chase (26.03.17)
10c. Rick and Morty - S03 - E01 - A Rickle in Time (01.04.17)







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30. Hoshi o ou kodomo (2011) a.k.a. Children Who Chase Lost Voices
I had always wondered why people compared Shinkai to Miyazaki (as in, the next...), having previous seen Hoshi no Koe, Garden of Words, etc. and wondered why people would compared such quiet contemplative pieces to Ghibli work (I guess I could see the comparisons to things like Whispers of the Heart and I Can Hear The Sea). Now it definitely makes more sense though. This one looks and feels a LOT like it could've come from Studio Ghibli. The spirited girl on a magical fantasy adventure with an animal sidekick with a sympathetic villain who's doing what they feel is the right thing... Yea, but its pretty good. Certainly not one of his best though. Like all Shinkai, the animation is beautiful.

31. SweatPunch (2002-2006)
Cool Studio 4°C anthology set. In line with their work on Animatrix more than anything else they've done probably. I think I enjoyed End of the World with its almost stream of conscience rocker girl meets sci-fi concept and Comedy with it's beautiful animation and atmosphere the most. They were all interesting in their own way though.

32. The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
It wasn't bad and I never got bored, but Louis C.K. really only lets his impeccable comic delivery shine a couple of times, making a much more bland movie than it could've been.

33. Hottarake no shima - Haruka to maho no kagami (2009) a.k.a. Oblivion Island
Interesting that I watched this so close to Children Who Chase Lost Voices, since it has some similar plot constructs and themes. It's also a plot that wouldn't be out of place in Studio Ghibli but features some rather unattractive CGI animation that I was not enamored with at all.

34. Rooster Teeth Presents: Fails of the Weak
If you are a fan of things like Red vs. Blue, you may get into this. Otherwise, watching guys riff on screw ups in the Halo games may not be the most worthwhile time sink for most. For what it's worth, I found it mildly amusing.

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10. Alice (1987)

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48. The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
49. (s9a) Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (2016) 25 min. - First Easter oriented animation this month
49. (s9b) Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe (2015) 5 min.
49. (s9c) No Time for Nuts (2006) 7 min. (48)
49. (s9d) Scrat's Continental Crack-Up (2010) 3 min.
49. (s9e) Scrat's Continental Crack-Up: Part 2 (2011) 3 min.
49. (s9f) Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (2011) 26 min. (20)
50. O Menino e o Mundo (2013)

bonus: Life, Animated (2016) - Great documentary about autism that have many clips from Disney movies. But I don't count it as the original created animation for the documentary is probably around five minutes.

Directors: 4: Norman McLaren
Directors: 3: Mike Thurmeier
Directors: 2: Hideaki Anno, Tex Avery, Ralph Bakshi, Dave Fleischer, Len Lye, Steve Martino, Jimmy T. Murakami, Yuriy Norshteyn, Pjotr Sapegin, Jan Svankmajer, Genndy Tartakovsky

Features (41): USA: 22; France: 7; Japan: 5; Brazil: 2; UK: 2; Australia: 1; Czechoslovakia: 1: Ireland: 1
Shorts (49): USA: 19; Canada: 8; France: 4; Germany 4; UK: 4; Czechoslovakia 2; Norway: 2; Soviet: 2; Austria 1; Czech Rep. 1; Japan: 1; Russia: 1
Unofficial lists completed: Aardman, Pixar, Disney (canon)
347 animated features and shorts in official lists left.

A life more animated
Same challenge in 2016: 14 seen (ranked: 9th)
All animations seen in challenges

!seen 50

New awards this month:
Gold: Animation, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Silver: Top 100 Animated Features of All Time, Action, 2000s
Bronze: Best Cartoons Ever - A Gift List From Jerry Beck, Shorts
Closest awards (off. chall.): 4 Animated BFI, 5 Animation imdb, 9 Jerry Beck, 10 Top 100 Animated, 15 Annecy, 16 César, 31 100 French Times, 37 100 French TimeOut
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35a. Illumination Shorts: Norman Television (2016), Weenie (2016), Mower Minions (2016)
These aren't bad with Norman Television probably being the best with at least a somewhat clever premise.

35b. Pixar Shorts: The Blue Umbrella (2013), Dug's Special Mission (2009), Riley's First Date? (2015), Sanjay's Super Team (2015)
The Blue Umbrella has some fantastic photo-realistic animation with an ok story. Dug's First Mission and Riley's First Date are both ok spin-off stories while Sanjay's Super Team is a sweet and colorful story of a generational bond.

35c. Eine murul (1987)
So weird... Like if Emir Kusturica and Adult Swim had a baby.

36. Galaxy Express 999: The Signature Edition (!979)
Actually really good. Not sure why this one isn't as well known or well regarded as some of anime's heavy hitters. While Captain Harlock's in it, it's really more a story of a boy on a quest for revenge and his loss of innocence along the way. It's also about finding one's humanity and the meaning of sacrifice. Sounds heavy and it is but the over two hour running time goes by fast.

37. Amon Saga (1986)
Besides the Yoshitaki Amano connection, this one really doesn't have much going for it, coming off as a pretty bland fantasy trudge.

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01. Finding Dory - 4.5/10

Pixar continues to disappoint. This is somewhat enjoyable pap, but man, what a tumble they've taken since Up and Wall-E. The Good Dinosaur/Finding Dory has to be the worst two consecutive films they've put out. Can you say trending down?

02. Kubo and the Two Strings - 5.5/10

Liked the animations, disliked everything else.

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51. Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)
52. Mind Game (2004)
53. Kimi no na wa. (2016)
54. (s10a) Last Order: Final Fantasy VII (2005) 25 min.
54. (s10b) World of Tomorrow (2015) 17 min.
55. (s11a) Bimbo's Initiation (1931) 6 min.
55. (s11b) Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (1943) 7 min.
55. (s11c) A Corny Concerto (1943) 8 min.
55. (s11d) Little Rural Riding Hood (1949) 6 min.
55. (s11e) Porky in Wackyland (1938) 7 min.
55. (s11f) Quasi at the Quackadero (1976) 10 min.
55. (s11g) Rooty Toot Toot (1951) 7 min.
55. (s11h) Bambi Meets Godzilla (1974) 2 min.
55. (s11i) Feed the Kitty (1952) 7 min. (2)

Directors: 4: Norman McLaren
Directors: 3: Tex Avery, Robert Clampett, Dave Fleischer, Mike Thurmeier
Directors: 2: Hideaki Anno, Ralph Bakshi, Don Hertzfeldt, Len Lye, Steve Martino, Jimmy T. Murakami, Yuriy Norshteyn, Pjotr Sapegin, Jan Svankmajer, Genndy Tartakovsky

Features (44): USA: 23; France: 7; Japan: 7; Brazil: 2; UK: 2; Australia: 1; Czechoslovakia: 1: Ireland: 1
Shorts (60): USA: 28; Canada: 9; France: 4; Germany 4; UK: 4; Czechoslovakia 2; Japan: 2; Norway: 2; Soviet: 2; Austria 1; Czech Rep. 1; Russia: 1
Unofficial lists completed: Aardman, Pixar, Disney (canon)
334 animated features and shorts in official lists left.

A life more animated
Same challenge in 2016: 14 seen (ranked: 9th)
All animations seen in challenges

!seen 55

New awards this month:
Gold: Animation, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Silver: Top 100 Animated Features of All Time, Action, Best Cartoons Ever - A Gift List From Jerry Beck, 2000s
Bronze: Shorts
Closest awards (off. chall.): 3 Animated BFI, 4 Animation imdb, 7 Jerry Beck, 10 Top 100 Animated, 13 Annecy, 16 César, 31 100 French Times, 37 100 French TimeOut
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56. The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009)
57. Chico & Rita (2010)
(s12a) Mr Hublot (2013) 11 min.
(s12b) Logorama (2009) 16 min. (29)
58. Ernest et Célestine (2012) - if my notes are correct that would mean that I'm only missing Ma vie de Courgette from the Academy Award Animation Feature nominations (and other awards those movies might be nominated for (writing etc)) Ma vie de Courgette had it's cinema premiere here five days ago, so I reckon I'll see that too in this challenge.

Directors: 4: Norman McLaren
Directors: 3: Tex Avery, Robert Clampett, Dave Fleischer, Mike Thurmeier
Directors: 2: Hideaki Anno, Ralph Bakshi, Don Hertzfeldt, Len Lye, Steve Martino, Jimmy T. Murakami, Yuriy Norshteyn, Pjotr Sapegin, Jan Svankmajer, Genndy Tartakovsky

Features (47): USA: 24; France: 8; Japan: 7; Brazil: 2; UK: 2; Australia: 1; Czechoslovakia: 1: Ireland: 1; Spain: 1
Shorts (62): USA: 28; Canada: 9; France: 5; Germany 4; UK: 4; Czechoslovakia 2; Japan: 2; Norway: 2; Soviet: 2; Austria 1; Czech Rep. 1;
Luxembourg: 1; Russia: 1
Unofficial lists completed: Aardman, Pixar, Disney (canon)
333 animated features and shorts in official lists left.

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Same challenge in 2016: 14 seen (ranked: 9th)
All animations seen in challenges

!seen 58

New awards this month:
Gold: Animation, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Silver: Top 100 Animated Features of All Time, Action, Best Cartoons Ever - A Gift List From Jerry Beck, 2000s
Bronze: Shorts
Closest awards (off. chall.): 3 Animated BFI, 4 Animation imdb, 7 Jerry Beck, 10 Top 100 Animated, 13 Annecy, 16 César, 31 100 French Times, 37 100 French TimeOut
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4. Animal Farm (1954) * 72 min.


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38. Mobile Suit Gundam F91 (1991)
Hm... Well, they took what was originally planned as a 13-episode series and condensed the script into one two-hour movie. And the plot plays out about how you'd expect. I will say it had some solid action sequences and it did feel more stand-alone than Char's Counterattack.

39. They Were 11 (1986)
Good suspenseful sci-fi flick that keeps a really solid pace throughout. Another one along with Galaxy Express 999 that leaves me wondering why it isn't more well-known. Reminds me of the inferior Lily C.A.T. but with better characterization. The only thing I didn't really care for was the out of place shojo art style that didn't really make sense at all given the subject matter.

40. Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)
Are they ever going to stop making these? Another lame Ice Age movie that feels pretty much the same as all the others. I guess as long as parents have kids they want to distract for a while, they'll keeping pumping them out.

41. Hi no tori 2772: Ai no kosumozon (1980) a.ka. Space Firebird
This one had some really interesting ideas, and I really dug the wordless opening montage. It's let down a little by too much tonally deaf comedy and a script that's a little more extended and meandering than it has to be.

42. Cosplay Complex (2002)
Sigh... Obnoxious fan service OVA series with plot holes galore and random gibberish characters that never get explained. Oh, it also featured a character that was a raging pedophile. Hilarious! :down:

43. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (2010)
I feel like my enjoyment of this was hampered a little by having not watched the series its a follow up to, but it provides enough context to understand the characters anyway (almost too much actually). I'm a sucker for parallel universe and time travel type plot lines, so this was right up my alley in general. My only big complaint was that it really needed to be edited a little. At over 2.5 hours, the story just wasn't there to justify it. I mean, it took the main character nearly an hour to just figure out what was going on while I figured it out pretty much immediately. And I didn't even have the context of knowing that this guy had a history with magical, time traveling chaotic school girls.

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12. Happy Feet (2006)
13. The Polar Express (2004)
14. Hercules (1997)
15. Lilo & Stitch (2002)
16. A Bug's Life (1998)
17. Rio 2 (2014)
18. One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
19. Finding Dory (2016)
20. Moana (2016)

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5. The Land Before Time (1988) * 69 min.


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59. (s12c) The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946) 8 min.
59. (s12d) Minnie the Moocher (1932) 8 min.
59. (s12e) Northwest Hounded Police (1946) 7 min.
59. (s12f) Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom (1953) 10 min.
60. Hoodwinked! (2005)
61. (s13a) The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950) 7 min.
61. (s13b) You Ought to Be in Pictures (1940) 9 min.
61. (s13c) The Barber of Seville (1944) 7 min.
61. (s13d) Book Revue (1946) 7 min.
61. (s13e) The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall (1942) 9 min.
61. (s13f) Little Red Riding Rabbit (1944) 7 min.
61. (s13g) Peace on Earth (1939) 9 min.
61. (s13h) The Unicorn in the Garden (1953) 7 min. (4) - and with that Jeff Beck is completed. From 20 to 50 in 10 days
62. He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special (1985) - LOL.
63. (s14a) A Garfield Christmas Special (1987) 24 min. (28) - imdb says 30 minutes, but I'd guess that's with commercials
63. (s14b) A Charlie Brown Valentine (2002) 25 min.
63. (s14c) Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (1975) 25 min. (18)
64. Nå skal du høre ... (2005)
65. (s15a) Fiskeboller (1993) 1 min. - not on imdb
65. (s15b) Sniler (2000) 7 min.
65. (s15c) Edvard på bronseplass (1995) 6 min. - not on imdb
65. (s15d) Det siste norske trollet (2010) 13 min.
65. (s15e) Hand of God (2010) 1 min. - not on imdb, but can actually be found as a segment in "Ultrakorotokoe kino IK-10"
65. (s15f) Shhh! (2010) 10 min.
65. (s15g) Aria (2001) 10 min. (6)

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Directors: 5: Robert Clampett
Directors: 4: Tex Avery, Dave Fleischer, Norman McLaren
Directors: 3: Chuck Jones, Mike Thurmeier
Directors: 2: Hideaki Anno, Ralph Bakshi, Friz Freleng, Don Hertzfeldt, Len Lye, Steve Martino, Jimmy T. Murakami, Yuriy Norshteyn, Phil Roman, Jan Svankmajer, Genndy Tartakovsky

Features (50): USA: 26; France: 8; Japan: 7; Brazil: 2; UK: 2; Australia: 1; Czechoslovakia: 1: Ireland: 1; Norway: 1; Spain: 1
Shorts (84): USA: 43; Canada: 10; Norway: 8; France: 5; Germany 4; UK: 4; Czechoslovakia 2; Japan: 2; Soviet: 2; Austria 1; Czech Rep. 1;
Luxembourg: 1; Russia: 1
322 animated features and shorts in official lists left.

A life more animated
Same challenge in 2016: 14 seen (ranked: 9th)
All animations seen in challenges

!seen 65

New awards this month:
Platinum: Best Cartoons Ever - A Gift List From Jerry Beck
Gold: Animation, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Silver: Top 100 Animated Features of All Time, Action, 2000s
Bronze: Shorts
Closest awards (off. chall.): 3 Animated BFI, 4 Animation imdb, 10 Top 100 Animated, 13 Annecy, 16 César, 31 100 French Times, 37 100 French TimeOut
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44. Rise of the Guardians (2012)
All bluster and no substance... Too many plot holes in this one. It seemed to have started as a holiday superheroes kind of pitch and then had a script pieced together in a vague semblance of a movie with the hope that all the action set pieces would distract kids from the lack of a coherent plot.

45. Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)
I thought this was pretty good. Reminded me in tone of Dreamworks' Road to El Dorado released a couple years earlier. Includes snappy dialogue and some pretty solid adventure sequences. Not going to win any awards but is a good way to spend an afternoon. My only real complaint is that Sinbad teetered on the edge of being unlikable most of the movie, making it hard to stay engaged.

46. Alice of Wonderland in Paris (1966)
No idea why this even mentions Wonderland in the title. It's basically an anthology film with several children's book adaptations like Madeleine, Anatole, and Many Moons with a very loose framing device of Alice hanging out with a rat who excels at reviewing cheese (yea, I dunno...). It's all pretty 'meh'.

47. Hakuja den (1958) a.k.a. Panda and the Magic Serpent
Really colorful, vibrantly animated Chinese folk tale. The story line is pretty standard but the pace is brisk and held my attention pretty well.

48. Giovanni's Island (2014)
Geez, this approaches Grave of the Fireflies level of grim at times, following two kids in post-war Japan during Russian occupation trying to find their father who's been imprisoned. They use one of their most beloved books, Night on the Galactic Railroad, as a metaphor for their journey.
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11. Spirited Away 2001 (Rewatch)
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66. Penguins of Madagascar (2014)
67. Byôsoku 5 senchimêtoru (2007)
68. Panique au village (2009)

Directors: 6: Pjotr Sapegin
Directors: 5: Robert Clampett
Directors: 4: Tex Avery, Dave Fleischer, Norman McLaren
Directors: 3: Chuck Jones, Mike Thurmeier
Directors: 2: Hideaki Anno, Stéphane Aubier, Ralph Bakshi, Friz Freleng, Don Hertzfeldt, Len Lye, Steve Martino, Jimmy T. Murakami, Yuriy Norshteyn, Vincent Patar, Phil Roman, Makoto Shinkai, Jan Svankmajer, Genndy Tartakovsky

Features (53): USA: 27; France: 8; Japan: 8; Brazil: 2; UK: 2; Australia: 1; Belgium: 1; Czechoslovakia: 1: Ireland: 1; Norway: 1; Spain: 1
Shorts (84): USA: 43; Canada: 10; Norway: 8; France: 5; Germany 4; UK: 4; Czechoslovakia 2; Japan: 2; Soviet: 2; Austria 1; Czech Rep. 1;
Luxembourg: 1; Russia: 1
319 animated features and shorts in official lists left.

A life more animated
Same challenge in 2016: 14 seen (ranked: 9th)
All animations seen in challenges

!seen 68

New awards this month:
Platinum: Best Cartoons Ever - A Gift List From Jerry Beck
Gold: Animation, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Silver: Top 100 Animated Features of All Time, Action, 2000s
Bronze: Shorts
Closest awards (off. chall.): 3 Animated BFI, 4 Animation imdb, 10 Top 100 Animated, 13 Annecy, 16 César, 31 100 French Times, 37 100 French TimeOut
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