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Animation Challenge; Official April 2017
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100. Wizards (1977) - Ralph Bakshi. I'm not going to see all 71 of his works (based on icm stats), but should at least see the last two Bakshi movies that is left in official lists (Coonskin & Heavy Traffic)
Since I made theis number 100 I did expect more of it, after all Bakshi's LotR is quite rememberable. But Wizards are severly lacking in Wizardry, and the anti climatic end drags it even more down.

101. FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)

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

!seen 101 - 295 animated features and shorts in official lists left.

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, 100 Animated Feature Films (BFI Screen Guides), Action, 2000s
Bronze: Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen, Shorts
Closest awards (off. chall.): 4 Animation imdb, 6 Top 100 Animated, 9 Annecy, 15 Animated BFI & César, 30 100 French Times, 37 100 French TimeOut
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7. Sausage Party (2016) - yes, I regret seeing it
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102. Arthur et la vengeance de Maltazard (2009) - cynical cash grab (the movie has no story, but introduces a cliffhanger 20 minutes before the end) so it's just a lead in to part 3. The UK didn't want to have anything of this so they edited part 2 and 3 together before releasing them to cinemas. 3 years have passed since the first Arthur movie but the animation quality is even worse (The character animations that is, the nature backgrounds on the other hand are actually quite good). If you want to see the saga end; Either skip part 2 and go right to 3, or see the UK edit.

103. Arthur 3: la guerre des deux mondes (2010) - yes, I like to hit meself in the head with a shovel. Always hoping Luc Besson might go back to former glory, perhaps?

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

!seen 103 - 295 animated features and shorts in official lists left.

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, 100 Animated Feature Films (BFI Screen Guides), Action, 2000s
Bronze: Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen, Shorts
Closest awards (off. chall.): 4 Animation imdb, 6 Top 100 Animated, 9 Annecy, 14 César, 15 Animated BFI, 27 100 French Times, 37 100 French TimeOut
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1. Dead Leaves (2004) 3/10
2. Kidô keisatsu patorebâ: The Movie 2 [Patlabor 2: The Movie] (1993) 7/10
3. Meikyû monogatari [Neo Tokyo] (1987) 7/10
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90. Ice (2008)
In a world where men have been eradicated due to some random thing, will women move the species forward in a meaningful way?
Comes off way too heavy handed and bizarrely perverse at times for what I presume its message is. It seems to try really hard to show how women would persevere without men and then constant undermine itself by showing how they'd just give in to base desires and violent impulses like the men they condemn.

91. Animal Crossing: The Movie (2006)
If you ever played the game and wondered "I'd love to see a movie of this that's as laconic, plotless and dull as experiencing the game!" then you're in luck. Watch as the main character works in a shop, looks at fossils and plants trees! It gets a little weird toward the end but not enough to muster up any kind of momentum.

92. Pirate's Passage (2015)
This one is an interesting throw back to the more languidly-paced 70's and 80's animation like Ben & Me and Riki Tiki Tavi. Donald Sutherland both plays the main character, a grizzled old seafarer who may or may not be an ancient pirate, as well as pulling co-writing duties. The animation has a more traditional look to it as well, at times reminding me of the animation in Archer with a little more polish to it. While this probably not the best thing to throw on to distract the kids, it's a decent watch in and of itself for the older crowd.

93. Rio (2011)
And here we have a big, loud bird movie from the director of a bunch of Ice Age movies. Pretty much the only interesting thing in this one is Jermain Clements' villainous bird song performed in the style of a Flight of the Conchords song. I dug it and very little else.

94. Oliver & Company (1988)
The characters and plot are ok if a little on the thin side, mostly being a kind of Oliver Twist adaptation. The music is what sinks this one though. It is absolutely terrible 80's over-produced garbage for the most part and nearly ruins the movie for me.

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7, Puss Gets the Boot (1940) * 9 min.
Life in a Tin (1967) * 6 min.
Self Service (1974) * 11 min.
Champion de Puzzle (1910) * 4 min.
Le Petit Chantecler (1910) * 7 min.
The Twelve Labors of Hercules (1910) * 7 min.
The Mind of the Café Waiter (1910) * 5 min.
Le Tout Petit Faust (1910) * 6 min.
The Mysterious Fine Arts (1910) * 5 min.


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104. Kyûketsuki hantâ D (1985)

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

!seen 104 - 294 animated features and shorts in official lists left.

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, 100 Animated Feature Films (BFI Screen Guides), Action, 2000s
Bronze: Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen, Shorts
Closest awards (off. chall.): 4 Animation imdb, 6 Top 100 Animated, 9 Annecy, 14 César, 15 Animated BFI, 27 100 French Times, 37 100 French TimeOut
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105. Tekkon kinkurîto (2006)
106. Waking Life (2001) - all movies and shorts in 5+ list viewed.
107. An American Tail (1986) - I see I've already seen 2/3 of the sequels, and I really didn't like those. So this can only be better.

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

!seen 107 - 291 animated features and shorts in official lists left.

New awards this month:
Platinum (1): Best Cartoons Ever - A Gift List From Jerry Beck
Gold (3): Animation, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Silver (5): Top 100 Animated Features of All Time, 100 Animated Feature Films (BFI Screen Guides), BAFTA - Best Film, Action, 2000s
Bronze (3): Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen, Shorts, 1950s
Closest awards (off. chall.): 4 Animation imdb & Top 100 Animated, 9 Annecy, 14 César, 15 Animated BFI, 25 100 French Times, 34 100 French TimeOut
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95. A Tree of Palme (2002)
96. Harmony (2015)
Didn't really plan it this way but I ended up watching a Takashi Nakamura double feature. A few common themes between them I noticed: a dense dedication to world building, unnecessarily heavy exposition dumps, interesting animation techniques, main characters that aren't particularly likable (possibly intentionally so). A Tree of Palme comes across as a kind of Pinocchio meets Akira (especially during the climax) and is pretty good in places but gets bogged down in unnecessary plot diversions. The character designs and animation definitely seem reminiscent of 80's anime, but as far as twisted Pinocchio tales, I'm still giving a leg up to Key the Metal Idol over this one.
Harmony looks great with a very fluid, beautiful animation style (courtesy of our friends at Studio 4°C). Unfortunately this one gets bogged down in so many convoluted narrative turns and massive exposition dumps that it's very hard to feel anything strongly. The lack of a compelling climax or answer to the central mystery of mass suicides in a Utopian society left it feeling underwhelming from that standpoint too.

97-98. Please Save My Earth OVA Ep. 1 - 6
There's a lot I didn't really dig about this one: the shojo art style, the gratuitous melodrama, the EXCEEDINGLY creepy relationship between the girl and the reincarnated magical kid... There's maybe an interesting movie hiding in here if the soap opera hysterics and creepy borderline pedophilia were stripped out, but stretched out over six episodes, it's a little hard to take in.

99. Cartoon Roots (Cartoons on Film Collection)
This is a collection of very old silent animation shorts. A few lessons I learned from these: 1) Old cartoons were super weird 2) They broke the fourth wall a lot 3) There was a lot of interesting mix of live action and animation in those halcyon days 4) Did I mention they were really freaking weird? Here's a list of all the films included for anyone interested: http://cartoonsonfilm.com/dvd.html

100. The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird (1952)
This is essentially the early, unfinished, rushed together version of the far better Le roi et l'oiseau (1980). You can tell there are some good ideas in there but the way it's thrown together is dodgy to say the least. This one is definitely skip-able. Just check out Le roi et l'oiseau instead.

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108. (s21a) Broken Down Film (1985) 6 min.
108. (s22b) Damon the Mower (1972) 3 min.
108. (s22c) Frank Film (1973) 9 min.
108. (s22d) La gazza ladra (1965) 11 min.
108. (s22e) La joie de vivre (1934) 9 min.
108. (s22f) L'idée (1932) 30 min.
109. (s23a) Ryan (2004) 14 min.
109. (s23b) Shan shui qing (1988) 19 min.
109. (s23c) When the Day Breaks (1999) 10 min.
110. Kokuriko-zaka kara (2011) - and with that all of Ghibli cinematic is competed ...so far. I see there is a TV movie also (Umi ga kikoeru)
111. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)
112. (s24a) Poslední trik pana Schwarcewalldea a pana Edgara (1964) 12 min.
112. (s24b) Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia G-moll (1965) 10 min.
112. (s24c) Hra s kameny (1967) 8 min.
112. (s24d) Rakvickarna (1966) 10 min.
112. (s24e) Et Cetera (1967) 8 min.
112. (s24f) Historia Naturae, Suita (1967) 9 min.
113. (s25a) Byt (1968) 13 min.
113. (s25b) Picknick mit Weismann (1969) 11 min.
113. (s25c) Tichý týden v dome (1971) 20 min.
113. (s25d) Don Sajn (1971) 30 min.
114. (s26a) Zvahlav aneb Saticky Slameného Huberta (1971) 14 min.
114. (s26b) Leonarduv denik (1974) 12 min.
114. (s26c) Otrantský zámek (1977) 17 min.
114. (s26d) Zánik domu Usheru (1982) 15 min. (13) - and with this one I've seen 24 hours of shorts in this challenge

8 Svankmajer shorts left for tomorrow. There are animation in all I saw today, but in some of them it's very well hidden, particularly in the ones with puppets. In those it's hard to see what is stop motion, normal puppetry, or lifesize costumes. My favorite short so far was actually not animation at all: Zahrada / The Garden from 1968. I dodn't know he had done "normal" shorts too. Only 3 of these are on official lists, strangely enough (2 seen today, 1 I'll see tomorrow)

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

!seen 114 - 279 animated features and shorts in official lists left.

New awards this month:
Platinum (1): Best Cartoons Ever - A Gift List From Jerry Beck
Gold (3): Animation, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Silver (5): Top 100 Animated Features of All Time, 100 Animated Feature Films (BFI Screen Guides), BAFTA - Best Film, Action, 2000s
Bronze (4): Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen, Annecy Festival's 100 Films for a Century of Animation, Shorts, 1950s
Closest awards (off. chall.): 4 Animation imdb & Top 100 Animated, 14 César, 15 Animated BFI, 24 100 French Times, 25 Annecy, 33 100 French TimeOut
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101. Original Dirty Pair: Project Eden (1987)
This one isn't going to make you think too hard, but like other Dirty Pair stuff, it's breezy, action-packed and fun with a lot of fan service. In this one, they go up against some mad scientist into churning out mutants.

102. Rio 2 (2014)
Well, more of the same except with an environmental, anti-deforestation message. They also manage to give Jermaine Clement a less interesting role (he doesn't even get a good song... just a lame cover of I Will Survive), pairing him with Kristen Chenowith. Otherwise it plays out mostly like Meet the Parents. Meh.

103. Lupin III: Walther P38 (1997) a.k.a. Island of Assassins
Those of you who like your Lupin more on the humorous side would do well to avoid this one. The art style is less cartoonish along with a very serious death and betrayal plot with some dark and graphic scenes of violence. I actually liked it quite a bit although my biggest issue was not giving Lupin's friends much to do. They just kind of randomly show up when needed, otherwise it's mostly Lupin and Elen.

104. The Book of Pooh: Stories from the Heart (2001)
Dull as dishwater and featuring a hideous hybrid style of puppetry and CGI. Just watch The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh instead.

105. .hack//Quantum OVA (2010)
I had watched some of the original .hack series back in the day, so the concept of this one wasn't totally foreign to me. Having said that, it actually plays pretty decently as a stand-alone as well. I thought it was pretty decent although the ending seemed to wrap up a little too quickly.

106. Betty Boop: Essential Collection Vol. 4
More weird ass Betty Boop cartoons with the weirdest probably being Snow White and its creepy Cab Calloway ghost dance. Betty going to Hell in Red Hot Mamma was up there too though. Poor Cinderella was interesting as the only color Betty Boop cartoon I've seen. Seemed to have higher production values too.

107a. 1001 Nights (1998)
107b. Fantascope 'Tylostoma' (2006)
Took in a couple of Yoshitaka Amano-related shorts. 1001 Nights being a kind of symphonic music video loosely based on the book and featuring character designs from Amano. Fantascope Tylostoma was actually directed by Amano and is vampiric in nature with a more static, barely animated painterly look to it. Both are pretty esoteric in their narrative structures although I'd give Fantascope a leg up for being more coherent and featuring some absolutely gorgeously dark imagery.

107c. Dareka no Manazashi (2013)
Nice to see Makoto Shinkai perfecting his style (beautiful animation with an emotional core) even in very short form.

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I was too lazy to post these as I watched them, but here's what I watched this month:

1. Your Name (2016)
2-9. Steins;Gate (2011) episodes 1-24
10. Steins;Gate: The Movie − Load Region of Déjà Vu (2013)
Not counting as an entry yet:
Steins;Gate: Egoistic Poriomania (2012)
Steins;Gate: Soumei Eichi no Cognitive Computing (2014) episodes 1-4
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I was too lazy to post these as I watched them, but here's what I watched this month:

1. Your Name (2016)
2-9. Steins;Gate (2011)
10. Steins;Gate: The Movie − Load Region of Déjà Vu (2013)
Not counting as an entry yet:
Steins;Gate: Egoistic Poriomania (2012)
Steins;Gate: Soumei Eichi no Cognitive Computing (2014) episodes 1-4
Mate I need you to be more clear, the total of your watchings is 10?
beware that mini series with 25 min apply with the 60 min rule, so you need to count
and list it here very clearly. Plus, I would appreciate it if you didn't list the episodes or
films that do not count. for confusion reasons. Thanks a lot.
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14. Grave of the Fireflies 1988
15. Akira 1988

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Mate I need you to be more clear, the total of your watchings is 10?
beware that mini series with 25 min apply with the 60 min rule, so you need to count
and list it here very clearly. Plus, I would appreciate it if you didn't list the episodes or
films that do not count. for confusion reasons. Thanks a lot.
Yes, 10 entries. Steins;Gate is 8 entries (24 eps x 24 min) and 1 entry for the movie. The last two that I listed don't add up to 60 minutes, so I didn't count them.
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Samar
Apr 30 2017, 05:58:03 AM
Mate I need you to be more clear, the total of your watchings is 10?
beware that mini series with 25 min apply with the 60 min rule, so you need to count
and list it here very clearly. Plus, I would appreciate it if you didn't list the episodes or
films that do not count. for confusion reasons. Thanks a lot.
Yes, 10 entries. Steins;Gate is 8 entries (24 eps x 24 min) and 1 entry for the movie. The last two that I listed don't add up to 60 minutes, so I didn't count them.
Great! just wanted to make sure
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4. Kimi no na wa. [Your Name] (2016) 5/10
5. Urusei Yatsura 2: Byûtifuru dorîmâ [Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer] (1984) 7/10
6. Kanashimi no Beradonna [Belladonna of Sadness] (1973) 8/10
a. Le moine et le poisson (1994) 8/10
b. Wanderers (2014) 8/10
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115. (s27a) Do pivnice (1983) 15 min.
115. (s27b) Kyvadlo, jáma a nadeje (1984) 15 min.
115. (s27c) Muzné hry (1989) 14 min.
115. (s27d) Zamilované maso (1989) 1 min.
115. (s27e) Tma/Svetlo/Tma (1989) 6 min.
116. (s28a) Flora (1989) 1 min.
116. (s28b) Konec stalinismu v Cechách (1991) 10 min.
116. (s28c) Jídlo (1993) 17 min.
116. (s28d) Johanes Doktor Faust (1958) 17 min.
116. (s28e) The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer (1984) 14 min.
117. Solan og Ludvig: Herfra til Flåklypa (2015)
118. Lucky Luke: Le fil qui chante/Des barbelés sur la prairie/Les rivaux de Painful Gulch (1984) (s01e20/22/19)
(s29a) Oktapodi (2007) 3 min.
119. Thumbelina (1992)
120. Daisy Town (1971)

And with Lucky Luke this challenge is over. Actually, the very first movie I ever saw in a cinema was Les Dalton en cavale from 1983, so I can't really get more nostalgic than this.

This month I finished off Aardman's and Ghibli's canons. And saw every animation in 5+ lists. I've also up-to-date on norwegian animation, only missing two features. (One is released later this month, the other was released on VHS 20 years ago, and thus out of print). I also upgraded my awards by at least one level on all animation lists, and completing the Jeff Beck one. But 140 shorts in a month was a bit much though. Actually the fun part is to find the obscure ones. Among the total of 230 shorts/features I saw this month; 30 of them had less than 50 checks, and a few are not even listed (I'll fix that)


Bonus: 2 documentaries unlisted on imdb: The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer - Animators discuss his films. Clips from earlier works. (54 min.)
Les Chimerés des Svankmajer - Interviews with Svankmajer and his wife Eva, and BTS of the movie Otesánek. Clips from earlier films. There are a few seconds of original animations but not enough to add it to the challenge. 58 min.
(And Life, Animated which I wrote about earlier in the month)

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

!seen 120 - 278 animated features and shorts in official lists left.

New awards this month:
Platinum (1): Best Cartoons Ever - A Gift List From Jerry Beck
Gold (3): Animation, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Silver (6): Top 100 Animated Features of All Time, 100 Animated Feature Films (BFI Screen Guides), BAFTA - Best Film, Action, Thriller, 2000s
Bronze (4): Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen, Annecy Festival's 100 Films for a Century of Animation, Shorts, 1950s
Closest awards (off. chall.): 4 Animation imdb & Top 100 Animated, 14 César, 15 Animated BFI, 24 100 French Times, 25 Annecy, 33 100 French TimeOut
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7. Avril et le monde truqué (2015) 7/10
8. Tower (2016) 7/10
9. Path of Blood (2013) 7/10
10. Samurai Jack (Season 5 Episodes 4-6)
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108. Expelled from Paradise (2014)
This one didn't do a whole lot for me... Maybe I'm getting burned out on anime and Expelled from Paradise just seems like a slickly put together hodge podge of various common tropes.

109. Toys in the Attic (2009)
Oh, the Czechs and their creepy ass stop motion! Jiri Barta brings basically his version of Toy Story to life, meaning we have a parade of grotesqueries masquerading as a children's story. I'm ok with it. Dunno how many kids would be though...

110a. The Trip (1973)
110b. Suteneko tora-chan (1947)
110c. Pereval (!988)
Time for some shorts! The Trip and Pereval both had some very interesting animation techniques. Tora-Chan was a rewatch as a thought experiment. I thought I'd show it to my 4-year-old to see if he'd be into it. He got bored pretty fast. Oh well. Can't win 'em all.

111a. Poligon (1977)
111b. Zhavoronok (1986)
111c. Capitalism: Slavery (2007)
111d. Camp Pikachu (2002)
More shorts! This time I took in a trio of shorts featuring grim subject matter and topped them off with one of the most obnoxiously chipper Pokemon vids ever. Created a kind of cranial whiplash.

112. Vexille (2007)
I've never been a big fan of the CGI-heavy anime style (see the aforementioned Gantz: 0 or Appleseed Alpha) but the action sequences in this one were admittedly pretty slick, especially the chases. The plot didn't do it for me though.

113. Project A-Ko 3: Cinderella Rhapsody (1988)
If you are a fan of the action sequences or gratuitous fan service in the Project A-ko series, this one will leave you pretty disappointed. It seemed like most of the OVA was spent on having A-ko hanging out in a mall buying clothes and working fast food. Good news for perverts though! The casual pedophilia is still intact.

114a. Bobby Yeah (2011)
This one feels like a seriously fucked up hybrid of David Lynch, Shinji Tsukamoto, Troma and the Quay Brothers. Groovy.

114b. Comment Wang-Fo fut sauvé (1987)
Rene Leloux is an interesting fellow...

114c. Glens Falls Sequence (1937)
114d. Contrathemis (1941)
114e. Dresden Dynamo (1971)
114f. Scratch & Crow (1995)
... And then a bunch of abstract weirdness...

115. Umi ga kikoeru (1993)
Finishing out with the only Studio Ghibli movie I haven't yet watched. It's pretty good. Definitely more of a slice of life style film (see Only Yesterday or Whisper of the Heart for an idea of the tone). I wouldn't put it at the top of the list as far as Ghibli goes, but as long as you don't go in expecting another Nausicaa or Spirited Away, I think it's fine.

And that's going to be it for me for this challenge! I'm perfectly ok with second place. I didn't really expect to win. I just love watching animation, so this one is always a treat. And I finished my goal of getting platinum on the soon-to-be-official Paste Anime list, so yay!

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Many thanks for all the participants in this challenge, especially albajos the winer and Flavo5000
who took the second place. Thanks for your enthusiasm and commitment, and congrats for reaching
your personal film goals.


albajos - 120
Flavo5000 - 115
Tarr - 20
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Thank you.

For a while there, it seemed I would end up on 150. But needed a couple days to do some work.

Anyway with 3 wins and 1 second place in the last 6 official challenges I think I'm due for a break.

That break will be spent sorting my collection. So maybe I need a few months :)
(Animation left to see on DVD? 1 feature arriving this month, a bunch of shorts and 5 TV series, I think)
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