Twenty years ago, animated features were widely perceived as cartoons for children. Today, though, they encompass an astonishing range of films, styles and techniques. There is the powerful adult drama of Waltz with Bashir; the Gallic sophistication of Belleville Rendez-Vous; the eye-popping violence of Japan's Akira; and the stop-motion whimsy of Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Andrew Osmond provides an entertaining and illuminating guide to the endlessly diverse world of animated features, with entries on 100 of the most interesting and important animated films from around the world, from the 1920s to the present day.
There are key studio brands such as Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks, but there are also recognised auteur directors such as America's Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and Japan's Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away). Technologies such as motion-capture, used in films such as Avatar, blur the distinctions between live-action and animation. Meanwhile, lone artists such as Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues) and Bill Plympton (Idiots and Angels) make entire films by themselves.
Blending in-depth history and criticism, 100 Animated Feature Films balances the blockbusters with local success stories from Eastern Europe to Hong Kong. There are entries on Dreamworks' Shrek, Pixar's Toy Story, and Disney's The Jungle Book, but you will also find pieces on Germany's silhouette-based The Adventures of Prince Achmed, the oldest surviving animated feature; on the thirty year production of Richard Williams' legendary opus, The Thief and the Cobbler; and on the lost work of Argentina's Quirino Cristiani, who reputedly made the first animated feature in 1917.
ANDREW OSMOND is a freelance journalist and has written for a range of publications including Sight & Sound, Empire, SFX and the Guardian. He is the author of a BFI Film Classic on Spirited Away (2008).
Acknowledgments.- Introduction.- The Adventures of Prince Achmed.- Akira.- Aladdin.- Alice.- Alice in Wonderland.- Allegro non troppo.- American Pop.- Animal Farm.- Antz.- El Apostol.- Avatar.- Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest.- Bambi.- Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.- Beauty and the Beast.- Belleville Rendez-Vous.- Cinderella.- Comet Quest: The Adventures of Mark Twain.- Coraline.- Dumbo.- The Emperor's Nightingale.- The Fabulous World of Jules Verne.- Fantasia.- Fantastic Mr Fox.- Fantastic Planet.- Ferngully The Last Rainforest.- Finding Nemo.- Fritz the Cat.- Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence.- The Girl Who Leapt through Time.- Grave of the Fireflies.- Happy Feet.- Hoppity Goes to Town.- How to Train Your Dragon.- The Hunchback of Notre Dame.- Ice Age.- Idiots and Angels.- The Incredibles.- The Iron Giant.- Ivan and His Magic Pony.- The Jungle Book.- Kiki's Delivery Service.- King Kong.- Kung Fu Panda.- Lady and the Tramp.- Laputa: Castle in the Sky.- Lilo and Stitch.- The Lion King.- The Little Norse Prince.- Memories.- A Midsummer Night's Dream.- Mind Game.- Monsters, Inc.- My Life as McDull.- My Neighbour Totoro.- Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion.- Nezha Conquers the Dragon King.- Ninja Scroll.- Night on the Galactic Railroad.- The Nightmare Before Christmas.- One Hundred and One Dalmatians.- Only Yesterday.- Persepolis.- Pinchcliffe Grand Prix.- Pinocchio.- The Polar Express.- Ponyo.- Porco Rosso.- Prince of Egypt.- The Rescuers.- Rock & Rule.- Le Roi et l'oiseau.- Le Roman de Renard.- A Scanner Darkly.- The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb.- The Secret of Kells.- The Secret of NIMH.- Shrek.- Sita Sings the Blues.- The Sky Crawlers.- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.- Son of White Mare.- South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut.- Spirited Away.- The Thief and the Cobbler.- A Thousand and One Nights.- The Three Caballeros.- Tokyo Godfathers.- Toy Story.- Up.- Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.- WALL-E.- Waltz with Bashir.- Watership Down.- When the Wind Blows.- Who Framed Roger Rabbit.- Yellow Submarine.- Index.