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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 12/2/2013 12:36:08 AM   
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219. Heavy Metal



1981
Director: Gerald Potterton

Adult anthology of sci-fi/fantasy stories, inspired by Heavy Metal magazine. Considering the talent involved, it's a little disappointing that it's not far better than it is, but Dan O'Bannon's segment featuring zombies on a WWII bomber is superb.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 12/2/2013 9:40:58 PM   
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217. Lilo and Stitch



2002
Director: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois

217. Water, Water Every Hare



1952
Director: Chuck Jones

Bugs finds himself in a mad scientist's castle, where the scientist plans to remove Bugs' brain. In order to escape from the castle, Bugs first has to deal with a very interesting monster. Just lovely.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 12/2/2013 10:04:25 PM   
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216. The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello



2005
Director: Anthony Lucas

Short piece of Australian steampunk with Joel Edgerton providing the voice of Jasper Morello, an airship navigator. A plague is afflicting the residents of Gothia, Morello's home city. While on his latest work voyage, Morello's ship encounters a creature that could provide a cure for the plague, but the creature carries a high price with it. An intriguing plot, fine voice-work and gorgeous silhouette animation, Morello becomes one of the best animated shorts of the new century so far.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 12/2/2013 10:11:40 PM   
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215. Steamboat Willie



1928
Director: Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks

Considered to be the debut of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Steamboat Willie sees Mickey working on a Steamboat under Captain Pete. Historically important.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 12/2/2013 10:57:12 PM   
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214. Yankee Doodle Mouse



1943
Director: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera

Made mid WWII and riffing on the war, Tom and Jerry do battle in the cellar of their home, with each side adopting military tactics to try and win.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 12/2/2013 11:30:51 PM   
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213. Tales from Earthsea



2006
Director: Goro Miyazaki

Inspired by the Earthsea novels of Ursula Le Guin, the debut film for the son of Hayao Miyazaki seemed to be considered a bit of a disappointment on its release, but then a disappointing Ghibli is still better than pretty much anything else in animation.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 13/2/2013 12:10:24 AM   
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212. Paranoia Agent



2004
Director: Satoshi Kon

A 13 episode mini-series counting as one film, simply because it becomes impossible to separate any of these into individual shorts. The residents of Tokyo are plagued by a series of attacks by a baseball bat wielding youth who becomes known as Lil' Slugger. As the attacks continue, Slugger develops into something of an urban legend. Brilliantly animated, with a fascinating storyline that takes in everything from the lives of the victims, the police investigation, the gossipy city inhabitants and even three generations of suicidal characters.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 13/2/2013 12:22:51 AM   
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211. Fraidy Cat



1942
Director: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera

Tom spooks himself listening to a late night horror radio show, and Jerry decides to take advantage of the cat's fear of ghosts. Should have been much higher than this.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 13/2/2013 11:09:31 PM   
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210. The Plague Dogs



1982
Director: Martin Rosen

If I felt like mentally scarring a generation of children, I'd be arrested. Richard Adams does it and he gets hailed as a genius. Deservedly so though, between this and Watership Down, Adams created some of the most harrowing stories of his time. Plague Dogs, his tale of two dogs who escape a research facility, might not be as well-known as Watership, but it's the one that always upset me more. Brilliant work, I just hope the films above it in the poll deserve to be there.

*Looks at number 208*

Ah, fuck

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 14/2/2013 12:22:54 PM   
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209. The Rescuers



1977
Director: Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery, Art Stevens

R e s c u e
Rescue Aid Society
Heads held high, touch the sky
You mean everything to me

Another that comes with no apology.

The mouse Rescue Aid Society send out a team (the exotic Miss Bianca and down-to-earth and superstitious janitor mouse Bernard) to answer the call for help from a little girl called Penny. Penny has been taken from an orphanage by the evil Madame Medusa to Devil's Bayou to search for a large diamond and is guarded by Brutus and Nero, two very large and very evil alligators. Aided by Orville the albatross air service and brave and determined boat driver (and dragonfly) Evinrude, the pair head off to Penny's rescue.

I don't know if they still do them but they used to produce story LPs of Disney films – basically the entire audio of the film on your record player (before most had video players). Among others I had The Rescuers (and probably still do at my parents somewhere) and I used to listen to it all the time and that love for what is admittedly a quite minor Disney has never faded. It helps that Brutus and Nero are genuinely chilling and some of the voice work – particularly Eva Gabor and the wonderful Bob Newhart as the mouse leads, is very good and Geraldine Page as Medusa is superb. It's nicely drawn, with the city all yellow/orange/red and sunsets and a very gothicy and creepy dark swamp full of creatures later nicked by the terrible Princess and the Frog.

It's a lovely entry to the Disney canon, still loved by children (and me) today.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 14/2/2013 12:35:55 PM   
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208. The Princess and The Frog



2009
Director: Ron Clements, John Musker

In Thom Tuck's rather brilliant stand-up where he discusses Disney's straight to dvd sequels of hit films, he mentions Cinderella 2:Dreams Come True rather negatively, describing it as a film where Cinderella's dream is apparently to do admin. Even that film can't be a worse Disney offering than this misfire, 2009 was a glorious year for animation, which makes it even more astonishing that this film got any praise at all.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 14/2/2013 2:56:30 PM   
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207. Comment Wang-Fo Fut Sauve



1987
Director: Rene Laloux

A Chinese emperor has been raised in complete isolation, basing his view of the world on the paintings of Wang-Fo. When he realises the world has none of the beauty of the paintings, he demands the artist be brought to him for punishment. A beautiful, thought-provoking piece on the power of art.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 14/2/2013 3:05:50 PM   
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206. Man in the Frame



1966
Director: Fyodor Khitruk

Man in the Frame takes us through the stages of a man’s life as he traps himself, rising higher and higher up the promoted ranks to the top. Khitruk combines simple animation with film montage – the pictures of real life continually show our junior bureaucrat what he is missing – life, joy and most of all love. A flirtation with a company secretary comes to nothing – the bright and colourful kite breaks into his prison but is shredded down, and back to work. And as he progresses through the company the frame round him grows thicker and more elaborate – material goods accrue but no emotion. Until he reaches the top and the short finally ends with him being boxed in tighter and tighter until you realise what the picture is becoming with the final frames.

A very negative worldview – the protagonist rejects a real life and can't reach out to beauty and culture. Sad little bureaucrat. As a visual analogy it is superbly executed.. And the most frightening thing is that he builds his first frame and continually secures it from intrusion. He did it all himself.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 14/2/2013 3:23:10 PM   
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205. Peter Pan



1953
Director: Clyde Geronimi , Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney

Well, it's alright, but I think everyone knows the only true adaptation of Peter Pan would be an adults only epic directed by Kubrick.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 15/2/2013 11:26:03 AM   
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204. Donald Duck and the Gorilla



1944
Director: Jack King

On a stormy night, the kind just right for a horror story, Donald and his three nephews hear a radio report about a mad killer Gorilla who has escaped from the zoo. This leads to a series of pranks involving Gorilla costumes, but none of the ducks realise that the real Gorilla has made his way into their home. I think part of my early love for horror stems from cartoons like this, it's still my favourite Donald short even now.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 15/2/2013 11:54:26 AM   
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203. Coyote Falls



2010
Director: Tom Sheppard

Many feared for the results when it was announced that there would be a new Wile E. Coyote/Road Runner cartoon and that it would be both CGI and 3D. But while the animation techniques may have changed, the short itself felt faithful to the original cartoons.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 16/2/2013 12:14:17 PM   
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202. Time Masters



1982
Director: Rene Laloux

A young boy, Piel, is left stranded on a planet after the death of his father. Using a communicator he's able to get help from a spaceship piloted by a friend of his father. But the ship is some distance away, and Piel needs rescuing. Another imaginative offering from Laloux, it may not be on the same level as his earlier film, Fantastic Planet, but it's one of the best sci-fi films of the 80s.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 16/2/2013 12:15:00 PM   
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201. Vampires in Havana



1985
Director: Juan Padron

Von Dracula, a mad scientist, finds a cure for a vampire's affliction to sunlight, a drink named Vampisol. Dracula wants to announce how to make the drink free of charge over the radio, in order to help vampires everywhere. But when vampire leaders hear the news, they try to get the formula first in order to make a profit. Meanwhile American gangster vampires, the Capa Nostra, make a lot of money from creating underground beaches for vampires and are planning on branching out, if the formula gets out then leader Johnny Terrori will lose everything. Dracula's nephew, Joseph is a trumpet player who has unwittingly been his uncle's test subject. When word gets out, Joseph becomes the target of a manhunt for all the vampires through the seedier sections of Havana. This gloriously insane animated film has the transgressive feel of a Bakshi mixed with a more whimsical sense of humour. It's an impossibly cool piece of animation, and it should be essential viewing for anyone interested in animated or offbeat cinema.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 16/2/2013 12:28:12 PM   
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200. Luxo Jr.



1986
Director: John Lasseter

So Luxo can't exactly lay claims to being the funniest or most complex animated short ever made, but it is one of the most important in modern animation. Without this short, we may never have got Pixar Studios, and Luxo has gone on to become the studio's mascot. But even without that historical importance, it's a really charming little film. Luxo Jr has fun playing with a ball, while Big Luxo watches over him. Really sweet stuff.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 16/2/2013 12:43:26 PM   
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199. The Night Before Christmas



1941
Director: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera

It's Christmas Eve and Jerry is having fun among the presents, but then he makes the mistake of waking Tom. One of the sweetest endings in all of their shorts.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 16/2/2013 1:13:24 PM   
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198. The Cat Returns



2002
Director: Hiroyuki Morita

A sort of semi-sequel to Whisper of the Heart (both films use the same cat, The Baron). The film focuses on Haru, a shy high school girl who saves a cat from being run over, only to discover he is the Prince of the Cat Kingdom, and that she's now engaged to him.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 17/2/2013 1:55:35 PM   
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197. Little Quacker



1950
Director: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera

Tom steals a duck egg only for it to crack open when Quacker is born. When Tom decides he wants roast duckling for dinner, Quacker joins forces with Jerry.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 17/2/2013 2:00:18 PM   
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196. The Bodyguard



1944
Director: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera

When Jerry rescues Spike from the back of a dog catcher's truck, he promises to help Jerry whenever he needs him. Then Tom comes around looking to catch a mouse for dinner...

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 17/2/2013 2:09:01 PM   
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195. Magical Maestro



1952
Director: Tex Avery

Poochini is a canine opera singer. A magician, Mysto, comes to see him to ask permission to perform as his opening act but Poochini kicks him out. In revenge, the magician replaces Poochini's conductor and uses his magic wand in place of a conductor's baton. Poochini takes the stage to sing a tune from The Barber of Seville but finds his performance interrupted by Mysto's trickery. He summons rabbits and flowers that appear out of nowhere on Poochini's arms. He puts Poochini in a tutu. He changes him into a country singer, a small child, a Hawaiian singer and a rather stereotypical 'Chinaman'. Like most Avery shorts, it's endlessly inventive and uses his familiar technique of building on a gag through repetition to increase the hilarity. This also features the much commented on gag where a hair gets caught in the gate and Poochini stops his song to remove it. Despite one or two dubious jokes based on ethnicity, Magical Maestro is one of Avery's funniest and most imaginative short films.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 17/2/2013 2:17:32 PM   
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194. The Emperor’s New Groove



2000
Director: Mark Dindal

A selfish emperor is turned into a Llama, because of some plot.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 17/2/2013 2:41:31 PM   
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193. Baron Prasil



1962
Director: Karel Zeman

Munchausen is a story that's had many adaptations, the most famous is probably Terry Gilliam's visually magnificent but somewhat lacking 1980s offering. The most notorious is the admittedly entertaining one produced by the Nazis in the 40s. Zeman's is possibly the best. The Czech animator is responsible for some of the most visually beautiful and innovative fantasy films in the history of the medium, which makes his unknown status even more of a disappointment.

An astronaut lands on the moon only to discover Baron Munchausen is already there, the Baron thinks he's met a moon man and takes him to Earth to introduce him to the planet and to show him the wonders the life. Together they travel the world, having various adventures ranging from battles to a visit to the bottom of the ocean, and rescuing a Princess who both men fall in love with. The film is basically a series of bizarre adventures, each one told with tongue firmly in cheek.

It's fitting that Gilliam would later make his own version of Munchausen as Zeman was obviously a huge influence on his early work. Zeman was a director who delighted in special effects and actually knew how to use them to serve his story, here he takes Gustave Dore's classic illustrations and uses them as backdrops, with the actors superimposed against them, to create a visual wonderland and a one-of-a-kind fantasy. Anchored by a delightful performance from Milos Kopecky as the Baron, Prasil is a funny and charming adventure and a film that deserves to be more widely acclaimed.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 17/2/2013 2:46:48 PM   
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192. Flushed Away



2006
Director: David Bowers, Sam Fell

Kate Winslet. Rat up a drainpipe.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 17/2/2013 3:02:00 PM   
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191. Day and Night



2010
Director: Teddy Newton

Charming short featuring the anthropomorphic representations of night and day.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 17/2/2013 3:16:02 PM   
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190. The Little Orphan



1949
Director: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera

Another Tom & Jerry short where Jerry looks after a weaker animal, this time a little orphan mouse named Nibbles.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 17/2/2013 3:29:03 PM   
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188. Dog Trouble



1942
Director: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera

Arch rivals Tom and Jerry are forced to team up to save themselves from the wrath of Spike.

188. There Once Was a Dog



1982
Director: Eduard Nazarov

When a dog becomes too old and tired to make an effective guard dog anymore, an old wolf helps him retain his place with his family. When winter comes, the dog gets a chance to repay the wolf's kindness. Brilliant short.

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