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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 17/2/2013 3:42:17 PM   
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187. The Simpsons: Bart After Dark



1996
Director: Dominic Polcino

From the days when The Simpsons was still a great show, this classic episode sees Bart damaging the property of Belle and being forced to work for her to repay his debt. To his delight, he discovers she runs a burlesque house.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 17/2/2013 3:53:39 PM   
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185. The Adventures of Mark Twain



1985
Director: Will Vinton

Mark Twain believes he is due to die when Halley's Comet reappears. Twain, Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher travel by airship to meet the comet, stopping to have adventures inspired by some of Twain's most famous stories. The stop-motion style makes the entire film look magnificent, but the film's greatest asset is the adaptation of The Mysterious Stranger that forms the basis for one of the tales. The Mysterious Stranger is one of the creepiest, most unsettling pieces of animation ever created and that segment alone means the film demands to be seen.

185. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse



1947
Director: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera

Tom gets so frustrated by Jerry that he mixes up a poison to get rid of him, trouble is that the potion actually gives Jerry super-strength.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 17/2/2013 4:09:37 PM   
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184. Film, Film, Film



1968
Director: Fyodor Khitruk

Satirical short from Khitruk, intent on parodying the way films were made in the Soviet Union.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 17/2/2013 4:37:38 PM   
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182. A Charlie Brown Christmas



1965
Director: Bill Melendez

This is how you make a Christmas special. Charlie is disgusted with the commercialism of Christmas, even finding Snoopy selling out by entering his dog-house in a tacky best decorations contest. When Charlie is made the director of the school Christmas play, he sees a chance to put some kind of meaning in the season, with the help of a little tree.

182. Swing You Sinners!



1930
Director: Dave Fleischer

Insane and nightmarish, even by the standards of Fleischer studios. Bimbo tries to steal a chicken and then hides in a graveyard, only to find everything from the gravestones to a host of ghosts and demons, all accusing him of being a sinner in jazzy unison.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 17/2/2013 5:05:45 PM   
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181. Donald's Snow Fight



1942
Director: Jack King

Another strong contender for the title of Disney's best work, Donald and his nephews get into a snowball fight that turns to war.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 17/2/2013 5:20:19 PM   
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180. Pingu's The Thing



2012
Director: Lee Hardcastle

The Thing remade with the cast of Pingu. A brilliant idea in the tradition of Apocalypse Pooh and Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 18/2/2013 1:04:33 PM   
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178. The Bowling Alley Cat



1942
Director: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera

Tom & Jerry have a nice day out bowling and don't fight at all. Oh no wait. They do.

178. Kung Fu Panda 2



2011
Director: Jennifer Yuh

Sequel to a film about a panda that does kung fu. There's plot, but I forget it.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 18/2/2013 1:05:03 PM   
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177. The Million Dollar Cat



1944
Director: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera

Shattering depiction of the effect money can have on an already abusive relationship.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 18/2/2013 1:26:28 PM   
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176. Summer Wars



2009
Director: Mamoru Hosoda

Kenji, a shy teen boy is invited by a friend, Natsuki to stay in the country, where he has to pretend to be her boyfriend during her grandmother's birthday party. While there, a virus hits the Oz computer network where Kenji works. With the virus, Love Machine, running rampant and taking control of other people's accounts, it gains the ability to affect public services throughout Japan. As Love Machine starts to put the world at risk, Kenji is forced to step up to the challenge. One of the best non-Ghibli animations to come out of Japan in some time.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 18/2/2013 2:55:13 PM   
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175. Pecos Pest



1955
Director: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera

Jerry is visited by his uncle Pecos, a stuttering guitar player who is due to appear on television. When he keeps breaking his strings during a rendition of Froggie Went a Courtin', he finds Tom's whiskers make a perfect substitute.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 18/2/2013 3:03:18 PM   
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174. Doggy Poo!



2003
Director: Kwon Oh-sung

Doggy Poo! is an animated short from Korea about a lonely and unloved piece of dog shit. Of course, having a piece of crap as the hero isn't unique to Doggy Poo!, think of the Mr. Hanky episodes of South Park for a good example. But if you expect a film called Doggy Poo! to be juvenile or loaded with easy laughs, it isn't. It's a heartbreaking story of a piece of poo who wakes up in a hostile world, desperate for companionship and a purpose in life. This is compassionate and deeply spiritual, it's a beautiful story told with one of the most unusual heroes you could hope to find. It takes a heart of stone not to be touched by Doggy Poo's plight as he meets with animals and plant life, none of whom are able to help him, until he eventually finds his purpose in life.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 18/2/2013 3:19:55 PM   
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173. ParaNorman



2012
Director: Sam Fell, Chris Butler

Surprisingly good film about a young boy with the ability to communicate with the dead. On the anniversary of his home-town's execution of a witch, Norman is forced to deal with not just the witch, but some zombies, and his own reputation as a town outcast. Brilliantly voiced, great animation, and a witty and heart-felt screenplay make this a stand-out in what was a strong year for animated films.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 18/2/2013 3:34:28 PM   
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172. Bedknobs & Broomsticks



1971
Director: Robert Stevenson

Live-action/animation mixture. During the Blitz, three children are evacuated to the country to stay with Miss Prince (Angela Lansbury) an apprentice witch. A spell cast on the knob of a bed enables the children to use it to travel anywhere they please. Some memorable songs, good performances and lovely animation. Highlight of the film finds Miss Price sending suits of armour into battle.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 19/2/2013 4:14:45 PM   
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171. Mermaid



1997
Director: Aleksandr Petrov

Beautiful oil-painting on glass animation about two monks encounter with a mermaid.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 19/2/2013 4:17:29 PM   
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170. The Brave Little Toaster



1987
Director: Jerry Rees

Childhood favourite about a group of appliances who travel across the country to be reunited with their owner.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 19/2/2013 4:24:17 PM   
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169. Mickey's Christmas Carol



1983
Director: Burny Mattinson

Gorgeous animation in Disney's retelling of Dickens' classic, with Scrooge McDuck taking lead duties.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 19/2/2013 4:31:41 PM   
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168. One Hundred and One Dalmatians



1961
Director: Clyde Geronimi & Hamilton S. Luske

Man and woman meet because of their dogs. Dogs have babies. Old bitch wants to kill them to make a coat. Introduced one of animations great villains in Cruella De Vil, but lets be honest, The Simpsons did it better.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 19/2/2013 4:39:57 PM   
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167. Vinni-Pukh I Den Zabot



1972
Director: Fyodor Khitruk

What happens when the most pessimistic animal in the forest has a birthday? Well, nothing too good. At first that is. Khitruk may be deceptively simple at times, as that is his biggest strength rather than a weakness. Although he centres on a single thing in every one of his shorts, he never hammers the point home but rather explores it through simple but beautiful animation and great voice acting. The last of the Vinni Pukh trilogy may be his most underrated film. Eyeore is beautifully realised. I'm far from being a hater of the Disney Winnie the Pooh, but this trilogy is simply in another league. I grew up with those films, and only re-visited them when I joined Empire. It was love at second sight.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 19/2/2013 4:49:17 PM   
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166. La Luna



2011
Director: Enrico Casarosa

A family have an unusual job, cleaning up the stars that fall on the surface of the moon. Gorgeous animation.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 19/2/2013 11:00:14 PM   
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165. The Cameraman's Revenge



1912
Director: Wladyslaw Starewicz

Innovative early animation sees the director using stop motion to animate insects to act out a tale of infidelity and revenge.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 19/2/2013 11:06:51 PM   
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164. The Fox and the Hare



1973
Director: Yuriy Norshteyn

When the fox kicks the hare out of his home, the animals of the forest try to help him reclaim it.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 19/2/2013 11:07:48 PM   
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163. Vinni-Pukh Idyot V Gosti



1971
Director: Fyodor Khitruk

As you may know, I grew up with the Vinni Pukh shorts, although I now appreciate them more than I did when I was a kid. In the second short of the trilogy, Vinni Pukh and Pyatachok (Piglet) are walking around the forest, not knowing what to do, when suddenly it strikes them that they want to go visiting. This is now my favourite short film. It's hard to pinpoint why exactly, but there are several reasons:

- The marvelous song which always makes me happy

- The naive wordplay which never fails to crack me up

- The deceptively simple animation and music, which, combined with the simple message, represent to me what Khitruk, and thus shorts in general, are all about.

- Miles Messervy 007

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 19/2/2013 11:12:57 PM   
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162. Cow



1989
Director: Aleksandr Petrov

Cow tells the story of a young boy who lives in a poor farming family. The family's greatest asset is their cow, the cow helps work their fields and in their poorest times the cow was always there to supply them with milk. When things get so bleak it seems like the family will starve, the father is forced to sell the cow's calf. Afterwards, the cow is heartbroken and refuses to work any more. She breaks free and wanders off into the countryside leading to an inevitable but devastating conclusion. Petrov's paint-on-glass animation style and attention to detail gives the short a timeless quality and there's no question that the film is beautiful to look at. But it's the emotional depths that Petrov brings to the tale that give it the feel of a folk story, and that make it such a memorable piece of cinema.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 19/2/2013 11:16:06 PM   
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161. The Hand



1966
Director: Jiri Trnka

An artist is approached by a giant hand who wants to be sculpted, when the artist refuses the hand goes to any means to get its desire. An indictment of totalitarian governments.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 19/2/2013 11:19:15 PM   
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160. Pocahontas



1995
Director: Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg

Really?

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 19/2/2013 11:28:23 PM   
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159. Cars



Glossy and Soulless.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 19/2/2013 11:43:47 PM   
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158. Dimensions of Dialogue



1982
Director: Jan Svankmajer

So, the second Svankmajer film I managed to see is maybe his most reputable. Winning 3 major awards on its initial release, including the Golden Bear for best short film at the Berlin Film Festival, and placing in Terry Gilliam's top 10 animated films of all time, "Dimensions of Dialogue" is a surreal, disturbing yet essential film that comes in three parts. It attempts to disect three different types of discussion - Passionate Discourse, Exhaustive Discussion, and Factual Conversation - with the use of surrealism, symbolism, and clay figures that are more than just a little bit creepy.

The first part, "Exhaustive Discussion", shows three heads made up of different matter (sometimes kitchen utensils, sometimes tools, sometimes food) constantly fighting each other. Eventually, they are turned - gradually, bit by bit - into bland copies of each other, made up of a powdered substance like sand and stone. Here, Svankmajer's sword is turned against the debaters, whose soul purpose is the attack each other before eventually converging on one, dull opinion. Svankmajer is asking why opinions have to be the same, and why we all strive to inflict our opinions on each other in such a way.

Next is "Passionate Discourse". Two clay figures sit around a table, staring deeply into each others eyes. Eventually, they make love, converging into one figure as the clay envelopes both of them. This moment of beauty, however, is torn apart when they begin to squabble pettily afterwards, reduced themselves into a mushy mass that resembles neither of the figures, or the mass that was made by love. This middle section of the film could be said to be an attack on love, or rather how we always seem to mess love up. The two figures, bound by a beauty unrivaled in most motion pictures despite the fact that they are made of - erm - clay, aren't happy until they have destroyed what was once beautiful. And it's not even like it's a worthwhile argument; they squabble more than argue and throw things at each other like children would.

Finally, we are introduced to "Factual Conversation", in which two clay heads stare at each other across a table. They are both old, dogged, and strangely intelligent-looking. Eventually, after a long and intent stare, they begin to produce things from their mouths. At first, they are things that seemingly fit well together, like a toothbrush and toothpaste or a shoe and shoelace. It seems like a comment on how factual discussion relies on two people and their tendancy to agree with each other, before we again descend into madness. The once inter-locking articles are now used against each other, until - at last - identical objects meet and cause a standstill. What was once a well thought out, working discussion has turned into madness, with the parties using increasingly nonsensical arguments against each other before they hit a brick wall. Although they are saying the same thing, they can't seem to agree on anything. It's a reflection on the human tendency to be aggressive or stubborn, and it's a very clever one.

In all, Dimensions of Dialogue is worthy of its reputation. Not only is it fun to watch, it's also a worthwhile film with big ideas and good execution of them. Although I certainly enjoyed Jabberwocky more - partly because it's more playful and fun and partly because I think interpretation of it will vary more wildly - DoD is certainly a great second step along my Svankmajer road, and I look forward to getting to know more of his films and guessing wildly at what they are about. 8/10

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 19/2/2013 11:49:34 PM   
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157. My Neighbours the Yamadas



1999
Director: Isao Takahata

A series of vignettes about the life of the Yamada family, often considered a lesser offering from Ghibli, I think it's partly because both the animation style and the storytelling are different from what the viewer might usually expect from the studio.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 19/2/2013 11:55:13 PM   
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156. Small Fry



2011
Director: Angus MacLane

Pixar short based on the Toy Story series, Buzz finds himself taking part in a support group for fast food toys.

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RE: The Empire Animation Countdown - 20/2/2013 12:08:46 AM   
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155. Clock Cleaners



1937
Director: Ben Sharpsteen

Another example of Disney's short films being better than their features. Donald, Mickey and Goofy are hired to clean a clock tower, with things going predictably wrong. The American Family Association spoke out against this short. Can I just say a hearty fuck you to the American Family Association.

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