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Animation!

by HowardR

Created 11/21/13

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The Criterion Collection has every style of film from almost every period, silent (Pandora's Box) to Nouvelle Vague (The 400 Blows) to experimental (Dog Star Man) to science fiction (RoboCop) to blockbuster (Armageddon), etc. Therefore it is a bit odd that still at this point there are no animated films on dvd/bluray. What is even more odd is that many animated films are still unknown (to much of the world) and unavailable here in the States.

Criterion did release Akira on laserdisc more than sixteen years ago and almost released World's Greatest Animation compilation (which included Bill Plympton, Nick Park, and Will Vinton among others). Yoyager Company (Criterion's parent company back then) and Janus Films did it instead. Therefore, that and the upcoming Fantastic Mr. Fox release is a sign that Criterion is not closed to the idea. Animation extraordinaire Bill Plympton was also tracked down by Criterion to do a Top 10 favorite from their releases, not sure if that counts.

This list will for now only include one film (Fantastic Mr. Fox), until Criterion releases more. However, I made this list to bring attention to the void of animation in the current Collection.

With the release of Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox, I hope they open up new avenues and release the much deserved animated gems from around the globe that are waiting to grace the eyes and minds of many.

Here are some of them:

Foam Bath (Gyorgy Kovasznai)
Son of White Mare (Marcell Jankovics)
Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon)
Time Masters (Rene Laloux)
Angel's Egg (Mamoru Oshii)
anything by Karel Zeman and Lotte Reiniger

34 comments

  • By Daniel W.
    September 21, 2014
    09:11 AM

    Yes. Criterion needs more animation. They are planning to release Watership Down (it is on Itunes under the criterion logo) But I really want Oshii's Angel's Egg on Criterion Blu-ray.
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    • By HowardR
      September 24, 2014
      05:36 AM

      Indeed. Honestly, I'm puzzled as to why they would release or plan to release Watership Down (dir. Martin Rosen) since it already has a decent release on Warner Bros. instead of releasing Rosen's other film, The Plague Dogs. The latter film has been unavailable in its uncut original version, and needs a company like Criterion to release it.
  • By Daniel W.
    September 26, 2014
    01:46 AM

    I've heard of The Plague Dogs. I have heard that is a really sad film. I would love to see that Uncut. I am also wanting Richard Williams' Cut of The Thief and the Cobbler. I would even take The End of Evangelion on Criterion Blu-ray. Great movie but the Manga Entertainment DVD was just awful.
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    • By HowardR
      June 28, 2015
      03:01 PM

      I have heard of the comments of Manga Ent's lacking transfer of The End of Evangelion. The Thief and the Cobbler has been restored recently and I believe even screened in some theaters, although no mention of a dvd/bluray of the film yet. Best way to have these films on Criterion is to keep sending them requests.
  • By SamWizeGanji
    November 13, 2014
    02:41 PM

    GREAT LIST. An animation in particular that I was fortunate to experience on 16mm is Synchromy, by Norman Mclaren. I would love a collection that included a pristine transfer that expresses the analog original.
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    • By SamWizeGanji
      November 18, 2014
      01:21 AM

      Yay! Watershipdown =]
  • By Daniel W.
    November 18, 2014
    03:01 AM

    It is nice to see Watership Down here at last. Now we need the Plague Dogs uncut. And criterion should also consider releasing Macross Do you Remember Love? into the Collection if they can.
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  • By eleven
    November 18, 2014
    02:27 PM

    Fantastic list! You seem to have great taste. Personally I would be most delighted to see Lotte Reiniger's The Adventures of Prince Achmed given the Criterion treatment. It would be a great companion to The Thief of Bagdad, already in the collection
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    • By HowardR
      June 28, 2015
      03:10 PM

      Thank you! Send Criterion all of your requests!
    • By HowardR
      June 28, 2015
      03:18 PM

      Any Lotte Reiniger is always good.
  • By Sergio rivera
    May 04, 2015
    07:43 PM

    How about they put fantastic planet on the criterion collection
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    • By HowardR
      June 28, 2015
      02:47 PM

      That would be great as well. I would prefer they start with Rene Laloux's second film, Time Masters due to its long unavailability Stateside. They can also include a feature doc on the film's late legendary artist Jean 'Moebius' Girard.
    • By HowardR
      July 03, 2015
      01:31 PM

      That would be great. I would like all three of his films to be released, one of which was never released here in the States (Time Masters) and the other one that was released in an edited down version under a new title courtesy of the Weinsteins.
    • By HowardR
      July 08, 2015
      03:04 AM

      That would be great. I would prefer they start with Time Masters since that one hasn't been released on dvd/bluray in the US as of yet. Plus, with the films artist, Jean 'Mobius' Girard's passing, they can feature the documentary on him as supplement.
    • By HowardR
      March 18, 2016
      12:35 AM

      Great new! They did it!
  • By Sergio rivera
    May 04, 2015
    07:43 PM

    And the thief and the cobbler too
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    • By HowardR
      June 28, 2015
      02:48 PM

      Richard Williams' Thief and The Cobbler has recently been restored, fingers crossed!
  • By HowardR
    June 28, 2015
    03:11 PM

    Here is a video I found on the subject. Folks at Criterion, take note! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUsQX6uZZSA
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  • By Rob Glidden
    December 06, 2015
    04:34 PM

    Definitely agree with Plague Dogs being a great potential addition. I saw it in poor quality on YouTube and I would love to have a Criterion disc of it. Some other suggestions: Millennium Actress - Satoshi Kon Fantastic Planet - Rene Laloux Coonskin - Ralph Bakshi Metropolis - Taro Rin The Adventures of Mark Twain - Will Vinton Samson and Sally - Janik Hastrup Alice - Jan Svankmajer (stop-motion mixed with live action, but still great)
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  • By Daniel W.
    March 16, 2016
    09:40 PM

    Fantastic planet has been added to the collection. They must be getting the hint. Add it to this this as soon as you can.
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    • By HowardR
      March 18, 2016
      12:33 AM

      Haha , done my friend! Let's keep those suggestions going! Next, Angel's Egg, Feherlofia (Son of White Mare), Foam Bath (Habfurdo).
  • By John R.
    July 17, 2016
    03:08 PM

    Would absolutely love to see the works of the late Satoshi Kon come to Criterion Bluray. Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers... even the short series Paranoia Agent is worth looking at. Hoping to have Kon's works added to the collection soon!
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    • By HowardR
      December 31, 2017
      02:06 PM

      I agree 100%. Though I'd prefer if they get separate individual releases.
  • By Jackson S.
    August 10, 2016
    10:04 PM

    I would love to see Satoshi Kon's films (all 4) and Svankmajer's Alice in the list. Also, I send suggestions to criterion but nothing seems to happen. I mean isn't there supposed to be a conformation of some kind? How do I know they've received it?
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    • By D P.
      November 18, 2016
      12:37 PM

      You don't. They say in confidence that they're reading every suggestion given by e-mail, but it's up to them and their efforts to see if this can be done. It may or may not happen. What's very certain Criterion has been getting many mails for the same suggestion of having a Satoshi Kon box-set, as did I; hopefully, the amount being asked for the same thing would give pause for the company.
  • By chalk5oda2oy
    December 19, 2016
    11:56 PM

    I wish they did The Thief and The Cobbler. How bout that?
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  • By John R.
    January 04, 2017
    02:10 AM

    i'm glad it seems like so many people are into the idea of a Satoshi Kon collection. Could you imagine how awesome the covers would be for Perfect Blue and Paprika?
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    • By HowardR
      December 31, 2017
      02:05 PM

      That'd be great! Along with Millennium Actress and Paranoia Agent.
  • By drewperk
    January 15, 2017
    03:55 PM

    I would love to see The King and the Mockingbird (Le Roi et l'oiseau) added to the collection. There could be a lot of great supplementary features given how influential it was on Studio Ghibli and the fact that it took 30 years to produce. Also, Angel's Egg and any Satoshi Kon seems like a must!
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  • By Del Negro
    March 04, 2017
    09:43 PM

    I'd love to see Akira and Tekkenikoret on Criterion, some of the darker anime.
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  • By eh
    May 27, 2017
    05:50 PM

    I'd love to see The Tale of the Fox (1937) added to the collection!
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    • By HowardR
      December 31, 2017
      02:03 PM

      Yes! That would be great!