The Animation Activist

Helping you to discover feature-length (40+ minutes long) fully-animated films from around the world. Selections encompass all animation mediums, film genres, age groups, and maturity levels. Featuring many older, under-appreciated, foreign, independent, underrated, rare, obscure, cult, niche, historic, experimental, overlooked, and forgotten films.
Return Home /Where To Find A Film/ Discover Upcoming Films/ Past Entries

nonsensology:

Just a little vent art.

Like everyone else, I am absolutely furious about how the Academy flat out disrespects animation. Here are countless artists and writers presenting you the work of their blood, sweat, and tears, and you don’t even bother to watch all of it and disregard it as 'kid's stuff'. How can you claim to represent motion picture art when you won’t even take one of the greatest innovative film techniques ever seriously.

How dare you.

If you were not aware, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members did not watch all the animated features nominated before voting for “Frozen” as Best Animated Feature of 2013 — because they could not be bothered with what they consider a film medium only for children.

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/award-season-focus/definitive-proof-that-academy-voters-are-ignorant-about-animation-96680.html

Animation remains hopelessly in the shadow of live-action, and it’s unforgivable. If this blog attempts to prove one thing, it is that animation is not just for kids, but rather there are many feature-length animated films highlighting ontological, political, humanistic, existential, spiritual, philosophical, metaphysical, and sociological themes.

If you read the post directly below this one, you will learn how the films that are submitted as potential contenders for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature each year are narrowed down to official nominations for voter consideration. A special committee or committees view all of the films submitted. Based upon their criteria for what counts as an “animated feature” they eliminate any film that does not contain enough animation to contend. The remaining films are rated and the 2 to 5 top-rated submissions become the official nominations. While this special animated feature film committee carefully reviews each submission to narrow down to nominations, once their duty is done, the task of selecting the overall winner is left to the Academy member body at large. After a select, specialized group narrows the submissions… ultimately any member of the Academy decides the yearly Best Animated Feature.

Even though the special committee takes their role of choosing the 2 to 5 nominations seriously, you may still notice a bias. Included in the post directly below this one is the list of every longform animation rver submitted, later nominated, and ultimately selected as the Best Animated Feature during the 13 years the category has been activated thus far.

As you read through the list of films for each year, you may notice that it is mainly the ‘big budget’ features from ‘brand name’ studios that are nominated for voter consideration by the special committee. Every year, animated features from smaller, independent, or foreign studios that may or may not be better than the official nominations (depending upon your tastes) are pushed aside for more recognizable films.

While it would be refreshing for the most prestigious film institution in the United States to treat animation as art and to give it due consideration equal to the attention live-action receives, perhaps this just is not the venue for animation awards worthy of your attention. Perhaps we should simply not care how the academy operates. Film festivals including the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Ottawa International Animation Festival are dedicated to the artform, and their selections for best animated feature each year are more reflective of films that push the boundaries of animation and advance the art.

Though the problem is not isolated to the Acadeny Awards. Since the dawn of this artform, it has struggled to be taken seriously — despite hundreds of animated features made for a mature audience in the last 97 years.

The very first feature-length animation “The Apostle”, which released in Argentina in 1917, was made as a satire of the current president — a political cartoon ala the daily newspaper, but brought to life through motion. It was not made for babysitting toddlers.

However, while I do believe the fact voters admitted to either abstaining from voting or automatically electing “Frozen” speaks to a widespread bias and 
naïveté regarding animation, uninformed voting does not appear exclusive to animated film.

Read this passage from CinemaBlend about choosing “12 Years A Slave” as the Best Feature Film of 2013:

"Two Oscar voters privately admitted to the L.A. Times that they voted for McQueen’s movie without even seeing it. They feared that actually watching the movie would be "upsetting," but confessed that they felt "obligated" to vote for the movie because of its "social relevance." (The quotes are from the Times’ piece, and not the words of the anonymous voters.)"

http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Two-Oscar-Voters-Admit-They-Didn-t-Watch-12-Years-Slave-Voted-It-Anyway-41981.html

So it is not just the Best Animated Feature category where voters neglect their duties.

But the difference between voters for these two categories is clear. Those who automatically selected “12 Years A Slave” for best picture did so because they felt the film was socially relevant. Those who automatically selected “Frozen” for best animation did so because they felt watching all 5 films in order to offer an informed vote was a waste of time as the films are for a younger audience.

This is why I am an Animation Activist — to combat the persistent misconception animation is only suitable for children.

Maybe if the Academy voters had actually watched “The Wind Rises” they would have realized how wrong they are about animation being for children. Although “Frozen” was worthy of the award, too, and was one of the more sophisticated Disney animated features to release in some time.

The real rub here is all 5 animated feature nominees were delivered to the voters on DVD for viewing before voting. There was no excuse to ignore this year’s crop of animated features!

"Ernest & Celestine" has been receiving critical acclaim — for its unique animation style and its charming, endearing story.

Even if “Despicable Me 2” and “The Croods” are not as refined as the other three nominations, they are above-average films from a technical standpoint. 

Although, artist Jeff Koons wrote the following about “The Croods”: “
The imagination of The Croods lies both in the mastery of animation and the spirit of humanity found within the story. The film emulates our world as it deals with the human condition and a realization that it’s not just about survival but transcendence. It’s human nature to strive for and find a greater purpose in life. As the Croods begin to grasp the power of ideas and analyze their own existence, they move from contemplating the present to the universe and beyond. As their experiences become richer, they begin to understand that there is a human responsibility, not just to one’s self and family, but to one’s community. It’s a beautiful moment of enlightenment as the family [in the film] experiences this growth and evolution. I walked out of the theater feeling that my family and I could feel a greater connection to what it means to be human and to face the challenges that we confront in being part of the ongoing story.”

http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/02/10/jeff-koons-writes-love-letter-about-the-croods/

Best Animated Feature Academy Award





This past Sunday, March 2, Disney’s musical fantasy “Frozen” was bestowed with the honor of Best Animated Feature Film of 2013 at the Academy Awards.

Disney’s Frozen has also crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box-office, becoming only the second animated feature in history to achieve that milestone after fellow Disney/Pixar title “Toy Story 3”. Not adjusting for ticket-price inflation, Frozen is the second-highest-grossing animated feature ever. It could reach number one yet, as the movie has one key foreign market remaining in which to release: Japan.

The animated hit is the 18th film (animated and/or live-action) to ever reach $1 billion worldwide.

In honor of the recent Oscars, I have compiled a list of every animated feature ever submitted, nominated, and selected for the Best Animated Feature Film category.

Every year, more films are submitted than eventually become nominated by a selection committee… and of course, there can only be one winner!

If you want to learn more about the selection process, keep reading… otherwise, scroll down a little and you will find the list of every submission, nomination, and winner for the Academy Awards’ Best Animated Feature category.

The Best Animated Feature category was created in September 2000, by the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which voted December 11, 2001 to present it for the first time in March 2002. Prior to this, the last time a new Academy Award category had been established was in 1981, when the Best Makeup award was created.
 
Prior to this, other landmarks in animation were honored through other categories. At the 68th Academy Awards (1996 film releases) a Special Achievement Award was granted to John Lasseter, “for his inspired leadership of the Pixar ‘Toy Story’ team, resulting in the first feature-length computer-animated film.” At the 64th Academy Awards (1991 film releases), “Beauty and the Beast” competed as one of the five Best Picture nominees. Also, animated films have often been nominated in the categories of Original Score, Original Song, and Sound.

According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, an animated feature film is defined as a motion picture with a running time of more than 40 minutes, in which movement and characters’ performances are created using a frame-by-frame technique. Motion Capture by itself is not an animation technique. In addition, a significant number of the major characters must be animated, and animation must figure in no less than 75 percent of the picture’s running time. At least eight eligible animated features must have been theatrically released in Los Angeles County within the calendar year for this category to be activated. Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they comply with the rules governing those categories.

All submissions sent to the Academy will be screened by the Animated Feature Film Award Screening Committee(s). After the screenings, the committee(s) will vote by secret ballot to nominate from 2 to 5 motion pictures for this award based on the following: In any year in which 8 to 12 animated features are released in Los Angeles County, either 2 or 3 motion pictures may be nominated. In any year in which 13 to 15 films are released, a maximum of 4 motion pictures may be nominated. In any year in which 16 or more animated features are released, a maximum of 5 motion pictures may be nominated.

The committee(s) will view all motion pictures entered and mark all entries 10, 9, 8, 7 or 6 with the guidelines of 10 (excellent), 8 (good), 7 (fair), or 6 (poor). Those productions receiving an average score of 7.5 or more shall be eligible for nomination.

If only one production receives an average score of 7.5 or more, the Executive Committee may recommend to the Board of Governors that a Special Achievement Award for Animated Feature Film be given to that production.

If no production receives an average score of 7.5 or more, the Executive Committee shall recommend to the Board of Governors that no award be given for Animated Feature Film for the current Awards year.

____________________________________________ 
____________________________________________ 
____________________________________________ 
COMPLETE LIST OF LONGFORM ANIMATIONS SUBMITTED, NOMINATED, AND SELECTED FOR THE BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM CATEGORY AT THE OSCARS: 
____________________________________________
____________________________________________ 
____________________________________________ 

74th Academy Awards (2001 releases)

Submissions:
1. “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within”
2. “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius”
3. “Marco Polo: Return to Xanadu”
4. “Monsters, Inc.”
5. “Osmosis Jones”
6. “Shrek”
7. “The Prince of Light”
8. “The Trumpet of the Swan”
9. “Waking Life”

Nominations:
• “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius”
• “Monsters, Inc.”
• “Shrek”

          Winner: “Shrek”


____________________________________________
75th Academy Awards (2002 releases)

Submissions:
1. “Alibaba & the Forty Thieves”
2. “Eden”
3. “Eight Crazy Nights”
4. “Hey Arnold! The Movie”
5. “Ice Age”
6. “Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie”
7. “Lilo & Stitch”
8. “Mutant Aliens”
9. “Return to Never Land”
10. “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron”
11. “Spirited Away”
12. “Stuart Little 2”
13. “The Living Forest”
14. “The Powerpuff Girls Movie”
15. “The Princess and the Pea”
16. “The Wild Thornberrys Movie”
17. “Treasure Planet”

Nominations:
• “Ice Age”
• “Lilo & Stitch”
• “Treasure Planet”
• “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron”
• “Spirited Away”

          Winner: “Spirited Away”
____________________________________________

76th Academy Awards (2003 releases)

Submissions:
1. “Brother Bear”
2. “Finding Nemo”
3. “Jester Till”
4. “Looney Tunes: Back in Action”
5. “Millennium Actress”
6. “Piglet’s Big Movie”
7. “Pokèmon Heroes”
8. “Rugrats Go Wild!”
9. “The Jungle Book 2”
10. “The Triplets of Belleville”
11. “Tokyo Godfathers”

Nominations:
• “Brother Bear”
• “Finding Nemo”
• “The Triplets of Belleville”

          Winner: “Finding Nemo”
____________________________________________ 

77th Academy Awards (2004 releases)

Submissions:
1. “Clifford’s Really Big Movie”
2. “Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence”
3. “Home on the Range”
4. “Shark Tale”
5. “Shrek 2”
6. “Sky Blue”
7. “Teacher’s Pet”
8. “The Incredibles”
9. “The Legend of Buddha”
10. “The Polar Express”
11. “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie”

Nominations:
• “Shark Tale”
• “Shrek 2”
• “The Incredibles”

          Winner: “The Incredibles”
____________________________________________ 

78th Academy Awards (2005 releases)

Submissions:
1. “Chicken Little”
2. “Corpse Bride”
3. “Gulliver’s Travel”
4. “Hoodwinked”
5. “Howl’s Moving Castle”
6. “Madagascar”
7. “Robots”
8. “Steamboy
9. “Valiant”
10. “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”

Nominations:
• “Corpse Bride”
• “Howl’s Moving Castle”
• “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”

          Winner: “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”
____________________________________________ 

79th Academy Awards (2006 releases)

Submissions:
1. “A Scanner Darkly”
2. “Arthur and the Invisibles”
3. “Barnyard”
4. “Cars”
5. “Curious George”
6. “Everyone’s Hero”
7. “Flushed Away”
8. “Happy Feet”
9. “Ice Age: The Meltdown”
10. “Monster House”
11. “Open Season”
12. “Over the Hedge”
13. “Paprika”
14. “Renaissance”
15. “The Ant Bully”
16. “The Wild”

Nominations:
• “Cars”
• “Happy Feet”
• “Monster House”

          Winner: “Happy Feet”
____________________________________________ 

80th Academy Awards (2007 releases)

Submissions:
1. “Alvin and the Chipmunks”
2. “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters”
3. “Bee Movie”
4. “Beowulf”
5. “Meet the Robinsons”
6. “Persepolis”
7. “Ratatouille”
8. “Shrek the Third”
9. “Surf’s Up”
10. “Tekkonkinkreet”
11. “The Simpsons Movie”
12. “TMNT”

Nominations:
• “Persepolis”
• “Ratatouille”
• “Surf’s Up”

          Winner: “Ratatouille”
____________________________________________ 

81st Academy Awards (2008 releases)

Submissions:
1. “$9.99”
2. “Bolt”
3. “Delgo”
4. “Dragon Hunters”
5. “Fly Me to the Moon”
6. “Horton Hears a Who!”
7. “Igor”
8. “Kung Fu Panda”
9. “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa”
10. “Sword of the Stranger”
11. “The Sky Crawlers”
12. “The Tale of Despereaux”
13. “WALL-E”
14. “Waltz with Bashir”

Nominations:
• “Bolt”
• “Kung Fu Panda”
• “WALL-E”

          Winner: “WALL-E”
____________________________________________

82nd Academy Awards (2009 releases)

Submissions:
1. “9”
2. “A Christmas Carol”
3. “A Town Called Panic”
4. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel”
5. “Astro Boy”
6. “Battle for Terra”
7. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”
8. “Coraline”
9. “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
10. “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs”
11. “Mary and Max”
12. “Monsters vs. Aliens”
13. “Planet 51”
14. “Ponyo”
15. “The Dolphin: Story of a Dreamer”
16. “The Missing Lynx”
17. “The Princess and the Frog”
18. “The Secret of Kells”
19. “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure”
20. “Up”

Nominations:
• “Coraline”
• “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
• “The Princess and the Frog”
• “The Secret of Kells”
• “Up”

          Winner: “Up”

____________________________________________ 

83rd Academy Awards (2010 releases)

Submissions:
1. “Alpha and Omega”
2. “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore”
3. “Despicable Me”
4. “How to Train Your Dragon”
5. “Idiots and Angels”
6. “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole”
7. “Megamind”
8. “My Dog Tulip”
9. “Shrek Forever After”
10. “Summer Wars”
11. “Tangled”
12. “The Dreams of Jinsha”
13. “The Illusionist”
14. “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue”
15. “Toy Story 3”

Nominations:
• “How to Train Your Dragon”
• “The Illusionist”
• “Toy Story 3”

          Winner: “Toy Story 3”
____________________________________________ 

84th Academy Awards (2011 releases)

Submissions:
1. “A Cat in Paris”
2. “Alois Nebel”
3. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked”
4. “Arthur Christmas”
5. “Cars 2”
6. “Chico & Rita”
7. “Gnomeo & Juliet”
8. “Happy Feet Two”
9. “Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil”
10. “Kung Fu Panda 2”
11. “Mars Needs Moms”
12. “Puss in Boots”
13. “Rango”
14. “Rio”
15. “The Adventures of Tintin”
16. “The Smurfs”
17. “Winnie the Pooh”
18. “Wrinkles”

Nominations:
• “A Cat in Paris”
• “Chico & Rita”
• “Kung Fu Panda 2”
• “Puss in Boots”
• “Rango”

          Winner: “Rango”

____________________________________________

85th Academy Awards (2012 releases) 

Submissions:
1. “A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman”
2. “Brave”
3. “Delhi Safari”
4. “Frankenweenie”
5. “From Up on Poppy Hill”
6. “Hey Krishna”
7. “Hotel Transylvania”
8. “Ice Age Continental Drift”
9. “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”
10. “ParaNorman”
11. “Rise of the Guardians”
12. “Secret of the Wings”
13. “The Lorax”
14. “The Mystical Laws”
15. “The Painting”
16. “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
17. “The Rabbi’s Cat”
18. “Walter & Tandoori’s Christmas”
19. “Wreck-It Ralph”
20. “Zambezia”
21. “Zarafa”

Nominations:
• “Brave”
• “Frankenweenie”
• “ParaNorman”
• “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
• “Wreck-It Ralph”

          Winner: “Brave”

____________________________________________

86th Academy Awards (2013 releases)

Submissions:
1. “A Letter to Momo”
2. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”
3. “Despicable Me 2”
4. “Epic”
5. “Ernest & Celestine”
6. “Free Birds“
7. “Frozen”
8. “Khumba”
9. “Monsters University”
10. “O Apóstolo”
11. “Planes”
12. “Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion”
13. “Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury”
14. “The Croods”
15. “The Fake”
16. “The Legend of Sarila”
17. “The Smurfs 2”
18. “The Wind Rises”
19. “Turbo”

Nominations:
• “The Croods”
• “Despicable Me 2”
• “Ernest & Celestine”
• “Frozen”
• “The Wind Rises”

          Winner: “Frozen”

1 month ago with 3 notes

1

"The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow" film poster.

  • UPCOMING ANIMATED FEATURE:


"True love becomes a happy adventure after a momentary encounter between a milk cow and a satellite girl!



Kyungcheon, who wants to be a pianist, is having difficulties with everything in his life: music, love, and studies. One day, he loses his heart and becomes a milk cow.

‘Uribyol Ilho’, first Korean satellite, falls to Earth due to the effects of the explosion of a supernova. With the help of the wizard ‘Merlin’, who was passing through the forest at the time the satellite fell, the satellite transforms into a girl.

Merlin himself has shapeshifted into a roll of toilet paper.



Kyungcheon lives as a man during the day, but becomes a milk cow at night and eats grass. One day, he is attacked by members of a secret agency that chases people who have lost their hearts. Kyungcheon defeats them with the help of Ilho. Kyungcheon finds out that Ilho is actually a satellite, and Ilho finds out that Kyungcheon is a milk cow. They come to know about one another’s secrets and become close.

Ilho decides to help Kyungcheon find his heart. They find Merlin and discover that Kyungcheon has to defeat the ‘man playing the magic flute’, a wizard of darkness, in order to regain his heart, and that the wizard of darkness has joined forces with the secret agency that tries to do away with those who have become “heartless”. Ilho always stands by Kyungcheon’s side to protect Kyungcheon from these enemies. Meanwhile, the secret agency and the wizard of darkness become a bigger threat to them. Kyungcheon and Ilho fight against the agency and dark wizard on their journey towards finding Kyungcheon’s heart.

What is waiting for them in the future?”



The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow

[South Korea]

http://www.nowornever.co.kr/

11
  • UPCOMING ANIMATED FEATURE:

"The story of the last Seal Child’s journey home. After their mother’s disappearance, Ben and Saoirse are sent to live with Granny in the city. When they resolve to return to their home by the sea, their journey becomes a race against time as they are drawn into a world Ben knows only from his mother’s folktales. But this is no bedtime story; these fairy folk have been in our world far too long. It soon becomes clear to Ben that Saoirse is the key to their survival."

Song of the Sea
[Ireland]
http://songoftheseamovie.blogspot.ie/

0
  • UPCOMING ANIMATED FEATURE:

Rocks In My Pockets is a story of mystery and redemption. The film is based on true events involving the women of my family, including myself, and our battles with madness. It raises questions of how much family genetics determine who we are and if it is possible to outsmart one’s own DNA. The film is packed with visual metaphors, surreal images and my twisted sense of humor. It is an animated tale full of art, women, strange daring stories, Latvian accents, history, nature, adventure and more.”

Says director Signe Baumane of the film, “
I think in surreal images that move and animation is the only medium that can fully express my mind. Some people mistakenly assume that animation is just for children. But animation can be a medium of very sophisticated storytelling. It is able to depict what no one can see — the utmost inner feelings and thoughts. It can deal with abstractions of problems in a way that a camera cannot. It can juxtapose inner worlds with the outside Universe and tie them all into comprehensive narratives. Animation can bring humor and visual metaphor to storytelling. Walt Disney himself proclaimed that, ‘animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive.’”

Rocks in my Pockets
[United States]
http://www.rocksinmypocketsmovie.com/

6
  • UPCOMING ANIMATED FEATURE:

"Solan, Ludvig, and Reodor Felgen are back.

Christmas is right around the corner and what Ludvig wants more than anything is snow. But when Reodor makes the world’s most powerful snow cannon, and it ends up in the hands of Frimand Pløsen, the editor of the Pinchcliffe Times, whose greatest wish is to set a new snow record, Solan and Ludvig have to take matters into their own hands. Alone. Because Reodor has disappeared and the blizzard outside is growing more powerful by the minute.

Messing with nature can be dangerous.”

Solan And Ludvig: Christmas In Pinchcliffe
[Norway]
http://www.solanogludvig.no/

0

"And I would like to repeat: I’m prepared at anytime, anywhere, to meet any challenge from any souls." — Rudolph Gore-Slimey in the 1975 Norwegian animated feature film The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix.

Images are of director Ivo Caprino and crew on the exterior set of the film.

2

The Pinchliffe Grand Prix (1975)


by Ivo Caprino


Approximate Run Time: 88 minutes

1
The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (1975): “The movie concerns Reodor Felgen and his two assistants, the optimistic Solan, the bird with the muffler, felt gumboots and indifferent morals, and Ludvig, the somewhat pessimistic, melancholic and cautious hedgehog. The trio inhabit an airy and lush environment at the top of Pinchcliffe, where they earn a living repairing bicycles, making new inventions and manufacturing computerized flagpoles for the Swiss Navy! But then one day, dramatic events take hold! On TV they see that Reodor’s former assistant, Rudolph Gore-Slimey, has swiped one of Reodor’s great inventions, the super retometric distributor! …a gadget that increases the corradial effect by 112%! With the aid of this, he has become a world champion Formula 1 driver, and is now challenging any contender to a race. In spite of Ludvig’s dire warnings, but inspired by Solan’s enthusiasm and pluck, and backed by Oil Sheikh Abdul Ben Bonanza’s money, Reodor sets to work finishing the racing car Il Tempo Gigante - a fabulous construction with two engines, a radar, and its own blood bank. But before it is finished, it suffers vandalism at the hands of Gore-Slimey and his clairvoyant assistant, Eliaza Cassandra. This has disastrous results when they take their place on the starting line for the great international Grand Prix event in the town of Pinchcliffe…”*Pinchcliffe sold 5.5 million theater tickets in Norway — a country of just over 4 million people!*

The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (1975): “The movie concerns Reodor Felgen and his two assistants, the optimistic Solan, the bird with the muffler, felt gumboots and indifferent morals, and Ludvig, the somewhat pessimistic, melancholic and cautious hedgehog.

The trio inhabit an airy and lush environment at the top of Pinchcliffe, where they earn a living repairing bicycles, making new inventions and manufacturing computerized flagpoles for the Swiss Navy! But then one day, dramatic events take hold! On TV they see that Reodor’s former assistant, Rudolph Gore-Slimey, has swiped one of Reodor’s great inventions, the super retometric distributor! …a gadget that increases the corradial effect by 112%! With the aid of this, he has become a world champion Formula 1 driver, and is now challenging any contender to a race.

In spite of Ludvig’s dire warnings, but inspired by Solan’s enthusiasm and pluck, and backed by Oil Sheikh Abdul Ben Bonanza’s money, Reodor sets to work finishing the racing car Il Tempo Gigante - a fabulous construction with two engines, a radar, and its own blood bank.

But before it is finished, it suffers vandalism at the hands of Gore-Slimey and his clairvoyant assistant, Eliaza Cassandra. This has disastrous results when they take their place on the starting line for the great international Grand Prix event in the town of Pinchcliffe…”

*Pinchcliffe sold 5.5 million theater tickets in Norway — a country of just over 4 million people!*

0

Title: The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (Norwegian: Flåklypa Grand Prix)

Release Year: 1975

Production Country: Norway

Film Director: Ivo Caprino

Animation Studio: Caprino Studios

Medium: stop-motion (puppet)

Genre: comedy, adventure

1
  • UPCOMING ANIMATED FEATURE:

"The film moves backwards and forwards in time in a whimsical and playful manner as Sergio drives through the city. There is no big drama here, no huge crisis, no hero overcoming an obvious obstacle or struggle. Instead we are presented with a beautiful looking and sophisticated story combining philosophy, memories, love, music and politics all in one easy-going narrative." - David Ollerton, The London Film Review

— The Art of Happiness
[Italy]
http://www.madinnaples.com/works.php?id=45

0
  • UPCOMING ANIMATED FEATURE:

"Patema Inverted is the latest cinematic offering from the talented Yasuhiro Yoshiura, director of the much loved Time of Eve and Pale Cocoon. The film is set in a unique underground world where an adventurous young princess, Patema, sets to explore the ‘danger zone’ – the region where passage has been forbidden by the leaders of the community. As she investigates the ‘danger’, Patema soon discovers just what’s going on right under her feet.

— Patema Inverted
[Japan]
http://patema.jp/

1


UPCOMING ANIMATED FEATURE:


"Michael Dudok de Wit will remain faithful to his signature 2D charcoal animation style, and states that the film ‘shows a deep respect for nature, including human nature, and it conveys a sense of peace and awe before the immensity of life’.”— The Red Turtle[England](the first western animated film Studio Ghibli will co-finance)http://www.dudokdewit.co.uk/
  • UPCOMING ANIMATED FEATURE:

"Michael Dudok de Wit will remain faithful to his signature 2D charcoal animation style, and states that the film ‘shows a deep respect for nature, including human nature, and it conveys a sense of peace and awe before the immensity of life’.”

— The Red Turtle
[England]
(the first western animated film Studio Ghibli will co-finance)
http://www.dudokdewit.co.uk/

0

  • UPCOMING ANIMATED FEATURE:

"Chun Jaeyoung and Chun Yusun visit an unusual drama production company, which produces a customized play for each client. They ask the director of the troupe to write a play for their father, Chun Jongsik, who is soon to celebrate his 70th birthday. The director creates the customized play by having interviews with their father and his acquaintances. In the play, Chun Jongsik experiences a blend of fiction and truth from the past so that he realizes what he has done in his life and eventually confonts the trauma that has been harassing him."

— The Customized Play
[South Korea]
http://www.brianjin.com/eng/menu01_01.htm

5
  • UPCOMING ANIMATED FEATURE:

"Directors Xavier and Hanna have done a superb job in maintaining the timeless humor, tone and pictorial quality of the Moomins in a sophisticated adventure for the whole family,” said producer Nicolas Eschbach, adding that the film will be faithful to Tove Jansson’s original creed, “Live in peace, plant potatoes, and dream."

— Moomins on the Riviera
[Finland]
http://www.handleproductions.com/productions/moomins/