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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

100 Animated Feature Films

ISBN 9781844573400
Publication Date April 2011
Formats Hardcover Ebook 
Publisher British Film Institute
Series Screen Guides

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.

  • Winner of the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles 2011

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).

The Adventures of Prince Achmed
Alice in Wonderland
Allegro non troppo
American Pop
Animal Farm
El Apostol
Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
Beauty and the Beast
Belleville Rendez-Vous
Comet Quest: The Adventures of Mark Twain
The Emperor's Nightingale
The Fabulous World of Jules Verne
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
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
Pinchcliffe Grand Prix
The Polar Express
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
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
Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Waltz with Bashir
Watership Down
When the Wind Blows
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Yellow Submarine


…this compendium couldn't be better timed. Flaunting both excellent taste and in-depth knowledge, Osmond 's book certainly won't disappoint aficionados...' - Total Film
'...The effect is that we consider not only the individual title in question, but also the history of animated cinema as a whole; for Osmond it is all interconnected, and rightly so.' - The Digital Fix
'…a learned attempt at an overview of full-length cinematic animation from the sublime to the whimsical…' - The Evening Standard
'At 246 pages this is a weighty-yet-compact hardback, which also includes a useful bibliography to aid further reading. Readers will inevitably come away from the book with a new appreciation for the world of animation…' - Jonathan Melville, Edinburgh Evening News
'…this is an essential guide to 100 landmark movies that captures all the form's scope and vision.' Boyd Tonkin, i - The Newspaper
'Anyone who believes that animation is a niche or dying art would find their ideas challenged by this collection, which shows the depth and reach of the animation medium. Although each movie's entry is brief, it is to the point, and Osmond yet again shows his skill in teasing out the pertinent points and bringing fresh ideas to the table.' - NEO Magazine
'...a thoughtful romp through every animation discipline...If you want animation-buff status, seeing this ton of 'toons armed with Osmond's insights is a pretty good place to start.' - Empire Magazine
'Now I have the complete bible of animated feature films, a beautifully put together book written by the clearly incredibly knowledgeable and passionate Andrew Osmond...100 Animated Feature Films is an incredibly worthy addition to any bookshelf (or coffee table) whether or not you consider yourself a film geek/buff/nerd. There is something for everyone to take from each brief yet entertaining excerpt and if today's staff room experience is anything to go by, a joint flick through this book's pages with some friends and/or co-workers will prompt some delightful trips down memory lane as well as many a 'oh, have you seen this film where….? It's bloody great!
' quips sure to keep you in bottles of wine and comfy nights on the sofa for months to come.' - Filmwerk
'Osmond gifts the field with an informed, well reasoned, well written critical approach.' - www.aintitcool.com
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