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1001 Animated Films You Should Watch Suggestions Thread
This is a project inspired by the 1001 X Things in Y Medium You Must Check Out Before You Die books you find in bookstores, newsagents and whatnot, with the theme being focused on animated films. This is a project dedicated to finding 1001 animated films, shorts, TV episodes and anything else from all four corners of the Earth, and collecting them together into a document of some sort to give to people. From the famous films of Disney and Ghibli right down to innovative shorts on the internet, every fan of animation will find something new to enjoy!
To get as vast a wealth of films as possible, I'd like whoever comes across this thread to recommend animated films/shorts/episodes/whatnot to the list. If you want, you can even contribute a short piece about whatever film you think should be in the list. All contributors will be credited, either through their forum names or their real names, whichever you prefer.
Obviously, there are some rules to help clarify certain questions, but if you have any, please ask away. So, here's some rules:
-Short films will count as part of the list, and that includes entries from series such as Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes and Silly Symphonies.
-However, for series that have dozens if not hundreds of shorts, only five shorts for every fifty can be included (this is to prevent the kind of overcrowding that saw nearly every Legend of Zelda game appear in the 1001 Games book).
-OVAs & TV episodes will count, provided that you can justify their inclusion with cultural impact, production values, etc. They will have the same 'five for every fifty' rule as the shorts.
-Mini-series will count, but must be listed by an episode.
-Package films are viable for entry, and will be listed in their entirety; not just one or two interesting shorts.
-Compilation films (that is, films made from episodes of TV shows) will only be considered for entry if they are made in such a way that they can work as a film, and not as a collection of TV episodes. (For comparison's sake, something like Evangelion: Death and Rebirth would be included, but something like She-Ra: Secret of the Sword would not)
-Live-action films with animated characters or elements will only be included if said elements play such a major part in the film that removing them would render said film pointless; or it's observed that the animated elements are a distinct part of the world, and not effects representing something else (so a film like Looney Tunes: Back in Action could get in, but a film with an otherwise animated intro like Charge of the Light Brigade could not).
-Animated music videos will count, since they technically are short films in their own right.
-FMV games with animated footage, such as Dragon's Lair, will NOT count.
Along with those are some longer answers to certain questions:
A: No. This is simply just a basic list logging all possible/suggested films. When it gets to a stage where there are more than enough films listed (around 4000 at the very, very most), we'll start cutting down the list and only including the films that are deemed worthy of staying in the list.
Q: What happens to the films that aren't listed as the 1001?
A: They will be included in an honorary mentions index. They will be listed in the same way as the 1001 films, but will not have a write-up dedicated to them. This is to show to the reader that there are way more films out there to check out, and that they might enjoy them more than the 1001 films.
Q: How will the films be listed in the final project?
They will be listed in the same way as the official 1001 books: a screenshot that shows a distinct part of the film, an essay summarizing the film, its historical context and its quality, and details of its crew, the film in general and possibly awards.
The idea is to list those latter elements as follows:
-Major Cast Members
*May not be inclued; we're still at the prototype stage
Q: Why is X on this list? It's terrible/unworthy/whatever.
A: Again, we're only listing the films being suggested so far, and everything will be included. Doesn't matter what you think of it, or what I think of it; it's going in the list to be evaluated.
Here's the list of films that have been added to the total list, which will be given as a link since the character limit has been reached on this post. All films suggested will be marked with an initial or their forum/real name.
. Fun and Fancy Free (1947), dir. Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Hamilton Luske, William Morgan (live-action) -- ILDC
. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949), dir. Jack Kinney, Clyde Geronimi, James Algar -- ILDC
. A Mole’s Adventure (1958), dir. Hiroshi Washizumi -- Jonathan Clements/Helen McCarthy
. The Ballad of Soup Du Jour (1962), dir. Donald Livingston -- Jonathan Boschen
. Jack and the Witch (1967), dir. Taiji Yabushita -- Jonathan Clements/Helen McCarthy
. The Yearling: A Friend Turned Into A Bird (1983), dir. Masaaki Osumi -- Jonathan Clements/Helen McCarthy
. Bobby's in Deep/Bobby's Girl (1985), dir. Toshio Hirata -- Magicmew12
. Grey: Digital Target (1986), dir. Satoshi Dezaki -- Jonathan Clements/Helen McCarthy
. The Golden Bird (1987), dir. Toshio Hirata -- Magicmew12
. Fly Peek! (1992), dir. Kōji Morimoto -- Jonathan Clements/Helen McCarthy
. Tomcat's Big Adventure (1992), dir. Ryutaro Nakamura -- JM
. The Rugrats Movie (1998), dir. Igor Kovalyov and Norton Virgien -- ILDC
. Re-Birthday (1999), dir. Satoshi Dezaki -- Jonathan Clements/Helen McCarthy
. Sparks: The Calm Before The Storm (2000), dir. Kuntzel + Deygas -- ILDC
. A Feather Stares at the Dark (2003), dir. Naoyuki Tsuji -- Jonathan Clements/Helen McCarthy
. My Sister Momoko (2003), dir. Setsuko Shibui -- Jonathan Clements/Helen McCarthy
. Japan, Our Homeland (2006), dir. Akio Nishizawa -- Jonathan Clements/Helen McCarthy
. The Night of Taneyamagahara (2006), dir. Kazuo Oga -- Jonathan Clements/Helen McCarthy
. Mizugumo Monmon (2006), dir. Hayao Miyazaki -- Jonathan Clements/Helen McCarthy
. Miyori’s Forest (2007), dir. Nizo Yamamoto -- Jonathan Clements/Helen McCarthy
. Kanye West: Heartless (2008), dir. Hype Williams -- DM, JM
. King of Thorn (2009), dir. Kazuyoshi Katayama -- Jonathan Clements/Helen McCarthy
. Light of the River/Kawa no Hikari (2009), dir. Tetsuo Hirakawa -- Jonathan Clements/Helen McCarthy
. Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike (2009), dir. Kanta Kamei -- Jonathan Clements/Helen McCarthy
. Coicent (2010), dir. Shuhei Morita -- Jonathan Clements/Helen McCarthy
. Loups=Garous (2010), dir. Junichi Fujisaki -- Jonathan Clements/Helen McCarthy
. Into the Forest of Fireflies' Light (2011), dir. Takahiro Omori -- Jonathan Clements/Helen McCarthy
. Mind the Cat (2012), dir. Elena Schönfeld & Martine Ulmer -- Amid Amidi
. Yellow Fever (2012), dir. Ng’endo Mukii -- Amid Amidi
. Old Man (2012), dir. Leah Shore -- Amid Amidi
. Fusé: Memoirs of a Hunter Girl (2012), dir. Masayuki Miyaji -- Jonathan Clements/Helen McCarthy
. Migration (2013), dir. Mark Lomond & Johanne Ste-Marie (Fluorescent Hill) -- Amid Amidi
. Sun of a Beach (2013), dir. Alexandre Rey, Arnaud Crillon, Valentin Gasarian, Jinfeng Lin -- Amid Amidi
. Poils (2013), dir. Delphine Hermans -- Amid Amidi
. History of Pets (2013), dir. Kris Genijn (Izemo) -- Amid Amidi
. The Obvious Child (2013), dir. Stephen Irwin -- Amid Amidi
. Hal (2013), dir. Ryoutarou Makihara -- Jonathan Clements/Helen McCarthy
. Slaves of the Rave (2014), dir. William Garratt -- Amid Amidi
. Cold Feet (2014), dir. Jacob Kafka -- Amid Amidi
. Meanwhile (2014), dir. Stephen McNally -- Amid Amidi
. Spada, Bandit of Honor (2014), dir. Pauline Nicoli -- Amid Amidi
. The Lost Mariner (2014), dir. Tess Martin -- Amid Amidi
. Domestic Appliances (2014), dir. Lewis Firth Bolton -- Amid Amidi
. Cactus Flower (2014), dir. by Seungah Yoo -- Amid Amidi
. Small People with Hats (2014), dir. Sarina Nihei -- Amid Amidi
. My Dad (2014), dir. Marcus Armitage -- Amid Amidi
. The Pride of Strathmoor (2014), dir. Einar Baldvin -- Amid Amidi
. Giant Robots From Outer Space (2014), dir. Elsa Lamy, François Guéry, Aurélien Fernandez, Valentin Watrigant, Louis Ventre -- Amid Amidi
. Half Wet (2014), dir. Sophie Koko Gate -- Amid Amidi
. Chiaroscuro (2014), dir. Daniel Drummond -- Amid Amidi
. Basenji: Eden (2015), dir. Shinyoung Kim -- Amid Amidi
. Mr. Woop Man’s Holiday Special (2015), dir. Max Winston -- Amid Amidi
. The Holiday Spektakulär (2015), dir. Ron Wells -- Amid Amidi
. Fresh Cut Grass (2015), dir. Robert Cullen -- Amid Amidi
. Sputnik (2015), dir. Maxim Zhestkov -- Amid Amidi
. Inaudible (2015), dir. Gints Zilbalodis -- Amid Amidi
. Lost Proerty (2015), dir. Åsa Lucander -- Amid Amidi
. Einstein 100 – General Relativity (2015), dir. Eoin Duffy -- Amid Amidi
. Three the Peehood (2015), dir. Kapie Eipak -- Amid Amidi
. The Bru and Boegie Show: Gig (2015), dir. Mike Scott -- Amid Amidi
. Twerkilator [Or How I Discovered Twerk by Mistake] (2015), dir. Manson (collective) -- Amid Amidi
. Filthy but Fine (2015), dir. Arthur Metcalf -- Amid Amidi
. Macky and Eucky in Midnight Gallery (2015), dir. Rushio Moriyama -- Amid Amidi
. A Guide To Happy (2015), dir. Panoply (collective) -- Amid Amidi
. Condo (2015), dir. Trevor Hardy -- Amid Amidi
. Begone Dull Care 2015 (2015), dir. Paul Johnson -- Amid Amidi
. Imagination (2015), dir. Marc Donahue -- Amid Amidi
. If The Cuckoo Don’t Crow (2015), dir. Steve Kirby -- Amid Amidi
. Ava Luna: Steve Polyester (2015), dir. Angela Stempel -- Amid Amidi
. Ticking Away (2015), dir. Michael Sewnarain -- Amid Amidi
. Lilou (2015), dir. Rawan Rahim -- Amid Amidi
. Big Fish & Begonia (2016), dir. Liang Xuan & Zhang Chun -- JM
. Rex Orange County: Loving is Easy (2017), dir. Chris Ullens -- JM
. Isle of Dogs (2018), dir. Wes Anderson -- Tunde Vollenbroek
. Bird Karma (2018), dir. William Salazar -- JM
. The Ricochet Splendid (2018), dir. 2Veinte (collective) -- Amid Amidi
. Too Mad: Mind Invaders (2018), dir. Frederic Siegel, Kilian Vilim, Etienne Mory (Tricktrabanten) -- Amid Amidi
And with that, I'll leave it up to you to give me suggestions. If you have any questions or feedback, please let me know and I'll answer them as best as I can. Thank you, and have a good day.