After a term and a half at Central St Martins, I've now seen more Disney, Chuck Jones and generic US mainstream animation than I thought could ever be possible... and I've had quite enough of it! Felipe, Maire and Amy suggested some of the films on the above playlist, and the rest I tracked down from plates in a history book that Krizstina found buried at the back of the studio bookshelf.
Get your google translate at the ready if you plan on reading any of the links!
- Norman McLaren & Evelyn Lambart - Begone Dull Care.
- Norman McLaren - Boogie Doodle.
- Fantastic Planet Trailer. The best bit is the voice-over.
- Winnie the Pooh in Russian. Felipe & Marie's simultaneous suggestion. Piglet's dilema with the gun at 8:20 is fantastically topical. I keep waiting for him to say comrade.
- Henry Jacobs & Bob McClay - The Fine Art of Goofing Off. 0:25 The shot of the paint. The intro to a 'philosophical sesame street'.
- Bruno Bozzetto - Allegro Non Troppo. 0:50-1:00 Fantasia's brooms revisited.
- Will Vinton - Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain. 0:52 Seen this more recently perhaps... in a Gorillaz music video maybe?
- Frédéric Back - Crac! 0:58 The woodman animation. 6:15 The twinned movements of the cows are beautiful.
- Guido Manuli - Incubus. Love the credits between animation, nice use of black. Warped perspective at 1:13. City shot at 2:04. Possibly NSFW.
- Per Ahlin - The Day Alfons Killed his Father. 0:53 Terrifying.
- Canal 7 Argentina - Casimiro. (If anyone can work out who directed this let me know) Love the use of lines not just as a way to cordon off blocks of colour. Apparently this was used to scare children to sleep.
- Jordan Ananiadis - We Greeks.
- Josko Marusic - Riblje Oko (Fisheye). 4:23 Stunning Perspective Shot. Beautiful style throughout, and shooting that's not just 'on twos' or 'on ones'.
- Miroslaw Kijowicz - Creative Escape. Brave and stark drawings throughout.
- Miroslaw Kijowicz - Wiklinowy Kosz (The Wicker Basket). I love how the main character holds one facial expression throughout. Effective minimal animation without overdone expression.
- Yuri Norstein - Tale of Tales. Absolutely stunning throughout, but the apple in the forest at 0:48 tops it for me. The reflection at 4:26 is another exciting moment, and the lighting on the dance scene from 6:39 onwards is a rare treat in this style of animation. Somewhat visually different to his most popular film the Hedgehog in the Fog. Here's a documentary about him.
- Yuri Norstein - Hedgehog in the Fog. 5:11 onwards, the spiralling tree, then the cuts and camera moves from 5:54 onwards, and great use of synchronised music 7:00-7:30.
- Priit Pärn - Time Out. Motion blur at 0:40. Strong visual gags throughout.
- Vlash Droboniku - Ndodhite e Çufos. The difference in line thickness between the animated character and the backgrounds, and a complete disregard for weight.
- Tulio Raggi - Maja Vivo. 0:22 Line of sight.
- Kihachiro Kawamoto - House of Flame. Stop motion walking 0:26. Great mix of drawings, not just as background elements, and stop-motion throughout.
- Bob Stenhouse - The Frog, The Dog and The Devil.Great special effects reference for animated water, lightning. Some nice moving camera/perspective shots 2:22.
- Jon Minnis - Charade. Single character acting reference. A student 4 minute film completed by one person in 3 months.
- Roman Abelevich Kachanov - Cheburashka (Topple). Felipe's suggestion. Still characters which aren't dead 1:45-2:02 no movement whatsoever from one of the on-screen characters.
- Soyuzmultfilm - СИТЦЕВАЯ УЛИЦА (Calico Street). Felipe's suggestion. Captivating run cycle at 4:21.
- Yevgeniy Sivokon of Kievnauchfilm (Kiev Science Films) - The Tree and the Cat. Felipe's suggestion. Russian "Aristocats" 1:19. Backgrounds with much more interesting compositions that the Disney work of the same era.
- Yevgeniy Sivokon - Laziness. 1:45 Great POV shots throughout.
- Gainax - Daicon 3. Felipe's suggestion.
- Gainax - Daicon 4. Felipe's suggestion.
- Jiří Trnka - The Cybernetic Grandma.
- Marin Iorda - Haplea. The earliest Romanian animated film still in existence today.
If you've got any suggestions which might fit into the above playlist let me know and I'll add them.
On a different note Leighton Pierce has at last published 50 Feet of String. Its been on my most wanted to watch list for a long time. I spent hours looking for this on the web after reading about it in The Garden in the Machine.