Lost in the Movies: #WatchlistScreenCaps: Animation

#WatchlistScreenCaps: Animation


The following is a chronological collection of screen-caps from every single animated film (both feature and short) I watched between February 12, 2013 and February 12, 2014. I included films that combine live-action and animation but not films which employ CGI or stop-motion "realistically" i.e. to mimic live-action. (includes some animated racial caricatures - discussed here)

For a chronological lineup including live-action films as well, visit my complete #WatchlistScreenCaps chronology. Links lead to previous pieces on a given film.

Fantasmagorie (1908), dir. Emile Cohl
Psychedelia in chalk, circa turn-of-the-century

Gertie the Dinosaur (1914), dir. Winsor McKay
100 years old on Saturday, this cartoon creation is as delightful & engaging as ever

Slick Sleuths (1926 - color & soundtrack added later), dir. Charles R. Bowers, Bud Fisher
The shadow knows (evil laughter)

Westward Whoa (1926 - color & soundtrack added later), dir. Charles R. Bowers, Bud Fisher
Cattle call

Plane Crazy (1928 - sound added later), dir. Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks
Mickey does his best Lindy impersonation

The Gallopin' Gaucho (1928 - sound added later), prod. Walt Disney/dir. Ub Iwerks
Mickey shows off his smoking skills

 Steamboat Willie (1928), prod. Walt Disney/dir. Ub Iwerks
Angry rodent wields a knife

The Karnival Kid (1929), dir. Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks
The wiener cart was hiding under the carousel

Mickey's Follies (1929), prod. Walt Disney/dir. Ub Iwerks
Fowl tango gets violent

The Fire Fighters (1930), prod. Walt Disney
Improvising a parachute from the laundry line

The Chain Gang (1930), prod. Walt Disney
Fugitive from justice racing toward the viewer

The Gorilla Mystery (1930), prod. Walt Disney
Wide-eyed with terror, Mickey backs away from the hairy man-eater

The Booze Hangs High (1930), prod. Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising, Leon Schlesinger
These little piggies got wasted...

Pioneer Days (1930), prod. Walt Disney
Disney's first foray into Frontierland?

Mickey Steps Out (1931), prod. Walt Disney
So this is where his whiskers went

The Birthday Party (1931), prod. Walt Disney
Riding the xylophone

Bosko's Holiday (1931), prod. Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising, Leon Schlesinger
A familiar hood ornament has ideas of its own

Blue Rhythm (1931), prod. Walt Disney
Tickled by trombone

Bosko Shipwrecked! (1931), prod. Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising, Leon Schlesinger
Fleeing the world's biggest lion

Bosko's Soda Fountain (1931), prod. Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising, Leon Schlesinger
Hitchcock must have borrowed this shot for Psycho

Mickey Cuts Up (1931), prod. Walt Disney
The mouse as mock turtle

Mickey's Orphans (1931), prod. Walt Disney
Candlelight ensures these cats won't end up like the Griswolds'

Bosko at the Zoo (1932), prod. Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising, Leon Schlesinger
What do you get when you cross a walrus, an ostrich, and a lion?

The Duck Hunt (1932), prod. Walt Disney
The hunted turn the tables

Big-Hearted Bosko (1932), prod. Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising, Leon Schlesinger
The world's most skilled shadow puppeteer

Bosko's Party (1932), prod. Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising, Leon Schlesinger

Bosko and Bruno (1932), prod. Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising, Leon Schlesinger
A racing landscape so simple & stylized it's surreal

Mickey's Revue (1932), prod. Walt Disney
Goofy's debut cameo

Bosko's Dog Race (1932), prod. Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising, Leon Schlesinger
Intense training for the poor pooch

Bosko at the Beach (1932), prod. Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising, Leon Schlesinger
Extreme shore break

Bosko's Store (1932), prod. Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising, Leon Schlesinger
Full of baloney

Mickey's Nightmare (1932), prod. Walt Disney
The stork was far too generous

Bosko the Lumberjack (1932), prod. Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising, Leon Schlesinger
Nothing hits the spot like a nail sandwich (on slices of wood)

Bosko and Honey (1932), prod. Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising, Leon Schlesinger

The Whoopee Party (1932), prod. Walt Disney
Party so swingin', the cops join instead of busting

Touchdown Mickey (1932), prod. Walt Disney
The toupee- and denture-wearing football bites Mickey Mouse in the ass

The Klondike Kid (1932), prod. Walt Disney
Come in, Mickey said, I'll give you shelter from the storm

Betty Boop's Ker-Choo (1933), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
The old loose, limber Betty, the one I like best

Building a Building (1933), prod. Walt Disney
A machine and a gentleman

The Mad Doctor (1933), prod. Walt Disney
No dogs were harmed in the making of this picture - we can't vouch for the chicken though

Betty Boop's Crazy Inventions (1933), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Falling from the sky in style

Is My Palm Read (1933), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Worshipping the witch on the wall

Ye Olden Days (1933), prod. Walt Disney
Surely you joust?

The Mail Pilot (1933), prod. Walt Disney
Crashing into a makeshift propeller in the nick of time

Mickey's Gala Premiere (1933), prod. Walt Disney
Garbo's new leading man

Puppy Love (1933), prod. Walt Disney
"No, no, I said I was out with Chip and Dale, not a chippendale!"

The Pet Store (1933), prod. Walt Disney
Taking their cue from a new RKO release

Giantland (1933), prod. Walt Disney
Mickey's expression reminds me of Calvin & Hobbes

Camping Out (1934), prod. Walt Disney
Pick on someone your own size

Betty in Blunderland (1934), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Perfect fit between Carroll's and Fleischers' surrealism

Betty Boop's Rise to Fame (1934), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Back to the inkwell

Gulliver Mickey (1934), prod. Walt Disney
(See caption for Camping Out)

Poor Cinderella (1934), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Fairy Godmother grants a Cinderella striptease

Orphan's Benefit (1934), prod. Walt Disney
Donald gets the hook in his first appearance with Mickey

The Dognapper (1934), prod. Walt Disney
Should've worn a seat belt

Two-Gun Mickey (1934), prod. Walt Disney
I Dream of Minnie

Jack Frost (1934), dir. Ub Iwerks
Preparing for Halloween

Once Upon a Time (1934), dir. F. Lyle Goldman
The goblins of bad driving haunt Fairy Tale Land

Baby Be Good (1935), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Magic wand enabling bad boy to take inventory and make amends

Taking the Blame (1935), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Drowning in a picture frame

The Band Concert (1935), prod. Walt Disney
The conductor confronts the piper from the peanut gallery

The Song of the Birds (1935), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
I remember this cartoon so well from childhood, with its haunting avian danse macabre

The Brementown Musicians (1935), prod. Ub Iwerks
Assaulting the lunar taste buds

Mickey's Service Station (1935), prod. Walt Disney
Service with a smile

Old Mother Hubbard (1935), dir. Ub Iwerks
I remember the jazzy syncopations & nursery tale stylings of this toon from childhood

Mary's Little Lamb (1935), prod. Ub Iwerks
The old biddy boogies with a little lamb

No! No! A Thousand Times No!! (1935), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
This is how you make rain onstage

Summertime (1935), prod. Ub Iwerks
Mr. Groundhog, scared of his own shadow

A Little Soap and Water (1935), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Who's washing who?

Dancing On the Moon (1935), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Celebrating marriage on the moon

Mickey's Garden (1935), prod. Walt Disney
A trippy moment once our hero ingests bug poison

A Language All My Own (1935), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Betty's Japanese fans demonstrate their affection

Sinbad the Sailor (1935), prod. Ub Iwerks
Sinbad the Slugger

Mickey's Fire Brigade (1935), prod. Walt Disney
Overshooting his target

Betty Boop and Grampy (1935), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
How to make your fan a flutist

Pluto's Judgement Day (1935), prod. Walt Disney
Pluto meets his prosecutor

Time for Love (1935), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Lonesome swan in the sunset

On Ice (1935), prod. Walt Disney
"Gawrsh, I thought you was a fish!"

Balloon Land (1935), prod. Ub Iwerks
Pin Cushion Man wreaks havoc on Balloon Land

Making Stars (1935), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
The nice way to give someone the hook

Simple Simon (1935), prod. Ub Iwerks
Soaring over the circus grounds

Mickey's Polo Team (1936), prod. Walt Disney
Disneyland vs. Hollywood on the polo grounds

Little Nobody (1936), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Rich dog, poor dog

Ali Baba (1936), prod. Ub Iwerks
"Open Sesame." "Says-a-who?" "Says-a-me!"

Orphan's Picnic (1936), prod. Walt Disney
Attack of the invidious innocents

Mickey's Grand Opera (1936), prod. Walt Disney
Conducting the oncoming disaster

The Little Stranger (1936), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
New twist on "the ugly duckling"

Tom Thumb  (1936), prod. Ub Iwerks
The worm turns

We Did It (1936), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
The cuckoo emerges prepared for a fight

The Cobweb Hotel (1936), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Honeymoon suite from hell

A Song a Day! (1936), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Pickled herring

Thru the Mirror (1936), prod. Walt Disney
Holding back the house of cards

Mickey's Rival (1936), prod. Walt Disney
Calling bull on the braggart

Moving Day (1936), prod. Walt Disney
Evicting sheriff left high & dry, a sight many Depression audiences dreamed of

You're Not Built That Way (1936), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Trying and failing to be a tough pup

I Love to Singa (1936), dir. Tex Avery
Simon Cowell's grandfather

Alpine Climbers (1936), prod. Walt Disney
Booze to cure the blues

The Big Bad Wolf (1936), prod. Ub Iwerks
Sheep in wolf's clothing

Mickey's Circus (1936), prod. Walt Disney
Zapping the high wire

Hawaiian Birds (1936), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Part three of honeymoon trilogy - this time it's the birdie bride who messes up

Happy Days (1936), prod. Ub Iwerks
Our Gang takes Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for a ride

Mickey's Elephant (1936), prod. Walt Disney
Some brilliant character animation in here

Play Safe (1936), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Clash of the steam-powered trains

Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936), dir. Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky/prod. Max Fleischer
The proud banner of Popeye-land

The Worm Turns (1937), prod. Walt Disney
Wait a sec, if that's a normal mouse, then what is Mickey

Magician Mickey (1937), prod. Walt Disney
The Disney merchandise begins

Moose Hunters (1937), prod. Walt Disney
Antlers were made for body slamming

Mickey's Amateurs (1937), prod. Walt Disney
The angry entertainer gets his revenge on a hostile audience

A Car-Tune Portrait (1937), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Hippo out of the inkwell

Peeping Penguins (1937), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Curiosity killed the penguin

Hawaiian Holiday (1937), prod. Walt Disney
Surfing, Thirties-style

Clock Cleaners (1937), prod. Walt Disney
Goodbye Goofy

Lonesome Ghosts (1937), prod. Walt Disney
Who you gonna call?

Boat Builders (1938), prod. Walt Disney
Not exactly seaworthy

Hold It! (1938), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Crazy cats control time & space

Mickey's Trailer (1938), prod. Walt Disney
This trailer comes fully equipped

Katnip Kollege (1938), dir. Cal Dalton, Cal Howard
This side of the 30s & 40s comes through clearer in cartoons than live-action

Hunky and Spunky (1938), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Apples always seem to bring bad news

Have You Got Any Castles? (1938), dir. Frank Tashlin, Friz Freleng
Get it?

The Whalers (1938), prod. Walt Disney
Rehearsing for Monstro

Mickey's Parrot (1938), prod. Walt Disney
Dead chicken vs. Pluto in sumo showdown

Brave Little Tailor (1938), prod. Walt Disney
They slipped a Mickey in his cigarette

Porky in Wackyland (1938), dir. Robert Clampett
My favorite Looney Tune of all time - manic, hilarious, insane, so it's gotta be Clampett

On with the New (1938), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Dream job turns into nursery nightmare

Always Kickin' (1939), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Showdown to stick up for his winged pals

My Friend the Monkey (1939), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Organ grinder & monkey out a suburban window

Musical Mountaineers (1939), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Hatfield & Boop

The Scared Crows (1939), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Betty tries out the scarecrow

The Barnyard Brat (1939), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Two legs good, four legs bad!

Old Glory (1939), dir. Chuck Jones
Creepy rotoscoped Uncle Sam teaches Porky the Pledge of Allegiance

Rhythm on the Reservation (1939), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Bass case becomes a canoe

Little Lambkins (1940), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Infant takes Oedipus to new levels by electrocuting the old man

Pinocchio (1940), prod. Walt Disney
A Disneyland for little devils

You Ought to Be in Pictures (1940), dir. Friz Freleng
Porky Pig bids Leon Schlesinger farewell to seek work in features

Hollywood Steps Out (1941), dir. Tex Avery
The odd couple

Vitamin Hay (1941), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Sometimes you kick ass, and sometimes the ass kicks you

Superman (1941), dir. Dave Fleischer/prod. Max Fleischer
When the phone booth is already occupied

Dumbo (1941), prod. Walt Disney
The United States, color-coded and clearly delineated like a map of Disney World

The Mechanical Monsters (1941), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
No match for Kal-El are fire-breathing robothugs

Billion Dollar Limited (1942), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Good thing he's more powerful than a locomotive

The Arctic Giant (1942), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky
One of Superman's more formidable foes

The Bulleteers (1942), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer, Orestes Calpini
Imagine if this flying object landed on your windshield...

The Magnetic Telescope (1942), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Kids, don't try this at home

Electric Earthquake (1942), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer
Whither Metropolis?

Volcano (1942), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky
Clark Versus the Volcano

Bambi (1942), prod. Walt Disney

Terror On the Midway (1942), prod. Max Fleischer/dir. Dave Fleischer, Orestes Calpini
Ace reporters relegated to the circus beat - but of course it won't be boring for long

The Hep Cat (1942), dir. Robert Clampett
Only those with nine lives can afford to be so cavalier

A Corny Concerto (1943), dir. Robert Clampett
Clampett's cartoons always have the most fantastic colors

The Henpecked Rooster (1944), dir. Seymour Kneitel, Orestes Calpini
Almost drowned by his best pal

Duck Soup to Nuts (1944), dir. Friz Freleng
Death of a Salesduck

Wolf! Wolf! (1944), prod. Paul Terry
Mighty Mouse uses beer as a weapon

Stage Door Cartoon (1944), dir. Friz Freleng
What's meta, Doc?

Scrappily Married (1945), dir. Seymour Kneitel, Orestes Calpini
Not quite the belly of the beast, but almost

The Friendly Ghost (1945), dir. Izzy Sparber
Can a ghost commit suicide?

Book Revue (1946), dir. Robert Clampett
Louisa May Alcott's book transformed into a portrait of bobbysoxers fainting for Frankie

Baby Bottleneck (1946), dir. Robert Clampett
Drinking himself under the table at the Stork Club

Kitty Kornered (1946), dir. Robert Clampett
Wilder, crazier, and more colorful than the later Looney Tunes on this disc

The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946), dir. Robert Clampett
Duck Twacy employs some skillful sleuthing

Sudden Fried Chicken (1946), dir. Bill Tytla, Orestes Calpini
The characters have become sharper, more well-defined by this time

Rhapsody Rabbit (1946), dir. Friz Freleng
They did this bit a whole year before Tom & Jerry

Song of the South (1946), dir. Wilfred Jackson, Herve Foster/prod. Walt Disney
The original Toontown was in Georgia, not California

Mother Goose Stories (1946), dir. Ray Harryhausen
The magic of the movies

Tweetie Pie (1947), dir. Friz Freleng
Old-school Tweety looks a little different

Back Alley Oproar (1948), dir. Friz Freleng
Strange to see Sylvester as the underdog (or undercat)

There's Good Boos To-Night (1948), dir. Izzy Sparber
The friendliest ghost you'll ever see

Bad Ol' Putty Tat (1949), dir. Friz Freleng
Taking a nail-biting habit to extremes

A-Haunting We Will Go (1949), dir. Seymour Kneitel
Only the bad ghost is a good ghost

 Campus Capers (1949), dir. Bill Tytla, George Germanetti
This is how the Class of 1940 was remembered 10 years later

Toy Tinkers (1949), dir. Jack Hannah/prod. Walt Disney
Surrender in the war on Christmas

The Story of Little Red Riding Hood (1949), dir. Ray Harryhausen
She may want to visit an optometrist if she survives

Quack a Doodle Doo (1950), dir. Izzy Sparber
Baby Huey's origin story

All a Bir-r-r-rd (1950), dir. Friz Freleng
Hard to lie in wait atop a speeding train, unless you're in a Looney Tune

The Story of Rapunzel (1951), dir. Ray Harryhausen
Cue the guitar strum from "Clarissa Explains It All"

Room and Bird (1951), dir. Friz Freleng
Presenting a united front against the police

Alice in Wonderland (1951), prod. Walt Disney
A fresh taste of that old Silly Symphony spirit with zany anthropomorphism

Tweet Tweet Tweety (1951), dir. Friz Freleng
Old Faithful blows ahead of schedule

The Story of Hansel and Gretel (1951), dir. Ray Harryhausen
Not quite as scary without the cannibalism

Gift Wrapped (1952), dir. Friz Freleng
Showdown in the Christmas tree

Ain't She Tweet (1952), dir. Friz Freleng
Best let sleeping dogs lie

A Bird in a Guilty Cage (1952), dir. Friz Freleng
Sylvester as postmodern installation artist

Snow Business (1952), dir. Friz Freleng
Mouse bites cat

The Story of King Midas (1953), dir. Ray Harryhausen
Midas and Mephistophales decide to go gold

Boo Moon (1954), dir. Seymour Kneitel, Izzy Sparber
Casper, ahead of Neil Armstrong by 15 years

Popeye's 20th Anniversary (1954), dir. Izzy Sparber
Playing his greatest hits

Taxi-Turvy (1954), dir. Seymour Kneitel
No spinach for you!

Lady and the Tramp (1955), pres. Walt Disney
The morning after

One Froggy Evening (1955), dir. Chuck Jones
I find this to be one of the most frustrating cartoons ever

Popeye for President (1956), dir. Seymour Kneitel
Long before the Tea Party, there was the...

Out to Punch (1956), dir. Seymour Kneitel
Spinach > Concrete

Spooking About Africa (1957), dir. Seymour Kneitel
The Star Child meets the apes from the beginning of 2001

The Three Little Bops (1957), dir. Friz Freleng
"The big bad wolf, he learned the rule - you gotta get hot to play real cool!"

Pest Pupil (1957), dir. Dave Tendlar
Better living through chemistry

Patriotic Popeye (1957), dir. Izzy Sparber
Power of the pipe

What's Opera, Doc? (1957), dir. Chuck Jones
I am not a girl. Surprise.

Show Biz Bugs (1957), dir. Friz Freleng
Of course Daffy and his detachable bill are at the epicenter

The Sword in the Stone (1963), prod. Walt Disney
Unusual Disney feature, one of its most laid-back and episodic (no commercials, though)

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), dir. Bill Melendez
Who is your favorite dancer?

The Hand (1965), dir. Jiri Trnka
I feel for the little guy

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966), dir. Chuck Jones
At this moment, the Grinch had a change of heart (quite literally)

Yellow Submarine (1968), dir. George Dunning
When I was in preschool, this film introduced me to the Beatles...and so much more besides!

Robin Hood (1973), prod. Wolfgang Reitherman
The weak ruler relies on the noose

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (1975), dir. Chuck Jones
Fastest mongoose in the East

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), dir. Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones
When the weather is misbehaving

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1977), dir. Larry Jordan
Welles and Coleridge, partners in Rime

Watership Down (1978), dir. Martin Rosen
Following the Black Rabbit down the Rabbit Hole

Banjo: The Woodpile Cat (1979), dir. Don Bluth
Some solid animation, but story's more outline than plot; feels like dry run for his 80s spree

 Asparagus (1979), dir. Suzan Pitt
I suspect this film was made in an insane asylum; I will never look at asparagus the same way

 The Solar Film (1980), dir. Elaine & Saul Bass
Despite title, more about industrialization & subsequent malaise than making case for solar

 The Fly (1980), dir. Ferenc Rofusz
Empathy for a fly - impressive. Wonder if there's allegorical element in there

Vincent (1982), dir. Tim Burton
The tomcat leaps through the window, drawn forth by a ghoulish pied piper

The Snowman (1982), dir. Dianne Jackson, Jimmy T. Murakami
Swimming sublimely in the snowy sky

Dimensions of Dialogue (1982), dir. Jan Svankmajer
Rock, paper, scissors, Arcimboldo-style

High Fidelity (1982), dir. Randy Roberts
Cone and sphere meet cute in Gershwin-saturated flora

Igor: The Paris Years (1982), dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay
Surprisingly tedious puppet show about Stravinsky and Cocteau in 20s Paris

Malice in Wonderland (1982), dir. Vince Collins
Alice in Wonderland on acid. I know what you're thinking: it's already on acid. Well, moreso.

Zhil-byl-pyos (1982), dir. E. Nazarov
The brotherhood of dog and wolf, comrades under the fur

Skywhales (1983), dir. Phil Austin, Derek Hayes
The circle of life devours itself

Take On Me (1985), dir. Steve Barron
Even after emerging from the comic book, she never pays her bill

Night Music (1986), dir. Stan Brakhage
Lullaby in shattered stained-glass

Sledgehammer (1986), dir. Stephen Johnson
I miss claymation

The Man Who Planted Trees (1987), dir. Frédéric Back
I feel as if I've suddenly awakened from a beautiful dream...

The Brave Little Toaster (1987), dir. Jerry Rees
Don't let go, or you're toast!

Alice (1988), dir. Jan Svankmajer
What are a fish and a frog without their wigs?

Stille Nacht I: Dramolet (1988), dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay 
Check out the creepy baby at the window

Isle of Flowers (1989), dir. Jorge Furtado
What's worth more: a chicken or a whale, a person or a pig?

The Little Mermaid (1989), prod. Howard Ashman, John Musker
Seeing it in theaters at 6, I feared an unhappy ending; no wonder - I'd read Andersen's original

The Cow (1990), dir. Aleksandr Petrov
Empathy with a beast of burden

Darkness Light Darkness (1990), dir. Jan Svankmajer
Like a ship in a bottle with nowhere to sail

Do the Bartman (1990), dir. Brad Bird
Pop culture as I first knew it

Beauty and the Beast (1991), prod. Don Hahn
One of the studio's most genuine romances, along with Lady and the Tramp

Anamorphosis: De Artificilia Perspectiva (1991), dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay
Sixteenth-century paper dolls play with anamorphic strings

Stille Nacht II: Are We Still Married? (1992), dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay
MTV used to play stuff like this

The Thief and the Cobbler (Recobbled Cut 4) (1993), dir. Richard Williams
Aladdin meets Yellow Submarine meets 60s Eastern European animation (emphasis on last)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), prod. Tim Burton, Denise Di Novi, dir. Henry Selick
No trailer ever filled me with as much excitement/anticipation as this when I was 9

Stille Nacht III: Tales from the Vienna Woods (1993), dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay
Bullet-proof spoon

The Lion King (1994), prod. Don Hahn
Gorgeously animated, thematically compelling, and oddly monarchist

Stille Nacht IV: Can't Go Wrong Without You (1994), dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay
Death's head at the door

Rocko's Modern Christmas (1994), dir. Mr. Lawrence, Joe Murray
Wallaby looking for Christmas cheer

On Your Mark (1995), dir. Hayao Miyazaki
Reminds me of dreams I've had where city & country exist back-to-back

Ah, L'Amour (1995), dir. Don Hertzfeldt
Don Hertzfeldt's presentation of courtship rituals

Genre (1996), dir. Don Hertzfeldt
Entertaining under duress

Lily and Jim (1997), dir. Don Hertzfeldt
They make an art of awkward chitchat

SubZero (1998), prod. Benjamin Melniker, Michael Uslan, Randy Rogel, Boyd Kirkland
Not as compelling as Mask of the Phantasm (Batman himself is barely a character here)

Do the Evolution (1998), dir. Todd McFarlane
Son, someday all this will be yours...if we aren't all dead yet, of course

Billy's Balloon (1998), dir. Don Hertzfeldt
This can't end well.

Freak on a Leash (1999), dir. Todd McFarlane
Graphic novel meets its graphic demise

Rejected (2000), dir. Don Hertzfeldt
Marie Antoinette's new bonnet?

Cat Soup (2001), dir. Tatsuo Sato
Water from elephants

Lovesong (2001), dir. Stan Brakhage
Love the texture in this shot

Copy Shop (2001), dir. Virgil Widrith
Hiding on top of the world

Father and Daughter (2001), dir. Michael Dudok de Wit
Watching the sea from the spot where he left her behind

Voices of a Distant Star (2003), dir. Makoto Shinkai
Calling across time and space

Ryan (2004), dir. Chris Landreth
This is what creative block looks like

The Meaning of Life (2005), dir. Don Hertzfeldt
Baby Moby Dick absorbed by the heavens

9 (2005), dir. Shane Acker
A nod to Street of Crocodiles?

Peter and the Wolf (2006), dir. Suzie Templeton
A new view of an old legend

Lifted (2006), dir. Gary Rydstrom
The Steamboat Bill, Jr. gag goes extraterrestrial in a flying saucer's crater

And We All Shine On (2006), dir. Michael Robinson
A lonely video game landscape, haunted by shadowy memories of a civilization which created it

Linus Sings The Police (2007), uploaded chalkdrinker
The timing in this clip is pretty well-executed

The Ark (2007), dir. Grzezorj Jonkajtys
Another boat ride into the inner and outer darkness

The Flowerpot's Lament (2009), uploaded FrEckleStudios
Anticipate cheerful bloodshed, AfterEffects-style

Wisdom Teeth (2010), dir. Don Hertzfeldt

Kooky (2010), dir. Jan Sverak
A treehouse is not a home

These Hammers Don't Hurt Us (2011), dir. Michael Robinson
Rabbit ears on a pyramid, picking up signals from the other side of sanity

Dilbert 3 (2012), dir. CBoyardee
Guns don't kill people, Dilbert kills people

It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012), dir. Don Hertzfeldt
So many fragments of fleeting beauty - why choose only one?

To This Day (2013), prod. Giant Ant
Love the different animation styles employed throughout

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