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Welcome one and all to the 2021 Official Animation Challenge! The history of animation goes back almost as far as the history of film itself (and in some ways even further back with zoetropes, flip books, etc.). Join us on an excursion around the world as we experience the wonder of inanimate artwork sequentially structured to create the illusion of movement and magic. From the mega blockbusters from the House of Mouse to the bizarre and originals works arisen out of the Eastern bloc to the hypercontextual madness of anime to the quiet and austere visions of the unsung masters of the medium, animation as a style of filmmaking (NOT A GENRE) allows the creator to unleash their imaginations and show us what crawls around inside their heads, unburdened from the practical realities of live action. As usual, the most important thing is to have fun!
*Note: Parts of this OP was copied shamelessly from frbrown's thread last year, so thanks for that!
Watch as much animation as you can.
- Title (year) is the preferred format
- Each film or episode over 40 minutes counts as one point
- A total of 80 minutes of TV or short films count as one point
- Rewatches are allowed and good for the soul, but you can only count any film/episode once in the challenge
- Post the years of your watches.
- Do not edit posts to add new watches, just create a new post
- Also if you're in the top 5, please post regularly (at least every second day). So that the competition stays fair
- I will not allow anyone to enter the top 5 during the final three days with their first post.
If you don't like the competition aspect, you are still welcome to participate in the challenge! Post your animated viewings (no need to number them), and your reactions to your and other people's viewings.
IMDb's Animation Top 50
BFI's 100 Animated Features
OFCS's Top 100 Animated Features of All Time
Paste's 100 Best Anime Movies of All Time
Jerry Beck's 50 Greatest Cartoons
Annecy Festival's 100 Films for a Century of Animation
More unofficial lists
Timeout 100 Best Animated Movies
Laputa Animation Festival 150 Best Animations of All Time
The World History of Animation Key Films
Animated Movie Guide's Top 60 Non-Theatrical US Animated Features
500 Essential Anime Movies
Forces of Geek Top Ten Cartoons of Each Year 1930-1950
IMDB Top 250 Animated Shorts 1930s
IMDB Top 250 Animated Shorts 1940s
IMDB Top 250 Animated Shorts 1950s
Golden 100 of Russian Animation
10000 Things You Need To Know: The 100 Animated Movies
Academy Award For Best Animated Short Film Nominees
Academy Award For Best Animated Feature Nominees
BFI 100 Anime
Sight & Sound 50 Essential Anime Films
Interested in Doubling Up on challenges?
Animated Films Nominted for Doubling the Canon 2021
Interesting personal lists by two of our forum members
mjf314's Top 50 Obscure Animated Movies
They Draw Anime Movies Don't They
Onderhond's Top 100 Animated Films
They Draw Anime Don't They: TV Edition
A few lists not on iCM
Sakuga anime lists
80s anime primer
Mike Toole's Other 100 Best Anime Movies of All Time (response to the Paste list)
Various Japanese animators recommend some animation they like (In Japanese)
GAC Forums' "50 Greatest Cartoons" thread
Some online resources about animation
BONUS CHALLENGE: ANIMATION SCAVENGER HUNT!!
Of course we have to have a bonus challenge! If anyone participated in the Comedy Challenge last year, this format will look familiar. The below spoiler tag holds 30 challenges. The goal is to of course complete as many as possible. They have been designed to try to encourage exploration of the various kinds of animation from all over the world since this challenge historically gets dwarfed by the US and Japan due to sheer volume of output.
When logging your bonus participation, please indicate after the title of the film(s) what challenge it applies to using the #BONUS <challenge_name> format
Ex. 1. The Lord of the Rings (1978) #BONUS Style Profile: Rotoscope
NOTE: In the below challenge whenever the phrase "block of" is referenced, it is meant to represent 1 point worth of a particular subject, either a feature over 40 minutes or a block of shorts and/or TV totalling 80 minutes.
2nd NOTE: For any screenshots that may offend (graphic violence, sex, etc.), please put them in a spoiler tag.
List of Scavenger Hunt Challenges
|Challenge Name||Challenge Description|
|Style Profile: Stop Motion||Watch a block of Stop-Motion Animation and provide screenshot|
|Style Profile: Rotoscope||Watch a block of Animation that prominently uses rotoscoping technology and provide a screenshot|
|Style Profile: Sand Animation||Watch a block of sand animation and describe how you felt watching it.|
|Style Profile: Paper Cutout Animation||Watch a block of animation done using paper cutouts and provide a screenshot|
|Style Profile: Flash Animation||Watch a block of animation using the Adobe Flash program to animate and provide your thoughts on how it looks.|
|Excuse Me While I Puke||Watch a block of CGI animation including an example of really terrible CGI and provide a screenshot example.|
|Animation Around the World: North America||Watch two blocks of animation, one from Canada and one from Mexico.|
|Animation Around the World: South America||Watch two blocks of animation produced in any two South American countries.|
|Animation Around the World: Africa||Watch two blocks of animation produced in any two African countries.|
|Animation Around the World: Europe||Watch two blocks of animation produced in Europe, one from France and one from Germany.|
|Animation Around the World: Antarctica||Watch a block of animation set in Antarctica.|
|Animation Around the World: Australia||Watch a block of animation produced in Australia.|
|Animation Around the World: Asia||Watch a block of animation produced in one of the countries comprising Indochina or the Malay Archipelago|
|In Soviet Russia, Cel Animate You||Watch a block of Russian Animation and post a screenshot of your favorite scene.|
|This Feels Familiar||Watch a block of animation adapted from a live-action property|
|Creator Profile: Chuck Jones||Watch a block of animation directed by celebrated talent Chuck Jones|
|Creator Profile: Jan Svankmajer||Watch a block of animation directed by Czech master of the grotesque Jan Svankmajer|
|Creator Profile: Osamu Tezuka||Watch a block of animation from visionary Japanese creator Osamu Tezuka|
|Creator Profile: Ralph Bakshi||Watch a block of animation from button-pushing bad boy of animation Ralph Bakshi|
|Creator Profile: Halas & Batchelor||Watch a block of animation from influential British animation studio Halas & Batchelor.|
|Creator Profile: Studio Ghibli/Walt Disney Studios||Watch two blocks of animation, one from Japan's Studio Ghibli and one from United States' Walt Disney Studios.|
|Creator Profile: The Hubleys||Watch a block of animation from influential underground animators John and Faith Hubley|
|Creator Profile: Norman McLaren||Watch a block of animation from daring and experimental Canadian animator Norman McLaren.|
|Horrors of War||Watch a block of animation that depicts the horrors of war is a non-comical way and describe why animation is or is not a good format for the particular story experienced.|
|Geyser of Blood||Watch a block of animation that prominently features an explosion of gore with screenshot of said act.|
|Tentacles Ahoy||Watch an Adults Only block of animation with a screenshot depicting an example of the prurient behavior.|
|Moving Pictures Only||Watch a block of completely dialogue-free animation and describe what transpires.|
|Distance. Effervescent. Time Immemorial. Holding onto Nothing.||Watch a block of abstract/surrealist/plotless animation and include at least three screenshots of examples.|
|Unsung Heroes||Watch a block of animation from a director of animation you feel is unjustly underheralded and describe why this director is worthy of consideration.|
|All the Colors of the Rainbow||Watch a block of animation featuring LBGTQ+ themes and post your thoughts on why you felt the animation medium was or was not well-suited to tell the story or stories.|