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World's Greatest Animation
World's Greatest Animation
Actors: Richard Condie, Maureen McElheron, John Minnis, Jay Brazeau, Ida Osler
Directors: Bill Kroyer, Bill Plympton, BÝrge Ring, Christoph Lauenstein, Cordell Barker
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Musicals & Performing Arts, Animation
NR     1998     1hr 45min

A whirlwind tour of first-class animated shorts, "The World's Greatest Animation" assembles, for the first time, an eye-popping assortment of Academy Award winners and nominees from the years 1978-1991. Includes: Creature ...  more »


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Actors: Richard Condie, Maureen McElheron, John Minnis, Jay Brazeau, Ida Osler
Directors: Bill Kroyer, Bill Plympton, BÝrge Ring, Christoph Lauenstein, Cordell Barker
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Musicals & Performing Arts, Animation
Sub-Genres: Animation, Drama, Family Films, Musicals, Animation
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color - Animated
DVD Release Date: 10/21/1998
Original Release Date: 01/01/1994
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1994
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 45min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)

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Movie Reviews

Excellent DVD
J. Paulsonn | Ohio | 12/29/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The 16 animated shorts on this DVD represent a wide array of animation styles, all Academy Award winners and nominees from 1978-1990.They are: CREATURE COMFORTS (Nick Park - winner, 1990); BALANCE (Lauenstein - winner, 1989); TECHNOLOGICAL THREAT (Kroyer - nominee, 1988); THE CAT CAME BACK (Barker - nominee, 1988); YOUR FACE (Plympton - nominee, 1987); A GREEK TRAGEDY (Van Goethem - winner, 1986); ANNA & BELLA (Ring - winner, 1985); THE BIG SNIT (Condie - nominee, 1985); CHARADE (Minnis - winner, 1984); SUNDAE IN NEW YORK - (Picker - winner, 1983); THE GREAT COGNITO (Vinton - nominee, 1982); TANGO (Rybczynski - winner, 1982); THE FLY (Rofuscz - winner, 1980); CRAC! (Back - winner, 1981); EVERY CHILD (Fedorenco and Lamb - winner, 1979); SPECIAL DELIVERY (Wheldon and Macaulay - winner, 1978).A thoroughly delightful collection!"
Great DVD!
TimothyFarrell22 | Massachusetts | 05/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I would highly reccomend this DVD to any animation fan. There are a few shorts that are not up to the others ("A Greek Tragedy", "Your Face") but there are no really bad selections. There are a few standouts, however. "The Great Cogniteo" is a hillarious visual fest, from the guy who did the "Calafornia Raisans" commercials; "Crac!" a long but undeniably clever veiw of Montreal from the veiw of a rocking chair; "The Big Snit", and "The Cat Came Back", two Canadian shorts that contain more laughs than most feature films; and "Balance", a powerful claymation film, which seems to be making a statement against the Bush-area communisum threats. The DVD is worth it just for those selections. 10 out of 10 for whoever compiled this one."
Some good content, but misnamed and uneven
J. Paulsonn | 04/24/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)

"This collection of animated shorts does indeed contain some suberb and interesting material ("Crac!," "Creature Comforts," and "Tango" come to mind; possibly "Balance," depending on whether you find it an Important Philosophical Statement or cringingly pretentious) but most of its contents are either forgettable, maudlin, or slightly offensive: "The Great Cognito," for instance, besides being almost totally unamusing, depicts claymation buck-toothed caricatures of Japanese World War II soldiers. Some may find this acceptable, I didn't.Also: despite its billing as the "World's Greatest" animation, this collection is hardly international; most of its contributors are Canadian (no wonder, since it's a Film Board of Canada release), with token European and American entires, and nothing from Asia, Africa, fact, it's a compilation of animated shorts that happened to win prestigious awards, which isn't in of itself a mark of greatness.For a real taste of some of the world's greatest animation, take a look at the excellent Masters Of Russian Animation series."
Academy Awards have disappointed more than once before...
Itamar Katz | 06/01/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)

"When they really get competitive with animation, I expect a to experience a sense of timeless appreciation. Many of these animations were reminiscent of elaborated greeting cards. There were, however, a few pieces that were very well done, especially for the period in which they were created. The "Cat Came Back" and "Special Delivery" both had a uniquely charming humour which did much to make up for my disappointment in their animation and soundtracks. Anna & Bella had an appreciable vibrancy of emotions painted into its storyline. Tango was quite visually interesting overall-if a little repetitive(Which, was precisely the point, I believe). There were a few shorts in this assortment that I did not care for at all. The most annoying short for me was "Sundae in New York", a clay-animation musical comedy. I was reminded of the old clay-animation Christmas shows(Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph, etc.), but without all the wintery, warm-hearted charm. Overall, I found these animation shorts did not meet my expectations of 'great animation'(I skipped over many during my first viewing, but dutifully watched them afterwards.). However, I must say, it's quite a lot better than Pokemon."