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 »Comforts (directed by "Wallace & Gromit's" Nick Park), Balance, Technological Threat, The Cat Came Back, Your Face (directed by Bill Plympton), A Greek Tragedy, Anna & Bella, The Big Snit, Charade, Sundae in New York, The Great Incognito (directed by Will Vinton), Tango, The Fly, Crac!, Every Child, Special Delivery.« less
"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!"
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, Russia...in 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."
Hardly the world?s greatest ? but it has some real gems
Itamar Katz | Ramat-Gan, Israel | 04/25/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Film Board of Canada picked a pretentious title for this DVD; quite often it justifies itself, but of course not at all times. This is, of course, not `the world's greatest animation'; it's a collection of animation shorts that were nominated for an Academy Award between 1978 and 1990 - predominantly Canadian. Many of the films are Oscar winners, but from some years only a nominee was included, which makes you wonder who exactly made the selection.Still, `The World's Greatest Animation' does indeed boast some masterpiece works. The first one that comes to mind is the celebrated `Creature Comforts' (1990), a fantastic, hilarious masterpiece of claymotion that set Nick Park (of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run fame) on the road to success. It's not, however, the only creation worthy of notice on the DVD. `The Cat Came Back' (Cordell Barker, 1988) is a personal favorite of mine; it has a wonderfully stylish, nervous animation style, and great, creative character design (though only two active characters), not to mention hilarious slapstick and a brilliantly catchy title tune. `Your Face' (1987) is a great musical number by the grand master Bill Plympton (`I Married A Strange Person', `The Tune' and many others, as well as many of MTV's wonderful animation sequences of the late 80's), and like all of Plympton's work it's devilishly inventive and gloriously naughty; though I wouldn't call it Bill's best (I liked '25 Ways To Quit Smoking'), his animation is always a pleasure and `Your Face' is a great showcase of his unique talent for those who are not familiar. And `Charade' (MinVintonis, 1984) is hardly an animation masterpiece, but it's brilliantly, brilliantly funny.Then, there's the grim, serious stuff. `Tango' (Rybczynski, 1982) is absolutely ingenious; it put me in a complete trance for a full eight minutes. It's a stroke of creative genius that has to be seen to believed. Then there's `Balance' (Lauenstein, 1989), which, like many other reviewers noted, can be seen either as an important statement or as pretentious pseudo-philosophy. Whichever way you look at it, it's still visually stunning and very original; and even if you'll find it superficial and pretentious, you won't be able to resist a little smile of amusement at the end of it. Other interesting, thought-provoking works include `Crac!' (Back, 1981) and `The Fly' (Rofuscz, 1980).The collection weakness is that so many of the others seem like fillers. Most of them are amusing and enjoyable, many are very well-made visually, or well written; but in the end, they are very forgettable, and hardly unique. `A Greek Tragedy' (Van Goethem, 1986), `Special Delivery' (Wheldon and Macaulay, 1978), `Sundae In New York' (Picker, 1983), `Every Child' (Fedorenco and Lamb, 1979) and `The Big Snit' (Condie, 1985) all fall into that category. On the other hand, `Anna & Bella' (Ring, 1985) and `The Great Cognito' (Vinton, 1985) are delightfully original and beautiful, but have absolutely nothing to say. `Technological Threat' (Koyer, 1988) is so mediocre I can't understand how it made its way into the collection.For the art and animation student or simply enthusiast, `The World's Greatest Animation' does contain some must-see material (although many of the best ones can be obtained elsewhere: `Creature Comforts' can be found on its own self-titled collection of Nick Park shorts, and `Your Face' can be found on Plympton's collection DVD titled `Plymptoons'), and is well worth owning. Much of the material, though is not essential, and is good for one watch."