Animation Express

by James McNally on November 9, 2009

in DVD

Animation Express DVD

Animation Express (Directors: Various): The National Film Board of Canada has long been renowned for the quality of the anim­ated films it has pro­duced over the years, from the pion­eering work of Norman McLaren back in the 1940s right up to the most recent innov­a­tions in com­puter anim­a­tion being used to tell stories today. Animation Express is a col­lec­tion of some of the best work from the past ten years or so. The 2-disc DVD col­lec­tion con­tains 26 films, while the Blu-Ray fea­tures 39, including two Oscar-winners (Torill Kove’s The Danish Poet and Chris Landreth’s Ryan). Another Oscar nom­inee (which should have won, ahem) is Madame Tutli-Putli, which appears on both collections.

Though I did find one or two duds, the level of quality is remark­ably high and with so many to choose from, the joy of dis­cov­ering new talent will extend for weeks. And with the longest film clocking in at just around 18 minutes, this is a per­fect disc to put on when you don’t have a lot of time. If you have a Blu-Ray player, I’d obvi­ously recom­mend the Blu-Ray disc. Not only do you get more films, but each is pristinely presented in the highest definition.

Highlights for me were Sleeping Betty, Land of the Heads, and Cordell Barker’s new award-winner Runaway. But so far, I’ve only worked my way through about a third of the stuff on this gen­er­ously stuffed disc.

Official site of the film

9/10(9/10)

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