Animation Express

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


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