AFI's TOP 10 Animated List America’s Greatest film
AFI defines “animated” as a genre in which the film’s images are primarily created by computer or hand and the characters are voiced by actors.
A skillful combination of caricature and artistry, animation amplifies reality, offering stories that are visually stylized, but emotionally truthful.
Motto: "Animation isn't the illusion of life - it is life!" (Chuck Jones)
Whether it’s a minimalist black squiggle or a full-blown tour-de-force of color and movement, animation allows imaginary characters and inanimate objects to spring vividly to life.
The three-hour special television event, was telecast on CBS on June 17, 2008. Jennifer Love Hewitt was the show host for Animation genre.
AFI asks jurors to consider the following criteria in their selection process:
FEATURE-LENGTH FICTION FILMS: Narrative format, typically over 60 minutes in length.
AMERICAN FILM: English-language film with significant creative and/or production elements from the United States. Additionally, only films released before January 1, 2008 will be considered.
CRITICAL RECOGNITION: Formal commendation in print, television and digital media.
MAJOR AWARD WINNER: Recognition from competitive events including awards from peer groups, critics, guilds and major film festivals.
POPULARITY OVER TIME: Including success at the box office, television and cable airing, and DVD/VHS sales and rentals.
HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: A film’s mark on the history of the moving images through visionary narrative devices, technical innovation, or other ground breaking achievements.
CULT URAL IMPACT: A film’s mark on American society in matters of style and substance.
|1||SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS||Disney||1937|
|4||LION KING, THE||Disney||1994|
|7||BEAUTY AND THE BEAST||Disney||1991|
|N||ALICE IN WONDERLAND||Disney||1951|
|N||AN AMERICAN TAIL||Universal||1986|
|N||BUG'S LIFE, A||Disney/Pixar||1998|
|N||CORPSE BRIDE||Warner Bros.||2005|
|N||HAPPY FEET||Warner Bros.||2006|
|N||HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, THE||Disney||1996|
|N||ICE AGE||Blue Sky Studios|
|N||IRON GIANT, THE||Warner Bros.||1999|
|N||JUNGLE BOOK, THE||Disney||1967|
|N||LADY AND THE TRAMP||Disney||1955|
|N||LITTLE MERMAID, THE||Disney||1989|
|N||MANY ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH, THE||Disney||1977|
|N||NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, THE||Touchstone||1993|
|N||POLAR EXPRESS, THE||Warner Bros.||2003|
|N||SECRET OF NIMH, THE||MGM||1982|
|N||SOUTH PARK: BIGGER LONGER & UNCUT||Paramount||1999|
|N||SWORD IN THE STONE, THE||Disney||1963|
|N||TOY STORY 2||Disney/Pixar||1999|
|N||WAKING LIFE||Fox Searchlight||2001|
Interesting facts about the ballot
The most recent entry on the list FINDING NEMO (Animated) from 2003.
Disney dominated the nominations with 25 titles and together with Pixar 7 more movies. It is followed by Warner Bros. and DreamWorks with 4, Twentieth Century-Fox, Paramount and Columbia Pictures with 2. One nomination each: MGM, Touchstone, Fox Searchlight and Universal.
Only 2 titles are included with a sequel: TOY STORY (1995), TOY STORY 2 (1999), and SHREK (2001), SHREK 2 (2004).
In the final list of Top 10 Greatest Animated, only one non-Disney movie entered: Shrek (2001) produced by DreamWorks on the 8th place.
The top is dominated by oldest film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), the first full-length cel-animated feature in motion picture history, the first to be produced by Walt Disney, the first animated feature film produced in America, the first produced in full color, and the first to be considered a Walt Disney Animated Classic. So, the first made can be also the best too.