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AFI's TOP 10 Animated List America’s Greatest film

AFI's TOP 10 Animated List

GENRE: Animated

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.




Selection criteria

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.



List

Rank Film Prod Year
1SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFSDisney1937
2PINOCCHIODisney1940
3BAMBIDisney1942
4LION KING, THEDisney1994
5FANTASIADisney1940
6TOY STORYDisney/Pixar1995
7BEAUTY AND THE BEASTDisney1991
8SHREKDreamWorks2001
9CINDERELLADisney1950
10FINDING NEMODisney/Pixar2003
N101 DALMATIANSDisney1961
NALADDINDisney1992
NALICE IN WONDERLANDDisney1951
NAMERICAN POPColumbia1981
NAN AMERICAN TAILUniversal1986
NANTZDreamWorks1998
NARISTOCATS, THEDisney1970
NBUG'S LIFE, ADisney/Pixar1998
NCARSDisney/Pixar2006
NCHARLOTTE'S WEBParamount1973
NCORPSE BRIDEWarner Bros.2005
NDUMBODisney1941
NHAPPY FEETWarner Bros.2006
NHUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, THEDisney1996
NICE AGEBlue Sky Studios
Twentieth Century-Fox
2002
NINCREDIBLES, THEDisney/Pixar2004
NIRON GIANT, THEWarner Bros.1999
NJUNGLE BOOK, THEDisney1967
NLADY AND THE TRAMPDisney1955
NLITTLE MERMAID, THEDisney1989
NMADAGASCARDreamWorks2005
NMANY ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH, THEDisney1977
NMONSTER HOUSEColumbia2006
NMONSTERS, INC.Disney/Pixar2001
NMULANDisney1998
NNIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, THETouchstone1993
NPETER PANDisney1953
NPOCAHONTASDisney1995
NPOLAR EXPRESS, THEWarner Bros.2003
NRESCUERS, THEDisney1977
NROBIN HOODDisney1973
NROBOTSTwentieth Century-Fox2005
NSECRET OF NIMH, THEMGM1982
NSHREK 2DreamWorks2004
NSLEEPING BEAUTYDisney1959
NSOUTH PARK: BIGGER LONGER & UNCUTParamount1999
NSWORD IN THE STONE, THEDisney1963
NTARZANDisney1999
NTOY STORY 2Disney/Pixar1999
NWAKING LIFEFox Searchlight2001

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.