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The Animation Show (Vol. 1 & 2 Boxed Set)

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Renowned animators Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt present, The Animation Show, showcasing some of the world’s best short films. This 2-disc DVD set features 20 celebrated animated short films personally selected by Judge, himself an animation festival veteran, and Academy Award nominated* animator Hertzfeldt. Included in the collection are Academy Award nominees "The Cathedral", "The Rocks" and "Mt. Head", as well as Mike Judge’s own "Early Pencil Tests and Other Experiments." * 2001 Animated Short Film Academy Award for "Rejected"

Compiled by Mike Judge (Beavis and Butt-head) and Don Hertzfeldt (Rejected), The Animation Show brought short films back to the big screen. Once upon a time, that's how the public got to experience them. Now, they're relegated to film fests, public television, and the internet. It's better than nothing, of course, but they used to be treated like "real movies." For those who missed these works in theaters--or to preserve the experience for posterity--this collection presents most of the first two programs (Vol. 3 is on the way). The lineup includes five Academy Award nominees, Mt. Head, The Cathedral, Fifty Percent Grey, Guard Dog, and When the Day Breaks. A diverse array of nationalities and techniques are on display. Locations range from America to Australia, while approaches range from pen and ink to B&W stop-motion. Highlights will vary from person to person, but notable entries include Adam Elliot's droll Brother/Cousin/Uncle trilogy, Judge's "Early Pencil Tests and Other Experiments" (including an Office Space prequel), Alex Budovsky's jaunty Bathtime in Clerkenwell, Peter Cornwell's fast-paced Ward 13, and Hertzfeldt's absurdist Billy's Balloon (the Oscar-nominated animator also provides a few bumpers). A labor of love for all concerned, this Animation Show set combines 20 films with numerous extras, like commentaries, storyboards, production galleries, a booklet of artist profiles, and a feature on the history of the animated short. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Special Features

  • 20 animated short films on 2 discs
  • Deleted pencil test by Mike Judge
  • "Mt. Head" galleries of concept art and character design
  • "The Cathedral" motion tests, animatics, and production art
  • "The Rocks" production photo albumn
  • "La course a l'abime" storyboard-to-scene comparison
  • 100 years of animated shorts featurette
  • "The feds" recipe for animating
  • "Fallen art" creating and animating characters
  • Bonus film by Chel White: "A Painful Glimpse into My Writing Process"
  • "Magda" the making of
  • Bonus film by Pes: "Kaboom" with the making of "Kaboom"

Product Details

  • Actors: Mike Judge, Don Hertzfeldt
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount / MTV
  • DVD Release Date: January 16, 2007
  • Run Time: 172 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FSME4C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,984 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Animation Show (Vol. 1 & 2 Boxed Set)" on IMDb

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For those of you who are looking for specifics on this DVD set, here are the titles, directors, running times, and release dates.

VOLUME 1----
WELCOME TO THE SHOW (Hertzfeldt - 3:00 - 2003)
MT. HEAD (ATAMA YAMA) (Yamamura - 10:00 - 2002) - Acad. Awd. Nominee
BROTHER (Elliot - 7:50 - 2000)
PARKING (Plympton - 5:16 - 2002)
LA COURSE A L'ABIME (THE RIDE TO THE ABYSS) (Schwizgebel - 5:16 - 1992)
BILLY's BALLOON (Hertzfeldt - 5:22 - 1998)
COUSIN (Elliot - 4:40 - 1998)
THE CATHEDRAL (KATEDRA) (Dukaj - 6:30 - 2002)
50 PERCENT GREY (Robinson - 2:46 - 2001)
UNCLE (Elliot - 6:08 - 1997)
BATHTIME IN CLERKENWELL (Budovsky - 3:15 - 2002)

VOLUME 2----
BUNNIES (Studio Soi - 30 sec. - 2002)
GUARD DOG (Plympton - 4:41 - 2004)
THE F.E.D.S. (Drummond - 6:20 - 2002)
PAN WITH US (Russo - 4:00 - 2003)
WARD 13 - (Cornwell - 14:50 - 2003)
HELLO (Nix - 6:30 - 2003)
ROCKFISH (Miller - 8:58 - 2003)
MAGDA (White - 5:30 - 2004)
FALLEN ART (Baginski - 5:50 - 2004) - Acad. Awd. Nominee
WHEN THE DAY BREAKS (Forbis, Tilby - 9:35 - 1999)
FIREWORKS (PES - 39 sec. - 2004)
THE MEANING OF LIFE (Hertzfeldt - 12:00 - 2005)
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Very pleased with this set. In an age where you can quite easily pay $20 for a new, single-disc release of most movies, which come with no insert other than a one-sheet "Buy more DVDs from this company"'s refreshing to pay less than $20 for two well-made discs and a very nice, informative booklet. As a fan of Hertzfeldt, Plympton and Judge, I bought this on the strength of them, but am finding a lot more that I like on here as well. Can't wait to catch the road show when it comes to the my area.

Word of warning, most people who come to this page will already know but, some of these cartoons are rather strange. Just be forewarned, if you try to put this on in mixed company, or for people who aren't really into animation other than Family Guy and The Simpsons, I doubt they will run screaming - but they're probably going to give you some strange looks. That's one of the reasons I love them - but, it might not be a lot of people's cup of tea.

And like JONG said, for 67 cents a short, you really can't beat giving it a shot.
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Somehow or another my local Target store was selling copies of this dvd about 10 days before it is supposed to be released. So....lucky me. For animation fans of whatever variety, this is a great little collection. "Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt have scoured the globe to bring you thirty amazing animated films", and how! This collection includes a smorgasboard of animation, including traditional animation, rotoscoping, clay animation, stop-motion, 3d animation, experimental, and probably more than a few hybrids. If you are a fan of "Beavis and Butt-head" (or just a fan of Mike Judge in general), this collection contains several early animations and experimentations, somewhat revealing the evolution of the style behind "B & B". Although, it may be said that you can probably view the majority (if not all) of these animations on-line, there is something invaluable about having them all in your hand contained within an attractively designed box set, which also contains an informative booklet profiling the artists behind the contained animations. All for under $20 (which comes out to about 67 cents per animation). Not too shabby.
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My kids and I used to love to watch animation in the nineties. The National Film Board of Canada, the Mind's Eye series, Disney, early Pixar, Miramar--all vhs, of course. We've replaced some of it, but not all so it's nice to keep moving with collections like the Animation Show. We're all older now and I never worry about appropriateness like I used to. Because animation is a wide open field and there are possible weirdnesses you may feel the need to preview the selections. I have several favorites: Cathedral, Bathtime in Clerkenwell, Rockfish, Plymton's Parking, and Guard Dog, Aria, Das Rad. Special mention for La Course A L'Abime 1992--that's some superb thinking there. Adam Elliot's pieces Uncle, Cousin, and Brother have hilarious looks at real life situations--thankfully, on the screen. Pan With Us certainly looks like a lot of work--all of these border on deep art--amazing visuals and accompanying musics. Fascinating, touching, and possibly confrontational in character. All without going to the theater or art gallery. Moving Illustrations of Machines is the kind of work I'd like to see more of, but this Show is about a variety of animations and even if there's one or two that are hard to sit through there's always a payoff.
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I had been wanting to own The Animation Show (vol. 1) ever since my local video store had their copy stolen. I had rented it probably 4 or 5 times. I was ecstatic when I finally found a copy and it came with both volumes! Volume one is hilarious! The cotton-balls (or whatever they are) are so bizarre and they show up a couple of times during the course of the show to teach us the definition of animation and such. Volume two doesn't have these characters, which I thought was a little sad, but the other animations were so good it didn't matter. Both volumes really have a good mix of humor, drama, and art.
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