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  • Actors: Heidi Wittlinger
  • Directors: Chris Stenner, Arvid Uibel
  • Format: AC-3, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Animation Show LLC
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000216T7K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,836 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Animation Show Volume One" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Contains 14 animated shorts:
  • WELCOME TO THE SHOW - Dir. Don Hertzfeldt
  • MT HEAD (ATAMA YAMA) (2002) - Dir. Koji Yamamura
  • PARKING (2003) - Dir. Bill Plympton
  • THE ADVENTURES OF RICARDO - Dir. Corky Quakenbush
  • MOVING ILLUSTRATIONS - Dir. Jeremy Solterbeck
  • LA COURSE A L'ABIME (1992) - Dir. Georges Schwizgebel
  • BILLY'S BALLOON - Dir. Don Hertzfeldt
  • COUSIN - Dir. Adam Elliot
  • THE CATHEDRAL (KATEDRA) (2002) - Dir. Tomek Baginski
  • 50 PERCENT GRAY (2001) - Dir. Ruairi Robinson
  • UNCLE - Dir. Adam Elliot
  • ARIA - Dir. Pjotr Sapegin
  • BATHTIME IN CLERKENWELL - Dir. Alex Budovsky
  • DAS RAD (THE ROCKS) (2001) - Dir. Chris Stenner, Arvid Uibel, Heidi Wittlinger
  • THE END OF THE SHOW - Dir. Don Hertzfeldt
  • Audio commentaries by Bill Plympton & Corky Quakenbush
  • Special effects commentary by Don Hertzfeldt
  • "Mt. Head" design galleries
  • "The Catherdal" motion tests, animatics, production art
  • "The Rocks" photo album
  • "La Course A L'Abime" story to scene comparison, and more

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

The first volume of the Animation Show on DVD kicks off a definitive series compiling the world's best animated short films, personally curated by Mike Judge ("Beavis and Butt-Head", "Office Space"), and Academy Award nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt.

This inaugural DVD collection features highlights from the award winning 2003 Animation Show theatrical program alongside new favorites, including four Academy Award nominees, a treasury of special features, rare and early cartoons by Mike Judge, Academy Award winner Adam Elliot's complete "Brother", "Cousin", and "Uncle" trilogy, plus three new cartoons made exclusively for the show by Don Hertzfeldt.

Welcome to the Show - by Don Hertzfeldt
Mt Head (Atama Yama) - by Koji Yamamura
Brother - by Adam Elliot
Parking - by Bill Plympton
The Adventures of Ricardo - by Corky Quakenbush
Moving Illustrations of Machines - by Jeremy Solterbeck
La Course A L'Abime - by Georges Schwizgebel
Billy's Balloon - by Don Hertzfeldt
Cousin - by Adam Elliot
Cathedral (Katedra) - by Tomek Baginski
Intermission in the 3rd Dimension - by Don Hertzfeldt
Fifty Percent Grey - by Ruari Robinson
Uncle - by Adam Elliot
Early Pencil Tests and Other Experiments - by Mike Judge
Aria - by Pjotr Sapegin
Bathtime in Clerkenwell - by Aleksy Budovski
The Rocks (Das Rad) - by Chris Stenner and Heidi Wittlinger
The End of the Show - by Don Hertzfeldt

Since the demise of the International Tournées of Animation and the regular Spike and Mike shows, independent animated shorts have become increasingly difficult to see in the U.S. It's commendable that King of the Hill creator Mike Judge and Oscar-nominated director Don Hertzfeldt put together this collection (with slightly different content than the theatrical release), but it's regrettable that most of the films aren't better. Koji Yamamura's Mt. Head and The Rocks by Chris Stenner and Heidi Wittlinger present off-beat, personal visions. The Cathedral by Tomek Baginski boasts dramatic imagery, but a clichéd storyline; Jeremy Solterbeck's brooding ballet méchanique, Moving Illustrations of Machines, doesn't really go anywhere. Adam Elliot's Brother, Cousin, and Uncle and Corky Quackenbush's The Adventures of Ricardo combine crude stop-motion animation with mean-spirited narratives. Ultimately, The Animation Show remains less than the sum of its parts. (Unrated, suitable for ages 16 and older: grotesque imagery, nudity, sexual situations, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

Customer Reviews

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It has great stories.
Zachary Hiwiller
I use short films in some other live video work that I do, and these shorts are fun, clever and great to watch.
Tom P. Cardinal
You might be thinking "Oh, it's animation, it'll be like Disney," and you are absolutely wrong.
Paul Fannon

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Fannon on April 7, 2004
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Stunning outworldly landscapes, freakish clay people, and insane bad acid trips. Yep, you'll get everything you can think of and more. ;)

This film is an arrangement of several international animation shorts, and you're bound to find at least one you like. Being international, it does mean some of these films are foreign, and you'll have to squint to read the subtitles in "Mt. Head." (You'd think after that Goldmemeber parody the guys who make those subtitles would get the idea) Some films have no dialouge, so that's easier on the eyes.

The emotional qualities of these films range wildly from overwhelming awe (the Cathedral) to extremely bitter humor (Billy's Ballon), and if you want your kids to grow up emotionally disturbed and confused, this is your film. (of course, I saw "Heavy Metal" at age 5 and I didn't remember it because I had no idea what was going on and still don't)

Some of these films are family-quality entertainment, like Tim Burton's "Vincent", very similar to "Nightmare Before Christmas". Then there's Don Hertzfeldt's Intro, Intermission, and Ending that will make anyone over 13 laugh uncontrollably and make anyone under 13 disillusioned. It's possible it could be the other way around, though.

You might be thinking "Oh, it's animation, it'll be like Disney," and you are absolutely wrong. There are styles of animation in here I've never seen before, in mediums I'm not sure I'll ever see again. They go from impossibly professional to laughably amaturish. Also, maybe you're thinking "If it's like Disney, then it's good for kids." Again, false; some of this is great material for children, some of it is definitely not. Watch this movie yourself first, then watch it with your kids to filter out what they don't need to watch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin K. Potter on December 20, 2004
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This collection is just too cool for words. If you are an adult who is still drawn to the quirky offerings of Adult Swim on Comedy Central, this collection might just be for you. It's got the same quirky, non-mainstream feel. Don Hertzfeldt's simply drawn stick figure cartoons, for example, bring out the best in absurd humor. Cuts like "Billy's Balloon" and "Intermission in the 3rd Dimension" literally had me laughing until I cried.

As a whole, the DVD is a bit uneven. "Cathedral," in particular, didn't seem to fit quite right. I'd say the split is about 75 percent humor and 25 percent drama. If you are a fan of "adult" animation, I would definitely add this collection to your wish list. If you are more of a passing fan, I'd try and find it at a movie rental place first. Good luck, it might be pretty hard to find.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andy Modrovich on June 18, 2006
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Listen, I buy a lot of collections of animation on DVD. This is one of the better ones. I'm not saying it's perfect, but Amazon's review is way too dismissive. So many collections make you wade through a bunch of second-class shorts to see just a couple gems; the ratio here is exactly the other way around.

Hertzfeldt's shorts are top-notch, but you expected that. What you may not have expected is that so many of the other shorts are also excellent. Adam Elliot's Brother, Cousin, Uncle trilogy is fascinating and very affecting; I don't understand the Amazon reviewer's claim that it is "mean-spirited". It is nothing of the kind, although it is often sad and disquieting. Alex Budovsky's Bathtime in Clerkenwell is fantastic work and deserves special mention. Jeremy Solterbeck's Moving Illustrations of Machines did not interest me overmuch until I found out that it consists entirely of hand-drawn ink artwork, and then I was astounded at the creator's attention to detail and incredibly skilled technical ability. In fact, almost all of the shorts are either pretty, technically well-done, emotionally moving, or at least funny, and very often a combination of the above.

I do have to single out one short for negative comment, however. Corky Quakenbush's The Adventures of Ricardo is out of place on this collection. It is not funny, well voiced, or well animated. It's simply bad, and it brings down an otherwise very enjoyable collection of shorts. The main problem is that when the creator of the short voices the supposedly 4-year-old Ricardo, he sounds much closer to a parody of a mentally handicapped person than an actual four-year-old. Quakenbush has a somewhat uncomfortable commentary track in which he wonders why some people have a bad reaction to Ricardo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "richw5000" on April 22, 2004
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I've just previewed an advance screener of this DVD and can say with no exaggeration that it's very easily the best animation compilation yet. Kudos to Judge and Hertzfeldt for stepping up and investing so much personal care and quality into this series - Their basic love of the form really comes through on this release.
Most of the animation festivals I've reviewed in the last 25 years would be lucky to feature just a handful of these films, let alone all of them. Funny, poignant, eye-popping, there's not a single bad apple in the lot.
The DVD also comes with about a dozen "extras" from almost all of the cartoonists involved - not just filler and fluff but substantial features, something else I've never seen done so well before on an animation collection.
While some of the short films may not be suitable for very young children ("50 Percent Grey" contains gunplay and "Aria" has a scene of dolls making love), there is nothing to be found here to cause concern beyond a PG-13 rating.
Very impressive and highly recommended. I can't wait for v.2
UPDATE: In reply to the reviewer asking about the omission of the short film, "Rejected", Mr Hertzfeldt has stated that it was left off this DVD in order to make room for the work of other artists. "Rejected" is readily available on DVD from the Bitter Films website.
It is also important to note that this collection indeed is slightly different than the theatrical collection, which I believe is the stated central point of the Animation Show: to continue to put the spotlight on new and exciting films and to convince people to go to the theater to see the truly rare stuff.
Case in point, the restored "Mars" film from the Animation Show theatrical program is owned by Disney which means you'll never see it on a non-Disney DVD.
Buy the Animation Show DVDs but be sure to check them out in your local theater too if you want to see the very best of this program!
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