10 Great Animated Films to Make the Criterion Collection

The Criterion Collection, while admirable for having released so many amazing independent, foreign and classic films, unfortunately doesn’t have a lot of animated releases. This is a very limited list of films including Fantastic Mr Fox, fantasy planet, Watership downand their newest addition, WALL-E.

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There are tons of animated films that would be the perfect choice to add to your collection. Whether it’s fantastic surrealism Spirited Awayor runmundane and intense reality. Animation is definitely underestimated and the Criterion Collection would be the perfect way to get some of these amazing films the attention they deserve.


“Perfect Blue” (1997)

Frankly, it’s amazing that Satoshi Kon The film has not yet made it to the Criterion Collection. Any of his films would be great choices, but Perfect blue is an obvious difference. The film is about a famous singer who retires to pursue an acting career. However, this decision turns into a terrible nightmare as she loses her sense of reality, becoming the victim of several gruesome acts.

Perfect blue often considered Kon’s finest film, and as such, it would be the perfect complement to celebrate the unique style he brought to Japanese animation, as well as being at home as a truly mind-blowing and stylistic feature.

‘Anomaly’ (2015)

anomalisa it is an eminently masterful stop-motion animated film created by collective sincerity Charlie Kaufman as well as Duke Johnson. The film tells the story of a man who lives a bland and monotonous life, but sees a glimmer of hope when he meets a cheerful woman during a business trip.

This film would have been a great addition to the Criterion Collection because Kaufman, unfortunately, hasn’t had any extras since his time on the film. Being John Malkovich it was the first film he wrote but did not direct. It would be great to see some of his directorial work added to the collection and what could be better than this unique animated masterpiece? His addition will mark the amazing achievement of cinema that went into this meticulous picture.

‘Run’ (2021)

run Danish animated documentary that explores the life of a gay man named Amin Nawabi and how he is fleeing his home country of Afghanistan. The film is incredibly powerful as it showcases the stressful journey of the Nawabi fleeing to Denmark as a refugee.

The Criterion Collection is no stranger to adding documentaries to its collection, and Flee is a great choice. Showcasing a really compelling story and also presented in a very stylistic way. The reason the movie was animated was actually a deliberate choice to protect Nawabi’s identity.

‘Wolf Walkers’ (2020)

Volkokhody it’s a very special animated film consisting of such a flamboyant style. It tells the story of a girl who discovers she has magical shape-shifting powers that turn her into a wolf at nightfall. However, she lives in a city that sees wolves as demonic beasts and magic as pagan slander.

On a visual level, this is one of the most spectacular animated films of recent years, and perhaps of all time. So much attention to detail in a style that is equal parts rugged, charming and polished. It’s a very visually beautiful film, with a world and story that’s easy to love and immerse in.

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‘Persepolis’ (2007)

Persepolis is a coming-of-age animated film co-produced by the French and Iranians that tells the story of a young girl living through the Iranian Revolution of the 1970s. The film is a stylized adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name, based on events that the writer and co-director of the film (Marjan Satrapi) actually experienced.

The film is presented in a memorable monochromatic format that captures the dreary nature of the timeline as well as the style of the graphic novel. This is a very good film that conveys well the experiences of a child in an environment surrounded by conflicts.

“The Lion King” (1994)

Introduction to WALL-E to the collection opens up the possibility for other Disney films to join. If there’s any other Disney movie that should be added soon, it’s definitely The Lion King. The acclaimed film tells the story of a young lion cub named Simba who will eventually follow in his father’s footsteps and become king of the pride lands. However, this inheritance is broken as Simba’s evil uncle Scar comes up with a plan to steal the throne.

Despite the fame and recognition of this film as a classic animated film, it seems that it would fit perfectly into the Criterion collection. This is a truly poetic and beautiful film with some of the most breathtaking animated scenes ever to hit the screen.

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“It’s Such a Beautiful Day” (2012)

It’s such a beautiful day is a combined collection of three short films from a wonderful mind Don Hertzfeld. The film tells the story of a fictional character named Bill, who struggles with faltering memories and tries to restore his shattered psyche.

This film would be a wonderful addition to the Criterion collection as a surreal animated film with a deep and methodical purpose. The film, however, is quite short, just over an hour. This would be a great opportunity to release the film in a small collector’s box along with some of Hertzfeld’s short films including World of Tomorrow series.

“Spirited Away” (2001)

If there is any Studio Ghibli film that deserves a Criterion release, it certainly is. Spirited Away. The film follows the dazzling journey of a young girl who is mysteriously transported into a fantasy world after moving to a new area.

There’s a reason this film is known for its iconic imagery, character designs, and storytelling; being one of, if not the most celebrated anime film of all time. Hayao Miyazaki has a storied catalogue, but Spirited Away seems to be the most appropriate choice, as it is the film that most people unite in calling it a masterpiece. It’s a flawless visual, impactful and spiritual marvel that would fit perfectly into the Criterion collection, along with a bunch of their other classic films.

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Rabbi Cat (2011)

Rabbi’s cat a very charming and underrated film that tells the story of a rabbi and his cat who learned to talk after swallowing a parrot. And with this newfound ability, he begins to express his desire to convert to Judaism.

The film is a highly humorous, intelligent and self-aware experience that is not afraid to comment as well as poking fun at a number of mature topics. Besides being a hilarious comedy, the movie is also a visual treat, with amazing animation that translates into very stylish visuals.

‘Awakening Life’ (2001)

awakening life tells the story of a man who roams the fairy tale world and interacts with a wide variety of people and environments. director Richard Linklater in fact, there are already several films in the Criterion Collection, some of which have received acclaim: Before the trilogyand classic Dazed and confused. However, it’s time to complete the collection with one of his animated films.

awakening life would be the perfect addition as it is a very experimental film with many fascinating themes. It explores the ideas of lucid dreaming and dream fantasy in general, as well as the meaning of life, and is presented in a very attractive rotoscope style.

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