Gary Thomas

Associate director, Animate Projects

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Capitalism: Slavery

Ken Jacobs

Dots

1940

Norman McLaren

Outer Space

2002

Peter Tscherkassky

Pinocchio

1940

Ben Sharpsteen

Please Say Something

2009

David O'Reilly

Powers of Ten

1968

Charles/Ray Earnes

Revolver

1994

Jonas Odell, Stig Bergkvist, Marti Ekstrand, Lars Olsson

Sinking of the Lusitania, The

1918

Winsor McCay

Tango

1980

Zbigniew Rybczynski

Yellow Submarine

1968

George Dunning

Comments

A favourite quote on our office wall is by Lev Manovich: “Born from animation, cinema pushed animation to its boundary, only to become one particular case of animation in the end.” So, this is not my cineaste’s list, nor my personal list. It is a list of animated films, chosen at a particular cultural moment. Because one thing that the ‘digital’ in cinema nowadays reveals, and makes undeniable, is animation’s potential – as technique, as form, and as concept – to not merely refine but to explode what ‘cinema’ can be and what it can mean.

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