Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Upcoming Animation Celebration

Film, Film, Film (1970), a short animated film by Soviet director
Fyodor Khitruk, was chosen as one of our 250 great animated short films.

During the past two months, I’ve been working with some friends on the IMDb Classic Film message board to create a list of 250 great animated short films.  It’s our follow-up to our 2009 list of 100 Important Directors of Animated Short Films.  Two days ago, we completed our new list and announced it on IMDb.  Now I’m preparing to share and explore the list here over the course of 21 days, an essay per day.

Our 21 Essays celebration of great animated shorts begins September 10.  The first essay will provide the entire list and then subsequent entries will approach the list thematically.  Naturally, there’ll be plenty of links to the films for all to enjoy.

After that series, I’m anticipating that the months of October, November, and December will be relatively quiet on 21 Essays.  I’ll return to a relaxed schedule of randomly selecting years in search of quality essay series.  Then, for Christmastide (December 25 to January 5), I hope to run a 21 Essays series on a Christmas topic, much like last year’s exploration of Christina Rossetti’s “In the Bleak Midwinter.”

After that…  well, we’ll see.  There are lots of possibilities.

© 2012 Lee Price


  1. Oh no! The pressure is on! I'm hoping to get a little help from the select group of panelists who worked with me on compiling the list. It's a good list. You can check it out in advance over on the IMDb Classic Film board.

    I was very happy to read over on your blog that your horrible garbage truck incident seems to be drawing to a close. Stay healthy and stay out of court, too -- it's not a good place for people like you and me!