What are your top ten favorite animated feature films?

COMING SOON: A new book where animation artists, writers, voice actors, critics, researchers and fans give their personal top ten lists of their favorite animated films!

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR: Your personal list. It can be your favorites or your list of “best” animated features. Include a few sentences on each film as to why you chose it! We will publish each submission and then, at the end of the book, see which films got the most mentions.

The basic idea is for readers to go “Oh, hey! It’s {Your name here}! I wonder what their favorite films are and why they chose them…”

In other words, it’s less about just having a list and more about using your list to convince others why your choices deserve to be there! That’s what makes good reading. Click on the examples to the right to get an idea of what we’re looking for.

DO THEY HAVE TO BE IN ORDER?: No, that would be too difficult. Just give your ten favorites in any order you wish. Other comments are welcome if you desire — for instance, if you want to also list the ten worst, go ahead, but understand that we may edit for space considerations.

WHAT ANIMATED FEATURES CAN BE SUBMITTED?: It’s your choice. A list of the most famous is attached here. They should be features films only, whether released to the theater, through streaming, or straight to video.

What are don’t want are television shows (Scooby Doo, Flintstones, Powerpuff Girls), shorts (Duck Amuck, What’s Opera Doc, Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad), or television specials (A Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman). Feature films are what we want.

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER “ANIMATED”?: Generally speaking, we’d prefer you avoid motion capture animation and rotoscoping. If a film has a lot of animation in it (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Mary Poppins, Cool World, etc.) we leave it up to you whether to consider it enough to include on this list. Films that use a lot of CGI should really not be considered unless the CGI was actual main character animation (as opposed to special effects or monsters).

But ultimately, we won’t tell you what to consider “animation.” We’ll leave that to you.

ABOUT THE EDITOR: This is being edited by Michael A. Ventrella. Mike was the founder of Animato! magazine back in the ’80s as well as being a member of APATOONS, and has been an animation historian on and off over the years. He’s been quoted in various books about animation and in Entertainment Weekly magazine. He currently has five novels published, has edited half a dozen fiction anthologies, has a nonfiction book published about the U.S. Constitution, and two nonfiction books he co-wrote about the music of the Monkees.

ABOUT THE PUBLISHER: This will most likely be published by BearManor Media, but the editor is looking into other options as well.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Send your list, bio, and picture to Michael.Ventrella@gmail.com. Preferences will be given to those in the field: animators, voice actors, directors, writers, filmmakers, animation historians, and so on. Include a picture of yourself (although this is not required if you’re shy and don’t want it in the book).

DEADLINE?: The deadline has been extended to January 1, 2022. Please do your best to meet that deadline!

SPREAD THE WORD: If you work in the animation field, please spread the word to your fellows and send them here so they can submit their own lists!

WHERE TO SUBMIT: Send your list, bio, and picture to Michael.Ventrella@gmail.com

DISCLAIMER: We have the right to edit your entry for space, clarity, and spelling. Submitting your list is acknowledgment that you consent to its publication.

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