Since Criterion obviously loves Wes Anderson, it wouldn’t be that much of a surprise if they pick up the DVD/BR rights for this fantastic little tale… would it?
What do you think of Mr Fox being the first animation-title in The Collection? Or would you rather have something else as first animation?
I think it should go to an older animation title, one that is undisputedly great.
It’s too popular for Criterion to be able to pick up the rights unless Wes Anderson lobbies for it.
I would love some Svankmajer.
NEVER! Alice or nothing.
Alice in Wonderland?
I have ever heard of this.
I hope so.
I wouldnt mind (or rather – I would love it) if they took Dave Fleischer Gulliver’s Travels :D Thats even in teh public domain and have really never gotten a release it deserves imo.
ALICE already has a distributor (First Run), and FAUST is much better in my opinion, and without a distributor (Kino lost rights in the past few years, so it’s out of print)…I would much rather see that get handled by Criterion.
That said, I REALLY liked MR. FOX and see no reason why it could not be the first. Maybe some rare Lotte Reiniger that’s never gotten released in the US would be more historically prestigious, but MR. FOX is great.
Ok, it’s Faust I am campaigning for now.
The Adventures of Prince Achmed or Fantasia for starters.
hey,it’s all for the fun of it,no?
Yeah, but the ACHMED that Milestone put out is great…there’s other Reiniger that could get some exposure.
Dimitris: i highly doubt Disney would give Criterion Fantasia, though that would be awesome.
No, I believe Anderson’s first films were with Touchstone and now they are with a different company that Criterion doesn’t have a deal with. That’s why we haven’t seen The Darjeeling Limited become part of the collection (thank god).
>>I wouldnt mind (or rather – I would love it) if they took Dave Fleischer Gulliver’s Travels :D Thats even in teh public domain and have really never gotten a release it deserves imo.<<
Problem would be that it might be tough for Criterion to compete (with the general public at any rate) with the many, many cheapo discs available. (I got mine at Dollar Tree for a buck & it’s actually a decent copy.)
What about Norstein?
And this would be too good to be true, but how about a Harry Smith compilation? Even the Re:Voir release is out of print, damnit.
Hey, isn’t there any animation in the Brakhage anthology? Maybe this entire question has already been answered for us.
I’ll be damned if I didn’t like it. I’ve hated Anderson’s last few films and pretty much gave up on him but his sensibility adapts itself quite nicely to children’s material. On one hand, it’s sad that Dahl’s sensibility has been mostly stripped bare, but, on the other, all of Anderson’s cloying trademarks that have become so annoying work nicely here. This may be a backhanded compliment since the problem I’ve had with his work over this past decade is how emotionally stunted and childish it is (not to mention fussy).
The Region 1 rights for THIS should get picked up as the first Criterion animation:
A compilation of Yuri Norstein films (It needs to showcase Hedgehog in the Fog, of course) or Dick Williams’, “The Thief and the Cobbler”…
“Fritz the Cat” has been picked up by Criterion already so even if “Fantastic Mr. Fox” makes it to Criterion, it won’t be the first animated title they have.
@ Irvin: I believe the hint Criterion was giving in the newsletter was towards Crumb, not Fritz the Cat.
There’s so much great animation out there that it would be hard to settle on one film or collection as “worthy” to be first.
I don’t care what they pick but they need to get some animation in the collection soon. To me, them having gone this long without a single animation being added to the collection is unexcusable.
Also a fantastic mr. fox release has aready been announced hasn’t it? So if they do add it, it probably won’t be for a long time. But i wouldn’t be surprised if they did add it at some point.
And when did they get the rights to fritz the cat? I’ve been told that it’s good and have been wanting to see it (but i haven’t been able to find it on dvd(which is another reason why they should definatly add it)) so a criterion release would be great.
I always thought Grave of the Fireflies would be a good addition
No one’s sure they got FRITZ THE CAT. It’s probably a release of the documentary CRUMB…even the discussion on Bakshi’s official website’s forum sides with this CRUMB interpretation. The image of Fritz that initially sparked the discussions in the first place isn’t even from Bakshi’s movie, rather from Crumb’s comic.