EFC II #156 – Toy Story (1995)

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#156 – Toy Story (1995)
Dir. John Lasseter
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, John Morris, Erik von Detten, Laurie Metcalf

The one hundred and fifty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, John Lasseter’s groundbreaking computer animated classic, Toy Story.

Recorded in August 2015 & May 2017.

Oscar Wins: Special Achievement (John Lasseter)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s great and the first of its kind.

Luke: Yes, it started a whole new form of storytelling, and still holds up twenty years on as not just a great animated film, but a great film, period.

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EFC II #118 – Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

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#118 – Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Dir. Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Bob Hoskins, Charles Fleischer, Christopher Lloyd, Stubby Kaye, Joanna Cassidy, Kathleen Turner, Alan Tilvern, Lou Hirsch, Mel Blanc, Mae Questel

The one hundred and eighteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the wacky tale set in 1940s Hollywood where animated cartoon characters are real, living actors, Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Recorded in November 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Visual Effects (Ken Ralston, Richard Williams, Ed Jones, George Gibbs), Best Editing (Arthur Schmidt), Best Sound Effects Editing (Charles L. Campbell, Louis Edemann)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s great and probably the best live action/animation hybrid film.

Luke: Yeah, it’s incredibly fun, historic for the characters it brings into one film, and really works as a film alongside its (at the time) pioneering effects.

EFC II #75 – Dumbo (1941)

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#75 – Dumbo (1941)
Dir. Ben Sharpsteen
Starring: Edward Brophy, Herman Bing, Margaret Wright, Sterling Holloway, Verna Felton, Cliff Edwards

The seventy-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the film that turned everything around for Walt Disney in the 40s, the simple yet spirited tale of a young circus elephant outcast by his abnormally large ears, Dumbo.

Recorded in September 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Musical Score (Frank Churchill, Oliver Wallace)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, because it’s a Disney film.

Luke: Yes, it’s really grown on me, and is a wonderful film full of heart and spirit.

EFC II #74 – Heaven and Earth Magic (1962)

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#74 – Heaven and Earth Magic (1962)
Dir. Harry Smith

The seventy-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, an avant-garde stop motion cutout animated film, Heaven and Earth Magic.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No, it really, really isn’t.

EFC II #70 – Animal Farm (1954)

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#70 – Animal Farm (1954)
Dir. John Halas & Joy Batchelor
Starring: Maurice Denham

The seventieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the Halas & Batchelor stark animated adaptation of George Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, though I didn’t enjoy it and never want to see it again, it has a message.

Luke: Yes, it is undeniably grim, but a very adult and effective animated film.

EFC II #63 – The Jungle Book (1967)

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#63 – The Jungle Book (1967)
Dir. Wolfgang Reitherman
Starring: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima, George Sanders, Sterling Holloway, J. Pat O’Malley, Bruce Reitherman, Verna Felton, Clint Howard, Chad Stuart, Lord Tim Hudson, John Abbott, Ben Wright, Darleen Carr

The sixty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the last Disney animated classic produced under Walt Disney himself before his passing, The Jungle Book.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s a Disney classic so I have to say yes.

Luke: No, I really enjoy it, maybe even a little part of me loves it, but it’s not a must watch film.

EFC II #60 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

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#60 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Dir. David Hand
Starring: Roy Atwell, Stuart Buchanan, Adriana Caselotti, Eddie Collins, Pinto Colvig, Marion Darlington, Billy Gilbert, Otis Harlan, Lucille La Verne, James MacDonald, Scotty Mattraw, Moroni Olsen, Harry Stockwell

The sixtieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the first ever feature length animated film from the legendary Walt Disney, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Recorded in August 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, of course.

Luke: Yes, it’s an all time animated classic.

EFC II #50 – Spirited Away {Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi 千と千尋の神隠し} (2001)

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#50 – Spirited Away (2001)
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Rumi Hiiragi, Mari Natsuki, Takashi Naito, Yasuko Swaguchi, Tatsuya Gashuin, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Daveigh Chase, Jason Marsden, Michael Chiklis, Lauren Holly, John Ratzenberger, Tara Strong, Susan Egan

The fiftieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Hayao Miyzaki’s acclaimed animated fantasy, Spirited Away.

Recorded in July 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Animated Feature (Hayao Miyazaki)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, absolutely, though I would pick other Miyazaki movies that fit the bill more than this as a must see movie.

Tommi: Yes, because it’s weird, and it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

EFC II #33 – Fantastic Planet {La Planète Sauvage} (1973)

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#33 – Fantastic Planet (1973)
Dir. Rène Laloux
Starring: Jean Valmont, Eric Baugin, Jennifer Drake, Jean Topart

The thirty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Rène Laloux’s surreal, psychedelic sci-fi film, told through a striking form of animation, Fantastic Planet.

Recorded in June 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s unlike any animated film I’ve ever seen, and feels strikingly original, in a good way.

EFC II #6 – Grave of the Fireflies {Hotaru No Haka 火垂るの墓} (1988)

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#6 – Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Dir. Isao Takahata
Starring: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi

The sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Isao Takahata’s moving animated tale set at the end of World War II.

Recorded in March 2015.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes. An absolute must see, and one of the greatest animated films ever made.