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There aren't all that many animated films in the immaculately curated Criterion Collection. In fact, of the 556 DVDs that have been released under the Criterion banner, approximately 556 of them have been not been animated. I'm no mathematician, but 0% seems like a pretty low percentage of things, so far as percentages go. It's not as if Criterion hasn't evinced an appreciation for cinematic art in all its various forms and guises -- after all, the Collection has served as the great equalizer between Jean Renoir and Michael Bay, 'The Seventh Seal' and 'The Blob.' So what's the deal, and why is now the ideal time for them to consider making the jump to toons? More pressingly, with what films should they start?
These rhetorical questions will be somewhat answered in the following rant: