Hey everyone! It’s been *checks watch* well…too long since I posted the last part of this feature, and a lot of you have been e-mailing me asking what the number one reason for Criterion to get ANIMEted is. Well, first, a recap of the previous parts (since it’s been so long):
Note: Since Criterion is known mostly for releasing movies, this list will be restricted to movies only.
1. Only Yesterday
What do we have here? Why, we have ANOTHER Studio Ghibli film! Did Disney not get this as part of their deal with the famous animation studio? What? They did? So Disney has the rights to this wonder film by Isao Takahata and is doing nothing with it? Well…alright, I can sort of see the problem. While there has been no official; announcement as to why Disney hasn’t released this, chances are the reason is because it would be a tough sell. It’s slow. It’s too artistic. It feels like an art house film. There’s some underage nudity that they’re contractually obligated not to cut (even though there’s the same thing in “My Neighbor Totoro” and “My Neighbors the Yamada’s”).
Even if Disney WERE to release it as part of their Studio Ghibli Collection that would only take them so far before SOME parents started complaining about the pacing and (more likely) nudity that is completely justified in this film! Honestly, the story about a young woman who reflects on her life as a child becoming an adult doesn’t even sound that interesting. But this is such a fascinating animated film BECAUSE it makes for an unlikely subject for an animated film! It’s also noteworthy because it’s geared towards adult women. I mean, really, when was the last time you saw that? The few times American animated films tried to attract an adult/teenage audience the films were all action movies for men.
The only way this movie could possibly be released and be profitable is if Disney released it without an English dub. While that might make it profitable, chances are it would open a bunch of NEW complaints because parents would buy a Disney BluRay and find out they can’t even watch it in English! Oy vey…you know Disney, as much as you frustrate me sometimes with your marketing gaffs there are times like this when I do sympathize with you. This is where a deal with the Criterion Collection would be perfect, because all the problems you’ll have with the title that I listed above won’t apply to them.
They don’t need an English dub on their disks. Their market isn’t families but film collectors. Submit the movie for the PG or PG-13 rating to stress it’s for an older audience, and you’ve found a way to make at least a little money from this title you already own the rights to. Yeah, I don’t expect the sales to be STELLER by any means, but if nothing else you’ll sell it to those hardcore film buffs who buy every Criterion DVD out there regardless of their intention to watch them or not!
So before we wrap this up, let’s recap the Top 10 list right here:
10. Grave of the Fireflies
9. Wings of Honneamise
8. One Thousand and One Arabian Nights
7. Alakazam the Great
6. Millennium Actress
5. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
4. Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer
3. The Dog of Flanders
2. Ocean Waves
1. Only Yesterday
And that concludes our list! Agree? Disagree? Comments are always welcome below! Don’t forget to subscribe for more fun anime/manga articles that are coming in the following weeks!