(part 4 of 5) 2001 to 2004
Below is a checklist of every animated feature released theatrically in the United States, in order of release, from 2001 to 2004.
246. RECESS: SCHOOLS’S OUT (2/16/01) Disney. 84 mins. D: Chuck Sheetz.
T.J. and the “Recess” gang spend their summer vacation investigating some shady characters who have taken over the school building and are constructing a strange ray gun.
247. POKEMON THE MOVIE 3 (4/6/01) Warner Bros. 90 mins. (Japan) D: Kunihiko Yuyama. Sub-title on screen “Spell Of The Unown”. Legendary Unown Pokemon creatures kidnap a mother and father, and use their little daughter Molly to paralyze a town and confront Ash, Brock and Misty. Paired with short “Pikachu And Pichu”. Grossed $16,622,570 as of May 8
248. THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN (5/11/01) TriStar Pictures. 75 mins. D: Richard Rich & Terry L. Noss. The adventures of a mute Swan who learns to read and write, and finds success with a trumpet.
249. SHREK (5/16/01) Dreamworks. 89 mins. D: Andrew Adamson & Victoria Jensen. (computer animation)In a fantasy world that parodies Fairy Tales and Disneyland, an orge helps a tyrant by rescuing an imprisoned princess. Total U.S. Box Office Gross: $267,783,866. Academy Award Winner – Best Animated Feature.
250. ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE (6/8/01) Disney. 95 mins. D: Kirk Wise & Gary Trousdale. Language expert Milo Thatch is enlisted to join Commander Rourke and his crew on a privately funded expedition to find the lost city of Atlantis. After numerous perils, they discover the fabled city, its survivors and their source of power and life – as well as Rourke’s evil intentions.B.O. Gross as of 10/7/01: $83,111,929.
251. FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN (7/11/01) Columbia Pictures. 106 mins. D: Hinrobu Sakaguchi. (Computer Generated Imagery & Motion Capture) Scientists try to save the Earth from spiritual enemy forces, and a corrupt government military leader. B.O. Gross as of 8/28/01: $32,131830.
252. JIN-ROH: THE WOLF BRIGADE (8/3/01) Bandai Entertainment. 98 mins. (Japan) D: Hiroyuki Okiura. After a special government soldier fails to stop a suicidal female terrorist, he begins to question his life, and finds himself falling in love with the terrorist’s surviving sister. Note: San Francisco release date
253. OSMOSIS JONES (8/10/01) Warner Bros. 98 mins. D: Piet Kroon & Tom Sito. (partial live action – live action directors: Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly). Inside the body of Frank, a white blood cell and a 12-hour cold tablet team up to repell a deadly virus from killing their slovenly host. U.S. B.O. Gross as of 9/24/01: $13,483,306.
254. BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE (8/18/01) Manga Entertainment. 48 mins. (Japan) D: Hiroyuki Kitakubo. A vampire girl is recruited by the U.S. military in a war against supernatural demons. Note: Los Angeles release date
255. VAMPIRE HUNTER D: BLOODLUST (10/5/01) Urban Vision. (Japan) 103 mins. D: Yoshiaki Kawajiri. “D” tries to stop the romance of a vampire count and a rich heiress.
256. SPRIGGAN (10/12/01) A.D.V. Films. (Japan) 90 mins. D: Hirotsugu Kawasaki. Two secret organizations race to uncover a lost artifact; one seeking to destroy it, the other to enslave the human race. Monstrous half-human cyborgs face off against Earth’s defenders, the secret organization known as ARCAM and their elite agents, the Spriggan.
257. WAKING LIFE (10/19/01) Fox Searchlight. 99 mins. D: Richard Linklater & Bob Sabiston. (Computer enhanced rotoscope) An unnamed teen-ager drifts through a dream-like existence in an anonymous city, encountering people who randomly spout philosophy and social theory. U.S. Box office gross as of 3/18/02: $2,845,588.
258. MONSTERS INC. (11/2/01) Disney-Pixar. 92 mins. D: Peter Docter. Co-Directors: Lee Unkrich & David Silverman. (Computer Generated Imagery)In Monsteropolis, a little girl invades the local power plant, Monsters, Inc.. Two creatures Sully (a furry blue beast) and Mike (an eyeball) befriend the child, unravel a mysterious plot, and return the girl to her bedroom. U.S. Box office gross as of 8/25/02: $255,745,941. Nominated for Academy Award – Best Animated Feature.
259. THE PRINCE OF LIGHT: THE LEGEND OF RAMAYANA (11/9/01) Showcase Entertainment. 96 mins. (Japan/India) D: Yugo Sako. Based on an Indian Legend, the story follows the adventures of Ram and his brother, Lakshman. Together with the Monkey King, they fight evil King Ravan to save young princess Sita. Los Angeles release date for Academy consideration.
260. JIMMY NEUTRON, BOY GENIUS (12/21/01) Paramount. 83 mins. D: John A. Davis. (Computer Generated Imagery)When a kid inventor inadvertently causes alien invaders to kidnap all neighborhood parents, it’s up to him and his classmates to travel through space and mount a rescue. U.S. Box office gross as of 4/15/02: $80,920,948. Nominated for Academy Award – Best Animated Feature.
261. MARCO POLO: RETURN TO XANADU (12/28/01) Tooniversal Co. 86 mins. D: Ron Merk. A young descendant of Marco Polo sets sail for Xanadu to reunite two halves of a magical medallion. He is thwarted by evil ruler “Foo-Ling” who has imprisoned the Princess Ming-Yu, the rightful heir to Xanadu’s throne. L.A. Release Date to qualify for Oscar. A remake of “MARCO POLO JR.” (1973) recycling animation from the original with additional new animation sequences and songs.
262. METROPOLIS (1/25/02) TriStar Pictures. (Japan) 107 mins. D: Rin Taro. In the future, a private detective and his nephew track a suspect to Metropolis, meet a mysterious girl who is actually a very powerful robot, and unravel a plot by a military leader who plans to take over the city. Box office gross (per Sony Repetory 9/16/02): $712,736.
263. ESCAFLOWNE (1/25/02) Bandai Entertainment (Japan) 96 mins. D: Kazuki Akane. A high school student is transported from Earth to Gaia, a world of swords and sorcery. Los Angeles release date.
264. RETURN TO NEVERLAND (2/15/02) Disney. 72 mins. D: Robin Budd. During the height of World War II, Wendy’s daughter Jane is been kidnapped by Captain Hook. Peter Pan and the Lost Boys come to the rescue – but they must convince her to believe in fairies, to both save Tinkerbell and allow her the ability to fly home. Box office gross as of 3/17/02: $45,184,951
265. ICE AGE (3/15/02) 20th Century-Fox. 80 mins. D: Chris Wedge. Co-Director: Carlos Saldanha. (computer generated imagery) In pre-historic times, an unlikely trio consisting of a sloth, a mammoth and a sabretooth tiger trek accross a frozen tundra to return a human child to it’s tribe. Nominated for Academy Award – Best Animated Feature. Box office gross (as of 7/15/02): $175,676,099.
266. MUTANT ALIENS (4/19/02) Apollo. 83 mins. D: Bill Plympton. An astronaut stranded in space returns to Earth, with space creatures, looking for revenge. New York release date.
267. SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMMARON (5/24/02) Dreamworks. 83 mins. D: Kelly Asbury & Lorna Cook. Free, untamed stallion leaves herd and is captured by soldiers, befriended by American natives, escapes forest fires, rides wild rivers and makes spectacular jumps in effort to return to homeland with lady love. Nominated for Academy Award – Best Animated Feature. Box office gross (as of 8/25/02): $73,215,310.
268. LILO & STITCH (6/21/02) Disney. 85 mins. D: Chris Saunders & Dean Debois. An alien on the run escapes to earth and meets a young Hawaiian girl that teaches him what the true meaning of family is. Nominated for Academy Award – Best Animated Feature. Box office gross (as of 11/24/02): $145,771,527.
269. HEY ARNOLD: THE MOVIE (6/28/02) Paramount. 75 mns. D: Tuck Tucker. Arnold and his friends try to track down a document declaring his town a historical landmark in an effort to stop a greedy corporation from razing his neighborhood. Box office gross (as of 7/15/02): $12,641,276.
270. THE POWERPUFF GIRLS (7/3/02) Warner Bros. 74 mins. D: Craig McCracken. A professor accidentally creates three super-powered little girls, who save the day when they defeat evil genius chimp Mojo Jojo and his plans to take over Townsville. Film was advertised (on posters & trailers) as THE POWERPUFF GIRLS MOVIE. Released with Dexter’s Laboratory short “Chicken Scratch”. Box office gross (as of 7/15/02): $9,589,131.
271. SPIRITED AWAY(9/20/02) Disney. 125 mins. (Japan) D: Hayao Miyazaki. A bored young girl and her parents, driving en route to their new home, explore an abandoned theme park. There, her mother & father are transformed into pigs, and the girl enters a world of spirits and demons where she must overcome many challenges to restore her parents and return to the human world. Academy Award Winner: Best Animated Feature. U.S. Box office gross (as of 9/1/03): $10,049,886.
272. JONAH: A VEGGIE TALES MOVIE (10/4/02) FHE Pictures. 82. mins. D: Phil Vischer, Mike Nawrocki. (computer generated imagery). The Veggie Tales gang learn a lesson in compassion and mercy in the story of Jonah, the messenger of God, who is swallowed by a whale – then given a second chance – to deliver his message to the wayward people of Nineveh. U.S. Box office gross (as of 1/20/03): $25,548,201.
273. POKEMON 4-EVER (10/11/02) Miramax. 79 mins. (Japan) D: Kunihiko Yuyama. Ash, Misty and Brock help young Sam and new Pokemon creature Celebi, “The Voice of the Forest”, escape from a bounty hunter intent on creating a destructive forest monster. U.S. Box office gross (as of 11/10/02): $1,669,596.
274. THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA (10/25/02) Swan Animation. 75 mins. D: Mark Swan. Prince Rollo comes to the kingdom of Corazion in search of a wife. He meets and falls in love with a peasant girl who is actually a princess. L.A. release for Academy Award qualification.
275. THE LIVING FOREST (11/8/02) Dygra Films. (Spanish) 80 mins. D: Angel De La Cruz. (computer generated imagery) In an enchanted forest, a friendly mole discovers that his lady-love, along with the whole colony of moles, has disappeared. Together, all the forest’s inhabitants join forces to save their “endangered” friends. AKA “El Bosque Animado” L.A. release for Academy Award qualification.
276. ALIBABA (11/22/02) Pentamedia/Ivory Pictures. 85 mins. (India) D: Usha Ganesarajan. (computer generated imagery) Pauper Ali Baba discovers the enchanted cave of the Forty Theives which contains their stolen gold. Ali builds a castle and distributes the wealth, but must confront the ruthless theives when they return. L.A. release for Academy Award qualification. Also known as “Ali Baba And The Forty Theives”.
277. EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS (11/27/02) Columbia Pictures. 86 mins. D: Seth Kearsley. Adam Sandler animated musical comedy about former local basketball champ who is given a second chance at redemption by aiding an old dwarf during the Hanukkah holidays. U.S. Box office gross (as of 1/5/03): $23,443.124.
278. TREASURE PLANET (11/27/02) Disney. 95 mins. D: Ron Clements & John Musker. A futuristic retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s TREASURE ISLAND, finds young Jim Hawkins in possession of an intergalactic treasure map. Befriended by cyborg cook John Silver, who plans to mutiny the space voyage and capture the treasure for himself, Jim becomes a hero and helps rebuild his mother’s inn. Nominated for Academy Award – Best Animated Feature. U.S. Box office gross (as of 2/9/03): $38,120,554.
279. EDEN (12/13/02) Europa. 85 mins. (Polish) D: Andrzej Czeczot. Flute playing shepard, Youzeck, wanders through history and experiences a series of humorous and bizarre encounters with influential figures from the Bible, Greek mythology and pop culture. L.A. release for Academy Award qualification.
280. THE WILD THORNBERRYS MOVIE (12/20/02) Paramount. 94 mins. D: Jeff McGrath, Cathy Malkasian. Sent to a London boarding school for her own good, Eliza Thornberry (who posessses the power to communicate with animals) returns to Africa to rescue a cheetah cub and a horde of elephants from two high-tech poachers. U.S. Box office gross (as of 4/6/03): $39,835,592. Nominated for Academy Award – Best Song.
281. WXIII: PATLABOR THE MOVIE 3 (1/10/03) Pioneer. 105 mins. (Japan) D: Fumihiko Takayama. Police detective Kusumi and his young partner Hata investigate the mystery behind a biological monster terrorizing Tokyo Bay. They join forces with the military to lure it into a showdown with the city’s giant police robots (aka “Patlabors”). L.A./N.Y. release date. Film also known as WXIII PATLABOR: WASTED THIRTEEN.
282. THE JUNGLE BOOK 2 (2/14/03) Disney. 72 mins. D: Steve Trenbirth. Mowgli, nostalgic for his life in the jungle, ventures back into the forest and reunites with his care-free bear friend, Baloo. U.S. Box office gross (as of 5/26/03): $47,887,943.
283. PIGLET’S BIG MOVIE (3/21/03) Disney. 75 mins. D: Francis Glebas. Winnie the Pooh searches for a missing Piglet. U.S. Box office gross (as of 5/26/03): $23,073,611.
284. COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE (4/4/03) Sony/Goldwyn. (Japan) 114 mins. D: Shinichiro Watanabe. Outer space bounty hunter and his motley crew try to stop a killer bent on unleashing microsopic robots which will destroy all human life on Mars. Also known as Cowboy Bebop: The Movie: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door. U.S. Box office gross (as of 7/13/03): $1,000,045.
285. POKEMON HEROES (05/16/03) Miramax. 79 mins. (Japan) D: Kunihiko Yuyama, Jim Malone. Another Pokemon epic. U.S. Box office gross (as of 7/6/03): $746,381.
286. FINDING NEMO (5/30/03) Disney-Pixar. 100 mins. D: Andrew Stanton. (computer generated imagery) A father fish searches the ocean for his lost son, who has been caught and is captive in dentist office aquarium.U.S. Box office gross (as of 11/30/03): $339,703,580. Academy Award Winner – Best Animated Feature.
287. RUGRATS GO WILD (6/13/03) Paramount. 80 mins. D: Norton Virgien, John Eng and Kate Boutilier. Rugrats get shipwrecked and encounter wild Thornberrys. U.S. Box office gross (as of 9/21/03): $39,399,750.
288. SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS (7/2/03) Dreamworks. 86 mins. D: Tim Johnson & Patrick Gilmore. To save his boyhood friend from death, Sinbad must battle spirits and monsters to rescue “The Book Of Peace” from an evil goddess. U.S. Box office gross (as of 9/28/03): $26,466,286.
289. SAKURA WARS THE MOVIE (7/18/03) Pioneer (Japan) 85 mins. D: Mitsuro Hongo. While Tokyo is attacked by demons, a new defense weapon is tested which places the girls of The Imperial Fighting Troupe, Flower Division, on indefinite stand-by status. Grosses not reported – L.A. and San Diego release date.
290. SON OF ALLADIN (8/29/03) Pentamedia. 90 mins. (India) D: Rao Singeetam. (computer generated imagery) Zeezeeba, an evil magician, is told by a mysterious force that he will be killed by the Prince of Barsa. The prince grows into Mustafa, an ace sailor, who confronts Zeezeeba, strips him off his magical powers and vanquishes him. (Richmond, Virginia release date – opened 12/12/03 in Los Angeles)
291. MILLENIUM ACTRESS (9/12/03) Go Fish Pictures (Dreamworks). 87 mins. (Japan) D: Satoshi Kon. Documentary director and his cameraman interview a legendary Japanese actress who reveals the secret of her life and loves by transporting the filmmakers through her movie roles. U.S. Box office gross (as of 9/28/03): $37,285.
292. BROTHER BEAR (10/24/03) Disney. 81 mins. D: Aaron Blaise and Bob Walker. The life of an American native boy, named Kenai, takes an unexpected turn when the Great Spirits transform him into a bear – the creature he hates most. Kenai sets out to regain his human form while his brother (who doesn’t realize Kenai is now a bear) pursues him on a mission of revenge. (L.A. & NY release date – opened wide Nov. 1st) U.S. Box office gross (as of 3/21/04): $85,234,177. Nominated for Academy Award – Best Animated Feature.
293. RESCUE HEROES: THE MOVIE (10/24/03) Artisan/Family Home Entertainment (Nelvana) 78 mins. D: Ron Pitts. A series of mysterious lightning storms wreaking havoc worldwide spiral through the atmosphere toward Greenland. When they collide, it will create one massive storm that will result in cataclysmic destruction. The Rescue Heroes race to the scene.Chicago release date.
294. LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION (11/14/03) Warner Bros. 92 mins. D: Joe Dante. Animation Director: Eric Goldberg. (Combination live action & animation) Bugs Bunny helps a Warner Bros. executive find Daffy Duck, whom she fired from the lot. But Daffy is off on an adventure with a fired Warners studio security guard – who’s famous father has been kidnapped by the evil ACME corporation. U.S. Box office gross (as of 1/25/04): $20,950,820.
295. THE TRIPLETTES OF BELLEVILLE (11/26/03) Sony Pictures Classics. (France) 82 mins. D: Sylvain Chomet. A kidnapped bicycle racer is rescued with the help of three eccentric ladies, a former famed singing trio of the 1930s. U.S. Box office gross (as of 5/9/04): $6,854,976. Nominated for Academy Award – Best Animated Feature.
296. TOKYO GODFATHERS (12/5/03) Goldwyn. (Japan) D: Satoshi Kon. Three homeless people find an anbandoned baby in the rubbish – and decide to seek out its parents. (Los Angeles release date for Oscar qualification) U.S. Box office gross (as of 2/22/04): $108,192.
297. THE GOLDEN LAWS (12/5/03) IRH Press Co. (Japan) D: Takaaki Ishiyama. A boy and girl travel back to the time of Moses in ancient Egypt, as well as to Greece, India, China and Israel, to witness the famous events of Budda, Hermes, and the crucifixion of Christ. (L.A. release date)
298. JESTER TILL (12/12/03) Munich Animation Film GmbH. (German) 84 mins. D: Eberhard Junkersdorf. Jester Till and his cohorts, in trying to rescue Till’s grandfather from a shadow dimension, help an 8-year-old king take control of the kingdom from his evil advisors — and win the heart of the Mayor’s spunky daughter.(L.A. release for Academy Award qualification)
299. TAMALA 2010 (12/19/03) Vitagraph Films (Japan) 92 mins. D: Trees Of Life. Surreal feature in black & white with color sequences, follows the adventures of Tamala, the cute feline advertising icon of a gigantic corporation called Catty & Co. Tamala meets a boy kitty named Michelangelo and they end up having fun in a city called Hate. Flash Animation. (San Francisco release date; Los Angeles release date 4/2/04)
300. TEACHER’S PET (1/16/04) Disney. 73 mins. D: Timothy Bjorklund. Pet dog Spot, who longs to be a boy, disguises as “Scott” and tags along with owners, Leonard and his Mom, on a summer trip to Florida. There, he connects with mad scientist Dr. Krank who turns him into a man – with whom Leonard’s mom falls in love! Based on “Disney’s Teacher’s Pet” TV series. U.S. Box office gross (as of 3/14/04): $6,426,692.
301. CLIFFORD’S REALLY BIG MOVIE (2/20/04) Warner Bros. 73 mins. D: Robert Ramirez. Clifford, concerned that his owner can’t afford to feed a big dog, leaves home in search of financial aid. He ends up as star attraction at a ramshackle carnival of performing animals, wins a dog food talent contest, and is kidnapped by a millionaire’s daughter, a collector a giant sized things. (New York release date; Los Angeles release date 4/23/04) Box office gross (as of 5/25/04): $2,831,130.
302. HOME ON THE RANGE (4/2/04) Disney. 75 mins. D: Will Finn & John Sanford. A trio of cows attempt to catch a cattle rustler in order to save their farm. But the beefy bandit, Alameda Slim, has a special technique to lure his prey – a hypnotic yodel! U.S. Box office gross (as of 8/15/04): $50,008,224.
303. SHREK 2 (5/19/04) Dreamworks. 88 mins. D: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury & Conrad Vernon. (computer generated imagery) Shrek and his bride, Princesss Fiona, visit her parents in a land Far Far Away, where an evil Fairy Godmother and her son, Prince Charming, plot to separate the two. Nominated for an Academy Award – Best Animated Feature. U.S. Box office gross (as of 8/22/04): $436,471,036.
304. KAENA: THE PROPHECY (6/25/04) Goldwyn/Destination (France). 91 mins. D: Chris Delaporte. (computer generated imagery). Sci-Fi adventure, set in another universe, about an orphan girl who sets off on a mission to save her people from an imperious Queen, who has brought their village to the brink of extinction. (New York release date above; L.A. release date 7/9/04) U.S. Box office gross (as of 7/15/04): $8,593.
305. YU-GI-OH! THE MOVIE: PYRAMID OF LIGHT (8/13/04) Warner Bros. (Japan). 88 mins. D: Hatsuki Tsuji. The story of Yugi, a boy captivated by a card game sweeping the nation: Duel Monsters. But deep below the sands of Egypt, an ancient evil named Anubis – who was defeated centuries ago by Yugi’s mysterious alter ego, the Pharaoh – has awakened for revenge to destroy Yugi and take over the world. U.S. Box office gross (as of 10/26/04): $19,742,947.
306. GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE (9/17/04) Go Fish Pictures. (Japan) 99 mins. D: Mamouru Oshii. Cyborg detective investigates the case of a female sex robot that slaughtered it’s owner. U.S. Box office gross (as of 10/17/04): $856,451.
307. SHARK TALE (10/1/04) Dreamworks. 89 mins. D: Bibo Bergeron, Vicky Jenson, Rob Letterman. (computer generated imagery) A fast-talking big city fish is mistaken for a shark slayer, but his newfound fame gets him mixed up with a shark mob boss and his runaway vegatarian son. Nominated for Academy Award – Best Animated Feature. Box office gross (as of 1/2/05): $160,762,022.
308. THE LEGEND OF BUDDHA (10/22/04) Blazeway/Pentamedia. (India) 88 mins. D: Shamboo Phalke. The life of Prince Gautama, who leaves behind his kingdom and wealth to take a journey seeking truth, to attain Nirvana and becoming Buddha Ð The Enlightened One. Los Angeles release date for Academy consideration.
309. THE INCREDIBLES (11/5/04) Disney/Pixar. 115 mins. (computer generated imagery) D: Brad Bird. A family of superheroes, ordered to hide their super-powers and shed their masked identities, are forced to come out of retirement to save the world; an adventure that bonds their relationship. Winner, Academy Award – Best Animated Feature. Box office gross (as of 4/3/05): $261,409,367.
310. THE POLAR EXPRESS (11/10/04) Warner Bros. 132 mins. (motion capture) D: Robert Zemeckis. On Christmas Eve, a boy suspecting that Santa Claus might not be real, takes a ride on a magical train bound for the North Pole. Box office gross (as of 3/6/05): $162,753,127.
311. MUHAMMAD: THE LAST PROPHET (11/14/04) Fine Media Group. 90 mins. D: Richard Rich. The story of a man of humble origins who became a spiritual leader.
312. THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE (11/19/04) Paramount. 99 mins. D: Stephen Hillenburg. When Plankton finally hatches a successful plan to lure customers away from the “Krusty Krab”, SpongeBob and Patrick go on a quest to retrieve the stolen crown of King Neptune. Along the way they face untold perils presented by scary sea monsters, a determined hit man and a live action David Hasselhoff. Box office gross (as of 3/6/05): $85,373,733.
313. SKY BLUE (12/31/04) Maxmedia. (Korea) 86 mins. D: Moon Sang Kim. In the future, after an apocalypse, the wealthy politicians of Ecoban City plan to destroy the lowly survivors living outside, to obtain an energy source, which happens to also be a deadly pollutant. (L.A. Release date) Box office gross (as of 1/9/05): $5,738.
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