Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas

Associate director, Animate Projects
Voted in the critics poll

Voted for:

Capitalism: Slavery Ken Jacobs
Dots 1940 Norman McLaren
Outer Space 2002 Peter Tscherkassky
Pinocchio 1940 Ben Sharpsteen
Please Say Something 2009 David O'Reilly
Powers of Ten 1968 Charles/Ray Earnes
Revolver 1994 Jonas Odell, Stig Bergkvist, Marti Ekstrand, Lars Olsson
Sinking of the Lusitania, The 1918 Winsor McCay
Tango 1980 Zbigniew Rybczynski
Yellow Submarine 1968 George Dunning


A favourite quote on our office wall is by Lev Manovich: “Born from animation, cinema pushed animation to its boundary, only to become one particular case of animation in the end.” So, this is not my cineaste’s list, nor my personal list. It is a list of animated films, chosen at a particular cultural moment. Because one thing that the ‘digital’ in cinema nowadays reveals, and makes undeniable, is animation’s potential – as technique, as form, and as concept – to not merely refine but to explode what ‘cinema’ can be and what it can mean.