The definition of an animated "movie" is a little more flexible in Japan. While Americans usually expect any animated feature film to be anywhere from 75-95 minutes[[note]] On the low end of that range is the traditionally-animated Creator/{{Disney}} films, due to the large amount of resources it takes to make them (two of their movies, ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' and ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'', are under 70 minutes); CGI films by contrast tend toward the upper end of this range[[/note]], some anime released officially as "movies" can be as short as 30 minutes. This is especially common because anime movies in Japan are quite often shown as double or even triple features.[[note]]When it comes to full-length features, however, anime films can also be ''longer'' than their American counterparts. It's not uncommon for an anime movie to be two hours long, a far longer runtime than any American cartoon film would ever be.[[/note]]

In contrast, a movie in America clocking under 80 minutes (''Ned Kelly & His Gang'' setting that trend in 1906, and ''Snow White'' for animation a few decades later) is fuel for criticism and suspicion of a padded out regular episode with slightly higher production values (never mind the fact that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has three Oscar categories dedicated to short films). So anime movies that short are usually packaged as {{OVA}}s (themselves rarely released singly nowadays, also unlike Japan) or DVD bonus material rather being sold as a separate product.

Depending on the length, some clearly function as theatrical {{Pilot Movie}}s.

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!!Examples:

* The first six ''Film/{{Pokemon}}'' movies were rather short, padded out by the Pokémon-centric shorts before each one.
* The ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' franchise has nine movies in this vein - two each for ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' (the first of which was a PilotMovie), ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' and ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', one each for ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' and ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', and the standalone ''Anime/DigimonXEvolution''; ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' has no films. All of them save the ''Adventure'' movies and the first ''Tamers'' movie [[note]] and the 5th overall, named "Battle of Adventurer's"[[/note]] are {{non serial movie}}s. The American release known as ''Digimon: TheMovie'' is just a [[{{Macekre}} rather odd]] [[CutAndPasteTranslation edit and splice]] of the first three.
** This results in some weird plot changes. In the original Japanese, the films had no real link between them. In the dub version, all the segments are linked together flimsily by saying that the computer virus that created Diaboramon was also responsible for the events in the other segments. Within the ''Digimon'' universe this makes practically no sense.
* The very first ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' film, produced by Toei following their short-lived [[Anime/YuGiOhFirstAnimeSeries "Season 0"]] series (as opposed to Studio Gallop's later, more popular take on the franchise), clocks in at about half an hour.
* The first three ''Manga/OnePiece'' movies were all similar in length to Digimon movies, because the first three ''One Piece'' movies were double features with the first three Digimon movies (from the fourth One Piece movie on, they were pretty much full length, while Digimon movies pretty much remained half length).
** However, after [[Anime/OnePieceFilmStrongWorld a 115 minute epic]] written by the manga's author, the 11th ''One Piece'' movie is only 30 minutes long, reverting back to the double feature format (this time with ''Toriko''), albeit in 3-D.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' appeared as two very short "introductory" films before it actually began broadcasting.
* The ''DiGiCharat'' movie was logically about four times as long as a typical episode... making it just short of half an hour. It was typically shown as a triple feature alongside ''TheSlayers Premium'' (itself only about 7 minutes longer than a typical ''Slayers'' episode) and the ''SakuraTaisen'' movie.
* The ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' franchise had several of these. ''The Motion Picture'' itself is only 75 minutes long. The three other ''Slayers'' movies – ''Return'', ''Great'', and ''Gorgeous'' – all clock in at around an hour apiece.
* "The Very Short ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' Movie" features big-budget animation, but is the length of a single segment in a regular episode, making it a shade under six minutes long.
* The ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' movie lasted barely over 30 minutes. Why, one can only wonder, since it seemed to move a ''tad'' bit too fast.
** Made worse if you see the interviews with the original cast and director: whey asked to state their favorite parts, most of them respond that it's hard to choose, because the movie had to pack so much into a short time frame. The obvious question of "why not make it longer?" is never asked.
*** Simple answer: many studios screened this film alongside the ''{{XxxHolic}}'' movie, another CLAMP title, which was also noticeably short, only an hour long. The two movies [[LowerDeckEpisode share a scene between them]]. Maybe they were supposed to be a package deal.
* The ''{{Macross 7}}'' movie was the length of a single 30-minute episode, and was taken from a script idea that there hadn't been time or budget to include in the main run of the series. It's set in the middle of the action, before the big GrandFinale fight.
* The third ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' movie, ''Team Ranma vs. The Legendary Phoenix''. It's about a half hour long, and in the US it was sold as an OAV and packaged with other {{OAV}}s, even changing the opening and closing sequences.
* ''YuYuHakusho'' had both a short movie and a second movie whose length is normal by Western standards. The short movie resembled a TV episode in length, but had a standalone movie-style plot. This movie was a double feature even when released in America, being packaged with the ''Ninku'' movie.
* The ''Soreike! Franchise/{{Anpanman}}'' theatrical features are consistently 51 minutes long, but they are shown together with a 20-minute-long short film. This was not always the case - the film from 1990, ''Baikinman no gyakushuu'', ran at least 80 minutes.
* A 20-30 minute ''[[ShowWithinAShow Gekiganger 3]]'' movie was included in supplemental material to ''MartianSuccessorNadesico'', on top of the {{OVA}} release of the ''{{Gekiganger 3}}'' "series".
* ''Noiseman Sound Insect'' is an actual short movie the length of a normal anime episode, but with all the values and the budget of a full feature film.
* The two ''PrettyCure Max Heart'' movies clock in at 70 minutes apiece; the ''Splash Star'' movie doesn't even break an hour.
** Most movies from the PrettyCure franchise last 70 minutes, but at least two of the PrettyCureAllStars films (the second and third) last 74 minutes.
* ''VoicesOfADistantStar'', at 25 minutes. Notable for having been done by [[MakotoShinkai just one guy]] and his Mac, except for (obviously) the soundtrack and the voice acting on the DVD release. His 2007 film ''FiveCentimetersPerSecond'' also counts, with a runtime of just over an hour.
* ''{{Inukami}}'' had one. The movie was the length of an average TV episode, except with a little more at stake than your average TV episode and a slightly bigger budget. Namely, the CensorBox elephant was CG and chrome.
* The ''New Maple Town Story: Palm Town Chapter'' "movie" is actually the series' ''first episode'' padded out with scenes from Maple Town Story's final two episodes in place of the original flashback sequence.
** Actually that was common practice up to (probably) the late 80's/early 90's. The ''Lady Lady'' movie is similar to the above example, the four (!) ''Attack No. 1'' movies were slight re-edits of two to three episodes each, while the ''Tongari Boushi no Memol'' movie is actually just a summary episode.
* ''DragonballZ'' movies [[ZigZaggingTrope zigzag on this trope somewhat]]. All of the DBZ moves are 45-70 minutes long, and the most recent Dragon Ball Z movie, Dragon Ball Z: Battle Of Gods, released in March 2013 became the longest Dragon Ball Z movie to date with a run-time of 85 minutes.
** Battle Of Gods got extended version on it's television debut on Fuji TV which increased it's running time by ''20 minutes''. So it's safe to say that Battle Of Gods is no longer a ShortAnimeMovie.
* Out of 11 ''Dr. Slump'' movies, only one (the second) was a full length feature. The rest had running times from ''five''(!) to 60 minutes.
* {{Toei}} produced masses of very short original movies for their popular TV shows. One of the shortest might be the ''MahouShojoLalabel'' movie, clocking in at 15 minutes.
* ''LightNovel/KinosJourney'' has two 30-minute movies.
* ''[[Manga/AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia: Paint It, White]]'' would be just under an hour long, about the length of two regular half-hour episodes, without the clips from the series thrown in. Given the source material, they didn't have a lot to work with, but wanted a feature-length film. The move proved controversial in Japan and the Japanese DVD release removed the clip show parts, but the American release includes them.
* ''BloodTheLastVampire'' is a rare example that actually got shown in American theatres, likely due to very high production values.
* Also applies to {{Toku}} movies, since the genre has a lot in common with anime. Traditionally both the ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/KamenRider'' franchises have movies released in the summer and released as a double feature with ''Super Sentai'' getting the short end of the stick with run-times shorter than that of a normal episode while the ''Kamen Rider'' feature runs between 45 minutes to about an hour.
** ''Franchise/KamenRider'' has been moving away from this somewhat starting with ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' and ''Series/KamenRiderDouble''. In addition to their summer movies, Decade's finale was incorporated a part of a standalone ''Kamen Rider'' movie that crossed over with W, but even that didn't completely escape this, running as three distinct segments (one for Decade, one for W and team-up) that run about half an hour each. ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' and ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' have continued the tradition.
* Some of Sanrio's recent theatrical films fall into this. The Cinnamoroll movie was 45 minutes and was screened with Nezumi Monogatari. The JewelpetKiraDeco movie was this too, as it was screened with OnegaiMyMelody Yu and Ai.
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' had two of these during the ''Sharp'' and ''Motto'' seasons. The first one was screened with ''Digimon Hurricane Touchdown!!'' and ''Supreme Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals'', while the second was screened between the ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' and ''Kinnikuman'' movies. The Sharp movie was 27 minutes long while the Motto movie was 26.
* The 2014 anime remake of ''Literature/TheUglyBarnacle'' is a minute. Although it fits perfectly with [[BeigeProse the original.]]

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