An anthology film is a feature film composed of vignettes or Short Films
. Generally, the shorts have nothing to do with one another, but occasionally there is a theme, Framing Device
, or plot running through the stories, connecting them together. In animation, this kind of film is often called a "package film."
Anthology films are made for various reasons. They give short films exposure they wouldn't otherwise get, since shorts are no longer run by themselves in most cinemas. Anthologies also allow animation studios to practice and experiment without committing millions of dollars to a project. They allow a writer to explore a theme in multiple ways, or show the ways different directors will approach a subject. And sometimes, it really just makes for a neat story. Comedic ones often cross with Sketch Comedy
An anthology film
is different from an anthology of shorts
in that all the films were intended to be released together. Fantasia
is an anthology film; a collection of Silly Symphonies
the Other Wiki
's list of anthology films, but feel free to add examples below.
- Disney has made six package films, four of which were made during the war years. The company lacked the staff to make one big feature film, but still wanted to keep the animators busy and make movies, so the opted to release shorts. Disney's feature-length package films are: