They've chosen an interesting list, though I have some reservations. Here's the list:
- Watership Down ('78) - My Review
- Grave of the Fireflies ('88) - My Review
- Akira ('88) - My Review
- Ghost in the Shell ('95) - My Review, Additional thoughts on subtitles and dubbing
- Spirited Away ('01) - My Review, Additional thoughts on translations
- The Iron Giant ('99) - My Review
As I say, it's an interesting list, but I have some reservations. I've seen 4 of the 6 films (assuming Spirited Away is chosen), so this is perhaps not the best one for me to play along with. I am intrigued by Grave of the Fireflies though, and I could certainly revisit Akira (which I saw many moons ago, and don't remember all that much about it except that it was confusing). From what I've seen of these, I think that while they may have chosen films that illustrate the evolution of Animation, I don't know that they've chosen the most enjoyable of the bunch. Akira seems to be an important film for the genre, but it's not especially a walk in the park, for example. The only one I'd say is truly great is Spirited Away. I probably would have also recommended the Cowboy Bebop Movie, which is a very good all around experience. The other thing that might seem a little strange is that Anime seems to be a genre dominated more by series than by movies... but then I could see why these guys don't want to spend 4.5 hours a week watching these series (I don't know how they managed to do as much as they do).
In any case, I plan to play along, so expect some entries in a few weeks discussing the films above.
Update: The Miyazaki film will be Spirited Away. Also added links to my reviews of the films I've watched so far.