THE ANIMATION FANATIC Identifying traits: A serious devotee of all things hand-drawn and computer-rendered, the animation fanatic cannot have a conversation without mentioning that Brad Bird's "The Iron Giant" is the most underrated movie in all of filmdom. Has attended multiple showings of "Beowulf" and usually produces the most artful doodles during lengthy staff meetings. Shopping list: Disney is offering two DVD sets that cover the history of the animation medium from start to finish. "Walt Disney Treasures: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit" (Disney, $32.99) collects a long-buried series of silent shorts produced by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks in the late '20s, just before Disney's creation of Mickey Mouse. Meanwhile, "Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume One" (Disney, $29.99) traces the history of computer animation's leading creative light, assembling 13 of the company's beloved shorts. "Futurama: Bender's Big Score" (Fox, $29.99) is the first in a series of made-for-DVD movies reviving "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening's cult TV series. With simplified character designs and sophisticated sci-fi parody, "Futurama" holds fast to animation's core values, showing that even at its most basic, the medium is limited only by the imagination. Where but in a cartoon would someone dare a plot like "The Planet Express crew fights to save the world from nudist alien Internet scammers"?
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