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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Super Heroes

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7/1/2017 - 11AM

Look up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? NO! It’s this month’s crime-fighting, justice-preserving, gadget-wielding cartoons! From heroes to mutants – who battle villains both sympathetic and sociopathic – caped crusaders were around long before Christian Bale was Batman. Underdogs and dark-winged ducks, Batmen and Wonder Women – cartoon superheroes taught us about right and wrong, bravery and cowardice, and how to rock tights and still look good.

Saturday Morning Cartoons have always had superheroes at their core, and we are very proud to give them their time in the bat-signal spotlight.

Complimentary all-you-can-eat cereal bar. Pajamas encouraged.

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Greatest Bad Guys

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6/3/2017 - 11AM

Hello boys and girls! Join us this month as we showcase our favorite cartoon baddies; mad scientists, cranky western gunslingers, absent minded hunters, and peg legged Pete’s are essential to the stories we love and grew up with. What would Popeye be without Bluto? How boring would the Powerpuff Girls be without Mojo Jojo? Without Dr. Claw, Inspector Gadget is useless! Cartoon heroics simply couldn’t exist without cartoon villainy.

Join us as we celebrate the unsung heroes of the bad guy world. Complimentary cereal bar. Pajamas encouraged.

Vintage Sci-Fi Anime Party

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6/2/2017 - 10:30PM

With a DJ set by Kevin Sukho Lee

Of all the galaxies far, far away, sci-fi anime of the 70s and 80s inhabits one that’s particularly fuzzy, fantastical and forever embedded in the hearts of many. One of those hearts belongs to Xavier the Spaniard, ABD’s youngest programmer, a lifelong, obsessive devotee of the genre. Alas, our Spaniard must soon return to Spain – but not before leaving us with his love letter to Japanese animated space operas: The Vintage Sci-Fi Anime Party! Prepare yourself for epic space battles, giant robot show downs, sentai and mecha madness, and monstrous extraterrestrial foes – all brought to you by masters like Osamu Tezuka, Rintaro, and Katsuhiro Otomo. Not to mention Hayao Miyazaki’s first TV incursions, macho Philip K. Dickian masterpieces like Space Adventure Cobra, and King Beast GoLion, the action-packed anime that transformed into beloved cult-fave Voltron.

Come join our late night celebration of subtitle-bejeweled intergalactic adventures from the golden age when anime first reached western shores, and bid adios to Xavier before he takes off for his home planet!

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Saturday Morning Cartoons: America

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5/20/2017 - 11AM

Part of Fight the Power

Join us for a patriotic plethora of animated Americana!

Since their earliest days, cartoons have been involved in both promoting “American values” and playful rebellions against them. This month’s bonus Saturday Morning Cartoons show celebrates how red, white & blue ‘toons have both embraced and challenged American politics – featuring everything from war time Bugs Bunny and Donald Duck, to Schoolhouse Rock civics lessons.

Join us for the truly American combination of cartoons & all-you-can-eat cereal. Pajamas encouraged.

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Music

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5/6/2017 - 11AM

From theme songs to musical ‘toons, the silly symphonies and merry melodies of the cartoon world are as essential as Acme anvils. Cartoons are fueled and driven by music; composers like Carl Stalling and Raymond Scott brought animation to life. And cartoons feature EVERY kind of music – from classical and opera to jazz and rap. This month we invite you to sing along with us!

Complimentary cereal bar. Pajamas encouraged.

Seeing Sound: Mary Ellen Bute Retrospective

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4/30/2017 - 7PM

Presented in association with Center for Visual Music

“A pioneer of visual music and electronic art, Mary Ellen Bute produced over a dozen short abstract animations between the 1930s to the 1950s. Set to classical music by the likes of Bach, Saint-Saens or Shostakovich, and filled with colorful forms, elegant design and sprightly, dance-like-rhythms, Bute’s filmmaking is at once formally rigorous and energetically high-spirited, like a marriage of high modernism and Merrie Melodies.” –Ed Halter

“We submerged tiny mirrors in tubes of oil, connected [them] to an oscillator, and drew where these points of light were flying. The effect was thrilling for us—it was so pure. But it wasn’t enough. Finally we got a Bolex camera and started… to make my first film, Rhythm in Light.” –Mary Ellen Bute

Bute made a series of Visual Music films which she called “Seeing Sound.” This program features her short abstract films, including some rarely-seen films on 16mm!

Program runs approximately 70 min.

Prints courtesy Cecile Starr Collection at Center for Visual Music. Image courtesy Center for Visual Music.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Autarky! Frontier Animation from CalArts

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4/27/2017 - 10:30PM

In our 8th year, Autarky! is a celebration of animation created by student filmmakers at CalArts within the last year. The work featured will include films from both the character and experimental animation programs exploring a variety of animation approaches – stop-motion, 3D computer animation, 2D computer animation, visual music, etc.

Check back soon for a program of included films!

ABD 4/20 Party: Fantastic Animation Festival (1977)

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4/20/2017 - 10:30PM

Co-presented by Dublab

Grab yer stash and make a dash to ABD’s 4/20 celebration! We’ll admit it: “Stoner Appeal” is a box we endeavor to check when programming Animation Breakdown. Like Doritos, Dark Side of the Moon or Disneyland, animation is one of those things that just reaches a whole ‘nother level under the influ – uh, under the right conditions. Every animated film is an immersive world conjured from the void, solely begotten of its creators’ imaginations. Animation’s uncanny power to transport and transfix intrepid trippers is exactly what the producers of 1977’s Fantastic Animation Festival had in mind. This feature-length anthology of far-out films from around the globe toured cities and college towns, turning audiences on to incredible independent animation before Spike & Mike or Liquid Television came along. Impeccably curated with clear consideration for the “smokey set,” selections include the cult classic Bambi Meets Godzilla; a Yellow Sub-esque take on Cat Stevens’ “Moonshadow”; future Tron director Steve Lisberger’s psychedelic student film; two early shorts by Claymation maestro Will Vinton (including the Oscar-winning Closed Mondays); an unofficial Pink Floyd music video so mindblowing that the band hired its creator – and many more! A remarkable time-capsule from our favorite era, Fantastic Animation Festival planted the stoner seeds for everything ABD aspires to be. Turn on, toon in, and drop out with us for an incredibly rare screening on 35mm!

1997, 35mm, 107 min.

Watch the trailer!

Saturday Morning Cartoons: April Fool's Day

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4/1/2017 - 11AM

This month, Saturday Morning Cartoons celebrates our favorite tricksters and fools, mischief makers and jesters! From the classic to the contemporary, cartoons can be crazy. For April Fool’s Day, join us to celebrate the insanity! We’ll watch the most cartoonish of cartoons with a swan-dive straight into the heart of some surreal animated worlds – featuring ‘toons that jest, joke, and bend reality.

Complimentary cereal bar. Pajamas encouraged.

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Monsters

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3/4/2017 - 11AM

M is for March
M is for…
Monsters!

Join us for an abominable compilation of colossal cartoons plus our complimentary cereal bar! Pajamas encouraged.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Love Stories

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2/11/2017 - 11AM

For this month’s sugar-packed, chocolate-covered, marshmallow-topped edition of Saturday Morning Cartoons, we’ve gathered all the tales of tenderness, great romances, and cartoon camaraderie we could cram into one show, honoring St. Valentine!

Complimentary cereal bar. Pajamas encouraged.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Once Upon a Time

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1/7/2017 - 11AM

This month we ring in the new year with our favorite fairy tales and fables: “Once upon a time” ‘toons.

Once upon a time, we would wake up early, fill up a bowl full of cereal, and get really close to the TV to watch Saturday morning cartoons. The grand tradition continues (at the reasonable hour of 11am) at Cinefamily for the third year running! This month we celebrate tales both tall and duck, with a great mix of our favorite fairy tales.

Pajamas not mandatory, but encouraged!

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

The Very Merry Stop-Motion Xmas Extravaganza Potluck!

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12/17/2016 - 12PM

Co-Presented by Screen Novelties

Potluck begins at 11am! Rolling admission!

Deck the halls! Ring the bells! And prepare thine eyeballs n’ bellies for a feast of seasonal stop-motion joy! The very words “Christmas Animation” immediately conjure images of prancing puppets, given life through frame-by-frame magic – like Santa’s enchanted toys. So in the spirit of over-indulgent festive gorging, we’ve teamed up with our buddies, the stop-mo masters of misfit toys at Screen Novelties, to prepare a daylong, overflowing table spread of handpicked Xmas goodies, rarities and classics for you and your kin. We’ve made a list, checked it twice, and the pagecount is ridiculous! From antique adverts to wintry Euro masterpieces, plasticine pets to that green wedge-head and his pony pal, British kiddie critters to certain glowing royals of Yuletide classics – we’ll fill the screen as you fill your tummies. That’s right! It’s also a potluck, so bring your delicious dishes and we’ll bring the animated gifts – in excess! Spend the day with us for a nonstop marathon of mirth and merriment, with good grub, great films and glad tidings to all!

Featuring (and much, much more):

Will Vinton’s Claymation Christmas Celebration
In 1987, the king of Claymation, inventor of the term and reinventor of the art, gifted us with this endlessly charming chestnut. Hosts Rex and Herb, dino doppelgangers for a certain 2 thumbs-up duo, deliver the spirit of the season through a series of magical musical vignettes, lovingly rendered in Vinton’s inimitable (and, for many, overwhelmingly nostalgic) style. And you can bet that those singing, dancing sensations The California Raisins are along for the sleighride! A TV special worthy of seasonal perennial status alongside the Rankin/Bass wonderments, Claymation Christmas is a downright delight!
Dir. Will Vinton, 1987, digital presentation, 24 min.

Nutcracker Fantasy
In the late-’70s, Sanrio (yes, the Hello Kitty people) unleashed this wondrously unusual stop-motion confection that has sadly laid unsavored for ages. Ex-Rankin/Bass animator Takeo Nakamura was the lucky fellow called upon to employ the signature “Animagic” technique of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to this vaguely festive, awesomely bizarro sugar plum dream — one in which all the signifiers of Christmas fare are there, except Christmas is never once mentioned. The titular fantasy seems adapted from a German-to-Japanese-to-English translation of the original yarn, rather than the beloved ballet (though its melodies are employed on the Moog-drenched soundtrack to super groovy effect). Adding to the beautiful confusion are elaborate musical numbers, plus the voice talents of showbiz stalwarts like Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Dick Van Patten and Jo Anne Worley (as the “Nut of Darkness”-wielding, two-headed rat queen, naturally). Rarely screened since its initial release, never on DVD and presented here on film!
Dir. Takeo Nakamura, 1979, 16mm, 82 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Christmas Special

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12/3/2016 - 11AM

With a set by DJ Tuna!

It’s time to send 2016 off (it’s been a tough year) and celebrate the winter solstice, with a tall glass of ice cold milk and a punch bowl of cereal! This month, Saturday Morning Cartoons showcases our favorite cartoons straight from Santa’s workshop. Gone are the days of snuggling up in front of the TV on December mornings to watch holiday magic and mischief visit all our favorite cartoon worlds, so we’re bringing this cornerstone of any good Christmas tradition straight to Cinefamily’s screen. So deck the halls with Dexter’s Lab, hang some mistletoe with Miss Piggy, and get into the spirit of the holidays! Bring your kids, your inner child, and your holiday spirit.

Pajamas not mandatory, but encouraged.

Phantom Boy

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11/29/2016 - 7:30PM

We’re guessing that most people haven’t had out of body experiences, but isn’t cinema kind of a collective astral projection (with popcorn and sodas)? Take a seat, open your eyes, and surrender your soul to Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli’s sophomore film-noir—Phantom Boy. In a pencil-colored and paper-textured New York, the French directors of the Academy Award nominee A Cat in Paris have crafted a light-hearted, supernatural procedural wherein a bed-ridden but super-powered boy teams up with a broken detective hero—à la Rear Window—to stop a cubist gangster and his bumbling henchmen from carrying out their anarchist plans. Not your average animated family flick, right? Join Animation Breakdown to revel in this metaphysical mystery!

Dir. Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol, 2015, DCP, 84 min.

Watch the trailer!

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Smorgasbord

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11/5/2016 - 11AM

This month, Saturday Morning Cartoons is throwing themselves a celebratory hootenanny with favorite episodes that for one reason or another didn’t fit any of this year’s monthly themes. We’ve been itching to play some of these amazing cartoons, and showcase the best bits from Mickey Mouse to Jake the Dog, from Olive Oyl to Maggie Simpson, in a giant buffet of our all time favorite toons. Join us as we dust off some of our favorites to celebrate the chaos of the Saturday Mornings of the past—with selections from Looney Tunes, Nicktoons, and Disney Afternoons, and much more. Bring the kids, eat your weight in cereal at our complimentary, all you can eat cereal bar, and enjoy the cartoon cavalcade of awesome that awaits you!

Pajamas not mandatory, but encouraged.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Frankenweenie

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10/29/2016 - 7PM

Oh, Tim Burton. Timmy. Tim Bo. What happened, man? Once one of the great off-kilter auteurs playing in the studio sandbox, now reduced to cinematic adverts for Hot Topic handbags. If only he could return to his roots, one-time fans (and critics) have bemoaned. If only he could make something as charmingly kooky and hauntingly heartfelt as, say, Edward Scissorhands. Here’s the thing: he did. And most of us didn’t see it. A critically acclaimed financial flop, Frankenweenie could not have been more of a return to roots. Based on the 1984 live-action short film that got him his first feature gig with Pee-Wee, this feature length adaptation embodies all of the genuine oddball zest that made his early outings so exciting. Gorgeously rendered in black and white stop-motion, this passion project is a love letter to the monster movies that first sparked his love of cinema. Victor, the budding mad scientist/filmmaker, is a clear stand-in for a tiny Tim, making this feel all the more so his most personal film. Join ABD as we celebrate this wonderful resurrection of Tim Burton of old; a dearth of ticket sales may have taken a torch to its proverbial windmill, but tonight we’ll have a chance to give his creation life, as it so rightly deserves!

Dir. Tim Burton, 2012, 35mm, 87 min.

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Sports

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9/3/2016 - 11AM

From Baseball to Calvinball, the sport of competition has been a staple of cartoon camaraderie since animation first graced the screen. Before any of us ever cared about scoring a goal of our own, we were off to wacky races, the laugh-olympics, and the Goofy track and fields, This Saturday morning, celebrate the sport of life with a blend of classic and modern cartoons and curated commercial breaks! Ready, Set, Get your tickets!

Pajamas not mandatory, but encouraged. Complimentary cereal bar with a rotation of the best sugary cereals on the market (featuring our monthly mix) and a cash bar for the grown ups who want their sugar delivered in the form of a mimosa.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

The Phantasmagoric Films of Piotr Kamler

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8/28/2016 - 7PM

Animation Breakdown has crossed paths with many wondrous works throughout its adventures in programming, but when it comes to the films of Piotr Kamler, we never fail to take a pause in order to gather our collective jaws off the floor. Often labeled as science fiction, Kamler’s works explore the inner depths of imagination more than the far reaches of outer space, eschewing linear narratives for dynamic, hallucinatory symbolism rendered in everything from clay to ink, paper cut-outs, early CGI and even pinboard animation — all paired with startling musique concrète scores by the likes of Luc Ferrari and Bernard Parmegiani. Tonight we’ll eagerly peer into Kamler’s mind-expanding output, culminating with a rare screening of Chronopolis (his only feature film), an Egyptian-flavored cybernetic opus that immediately sucks you into a transcendent alternate universe with its own M.C. Escher-like laws of physics, space, time, and dream-logic. As alien as every sound and every moving part is, it feels vaguely comforting and familiar, as if you remember it from childhood or dreams. Fans of surrealist animators the Brothers Quay will see similarities to their earlier films, which were likely influenced by this monumental achievement.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Rivals

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8/6/2016 - 11AM

Since the beginning of time there have been heroes and their villains, anti-heroes and their foils, cats and the stubborn mice and birds that torment them. From big bad wolves trying to catch their next meal, to best frenemies forced to endure each others company, rivalry is a strong and load-bearing pillar of the Saturday Morning Cartoon world. Toms & Sylvesters and Jerrys & Tweety Birds have proven time and time again that everyone needs a worthy opponent, or even an unworthy one; Rocko has his neighbors the Bigheads, Wile E. Coyote has the Road Runner, and even Maggie Simpson has the baby with one eyebrow. So come and celebrate the time honored tradition of animated animosity with our favorite Saturday Morning rivalries!

Pajamas not mandatory, but encouraged. Complimentary cereal bar with a rotation of the best sugary cereals on the market (featuring our monthly mix) and a cash bar for the grown ups who want their sugar delivered in the form of a mimosa.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Fantastic Planet (New 2K Restoration!)

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8/3/2016 - 7:30PM

Animation Breakdown is back with your favorite blue aliens in the 1973 cult French classic Fantastic Planet (La Planète Sauvage), the hypnotic sci-fi masterpiece by director René Laloux and illustrator Roland Topor, newly restored by Janus Films. Based on the French sci-fi novel Oms en série by Stefan Wul, Fantastic Planet follows a revolutionary clash on the alien planet Ygam, where enslaved humans—Oms—are treated as pets by their giant native blue masters—Draags—in their meditation-based utopia. Developed at the Jirí Trnka Studios in the old Czech Republic, Fantastic Planet is a landmark of hallucinatory animation, thanks to the eerie creature & backgrounds designs of surreal illustrator Roland Topor and the amazing psychedelic soundtrack by French jazz pianist Alain Goraguer (sideman of Boris Vian and Serge Gainsbourg).

Dir. René Laloux, 1973, DCP, 72 minutes

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Fantastic Planet (New 2K Restoration!)

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8/1/2016 - 10:30PM

Animation Breakdown is back with your favorite blue aliens in the 1973 cult French classic Fantastic Planet (La Planète Sauvage), the hypnotic sci-fi masterpiece by director René Laloux and illustrator Roland Topor, newly restored by Janus Films. Based on the French sci-fi novel Oms en série by Stefan Wul, Fantastic Planet follows a revolutionary clash on the alien planet Ygam, where enslaved humans—Oms—are treated as pets by their giant native blue masters—Draags—in their meditation-based utopia. Developed at the Jirí Trnka Studios in the old Czech Republic, Fantastic Planet is a landmark of hallucinatory animation, thanks to the eerie creature & backgrounds designs of surreal illustrator Roland Topor and the amazing psychedelic soundtrack by French jazz pianist Alain Goraguer (sideman of Boris Vian and Serge Gainsbourg).

Dir. René Laloux, 1973, DCP, 72 minutes

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Fantastic Planet (New 2K Restoration!)

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7/29/2016 - 7:30PM

Animation Breakdown is back with your favorite blue aliens in the 1973 cult French classic Fantastic Planet (La Planète Sauvage), the hypnotic sci-fi masterpiece by director René Laloux and illustrator Roland Topor, newly restored by Janus Films. Based on the French sci-fi novel Oms en série by Stefan Wul, Fantastic Planet follows a revolutionary clash on the alien planet Ygam, where enslaved humans—Oms—are treated as pets by their giant native blue masters—Draags—in their meditation-based utopia. Developed at the Jirí Trnka Studios in the old Czech Republic, Fantastic Planet is a landmark of hallucinatory animation, thanks to the eerie creature & backgrounds designs of surreal illustrator Roland Topor and the amazing psychedelic soundtrack by French jazz pianist Alain Goraguer (sideman of Boris Vian and Serge Gainsbourg).

Fantastic Planet Dir. René Laloux, 1973, DCP, 72 minutes

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Fantastic Planet (New 2K Restoration!)

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7/28/2016 - 10:30PM

Animation Breakdown is back with your favorite blue aliens in the 1973 cult French classic Fantastic Planet (La Planète Sauvage), the hypnotic sci-fi masterpiece by director René Laloux and illustrator Roland Topor, newly restored by Janus Films. Based on the French sci-fi novel Oms en série by Stefan Wul, Fantastic Planet follows a revolutionary clash on the alien planet Ygam, where enslaved humans—Oms—are treated as pets by their giant native blue masters—Draags—in their meditation-based utopia. Developed at the Jirí Trnka Studios in the old Czech Republic, Fantastic Planet is a landmark of hallucinatory animation, thanks to the eerie creature & backgrounds designs of surreal illustrator Roland Topor and the amazing psychedelic soundtrack by French jazz pianist Alain Goraguer (sideman of Boris Vian and Serge Gainsbourg).

Dir. René Laloux, 1973, DCP, 72 minutes

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Fantastic Planet (New 2K Restoration!)

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7/26/2016 - 7:30PM

Animation Breakdown is back with your favorite blue aliens in the 1973 cult French classic Fantastic Planet (La Planète Sauvage), the hypnotic sci-fi masterpiece by director René Laloux and illustrator Roland Topor, newly restored by Janus Films. Based on the French sci-fi novel Oms en série by Stefan Wul, Fantastic Planet follows a revolutionary clash on the alien planet Ygam, where enslaved humans—Oms—are treated as pets by their giant native blue masters—Draags—in their meditation-based utopia. Developed at the Jirí Trnka Studios in the old Czech Republic, Fantastic Planet is a landmark of hallucinatory animation, thanks to the eerie creature & backgrounds designs of surreal illustrator Roland Topor and the amazing psychedelic soundtrack by French jazz pianist Alain Goraguer (sideman of Boris Vian and Serge Gainsbourg).

Dir. René Laloux, 1973, DCP, 72 minutes

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Fantastic Planet (New 2k Restoration!)

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7/23/2016 - 10PM

Live set from DJ Mark Ayala

Animation Breakdown is back with your favorite blue aliens in the 1973 cult French classic Fantastic Planet (La Planète Sauvage), the hypnotic sci-fi masterpiece by director René Laloux and illustrator Roland Topor, newly restored by Janus Films. Based on the French sci-fi novel Oms en série by Stefan Wul, Fantastic Planet follows a revolutionary clash on the alien planet Ygam, where enslaved humans—Oms—are treated as pets by their giant native blue masters—Draags—in their meditation-based utopia. Developed at the Jirí Trnka Studios in the old Czech Republic, Fantastic Planet is a landmark of hallucinatory animation, thanks to the eerie creature & backgrounds designs of surreal illustrator Roland Topor and the amazing psychedelic soundtrack by French jazz pianist Alain Goraguer (sideman of Boris Vian and Serge Gainsbourg). Following the screening, join us for a Sauvage Soirée on the patio!

The feature presentation will be preceded by Laloux’s short film, Les Escargots.

Les Escargots Dir. René Laloux, 1965, Digital Presentation, 11 minutes
Fantastic Planet Dir. René Laloux, 1973, DCP, 72 minutes

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Great Outdoors

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7/2/2016 - 11AM

Nothing says summer like the great outdoors, and nothing says Saturday morning like cartoons—so put on your pajamas and join us in honoring splendorous mother nature with some ‘toons! Indulge your childlike love of summer with everything from silly symphonies and merry melodies, camping rabbits and mischievous chipmunks, musical merbabies and slap happy bears, to nature loving brave warriors and regular joes from Regular Show.

Pajamas not mandatory, but encouraged. Complimentary cereal bar with a rotation of the best sugary cereals on the market (featuring our monthly mix) and a cash bar for the grown ups who want their sugar delivered in the form of a mimosa.

ABD's Saturday Morning Cartoons: Space and Science

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6/4/2016 - 11AM

This month Saturday Morning Cartoons counts down and blasts off for one our most popular (and favorite) themes… Space and Science! We’ll watch tales of planetary conquest, scientific discovery, and flying saucers—all space-aged to perfection. Expect adventures of the mind with Pinky and the Brain, Dexter’s Lab, Looney Tunes, and They Might Be Giants.

Pajamas not mandatory, but encouraged. Complimentary cereal bar with a rotation of the best sugary cereals on the market (featuring our monthly mix) and a cash bar for the grown ups who want their sugar delivered in the form of a mimosa.

ABD's Saturday Morning Cartoons: Families!

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5/7/2016 - 11AM

It’s Saturday Morning at Cinefamily, and this month we’re celebrating FAMILY with our favorite cartoon clans! The Flintstones, The Jetsons, The Simpsons, The Oblongs: these funny, flawed, and fictional families have always been at the heart of our favorite ‘toons, offering us our first glimpses into families other than our own. This month, we raise a bowl of sugary milk to Bam Bam Rubble, Augie Doggie, and all the cartoon moms, dads, brothers, and sisters we grew up with.

Pajamas not mandatory, but encouraged. Complimentary cereal bar with a rotation of the best sugary cereals on the market (featuring our monthly mix) and a cash bar for the grown ups who want their sugar delivered in the form of a mimosa.

ABD's Saturday Morning Cartoons: Wabbit Season

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4/2/2016 - 11AM

It’s Saturday Morning at Cinefamily, and this month we’re celebrating chocolate bunnies and long-eared mischief makers in an ode to Wascally Wabbits! Expect much more than wall-to-wall Bugs Bunny–not that we would wouldn’t love that–with all sorts of cotton-tailed heroes and villains. From Rabbits like Peter, Roger and Br’er to Bunnies like Bugs, Buster, Bunnicula and Ace, and culled from Tiny Toon Adventures, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Amazing World of Gumball, this month’s program will be an unmissable bunny-fest.

Pajamas not mandatory, but encouraged. Complimentary cereal bar with a rotation of the best sugary cereals on the market (featuring our monthly mix) and a cash bar for the grown ups who want their sugar delivered in the form of a mimosa.

ABD's Saturday Morning Cartoons: Musical Edition!

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3/5/2016 - 11AM

Hello boys and girls! Are you ready for another cartoon cramped, cerealized, sugary Saturday Morning at Cinefamily Jr!? This month, we are honoring the international language of music with the best tune-filled cartoons and shorts we could find—from Opera to Jazz, Carl Stalling to Harry Nilsson, Mozart to Mancini.

This month’s show will feature cartoons with music by The Beatles, Harry Nilsson, They Might Be Giants, Bill Plimpton and more! Be ready to sing-a-long to your favorite Silly Symphonies and Merry Melodies with custom curated commercials featuring our favorite jingles.

Pajamas not mandatory, but encouraged.
Complimentary cereal bar with a rotation of the best sugary cereals on the market (featuring our monthly mix) and a cash bar for the grown ups who want their sugar delivered in the form of a mimosa.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Locura Espanola - Spanish Contemporary Animated Shorts

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2/25/2016 - 10:15PM

This month ANIMATION BREAKDOWN has brought in an exiled, delusional Spaniard (former Spanish animation fest Animac curator Francesc Xavier de Manuel Ruiz) to program an insane selection of… Spanish. Contemporary. Animated. Shorts. ¡Olé! A bilingual compendium of animated “tapas” packed with spine-chilling fables, heart-warming violence, and a pinch of synesthetic experimentalism. Want some samples? Rejoice before the cutesy bear cubs of Alberto Vazquez in their hunt for unicorn blood! Discover the doomed CGI chimeras of Guillermo Garcia Carsí, the creator of Pocoyo! Witness a trio of cyber-tech apes in their battle against an unscrupulous, fascist dictator! Experience a millennia of messed-up history from the point-of-view of a stranded robo-alien! Locura Española is an aphrodisiacal experience straight from the land of Spanish madmen!

Including:

Viaje a Pies by Khris Cembe
The Day I Killed My Best Friend by Antonio J. Busto
The Vein / Magma by DVEIN
Amor de Mono by Trimono
Astigmatismo by Nicolai Troshinsky
Sangre de Unicornio by Alberto Vázquez
Light and Rainbow Guardians by Christian Villacañas
Doraemon at the 2020 Neo-Tokyo Olympic Games by Aleix Pitarch
Doomed by Guillermo García Carsí
Jamón by Iria Lopez
Bendito Machine V – Pull the Trigger by Jossie Malis
Strange Oaks and I’m a Monster by Headless
Manolito’s Dream by Txesco Montalt

Preceded by a short video featuring the some of the program’s directors! All films are DCP.

Watch the trailer!

ABD's Saturday Morning Cartoons: Love & Hate

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2/13/2016 - 11AM

For this month’s sugar-packed, chocolate-covered, marshmallow-topped special Leap Year edition of Saturday Morning Cartoons, we’ve gathered all the tales of tenderness, feats of friendship, great romances, and cartoon camaraderie we could cram into one show, honoring St. Valentine! Our ode to the great Loves, Hates, and Friendships of the cartoon-iverse features Mickey and Minnie, Popeye and Olive Oyl, Ralph the sheepdog and Sam the wolf, plus plenty of surprises! From classic Pepe Le Pew foul play to modern day Regular Show shenanigans, it’s going to be a Saturday full of love and plenty of Happy Happy Joy Joy!

Curated commercial breaks, all-you-can-eat cereal bar, and a cash bar for the more grown up kids who want to enjoy a mimosa with their cartoons. Pajamas not mandatory, but encouraged.

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: MoominsMania! feat. Moomins on the Riviera

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1/24/2016 - 7:30PM

Come frolic in Moominvalley as we celebrate Finland’s finest and warm’n’fuzziest export — The Moomins! Created in the 40s by singularly brilliant Finnish author/illustrator Tove Jansson, the adorable hippo-like family, and their coterie of colorful and peculiar friends, have enchanted audiences worldwide for generations. Their madcap misadventures, captured in numerous books and comics, have been dubbed “a surrealist masterpiece” by none other than Neil Gaiman. Jansson, a fascinating character in her own right, ranks among the finest creators of (ostensible) children’s fare. She imbued her creations with the cute n’ cuddly pathos and surprising depth that elevates works like Winnie-the-Pooh or The Little Prince—one could easily scribe a “Zen of Snufkin” or “Tao of Too-Ticky”. If you’re already a fan, this program promises a deluge of delights, and if you’ve never traversed the Moominvalley before, prepare to be welcomed with open arms and a pot of strawberry tea. We’ll take in selections from the myriad Moomins TV adaptations, documentary clips of Jansson and an exclusive screening of Moomins on the Riviera, the charming and utterly gorgeous new 2D animated feature—adapted directly from the original comic strips and released in celebration of Jansson’s 100th birthday—shown here in its original Finnish (with subtitles)!

Dir. Xavier Picard, 2014, DCP, 80 min.

Watch the trailer!

ABD's Saturday Morning Cartoons: BABYFICATION

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1/9/2016 - 11AM

Join us in celebrating our calendar’s birthday with a good ol’ fashioned Cinefamily Jr’s Saturday Morning Cartoon Show! What better way to honor Baby New Year than with a curated selection of the best examples of Cartoon Babyfication. From special episodes where beloved toons are younger—Scooby Doo as a Puppy, Inspector Gadget as a little kid—to spin-off series, all your favorite cartoon babes will be here.

Ageless and timeless cartoons were all we knew— until Muppet Babies came along, and we were spoiled with junior versions of cartoons, alternate cartoon-iverses unto themselves—Fred and Wilma in grade school together, the animals from the Jungle Book as friends since birth, teenaged Yogi Bear solving mysteries with a baby Boo-Boo Bear. We’ve picked out our favorite baby episodes, with gems from Adventure Time, Rugrats, Jungle Cubs, Tiny Toon adventures, and more.

Pajamas not mandatory, but encouraged.

Complimentary cereal bar with a rotation of the best sugary cereals on the market (featuring our monthly mix) and a cash bar for the grown ups who want their sugar delivered in the form of a mimosa.

ABD Presents: Twice Upon A Time (w/ Dir. John Korty in person!)

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12/18/2015 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by

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The towering, feature-length achievement in the “Lumage” stop-motion process, this lighthearted triumph of eye-popping visual design is ESSENTIAL viewing for Yellow Submarine diehards, Allegro Non Troppo ‘toonheads, animation aficionados of all colors, and quirk-tastic kids of all ages. After animating for Sesame Street, filmmaker John Korty perfected “Lumage”: the coloring, collaging and lighting of translucent fabric characters. Co-directed by fellow animation auteur Charles Swenson (Dirty Duck) and assembled by a small army of dedicated craftsmen (including David Fincher, Ratatouille’s Harley Jessup and The Nightmare Before Christmas’s Henry Selick), this timeless tale of sweet dreams and nightmares finds our heroes attempting to re-calibrate the cosmic clock and restore the flow of time. Join us as we rekindle the luminous, all-natural glow of Twice Upon A Time, finally giving Synonamess Botch, Scuzzbopper and Ibor the Video Gorilla their deserved place on the silver screen.

Dir. John Korty & Charles Swenson, 1983, 35mm, 75 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Twice Upon A Time”! NOTE: this trailer contains our original playdates of April 26th-28th. This screening will take place on Friday, Dec 18th. Charles Swenson will sadly not be joining us, but Dir. John Korty is!

ABD's Saturday Morning Cartoons: Anything Goes Bash!

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12/5/2015 - 11:30AM

Good Morning Boys and Girls! Following a spectacular year for Saturday Morning Cartoons, we’re happy to announce that we will continue the series in 2016!

For our final event of the year, programmers Simon Oré and James Fino have assembled a batch of their all-time favorite cartoons—gems that for one reason or another just didn’t fit into any of this year’s themes. This month—no holds barred—we present some of our favorite Looney Tunes, Sports Goofy shorts, Tex Avery, and Bravest Warriors. You’ll discover Bee and PuppyCat, revisit classic Nicktoons, and get pulled right into the wonderful and unpredictable mishmash we remember from the Saturday Morning Cartoon lineups of our childhoods.

Presented with special classic Holiday commercial breaks, all-you-can-eat cereals, and treats for kids of all ages! Pajamas are not mandatory, but they should be, and are encouraged.

ABD'S SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS: Fables & Fairy Tales

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11/7/2015 - 11:30AM

Saturday Morning Cartoons may be off Network Television, but they are alive and well here at Cinefamily! It’s that time again, where we all get together in our pajamas, stuff our happy faces with sugary goodness, and strap ourselves in our seats for Cinefamily Jr’s Saturday Morning Cartoons! We’re going old school this month, celebrating the timeless tradition of the fantastic world of fairy tales and fables.

This month will feature selections from Silly Symphonies, Looney Tunes, Adventure Time, Mother Goose, Grimm and more, rife with princesses, warriors, dragons, wizards, giants, golden geese and mermaids! These magical tales—spanning decades—will grace the big screen for our celebration of the fun, the funny, and the fractured fairy tales of old. Kick off your weekend in style, and live happily ever after with Cinefamily Jr!

Come in your PJs and enjoy our cereal bar with custom cereal mixes!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN PRESENTS - Starbright : A Truly Outrageous Celebration of Jem and the Holograms (w/ Jem creator Christy Marx in person!)

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10/24/2015 - 2:30PM

Co-presented by The Front

w/Jem creator Christy Marx in person! PLUS LIVE MUSIC & a Jem fan art show presented by Meltdown Comics and Collectibles!

Join us as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original Jem and the Holograms, the beloved animated series which transcended glamour, glitter, fashion, and fame, becoming a fantastic tale of female power.

When Cool Trash magazine reported that Jem and the Holograms creator Christy Marx was not involved in the 2015 live action reboot, the whole world wondered… did The Misfits finally get the best of Jem??? Well, not here at Cinefamily! Along with new female-led media project The Front, we’re bringing Christy Marx to LA for a truly outrageous show that will include classic Jem episodes, music videos, rarities from Marx’s personal archive, as well as the premiere of Off Hollywood–a news documentary series about the highs and lows of showbiz created by Jennifer Juniper Stratford and The Front. The first episode focuses on Christy Marx, tracing her history and diligence in the progression of female representation through comics and animation.

SHOWTIME, SYNERGY!!

After the show join us for a party featuring some of our favorite bands doing covers of Jem, Misfits, and Stingers songs! Plus Meltdown Comics and Collectibles presents a Jem fan art show in The Looking Garden Gallery!

Featured Artists:
Annisa Adjani
Benjamin Anders
Ashlyn Anstee
Nico Colaleo
Cheyenne Curtis
Brianne Drouhard
Kelly Eden
Jenny Fine
Phylicia Fuentes
Jennifer Gheduzzi
Mary J. Hoffman
Natasha Kline
Kate Laird
Frank Macchia
Kathryn Marusik
Zoë Moss
Erika Paget
Sara Pocock
Willy Roberts
Austin Salmi
Julia Vickerman

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

ABD's SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS: Stop Motion

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9/5/2015 - 11:30AM

Well Boys and Girls, it’s that time again to start your weekend off with Cinefamily’s sugary childhood goodness and celebrate Saturday Morning the way it should be celebrated: With cereal, cookies and Cartoons! And this month is a truly special month for us at Animation Breakdown, as with honor the magically alive, ludicrously detailed, obsessively meticulous world of Stop Motion Animation. Since the late 1800’s, we as people have been turning a task better suited for an obsessive compulsive madman into an art form that manages to branch the worlds of animation and reality. Stop Motion has been there to help us tether these worlds, from Land of the Lost Dinosaurs – to Wes Anderson’s Jaguar Shark – to the worlds of Boxtrolls, Coraline and Jack the Pumpkin King – Stop Motion Animation has this ability of never aging, and always being magical.

So come play with Gumby and Pokey, see what goes Bump in the Night, visit the Aardman Zoo and catch a California Raisin’s show. We will be featuring stop motion and claymation shorts and full episodes so come kick off September in a kick ass way. Bring your kids, your inner child, or your hunger for snacks and free mimosas – and rock your pajamas as we settle in to watch classic stop motiony goodness.

ABD: SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS: HEROES!

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8/1/2015 - 11:30AM

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird? it’s a plane? NO! It’s this month’s crime fighting, justice preserving, gadget wielding Cartoon extravaganza! From heroes to mutants, and villains both sympathetic and sociopathic, cartoon caped crusaders have been part of our lives long before Christian Bale made Batman into nothing more than a voice, or Marvel mad a whole universe of movies. Underdogs and super rabbits, powdered toast men and jokers, cartoon superheroes and villains, even before the comics themselves, have been how we learned about right and wrong, bravery and cowardice and how to rock tights and still look good. Saturday morning cartoons have always had superheroes at their core, and we are very proud to finally give them their time in the bat-signal spotlight. So join the Cinefamily and Animation Breakdown for a heroic way to get your Saturday going. We will be showing a great mix ranging from the colorful madness of Ralph Bakshi’s Mighty Mouse to the gothic awesomeness of Batman the Animated Series to the irreverent insanity of Amy Poehler’s The Mighty B.

Snacks, as well as our all you can eat cereal bar (with the month’s special cereal mix) will be provided – and all kids under 14 get in for free! See you Saturday and don’t forget to bring your most heroic pajamas.

ABD's SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS: CLASSICS

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7/4/2015 - 11:30AM

Celebrate the 4th of July with a Classic American Saturday Morning! (Programmed by JERRY BECK)

Are you ready Boys and Girls!? Because this month, animation historian Jerry Beck will be curating some of his favorites from his incredible and enviable collection of classic animation! Come celebrate America’s Birthday with us as we watch beautiful Film Prints of some of your childhood favorite animated short films. That’s right, I said this months show will be entirely ON 16MM FILM!

Jerry Beck has been responsible for the in-depth looks at all our favorite cartoon creations, all toons (from Looney to Nick) have been tackled and conquered by this man, and now he returns to the Cinefamily for a 4th of July Celebration fit for a King of Cartoons.

And that’s not all – in addition to our regular All You Can Eat Cereal Bar – we will have a 4th of July BBQ Extravaganza. Hotdogs, Burgers and Ribs, and on and on. Stuff your face with delicious food, and stuff your souls with amazing animation.
Bring your Patriotic Pajamas, and your appetite for fun (and food)!

Children Under 14 get in for Free.

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Autarky! Frontier Animation from CalArts 2015

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5/4/2015 - 10PM

Celebrating five years of screening current work primarily from students in their second or third year in CalArts’ Character and Experimental Animation Departments, Autarky! is a show centered around bringing work from the students’ hands to the screen. Tonight’s pieces will include stop-motion animation, drawing, painting, video, flicker films, text-based films, and much more!

Films TBA

ABD's Saturday Morning Cartoons: Adventure

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5/2/2015 - 12PM

Hold on to your propellor hats and ready your magical swords — it’s time to brave the dangers that might be up ahead and dive, head first, into Adventure! This month, we celebrate the swashbuckling and daring-do’s of our greatest animated thrillseekers with classic toons that instill that stirring sense, as well as clips from new shows that keep pushing the boundaries of imagination. Tall tales that feature duck millionaires, a boy and his magical dog, cold-hearted and misunderstood kings, bears that bounce here and there and everywhere: these are the adventures beyond compare. From old-school Hanna-Barbera to new-school Cartoon Network and everything in between, we cover all the bases, and, as always, add classic commercial breaks. Hop on your horse, your flying machine or your dragon, and rush face-first into Saturday Morning Cartoons. As always, enjoy our all-you-can-eat Cereal Bar (where, each month, our Cerealogists create a unique special mix based on our month’s theme), as well as free milk and cookies, coffee and bagels. Pajamas encouraged. Kids 14-and-under get free admission!

Watch a thrilling excerpt from “Adventure Time”!
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ABD's Saturday Morning Cartoons: Science

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4/4/2015 - 12PM

Equations, Potions, Space Ships! Science is not about boring speeches and endless mathematical equations. Rather, it can wonderously be about magic, robots, travel to far-flung worlds — above all, science is about exploration. Join us as we peer into animation’s microscope and explore futuristic families, maniacal martians and little laboratories up close and personal on a giant screen. Is it true that Gilligan’s Island birthed an animated sitcom set in space? Is it true that space madness is contagious? Is there really a Planet X — and just who owns it, Earth or Mars? The answers of all these burning questions will be answered April 4th. So, young scien-teers, gather your tools and let’s blast off towards another month of animated awesomeness. This month, we’ll also feature our favorite PSAs in-between the cartoons — and as always, treat yourself to our special all-you-can-eat cereal bar. Kids 14-and-under get free admission!

Watch the trailer for “ABD’s Saturday Morning Cartoons: Science”!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: The New and the Dark

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3/12/2015 - 10PM

Co-presented by GLAS Animation

Prepare for indelible images that will push you way beyond your comfort zone, as this specially-curated mix — comprised of the newest, boldest animated shorts from some of our fave notable artists around the world — isn’t for the faint of heart. At times, these films are downright horrifying, and at other times they will make you giddy from their strange, brightly colored beauty. And still, others simply leave you breathless in their innovative brilliance. One thing’s for certain: this screening is NOT appropriate for children. The evening’s lineup revels in the fact that animation is a unique medium in its ability to visually materialize the immaterial and unthinkable; from fish that morph into women-who-morph-into-coffee-cups-that-morph-into-penisis, a tongue that sticks to walls and girls wearing animal skins to straight-up wolf sex, this collection of substantial shorts (each 10-20 minutes long) from Australia, Poland, Russia, Spain, and the U.K. exemplify the narrative and visual genius of this great medium today.

Lineup of films:
- We Can’t Live Without the Cosmos (Russia)
- Canis by Marc Riba and Anna Solanas (Spain)
- Monkey Love Experiments by William Anderson and Ainslie Henderson (UK)
- Laznia by Tomek Ducki (Poland)
- Grace Under Water (Australia)
- House of Unconsciousness by Priit Tender (Estonia)
- Timber by Nils Hedinger (Switzerland)
+ 2 surprise films!

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The New and the Dark”!

ABD's Saturday Morning Cartoons: Origins (co-hosted by David Silverman!)

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3/7/2015 - 12PM

As we come up on the first Saturday of the month, animation director David Silverman (Monsters, Inc., The Simpsons Movie) joins us for another one of our jam-packed noontime programs! We’re giving David the keys to the family time machine, and he’s plotted a course straight to the origins of the Saturday Morning Cartoons phenomenon: an era when they were first broadcast to an eager audience of hungry young minds forever shaped (or warped, depending on whom you ask) by their wry humor and out-there concepts — serious influences on all the animator legends that followed. Join us in rediscovering the classic awesomeness of Hanna Barbera, Jay Ward, Chuck Jones and more, hand-selected by David for how they inspired his own career and style. Free admission for all children 14 and under. Feel free to come in your PJs, and don’t forget to visit the free cereal bar while you’re here!

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for the show!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Rock & Rule (hosted by Phil Lord, Nelvana animators in person!)

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2/26/2015 - 7:30PM

Nelvana Animation/Rock & Rule veterans Tom Sito, Lenora Hume, Darlie Brewster & David Scott Smith in person. Show hosted by The Lego Movie co-director Phil Lord. Plus, DJs Alec Hodgeman & John Puppo (KXLU’s “Fistful of Vinyl”) will be here to spin tunes before the show! Imagine a post-apocalyptic America where flying cars roam Nuke York, the citizens have cross-pollinated with the vermin to create rodent folks, and immortality is ensured by stealing someone’s voice. Now imagine this freaky-deaky landscape all set to a blazing soundtrack by Cheap Trick, Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop and basically every other rock star of the early-’80s. Put them together and you have Rock & Rule, a far-out animated rollercoaster ride through mutant discotheques and spooky back alleys that follows Mok, an aging Lou Reed-like rock star trying to forever secure his place in history by any diabolical means necessary. This means kidnapping a young singer (the aptly named Angel), drugging her band mates and terrorizing his hometown! Staying true to its Eighties roots, the film features truly great synth beats, which serve to enhance a dose stylish animation way, way ahead of its time.
Dir. Clive A. Smith, 1983, HD presentation, 77 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Rock & Rule”!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Devin Flynn & Friends

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2/12/2015 - 10PM

Most well known for his Webby-awarded series Y’all So Stupid, Devin Flynn has animated for an all-star selection of tripped-out wonders: Wonder Showzen, Aquateen Hunger Force Movie, Xavier: Renegade Angel and Yo Gabba Gabba, as well as music videos for Flying Lotus and The Alchemist. Join Devin and friends for a night of weird and wooly clips!

Plus, VR Cafe presented by Glitch City L.A.! Featuring work by Peter Javidpour, Travis Chen and Team Juggalo.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Devin Flynn & Friends”!

ABD's Saturday Morning Cartoons: Mysteries

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2/7/2015 - 12PM

The wind blows sinisterly through the trees…an owl howls in the night..a group of teenagers and their random mascot bursts forth from a Gothic house, running for their lives. Will it be Old Man Rivers, who owns the abandoned amusement park? Will it be the dastardly Dr. Claw? If your childhood was anything like ours, then these images are firmly a part of it. From the small sleuths to the daring nitwit detectives, from knee-high P.I.s to Rescue Rangers, cartoon crime solvers and mystery gangs have been a welcome staple since we can remember. Plus, nothing says Saturday Morning like cartoon procedurals’ comforting takes on routine, closure and smalltown weirdos with a beef against roving packs of whippersnappers. So follow the footprints, polish your magnifying glass and prepare your Scooby Snacks, ‘cause this month’s show is a winding trip through the spooky cartoon mysteries of the past. Free admission for all children 14 and under. Feel free to come in your PJs, and don’t forget to visit the free cereal bar while you’re here!

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Saturday Morning Cartoons: Mysteries”!

ABD's Saturday Morning Cartoons: Cats

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1/3/2015 - 11:30AM

All children under 14 get free admission to this event! Free advance tickets for your kids can be acquired at the same time as your Adult admission, through the online ticketing link.

Long before the Internet turned cat haters into cat lovers, vintage Saturday Morning Cartoons were on the prowl, beaming a double dose of cats into our homes. From lovable kitties with their magical bag of tricks, to feline mopers with a distaste for Mondays (even though they have no job to go to), cats have been villains, heroes, foils and schemers. Hell, they can even be made of Thunder! Whether it’s Tom chasing Jerry, Stimpy annoying Ren, or Eek helping Incredible Elmo, these cats have covered all the bases. For this lively inaugural SMC show, we’ve collected some of our favorite scenes from cat-themed cartoons throughout the decades, as well as a few full episodes to watch. Is there any better way to kick off our new Saturday Morning ritual? We don’t think so. (If there is, we’re not sure we want to know, because we’ve already committed to cats.)

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “ABD’s Saturday Morning Cartoons: Cats”!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Women In CGI

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12/17/2014 - 10PM

Time to bliss-out on the boops, and bug out on the beeps. From a glide through the uncanny valley to the most abstract experimentation, from oscilloscopes to Amigas, from paintboxes to PCs — we’ve mined a sweeping survey of the wild, weird and wonderful female trailblazers in computer animation. Highlights: the oscillographic masterpiece Mood Contrasts by early explorer Mary Ellen Bute; a rarely-seen 9-channel(!) version of Vibeke Sorensen’s NLOOPS; Lillian Schwartz’s dazzling films from her time at Bell Labs, Diana Walczak’s pioneering work in 3D character animation; shorts by Susan Van Baerle, Shelley Lake and many more. In the spirit of the event, our friends at Glitch City (L.A.’s amazing tight-knit community of independent digital artists and game developers) have invited local talents Lisa Brown, Theresa Duringer, and Ashley Zeldin to share some of their new games with you on the Cinefamily back patio, both before and after the screenings. Plus, the evening’s show is hosted by L.A. analog video sorceress Jennifer Juniper Stratford. Animators Vibeke Sorensen and Prudence Fenton in person! (“Mood Contrasts” 16mm print courtesy of the Cecile Starr Collection at the Center For Visual Music.)

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Women In CGI”!

Watch an excerpt from the Lillian Schwartz documentary “The Artist and the Computer”!
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ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Luca Dipierro's "Paper Circus" (w/ live scores by Father Murphy!)

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9/16/2014 - 7:30PM

“Luca Dipierro’s animations contain the blood and guts and mystery of what it means to be alive and on the planet.” — Robert Lopez (author, Kamby Bolongo Mean River, Asunder)

Described as “a perfect mix between creepy and charming” by the Huffington Post, the films of Luca Dipierro are carnivalesque tales of acrobacy and death, both sorrowful and comical. This startlingly dedicated artist uses a wide variety of mediums for his adventures in cut-out animation: paper, fabric, dirt, wood, thread, hair, paint, pencils, markers, buttons, wax, glue, tape — and moves his cut-outs on the surfaces of discarded book covers. Join us for Luca’s latest shorts collection Paper Circus, with live soundtracks by experimental Italian band FATHER MURPHY — one of the leading bands of what Simon Reynolds (author, Rip It Up And Start Again, Retromania) has termed the “new Italian occult psychedelia.” With their orchestrated flow of sounds, music and foley, the result is a hybrid tapestry that braids elements of cut-up, sound collage, performance art, and theater. Filmmaker in person!

Watch the Luca Diperro short “Mundus Novus”!

FREE SNEAK PREVIEW / ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Rocks In My Pockets (filmmaker Signe Baumane in person!)

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9/10/2014 - 7:30PM

“Boasting a narrative of extraordinary complexity and density, stuffed with irony, humor and tales-within-tales” — Alissa Simon, Variety

Winner of the International Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Prize at the Karlovy Vary Int’l Film Festival, the new animated gem Rocks in My Pockets boasts the highly personal and sweetly absurdist touch of Latvian artist/filmmaker Signe Baumane, who handcrafted this feature film out of papier-mâché, stop-motion and classic hand-drawn animation. With boundless imagination and a twisted sense of humor, Signe tells five fantastical tales based on upon the courageous women in her family, their battles with madness, and, in Signe’s words, a casual Eastern European backdrop of “war, divorce, politics, sex, business, education, money, secrets, marriage, power, motherhood and violence.” Employing a unique, beautifully textured animation style (with inspiration from Jan Svankmajer and Bill Plympton), Baumane has produced a poignant and often hilarious tale of mystery, mental health, redemption and survival. Signe Baumane in person for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Signe Baumane, 2014, DCP, 88 min.

NOTE: To help us track attendance, you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission. Your registration does not guarantee you a seat.

Watch the trailer for “Rocks In My Pockets”!
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ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Technicolor Toons (presented by Jerry Beck!)

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5/29/2014 - 7:30PM

With the total marginalization of film just on the horizon, there’s never been a better time to celebrate the greatest film stock of all: Technicolor, the cream-of-the-crop chemical film process requiring three separate negatives to create its vivid images. And, unlike other film stocks, Tech’s colors never faded. We’ve dug up a whole program of diverse classic cartoons with only one thing in common — each is a vintage film print struck in the original three-strip Tech process. Join animation historian (and longtime Cinefamily friend) Jerry Beck for an entire buffet of 35mm Technicolor cartoons from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s. Sadly, Technicolor’s dye-transfer process, used during the golden age of Hollywood, stopped due to costs in 1974. Luckily, prints still exist — but they’re getting scarce. This is going to be one helluva show, with Color Rhapsodies, Terrytoons and Noveltoons galore.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Technicolor Toons”!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN - The Best of KLIK!: Contemporary Shorts from Around the World

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5/22/2014 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by GLAS Animation and the Netherlands Film Fund.

Following the shorts program, Dutchies Joost Lieuwma (director of Leaving Home), Mathijs Stegink (animator and KLIK! programmer), Tünde Vollenbroek (animation producer and KLIK!s programming director) will join us for a Q&A.

Every November, we get awful jealous of animation fans in Europe — for that’s when they gleefully converge at KLIK!: the annual animation fest centered in Amsterdam. Lucky for us, KLIK! has just brought Stateside a best-of-the-best rundown from the many short films in their ever-growing arsenal. Come enjoy winners like Spin (Germany, KLIK! Political Animation Award 2010) and Rabbit and Deer (Hungary, KLIK! Amsterdam Audience Award 2013), alongside eye-catching shorts like My…My… (China) and Luke and Lotta (Poland).

FILMS TO BE SCREENED:
- The Little Boy and the Beast (Germany, dirs. Uwe Heidschoetter & Johannes Weiland)
- According To Birds (Netherlands, dir. Linde Faas)
- The Employment (Argentina, dir. Santiago Grasso)
- My…My… (China, dir. Ray Lei)
- Rabbit and Deer (Hungary, dir. Péter Vácz)
- Spin (Germany, dir. Max Hattler)
- Luke and Lotta (Poland, dir. Renata Gąsiorowska)
- Metamorphosis (USA, dir. Studio Buck)
- Luminaris (Argentina, dir. Juan Pablo Zaramella)
- Leaving Home (Netherlands, dir. Joost Lieuwma)

Watch the trailer for “The Best Of KLIK!”

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Autarky! Frontier Animation from CalArts 2014

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5/6/2014 - 9:45PM

Celebrating five years of screening current work primarily from students in their second or third year in CalArts’ Character and Experimental Animation Departments, Autarky! is a show centered around bringing work from the students’ hands to the screen. Tonight’s pieces will include stop-motion animation, drawing, painting, video, flicker films, text-based films, and much more!

Featuring:
Charlie Hodgkins – “The Pitch”
Qianyu Zhou – “Dear Mom”
Sasha Schotzko-Harris – “Amelia”
Yon Hui Lee – “Derailed”
Kyu Ri Park – “End Trip”
Stevie Borbolla – “Space Jerks”
Isabelle Aspin – “Land Mine on the Bunny Slope”
Ryann Shannon – ” Rain Check”
Jacob Winkler – “Tension”
AND MORE…

Watch the trailer for “Autarky! 2014″

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Animation Breakdown Roundup! (encore, 4/10)

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4/10/2014 - 10PM

It’s here to elate your eyes and tickle your nerves — here to unite creators, lovers and dreamers, drifting hand in hand in an ecstatic sea of color, form and sound — it’s ANIMATION BREAKDOWN ROUNDUP!, Animation Breakdown’s first-ever originally-commissioned shorts festival. Once an adored staple of arthouse theaters and college campuses worldwide, the animated anthology (Spike & Mike, The International Tournee, The Animation Show) has all but disappeared — but it’s time to change that. Today’s bounty of delectable frame-by-frame fruits must be shared with the masses on the big screen, so Roundup! creators Kevin Sukho Lee (Yo Gabba Gabba’s animation producer) and ABD’s Alex McDonald have picked up that mantle with a finely curated n’ commissioned 90+ minutes of mindblowing shorts from the finest of international talents.

Casting a wide net over their favorite filmmakers, they’ve hauled both world premieres and rarely screened works from veteran legends (like Vince Collins, Emily Hubley), current stars (such as Kirsten Lepore, Takeshi Murata, Devin Flynn, Allison Schulnik, Galen Pehrson, Amy Lockhart, Matt & Paul Layzell, Garrett Davis, Charles Huettner, Caleb Wood, Alex Schubert) and next-wavers (like Peter Millard, Sean Buckelew, Quique Rivera Rivera.) The resulting omnibus: a headfirst plunge into a world where boogiein’ ducks, intrepid space explorers, pot-smoking green punks, dancing humanoid flowers, Lynchian descents into madness and psyched-out headtrips all rub shoulders. Over a year in the making and not to be missed. So tune in, turn on, ROUNDUP!

Films include:
- Blobby Boys, dir. Alex Schubert (Premiere!)
- Eager, dir. Allison Schulnik
- Jessica, dir. Amy Lockhart (Premiere!)
- Teetersee Tottersaw, dirs. Caleb Wood & Derek Wycherley (Premiere!)
- Hallucinator, dir. Charles Huettner
- Coin, dir. Chris Burns
- Tedious Limbs, dir. Devin Flynn
- Write Back, dir. Emily Hubley (Premiere!)
- Elephant’s Garden, dir. Felix Colgrave
- Mondo Taurobolium, dir. Galen Pehrson
- Genie, dir. Garret Davis
- Eclipse, dirs. Hugo Moreno, Théo Guignard & Noé Lecombre
- Anonymous Mortician, dir. Joseph Bennett
- Move Mountain, dir. Kirsten Lepore
- Chicks with Cheeks, dir. Matt and Paul Layzell
- Welcome Committee, dir. Matt Taylor (Premiere!)
- Stuffed Animals, dir. Mike Hollingsworth
- Maze Wheel, Part 1, dir. Mike Nordstrom
- Weird Healing, dir. Overture (Premiere!)
- Boogodobiegodongo, dir. Peter Millard
- El Delirio del Pez Léon, dir. Quique Rivera Rivera
- Boxhead, dir. Randall Kaplan (Premiere!)
- Hopkins & Delaney, LLP, dir. Sean Buckelew (Premiere!)
- If You’re Pushed Hard Enough, dir. Sean Solomon
- It’s My Beak, dir. Seth Cooper
- Om Rider, dir. Takeshi Murata
- Lizard of Oz, dir. Vince Collins

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for the “Animation Breakdown Roundup”!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Animation Breakdown Roundup! (encore, 4/8)

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4/8/2014 - 10PM

It’s here to elate your eyes and tickle your nerves — here to unite creators, lovers and dreamers, drifting hand in hand in an ecstatic sea of color, form and sound — it’s ANIMATION BREAKDOWN ROUNDUP!, Animation Breakdown’s first-ever originally-commissioned shorts festival. Once an adored staple of arthouse theaters and college campuses worldwide, the animated anthology (Spike & Mike, The International Tournee, The Animation Show) has all but disappeared — but it’s time to change that. Today’s bounty of delectable frame-by-frame fruits must be shared with the masses on the big screen, so Roundup! creators Kevin Sukho Lee (Yo Gabba Gabba’s animation producer) and ABD’s Alex McDonald have picked up that mantle with a finely curated n’ commissioned 90+ minutes of mindblowing shorts from the finest of international talents.

Casting a wide net over their favorite filmmakers, they’ve hauled both world premieres and rarely screened works from veteran legends (like Vince Collins, Emily Hubley), current stars (such as Kirsten Lepore, Takeshi Murata, Devin Flynn, Allison Schulnik, Galen Pehrson, Amy Lockhart, Matt & Paul Layzell, Garrett Davis, Charles Huettner, Caleb Wood, Alex Schubert) and next-wavers (like Peter Millard, Sean Buckelew, Quique Rivera Rivera.) The resulting omnibus: a headfirst plunge into a world where boogiein’ ducks, intrepid space explorers, pot-smoking green punks, dancing humanoid flowers, Lynchian descents into madness and psyched-out headtrips all rub shoulders. Over a year in the making and not to be missed. So tune in, turn on, ROUNDUP!

Films include:
- Blobby Boys, dir. Alex Schubert (Premiere!)
- Eager, dir. Allison Schulnik
- Jessica, dir. Amy Lockhart (Premiere!)
- Teetersee Tottersaw, dirs. Caleb Wood & Derek Wycherley (Premiere!)
- Hallucinator, dir. Charles Huettner
- Coin, dir. Chris Burns
- Tedious Limbs, dir. Devin Flynn
- Write Back, dir. Emily Hubley (Premiere!)
- Elephant’s Garden, dir. Felix Colgrave
- Mondo Taurobolium, dir. Galen Pehrson
- Genie, dir. Garret Davis
- Eclipse, dirs. Hugo Moreno, Théo Guignard & Noé Lecombre
- Anonymous Mortician, dir. Joseph Bennett
- Move Mountain, dir. Kirsten Lepore
- Chicks with Cheeks, dir. Matt and Paul Layzell
- Welcome Committee, dir. Matt Taylor (Premiere!)
- Stuffed Animals, dir. Mike Hollingsworth
- Maze Wheel, Part 1, dir. Mike Nordstrom
- Weird Healing, dir. Overture (Premiere!)
- Boogodobiegodongo, dir. Peter Millard
- El Delirio del Pez Léon, dir. Quique Rivera Rivera
- Boxhead, dir. Randall Kaplan (Premiere!)
- Hopkins & Delaney, LLP, dir. Sean Buckelew (Premiere!)
- If You’re Pushed Hard Enough, dir. Sean Solomon
- It’s My Beak, dir. Seth Cooper
- Om Rider, dir. Takeshi Murata
- Lizard of Oz, dir. Vince Collins

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for the “Animation Breakdown Roundup”!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Animation Breakdown Roundup! (encore show)

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3/28/2014 - 9:45PM

It’s here to elate your eyes and tickle your nerves — here to unite creators, lovers and dreamers, drifting hand in hand in an ecstatic sea of color, form and sound — it’s ANIMATION BREAKDOWN ROUNDUP!, Animation Breakdown’s first-ever originally-commissioned shorts festival. Once an adored staple of arthouse theaters and college campuses worldwide, the animated anthology (Spike & Mike, The International Tournee, The Animation Show) has all but disappeared — but it’s time to change that. Today’s bounty of delectable frame-by-frame fruits must be shared with the masses on the big screen, so Roundup! creators Kevin Sukho Lee (Yo Gabba Gabba’s animation producer) and ABD’s Alex McDonald have picked up that mantle with a finely curated n’ commissioned 90+ minutes of mindblowing shorts from the finest of international talents.

Casting a wide net over their favorite filmmakers, they’ve hauled both world premieres and rarely screened works from veteran legends (like Vince Collins, Emily Hubley), current stars (such as Kirsten Lepore, Takeshi Murata, Devin Flynn, Allison Schulnik, Galen Pehrson, Amy Lockhart, Matt & Paul Layzell, Garrett Davis, Charles Huettner, Caleb Wood, Alex Schubert) and next-wavers (like Peter Millard, Sean Buckelew, Quique Rivera Rivera.) The resulting omnibus: a headfirst plunge into a world where boogiein’ ducks, intrepid space explorers, pot-smoking green punks, dancing humanoid flowers, Lynchian descents into madness and psyched-out headtrips all rub shoulders. Over a year in the making and not to be missed. So tune in, turn on, ROUNDUP!

Films include:
- Blobby Boys, dir. Alex Schubert (Premiere!)
- Eager, dir. Allison Schulnik
- Jessica, dir. Amy Lockhart (Premiere!)
- Teetersee Tottersaw, dirs. Caleb Wood & Derek Wycherley (Premiere!)
- Hallucinator, dir. Charles Huettner
- Coin, dir. Chris Burns
- Tedious Limbs, dir. Devin Flynn
- Write Back, dir. Emily Hubley (Premiere!)
- Elephant’s Garden, dir. Felix Colgrave
- Mondo Taurobolium, dir. Galen Pehrson
- Genie, dir. Garret Davis
- Eclipse, dirs. Hugo Moreno, Théo Guignard & Noé Lecombre
- Anonymous Mortician, dir. Joseph Bennett
- Move Mountain, dir. Kirsten Lepore
- Chicks with Cheeks, dir. Matt and Paul Layzell
- Welcome Committee, dir. Matt Taylor (Premiere!)
- Stuffed Animals, dir. Mike Hollingsworth
- Maze Wheel, Part 1, dir. Mike Nordstrom
- Weird Healing, dir. Overture (Premiere!)
- Boogodobiegodongo, dir. Peter Millard
- El Delirio del Pez Léon, dir. Quique Rivera Rivera
- Boxhead, dir. Randall Kaplan (Premiere!)
- Hopkins & Delaney, LLP, dir. Sean Buckelew (Premiere!)
- If You’re Pushed Hard Enough, dir. Sean Solomon
- It’s My Beak, dir. Seth Cooper
- Om Rider, dir. Takeshi Murata
- Lizard of Oz, dir. Vince Collins

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for the “Animation Breakdown Roundup”!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: "Women In Animation" Showcase & panel!

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3/9/2014 - 7PM

Presented by WOMEN IN ANIMATION. Co-sponsored by SIX POINT HARNESS and MONDO MEDIA.

Panel/screening followed by backyard patio mixer! For this very special evening celebrating the work of female animation directors, ABD’s partnered with our friends at Women In Animation: the non-profit dedicated to uniting “a global community of professionals to empower and support women in the art, science and business of animation.” First up, an amazing WIA-assembled panel with esteemed directors, and then it’s time for an ABD-curated selection of shorts past and present. Prestigious panelists include Lauren Faust (My Little Pony, The Powerpuff Girls, Wander Over Yonder), Emily Hubley (The Toe Tactic, Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Pigeon Within), Yvette Kaplan (Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill, Zack & Quack), Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Green Lantern: First Flight), Rebecca Sugar (Steven Universe, Adventure Time) and Lauren MacMullan (the Oscar-nominated Get A Horse!, The Simpsons). Moderated by director/actor Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens), the discussion covers animation direction across mediums: TV, features, shorts, traditional and digital, inside and out of the studio system!

Films to be screened:
- Pencil Booklings (1978): Kathy Rose’s seminal scribbles brought to life
- Lord I: The Records Keeper (2013): the 10-years-in-the-making short by Lori D.
- Set, Set, Spike! (2002): Emily Hubley’s collage of memory, poetry and volleyball
- Like A Lantern (2013): Lilli Carre’s haunting, wistful cut-outs
- Two Ghosts (2014): new World Premiere by Amy Lee Ketchum
- Northern Ice, Golden Sun (2002): Faith Hubley’s Inuit inspired final film,
- and more!

Watch an excerpt from Emily Hubley’s “Set, Set, Spike”!

Watch excerpts from the work of Kathy Rose, including “Pencil Bookings”!
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ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Animation Breakdown Roundup!

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3/8/2014 - 9:30PM

Backyard patio reception 9:30pm, showtime approx. 10:00pm! It’s here to elate your eyes and tickle your nerves — here to unite creators, lovers and dreamers, drifting hand in hand in an ecstatic sea of color, form and sound — it’s ANIMATION BREAKDOWN ROUNDUP!, Animation Breakdown’s first-ever originally-commissioned shorts festival. Once an adored staple of arthouse theaters and college campuses worldwide, the animated anthology (Spike & Mike, The International Tournee, The Animation Show) has all but disappeared — but it’s time to change that. Today’s bounty of delectable frame-by-frame fruits must be shared with the masses on the big screen, so Roundup! creators Kevin Sukho Lee (Yo Gabba Gabba’s animation producer) and ABD’s Alex McDonald have picked up that mantle with a finely curated n’ commissioned 90+ minutes of mindblowing shorts from the finest of international talents.

Casting a wide net over their favorite filmmakers, they’ve hauled both world premieres and rarely screened works from veteran legends (like Vince Collins, Emily Hubley), current stars (such as Kirsten Lepore, Takeshi Murata, Devin Flynn, Allison Schulnik, Galen Pehrson, Amy Lockhart, Matt & Paul Layzell, Garrett Davis, Charles Huettner, Caleb Wood, Alex Schubert) and next-wavers (like Peter Millard, Sean Buckelew, Quique Rivera Rivera.) The resulting omnibus: a headfirst plunge into a world where boogiein’ ducks, intrepid space explorers, pot-smoking green punks, dancing humanoid flowers, Lynchian descents into madness and psyched-out headtrips all rub shoulders. Over a year in the making and not to be missed. So tune in, turn on, ROUNDUP!

Films include:
- Blobby Boys, dir. Alex Schubert (Premiere!)
- Eager, dir. Allison Schulnik
- Jessica, dir. Amy Lockhart (Premiere!)
- Teetersee Tottersaw, dirs. Caleb Wood & Derek Wycherley (Premiere!)
- Hallucinator, dir. Charles Huettner
- Coin, dir. Chris Burns
- Tedious Limbs, dir. Devin Flynn
- Write Back, dir. Emily Hubley (Premiere!)
- Elephant’s Garden, dir. Felix Colgrave
- Mondo Taurobolium, dir. Galen Pehrson
- Genie, dir. Garret Davis
- Eclipse, dirs. Hugo Moreno, Théo Guignard & Noé Lecombre
- Anonymous Mortician, dir. Joseph Bennett
- Move Mountain, dir. Kirsten Lepore
- Chicks with Cheeks, dir. Matt and Paul Layzell
- Welcome Committee, dir. Matt Taylor (Premiere!)
- Stuffed Animals, dir. Mike Hollingsworth
- Maze Wheel, Part 1, dir. Mike Nordstrom
- Weird Healing, dir. Overture (Premiere!)
- Boogodobiegodongo, dir. Peter Millard
- El Delirio del Pez Léon, dir. Quique Rivera Rivera
- Boxhead, dir. Randall Kaplan (Premiere!)
- Hopkins & Delaney, LLP, dir. Sean Buckelew (Premiere!)
- If You’re Pushed Hard Enough, dir. Sean Solomon
- It’s My Beak, dir. Seth Cooper
- Om Rider, dir. Takeshi Murata
- Lizard of Oz, dir. Vince Collins

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for the “Animation Breakdown Roundup”!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Floating World Comics' "DMTV3"

Experimental, psychedelic animation fest!
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2/16/2014 - 10:30PM

In celebration of L.A. Zinefest, we welcome the fine folks from Portland’s Floating World Comics into our home to present the third eye-opening installment of DMTV, their roving experimental/psychedelic/abstract animation festival. Since 2006, the renowned publisher/shop (often referred to as “the Powell’s of comic books”) has produced bleeding-edge animation fests, curating moving art with the same care and finely attuned sensibilities that they select printed matter — works that eschew the commercial, striving instead for pure vision, singular aesthetic and personal expression. As the Floating World festivaleers themselves say: “Some of the films push visual noise and glitch to the limit while others reach a peak of ambient degaussed bliss. Local and lo-fi, international and extrasensory, hand drawn, stop motion, CGI and puppetry, electricity and torches.” As mind-expanding as its mantle promises, this DMTV program spans glitching ghosts, an homage to ‘70s Aussie biker exploitation starring an animated Neil Young, avant-garde luminary Suzan Pitt’s cult classic Asparagus (which accompanied Eraserhead upon its original theatrical release), plus new shorts from David Oppenheimer, Lale Westvind, Pink Twins, Johnny Woods, Spectral Net, Yoshihide Sodeoka and more. Buy a ticket, take the ride!

Featuring:
- Universal Codec Error Aborting Video, dir. James Connolly
- Asparagus, dir. Suzan Pitt
- Flesh Gun, dir. Lale Westvind
- Spectral Sequences SN-04-001, dir. Spectral Net
- Morris, dir. James Mercer
- Outer Osmo Ghost Mode, dir. Johnny Woods, Alan Palomo
- Numb Com, dir. David Oppenheim
- Miracle, dir. Pink Twins
- Devils Reign, dir. Yoshihide Sodeoka
- Stone Young, dir. Throne Boogie

Watch the trailer for “DMTV3″!
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MEMBERS-ONLY: The Lego Movie (sneak preview, filmmakers in person!)

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2/6/2014 - 8PM

PRESENTED BY ANIMATION BREAKDOWN

Longtime Cinefamily friends Phil Lord and Chris Miller have been working tirelessly on writing/directing The Lego Movie for some years now. Finally, it’s set for wide release on February 7th — come catch this very special Members-Only sneak peak at the film a day early, with Phil and Chris in person!
Dirs. Phil Lord & Chris Miller, 2014, DCP, 100 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Lego Movie”!
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NOTE: To help us track attendance, you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission. Your registration does not guarantee you a seat.

If this is the kind of event you want more of in your life, sign up for a CINEFAMILY MEMBERSHIP!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Nutcracker Fantasy

An awesomely bizarro sugarplum dream!
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12/23/2013 - 10:45PM

CO-PRESENTED BY SCREEN NOVELTIES

In the late-’70s, Sanrio (yes, the Hello Kitty people) unleashed this wonderously unusual stop-motion confection that has sadly laid unsavored for ages. Ex-Rankin/Bass animator Takeo Nakamura was the lucky fellow called upon to employ the signature “Animagic” technique of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to this vaguely festive, awesomely bizarro sugarplum dream — one in which and the signifiers of Christmas fare are all there, except Christmas is never once mentioned. The titular fantasy seems adapted from a German-to-Japanese-to-English translation of the original yarn, rather than the beloved ballet (though its melodies are employed on the Moog-drenched soundtrack to supergroovy effect.) Adding to the beautiful confusion are elaborate musical numbers, plus the voice talents of showbiz stalwarts like Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Dick Van Patten and Jo Anne Worley as the “Nut of Darkness”-wielding, two-headed rat queen. Not screened since its initial release, never on DVD and presented here on film! As a special holiday gift, our pals from Screen Novelties (L.A.’s premiere stop-motion masters of misfit toys) will present a curated mix of their favorite yuletide bits and baubles.
Dir. Takeo Nakamura, 1979, 16mm, 82 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Nutcracker Fantasy”!

Watch Screen Novelties’ 2013 “Krampus Christmas” eCard!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat In Space + Meow Mix (feat. "Cat Soup")

Felis silvestris catus to the maximus!
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11/21/2013 - 7:30PM

Animation Breakdown’s “Meow Mix” – 7:30pm
From the walls of the Egyptian tombs to Eliot’s Mr. Mistoffelees, Felis silvestris catus has inspired artists across every possible medium for thousands of years. So it’s no surprise that animators have likewise been giving motion to meows since the earliest zoetropes, and that many of our most beloved characters, from Felix to Fritz, have been cats — no matter how many theme parks that mouse may lord over. Tonight, we fondly gather feline creations from all around the world, both classic and contemporary. Among the evening’s coterie: a daydreaming Polish puss who yearns to fly with the birds, a particularly insistent Canadian kitty, a blue-eyed Czech “kocoura” crafted out of yarn and string, and a selection of animation historian Jerry Beck’s favorite cat’toons. Closing the mix is the mindblowing cult favorite Cat Soup. Inspired by the totally singular, cat-centric work of manga artist Nekojiru, this wordless mini-opus tells the hallucinogenic tale of an anthropomorphic kitten’s surreal voyage, on a quest to retrieve his sister’s soul. Unlike any anime before or since, and long out of print on DVD — not to be missed!

Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat In Space – approx. 9:00pm
Imagine a film that’s equal parts Astro Boy, Hello Kitty and David Lynch — add a healthy dose of punk ‘tude, intergalactic futurism and out-for-blood cultural satire — stir in a plot inspired in part by Thomas Pynchon’s “The Crying of Lot 49″, and top it off with a sexy, foul-mouthed feline heroine — and whatever you’ve got in your head isn’t 1/4th as crazy as Tamala 2010. Cigarette smokin’, kickass kitty Tamala is fed up with the day-to-day humdrum, and extends the proverbial feline finger to her corporation-commanded hometown. Despite the wishes of her human foster mother (who perpetually plays video games in the nude with a giant snake wrapped around her), Tamala takes off in a personal spaceship bound for her birthplanet, only to unravel ties between herself, an ancient cult, and the postal service mega-conglomerate Catty & Co. — except, it’s a whole lot weirder than that. Crafted by a mysterious duo known as t.o.L. (“trees of Life”), and unleashed in 2002 — the same year in which Pixar released Finding Nemo, mind you — Tamala still stands today as a beacon of how far the digital medium’s boundaries for feature animation can be pushed (and a reminder of how little they really have been.)
Dir. trees of Life, 2002, 35mm, 92 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space”!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN Halloween (feat. "Midori"!)

The ultimate antidote to mainstream anime!
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10/28/2013 - 10PM

Step right up and feast your eyeballs, if you dare, upon one of the most grotesquely beautiful pieces of underground animation, and the ultimate antidote to mainstream anime. It’s the simple, twisted tale of an orphaned flower girl who’s taken in by circus freaks and horribly mistreated, until she meets a dwarf with a knack for escaping glass bottles and making people explode. Singlehandedly drawn and animated over five years by the impossibly dedicated artist Hiroshi Harada, this perverse masterwork was originally screened at secretive performance art happenings complete with pyrotechnics, live performances and raining cherry blossoms. Even without the live flourishes, it stands as a monumental work of transgressive independent animation, and a faithful adaptation of Suehiro Maruo’s infamous manga. Overflowing with gloriously lurid imagery and saturated with breaktaking detail, Midori is one of Japanese animation’s great white whales, for it remains banned in its home country, with its only film print having been confiscated and destroyed by customs in 1999. Made by and for social misfits, Midori begs to be discovered. Graphic, unsettling, gorgeous — and not on DVD either in the U.S. or Japan! Plus, preceeding animated short film TBA!
Dir. Hiroshi Harada, 1992, digital presentation, 56 min.

Watch our original trailer for “Midori”!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN:
John K presents "When Cartoonists Ran the Show"

The Sultan of Spümcø Picks Top-Notch Toons!
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9/26/2013 - 7:30PM

From the very first frame of the first episode of The Ren & Stimpy Show, it was as if an impassioned, collective inquiring shout could be heard ‘round the world: “WHAT IS THIS?! WHO MADE THIS?! WHERE DID IT COME FROM?!” The answer: one Mr. John Kricfalusi, better known as John K., the sultan of Spümcø. Whether in his earliest work on Ralph Bakshi’s Mighty Mouse mutation, with hero Bob Clampett on Beany & Cecil, his own series The Ripping Friends or music videos for the likes of Tenacious D, John’s feverishly audacious style and brilliantly skewed wit are unmistakable and wholly his own. Perhaps that’s because he took notes from the greats, legends of the cartoon era who fired off their own manically marvelous singular visions with each flick of their pencils. Tonight, John will be at the Cinefamily in person to take us through his favorite classic cartoons from the masters of the golden age: Clampett, Tex Avery, Walter Lanz, Max Fleischer and more — discussing them along the way, examining the disparity in philosophy and approach between these classic films and modern cartoons, and sharing how they shaped him as as a young, budding soon-to-be animation legend, shedding some light on that amazed, still-echoing bellow of “WHERE DID IT COME FROM?!”. In addition to sharing a selection of classic cartoons from his personal collection, John will be sharing a handful of very scarcely seen films of his own, including the uncut version of “Mighty’s Benefit Plan” (starring Elwy and the Tree Weasels) for all you Spümcø-heads out there!

Watch John K.’s classic music video for Björk’s “Miss You”!
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ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Late Night Work Club Showcase (feat. world premiere of "Ghost Stories"!)

World premiere by new animation collective!
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8/29/2013 - 10PM

As we stoke the summer’s fading embers, we excitedly gather ‘round the campfire for the world premiere of Ghost Stories, Late Night Work Club’s anthology of entirely new animated shorts wrought by the devil himself, and several of the finest animator/designers making their own stuff today. A scrupulously hand-picked animation collective, LNWC was conceived from the nocturnal Twittersphere communions of several indie auteurs — some established cult faves, some up-and-comers — as an effort to bridge a gap in their own output and the animation community at large. After many global video chats (most of the collective’s members have never met, some don’t even know what each other look like) and tireless labor, they proudly present their first project: a macabre mélange of cryptic tales which promises to make you laugh, cry, and scream while marveling at the work of this incredible group. Who knows what lurks in the witching hour? It turns out Late Night Work Club does, and soon you will too. Plus, Late Night Work Club members Jake Armstrong and Sean Buckelew will be here in person, all the way from NYC, to present other brand-new LNWC animated fun!

Films include:
Dave Prosser – “I Will Miss You”
Charles Huettner – “The Jump”
Sean Buckelew – “The American Dream”
Ciaran Duffy – “Ombilda”
Conor Finnegan – “Asshole”
Scott Benson – “Last Lives”
Jake Armstrong and Erin Kilkenny – “Mountain Ash”
Louise Bagnall – “Loose Ends”
Eamonn O’Neill – “Post Personal”
Alex Grigg – “Phantom Limb”
– and more!

Watch the trailer for “Ghost Stories”!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Special Effect (Peter Burr in person!) + Time Farmers (Lori Damiano in person!)

Two brand-new, totally stunning programs!
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7/25/2013 - 7:30PM

Animation Breakdown is über-proud to present this very special double-stuffed evening — featuring the L.A. premieres of two brand-new, totally stunning programs, and including a totally absorptive, live multimedia experience. Sharing the same bleeding-edge spirit, these unique shows are collaborations with some of the freshest, most original talents in contemporary animation.

SPECIAL EFFECT – 7:30pm
Video/performance artist Peter Burr hosts Special Effect, a live imaginary TV show inspired by “The Zone”, the mysterious destination within Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 film Stalker. Combining 18 shorts that utilize a wide swath of cutting-edge techniques, original music from Lucky Dragons and Seabat, and a live performance by Burr involving laser beams, greenscreens and a webcam, Special Effect transports us to a warped impression of Tarkovsky’s cryptic, off-limits realm of hope, possibility and desire. Commissioned by video label Cartune Xprez, the 30-second works onscreen throughout the show were crafted by underground animators from across the globe.
Approx 70 mins., live and digital presentation.

Contributors include: James Duesing, Amy Lockhart, Yoshi Sodeoka, Billy Grant, Michael Bell-Smith, Ola Vasiljeva, Jacob Ciocci, Andrew Benson, Jeff Kriksciun, Chad VanGaalen, Philippe Blanchard, E*Rock, Luke Painter, Brandon Blommaert, Stu Hughes, Devin Flynn, Michael Robinson, Sabrina Ratté, and Brenna Murphy. Show written by Peter Burr, Maya Lubinsky, and PFFR. Costumes by Diana Joy. Computer programming by Mike Heavers.

TIME FARMERS — approx. 9:00pm
Having just finished her 2-D, hand-drawn film Lord I: The Records Keeper, acclaimed illustrator/animator Lori Damiano has gathered new shorts from some friends to accompany her newly-completed creation on a motorcycle-bound U.S. road trip — and it just so happens that her friends are some of North America’s leading independent contemporary animators. The result is Time Farmers, a diverse showcase of unconventional animated art — and we’re proud she’s made Animation Breakdown her L.A. pitstop!
Approx 60 mins., digital presentation.

FILMS TO BE SCREENED:
Chapter Three by Jo Dery
Rebellious Bird by Jennifer Levonian
Wee Wee Attractors by Leif Goldberg and Ursa Goldenrose
Like A Lantern by Lilli Carre
Move Mountain by Kirsten Lepore
Blanket Statement No. 1: Home Is Where The Heart Is by Jodie Mack
Edible Rocks by Stefan Gruber
Inside The Weeping Volcano by Trixy Sweetvittles
Sleeping Beauty by Amy Lockhart
Night Moves by Takeshi Murata & Billy Grant
Lord I: The Records Keeper by Lori Damiano

Watch the trailer for Animation Breakdown: “Special Effect” & “Time Farmers”!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Persistence of Vision

A fascinating slice of animation history!
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6/27/2013 - 10PM

“An amazing film about an amazing artist. Rush out and see ‘Persistence of Vision’.” – Bill Plympton

Striving to make the crowning visionary masterpiece of his career, acclaimed animator Richard Williams spent nearly three decades of his life toiling away on The Thief And The Cobbler (a radical new project started in the Sixties, but finally slated for completion only after Williams’ Oscar for 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit), only to have it torn from his hands at the very last minute. Re-cut, re-voiced and re-drawn, the final product is a shadow of what “could have been” — and Thief’s tumultuous offscreen saga is the stuff of legend amongst historians, animation fans and film lovers. Using incredible footage from Williams’ lost epic, rare archival footage and interviews with Thief crew members, director Kevin Schreck brings this legendary chapter of cinema history to the screen for the very first time. Called a “Herculean accomplishment” (indieWIRE) and a “fascinating slice of film history” (Variety), this is the gripping story of the greatest animated film never made. Stick around for special bonus material to be screened at the midnight hour!
Dir. Kevin Schreck, 2012, digital presentation, 83 min.

Watch the trailer for “Persistence of Vision!”

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Sky Song

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5/23/2013 - 9:45PM

Hailing from Estonia (a nation whose chief exports seem to be mineral products and mind-blowing animation), the much-revered Mati Kütt renders a haunting surrealist stop-motion allegory through lovingly hand-crafted puppet work — and the lushly dreamlike results are manna for fans of Svankmajer, Barta, The Quays and Jeunet + Caro. Ejected from his womb room by the overlord Sigmund Freud, a postman departs from the confines of a crumbling, claustrophobic steampunk lab, venturing out into a chimerical landscape to deliver an all-important, cryptic message from mankind to the denizens of the moon. While Freud may rule the lab, Kütt’s definitely jiving with Jung, as he plums our rich collective unconscious with nods to Magritte, Dali, Van Gogh and Buñuel. A wordless, abstract love letter to the spirit of creativity, wherein the very act of taking in this cinematic id workout — with its stunning imagery and wide-open fantastic narrative — feels as much a paean to the power of dream and imagination as the film itself. Plus, as part of Animation Breakdown’s monthly residency, curated selection of contemporary and vintage animated shorts TBA.
Dir. Mati Kütt, 2010, digital presentation.

Watch the trailer for “Sky Song”!
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ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Autarky! Frontier Animation from CalArts

CalArts' Experimental Animation Program!
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5/16/2013 - MIDNITE

Celebrating four years of screening current work primarily from students in their second or third year in CalArts’ Experimental Animation Program, Autarky! is a show centered around bringing work from the students’ hands to the screen. Tonight’s pieces will include stop-motion animation, drawing, painting, video, flicker films, text-based films, and much more!
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Program Order:
01: “Amalgam” by Jack Turpin
02: “Dear Sky” by Jerrold Chong
03: “Romance” by Sunny Liang
04: “Loud Boy” by Amy Lee
05: “ESCAPE” by Skyler Brown
06: “Crickets” by Crystal Skye Jordan
07: “Hey There, Second Conscious” by Tyler Russo
08: “Procrastination” by Eben Zboch
09: “Vanishing Jazz Band” by Jacob Sluka
10: “Umma” by Sieun Lim
11: “Leap of Faith” by Sydney Frank
12: “Wood Colored Foxes” by Madeline Mathis
13: “Bad Day” by Nicole Stafford
14: “Dwarf Planets” by Leo Lillrank
15: “Fruit Stand Off” by Tomas Christian
16: “Dragons Are Assholes” by Hae-Joon Lee
17: “S’more and Peace” by Harley Scroggins
18: “Onion” by Erin Kim
19: “Shadowbox” by Shawna Koski
20: “The Light Collector” by Eric Loelius
21: “Remnant” by Abby Magno
22: “i met a robot at a ballet once.” by Isabela Dos Santos
23: “UNTITLED” by Jesse Johnson
24: “EYES BIG LOVE” by Sophia Diao
25: “To a Lost Memory” by Skyler Brown
26: “The Best Daughter” by Ambar Navarro

Animation Breakdown's "Masters Of Cut-Out Animation"

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4/18/2013 - 10:15PM

Combining hand-drawn and stop-motion techniques, along with collage and a ton of imagination, creations born from the art of the cut-out animation rip from the page with distinctive texture: a living decoupage that gives birth to geometric ballets, kaleidoscopic head trips, satirical scrapbook follies and beyond. One of the oldest techniques in the medium, it’s been used to create everything from the delicate shadowplay of the very first animated feature (The Adventures of Prince Achmed), to the crushing foot of the Almighty that introduced a certain Flying Circus. Tonight we celebrate the art of the snip n’ slide with a selection of shorts that cover a broad expanse of styles and aesthetics, including the riotous paper perversions of Victor Faccinto, the surreal Victorian voyages of Lawrence Jordan, the cut-and-paste pop culture collisions of Stan Vanderbeek, Frank Mouris and Lewis Klahr, the dadaist goof-offs of Terry Gilliam, the moving photos of Jim Blashfield (whose co-opted style seemed to define a generation — remember those Bubble Tape commercials?) and much more. Join Animation Breakdown for what’s cut out to be an incredible evening!

FILM LINEUP:
- Frank Film Dir. Frank Mouris, 1973, 16mm, 9 min.
- E Dirs. Francine Desbiens & Břetislav Pojar, 1981, 16mm, 6 min.
- Le Merle Dir. Norman McLaren, 1959, 16mm, 4 min.
- Achoo Mr. Keroochev Dir. Stan Vanderbeek, 1960, 16mm, 2 min.
- Filet Of Soul Dir. Victor Faccinto, 1972, 16mm, 16 min.
- Altair Dir. Lewis Klahr, 1994, 16mm, 8 min.
- Carabosse Dir. Lawrence Jordan, 1980, 16mm, 5 min.
- Notes On A Triangle Dir. René Jodoin, 1966, 16mm, 5 min.
…AND MANY MORE!

Watch Jim Blashfield’s iconic cut-out music video for Talking Heads’ “And She Was”!
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