ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: John Hubley Centennial, Program 2 (feat. brand-new restoration of "Of Stars And Men")

The Hubleys’ blacklisting from the mainstream animation studio system in 1952, and the founding of their own basement shop, presented them with a wide-ranging freedom in both the commercial realm and their own personal works. This resulted in one of the first times American audiences recognized the animated medium as fine art, as John and Faith were able to address complicated subjects like race, environmental issues, and war — all while simultaneously celebrating the innocence of children. Saturday afternoon’s program presents a wide range of the Hubleys’ output, from a selection of TV ad spots to one of the couple’s most ambitious works, 1964′s Of Stars and Men: a spellbinding brew of dialogue-less, documentary style animation addressing humankind’s search for meaning in the universe. In typical Hubley fashion, these philosophical questions are revealed through the eyes of a child. Emily Hubley in person — plus, DJ Adam Papagan will be here to spin tunes before the show!

Screening selections:
- John Hubley ads collection (1950s, DCP, 8 min.)
- A Date with Dizzy (1958, DCP, 6 min.)
- The Hole (1962, 35mm, 15 min.)
- The Cruise (1966, digital presentation, 8 min.)
- Cockaboody (1973, 35mm, 9 min.)
- People, People, People (1976, 35mm, 5 min.)
- Of Stars and Men (1964, DCP, 53 min.)

Watch an excerpt from “Of Stars and Men”!