Dec 262009

Anyone who knows me knows I love cats, so here is a great holiday animated short that I love.
I found this on the Straight website, Vancouver’s version of the Stranger.

Hot on the heels of a recent post linking to an interview with Sita Sings the Blues creator Nina Paley, here is a recent NYT review of the 2008 animated movie.  Looks like the film is ‘opening’ in Manhattan after a long festival run. Whether that means an art-house cinema or traditional theatrical release is unclear.
A little bit more is disclosed in this Wall Street Journal article:

“In 2008, Paley released the entire movie on YouTube, making it free to any audience. All Paley asks is that any donations be sent to her. So the fact that the film is now getting a theatrical release in New York is, in her words, “extremely exciting.”

What a great short: Skhizein

it’s rare that I see an animated short with a great concept that is executed so well. Check it out. Description: ‘After being struck by a 150-ton meteorite, Henry has to adapt to living precisely 91 centimeters from himself.’ You want to see it now, don’t you?
For those interested in DVD cover design, there are pictures of the short’s DVD on their blog.

Is this what we’ve come to?
Do we need a tool kit to come up with ideas for our films?

Another nice short: Le Coeur Est Un Metronome (The Heart is a Metronome):

This one looks hand-drawn, about a father-son relationship – very rhythmic and musical, more like a dance.

Speaking in a recent post of Terry Gilliam, here’s a great interview with him about his often doomed films and the recent ‘Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.’: he now admits that “the whole animation thing was a detour to get me where I really wanted to be, which was film directing.”

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