Mar 152011

SIFF is all about animation in April (animation and Steig Larsson – they are screening the mini-series versions of the Millenium Trilogy April 1-7):

They are screening the Adventures of Prince Achmed on April 4th with live music! PLUS they have a whole mini-festival called Animation Fascination April 22-24 that includes the features Mary & Max and Idiots & Angels (Bill Plympton’s latest), as well as three animated shorts programs I’m not going to miss: The Best of SIFF Animation for Adults, NFB Animation Express and Stop. Motion. Time. And this is in addition to further child-centric screenings. I caught SIFF’s Animation for Adults program last year and it was very strong. I’m also super excited to see the NFB films because it’s so hard to see them anywhere else. The whole festival will cost you $60 or $35 for SIFF members. Below is all the info you could possibly need (my suggestions are underlined):

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

SEAT Seattle Experimental Animation Team

With live music by Miles and Karina
Monday April 4, 2011
7:30 PM
SIFF Cinema at McCaw Hall

Lotte Reiniger’s classic animation is the oldest surviving feature length animated film. Using a multiplane camera and metal and paper silhouettes, Rieniger spent 3 years making the film based on stories from “The Arabian Nights”. A wonderfully magic film for all ages.

Miles and Karina were commissioned in 2006 by the Northwest Film Forum to create an original score for this animated classic.

SIFF Animation Fascination

Friday, April 22—April 24
SIFF Cinema at McCaw Hall

Friday, April 22, 2011

Pixar Shorts
7:00 PM

A collection of their classic shorts in chronological order. From the ground-breaking Luxo Jr. to Presto, with the classics like Red’s Dream, Knick Knack and Lifted. A short course in the changing state of the art in computer animation for the past 20+ years.

Return of the Animated: The Best of SIFF Animation for Adults
9:00 PM

SIFF’s Animation For Adults always delights with outrageous, hilarious, and sometimes just plain wrong animated shorts. Here are some of the best from the past few years.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Animation for All Ages: The Best of SIFF Films4Families
SIFF has long showcased some of the best animated short films for the whole family. Come and share the audience favorites with your family or inner child..

1:00 PM
The Phantom Tollbooth
3:30 PM

Warner Brothers animator Chuck Jones adapted the children’s classic The Phantom Tollbooth in this animated feature. Jones really let his imagination loose in a cartoon wonderland of puns, symbolism, and bizarre characters. And watch out for those Doldrums!

NFB Animation Express
5:30 PM

The National Film Board of Canada is internationally known for cultivating independent animation. Celebrate their legacy with 90 minutes of new animated shorts. Prepare for runaway trains, naked werewolves, tin toys trapped in suburbia, and a land where heads simply won’t stay attached.

Mary and Max
8:00 PM

A surprisingly touching tale of the long distance friendship between two outcasts: young Australian Mary, a chubby loner trying to avoid the wrath of her horrible drunken mother, and Max Horowitz (voiced by Philip Seymour Hoffman), an introverted New Yorker who is dealing with shock therapy, crippling anxiety, and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Stop. Motion. Time.
5:00 PM

Celebrate the tremendous craft and creativity of contemporary stop motion with SIFF favorites, past Oscar® nominees, and extraordinary works from all corners of the globe, including a rare 35mm screening of Tim Burton’s Vincent.

Idiots & Angels
7:30 PM
Bill Plympton’s his latest feature film “a dark comedy about a man’s battle for his soul.”

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