The Animation Show (2003)
The Animation Show is an international collection of the world's best animated short films, programmed by co-producers Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt. The Show's annual goal is to bring animated shorts into more proper theaters than any other program in American history. This first year's lineup includes several international Academy Award nominees, rare material from Disney, never before seen animation from Hertzfeldt and Judge, and many other surprises.
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Critic Reviews for The Animation Show
About half of them aren't worth the effort that plainly went into them.
Contains the most varied line-up of films you're likely to see in theaters at the moment.
Exhibits a weakness that's typical of such outings: Its eager young contributors don't have nearly enough ideas of a narrative nature to justify their tedious displays of technical virtuosity.
Features more 'exclusive' shorts than the previous year's version. And the shorts are more creative, imaginative and dazzlingly animated.
The batting average isn't perfect for these 12 shorts, ... but the best stuff is worth the ticket price.
The Animation Show serves as a corrective to the limited views of what animation is and provides an avenue for worthy short subjects to be seen on a wider scale.
A lovely, refined collection that will remind viewers not only of the myriad forms that animated films can take but also of the sheer otherworldliness inherent in the form.
From the silly, to the beautiful, to the terminally lame and pretentious, there's a little something for every taste here...
Think of watching The Animation Show as similar to eating a bag of Jelly Bellies. Some of the time, you get something fantastic and some of the time, you get stuck with a jalapeno or a buttered popcorn.
... a welcome return to celebrating the engaging, unexpected and creative examples of contemporary animated short filmmaking.
Boasting six Academy Award nominees for best animated short, the program richly rewarded its audience with comedy, kitsch, and wisdom.
It's hard to give much credit to a 'new' animation compilation that has highlights dating back 10, 20 and, yes, 45 years.
Judge and Hertzfeldt don't seem to have any criteria in mind beyond selecting stuff they like.
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