The Animation Show - Year 4 (2008)
The Animation Show is back with an all new collection of incredible independent animation! This year Mike Judge has gathered together over two dozen of his favorite funny short films from around the world. It's a ground breaking program of eye-popping adult animation from tomorrow's next great animators. This isn't a dirty "adults only" animation show but the program does skew towards a mature audience with some explicit language and adult subject matter.
This year the Animation Show has gone out to four incredible artists for some truly amazing new commissioned work. Kicking things off is the uber talented Joel Trussell with an epic viking Animation Show Intro. We highly recommend you head over to youtube to catch Joel's sensational video War Photographer for a little background on our guitar thrashing plunderers. Australian animator Dave Carter debuts three new commissioned shorts with the hilarious Psychotown. Dave continues his collaboration with the comedy team "The Nice Guy" here for a blend of cut out and stop-motion animation. Also featured is the stop-motion superstar PES who has been an Animation Show regular the last two tours and returns this year with the instructional cooking treat Western Spaghetti. This is PES' most complex film to date and an instant classic! Finally we're proud to feature the first commissioned short film from the commercial design team Smith and Foulkes (known for their award winning commercial spots for Coke and Motorola) with the CG tale This Way Up. The piece centers around two undertakers working hard to lay the dead to rest. All of these artists have won huge accolades in the commercial world and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to let them create and develop their own short film projects to share on the big screen.
Like past tours this new program is packed with festival favorites and premieres. This year we're proud to be the first to theatrically share the work of Steve Dildarian (New HBO series THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TIM debuting in September). Another highlight is the collection of films never seen in the US from the prestigious French animation college Gobelins featuring the shorts Burning Safari, Cocotte Minute, Voodoo and Blind Spot. Returning this year are animation greats Bill Plympton with the premiere of Hot Dog, Corky Quakenbush with the irreverent Yompi and Georges Schizgebel's gorgeous Jeu! … More
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Critic Reviews for The Animation Show - Year 4
The high points are few and far between in Judge's second Animation Show.
Mike Judge's annual compilation of independent animation gathers more than two dozen funny short subjects in a gallery of mind-blowing animation from tomorrow's top animators.
A collection of 20 or so some times raunchy, often offensive and always entertaining animated shorts from around the world.
The fourth collection of animated shorts compiled by the indispensable Mike Judge is typically funny and violent -- usually both at once.
Mike Judge again assembles an entertaining collection of animated shorts from around the world.
Aside from a few misfires, "The Animation Show" is full of visually inventive and broadly hilarious gems.
A very mixed bag -- visually interesting throughout, but only sporadically funny, and too often seeming like little more than technical exercises.
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