Featuring the Oscar-Nominated animated short Dear Basketball, directed by Glen Keane (The Little Mermaid/Beauty and the Beast) and scored by John Williams, the five-time Oscar-winning composer of Star Wars, Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and countless other films.
“These cartoons are the best in contemporary animation: quick, beautiful, funny and surprising. Watch these inspiring shorts and you’ll get the itch to make your own!” – Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons
The 19th annual edition of The Animation Show of Shows comes to the big screen, featuring 16 internationally acclaimed animated short films from Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.S. This entertaining and visually-stunning program includes the extraordinary stop-motion musical My Burden from Swedish director Niki Lindroth von Bahr, which won the grand-prize Cristal Award at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Other program highlights include Los Angeles-based Irish director David OReilly’s beautiful Everything, based on a 1973 talk given by the renowned British-American philosopher Alan Watts, and the 1964 classic Hangman, by Paul Julian and Les Goldman, which was recently restored by the Animation Show of Shows as part of its film preservation program. As a special treat, this latest edition of The Animation Show of Shows will also be presenting Next Door, a 1990 student film made at Cal Arts by the two-time Oscar-winning Pixar director, Pete Docter (Up, Inside Out, Monsters Inc.). (Various directors, various countries, 2017, 90 mins., Not Rated)