For those who have heard about the excellence of Polish animation but haven’t seen much of it, the “Polish Animation 70 Years” series at Pacific Film Archive is a superb crash course in a remarkable body of work starting Sunday, December 3. Since the political thaw of 1956, Polish animation has been winning awards at film festivals all through the world.
The International Tournée of Animation started a trend in the mid 1960s. It collected adventurous animated shorts into a feature-length collection that screened at museums and colleges. By the late 1970s cinemas were added and soon packages appeared including Animation Celebration, Mike & Spike’s various touring shows, Outrageous Animation and others. Audiences and the film industry discovered John Lasseter, Mike Judge, Matt Groening, Don Hertzfeld, Tim Burton, Phil Tippett, Bill Plympton, and many more. Continue reading →