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Pily, a lovable crustacean of mixed origin, builds a rocket ship to escape the pollution endangering his underwater crops and home. This beautifully animated story takes place above and below the waterline of Oregon’s Willamette River. The song Denmark was composed by Gideon Freudmann and features music by the Portland Cello Project that has performed at both the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show and Britt Music Festival.
In the eat-or-be-eaten world of the Amazon Rainforest, a little tree frog named Bounce sets out on a normal day to find a meal but quickly learns that the proverbial hunter becomes the hunted. Unable to catch his meal, Bounce is punished relentlessly by his prey to the breaking point until his chance encounter with a blue-bellied tree toad named Biggy. Biggy quickly takes Bounce under his wing and shows him the ways of the perilous jungle until the little tree frog begins to regain his mojo to hunt again. Eventually Bounce musters enough confidence to pursue an easy target. So does he finally catch his meal? Or will he forever be hungry? Find out in this animation set to Beethoven’s Symphony No.8.
Who will win a race that involves both air and sea? Find out when our intrepid Rhinoceros Auklet is pitted against an Arctic Tern in an Olympic-caliber spoof demonstrating the unique physiology and biology of the family of seabirds our rhino belongs to, known as alcids or auks. With sports commentary provided by Ted Pelican and Tom Gull, the film provides humorous lessons in comparative anatomy and aims to instill appreciation for diverse bird species and bird life as a whole. The race starts out with a slalom to the purple buoy, followed by a fifty-meter dive to the sunken submarine, where the CRAB-CAM will note the winner!
In a world where all is good, a wicked 19th century scientist, Dr. Leonardo Van Uitvinding, is evil. After bringing life to his 19 foot tall robot invention, Bot, Dr. Leo readies himself to take over the world. He has brought life to metal in order to have metal destroy life. But Dr. Leo soon realizes that his newly born robot has no evil but rather an innocence that must be taught evil. In an unlikely tale of spirit and soul, an evil genius struggles with his very own creation of good.
We’ve all had it rough, but there’s always somebody worse off. This is the story of one man’s descent into societal oblivion while remaining subtly optimistic, and features music by the Chicago rock band, Oh My God. Portraying the despair of a person who has lost control of his life, the song counterbalances his failures with implications of hope. In an evocative collaboration, the animation and the music are able to express opposing—yet intertwined—points of view.
A quiet old man, surrounded by desolation and apathy, perseveres to remain true to the nature of his own beliefs and character. He toils daily to forge a last ditch effort to bring hope and life to a faithless, drought ridden old town. This stunning stop-motion animation is based on found objects where the filmmakers, like the old man, searched junkyards and junk piles for objects they could use to build sets and create another world. Winner of a 2010 Student Academy Award in the animation category.
Ollie, a wayward duck, tries to catch up with his companions on their migration south. Along the way he encounters Chops the pig who tries to help him reach his destination—with humorous results. The film was created using a combination of traditional, hand-drawn animation with digital compositing for the backgrounds.
In the spirit of 1950’s and 1960’s educational films, this modern social satire playfully demonstrates how pollution is our heritage and keeps our economy growing strong. Starting briefly with the pre-industrial revolution, this animated exposé rapidly comes into our current age and follows an average family through their daily lives. Connecting consumer habits with their corporate allies and the environmental consequences, we are all instructed how to be better polluters for a better blighted tomorrow. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short.
The great B.B. King stars in this wry and elegant short film, along with some enthusiastic intrusions by unexplained sock puppets. Shot on 35mm film, this is cartoonist and children’s book author (Barnyard Dance!) Sandra Boynton’s first venture into directing. The song “One Shoe Blues”—a child’s lament about a missing sneaker—was originally written by Boynton and composer Michael Ford, and performed by B.B. King, for their much-loved album BLUE MOO: 17 Jukebox Hits from Way Back Never. See Boynton’s other film Philadelphia Chickens.
Ormie is a pig, in every sense of the word. Pig see cookie. Pig want cookie. But they are out of reach... or are they? Cheer on Ormie as he determinedly attempts to gain the warm sweet taste that is his obsession in this lighthearted animation.
The band the Bacon Brothers star in this animated music video of the title song from the Grammy-nominated album written and produced by cartoonist and children’s book author Sandra Boynton (Moo, Baa, La La La!) and composer Michael Ford. Two pigs from Connecticut travel down Interstate 95 to watch the renowned chickens swing-dancing in a park near the Schuylkill River. Michael and Kevin Bacon, make cameo appearances as the human incarnations of the two pigs. See Boynton’s other film One Shoe Blues.
In this stop-motion animation the artist confronts the memory of his younger brother who was killed by an IED in Iraq. The filmmaker reflects on who his brother was, how he identified with him, and works through issues of guilt for not thinking about him as often as he feels that he should. Drawn using pastels on a slate chalkboard, the entire film is shot in two continuous scenes, with the current image drawn directly on top of the previous, leaving the memory of the previous drawings to continue into the present. Much of the footage was borrowed directly from images found on his brother's laptop that was returned to the family after his death. Also on the laptop was an audio file recorded in the active combat area of Najaf, where the young man expresses his feelings about the experience.
This unique animated film celebrates the artisans of the desert region of Kutch in India. Participants in the Kala Raksha Trust and School for Design use their narrative art of appliqué and embroidery to express their feelings and experiences—from events as traumatic as an earthquake to the joy of flying a kite. [subtitles]
In this intricately and ornately realized stop-motion short, frustrated attempts to bear children overwhelm the lives of an aristocratic, avian couple in the early nineteenth century. Being of considerable age, they are delighted with the miraculous gift of a child. Their lives become unexpectedly complicated when their wish for a baby is fulfilled.
In an unknown space in an empty city covered by heavy snow, there is nothing but a revolving door that slowly spins in the Wonder Hospital. A girl enters the mysterious place that alters the way of seeing physical beauty. She is given a choice between the two images of her face, "Before" and "After." Her desire for superficial beauty leads her to chase after the luring "After" images on a path of advertisements throughout the hospital. But in the end she finds something unimaginable and irreversible and realizes that beauty is something very different from what she expected. This surreal journey is animated using 3D computer generated images combined with live action puppets.