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The 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows

The 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows
Jan 11 - Feb 7


Suggested rating: PG

02/01 | 12:30, 5:30 PM
02/02 | 12:30, 5:30 PM
02/03 | 12:30, 5:30 PM
02/05 | 5:30 PM
02/06 | 5:30 PM
02/07 | 5:30 PM

UICA Members: $5
Public: $10

*Pre-sale tickets are not available for films screening more than one date. Movie tickets can be purchased at the Guest Services desk beginning at 12 noon on the date of each screening.

Movie times are subject to change. Please verify showtimes the day of your visit. 

The Animation Show of Shows will present 15 thought-provoking, poignant, and very funny animated shorts from around the world. In a year when the best and worst of human nature has been on constant display, the works in this year’s show remind us of both the universality of shared ideals, as well as the diverse challenges we face.

The Green Bird
Synopsis: The soundtrack alone is worth the price of admission in this mordantly funny computer animation, in which the eponymous character suffers an unfortunate series of setbacks when she finds herself a mother-to-be. Harking back to the classic cartoons of the 1940s and 1950s, “The Green Bird” features the great timing and superior slapstick that defined the mini-epics of the past and never gets old.

Director: Pierre Perveyrie, Irina Nguyen, Maximilien Bougeois, Quentin Dubois, Marine Goalard
Runtime: 6m 45s
Origin: France

One Small Step
Synopsis: A young Chinese-American girl yearns to be an astronaut in this touching story about the importance of pursuing your dreams and never giving up. Featuring a bold formal design and sharp visual style, “One Small Step” is a universal tale that reminds us that all dreams begin with a single step.

Director: Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas
Runtime: 7m 40s
Origin: USA

Grand Canons
Synopsis: Composed of thousands of drawings of familiar objects painstakingly created by the filmmaker, this extraordinary, compulsively watchable film is a symphonic celebration of materiality in its innumerable forms. Deriving its power from motion, rhythm and sheer abundance, “Grand Canons” defies easy description, joining the ranks of those animated shorts that must be experienced to be understood.

Director: Alain Biet 
Runtime: 10m 42s
Origin: France

Synopsis: How many of us have passionately dedicated ourselves to achieving a particular career goal, only to have our dreams shattered simply because we were a quadruped? Probably not many, but that doesn’t mean we can’t relate to the underlying universality of this wry and touching moral tale of an aspiring doctor who triumphs over the prejudices of his critics through talent and tenacity. 

Director: Anchi Shen
Runtime: 4m 16s
Origin: USA

Synopsis: One of a series of short animations based on the writing of a group of preschoolers, “Supergirl” is an exuberant and gleeful exploration of the yearnings and imaginings of one irrepressible four-year-old poet. With a visual style that perfectly matches the free-flowing musings of the text, this whimsical film captures the magic and effortless creativity of childhood.

Director: Nancy Kangas
Runtime: 1m 10s
Origin: USA

Love Me, Fear Me
Synopsis: This tour de force of claymation explores the ever-changing roles we play and shapes we assume in our continual efforts to impress others and be accepted by them. Conceived as a sequence of dances, “Love Me, Fear Me” displays a virtuosic command of form as it delves into the deeply emotional territory of interpersonal relations and expectations.

Director: Veronica Solomon
Runtime: 6m 06s
Origin: Germany

Business Meeting
Synopsis: Based on a short story by Brazilian writer Rafael Sperling, this very funny animation may confirm your worst fears about business meetings, as well as possibly lead you to doubt the sanity of the short’s creators. The minimalist hand-drawn animation is perfectly suited to the dubious subject matter, which begs the question, “#+-4$#2?”

Director: Guy Charnaux
Runtime: 1m 45s
Origin: Brazil

Flower Found
Synopsis: A case of mistaken identity has seriously unpleasant consequences in this unsettling arboreal tale that might or might not be a parable of our times. When a special flower unaccountably goes missing, an ever-growing group of animals sets off in pursuit of the purloined bloom, but, as is often the case, the best intentions lead only to unforeseen catastrophe.

Director: Jorn Leeuwerink
Runtime: 6m 46s
Origin: The Netherlands
**NOTE: This film may not be suitable for young viewers. Parental discretion is advised.

A Table Game
Synopsis: A Table Game” was partially produced during an exchange program at the Estonian Academy of Arts, supervised by the internationally known animator and director Priit Pärn, and inspired by the absurdity and black humor that characterizes Estonian animation. The film can be seen as an exercise in patience, not only for the spectators in the film, but for the film’s audience, who must sit through its monotone events in order to be rewarded in the end with an unexpected outcome.

Director: Nicolás Petelski
Runtime: 3m 33s
Origin: Spain

Carlotta's Face
Synopsis: Prosopagnosia is a rare neurological disorder in which individuals are unable to recognize faces, including their own. This poignant and beautifully stylized animation is based on the first-person account of a woman who suffers from this ailment, offering an intimate look at the difficulties she encounters in her life and, ultimately, the salvation she finds through art.

Director: Valentin Riedl | Frédéric Schuld 
Runtime: 5m
Origin: Germany

Age of Sail
Synopsis: Set on the open ocean in 1900, this hair-raising and poignant tale chronicles the adventures of an old sailor who rescues a teenaged girl after she falls overboard from a passing steamship. With a distinctive visual design inspired by the American illustrator Bernie Fuchs, “Age of Sail” is an inspiring paean to hope, and a timely reminder that redemption often arrives at the darkest times.

Director: John Kahrs
Runtime: 12m 06s
Origin: USA

Synopsis: Any film that opens with a polar bear hugging a penguin has potential, and in fact the sweetness of that image carries through the rest of this wistful and very touching film about a young bear setting out on her own for the first time. With the simplest of storylines and an understated, almost childlike, visual design, “Polaris” is an evocative celebration of the deepest bonds that persist throughout one’s life. 

Director: Hikari Toriumi
Runtime: 4m 35s
Origin: USA

My Moon
Synopsis: This charming and ethereal short depicts the interplay among the moon, earth and sun in terms of human relationships – a celestial love triangle replete with jealousy, recriminations, hurt feelings and, ultimately, forgiveness. Featuring a panoply of heavenly colors and beautifully stylized design, “My Moon” is a modern fairy tale, at once thoroughly contemporary and as ancient as the cosmos. 

Director: Eusong Lee
Runtime: 8m 35s
Origin: USA

Synopsis: In this beautifully designed, hand-animated film set in 1980s Toronto, a young boy shuttles between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Mixing all-too-realistic details of a domestic breakup with surreal, dream-like moments, “Weekends” is a model of sophisticated storytelling that is both deeply affecting and admirably philosophical in its depiction of a painful period in a child’s life.

Director: Trevor Jimenez
Runtime: 15m 7s
Origin: Canada

Earlier Event: January 4
Later Event: January 13
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