1.2 Million Children by Effie Pappa

Animation with a social face. Watch the short film of third world children and their dreams by Effie Pappa.

How bad is 3D?

In a moment when the industry has fallen in love with everything in 3D, there are some lone voices.

Annecy 2010: The awards

Australia and US share feature-length and short-length film respectively in the biggest animation festival in the world.

Waking Sleeping Beauty

The documentary film that brings the world of Disney executives into focus. Read Don Hahn's interview (producer of The Beauty and the Beast) at Zippyframes.com

Annecy 2010: Day 4/Simpsons Day

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Simpsons with a lot of hit, and an interesting short film.

Annecy 2010: Day 3/Metropia

Metropia day.

While the humid weather at Annecy can be at some point unbearable, we were transferred at 9:30am (a coffee helped a lot) to South Africa before the World Cup. The first computer-animated film in stereoscopic 3D is  Jock of the Bushveld, and narrates the story of a dog that helps its boss to throw away the bad guys in the age of goldrushes.

Remarkable in its representation of South African landscape (according to the clips we saw), and impressive in its enrollment of Tim Rice (Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Lion King) for the movie's song. It looks like this is Lion King-like movie, but more locally orinted. South African premiere: 25 March 2011.

Then rush like crazy (without a bike) to get into an interview with Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, Lion King [again]), who has an insider documentary about 80s Disney and its renaissance. See the published interview here.

  The fun with festivals is that you watch movies at their own natural habitat - the silver screen. Classic shorts from animation "The ones that got away" at the Petite Salle of Bonlieu. Then you begin to realize that animation does not imply only realistic drawings. You also get the message that waiting for a movie to start entails a kling-klang frog sound from the audience.

 But Wednesday is the day of  The Village! The short film by the Greek  Stelios Polychronakis (the only Greek participation at Annecy) was shown at a shorts program with no gravity spared. It was distinct in its professional and nostalgic depiction of  an old, now abandoned, Greek village.

  In a competitive program with its most famous member being Fantastic Mr Fox, there was room for a futuristic Swedish film, η Metropia. A 2024 unified Europe by a large metro has a man who starts to hear voices in his head. He founds to follow an unknown woman. Is he crazy or just part of a big system?

Metropia's premise is not novel. But the cold atmosphere of its animation (real photographs and computer processed), but also a humanistic touch of an ordinary man in desperation keeps the viewer alert. It includes the very much successful voice-over of Vincent Gallo and Juliette Lewis.

And of course at Paquet, the big park beside the lake, today (in its French version) Cloudy with a chance of meatballs!

Annecy 2010: Day 2

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Day of adjustment!

Mariza: the donkey that couldn't help it by Constantine Krystallis

Constantine Krystallis directs a donkey and Zorba animated short.

Our wonderful nature by Tomer Eshed

Not your ordinary nature documentary, by Tomer Eshed.


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