This show celebrates the Oscar-winning DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, the animation studio responsible for such beloved characters as The Pink Panther, The Ant and the Aardvark, Tijuana Toads and The Dogfather. Mark Arnold, author of “Think Pink: The DePatie-Freleng Story,” joins us to celebrate the innovative artists behind these beloved animated shorts. This program is produced at […]
The Denver Film Society, located in the heart of Denver, Colorado, is known for its eclectic programming, special events, and range of mini film festivals throughout the year. Each year, during the high profile STARZ Denver Film Festival, there is a block of animated films the festival lovingly calls Close Encounters of the Animated Kind. […]
Set in an ancient Egyptian fantasy world, Eye of the Bennu features character races based on the ancient animal headed deities and is filmed in shadow puppetry behind real papyrus. It stars a jackal from Luxor named Aketnu who dreams of joining the army, but ends up a scribe because he is too young. However, he is soon caught up in the kingdom's struggle to incarnate their god Ra through the pharaoh, before their enemies the Hyksos can do the same with the evil serpent Apep. On this classic hero's journey, he will meet great warriors and rulers, strengthen his character, and face down Apep, who has chosen as his own vessel none other than Aketnu's best friend.
Sam Singer’s name is mostly unknown today, though during the 1950s and 1960s he was a fairly prolific presence in television animation. For the most part, Singer’s output barely stood the test of time: does anyone except a rabid cartoon fanatic know about Sinbad Jr., Bucky & Pepito or Pow Wow the Indian Boy? Not […]
HE’S YOUR DOG CHARLIE BROWN was first broadcast in 1968 as the fifth production in the made-for-TV specials based on Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” syndicated comic strip. At this point in time, Schulz was at the peak of his creative powers the “Peanuts” series still had enough of a malicious undercurrent to make it stand […]
In another installment of our FirstGlance Film Festival coverage, we are joined by directors Jason Oshman (PING) and Kamal Iskander (JESUS COMES TO TOWN). We talk a little ACTUAL film snobbery, stop motion animation, and the importance of film school. (6)