Animation Celebration

Animation Celebration

6 Episodes

A dazzling array of animation techniques—gorgeous hand-drawn images, computer-generated environments, playful stop motion, experiments in abstraction—are on display in this eyeball-whirling selection of bite-size wonders. Featuring an existential anthropomorphic musical (THE BURDEN), a jazzy avant-garde classic (BEGONE DULL CARE), a coming-of-age dreamscape (WEEKENDS), a cosmic encounter with the Grim Reaper (CODA), a pas de deux with a misbehaving chair (A CHAIRY TALE), and a psychedelic intergalactic odyssey (SOLAR WALK), these miniature marvels may be short in running time but they’re positively epic in visual imagination.

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Animation Celebration
  • Begone Dull Care

    Episode 1

    Directed by Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart • 1949 • Canada

    In this extraordinary short animation, Evelyn Lambart and Norman McLaren painted colours, shapes, and transformations directly on to their filmstrip. The result is a vivid interpretation, in fluid lines and color, of jazz music played...

  • The Burden

    Episode 2

    Directed by Niki Lindroth von Bahr • 2017 • Sweden

    A dark musical enacted in a modern marketplace, situated next to a large freeway. The employees of the various commercial venues, portrayed as animals, deal with boredom and existential anxiety by performing cheerful musical turns. The apocalyps...

  • Coda
    Episode 3


    Episode 3

    Directed by Alan Holly • 2013 • Ireland

    A lost soul stumbles drunkenly through the city at night. In a park, Death finds him and shows him many things. This multi-award-winning animated short film begins as a chilling cautionary tale but ends on a heartwarming note.

  • A Chairy Tale

    Episode 4

    Directed by Claude Jutra and Norman McLaren • 1957 • Canada

    This 1957 experimental short, codirected by Claude Jutra and Norman McLaren, shows Jutra’s daring and original approach to filmmaking early on in his career.

  • Weekends

    Episode 5

    Directed by Trevor Jimenez • 2017 • United States

    A surreal rush of impressionistic hand-drawn animation evokes, sans dialogue, the dream world of a young boy growing up in Toronto as he bounces between the disparate worlds of his divorced parents.

  • Solar Walk

    Episode 6

    Directed by Réka Bucsi • 2018 • Denmark

    This award-winning animated mind-bender is a by turns whimsical, mysterious, and psychotropic vision of deep-space discovery.