Art-House Animation

Art-House Animation

31 Episodes

The endless possibilities of animation are on dazzling display in this round-the-world showcase of some of the medium’s most innovative, boundary-pushing, and mind-enhancing examples. Far from cuddly kid’s stuff, these optical wonders are frequently dark, transgressive, sexually charged, and psychologically complex, using the anything-goes potential of animation to evoke expressionistic inner worlds and transport viewers to realms of the fantastical and the bizarre. Czech stop-motion surrealism (THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN, ALICE), Hungarian psychedelia (SON OF THE WHITE MARE), visionary Japanese anime (MIND GAME, PAPRIKA), American underground experimentation (CONSUMING SPIRITS), hallucinatory Chilean horror (THE WOLF HOUSE), Palestinian political satire (THE WANTED 18), and many more fantasias leap off the screen in this epic animation celebration that will leave your imagination whirling and your retinas reeling.

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Art-House Animation
  • Art-House Animation Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Journey to the Beginning of Time

    Episode 2

    Directed by Karel Zeman • 1955 • Czechoslovakia
    Starring Petr Herrmann, Vladimír Bejval, Josef Lukáš

    A beguiling mix of natural history and science fiction, this early feature by Karel Zeman follows four schoolboys on an awe-inspiring expedition back through time, where they behold landscapes an...

  • Invention for Destruction

    Episode 3

    Directed by Karel Zeman • 1958 • Czechoslovakia
    Starring Lubor Tokoš, Arnošt Navrátil, František Šlégr

    This eye-popping escapade revolves around a scientist and his doomsday machine—and the pirates who will stop at nothing to gain possession of it. Freely adapting the fiction of Jules Verne, and...

  • The Fabulous Baron Munchausen

    Episode 4

    Directed by Karel Zeman • 1962 • Czechoslovakia
    Starring Milos Kopecký, Rudolf Jelínek

    In THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN, Karel Zeman conjures the adventures of the legendary, boastful baron, whose whirlwind exploits take him from the moon to eighteenth-century Turkey to the belly of a whale and ...

  • Belladonna of Sadness

    Episode 5

    Directed by Eiichi Yamamoto • 1973 • Japan
    Starring Aiko Nagayama, Tatsuya Nakadai, Katsuyuki Ito

    A hallucinatory swirl of acid-trip water-color animation, this X-rated Japanese cult classic unfolds in medieval France, where Jeanne, a young bride-to-be, is raped by a feudal lord on her wedding n...

  • János vitéz

    Episode 6

    Directed by Marcell Jankovics • 1973 • Hungary
    Starring György Cserhalmi, Anikó Nagy, Erzsi Pártos

    A visually sumptuous adaptation of Sándor Petőfi’s famed 1845 poem and the first feature-length animated film produced in Hungary, JÁNOS VITÉZ recounts the exploits of strapping young soldier Johnn...

  • Fantastic Planet

    Episode 7

    Directed by René Laloux • 1973 • France

    Nothing else has ever looked or felt like director René Laloux's animated marvel FANTASTIC PLANET, a politically minded and visually inventive work of science fiction. The film is set on a distant planet called Ygam, where enslaved humans (Oms) are the pla...

  • Watership Down

    Episode 8

    Directed by Martin Rosen • 1978 • United Kingdom
    Starring John Hurt, Richard Briers, Michael Graham-Cox

    With this passion project, screenwriter-producer-director Martin Rosen brilliantly achieved what had been thought nearly impossible: a faithful big-screen adaptation of Richard Adams’s classic...

  • Son of the White Mare

    Episode 9

    Directed by Marcell Jankovics • 1981 • Hungary
    Starring György Cserhalmi, Vera Pap, Gyula Szabó

    One of the great psychedelic masterpieces of world animation, Hungarian filmmaker Marcell Jankovics’s SON OF THE WHITE MARE is a swirling, color-mad maelstrom of mythic monsters and Scythian heroes, p...

  • The Plague Dogs

    Episode 10

    Directed by Martin Rosen • 1982 • United Kingdom, United States
    Starring John Hurt, Christopher Benjamin

    Two dogs embark on a perilous quest toward freedom in this heartrending animated adventure. Having already adapted WATERSHIP DOWN for the screen, director Martin Rosen turned to another cl...

  • Alice

    Episode 11

    Directed by Jan Švankmajer • 1988 • Czechoslovakia
    Starring Kristýna Kohoutová

    Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland, beginning a dream expedition into the astonishing landscape of childhood, through many dangerous adventures, and ultimately to a trial before the King and Queen of Heart...

  • Faust

    Episode 12

    Directed by Jan Švankmajer • 1994 • Czech Republic
    Starring Petr Cepek, Jan Kraus, Vladimír Kudla

    Jan Švankmajer puts his darkly surrealist spin on the infamous fable of temptation and damnation. Borrowing freely from Marlowe, Goethe, and ancient folktales and timeless myths, FAUST follows a lon...

  • Millennium Actress

    Episode 13

    Directed by Satoshi Kon • 2001 • Japan
    Starring Miyoko Shoji, Mami Koyama, Fumiko Orikasa

    When the legendary Ginei Studios shuts down, filmmaker Genya Tachibana and his assistant are tasked with interviewing its reclusive star, Chiyoko Fujiwara, who retired from the spotlight thirty years earlie...

  • Mind Game

    Episode 14

    Directed by Masaaki Yuasa • 2004 • Japan
    Starring Koji Imada, Sayaka Maeda, Takashi Fujii

    Buckle in and surrender yourself to an exhilarating and wildly entertaining ride. Cult favorite MIND GAME is an explosion of unconstrained expression—gloriously colorful images ricochet off one another in r...

  • Paprika

    Episode 15

    Directed by Satoshi Kon • 2006 • Japan
    Starring Megumi Hayashibara, Toru Furuya, Koichi Yamadera

    The final feature directed by anime legend Satoshi Kon is a dizzying, dazzling tour through the unconscious that takes the genre to new heights of giddy imagination. Atsuko is a psychiatrist who has ...

  • A Town Called Panic

    Episode 16

    Directed by Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar • 2009 • France
    Starring Stéphane Aubier, Jeanne Balibar, Nicolas Buysse

    Based on the Belgian cult TV series, this hilarious, delightfully wacky stop-motion extravaganza stars three plastic toys named Cowboy, Indian, and Horse who share a house in a ...

  • Mary and Max

    Episode 17

    Directed by Adam Elliot • 2009 • United States, Australia
    Starring Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Humphries

    The only feature film to date from Academy Award–winning stop-motion animator Adam Elliot is a captivatingly odd, immensely touching, funny-sad tale of two misfits from oppos...

  • Chico & Rita

    Episode 18

    Directed by Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal, and Fernando Trueba • 2010 • Spain
    Starring Limara Meneses, Eman Xor Oña, Mario Guerra

    Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba (BELLE EPOQUE, CALLE 54) and Spain’s legendary illustrator Javier Mariscal celebrate the music and culture of Cuba with an epic...

  • The Rabbi’s Cat

    Episode 19

    Directed by Joann Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux • 2011 • France
    Starring François Morel, Maurice Bénichou, Hafsia Herzi

    In 1930s Algeria, a cat belonging to a widowed rabbi and his beautiful daughter, Zlabya, eats the family parrot and miraculously gains the ability to speak. Along with the power o...

  • Alois Nebel

    Episode 20

    Directed by Tomáš Luňák • 2011 • Czech Republic
    Starring Miroslav Krobot, Marie Ludvíková, Karel Roden

    Etched in noir shadows and brought to life through striking rotoscope animation, this visually arresting adaptation of the graphic novels by Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír 99 unfolds in Sudetenland...

  • Tatsumi

    Episode 21

    Directed by Eric Khoo • 2011 • Singapore
    Starring Tetsuya Bessho, Yoshihiro Tatsumi

    TATSUMI celebrates the life and work of Japanese comics artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi, a manga pioneer who took the medium to new heights of creative expression and adult realism. A comics-crazed teenager, Tatsumi fou...

  • The King of Pigs

    Episode 22

    Directed by Yeon Sang-ho • 2011 • South Korea
    Starring Yang Ik-joon, Oh Jung-se, Kim Hye-na

    This unflinching tale of murder, revenge, and class conflict from Korean anime director Yeon Sang-ho begins moments after the brutal murder of a woman at the hands of her husband, a once-successful busine...

  • It’s Such a Beautiful Day

    Episode 23

    Directed by Don Hertzfeldt • 2012 • United States

    Visionary independent animator Don Hertzfeldt combined three of his acclaimed short films to create this masterpiece of dark-comic existentialism. Through a mix of simple line drawings and experimental optical effects, IT’S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY r...

  • Consuming Spirits

    Episode 24

    Directed by Chris Sullivan • 2012 • United States
    Starring Robert Levy, Nancy Andrews, Chris Sullivan

    Produced entirely independently by Chris Sullivan, this haunting, surreal, and darkly humorous tale of broken lives and dreams has a purity and singularity of vision that only true outsider art ...