Short Films by Faith and John Hubley

Short Films by Faith and John Hubley

15 Episodes

A pair of Hollywood exiles—she was a former script clerk at Columbia, he was an ex–Disney cartoonist and union activist blacklisted for refusing to name names before the House Un-American Activities Committee—Faith and John Hubley left behind the mainstream to forge a thrillingly experimental animation style all their own. Channeling the influences of jazz and abstract expressionism, the husband-and-wife duo created strikingly hand-drawn and -painted works that pulse with the improvisational spirit of bebop (DATE WITH DIZZY, a sly anticapitalist critique featuring Dizzy Gillespie) and childhood imagination (MOONBIRD, which sets a recording of their own children at play to free-flowing animation). Applying their effortlessly light touch to weighty themes like atomic-age anxiety (the Academy Award–wining THE HOLE) and the place of humankind in the universe (the wondrous animated documentary OF STARS AND MEN), the Hubleys helped usher in a new era of independent animation in which Disneyfied gloss gave way to gloriously unrestrained personal expression.

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Short Films by Faith and John Hubley
  • Introducing John and Faith Hubley

    Episode 1

    This conversation between John and Faith Hubley’s children Mark, Emily, Georgia, and Ray and filmmaker Leah Shore was recorded in 2020.

  • Date With Dizzy

    Episode 2

    Directed by John Hubley • 1955 • United States
    Starring Dizzy Gillespie

    Jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie is hired to record the soundtrack for a television commercial—but the music has a mind of its own in this irreverent blend of live-action and animation.

  • Tender Game

    Episode 3

    Directed by John Hubley • 1958 • United States

    A charming, inventively animated love story unfolds to the music of the Oscar Peterson Trio and Ella Fitzgerald.

  • Moonbird

    Episode 4

    Directed by John Hubley • 1959 • United States

    John and Faith Hubley recorded a conversation between their young sons and set it to animated visuals to create this charming, Academy Award–winning adventure in which two boys set out on a late-night quest to capture a bird.

  • Of Stars and Men

    Episode 5

    Directed by John Hubley • 1961 • United States

    Filmmakers John and Faith Hubley embark on a wondrous cosmic voyage in this unique animated documentary. Based on the book by astronomer Harlow Shapley (who also narrates), OF STARS AND MEN sets a kaleidoscope of painterly, often abstract visuals to...

  • The Hole

    Episode 6

    Directed by John Hubley • 1962 • United States
    Starring Dizzy Gillespie, George Mathews

    Dizzy Gillespie and George Mathews improvise a dialogue between two New York City construction workers, illuminating the anxieties of everyday life in the age of nuclear war in this Academy Award winner for b...

  • The Hat

    Episode 7

    Directed by John Hubley • 1964 • United States
    Starring Dizzy Gillespie, Dudley Moore

    Two soldiers, voiced by Dizzy Gillespie and Dudley Moore, patrol the border between their countries. One of them drops his hat, and a dialogue (and an improvised jazz duet) about the possibility of peace throug...

  • Urbanissimo

    Episode 8

    Directed by John Hubley • 1966 • United States

    A renegade walking city pollutes everything in its path in this jazzy allegory set to the music of Benny Carter.

  • Windy Day

    Episode 9

    Directed by John Hubley and Faith Hubley • 1968 • United States
    Starring Emily Hubley, Georgia Hubley

    Two little girls explore their views on marriage, death, babies, and love in this gently poignant, Academy Award–nominated idyll suffused with the offhanded wisdom of childhood.

  • Zuckerkandl!

    Episode 10

    Directed by John Hubley • 1968 • United States
    Starring Robert Maynard Hutchins, Phil Leida

    Prominent educational philosopher Robert Maynard Hutchins wrote and narrated this dryly humorous parody of the theories of Sigmund Freud.

  • Eggs
    Episode 11


    Episode 11

    Directed by John Hubley and Faith Hubley • 1970 • United States

    The spirits of life and death go for a drive in this darkly humorous fantasia featuring an original score by Quincy Jones.

  • Cockaboody

    Episode 12

    Directed by John Hubley and Faith Hubley • 1973 • United States
    Starring Emily Hubley, Georgia Hubley

    Faith and John Hubley visualize the spirit of childhood imagination in this slice-of-life short set to recordings of their daughters Emily and Georgia at play.

  • Everybody Rides the Carousel

    Episode 13

    Directed by John Hubley • 1976 • United States

    Inspired by psychologist Erik Erikson’s theories of human social development, this singular animated journey takes viewers through the eight stages of life, from birth to death. The freewheeling watercolor visuals of animators John and Faith Hubley,...

  • Tall Time Tales

    Episode 14

    Directed by Faith Hubley • 1992 • United States
    Starring Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan, Max Rosenthal

    Faith Hubley explores the nature of time through a riot of colorfully surrealist visuals.

  • Witch Madness

    Episode 15

    Directed by Faith Hubley • 1999 • United States

    Faith Hubley’s abstract animation documents the persecution of women as witches throughout history.