Even though we’re all grown up with jobs and we floss regularly and everything there’s still nothing like waking up on Saturday morning, grabbing some cereal, and catching the morning cartoons. If you are lucky enough to have premium cable you can occasionally still find some of the classics: The Snorks, GI Joe, The Get Along Gang, Jem and the Holograms, Superfriends, and The Thunder Cats…. Damn, we love cartoons.
Cartoon fans in Los Angeles this weekend should make a stop at the Los Angeles Animation Festival. It’s running December 3rd through the 7th at Cinefamily. Some of this weekend’s highlights include an homage to classing MTV animation (Aeon Flux, anyone?), a live panel with the masterminds at Titmouse, the US premiere of Piercing 1 – the 1st ever Chinese independent feature film, a new live score to the classic 1973 film Fantastic Planet, the LA premiere of Takeshi Koike’s adrenaline pumping Redline, and Keita Kurosaka’s film Midori-Ko which was painstakingly rendered entirely in colored pencil.
And, for the pièce de résistance, guest of honor Will Vinton will be presenting his short films, commercials, and a screening of his 1985 feature The Adventures of Mark Twain. Will Vinton is the father of Claymation, he actually coined the phrase, and his work is nothing short of iconic: he’s the man behind the California Raisins for goodness sakes!
The Standard, Hollywood is proud to be an official sponsor of The Cinefamily, an organization of cinephiles devoted to presenting amazing, distinctive, weird and wonderful films. Based out of The Silent Movie Theater, their programming is excellent, they serve cupcakes, and they have some of the comfiest couches around.
Click here for tickets and the complete schedule of this weekend’s events: Los Angeles Animation Festival Calendar.