Get to know some respected, professional animators and watch some cool stuff in an intimate setting as we present the inaugural Animation Magazine‘s Toon Saloon on Thursday, Nov. 9 at McG’s Irish Pub & Grill in Chatsworth, Calif. Kicking off at 7:30 p.m., this first live event will focus on the art of stop-motion animation and will feature a veritable who’s who of the Los Angeles stop-mo scene.
Joining us for this special night of animation are the Chiodo Brothers, a trio of talented filmmakers who are perhaps best known for their cult-favorite feature film Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Stephen, Charlie and Edward will be screening early childhood epics and a sampling of their body of professional work, which includes the classic Tim Burton short Vincent, the features Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and Screamers, as well as a number of innovative animated commercials. They may also be signing copies of their new children’s book, Alien Xmas, which they hope to adapt as a stop-motion feature.
Also scheduled to appear are Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh from Screen Novelties. The duo put themselves on the map when they helped stop-motion legend Ray Harryhausen finish his short film The Tortoise and the Hare in 2002. They have since overseen animation on the popular Adult Swim series Robot Chicken and Moral Orel and are currently finishing an animated pilot titled Monster Safari for Nickelodeon.
Among the other participating animators is Jason Hite, who will be screening his short sci-fi film Stasis. Currently making the festival rounds, Stasis is an atmospheric and nightmarish vision of rebirth inspired by Metropolis, Frankenstein, The Matrix and the designs pf H.R. Giger. Other professional animators have expressed an interest in participating, so expect a few surprises as well.
McG’s Irish Pub & Grill is located at 21356 Devonshire St. (corner of Devonshire and Canoga) in Chatsworth, Calif., 91311. As seating is limited, early arrival is advised.