Croatian Cartoons Get Sunday Screening at Aero

If you find yourself in sunny Santa Monica, Calif. this weekend, make sure to check out a wonderful matinee (3 p.m.) showcase of animated shorts produced by the Zagreb Film Studios of Croatia at the Aero Theatre, part of a weeklong celebration of Croatian films by the American Cinematheque.

Founded in 1953, Zagreb was the first non-American studio to win an Academy Award for animation for its short Ersatz. Through the years, the studio has made some 600 animated films, many of which don’t require subtitles and have a cool jazz-inspired ‘50s music on their soundtrack. The studio’s breezy, artistic style became known as the "Zagreb School."

The hour-long presentation includes Dusan Vukotic’s Oscar-winning short, Cow on the Moon, Zlatko Grgic’s Little and Big and the better-known Professor Balthazar and Little Flying Bears. It’s a great way to introduce the young ones to the wonderful world of international animation. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for kids. For more info, call (323) 466-3456.