Judge, Hertzfeldt Launch Animation Fest

Look out Spike and Mike! There’s a new traveling animation road show coming to a city near you and the organizers are none other than Beavis & Butt-Head and King of the Hill creator Mike Judge and Academy Award-nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt (Rejected).

Dubbed “The Animation Show,” the collection of acclaimed animated short films from around the world will kick off its first North American tour in New York City at the Lincoln Center Cinemas on September 4. It will then continue to travel to select cities throughout the fall.

Previews of the festival will take place in Austin, Texas at the Drafthouse Theatre on July 18 and 19, and Los Angeles at the Egyptian Theatre on August 15.

The selection of films spans eight countries and features everything from forgotten classics (including a segment excerpted from legendary Disney animator Ward Kimball’s Mars & Beyond), to the very latest in computer animation. Also included are the recent Academy Award-nominees Mt. Head, Das Rad, Strange Invaders, and Fifty Percent Grey. In addition, Judge and Hertzfeld will premiere their own new works.

Each year, The Animation Show promises to put animated short films into more theaters than any other animation festival in American history. The aim is “to finally give these filmmakers the wide exposure their work deserves and to share these short masterpieces on the big screen, where they belong.”

Tour Dates:

July 18-19

Austin, TX,

Alamo Drafthouse

August 15

Los Angeles, CA

American Cinematheque at The Egyptian Theatre

September 4

New York, NY

Lincoln Center, Walter Reed Cinema

September 4-7

Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

September 5-?

New York, NY

The Quad

September 5-11

Austin, TX

Alamo Drafthouse

September 12-25

San Francisco, CA


September 12-18

Norfolk, VA

Naro Cinema

September 19-25

San Rafael, CA

Rafael Film Center

September 19-25

Santa Cruz, CA


September 25

Seattle, WA

Seattle Art Museum

September 26-October 2

Seattle, WA


September 26- October 2

Portland, OR

Cinema 21

October 8-16

Minneapolis, MN

Oak Street

October 10-12

Cleveland, OH


October 10-16

Milwaukee, WI

Times Cinema

October 17-23

Chicago, IL

Gene Siskel Film Center

October 17-30

San Luis Obispo, CA

The Palm

October 22-29

Boulder, CO

U of Colorado

October 24-30

Santa Fe, NM

College of Santa Fe

October 24-30

Durham, NC

The Carolina Theatre

November 6-11

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University

November 14-16

Cambridge, MA

Brattle Theater