Overlooked Toons Find Spotlight in L.A.

The American Cinematheque in Los Angeles will present a series of rare animated works starting Friday, Sept. 22 and continuing through Sunday, Sept. 24. Titled ‘Unshown Cinema: The Animated Films the Got Away,’ the special engagement will be presented in association with the Los Angles Film Cirtics Association (LAFCA) at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

This latest entry in LAFCA’s Films That Got Away series will feature the first-ever English subtitled version of Ladislas Starewitch’s Reynard the Fox (Le Roman de Renard) a rarely seen animated feature that premiered a full year before Disney’s Snow White. Other features on tap include Whisper of the Heart from director Yoshifumi Kondo and producer Hayao Miyazaki, and director Jacques-Remy Girerd’s Raining Cats and Frogs (La Prophetie des Grenouilles). The latter will screen during a special program titled ‘French Animation Masterworks’Then and Now,’ taking place Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Egyptian.

On Friday at 7:30 p.m. the Egyptian, fans of adult animation can check out ‘Dangerous Visions: Animated Shorts for Connoisseurs & Grown-ups.’ The program will include Steffen Schaffler’s Oscar-nominated The Periwig Maker (1999), J.J. Villard’s Charles Bukowski adaptation Son of Satan (2003), Igor Kovalyov’s Milch (2005), Lisa Barcy’s The Guilt Trip, Or The Vaticans Take a Holiday (2004), George Griffin’s A Little Routine (1994) and Frederic Back’s Oscar-nominated All or Nothing (1980). Also featured in the world theatrical premiere of excerpts from Nina Paley’s animated feature in progress, Sita Sings the Blues, a re-imagining of the Ramayana of Hindu lore as an epic Betty Boop cartoon.

More information on this series and other screenings presented by the American Cinematheque can be found at www.americancinematheque.com.