South Park Creators, Animated Fare Invade Tribeca

The 2003 Tribeca Film Festival, to be held in Lower Manhattan from May 3-11, will be host to animated features and shorts, as well as South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker.

Stone and Parker will be panelists in a discussion titled, “What’s So Funny? Laughter in the Movies.” The duo will join director Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents), screenwriter Paul Rudnick (Stepford Wives, In & Out) and actor Nathan Lane (The Birdcage, The Producers on Broadway) in discussing the shaping of American comedy. The sold-out event will take place on Saturday, May 10 in the Tribeca Performing Arts Center 2.

Miramax’s Pokémon Heroes will make its world premiere on Sun, May 4 at 12:15 p.m. in UA 10. Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama, the latest installment in the profitable film franchise sends Ash and Pikachu off to Altomare, a beautiful and mysterious city on water, where they find the treasured Soul Dew. They are then joined by two new Pokémon, Latias and Latios, in keeping the Soul Dew safe from Annie and Oakley.

Families can enjoy a special panel discussion titled “Clifford, The Big Red Dog: From Page to Screen, It’s a Dog’s Life” on Sunday, May 4 at 10:30 a.m. at the AT&T building. Clifford creator Norman Bridwell will tell the story behind the story of Clifford. A special episode of the animated Clifford PBS series will be shown, and Clifford himself will make an appearance to meet and greet fans and pose for photos. The event also includes special crafts and activities for children centering on Clifford’s “ten big ideas.”

Animated films will be included in a number of shorts programs, including the Children’s Shorts Program I on Sunday, May 4 at 2:30 p.m. at UA 4. The line-up of works includes Pierre M. Trudeau’s Operation Cuckoo, Asa Movshovitz’s The Smell Of Flowers and Christa Moesker’s The Elephant And The Snail.

Children’s Shorts Program II will follow at 4:30 p.m. with the New York Premiere of Aristomenis Tsirbas’ CG film The Freak, about a brightly garbed freak who brings hope for all things fantastic and atypical to a land where blind conformity is the law. Sony Pictures Imagworks’ Oscar-winning CG short The CubbChubbs will also be screened. Both children’s programs will be repeated on Sunday, May 11.

The Clermont-Ferrand Shorts program will screen on Tuesday, May 6 at 6:45 p.m. in UA 15. Featured works will include Stephané Ricard’s Tant de chiens (So Many Dogs), about a couple and their dog who move to the city to find it invaded by a procession of giant dogs, and Florence Mialhe’s Les oiseaux blancs, les oiseaux noirs (White Birds, Black Birds), an African tale about wisdom.

For a complete schedule of screenings and events, visit www.tribecafilmfestival.com.