The Animation Show Comes to L.A.

Animation fans in the Los Angeles area can now check out the second edition of The Animation Show, a touring festival of animation presented by King of the Hill creator Mike Judge and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt (Billy’s Balloon, Rejected). The short film exhibition will be in town for one week starting tonight, Feb. 18, at the Nuart theater with shows at 5:10 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:50 p.m.

This year’s featured films will include Bill Plympton’s 2003 short, Guard Dog; Blur Studio’s 3D sci-fi actioner, Rockfish; director Tomek Baginski’s (The Cathedral) dark military fable Fallen Art; Amanda Forbis’ and Wendy Tilby’s rotoscoped When the Day Breaks; Jonathan Nix’s 2D story of analog love in a digital world, Hello; and Don Hertzfeldt’s own 12-minute Sundance Festival opus, The Meaning of Life, which was years in production.

Following tonight’s premiere, The Animation Show 2005 will run Saturday through Monday at 12:30 p.m., 2:50 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:50 p.m.; and Tuesday through Thursday at 5:10 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:50 p.m.

Hertzfeldt will be present tonight at the 7:30 and 9:50 shows, and Plympton is scheduled to make an appearance on Sunday, Feb. 20, at the 7:30 show.

To find out when The Animation Show is coming to a town near you, the new program and touring schedule is online at