If you missed last year’s inaugural touring festival of animation presented by King of the Hill creator Mike Judge and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt (Billy’s Balloon, Rejected), you won’t want pass up The Animation Show in 2005. The new program and touring schedule is now online at www.theanimationshow.com.
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 makes its debut this year.
The Meaning of Life took years to complete, but hopefully Hertzfeldt still had time to create some new interstitial pieces to run between the films. The ones he animated for last year’s show were a huge hit with audiences and a memorable highlight of the fest.