Toon Saloon Tonight!

Tonight, Nov. 9, is the night for Animation Magazine’s inaugural Toon Saloon, a live event that lets you get up close and personal with some of today’s best animators as they discuss their craft and screen samples of their work. The focus of this first installment is stop-motion and the program also includes vintage animation from the early years and other rare gems. Join us Thursday, Nov. 9, at McG’s Irish Pub & Grill in Chatsworth, Calif. (corner of Canoga and Devonshire) at 7:30 p.m.

Joining us for this special night of animation are the Chiodo Brothers, a trio of talented filmmakers who are perhaps best known for making the cult classic feature Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Stephen, Charlie and Edward will be screening early childhood epics, some rarely seen commercials and their new short film, Innards. They may also be signing copies of their new children’s book, Alien Xmas, which they hope to adapt as a stop-motion feature.

Also confirmed to appear are Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh from Screen Novelties. The duo put themselves on the map when they helped stop-motion legend Ray Harryhausen finish his short film The Tortoise and the Hare in 2002. They have since overseen animation on the popular Adult Swim series Robot Chicken and Moral Orel and recently finished an animated pilot titled Monster Safari for Nickelodeon. The Monster Safari short will be screened during the event.

Among the other participating animators is Jason Hite, who will be screening his short sci-fi film Stasis. Currently making the festival rounds, Stasis is an atmospheric and nightmarish vision of rebirth inspired by Metropolis, Frankenstein, The Matrix and the designs pf H.R. Giger. Other professional animators have expressed an interest in participating, so expect a few surprises as well.

McG’s Irish Pub & Grill is located at 21356 Devonshire St. in Chatsworth, Calif., 91311. As seating is limited, early arrival is advised.