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American Cinematheque Plans Adult Animation Series

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American Cinematheque Plans Adult Animation Series

The American Cinematheque is planning an “Animation for Adults” series, beginning this Thursday (Jan. 9) and running through Jan. 25 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. This is a great opportunity for classic toon fans to catch some rarely screened gems from the likes of Hayao Miyazaki, Ralph Bakshi, Satoshi Kon, Jan Svankmajer, and Richard Linklater.

Here’s the official announcement:

“Box office juggernauts from Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks have turned the entertainment of children into a multi-billion dollar global business, but as the new film from Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki—the Golden-Globe nominated The Wind Rises—reminds us, there’s more to animation than just cartoons for kids.”

“While family-friendly, Miyazaki films like Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Castle in The Sky were made with an attention to detail that might be lost on youngsters. Similarly, the high-velocity manga-inspired visuals of Cowboy Bebop: The Movie or Paprika presuppose a pretty sophisticated audience. Animation can also work effectively with adult themes, whether they be sexual (Fritz the Cat, Heavy Traffic) or philosophical (Fantastic Planet, Waking Life). The program includes Heavy Metal, American Pop, Tokyo Godfathers, Metropolis, Lunacy and a short film showcase planned for Saturday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. (more details on that later). The series is compiled by Grant Moninger and Gwen Deglise.”

For tickets and more info, visit the American Cinematheque at:

Fritz the Cat

Fritz the Cat

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind


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