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Montreal’s Animaze Opens with X-Rated Toon

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Montreal’s Animaze Opens with X-Rated Toon

Animaze, the Montreal International Animation Film Festival (, kicks off Thursday, April 16 in the bilingual metropolis. The event offers up four days of animated feature films, shorts, panels, workshops, interactive performances and opportunities to mingle with like-minded folks. The opening night festivities will feature a 40th anniversary restoration of Picha and Boris Szulzinger’s X-rated feature Shame of the Jungle (Tarzoon, la honte de la jungle). The French/Belgian co-production features the voices of comedy legends John Belushi, Bill Murray and son of Tarzan himself, Johnny Weissmuller Jr.

Other screening highlights include a live, interactive music performance “The Land of the Magic Flute,” set to Mozart’s classic piece and produced by the German Interactive Media Foundation and performed by local composer Philippe Lambert; and a showing of cult classic Heavy Metal with director Gerald Potterton attending. Potterton will also hold a conversation about his career during the Animaze Days panel programming. The Best of Fests program will screen award-winning short films from key international festivals, which this year includes Don Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow (Sundance Grand Jury Prize, SXSW Best Animated Short).

Shame of the Jungle

Shame of the Jungle


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