Kaleidoscopic Visions: Animation Classics

  • July 5, 2014 — August 29, 2014

Our recent Studio Ghibli retrospective inspires this deeper dive into worlds brought to life by the magic of animators. Brilliant color, fantastic visions, incredible techniques, and equal measures of wit and wisdom reveal themselves in this selection of classics—features and shorts—that comprise a rich international legacy. Besides the history and dazzle, these films are just plain fun, so come enjoy this rare big-screen salute to the popular art of animation.

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Akira

Directed by Katsuhiro Ohtomo

Ohtomo’s influential work reinvigorated Western interest in Japanese anime and still feels cutting-edge to this day. Adapting the voluminous cyberpunk

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Grave of the Fireflies

Directed by Isco Takahata

Helmed by Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, Grave of the Fireflies ranks among the greatest achievements of Japanese anime. The story

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The Complete Fleischer Studio Superman Cartoons

Directed by Max Fleischer, Dave Fleischer

Coming off the success of their Betty Boop and Popeye cartoons, Paramount Studios engaged brothers Max and Dave Fleischer to

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The Short Adventures of Wallace and Gromit

Directed by Nick Park

Established in 1972, Aardman Animation vaulted to international affection with the release of A Grand Day Out (1989), the first of

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Directed by Robert Zemeckis

A private dick (played with gruff sincerity by the late Bob Hoskins), whose life has been ruined by ’toons, is

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Looney Tunes: Classic Warner Brothers Animation

Directed by Various

Before they became the backbone of syndicated cartoon programming on television, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the rest of the

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The Point

Directed by Fred Wolf

AM radio icon Harry Nilsson provides the story in addition to the dynamic soundtrack—including the hit single “Me and My

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Mary and Max

Directed by Adam Elliot

In this touching, clay-animated tale of profound intergenerational connection, Elliot spins the story of Mary, a lonely Australian girl from

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An American Tail

Directed by Don Bluth

After leaving behind his role at Disney as the animation director on such films as The Rescuers and Pete's Dragon,

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Fantastic Planet

Directed by René Laloux

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Fantastic Planet is a sci-fi parable involving a race of

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Fritz the Cat

Directed by Ralph Bakshi

As the first animated film to receive an X rating from the Motion Picture Association of America, Bakshi’s film courted