Glorious highly imaginative animated images in myriad formats, selected with an eye to the giant screen, from the world’s best by NZIFF veteran/Melbourne International Animation Festival supremo Malcolm Turner.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2011
Home cinema is an oxymoron! Most of the films in this year’s Animation Now have been selected to make the most of that wonderful, vertical, silver-white wall of cinema screen. These works have flowed from drawing boards, wandered off puppet sets and have been downloaded from the hard-drives of artists from all over the world. They’re diverse, glorious torrents of hyper-imaginative, intensely coloured images and they all look better BIG! — MT
A super-charged, high-resolution tumble through a parade of re-imagined cultural icons. 2D and 3D computer animation
Lost in the murky depths of a strange ocean, a German U-boat crew find themselves on a collision course with objects stranger than they can fathom. 3D computer animation, live action
Pure magic – right before your eyes. A glorious patchwork of a thousand drawings, a single shot. Stopmotion animation
A boy, yearning for the love of a megaqueen in a violent computer game, loses grip on reality until he tastes a real kiss. 3D computer animation
The crazy cattle stampedes on the streets of Pamplona have ended. Now the bulls are throwing the world's biggest party. Direct to film
When all in town have lost their heads, should you lose yours too? This sardonic puppet animation offers a literal translation of a metaphorical question. Puppet animation
Civilization gives rise to a character capable of creating a world beyond its control. 2D computer, puppet animation
Ines embarks on a poignant journey of recollection of the last days of her friend Ámár. Hand drawn, 2D animation
A beautifully crafted piece of over-caffeinated morphing madness. Drawn on tablet, 2D computer animation
A simply astounding testament to the madness of war and the inhuman lengths some warriors go to fight long after meaning has taken flight. 2D and 3D computer animation
Fuelled by ego, jealousy, vodka and antidepressants, Easter Bunny hatches a plan that will see the ‘holiday spotlight’ shift from his old foe Santa.