Screened as part of NZIFF 2016
Our longstanding animation programmer Malcolm Turner, now head honcho at the Melbourne International Animation Festival and guest curator at festivals beyond, offers a miscellany of the brightest and best from a year’s worth of exploration.
Rising stars, including New Zealand’s own, jostle with longstanding masters; the playful with the profound. Here are flights of cinematic magic of an individuality that only animators can bring to the screen – delivering a cornucopia of creative excitement to reward any moviegoer.
If you’re looking to sample the international animation ecosystem in all of its multi-coloured, variously shaped glories, there’s no better place to begin.
This glorious blast of animated geometry could be Kandinsky in motion.
A wildly fun, perspective-bending runaway tale of a deer, a record player and an impromptu orchestra of native birds.
An animated puppet film about how to make an animated puppet film out of ‘stuff’.
An old man and a hungry raven are surrounded by loneliness in a secluded cabin. A scene of quivering dread captured in animated sketches. Hand painted.
A doco of sorts tells the true story of a silicon glove that may drift to the ends of the universe after becoming separated from an orbiting space station.
Navigating a feral film noir world, a man follows the orders of a cosmically ordained dog to wear a woman’s coat for protection. Creepy.
Sometimes the best thoughts come to you at 3.00 am. Against the black of night, simple white lines push those thoughts into sharp relief.
A little piggy ventures into a gorgeously rendered world of ELE(phants). Being trunkless can be lonely in such a world, but tides turn and all things change.
A dinghy containing a giant boot sails through an ocean of flaming orange hair on the head of a ravenous madman. Antic comic-book surrealism in hallucinogenic colour.
A rolling, gleeful carnival of underworld murder, mayhem and inspired dismemberment.
Somewhere on a still ocean, a lone fisherperson snags an airborne grand piano. Lin Zhang’s CGI has the glossy finish of surrealist painting.
A nicotine-addicted racing cyclist finds the path to the finish line littered with peculiar distractions and hazards.
Tom Schroeder’s intensely personal tribute to his late collaborator Dave Herr incorporates an astonishing visual encyclopaedia of animation styles.