Animation fans in need of a pick-me-up in the wake of Sinbad's flop (and the subsequent return of small-minded chatter about non-computer animation being "dead") should check the web for the nearest showing of The Animation Show, a new traveling anthology of old and new animated shorts, in the spirit of Spike & Mike's Festival of Animation, now an institution. Actually, film fans disappointed by recent live-action offerings from studios and indies alike should go, too.
The Animation Show has been assembled by a pair of terrific animators: Mike Judge, creator of the sublime Beavis & Butt-Head and perennial underdog King of the Hill (yes, it's good!) and Don Hertzfeldt, who is less widely known but beloved by anyone who has seen one of the more recent editions of Spike & Mike. The idea is to collect the best new animation as well as lost gems, spanning time, genre, and form, and screen it in real live theaters, where short films have become an endangered species. The result, like any anthology, is somewhat hit-and-miss, but the cumulative effect is not only entertaining, but excitingly noble, if there is such a thing.
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