Movies on the Big Screen as They Were Meant To Be Seen.
I KNOW THAT VOICE
Dir: Lawrence Shapiro
If you bumped into John DiMaggio or Tom Kenny in the street, you might not recognize him - until he opened his mouth and you realized that you were talking to Bender from “Futurama” or SpongeBob SquarePants. Since the days of radio, when actors created characters solely through speech, the voice-over industry has grown exponentially, and this new documentary pulls back the curtain to reveal the history and craft of these unsung heroes, the men and women behind some of your favorite animated characters.
Dir: Chuck Jones, Abe Levitow
The classic children's adventure novel written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer comes to life in this Chuck Jones (“What's Opera, Doc?”) musical. Butch Patrick (“The Munsters”) plays Milo, a bored city kid who receives a mysterious gift of a magical tollbooth. Entering it, he finds himself transported from a live-action universe to a psychedelic animated one, then thrust into a series of far-out adventures including rescuing the Princesses Rhyme and Reason from the Castle in the Air. Voices supplied by voice-over legends Mel Blanc, Daws Butler and June Foray.
Dir: Shinichiro Watanabe
This is anime that's as far from Miyazaki as Hitchcock is from Chaplin, with all the emotion and visceral impact of any great live-action film. Set on a terraformed Mars, in a city that blends aspects of Manhattan, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Cairo and Paris, COWBOY BEBOP mixes past and future machinery, architecture and graphics with urban realism - in a story that's part film noir, part spaghetti Western and part HK actioner. Beautifully voiced in English, the script and characters entirely live up to the amazing design by Shiho Takeuchi. Special mention must be made of the jazzy, bluesy, rock score by Japanese composer Yoko Kanno - like the soundtrack of the best ’70s cop show never made.