Box office juggernauts from Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks have turned the entertainment of children into a multi-billion dollar global business, but as the new film from Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki - the Golden-Globe nominated THE WIND RISES - reminds us, there’s more to animation than just cartoons for kids.
While family-friendly, Miyazaki films like NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND and CASTLE IN THE SKY were made with an attention to detail that might be lost on youngsters. Similarly, the high-velocity manga-inspired visuals of COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE or PAPRIKA presuppose a pretty sophisticated audience. Animation can also work effectively with adult themes, whether they be sexual (FRITZ THE CAT, HEAVY TRAFFIC) or philosophical (FANTASTIC PLANET, WAKING LIFE).
Program also includes HEAVY METAL, AMERICAN POP, TOKYO GODFATHERS, METROPOLIS (2001), LUNACY and a short film showcase.
Series compiled by Grant Moninger and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by John Hagelston.