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Leonard Maltin's Animation Favorites
rating:2.6

Leonard Maltin's Animation Favorites

1994Runtime:0 minutes
America's favorite film critic, Leonard Maltin, delves into Canada's rich history of animation, presenting some of his favorite animated shorts to have come from the National Film Board of Canada over the last 50 years. Titles include The Cat Came Back (Cordell Barker), Getting Started (Richard Condie), The Sweater (Sheldon Cohen), Begone Dull Care (Norman McLaren), The Street (Caroline Leaf) and more.

Directed by:

  • Cordell Barker
  • Sheldon Cohen
  • Evelyn Lambart
  • Norman McLaren
  • Caroline Leaf
  • Richard Condie
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Cartoon Noir
    rating:2.6

    Cartoon Noir

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Six animated shorts eschew traditional animation by featuring supernatural elements and darker themes, such as alien snatchings, life among mannequins and a spiritual rebirth. Among the films are "Ape," which features a couple fighting over a cooked monkey every night; "The Story of the Cat and the Moon," which is a tale of unrequited love; and "Gentle Spirit," which is based on a Fyodor Dostoyevsky story.

    Directed by:

  • Pedro Serrazina
  • Julie Zammarchi
  • Piotr Dumala
  • Paul Vester
  • Suzan Pitt
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Little Pim: French
    rating:2.6

    Little Pim: French

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    This highly effective program features Little Pim, an animated panda bear whose fun on-screen adventures immerse babies, toddlers and preschoolers in the French language, teaching them almost 200 common vocabulary words and basic grammar. Short segments about food, playtime and waking up in the morning, along with clips of real kids at play, help young viewers begin expressing their thoughts aloud in French.

    Directed by:

  • Julia Pimsleur Levine
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    The Films of Suzan Pitt: El Doctor / Joy Street / Asparagus
    rating:2.4

    The Films of Suzan Pitt: El Doctor / Joy Street / Asparagus

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    This collection of short films showcases the originality of Suzan Pitt's strange yet beautiful animation, which has enchanted audiences for three decades. The surreal "El Doctor" tells the tale of a Mexican physician who goes on a twisted journey. Next, in "Joy Street" a woman travels from the depths of depression to happiness with the help of an unlikely guardian angel. Finally, "Asparagus" takes viewers on a vivid, sexually charged nightmare.

    Directed by:

  • Suzan Pitt
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    Enchanted Tales: The Jungle King / Noah's Ark
    rating:2.4

    Enchanted Tales: The Jungle King / Noah's Ark

    1994Runtime:0 minutes
    Animals abound in this animated double-feature, which starts with a thrilling jungle adventure about lion king Max and his twin brother Irwin and finishes with a retelling of the classic story of Noah's Ark. When jungle ruler Max is kidnapped, twin brother Irwin must pose as Max to save the day in The Jungle King. In Noah's Ark, Noah comes to the rescue of animals of all kinds when a great rainstorm transforms the landscape into an ocean.

    Directed by:

  • Diane Paloma Eskenazi
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    Anxious Animation
    rating:2.3

    Anxious Animation

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Prepare to have your preconceived notions of all things animated stripped away in this collection of creative mindscapes from six modern film artists. Welcome to the surreal and psychedelic world of some of the most cutting-edge visionaries and designers, including Lewis Klahr, Janie Geiser, Jim Trainor and the team of Bay Area animators Rodney Ascher, Syd Garon and Eric Henry. Adding to the quirk factor is the music of Buckethead and DJ Q-Bert.

    Directed by:

  • Eric Henry
  • Syd Garon
  • Rodney Ascher
  • Jim Trainor
  • Janie Geiser
  • Lewis Klahr
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    Ricky Sprocket: Showbiz Boy
    rating:2.3

    Ricky Sprocket: Showbiz Boy

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Ricky Sprocket may be a huge movie star with a fancy mansion and crowds of devoted fans, but just like other kids his age, he still has to deal with his annoying parents and even more annoying sister in this popular Nickelodeon animated series. The compilation focuses on the contradictions of fame as Ricky tries to juggle the pressures of life in Hollywood with his efforts to live a normal life that includes homework, chores and friends.

    Directed by:

  • David Fine
  • Alison Snowden
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    Gregory Horror Show
    rating:2.3

    Gregory Horror Show

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    A spooky house in an alternate dimension sets the stage for this surreal, sometimes scary, sometimes humorous anime program. The show centers on Gregory, proprietor of the haunted Gregory House and host to a variety of lost souls, each representing a universal fear. Each episode touches on human experience and emotion, such as tolerance, patience, imagination and empowerment. This video includes four full episodes and 25 nightmares.

    Directed by:

  • Naomi Iwata
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    Sistas 'n' the City
    rating:2.3

    Sistas 'n' the City

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Chicago never saw more sass than it does with Tamika, Mercedes, Jordan and Athena, four African-American women living and loving their way through the Windy City in this anthology of animated shorts. From career-path obstacles to family foul-ups to boyfriends who just don't get it, these lusty ladies face down every challenge with truth and come out on top. Though animated, these vignettes are strictly for adults.

    Directed by:

  • Tina Andrews
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    The Cramp Twins: Twin-Compatible
    rating:2.2

    The Cramp Twins: Twin-Compatible

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    To say that Lucien and Wayne Cramp -- the 10-year-old twins in this animated show from Cartoon Network -- are incompatible is an understatement. Although they share a birthday, they have nothing at all in common. Mischievous Wayne is a pack rat; Lucien is a reserved bookworm who likes to knit. This collection of episodes from the series based on the work of graphic artist Brian Woods captures the duo's hilarious attempts to get along … or not.

    Directed by:

  • Becky Bristow
  • rating:2.2 2.2 Average Rating

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    Emily Hubley: Pigeon (and More) Within
    rating:1.9

    Emily Hubley: Pigeon (and More) Within

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Artist Emily Hubley presents this collection of surreal animated short films, which explores a woman's encounter with her guardian angel, a girl's diary entries springing to life, a grandmother sharing her beliefs, and a surprising series of dreams. The daughter of famed animators John and Faith Hubley, Emily has won awards and praise for her unique manner of examining everyday problems. Her work has appeared at the Museum of Modern Art.

    Directed by:

  • Emily Hubley
  • rating:1.9 1.9 Average Rating

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    The Real Shlemiel
    rating:1.9

    The Real Shlemiel

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    The stories of acclaimed writer Isaac Bashevis Singer find new life in animation. Featuring music by Michel Legrand and Sheldon Harnick, The Real Shlemiel follows the adventures of a young boy, Aaron, and his goat. When they arrive at the little village where Aaron's aunt and uncle live, they discover a menacing wizard who's about to cast a horrible spell over everyone. Can they save the town's residents?

    Directed by:

  • Jacqueline Galia Benousilio
  • rating:1.9 1.9 Average Rating

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    Best of SubmarineChannel.com
    rating:1.6

    Best of SubmarineChannel.com

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Providing a showplace for today's moving-image artists, SubmarineChannel.com features a plethora of arresting (and constantly changing) video art; this compilation of short films, animations and music videos represents the best of its offerings. Featuring the work of Motomichi Nakamura, Marina Zurkow, Lorenzo Fonda and Fons Schiedon, the presentation also includes the animated series "The Boy" and "Waterlanders."

    Directed by:

  • Ryan O'Connor
  • Motomichi Nakamura
  • Claudio Castelli
  • Fons Schiedon
  • Gabriel Malaprade
  • Marina Zurkow
  • Doudouboy
  • Mischa Kamp
  • Mumbleboy
  • Lorenzo Fonda
  • 310K
  • Evan Mather
  • Maarten Isaak de Heer
  • rating:1.6 1.6 Average Rating

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    Funky Valley
    rating:1.6

    Funky Valley

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Enjoy this collection of colorful, wonderfully animated stories for the preschool set, filled with adorable, quirky farm animal characters each with their own delightful peculiarities, including Clara the hen, Dippy the cow and Buster the ram. The stories not only teach children the value of individuality, but each fable also drives home a subtle yet important moral lesson for youngsters.

    Directed by:

  • Sara Bor
  • rating:1.6 1.6 Average Rating

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    Return to Funky Valley
    rating:1.5

    Return to Funky Valley

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    In continuing adventures of the popular animated series "Funky Valley," this boisterous romp tells even more tales of the wacky barnyard filled with misfit animals whose oddness is cause for celebration. The delightful collection of simple, amusing fables is perfect for preschool kids and anyone who loves a good story, bright animation and cheerful characters.

    Directed by:

  • Simon Bor
  • Sara Bor
  • rating:1.5 1.5 Average Rating

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    Martha Speaks: Martha Says It with Flowers: There Goes the Neighborhood / Ice Scream
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    Martha Speaks: Martha Says It with Flowers: There Goes the Neighborhood / Ice Scream

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Martha can't believe that Helen and Alice are making such a fuss about a kitten. / Alice is shocked to discover that Truman has never tried ice cream.

    Directed by:

  • Colleen Holub
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    Now and Then
    rating:3.8

    Now and Then

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Waxing nostalgic about the bittersweet passage from childhood to puberty in this tender coming-of-age tale, four childhood girlfriends -- Teeny, Chrissy, Samantha and Roberta -- recall the magical summer of 1970. During their walk down memory lane, they reconcile experiences with boys, secrets, bullies and more. Lesli Linka Glatter directs; Gaby Hoffmann, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Cloris Leachman, Thora Birch and Christina Ricci co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Lesli Linka Glatter
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Now and Then (1995)
    A heartwarming movie about four childhood girlfriends who, in adulthood reunion, relive their experience of the life-changing summer of 1970, including a mystery death, divorce, standing up to the boys, first kiss, and the meaning of true friendship. Each explores her unique identity amidst family and friends. Beautifully directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.
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