The first thing you need to know about the symphony's "Fantasia" program is that it's not a showing of the original 1940 film, but rather a mix of sequences from the original and the sequel, "Fantasia 2000."
It's toon time this weekend (November 1-3) at the St. Louis Symphony with music and animation from a pair of remarkable Disney films: "Fantasia" and its sequel from 60 years later "Fantasia 2000." The orchestra's new Resident Conductor Steven Jarvi is on the podium while Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and a host of other cartoon critters cavort on the screen.
That is 2 as in the number, the second in a series, not "t-o-o," as in "also." This film gives sequels a good name although it's hardly "Godfather II." It picks up where "Despicable Me" left off, that is, with the main character, named Gru, becoming a family man.
Each year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominates short films in animation, live action and documentary categories. Fortunately for those of us eager to know Oscar contenders, Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures assemble the animated and live-action hopefuls into two programs for theatrical release. Of course, any compilation offers diversity, but all these selections merit their recognition.
The 21st annual Whitaker Saint Louis International Film Festival continues through Sunday, November 18th‘s closing night awards party begins at 8 p.m. at the Contemporary Art Museum. Between now and then, there are dozens of short and feature, fiction and nonfiction, animated and live action films from which to choose.
The 21st annual Whitaker Saint Louis International Film Festival kicks off Thursday, November 8th followed by a ten-day feast of cinematic offerings and events. Film lovers get to choose from over 400 feature and short films, most of them St. Louis premieres. In addition, dozens of filmmakers will accompany their films, introducing them and leading discussions after screenings.
A lovely pairing of first-rate animation and well-chosen jazz makes the Spanish film Chico and Rita a multifaceted pleasure, despite a conventional scenario. Set primarily in Cuba in the late 40s and early 50s, the story begins with an elderly Chico remembering the love of his life, the mellifluous-voiced singer Rita.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominates short films in animation, live action and documentary categories. For several years, animation and live-action nominees are presented in a program at Landmark cinemas here before Oscar night to acquaint audiences with these works. Of course, any compilation is a mixed bag, but most of these nominees are stunning.
The Webster Film Series, St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) and KDHX present a seminar with visiting filmmaker Jay Duplass. Writer/director Jay Duplass (“The Puffy Chair,” “Baghead,” “Cyrus”), SLIFF’s Contemporary Cinema Award winner, will offer an instructive seminar on independent filmmaking.
The Webster Film Series, St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) and KDHX present a seminar with visiting filmmaker Bill Plympton. SLIFF honoree Bill Plympton will discuss his storied career as an independent animator, shows samples of his work, and offer advice and insight to aspiring filmmakers.