The show, which has been touring the country since mid-September, is a compilation of animated shorts from around the world. Many of the selections have been nominated for Academy Awards, among other honors; most have been in circulation for a few years. Anyone who follows animation closely probably won’t be seeing anything new, but what the show does offer is a collection of some of the best, most beautiful work of the past few years. One of the most interesting selections is “Mars and Beyond,” part of a series of color shorts done for Disney in 1957 by Ward Kimball. The film is a nature documentary theorizing what life on Mars would be like and borders on the surreal in both its vision and brilliance.
November 13th, 2003