THE IRON GIANT
1999, Warner Bros., 86 min, USA, Dir: Brad Bird

Director Brad Bird's ambitious take on Ted Hughes' 1968 children's book The Iron Man is a delightful tale of friendship between a fatherless boy and a gigantic metal robot, in a small town in the Cold War ’50s. One of the best animated films to have come out in the past 20 years, with magical moments for the whole family.


TYRUS
2017, 78 min, USA, Dir: Pamela Tom

One of the most celebrated Chinese-American artists of the 20th century, Tyrus Wong was a production designer, illustrator, painter, muralist, ceramicist and lithographer perhaps best known for his haunting landscape backgrounds in the Disney classic BAMBI. Through interviews, archival footage and never-before-seen artwork, this beautiful documentary traces Wong’s life and career from his birth in China to the studios of the Golden Age of Hollywood to the beaches of Santa Monica, where the centenarian loved to fly his colorful, handmade kites.


WATERSHIP DOWN
1978, Janus Films, 91 min, Dir: Martin Rosen

“All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and when they catch you, they will kill you. … But first they must catch you.” This faithful adaptation of Richard Adams’ classic novel about a community of rabbits in southern England struggling to survive boasts beautiful hand-drawn animation but is hardly a children’s cartoon. Dark and sometimes violent, the journey Hazel (John Hurt) and his allies take to find refuge at Watership Down can be seen as an allegory about freedom and tyranny. Also featuring the voices of Ralph Richardson, Roy Kinnear, Denholm Elliott and Zero Mostel.


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