THE PUPPETOON MOVIE
1987, 90 min, USA, Dir: Arnold Leibovit

George Pal’s pioneering shorts of the 1930s and ’40s influenced legions of stop-motion animators, so it’s only fitting that Art Clokey’s Gumby serves as host to this loving tribute to the master, including several of Pal’s Oscar-nominated Puppetoons in their entirety.


TALES FROM EARTHSEA
GEDO SENKI
2006, Touchstone Pictures, 115 min, Japan, Dir: Goro Miyazaki

Writer Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea series inspired this animated fantasy, the directorial debut of Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Gorō Miyazaki. Dragons battling in the skies are a sign that life has fallen out of balance; to restore it, troubled prince Arren and wizard Sparrowhawk must defeat the evil Lord Cob.


THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA
KAGUYAHIME NO MONOGATARI
2013, GKIDS, 137 min, Japan, Dir: Isao Takahata

What may be the final film from Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata is one of the Japanese animation studio’s very best. A bamboo cutter discovers a tiny girl in a bamboo shoot and adopts her as his daughter, but the old man’s attempts to raise her as a princess are at odds with the girl’s homespun nature. This beautiful fantasy, based on a Japanese folktale, earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. “Exquisitely drawn with both watercolor delicacy and a brisk sense of line.” - Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times.


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