MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI
MA VIE DE COURGETTE
2016, GKIDS, 70 min, Switzerland/France, Dir: Claude Barras

This stop-motion gem about the resilience of the human heart won the Grand Prize and the Audience Award at the 2016 Annecy International Animation Film Festival. After his alcoholic mother dies, a boy nicknamed Zucchini (or “Courgette” in French) is befriended by a police officer and brought to a foster home, where he meets other orphans his age. Written by Céline Sciamma (GIRLHOOD, TOMBOY), Barras’ debut feature strikes a remarkable balance between the joys and sorrows of childhood. “Barras’ movie demonstrates the same qualities expected of responsible parents: It bothers to notice how Courgette actually feels. … The cartoon is never afraid to be cute, but more importantly, it’s committed to being real.” - Peter Debruge, Variety.


BAMBI
1942, Disney, 70 min, Dir: David Hand

Among the most beloved animated films of all time is this story of a young deer growing up to become the “Great Prince of the Forest” with the help of his friends, Thumper the rabbit and Flower the skunk. Though the film is family-friendly, source novel Bambi, A Life in the Woods was written for adults, and the book’s serious tone does come through in places (most famously in the off-screen death of Bambi’s mother).


NERDLAND
2016, Titmouse Studio, 83 min, Dir: Chris Prynoski

Titmouse Animation mastermind Chris Prynoski moves seamlessly from the small screen to the very big with this depraved and hilarious feature debut. Written by Andrew Kevin Walker (SEVEN), NERDLAND follows two hapless roommates, aspiring actor John (Paul Rudd) and would-be screenwriter Elliot (Patton Oswalt), in their quest to get their names in Hollywood lights. Of course nothing goes according to plan, as a litany of comedic talents, including Hannibal Burress, Kate Micucci, Riki Lindhome, Mike Judge and Molly Shannon, twists the blade on our hopelessly lost leads and the city itself. “Revels in the foulness of 21st-century pop culture.” - Nick Schager, Variety


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