2012, Walt Disney Pictures, 87 min, USA, Dir: Tim Burton

This stop-motion animated salute to the 1931 classic FRANKENSTEIN is based on a live-action short that director Tim Burton made while working at Disney in the 1980s. When his dog Sparky is hit by a car, young Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) puts his science lessons to work, reanimating the deceased pet - the first of many creatures unleashed when the boy’s classmates copy his work. With Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau and Winona Ryder. An Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature.

2008, Gkids, 101 min, Japan, Dir: Hayao Miyazaki

A heart-warming love story whose intricate, hand-drawn animation will dazzle the eyes, writer-director Hayao Miyazaki’s eighth film for Studio Ghibli was loosely inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.” Ponyo is a goldfish living happily with her wizard father and sea-goddess mother until wanderlust brings her to a little fishing village, where she is rescued by Sosuke. Smitten by the boy, Ponyo becomes human with some of her dad’s sorcery, but using those powers throws the whole world out of balance. Will Ponyo choose to live in the world of people or of magic? “This poetic, visually breathtaking work by the greatest of all animators has such deep charm that adults and children will both be touched." – Roger Ebert.

2006, Sony Pictures Classics, 90 min, Japan, Dir: Satoshi Kon

The final film from animator Satoshi Kon offers a mash-up of fantasy and waking life that would be echoed in Christopher Nolan’s INCEPTION a few years later. In the near future, an experimental device called the DC Mini allows people to view others’ dreams. A promising tool for psychotherapy, Dr. Chiba uses it on her patients, adopting the alter-ego “Paprika” to enter their nocturnal reveries. But when the DC Mini is stolen by those who would abuse its power, dream worlds begin to impinge on reality, and only Paprika can bring an end to the chaos. Named one of the 25 All-Time Best Animated Films by Time magazine, PAPRIKA’s hallucinatory logic and dazzling visuals are mesmerizing. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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