[Videolib] The Animation Show Volume One DVD Now Available

Joel S. Bachar (joel@microcinema.com)
Mon, 10 May 2004 15:47:44 -0700

Now Available from The Blackchair DVD Collection:
The Animation Show Volume One presented by Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt

Release Date: May 4, 2004
Price: $70.00 with PPR
101 minutes
UPC: 898022000098
Note The DVD is not yet rated however some films may not be suitable for
children under 12.
To order:
Joel S. Bachar
fax: 509-351-1530


Finally, there's an animation festival with the artists themselves at the
helm. Following the critically acclaimed theatrical tour of The Animation
Show we bring you The Animation Show Volume One on DVD! Kicking off in the
spring of 2004, The Animation Show Volume One is a collection of the
best-animated short films from around the world, personally programmed by
co-producers Mike Judge (Office Space, and King of the Hill) and Academy
Award nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt.

This year’s DVD line-up spans eight countries, featuring everything from
2003 Academy Award winner Adam Elliot’s three claymation films Brother,
Cousin, and Uncle to the very latest in computer animation - with four
recent Academy Award nominees (including Mt Head, The Rocks, Fifty Percent
Grey, and The Cathedral), brand new films from Mike and Don, plus extra
surprises. Never before has such a visually stunning and hilarious
collection of animation been gathered together in one program.

Each year the Animation Show plans to follow its new theatrical tour with a
DVD compilation packed with award winning animation from around the world.
Starting with this first volume Mike and Don have asked the filmmakers
involved to share insight into their individual technique with an amazing
assortment of special features. This is the first animated compilation to
take such an in-depth look into the inner workings of so many great

There is an enormous surplus of great animation that rarely sees wide
distribution or exposure. This DVD series will function to spotlight these
hidden classics as well as showcase older animation greats that have yet to
find their way to DVD. The Animation Show has put together a new ongoing
volume of work that will catalog the greatest animation created and present
this work to moviegoers and animation fans for years to come.

Films included:
1. Welcome to the Show directed by Don Hertzfeldt
2. Mt. Head (Atama Yama) directed by Koji Yamamura
3. Brother directed by Adam Elliot
4. Parking directed by Bill Plympton
5. Adventures of Ricardo, The directed by Corky Quackenbush
6. Moving Illustrations of Machines directed by Jeremy Solterbeck
7. LA COURSE À L'ABÎME (The Ride to the Abyss) directed by Georges
8. Billy's Balloon directed by Don Hertzfeldt
9. Cousin directed by Adam Elliot
10. The Cathedral directed by Tomek Baginski
11. Intermission in the Third Dimension directed by Don Hertzfeldt
12. Fifty Percent Grey directed by Ruairi Robinson
13. Uncle directed by Adam Elliot
14. Early Pencil Tests and Other Experiments directed by Mike Judge
15. Aria directed by Pjotr Sapegin
16. Bathtime in Clerkenwell directed by Alex Budovsky
17. The Rocks (Das Rad) directed by Chris Arvid, Heidi Stenner, Uibel
18. End of the Show, The directed by Don Hertzfeldt

About the Producers:


Mike Judge is no stranger to successful comedy animation. Prior to KING OF
THE HILL, he was creator and executive producer of the irreverent cable
series BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD. Judge also provided the voices for Beavis,
Butt-Head and the additional male characters, and wrote and performed the
theme music for the series. Additionally, he wrote and directed the hit
film BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD DO AMERICA. Judge's animation career includes
creating the well-known series animation piece, OFFICE SPACE, which aired as
a short film on cable and later as a recurring sketch on "Saturday Night
Live." Two of his other short films, "huh?" and "The Honkey
Problem," have appeared in the Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation. A
self-motivated talent, Judge taught himself to animate in 1991 with the aid
of borrowed library books, a second-hand animation camera and a few cheap
animation supplies. Previously, he performed music on the road. In 1998,
Judge made his live-action directorial debut with the film OFFICE SPACE,
which he also wrote, for Twentieth Century Fox. In addition to serving as
co-creator and executive producer of KING OF THE HILL, Judge is also the
voice of Hank Hill and Boomhauer. He plans to return to live action this
spring with the feature “3301” which he currently prepping for Fox.


Armed with a sketchbook and pencil in hand, Hertzfeldt is out to
re-introduce hand-drawn animation back to this country, where, it has become
somewhat of a lost artform. Sometimes shocking, always provocative, and
continually entertaining, Hertzfeldt’s unconventional animated shorts have
turned audiences upside down with hilarity and have reduced even the
toughest critics to tears of laughter. From the 2001 Academy Award-nominated
short, REJECTED to the critically acclaimed 1998 BILLY’S BALLOON, Hertzfeldt
has exhibited that raw and rudimentary stick figures can sometimes make for
the most sophisticated animation. Hertzfeldt’s irreverent take on animation
has garnered him much attention within the animation community and the
film community at large. His storytelling contains a wit that may lend to
thundering laughter and a bit of head-scratching. This year’s THE ANIMATION
SHOW brings Don together with fellow animator, Mike Judge to bring animation
to the forefront. Disillusioned by the current state of animation and the
commercial glut it has fallen into, they have assembled some of the world’s
best animation into a single program. In bringing some of these indie
masterpieces to the big screen, Hertzfeldt is out to change the way that we
look at animation forever.

Extra Features:
-Audio commentaries by animators Bill Plympton and Corky Quackenbush.
-Deleted pencil test by Mike Judge
-Special effects commentary and production art galleries by Don Hertzfeldt.
-"Mt. Head" galleries of concept art and character design.
-"The Cathedral" motion tests, animatics and production art.
-"The Rocks" production photo album.
-"La Course A L'abime" storyboard to scene comparison.
-plus much more!

To order:
Joel S. Bachar
fax: 509-351-1530

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