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Focus on Animation at Cork
05 Oct 2000 :
The Potential for Independent Animation in Ireland
Thursday 19th October, 11.00am, The Lecture Gallery, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery

A panel of independent animators discuss the variety of formats and distribution methods they have used. Panelists include representatives from Monster Animation, Cartoon Saloon, animators Naomi Wilson and Steve Woods, chaired by Kieran O'Connor, Cork Film Centre.

A Tribute To Aardman Animation

With the continuing international success of 'Chicken Run', it is appropriate to celebrate the past triumphs and the early work of Aardman Animations, a company that has shaped the success of clay animation over the last number of years. From 'Wallace & Gromit' to 'Creature Comforts', 'Pib & Pog' to 'Rex the Runt', from their advertising work to their new phenomenon on the internet - 'Angry Kid', Aardman's influence becomes more apparent when you look at their entire body of work.

With three jam-packed programmes from the collective talents of Aardman Animations - the festival covers all of Aardman's essential ingredients. Most famously, the three Wallace & Gromit films are included with favourite characters such as Feathers McGraw and Wendolene Ramsbottom. Early Oscar success with 'Creature Comforts' and underground favourites like 'Rex the Runt' and 'Angry Kid' are added to with earlier animations that established the company.

Focus On The Brothers Quay

The Brothers Quay are true originals and the programme of their work will demonstrate their extraordinary talent. Animated dolls sit at black desks in blacker rooms, eyeless heads watch iron filings do a strange dance. Although much of these characters are eyeless they seem to understand what's going on, there's a glint of intellect in their faces. If there was a nuclear explosion in Toytown, these are the survivors. The films are surreal to say the least, but this is the world of the Brothers Quay.

Identical twins from Pennsylvania, having moved to London over twenty years ago, they have established themselves as unique artists with unique influences. Their work is often compered, with respect, to their peers like Jan Svankmajer. Literary influences include Franz Kafka and, especially, Robert Walser. Apart from any high-brow attributions made to them, their work is well known amongst a wider audience although we may not know it. They are responsible for many TV idents and fillers, for MTV amongst others, as well as plenty of advertising work (including the Samurai series for Murphy’s Irish Stout !).

The film festival is delighted to welcome the Brothers Quay to Cork and are pleased to screen their only feature-length film 'Institute Benjamenta' as it should be viewed - a cinema auditorium. In addition, there is a full programme from their long list of short film work, mostly stop-motion animation with puppetry, including their most recent film, premiered in Cannes, 'In Absentia'.



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