»Dream a Little Dream of Me« - a duet between the fat and dangerous cat, sung by Ella Fitzgerald and the bird, sung by Louis Armstong's characteristic, hoarse voice. This is the third short film in the Jannik Hastrup's Birdland series about jazz.
In this second short film in the Birdland series two birds escape and fly away to the rainbow. The story is set to the sound of "Over the Rainbow" played by legendary jazz pianist Art Tatum.
An old man and his grand daughter rescue an injured young deer, and they develop a close relationship with it.
The oldest surviving animated film from Brazil. The only animal in a zoo, a monkey, escapes its cage, causing a lot of trouble.
My grandfather tells me a story that he invented, and asks me to make a film out of it. Because of pollution, pesticides, and other toxic substances, a bee decides to leave her hive, looking for a more comfortable place for her to live in.
In 1955 Count Basie and his Orchestra immortalized Vernon Duke's "April in Paris". In this animated short by Danish animation legend Jannik Hastrup an old lady, a cat and two birds in love experience the wonderful and love inducing spring in Paris set to the tones of Vernon Duke's classic jazz piece.
Deadly tells the story of Boney, a working stiff who doesn’t care about his dead-end job. That is until, he has a run-in with a spirited old lady named Bridie. Academy award winner, Brenda Fricker and Love/Hate star Peter Coonan lend their voices to this bittersweet animated short about life, death and dancin'!
Canadian filmmaker Gerald Potterton utilizes extensive footage from the Soviet adventure film Dr. Abolit in his Tiki Tiki. Abolit boards a rocket with two monkeys and blasts off into space, bent on rescuing a group of monkey kids from extraterrestrial bandits. Framing the live-action storyline are a few animated cartoon sequences involving the efforts of a producer to sell his concept to an apelike movie mogul. This device works as effectively here as it did thirty years earlier in W.C. Fields' Never Give a Sucker an Even Break. As a payoff, the studio boss is revealed to be King Kong, who sees a lot of potential in a story about heroic simians. (allmovie.com)
Three hitchhiking, hobo chimpanzees, followers of the open road and work-dodgers are put to work on Oswald Rabbit's farm in payment for pies stolen from the hard-working rabbit. The simians find it hard to milk a cow, paint a house and haul water from the well.
Loik, a disfigured sailor, is posted to a remote lighthouse with Morlaix, a tyrannical head keeper. But soon, the two men find themselves besieged by a strange storm.
An animated remake of the 1974 children's movie "Shan shan de hong xing"
Based on a painting by M. Vrubel, a poem by M. Lermontov and the play "Faust" by Goethe. This film is the first part of the trilogy 'Everlasting Variations'. The author attempts to expose the atmosphere of early 20th century Russian romanticism, which Vrubel's works so brilliantly illustrate.
How does Sid the Science Kid put all his toys away so quickly? How does he lift his heavy toy box into his tree house? By creating yet another amazing invention, of course! From pulleys to planes, Sid learns how simple machines help us move heavy objects.
Short experimental animation by István Orosz.
The encounter can never happen between a man in the past (tense) and a girl in the present (tense) in the garden of times.
Adapted from a story by Pu Song-Ling (1640-1715) from the Qing dynasty, about a curious scientist exploring a mysterious desert island in the South Chinese Sea. Here, he comes across a prostitute and a snake. They get caught up in a repetitive pattern. The perfection of shining china in cool tones contrasts sharply with the gory story. Ingenious application of traditional ceramics that the Qing dynasty is famous for.
Igor: The Paris Years, one segment of a larger biographical program created for Channel 4 on the life and times of Igor Stravinsky, finds the brothers working in a slightly different vein than the one that would come to characterize their later work. This is the first section, which covers the pianist’s “French period” from roughly 1920-1939, and it details, among other things, his connection with Jean Cocteau (who, as a matter of fact, contributes voice work to this project). Filtered through gonzo and impressionistic puppetry (often bearing strong resemblance to the work of Terry Gilliam), the film takes an unconventional and often beautiful stab at the television biography special.
About a peaceful, poetry-loving dragon, and St. George the dragon-slayer, who is engaged by the villagers to kill him. Together with the help of the dragon's friend, they stage a rousing fake battle.