Tune-in June! Odd Sundays Cineclub

In celebration of Brett W. Thompson’s arrival, we are dedicating June’s Odd Sundays Cineclub to animation. Brett and Carly sat down (virtually, as it were) to discuss possible screenings and, well, the meeting was over rather quickly:

Carly: Okay, let’s discuss Odd Sundays programming in conjunction with your show. What do you think about Fantastic Planet? 

Brett: Yes! What do you think about Sita Sings the Blues?!

Carly: Yes! That sounds excellent!

Brett and Carly: Meeting adjourned. 

June 3 -7:30PM (Screened in conjunction with Laloux shorts and EMP’s Have You Seen Me?)

Fantastic Planet is a Czech-French animated feature film from 1973. The classic sci-fi film takes place on a distant planet ruled by an advanced race of  giant blue humanoids called Draags. On this planet, human beings exist (called Oms) and are regarded as pests and nuisances (although sometimes kept as pets for children). The movie opens with the accidental death of an Om mother at the hands of playing Draag children. The woman’s infant remains alive. One of the Draag children takes pity on it and brings it home. Thus begins the journey of Terr, a human growing up in the household of a Draag. Terr begins to accidentally acquire knowledge from the Draag child, learn the language, and eventually realize his need to escape and spread this knowledge.

Fantastic Planet is a great watch for many reasons: the surrealist art of Roland Topor (check him out!), the spacey 1970s score by Alain Goraguer seared with prog-rock, jazz, and funk undertones, and, of course, its allegorical qualities (to the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia and the Cold War).

 

June 17 – 7PM

Sita Sings the Blues is a genre-bending American animated film from 2008. Director Nina Paley tells the story of Ramayana with a feminist bent and intersperses narrative from her own personal life.

The film has been controversial in both its use of score (previously thought to be public domain but found to be under an estate after many legal dealings) and the content itself (a white woman portraying the Hindu tale).

Regardless of controversy the film is an animated beauty, set to a 1920s jazz score and cleverly employing numerous visual art and animation styles to tell the various parts of the story from Rajput painting (18th century Indian style) to vector graphics.