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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Animation Has Grown -- and Grown Up

Posted By on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Animation used to be the province of the fantastic and the impossible: dancing hippos, futuristic planets, talking rabbits, and psychedelic forests. We're still inundated with anthropomorphized animals and (less grating and more gratifying) worlds too imaginative and expensive to depict in live action. But animation has emerged in recent decades as a potent medium for depicting reality as well as evoking the littered, off-kilter landscape of the mind.

Eric Leiser's Glitch in the Grid (its trailer is above) is one such film. It opens the San Francisco International Animation Festival tonight at SF Film Society | New People Cinema. In it, Leiser imagines the neuroses and frustrations of a remote hermit lured by well-meaning relatives to pencil-sketch-shallow Hollywood. Pushing the already fluid bounds of animation, the filmmaker meshes stop motion with live action to convey his protagonist's yearnings for deeper connection and purpose.

A still from Adrià García and Víctor Maldonado's Nocturna.
  • A still from Adrià García and Víctor Maldonado's Nocturna.

For the record, Leiser has stated his desire to make art that glorifies God. That shouldn't get in the way of anyone recognizing and appreciating a young artist so blessedly talented.

The San Francisco International Animation Festival runs Nov. 10-13 at the San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema, 1746 Post St. (at Webster), S.F. Admission is $11-20.

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