Sparky’s Magic Piano (1987 animation)

Sparky’s Magic Piano (1987 animation) Inspired from 1947 78-RPMs, when Capitol Records invented Sparky, an imaginative child for whom inanimate objects come to life. For every boy who would prefer playing baseball to practicing the piano, this later short was a delight. The animation was produced and written by Alan Liningston, and directed by Lee … More Sparky’s Magic Piano (1987 animation)

Night on the Galactic Railroad (1985)

Night on the Galactic Railroad (1985) 銀河鉄道の夜, (Ginga Tetsudō no Yoru) Gisaburo Sugii helmed this gathering of future anime masters, who stitched together. and added to complete, fragments of a composition by Kenji Miyazawa that had become one of Japan’s most popular children’s stories.  A young cat/boy, Giovanni, falls asleep on a hill outside his … More Night on the Galactic Railroad (1985)

La Planète sauvage /Fantastic Planet (1973)

La Planète sauvage /Fantastic Planet (1973). Awarded the Grand Prix special jury prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, this innovative feature-length animation was directed by René Laloux and written by Laloux and Roland Topor, based on the 1957 novel Oms en série by French writer Stefan Wul. Its allegorical structure concerning the conflict between … More La Planète sauvage /Fantastic Planet (1973)

The Fabulous Baron Munchausen [aka Baron Prášil ] (1961)

The Fabulous Baron Munchausen [aka Baron Prášil ] (1961) Czechoslovakian animator Karel Zeman combines live action with puppets and animation to create a highly stylized picture about the outrageous lies of Baron Munchausen. Influenced by the engravings of Gustave Doré, in the tradition of Ray Harryhausen, Zeman’s fantasy world revels in a childlike delight and … More The Fabulous Baron Munchausen [aka Baron Prášil ] (1961)

Porco Rosso (1992)

  Porco Rosso (1992) 94 Min. Based on the manga “Hikoutei Jidai,” Hayao Miyazaki’s anime concerns a WWI fighter pilot who has become a bounty hunter after the disillusionment of the Great War turned him into a pig. Defiantly opposed to fascism, conflicted over his love for Gina, an Austrian whose husband was shot down … More Porco Rosso (1992)