Will Vinton R.I.P.: THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN + FESTIVAL OF CLAYMATION (35mm)
January 06 only
Step back with us for a moment from the current age of soulless CGI to appreciate the tactile art of clay animation and to celebrate its greatest practitioner, the late Will Vinton (1947-2018).
Vinton wasn’t the first to exploit the plastic qualities of clay in filmmaking, but he was the medium’s greatest artist, even originating the term “Claymation”. His very first professional short, Closed Mondays, received an Oscar®, and in the following decades he was no stranger at AMPAS.
THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN
The Adventures of Mark Twain is Vinton’s masterpiece: an audacious all-clay production that imagines America’s greatest author as a character in his own stories. His own end nearing, Twain sets out on a dreamlike dirigible adventure with stowaways Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, and Becky Thatcher. Their trip through Twain’s greater- and lesser-known works explores the dualities of Good and Evil, Dream and Reality, and Life and Death with psychological and philosophical depth, not to mention exquisite craftsmanship. Haunting and at times quite dark, this one is not just for kids! Directed by Will Vinton. 1985. 96 mins. 35mm.
FESTIVAL OF CLAYMATION
The ultra-rare feature-length retrospective Festival of Claymation samples the diverse output of Vinton’s mid-career artistic heyday. You’ll visit his studio in the playful Claymation: Three Dimensional Clay Animation, see the amazing shorts Legacy: A Very Short History of Natural Resources, A Christmas Gift, Dinosaur and The Great Cognito (Oscar nom!), tolerate Vinton’s prodigious commercial output (yes, the California Raisins!), experience the stunning and powerful 2-D work Creation (another Oscar nom!), and more! Directed by Will Vinton. 1987. 65 mins. 35mm.
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