Take a behind the scenes look at Tim Burton and his team reviewing key character maquette construction.
Short Film Clips
Soft strokes of color and sharp cuts to the cranium come together in Hisko Hulsing's long short Junkyard, (preview clip). Shocking, sudden action slices through dark memories and visions, as a man reflects on the subway following a moment of violence.
Alberta, 1909. The wide open prairies of the wild west. Enter a well-tailored young Englishman, fresh from the old country. He’s been sent to try his hand at ranching but his affection for badminton, bird watching and liquor leaves him little time for wrangling cattle. As the golden prairie summer turns to fall, it becomes clear that nothing in his refined upbringing has prepared him for the harsh conditions of the New World. Borrowing playfully from the western, the nature documentary and eyewitness reportage, this short animated film offers a fresh, wry take on the Canadian frontier experience. By contrasting details as delicate as a teacup with the immensity of the prairie sky, the clash between civilization and wilderness is starkly rendered. Wild Life is about the beauty of the untamed prairie, the pang of being homesick and the folly of living dangerously out of context.
The news is bad : his extreme shortsightedness means that Arnaud must wear glasses. But not just any glasses : large clumsy frames that make his ears stick out and hurt his nose, the lenses so thick they make his eyes look like two tiny black dots…Arnaud does not like these dreadful glasses and prefers the blurry, protean world of his shortsightedness, a world populated by monsters and unicorns and other fantastic creatures conjured up by his imagination…
Mel Blanc’s hit song from 1950 “I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat” had never been utilized for an animated cartoon -- until now! This all-new Looney Tunes short combines dazzling animation, Blanc’s Tweety and Sylvester vocals, a new orchestral score, and the legendary voice of June Foray as Granny.
“Paths of Hate” is a short tale about the demons that slumber deep in the human soul and have the power to push people into the abyss of blind hate, fury and rage.
When a New Yorker walks past a chicken on his morning stroll, we’re left to wonder which one is the real city slicker… Based loosely on a real life event recounted in Paul Auster’s brilliant book True Tales of American Life, Grant Orchard’s “A Morning Stroll” tells the story of one New Yorker’s early morning encounter with a chicken, an event that plays out over 100 years.
Magic Piano by Martin Clapp, 30’, is a 3-D puppet aniÂ¬mation adventure about two kids in Warsaw in Poland who discover an old piano in amongst a pile of junk that transforms into a magical flying machine. The kids, Anna and her cousin Chip Chip, use the Flying Machine to fly across Europe to find Anna’s father in London. But first they have to learn how to fly the magical machine…. On their way they have to navigate an obstacle course of hot air-balloons, swoop into Paris on a mission of the flying machine, weather a fierce storm in the English Channel, and with sunset fast approaching find dad in the big darkening city of London. Before they reach him they are torn from the flying machine by a magic storm, and find themselves back in the pile of junk in Warsaw. However maybe the Dad saw something in the stormy skies of London, because the next day he comes home to his daughter. Pushing the boundaries of 3-D cinema and animation this is a truly immersive and thrilling experience for a family audience. The emotional story of a girl missing her father brings tears to the eyes- both adults and kids, and every child wants to be on the flying machine. A real visual and audio treat, the film features Etudes 1, 3, 7,9, from Chopin’s Opus 10, and Etudes 1,5,6,11,12 from Chopin’s Opus 25, all performed with virtuosity by maestro Lang Lang.
Luminaris is an animated short film made using the pixilation technique, combining real actors interacting with animated objects and time-lapse sequences. The film tells the story of a man living in a world controlled and timed by light. Every morning, the inhabitants of that world are woken up and pulled to their jobs by sunlight, as if this was some sort of magnet. The main character has a routinary job in a factory that makes electric bulbs. But he has something else in mind that could change the order of things.
Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation) award winning author/ illustrator William Joyce and Co-director Brandon Oldenburg present a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals. “Morris Lessmore” is old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.
After mass, the family gathered at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, as they did every Sunday. With everyone talking at once, it sounded like a family of crows cawing while perched on hydro lines. The town factory has closed its doors and, naturally, the adults can't stop fretting about their money problems. On this particular Sunday, one of the village boys places a coin on the train tracks. Imagine his astonishment when, picking up the coin after a train has run over it, he discovers some amazing changes. Sunday, young filmmaker Patrick Doyon's first film, is a magical tale that imparts important lessons about life as seen through the eyes of a child.
La Luna is the timeless fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Tonight is the very first time his Papa and Grandpa are taking him to work. In an old wooden boat they row far out to sea, and with no land in sight, they stop and wait. A big surprise awaits the little boy as he discovers his family's most unusual line of work. Should he follow the example of his Papa, or his Grandpa? Will he be able to find his own way in the midst of their conflicting opinions and timeworn traditions?
Barbie and Ken believe they're headed on a Hawaiian vacation in this clip from the "Toy Story 3" inspired short.
A mouse spins a tall tale to save his life, but it ends up putting his life in danger when it comes true.
Watch the trailer for the Oscar-shortlisted student film about a son who wants to move and a mother who wants to stay.
A young calf prepares for his dream of becoming a hamburger in this clip from Bill Plympton's "The Cow That Wanted to be a Hamburger."
In this parody of the continental drift, the saber-toothed squirrel causes the formation of the continents as a result of his mayhem with the elusive acorn.
Wile E. Coyote uses a sports car in his legendary chase on the Road Runner in this clip from "Rabid Rider."
The first clip from the second Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner theatrical short set to play before "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole."