Animated Life: The Art, Science and Wonder of LAIKA

This fall, the Portland Art Museum and the Northwest Film Center celebrate Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA, a groundbreaking view behind-the-curtain into the visionary artistry and technology of the globally renowned animation studio. At the heart of every LAIKA film are the artists who meticulously craft every element.  Through behind-the-scenes photography, video clips and physical artwork Read More …

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

The oldest existing animated feature, Prince Achmed was made by 23-year-old teacher Lotte Reiniger using the stop-motion and silhouette animation techniques she perfected. Taken from The Arabian Nights, the film tells the story of a wicked sorcerer who tricks Prince Achmed into mounting a magical flying horse and sends the rider off on a flight to his death. But the Read More …

Paranorman

Eleven-year-old Norman can see and speak with the dead, including his beloved grandmother. Most days, he prefers their company to that of his flustered father, spacey mother, and deeply superficial older sister. Norman is unexpectedly contacted by his odd uncle Prenderghast, who floors him with the revelation that a centuries-old witch’s curse is about to come true, and that only Read More …

An Evening with Gail Noonan

Vancouver, B.C., is home to some of the world’s great independent animators, including Gail Noonan. She studied animation at Emily Carr University of Art, and her early works featured hand-drawn cartoons confronting feminine issues related to media representation, with more recent mixed-media animations incorporating jazz and poetry. More info.

An Evening with Marilyn Zornado

Stop-motion animator Marilyn Zornado worked as a senior producer at Will Vinton Studios, honing her skills as an animator through a variety of award-winning projects. As both a collaborator and independent maker, Zornado incorporates her love of calligraphy, the graphic arts, and poetry into animated texts, re-imagining the ways in which print is seen. More info.

An Evening with Rose Bond

Leader of the Animated Arts program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and a former NWFC student and faculty member, Bond first began animating by laboriously inking directly onto clear 35mm film strips in the tradition of such greats as Mary Ellen Butte and Norman McClaren. She has since pushed the realm of her hand-drawn animation even further from Read More …

An Evening with Joanna Proestley

Starting her career as a film presenter in Central Oregon, Priestley made her first films using rubber stamps and sand before going on to study with legendary experimental animator Jules Engle at Cal Arts. Finding her stride with drawing and computer-based animations, and collaborating with sound artists, she has since become one the world’s most prolific independent animators. More info.

Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Eccentric inventor Wallace and his cunning dog Gromit have launched a humane pest control business. When called upon by the dotty Lady Tottington to solve her rabbit infestation problems, Wallace tangles with her Ladyship’s would-be suitor, rotten cad Victor Quartermaine. When their new pest-control device malfunctions with disastrous results, Wallace teeters close to disaster and Gromit faces almost insurmountable odds Read More …

The Cat Returns

In this magical blend of fantasy and fable from Studio Ghibli, Haru, a schoolgirl bored by her ordinary life, inadvertently saves the life of Lune, Prince of the Cat Kingdom. His royal father decides to thank her with a flurry of presents, including gift-wrapped mice. The only problem: the Cat King’s insistence that she marry his son! Haru’s unexpected journey Read More …

An Evening with Joan Gratz

The work of Academy Award winner Joan Gratz (Mona Lisa Descending A Staircase, 1992) began as moving paintings, but evolved into the process Gratz pioneered, termed “clay painting,” while working at Portland’s storied Will Vinton Studios. Incorporating improvisational and fine art techniques, Gratz’s work straddles the realm of poetry and storybook as lush moving palettes of color come to life. Read More …