Tex Avery – Page Miss Glory (1936)

A bellhop in the No 1. hotel of a smalltown awaiting the arrival of Miss Glory dreams he has to page Miss Glory at a first class hotel in New York, and this turns out to be a nightmare. Read More »

Tex Avery – Of Fox and Hounds (1940)

Willoughby, a big dumb hound, is repeatedly tricked by George, the fox, into jumping off cliffs, among other things. Read More »

Tex Avery – Sh-h-h-h-h-h (1955)

A mild-mannered man whose nerves are shot from incessant noise is sent to an exclusive, silent retreat with hilarious results. Read More »

Oskar Fischinger – Motion Painting No. 1 (1947)

This experimental film is a study of an abstract painting as it grows out of the mind and soul of the artist and filmmaker. Painstakingly hand-painted in a Impressionist pixel-point style over a period of 9 months (!), and equally laboriously stop-animated, Fischinger captures not only the wonderful decision-making process of the artist at work, but the “life” that the work itself takes on as it changes and grows. Use of color, patterns, and pacing compliment and clash with one another before the viewer’s eyes and lead one into an impossible world that seems none-the-less real, and all the more engaging for seeming to just be made of pure MAGIC! Read More »

Oskar Fischinger – Studie Nr. 7 AKA Study No. 7 (1931)

Animated to the lively accompaniment of Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5, and created using thousands of handmade black & white charcoal drawings, Fischinger’s delightfully dynamic short film sees dozens of white shapes dance, glide, shoot, and pop across a stark black background, leaving us transfixed in their wake. Read More »

Oskar Fischinger – Studie Nr. 6 AKA Study No. 6 (1930)

The first Studies were synchronized with records (Fischinger made a total of 13 Studies all without sound). It was only with the introduction of sound, beginning with Study No 6 that the films did full justice to this musical principle. The play of the white lines, the arcs, and the upside-down U’s running hither and thither like ballet dancers was brought into perfect synchronization with the music, and thus the films offered an abstract illustration of the melodies. Study No 6 is certainly the best of his films in terms of forms. – Hans Scheugl and Ernst Schmidt, Jr. Read More »

Robert Breer – Bang! (1986)

An experimental film in which a photograph of an airplane turns into a wire diagram, then into an animated plane in flight, and then it explodes into words. Read More »