I think all twelve programs compromising the latest Platform International Animation Festival are terrific – not a bad show in the batch. Otomo, Pes, Disney’s Paperman crew, The Cartoon Network creators, the festival screenings and animators panels. One program in particular has me very jazzed – a tribute pioneering stop-motion animator Ladislas Starewitch.
Platform will present a rare screening of four 35mm archival silent short films (accompanied by live music) by this influential surrealistic filmmaker. Starewitch, who lived most of his life in Paris, made films using unique, bizarre puppets and on occasion, manipulated real (dead) insects. The program will include: 1921’s L’Epouvantail (The Scarecrow), 1923’s Amour Noir et Blanc (Love in Black and White), 1927’s La Reine des Papillons (Queen of the Butterflies), and 1925’s Les Yeux du Dragon (Eyes of The Dragon).