AUG. 14: Festival of Drawn Animation in Brooklyn

The craft of hand-drawn animation, virtually absent from American bigscreens (Winnie the Pooh and The Illusionist being the notable exceptions), has a far stronger presence in TV series work, advertising, and especially amongst independent filmmakers. This Sunday in Brooklyn, animators Bill Plympton and Pat Smith catalog some of the recent hand-drawn achievements in the latter area with their first-ever Scribble Junkies Festival of Drawn Animation, which they aim to turn into an annual event. Depending on the reaction to this premier edition, Pat tells me that they want to expand to multiple screenings next year, as well as accept submissions.

The screening, which takes place at the Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn), will present recent independent work by filmmakers Ryan Woodward, David Chai, Caleb Wood, Colleen Cox, Rebecca Sugar, Don Hertzfeldt, Brothers McLeod, and Fran Krause, as well as the two festival organizers. There’s a reception at 7:30pm, screening at 8:30pm, and an after-party and awards ceremony. Tickets are $11. Regular event updates can be found on Bill and Pat’s blog Scribble Junkies.


  • A.B.

    On the trailer…

    If all my pencils turned into naked ladies I don’t think I’d draw as often.

  • http://seanvec.com Sean

    can’t wait to go! all these artists are fantastic. im sure itll be a great time. speaking of hand drawn/painted animation, i was just sent this video by a friend:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rumNQRfCoqw&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    it is beautiful work.

  • Ken

    Nice. Sexist, but nice.

    • http://www.milkmoneycartoons.com Ohjeepers

      A male artist expressing and artistic intimacy with an interesting and thematically appropriate visual… there is nothing inherently “sexist” about it.

      Merriam Webster defines “Sexist” as…

      1: prejudice or discrimination based on sex; especially : discrimination against women

      2: behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex

      Assuming you are going with the second definition, I would say that you are ASSUMING a lot about this piece.

    • Spencer

      How is that sexist? It’s a nice little metaphor! Making love with your pencil?….. On second thought eww.

  • Cody

    From my friends who have worked with him, i’ve been told Bill Plympton is a bit of a lecher…

    • Taylor

      As someone who HAS worked with him, I’d like to refute such a claim and point out the poor taste it requires to say such a thing in a public forum, based on testimonies of your “friends”. Obviously his subject matter leans toward sex & violence, but thats nothing new, and the tone that is conveyed by your trolling post is interpreted as a derogatory attack of character.

  • http://farleftside.com farleftside

    That was definitely worth a couple of replays. As an artist it spokes volumes about how it feels to create.

  • http://www.grillomation.blogspot.uk Oscar Grillo

    What a lovely piece of animation!…Bravo, Bill!

  • http://pickledperfection.blogspot.com/ Andrea

    I wish I could go to this! Not very much advance notice… I wish this post had appeared earlier or that I’d somehow heard of it. Oh well, least I know for next year, right?

    I was mildly surprised by the naked lady animation in the trailer. It’s not like there is anything else that the pencil turns into, just a naked lady. With booty. It is beautiful but I guess just a little strange as a representation for an animation festival. Or maybe not…

    Is anyone else excited about a hand drawn animation festival?! Or are you all gonna keep griping about whether the trailer’s animation is sexist? Bill and Pat; make sure there is lots of online coverage so us hand drawn geeks around the world can check it out and be inspired!!!

  • http://pickledperfection.blogspot.com/ Andrea

    After writing a comment on the trailer here I continued to think about the animation in it. I think it makes sense. It’s like… An animator is drawing and he has a pencil, not a tablet or a cintiq or a mouse but a pencil. It doesn’t feel like a claw in one of those arcade games. He can hold the pencil and intuitively move his arm and feel out a drawing. There are even little eraser shavings and graphite dust around. He is making love to that paper with a pencil! It’s an emotional action. Perhaps it is seen as sexist as the reaction would be even more displeased among people if the pencil turned into a naked man. The reaction would be different. However the message here is wonderful and I’m excited about a hand drawn festival.