Puck, The Smallest Animation Cinema on Earth Is Back

Puck Cinema

The charming Puck Cinema Caravana is back for a new season. The invention of Spanish animator Carles Porta, the mobile Puck cinema roams the countryside and cities of Spain, bringing first-class animated shorts to kids and adults alike in a beautifully decorated trailer home. It bills itself as “the smallest cinema on Earth” owing to the fact that it can only hold seven people at a time.

This year’s programming theme is Natures, “an inexhaustible source of motifs, shapes and laws…strange natures, particular ecosystems, imaginary worlds, and also the emotional landscapes of the human nature.” Here is the list of shorts in the 2011 lineup.

Porta created this trailer for the 2011 show:


  • michael

    adorable.

  • ekuska

    its amazing how some of the simplest things can be such a breath of fresh air. Ive got five words to say about that:

    Beautiful.
    Simplistic.
    Enjoyable.
    Thank.
    You.

  • http://www.smallbirds.blogspot.com Pete Bangs

    Porta may have been inspired by this http://www.thesolcinema.org/ which had exellent reviews touring spain. Or possibly the other way around. Sol is a great cinema thoug.

  • http://kipwblog.blogspot.com Kip W

    I’ve seen smaller cinemas. This one is probably the smallest one not showing dirty movies for coins, though.

    In Ghana, there are entrepreneurs who go from village to village with a generator and a TV with a VCR, showing mostly horror movies to people with few prospects for mass entertainment. They paint their own posters on cloth from grain sacks — wonderfully lurid and possibly misleading. If not, those movies are probably amazing too. An exhibition of the posters came to a community college near me in Massachusetts a while back, and I took photos that are on my flickr page (googling “GHANA HORRORS” just now, I was two of the top three hits).

    Around 1982, I saw a curtained booth with a bench in it and cartoon characters on the outside at a shopping mall in Georgia. I gambled a quarter (or was it two?), and got a late-60s “Inspector Willoughby” short. As I watched, I became aware of a kid who had pulled the curtain aside to see the cartoon. I didn’t chase him out. A minute or two later, the child indicated (he didn’t seem to be talking yet) that I should go out and let him sit in the booth instead. I ignored him for the rest of the cartoon.