Renowned animators Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt present, The Animation Show, showcasing some of the worlds best short films. This 2-disc DVD set features 20 celebrated animated short films personally selected by Judge, himself an animation festival veteran, and Academy Award nominated* animator Hertzfeldt. Included in the collection are Academy Award nominees "The Cathedral", "The Rocks" and "Mt. Head", as well as Mike Judges own "Early Pencil Tests and Other Experiments." * 2001 Animated Short Film Academy Award for "Rejected"
Compiled by Mike Judge (Beavis and Butt-head) and Don Hertzfeldt (Rejected), The Animation Show brought short films back to the big screen. Once upon a time, that's how the public got to experience them. Now, they're relegated to film fests, public television, and the internet. It's better than nothing, of course, but they used to be treated like "real movies." For those who missed these works in theaters--or to preserve the experience for posterity--this collection presents most of the first two programs (Vol. 3 is on the way). The lineup includes five Academy Award nominees, Mt. Head, The Cathedral, Fifty Percent Grey, Guard Dog, and When the Day Breaks. A diverse array of nationalities and techniques are on display. Locations range from America to Australia, while approaches range from pen and ink to B&W stop-motion. Highlights will vary from person to person, but notable entries include Adam Elliot's droll Brother/Cousin/Uncle trilogy, Judge's "Early Pencil Tests and Other Experiments" (including an Office Space prequel), Alex Budovsky's jaunty Bathtime in Clerkenwell, Peter Cornwell's fast-paced Ward 13, and Hertzfeldt's absurdist Billy's Balloon (the Oscar-nominated animator also provides a few bumpers). A labor of love for all concerned, this Animation Show set combines 20 films with numerous extras, like commentaries, storyboards, production galleries, a booklet of artist profiles, and a feature on the history of the animated short. --Kathleen C. Fennessy