In-person screening tribute to animator Ralph Bakshi coming to American Cinematheque

It’s been 50 years since Ralph Bakshi’s first X-rated cartoon, Fritz the Cat, blasted into public consciousness. Bakshi channeled the freewheeling spirit of underground comics with his controversial animated films as Heavy Traffic and Coonskin, battling protests and censors to open the doors to cartoons with adult situations. He tapped further into the zeitgeist with …

Japanese anime series coming to Egyptian Theatre

Beginning February 26th, the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood will host some of the best Japanese anime on the planet. The series includes Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s revolutionary anime Akira, which matched motorcycle gangs with military scientists in a post apocalyptic Tokyo. The series also includes Ôtomo’s follow up, Steamboy, a film that filters similar themes through the …

Animation previews from 2015 Oscar Nominated Short Films

ShortsHD is once again bringing the popular OSCAR Nominated Short Film program (Live Action, Animation, and Documentary) to theaters across the globe beginning today. The theatrical release of The OSCAR Nominated Short Films has met enthusiastic audiences ever since its launch 10 years ago giving people around the world an opportunity to see the nominated …

Highlights from SIGGRAPH 2014

SIGGRAPH 2014 returned to Vancouver, Canada, for its 41st conference and exhibition. From 10-14 August, 14,045 artists, research scientists, gaming experts and developers, filmmakers, students, and academics from 50 U.S. states and 75 countries gathered to experience cutting-edge computer graphics and interactive techniques. There were 6,156 participants from the host country of Canada. The conference …

René Carson

January 9, 2014

American Cinematheque is accepting open entries from student animators for their “Animation for Adults Shorts Program.” This short series is part of an extensive animation festival that will include cult classics such as Fritz the Cat, Heavy Metal, Castle in the Sky, Waking Life, Paprika, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie and many more. Read my post at for details on how to submit your work for possible inclusion in the series. If selected, your work will screen at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles.

American Cinematheque “Animation for Adults” series brings Fritz the Cat, Heavy Metal, Tokyo Godfathers & more cult classics back to big screen

American Cinematheque begins its “Animation for Adults” screening series today, which runs through January 25th, 2014 at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles. Box office juggernauts from Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks have turned entertainment for children into a multi-billion dollar global business, but as the new film from Studio Ghibli founder Hayao …