* Friday, May 19 Sunday, May 21, 2000. Bristol, U.K.
A weekend of animation is coming to Bristol and the home town toon house Aardman Animations' will open the first Bristol Animated Encounters with a sneak peak of the animated feature film, CHICKEN RUN. Animated Encounters is supported by DreamWorks SKG, Torribles, Aardman Animations, WESTEC, BBC Bristol, Bristol City Council, Bristol Tourism and Conference Bureau, A for Animation and Farrington Lewis. The first night will conclude with "Outrageous Animation Cabaret" featuring the regurgitating razor blades and anal fire breathing act of The Incredible Blood Brothers, plus cartoons from the dark side. At 11 am on Saturday, May 20, "Children's" will screen new kids cartoons including the BAA award-winning episodes of MAISIE and FOXBUSTERS. On Saturday at 1 pm, "International Round-Up 1 & 2" will highlight world class animated shorts, including many UK premiers such as Charlie Ramos' THE METAMORPHOSIS and Australian Annette Trevitt's COLLEEN SPENCER. The program will be repeated on Sunday, May 21 at 7 pm. "Home Run/Bristol Animation Selection" will be presented at 3 pm on Saturday, May 20. The screening will feature some of the earliest Aardman films such as Bill Mather's THE AUDITION, Nick Park's CREATURE COMFORTS, and Peter Lord's MOVING WAR STORY, plus local Bristol productions like THE SECRET ADVENTURES OF TOM THUMB, directed by Dave Borthwick of bolexbrothers and Andy Wyatt's SID THE SIDESPLITTER. At 7 pm on Saturday, "Brit Flicks/British Animation Selection" will feature world premiers from Brian Wood (SCHOOL DISCO), Sandra Ensby (FAST SPIN FLING), Sam Morrison (EMMA 18), Bob Godfrey (TWO OFF THE CUFF), Mark Baker (JOLLY ROGER) and Paul Bush (THE ALBATROSS). At 9 pm on Saturday, the festival will present "Watch with Mother," a retrospective of 1970s TV animation. Kicking off Sunday, May 21s schedule will be "British Animation Award Winners 2000," including this years BAFTA winning THE MAN WITH THE BEAUTIFUL EYES by Jonathan Hodgson; Peter Peake's HUM DRUM; bolexbrothers' ad for Nestea by Dave Borthwick; and Richard Goleszowski's ROBBIE THE REINDEER. On Sunday at 1 pm, the festival will feature a sneak peak of the 35 mm release of FANTASIA 2000. "Desert Island Flicks" at 3 pm on Sunday will feature Phill Jupitus selection of cartoon classics that he would want with him if stranded on a desert island. Starting at noon on Sunday, "Interact Animation Live and Online" will allow guests the chance to check out the latest animated Web sites, followed by a Chill Out Party, from 7 to 11 pm, when the best will be projected on a big screen. For more information contact: Web: http://www.animated-encounters.org.uk.