The Cinefamily’s Animation Breakdown hosts ‘The Hubleys: A Centennial Celebration’ weekend, with three retrospective events celebrating the work of John & Faith Hubley.
Take note, Los Angeles animation fans: The Cinefamily’s Animation Breakdown is hosting The Hubleys: A Centennial Celebration weekend, with three retrospective events celebrating the work of John & Faith Hubley.
Three distinct turning points exist in 20th-century American animation: Winsor McCay’s silent flights of fancy, the domination of Mickey Mouse/Bugs Bunny/Betty Boop, and the flowering of John & Faith Hubley, who emerged as the John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands of the art.
After helping to define UPA’s now-classic, Mid-century “cartoon modern” style with his creation of Mr. Magoo and the groundbreaking, Oscar-nominated short Rooty Toot Toot, John Hubley forged a 25-year collaboration with his wife Faith that revolutionized the medium, creating films closer to the evocative qualities of jazz than to typical ‘toon conventions. Working independently out of their New Jersey home, they created abstract, experimental shorts that riffed on loose, semi-improvised or “overheard” dialogue from the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Maureen Stapleton, Dudley Moore or their own children.
Their films are inimitable, their influence is undeniable, and never again will there be a pair as dynamic as they. Celebrate the legacy of these Oscar-winning animation titans with a full weekend-long retrospective featuring many 35mm prints, new restorations, a museum with original prints for sale and live appearances by daughters Georgia Hubley (of Yo La Tengo) and Emily Hubley (a brilliant animator in her own right, and director of many films found in the Sunday night program.)
Friday, September 26th, 7:30pm
John Hubley Centennial, Program 1
Saturday, September 27th, 4:00pm
John Hubley Centennial, Program 2 (feat. new restoration of Of Stars And Men!)
Sunday, September 28th, 7:30pm
The Films of Faith and Emily Hubley
Tickets are $12/free for members. Showtimes are subject to change.