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The John Hubley Centennial

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American artist John Hubley helped bring to life some of the most defining animated films of the 20th century including early Disney classics like Bambi and Fantasia, before creating the iconic cartoon character Mister Magoo, working on animated shorts for Sesame Street and The Electric Company, and collaborating on animated cult classics like Watership Down. In the 1950s, Hubley founded the independent Storyboard Studios and began working with his wife Faith Hubley on a series of delightful short films and wildly popular animated commercials. On the 100th anniversary of his birth, this new collection of some of John Hubley’s most beloved short films from 1956 – 1970 (all presented on newly-restored 35mm film prints) pays tribute to the remarkable work one of the unsung heroes of American animation. Included in this touring program are the classic shorts Windy Day and the 1960 Oscar-winner Moonbird, both celebrating the inherent creativity of children by using improvised dialogue by Hubley’s own children.

The program features:
Adventures of an Asterisk
A joyful rumination on the value of art in modern life, set to an original score by jazz legend Benny Carter. (1956, 11 mins.)35mm

Moonbird
Against an enchanted nocturnal backdrop, two young brothers set out on an adventure to recapture a lost pet bird. (1959, 10 mins.)35mm

The Hat
Built on the improvised collaboration – both verbal and musical – of actors Dizzy Gillespie and Dudley Moore, this meditation on world history and the folly of war tells the story of two soldiers patrolling a cold and forlorn border, deep in a nuclear winter. (1964, 18 mins.)35mm

Urbanismo
A charming parable about issues of urban design and global thinking, set to a playful composition by longtime Hubley collaborator Benny Carter. (1967, 6 mins.)35mm

Eggs
Mother Nature bickers with Death over control of humankind, before a fateful decision is made. Music by Quincy Jones. (1970, 10 mins.)35mm

Of Men and Demons
A simple fisherman faces the challenges posed by climate and modernity, personified by three resourceful demons, in this spirited and painterly fable. Music by Quincy Jones. (1968, 9 mins.)

Windy Day
Two young sisters share a languid summer day – playing, squabbling and parsing life, love and mortality – all along the shoreline of looming adolescence. (1968, 9 mins.)35mm

Tender Game
This visually resplendent reading of an age-old story, Boy meets Girl in Central Park, draws deep emotion from its extraordinary musical score by Ella Fitzgerald and the Oscar Peterson Trio performing “Tenderly.”